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July 25, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Parents, get ready for more nautical nonsense. Viacom Inc.'s Nickelodeon has made a deal with Activision Blizzard Inc.'s publishing arm to develop and publish video games based on the network's cartoon "SpongeBob SquarePants. " Santa Monica-based Activision Publishing Inc. has signed on as the master video game licensee for the kids' show featuring the porous character, Nickelodeon said Thursday. SpongeBob games had previously been made by THQ, which filed for bankruptcy last year.  Earlier this year, Activision and Nickelodeon reached an agreement to make games based on the network's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" animated show, which THQ also used to work on. Nickelodeon and Activision announced a new "Ninja Turtles" game last week.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The first game to surface from the expanded, multi-year deal will be called "SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge," and will be released in October, the companies said.  That game will be available on  Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii and Wii U and the Nintendo DS and 3DS handheld devices.  ALSO: Univision confirms split with radio host Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo Audiam helps artists get paid from plays of their songs on YouTube Tired of blockbusters: Moviegoers want Adam Sandler, not 'Pacific Rim' Follow on Twitter: @rfaughnder ryan.faughnder@latimes.com MORE...
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July 25, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Parents, get ready for more nautical nonsense. Viacom Inc.'s Nickelodeon has made a deal with Activision Blizzard Inc.'s publishing arm to develop and publish video games based on the network's cartoon "SpongeBob SquarePants. " Santa Monica-based Activision Publishing Inc. has signed on as the master video game licensee for the kids' show featuring the porous character, Nickelodeon said Thursday. SpongeBob games had previously been made by THQ, which filed for bankruptcy last year.  Earlier this year, Activision and Nickelodeon reached an agreement to make games based on the network's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" animated show, which THQ also used to work on. Nickelodeon and Activision announced a new "Ninja Turtles" game last week.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The first game to surface from the expanded, multi-year deal will be called "SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge," and will be released in October, the companies said.  That game will be available on  Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii and Wii U and the Nintendo DS and 3DS handheld devices.  ALSO: Univision confirms split with radio host Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo Audiam helps artists get paid from plays of their songs on YouTube Tired of blockbusters: Moviegoers want Adam Sandler, not 'Pacific Rim' Follow on Twitter: @rfaughnder ryan.faughnder@latimes.com MORE...
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March 26, 2007 | Geoff Boucher
It's official: Justin Timberlake is all grown up -- or at least he's no longer worried about proving it. Timberlake is host of the 20th annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday, a first-time gig about as far removed as you can get from his glowering (and well-reviewed) drug-dealer role in the film "Alpha Dog" last year. But in a way, "Alpha Dog" set the stage for Timberlake to emcee the nutty awards show for tykes.
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December 2, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
As a child of the San Fernando Valley, I knew the yuletide as a time of frost-free mornings when I could not see my breath. Turning down my collar against the warm, I would trudge sludgeless streets past yards absent of snowmen, where green and even flowering hedges hid no foes waiting to pelt me with snowballs, on my way to school, where we would sing songs of sleigh rides and mistletoe and holly. Of Frosty. Rudolph. Santa. Later at home, the family would gather before the television set, our glowing hearth, to watch actors on hot Hollywood sound stages aspire not to perspire beneath their sweaters and scarves and overcoats as they shook the cornstarch from their boots as if entering stage left from a winter's day in Minneapolis or Cincinnati.
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July 25, 2001 | MARY K. FEENEY, HARTFORD COURANT
If you doubt that "SpongeBob SquarePants" has become a major underwater force in the TV cartoon world, well, you're all wet. SpongeBob is the lovable, earnest sponge who lives in a pineapple at the bottom of the ocean. He also is the current star of the phylum porifera, for all you fans who like to mix a little biology with your cartoon viewing pleasure. Nickelodeon has declared this "SpongeBob Summer," with the half-hour show going prime time Monday through Thursday.
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July 9, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Ernest Borgnine, who died on Sunday of apparent kidney failure at age 95, may have won an Oscar and may be remembered for his roles in the film "Marty" and the sitcom "McHale's Navy," but to an entire generation of kids, he's Mermaid Man from "SpongeBob SquarePants. " Borgnine began voicing the character, an elderly superhero, in 1999 during the animated series' first season. He went on to play the character in several episodes of the series alongside his former "McHale's Navy" co-star Tim Conway, who voiced Mermaid Man's sidekick Barnacle Boy. Though the height of Borgnine's critical acclaim peaked decades earlier, the actor found a renewed fan base among kids of all ages through his work on the Nickelodeon series.
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November 9, 2004 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
If the primary purpose of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival is to show how contrasting and juxtaposed musical styles and philosophies can coexist in one setting, then the second and closing day of this year's edition on the grounds of the Queen Mary in Long Beach met that goal profoundly -- and that was just in a two-song stretch by the Flaming Lips, headlining the big stage in the park outside the ship.
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February 10, 2003 | Ellen Edwards, Washington Post
Wanda and Cosmo are the next SpongeBob SquarePants. Wait, let's try that again in English. You, of course, know SpongeBob, the recently minted cultural icon who is the title character in Nickelodeon's wildly popular cartoon about a feisty little yellow sponge who lives under the sea and works as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab. Well, Wanda and Cosmo are his heirs apparent.
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December 2, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
As a child of the San Fernando Valley, I knew the yuletide as a time of frost-free mornings when I could not see my breath. Turning down my collar against the warm, I would trudge sludgeless streets past yards absent of snowmen, where green and even flowering hedges hid no foes waiting to pelt me with snowballs, on my way to school, where we would sing songs of sleigh rides and mistletoe and holly. Of Frosty. Rudolph. Santa. Later at home, the family would gather before the television set, our glowing hearth, to watch actors on hot Hollywood sound stages aspire not to perspire beneath their sweaters and scarves and overcoats as they shook the cornstarch from their boots as if entering stage left from a winter's day in Minneapolis or Cincinnati.
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December 8, 2004 | From a Times staff writer
Pixar's "The Incredibles" led the field with 16 nominations for the Annie Awards, which recognize the year's best animation. "The Incredibles" was nominated for best animated film, along with "Shrek 2," "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" and "Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence." Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants" was nominated for best animated TV production, with "Batman," "My Life as a Teenage Robot," "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" and "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Ernest Borgnine, who died on Sunday of apparent kidney failure at age 95, may have won an Oscar and may be remembered for his roles in the film "Marty" and the sitcom "McHale's Navy," but to an entire generation of kids, he's Mermaid Man from "SpongeBob SquarePants. " Borgnine began voicing the character, an elderly superhero, in 1999 during the animated series' first season. He went on to play the character in several episodes of the series alongside his former "McHale's Navy" co-star Tim Conway, who voiced Mermaid Man's sidekick Barnacle Boy. Though the height of Borgnine's critical acclaim peaked decades earlier, the actor found a renewed fan base among kids of all ages through his work on the Nickelodeon series.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2007 | Geoff Boucher
It's official: Justin Timberlake is all grown up -- or at least he's no longer worried about proving it. Timberlake is host of the 20th annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday, a first-time gig about as far removed as you can get from his glowering (and well-reviewed) drug-dealer role in the film "Alpha Dog" last year. But in a way, "Alpha Dog" set the stage for Timberlake to emcee the nutty awards show for tykes.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2004 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
If the primary purpose of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival is to show how contrasting and juxtaposed musical styles and philosophies can coexist in one setting, then the second and closing day of this year's edition on the grounds of the Queen Mary in Long Beach met that goal profoundly -- and that was just in a two-song stretch by the Flaming Lips, headlining the big stage in the park outside the ship.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2003 | Ellen Edwards, Washington Post
Wanda and Cosmo are the next SpongeBob SquarePants. Wait, let's try that again in English. You, of course, know SpongeBob, the recently minted cultural icon who is the title character in Nickelodeon's wildly popular cartoon about a feisty little yellow sponge who lives under the sea and works as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab. Well, Wanda and Cosmo are his heirs apparent.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2001 | MARY K. FEENEY, HARTFORD COURANT
If you doubt that "SpongeBob SquarePants" has become a major underwater force in the TV cartoon world, well, you're all wet. SpongeBob is the lovable, earnest sponge who lives in a pineapple at the bottom of the ocean. He also is the current star of the phylum porifera, for all you fans who like to mix a little biology with your cartoon viewing pleasure. Nickelodeon has declared this "SpongeBob Summer," with the half-hour show going prime time Monday through Thursday.
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November 15, 2005 | From Associated Press
Pull up for another meal at the Krusty Krab. Nickelodeon has ordered 20 more episodes of "SpongeBob SquarePants." That will make for a total of 100 adventures for the animated sea creature -- or cash cow, as they know him at Nickelodeon -- when the new episodes finish airing in 2007. Nickelodeon stopped making new episodes while the "SpongeBob SquarePants" feature film was in production, and there was some question at the time whether the series would start up again.
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September 12, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Watching just a short bit of the wildly popular kids TV show "SpongeBob SquarePants" has been known to give many parents headaches. Psychologists have now found that a brief exposure to SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward and the rest of the crew also appears to dampen preschoolers' brain power. Angeline Lillard and Jennifer Peterson, both of the University of Virginia's department of psychology, wanted to see whether watching fast-paced television had an immediate influence on kids' executive function -- skills including attention, working memory, problem solving and delay of gratification that are associated with success in school.
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