Charitable Voice Actors

02.03.2011

Celebrity charity auction site ClothesOffOurBack.org has listed a few items that some voice actor fans may be interested in bidding on: two bottles of 2008 Merlot wine autographed by Hank Azaria (The Simpsons, Anastasia) and Mila Kunis (Family Guy, Robot Chicken), and a dress donated by CCH Pounder (Justice League, Batman Beyond).

Both auctions end March 1, 2011. Proceeds benefit various children’s charities.

In a bit of related news, Paul Rugg (voice actor and writer on Freakazoid and Animaniacs) has announced that he is going to be auctioning off animation cells and memorabilia from shows he has worked on to help raise funds for Angels Way Maternity Home in California. Paul has a video on his Froynlaven! blog showing many of the items he’ll be donating from his own collection. We’ll provide an update when his auction officially begins.

~ Craig Crumpton
Publisher, Voice Actors in the News

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The Clothes Off Our Back Foundation is a 501c3 organization that hosts charity auctions showcasing today’s hottest celebrity attire. Items are put up for bid to the public with proceeds going to benefit children’s charities. Clothes Off Our Back was founded by actors and philanthropists Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm In The Middle,” “Raising the Bar”) and Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”) whose efforts, along with their celebrity and designer friends have helped improve the lives of children across the globe. For more information and to bid, log onto www.clothesoffourback.org.

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Jolly Green-Grant Get Hitched

05.05.2010

Seth Green and Clare Grant at the 61st Emmy Awards, 9.12.2009 (Photo courtesy aceshowbiz.com, © Albert L. Ortega, PR Photos)

Congratulations to newlyweds Seth Green (Family Guy, Robot Chicken, Titan Maximum) and Clare Grant who tied the knot May 1st during a private ceremony at a vineyard outside of San Francisco, CA. (Weird Al Yankovic was a wedding guest.)

Grant is a native of Memphis, TN and has voiced characters on Robot Chicken.

For more photos and wedding details, visit the links below:

– People.com (5.04) — Newlyweds Green and Grant Can’t Believe Their Luck

– MTV.com (5.04) — Seth Green and Clare Grant: Wedding Details!

– People.com (5.03) — Seth Green Gets Married!

– GossipBooCrew.com (5.03) — Seth Green Got Married At Skywalker Ranch This Weekend


Want to Audition for Family Guy or The Simpsons?

02.08.2010

This article was originally published 2.08.2010. Please scroll down to read the most recent updates and additions.

On Feb. 1st, Backstage.com published a list of TV Pilot Production Listings. Now, I’ll grant that unless you’re a working actor, that might not be of any interest to you. And for animation fans, the list is worth noting for details on upcoming animated productions.

But both beginning and professional voice actors should find this HUGELY interesting as it includes contact info for the casting directors of such popular animated shows as Family Guy, American Dad and The Simpsons.

But before I share that info, please note Backstage’s preface to their article:

The following listings are not casting notices but instead reflect the best general information available about current casting assignments. Do your homework and use them wisely. Do not phone or visit casting directors’ offices. Unless otherwise instructed, all contact with casting directors should be through the mail. Blind mass mailings are not recommended.

And I must also emphasize that this is not a notice for an “open call” or even an audition, frankly. However, you could *submit* for an audition by sending a demo through the mailing addresses Backstage.com provides. Chances are very small that such a demo would even be heard, but there’s no harm in submitting anyway.

American Dad – Linda Lamontagne, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 325, L.A., CA 90035.

Family Guy – Linda Lamontagne, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 325, L.A., CA 90036.

King of the Hill – Mossberg/Anthony Casting, 4024 Radford Ave., Trailer 800, Studio City, CA 91604

The Simpsons – Bonita Pietila, c/o 20th Century Fox Studios, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Trailer 730, L.A., CA 90035

You’re likely as surprised as I am to see King of the Hill mentioned, especially since FOX announced August 2009 that the one-hour season finale would effectively end the series. I don’t think fans should take this as any kind of sign — or even a glimmer of hope — that further production for the series is planned. There have been no official announcements to date otherwise.

As an addendum to Backstage’s article, I have a related list for which I have opted to not disclose the source out of professional courtesy since it was from an agency.

Update: 2.11.2010 — I have tracked down what I believe to be the original source of the casting information which I received via an agency in mid-January.

The source is NowCasting.com — a reputable casting site widely used throughout the TV/film industry. Some TV/film productions I’ve worked on personally as background, stand-in and in a featured role have posted casting notices through this site. (Just to name one: Tyler Perry Studios.)

Note that the names of casting directors ARE included, but no direct contact information is given. If you want that info, you’ll have to track it down on your own or “upgrade” to a paid membership with NowCasting as it mentions on the linked pdf file.

The following list (which according to the document was originally published Jan. 7th, 2010) is worth noting not only for the “currently casting” info but also for the current and upcoming animated series and TV specials (aka “MOW” or “movie-of-the-week”) included in the list which are related to productions which air (or will air) on FOX, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. (I did not include any Nick or Disney shows because all the Nick and Disney shows on NowCasting.com’s list are live-action.)

American Dad (FOX): currently casting
Eagleheart – 1/2 hour pilot (CN): currently casting
Family Guy – 1/2 hour (FOX): currently casting
Firebreather – MOW (CN): wrapped
Kamen Rider – 1/2 hour (CN): on hiatus
Robot Chicken – 1/2 hour (CN): on hiatus
The Tiger’s Apprentice – MOW (CN): wrapped
Titan Maximum – 1/2 hour (CN): currently casting
Delocated – 1/2 hour (CN): currently casting
Futurama – 1/2 hour (FOX): currently casting
The Simpsons – 1/2 hour (FOX): currently casting
The Cleveland Show – 1/2 hour (FOX): currently casting
Untitled Green/Root/Senerich Project (FOX) – 1/2 hour pilot: currently casting

Update: 2.09.2010 — Following the feedback on sites which have also carried this news, it seems I must point out they are neither “recasting” nor “replacing” any of the cast members for the recurring series listed. Backstage.com merely provided the contact address for the casting directors. And NowCasting.com’s list which mentions that shows like Family Guy and American Dad are “currently casting” means that they are possibly casting for incidental characters, guest stars, etc. — *not* the main or supporting cast.

Update: 2.11.2010 — According to one of Futurama’s writers, the show “isn’t casting voice actors.”

Update: 4.08.2010 — NowCasting.com published an updated list on 3.09.2010. And my apologies that I am just now updating this article following this new information, but I was in Japan for two weeks when this notice was released and am just now catching up on backlogged messages.

Here’s the updated list:

American Dad (FOX): currently casting
Family Guy – 1/2 hour (FOX): currently casting
Firebreather – MOW (CN): wrapped
Kamen Rider – 1/2 hour (CN): wrapped
Robot Chicken – 1/2 hour (CN): currently casting
The Tiger’s Apprentice – MOW (CN): wrapped
Horrorbots – 1/2 hour (CN): wrapped
Children’s Hospital – 1/2 hour (CN): currently casting
Scooby Doo – MOW (CN): currently casting [This has been confirmed as a live-action TV movie following a March 12th press release.]
Titan Maximum – 1/2 hour (CN): currently casting
Delocated – 1/2 hour (CN): wrapped
Futurama – 1/2 hour (FOX): still listed as “currently casting” [see earlier note from February above]
The Simpsons – 1/2 hour (FOX): currently casting
The Cleveland Show – 1/2 hour (FOX): currently casting
Untitled Green/Root/Senerich Project (FOX) – 1/2 hour pilot: wrapped [This project has now been confirmed — and this is no April Fools — as a Star Wars animated sitcom.]

Note that no animated Disney or Nickelodeon projects are included in NowCasting’s list. If you’d like to see the new and continuing animated productions for each of these networks, toonzone has coverage of Nickelodeon’s Upfront 2010 and Disney Channel/Disney XD’s 2010-2011 Programming Announcements. Cartoon Network’s Upfront 2010 is scheduled for April 21st.

Backstage.com also has a comprehensive list of Animation Production Companies (last updated 6.09.2009), some of which are seeking voiceover demos (as noted). But make sure you not only follow Backstage’s advice for submissions, but also note the note individual studios’ guidelines for submitting demos. And bear in mind that in most cases “demo” refers to a reel of animation samples, not voiceovers.


Yet Another Seth MacFarlane Animated Comedy?

01.13.2010

iFMagazine reports:

There’s no word on what it is, but the FAMILY GUY creator could very well land a fourth prime-time animation series on Fox.

“He’s stretched thin,” admits Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly at today’s Winter TCA. “We’ve got one other show we’re contemplating with Seth and looking to broaden our animation brand out too. I love working with the guy, but our plan is not all Seth, all the time. He has something up his sleeve that’s animated, so we’re going to continue to be in business with him for quite a few years and I think you’ll see us to broaden out that brand a little bit.”

Elsewhere, Zap2it.com reports:

“Family Guy” will air its 150th episode, “Brian and Stewie” on Sunday, May 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. It will revolve around how the titular dog and baby (both voiced by creator Seth MacFarlane) deal with each other when they’re locked in a bank vault. The episode will take place in real time.

MacFarlane described this same episode in a Dec. 15th interview (via Movieweb) thusly, “Brian and Stewie get locked in a vault for an entire episode and it’s just sort of a one-act play. Quagmire finds out a deep dark secret about his dad. We also have a Return of the Jedi episode coming up as well.” MacFarlane added that upcoming guest voices included Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Rush Limbaugh.

And in related news, The New York Times reports:

A special 20th anniversary episode of “The Simpsons” ended with a thank-you message from the show’s producers to viewers, but appeared to omit a joke at the expense of their Fox colleague and sometime-rival Seth MacFarlane.

The episode, which was broadcast on Sunday, ended with an on-screen display that read, “Thanks for 20 wonderful years. The best is yet to come.” But in a version of the show that was sent in advance to critics, the message read slightly differently: as Alessandra Stanley noted in her review of the episode, it said, “Thanks for 20 wonderful years. Now stay tuned for three Seth MacFarlane shows.”

Other recent interviews with MacFarlane, mostly related to the Dec. 22, 2009 DVD/Blu-Ray release of Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Dark Side:

The Boston Globe
CNN.com
The LA Times
The Toronto Star
Home Media Magazine
DailyStar.co.uk, which also offers video from the premiere party interviewing Seth MacFarlane, Seth Green and Mike Henry:

Video bonus: College Humor rips on Seth MacFarlane

Update: 1.13.2010, 7:45 PM (EST) — TheAge.com reports that Seth MacFarlane has a cameo in the 20th Century Fox live-action family film, Tooth Fairy, appearing as the “fairy equivalent of a drug dealer.”

Tooth Fairy opens in theaters January 22nd, 2010.


Lori Alan Interviewed

01.12.2010

Family Guy fan site StewiesPlayground.com has an interview with Lori Alan, voice of Family Guy’s news anchor Diane Simmons.

Lori says she based the voice for the character on an imitation of her mother “who did a lot whole of on-air pledge drive ‘acting'”:

She was a well known actress in the D.C. area, where I grew up, and she would get asked to do the local pledge-a thons for the local tv stations to help them raise money. She did a ton of Voice Overs and has this fabulous, serious, news anchor voice that I adore and was honored to use as my “Diane”.

She also reveals details on an upcoming two-part episode of Family Guy where “most of the cast are at James Wood’s house and…there’s an Agatha Christie murder mystery type thing going on.” She adds, “I will get killed if I say more.”

Alan also explains how she created the voice for Mr. Krabs’ daughter Pearl on Spongebob:

I knew she had to sound like the world’s largest, whale teenager. Girly, feminine, loud, bratty, spoiled, lovable all at the same time. My favorite episode by far, which I pitched to the writers, is “Whale of a Birthday.” Hilarious to have Pearl singing when she first wakes on her 16th birthday to the made up group, “Boys Who Cry.”

She also discusses working on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, what it’s like to work with Seth MacFarlane, and reveals that she is co-starring in the upcoming live stage version of “The Pee-wee Herman Show” which opens in LA Tuesday, January 12th (previously repoted here).

Click here to read the complete interview.


‘Family Guy’ Cast Guests on ‘Inside The Actors Studio”

09.15.2009

Bravo’s Season 16 episode of Inside The Actors Studio featuring the cast of Family Guy premiered on Monday, September 14th with host James Lipton interviewing Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Mike Henry and Seth Green (previously reported here back in April). Eight video excerpts from this episode are available online at BravoTV.com.

Lipton described this episode on his blog thusly: “I recommend seatbelts in your armchairs as the creator and cast of “Family Guy” assemble on our stage for a hilarious, irreverent look at themselves, each other, their characters and their spectacularly successful show. This is, quite simply, unlike any Inside the Actors Studio you’ve ever seen.”

Bravo will air an encore presentation of this episode on Sunday, September 20th at 10:00 AM (EST). Check your local listings for showtimes in your area.

Additionally, the Monday September 21st episode of Inside The Actors Studio will feature Saturday Night Live star Amy Poehler. Poehler is the co-creator of Nickelodeon’s hit animated series The Mighty B!, and also voices the title character. Poehler will also voice Eleanor in the upcoming Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, and has voiced characters in Monsters vs Aliens, Horton Hears A Who!, Shrek The Third, and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Several preview clips from Poehler’s episode (which airs 9.21 at 7:00 PM EST) are also available on BravoTV.com.


Seth Green on Comic-Con and Emmy Noms

07.20.2009

Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Family Guy) has written a guest column for Entertainment Weekly on why he loves the San Diego Comic-Con:

Over the years, the craziest thing I’ve experienced has been my transition from attendee to professional. My friends and I used to wait in long lines to sit in a huge room full of equally stoked fans just to catch a fleeting glimpse of the next big flick, or hear Eastman and Laird explain how the Ninja Turtles aren’t selling out by saying “cowabunga.” Now I’m a part of those panels, explaining to a room of our supportive fans how we’re the same as them and we’re making stuff we love.

The best part of Comic-Con is that it presents an opportunity to hang out with like-minded passionate and articulate people. The local bars are full of writers and artists, pros and hopefuls, discussing craft and spitballing new, amazing ideas.

Me? I keep coming back every year because I love it, and I’m happy we — Geek Nation — are dragging so many others into our domain. Spider-Man met Barack Obama…what a wonderful world we live in.

Continue reading: Guest Editor Seth Green: What Comic-Con means to me.

Elsewhere, The Hollywood Reporter has Seth’s reaction to Robot Chicken‘s two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards:

Seth Green had two reasons to celebrate Thursday with nominations for Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II” in the best animated program and voice-over categories. The executive producer/creator (with Matthew Senreich) didn’t know he’d been nominated until after he woke up. “My publicist had been trying to call me for a while, but I don’t have a house phone,” he said. “My cell phone was off, and she didn’t reach me until after I woke up.” Of the nomination, he said: “For me, it’s so validating for our team, who work super hard on our show that is by all accounts a short-form ad-sponsored cable show. So it’s really exciting to get nominated for anything, especially the straight-up Emmy.” Green said he planned to celebrate by going to see Lord T and Eloise, an “aristocrunk group of intergalactic travelers who are the richest men in the universe and are coming to save our planet. They are prophets of rap music who are in Los Angeles. I have to go!”

I’ve also added a couple more updates and links to my previous article on Seth Green.