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The 10 Best Celebrity Voiceovers In Disney Films

20 November 2013 11:15 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

I saw the delightful Frozen yesterday and noticed something: Idina Menzel‘s singing voice stands out so much that you feel like you’ve been transported to the Hollywood Bowl midway through the movie. For me, this celebrity quotient adds to how great a Disney animated adventure can be. That brings us to today’s topic: the 10 best celebrity voiceovers in Disney films. Draw up your personal list beforehand; this one got hard for me and I needed to switch up my order several times. I only ended up including the bare necessities. Onward!

10. Ellen DeGeneres in Finding Nemo

Dory is exactly who don’t want to meet when you lose track of your spawn. She’s flighty, annoying, chipper and not incredibly helpful thanks to her short-term memory loss. “It runs in my family. Well, at least I think it does.” But Ellen makes that character so lovable thanks to her droll, »

- Louis Virtel

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Remembering Marcia Wallace, Lady Gaga Will Host “SNL” and Nico Tortorella is “Eye Candy”

1 November 2013 5:09 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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Tina Fey has sold another comedy, this one starring The Office alum Ellie Kemper as a woman starting over in New York City after leaving a doomsday cult. NBC has already ordered 13 episodes.

Deadline reports that PBS has picked up Vicious, a hit British comedy where Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi play a bickering couple who are nearing their 50th anniversary. I can’t wait.

I hope this is as good as it sounds on paper.

It would be a big deal if George Romero would be involved in The Walking Dead so, naturally, the show has tried to get him involved for an episode or two. So far, he’s refused because he’s been disappointed in the drama explaining, “… it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism.”

Remember The Skulls, the »

- Lyle Masaki

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‘Wheel of Fortune’ Director Mark Corwin Dies at 65

25 July 2013 12:54 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mark Corwin, who directed more than 2,000 episodes of “Wheel of Fortune,” died of cancer Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 65.

Corwin won a Daytime Emmy in 2011 for his work on the syndicated game show during the past 14 years.

“Wheel” exec producer Harry Friedman remember Corwin for his professionalism, devotedness and sense of humor.

“Mark made directing ‘Wheel of Fortune’ look easy and it’s no simple task,” Friedman said. “He loved this show and understood that the viewers have a  special bond with ‘Wheel,’ which he never took for granted.”

A native of Los Angeles, Corwin began his career as a stage manager before moving into the position of associate director on several NBC network shows, including “Hollywood Squares.” Other credits include “Password Plus,” “The New High Rollers,” “Card Sharks” and “Jeopardy!”.

Corwin is survived by his wife Robin, who he met while they were both working on “Wheel,” and two children. »

- Allegra Tepper

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R.I.P. Mark Corwin

25 July 2013 12:47 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Mark Corwin, Emmy Award-winning director of Wheel Of Fortune, died this morning in Los Angeles. He was 65. Corwin directed more than 2,000 episodes of the top-rated game show, and was beloved by staff and crew. “Mark made directing Wheel of Fortune look easy, and it’s no simple task,” Executive Producer Harry Friedman said. “He loved this show and understood that the viewers have a special bond with Wheel, which he never took for granted.” Corwin began his career as a stage manager, then worked his way up to associate director on various NBC network shows, including Hollywood Squares. His other credits include Password Plus, The New High Rollers, Card Sharks and Jeopardy! Photo Credit: Carol Kaelson »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Happy 50th Birthday to "Password", The Most Fabulous Game Show Ever

3 January 2013 9:00 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Every year I find myself searching for ways to cope with awful January grimness, and luckily I've found us a kickass anniversary to celebrate: Password debuted in primetime 50 years ago this week, and it remains one of the definitive entertainments in the wide, mysteriously under-respected world of game shows. Like with most great game shows including To Tell the Truth, The Price is Right, and Pyramid, gaming genius Bob Stewart (who passed away this year at age 91) was a critical part of Password's inception. It's a parlor activity of hints and responses, but somehow the suspense of coming up with just the right clue is telegenic enough to endure decades of relevance.

Let's take a look back at multiple versions of this fine show and mutter in our best monotone narration, "The password is... fabulous."

Forget George Burns and Gracie Allen: I prefer the team of Allen Ludden and Betty White! »

- virtel

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