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  • ARTaylor

    Valentine's Day 2015

    February 14, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is , a day to show that special someone just how much you love them. There's plenty of couples in the Marvel Universe. and both showed the marriage between Scott Summers and Jean Grey. had Tony Stark marry Julia Carpenter. is the famed union of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. Fantastic Four explored the relationship between Reed and Susan Richards. Ultimate Avengers II showed the somewhat darker side of marriage between Hank and Janet Pym. Of course you can always watch Planet Hulk for the growing love of Hulk and Caiera. You can vote for your favorite married couple here.

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    RIP Gary Owens

    February 14, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Voice personality Gary Owens passed away on February 12th. He died from complications following his life-long battle with diabetes. Known for his baritone voice and as the announcer or narrator of numerous projects, Owens is known to Marvel fans as the voice of Namor on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and as himself on Fantastic Four. Owens is survived by his wife Arleta and his two sons Scott and Chris Dane Owens.


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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service. The film features the talents of Mark Hamill as Professor James Arnold.

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  • ARTaylor

    Scott Menville Turns 44

    February 13, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the forty-fourth birthday of The Super Hero Squad Show and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes actor Scott Menville.

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  • ARTaylor

    Abraham Lincoln Turns 206

    February 12, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the two-hundred and sixth birthday of the 16th President Abraham Lincoln. His presidency sparked the American Civil War and Lincoln commanded the nation as it tried to reunite. He officially ended slavery in country before ending the war. Sadly, he was the first of only four assassinated presidents having been killed six days after the surrender of the South. Since then he has been regarded as one of the greatest presidents and was immortalized on the penny, five dollar bill, and Mount Rushmore while his birthday has become a holiday in several states. Because of the close proximity to George Washington's birthday, Lincoln's birthday is often formally observed with Washington's as part of Presidents Day.

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  • ARTaylor

    As crazy as it seems, some comic book companies still create animated direct-to-video features in order to appeal to the various people that comprise their audiences. One such company is DC Comics who just today released Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League. The second Lego movie based on their characters features Nolan North as Superman and Bizarro, Troy Baker as Batman and Batzarro, Kari Wahlgren as Wonder Woman and Bizarra, Diedrich Bader as Guy Gardner and Greenzaro, Tom Kenny as Plastic Man and Penguin, Phil Morris as Green Arrow and Hawkman, James Arnold Taylor as Flash and Desaad, John DiMaggio as Lex Luthor and Deathstroke, and Kevin Michael Richardson as Captain Cold and Gorilla Grodd.

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  • ARTaylor

    Big Hero 6, that little movie that could, officially crossed the half billion dollar mark this weekend. Thanks to a colossal run in Japan, the movie has made over $500 million internationally. This puts the film as the ninth highest grossing film of the past year, the thirteenth from Marvel, and second highest from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The Oscar-nominated film is already available for digital download and will be available for physical purchase on February 24th, 2014.


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  • ARTaylor

    Steve Downes, who played Star-Lord on The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, announced that he will retire from radio within the next month saying it's "time to take that next step." Downes has spent the last forty-four years in radio, the last fourteen of which were with WDRV in Chicago.

    He said of his decision, "I want to make it clear that this is 100 percent my decision. Even though I still love what I do and I'm sure I’m going to miss it, I would rather end it when it’s still fun than wait a little too long. I’ve always respected the [professional athletes] who step out when things are moving great. And you know what? It’s time for somebody else to come in and give what they’ve got."

    Greg Solk, senior vice president of programming for H…

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  • ARTaylor

    Miguel Ferrer Turns 60

    February 7, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the sixtieth birthday of The Spectacular Spider-Man actor Miguel Ferrer. Marvel fans will recognize Ferrer as the voice of Silvermane and the treacherous Vice-President of Iron Man 3 while others will probably remember for his roles in RoboCop, Twin Peaks, Mulan, Young Justice, and NCIS: Los Angeles.

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  • ARTaylor

    75 Years of Pinocchio

    February 7, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the seventy-fifth anniversary of the release of Pinocchio. The second animated feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the film was initially was a box office disaster. However, following its release it became one of the most well-known products from the studio and the Oscar winning song "When You Wish Upon a Star" has become the iconic theme song for The Walt Disney Company.

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  • ARTaylor

    David Hayter Turns 46

    February 6, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the forty-sixth birthday of Spider-Man actor David Hayter.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. The second film in the popular franchise features the talents of Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants, Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick, Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs, Eric Bauza as a seagull, Rob Paulsen as a seagull, Kevin Michael Richardson as a seagull, Cree Summer as a seagull, Billy West as a seagull, Nolan North as a dead parrot, Dee Bradley Baker as Sandal, Thomas F. Wilson as an angry customer, and Lori Alan as Pearl.

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  • ARTaylor

    Seventh Son Released

    February 6, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Seventh Son. The film features the talents of Black Panther actor Djimon Hounsou as Radu.

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  • ARTaylor

    62 Years of Peter Pan

    February 6, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the sixty-second anniversary of Peter Pan. The fourteenth film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, it was the last to feature the entirety of the famous Nine Old Men animators. While at the time the film was controversial due to its changes from the original play as well as the portrayal of Native Americans, it was nevertheless the most successful film of 1953 and become one of the most fondly remembered Disney classics.

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  • ARTaylor

    Watch Big Hero 6 Digitally

    February 4, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Big Hero 6 is now available to purchase for download on Digital HD and Disney Anywhere. The Blu-ray and DVD will be available February 24th.


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  • ARTaylor

    Tomorrow, the film Big Hero 6 will be available to download on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere. The film was a big hit in theaters, earning $208.5 million at the box office becoming Walt Disney Animation Studios' second highest grossing film and the tenth highest in the last year.

    In honor of it's release, MTV has a music video titled "Beatmax" while io9 has a video revealing several Easter eggs in the film.

    The Blu-ray and DVD physical copies will be available February 24th.


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  • ARTaylor

    Brent Spiner Turns 66

    February 3, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the sixty-sixth birthday of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. actor Brent Spiner.

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  • ARTaylor

    January 2015 Poll Results

    February 1, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Another month has ended and the poll results are in. this week we asked what animated-based event from 2014 was your favorite.

    1. The winner by an overwhelming margin of 64.3% was the release of Big Hero 6. Marvel's first theatrical animated movie is one of the biggest financial hits of the year, garnered great critical reviews, and has been winning numerous awards.
    2. Second place with 14.3% was the beginning of the third season of Ultimate Spider-Man. Titled Web Warriors, the series has featured Spider-Man traveling across the multiverse and even encountering Spider-Men from the comics.
    3. Tying for third place was the release of Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, the second season of Avengers Assemble, and the characters of X-Men joining the …
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  • ARTaylor

    Kerry Washington Turns 38

    February 1, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the thirty-eighth birthday of Black Panther actress Kerry Washington.

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  • ARTaylor

    Big Hero 6 Deleted Scenes

    January 29, 2015 by ARTaylor

    You saw in theaters. You pre-ordered the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Now see some deleted scenes from last year's hit film Big Hero 6. The first features the alternate opening with Tadashi and Hiro Hamada sneaking into the Tech Expo and then putting some rocket boots on their aunt's cat Mochi. If that wasn't enough, see Fred attempt to save Hiro and Baymax.

    The best theatrical animated Marvel movie ever made will be released on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere Tuesday, February 3rd and on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, February 27th.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the fifty-sixth anniversary of Walt Disney Animation Studios's sixteenth film Sleeping Beauty.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp by the army of the Soviet Union. By that time, most of the prisoners had been evacuated on a death march to another camp by the Nazi commanders leaving only about 7,500 left.

    In the comics, Magneto is said to be a prisoner of the camp. The X-Men: Evolution episode "Operation: Rebirth" featured the liberation of the camp by Captain America and Wolverine.

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  • ARTaylor

    James Cromwell Turns 75

    January 27, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the seventy-fifth birthday of Big Hero 6 actor James Cromwell.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the fifty-fourth anniversary of the release of One Hundred and One Dalmatians. The film was the seventeenth by Walt Disney Animation Studios was one of the most successful of the year and inspired a live-action remake with its own sequel, a direct-to-video animated sequel, and another remake in production. It features the talents of Paul Frees as Dirty Dawson, the villain of the dogs' favorite show.

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  • ARTaylor

    Strange Magic Released

    January 23, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Strange Magic. Based on the William Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night's Dream, the film features the talents of Maya Rudolph as Griselda and Kevin Michael Richardson as Brutus.

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  • ARTaylor

    Beau Weaver Turns 63

    January 20, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the sixty-third birthday of Fantastic Four actor Beau Weaver. Weaver was the voice of Mister Fantastic on Fantastic Four, reprising the role on The Incredible Hulk, as well as the voice of Trapster, T'Chaka, and many others on the show.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the twentieth anniversary of Star Trek: Voyager. The fifth series in the iconic franchise saw the crew of the starship Voyager trapped on the other side of the galaxy and focused on their journey back to Earth. The seven-season series featured the talents of Tim Russ as main character Tuvok, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry as the voice of the computer, Dwight Schultz as the recurring character Reginald Barclay, John Rhys-Davies as a holographic recreation of Leonardo da Vinci, Iona Morris as Umali, LeVar Burton as Geordi LaForge, Robin Sachs as General Valen, Mark L. Taylor as Jarlath, Virginia Madsen as Kellin, Jonathan Frakes as William Riker, George Takei as Hikaru Sulu, James Horan as Tosin, Frank Welker as an alien creature, Phil Mor…

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  • ARTaylor

    Oscar Nominations 2015

    January 16, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today the Academy Awards announced the nominations for the 87th awards. Big Hero 6 was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film and J. K. Simmons was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Whiplash. The winners will be announced February 22nd at 7:00 Eastern 4 Pacific on ABC in a ceremony hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.


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  • ARTaylor

    Golden Globes Winners 2015

    January 12, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today was the Seventy-Second Golden Globes Awards. J. K. Simmons won Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in Whiplash. Also, a movie about a boy dealing with personal loss via a big lovable creature featuring T. J. Miller lost the Best Animated Feature Film category to another film about a boy dealing with personal loss via a big lovable creature featuring T. J. Miller.

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  • ARTaylor

    Big Hero 6 Comes Home

    January 10, 2015 by ARTaylor

    You loved Big Hero 6 in theaters, now enjoy it at home. Walt Disney Animation Studios announced that the successful film will be coming to Digital HD on February 3rd and on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo on February 24th. You can pre-order any of the three options at Disney's online store.

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  • ARTaylor

    Graham McTavish Turns 55

    January 4, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fifty-fifth birthday of Hulk vs Thor and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes actor Graham McTavish.

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  • ARTaylor

    I was on Twitter the yesterday (by the way did you know this site has a Twitter account?) when Vice President of Animation and producer Stephen Wacker began answering questions on his Tumblr page. One anonymous person asked "Any chance Marvel will start doing straight to DVD animated films (adaptation or otherwise) like DC has been doing for years?" Wacker replied "No plans at the moment. Not a model that makes sense for us right now."

    For comparative purposes, Marvel released their fourteenth direct-to-video film with while DC Comics is releasing their twenty-second DTV feature later this month with a twenty-third and twenty-fourth currently in production. In theaters Marvel is kicking ass and taking names. There were five films based on…

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the twenty-second anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The series is the fourth Star Trek series and a spin-off of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The series featured the talents of Michael Dorn returning to the role of Commander Worf starting in the fourth season. It also featured appearances of Majel Barrett-Roddenberry as Lwaxana Troi and the computer voice, Jeffrey Combs as Weyoun, Tim Russ as Mirror Tuvok, Marc Worden as Worf's son Alexander Rozhenko, Phil Morris as Remata'Klan, Michael Bell as Borum, Brian Keith as Mullibok, Jonathan Frakes as Thomas Riker, James Cromwell as Hanok, Steven Weber as Colonel Day, and Nichelle Nichols in archive footage as Uhura.

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  • ARTaylor

    No, I don't mean that Big Hero 6 is being discussed for Best Picture. The Hollywood Reporter points out that no animated movie has ever won an Academy Award for Best Production Design but four animated features, Big Hero 6 included, could change that. Apparently, animation filmmakers have been arguing that it's time for animation to be recognized. The article points out the blend of San Francisco and Tokyo by Paul Felix for the design of San Fransokyo.


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  • ARTaylor

    The new year is here and the December poll results are in. We asked fans how they felt about Big Hero 6.

    1. Exactly 75% of the voters were overwhelmed with the film giving it a perfect score of 10. Walt Disney Animation Studios has been on an upswing of quality in recent years and it seems audience feel this is another strong entry. It has a solid 8.2 on the Internet Movie Database and an A- on CinemaScore.
    2. Following suit, 16.7% of the voters gave it a near-perfect score of 9. While it was not the success of previous effort Frozen, the movie has gotten very good reviews and a success comparable to Wreck-It Ralph.
    3. Only a small percentage were underwhelmed as 8.3% gave it a score of 5. While not exactly good, it doesn't mean they felt it was bad.

    Chec…

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  • ARTaylor

    New Year's Day 2015

    January 1, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Happy New Year's. Welcome to 2015. While we don't exactly have hoverboards, flying cars, or nineteen Jaws movies we do have the rest of the third season of Ultimate Spider-Man, second seasons of Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and first season of Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers to keep us company. We also have Guardians of the Galaxy to look forward to at some point. Unfortunately, or perhaps not given how you feel about recent output, there are no more direct-to-video features currently announced and we seem to have a break in animated features.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the one-hundred ninety-sixth anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. The iconic novel was the very first instance of science fiction. The novel follows the tragic adventures of Victor Frankenstein to create a man out of the dead in order to obtain immortality and the fallout of his misguided actions. While it has inspired many works, it also inspired a Marvel Comics character and anime featured The Monster of Frankenstein.

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  • ARTaylor

    New Year's Eve 2014

    December 31, 2014 by ARTaylor

    Today is New Year's Eve. On this final day we look back at what has happened over the year and look forward to the coming year.

    • January 2nd: News comes out that War Machine actor James Avery passed away on December 31st, 2013 at the age of 68.
    • March 25th: Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, the sequel to Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, was released.
    • April 2nd: Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers begins airing in Japan.
    • April 22nd: The Spectacular Spider-Man is given a complete series Blu-ray release.
    • May 3rd: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., most known to Marvel fans as the voice of Doctor Octopus, dies at the age of 95.
    • July 26th: Marvel Animation appears at Comic-Con where they announce the new series Guardians of the Galaxy.
    • July 29th: Iron Man & Captain Amer…
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  • ARTaylor

    Nichelle Nichols Turns 82

    December 28, 2014 by ARTaylor

    Today is the eighty-second birthday for Nichelle Nichols. Most known for her role as Uhura in the Star Trek franchise, Nichols played Mirium on Spider-Man along with her Trek co-stars George Takei and Majel Barrett-Roddenberry.

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  • ARTaylor

    Stan Lee Turns 92

    December 28, 2014 by ARTaylor

    Today is the ninety-second birthday for comic book writer Stan Lee. Born on this day in 1922 under the name Stanley Martin Lieber, Lee is a relative newcomer to the comic book world and has started appearing in various television shows, video games, and film adaptations of Marvel works. Most recently he gained fame as the star of Ultimate Spider-Man and Big Hero 6. Despite his age, Lee is a star on the rise and we look forward to seeing how high he can go.

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  • ARTaylor

    Kwanzaa 2014

    December 26, 2014 by ARTaylor

    Today is the first day of Kwanzaa, the week-long American celebration honoring universal African-American heritage and culture.

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    Into the Woods Released

    December 25, 2014 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Into the Woods. Based on the award winning Broadway musical, the film is the latest from The Walt Disney Company.

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    Merry Christmas 2014

    December 25, 2014 by ARTaylor

    Merry Christmas one and all!

    In the Christian faith, today is the day of Christmas celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the son of God. Today is the day for Christmas spirit when good boys and girls open their presents from under the tree given to them by Santa Claus the night before.

    Be sure to sing sons such as Deck the Halls, O Little Town of Bethlehem, O Tannenbaum, Jingle Bells, and The Nutcracker Suit. Enjoy your hot chocolate and eggnog. For those with a white Christmas, have fun in the snow.

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  • ARTaylor

    44 Years of The Aristocats

    December 25, 2014 by ARTaylor

    Today is the forty-fourth anniversary of the release of The Aristocats. The classic film is the twentieth from Walt Disney Animation Studios and the last to be approved by founder Walt Disney before his death.

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    Christmas Eve 2014

    December 24, 2014 by ARTaylor

    In the Christian faith today is Christmas Eve.

    Tonight, every good girl and boy will be visited by Santa Claus who checked his list twice in order to deliver elf-made presents from his sleigh. So make sure your stockings are hung by the fire with care.

    Make sure you got all your decorations and lights up. Enjoy your Christmas Tree with your star on top.

    Hope you finished all your shopping since all the department stores will be closed tomorrow.

    As you sit around drinking your eggnog and hot chocolate you can sing along to Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells, O Little Town of Bethlehem, O Tannenbaum, and The Nutcracker Suite.

    If you go out into the snow to go ice skating remember to bundle up with your stocking cap.

    And remember not to lose your spirit and f…

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  • ARTaylor

    Winter Solstice 2014

    December 21, 2014 by ARTaylor

    Today is the winter solstice, meaning that the sun is in its most southern position relative to Earth making it the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere and longest day in the Southern Hemisphere.

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    Today is the seventy-seventh anniversary of the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The classic feature-length film was the first feature film to be created with cel-animation, the first theatrical film produced by The Walt Disney Company, and launched the long-running success of Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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  • ARTaylor

    17 Years of Titanic

    December 21, 2014 by ARTaylor

    Last Friday was the seventeenth anniversary of Titanic. The film about the real life tragedy was a major commercial and critical hit winning eleven Academy Awards including Best Picture as well as becoming the highest grossing film ever. It featured the talents of David Warner as the villainous Spicer Lovejoy.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. It is the third and final film in The Hobbit trilogy and the sixth film of the live-action Lord of the Rings series. The film features the talents of Graham McTavish returning to the role of the dwarf Dwalin with Dee Bradley Baker doing creature voices.

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  • ARTaylor

    25 Years of The Simpsons

    December 17, 2014 by ARTaylor

    Today is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the pilot episode premiere of The Simpsons. The legendary series is a pioneer in the field of television animation, proving that the genre could be more than mere children entertainment and has lasted twenty-six seasons, five-hundred sixty-one episodes, and even a theatrical film and is still going making it one of the longest running television series ever. Bob Arkwright served as a storyboard artist on the series while AKOM originally did animation for the series. It featured the voice talents of Hank Azaria as many roles such as bartender Moe Syszlak, Maurice LaMarche as various voices, Frank Welker as the family pet Santa's Little Helper, Kevin Michael Richardson doing various voices, George Take…

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