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July 05, 2014 | 8:09 a.m.

‘Animaniacs’ creator tackles fairy tales with ‘The 7D’

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Outside of certain circles, Tom Ruegger may not be a name that is synonymous with animation. But throw out the titles on which he was executive producer and helped create — “Animaniacs,” “Tiny Toon Adventures” and “Pinky and the Brain” — and images of really smart and fun cartoons come to mind. The multiple Emmy Award-winning Ruegger is heading up a new cartoon that launches on Disney XD on Monday called “The 7D” that hopes to capture the fun spirit of some of Ruegger’s other shows. “The 7D” is, as its name might suggest, about the tales of the Seven Dwarfs — 30 years or so before their fateful run-in with Snow White. Living in the Enchanted Forest in the kingdom of Jollywood under the rule of Queen Delightful, the dwarfs are the area’s “most trusted” heroes, righting the wrongs […]
July 04, 2014 | 9:22 a.m.

Anime Expo: ‘Sailor Moon’ voice Linda Ballantyne on the series

(© Naoko Takeuchi / PNP,  Toei Animation / VIZ Media)
She came to the world’s attention as a 14-year-old klutz who encounters a talking black cat with a magical brooch. The cat’s brooch transformed Usagi Tsukino, or Serena to U.S. audiences, into the manga heroine Sailor Moon, one of the most recognizable of all anime icons. More than 20 years after Naoko Takeuchi created Sailor Moon and her fellow Sailor Senshi, she’s not only appeared on countless lunch boxes and notebooks, her red-bowed schoolgirl’s uniform with the thigh-high miniskirt remains one of the most recognizable costumes at gatherings like this year’s Anime Expo. The annual convention celebrating Japanese animation and pop culture kicks off Thursday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Saturday will be the expo’s “Sailor Moon Day.” Planned events include the premiere of the new series “Sailor Moon Crystal” as well as a panel where the first two […]
July 02, 2014 | 4:18 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: WBTV to tout ‘iZombie,’ ‘Arrow’ alongside ‘Gotham,’ ‘Flash’

'Flash,' 'Arrow,' 'Constantine'
Warner Bros. Television will bring a host of new series to Comic-Con International in San Diego later this month. On Monday, word came that Fox’s upcoming series “Gotham” would premiere at San Diego’s Comic-Con International in its first public screening, as would the CW’s new show “The Flash.” But in a release issued Wednesday, the company confirmed that a total of 15 shows will make appearances at the annual pop culture expo, including “iZombie,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Supernatural.” The complete list is “Arrow,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Childrens Hospital,” “Constantine,” “The Flash,” “The Following,” “Gotham,” “The 100,” “iZombie,” “Mike Tyson Mysteries,” “The Originals,” “Person of Interest,” “Supernatural,” “Teen Titans Go!” and “The Vampire Diaries.” Among the actors set to travel to San Diego are Kevin Bacon from “The Following”; Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder from “The Vampire […]
July 02, 2014 | 2:01 p.m.

‘Batman: The Complete Television Series’ to get Comic-Con preview

Bap! Boom! Pow! “Batman: The Complete Television Series” will arrive with a bang at San Diego’s Comic-Con International in July, with a panel featuring Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman, meow). The actors from the famed TV show that ran from 1966-1968 on Bat-channel ABC (and in syndication) will tease the release of “Batman: The Complete Television Series,” due in November. The dynamic duo fought crime for 120 episodes, all of which will be available and fully remastered in DV. Here’s a preview video: The revival of the campy but celebrated TV program ties into the 75th-anniversary celebration of the DC comics superhero. Throughout the year, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have been feting the Caped Crusader with the “Batman Eternal” weekly comics series, a 25th-anniversary edition DVD of Tim Burton’s Oscar-winning 1989 “Batman” film, new animated releases and more. There are also more screen […]
June 30, 2014 | 6:13 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: ‘Gotham,’ ‘Flash’ will make their official debuts

The cast of The CW's "Gotham." (Warner Bros. TV)
“Gotham” has been teasing fans with casting and posters and trailers, but now some will finally get to see a world premiere of how all of that dark imagery jells — at the one place that could possibly make or break the show: Comic-Con International. The chronicle of Det. James Gordon and a young Bruce Wayne set to air on Fox isn’t the only DC Comics-based show that will invade San Diego. A complete pilot for the CW’s “The Flash,” a glimpse at Season 3 of its network ally “Arrow” and footage from NBC’s “Constantine” will all be presented by Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment on Saturday, July 26, during the pop-culture exposition. Cast members and producers from all four shows will make appearances throughout the night following the screenings. The three-hour event will bring together the shows for […]
June 27, 2014 | 2:16 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’ sets return date on BBC America

'Doctor Who' Peter Capaldi (featured image)
“Doctor Who” has finally set a day to return to his regular adventures. The new Doctor played by Peter Capaldi has been glimpsed here and there, but fans will finally get to see him in his first adventure on Aug. 23. That’s the day the new season, the eighth since the series was revived in 2005, returns to BBC America. Capaldi will be joined by returning companion Clara, played by Jenna Coleman, and a new character, Danny Pink, played by Samuel Anderson, who is a teacher at the school where Clara works. Pairing the Doctor with a couple of schoolteachers recalls the first “Doctor Who” adventures back in the early 1960s, which featured the Doctor (William Hartnell), his granddaughter (Carole Ann Ford) and her two schoolteachers, played by Jacqueline Hill and Ian Chesterton. Interestingly, Capaldi, who is 56, is about […]
June 27, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

Saturn Awards: ‘Gravity,’ ‘Iron Man 3,’ ‘Her,’ ‘Walking Dead’ win big

Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone in "Gravity." (Warner Bros.)
Accepting “The Walking Dead’s” prize for best syndicated/cable television series, executive producer Scott Gimple, surrounded by cast members past and present, told the crowd, “You have to be a geek to do this. We’re proud to be geeks.” That was the prevailing sentiment orbiting around the Castaway Starlight Ballroom in Burbank on Thursday during the 40th Saturn Awards, a celebration of genre entertainment. It was a celebratory evening for AMC’s zombie saga smash hit, as it won a total of three competitive awards and saw one of its top creative forces receive an honorary one. The blockbuster space-survival film “Gravity” was the night’s biggest winner, claiming five of the eight categories it was nominated in, including best science-fiction film, best actress for Sandra Bullock and best director for Alfonso Cuarón (who has said the film isn’t science fiction, but a […]
June 25, 2014 | 4:04 p.m.

‘The Flash’: Grant Gustin’s speedster will zip all over CW in October

When “The Flash” premieres in October on the CW, the network wants to make sure the Scarlet Speedster doesn’t blow by you too fast.  The new series, a spinoff of sorts from DC Comics-based action drama “Arrow,” represents a significant investment of programming time for the oft-overlooked network. The new television series starring Grant Gustin (“Glee”) as Barry Allen, a police scientist who becomes the fastest man alive, premieres Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. in what will be its regular Tuesday time slot. At 9 p.m. the next night, the first episode will get an encore airing following the Season 3 premiere of “Arrow.” “The Flash’s” second episode, airing Oct. 14, similarly receives a post-”Arrow” encore showing Oct. 15. “The Flash” could sprint to success and eventually perform something like the previous long-running, DC-based “Smallville,” which chronicled Clark Kent before he was Superman and ended in 2011. But […]
June 23, 2014 | 1:57 p.m.

Transformers: Five things learned at Botcon 2014

Cosplayers dress up as Autobots. (Jevon Phillips / Los Angeles Times)
For 20 years, robots have never had to be in disguise at Botcon – the annual celebration of all things Transformers that took place at the Pasadena Convention Center last weekend. Botcon isn’t necessarily a hype machine for the June 27 release of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” — the convention began in 1994, long before Michael Bay took the helm of the film franchise –  but it does transform nicely into one. Overall, though, it is geared more toward the group of stalwart fans that have the same sensibilities that helped rocket the mechanical aliens to popularity some 30 years ago when it began as a Hasbro toy line in 1984. ———— For the record: In an earlier version of this post, it was stated that Pirate Clone Pounce and Pirate Clone Wingspan were Autobots. They are, of course, Decepticons. […]
June 20, 2014 | 3:25 p.m.

Rosario Dawson joins Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ series

Rosario Dawson will star in Marvel's "Daredevil" series on Netflix. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Spike TV)
Hell’s Kitchen is getting populated one face at a time. The latest performer to join Netflix’s “Daredevil” series is Rosario Dawson. Marvel announced the actress would be joining the cast of the 13-episode series on Friday. According to Marvel, Dawson will be playing a “dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life.” No word on what her character’s name will be. In a statement, “Daredevil” executive producer Jeph Loeb said, “Her role in the series is absolutely critical to Matt Murdock’s journey to become the hero we know as Daredevil.” Charlie Cox was previously announced to play blind attorney Matt Murdock (a.k.a. Daredevil) and Vincent D’Onofrio will play the main villain Wilson Fisk, “The Kingpin.” The “Daredevil” series is expected to debut on Netflix in 2015 and will […]
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