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Comic Riffs: December 5, 2010 - December 11, 2010

TRAILER OF THE WEEK: 'Thor' hammers home its presence

As Darren Aronofsky's anguished-ballerina film "Black Swan" moves into wider release, Marvel Studios oh-so-coincidentally leaps into theaters with another Natalie Portman role: The full trailer for "Thor" -- in which Portman's Jane Foster comforts the tortured Thor -- hits...

By Michael Cavna  | December 10, 2010; 8:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Holly Word, The Video Shelf  | Tags:  Marvel Studios, Thor  
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'PIBGORN': McEldowney & Universal UClick remove comments section

(courtesy of Universal UClick) You can continue to enjoy Brooke McEldowney's sumptious "PiBGORN" cartoons and sketches at GoComics.com. As of this week, however, you simply can no longer comment on them. Universal UClick announced Thursday that it has decided,...

By Michael Cavna  | December 10, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Comic Strip, The Webcomic  | Tags:  Brooke McEldowney, GoComics, Pibgorn, Universal UClick  
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Farewell, BRENDA STARR: 70-year-old reporter faces her final deadline Jan. 2 [UPDATED]

(courtesy of Tribune Media Services) Yet another veteran reporter has been forced from the print business. Brenda Starr, the flame-haired, jet-setting journalist who devotedly split her passions between men and the pen, will leave the funny pages next month...

By Michael Cavna  | December 9, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Brenda Starr, Dale Messick, June Brigman, Mary Schmich, Tribune Media Services  
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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Garry Trudeau, at last, does 'The Colbert Report'

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cGarry Trudeauwww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full Episodes2010 ElectionMarch to Keep Fear Alive The first time Comic Riffs interviewed "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau, during the heated election season of 2008, talk quickly turned to assessing...

By Michael Cavna  | December 7, 2010; 9:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Comic Strip, The Video Shelf  | Tags:  Doonesbury, Garry Trudeau, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report  
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'A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS': Show's Emmy-winning producer reflects on its enduring appeal

(ABC / Peanuts Worldwide & United Media) Before the steady stream of Emmy Awards and Grammy nominations and Oscar consideration came The Idea -- the one that producer-director Lee Mendelson, nearly a half-century later, calls with a certain zest...

By Michael Cavna  | December 7, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  The Animation, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  A Charlie Brown Christmas, Bill Melendez, Charles Schulz, Jean Schulz, Lee Mendelson, Michael Chabon, Mike Peters, Peanuts  
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THE ANNIES: DreamWorks, Disney/Parker lead animation nominations

In what could be a bellwether for the Oscars race, the Best Animated Feature contenders have just been announced for the 38th annual Annie Awards. In announcing all its nominations Monday, the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood said the...

By Michael Cavna  | December 6, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Annie Awards, Brad Bird, Disney Pixar, DreamWorks Animation, Eric Goldberg, Matt Groening  
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ANIMATION OF THE WEEKEND: The "Simpsons"/FOX News brouhaha

If Comedy Central won't hire the Taiwanese artists at Next Media Animation, then former "Simpsons" writer Conan O'Brien -- himself a recent target of their overseas spoofage -- certainly should bring them to TBS. For consecutive weekends, of course,...

By Michael Cavna  | December 5, 2010; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Fox News, NMA tv, Next Media Animation, The Simpsons  
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Danish actor who inspired 'TINTIN' dies at 98

Palle Huld, the Danish actor said to have inspired the creation of the comics character Tintin, has died in Copenhagen at age 98, the Associated Press reports. In 1928, Huld won a contest by the Danish newspaper Politiken that...

By Michael Cavna  | December 5, 2010; 7:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General  | Tags:  Hergé, Palle Huld, Tintin  
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When Hairy Beat 'Harry': 'TANGLED' tops Potter at the box office

Last weekend, the seventh Harry Potter edged "Tangled" at the box office by less than a half-million dollars. This weekend, Rapunzel got revenge. Disney's animated fairy tale made $21.5-million at the domestic box office to easily beat Harry Potter...

By Michael Cavna  | December 5, 2010; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Animation, The Holly Word  | Tags:  Harry Potter, Megamind, Tangled  
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