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Seth Rogen’s R-Rated ‘Sausage Party’ Tries to Break Through the Family-Friendly Animation Glass Ceiling

Seth Rogen’s R-Rated ‘Sausage Party’ Tries to Break Through the Family-Friendly Animation Glass Ceiling
After Charlie Kaufman’s R-rated, stop-motion drama “Anomalisa” failed to make a box office dent last year despite critical kudos, we’ll see if Seth Rogen’s raunchy, CG-animated “Sausage Party” (opening August 12) has a better chance of commercial success.

“One of the biggest reasons I wanted to do this was for the industry itself, just to be able to knock down the door and prove that R-rated animation has an audience,” admitted director Conrad Vernon, who first met Rogen as a voice actor on DreamWorks’ “Monsters vs. Aliens. “It just depends on how you tell the story and we think animation’s not just for families and kids and that it’s a medium and not a genre.”

Vernon has been aching to do an R-rated animated comedy ever since he saw Ralph Bakshi’s “Heavy Metal” in the ’80s. He wound up working on Bakshi’s “Cool World
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Mike Gold, Mickey Mouse, and Ren & Stimpy’s DNA

Listen up. I’m going to tell you a horrible, horrible secret. And it’s about me!

I really don’t care for most Disney animation. The earliest black and white stuff is fun, and there are a few shorts here and there that I enjoy. The features? Not as many. Alice in Wonderland… that’s about it. As Craig Ferguson might ask, “how long have you been in Isis?”

Disney comics is a totally different thing. Every time I’m forced to list my all-time favorite comics creators, Floyd Gotfriedson and Carl Barks are always on that list. Gotfriedson’s Mickey Mouse newspaper strip brought depth and characterization to the popular rodent. His adventures were truly adventures, full of wit and charm, brilliant craftsmanship, on-the-button pacing, and heart. Lucky for us, our pals at Fantagraphics have been reprinting them in brilliant hardcover editions.

Carl Barks was the master behind
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'Space Jam 2' is really happening and it's all your fault

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'Space Jam 2' is really happening and it's all your fault
You see what you’ve done with your ironic hipster love of terrible movies? I was 26 when Space Jam was released to theaters in 1996. I’m a big fan of the classic Warner Bros. animation. I’ve purchased Looney Tunes collections on laserdisc, DVD, and now Blu-ray, and I love revisiting the work of Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Maurice Noble, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, Frank Tashlin, and Robert McKimson, among others. If you to ask me what televised sport is my favorite, I’ve always preferred basketball to anything else because of the pace and because of the simplicity of the game itself. It’s very pure, and even the worst NBA game is entertaining. And when it comes to Bill Murray… well, he’s on that very short list of my favorite things. Not just favorite people, and not just favorite movie stars, but overall favorite things. That’s
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Horror Highlights: Friday The 13th Part VI, Madballs #1, The Horde, Warlash: Zombie Mutant Genesis #1

Jason Lives, the sixth installment in the Friday the 13th franchise, turns 30 in August and to celebrate, O Cinema and Popcorn Frights Film Festival are having a screening of the film. Read on for more details. Also: Madballs #1 preview pages, The Horde release details, and Warlash: Zombie Mutant Genesis #1 preview pages.

Friday the 13th Part VI Screening: From O Cinema and Popcorn Frights Film Festival: “O Cinema and Popcorn Frights Film Festival are proud to present the 30th Anniversary of the sixth chapter in the Friday the 13th series, Jason Lives.

Retro video game table. Play the classic Nintendo 8-bit “Friday the 13th” video game before the movie (10 pm) 30th Anniversary Screening of “Friday the 13th: Jason Lives” (11 pm)

As most horror fans know, the fourth Friday the 13th film was intended to truly be The Final Chapter. However, since it wound up being the highest grossing film in the series,
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Sdcc: Full list of winners from the 2015 Eisner Awards

Last night the Indigo Ballroom of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront played host to the 27th Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, and thanks to Bleeding Cool we’ve got a full list of all the winners…

Best Short Story

“Beginning’s End,” by Rina Ayuyang, muthamagazine.com

“Corpse on the Imjin!” by Peter Kuper, in Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World (Simon & Schuster)

“Rule Number One,” by Lee Bermejo, in Batman Black and White #3 (DC)

The Sound of One Hand Clapping,” by Max Landis & Jock, in Adventures of Superman #41-42 (DC)

“When the Darkness Presses,” by Emily Carroll, http://emcarroll.com/comics/darkness/

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

Astro City #16: “Wish I May” by Kurt Busiek & Brent Anderson (Vertigo/DC)

Beasts of Burden: Hunters and Gatherers, by Evan Dorkin & Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)

Madman in Your Face 3D Special, by Mike Allred (Image)

Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration
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Bob Baker, Puppeteer Whose Theater Was L.A. Institution, Dies at 90

Puppeteer Bob Baker, whose marionette theater near downtown Los Angeles was an institution serving generations of kids, died Friday of natural causes. He was 90.

Baker, who launched the Bob Baker Marionette Theater in 1963, offered puppet shows in what was billed as one of the world’s oldest and longest-running children’s theater companies. In 2009, the theater’s location on First Street was named a Los Angeles Historical Cultural Monument.

An L.A. native, Baker traveled the world with his famous marionette troupe. His work was featured in prominent films, ranging from Disney’s “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” to Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” to the 1954 version of “A Star Is Born.” He was said to have an archive of more than 3,000 puppets.

Baker’s interest in puppetry was sparked at the age of 5 when he saw a puppet show at a downtown Los Angeles department store. Within
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Tim's Toons: Remembering Williams & Bacall in animation

Tim here. In case you’re just tuning in, it’s been a brutal week for celebrity deaths (and in the world at large, but let’s not start getting into that or I’ll be too depressed to function). Nathaniel has already written lovely pieces remembering both Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, so I hope you’ll permit me to go much smaller, to share with you a couple of animated curios paying tribute to those stars’ respective gifts.

Befitting a great vocal contortionist, Williams played several parts in animated films over the years, most famously Aladdin in 1992, though that wasn’t his first (he was in FernGully: The Last Rainforest earlier the same year, as I expect readers born within a very narrow window of years know well, while everyone else is wondering “FernWhat?”). And even that wasn’t his very first brush with animation, which I believe
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Jodorowsky’S Dune – The Review

For students of cinema, several films-that-were-never-made have been the subject of articles, books, and documentaries. Historians enjoy imagining just what movie delights almost happened, that were stopped by different circumstances, often budgetary. I recall seeing production art for Willis O’Brien’s teaming of titans in “King Kong Meets Frankenstein”. Before George Pal produced the definitive big screen version, Ray Harryhausen shot test footage for a proposed “War of the Worlds”. And animation buffs have wondered at the pencil test sequences Looney Tunes wildman Bob Clampett whipped up to try to sell MGM on a cartoon short series based on “John Carter of Mars”. And in this “what if” study, there would need to be a sizable sidebar on the unfilmed works of Orson Welles. Years before Coppola, Welles tried to adapt Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” for the movies along with comics’ “Batman” and “Don Quixote” (Terry Gilliam’s
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Comic-Con 2013 - Full Schedule for Friday July 19th

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

Star Wars Comics: Here and Now

What is the current state of Star Wars comics? Join Dark Horse editor Randy Stradley and Star Wars creators Carlos D'Anda, Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Doug Wheatley,
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Comic-Con 2013 schedule: See what's happening Friday

Comic-Con 2013 schedule: See what's happening Friday
Friday’s Comic-Con schedule has landed! And it’s totally packed with action, from Simon Pegg’s latest The World’s End panel to a special Veronica Mars presentation.

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?
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Short Film: Celebrate Porky Pig Creator Bob Clampett’s Centennial with ‘A Corny Concerto’

Why Watch? For starters, Bob Clampett was kind of a big deal and today is the 100th anniversary of his birthday. He directed cartoons for Warner Bros. from 1937 to 1947, a decade of boundlessly entertaining work. He was also a somewhat controversial character, mostly due to his insistence that he had created Bugs Bunny all on his own. That turns out to be entirely unfounded, of course, but at least Porky Pig was definitely his. The two of them face off in the first half of A Corny Concerto, the first time in WB history that two major characters shared a cartoon. The whole thing is a parody of Walt Disney’s work, Fantasia in particular. Elmer Fudd takes on the role of musicologist and conductor, rising from behind the orchestra to introduce “Tales from the Vienna Woods” in the style of Fantasia‘s Deems Taylor. He later returns for the second segment, “The Blue Danube
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The Croods – The Review

Cavemen (and women) have long been a staple of comedy films and cartoons. From almost the start of cinema, funny men donned the fur skins and fright wigs. Buster Keaton started in the silent era soon followed by the Three Stooges up to more recent flicks like the 1980′s classic Caveman. But they were also taken fairly seriously in One Million BC and Quest For Fire (and of course the opening scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey). Two long running newspaper comic strips,”Alley Oop” and “B.C.”, starred early humans while the comic books had Howie Post’s “Anthro” and Joe Kubert’s ”Tor”. It was only logical that animators would pick up the club with theatrical shorts like Daffy Duck And Dinosaur from Chuck Jones and Tex Avery’s The First Texas Badman. Artist Bob Clampett whipped up some early sketches for a proposed prehistoric family short, but
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Mike Gold: Squeeze Batman Until He Bleeds!

Pop quiz: Who’s that guy over to your left with the bowler hat and the two guns blazin’ away?

To nobody’s surprise, Cartoon Network (an arm of Time Warner) cancelled Young Justice and Green Lantern and will be replacing them next summer with an original cast return of Teen Titans and the long-lurking Beware The Batman. So here’s a clue: yes, that piece of art is from Beware The Batman.

Ok, I’m a relic but I’m a relic who has a hell of a lot more than a passing familiarity with The Batman mythos, and a crucial part of that mythos, one of the only truly enduring parts of The Batman mythos, is his antipathy towards guns.

So it’s kind of surprising to see Batman’s butler Alfred being recast as – literally – an ex-secret agent who likes to run around doing the one thing
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"Bugs Bunny Superstar" A Decent Excuse To Watch Cartoons

Bugs Bunny Superstar has the aura of many studio documentaries: quickly produced, not particularly illuminating, and loaded with filler material. But when the length is padded with Looney Tunes cartoons (a whopping nine are presented here in their entirety), it's difficult to find fault. The story of early animation is certainly fascinating (and the animation department at Warner Brothers produced as many colorful characters as any), so any look into it is welcome, but even with the participation of Bob Clampett, it's hard not to feel slightly short-changed, or at least under-nourished.

Read more...
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Halloween treat! New animated short by 'Hotel Transylvania' director to show in theaters

Halloween treat! New animated short by 'Hotel Transylvania' director to show in theaters
Trick-or-treat from the director of Hotel Transylvania!

Just in time for Halloween, a new animated short called Goodnight, Mr. Foot by the film’s director, Genndy Tartakovsky, will precede digital screenings of the box office hit animated flick in Regal Entertainment Group theaters around the country starting Friday, Sony Pictures Animation announced Thursday.

The animated short stars lumbering Bigfoot as he checks into Dracula’s resort, featured in Hotel Transylvania, and meets an energetic witch-maid.

“After we finished Hotel Transylvania I got an itch to animate!,” said Tartakovsky in a statement. “Taking inspiration from my favorite directors Bob Clampett, Tex Avery,
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Genndy Tartakovsky's Goodnight Mr. Foot Photos

Genndy Tartakovsky's Goodnight Mr. Foot Photos
Hotel Transylvania is still playing in theaters nationwide, and with Halloween approaching, director Genndy Tartakovsky has a special treat for the fans. Regal Cinemas is debuting the filmmaker's new animated short Goodnight, Mr. Foot before all Hotel Transylvania screenings starting Friday, October 26. Take a look at the first three photos from the short, then read all the official details in the press release.

Hotel Transylvania - the record-setting 3D computer-animated monster comedy from Sony Pictures Animation that ranked as the biggest September opening in movie history and the best opening ever for the studio - is releasing a new animated short as a special Halloween treat.

Beginning October 26, all digital showings of Hotel Transylvania in Regal Entertainment Group Cinemas around the country will be preceded with a new traditionally animated short directed by the film's director, 13-time Emmy nominee (and three-time Emmy winner) Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars
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"Mockingbird Lane" - October 26, 2012

According to new reports, the $10 million NBC dark comedy TV pilot "Mockingbird Lane", created by Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies"), will be 'repurposed' as a stand-alone network Halloween Special, to air October 26, 2012.

"Mockingbird Lane" stars Jerry O’Connell as 'Herman Munster', Portia de Rossi as 'Lily Munster' and Eddie Izzard as 'Grandpa'.

Producer, director Bryan Singer ("Superman Returns") developed the prime-time pilot for Universal Television, featuring a sub-plot focusing on Herman who needs a new heart and his quest for a willing donor for the replacement.

"When you come to 'The Munsters'", said Fuller, "and have 'Herman', who’s essentially a zombie in a constant state of decay, married to a woman who doesn’t age, there’s something very poignant there...we want this show to be an American 'Harry Potter'. To have that sense of a magical world that you get to go to with your family
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"1313 Mockingbird Lane" Scares Off NBC

VancouverFilm.Net reports that NBC’s Vancouver-lensed "Munsters" TV pilot, "1313 Mockingbird Lane", under the supervision of writer Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies") will not receive a series order from NBC.

The "darker re-imagining" of the classic slapstick monster comedy TV series starred actor Jerry O’Connell as the re-animated corpse, 'Herman Munster'.

Producer, director Bryan Singer ("Superman Returns") developed the prime-time pilot for Universal Television, featuring a sub-plot focusing on Herman who needs a new heart and his quest for a willing donor for the replacement.

"When you come to 'The Munsters'", said Fuller, "and have 'Herman', who’s essentially a zombie in a constant state of decay, married to a woman who doesn’t age, there’s something very poignant there...we want this show to be an American 'Harry Potter'. To have that sense of a magical world that you get to go to with your family
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Eisner Awards: The winners are...

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards — largely considered the “Comic Oscars” — were given out Friday night at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. And the winners are…

Best Short Story

“The Seventh,” by Darwyn Cooke, in Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition (Idw)

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

Daredevil #7, by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, and Joe Rivera (Marvel)

Best Continuing Series

Daredevil, by Mark Waid, Marcos Martin, Paolo Rivera, and Joe Rivera (Marvel)

Best Limited Series

Criminal: The Last of the Innocent, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Marvel Icon)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)

Dragon Puncher Island,
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Animation Director Genndy Tartakovsky Inks Overall Deal With Sony Pictures Animation

Sony Pictures Animation continues to expand its stable of talented filmmakers with the signing of three-time Emmy Award winner Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars) to an overall agreement that extends beyond his current directorial film debut of Hotel Transylvania to include development and direction of his own projects, as well as an all-new take on Popeye. The deal was announced today by Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, and Michelle Raimo-Kouyate, President of Production, Sony Pictures Animation.

Sony Pictures Animation is committed to attracting - and keeping - industry visionaries with the creative instincts to craft the style of vibrant storytelling that has been our trademark for 10 memorable years,” says Osher. “I have known Genndy since his Hanna-Barbera days and am thrilled we are continuing the relationship with him. This is a very exciting collaboration, one that should yield wonderful animated
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