School in summertime has never sounded so appealing as it does in the case of Monsters University, Pixar's collegiate comedy, arriving in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 21st.
Pixar has a good habit of casting the right actor to voice roles big and small rather than simply recruiting the most recognizable voices. Today we know who three more of those right actors are, as Disney has revealed that John Krasinski, Nathan Fillion, and Bonnie Hunt are voicing supporting characters. The studio is also letting know which monsters brought to aural life by certain castmembers we already knew about.
It's a safe bet that the Bard never anticipated a world in which the writer-director behind the biggest superhero movie of all time would be promoting an adaptation of one of his plays at an annual comic book convention in Anaheim.
But here we are, on the final day of WonderCon 2013. And here's Joss Whedon applying his famous loquaciousness to a packed Much Ado About Nothing panel in the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Film and television music composer Robert Duncan spends most days engrossed in his work at his recording studio in North Hollywood. It is a warm, cozy enclave with some walls covered in wood panels, and one particularly unique wall covered in rock, which he explains creates a distinct echo. “The rock wall diffuses sound,” Duncan says as we pass by a treasure trove of various musical instruments. He proves his point by making a sound in one part of the room, then walking to another making the same sound again and pointing out the difference. “You see?” he asks with an excited look on his face. The sounds resonated are most certainly different in one area of the studio from the next.
One of the common complaints about Bryan Singer's Superman Returns was that, over the course of a 2-hour and 34-minute runtime, the heaviest hitter in the pantheon of comic book heroes didn't throw a single punch. While that cinematic Superman's feats of strength were all about lifting heavy objects, a new clip from the animated feature Justice League: Doom showcases a Kryptonian who punches the hell out of bad guys without breaking a super-sweat.
ABC’s Castle keeps getting it right by constantly keeping it fresh and next week’s brand new film noir episode that takes us back in a time machine to the 1940’s is no exception. Entitled The Blue Butterfly, fans will get to follow novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) and NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), as they investigate the killing of a treasure hunter. In true Castle-style, there is an ominous twist when they discover that the current case is linked to a mysterious homicide from 1947 that involved a hard-nosed private detective. Of course with Castle on the case, all involved are lured into his theory that the only way in which to solve this present-day murder is to solve the mystery from the past. Through stylized flashbacks with Castle as the private eye and Beckett as a femme fatale, the 1947 case is resurrected.
Cast member Tamala Jones (Medical Examiner, Lanie Parish) speaks about her character’s 1947 alter-ego as well as this most special of episodes that she is calling her all-time favorite. “We had the best time ever making this one! This is my personal favorite and everyone is just going to love it!” Excited that Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Supernatural, The Closer) is guest starring as Tom Dempsey, she says of his performance, “He plays a mean gangster that owns the nightclub that my character, Betsy, sings in.” Also guest starring in this episode are Patrick Cassidy as Clyde Belasco, Chad Everett as Jerry Maddox, Ellen Geer as Viola Maddox and Darin Toonder as Frankie.
Okay, so the first live action adventure of the Green Lantern didn't prove that the intergalactic supercop could necessarily carry a cinematic franchise like his fellow hero Batman, but a new clip today provides a moment of glee for any diehard Lantern fan. The official clip comes from Justice League: Doom, the new animated feature from Warner Premiere, which last brought Batman: Year One to Blu-ray and DVD.
This first clip from the film follows Batman (once again voiced by fan-favorite Kevin Conroy, who has been inextricably associated with the character since 1992's Batman: The Animated Series) in pitched battle with familiar DC Universe baddies The Royal Flush Gang. While it's always fun to watch Batman brutally beat the crap out of villains, this is a Justice League movie, so we get a good moment from a certain emerald superhero voiced by Nathan Fillion, the geek-favorite actor who played Captain Malcolm Reynolds on Firefly.
The heaviest superheroic hitters of DC Comics won't be getting a The Avengers-style live action team up movie this year, but as a consolation prize, the popular DC Universe series of features is serving up an animated ensemble with Justice League: Doom. Warner Home Video has released three new images from the film, which is inspired by Mark Waid's four issue comic arc JLA: Tower of Babel.
The idea is that Batman's top secret contingency plans to cripple his fellow Justice League members exploited by bad guys, leaving Bats to clean up the mess that started with paranoia and general coolness. In the comics, it was Ra's Al Ghul up against the League, but in the new movie, it's the the Legion of Doom.
Finally there is a reason to love Mondays and that reason is ABC’s hit show Castle. With three very successful seasons under their belts, this show simply continues to get better with each passing episode. Monday January 9th is one very special episode, Till Death Do Us Part, which fans have been waiting for since last season because someone in this brilliantly cast ensemble is entering into wedded bliss.
Since Batman: The Animated Series first premiered in the early 1990's, Kevin Conroy has voiced the Caped Crusader on multiple television series, as well as in a theatrical feature, and multiple videogames. He's sitting out Warner Premiere's new animated feature, Batman: Year One, as it features a younger Batman, but Conroy's back in Justice League: Doom, the next DC Universe-based animated movie. At New York Comic-Con this weekend, Warner Premiere debuted the first trailer for the superhero ensemble, which is loosely based on Mark Waid's comic arc Justice League: Tower of Babel. The story finds each member of the League made vulnerable when an enemy utilizes Batman's secret contingency plans against his cohorts. As you can see in the trailer, the enemy in Doom is, appropriately enough, the Legion of Doom.
In part two of my interview with Husbands co-creator and writer Jane Espenson, Jane tells us a little more about her experience in web content and how each project differs and offers advice for up-and-coming web content creators. You can read the first part of the interview here.