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October 6, 2015


Gretchen Mol and Other "Almost It" Girls: Starlets Who Never Quite Made It Big

by Daynah Burnett, posted Nov 22nd 2009 6:36PM
Just this past week, HBO announced the addition of Gretchen Mol to the cast of its upcoming series 'Boardwalk Empire,' starring Steve Buscemi as Atlantic City gangster Nucky Thompson. With a string of respectable supporting roles, Mol's made a career out of not-quite making it, starting with her famous 1998 'Vanity Fair' cover that asked the entirely premature question: "Is Gretchen Mol Hollywood's New It Girl?"

But though Mol didn't exactly fade into obscurity (she earned kudos for her eye-opening turn in the indie 'The Notorious Bettie Page' and co-starred in ABC's short-lived 'Life on Mars'), neither did she become the huge success the industry predicted she would be. What happened? Was it luck, timing, bad choices or simply a case of too much hype? Whatever that case, Mol's casting got us thinking about other "Almost It" girls that Hollywood left behind about as quickly as it tried to make them mega-stars.

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Hellboy asks: "Will the TV camera add ten pounds to my Right Hand of Doom?"

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 5th 2008 9:20AM
HellboyGuillermo del Toro is a busy guy. Aside from helming the much anticipated The Hobbit prequel films to the blockbuster Lord of the Rings trilogy, he's got so many films on his schedule that he's practically booked through 2017. But what does that have to do with television, you say? Well, Variety wrote this big old long article about the esteemed del Toro, and one of the last topics discussed was the possibility of a third Hellboy movie. The second didn't achieve the success domestically as the first film but has performed well.

What's kind of cool to consider is that buried in all that text is the gem that the studio is possibly considering a TV series for Hellboy to keep him in front of his fanbase until such a film could be made. Creator Mike Mignola has developed tons of stories for Hellboy in the world of comics, and possibly even more for B.P.R.D. (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Development).

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What's On Tonight: Cops, Al Roker, Graham Norton Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 19th 2008 4:04PM
  • Robin HoodAt 8, FOX has a new Cops.
  • Food Network has the special Al Roker's Weird Restaurants at 8.
  • Cartoon Network has two Hellboy animated films at 8: Sword of Storms and Blood and Iron.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • There's a new Robin Hood on BBC America at 9, then a new Graham Norton Show.
  • At 9:30, HGTV has a new Divine Design.
  • At 10, TLC has a new Trading Spaces.
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has a new Bleach.
  • At 1am, Cartoon Network has a new Code Geass, followed by a new Shin Chan.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Hellboy meets Chuck - VIDEO

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 2nd 2008 5:20PM
Hellboy meets ChuckIn an effort to promote Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Universal Pictures is releasing a series of strange and humorous commercials. The first involved James Lipton interviewing Hellboy. Not Ron Perlman, but the character of Hellboy himself. The second has Hellboy meeting the title character from NBC's Chuck (and I love how Ron Perlman's character refers to Zachary Levi's character as "Chucky").

Hellboy is being distributed by Universal and since Universal and NBC are the same entity, I can understand how a crossover between the two is possible. I do wonder if there will be any promotion for the movie when the new season of Chuck begins. Probably not, since the film will have already left the theaters. Still, a Ron Perlman appearance as any character on the show would be kind of cool.

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Ron Perlman joins Sons Of Anarchy

by Brett Love, posted May 23rd 2008 2:01PM

Ron PerlmanWell now, if you were having trouble deciding between the competing biker shows in development, perhaps this news will tip your TV watching scales. FX has signed up Ron Perlman (Beauty And The Beast) to take over the role of Clay, president of the motorcycle club, and step-father to the main character Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam), in Kurt Sutter's Sons Of Anarchy.

The part was played by Scott Glenn in the pilot, but the powers that be chose to recast it after deciding to make the series more of a dark comedy. I'm not exactly sure what that means, because I could go for Glenn in a dark comedy, but adding Perlman does heighten my interest in the show, to be sure. If you just can't wait for the show to premiere to get your Perlman fix, he'll be showing up at your local multiplex with Hellboy II: The Golden Army in July.

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Molly Shannon and Selma Blair are Kath & Kim

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 22nd 2008 3:04PM
Molly ShannonWith casting finally complete, NBC can begin to think about how nice it would be to start work on Kath & Kim if they had any writers. Based on an Australian hit by the same name, the series focuses on the relationship problems between a mother (Molly Shannon as "Kath") and her daughter (Selma Blair as "Kim"). The series was originally picked up a year ago but languished due to casting concerns. It was deemed that the main characters had to be cast perfectly for this to work.

Meanwhile, Molly Shannon has stayed busy with a brilliant turn on Pushing Daisies while Selma Blair wowed geeks across the world as Liz Sherman in Hellboy, a role she will reprise in the sequel. Now they'll be able to come together and try to be the most delightfully dysfunctional mother-daughter duo since Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Hell, if it can get half the critical acclaim that Gilmore Girls did, Kath & Kim will be off to a great start.

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Second Hellboy animated movie on Toonami this Saturday, third installment underway

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 12th 2007 2:27PM

HellboyThe second installment in the Hellboy animated movies for Cartoon Network will air at 7 p.m. on March 17. Hellboy: Blood and Iron borrows heavily from Wake the Devil, the second Hellboy paperback, according to the series' production blog. This second installment was originally envisioned as an origin story, but that concept was too close to the theatrical release, so a (mostly) new story was developed.

The third and final installment, Hellboy: The Phantom Claw is still in the script stage, and according to the production blog, will have more of a "mad scientist/weird technology" vibe, making it quite different than the previous two movies.

As mentioned before, actors from the Hellboy movie also provide voices for the animated version, including Ron Pearlman, Selma Blair and Doug Jones. Original Hellboy creator and Hellboy movie co-writer Mike Mignola also co-wrote the scripts for the animated versions.

[via Toon Zone]

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Amazing Screw-On Head giveaway winners

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 8th 2007 3:21PM
Amazing Screw-On HeadFive new The Amazing Screw-On Head DVDs will soon have a new home, thanks to our latest TV Squad giveaway. Congratulations to Gavin, Chris G., daniel, das_klaun, and schrute to kill. All of you are doing a great service to our country. Oh, and make sure you check out the back of the DVD case for a quote from a familiar source.

Keep an eye on TV Squad for more contests and giveaways!

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TV Squad's The Amazing Screw-On Head giveaway

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 5th 2007 9:00AM
The Amazing Screw-On HeadGather 'round, folks! It's time for a giveaway. This one is all about Sci-Fi's all-new The Amazing Screw-On Head DVD. We've got five (5) copies that need a new home, so come and give it a try.

All you need to do is reply to this post stating your favorite thing about this show. Yessir, it's just as easy as that. But don't forget to check your e-mail to confirm the comment! From the comments, we will randomly select five winners. Be sure to enter by 11:59PM Eastern time, March 5th, 2007, because the drawing will take place tomorrow.

Join quickly! America is depending on you. And by "America", I mean "the world". Godspeed.

Full rules are after the jump.

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Celebrities sign up for animated series on Spike

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 31st 2006 1:29PM
samuel l jacksonSamuel L. Jackson, Ron Perlman, and Kelly Hu have signed on to voice characters in the upcoming animated series, Afro Samurai on Spike. Jackson is also executive producing the project, which is based on a graphic novel by Takashi Okazaki about a black Samurai's quest to find the man who killed his father. Jackson will voice the lead character, while Perlman will voice the villain he seeks. Perlman, by the way, is the guy who played the title character in Hellboy and the Beast in the television series, Beauty and the Beast. Hu plays Okiku, a friend from the samurai's past. She played the female version of Wolverine in X2: X-Men United. The RZA is creating original music for the series.

Spike has ordered five episodes of Afro Samurai. They begin airing January 4th.

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Hellboy animated movies based on comics

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 26th 2006 8:02AM
hellboyYou know those two Hellboy movies being created for Toonami? The first movie, Sword of Storms, premieres in three days (October 28 at 9:30 pm), and if you're a purist who prefers Mike Mignola's comic version over the film adaptations, you'll be happy to know that these animated movies will be based, both in story and aesthetic, on the original comic books moreso than the live-action film. Actors from the film version will be providing the voices of the characters, but Mignola, who co-wrote and executive produced the movies, had a strong hand in this adaptation, according to Tad Stones, who co-directed the movies along with Phil Weinstein. The second movie, Hellboy: Blood and Iron, is slated for 2007. I've placed a trailer for Sword of Storms after the jump.

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Two Hellboy movies coming to Toonami

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 16th 2006 11:04AM
hellboyListen up, fans of comic books and comic book movies: two animated movies that will serve as continuations of both the Hellboy comic and the feature film are slated to appear on Cartoon Network's Toonami block in 2006 and 2007. The first, titled Hellboy: Sword of Storms, will air on Toonami October 28 at 9:30 pm. The second movie, Hellboy: Blood and Iron, is set for sometime in 2007. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm really excited about this, or rather, I would be if I actually read those comic books or ever saw the live-action movie, which I haven't. But hey, I relay this information to you out of pure, unconditional love. Damn straight. The new animated film will also include several people involved with the live-action feature film: Ron Pearlman, Selma Blair and Doug Jones will voice their characters from the original movie. Screenwriter Mike Mignola, who created Hellboy and co-wrote the first movie has also co-written the animated versions, and director Guillermo Del Toro will serve as creative producer along with Mignola.

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What's on tonight: America's Most Wanted, Little League, Naruto, Tennis

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 19th 2006 5:50PM
  • HellboyAt 8, NBC has the 2006 Visa Gymnastics Championships.
  • FX has Hellboy at 8.
  • ESPN continues coverage of The Little League World Series at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • ESPN2 has a semifinal from the Western and Southern Financial tennis tournament at 9.
  • STARZ has Zathura at 9.
  • Also at 9: Cartoon Network has a new Naruto, followed by a new Zatch Bell and a new Bobobo-bo Bo-Bobo.
  • At 10, TMC has The Big Lebowski.

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The Amazing Screw-On Head brings the funny

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 15th 2006 6:47PM
Amazing Screw-On HeadI've been on a comic-book kick lately, waiting for the next issue of Y: The Last Man (good stuff), so I checked out the online premiere of Sci-Fi's The Amazing Screw-On Head. The 22-minute pilot episode features the voice talents of Paul Giamatti, David Hyde Pierce, Patton Oswalt, and Molly Shannon.

The combination of comedy and adventure reminds me of The Venture Bros., but while VB is an acquired taste for some, Screw-On Head seems like it could easily appeal to a larger audience. A lot of the story is taken straight from the comic, but since it was a one-shot (a stand-alone story) there have been a few well-done changes to allow the show room to grow to a full series. I'd love to see this on a regular basis! I definitely recommend it... Watch the pilot now, or read a little more about the comic and then watch it (seriously, watch it). Remember to fill out the survey after you see it so that SciFi can decide whether or not to pursue the series.

Emperor Zombie: Patience, darling? Do I have the permission to let Head stake you if it means world domination?
Patience, his vampiress: Yes, my love! [whispers to Head] ... Nooooo.

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