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The new "Mad" Magazine Special "20 Dumbest of 2013", will be available December 18, 2013:
"...it's the 'Mad' yearly recap of the 20 dumbest people events and things! Featuring Miley Cyrus, President Obama, A-Rod, Paula Deen and Blurred Lines, there’s plenty of stupidity to go around! Plus our full-spoof of 'The Following', 'Planet Tad', 'The Mad Strip Club', Sergio Aragonés' 'Mad Look at Sleepovers', 'The Fold-In' and a whole lot more..."
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- Michael Stevens
Shirley Mitchell, who had a recurring role on “I Love Lucy” as Lucy Ricardo’s friend Marion Strong as part of a seven-decade career that ended just last year, died Nov. 11 of heart failure in the Westwood area of Los Angeles. She was 94.
In 2012 Mitchell impersonated Betty White for the animated series “Mad,” and in 2006 she voiced a role in a “Desperate Housewives” videogame. She made her screen debut in the 1944 film “Jamboree” and appeared steadily on television for decades starting in 1951 with a guest appearance on “Hollywood Theatre Time” and guesting on everything from “Dragnet” to “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” She recurred on the series “Bachelor Father” in 1958-59 and as Mae Belle Jennings »
- Carmel Dagan
Tonight at 8:30Et/7:30Pt, Cartoon Network will present the 100th episode of the Emmy and Annie award nominated Mad. Like the Sistine Chapel, the moon landing and Bruce Jenner's face, they said a regular, timely animated version of Mad Magazine couldn't be done, but 100 episodes later, series Head Writer/Producer Kevin Shinick and his team proved the naysayers, well... nay. Greg Ehrbar: Tell us about the excitement surrounding the 100th Mad show. Kevin Shinick: First of all, because it's airing on the 11/11, we've declared it "national corduroy day!" And we're calling the 100th episode a "double spectacular" because it’s twice the length of a regular episode. It's got everything you love about our show, plus a look back at moments from past episodes. And like the Oscars, there’s a memorial segment for characters that haven’t made it to the 100th episode. Greg: »
- Greg Ehrbar
To celebrate its 100th episode, Mad is getting "Super"-sized. The animated sketch-comedy series features a parody of the Superman blockbuster Man of Steel in Monday's double-sized show (Nov. 11 at 8:30/7:30c on Cartoon Network). Producer Kevin Shinick recruited Weird Al Yankovic and Henry Winkler to voice Superman and his father, Jor-El, respectively in the sketch, which takes a playful jab at the film's controversial violence.
The network gave Shinick 22-minutes to play with — twice the Emmy-nominated show's typical episode length — and he's stuffed it with a variety of pop-culture parodies and comedy bits. The featured musical sketch, "The Worst Show Ever," is inspired by a certain boy band. "It's One Direction's take on having to watch Mad," Shinick says, emphasizing his series' self-deprecating attitude. Yankovic will voice the band's manager.
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- Rich Sands
Reader Sherry writes:
My boys were watching cartoons on Cartoon Network tonight when they started hollering at us to come in and see. On Mad there was a Doctor Who spoof with Whose Line is it Anyway? I included the link below as I couldn’t find the actual show on You Tube or Cartoon Network right now. Thought you would like to see it.
Sherry’s link is to an article about the sketch at TV Guide, which includes this tidbit:
“Knowing that the Doctor Who series is marking its 50th year celebration by bringing the two most recent Doctors together in a special, we figured Mad needed to bring them together first in a special way that only Mad could get away with,” says producer Kevin Shinick. “Pairing it with Whose Line Is It Anyway? is a dreadful and ridiculous idea, so we knew we were on to something. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Force, The Fantastic Four, Kick-Ass 2, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Superman vs. Batman, Arrow, The Flash, Beware the Batman, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Ultimate Spider-Man, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and more...
So, The Wolverine opened last weekend, and it seems audiences were still suffering an X-Men Origins: Wolverine headache, with Hugh Jackman's sixth X-Men outing pulling in an opening weekend of $53.1 million in North America to take first place at the box office, albeit with a new franchise low (for comparison 2000's X-Men debuted with $54.5 million, while X-Men: First Class opened with $55.1 million in 2011). Here in the UK, »
- Flickering Myth
The Geekie Awards are created for Geeks, by Geeks, with Seth Green Presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Stan “The Man” Lee on August 18th. This is the first live broadcast geek-genre awards show supporting indie artists and creators.
The Geekie Awards was created by über geek girl, Kristen Nedopak, in order to celebrate the most talented independent creators, artists, and filmmakers in the geek genre. This awards show stands alone as one that will showcase the multitude of genres within the geek world to an international audience of industry leaders and fans who may not otherwise discover it, via a live broadcast event.
Presenters confirmed to date include: Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Grant Imahara (Mythbusters), Brea Grant (Dexter, Heroes), Kevin Shinick (Mad, Robot Chicken), Andrew Bowen (Rock Jocks, Mad), Winner Twins (award winning sci-fi authors), Ashley Esqueda (host of Techfoolery), Bonnie Burton (Star Wars Craft, Geek Diy), and »
- Melissa Howland
Keen eyes may remember Kevin Shinick as the host of the PBS game show "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?," or perhaps even from his work on Broadway. Since those days, he's gone on to have a pretty successful TV career, both in front of and behind the camera, and even writes comic books.
Looking back on his career in show business, along with what he's currently working on, Shinick spoke with Zap2it. He even shared a little about a date he went on with a then-unknown Angelina Jolie.
It didn't take long for Shinick, as an actor, to land on Broadway. A year after college he got his big break when cast by Tony Randall in a production of "The Seagull." As if getting a job on Broadway so early in his career wasn't a surreal enough experience, the actors around him were mostly seasoned veterans. "The cast wound up being Ethan Hawke, »
Director: Paul Feig.
Running Time: 117 minutes.
Synopsis: Aiming to nab a promotion, the straight-laced Agent Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) must prove she’s a team player by pairing up with slovenly maverick cop Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) to bring down a highly elusive drug lord.
Paul Feig is up to his olds tricks again. This time the Bridesmaids director teams up go-to funny girl Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock for odd couple/buddy cop comedy, The Heat. 20th Century Fox is clearly confident, delaying the film’s original Spring release and holding out for a big summer box office return; a gambit that would appear to have paid off as the movie has performed well State-side and a sequel has already been announced.
The Heat, we are sad to say, is standard stuff. The film’s »
- Joe Upton
Now that the Spider-Man comic book series is in the age of the Superior Spider-Man, we’re also getting Superior Carnage, a 5-part miniseries from Kevin Shinick. As part of our Comic-Con coverage, Kevin told us about his recent comic book work and his plans for the popular Spider-Man villain:
I understand that you’ve been a Spider-Man fan for a while now. What first got you hooked on Spider-Man? Was it a particular issue or did you start with the animated series/toys?
Kevin Shinick: You didn’t mention the Underoos! Didn’t Stan Lee create the Underoos first? Truth be told, I can’t remember the first issue I read, but I know it was from an early age. But once I started reading comics on a regular basis I found that Spider-Man was my main guy, followed by Batman.
Our readers are probably most familiar with your comedy work. »
- Jonathan James
An army of lightsaber-wielding celebrities are making their way from George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch to San Diego Comic-Con 2013. The 500-mile relay run is being completed in quarter-mile segments by such entertainers as Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), Danielle Panabaker (Mad Men), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3),Analeigh Tipton (Warm Bodies) and Molly Quinn (We’re the Millers). In addition to being a great excuse to dress up as Star Wars characters, Nerdist and Lucasfilm's second running of Course of the Force aims to raise funds and awareness for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. For more details, video and images from the event, hit the jump. Speaking of celebs, this video recap features Molly Quinn as Star Wars character Mara Jade, so take a look! Check out the fully-detailed press release below: Who Aimee Teegarden (“Aim High”; “Friday Night Lights”), Danielle Panabaker (AMC’s “Mad Men”; Friday the 13th), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3 »
- Dave Trumbore
Comic Con hasn’t been strictly superheroes in a long, long time. We have scoured the schedule for this year’s event and have pulled out the dark, the bloody, the monstrous, and the ghostly panels that look to be right up FEARnet readers’s alley.
Paranormal Passion Panel
Authors discuss the inclusion of romantic elements in their action-packed novels. Protagonists must battle the forces of evil while trying to keep the world (and often their lovers) safe from destruction. Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy leads a discussion with Comic-Con special guest Christine Feehan (The Dark Series), Claudia Gray (Spellcaster), Aprilynne Pike (Earthbound), Lauren Kate (The Fallen Novels), Kendare Blake (Antigoddess), and Magnus Flyte (City of Dark Magic).
Thursday July 18, 2013 10:30am - 11:30am
Masters of the Web
Some of the most prominent and influential film pundits on the web discuss the film industry, writing for film online, »
- Alyse Wax
Sunday isn't normally the most eventful day at Comic-Con. Things are coming to a close and people that have been there the full four days are getting tired. But there is still some cool stuff to see! We might have to stick around a little longer this time around because there's stuff I want to see!
Here are a few noteworthy panels for Sunday, but to see the full line-up click here. What panels are you excited about attending?
Sunday, July 21
- Joey Paur
It’s time to finalize those Comic-Con schedules.
With the annual pop culture-paloooza just weeks away, the event’s organizers have finally released an official schedule, and if you thought your schedule looked packed based on initial panel reports, prepare yourself for more than a few tough choices.
For those not attending the Con, which runs July 17-21, stay close to EW.com all Comic-Con week long for live coverage, including breaking news, interviews and more. (Bookmark this.)
Here’s the full rundown of the TV line-up. Head to Inside Movies to create more schedule conflicts for yourself with the complete movie highlights list. »
- Sandra Gonzalez
You can find the complete schedule here, but check out below for some of the biggest highlight’s from the convention’s final day. San Diego Comic-Con will run from July 17-21.
10:00am-11:00am, Room 6De, DC Comics Superman: The New 52: The Last Son of Krypton is one of the most recognized pop culture icons of all time, and this year, Superman is set to soar to new heights! »
- Keith Staskiewicz
Comic-Con International has announced the Sunday programming lineup for the final day of San Diego Comic-Con 2013 on Sunday, July 21. You can clickHere for the full lineup, including comic book events, but we have pulled out all the movie, DVD, and TV-related panels for you right here. Take a look at what the final day of this convention has to offer.
10:00 Am - 11:00 Am Supernatural Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Series stars Jared Padalecki (Friday the 13th), Jensen Ackles (My Bloody Valentine 3D), Misha Collins (Ringer), and Mark Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica), along with executive producer Jeremy Carver (U.S. version of Being Human) return to Hall H to answer questions from the audience about what's in store for the ninth season of this exciting series. Fans will also be treated to an exclusive video presentation featuring series highlights, as well as a portion of the special features from »
Comic-Con released their full schedule of events and panels for for Friday, July 19th! It looks like another great day at the event, and we're excited to be there to cover as much as we can for you!
Friday will include panels for The World's End, Kick-Ass 2, Riddick, The Walking Dead, "DC Comics Justice League: Trinity War", Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Game of Thrones, "Marvel: Cup O' Joe," Robocop, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Veronica Mars, Robot Chicken, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox and more!
To see the full panel and event line-up, click here. Below you'll find a few noteworthy panels. Stay tuned for all your Comic-Con awesomeness!
Friday, July 19
- Joey Paur
In case you missed it, click here to see Thursday’s schedule and below you’ll see Friday’s TV and movie highlights. For more info and the complete schedule head over to the official Comic-Con site.
10:00am-11:00am, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Cartoon Network: Regular Show: Care to join the not so regular cast and crew for an eventful hour of over the top regular? »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Comic-Con International announced the programming schedule for the first day of San Diego Comic-Con 2013 on Thursday, July 18. You can clickHere for the full schedule, including comic book-related events, but we have all the movie, DVD, and TV-related panels for you right here. You can also clickHere to check out the TV pilots that will be presented on Preview Night, Wednesday, July 17. Take a look at what panels and events are happening in San Diego, two weeks from today.
Thursday, July 18
10:00 Am - 11:00 Am Intelligence
Stars Josh Holloway (Lost), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and Marg Helgenberger (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and executive producers Michael Seitzman (North Country), René Echevarria (Terra Nova, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and Tripp Vinson discuss the new CBS dramatic thriller. Holloway plays Gabriel, a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a supercomputer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel is the first »
San Diego Comic-Con is only about two weeks away! And as you've seen, information on what we are going to get to see has been rolling in. The full schedule should be released soon, but in the mean time DC Entertainment has revealed all of their Comic-Con plans and what they will be showcasing at the ultra geek convention.
Look over the full press release below with all of the details, and let us know what excites you most!
DC Entertainment, home to the World’s Greatest Super Heroes and the most talented writers and artists in the business, announced today it will storm Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013 with an impressive line-up of events, announcements and giveaways that promise to amaze fans and continue to cement its position as a leader in the comic book industry. The largest English-language publisher and the leader in digital comics innovation, DC Entertainment will »
- Joey Paur
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