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  • Blog Post: Why For does Howard Stark look like Walt Disney in “Iron Man 2” ?

    IronManFan236 sent in a question that was short & sweet: Did Marvel Studios deliberately make Howard Stark look like Walt in “ Iron Man 2 ” as a tribute / tip-of-the-hat to the Disney acquisition deal? Iron Man 2, the Movie: Copyright 2010 MVL Film Finance LLC. Iron Man, the character: TM & Copyright...
  • Blog Post: “The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History” looks back at Conan O’Brien’s beginnings

    With all the talk this past week or so about how NBC is booting Conan O’Brien off of The Tonight Night so that network execs can then turn this show back over to Jay Leno , I thought that it might be interesting to take a look back at how CoCo actually got into the late night talk game. Which is why...
  • Blog Post: “Disney Prep and Landing” claims the top spot among this year’s holiday specials

    For 35 years now, “ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ” has been leading the way. At least when it comes to Christmas specials. Ever since this Rankin/Bass production first premiered on NBC in December of 1964, year after year, “Rudolph” has consistently occupied the top spot. Ratings-wise, that is. But...
  • Blog Post: “Disney Prep & Landing” : The making of a modern Christmas classic

    When you really think about it, it’s entirely appropriate that “ Disney Prep & Landing ” – ABC ’s new holiday special which is built around an elite group of elves – started out life as a short. Elves. Short. Get it? … Never mind. Copyright 2009 Disney. All Rights Reserved Anyway … As veteran producer...
  • Blog Post: Disney's "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation" is one special holiday special

    Given that Phineas & Ferb manage to make the most of all 104 days of summer vacation, is it such a surprise to learn that these step-brothers really step things up when it comes to their two-week long holiday break from school? Copyright 2009 Disney. All Rights Reserved In " Phineas and Ferb Christmas...
  • Blog Post: Comcast / NBC Universal deal could help Disney overhaul entertainment industry

    You'd think – given that Brian Roberts was the guy behind Comcast ’s February 2004 bid to buy Disney for $66 billion – that today’s announcement (i.e. that the U.S. largest cable services company has just signed an agreement with General Electric . Which will then give Comcast control over NBC Universal...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday: How to have a rockin' good time on Mickey Mouse’s birthday

    So where will you wind up spending MM’s b-day? It’s tomorrow, you know. November 18 th . That’s the date that The Walt Disney Company officially acknowledges as being this iconic character’s “ birthday ” (i.e. the day that “ Steamboat Willie ” – the first Mickey Mouse cartoon with synchronized sound...
  • Blog Post: Tube Thursday: "Castle" fans storm SoHo's Apple Store

    Is it just me or does Nathan Fillion seem to be everywhere these days? I mean, the guy reprised his role as Captain Hammer in that “ Dr. Horrible ” sketch on the Emmys back on September 20th. The second season of Fillion’s latest show, “ Castle ,” debuted on the 21 st , while the DVD version of the first...
  • Blog Post: Wicked, warped “Eastwick” adds some adult fun to ABC’s 2009 – 2010 line-up

    Take a dollop of “ Desperate Housewives ” and then toss that into a blender with a cup full of “ Charmed .” Now whip up elements of these two hit show elements up until they’re light & frothy, then pour the whole thing over the Stars Hollow sets from “ Gilmore Girls .” What do you wind up with? A...
  • Blog Post: Disney’s “Prep & Landing” wows animation fans at the D23 EXPO

    CatastropheCanyonCat writes in to say: Photo by Jeff Lange “I’ve been checking your site for days now, waiting for the D23 EXPO coverage to begin. When are you going to start telling us what this show was like, what your favorite parts were?” Favorite parts? There’s a line out of Ben Brantley‘s May 2001...
  • Blog Post: Comic-Con Countdown: Can Peter Parker pick the proper panels?

    It’s the classic Comic-Con conundrum. In this corner, you have some of the biggest names in modern animation coming together to pay tribute to Walt Stanchfield. We’re talking about Glen Keane, Eric Goldberg, Tom Sito and Rubén Procopio all in the same room at the same time, taking part in a panel that...
  • Blog Post: In just one week, the Con is on !

    A week from today, the madness begins. Okay. I know. Comic-Con 2008 does have a preview night on Wednesday, which allows pre-registered 4-day members as well as industry professionals to enter the San Diego Convention Center early. Which then gives these folks first crack at acquiring cool crud like...
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