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  • CA – Talkin’ Toons w/ Anime Stars

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    Rob Paulsen welcomes anime voice actors Steve Blum, Kari Wahlgren, Sean Schemmel, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, and Todd Haberkorn to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday July 28, 2015 at 8:00 PM at the Hollywood Improv! A signing will follow the show.

    Get tickets at the link!

    Press Release:

    The world-famous Hollywood Improv is proud to invite you to join Emmy and Annie award winner Rob Paulsen as he talks about his experiences in voice acting!

    About Rob Paulsen:
    Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”

    The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.

    Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break away from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.

    “I’m getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade,” jests Rob, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain (Warner Bros.) Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to some formidable competition – fellow nominees Louie Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dennis Franz and Jeffery Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he says.

    “It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a goof-ball mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides … where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!,’ ‘Narf!,’ ‘Poit!,’ ‘Splonk!,’ and ‘Zort!’ are allowed and in fact, encouraged?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs.”

    Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask” (for a WHOLE lot less dough than Mr. Carrey, thank you), the title role in “Mighty Max,” Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom,” Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.

    Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 commercial spots.

    As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.

    Hollywood Improv
    8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    Billy Dee Williams Appears at Star Wars Celebration 2015

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    Well hello, what have we here? Actor Billy Dee Williams will be appearing at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim next month. The actor who portrayed Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi will be greeting fans and signing autographs in the Celebration Autograph Hall presented by Official Pix, and is also scheduled for the Celebration stage with host James Arnold Taylor.

    Hollywood icon Billy Dee Williams was an exceptional addition to the cast of heroes in the Star Wars universe, backed by his powerful performance opposite Diana Ross in the films Mahogany and Lady Sings the Blues. Appearing in both Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Williams brought the iconic character Lando Calrissian to life on the big screen.

    Williams’ career includes roles in the films Undercover Brother, Nighthawks, Bingo Long, Batman, and Bryan’s Song. He’s been nominated for the Emmy and Independent Spirit Awards, and been presented the TV Land and Image Awards for his performances. In the world of television Williams has appeared on Dynasty, Lost, NCIS, Night Shift, and GLEE to name just a few. He has voiced Lando Calrissian in video games, television specials, and in Star Wars: Rebels.

    An accomplished artist and author, Williams has been nominated for a Guggenheim Award and won an Hallgarten Award, an honor in the art world.

    NYC – Star Wars Reads Day 2014

     

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    Tony DiTerlizzi, Pablo Hidalgo, Michael Kogge, and Tom Angleberger sign at Books of Wonder on Saturday October 11th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM for Star Wars Reads Day!

    Press Release:

    thrilled to invite you and your young Padawans to join us as we explore a galaxy far far away as 5 wonderful authors and artists join us, and readers around the globe celebrate the third annual Star Wars Day.

    “Star Wars Reads Day” is an international event that celebrates reading and Star Wars. This year, Books of Wonder is thrilled to join in the fun and bring young readers and Star Wars fans an excellent panel of authors and artists who have all contributed to the vast universe of Star Wars stories.

    Beginning at 4pm, NY Times bestselling author and illustrator TOM ANGLEBERGER fires up the crowd with Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus, the final Origami Yoda case file from the kids at McQuarrie Middle School.

    NY Times bestselling author and illustrator TONY DiTERLIZZI introduces his just released Star Wars the Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight, which combines Ralph McQuarrie’s legendary conceptual designs and TONY DITERLIZZI’s captivating retelling of Luke Skywalker’s journey from farm boy on Tatooine to Jedi Knight and his epic victory of the Empire at Endor;

    Author PABLO HIDALGO shares Star Wars Rebels: A New Hero, a new chapter in the intergalactic saga based on the new animated television series.

    Author MICHAEL KOGGE delivers Star Wars Rebels: Rise of the Rebels, a new chapter book about the exploits of Ezra and the rebel crew — the new heroes of the Star Wars Rebels animated television series.

    NY Times bestselling author and paper engineer MATTHEW REINHART brings us his two exceptional Star Wars pop-up books:Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-up Adventure and Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy and will demonstrate a take home pop-up crafting activity which and your young Star Wars fans can try at home.

    Star Wars fans of all ages are invited to share in this celebration of the cultural phenomena that is Star Wars. Beginning at 4pm, the authors and artists will share their Star Wars books, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of all their wonderful titles. All ages welcome! Saturday, October 11th, 4-6pm.

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Books of Wonder
    18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
    (212) 989-3270

    Lucasfilm Offers Sneak Peak of Star Wars Rebels at SDCC 2014

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    The Empire. The Rebellion. The Beginning. STAR WARS REBELS, Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated animated series detailing the start of the fight against the evil Empire, is coming this fall – but fans can get a big sneak peek at San Diego Comic-Con.

    Lucasfilm’s special panel, The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels (Thursday, 7/24/14, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Room: 6BCF), will feature executive producer Dave Filoni, as well as the first panel appearance by executive producer Simon Kinberg and stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, and Taylor Gray. They’ll discuss making the show and will debut several exclusive reveals from the upcoming series for fans in attendance.

    Star Wars Rebels continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power from world to world. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. The clever and motley crew of the starship Ghost is amongst a select few who are brave enough to stand against the Empire. Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries, embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.

    Scheduled to premiere in the fall as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

    Follow @StarWars and @DisneyChannelPR for the latest news on #StarWarsRebels. Stay tuned to www.StarWars.com for more on Star Wars Rebels at SDCC.