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The Lrm Interview: Peter Sarsgaard Plays the Slimy Villain of The Magnificent Seven

Actor Peter Sarsgaard plays villain Bart Bogue in Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven

When you go to see Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven this weekend, you’ll probably be impressed by how slimy a villain Peter Sarsgaard plays as Bartholomew Bogue, a wealthy man who causes problems for the town of Rose Creek, to the point where they need to call on a team of unruly outlaws, played by Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio and Byung-hun Lee, for help. (We’ll have interviews with the latter two very soon.)

It’s not the first time that Sarsgaard has played a bad guy, since he did play Hector Hammond in the unfortunate attempt to bring Green Lantern to the big screen. But before that, Sarsgaard has starred in a mix of indie and studio movie that established himself as one of the great supporting character actors.
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Interview: Mark Burton and Richard Starzack talk Shaun the Sheep Movie

Flickering Myth sat down with the directors of Shaun the Sheep Movie…

Out now in cinemas, Shaun the Sheep makes the leap from TV to the silver screen with Shaun the Sheep Movie (read our review here) and Flickering Myth Deputy Editor Luke Owen caught up with its directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzack, who also wrote the movie. Check out the interview on the Flickering Myth Podcast and read what they had to say below…

Lo: Are we calling the film Shaun the Sheep Movie, or Shaun the Sheep: The Movie?

Mb: We thought everyone would call it The Shaun the Sheep Movie, but we ended up getting snowed under by “the”. So it’s Shaun the Sheep Movie. That was actually the first six months of development – just getting the “the” in the right place! (laughs)

Lo: You’re both first time feature directors, this is quite
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[TV] Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper

Cartoon Christmas specials come and go, and most series have more than one in their repertoire if they last more than 5 years (which in cartoon years can be anywhere between 5 to 9 seasons worth of content). They’re traditionally laced with sentiments of selflessness and goodwill towards men, as the festive season they celebrate dictates. The Hanna-Barbera roster of classic cartoons spanned a couple of generations and sprinkled in the midst of it all we saw a variety of specials to celebrate all the various holidays as they came along. And so we have the brief, easy but enjoyable Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper which, while having the bear’s name in its title, is really about bringing all the classic Hanna-Barbera characters (save for the gang of Mystery Inc.) together in a quick adventure.

The so-called caper begins with a mix-up as Snagglepuss, Quick Draw McGraw, and the
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Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper: The Censored Animated Holiday Special

Warner Home Video has just re-released Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper, an animated holiday special from 1982. Along with Yogi and Boo Boo, the special features a number of classic Hanna-Barbera characters like Quick Draw McGraw, Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss, Doggie Daddy and his son Augie, Hokey Wolf, Snooper, Blabber, Pixie and Dixie, Mr. Jinks, Wally Gator, Yakky Doodle, Magilla Gorilla, and even special appearances by Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble.

The style of the artwork doesn't look much like the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the 1960s. However, the actors working on the special reads like a list of who's who of legendary voice talent. The cast, mostly playing their original characters, includes Daws Butler, Don Messick, Henry Corden, Mel Blanc, Allan Melvin, Jimmy Weldon, John Stephenson, Hal Smith, Janet Waldo, and Georgi Irene.

Esteemed comics and TV writer Mark Evanier wrote
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Comics in Context #235: The Chief and the King

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#235 (Vol. 2 #7): The Chief And The King

When I was a child I enjoyed all sorts of animated cartoon series I saw on television, perhaps more or less equally. But as an adult, watching these cartoons again, I discovered that some, notably Warner Bros.’ Looney Tunes grew in my estimation, while others, notably the Hanna-Barbera television cartoons of the late 50s through the 1960s, dropped considerably. I still find the early Hanna-Barbera characters–Yogi Bear, et al.–appealing, thanks to their visual design, primarily by the late animator Ed Benedict, and especially the great voice acting by Daws Butler and his colleagues. But while I can name numerous Warners cartoons whose direction and writing make them great and classic–What’s Opera, Doc?, One Froggy Evening, and on and on–are there individual Hanna-Barbera TV cartoons from the 50s and 60s that are anywhere near that league?

That’s why
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[TV] Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Volume 2

Back in May, I reviewed the first volume of this collection. At the time, I pointed out how the set is aimed at adults who want to watch the cartoons out of nostalgia, but aren’t big enough fans to pursue real collections. It’s a casual set, one that aims to recreate the feel of a Saturday morning cartoon line up. As with those genuine Saturday mornings, what you’ll get is a mixed bag of the truly creative and the truly asinine.

Much of what I said about the first volume said can still apply here. I know that sounds like I’m too lazy to come up with new criticism, but to be fair, that’s because WB didn’t bother doing anything new with the release, either. In fact, it’s 12 shows on 2 discs again, but the cartoons included are mostly the same as the first
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Animation King Barbera Dead at 95

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Animation legend Joseph Barbera has died at his home in Studio City, California. He was 95. The co-founder of Hanna-Barbera Studios, Barbera was born in New York in 1911 and began his career as a banker before teaming up with William Hanna in the late 1930s to create beloved cartoon characters like Tom & Jerry, The Jetsons and The Flintstones during their 60-year partnership. The pair's first collaboration was entitled Puss Gets The Boot, which became the first outing for Tom & Jerry. Hanna and Barbera picked up seven Oscars for their Tom & Jerry cartoons. The acclaimed animators then created one of the first independent animation studios to produce TV series in 1957 and the hits kept coming with The Huckleberry Hound Show and Quick Draw McGraw. But the duo landed one of their most beloved shows in 1960 when The Flintstones debuted - the first animated series to air in primetime. The show, about a stone age community, ran for six years and went on to become the top-ranking animated program. Other hits for Barbera and his partner included Top Cat, Scooby-Doo and Smurfs, which earned the pair two Daytime Emmy Awards in 1982 and in 1983 for Outstanding Children's Entertainment Series and a Humanitas Award in 1987.

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