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ComicMix Quick Picks – March 18, 2009

ComicMix Quick Picks – March 18, 2009

Some items from the past few days:

  • Sad news: Natasha Richardson, scion of the famous Redgrave acting family and star of the film adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian The Handmaid’s Tale, has died from injuries suffered in a skiing accident. Our condolences go out to her husband Liam Neeson, their two boys, and the rest of their family.
     
  • David Prowse, the body of Darth Vader and the man who got Christopher Reeve bulked up to play Superman, is completing treatment for prostate cancer.
     
  • Family Guy has won its lawsuit against a music publisher that claimed that the allegedly anti-Semitic lyrics of “I Need a Jew” damaged the reputation of their song, “When You Wish Upon a Star” from the Disney film Pinocchio. The song and the episode in which it appears, “Once Upon a Weinstein,” have faced accusations of anti-Semitism before. Fox refused to show the episode when it was originally produced; audiences didn’t get to see it until 2003, when Cartoon Network broadcast it.
     
  • In other legal news, German book publishers are suing file sharing readers. Not ISPs… readers. German book publishers’ association leader Alexander Skipis said "his group intends to keep German courts busy with thousands of lawsuits. He also called P2P file sharing "organized crime" and lamented that politicians were ignoring the impact illegal downloads were having on book publishers."
     
  • And in case you missed it: Neil Gaiman on The Colbert Report.

Anything else? Consider this an open thread.

Amy Goldschlager is an editor at findingDulcinea, the Librarian of the Internet, and SweetSearch, the smarter search engine.

Majel Barrett Roddenberry: 1932-2008

Majel Barrett Roddenberry: 1932-2008

Majel Barrett Roddenberry, beloved star of sci-fi phenomenon Star Trek, passed away early this morning surrounded by family and friends. Roddenberry was 76 years old. She began her acting career in the 1950’s with roles in such popular shows as "Leave it to Beaver," "Bonanza" and "The Lucy Show; but it was her numerous roles in the legendary Star Trek franchise that fans came to know and love her. Roddenberry had featured roles in almost every Star Trek television and film entity and became an iconic figure within the fan community.

Her roles included Nurse Chapel in Star Trek: The Original Series, Lt. M’ress in Star Trek: The Animated Series, Lwaxana Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, and the voice of the USS Enterprise computer in almost every incarnation of the series, including lots of video games. However, it was the love affair between her and the late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry that earned her the title "The First Lady of Star Trek." Over the course of their more then quarter-century love affair, she became not only Gene’s partner, but also his creative muse. Majel helped Gene expand the Star Trek universe and was an integral part of its continued legacy after his death, working on Earth: Final Conflict and Andromeda, as well as appearing in Babylon 5, Family Guy, and the Spider-Man animated series.

Majel recently completed reprising her role as the voice of the USS Enterprise for J.J. Abrams’ new Star Trek film.

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‘The Dark Knight’ Most Downloaded Film for 2008

‘The Dark Knight’ Most Downloaded Film for 2008

Apple has announced that Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight is the most downloaded film of the year from its iTunes store. The movie is not yet available but pre-orders have pushed it to the top of the charts according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The iTunes list also says Gossip Girl was the television series with the most Season Pass orders at $39.99 a season. Family Guy, South Park Uncensored, Grey’s Anatomy and Mad Men round out the top five.

Apple said the top songs this year are "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis and "Viva la Vida" by Coldplay. The latter’s album by the same name is the year’s best-selling album download.

Here’s the top 10 movie list and tell us if you’re surprised. We’re not.

1. The Dark Knight
2. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
3. Twilight
4. The Incredible Hulk
5. Iron Man
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
7. Wanted
8. Hancock
9. Sex and the City
10. Kung Fu Panda

Fox Unleashes ‘Futurama: The Wild Green Yonder’ in February

Fox Unleashes ‘Futurama: The Wild Green Yonder’ in February

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced a February 24 release date for the fourth and final feature-length Futurama epic Into The Wild Green Yonder.  Joining the standard and Blu-ray DVD saga this time as guest stars are illusionist Penn Jillette, hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg, talk radio superstar Phil Hendrie, and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. In addition, fans of the series will be thrilled and relieved to finally discover the truth about “Number 9 Man,” a deeply mysterious character from the earliest days of the series. 

Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder is jam-packed with bonus features, including audio commentary from Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, writers and animators, a making-of mockumentary, deleted scenes, How to Draw Futurama, “Bender’s Movie Theater Etiquette,” “Zapp Brannigan’s Guide to Making Love at a Woman” and much more.

The Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.98 U.S. / $37.98 Canada and on Blu-ray for $39.98 U.S. / $49.98 Canada.

Synopsis:

All the other galaxies will be green with envy! In this all-new Futurama extravaganza, mankind stands on the brink of a wondrous new Green Age.  But ancient forces of darkness, three years older than time itself, have returned to wreak destruction.  Even more shocking: Bender’s in love with a married fembot, and Leela’s on the run from the law – Zapp Brannigan’s law!  Fry is the last hope of the universe… so if you’re in the universe, you might want to think about going somewhere else.  Could this be the end of the Planet Express crew forever?  Say it ain’t so, meatbag!  Off we go, Into the Wild Green Yonder!

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“Cleveland’ Will Rock in September

“Cleveland’ Will Rock in September

The anticipated Family Guy spinoff, The Cleveland Show, has been bumped from midseason to the fall.  Variety reports that Fox announced the show to generate buzz but executives clearly had their doubts if the new animated show would be ready for spring.

The delay came with a treat as the network gave the show a full 22-episode order for the 12009-2010 season.

Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington was announced as joining the show’s voice cast in a recurring role.

 

Adult Swim Adds ‘King of the Hill’

Adult Swim Adds ‘King of the Hill’

While too expensive to pickup new episodes, Cartoon Network has purchased the off-network rights to King of the Hill and will add it to their Adult swim programming.  As a result, Adult Swim will now be expanded by an hour, beginning at 10 p.m. and running through till 6 a.m. seven days a week.

The arrival of the animated series will be in January according to Variety. The mix of original and off-network programming has skewed towards older teens and young adults since it debuted in 2005. All 13 seasons’ worth of episodes will be part of the deal as it joins Family Guy, also from Fox.

Fox recently announced King‘s cancellation and ABC is reportedly considering picking up the show.
 

‘King’ Gets Thrown Off the ‘Hill’

‘King’ Gets Thrown Off the ‘Hill’

No, it’s not Friday the 13th. But it is Halloween, and the 13th season of King of the Hill looks to be its last.

Reports are coming in that the long-running Fox comedy will not return past the 13 episodes currently in production bringing the total to something like 250. King of the Hill, created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, has aired on the network since 1997. Although it’s not the ratings getter it once was, King stalwarts such as Ain’t It Cool News’ Hercules tout the series as Fox’s greatest comedy. Both Judge and Daniels have moved onto other projects. Judge’s newest animated comedy, The Goode Family, launches on ABC midseason, while Daniels is running NBC’s smash hit The Office. Judge still supplies the voice for Hank Hill on the series.

Meanwhile, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane continues to enjoy his renewed success over at Fox. Variety has announced that MacFarlane’s American Dad has been picked up for a fifth season. Dad, which features conservative CIA agent Stan Smith and his family, is currently in its fourth year. It’s noted that early pickups are required for animated shows due to their lengthy timetable, which could be a reason that both the American Dad and King of the Hill announcements came so close together.

MacFarlane’s road with Fox hasn’t always been smooth. Family Guy was initially canceled after struggling to find a consistent audience, in no small thanks to Fox’s constant reshuffling of the program’s schedule. When DVD sales went through the roof, Fox decided to raise the series from the dead. In the series’ first episode post resurrection, "North By North Quahog," the writers took a stab at Fox’s rationale for canceling the show in the first place.

"Well, unfortunately, Lois, there’s just no more room on the schedule," lead character Peter Griffin laments. "We’ve just got to accept the fact that Fox has to make room for terrific shows like Dark Angel, Titus, Undeclared, Action, That ’80s Show, Wonderfalls, Fastlane, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Skin, Girls Club, Cracking Up, The Pitts, Firefly, Get Real, Freakylinks, Wanda at Large, Costello, The Lone Gunmen, A Minute With Stan Hooper, Normal Ohio, Pasadena, Harsh Realm, Keen Eddie, The $treet, American Embassy, Cedric the Entertainer, The Tick, Louie and Greg the Bunny."

All of those shows, of course, have been canceled.

Now, MacFarlane’s relationship with Fox couldn’t be better. Not only is Family Guy flourishing and American Dad has a new season on the way, but MacFarlane’s new series, The Cleaveland Show, will also debut later this year. Cleaveland is a spin-off from Family Guy featuring the titular Cleaveland and his family.

Seth MacFarlane Conquers the Internet

Seth MacFarlane Conquers the Internet

Starting Wednesday, computer watchers can surf and find Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy at Google and assorted other sites.

In a MacFarlane profile at today’s Wall Street Journal, the creator of Family Guy described how some 50 Cavalcade clips will be available at the rate of one per well. According to the article, “Google will deliver Cavalcade clips to pages visited primarily by 18- to 34-year-old men. In a new twist in the way entertainment is distributed, visitors to sites including Fandango.com and men’s magazine Maxim.com might see a Cavalcade cartoon play in a slot where a banner ad or video promo would normally appear.”

"We give him full creative control," Dan Goodman, president of digital media at Media Rights Capital, told the WSJ. As a result, most sites will run the unexpurgated clips with the liberal use of the f-bomb. Other sites will bleep out the offending words.

MacFarlane managed to sign this deal before his mammoth $100 million renewal with 20th-Century Fox. He continues to work on Family Guy, which debuted in 1999 and shows no sign of slowing down; American Dad and in spring 2009 will offer The Cleveland Show, a FG spin-off.  Family Guy’s seventh season begins September 28 and work is proceeding on a feature film version.
 

Superman, Disney, Family Guy DVDs Coming

Superman, Disney, Family Guy DVDs Coming

Several additional DVDs have been announced of late and here are some of the highlights we suspect you’ll appreciate:

In time for the holidays, Warner Home Video will offer Superman: Doomsday as a special 2-disc edition on November 25, 2008. Offered in standard and Blu-ray editions, the set will include the original animated adaptation of the first Doomsday comic story plus bonus features including four episodes from Superman: The Animated Series personally selected by producer Bruce Timm.  The Blu-ray version will also offer new featurettes: "Clash of the Juggernauts", and "When Heroes Die: The Making of Superman: Doomsday". Both discs will have a new look at 2009’s forthcoming Wonder Woman animated feature.

Family Guy: The Total World Domination Collection, coming October 21 exclusively from Amazon, will contain 22 discs featuring every Family Guy DVD released, including Family Guy Presents: Stewie Griffin – The Untold Story and the Star Wars spoof Blue Harvest. As a bonus, American Dad volume one will be included.  The entire collection will be in a box shaped like Stewie’s head so good luck finding shelf space for it. Family Guy: Volume 6 and the Family Guy – Freakin’ Sweet Party Pack will be released everywhere the same date.
 

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