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Ring in the holidays with a new 30th Anniversary Special Edition of Mickey’s Christmas Carol. Disney’s timeless tale sparkles like never before on Blu-ray and Digital Copy, with fully-restored classic holiday shorts, plus all-new bonus f...
Ring in the holidays with a new 30th Anniversary Special Edition of Mickey’s Christmas Carol. Disney’s timeless tale sparkles like never before on Blu-ray and Digital Copy, with fully-restored classic holiday shorts, plus all-new bonus features. Coming November 5th, 2013. Make the season merry as Mickey, Goofy, Donald and all their pals star in a heartwarming retelling of Dickens’ unforgettable holiday tale. Ebenezer Scrooge (Scrooge McDuck) is far too greedy to understand that Christmas is a time for kindness and generosity. But with the guidance of some wise ghosts (Goofy and Jiminy Cricket) and a bunch of newfound friends, Scrooge learns to embrace the spirit of the season. Share this wonderful holiday treat with the whole family.
about 4 hours ago
Currently, actor Raphael Sbarge is playing the character of psychiatrist Archie Hopper (a.k.a. Pinocchio’s conscience Jiminy Cricket) on the modern-day fairy tale show, Once Upon A Time, in which fairy tale characters have been transport...
Currently, actor Raphael Sbarge is playing the character of psychiatrist Archie Hopper (a.k.a. Pinocchio’s conscience Jiminy Cricket) on the modern-day fairy tale show, Once Upon A Time, in which fairy tale characters have been transported to the “real world” town of Storybrooke, Maine, and robbed of their real memories by a powerful curse. It’s a lot of fun! If you somehow haven’t encountered Once Upon A Time and Sbarge’s character there, however, you may also remember him as one of the main characters on The Guardian, Jake Straka. And if you’ve missed both of those shows, I can pretty much guarantee you’ve seen him in something. Why? Because Sbarge is one of those great TV actors who shows up in pretty much every show I’ve (or anyone’s) ever watched. From Prison Break to Quantum Leap, and Avatar: The Last Airbender to Murder She Wrote, Sbarge has also been on Star Trek: Voyager, 24, Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, Numb3rs, Dollhouse, Lie to Me, Rizzoli & Isles, Dexter, Burn Notice, Castle, and many more. I always enjoy Sbarge’s roles and guest appearances, so I was delighted to sit down with him at Dragon Con this year for a fun chat about his career and current work. We talked about everything from his background and first forays into acting as a child; to his experiences as a stage, TV, and voice actor; to his diverse TV career and his roles on The Guardian and Once Upon A Time. Sbarge also told me about On Begley Street, a web series he is currently executive producing and directing, which “explores the building of North America’s greenest, most sustainable home” by actor Ed Begley, Jr. and his wife Rachelle Carson-Begley. I haven’t encountered a premise like that before and it sounds pretty cool; so be sure to check that out! You can watch my full interview with Raphael Sbarge here (and yes, I am actually in this video). And don’t forget to check out Sbarge on Once Upon A Time…and whatever multitudes of other TV shows he might appear on next! Enjoy! And until next time, Servo Lectio! TUESDAY AFTERNOON: Michael Davis Discusses Paul Levitz WEDNESDAY MORNING: Mike Gold Discusses Newspapers and Slow Death   Originally published on ComicMix as Emily S. Whitten: Interview with Raphael Sbarge
about 13 hours ago
Controversy put Randy Moore’s Escape From Tomorrow on the radar at Sundance, where critics predicted that the fictional drama filmed without permission at Disney World would have to get past a courtroom before it reached theaters. As Esc...
Controversy put Randy Moore’s Escape From Tomorrow on the radar at Sundance, where critics predicted that the fictional drama filmed without permission at Disney World would have to get past a courtroom before it reached theaters. As Escape nears its October multi-platform release, it has been deafening silence from Disney; not even Jiminy Cricket is chirping. That is the worst thing that could happen to a film where the venue is the only recognizable thing in a feature made on the cheap with no stars. Escape earned early notoriety for its subversive shoot after the filmmakers got The New York Times to flog a brewing David Vs. Goliath battle at Sundance. Turns out that newspaper was simply slinging hype and reflecting wishful thinking from the film’s backers. Disney doesn’t seem to care and the film is left to fly or die by its merits. At this weekend’s genre-heavy Fantastic Fest, where movie geeks gobble up subversive films, the pic screened with a whimper. Related: ‘Escape From Tomorrow’ Gets Fall Release Cinetic sales rep John Sloss, whose Producers Distribution Agency is releasing the picture after it went unbought at Sundance, tells me some interested buyers were wary of crossing Disney when the film first screened. Sloss said he had offers, but Deadline has heard they were smallish and that Disney’s ire wasn’t the big factor. Getting a rise out of a corporation can be the best thing that can happen to a small film; earlier this year, the documentary Blackfish got on the map after its subject, Sea World, publicly griped about the characterization of multiple deaths involving its killer whales. Disney hasn’t made a peep, robbing Escape From Tomorrow of a lot of free publicity. Shot for $650K on Canon 5D DSLRs, the film follows a character named Jim White (Roy Abramsohn), a husband and father of two who’s laid off on the last day of his family vacation. He goes awry, obsessively stalking two young French girls through Disney World and seeing evil visions in the Happiest Place on Earth. Disney’s Epcot Center becomes a backdrop for horror as Jim is detained and brainwashed in a subterranean lab beneath the park. After Sundance, Moore opted to self-release via Cinetic’s PDA, the alternative distribution label that struck gold with Oscar-nommed Banksy docu Exit Through The Gift Shop. PDA will release theatrically in 30-50 markets and on VOD October 11. “I knew at Sundance it was highly unlikely Disney was going to sue,” Sloss told me. “I never expected that Disney would actually take action, and I’ve always been amused that people assume they will.” Controversy can fuel wanna-see for VOD-centric films but without it, the film is left with a nifty gimmick but lukewarm notices. A handful of early reviews praised its venue, but reaction I observed at Fantastic Fest was that the film’s behind the scenes story was more compelling than its content. Festival-goers pointed out things like abrupt plot shifts and inconsistent performances and bloated run time, though Moore’s new cut is 14 minutes shorter than it was in Sundance. There’s a flashy audacity in the shots Moore stole as his crew filmed on the sly, using cell phones to read the script and skirt park security. It is certainly a study in guerrilla film making, but is that enough? PDA’s marketing campaign will work to Escape’s strengths targeting younger moviegoers “who like audacious things they’ve never seen before. It has cult appeal,” Sloss reassures. Sloss says that a top Disney exec was present at that first Sundance screening, but mum has been the word ever since. Siemens, which sponsors several Disney World attractions, is connected in the film to the diabolical doings in the tunnels beneath the park. To dissuade Siemens from suing, Moore’s legal team advised the director to add to a scene to make the parody element more obvious. “It’s very unlikely people are going to confuse this with a Disney film, so there w
17 days ago
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the 99th birthday party of animator Willis Pyle. Pyle has had a cartoon career for the ages. On Pinocchio, he cleaned up Milt Kahl’s scene of Jiminy Cricket getting dressed while running t...
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the 99th birthday party of animator Willis Pyle. Pyle has had a cartoon career for the ages. On Pinocchio, he cleaned up Milt Kahl’s scene of Jiminy Cricket getting dressed while running to work. He was a key animator during the early days of UPA and animated on the studio’s first theatrical short for Columbia, Robin Hoodlum, as well as the first Mister Magoo short Ragtime Bear. In the classic UPA film Gerald McBoing Boing, Pyle animated the climactic scene of Gerald performing sound effects at the radio station. I’m incredibly grateful that we still have living links to the Golden Age of animation like Willy, and attending his party made me wonder who else is still around. The list below is every animation industry veteran I can think of who is 85 years or older. I’m sure there are plenty of others too, and I invite you to help fill out the list. The growth and development of our art form owes much to these men and women. Bob Balser – 86 years old Dean Spille – 86 years old Rudy Cataldi – 86 years old Sam Clayberger – 87 years old Stan Freberg – 87 years old Ken Mundie – 87 years old (?) Walt Peregoy – 88 years old (?) Ray Favata – 89 years old Gene Deitch – 89 years old Charles Csuri – 91 years old David Weidman – 92 years old (?) X. Atencio (pictured right) – 94 years old Martha Sigall – 95 years old (?) Bob Givens – 95 years old Stan Spohn – 98 years old June Foray – 98 years old Willis Pyle – 99 years old Don Lusk – 99 years old Tyrus Wong – 102 years old
29 days ago
Previously on Raw HHH wants you to bow down, y'all. You can tell because one of his several kick ass themes says so. It launched last week's show, as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) was introduced so he could introduce us to the W...
Previously on Raw HHH wants you to bow down, y'all. You can tell because one of his several kick ass themes says so. It launched last week's show, as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) was introduced so he could introduce us to the WWE champion - and face of the company - Randy Orton. The Viper is also the protector of the business, and he wants to protect it from Daniel Bryan ever being WWE champ. They try to get D-Bry to forego his title shot at Night of Champions, but he says "nein". The Beard seemed a little angry about the whole thing, but The Game told him to direct his anger at the man who stood by while he got spray painted on Smackdown - and booked a main event against The Big Show. Cody Rhodes tried to speak up for DB backstage, but Hunter and the champ weren't having it. All it got the son of the son of a plumber was a match against Orton - with his job on the line. Another person who has spoken out against the regime, Dolph Ziggler, was waiting to face a surprise opponent when he was beaten down by The Shield. But that wasn't even the official contest, that was against... Ryback! (That should sound more menacing than it does) It goes about as well as a beaten up Show Off versus a giant muscle in a unitard probably could have possibly gone. Mrs. Aitch is out to talk about the guy who was most helpful to her as a kid growing up backstage. Everybody who says "Randy Savage" should be ashamed of themselves. No, it was Show. And she knows that his recently acquired moral compass is telling him not to fight Bryan, but Steph was just looking out for him when she pointed out that he's a big broke guy who could die at any moment. So he better fight DB, or else. Cody fought valiantly, but came up short against the champ. Hunter went the understated route with his delivery of his father-in-law's catch phrase. Rhodes nails his farewell interview, hinting at long-standing issues between his family and the McMahons and playing up the sadistic timing of firing him right before his wedding. A typically bad Divas match ended with an epically pathetic beatdown. The curse of the blue briefcase has been transferred to the leather one held by Damien Sandow, as he was defeated by #1 contender to the World Heavyweight Champion (WHC). Our climax was Big Show and Daniel Bryan kind of having a match that we were left to believe that Show could have won. He opted to walk away, which resulted in The Shield decimating DB (again) before Stephanie made a sniveling Show finish The Beard with a WMD. TONIGHT LIVE from Toronto, Ontario - home of 7 time WHC Edge! Wonder what he's up to these days... The current best sub-plot to spin off from the rise of evil Aitch saga will see Golddust, aka Cody's half-brother Dustin Rhodes, battle the WWE champ to earn his brother the right to apologize to HHH. That's so deliciously evil I can't stand it. More on that farther down the preview. It's all about the Game right now. Are we in for another 15 minute show opening promo about THIS BUSINESS-AH? He's already done a 60 Minutes-style interview, a "Town Hall" meeting and some Jiminy Cricket karaoke...what will be the next vehicle for his villainy? And who will be fired/laid-out/humiliated as a result? RVD is on a win streak (even if it's largely against our Intellectual Savior) and the WHC storyline could, as usual, use some momentum as we head to the pay-per-view (PPV). I feel like I type that as we head into every PPV... Can the Divas make it look like any of them deserves time on an actual pro wrestling show? Why haven't I talked about the co-main event featuring two of my favorite performers of all-time (and the Intercontinental champion)? And the last time we saw the Rated R Superstar in a wrestling ring, he was stuck between a bickering Team Hell No last fall. Will he be involved in either the #1 contender to the WWE championship's or the M.I.A. victim of the Wyatt Family's story during his return appearances this w
29 days ago
Here are Bill Gross's monthly ruminations Seventh Inning Stretch They say that reality is whatever you wish it to be and I suppose that could be true. Just wish it, as Jiminy Cricket used to say, and it will come true. Reality’s relativi...
Here are Bill Gross's monthly ruminations Seventh Inning Stretch They say that reality is whatever you wish it to be and I suppose that could be true. Just wish it, as Jiminy Cricket used to say, and it will come true. Reality’s relativity came to mind the other day as I was opening a box of Cracker Jacks for an afternoon snack. That’s right – I said Cracker Jacks! I can’t count the number of people who have told me during the seventh inning stretch at a baseball game to make sure I sing Cracker Jack (without the S) because that’s what the song says. I care not. No one ever says buy me some “potato chip” or some “peanut.” How about a burger and some “french fry?” In all cases, the “s” just makes it flow better. My reality is a box of Cracker Jacks, and I think little sailor Jack on the outside of the box would be nodding his approval if he could ever come to life, which maybe he can if the stars are aligned and reality is whatever we wish it to be. Having mentioned Jack and the game of baseball, let me give you some opinions that come close to being hard cold facts, not wishes. First of all, baseball is the most boring game in the world next to cricket. I don’t know how to play cricket, which is the only reason I rank it second. CNN Sports did an actual survey of how much time during an average two hour and 39 minute game that baseball players are actually moving – you know, swinging a bat or running to first base. Five minutes and 13 seconds! The rest of the time the boys of summer are actually just standing around, scratching you know where, and spitting tobacco juice onto the nice green grass. Most disgusting, I’d say. And why, I wonder, does a baseball “season” consist of 162 individually boring games? In football you only need 16 or so to declare a champion, in boxing sometimes three minutes or less. Now for some controversy: steroids, HGH and juicin’? I say, why not. They can’t be cheating if they’re all cheating together. And as a matter of fact, management and owners “cheat” all the time. If they have a lineup heavy with left-handed hitters, they will shorten the right field fence. The Yankees and now the Dodgers just “buy” championships with money from the game’s most gargantuan TV rights (who’s watching?). That’s playing by the rules? If your counterpoint on drugs is that it’s unnatural and harmful to the body, I wonder what’s so healthy about the way they conduct spring training or do their pregame warm-ups. Two or three half-hearted sprints in the outfield and they’re done. If baseball was concerned about health or addiction, they’d be testing for lip cancer or diabetes. Modern day relief pitchers, who now “exercise” for two innings or less on the mound, have pot bellies that would make a sumo wrestler proud. Why, the Babe was so fat he could hardly waddle back around to home plate 60 times in one season. Last point, because I know you’re dying to hear my opinion on Pete Rose and the Hall of Fame. I say anyone as ugly as Pete deserves a free pass to Cooperstown or any town for that matter, maybe the same free pass that you’d have to give me to go to a baseball game again. Take me anywhere, but don’t take me out to the ball game and make me stretch during the seventh inning while I’m eating my Cracker Jacks. Reality can smack you in the face sometimes, like it did Pete Rose, but if I’m gonna be smacked it’ll have to be on the gridiron or the hardwood, not Yankee Stadium. Life’s ballgame ended several decades ago for Hyman Minsky, author of “Stabilizing an Unstable Economy” and proponent of the notion that capitalism is inherently unstable, in part because of the short term financing of long term capital assets such as bonds, buildings, plant and equipment. His stabilizing solution was for Big Bank and Big Government to intercede with monetary and fiscal pump priming, confident in the notion that if the priming was large enough and the pumping fast enough, that stability could at least be temporarily achieved. Yet Mi
about 1 month ago
Martha you fucking minx! This chick was just straight up hot. You know that Axe commercial that talks about how chicks are getting hotter as we progress into the future? That shit is spot on. Chicks from like 50 years ago just arent hot....
Martha you fucking minx! This chick was just straight up hot. You know that Axe commercial that talks about how chicks are getting hotter as we progress into the future? That shit is spot on. Chicks from like 50 years ago just arent hot. For one reason or another they just aren’t as sexy as chicks are today. I think its evolution or some shit. But there are a few chicks that bridge the gap. The Missing Links between the 1950s ugliness and today’s hotness. Farrah Fawcett was one one of them. When the rest of the chicks looked awkward Farrah was bringing the heat. She paved the way for chicks like Christie Brinkley who then in turn helped bridged the gap into the 80s and eventually 90s when chicks just became you normal, standard hot. But Martha Stewart apparently paved the way for all of them. This was 1961 and she looks like a smoke from 2013 using a black and white filter on Instagram in some of these shots. That picture with the long hair and the turtleneck? Straight up modern smoke status. Its like she invented being Modern Hot. I mean Jiminy Cricket I think I might masturbate to still pictures of Martha Stewart today. Thats how impressed I am. PS – These pictures came from this list of “25 Celebrities when they were young”  Seacrest at age 13: Bro! You look like a dude who was starving for his first hand job until he was 18 who spent his afternoons playing Magic The Gathering with me. How the fuck did you develop into the television sultan of the world?
about 1 month ago
Time to pull out your high school Shakespeare Kiddos. How many of you remember the tale of “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream“? Yes, the one with the donkey and the fairies. In Sonny Strait‘s newest We Shadows book ̶...
Time to pull out your high school Shakespeare Kiddos. How many of you remember the tale of “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream“? Yes, the one with the donkey and the fairies. In Sonny Strait‘s newest We Shadows book “OLEO“ (put out by Sonny Strait Studios) we join the adventures of the mythical characters from the play. No humans here. In this first chapter Strait brings us in gently by the hand. Just left of OZ, slightly askew from Neverland, lies the dusty dimension of OLEO. Some says it’s form is a great, sleeping dragon and considering the hot, sticky climate, they just might have a case. Queen Titania sending in her troops He does have a way with words, doesn’t he? Well, in this dimension of OLEO, the queen of the Fae, Titania, has sent her greatest heroes. Their mission is to save the queen’s lover (Robin -the former Puck, who is being driven mad) from the king, Oberon. End Exposition. Enter “The Good” Goat (The new Puck), “The Bad” Vogue (a villain inspired by Commedia del Art – Look it up People!), and “The …” Bottom (he’s an ass) all in a surreal western-style! Bring on the chaps! First we meet up with Goat talking to a camelcorn* that is bitching about it’s status as said camelcorn (*a camel/unicorn hybrid). Goat dismounts and just as she sets the mood as safe, a giant furry claw comes in from stage right. It belongs to a lovely, giant sphynx that finds Goat to be rather adorable. In sudden panic Goat suggests that her friend turn back to a more attractive form. Might want to switch to Hunk-mode, Mushroom. {For those of you not in the Know, Mushroom’s character is like a mentor to Goat. He’s her Jiminy Cricket, so to speak. Much cuter though. ;D} The Sphynx decides that it is Riddle Time. I’m not going to give away the whole story, but —Goat won the riddle. Next we enter into the realm of Bottom’s sex dreams. (Watch where you step.) Clad in a corset, chainmale sleeves, and a black (presumably leather) codpiece that keeps getting bigger, Bottom’s dream involves a female fairy whose clothes keep changing and eventually blowing away, causing Bottom’s codpiece to…*ahem*… burst forth. This dream is rudely awakened by the lovely villainess Vogue straddling Bottom’s morning wood. When Bottom bluntly asks what Vogue wants, she begins a tale about the “trigger-puller” she got for herself to stop Goat’s quest to save Robin for the Queen. It seems that while Goat’s gun is fueled by Truth, Vogue’s is fueled by Lies. The price for this beautiful weapon? Why merely an (Vogue’s former) acting troupe that has spent it’s life perfecting the art of lying. They become the bullets in her gun labeled “Commedia”. Cosmo At the end of her tale we are introduced to Cosmo and Rebel; two odd spiritual companions. Cosmo sees in a spiritual eye Bottom. Running to his aid just as Vogue pulls the trigger, Cosmo enters the scene (and Bottom’s brain)…and if I give away the story you won’t buy the book. Goat by Strait *evil giggles* No, seriously. No more spoilers. Go buy it HERE. I recommend it for anyone that enjoys a good story. A++ Related articles “WeShadows: Oleo” Ready for Pre-Order (lezgetreal.com) The Women of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (newpaltzshakespeare.wordpress.com) “The Fairy Queen” vs. The Faerie Queene (karissakeir.wordpress.com)
about 1 month ago
Jiminy Cricket, Tesla Motors is really standing the automotive industry on its ear. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating, not just overall, but in every subcateg...
Jiminy Cricket, Tesla Motors is really standing the automotive industry on its ear. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating, not just overall, but in every subcategory without exception; it’s the highest safety rating of any car ever tested. It’s appearing more and more that the people who said that a successful car couldn’t come from Silicon Valley (of whom Bob Lutz — ex co-chairman of GM — was probably the most famous – and vocal) were 100% wrong. Related posts:Toyota Benefits From Relationship With TeslaTesla Promises an Electric SUV Model After Their Sedan Hits MarketsMission Motors Racing New Electric Motorcycle Against TimeThe new Tesla Model S is… very sexyOfficially Official: Tesla and Toyota Plug in at NUMMICopyright © 2008-2010 CleanTechies, Inc. and Partners This feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. Written by 2GreenEnergy. To the comments (Digital Fingerprint: b008bf120fbd682ffd7ee5812c495c9a)Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)
about 1 month ago
The Brisbane Festival is rolling around again for 2013, getting started on the 7th of September and wrapping up on the 28th. And Jiminy Cricket, the line up is good. We’ve sussed out the best gigs, free events and places to stay wh...
The Brisbane Festival is rolling around again for 2013, getting started on the 7th of September and wrapping up on the 28th. And Jiminy Cricket, the line up is good. We’ve sussed out the best gigs, free events and places to stay while you’re up in sunny, sunny Brisbane. MUSIC Beach Fossils One of our favourite dreamy, pop-rock bands are heading to our fine land for the first time. Touring their latest album, Clash The Truth, bop out to tunes like ‘Birthday’ and ‘Sleep Apnea’. Big Scary Any band with a chick drummer instantly wins us over. Tom Iansek and Jo Syme will be performing their second record, Not Art at famed venue The Spiegeltent. Great music in a lovely venue – it’s win, win. Hungry Kids of Hungary These lovable four-piece are playing their favourite tracks, (like Coming Around and Wristwatch, we hope) and well as picks from their new record! Emma Louise Another Yen favourite, Emma Louise has been casting her spell over audiences with her vocals, and is finally gracing our ears with her debut record! Yay! Zomby A mysterious masked figure, of course we’re intrigued. This guy looks kinda like the British edition of Daft Punk. The Basics, Dick Diver & Jazz on Sunday And while you’re at it, catch Gotye back with his original band, bounce along to Melbourne boys Dick Diver and relax with some Jazz on Sundays. COMEDY Welcome to Thonnet From a writer and actor who’s known for controversy, Martin Blum’s next project takes the form of a cut-throat comedy show. Blum explores teenage years and this show comes with a “This may offend some audience members” warning. Cut Snake Top of our hit list. The team from this comedy act have been performing at sold out shows all around the country, and sock-puppets, slapstick and cameos from Jesus and John Lennon. FO FREE You asked for, we found it! Free stuff is always the best. This time around at Brisbane festival New Dawn, Australian pop artist Chris Howlett is focusing on the everyday object. Expect resin hamburgers and a few severed fingers. Also worth checking out is Art From The Margins, a collaborative pool of art from people who’ve suffered from social disadvantage or isolation – well worth a look. STAY While you’re in living it up in BrisVegas, make sure you lay your head at the Limes in Fortitude Valley. Part of the super trendy Design Hotels Group, the Limes is the perfect place to re-cooperate after days of slowly transforming into a culture buff. Check out the full lineup here! brisbanefestival.com.au limeshotel.com.au
about 1 month ago