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If you thought Taco Bell had stars in its eyes when it hired songsters Hammer and Willie Nelson for its fast-food commercials, you were thinking small. Now the company has enlisted a couple of stars that it hopes will have an even more universal appeal: Rocky and Bullwinkle. The vintage cartoon characters star in a series of commercials to begin airing Monday. They champion the virtues of tacos, protesting that "burgers are boring."
August 29, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Robin Roberts has been steadily easing back into her anchor role for "Good Morning America" ever since she took time off last summer for a bone marrow transplant. But after Labor Day, Roberts will finally be back full time. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Roberts, who has been doing four-day weeks for the last few months, picked a four-day workweek (after Labor Day) to return full time. INTERACTIVE: Fall 2013 TV preview " But I love that I start on a four-day week....
August 30, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Labor Day weekend is a chance to get out and enjoy the end of summer, barbecue and see friends and family. But for the hard-core TV junkie, three consecutive days off means just one thing: binge viewing. Who needs the warmth of the sun when you could be hunkered down in a darkened living room, watching episode after episode of something that in the old world - circa 2011 - had to stretch out over weeks, months and years? If you're a committed binge viewer, then chances are good you've already caught up to the current TV must-sees: "Breaking Bad," "Game of Thrones" and "Orange Is the New Black.
Pity the poor cartoon character. Unable to speak for himself against those who would redraw or rewrite him, he is the slave and plaything of whomever owns the copyright. The human fan can only watch or not and note that in most cases the better work is not usually the latest, and that theatrical versions of old cartoons are almost invariably superior to their television revivals. But revivals there will be. "The Looney Tunes Show," which debuts Tuesday night on CN, at the big-kid-but-not-little-kid-friendly hour of 8 p.m., is the latest attempt to do something new with the Warner Bros.
September 30, 1989 | CHARLES SOLOMON
Hilarious and poignant, "The King of Cartoons: Tex Avery," John Needham's hourlong documentary (airing Sunday at 8 p.m. on KCET Channel 28), pays tribute to one of the great directors of American animation--and American film. The work of Frederick (Tex) Avery (1908-1980) profoundly affected the development of animation and helped establish the Hollywood cartoon.
March 12, 1991 | CHARLES SOLOMON
"Of Moose and Men: The Rocky and Bullwinkle Story," which airs at 8:45 tonight on KCET Channel 28, pays gleeful tribute to the most beloved and imaginative cartoon show of the baby-boom era. Director Marino Amoruso and producer Benjamin Magliano (who also co-wrote the special) have assembled a collage of clips from various adventures and interviews with writers Allan Burns and Chris Hayward, director Bill Hurtz, voice actors June Foray and William Conrad, and publicist Howard Brandy.
December 2, 2013 | By Susan King
"A Letter to Momo," "Despicable Me 2," "Ernest & Celestine," "Frozen," "Monsters University," "The Croods" and "The Wind Rises" have earned nominations for best animated film feature for the 41st Annie Awards. The Annie Awards, which are presented by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA -Hollywood, announced nominations Monday in 30 categories for film, TV production, commercials, short subjects, video games, student films and honorary and achievement awards. The awards ceremony is Feb. 1 at UCLA's Royce Hall.
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