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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.

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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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  • ARTaylor

    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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  • ARTaylor

    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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  • ARTaylor

    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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  • ARTaylor

    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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  • ARTaylor

    Happy Hanukkah 2014

    December 17, 2014 by ARTaylor

    Today is the start of Hanukkah, an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the premiere of Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas, based on the hit 2003 movie. The television special features the talents of Jim Parsons as the title character Buddy, Mark Hamill in the role of Buddy's father Walter, Edward Asner reprising his role as Santa Claus, and Kevin Michael Richardson as a fake Santa and Jerry Hobbs.

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  • ARTaylor

    RIP Robert Taylor

    December 16, 2014 by ARTaylor

    Robert Taylor has died at the age of seventy on December 11th following complications from lung disease COPD. Taylor was an animator on the 1967 series Spider-Man. He is also known for his work on Fritz the Cat, DuckTales, and TaleSpin which earned him a Primetime Emmy in 1991. A memorial service will take place at 10 AM in Oakwood Cemetery in Chatsworth, CA. He is survived by his five children and three grandchildren.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the twelfth anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek Nemesis. It is the last film featuring The Next Generation crew and the last part of the franchise before it was rebooted. The film featured the talents of Jonathan Frakes as William Riker and Majel Barrett-Roddenberry as the voice of the computer as well was the last time for Brent Spiner as Data, LeVar Burton as Geordi LaForge, and Michael Dorn as Worf. Ron Perlman also joined the cast as Viceroy.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today the Golden Globes announced their nominations for the upcoming 72nd Golden Globes Awards. Among the nominations are Big Hero 6 for Best Animated Feature Film and J. K. Simmons for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Whiplash.

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  • ARTaylor

    January marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of the debut of both Kitty Pryde and Emma Frost. Both first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #129 released in January of 1980. In the issue, Kitty is approached by Frost on behalf of the Hellfire Club and Professor X of the X-Men in the hopes of recruiting the thirteen year-old to their teams. However, Frost's attitude unnerves Kitty and she becomes an X-Man, to eventually be followed by Frost. Both went on to become some of the most popular X-Men characters.

    Kitty was first animated for Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends voiced by Sally Julian as Sprite. She was the title character of the failed pilot "Pryde of the X-Men" played by Kath Soucie. Her most significant appearance was by Maggie Blue O'Hara in th…

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the sixteenth anniversary of the release of Star Trek: Insurrection. It is the ninth film in the franchise and the third to follow The Next Generation crew. The film was directed by Jonathan Frakes who also appeared as William Riker as well as featuring the talents of Brent Spiner as Data, LeVar Burton as Geordi LaForge, Michael Dorn as Worf, and Majel Barrett-Roddenberry as the voice of the computer.

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  • ARTaylor

    Walt Disney Animation Studios has gotten its own president. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Andrew Millstein, formely an executive vice president and general manager, will fill the newly created position. Millstein worked on several films including Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and Big Hero 6. Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios president Ed Catmull said of him, "Andrew's leadership has been a major factor in the renaissance of Walt Disney Animation, and we're excited to see what wonderful films and technological advancements continue to emerge from that group under his leadership."

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  • ARTaylor

    Spider-Man Getting Animated?

    December 10, 2014 by ARTaylor

    The Wall Street Journal managed to get their hands on several emails that passed between the folks at Marvel Entertainment and Sony Pictures. Most of the discussion concerns the use of Spider-Man, whose film rights are owned by Sony rather than The Walt Disney Company, in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War film. However, the emails did reveal that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are considering producing an animated Spider-Man comedy. The director duo is famous for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie, and 22 Jump Street. No further details were given.

    The Lego Spider-Man Movie anyone?

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  • ARTaylor

    Last Saturday was the fiftieth anniversary of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The stop-motion special first aired on December 6th, 1964 making it the longest running Christmas special in television history. The special features the voices of Paul Soles as Rudolph's friend and dentist wannabe Hermey and Peg Dixon as Rudolph's mother and Mrs. Claus.

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  • ARTaylor

    December seventh, a date which lives in infamy. When the naval forces of Japan launched a surprise attack on the United States of America's forces stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on this date in 1941. It resulted in the deaths of 2,403 with 1,178 more wounded. The attack became a rallying call for Americans causing the nation to declare war on Japan thus entering the Second World War. While the US eventually defeated Japan and Nazi Germany, it is still one of the most devastating losses in American military history.

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  • ARTaylor

    The Los Angeles Film Critics Association announced their awards. J. K. Simmons won Best Supporting Actor for his role as Terence Fletcher in the film Whiplash.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the thirty-fifth anniversary of the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The film revived the franchise following the original series' cancellation and several attempts at creating another series. It features the talents of George Takei as Hikaru Sulu, Nichelle Nichols as Uhura, and Majel Barrett-Roddenberry as Christine Chapel.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the twenty-third anniversary of the release of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The sixth film in the franchise is also the last time that the entire original crew appeared together. It features the talents of Nichelle Nichols in her last appearance as Uhura, George Takei as Hikaru Sulu, David Warner in his second Trek appearance as Klingon Chancellor Gorkon, and Michael Dorn as his The Next Generation's characters own grandfather Worf.

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  • ARTaylor

    Walt Disney's 113 Birthday

    December 5, 2014 by ARTaylor

    Today would have been the one-hundred thirteenth birthday of Walter Elias Disney. While he did not do anything directly with Marvel, he died in December of 1966 when many Marvel characters were still getting started, you may have heard of this company he and his brother Roy started called The Walt Disney Company. The Disney corporation is one of the largest in the world and is the parent company of Marvel Entertainment.

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  • ARTaylor

    25 Years of New Warriors

    December 3, 2014 by ARTaylor

    This month marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the introduction of the New Warriors. The team first appeared in December of 1989 in the pages of The Mighty Thor #411. The original team featured Night Thrasher, Speedball, Marvel Boy, Namorita, Nova, and Firestar coming together to help the Thunder God stop Juggernaut.

    The New Warriors members Speedball, Darkhawk, Justice, and Rage first appeared outside the comics in the Fantastic Four episode "To Battle the Living Planet". However, the team's name was not used and they are otherwise implied to be members of the Avengers.

    Most recently, the team was seen on Ultimate Spider-Man as a team formed by Spider-Man. This version is comprised of Agent Venom, Iron Spider, Ka-Zar, Zabu, Cloak, Dagger.


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  • ARTaylor

    The nominations for the 42nd Annual Annie Awards have been announced and Big Hero 6 got a total of seven nominations. With the addition of the short film Feast, Walt Disney Animation Studios got a total of eight nominations this year. Big Hero 6 has the third highest number of nominations this year following The Boxtrolls and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

    • The film itself is nominated for Best Animated Feature.
    • Michael Kaschalk, Peter DeMund, David Hutchins, Henrik Falt, and John Kosnik are nominated for Animated Effects in an Animated Production.
    • Shiyoon Kim and Jin Kim are nominated for Character Design in an Animated Feature Production.
    • Don Hall and Chris Williams are nominated for Directing in an Animated Feature Production.
    • Marc E. Smith is nominated…
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  • ARTaylor

    November 2014 Poll Results

    December 1, 2014 by ARTaylor

    December is here and the November poll results are in. We asked who would win in a one-on-one fight, Hulk or Wolverine.

    1. People seem to think that Hulk really is the strongest there is as he won with 66.67% of the votes. Hulk has seemingly unlimited strength, healing factor, and the rage to relentlessly destroy anything in his way. Even the producers of Hulk vs Wolverine admit that Hulk probably won the ambiguous ending.
    2. The best there is at what he does, and what he does isn't very nice, wasn't a match as Wolverine only got 33.33% of the votes. The X-Man may have an unbreakable skeleton, his own healing factor, and six razor sharp adamantium claws (the only thing that can pierce Hulk's skin), but it doesn't seem like voters believe this is eno…
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  • ARTaylor

    Black Friday 2014

    November 28, 2014 by ARTaylor

    Today is the first day of shopping season for Christmas, also known as Black Friday, eventually ending on Christmas Eve. If you choose to go out into the crowds please remember to stay safe. This is supposed to be a joyous time.

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  • ARTaylor

    50 Years of Star Trek

    November 27, 2014 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the very beginnings of Star Trek. On this day the filming began for the original pilot "The Cage". While this pilot was not picked up, it did eventually lead to a second more successful pilot that eventually spawned six series, twelve films, and numerous novels and comic books including some from Marvel Comics. "The Cage" featured the talents of Majel Barrett as first officer, credited only as Number One, who would later marry Star Trek Gene Roddenberry and continue working with the franchise up until her death. She is one of two cast members to return to The Original Series, though as a different role.

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  • ARTaylor

    Happy Thanksgiving 2014

    November 27, 2014 by ARTaylor

    Happy Thanksgiving Day one and all. On this day of thanks be sure not to miss all the fun at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade with the marching bands and parade balloons. At your Thanksgiving dinner enjoy your turkey, yams, and pumpkin pie. And for those intending to begin their Christmas shopping right away, have a safe time.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the twenty-eighth anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. The fourth film in the iconic franchise continues from the third as it sees the original crew facing the consequences of their actions in the previous film when a powerful force threatens the Earth requiring them to travel back in time to save the planet. The film features the talents of original series regulars returning including Nichelle Nichols as Uhura, George Takei as Hikaru Sulu, and Majel Barrett-Roddenberry appearing briefly as Christine Chapel.

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  • ARTaylor

    Ron Wasserman Interview

    November 26, 2014 by ARTaylor

    You may not have heard the name, but if you grew up in the 1990s you certainly know the works of Ron Wasserman. He is the one who made the iconic theme music for X-Men as well as the themes for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Dragon Ball Z while most recently he has worked on America's Next Top Model and Hot in Cleveland. Marvel Entertainment's Patrick Cavanaugh had the pleasure of interviewing the composer about his life and making one of the most memorable cartoon theme songs.

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  • ARTaylor

    Stan Lee on Big Hero 6

    November 26, 2014 by ARTaylor

    Mashable spoke to legendary comic book creator Stan Lee about the recent film Big Hero 6. If you haven't seen it already, though why wouldn't you when it's doing so well, then consider this a spoiler alert. Lee spoke about the post-credits scene featuring his role as Fred's superhero father.

    You can see the video interview at the link below.

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  • ARTaylor

    16 Years of A Bug's Life

    November 26, 2014 by ARTaylor

    Today is the sixteenth anniversary of A Bug's Life. The second film by Pixar Animation Studios, now a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, was directed by John Lasseter. The film features the talents of Jack Angel as Thud, Lasseter as Bug Zapper Bug #1, as well as Jess Harnell and Phil Proctor doing additional voices.

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  • ARTaylor

    22 Years of Aladdin

    November 26, 2014 by ARTaylor

    Today is the twenty-second anniversary of the premiere of Aladdin. It is the thirty-first film by the Walt Disney Animation Studios and the fourth film in the famous Disney Renaissance. The film features the talents of Frank Welker as Aladdin's monkey friend Abu, Jasmine's pet tiger Rajah, and the Cave of Wonders, Jim Cummings as captain of the Guard Razoul and Farouk, Charles Adler as the thief Gazeem, Corey Burton as Prince Achmed, as well as Jack Angel and Phil Proctor doing additional voices.

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