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  • ARTaylor

    In the United States of America, today is Independence Day. A day celebrating when the nation's founders declared their independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain by signing the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson. Most cities and people celebrate with barbeque and a fireworks display, so enjoy the show.

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  • ARTaylor

    Grab your case of Pepsi Free, get in your DeLorean, and get that Flux Capacitor fluxing. Today is the thirtieth anniversary of Back to the Future, the immortal classic about a boy who travels back in time thirty years to help his own parents get together. The film was an immediate classic and launched two sequels, an animated series, video games, musicals, and a theme park ride. The trilogy featured Thomas F. Wilson (Stan Carter of The Spectacular Spider-Man) as the bully and primary villain Biff Tannen while going on to play his own grandson Griff Tannen and grandfather Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Terminator Genisys. The fifth film in the iconic franchise features the talents of J. K. Simmons as Detective O'Brien and Courtney B. Vance as Miles Dyson.

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    Today is the release of Magic Mike XXL. The sequel to the hit 2012 film features the talents of Donald Glover as Andre.

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  • ARTaylor

    Another month has come and gone, and the June poll results are in. Last month we asked how people felt about the recent announcement that an animated Spider-Man film would be made by the directoral duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

    1. 61.5% of the voters were very excited. Last year the duo made the hugely successful The Lego Movie and have made hits like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (coincidentally featuring Spider-Man actor Neil Patrick Harris), 21 Jump Street, and its sequel 22 Jump Street. All of their movies have been successful while featuring plenty of humor and action, seemingly the perfect mix for the wallcrawler.
    2. 15.4% felt that the idea was good though not great, while the same amount worried about the number of Spider-Man films. In …
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  • ARTaylor

    Brain Bloom Turns 45

    June 30, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the forty-fifth birthday of Brian Bloom. He most famously played Captain America on The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and then went on to play Hyperion on Avengers Assemble and Punisher on Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher.

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  • ARTaylor

    This month is the fiftieth anniversary of the debut of Mary Jane Watson. She first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #25, which was released in June of 1965, where her face was obscured by a flower. She continued to be mentioned throughout the comics as Aunt May constantly tried to set up Peter with her. She eventually made her first full appearance seventeen issues later in November of 1966.


    With her famous line "Face it, Tiger, you just hit the jackpot!" she became an instant hit with both Peter Parker and audiences. She became one of the most famous superhero love interests, rivaled only by Superman's Lois Lane. The two dated until he and her rival Gwen Stacy became more serious. In one of his most famous stories, failed to save Gwen from…


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  • ARTaylor

    This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the debut of Spencer Smythe. He first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #25 where he promised to destroy Spider-Man for J. Jonah Jameson with his series of Spider-Slayers. Following his initial defeat, he became obsessed with defeating the wallcrawler creating bigger and better robots. Eventually he discovered that the radioactive materials he used to power the Spider-Slayers were killing him. He then handcuffed Spider-Man and Jameson together with a bomb. However, he died before the bomb could go off and the hero escaped. Eventually his son Alistair became a thorn in the webslinger's side.

    Spencer first appeared in the 1967 series Spider-Man episode "Captured by J. Jonah Jameson" voiced by Henry R…

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  • ARTaylor

    Today would have been the eighty-fourth birthday of actor Ed Gilbert. Gilbert was the voice of Mandarin, Ultimo, and Grey Gargoyle on Iron Man as well as Dormammu and Philip Watson on Spider-Man. Unfortunately, he died in 1999 following a battle with lung cancer.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the thirty-third birthday of actor Matthew Mercer. He was the voice of Iron Man on the anime features Iron Man: Rise of Technovore and its sequel Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher.

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  • ARTaylor

    Drake Bell Turns 29

    June 27, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the twenty-ninth birthday of Drake Bell, the actor known as Spider-Man on Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H..

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  • ARTaylor

    Ted 2 Released

    June 26, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Ted 2. The sequel features the talents of Michael Dorn as Rick with Tara Strong returning as the toy voice of the titular Ted.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Batman: Arkham Knight. The fourth, and supposedly final, video game in the well-received Arkham franchise features the Dark Knight battling his greatest foes as his enemies make it their mission to kill him. It features the voice talents of Matthew Mercer as Tim Drake/Robin, Scott Porter as Dick Grayson/Nightwing, Grey Griffin as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Tara Strong as Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn, Troy Baker as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Jason Todd/Red Hood, and the Arkham Knight, Nolan North as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin, Wally Wingert as Edward Nigma/Riddler, Crispin Freeman as Garfield Lynns/Firefly, Jean-Benoît Blanc as Edward Burke, David Boat as a cop, and Mark Hamill reprising his famed role as Joker one more time.

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  • ARTaylor

    20 Years of Pocahontas

    June 23, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the twentieth anniversary of Pocahontas, the thirty-third animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The Academy Award winning film focuses on the real life Native American and her famous encounter with European settlers. It features the voices of Frank Welker as Pocahontas's pet hummingbird Flit as well as Jim Cummings as the singing voices of Powhatan, her father, and Kekata, the tribe's shaman.

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  • ARTaylor

    Tim Russ Turns 59

    June 23, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fifty-ninth birthday of actor Tim Russ. He was the voice of Prowler on Spider-Man.

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  • ARTaylor

    This month marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of "The Best of Both Worlds", the third season finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The landmark episode helped establish the series on its own popularity, previously being criticized for just leeching off the success of the original series, while also becoming the modern basis of the idea of ending a season on a cliffhanger. The episode focuses on Jonathan Frakes's character, Commander Riker, as he deals with his promotion while fighting their enemy the Borg. The most memorable part came at the end when Riker ordered the destruction of his captain-turned-enemy. The regular cast included Brent Spiner as Data, LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge, Michael Dorn as Worf, and Majel Barrett-Roddenber…

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  • ARTaylor

    Father's Day 2015

    June 22, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is Father's Day, celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. There have, of course, been many fathers in the Marvel Universe, though not all of them have been seen in animation.

    • Richard Parker and Philip Watson both appeared in flashbacks on Spider-Man, while the show's fifth season dealt with Peter clearing the names of both parents. And there's always his relationship with his adopted father, his Uncle Ben.
    • The show also explored in depth the relationship between Harry Osborn and his father Norman.
    • The Venom Symbiote is technically the father of the Carnage Symbiote.
    • Felicia Hardy's father John Hardesky appeared briefly on Spider-Man.
    • One episode of X-Men saw Rogue being turned away from her father for …
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  • ARTaylor

    Martin Landau Turns 87

    June 20, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the eighty-seventh birthday of Academy Award winning actor Martin Landau. Up until he won Best Actor for his role as Bela Lugosi, he was the voice of Scorpion on Spider-Man.

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  • ARTaylor

    75 Years of DC's Robin

    June 19, 2015 by ARTaylor

    This year marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the DC Comics superhero Dick Grayson, also known as Robin and Nightwing. The character was introduced as a way to get the Dark Knight to speak his thoughts at a time when voice over was not done in comic books. He inspired the Marvel Comics character Bucky, who was introduced a year later and has shared many aspects throughout their histories. Robin eventually grew up, became his own hero and not just a sidekick, and he eventually took the mantle of Batman following the apparent death of his mentor. Though James would beat Dick to that last part by a year.

    Scott Menville played him, in both Robin and Nightwing personas, on Teen Titans and its follow-up Teen Titans Go!. Interestingly, Menville pl…

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  • ARTaylor

    Inside Out Released

    June 19, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Pixar's latest film Inside Out. It features the talents of Lori Alan as Mother's Sadness and Jess Harnell doing additional voices.

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  • ARTaylor

    Tara Platt Turns 37

    June 19, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the thirty-seventh birthday of actress Tara Platt. Famous for her many anime roles, she is known to Marvel fans as the voice of Sasha Hammer in Iron Man: Rise of Technovore.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the forty-second birthday of Neil Patrick Harris. The actor is known for his role as the title character of Spider-Man: The New Animated Series.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the seventy-second birthday of prolific actor Malcolm McDowell. He was the first to play the character of Whistler, having been introduced in the Spider-Man episodes "Blade the Vampire Hunter" and "The Immortal Vampire".

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the twenty-sixth anniversary of the release of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. The poorly received movie featured the crew of the original series dealing with their ship being taken by a cult in order to find God. It features the talents of George Takei as Hikaru Sulu, Nichelle Nichols as Uhura, and David Warner as the first of his three Star Trek roles St. John Talbot.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the sixty-eighth birthday of actor Robert Englund. Famous for his role as nightmarish serial killer Freddy Kruger, Englund was the voice of Vulture on The Spectacular Spider-Man and Dormammu on The Super Hero Squad Show while currently playing Pluto on Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H..

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  • ARTaylor

    Marvel Entertainment announced that Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble will return for more seasons. However, their new names will be Ultimate Spider-Man vs. the Sinister 6 and Avengers: Ultron Revolution. Both will appear on Disney XD started in 2016.

    Spider-Man will face off against the combined efforts Doctor Octopus, HYDRA, and the Sinister Six. He'll team up with several of his Web Warrior pals like Miles Morales, Agent Venom, Iron Spider, and the Scarlet Spider.

    Ultron Revolution will feature the team facing off against foes like Ultron, Baron Zemo, the Masters of Evil, the Inhumans, and Kang the Conqueror. They will also have to team up with new and old allies including Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man, and Ms. Marvel to stop the…

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  • ARTaylor

    Man of Action Studio, the writing group that is currently working on Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble, will be working on a new Mega Man animated series. They will begin work developing twenty-six episodes for a 2017 premiere date, just in time for the franchise's thirtieth anniversary.

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  • ARTaylor

    Nichelle Nichols, voice of Miriam the mother of Blade on Spider-Man, has been hospitalized Wednesday night. The eighty-two year-old was in her Los Angeles home when she suffered a minor stroke. The next day her representatives issued this statement:

    Nichelle Nichols has had both a CAT scan and an MRI today. The CAT scan came back negative and we are awaiting the results from the MRI. Currently she is awake, eating, in good spirits and able to have full conversations. Her right side has shown minor signs or mobility loss but she is not showing any signs of paralyses.
    We greatly appreciate all of the love and support her fans are showing at this time.

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  • ARTaylor

    Keith David Turns 59

    June 5, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fifty-ninth birthday of actor Keith David.

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    Entourage Released

    June 5, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Entourage. Based on the popular HBO series, the film features the talents of Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold, Martin Landau as Bob Ryan, and George Takei as himself.

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  • ARTaylor

    A new month has begun and the poll results from last month have been tallied. We asked what popular alternate universe would fans like to see a series or feature set in.

    1. The winner with 36.7% of the votes was Marvel 2099. Set in the late 21st Century, about one-hundred years from when the comics began, it features heroes who have taken on the mantles of the modern day superheroes to fight similar villains and the evil corporation Alchemax. The visuals were the inspiration for Spider-Man Unlimited. In Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Andros Stark came from the year 2099 to the present, though the character is based on one from a separate universe set in 2093. During the Web Warriors arc of Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Man went to 2099 and teamed up…
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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the eighty-first birthday of writer Harlan Ellison. He was the writer of the Silver Surfer episode "Antibody".

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the thirty-eighth anniversary of the release of Star Wars. The film was a massive success that spawned one of the largest media franchises ever spawning six more films with a seventh currently waiting release, numerous animated series, video games, novels, theme park rides, and many comics made by Marvel Comics. The franchise was purchased along with its parent company Lucasfilm by The Walt Disney Company. The film features the talents of Mark Hamill in perhaps his most iconic role as main hero Luke Skywalker.

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    Memorial Day 2015

    May 25, 2015 by ARTaylor

    In the United States of America, today is Memorial Day, a day for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Originally started as Decoration Day following the Civil War for Union soldiers, it was extended to encompass all Americans in the military who have passed. It is also considered the start of the summer vacation season.

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    Iona Morris Turns 58

    May 23, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fifty-eighth birthday of actress Iona Morris. Morris most famously played Storm on the first season of X-Men as well as the character's appearances on Spider-Man, Medusa on Fantastic Four, and Martha Robertson on Spider-Man.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today would have been the seventy-sixth birthday for actor Paul Winfield had he not passed away in 2004 at the age of sixty-four. Winfield was the voice of Black Marvel on Spider-Man.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the American release of When Marnie Was There. This is the twenty-first, and possibly last, film from the popular Studio Ghibli. The film features the talents of Grey Griffin as Setsu Oiwa.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the thirty-fifth anniversary of the release of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. The classic film was the first sequel in the iconic franchise and the first to use the now standard naming scheme of calling it an episode in the series with the previous film originally being called Star Wars. It has since become the most beloved in the franchise earning the highest scores among critics and audiences, and most remembered for its beloved twist. Empire once again featured the talents of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. Following the first film, Hamill was involved in a terrible car accident that damaged his face. Rather than covering it up, as what happened with the Holiday Special, the film featured him getting attacked early on …

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  • ARTaylor

    RIP John Stephenson

    May 19, 2015 by ARTaylor

    John Stephenson has passed away at the age of 91. Acting since 1953, he had recently been suffering from Alzheimer's and living in a nursing home.

    He is perhaps best remembered as the voice of Mr. Slate on The Flintstones. Marvel fans will recognize him as the voice of Professor X on "Pryde of the X-Men"; Loki, Colossus, Thunderbird, Shocker, Ymir, Uncle Ben, Mordred, Eric the Viking, and Doctor Strange on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends; additional voices on The Incredible Hulk; Doctor Noron on Spider-Man; Doctor Harkness on Fred and Barney Meet the Thing; and Doctor Doom, Magneto, Karnak, Gregson Gilbert, and a presenter on Fantastic Four.

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  • ARTaylor

    Coming out of Atlantic City Boardwalk Con, the upcoming animated series Guardians of the Galaxy will be getting a series of shorts that lead directly into the premiere of the show, similar to the micro-episodes of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. These shorts will establish origins of each of the Guardians.

    Footage shown at the panel showed Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Trevor Devall) freeing a group of unexperimented raccoons, with one being his mother, before meeting up with Groot (Kevin Michael Richardson).


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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the debut of Danny Ketch, who first appeared in Ghost Rider #1 in May of 1990. Ketch was the third character to use the name of Ghost Rider, and the second to be a flaming skeletal hero on a motorcycle. In his debut issue, Ketch tries to save his sister from gangsters when he discovers a motorcycle with a sigil that imbues him with the powers of Ghost Rider. Ketch used a different motorcycle than the original Johnny Blaze and popularized the look of the studded leather jacket while using a chain. He was eventually discovered to be the long-lost brother of the original Ghost Rider. His popularity has since waned as Johnny returned to prominence, but his influence is still felt in the comics.


    The Ketch G…


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  • ARTaylor

    This month marks the fortieth anniversary of Giant-Size X-Men, which was released in May of 1975. The landmark issue helped revitalize the then-failing X-Men franchise. In the issue, original X-Men members Marvel Girl, Angel, and Iceman as well as recruits Havok and Polaris had disappeared on the island of Krakoa with only Cyclops escaping. To help save the team, Professor X recruits a new group of X-Men under the leadership of Cyclops. He brought on Sunfire, Banshee, Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Thunderbird. This issue marked the moment that established Wolverine as a mutant, previously simply being a Canadian agent of Department H sent to fight Hulk. It was also the first appearances of Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, and T…

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  • ARTaylor

    Mother's Day 2015

    May 10, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is Mother's Day, honoring one's own mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. There have, of course, been many mothers in the Marvel Universe, though not all of them have been seen in animation.

    • Mary Parker and Madeline Watson both appeared in flashbacks on Spider-Man, while the show's fifth season dealt with Peter clearing the names of both parents. And there's always his relationship with his adopted mother, his Aunt May.
    • Felicia Hardy's mother Anastasia was a recurring character on Spider-Man.
    • Several episodes of X-Men dealt with Mystique and her relationships to her biological children Nightcrawler and Graydon Creed Jr. as well as adopted daughter Rogue.
    • Julia Carpenter's daughter Rachel was …
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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the seventieth anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. It is the day that representatives from the United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Soviet Union, France, and Germany agreed to the unconditional surrender of Nazi forces to the Allied powers. This meant the official end of World War II in Europe though the battle in the Pacific would still rage on against Japan.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the seventy-fifth birthday for actor Lance Henriksen. He is a beloved actor known for appearances in many popular franchises including The Terminator, Aliens, Pumpkinhead, and Mass Effect. Henriksen is known for Marvel fans as the voice of Grim Reaper in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

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  • ARTaylor

    Another month has come and another has gone. The April poll results are in. We asked how you choose to view an episode for the first time.

    1. It was a three-way tie with 27.3%. People choose to view episodes equally between when it first airs on television, watching through a streaming subscription service, and downloading illegally through file sharing.
    2. In second place with 18.2% was watching a rerun on telelvision.
    3. Apparently no one bothers to buy or rent it on DVD or purchase it through an online downloadable source.

    Check out this month's poll to vote for which alternate universe you would like to see a series or feature set entirely in: 1602, 2099, Earth X, House of M, MC2, Noir, or Zombies.

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  • ARTaylor

    In the greatest event ever to occur or will ever occur in theatrical films, at least until the next Marvel movie, today is the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron by Marvel Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company. In the eleventh installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner create a machine to help save the world that ultimately tries to destroy the Avengers along with the rest of humanity. The film features the talents of Stan Lee doing the latest of his famous cameos as himself.

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  • ARTaylor

    226 Years of Presidents

    April 30, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the two-hundred twenty-sixth anniversary of the first President of the United States of America. On this day in 1789, George Washington was sworn in as the first of currently forty-four men to hold the illustrious position.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the seventieth anniversary of the death of Nazi Germany leader Adolf Hitler. On this date, with the German army facing defeat Hitler killed himself with a shot to the head while his wife took a cyanide capsule. Soon after, the forces of Nazi Germany surrendered ending World War II in Europe.

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  • ARTaylor

    Spider-Man Movie Coming

    April 23, 2015 by ARTaylor

    It looks like we haven't seen the last of theatrically released animated features from Marvel. And it's not just the rumored Big Hero 6 sequel.

    Fresh out of CinemaCon, news broke that Sony officially will be making the Spider-Man animated feature that was rumored about last December. The film will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller who are known for their work on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (featuring previous Spider-Man actor Neil Patrick Harris), 21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie, and 22 Jump Street.

    The film is currently slated for a release on July 20th, 2018.

    Here is the official press release:

    On July 20, 2018, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller the directors of The Lego Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and 21 and 22 Jump Str…
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