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R. Lee Ermey

R. Lee Ermey, Actor and Marine 1944-2018

by Dan Collinson April 16, 2018
The Hollywood Reporter has reported that actor Ronald Lee Ermey died early on April 15, 2018, due to complications of pneumonia. He was 74. Ermey was best known for playing military officers mainly because of his real life expertise as a Staff Sergeant for the United States Marine Corps. He served two tours of duty […]
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“The Simpsons” Blows Off Criticism of Apu

by Ed Liuon April 10, 2018
Last Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons addressed controversy over the character of Apu (voiced by the very not-Indian Hank Azaria) in a scene which is, if anything, only intensifying criticism that the character is an insensitive caricature. A scene featuring Marge reading a bedtime story to Lisa leads to Lisa directly addressing the TV audience […]

Chuck McCann

Chuck McCann, Actor and TV Host, 1934 – 2018

by Ed Liuon April 9, 2018
Prolific voiceover actor and pioneering early kids TV host Chuck McCann passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Los Angeles at the age of 83 due to congestive heart failure. While he began his acting career doing voiceover work for radio at age 6, Mr. McCann’s big break came in the mid-1950’s when he […]
Isao Takahata

Isao Takahata, Studio Ghibli Director, 1935 – 2018

by Ed Liuon April 9, 2018
Studio Ghibli co-founder and director Isao Takahata passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at the age of 82 due to lung cancer. Mr. Takahata was one of the founders of Studio Ghibli in 1985, and while he may not have been as prolific as his partner Hayao Miyazaki, his films are often among the […]

Deadpool the Animated Series Has Been Cancelled by Marvel and FX

by slaion March 28, 2018
The Deadpool adult animated series has been cancelled by Marvel and FX due to creative differences according to Deadline and Variety.  Via Deadline and Variety from FX: “Due to creative differences, FX, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover and Marvel Television have agreed to part ways on Marvel’s Deadpool animated series,” the network said in a statement […]

Toonzone Interviews Kat Graham, Josh Brener, and Brandon Mychal Smith on “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2018
At last year’s Upfront presentations, Nickelodeon announced a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series that promised to return the world-famous quartet of ninja heroes to hand-drawn animation with a notably different approach to the art style. The voice cast of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was announced in November, with Omar Miller as […]

Fireworks

GKIDS Acquires North American Rights to “Fireworks,” Coming to Theaters Summer 2018

by Ed Liuon March 15, 2018
GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO FIREWORKS THEATRICAL RELEASE SLATED FOR SUMMER 2018 NEW YORK, NY (March 15, 2018) – GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced that it has acquired the North American distribution rights to FIREWORKS, from director Nobuyuki Takeuchi and general director Akiyuki Shinbo. The […]
Pony

Nickelodeon Greenlights Original Animated Comedy Series “Pony”

by Ed Liuon March 7, 2018
NICKELODEON GREENLIGHTS ORIGINAL ANIMATED COMEDY SERIES PONY NEW YORK–March, 6, 2018– Nickelodeon today announced a 20-episode order for Pony, an original 2D-animated buddy comedy that follows the life of an average girl, Annie, her (almost) average family and what happens when an excitable, unpredictable, loveable and talking pony comes to live with them in their […]

John Cena Nickelodeon Upfront 2018

Nickelodeon Unveils Content Pipeline of More Than 800 New Episodes, Expands to Location-Based/VR Experiences

by Ed Liuon March 7, 2018
NICKELODEON UNVEILS CONTENT PIPELINE OF MORE THAN 800 NEW EPISODES, DETAILS EXPANSION INTO LOCATION-BASED AND VR EXPERIENCES Nickelodeon’s Upfront Presentation from Stage of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical Highlights New Shows, including Blue’s Clues Remake; Original Short-Form; New Location-Based and Virtual Experiences Presentation Punctuated by Special Appearances by WWE Superstar and 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards […]
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Nickelodeon Reveals “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Villain Baron Draxum

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2018
NICKELODEON REVEALS CHARACTER ART OF VILLAIN BARON DRAXUM, VOICED BY WWE SUPERSTAR JOHN CENA, IN ALL-NEW RISE OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ANIMATED SERIES Share it: @Nickelodeon @TMNT #TMNT Nickelodeon today revealed a first look at the character art of original villain, Baron Draxum, voiced by WWE Superstar John Cena, in the all-new animated […]