Friday, February 27, 2015

He Lived Long and Prospered: Leonard Nimoy Remembered (1931 - 2015)



It's with a heavy heart and great sadness that Bif Bang Pow! has learned Leonard Nimoy passed away today at the age of 83. The legendary pop-culture icon and beloved family man is widely recognized for his portrayal of Lieutenant science officer Spock within the Star Trek franchise. 

From all of us at Bif Bang Pow!, we send our greatest condolences and sympathies to Leonard Nimoy's family, friends and his countless fans around the globe.

R.I.P. Mr. Nimoy (1931 - 2015)


[For more info on the life and achievements of Leonard Nimoy, please see the post at StarTrek.com which is also reposed below.



StarTrek.com is deeply saddened to report the passing of Leonard Nimoy. The legend -- an actor, writer, producer, director, poet, host, voiceover artist, photographer, husband, father and grandfather, as well as Star Trek's beloved Spock -- died today at the age of 83 at his home in Los Angeles. Nimoy succumbed to the end stages of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), an illness that resulted from years of smoking and which afflicted him despite having quit smoking three decades ago. In 2014, he announced via Twitter that he was battling COPD and urged fans to stop smoking before it was too late.


Nimoy's career spanned generations. Born and raised in Boston, he started acting as a boy, but moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to give it a go on a professional level. He worked his way up from small roles in the likes of Queen for a Day, Zombies of the Stratosphere and Them! to major guest star turns in such shows as Broken Arrow, Dragnet, Sea Hunt, Twilight Zone, Wagon Train and The Outer Limits. At one point, he acted in an episode of The Lieutenant, a show written and created by a rising behind-the-scenes talent named Gene Roddenberry, and he acted in an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. with a young Canadian by the name of William Shatner.


It wouldn't be long before their lives intersected again. Roddenberry created Star Trek: The Original Series, tapping Nimoy to play Spock and Jeffrey Hunter to play Captain Pike. NBC rejected the pilot, but asked Roddenberry to try again. The second pilot once again featured Nimoy as Spock, but after Hunter opted out of his contract, Roddenberry hired Shatner to play Captain Kirk. DeForest Kelley, who'd turned down the role of Spock, came on board to portray Dr. McCoy, and that unforgettable trio -- complemented by Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan, George Takei and, starting with season two, Walter Koenig -- formed the cast that would see Star Trek through three seasons of the original show, 20-plus episodes of an animated series and six feature films, not to mention numerous television commercials and countless convention appearances.


Nimoy at times waged an internal battle when it came to Spock. He titled his first autobiography I Am Not Spock. Twenty years later, though, he wrote I Am Spock. He turned down the proposed Star Trek: Phase IIseries, but returned for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Spock died in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, only to be resurrected for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, which Nimoy directed. He also directed Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and produced and developed the story for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and, as a tie-in, he guest starred as Ambassador Spock on two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. And in 2009, after 18 long years, Nimoy helped J.J. Abrams reboot the Star Trek franchise by playing Spock Prime in Star Trek (2009), passing the torch to Zachary Quinto, who became a close friend. He also voiced Spock for Star Trek Online, made a cameo in Star Trek Into Darkness and was reportedly in talks to appear in the upcoming Star Trek film at the time of his death.


Beyond Star Trek, Nimoy's many film, TV and stage credits included Mission: Impossible, A Woman Called Golda, In Search Of..., Equus, Never Forget, Vincent, Standby: Lights! Camera! Action!, The Simpsons, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Fringe. With his friend and TNG's Q, John de Lancie, he created Alien Voices, which staged and recorded radio play-style productions of classic and original sci-fi/fantasy stories. And yes, who could forget Nimoy's music pursuits, which included such tunes as "Proud Mary" and "The Legend of Bilbo Baggins"? Nimoy joined Twitter in 2010 and gave William Shatner a run for his money, tweeting more than 1,700 times and amassing more than one million followers.


He was also a friend to StarTrek.com, helping re-launch the site in 2010 with an opening statement, granting an extensive, career-spanning interview in 2011, contributing a guest blog in 2012 about his creation of the split-fingered Vulcan greeting, and checking in with us often over the years for interviews and with updates on his current projects, as well as to answer specific questions about Star Trek as they came up. He ended his emails to us as he did every tweet to the public, with the acronym LLAP... Live Long and Prosper.
Back in May 2012, StarTrek.com teased Nimoy about being the busiest retired man in history. Asked if he truly considered himself retired, Nimoy replied, "Yeah, I do. I am. Look, I liken myself to a steamship that's been going full-blast and the captain pulls that handle back and then says, 'Full stop,' but the ship doesn't stop. It keeps moving from inertia. It keeps moving. It keeps moving. It'll start slowing down, but it doesn't stop. It doesn't come to a dead stop. That's the way I am. I still have a few odds and ends things that I enjoy doing. I don't want to get up in the morning and have nothing to do that day. That would be boring." Perfectly logical, right? And in his final tweet, which he posted on Feb. 23, Nimoy wrote, "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.  LLAP."
Nimoy leaves behind his wife, Susan Bay, two children and several grandchildren. Please join StarTrek.com in offering our condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and millions of fans around the galaxy.



Friday, February 20, 2015

Cartoon Network Announces New Adventure Time Mini-Series and Regular Show: The Movie in 2015-16 Lineup


Some popular television shows are making their way back to Cartoon Network for the 2015-16 season in a big way!

Notable among the announced programming lineup are the season renewals of perennial fan-favorites Adventure Time and Regular Show. In addition to those returning series, Cartoon Network will also be releasing a separate Adventure Time Special Mini-Series and Regular Show: The Movie, which will be a long-form special standalone feature.  

Of course, Bif Bang Pow! has fans of both shows covered with our one-of-a-kind collectibles offered exclusively through Entertainment Earth!

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(Additional info on all of Cartoon Network's exciting new programming plans can be found in their official press release below.)



Cartoon Network Approaches 2015-16 Upfront with
Unmatched Growth Across All Screens


Cartoon Network Solidifies #1 Position with Boys and Moves into 2nd Place with Kids 6-11*

New Content, Returning Hits and Immersive Programming Highlight New Season

Momentum and growth across all screens are driving Cartoon Network into the 2015-16 Upfront. Powered by number one shows and breakout new series, Cartoon Network was the only top kids network to see ratings growth in 2014. The network’s momentum has continued into the new year with double digit growth and moving into 2nd place with kids 6-11.*

Original series hits Adventure Time, Clarence, Regular Show, Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball, Teen Titans Go! and Uncle Grandpa, (all returning with additional season/episode orders)  are leading the charge, further establishing Cartoon Network’s position as the #1 network with boys 6-11, while also seeing double-digit increases among girls 6-11 through 2014. Additionally, when in premieres, seven out of the top 10 shows among boys 6-11 on all of television were on Cartoon Network.*

As the leading choice for the mobile-first generation of plurals, Cartoon Network’s success extends beyond television screens into the digital and mobile space with deeply immersive content that transforms its viewers into fans. Cartoon Network was the #1 most-watched network on FOD across all of cable in 2014, with more than 300 million orders.** Cartoon Network Digital also published four #1 apps in the App Store and Google Play last year, with highly-engaging and top-rated mobile and tablet apps like CN Anything helping to expand the definition of programming for Cartoon Network by blending television and digital to create a platform-inclusive experience for fans.

“We are seeing great results with our platform-inclusive strategy to expand the definition of programming across all screens” said Christina Miller, President and General Manager, Cartoon Network- Boomerang -Adult Swim. “Whether in short or long form there are no walls for how Cartoon Network can be consumed. Digital, mobile and TV have all come together for this new generation of kids, who are very comfortable with the sheer volume of choice; and when you deliver compelling original content and innovative ways of experiencing it, they will find it, engage with it, and share it on every platform.”

For the third consecutive year, Cartoon Network brings its conversations on the road as it embarks on a series of meetings with key clients and promotional partners planned through February/March. Network, ad sales, marketing and programming executives will travel to key cities across the country to present its upcoming programming and digital slate, and discuss strategic partnership opportunities.

This year’s presentation also includes the new look and tone of Boomerang, which began a global re-launch last fall and debuted in the US on January 19 as an ad-supported network http://boomeranggo.com/.

“Cartoon Network and Boomerang are brands rich with premium content that matters to today’s plurals and create high-impact opportunities for our advertising partners,” said Donna Speciale, president of Turner Broadcasting Ad Sales. “Our kids properties are an essential part of Turner’s larger suite of brands committed to driving results for our clients through meaningful experiences.”

New Original Programming:
  • We Bare Bears: We Bare Bears is a comedy about three bear siblings, named Grizzly, Panda and Ice Bear. Each episode follows their awkward attempts at assimilating into human society, whether they're looking for food, trying to make human friends, or scheming to become internet famous. Created by Annie Award-winner Daniel Chong (Toy Story of Terror!), We Bare Bears is produced by Cartoon Network Studios.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: Slated for a 2016 launch, The Powerpuff Girls reboot will include an all-new television series produced by Cartoon Network Studios and a full licensing program slated to roll out across all regions. One of the network’s most enduring original series, The Powerpuff Girls, which debuted on Cartoon Network in 1998, earned two Emmy® Awards, five nominations and countless animation honors throughout its 78-episode run. The Powerpuff Girls centers on three sugar-coated superheroes -- Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup -- whose mission in life alternates between going to school, fighting crime, winning at hopscotch and saving the world before bedtime. Emmy® and BAFTA award winner Nick Jennings (Adventure Time) is on board as executive producer.
  • Mighty Magiswords: From Kyle Carrozza comes Cartoon Network Studios first original digital series about a brother and sister team of “Warriors for Hire,” who go on hilarious adventures and crazy quests to collect magical swords. 

New Original Crossovers, Movies and Specials:
  • Long Live the Royals Mini-Series: Come join the royal family as they celebrate the yearly Yule Hare Festival. Parties and feasts will be a plenty as they struggle to balance ruling a kingdom and life as a typical family. A new mini-series from Emmy® winner Sean Szeles (Regular Show).
  • Steven Universe/ Uncle Grandpa Crossover Special “Say Uncle:" Two of your favorite Cartoon Network series, Steven Universe and Uncle Grandpa, are joining forces for a special crossover episode! Watch as a long lost relative of Steven’s comes to town to aid him in unlocking the power of his mother’s gem!
  • Regular Show: The Movie: From the creators of the hit Cartoon Network series Regular Show, comes a time travelling long-form special.  After accidentally creating a “Timenado,” slacker groundskeepers Mordecai and Rigby go back in time and battle an evil volleyball coach in order to save the universe… and their friendship.
  • Adventure Time Special Mini-Series: In this multi-part series, Finn and Jake face a new threat to Ooo when Princess Bubblegum's experiment unleashes ghosts from Marceline's past.

New Acquired Programming:
  • Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race: In this action-filled, outrageous buddy comedy, 18 pairs of contestants are put to the mental, physical and emotional test in a frantic race around the world. They’ll push themselves and their partners to the limit, but only one team will arrive at the mat first and become the winners of one million dollars!
  • Transformers: Robots in Disguise: Summoned by Optimus Prime to save Earth from a new Decepticon threat, Bumblebee puts his light-hearted mettle to the test after assembling a rouge team of young Autobot action heroes.
  • Supernoobs: From creator Scott Fellows (Johnny Test) and DHX Media, Supernoobs chronicles the misadventures of four nerdy friends, who are mistakenly tasked with saving the world from an evil space virus.

Returning Series

·        Adventure Time
·        The Amazing World of Gumball
·        Clarence
·        Regular Show
·        Teen Titans GO!
·        Uncle Grandpa
·        Steven Universe
·        Mixels
·        LEGO® NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu
·        Pokémon the Series:XY
·        Sonic Boom                                                                                                                               
                                                                            
ABOUT CARTOON NETWORK

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com) is the #1 U.S. television network among boys 6-11. Currently seen in 98 million U.S. homes and 194 countries, Cartoon Network is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s global offering of the best in original, and acquired entertainment for kids and families. In addition to Emmy-winning original programming and industry-leading digital apps and online games, Cartoon Network embraces key social issues affecting families with initiatives such as the award-winning Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

ABOUT BOOMERANG

Launched in the U.S. on April 1, 2000, and now aligned across 13 international feeds, Boomerang is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s 24-hour, global all-animation network for kids and families dedicated to showcasing both timeless cartoons from the Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Cartoon Network libraries, as well as exclusive acquisitions and original productions from around the world.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.


Friday, February 13, 2015

TOY FAIR 2015 PREVIEW: Bif Bang Pow! Product Reveal Recap!




For those just tuning in, Bif Bang Pow! has landed in New York for Toy Fair 2015 and we are "ready to rock" pop culture with our 2015 product line at booth #4945!

Throughout the day, we've been releasing teaser images of some of the new products we have up our sleeves from popular licenses such as The Big Lebowski, KISS, Flash Gordon, Mike Tyson Mysteries, The Big Bang Theory, Saturday Night Live, Adventure Time, and The Twilight Zone™.

If you missed the initial reveals, don't despair! Today's product teasers are available to view below or at the Entertainment Earth Facebook page.

This is still only a sample of what Bif Bang Pow! has in store for collectors, so stay tuned to this blog, our Twitter feed @BifBangPow and Entertainment Earth News for the latest and greatest announcements!


The Big Lebowski:









KISS:


















Flash Gordon:









The Twilight Zone:






The Big Bang Theory:




Adventure Time:






Mike Tyson Mysteries:



Saturday Night Live: