Month: January 2011

Video Clips, Images, Details From Upcoming All-New “Young Justice” Episode

Cartoon Network has passed along the episode synopsis, two video clips, and a collection of images from the upcoming all-new Young Justice episode “Welcome to Happy Harbor.” The new Young Justice episode is scheduled to air Friday, January 21st, 2010 at 7:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. Click on the thumbnails below to view the complete library of hi-res images and Quicktime-format video clips. Please note the first two thumbnails link to the aforementioned Quicktime video clips. The official episode description is also provided below.

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YOUNG JUSTICE
“Welcome to Happy Harbor”
Friday, January 21st, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. on Cartoon Network

Synopsis:
After Speedy declines to join the new team, Robin, Aqualad and Kid Flash fear Young Justice is just a big jokewhile new member Miss Martian fears theres no room for her to be part of it. So when the four heroes and Superboy come up against Mister Twister, it looks like all their fears have just been realized

Photo credit – Young Justice Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Young Justice and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and DC Comics.

Young Justice airs on Cartoon Network every Friday at 7:00pm (ET), with the network airing special encore presentations the following Sunday at 8:00pm (ET). Stay tuned for further coverage on Young Justice here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Anthony LaPaglia Discusses Working On “All-Star Superman” Animated Feature

The World’s Finest presents the latest in a series of studio-conducted interviews, provided by Warner Home Video, for the All-Star Superman direct-to-video animated feature. Continue reading below for the latest installment featuring actor Anthony LaPaglia discussing his role in the highly-anticipated animated feature.

ANTHONY LAPAGLIA TAKES ON THE ULTIMATE VILLAIN ROLE
AS LEX LUTHOR IN ALL-STAR SUPERMAN

TENTH DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIE COMING FEB. 22


Award-winning actor Anthony LaPaglia returns to his villainous roots as the voice of Lex Luthor in All-Star Superman, the highly anticipated 10th entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies coming February 22, 2011 from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video.

LaPaglia is known far and wide for his lead role on the CBS drama Without A Trace, but his fame goes well beyond those 160 episodes over seven seasons on the primetime series. LaPaglias career highlights include an Emmy Award as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Simon on Frasier, a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series/Drama for Without a Trace, and the 1998 Tony Award for Best Actor (Play) for the revival of Arthur Millers A View from the Bridge. He has also been honored with two AFI Awards as Best Lead Actor in the films Balibo (2009) and Lantana (2001).

LaPaglia takes the villainous lead in an All-Star Superman cast that includes James Denton (Desperate Housewives) as Superman, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as Lois Lane, seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner (Up) as Perry White, Golden Globe winner Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) as Ma Kent, Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) as Jimmy Olsen and Linda Cardellini (ER) as Nasty.

In All-Star Superman, the Man of Steel rescues an ill-fated mission to the Sun (sabotaged by Lex Luthor) and, in the process, is oversaturated by radiation which accelerates his cell degeneration. Sensing even he will be unable to cheat death, Superman ventures into new realms finally revealing his secret to Lois, confronting Lex Luthors perspective of humanity, and attempting to ensure Earths safety before his own impending end with one final, selfless act.

All-Star Superman will be distributed by Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray Combo Pack and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD, as well as single disc DVD. The film will also be available On Demand and for Download.

LaPaglias career in television and film has already spanned a quarter of a century, featuring roles on TV series from Magnum P.I. and Trapper John, M.D. to Murder One and CSI; films like So I Married An Axe Murderer and Woody Allens Sweet and Lowdown; and voicing animated characters for Happy Feet and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. Hes had the chance to play a variety of real-life characters ranging from gangsters Frank Nitti and Lucky Luciano to Cuban leader Fidel Castro and college basketball coach Jim Jimmy V Valvano.

LaPaglia has belied his birth/upbringing in Australia with a chameleon-like array of roles, frequently playing New York-style cops and gangsters. However, away from the camera, he is quick to bask in his non-American roots as co-owner of an Australian Soccer club (Sydney FC) and playing goalie around the Southland, particularly for Hollywood United Football Team. A quick conversation with the actor reveals his true passion is between the posts.

Heres a few questions the actor/goalie fielded in an interview following his recording session as Lex Luthor for All-Star Superman

QUESTION: What were the challenges of creating Lex Luthor as an animated voice?

ANTHONY LAPAGLIA:
You have to understand the medium that you’re in. As opposed to (on-camera) acting with another individual where it requires listening in order for you to respond, here you’re having to create the question the other person would ask you in your head and then respond to it. It’s a much more difficult process because there’s a line between it being real and it being animated. There’s a slightly different tonal quality to the way you say things, or in the way you have to make it bigger sometimes than you would naturally do in order to sell it. But not having the visual in front of you you’re kind of shooting in the dark a lot.

QUESTION: Did you enjoy this incarnation of Lex Luthor?

ANTHONY LAPAGLIA: Yeah, I did actually. I found it surprising that Lex Luthor was getting a bit spiritual (laugh). I guess it’s kind of like a sign of the times where he’s trying to get in touch with the inner Lex. (laugh)

QUESTION: Can you talk about the journey Lex goes through in All-Star Superman?

ANTHONY LAPAGLIA: The journey Lex Luthor takes in this film in the beginning its what you’d expect: he’s interested in power and world domination and Superman is the bane of his existence. And then as it progresses, theres a slight injection of humanity, which is surprising to Lex Luthor that he’s even experiencing feelings that are remotely human. So it kind of gives him an unusual arc. He definitely has more dimension to him in this film.

QUESTION: What do you bring to Lex Luthor?

ANTHONY LAPAGLIA: As a kid, I loved comic books. It’s basically how I learned to read as a kid because my mother would buy them for me to keep me quiet, I think. I remember one time particularly I was 4 or 5 years old, and I was sick and I had to stay in bed for three weeks, and so she would buy me comic books every second or third day. And I just created my own world, sitting under the covers reading Superman, Batman, Silver Surfer, a lot of the great comics.

QUESTION: What is it about Lex Luthor that most appeals to you?

ANTHONY LAPAGLIA: There’s a kind of sarcastic streak in Lex Luthor that comes from that extreme confidence in his ability to do what he does. I like the attitude of him. I like that nothing really fazes him, that he feels like he has complete control over everything, therefore, he can be relaxed enough to be a smartass. A good Lex Luthor makes or breaks it for me, I think.

QUESTION: As youve played so many villains, do you prefer being the bad guy?

ANTHONY LAPAGLIA: I’ve always liked playing the baddy. Some people have a problem with getting typecast. I’m quite happy with being typecast. I don’t care, as long as you’re working. The truth is you could play every bad guy in a one dimensional fashion, but it’s like everything else in life everything’s different and everyone’s unique, so you have to find the uniqueness in the character to bring it to life.

QUESTION: You’ve obviously performed in every medium available, but voiceover is relatively new for you. Does voiceover work offer you challenges or joys of acting that you don’t get elsewhere?

ANTHONY LAPAGLIA: I like the isolation part of it. I like that there’s a certain amount of freedom, and that you’re not waiting for somebody else to find their motivation. It’s more challenging to come up with a believable character doing animation work than it is (in live-action). Acting is relatively easy because you have a personal one-on-one interaction with someone, therefore whatever you’re doing is a lot smoother. This requires a bit more patience and you have to suspend the fact that you’re in a sound stage and really commit to the material.

QUESTION: You had a moment where you werent understanding Andrea Romanos direction on a particular emotion, and Bruce Timm was able to draw Lex Luthor with an expression that depicted that emotion. Have you ever gotten direction via artwork before?

ANTHONY LAPAGLIA: That made me laugh. We were trying to get that particular passage done right and I didn’t quite know how to get it. Its not an uncommon issue where you have three or four people that have three or four different takes on what it should be it gets a little confusing sometimes if you’re doing it and you’re taking in all the different stuff. You want to deliver what they want but sometimes you’re not sure how to quite get there. And I thought that was ingenious, actually, showing me the picture through the glass of the expression on Lex Luthor’s face. It made perfect sense Bruce is an animator. Thats what he does so he was able to show me visually what he was looking for in my voice. I could actually see Lexs mental state of anguish. It actually made me think of doing it a different way and that ended up working.

QUESTION: You’ve earned a Tony Award, an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe — does one of those honors mean more to you than the others?

ANTHONY LAPAGLIA: To be honest, after a certain period of time they’re just kind of like objects in your closet. I think that, of all of them, the one that kind of means (more) was the Tony Award because doing theatre is way, way, harder than doing anything you’ll ever do on film or television. It’s about real discipline. You have to go in and do eight shows a week whether you feel like it or not and, in the case where I won the Tony, it was in one of those shows where you could never phone it in. It just didn’t work if you phoned it in. So, come hell or high water, I did it for a year which is a long time to do eight shows a week. I think I missed about five in a year. Also, I think (the Tony Award) meant probably the most because it’s where I started. Its kind of what I admire the most. Theatre is what I find the most challenging. So I would say that the Tony kind of meant more. But the others are nice, too, you know (laughs).

QUESTION: How much does a background in the theatre help in the voiceover booth?

ANTHONY LAPAGLIA: The theatrical background helps you in doing (voiceover) because you’ve already been through a hundred different acting classes where you’ve had to sit on a black box and pretend that you were a lemon or an imaginary cup of coffee or whatever. There’s always a part of that program that requires you to strip yourself bare and be an idiot. And if you’re not prepared to do that, then you have no place being there.

QUESTION: You had quite a lengthy list of unglamorous jobs before becoming an actor. Pro soccer player, teacher, shoe salesman, furniture restorer, sprinkler installer. And now youre an award-winning star voicing a super villain for an animated film. How does it all tie together?

ANTHONY LAPAGLIA: Well, that’s glorification. I used to dig the trenches for the guy who actually installed the sprinklers. I just did the digging (laughs). I had no idea that I would be doing what I’m doing now when I was a kid. When I was a kid you could’ve said that I was going to be an astronaut and that would have been more realistic than doing this. So I think it ties together in that I don’t really have any expectations or feelings of how things should go anymore. They go how they go and youve just got to roll with it. And I think it’s your ability to roll with it that keeps you in the game. It’s also your ability to recognize when it’s changing and how you need to change with it if you want to. And Ill tell you that from the minute I decided what I wanted to do, it’s all been gravy from there. It’s what I want to do. Whether I’m successful or not at it, it’s what I chose to do. It wasn’t what somebody told me to do, so everything that comes out of it is just a bonus.

QUESTION:
OK. But if you could do it all over again, what would you choose acting or soccer?

ANTHONY LAPAGLIA: Thats a tough one. What level of football? (laugh) Well, if I could play in Italy for a five-year career, I’d swap it. Absolutely. People don’t realize how huge football players are in other parts of the world compared to them, actors and musicians are nothing. They’re doormats. You walk through Rome with Francesco Totti and I don’t care who you are nobodys going to notice you because Francesco Totti is God. It’s hard for people to conceive in this country just how important the game of football is culturally in Europe and South America, and even Asia. It’s religion; it’s life; it’s everything.

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Warner Home Video has also announced the bi-coastal premieres of All-Star Superman, presented by Warner Home Video and ComicBookResources.com, details of which are available here.

Click here to view the trailer for the All-Star Superman animated feature, and click here to view the press release for the forthcoming animated feature. Click here for a breakdown of the seperate home video releases for All-Star Superman, including hi-res artwork for each edition.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video All-Star Superman animated feature debuts February 22nd, 2011 on DVD and Blu-ray disc from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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New Video Clip, Images From Upcoming “All-Star Superman” Animated Feature

Four all-new images and a clip from the upcoming All-Star Superman animated feature, adapting the acclaimed series of the same name, has been made available by Warner Home Video. Click on the first thumbnail below to view the clip, in the Quicktime format, and click on the other thumbnails to view the newly-released images.


Click here to view a clip from “All-Star Superman”


Warner Home Video has also announced the bi-coastal premieres of All-Star Superman, presented by Warner Home Video and ComicBookResources.com, details of which are available here.

Click here to view the trailer for the All-Star Superman animated feature, and click here to view the press release for the forthcoming animated feature. Click here for a breakdown of the seperate home video releases for All-Star Superman, including hi-res artwork for each edition.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video All-Star Superman animated feature debuts February 22nd, 2011 on DVD and Blu-ray disc from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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Press Release For Animated “All-Star Superman” Paley Center World Premieres

Press Release:

ALL STAR SUPERMAN
Premieres at The Paley Center for Media Presented by Warner Home Video & CBR
In New York on February 14 & Los Angeles on February 17; Media Invited to Red Carpet Interviews & Screenings;
Limited Free Tickets Available to Fans on First Come, First Served Basis

Warner Home Video, ComicBookResources.com and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the bi-coastal World Premieres of All-Star Superman, the exciting 10th entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, in New York on February 14 and Los Angeles on February 17. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend both events for red carpet media interviews and post-screening panel discussions.

On Monday, February 14, All-Star Superman will screen at the Paley Center in New York City (25 West 52nd Street) with media interviews starting at 5:00p.m. and screening commencing at 6:30p.m. Following the screening, noted comics & screenwriter Dwayne McDuffie and casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano will lead a panel discussion. Additional participants, including voice cast members, will be announced as confirmed.

On Thursday, February 17, All-Star Superman will screen at the Paley Center in Los Angeles (465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills) with media interviews starting at 5:30 p.m. and screening commencing at 7:00 p.m. A panel discussion will follow the screening featuring Desperate Housewives James Denton (the voice of Superman), executive producer Bruce Timm, director Sam Liu, writer Dwayne McDuffie and dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano. Additional participants, including voice cast members, will be announced as confirmed.

A limited number of free tickets are available for the general public. Fans in the New York City area wishing to receive free tickets to the NY event on Feb. 14 must RSVP via email to AllStarSupermanNY@gmail.com. Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the Los Angeles event on Feb. 17 must RSVP via email to AllStarSupermanLA@gmail.com.

Tickets to both events will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

In All-Star Superman, the Man of Steel rescues an ill-fated mission to the Sun (sabotaged by Lex Luthor) and, in the process, is oversaturated by radiation which accelerates his cell degeneration. Sensing even he will be unable to cheat death, Superman ventures into new realms finally revealing his secret to Lois, confronting Lex Luthors perspective of humanity, and attempting to ensure Earths safety before his own impending end with one final, selfless act.

Based on the Eisner Award-winning DC Comics series/graphic novel of the same name by Grant Morrison with illustration by Frank Quitely, All-Star Superman is executive produced by animation guru Bruce Timm and directed by Sam Liu (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) from a script by acclaimed comics writer Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths).

The celebrity-packed voice cast is headed by James Denton (Desperate Housewives) as Superman, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as Lois Lane, and Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace) as Lex Luthor. The stellar cast includes seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner (Up) as Perry White, Golden Globe winner Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) as Ma Kent, Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) as Jimmy Olsen and Linda Cardellini (ER) as Nasty.

ComicBookResources.com will act as media partner for the events, providing updates and special prizing opportunities throughout its many multimedia outlets.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, All-Star Superman will be distributed February 22, 2011 by Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray Combo Pack and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD, as well as single disc DVD. The film will also be available On Demand and for Download.

Superman and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and DC Comics. (s11)

Click here to view the trailer for the All-Star Superman animated feature, and click here to view the press release for the forthcoming animated feature. Click here for a breakdown of the seperate home video releases for All-Star Superman, including hi-res artwork for each edition.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video All-Star Superman animated feature debuts February 22nd, 2011 on DVD and Blu-ray disc from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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Latest Issue Of “The All-New Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Comic Available

The All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold #3, the latest issue of the revamped DC Comics title based on the acclaimed Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series, arrives in comic book and hobby stores today. The issue, written by Sholly Fisch with artwork by Rick Burchett, features Batman teaming up with Flash. Official details for this issue of the Batman: The Brave and The Bold comic series are available below.

THE ALL-NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #3

Written by: Sholly Fisch
Art by: Rick Burchett

The Mad Hatter and Mirror Master team up to drag Batman and The Flash “Through the Looking Glass”! Trapped in a wacky Wonderland filled with white rabbits and Cheshire cats, the heroes have to battle past the pair of villains and a fearsome Jabberwock to find their way back to the real world.

Don’t miss the latest issue of the comic based on the hit cartoon series!

The cover price for The All-New Batman: The Brave and The Bold #3 is $2.99US. Further details on both the Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series and comic title are available at the The World’s Finest Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite. Stay tuned for further Batman: The Brave and The Bold updates, including exclusive content concerning upcoming episodes, here soon at The World’s Finest.

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