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Kevin Meaney, Veteran Actor and Stand Up Comedian, Passes Away at 60

Kevin Meaney, Veteran Actor and Stand Up Comedian, Passes Away at 60
Kevin Meaney, stand up comedian and actor who starred in the TV adaptation of “Uncle Buck,” died Friday, October 21 at his home in Forestburgh, New York. He was 60.

“It is true as confirmed to me by his family. It is a tremendous loss to the comedy community as well. He was loved and will be missed,” Meaney’s agent Tom Ingegno told Laughspin. The comedian was scheduled to perform in East Providence, R.I. on Saturday night. No cause of death has been determined.

Meaney was a breakout star of the ‘80s comedy scene, appearing on the “Uncle Buck” TV series inspired by the John Candy film of the same name, and various late night shows including “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night with David Letterman.” He was best known for his catchphrase, “That’s not right!,” said to be an imitation of his mother.

He also appeared in episodes of “30 Rock,
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Curtis Hanson, ‘8 Mile’ Director, Dies at 71

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Curtis Hanson, ‘8 Mile’ Director, Dies at 71
Curtis Hanson, the director of “8 Mile” and “L.A. Confidential,” among other films, died Tuesday at his Hollywood Hills home, a spokesperson for Los Angeles Police Department told TheWrap,. He was 71. Police arrived at Hanson’s residence shortly before 5 p.m. and determined that he had died of natural causes, the spokesperson said. A producer and screenwriter as well as a director, Hanson won an Oscar in 1997 for Best Adapted Screenplay for the neo-noir crime film “L.A. Confidential.” Also Read: 'Space Ghost Coast to Coast' Voice Actor C Martin Croker Dies at 54 Hanson’s other films included 1992’s “The Hand That Rocks.
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Adult Swim honors memory of 'Space Ghost' actor, posts series online for free

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Adult Swim honors memory of 'Space Ghost' actor, posts series online for free
As we reported yesterday, Space Ghost Coast to Coast and Aqua Teen Hunger Force voice actor and animator C. Martin Croker passed away on Sunday at age 54. Now Adult Swim has decided to honor his memory in the best way they know how. The broadcaster announced on Twitter that they have posted virtually every episode of Space Ghost online and without the normal pay log in. This is great news for anyone who ever loved the show as well as those who have yet to discover it.  This is an extra special treat considering DVDs for the series are out of print and hard to come by.   To check them out, click on this link. Zorak and Moltar would have wanted it that way.
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'Space Ghost' voice and animator C. Martin Croker dead at 54

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'Space Ghost' voice and animator C. Martin Croker dead at 54
C. Martin Croker, one of the most important voices and animators on Adult Swim, passed away on Sunday. He was just 54. Croker was a name you might not have known, but you knew his work as the voice behind Zorak and Moltar on Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Additionally, he voiced Dr. Weird, Steve and other characters on the long-running Aqua Teen Hunger Force. But Croker was more than that. He also served as an animator for both shows. Adult Swim honored his memory on Twitter writing “R.I.P. C. Martin Croker.” They also re-ran a classic episode of Space Ghost that featured Ashley Judd and Dr. Timothy Leary. Check out some of Croker’s work from Sgctc…
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Adult Swim Animator And Voice Actor Clay Martin Croker Dies At 54

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Adult Swim animator and voice actor Clay Martin Croker died yesterday at the age of 54, as reported by Adult Swim creative director Jason DeMarco and contributor/rapper Mc Chris. Croker is best known for voicing both Zorak and Moltar on the long-running Cartoon Network talk show parody “Space Ghost Coast to Coast,” a series credited for establishing Adult Swim, spawning four separate spin-off shows — “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “Sealab 2021,” “The Brak Show,” and “Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law” — and produced the majority of the writers and staff who still currently work for the alternative programming block.

Read More: Adult Swim Makes History By Launching First Full Episode On Vine

Croker began his career animating promos for TNT in the early-90s, but moved to Cartoon Network a few years later to help animate and design bumpers for the network’s rebranding. It was then producer Mike Lazzo, now Senior
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C. Martin Croker Dies: Voice Actor And Animator On ‘Space Ghost Coast To Coast’ And ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’ Was 54

The Space Ghost parody universe became a bit smaller this morning as C. Martin Croker, voice actor behind classic characters Zorak and Moltar on Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Dr. Weird on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and an animator in his own right died this morning from undisclosed causes. He was 54. Born in Atlanta in 1962, Croker began working for the Turner Broadcasting System family of television networks in the early 1990s, animating several of TNT network’s “TNT Toons&#8221…
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‘Space Ghost Coast to Coast’ Voice Actor C. Martin Croker Dies at 54

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‘Space Ghost Coast to Coast’ Voice Actor C. Martin Croker Dies at 54
The voice of Zorak and Moltar on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim show “Space Ghost Coast to Coast,” C. Martin Croker died on Sunday morning.

The cause of death of has not yet been shared publicly. He was 54.

A longtime contributor on the Cartoon Network, Croker also voiced Steve and Dr. Weird on “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.” He was also an animator, creating Cartoon Network promos, among other projects.

Adult Swim confirmed the sad news on Twitter:

Rip C. Martin Croker pic.twitter.com/Ol6RNHhs
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Space Ghost Getting His Own Funko Pop!

Space Ghost is getting his own Funko Pop this summer! There's no exact release date other than sometime this coming season, but I'm for sure picking this one up. I was never too big a fan of the original show, but I do love me some Space Ghost Coast To Coast! Ideally, if they did an exclusive one where Space Ghost was holding a coffee mug, I would prefer that more! Can we get a Brak, Zorak, and Moltar as well?
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Video: The Fascinating History of Adult Swim

I tuned into Cartoon Network's Adult Swim (Ok, [adult swim]) here and there when I was growing up, but since I was always busy watching movies, I never became a devotee who kept the channel on all night and dove into their entire catalogue of shows. I remember when it first started with Space Ghost Coast to Coast, and I've had Too Many Cooks stuck in my head since that debuted back in 2014. YouTuber kaptainkristian has put together a great documentary that looks at the fascinating history of [adult swim], breaking down its origins and detailing its impact on comedy, music, and the TV landscape. It'll be a cool trip down memory lane for some of you, and an eye-opening education for others. Check it out.

Via: Sploid
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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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Robot Chickens and Selfish Milkshakes: 'Adult Swim' 101

There was a certain point in history, somewhere between The Simpsons and Daria, when TV animation ceased to be the sole provenance of kids drooling over their morning bowls of Lucky Charms. These days, cartoons for grown-ups are not only ubiquitous, but hilariously twisted and high-quality to boot — and that's due in large part to a phenomenon called Adult Swim. What began as a freaky little block of late-night programming has evolved into a vast, even-freakier universe of animated and live-action series with a sardonic, absurdist sense of humor that's
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12 TV Showrunners You Should Know

12 TV Showrunners You Should Know
They conceive the characters, write or co-write the scripts, set the pace and provide the vision for the TV programs you know and love. They're called showrunners, and they are the designated auteurs of the boob-tube renaissance still in progress. Writer-producers such as Joss Whedon, Shonda Rhimes, Matthew Weiner, Vince Gilligan, and the holy trinity of Davids — Chase, Milch and Simon — have earned profile pieces and graced magazine covers, becoming celebrities in their own right. They are to modern television what film directors were to the New Hollywood of the
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Briefs: “Duck Dynasty” Sheds Viewers, Johnny Weir Shocked By Backlash, And Sherri Shepherd Is Unconvincing

Birthday shoutouts go to David Chokachi (above), who is 46, Denis O’Hare is 52, Debbie Allen is 64, John Carpenter is 66, and Sade is 55. Here’s Sade’s greatest song.

The premiere of Duck Dynasty was down 28% from last season’s premiere.

Speaking of ratings … everything did terrible last night.

A Look At Anti-Gay Laws Around The World.

Johnny Weir: My Sochi Olympics Views Prompted A Backlash From The Lgbt Community. What did you expect, dipshit.

Gilligan’s Island star Russell Johnson has passed away at the age of 89. He was a full-time volunteer for AIDS research fundraising since his son David died of AIDS in 1994. And speaking of classic TV, The Partridge Family‘s Dave Madden has died at the age of 82.

Note to self: Never be a stylist for that monstrous Russian actor.

If only it was that simple. Nsfw! Nsfw! Nsfw!

The real Philomena talks about her
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Adult Swim Announces 2012 Schedule and Development Slate

Yes even Adult Swim joined the upfronts fray last week, and has now announced its forthcoming programming for 2012-2013. Back for more of what they do best are favorites Robot Chicken, Ntsf:sd:suv, and Children’s Hospital, along with newcomer Newsreaders, an animated Harold and Kumar, and the return of Toonami.

Adult Swim Announces Largest Programming Schedule Ever for 2012-13 Basic Cable’s #1 Network In Total Day With Adults 18-34 and 18-49 Offers Up 9 New Series/Specials, 8 Pilots and 10 Returning Series. Childrens Hospital Spin-off Newsreaders and Animated Harold & Kumar Make The List, Fan Favorite Toonami Returns to Saturday Nights

Adult Swim, basic cable’s #1 network with young adults for seven consecutive years, sets out to “control” the night by announcing a slate of new and returning programming at its annual Upfront presentation in New York City. Hours before their annual event featuring a scheduled performance by Grammy Award-winning rap artist T.I.,
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Archer Season Two Blu-Ray Review

Adult Swim created a new language for cartoons. From the style of animation (which combined old school cell animation with new digital technology) to the nonsense plots that would often run for fifteen minutes or less, it’s a formula that has become something of a standard – until then, animated shows often went The Simpsons route. Archer, the FX adult cartoon show, is a mixture of both, but with a lot of that Adult Swim style. It’s no surprise that creator Adam Reed also worked on Space Ghost Coast to Coast and Sealab 2021. The show stars H. Jon Benjamin as Archer, the would-be Bond spy for Isis, a spy organization run by his mother (Jessica Walter). There he works with fellow spy Lana Kane (Aisha Tyler), desk girls Cheryl Tunt (Judy Greer) and Pam Poovey (Amber Nash), and with Lana’s former lover Cyril Figgis (Chris Parnell). The
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Reasons To Watch Archer

When people are asked to name great animated comedies the likes of South Park and Family Guy are usually at the top of the list. And every time that happens, I shed a tear (I'm an emotional man). Not because I dislike those shows (in fact, quite the opposite), but because Archer never seems to be among the top three named. Despite being created by Adam Reed (Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Sealab 2021), Archer is often overlooked by many.  But we're going to change that status right here, right now (time zones be damned!). Hear me, Internet, Archer is a show worthy of your time and affection! Don't believe us? Here's 11 reasons why you should watch Archer.

Also, don't forget to watch the comedy's return January 19th on FX.
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Animated Teaser Trailer: Mike Salva’s Pound Dogs

The above embedded video is more of a TV trailer than a film trailer, but it’s all hilarious. Mike Salva‘s Pound Dogs follows the minimalist adventures of dogs locked up at the local pound, desperately waiting to be adopted. To relieve the boredom, they resort to fun dog activities such as rubbing one’s butt along the floor, wearing sombreros and confessing their love of eating cat poop.

Salva has animated a 13-minute pilot episode for a potential series for Pound Dogs. The short film features the voice work of comedians Ryan Williams and Sean Parrott; cartoon voice actors Andy Merrill (Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Aqua Teen Hunger Force) and Samantha Newark (Jem); and singer/music producer/filmmaker Steve Taylor.

Pound Dogs, the full short, will be screening at the upcoming NY Television Festival on Wed., Sep. 21 at 6:15 p.m. and Fri., Sep. 23 at 9:00 p.
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R.I.P. “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Former professional wrestler, actor and voice actor, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, whose legal name is Randy Mario Poffo died in a car crash Friday in Florida at the age of 58. Police said he may have suffered a “medical event” before the accident.

Before Stone Cold said so, before you smelled what The Rock was cookin’, professional wrestling greats like Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage graced the squared circle. The latter became equally synonymous with pro wrestling as the aforementioned Hulkamaniac in the 1980s, with his trademark sunglasses, flashy fringed robes and jackets and matching cowboy hats.

“Macho Man” Randy Savage was known for his raspy voice uttering his catch phrase “Ooh yeah!” at every turn. Later, Savage went on to become the spokesman for Slim Jim snack foods in the mid-to-late 90s, appending “Snap into a Slim Jim” to his already known catch phrase, “Oooh yeah!“. Despite many new marketing campaigns since then,
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Squidbillies Volume 3 DVD Review

After a marathon viewing of c, one may come to the conclusion that it is an exercise in excessive, lucid and surreal humor. It is. Don’t confuse my syntax as some negative implication. It would be easy and lazy to dismiss the Adult Swim show as another stoner comedy. When analyzed thoroughly, Squidbillies touches on topical events in a rib cracking and smarmy manner. While the show touches on social issues, the forces behind it were architects of Space Ghost Coast To Coast and Aqua Teen Hunger Force, so it maintains a familiar schizophrenic flow. Hit the jump to delve further into the madness of the backwoods cephalopods.

Part of the disarming charm of Squidbillies derives from the irreverent yet relevant social commentary. As much of that statement may be construed as a contradiction, so is the show’s humor. Somehow I constantly found myself guiltily laughing at jokes aimed at welfare,
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Manufactured On Demand DVDs – Adult Swim Shop

Adult Swim, which is typically written this way, [adult swim], to give personality to the title, is part of Cartoon Network. It’s primarily dedicated to animated TV shows that are for adults and not for kids. That’s not to say that the content is obscene necessarily, but the humor is directed to a more sophisticated audience. By making use of innovative DVD publishing technology, Adult Swim brings its consumers Adult Swim Shop (adultswimshop.com) for manufactured on demand DVD purchasing. Now all the zany and sometimes demented cartoons that are on or have been on adult are available to customers through Adult Swim Shop. There are a few non-cartoon titles.

Some of the titles that Adult Swim Shop offers are: Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Brak Show, Frisky Dingo, 12 oz. Mouse, Harvey Birdman, Metalocalypse, The Mighty Boosh, Moral Orel, Robot Chicken, Sealab 2021, Space Ghost and Space Ghost Coast To Coast.
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