Lucasfilm Offers Sneak Peak of Star Wars Rebels at SDCC 2014

Star Wars Rebels

Press Release:

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.

CA – Talkin’ Toons LIVE

talkin_toons1Voice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes Steve Blum (The Legend of Korra, Cowboy Bebop) and Troy Baker (Batman: Arkham OriginsThe Last of Us) to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday February 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM at the Hollywood Improv!

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

Florida Anime Experience Launching in Orlando in May 2011

January 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Anime, Convention News, Florida, Top Stories

Press Release:

THE FLORIDA ANIME EXPERIENCE IS COMING TO ORLANDO, FLORIDA ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2011.

The convention, which focuses on Japanese animation and pop culture, is being designed and operated by staff from Florida Supercon, JACON and Wasabi Anime.

(Orlando, FL, January 24, 2011) The Florida Anime Experience is a new fan convention designed to focus specifically on Japanese animation, manga and popular culture. The event, run by team members from Florida Supercon, JACON and Wasabi Anime, will take place May 27-29, 2011 at the Ramada Orlando Celebration Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida.

Cowboy Bebop the MovieThe guest of honor for The Florida Anime Experience is well known voice actor Steve Blum. With literally hundreds of voice-over credits to his name, Mr. Blum is best known as the voice of “Spike Spiegel” from Cowboy Bebop, “Vincent Valentine” (Final Fantasy VII), “Leeron” (Guren Lagann), “Wolverine” from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series and The Super Hero Squad Show), “Tom” (the robot host) from Cartoon Network’s Toonami, “Green Goblin” from the Spectacular Spiderman series, “Heatblast,” “Vilgax” and “Ghostfreak” from Ben 10, “Grunt” (Mass Effect 2), “Tank Dempsey” (Call of Duty), “Oghren” (DragonAge), the voice of 7-11, dozens of Digimon and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. Currently he’s working on the new super-charged CGI series Transformers: Prime, playing the delusional but deadly Decepticon Starscream!

Mr. Blum appears courtesy of sponsorship from the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (www.spja.org). The SPJA is the parent organization for Anime Expo (www.anime-expo.org), the largest Anime, Manga and Japanese Pop-culture convention in North America. Like Wasabi Anime (Green Mustard Entertainment), the SPJA is an organization that works to promote the arts that are related to Japanese Animation and the culture that surrounds it. They strive to be an organization that enriches lives by becoming an integral part of and helping to facilitate the relationship between Japanese and American popular culture by servicing their fans, peers, and the industry.

Green Mustard Entertainment thanks the SPJA and Anime Expo for their support!

In keeping with the event’s goal of focusing on anime fandom, The Florida Anime Experience will feature viewing room programming designed by the hosts of the top rated podcast: Anime World Order (www.awopodcast.com). On the web since 2005, AWO’s hosts are known for their extensive knowledge of Japanese animation and they promise to show “only the good stuff” during the weekend.

The convention, like popular events of its kind, will feature costume and cosplay competitions, a dealers room, and other themed entertainment all three days. Weekend admission tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Additional details can be found online at www.floridaanime.com.

ABOUT FLORIDA SUPERCON: South Florida’s premier comic book show, Florida Supercon draws thousands of fans each summer to Miami, Florida for a weekend of costumes, dances, panels, live bands and celebrity appearances. 2011 will mark Florida Supercon’s sixth year.
www.floridasupercon.com

ABOUT JACON: The Japanese Animation CONvention (JACON) started on the campus of the University of Central Florida and ran from 2000-2009. For ten years, the convention drew thousands of anime fans from Florida and Georgia before ending its run. Among Orlando’s otaku, JACON’s events are the stuff of legend.
www.jacon.org

ABOUT GREEN MUSTARD ENTERTAINMENT: Started in 2001 as “Wasabi Anime”, Green Mustard Entertainment, Inc. is a production company that specializes in designing fan-focused entertainment for unique events and pop culture conventions. Based in Orlando, Florida, the team made appearances in 2010 at Ancient City Con, Anime Festival Orlando, Anime Weekend Atlanta, Florida Supercon, Gen Con, & NeonCon. A number of the staff like piña coladas, but none of them will admit to any enjoyment from being caught in the rain.
www.wasabianime.com

Marvel Announces SDCC Signing Schedule

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Marvel has announced their booth signings schedule for Comic-Con and have included a nice, printable version as well which you can find below:

Find out when your favorite creators are signing at San Diego Comic-Con (Booth #2429).

For all the latest news, announcements and interviews, plus live panel blogging, video features and much more, visit Marvel.com’s San Diego Comic-Con 2009 Hub Page!

WEDNESDAY

7:00 – 8:00 PM
7:30 – 8:30 PM
MATT FRACTION

“IRON MAN 2″ VIDEO GAME SIGNING

C.B. CEBULSKI
CHRISTINA STRAIN
MARK BROOKS

SPECIAL PREVIEW NIGHT SIGNING

THURSDAY

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
1:00 – 2:00 PM
JIM MCCANN
KIERON GILLEN
PATRICK SCHERBERGER
REILLY BROWN
JOE QUESADA BRIAN REBER
DANIEL WAY
JEROMY COX
MARJORIE LIU
PETER DAVID
2:00 – 3:00 PM 3:00 – 4:00 PM 4:00 – 5:00 PM
DENNIS CALERO
LAURA MARTIN
LEINIL FRANCIS YU
MARK TEXEIRA
CHRIS GAGE
EDGAR DELGADO
MATT FRACTION
PHIL JIMENEZ
FRANK TIERI
HOWARD CHAYKIN
HUMBERTO RAMOS
MIKE BENSON
5:00 – 6:00 PM 5:00 – 6:00 PM 6:00 – 7:00 PM
C.B. CEBULSKI
J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
OLIVIER COIPEL
SANA KEDA
ART ADAMS
JEPH LOEB
JEPH LOEB

FRIDAY

9:00 – 10:00 AM 10:00 – 11:00 AM 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PATRICK SCHERBERGER
REILLY BROWN
TODD NAUCK
VICTOR OLAZABA
ADAM GLASS
DANIEL WAY
MIKE BENSON
VICTOR GISCHLER

SPECIAL DEADPOOL
SIGNING

JOE QUESADA
12:00 – 1:00 PM 1:00 – 2:00 PM 1:30 – 2:00 PM
CHRIS BACHALO
MARK BROOKS
PAUL JENKINS
TIM TOWNSEND
JASON AARON
JOE CASEY
MARIO ALBERTI
NATHAN FOX
*STAN LEE*
2:00 – 3:00 PM 3:00 – 4:00 PM 4:00 – 5:00 PM
BOB LAYTON
GREGG HUWIT Z
MATT BANING
SEAN MCKEEVER
CHRIS YOST
CRAIG KYLE
GREG JOHNSON
JAMIE SIMONE
STEVE BLUM
STEVE GORDON
FRED TATASCIORE
NOLAN NORTH

SPECIAL MARVEL ANIMATION/
NICKTOONS SIGNING

DENYS COWAN
JOHN ROMITA JR.
KEN LASHLEY
REGGIE HUDLIN
5:00 – 6:00 PM 6:00 – 7:00 PM 6:00 – 7:00 PM
JEPH LOEB
MATT FRACTION
SIMONE BIANCHI
TERRY DODSON
JEPH LOEB MASAO MARUYAMA
WARREN ELLIS

SATURDAY

9:00 – 10:00 AM 10:00 – 11:00 AM 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
CHRISTINA STRAIN
EMILY WARREN
RON LIM
TODD NAUCK
JOE KELLY
MARC GUGGENHEIM
PHIL JIMENEZ
STEPHANIE BUSCEMA
*SPECIAL IRON MAN 2
SIGNING*
12:00 – 1:00 PM 1:00 – 2:00 PM 1:00 – 2:00 PM
AUDREY LOEB
DEXTER VINES
JEPH LOEB
JOE QUESADA
JEROME OPEÑA
RICK REMENDER
JEPH LOEB
1:30 – 2:30 PM 2:30 – 3:30 PM 4:00 – 5:00 PM
MATT FRACTION
“IRON MAN 2″ VIDEO
GAME SIGNING
TOM KENNY
DAVE BOAT
TRAVIS WILLINGHAM
MIKEY KELLEY
CHARLIE ADLER
STEVE BLUM
TED BIASELLI
ALIMI BALLARD

SPECIAL SUPER HERO
SQUAD SIGNING

FRANK TIERI
LEINIL FRANCIS YU
PETER DAVID
SEAN CHEN
5:00 – 6:00 PM 6:00 – 7:00 PM
ED BRUBAKER
JOHN ROMITA JR.
PAUL JENKINS
STEVE EPTING
CHRIS YOST
CRAIG KYLE
MIKE CHOI
SONIA OBACK

SUNDAY

10:00 – 11:00 AM 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 12:00 – 1:00 PM
ALEXANDER IRVINE
DENNIS CALERO
JOHN ROMITA JR.
MIKE MCKONE
OLIVIER COIPEL
PAUL TOBIN
RAYMOND FEIST
RON LIM
DAVID YARDIN
STEVE EPTING
STUART MOORE
TRAVIS CHAREST
1:00 – 2:00 PM 2:00 – 3:00 PM 3:00 – 4:00 PM
CHRISTINA STRAIN
COLLEEN COOVER
LAURA MARTIN
MARJORIE LIU
BILL REINHOLD
JASON AARON
JIM MCCAN
MATT FRACTION
C.B. CEBULSKI
DAVID FINCH
GURIHIRU

*Ticketed Event

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