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Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck & Tweety Dies

posted by Angela Guzman

YouTube Preview ImageJoe Alaskey, best known for voicing iconic Looney Tunes characters Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Sylvester and Marvin the Martian died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. Alaskey was 63.

The actor’s spokesperson K.P. Lynne shared the news on Facebook writing, “Never doubt that Joe loved each and every one of you. Your comments and posts always made his day and brought joy to his heart and life.”

In 2004, Alaskey won a Daytime Emmy Award for his work on the animated program Duck Dodgers, where he voiced the heroic character. Outside of the Looney Tunes realm, Alaskey also lent his voice to other animated films and television franchises, including Rugrats, The Spooktacular New Adventures of Capser, Hey Arnold!, Samurai Jack, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Alaskey was one the most loved voice artists.

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‘Risen’ is a Detective Story for the Ages

posted by Corine Gatti

The upcoming film “Risen”  is the story of Roman military officer Clavius and his personal mission to debunk the disciples’ claims that Christ was resurrected. Joseph Fiennes stars as the skeptic non-believer who works the case. Clavius, like many of his men, worshiped a Roman god–he must prove to the Empire that Jesus was flesh and blood.

How was Fiennes able to transition into Clavius?

“The hardest part for me was wearing sandals for three and half months,” he laughed. “The hardest thing is negotiating a non-believer and also a military tribune steeped in warfare. A brutal man in many respects, we see him as part of the death squad that crucifies Jesus. I had to work hard in introducing something likable, someone you want to go on this journey with,” he said.

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If Fiennes can keep the audience with him, they will see a man’s life changed forever by what he witnessed in the Upper Room that begins his journey as a believer.

What makes this project unique?

The film kicks off chronologically with the crucifixion, the resurrection, and the ascension. Fiennes stated, “Visiting those elements through the eyes of an unbeliever is really unique and that’s what I think sets us apart.”

The project has been a lengthy 10-year journey to theatrical release for director Kevin Reynolds (Hatfields & McCoys.) He worked to get the story to a place that is satisfactory from a creative level and a Scripture level. “It’s always striking that balance,” Fiennes offered.

“I think getting that character, a non-believer, and carrying that through a narrative that we know so well was no easy task by all accounts,” he said. “It’s been positively received by ministers and the faith-based community. I’m really happy about that.”

Watch the New Testament period film “Risen” starring Joseph Fiennes opening on Feb. 19.

 

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“Grease: Live” was the Biggest TV Musical Yet

posted by mbailey

GREASE: LIVE: (L-R): Keke Palmer, Kether Donohue, Julianne Hough, Andrew Call, Carly Rae Jespen, Carlos PenaVega  Aaron Tveit, David Del Rio, Jordan Fisher and Vanessa Hudgens in GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Cr: Tommy Garcia/FOX

Technical difficulties, a rare thunderstorm, and a death of key cast member’s father didn’t stop the success of “Grease: Live” last night, drawing in rave reviews.

Audio glitches interrupted Julianne Hough’s big solo number, “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” and viewers in Atlanta lost connection during the “Hand Jive” number. A Southern California downpour also forced many cast members to carry umbrellas during some of the outdoor scenes, filmed on a Warner Brother’s backlot.

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Vanessa Hudgens, who played the tough-talking Rizzo, was applauded for her performance, especially after revealing her father, Greg Hudgens, died of cancer only hours before the show. She tweeted at her fans to say she “was doing the show in his honor.”

Despite the glitches, critics are gushing over the success of “Grease: Live” hosted on Fox. Fans took to social media to express their love of the live TV musical, saying the show is a worthy successor to the classic John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John movie.

The one point of controversy during the show was the family-friendly censorship. Executive Producer Marc Platt addressed the censorship in an interview last week, saying it would be a family-friendly show but with an appropriate edge. Fans were confused about many of Fox’s changes in lyrics from the original movie. With certain words being taken out while others, which many felt were inappropriate, were left in.

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The three-hour production wrangled in over 12.2 million views and a 4.3 rating amount adults 18-49. Fox easily took the first-place status on broadcast for the night.

This was Fox’s first live musical, following up from NBC’s last three live musical efforts. Most recently, NBC’s The Wiz, which drew in with 11 million viewers.

The cast included a list of notable stars, including: Julianne Hough (Sandy), Aaron Tveit (Danny Zuko), Vanessa Hudgins (Rizzo), Carly Rae Jepsen (Frenchy), Keke Palmer (Marty), Joe Jonas (Johnny Casino), among many others.

Did you watch “Grease: Live” last night? Leave a comment below with your thoughts on the show.

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The X-Files Returns with Staggering Ratings

posted by mbailey

xfiles-logoThe return of The X-Files has been long awaited, but definitely didn’t disappoint.

The Fox series premiered Sunday after the NFC championship game, giving the series a huge potential audience. The ratings were impressive, drawing in over 13.5 million viewers and a 5.1 rating among adults 18-49.

The sci-fi drama’s second episode on Monday delivered staggering numbers too with over 9.7 million viewers. The most impressive part, however, is the 3.2 rating among adults, beating out CBS’ Supergirl and ABC’s The Bachelor. It became the highest-rated broadcast program of the night.

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The X-Files creator Chris Carter previously expressed that Fox would be ordering more episodes past the initial six if ratings were strong. While Fox will likely wait to see how the rest of the episodes perform, fans are already cheering for more.

Critics, on the other hand, left the show lukewarm reviews. The mini-series is currently “rotten” on the Rotten Tomato TomatoMeter netting a 56 percent rating. This is in-line with Metacritis’c 58 rating.

Fox is definitely celebrating the revived show regardless, considering the rating scores for the new series has scored above the original final season average.

The X-Files first premiered over 23 years ago in 1993, spanning 9 seasons and 202 episodes before its retirement in 2002. The series revolves around FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully investigating X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. The show received multiple awards and nominations during its run and also produced two films.

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