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Michael Chiklis Joins ABC 'Family'

by Laura Prudom, posted Feb 8th 2010 11:15AM
Michael ChiklisMichael Chiklis is no stranger to superpowers, but thanks to a new pilot from ABC, he'll be able to flex his heroic muscle without layers of orange make-up.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Chiklis has been tapped to star in 'No Ordinary Family,' a drama pilot from Greg Berlanti that centers around an American family whose members all have special abilities. (Think a live-action version of 'The Incredibles.') Chiklis will play the family patriarch.

Aside from acquiring his superhero chops as The Thing in the 'Fantastic Four' franchise, Chiklis also gained recognition for his role as badass Detective Vic Mackey on the FX drama 'The Shield,' a role that won him an Emmy in 2002. He'll next co-star in the indie feature 'High School,' which premiered at this year's Sundance and stars Colin Hanks..

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Saturday Morning: 1967 - VIDEOS

by Richard Keller, posted Apr 19th 2008 11:04AM

The Herculoids -- Just one of 11 cartoon series to premiere in 1967Saturday mornings in 1967 were super. And I mean that literally. All eleven shows that premiered during this time featured one form of superhero or another. Be it heroes from the comic books, heroes of the jungle, prehistoric heroes, or alien animal heroes that shot hot lava balls from their horns. It was the heyday for these cartoons, and one that would be short-lived, thanks to outside sources who wished to limit the violence on the Saturday morning schedule. But, more on that in a later post.

Hanna-Barbera led the pack in animated fare with an amazing SIX hours of programming; three of those hours comprised of original material. Filmation was on their heels (and would gain even more next year) with 90-minutes of new shows. Broken down by network, both CBS and ABC, who had finally woken up and gotten into the Saturday morning game, offered four new shows each. NBC wasn't far behind with three new offerings.

Needless to say, the 1967-68 season was an exciting one for a child. So, if you were a child back then, and are interested in remembering what you watched, then grab you box of Quisp & Quake cereal and let's begin the journey.

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BET gets its own Marvel cartoon

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 19th 2008 10:25AM
Marvel Comics' Black PantherThe Marvel Comics character Black Panther is getting his own animated show on the BET network. This was announced during the BET upfront presentation in New York for the 2008-2009 season.

The character was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (who co-created most of the classic Marvel Comics line up) and first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 in 1966. The character's real name is T'Challa and he is the ruler of a fictional African country called Wakanda. His name predates the existence of the Black Panther Party.

There have been a few attempts to bring the character to the movie screen, one in particular in the early 1990's starring Wesley Snipes. In 2007, Marvel announced that a film based on the character was on its movie development slate.

He's a minor character as far as the Marvel universe goes, but he is the most visible black superhero they have. He has appeared in several other animated Marvel television shows before, but not in a main role.

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Jessica Alba almost had dolphin sex once

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 14th 2006 8:14AM
Jessica Alba and FlipperNow there's a headline you never thought you'd see, but it's kinda true. Remember when the Fantastic Four star was on the syndicated New Adventures Of Flipper back in the 90s, when she was just a teenager? Seems that the male dolphins got a little bit too amorous with the star while they swam together:

"Dolphins get excited, even when you're a human being, and they have long, long...I didn't know this until I was poked by a few of them, which was very rude. I sort of requested female dolphins after that because those are little b--s."

Now, I'm not sure what "b--s" would be. Bastards? Bitches? Baseballs? I guess even dolphins know a hot chick when they see one. That Flipper. He's faster than lightning!

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The Fantastic Four come to Cartoon Network

by Richard Keller, posted Apr 10th 2006 9:14AM

Animated Fantastic FourNo, we're not talking about a return of the old Beatles cartoons; that would be the Fab Four. We're talking about the long-running Marvel Comics series created by Stan "The Man" Lee that became a popular movie last year. Starting in the fall, Cartoon Network will air 26 new half-hour episodes of the Fantastic Four animated series.

Produced in cooperation between Marvel Studios and Moonscoop, the animated series will incorporate both 2D and 3D animation styles. According to Marvel Chief Operating Officer Michael Helfant, the animated series will be part of an aggressive strategy to promote their comic book characters through a number of different media outlets.

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