Animation and comics - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Animation and comics CBS pairs 'Big Bang' & spin-off; O'Brien re-ups with TBS NEW YORK (AP) — "Young Sheldon" and his grown-up version on "The Big Bang Theory" will be paired on CBS' Thursday night schedule this fall. The "Big Bang" spinoff, centered on star Jim Parsons' character as a precocious 9-year-old Texas high school student, is one of eight new series coming to CBS in the 2017-18 season, the network announced Wednesday. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:58:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:58:00Z Marvel Universe LIVE!: Superheroes save the day in new show ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — There's a moment at the start of the new Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes show when Spider-Man enters from backstage and zigzags through the air, soaring above the floor. Such display of superpower strength is startling, the director says, and the scene still takes his breath away. "It's an incredible entrance f... Mon, 15 May 2017 18:57:00 GMT 2017-05-15T18:57:00Z Pepe croaks: Cartoonist kills off frog turned hate symbol The cartoonist who created Pepe the Frog has killed off the character in a rebuke to far-right extremists who transformed a benevolent internet meme into a racist, anti-Semitic symbol. A Pepe cartoon released Saturday in comic book stores shows Matt Furie's creation in an open casket. Furie didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment Monday. ... Tue, 09 May 2017 08:18:00 GMT 2017-05-09T08:18:00Z Pepe cartoonist kills off character that became hate symbol The cartoonist who created Pepe the Frog has killed off the character in a rebuke to far-right extremists who transformed a benevolent internet meme into a racist, anti-Semitic symbol. A Pepe cartoon released Saturday in comic book stores shows Matt Furie's creation in an open casket. Furie didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment Monday. ... Mon, 08 May 2017 23:30:00 GMT 2017-05-08T23:30:00Z Man who claimed he created 'Kung Fu Panda' gets prison BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man who falsely claimed he first came up with the character and story for the 2008 animated movie "Kung Fu Panda" has been sentenced to two years in prison. Jayme Gordon also was ordered Wednesday in federal court in Boston to pay more than $3 million in restitution. He was convicted of wire fraud and perjury charges in November. ... Wed, 03 May 2017 21:26:00 GMT 2017-05-03T21:26:00Z D'oh! 'Simpsons' needle Trump ahead of 100-day milestone "The Simpsons" is taking on President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office in a short animation released online. The clip shows an animated Trump in bed at the White House counting up accomplishments as president, like lowering his golf handicap and increasing his Twitter following. The video also imagines the president's daughter, Ivanka, taking Justice ... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:41:00 GMT 2017-04-27T10:41:00Z Jeff Kinney marks 10th anniversary of 'Wimpy Kid' series NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff Kinney remembers when his goal was to write a book, one big book, for grown-ups. "I thought I'd write about a year in the life of a typical kid," says the children's author known to millions for his "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series. "I'd write one book that was between 700 and 1,000 pages long and I'd look at every aspect of childhood within that time frame... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:09:00 GMT 2017-04-26T13:09:00Z Josh Brolin set to play Cable in 'Deadpool 2' LOS ANGELES (AP) — Josh Brolin is expanding his comic book movie repertoire. Representatives for the actor said Wednesday that Brolin has been set to play the part of Cable in 20th Century Fox's "Deadpool 2" opposite lead Ryan Reynolds. Brolin also plays the supervillain Thanos in various "Avengers" movies for competing studio Disney. M... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:17:00 GMT 2017-04-12T23:17:00Z 'Boss Baby,' 'Beauty' outshine 'Smurfs 3' at box office LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Smurfs are feeling a little blue this weekend. The third installment in Sony's animated series, "Smurfs: The Lost Village," made its box-office debut in third place, with $14 million — far behind family-friendly holdovers "The Boss Baby" and "Beauty and the Beast," according to studio estimates Sunday. Featuring t... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 18:59:00 GMT 2017-04-09T18:59:00Z Cartoonist laureate says world has changed, accepts gay work MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's new cartoonist laureate has made a career out of illustrating the complexities of same-sex relationships and says the world has changed around her and is now much more accepting of her work. Alison Bechdel's memoir and graphic novel about growing up with a bisexual father was adapted into a Tony Award-winning musical. Bech... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 21:14:00 GMT 2017-04-06T21:14:00Z Television pilot 'Scalped' to begin filming in New Mexico SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A television pilot adapted from the comic book series "Scalped" will begin filming this month in New Mexico. The story is based on the critically acclaimed series written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by R.M. Guera. Horizon Scripted Television LLC is producing the pilot being filmed in Santa Fe and at Pojoaque and Laguna pueblos. ... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:23:00 GMT 2017-04-04T19:23:00Z 'Boss Baby' dethrones 'Beauty and the Beast' with $49M debut NEW YORK (AP) — The taskmaster toddler of "The Boss Baby" dethroned Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" at the box office with a $49 million debut, handing its star Alec Baldwin what President Donald Trump might call a "huge" no. 1 opening. Paramount Pictures suffered another flop with its controversy-plagued "Ghost in the Shell." The DreamWorks Animation rel... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 19:02:00 GMT 2017-04-02T19:02:00Z Review: Dazzling 'Ghost in the Shell' is lost in translation "I've been having glitches," Scarlett Johansson's part-human, mostly cyborg robot says in "The Ghost in the Shell." "It will pass." Rupert Sanders' remake of Mamoru Oshii's 1995 influential anime classic, from Masamune Shirow's Japanese manga comics, is a dazzling dystopia. Yet like its sleek, cybernetic protagonist, it's haunted by a fundamental defect — a bug in the system... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:37:00 GMT 2017-03-30T19:37:00Z Review: In 'The Boss Baby,' it's clear who wears the diapers Some of the best animated films have been inspired by fairy tales, ancient Greek fables or mythology. Now comes one clearly inspired by, of all people, David Mamet. The creators of "The Boss Baby " have obviously been mining the playwright's gritty, foul-mouthed "Glengarry Glen Ross" to build the title character, a ruthless, capitalist-minded newborn with pupils the size of ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:40:00 GMT 2017-03-30T15:40:00Z Vermont picks Alison Bechdel as its 3rd cartoonist laureate MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An illustrator whose memoir and graphic novel about growing up with a bisexual father was adapted into a Tony Award-winning musical has been selected as Vermont's cartoonist laureate. The Burlington Free Press reports ( that Alison Bechdel is Vermont's third cartoonist laureate and will be honored next month ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:36:00 GMT 2017-03-29T14:36:00Z With monster trucks and Comic-Con, Saudis defy killjoy image DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Monster trucks, hip-hop dancing and Game of Thrones all have one surprising thing in common now: Saudi Arabia. The kingdom, which bans movie theaters and other entertainment venues, is challenging its ultraconservative image and loosening the reins on fun by opening its doors to live shows, including some American ones. ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:04:00 GMT 2017-03-29T07:04:00Z Writer's lawsuit says Disney copied his plans for 'Zootopia' LOS ANGELES (AP) — A screenwriter and producer sued Walt Disney Pictures on Tuesday claiming the studio copied his ideas to create the Oscar-winning animated film "Zootopia." Gary L. Goldman, whose credits include work on film adaptations of "Total Recall," ''Minority Report" and "Big Trouble in Little China," filed the copyright infringement lawsuit Tuesday in a federal cou... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:06:00 GMT 2017-03-21T20:06:00Z 'Beauty and the Beast' aims to enchant a new generation BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — In 1991, Disney struck gold with "Beauty and the Beast." The film enchanted audiences and critics alike, and raked in several hundred million dollars along the way, but also upended expectations of what an animated film could be. Not only did the New York Times theater critic controversially call it the best Broadway musical s... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:46:00 GMT 2017-03-15T14:46:00Z Alan Menken on cuts, adds and intimidating Emma Watson BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Composer Alan Menken really wanted to include the song "If I Can't Love Her" in the new live-action "Beauty and the Beast." The soaring ballad, sung by the Beast, was written for the Broadway musical as the closing number before intermission. "It's a monumentally good song. But it is unique to the structure ... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:51:00 GMT 2017-03-14T19:51:00Z Review: A 'Beauty and the Beast' with a new dimension The Disney "live-action" remakes, of which the new "Beauty and the Beast" is but one in an assembly line, are starting to resemble an iPhone software update. Click a button and that old cartoon interface changes Belle into Emma Watson, the Beast into Dan Stevens and maybe fixes a few bugs in the system. "Beauty and the Beast," that "tale ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:09:00 GMT 2017-03-13T16:09:00Z 'Ghostbusters,' Kevin Hart win big at Kids' Choice Awards LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Hart and the bad bunny he plays in "The Secret Life of Pets" were both winners at the Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday night.. Hart was named favorite villain for voicing Snowball, who claimed the prize for "most wanted pet" at the fan-voted show in Los Angeles. Hart also shared the "BFF" award with Dwayne Johnson, his co-star in "Central Intelligence... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 03:03:00 GMT 2017-03-12T03:03:00Z New kids streaming service will have 'Scooby Doo,' 'Jetsons' NEW YORK (AP) — A new streaming service aimed at kids will have episodes of classic cartoons like "Scooby Doo," ''The Flintstones" and "The Jetsons" as well as original series. Time Warner's Boomerang service joins a crowded market of kid-aimed online subscription video. Netflix and Amazon Prime have kids sections, Nickelodeon's Noggin streaming app is aimed at preschoolers ... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 21:27:00 GMT 2017-03-07T21:27:00Z Rare comic books with Superman, Batman debuts go to auction HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — By day, Jon Berk is a mild-mannered civil attorney in Connecticut. But by night (well, really during most of his spare time for the past 45 years) he is known by some as a comic book-collecting super hero. Berk's collection of more than 18,000 books and 300 pieces of comic-book art goes on display March 11 at the ... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:42:00 GMT 2017-03-03T14:42:00Z Iranian film hails demise of US Navy in imagined Gulf battle TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In a climactic battle at sea, an Iranian commander orders his forces to open fire on a much larger U.S. fleet, obliterating it with a barrage of rockets, some of which tear American flags from their masts. The scenario unfolds in "Battle of the Persian Gulf II," a new Iranian animated film more than four years in the making that imagin... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 11:11:00 GMT 2017-03-02T11:11:00Z List of winners for the 89th Academy Awards Complete list of winners for the 89th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Best Picture: "Moonlight." Actor: Casey Affleck, "Manchester by the Sea." Actress: Emma Stone, "La La Land." Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight." Supporting Actress: Vi... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:34:00 GMT 2017-02-27T17:34:00Z 'Moonlight' wins best picture at botched Academy Awards LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar winner, take two. Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" — not, as it turned out, "La La Land" — won best picture at the Academy Awards in a historic Oscar upset and an unprecedented fiasco that saw one winner swapped for another while the "La La Land" producers were in mid-speech. Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:34:00 GMT 2017-02-27T10:34:00Z The Latest: 'Moonlight' wins best picture Academy Award LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 89th Academy Awards (all times local): 9:15 p.m. The coming-of-age drama "Moonlight" is the winner of the best picture Academy Award. The film won after the end of the awards ceremony was plunged into chaos after "La La Land" was mistakenly announced as the best picture winner. ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:45:00 GMT 2017-02-27T05:45:00Z Socially relevant 'Zootopia' wins Oscar for best animation LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney's witty and relevant "Zootopia," the box-office smash tale of a rural rabbit and a big-city fox who team up to investigate a string of animal disappearances, won the Oscar for best animated feature on Sunday. The film tells the story of Judy Hopps, Zootopia Police Department's sole bunny cop, who fights stereotypes about her spec... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:11:00 GMT 2017-02-27T04:11:00Z Online options for Oscar-nominated flicks expand Tuesday NEW YORK (AP) — More movies and cheaper options arrive online Tuesday for movie fans still needing to catch up on Oscar-nominated flicks. Of the 62 full-length movies and shorts nominated for any category , 45 are available in some form online. That includes animated and live action shorts released Tuesday by the cable channel Shorts HD. ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:25:00 GMT 2017-02-21T18:25:00Z James Earl Jones, Donald Glover cast in 'Lion King' remake NEW YORK (AP) — James Earl Jones and Donald Glover are lending their voices to Disney's upcoming remake of "The Lion King." Director Jon Favreau announced the casting of the two men as voice actors. Glover, star and creator of television's "Atlanta," will portray the adult Simba. Jones reprises the role of Simba's father, Mufasa, which he voiced in the 1994 animated film. ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:26:00 GMT 2017-02-18T16:26:00Z