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Box Office: Hangover Buzz Doesn’t Slow Ticket Sales

The Hangover 2

Critics have widely panned The Hangover, Part II, but that didn’t deter holiday weekend moviegoers. The comedy sequel earned massive bucks for Warner Bros., and surpassed box office earnings for its parent flick.

So who cares what critics say, anyway? The ensemble comedy earned $137.4, after enjoying the biggest-ever Thursday opening for a film ($31.6 million).

Kung Fu Panda 2 fell far short of the first-place mark, earning $62.2 million during the three-day weekend. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides racked up $50.4 million in third place. Bridesmaids earned $21 million, and Thor finishes off the top five with $12 million. Maybe some bad reviews would boost their box office mojo?

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VIDEO: Get a Sneak Peek at Napoleon Dynamite, the Animated Series

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Animation, Comedy, Prime Time, FOX, Video,

Just what Fox needs... another animated series. In this case, however, we're willing to think positive. You’ll have to wait until fall to see a whole episode, but for now Fox is offering this sneak peek. Watch the video above to get a glimpse of the animated version of Napoleon Dynamite. The series is based on the movie of the same name, and will have the same voices.

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Family Guy Creator to Reboot Flintstones

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Animation, Comedy, FOX, Gossip,

The Flintstones

Seth MacFarlane, Fox and Warner Bros. have signed a deal that will bring The Flintstones back to TV. MacFarlane is the main voice talent and creator of Family Guy. According to gossip, the deal has taken many years of negotiations to complete.

The Flintstones ran for 6 years on ABC in the 60s. It spawned countless spin-offs, more TV specials than you can shake a stick at, five TV movies and two live-action flicks. Fox, et al. has acquired the television and film rights for the modern stone age family.

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VIDEO: The Royal Wedding, South Park Style

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Comedy, Prime Time, Cable, Gossip, Video,

Comedy Central has released a promo for this week’s upcoming South Park episode, titled “Royal Pudding.” That’s right -- it’s time to spoof the royal wedding. Well, sort of.

Park will use a frequented satire target to poke fun at the royal nuptials: Canada. The girl who is “aboot to be Princess of Canada” gets kidnapped, sending North America into a massive uproar. The Queen Mum is also featured in the episode. Watch the teaser for the episode in the video above.

Read More | Entertainment Weekly

The Glenn Beck Animated TV Show

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Television,

Glenn BeckWord has reached us that crazed Fox News commentator Glenn Beck was recently pitching around Hollywood to create an animated series based on his life as a child.

I'm sure someone saw this as a good idea in the same way that someone thought Happy Days, Gilligan's Island and The Harlem Globetrotters would make good cartoons.

But Beck will need something now that his Fox TV show is going to be cancelled at the end of this year.

We asked around the various Hollywood studios and got a list of the rejected pitches for various Beck-based cartoon shows, none of which have materialized.

"Development Hell" must also be part of a vast conspiracy.

Here then, are the Top 10 Beck cartoon projects that may yet find their way to your flatscreen:

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Comic Book Jobs: Cartoons!

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials,

Porky PigDo you know what would be a good job if you had the right skills?

Sales account executive for the growing Cartoon Brew empire, that's what!

Cartoon Brew is the animation entertainment site – packed with news, commentary, reviews, and one of the most active comments section on the internet.

There's lots of good stuff over there for anyone who's a fan of cartoons and animation – features and shorts, tv animation, student films, etc.

It's run by animation historians Jerry Beck and Amid Amidi and they keep it going daily and keep it interesting.

Now they're looking for someone to help generate some ad revenue, so if you have experience generating that cash, and you love cartoons, you should get over there right away and see what it's all about.

That's all, folks!

[Artwork: Porky Pig, © Warner Bros.]

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VIDEO: See the Cars 2 Trailer

Lightning and Mater are back. Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy have reprised their respective voice roles to create Cars 2, the high-octane sequel to the successful animated comedy that revolves around a racecar.

In this new adventure, Lightning must test his engine against the other cars competing in the World Grand Prix. The circuit will take him to Tokyo, London and the Italian Riviera.

If he makes it that far! A new villain adds a new wrinkle to the story that kids are sure to love (and maybe, a few adults too). Watch the entire trailer above.

Cars 2 will zoom into theaters on June 24.

Read More | E! Online

Video: See the New Puss in Boots Trailer

Watch the trailer for the upcoming Puss in Boots movie, a spin-off from the beloved Shrek franchise. Antonio Banderas will reprise his voice role to bring Puss to life. Salma Hayek will voice love interest Kitty Softpaws, and Zach Galifianakis will voice the character Humpty Dumpty, the film’s villain.

Puss in Boots comes to theaters in November.

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Video: The New ThunderCats Are Here!

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Animation, Kids, Cable, Gossip, Video,

Cartoon Network is rebooting ThunderCats, and we’re pretty psyched. The big screen version of the cartoon is currently on hold, but there are still new adventures to be enjoyed. Thundera is still in danger... but thankfully, there is a hero who’s ready to take care of business. View the trailer for the new ThunderCats in the video above.

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Comic Book Jobs: Checking Out Craigslist

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Television,

Jimmy KimmelLet’s take a look at the job offerings on my favorite employment-based website.

Do you have a bit of Alex Trebek or Jimmy Kimmel lurking inside you? Well, they’d like it back. Oh, wait. No, there’s a production company that’s looking for a host for the pilot of their new comic book show.

A different TV pilot, this one in New York, needs extras for a fight scene between a superhero and a super-villain.

Do you play music? Do you have a band? You could be chosen to be on the soundtrack for a comic book mini-series.

Hound Comics has a deal for the blogging community involving Miami Wizard World 2011 and some press credentials.

An “established and award-winning production company” is looking for an artist to create a style guide for their upcoming animated series.

And finally, the call is out in Canada for “Female Ninjas.”

Good luck, job seekers!

[Artwork: Jimmy Kimmel]


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