14 items from 2009
With the holiday’s fast approaching and everyone struggling to find enough money to buy presents, we’ve come up with a novel way to save money: get free stuff from us! Thanks to a bunch of PR films, I’ve got a huge box filled with DVDs, Blu-rays and books and I’m going to give everything away to our readers. So if you’d like to know what you could win and how to enter, just hit the jump for all the info:
And one bit of news before you click on the jump…if you’re a regular reader of Collider, you’ve probably noticed we’ve had a lot of problems keeping the site online over the past few months. Due to heavy traffic and an old server, the site was crashing almost everyday. But after many weeks of work behind the scenes, we have a »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The creators of Robot Chicken are horror fans that often display their love of the red stuff in their 15-minute epics of plastic and clay. Currently on the road to promote the more Starlog-centric Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II, this past Monday night, I had the honor of attending an Adult Swim: Robot Chicken roller-skating party to celebrate the release of the special on DVD.
Ian David accompanied me and shot some awesome video. We got interviews with Robot Chicken creators/producers Seth Green and Matt Senreich…who were both on roller skates at the time. The band Gym Class Heroes was also part of the tour, providing the hundreds of fans with a live concert to accompany the skating. After being asked to personally take a few laps around the rink with Matt Senreich (how could I refuse?), I quickly learned that just because I could roller-skate like »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Bekah McKendry)
Robot Chicken has been satirizing popular culture with tremendous success since its debut on Cartoon Network’s [adult swim] in 2005. The brainchild of executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, the show has skewered all manner of films, television series, and celebrities.
Their most successful outing was the Star Wars Special, first aired in June 2007. The wild success in terms of ratings, critical commentary, and DVD sales meant a sequel was inevitable. The Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II special aired last November and was recently released on DVD by Warner Home Video. It was also nominated for a 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour).
Amazingly, the 22-minute special has been expanded and extended so the disc is filled with 93 minutes of material. You have the original broadcast version, plus the 38 minute extended versions and then 33 minutes of extras. That’s pretty impressive.
The special is also pretty damned funny. »
- Robert Greenberger
Chicago – Who would have guessed that some of the best “Star Wars”-related material of the ’00s would be produced by Seth Green? And yet, there’s no denying that a lot of what Green delivers with “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II” is smarter than a majority of the product coming out of the Lucas machine. Check out the special, now on DVD, and see for yourself.
DVD Rating: 3.5/5.0 If you’re completely unfamiliar with “Robot Chicken,” perhaps a “Star Wars” special is not the best place to start. “Robot Chicken” airs during the Adult Swim portion of the Cartoon Network line-up and features stop-motion animation inspired by and using action figures of most of our youth. Most episodes run just over ten minutes and feature dozens of “sketches,” some of which may just be brief jokes that last less a few seconds intertwined with longer scenes.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
What will Olivia Munn do to promote her pal Seth Green's Emmy-winning animated series Robot Chicken? You don't want to know. (But if you do - and remember we warned you - check out his video). Green rounded up famous friends including Sarah Silverman, Christian Slater and Milo Ventimiglia to shamelessly, grossly and hilariously plug his upcoming U.S. tour of roller rink parties for the release of the DVD of Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II, which was released Tuesday, from TV's Adult Swim. And if you can't feel the celebrity love, you can certainly sense the sarcasm. »
Fey's series, 30 Rock, was handed 22 Emmy nominations this morning, which stands as a record for a comedy series. She and Alec Baldwin were also nominated for acting awards. Plus, for the first time some of the other actors on NBC's laffer were recognized. Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer and Tracy Morgan all picked up supporting nominations.
MacFarlane's Family Guy was also nominated for best comedy series, the first time an animated show has cracked that category since The Flintstones in 1961. Two years ago MacFarlane decided to pull his show from contention in the animated series category to have it considered for best comedy.
The nominees for the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced today in Los Angeles, and the show to garner the most nods was 30 Rock, which received a record 22 nominations for a comedy series. With the Emmys expanding their number of nominees from five to six in certain categories, some new shows were finally able to get some recognition, although a few big shows were still overlooked in their final seasons: most notably The Shield and Battlestar Galactica. There are a ton of categories so I only included some of the major nominees below. For the complete list visit the Emmy Awards official website . What do you think of the nominees? Did any of your favourite shows get left out? What are the biggest oversights? Outstanding Comedy Series 30 Rock Entourage Family Guy Flight Of The Conchords How I Met Your Mother The Office Weeds Outstanding Drama Series Big Love Breaking Bad »
Sigourney Weaver was "completely thrilled, astonished and delighted" with her lead actress in a miniseries or movie nomination for her work in Lifetime's "Prayers for Bobby." Weaver said she wasn't expecting a nomination for the telefilm, a true story about a mother who finds out her son is gay after he commits suicide. "Mary Griffith's story as a mother is such a wrenching one of what can happen to any parent if that parent doesn't have access to any other points of view," she said from New Mexico, where she is working on Greg Mottola's comedy "Paul." Weaver said she planned to call Griffith and Henry Czerny (Bobby) to celebrate. "I'm thrilled that this will help us get more exposure; the producers had been working for 13 years trying to get this made," she added.
Last year's lead drama actress winner, Glenn Close, was »
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards this morning. The awards will be presented on September 20 and the show, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on CBS. The full list of nominees: Outstanding Animated Program (for programming less than one hour) American Dad · Sixteen-Hundred Candles · Fox Robot Chicken · Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II · Cartoon Network South Park · Margaritaville · Comedy Central · The Simpsons · Gone Maggie Gone · Fox Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or more) Afro Samurai: Resurrection · Spike TV Destination Imagination (Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends) · Cartoon Network Outstanding Art Direction For A Miniseries Or Movie Generation Kill · »
Side-splitting laughs at George Lucas' expense continue in the ongoing Robot Chicken: Star Wars series with the July 21 release of Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II on DVD presented by Adult Swim. I have three sets of Seth Green and Matthew Senreich's satirical comedy on DVD to give away to the lucky winners of this contest. Send in the completed entry form below for a chance to win. You can also swing back any or every day the contest is running to enter again. Robot Chicken: Star Wars 2 brazenly combines the satirical sensibilities of Seth Green and Matthew Senreich's (Stoopid Monkey Productions) Robot Chicken with the unforgettable moments and favorite characters of the Star Wars universeamong them, its creator himself, George Lucas. Transformed into the stop-motion animated characters that are the hallmark of Adult Swim's Robot Chicken, and in conjunction with ShadowMachine Films (Alex Bulkley/Corey Campodonico »
Its no secret that Cartoon Network and Adult Swim feature some of the funniest and most innovative shows around. With programming like Robot Chicken and Batman: The Brave and the Bold, they really show their true creative abilities and, in the case of Robot Chicken in particular, often makes us laugh our butts off.
Because we’re such fans of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim here at The Flickcast, we’re particularly excited to see what they have in store for Comic-Con. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait any longer to find out because today they’ve released the official Cartoon Network and Adult Swim schedule of all the events going on in San Diego.
Here’s all the info from the press release:
for 2009 Comic-Con International
- Joe Gillis
You might have came across a viral video of Breckin Meyer featuring Zac Efron, which plays like a parody of Perez Hilton's video statement about his run-in with the Black Eyed Peas last week in Toronto.
Since being released Wednesday on FunnyOrDie.com and later on AdultSwim.com, the Meyer clip has nabbed about 370,000 views.
While it was a billed as "Breckin Meyer Responds to Perez Hilton," the video in fact is a stealth promo written by "Robot Chicken" creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, head writer Tom Root and Meyer to tease AdultSwim's unusual campaign in support of the DVD release of the show's extended "Star Wars Episode II" special.
Green and Senreich are strapping on skates to host a nine-city roller-rink tour across America, which will feature performances by hip-hop band Gym Class Heroes and appearances by "Robot Chicken" writers, producers, voice cast members, including Meyer, as well as guest bands. »
- By Nellie Andreeva
Kung Fu Panda shut out its competition in every major feature film category at the 36th annual Annie Awards celebrating 2008’s best animated movies. The DreamWorks Animation pic bested critic favorite Wall-e and other nominee Bolt for “Best Feature.”
The surprise win is the first time DreamWorks has beaten a Pixar film for the top prize since 2001’s Shrek over Pixar’s Monster’s Inc. Panda took home fifteen statues Friday night and tied for the most wins ever. The Annie Award has matched the “Best Animated Feature” category at the Academy Awards every single year but one.
I thoroughly enjoyed Kfp, but I was under the impression that Wall-e was a better film all around. While DreamWorks Animation has stepped up its game in recent years, Pixar’s animation was exceptional. This is a major upset, especially since Wall-e went home with nothing. The Oscar race just got even more interesting. »
- Jeff Leins
Photo: DreamWorks Animation Wall-e is the certain frontrunner to win the Oscar Best Animated Feature at the 2009 Oscars as it competes with DreamWorks's Kung Fu Panda and Disney's Bolt for the award, but on Friday night at the 36th annual Annie Awards Wall-e's name was nowhere to be found when looking at the winner's circle. Instead Kung Fu Panda took home eleven Annie Awards including Best Animated Feature and all the way down to Best Animated Video Game. Outside of that, it's DVD counterpart Secrets of the Furious Five won four more Annie's for DreamWorks Animation. I would love to tell you there is more to the story, but it was an absolute domination. I don't think this changes anything in terms of the Oscar race as Wall-e remains the likely winner, but it certainly adds a little more flavor to a rather weird award season. The winners are featured »
- Brad Brevet
14 items from 2009
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