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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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NEWS
February 21, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Jeremy Scott showed his first collection for Moschino at Milan Fashion Week on Thursday, and he incorporated elements from SpongeBob SquarePants, Budweiser, Hershey's, McDonald's and other icons of pop culture (or consumerism). [The Cut] Lena Dunham says she felt completely respected by the way Vogue handled her shoot for the February cover -- but she lost some respect for Jezebel for the way it reacted by trying to prove she'd been Photoshopped and not backing down when it turned out she wasn't.
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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
February 7, 2014 | By Meg James
Nickelodeon's new cartoon was hatched not through traditional television channels but in a Studio City efficiency apartment nicknamed the "Doodle Chamber. " The 41/2 -minute cartoon about two feisty, accident-prone ducks was intended to be a one-off, a little film crafted to entertain fellow animators at a short-film festival held at a New York bar. But in the hurly-burly world of children's television, network executives are desperate to find that next big hit. When animator Gary Di Raffaele, who goes by the name Gary Doodles, got an inquiry from a Nickelodeon executive about his duck cartoon, which he had posted on YouTube: "I thought it was spam," Di Raffaele said.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2009 | Martin Miller
One serves up the glorious Krabby Patty; the other metes out pitiless death. You might think that a gregarious sponge who is fond of red ties and speaks crystal clear English underwater has little in common with a time-traveling, red-eyed killing machine whose default language setting comes with a heavy Germanic accent. And that's where you would be wrong. Spongy, dead wrong.
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.
NEWS
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.
IMAGE
August 2, 2009 | Image Staff
Fanboys and girls released their inner avatars in high style at Comic-Con International, a four-day festival of, well, comics and other pop-culture phenoms. Where else could you see a musical Batman, a parade of zombies, Ironman, SpongeBob Squarepants, surprising Johnny Depp, vampire-licious Robert Pattinson and staid Edward James Olmos -- all in one place?
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
AUTOS
November 23, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Nickelodeon's Spongebob Squarepants will be living in the back of a Toyota Highlander SUV in downtown Los Angeles for the next week. Toyota hopes to make a splash at the L.A. Auto Show with an all-new 2014 Highlander that contains a huge aquarium with a replica of the bubbly Nickelodeon character's underwater haunt, Bikini Bottom. Onlookers can peer into the back of the SUV and find a cheery Spongebob and lazy Patrick Star blowing bubbles near their pineapple- and rock-shaped homes.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
This is the first in a series of Streamland blog posts on Show Tracker examining TV shows and shorts made exclusively for a streaming audience. As more and more viewers watch programming on smartphones, tablets and laptops, Streamland will work to highlight interesting and unique offerings from all corners of the digital universe. It's only 1 minute and 57 seconds long, but the Nickelodeon animated original short "Carrot and Stick" is noteworthy in part because it was co-created by longtime "SpongeBob SquarePants" writer Derek Iversen and fellow animation writer and collaborator Miles Hindman.
ENTERTAINMENT
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...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Sanjay and Craig," which premieres Saturday (tonight) on Nickelodeon, follows the adventures of a boy named Sanjay, voiced by Maulik Pancholy of "30 Rock," and his best friend, a talking snake named Craig, voiced by Chris Hardwick, the Nerdist. Linda Cardellini and Tony Hale are also voices on the show. Among other things, the goofy and delightful series represents the joining of two great names from the golden age of Nick with three as-yet obscure names from its possible future.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2013 | By Meg James
Another influential programmer at Nickelodeon -- Margie Cohn -- is leaving the children's network as the operation struggles to remain relevant with pint-sized viewers who are watching content on different platforms. Nickelodeon said Monday that Cohn, president of content development, as well as Alison Dexter, the Los Angeles-based executive vice president of production, were exiting the network immediately. The shuffles come at a sensitive time for Nickelodeon, which recently made its sales pitch to advertisers looking to buy commercial time for the upcoming season.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2013 | By Times Staff Writers
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2004 | Susan King
For the uninitiated who find themselves at "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie," which opens Friday, you need to soak in some background on the eternally optimistic little yellow animated sponge. "SpongeBob SquarePants," which premiered on cable's Nickelodeon in 1999, is the most watched kids' show in TV history -- and a full third of its audience is adults. SpongeBob (voiced by Tom Kenny) lives in a pineapple under the sea in a town called Bikini Bottom.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2009
Re "Miley Cyrus Opens the Throttle at Staples," by Mikael Wood, Sept. 24: Like Mikael Wood, my 7-year-old daughter, resplendent in jeans, a pink top and silver scarf, and sporting a large, missing-tooth smile, didn't see Miley "give her fans a deeper idea of who she is and what her music means." I guess she was too busy having a good time. Hopefully, she won't be similarly disappointed in her quest to find the existential meaning of SpongeBob SquarePants. Lisa Todd Riverside
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Calendar recently published our annual roundup of holiday music releases , but the yuletide hits just keep on coming. So here's an addendum with some albums we hadn't received as of press time on the first go-round, highlighted by inspired new offerings from Leftover Cuties and the master of the undersea world -- no, not Neptune or Jacques Cousteau, but the rectangular one himself: SpongeBob SquarePants. ( Our previous rundown on this year's crop of holiday tunes featured  Cee Lo Green, Scotty McCreery, Colbie Caillat, Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, the Polyphonic Spree and many more.)
BUSINESS
December 5, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Amazon.com announced a new monthly subscription service called Freetime Unlimited that gives Kindle owners access to a variety of content for their kids without fear that they may run up the bill. Freetime Unlimited gives kids free access to thousands of books, apps, movies and TV shows, according to Amazon. The service is geared toward children ages 3 to 8, and it is available for Amazon's line of Kindle Fire tablets. The Seattle-based online retailers said Amazon Prime members can get Freetime Unlimited for a discounted rate of $2.99 per child or $6.99 for the whole family.
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