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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Howie Mandel includes 'Bobby,' comedy highs and lows

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Howie Mandel includes 'Bobby,' comedy highs and lows

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 15, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Howie Mandel grateful to Joan Rivers for career push

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Howie Mandel grateful to Joan Rivers for career push

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 11, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Howie Mandel here for one show at Four Winds

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Howie Mandel here for one show at Four Winds

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 03, 2014 12:00 am
Rikki Tikki Tavi and Nag the Cobra in 1975 TV Special "Rikki Tikki Tavi"

Rikki Tikki Tavi and Nag the Cobra in 1975 TV Special "Rikki Tikki Tavi"

In the 1975 TV animated special by Chuck Jones called "Rikki Tikki Tavi," based on the short story in "The Jungle Book" written in 1894 by Rudyard Kipling, the title character is a young mongoose who does battle with a pair of cobras in a family's garden in India.

July 01, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Daffodil Days 40th year marked Tuesday with burst of blooms

OFFBEAT: Daffodil Days 40th year marked Tuesday with burst of blooms

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

March 14, 2013 12:00 am
Actor Ed Asner with this Disney Pixar Character Alter Ego Carl at the October 2009 Movie Premier of "Up"

Actor Ed Asner with this Disney Pixar Character Alter Ego Carl at the October 2009 Movie Premier of "Up"

Director Pete Docter said actor Ed Asner was Pixar's first choice for the voice of Carl from the film "Up."

March 13, 2013 12:00 am
"The Rabbi's Cat" by Joann Sfar

"The Rabbi's Cat" by Joann Sfar

Based on the French comic books of Joann Sfar, the new animation film "The Rabbi's Cat" was originally planned to be dubbed in English with Woody Allen selected to voice the foreign feline.

January 10, 2013 12:00 am
Drawing from inspiration: Hammond native-turned-New York cartoonist credits Jean Shepherd influence

Drawing from inspiration: Hammond native-turned-New York cartoonist credits Jean Shepherd influence

Andre Weems, a 1991 graduate of Hammond High School, credits two forces for igniting his career in comic strips.

September 09, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Picnic Predators: Brookfield Zoo's new exhibit 'Extreme BUGS' includes a parade of towering insects

Picnic Predators: Brookfield Zoo's new exhibit 'Extreme BUGS' includes a parade of towering insects

It looks like scenes from a 1950s science fiction film, with a rampage of towering and very hungry-looking insects infesting Brookfield Zoo.

August 02, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Andy Griffith as Himself Narrating the 1976 Animated Christmas TV Special "Frosty The Snowman's Winter Wonderland"

Andy Griffith as Himself Narrating the 1976 Animated Christmas TV Special "Frosty The Snowman's Winter Wonderland"

Andy Griffith lent his voice to his animated likeness for a 1976 holiday TV special, 'Frosty the Snowman's Winter Wonderland.'

July 04, 2012 12:00 am
Ghost of TV Memories Past

Ghost of TV Memories Past

Ghost of TV memories past? This TV "screen shot" features a "bumper," which in broadcast terms is a screen graphic to separate content programming from paid commercials. In this case, the information bills the airing of the "Casper the Ghost" animated cartoon that aired on Chicago's WFLD Cha…

December 25, 2011 12:00 am
A New Dorothy for a New Generation

A New Dorothy for a New Generation

A new 3D, CG-animated film about Dorothy's trip over the rainbow called 'Dorothy of Oz' features an all-star cast of famed voices and will open in theaters in summer 2012.

September 16, 2011 12:00 am
Bambi and Thumper

Bambi and Thumper

Two of Walt Disney's most famous animal forest friends are Bambi and Thumper from the 1942 animated classic film "Bambi." However, former child actor Donnie Dunagan, who provided the voice of the young deer, says he regrets he never had the chance to meet fellow child actor Peter Behn, who v…

March 02, 2011 12:00 am
Something Fishy

Something Fishy

SOMETHING FISHY - - "Today" show critic Gene Shalit has become familiar to viewers for his over-the-top personality, including lending his voice and image to a character tribute on Nickelodeon's cartoon "Spongebob Squarepants" named Gene Scallop, who is a feared fish restaurant critic.

November 17, 2010 11:07 am
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