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Mark Hamill Spills 'Chuck' Cameo Details, Talks All About Playing Bad Guys

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 29th 2011 7:00PM
Mark HamillMark Hamill made a career for himself playing Luke Skywalker in the 'Star Wars' franchise, but he's since made his career doing just about everything else, including playing quite a few anti-Skywalker bad guys ("I love Luke, don't get me wrong," he said with a laugh).

When the 'Chuck' cast announced at Comic-Con that Hamill was the latest awesome guest star popping by the show to play villain for their final season (premieres Fri., Oct. 21, 8PM ET on NBC), the crowds geeked out as their universes collided.

But we knew very little about the bad guy he's playing ... until now. I caught up with Hamill to hear all about his James Bond-style cameo (including some details he probably shouldn't have mentioned -- mild spoilers ahead!) and whether or not he'll be returning for more than just "one scene."

He also talked about his voice work as The Joker, first in animation and now in hit video games Arkham Asylum and the upcoming Arkham City. I even got him to say a line in the Joker's voice -- don't you kind of wish this was a video interview?

Keep reading for more 'Chuck' talk and bad guy banter with the one and only Mark Hamill.

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John Krasinksi Dresses Up As Spider-Man, and Fights With a Bearded Batman (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 10th 2010 6:25AM
John Krasinksi Dresses Up As Spider-Man, and Fights With a Bearded BatmanAs you may have heard already, the superhero Spider-Man is generally considered to be a friendly neighborhood kind of guy. But this wasn't necessarily the case on the new 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC).

Jimmy was supposed to have Ryan Seacrest as his guest, but Seacrest wasn't available, so Jimmy went looking for the next best thing: His pal John Krasinski. The two men are neighbors in Los Angeles, so the talk show host knew where to find Mr. Krasinski.

But wait. ... Where would you look for John Krasinski? If you said "he'd probably be hanging out on the streets and begging for loose change while dressed up in a Spider-Man costume," then you are correct! Granted, this was a little odd. But even more strangely, Jimmy's "friendly neighbor"' wasn't very friendly when he was wearing the red-and-blue outfit.

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Preview: Cartoon Network's 'Young Justice' is More Superhero than Sidekick

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 26th 2010 12:36PM
We all know that it's not easy being green, but apparently it's even tougher being a superhero's sidekick. (Don't even get us started on being a superhero's sidekick and being green, like one of the stars of 'Young Justice'.)

If you're a fan of the various animated shows that DC and Warner Bros. have created over the past two decades, chances are that 'Young Justice' was already on your radar -- or maybe this is the first you're hearing about the super new series, an energetic take on some familiar -- and lesser known -- teenage heroes such as Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis. Similar in tone to the superb 'Justice League Unlimited' but focusing more on the 'Teen Titans' generation, 'Young Justice' is certain to appeal to fervent DC fans and newcomers alike.

TV Squad was lucky enough to land an advanced screener of the one-hour pilot event airing tonight (Friday, Nov. 26) at 7PM ET on Cartoon Network. Join us after the jump for our advanced review -- there will be light spoilers, but nothing to ruin your enjoyment of the show.

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Adam West Talks Batman, 'Family Guy' and Using the Batmobile to Pick Up Women

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Aug 25th 2010 4:00PM
Adam West might just be the most mischievous man in Hollywood. Talking with the 82-year-old icon as he's about to make his way to Toronto's Fan Expo, he is sneaky and sly -- it's tough to tell when he's being serious or when he's pulling your leg. He is constantly chuckling.

West's career has been all about Batman (he played the superhero on the original TV series from 1966-68), but unlike other typecast stars, West took the caricature of his campy character and ran with it.

Now he has a recurring role as the lunatic Mayor West on 'Family Guy,' where he pokes fun at himself, and his image, on a regular basis. As a result, he has garnered a whole new generation of fans – one that might not even be aware of his Bat past. TV Squad sat down to talk with the legend about the 'Batman' legacy, 'Family Guy,' and why he turned down the role of James Bond.

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Some Problems With Batman on 'Last Comic Standing' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 13th 2010 4:30AM
Some Problems With Batman on 'Last Comic Standing'We're down to ten comedians left on 'Last Comic Standing' (Mon., 9PM ET on NBC). And -- as the title of the show would indicate -- everyone is battling for the top prize.

On the newest episode, one of the comics performing was Maronzio Vance, who did a routine where he discussed superheroes. Specifically, he mentioned how as a kid, he wanted to be Batman -- but couldn't figure out a way to afford the cape, the costume, and all the rest of the gadgets.

You should listen to the clip of his performance -- since Maronzio is best heard as he performs live. But since he brings up the issue of Batman, we'd like to say that we've always had a few questions of our own about the Caped Crusader.

For example: why can no one figure out that Bruce Wayne is Batman?

" ... Oh, gosh, who could the masked crime fighter be?"

"Um, maybe the creepy billionaire who lives in a deserted mansion on a hill? The guy with unlimited resources? The man whose parents were murdered by criminals and who thus has a rationale for carrying out a one-man vigilante campaign?"

" ... Naw. That's just crazy talk. It can't be him."

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Bugs and Daffy Return in Cartoon Network's New 'Looney Tunes'

by Gary Susman, posted Apr 21st 2010 3:00PM

It's wabbit season! No, it's duck season!

Actually, it's both. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and all the old-school Warner Bros. animated characters are coming back for 'The Looney Toons Show,' a series on Cartoon Network consisting of all-new half-hour episodes and shorts starring the classic cartoon characters.

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What's On Tonight: 'Batman,' 'Smackdown,' 'Caprica'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 26th 2010 12:06PM
SmallvilleHere's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).

  • At 7:30, Cartoon Network has a new 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold.'
  • At 8, NBC has The Olympics.
  • FOX has The NAACP Awards at 8.
  • The CW has a new 'Smallville' at 8.
  • PBS has a new 'Washington Week' at 8, followed by new episodes of 'NOW' and 'Bill Moyers Journal.'
  • MyNetwork TV has a new 'Smackdown!' at 8.
  • At 9, SyFy has a new 'Caprica.'
  • HBO has a new 'Ricky Gervais Show' at 9, then new episodes of 'The Life & Times of Tim' and 'Real Time with Bill Maher,' with Olivia Wilde, Chrystia Freeland, Richard Haass, and Reihan Salam.
  • At 10, ABC has a new '20/20.'
  • STARZ has a new 'Spartacus: Blood & Sand' at 10.
  • Discovery has a new 'American Loggers' at 10.
  • There's a new 'The Best Thing I Ever Ate' on Food Network at 10.
  • Also at 10: Travel Channel has a new 'Most Haunted.'
  • At midnight, HBO has a new 'Funny or Die Presents.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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New TV on DVD Releases This Week

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 1st 2010 6:03PM
The Price Is Right logoHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

It's not every week that you see four different DVD sets for game shows released, but that's what we have this week: "Best Of" sets for 'The Price is Right', 'Password', and 'Match Game '73', as well as a special set for the Richard Dawson 'Family Feud' episodes. I actually might buy the first three (not really a big 'Family Feud' guy). Having DVDs for classic episodes of those three game shows might be fun.

I'd like to see someone come out with a sampler DVD set of short-lived game shows or even well-known game shows that will never get their own full sets.

  • 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' - Vol. 3
  • 'Beverly Hills, 90210' - Season 9
  • 'Doctor Who' - The End of Time, The Waters of Mars, and The Complete Specials
  • 'Dynasty' - Season 4, Vol. 2

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What's Hot on Inside Movies: Cozy Up to Michael Cera, Andy Serkis Riddles 'Batman,' James Franco Reaches New Heights

by Daynah Burnett, posted Jan 7th 2010 6:00PM
Around here the only thing that we like as much as TV is the movies! Luckily, we've got our blog-brothers over at Inside Movies to keep us posted on everything that's happening on the big screen. Right about now is when we give the remote a rest a check out the day's hottest posts.

Think you know Michael Cera? Check out this fact sheet that gives you the low-down on young Hollywood's funniest Canadian by far.

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Kevin Conroy wins the top spot in Wired's Best Batmen list

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 4th 2010 7:01PM
In the never ending, epic battle between TV and movies, Wired helped score another death blow for TV.

The magazine's Underwire blog named their picks for the greatest man to ever don the ab-flattering Batman costume and the man who provided the voice for the title character of the awesome 90's animated version won the top spot.

Voice actor Kevin Conroy has not only voiced Batman and Bruce Wayne for Batman: The Animated Series, but also for six animated movies, three other animated series and three video games including the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum. Anyone who is familiar with the dark, gravely voice that brought more depth and range to the character than anyone other should not be surprised that his performances have topped the list.

I'm sure it's making George Clooney grow greener with envy by the minute.

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DC's Justice Society gets animated

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 29th 2009 5:02PM
JSA Batman Brave BoldSmallville's Clark Kent isn't the only one getting a visit from DC Comics' Justice Society in 2010. A month before the classic crime fighters show up for Smallville's "Absolute Justice" event, airing Feb. 5, they'll drop by the Batcave for an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

An animated version of the 1940s superhero team will make its debut January 15 on Cartoon Network's great and goofy Batman show. We'll get to see how The Flash (the original one with the silly hat), Hourman, Hawkman, Dr. Mid-Nite and Wildcat influenced Batman's bad guy-beating skills. We'll also see them in action against a villain named Per Degaton. The ep, titled "The Golden Age of Justice," will also feature Bats teaming up with Green Arrow's main squeeze, Black Canary.

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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Dec 20th 2009 10:16AM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:
  • I love this: Cinematical Seven names the Best Mayhem of 2009. Happy Holidays!
  • I'm so confused. I've seen trailers and extended previews for Avatar, and they all look kind of horrendous. Yet everyone who's seen it seems to think it's amazing-- to the tune of $27 million on Friday alone. Is this honestly that good?
  • Call me crazy, but I'm not in love with the Spider Man franchise. The Batman franchise, on the other hand, is an entirely different story. Cinematical lists the best Comic Book Flicks of the Decade.
  • The highest-grossing female star of the decade is younger than you, so what the hell have you been doing for the past ten years?
  • If everyone was jailed for not returning movies on time, then my baby would grow up without a mother. Here's hoping that this Iowa woman doesn't have kids.

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Yes, Virginia, Neil Patrick Harris has yet another show coming up

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 9th 2009 4:28PM
Neil Patrick Harris is slowly taking over the world. He's a hit on How I Met Your Mother, he's hosting the Tonys and the Emmys, he's Dr. Horrible, he's singing on Batman, he's on Twitter, and his voice can be heard in inappropriate network promos. Now his voice can be heard again this Friday at 8PM, on the new Christmas special Yes, Virginia.

Has this story been done before? You'd think it would be a natural as a holiday classic.

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What's Adam West watching?

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 27th 2009 2:00PM
It's funny how Adam West has had a post-Batman career making fun of himself and creating some memorable characters in the world of animation, especially his work as, well, Adam West on Family Guy. There's no mistaking that voice. In this clip below the flesh-and-blood West urges us to watch the FOX Sunday night animation lineup.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 9th 2009 6:03PM
Sesame Street DVDHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I'm always amazed at how many seasons JAG lasted. It started on NBC in 1995 then went to CBS, and I really thought it was the type of show that wouldn't last beyond three seasons, but it lasted ten! I thought the same thing about NCIS, and look at what happened there too. Obviously I don't do well predicting how shows with all caps in their titles will do.

  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Vol. 2
  • Dawson's Creek - Complete Series
  • Discovery Collection - Complete Collection
  • G.I. Joe - A Real American Hero Collector's Set
  • Heartland - Season 1, Part 2
  • JAG - Season 9

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