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Michael Arbeiter
Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.
  • New York Cabbies Want Alec Baldwin To Be Mayor: Late Last Night
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 06, 2011
    Alec Baldwin showed up on Conan to discuss his potential mayoral campaign...and what all the cab drivers in New York have to say about it. He also touched upon living among young drunk people, and describing Tracy Morgan's morning ritual of paying tribute to Michael Jackson. Steve Martin appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to tell a story about refusing to sign an autograph for an eleven year-old Judd Apatow. Robert Downey, Jr., stopped by The Tonight Show to talk about when he severely injured an extra on the Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows set in order to make a point, to pay thanks to Mel Gibson, Jamie Foxx and Garry Shandling for their Funny or Die tribute to him, and to discuss his very eccentric father who refuses to make right turns. Finally, Jonah Hill visited The Late Show to talk about how his mother thinks that since he's an actor, he must know everyone in Hollywood...including Woody Allen, whom she took it upon herself to find and have a conversation with.
  • Remote Control: What to Watch on Dec. 5
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 05, 2011
    Monday, Dec. 5 Note: Terra Nova is a rerun tonight. Top Tier How I Met Your Mother 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS "Symphony of Illumination" It's a How I Met Your Mother plus Christmas...so, there's really no losing here. Robin decides to hide some bad news from the rest of the gang, while Marshall takes the lead on what will most likely be an ill-fated hanging of decorations. NFL Monday Night Football 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on ESPN San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars For me to recommend watching any professional sporting event says something: it says that there is very little else on television. Seriously. I'm the kind of guy who watches sitcoms on my laptop during Superbowl parties. So that should tell you just how slow tonight will be in the television spectrum. Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Back to the glory of Christmas, once again, with the added majesty of animated elves. This ABC special, starring Dave Foley, Rob Riggle and Chris Parnell (who we interviewed about making it) might not exactly seem like the most exciting night time entertainment, but it's getting closer to the holiday season, and we need to start getting in the mentality. Alternates Honestly, that's pretty much it. How I Met Your Mother, a Christmas cartoon special or football. If none of those appeal to you, catch up on your Netflix queue. Read a book. Maybe reconnect with the family members and friends you've been neglecting in favor of television. As blasphemous as this might be coming from a TV blogger, sometimes fate just seems to be telling us to take a night off.
  • Casting Roundup: 'Glee' Extends Damian McGinty's Stay, More Old Friends Return to 'Grey's'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 05, 2011
    Glee's newest character, Irish exchange student Rory Flanagan, has build up a pretty respectable fan base in his short time on the series. So much so that Damian McGinty, the Glee Project winner who portrays Rory, has been given an extended stay on the show. We're not certain how many more episodes McGinty will have, but the show has a history of changing things around for new characters: Heather Morris started out on the show as a behind-the-scenes dance instructor, and look at her now. Glee airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. -AOLTV In Friday's Casting Roundup, we reported that Kate Walsh would be returning to Grey's Anatomy in a very special episode that examined hypothetical realities for the characters. Walsh's appearance as Dr. Addison Montgomery will play an integral part in Dr. Derek Shepherd's (Patrick Dempsey) "alternate reality," in which the two never split up. But an even more dramatic, more suprising character will return: Ellis, Dr. Meredith Grey's (Ellen Pompeo) now-deceased mother, played by Kate Burton. Burton will revive her role in a reality in which she (obviously) never died, and never developed Alzheimer's Disease. Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. -EW House seems to love bringing back old friends, for reasons that aren't too mysterious. And of course, there have also been a few reunions with old lovers. But this new returning guest castmember extends beyond either of these realms: House is preparing for the return of a green card wife: Karolina Wydra, who played Dominica, Dr. House's (Hugh Laurie) own green card spouse last season. Although Dominica has been absent from the spotlight for some time now, she and the doc are clearly not entirely out of one another's lives—as proven by her upcoming, early 2012 appearance. House airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. -TVLine The SyFy network has a niche audience, but it seems they're reaching for new demographic with the new TV movie, Jersey Shore Shark Attack, which is, exactly what it sounds like. And its cast is...well, also not much different than what you'd expect. Vinny Guadagnino is the only Jersey Shore castmember to be involved in the movie, playing a reporter who covers a story of beachside rampaging sharks. Vinny is joined by more actory actors, Tony Sirico (The Sopranos). Paul Sorvino (GoodFellas), William Atherton (Die Hard), Jack Scalia (Dallas) and *N Sync's Joey Fatone. Take all that in while you consider just how amazing this whole project sounds, and mark your calendar for its airdate sometime in the summer of 2012. -EW
  • Kiefer Sutherland and '24' Movie to Begin Production in Spring
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 05, 2011
    The following article takes place between 4:00 P.M. and like 4:15, 4:20...depending on how much of a rant I go off on. 4:00 P.M. Here's a riddle for you. When does a period of eight days last nearly a decade? If you've read the headline of this article, you can probably figure out the answer. From 2001 to 2010, 24 was a monstrous hit series on Fox, gripping viewers with its innovative premise, which emanated that trademark "This is all happening right now!" feeling. It's the kind of show that hooks you on concept alone, and then maintains just enough excitement to keep you tuning in until it's ready to unplug the clock. And we all thought that time had come—but wrong we were. 24 is not yet over. It just hit the snooze. The show is back. Only this time...it's a MOVIE. 4:06 P.M. Yes, the movie thing has been tossed around for some time now, but it's actually heading into production fairly soon. This coming spring is the intended date to begin the film adaptation, starring, of course, Kiefer Sutherland (the mild-mannered Hollywood actor secret identity of real-life superhero Jack Bauer). Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard, upcoming Jack the Giant Killer, Total Recall and The Wolverine) will be writing the script, which is expected to near completion just in time for the New Year. 4:11 P.M. So here's the thing. 24 really banked on the thrill of its unique real-time sensation. In that light, shouldn't a movie version also embrace this pinnacle of 24-dom? The problem with that: in order for a 24 movie to reproduce this aspect of the 24 TV show, it would have to be a 24-hour film. But let's just take a step back for a second. Is that (a day-long single piece of cinema...no splitting it up into sequels, this is just one movie) something to which any of us are really opposed? It's worth the venture artistically. And maybe 24 is the perfect project to pioneer this endeavor. 4:14 P.M. With that said, I am starting the "Make the 24 Movie 24 Hours Long" movement. It's not particularly cleverly titled, but neither is 24. All who wish to represent the spirit of the movement are asked to do day-long sit in protests outside of movie studios, digital clock stores, or Keifer Sutherland's favorite delicatessans. We can make this happen! 4:17 P.M. I've had some time to think about this, and I've come to realize that a day-long movie would be a terrible idea. Stop sitting in. Stop disrupting the capital of meat peddlers. Just celebrate the fact that a 24 movie is on its way! It may not be a full day, but it's something. Something that we'll all be able to enjoy. In time. Source: Deadline
  • Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg Might Star in Michael Bay's 'Pain and Gain'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 05, 2011
    Ladies and gentlemen, we have a marvelous opportunity here. As you may have heard, director Michael Bay is developing a bodybuilding dark comedy entitled Pain and Gain. But the opportunity has almost nothing to do with that. It has to do entirely with the potential casting of the movie. For, right now, at this very moment, production is in talks with one Dwayne Johnson and one Mark Wahlberg to co-star opposite one another in this feature film. Have you caught onto the opportunity yet? I'll spell it out. What does Dwayne Johnson plus Mark Wahlberg equal? THE ROCK WAHL. Okay, I guess that's not nearly as exciting as it was when it first occurred to me. It's not like Wahlberg's last name is Hardplace. Neither Johnson or Wahlberg is confirmed yet for this film, although Johnson is slightly closer to confirmed than Wahlberg is. But if they do team up, we might really be in for something. After all, we haven't seen much in the vein of a Michael Bay dark comedy before. So this could be something fresh. Something different. Something new. So new, that you might even dub those involved: New Kids on the Rock (get it?!). Wahlberg headlined the buddy-cop sendup The Other Guys, which starred Johnson in a supporting role. Wahlberg is really making a name for himself in the comedy world, even though he is more closely associated with dramatic roles...much like his starring part in the 2001 music-oriented drama. You know the one. Jennifer Aniston was in it. It wasn't that good. Don't make me say it... ROCK Star. Get it?! Source: Variety
  • 'Bones' Midseason Finale Pushed to January
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 05, 2011
    Fox's crime-drama series Bones was scheduled to have its midseason finale air on Thursday, Dec. 15. However, the network has decided to delay the broadcast of this episode until Jan. 12. For Bones fans, this means waiting a whole extra month for this single episode, and then enduring another hiatus until the return of the series for the spring. On Jan. 12, Bones will lead into the premiere of Fox's new series The Finder, which likely explains the move. Bones is still scheduled to air is penultimate fall episode, "The Twist in the Twister," at its normal time: this Thursday, Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The fall finale will air on Jan. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Check out Fox's midseason schedule for more on what's to come on the network. Bones is in its seventh season, and stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz. Source: TVLine
  • Bradley Cooper Hints at 'The Hangover Part III' - Which City Will They Destroy This Time?
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 05, 2011
    It is a sure thing that The Hangover Part III will eventually manifest in some form. But the structure of this movie, its content and its location, are still ambiguous—both to the public and to director Todd Phillips. We are promised one thing: The Hangover Part III will not follow the formula of The Hangover and the near-identical Hangover Part II. This time, there might be no wedding. No lost crew-member. There might even be no hangover whatsoever. But then, what are we left with? Aside from the plot, a big question concerning the third film is its location. Las Vegas and Thailand served as strong characters in the first and second films, respectively. So, a third, equally vibrant, epic city would be necessary to continue out the sentiment of the first two-thirds of the trilogy. While Phillips has stated that he is still completely open to ideas for a third city, star Bradley Cooper stated on the Graham Norton Show that he "think[s] it'll take place in L.A." Cooper also mentioned that he "hope[s] we're going start shooting in September," and that he "know[s] Todd Phillips is working on the script." So, L.A., eh? Sure, it's got its charm. But I think they should go rogue here. L.A. is too easy and comfortable. It might have worked in the first movie, but they've expanded the realm of possibility beyond what might happen in an L.A. alley after dark. I'm thinking Kharthoum. Bishkek. The jungles of the Congo. I'm not sure what Phillips, Cooper and co-stars Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms have in store for Part III, but I can't imagine it wouldn't be able to organically take place in a jungle. Source: Indiewire
  • Get Animated Over the 2011 Annie Awards Nominations!
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 05, 2011
    Oscars Shmoscars. The Annie Awards are where the real glory is. In all seriousness, animation is an unappreciated medium, so the 2011 Annie Awards is a phenomenon that really deserves our attention. The nominations are in for this year's awards ceremony, celebrating the art, production, writing, directing and acting in animated projects. As you check out the nominees below, begin to realize that you're not nearly as happy as you could be. Then, watch all of the movies listed. Problem solved. BEST ANIMATED FEATURE A Cat in Paris – Folimage Arrugas (Wrinkles) – Perro Verde Films, S.L. Arthur Christmas – Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations Cars 2 – Pixar Animation Studios Chico & Rita – Chico & Rita Distribution Limited Kung Fu Panda 2 – DreamWorks Animation Puss In Boots – DreamWorks Animation Rango – Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Production Rio – Blue Sky Studios Tintin – Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall  BEST ANIMATED SPECIAL PRODUCTION Adventure Time: Thank You – Cartoon Network Studios Batman: Year One – Warner Bros. Animation Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas – Blue Sky Studios Kung Fu Panda – Secrets of the Masters – DreamWorks Animation Prey 2 –Blur Studio Star Tours – Industrial Light & Magic BEST ANIMATED SHORT SUBJECT Adam and Dog – Lodge Films I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat – Warner Bros. Animation La Luna – Pixar Animation Studios (Notes on) Biology – Ornana Films Paths of Hate – Platige Image Sunday – National Film Board of Canada The Ballad of Nessie –Walt Disney Animation Studios The Girl and the Fox – Base14 Wild Life – National Film Board of Canada and Studio GDS BEST ANIMATED TELEVISION COMMERCIAL Audi “Hummingbird” – The Mill Geico “Foghorn” – Renegade Animation McDonald’s “Apple Tree” – Duck Studios/Kompost McDonald’s “Suzi Van Zoom” – Duck Studios/Kompost Norton “Stuff”– Psyop O2 “Niggles & Narks” – The Mill Statoil “Good Night” – Studio AKA “The Pirate” – Meindbender Twinings “Sea” – Psyop BEST GENERAL AUDIENCE ANIMATED TV PRODUCTION Archer – FX Productions Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Warner Bros. Animation Hoops & YoYo Ruin Christmas - Hallmark MAD – Warner Bros. Animation Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole Season 2 – Starburns Industries, Inc. Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice – Walt Disney Animation Studios Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd. The Simpsons – Gracie Films BEST ANIMATED TELEVISION PRODUCTION - PRESCHOOL Chuggington – Ludorum Pictures Disney's Jake and the Never Land Pirates – Disney Television Animation Disney's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – Disney Television Animation The WotWots Season 2 – Pukeko Pictures BEST ANIMATED TELEVISION PRODUCTION - CHILDREN Fanboy and Chum Chum – Nickelodeon and Frederator Kung Fu Panda – DreamWorks Animation Penguins of Madagascar – DreamWorks Animation The Amazing World of Gumball – Cartoon Network in Association with Dandelion Studios, Boulder Media & Studio Soi BEST ANIMATED VIDEO GAME Bumpy Road – Simogo Catherine – Atlus Gears of War 3 – Epic Games Gesundheit – Konami Digital Entertainment Ghost Trick: “Phantom Detective” – Capcom Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet – Shadow Planet Productions, Gagne/Fuelcell Ratchet and Clark: All 4 One – Insomniac Rayman Origins – Ubisoft Montpellier Unchartered 3: Drake’s Deception – Naughty Dog ANIMATED EFFECTS IN AN ANIMATED PRODUCTION Can Yuksel “Puss In Boots” DreamWorks Animation Chase Cooper “Rango” Industrial Light & Magic Dan Lund “Winnie The Pooh” Walt Disney Animation Studios Dave Tidgewell “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation Eric Froemling “Cars 2” Pixar Animation Studios Jason Mayer “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation Joel Aron “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd. Jon Reisch “Cars 2” Pixar Animation Studios Kevin Romond “Tintin” Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall Willi Geiger “Rango” Industrial Light & Magic ANIMATED EFFECTS IN A LIVE ACTION PRODUCTION Branko Grujcic “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” Industrial Light & Magic Florent Andarra “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Industrial Light & Magic Gary Wu “Cowboys & Aliens” Industrial Light & Magic Lee Uren “Cowboys & Aliens” Industrial Light & Magic CHARACTER ANIMATION IN A TELEVISION PRODUCTION Chad Sellers “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” Walt Disney Animation Studios Michael Franceschi “Kung Fu Panda” Nickelodeon Rebecca Wilson Bresee “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” Walt Disney Animation Studios Sihanouk Mariona “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole Season 2” Starburns Industries, Inc. Tony Smeed “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” Walt Disney Animation Studios CHARACTER ANIMATION IN A FEATURE PRODUCTION Andreas Deja “Winnie The Pooh” Walt Disney Animation Studios Dan Wagner “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation Jeff Gabor “Rio” Blue Sky Studios Mark Henn “Winnie The Pooh” Walt Disney Animation Studios Olivier Staphylas “Puss In Boots” DreamWorks Animation Patrik Puhala “Rio” Blue Sky Studios Pierre Perifel “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation CHARACTER ANIMATION IN A LIVE ACTION PRODUCTION Andy Arnett “HOP” Rhythm & Hues, Illumination Entertainment David Lowry “Paul” Double Negative Visual Effects for Universal Productions/Relativity Media/Working Title Films/Big Talk Productions Eric Reynolds “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” 20th Century Fox Mike Hull “Paul” Double Negative Visual Effects for Universal Productions/Relativity Media/Working Title Films/Big Talk Productions CHARACTER DESIGN IN A TELEVISION PRODUCTION Bill Schwab “Prep & Landing” Walt Disney Animation Studios Carl Raggio “Disney Kick Buttowski” Disney Television Animation Chad Hurd “Archer” FX Productions Chris Battle “Dan Vs.” Starz Film Roman Eric Robles “Fanboy and Chum Chum” Nickelodeon & Frederator Gordon Hammond “TUFF Puppy” Nickelodeon Mike Dougherty “TUFF Puppy” Nickelodeon Robert Ryan Cory “Secret Mountain Fort Awesome” Cartoon Network Studios CHARACTER DESIGN IN A FEATURE PRODUCTION Jay Shuster “Cars 2” Pixar Animation Studios Mark “Crash” McCreery “Rango” Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Productions Patrick Mate “Puss In Boots” DreamWorks Animation Peter de Seve “Arthur Christmas” Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations Sergio Pablos “Rio” Blue Sky Studios DIRECTING IN A TELEVISION PRODUCTION Brian Sheesley “Dan Vs.” Starz Film Roman Chris Savino & Clay Morrow “ Disney Kick Buttowski” Disney Television Animation Dan Riba “Ben 10 Ultimate Alien” Cartoon Network Studios Duke Johnson “Community” 23 D Films, Inc. Gabe Swarr “Kung Fu Panda” Nickelodeon Ken Bruce “TUFF Puppy” Nickelodeon Kevin Deters & Stevie Wermers-Skelton “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” Walt Disney Animation Studios Matthew Nastuk “The Simpsons” Gracie Films Mic Graves & Ben Bocquelet “The Amazing World of Gumball” Cartoon Network Europe in association with Dandelion Studios, Boulder Media & Studio Soi Peter Hausner “Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu” Wil Film Steve Loter, Christo Stamboliev, Shaun Cashman, David Knott “Penguins of Madagascar” Nickelodeon and Technicolor Tony Craig “Hoops & YoYo Ruin Christmas” Hallmark DIRECTING IN A FEATURE PRODUCTION Carlos Saldahna “Rio” Blue Sky Studios Chris Miller “Puss In Boots” DreamWorks Animation Don Hall & Stephen Anderson “Winnie The Pooh” Walt Disney Animation Studios Gore Verbinski “Rango” Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present a Blind Wink/GK Films Productions Jennifer Yuh Nelson “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation Kelly Asbury “Gnomeo & Juliet” Touchstone Pictures  MUSIC IN A TELEVISION PRODUCTION  Adam Berry, Bob Schooley, Mark McCorkle “Penguins of Madagascar” Nickelodeon and Technicolor Ben Locket “The Amazing World of Gumball” Cartoon Network Europe in association with Dandelion Studios, Boulder Media & Studio Soi Frederik Wiedmann “Green Lantern The Animated Series” Warner Bros. Animation Grace Potter, Michael Giacchino “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” Walt Disney Animation Studios Joel McNeely, Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda “Pixie Hollow Games” DisneyToon Studios Kevin Kliesch “Thundercats” Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Shawn Patterson, Zeb Wells “Robot Chicken” ShadowMachine and Stoopid Monkey in association with Adult Swim MUSIC IN A FEATURE PRODUCTION Henry Jackman “Puss In Boots” DreamWorks Animation John Williams “Tintin” Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall Mikael Mutti, Siedah Garrett, Carlinhos Brown, Sergio Mendes, John Powell, “Rio” Blue Sky Studios Zooey Deschannel, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Henry Jackman, Robert Lopez “Winnie The Pooh” Walt Disney Animation Studios PRODUCTION DESIGN IN A TELEVISION PRODUCTION Mark Bodner, Chris Tsirgiotis, Sue Mondt and Daniel Elson “Secret Mountain Fort Awesome” Cartoon Network Studios Peter Martin “Hoops & YoYo Ruin Christmas” Hallmark PRODUCTION DESIGN IN A FEATURE PRODUCTION Harley Jessup “Cars 2” Pixar Animation Studios Paul Felix “Winnie The Pooh” Walt Disney Animation Studios Raymond Zilbach “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation Tom Cardone, Kyle MacNaughton & Peter Chan “Rio” Blue Sky Studios STORYBOARDING IN A TELEVISION PRODUCTION Barry W. Johnson “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” Walt Disney Animation Studios Benton Connor “Regular Show” Cartoon Network Studios Brian Kesinger “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” Walt Disney Animation Studios Dave Thomas “TUFF Puppy” Nickelodeon Fred Gonzalez “TUFF Puppy” Nickelodeon Joe Mateo “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” Walt Disney Animation Studios Justin Nichols “Fanboy & Chum Chum” Nickelodeon & Frederator Katie Rice “Fanboy & Chum Chum” Nickelodeon & Frederator Rebecca Sugar “Adventure Time” Cartoon Network Studios STORYBOARDING IN A FEATURE PRODUCTION Bob Logan “Puss In Boots” DreamWorks Animation David Gosman “Rango” Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Production Gary Graham “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation Jeremy Spears “Winnie The Pooh” Walt Disney Animation Studios Josh Hayes “Rango” Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Production Kris Pearn “Arthur Christmas” Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations Nelson Yokota “Gnomeo and Juliet” Touchstone Pictures Philip Craven “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation Scott Morse “Cars 2” Pixar Animation Studios VOICE ACTING IN A TELEVISION PRODUCTION Carlos Alazraqui as Denzel Crocker “Fairly OddParents” Nickelodeon Dan Harmon as Jekyll “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole Season 2” Starburns Industries, Inc. Daran Norris as Cosmo “Fairly OddParents” Nickelodeon Dee Bradley Baker as Obi-Wan “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd. Diedrich Bader as Batman “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” Warner Bros. Animation H. Jon Benjamin as Sterling Archer “Archer” FX Productions Jeff Bennett as Kowalski “Penguins of Madagascar” Nickelodeon and Technicolor Jeff B. Davis as Victor Frankenstein “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole Season 2” Starburns Industries, Inc. Jessica Walter as Malory Archer “Archer” FX Productions Judy Greer as Cheryl Tunt “Archer” FX Productions Logan Grove as Gumball “The Amazing World of Gumball” Cartoon Network Europe in association with Dandelion Studios, Boulder Media & Studio Soi Nika Futterman as Asajj Ventress “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd. Scott Adsit as the Creature “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole Season 2” Starburns Industries, Inc. Tara Strong as Timmy Turner “Fairly OddParents – Operation Dingleberg” Nickelodeon VOICE ACTING IN A FEATURE PRODUCTION Ashley Jensen as Bryony “Arthur Christmas” Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations Bill Nighy as Grandsanta “Arthur Christmas” Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations Gary Oldman as Shen “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation James Hong as Mr. Ping “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation Jemaine Clement as Nigel “Rio” Blue Sky Studios Jim Cummings as Featherstone “Gnomeo and Juliet” Touchstone Pictures Zach Galifianakis as Humpty Alexander Dumpty “Puss In Boots” DreamWorks Animation WRITING IN A TELEVISION PRODUCTION Blake Lemons, William Reiss, C.H. Greenblatt, Derek Evanick, Diana Lafyatis, Neil Graf “Disney Fish Hooks – Fish School Musical” Disney Television AnimationCarolyn Omine “The Simpsons -Treehouse of Horror XXII” – Gracie Films Dani MIchaeli, Sean Charmatz, Nate Cash, Luke Brookshier, Paul Tibbitt “SpongeBob SquarePants - Patrick’s Staycation” Nickelodeon Josh Weinstein “Futurama - All The President’s Heads” The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Television Kevin Sullivan, Will Schifrin, Ray DeLaurentis “TUFF Puppy Thunder Dog” Nickelodeon Matt Maiellaro, Dave Willis “Agua Unit Patrol Squad 1 – The Creditor” Williams Street Studios, Adult Swim Ray DeLaurentis, Will Schifrin “Fairly OddParents “Invasion of the Dads” Nickelodeon Steve Wermers-Skelton, Kevin Deters “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” Walt Disney Animation Studios WRITING IN A FEATURE PRODUCTION Andy Riley, Kevin Cecil, Mark Burton, Kathy Greenburg, Emily Cook, Rob Sprackling, John R. Smith, Kelly Asbury, Steve Hamilton “Gnomeo & Juliet” Touchstone Pictures Brian Kesinger, Kendelle Hoyer, Don Dougherty, Clio Chang, Don Hall, Stephen Anderson “Winnie The Pooh” Walt Disney Animation Studios John Logan, Gore Verbinski and James Byrkit “Rango” Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Productions Sarah Smith, Peter Baynham “Arthur Christmas” Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman AnimationsSteve Moffat, Edgar Wright, Joe Cronish “Tintin” Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall EDITING IN TELEVISION PRODUCTION Garret Elkins “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole Season 2” Starburn Industries, Inc. Hugo Morales “Kung Fu Panda” Nickelodeon Jason W.A. Tucker “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd. Paul D. Calder “Futurama” The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Television Ted Machold, Jeff Adams, Doug Tiano, Bob Tomlin “Penguins of Madagascar” Nickelodeon and Technicolor EDITING IN A FEATURE PRODUCTION Clare Knight, A.C.E. “Kung Fu Panda 2” DreamWorks Animation Craig Wood, A.C.E. “Rango” Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Productions Eric Dapkewicz “Puss In Boots” DreamWorks Animation Michael Kahn “Tintin” Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall Stephen Schaffer, A.C.E. “Cars 2” Pixar Animation Studios JURIED AWARDS Winsor McCay Award – Walt Peregoy, Borge Ring, Robert Searle June Foray – Art Leonardi Special Achievement – Depth Analysis
  • 'Game of Thrones' Blu-ray Is Coming...But Earlier Than Winter
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 05, 2011
    Some of us got on the Game of Thrones bandwagon immediately, and just need a refresher course before Season 2 begins. The more desperate lot of us got in the game a bit late, and still aren't completely caught up. To whichever group you belong, you're likely to take great solace in the following: Game of Thrones Season 1 Blu-ray and DVD sets will be available on March 6, 2012. Yeah, it's not exactly right around the corner. But, if you're an efficient watcher, it will be out in time to prep before the premiere of the second season, which should air in April of 2012. The Game of Thrones Blu-ray and DVD sets includes the following special features: -Making Game of Thrones -Audio commentaries with cast, crew and creators -Character Profiles -Anatomy of an Episode: "A Golden Crown"* -In-Episode Guide through each episode* -An in-depth look at the Night's Watch -From the Book to the Screen -Complete Guide to Westeros* -Creating the Dothraki Language -Creating the Show Open *Blu-ray only. In addition to the special features, the Blu-ray includes Easter Eggs that unlock new, unseen material. Source: EW
  • Peter Weller aka RoboCop Cast in 'Star Trek 2'
    By: Michael Arbeiter Dec 05, 2011
    I'm trying to think of a portmanteau for "Bad Robot" and "RoboCop" in celebration of this new casting development for Star Trek 2, but it's all just coming out clumsy. Moving right along, then: Peter Weller, the man/machine who portrayed the title character in RoboCop and its forgettable sequel, has been cast in J.J. Abrams' second Star Trek film, joining the ranks of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benicio Del Toro and new castmember Alice Eve. In addition to protecting the innocents, Weller is also recognizable for his more recent television work, including playing 24 character Christopher Henderson and a recurring role on Dexter as disgraced cop Stan Liddy. It's kind of funny that Weller is joining Star Trek 2, considering the news earlier this summer that a RoboCop reboot was underway, and was actually seeking Chris Pine (who played Captain Kirk in the 2009 Star Trek film, and will do so again in this sequel) to star. The worlds of RoboCop and Star Trek are melding, almost to a point where we won't know for sure which movie we are watching at any given moment! It's chaos, yes. But it's the best kind of chaos. A chaos wherein two science fiction franchises of past and present will join forces to engulf the world entirely, dragging the lot of us straight into the story, where we are destined to remain forever. The Star Trek sequel is slated for a May 2013 release...so, make sure you learn your lasers by then. These movies have lasers, right? Source: Variety