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My 5: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Composer Jesse Novak’s Favorite TV Themes (Exclusive)

My 5: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Composer Jesse Novak’s Favorite TV Themes (Exclusive)
Composer, musician and producer Jesse Novak -- yes, he’s related to B.J. from The Office -- understands what goes into an iconic TV theme. As the mind behind BoJack Horseman, The Mindy Project and Superstore, he’s created distinctive music that expands these TV worlds as well as the whimsical title theme for the latter, which is now in its third season on NBC.

A memorable theme, he says, “has its own life. It feels like a character, in a way, and it’s part of the universe. It gives you a feeling that you associate with what you’re watching.”

While he’s worked on a number of recent TV hits, Novak’s most memorable work has to come from the animated Netflix series, which recently returned for a fourth season in September and released a soundtrack of its score and original songs, including much of the music from the show’s celebrated underwater episode
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Exclusive Interview: Hey Arnold! creator and Helga actress on The Jungle Movie, Hey Arnold season 6 and more

Justin Cook spoke with Hey Arnold! creator Craig Bartlett and voice actress Francesca Marie Smith while attending New York Comic Con. Check out their conversation below…

Hey Arnold! fans have waited well over a decade for answers to questions surrounding the show’s titular kind-hearted, football-shape-headed grade schooler and, in approximately one week, answers they will get. Expect childhood nostalgia levels to reach whole new heights with the release of Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie, a continuation of the popular 1994 animated Nickelodeon series.

The long-planned two-hour TV movie will take place one year after Hey Arnold!’s final episode, 2002’s “The Journal” and will see Arnold and his P.S. 118 fifth-grade buddies setting out on the field trip of a lifetime and uncovering the mystery behind the disappearance of Arnold’s parents.

Originally intended for theatrical release, The Jungle Movie was shelved after Nickelodeon instead decided to release Arnold
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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Composer Mark Mothersbaugh on Working with Marvel, the Film’s Evolution, and More

Along with the hilarious moments, heartfelt character interaction and big action sequences, one of the most memorable aspects of Thor: Ragnarok is the musical score, from composer Mark Mothersbaugh. The creator of the band Devo has spent years scoring everything from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and Rugrats to The Lego Movie and multiple films for Wes Anderson, before jumping into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and leaving his own stamp of creativity on the world of Thor, for director Taika Waititi. During a press day at Marvel Studios to discuss some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of the Thor world, …
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TV Critics Pick the Best Animated Voice Actors of All Time — IndieWire Survey

TV Critics Pick the Best Animated Voice Actors of All Time — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is your favorite voice actor for animated characters on TV? Why?

Dave Trumbore (@DrClawMD), Collider

My knee-jerk reaction was either Kevin Conroy or Mark Hamill for their roles as Batman/Bruce Wayne and The Joker, respectively, because “Batman: The Animated Series” is always on my mind. But thinking a moment more, my favorite voice actor (and arguably the best in the biz) is Frank Welker.

Read More:‘Big Mouth’ Season 1 Voice Cast: A Visual Guide To The Adult Voices Behind The Tweens

His name might not be a household one, but with over 800 credits and nearly 50 years in the industry, Welker’s voice definitely is.
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TV Critics Pick the Best Animated Voice Actors of All Time — IndieWire Survey

TV Critics Pick the Best Animated Voice Actors of All Time — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is your favorite voice actor for animated characters on TV? Why?

Dave Trumbore (@DrClawMD), Collider

My knee-jerk reaction was either Kevin Conroy or Mark Hamill for their roles as Batman/Bruce Wayne and The Joker, respectively, because “Batman: The Animated Series” is always on my mind. But thinking a moment more, my favorite voice actor (and arguably the best in the biz) is Frank Welker.

Read More:‘Big Mouth’ Season 1 Voice Cast: A Visual Guide To The Adult Voices Behind The Tweens

His name might not be a household one, but with over 800 credits and nearly 50 years in the industry, Welker’s voice definitely is.
See full article at Indiewire »

Pamela Adlon on Directing Every Episode of Season 2 of Her Remarkable FX Series ‘Better Things’

Pamela Adlon on Directing Every Episode of Season 2 of Her Remarkable FX Series ‘Better Things’
On the coffee table in Pamela Adlon’s sunny Sherman Oaks office, within easy reach of her comfortable, blanket-strewn couch, is a book of photographs by Vivian Maier.

Maier, who worked as a nanny in Chicago for years, took the art world by storm when her work came to light a few years ago. Unknown before her death (her negatives were discovered after she died in 2009), she was keenly interested in all kinds of humans, from homeless people and children to shoppers and socialites. Her uncontrived images grab the viewer in part because they don’t traffic in sentimentality or cliché.

The same can be said for Adlon, creator of FX’s “Better Things,” which returns Sept. 14. After a critically acclaimed first season, she has gone full auteur. Not only did she serve as showrunner and star once again (earning an Emmy nomination for best actress in a comedy), but she also directed every episode of the
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‘Kenan and Kel’ Flashback: Check Out These Vintage Black History Month Promos

‘Kenan and Kel’ Flashback: Check Out These Vintage Black History Month Promos
If suggestions that Donald Trump and most others in his administration don’t know who Frederick Douglass was aren’t your preferred way of celebrating Black History Month, Nickelodeon might have something to your liking. Courtesy of the Splat — a programming block that features reruns of such Nick classics as “Doug,” “Rugrats” and “Hey Arnold!” — the network has uploaded several Bhm promos that first aired on “Kenan and Kel” way back when.

Read More: ‘Moonlight’: How Editor Joi McMillon Made Oscar History as the First African American-Female Nominee

One finds the orange soda–loving Kel Mitchell alongside Kenan Thompson (now familiar from his years-long tenure on “Saturday Night Live”) as they discuss Lewis Latimer, who made lightbulb filaments more affordable. Another entrant in the Black Innovators Hall of Fame is Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space (Kel thought it was Uhura from “Star Trek,” because of course
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‘Kenan and Kel’ Flashback: Check Out These Vintage Black History Month Promos

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‘Kenan and Kel’ Flashback: Check Out These Vintage Black History Month Promos
If suggestions that Donald Trump and most others in his administration don’t know who Frederick Douglass was aren’t your preferred way of celebrating Black History Month, Nickelodeon might have something to your liking. Courtesy of the Splat — a programming block that features reruns of such Nick classics as “Doug,” “Rugrats” and “Hey Arnold!” — the network has uploaded several Bhm promos that first aired on “Kenan and Kel” way back when.

Read More: ‘Moonlight’: How Editor Joi McMillon Made Oscar History as the First African American-Female Nominee

One finds the orange soda–loving Kel Mitchell alongside Kenan Thompson (now familiar from his years-long tenure on “Saturday Night Live”) as they discuss Lewis Latimer, who made lightbulb filaments more affordable. Another entrant in the Black Innovators Hall of Fame is Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space (Kel thought it was Uhura from “Star Trek,” because of course
See full article at Indiewire »

In Memoriam: Movie Stars We Lost in 2016

In Memoriam: Movie Stars We Lost in 2016
While Hollywood is still mourning the recent deaths of screen icon Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher, there were many other notable big screen stars who passed away in 2016.

Alan Rickman, one of the most prolific actors of the last two decades, died of pancreatic cancer at age 69 on January 14. Rickman made his big screen debut in 1998’s “Die Hard,” playing the villain Hans Gruber opposite Bruce Willis. From that film on he took on varied roles, from the noble Colonel Brandon in the period piece “Sense and Sensibility” to the faux-alien Dr. Lazarus in the sci-fi comedy “Galaxy Quest.” But most will know him as the antihero Severus Snape from the “Harry Potter” movies. Emma Thompson, who starred with Rickman in five films, called him “the finest of actors and directors.” (Read his obituary here.)

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George Kennedy,
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Film Review: ‘Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’

Film Review: ‘Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’
It was almost impossible to hear about the passing, just one day apart, of Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, without thinking of those elderly couples who’ve been together for years and then die with dramatic proximity: first one, then the other, as if they simply couldn’t bear to be without each other. In those cases, the proximity doesn’t seem tragic — it seems like some dying-of-the-light expression of ultimate romance.

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” is a droll, spirited, and disarmingly intimate documentary that now feels karmically timed. The film is set to premiere on HBO on Jan. 7, and for fans of Fisher and Reynolds, it offers a beautiful kind of closure, feeding our fascination with these late, great, cross-haired showbiz legends and inviting us to revel in the prickly and affectionate, warring and adoring glory of their lives and personalities. “Bright Lights
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Exclusive: A Look Back on Carrie Fisher and Billie Lourd's Cutest On-Camera Moments

Exclusive: A Look Back on Carrie Fisher and Billie Lourd's Cutest On-Camera Moments
Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher and Billie Lourd make up three generations of actresses whose lives have been surrounded by cameras, both off and on set.

Over the past two days, Billie, 24, lost her mother and her grandmother, both leaving behind an unparalleled film legacy, to which the Scream Queens star is now heir.

After growing up on red carpets, Et has followed the young actress as she grew up in front of the camera, always watched over by her devoted and deeply caring mother and grandmother.

In honor of Debbie and Carrie 's heartwarming relationship with their beloved progeny, we're looking back at some of the family's cutest and sweetest Et moments.

More: Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher's Powerful Bond: Looking Back At Their Sweetest Mother-Daughter Moments

Billie's first Et interview occurred in 1996, when she was only 3 years old. During Et’s interview with Carrie, the proud mom knew how badly her little girl wanted
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How a Younger Generation Embraced Debbie Reynolds Through ‘Kim Possible,’ ‘Halloweentown’ and ‘Rugrats’

How a Younger Generation Embraced Debbie Reynolds Through ‘Kim Possible,’ ‘Halloweentown’ and ‘Rugrats’
While Debbie Reynolds’ most important legacy will be the great Hollywood musicals, including “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Unsinkable Molly Brown,” the actress never stopped working over her six-decade career — making her the rare star who was a titan of classic Hollywood, but almost just as familiar to later generations.

Reynolds died suddenly Dec. 28 while planning a memorial service for her daughter, Carrie Fisher, who died just a day before.

In one of her final live-action roles, Reynolds made an impression as Bobbi Adler, mother to Debra Messing’s character, on “Will & Grace.” And her last, a memorable turn as Liberace’s domineering mom in Steven Soderbergh’s “Behind the Candelabra,” aged and un-glammed for the role, was said to echo her own relationship with Carrie Fisher.

One of her earlier voice roles, as the titular spider in “Charlotte’s Web,” was also remembered by a generation of kids who watched and rewatched the bittersweet tale on
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How a Younger Generation Embraced Debbie Reynolds Through ‘Kim Possible,’ ‘Halloweentown’ and ‘Rugrats’

How a Younger Generation Embraced Debbie Reynolds Through ‘Kim Possible,’ ‘Halloweentown’ and ‘Rugrats’
While Debbie Reynolds’ most important legacy will be the great Hollywood musicals, including “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Unsinkable Molly Brown,” the actress never stopped working over her six-decade career — making her the rare star who was a titan of classic Hollywood, but almost just as familiar to later generations.

Reynolds died suddenly Dec. 28 while planning a memorial service for her daughter, Carrie Fisher, who died just a day before.

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Halloweentown’ Star Kimberly J. Brown Pens Tribute to Debbie Reynolds: ‘I Was Always in Awe of Her Fierce Spirit’

In one of her final live-action roles, Reynolds made an impression as Bobbi Adler, mother to Debra Messing’s character, on “Will & Grace.” And her last, a memorable turn as Liberace’s domineering mom in Steven Soderbergh’s “Behind the Candelabra,” aged and un-glammed for the role, was said to echo her own relationship with Carrie Fisher.

One of her earlier voice roles,
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Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher: Their Parallel Lives

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher: Their Parallel Lives
They died within a day of one another — but that’s not the only parallel in the lives of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher.

The mother-daughter duo’s Hollywood careers were filled with coincidences. From their signature movies to their troubled marriages, here are a few instances where their lives lined up.

Both had breakout roles at 19

Reynolds had one of those classic Hollywood discovery stories. As a contestant in the Miss Burbank beauty pageant when she was 16, a talent scout from Warner Bros. discovered her and signed her to a contract with the powerhouse studio.

She made five films
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‘Halloweentown’ Star Kimberly J. Brown Pens Tribute to Debbie Reynolds: ‘I Was Always in Awe of Her Fierce Spirit’

‘Halloweentown’ Star Kimberly J. Brown Pens Tribute to Debbie Reynolds: ‘I Was Always in Awe of Her Fierce Spirit’
Debbie Reynolds is cemented in Hollywood history for iconic parts in such films as “Singin’ in the Rain,” but to younger generations, she was known as Grandma Aggie from Disney’s fan-favorite “Halloweentown” films.

In the “Halloweentown” franchise, Reynolds played the on-screen grandmother to young actress Kimberly J. Brown, who had breakout roles in the first three Disney TV movies in the late ’90s and early 2000s. Brown, who also starred in Disney Channel Original Movie “Quints” in 2000, has recently been seen in AMC’s “Low Winter Sun.” Her other credits include “Guiding Light” and “Two of a Kind.”

Reynolds died on Wednesday after suffering a stroke, for which she was rushed to Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai hospital. Her death came just one day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, died from a heart attack. An overwhelming amount of support from fans and the Hollywood community has been pouring out with many
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How Debbie Reynolds Perfectly Voiced a Spider in Heartbreaking ‘Charlotte’s Web’

How Debbie Reynolds Perfectly Voiced a Spider in Heartbreaking ‘Charlotte’s Web’
While Debbie Reynolds was best known as a Hollywood singing and dancing icon — from “Singin’ in the Rain” to “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” — she also made a strong impression in children’s programming. She voiced a grandmother in Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats,” and took on similar roles in Disney Channel’s “Kim Possible” and “Halloweentown.” But to me, nothing compares to her aching and wistful performance as the star of Hanna-Barbera’s 1973 animated “Charlotte's Web.”

The movie, the first adaptation of E.B. White’s beloved children’s novel, was met with lukewarm ticket sales, but received a renaissance in the ’90s thanks to its hugely popular VHS edition.

I must have been in the first grade when I got to know Reynolds — before I’d ever heard about her. As interpreted by Reynolds, Charlotte is everything the book character is and more: wise, maternal, sassy, didactic and endlessly protective of Wilbur the pig.
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Debra Messing Mourns the Death of On-Screen Mom Debbie Reynolds: ‘An Inspiration on Every Level’

Debra Messing Mourns the Death of On-Screen Mom Debbie Reynolds: ‘An Inspiration on Every Level’
Debra Messing is mourning the loss of Debbie Reynolds, who guest starred as her mother in ten episodes of Will & Grace.

Reynolds died at the age of 84, just one day after her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher, 60, died of a heart attack on Tuesday.

“Debbie went to be with Carrie. She always worried about her. Carrie left too soon and now they are together again. My heart is literally broken,” Messing, 48, shared in an Instagram post.

“For 8 years she was my mom. She was pure energy & light when she came on stage. She was loving, and bawdy, and playful – a consummate
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Debbie Reynolds, Entertainment Icon, Dead at 84

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Debbie Reynolds died of a broken heart.

While nothing is official yet, sources report that Reynolds suffered a stroke, one of many she's suffered during 2016, the most recent of which came on the heels of the death of her beloved daughter, Carrie Fisher, just days ago.

According to reports, Reynolds admitted she missed her daughter so much she wished she could be with her just 15 minutes prior to the stroke that ended her life.

It's difficult to imagine a more tragic ending to a live that otherwise appeared to joyous.

Reynolds first burst into the movies with an uncredited role in a movie titled June Bride in 1948.

Stardom, though, was only a dance step away, because she got the role of a lifetime when she appeared in Singin' In the Rain with Donald O'Connor and Gene Kelly in 1952.

By 1969, Reynolds had her own television show, The Debbie Reynolds Show, on
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Singin’ in the Rain Star Debbie Reynolds Dies One Day After Daughter Carrie Fisher

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Singin’ in the Rain Star Debbie Reynolds Dies One Day After Daughter Carrie Fisher
Screen icon Debbie Reynolds has died at the age of 84. The news comes just one day after her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher, 60, died of a heart attack.

Reynolds was thinking of her daughter in her final moments. “I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie,” she said shortly before passing, her son Todd told TMZ.

Reynolds was at her and Fisher’s property when she had to be rushed to the hospital for a possible stroke on Wednesday afternoon, People confirmed .

On Tuesday, Reynolds had taken to social media to thank fans for their support in the
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Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. And Firefly Star Ron Glass Passes Away Aged 71

It's been revealed this evening that prolific television actor Ron Glass has passed away, aged 71. A cause of death has not been divulged as of right now, but multiple outlets are reporting that the actor's rep has confirmed his death. In 1982, he earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for his work in Barney Miller, but in more recent years, he's perhaps become best known for different sorts of properties. Chief among them was Joss Whedon's Firefly. There, he starred as the mysterious Shepherd Derrial Book, and he later reprised the role in Serenity. He would later reteam with Whedon for the pilot episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and returned in a later instalment when we finally learned about Agent Coulson's resurrection. Other acting credits include Friends, The Twilight Zone, and Rugrats. As always, our thoughts go out to Glass' family at what is sure to be a very hard time for them.
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