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Tino Insana, Second City Alum, Dies at 69

Tino Insana, the Second City alum who provided the voice for Uncle Ted on the animated TV series Bobby's World, has died. He was 69.

Insana died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles owing to complications from a bout with cancer.

“Tino was adored by every generation of Second City. He was always an ensemble player who had the respect and adoration of his peers. He will be deeply missed," Second City owner and CEO Andrew Alexander said on his company's Facebook page.

Insana was born in Chicago in 1948 as the son of an Italian maestro...
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Flashback: That Time Richard Pryor Had His Own Kids' Show

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If only Lenny Bruce had lived long enough to get his own Saturday-morning cartoon. At some point, it seems now, every racy comedian goes clean for the sake of family entertainment. Howie Mandel, George Carlin and Bob Saget had all mostly performed stand-up meant only for adult ears before (and sometimes during and after) getting their own kid-friendly programs, respectively Bobby's World, Shining Time Station and both Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos. And let's not forget that before Pee-wee's Playhouse and a couple movies made Pee-wee Herman seem as innocent as Mickey Mouse, the character (stage alias of Paul Reubens) did some pretty blue material, which you can see in his earlier HBO special. It shouldn't be surprising, then, that...

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30 years since Gremlins: Stars of the Christmas cult classic then and now

30 years since Gremlins: Stars of the Christmas cult classic then and now
Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a heavily tinseled tree, a tipple before midday and Gremlins on the telly at some point during the day.

The Joe Dante-directed black cult comedy sees protagonist Billy Peltzer being gifted with Gizmo, a cute furry Mogwai discovered by his inventor father in a mysterious Chinatown antique store.

Of course the creature comes with three special instructions which, if not adhered to, result in the spawning of grizzly Gremlins hell-bent on havoc.

The Steven Spielberg-produced movie - which is

currently being fast-tracked by Warner Bros for a remake - celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this year, and here's what the main cast members got up to after the movie's success:

1. Zach Galligan

Zach Galligan plays William 'Billy' Peltzer who becomes enthralled by his unusual Christmas gift - yet careless with the three golden Gizmo rules.

Galligan's notable film roles following the success
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Sunday Quiz: Do You Know Your 90s Cartoons?

Last week we took a trip back in time to the 1980s to test your knowledge of 80s cartoon villains, and we thought we’d jump forward a decade for this week’s quiz as we ask ‘Do You Know Your 90s Cartoons?’. Take the quiz below to see if you can name all fifteen 90s cartoons, and don’t forget to share your results and challenge your friends to best your score…

Question 1 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Gargoyles Freakazoid!

Question 2 Courage the Cowardly Dog Rocko's Modern Life CatDog

Question 3 Pinky and the Brain Animaniacs Tiny Toon Adventures

Question 4 Freakazoid! The Tick Earthworm Jim

Question 5 Rocko's Modern Life Cow and Chicken Ed, Edd, 'n' Eddy

Question 6 DuckTales Tiny Toon Adventures Darkwing Duck

Question 7 Dexter Bobby's World Dexter's Laboratory

Question 8 2 Stupid Dogs CatDog Dog City

Question 9 Batman: The Animated Series Batman Beyond The Adventures of Batman & Robin

Question 10 Hey Arnold! Arthur
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'America's Got Talent' Semifinals Part 1 Preview: The First 12 (or So) Acts Perform

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'America's Got Talent' Semifinals Part 1 Preview: The First 12 (or So) Acts Perform
We're finally down to our top 24 on season 8 of America's Got Talent -- err, sort of. And we've got a preview of the 12 acts set to hit the stage tonight -- err, sort of.

In somewhat baffling moves, Agt has only released the identity of two of the four wildcards, meaning we only know 22 of the top 24 acts. And what is seemingly unrelated is that we only "officially" know 10 of the 12 acts set to perform Tuesday, and even that's not confirmed. Then we had a surprising development about an injury you'll read about below.

The rest of this list has been pieced together from Twitter feeds and speculation, which is also what sustains Howie Mandel's career. That and the fact that he created Bobby's World and starred in Little Monsters.
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Maker Studios, ShayCarl Partner With Animation Channel On Cartoonium

ShayCarl has always been very animated, but now he's becoming...animated. The top vlogger is one of the Maker Studios creators involved in Cartoonium, a new YouTube destination serving up kids' cartoons in partnership with multi-platform animation channel Kabillion. Cartoonium's content will be a blend of established Kabilllion shows and original series featuring Maker talent. At launch, three cartoons--Code Lyoko, Mix Master, and Bobby's World--are available for viewing, with 13 full episodes available for each cartoon. In a 40th video, ShayCarl describes his offering, Shay Beard, which will debut soon and will feature the Maker co-founder as a "beard", a "shay" and a "Viking on the sea." Sounds like an easy sell to me. Cartoonium has been in the works for a long time, as the partnership between Maker and Kabillion was forged back in 2011. Back then, Nice Peter was another one of the leading multi-channel network's creators who
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'America's Got Talent's' Howie Mandel: 'We try to be instructive, not just critical'

Viewers have come to know Howie Mandel as a judge on NBC's "America's Got Talent" or host of "Deal or No Deal." But he's also an actor and a stand-up, and all of this happened haphazardly.

He launched his career by taking the stage at Yuk Yuk's in Toronto, with "no intention of ever pursuing" comedy, acting or anything in entertainment, Mandel says. "In the mid-'70s, stand-up became the new disco, and people were being discovered on 'The Tonight Show' like Freddie Prinze, and Robin Williams was blasting off. Comedy clubs sprouted up all over."

Mandel, engaged to be married and working in retail, had his life mapped out, but once onstage he found he could make people laugh. Soon after, he found himself at a Los Angeles comedy club on amateur night and took the mic. After he did his shtick, a man approached and asked
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TV Dial: Lindsay Lohan Heads To 'Glee'; Tommy Lee Jones Is 'All-American' At AMC; Jeremy Piven Becomes 'Mr. Selfridge' & More

With "Mad Men" swinging back into action this past weekend, and "Game of Thrones" premiering on Sunday (unless 'tis all an elaborate April Fools jest), it seems a perfect time to round up all of the TV news coming our way this week.

Fresh off her excruciating hosting return to "Saturday Night Live," self-aware trainwreck Lindsay Lohan has now signed on to appear as national talent judge Lindsay Lohan in an upcoming episode of "Glee," another pop-culture entity once well-respected but banished to a primetime punchline. Within the show, Lohan herself has been the target of many jokes, but this confirms her comeback strategy to snuff out her detractors by appearing on the offensive source itself. See for yourself when the new season continues on April 10th on Fox. [People]

In other, much more deserving news, actor Tommy Lee Jones is in talks with AMC to direct the pilot of “The Real All-Americans,
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Movie Review: The Company Men (2011)

Tommy Lee Jones and Ben Affleck in The Company Men

Photo: The Weinstein Co. If you can tell me what I was supposed to take away from The Company Men I would be greatly appreciative. So far as I can tell the moral of the story is that in the current economic climate you better hope you don't lose your job, but if you do, you damn well better hope you know someone with millions of dollars who can come along and set up a new company so you can get another one. Other than that, you're all screwed.

Now that I think about it, perhaps that is the message of writer/director John Wells's corporate downsizing feature that stars a fleet of acting talent but does very little to put it on display. Perhaps the downtrodden feature with, what I assumed to be, a shining beacon of hope
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Oscar The Death-Predicting Cat To Get His Own Movie...?!!?!?!

Oscar The Death-Predicting Cat To Get His Own Movie...?!!?!?!
Edit: It just occurred to me... this movie is full-on Oscar Bait!!!! Hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't really have the words to properly report this news, but I'm going to give it my best effort. Have you ever heard of the death-predicting cat, Oscar? It's a pretty wacky story, actually. A Rhode Island nursing home adopted this kitten, now five years old. After a year of living there, the staff noticed that the feline would curl up at the feet of those who were mere hours away from death. While he didn't help save any lives, Oscar did come to be used as a sort of early warning system, with nursing home staff letting family know whenever the cat did his curling up thing. And he's still at it today!

A book was written on the subject, "Making the Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat," and now it
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'Deal or No Deal' Host Lands an Emmy Nomination, Set to Co-Host Awards Night

For the first time in the sixty years of existence, the Emmy Awards will be honoring five of the nation's most outstanding reality TV hosts.  Among those nominees announced earlier this month are Ryan Seacrest for Fox's American Idol, Tom Bergeron for ABC's Dancing with the Stars, Howie Mandel for NBC's Deal or No Deal, Heidi Klum for Bravo's Project Runway and Jeff Probst for CBS' Survivor.  Aside from vying for the first ever Emmy for Outstanding Host For a Reality Or Reality-Competition Program, the nominees will be hosting the Emmy Awards night on September 21st at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, marking the first time that a group of individuals under one nomination category will be hosting the show.

"We're excited by the addition of this new category, as it reflects the broad appeal of reality television, and think it will be one of the most competitive moments of the night,
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