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TV Director Gordon Hunt, Father of Helen Hunt, Dies at 87

TV Director Gordon Hunt, Father of Helen Hunt, Dies at 87
Gordon Hunt, television director and father of actress Helen Hunt, died on Saturday at his home in Sherman Oaks, California, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 87.

"Gordon was a master of reinvention. A journeyman artist," Helen said in a statement released to Et. "He knew and taught that the work doesn't always find you. You need to create and recreate the work every day."

"If you asked 100 people who knew him 100 of them would say he was the kindest man they ever knew," she continued.

Photos: Stars We've Lost In Recent Years

Gordon worked for years running the voice department at Hanna-Barbera animation studios, eventually moving on to serve as the recording director on beloved cartoon series such as The Jetsons, The Flintstones, The Smurfs, Scooby-Doo, Richie Rich and countless others.

In the 1990s, Gordon began working in live TV, directing sitcoms such as Caroline in the City, Frasier, [link
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"Richie Rich": The Poor, Little Rich Boy

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Netflix has ordered a half-hour comedy series based on Harvey Comics' "Richie Rich", starring actor Jake Brennan ("Dark Skies") who also appeared in the "Fzzt" episode of Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.":

"...to be produced by Awesomeness TV, the new Netflix half-hour comedy series, based on the 1980's Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, will debut in 2015, with 'Richie' having made a trillion dollars from inventing and selling a cool new green technology.

"After he moves into a decked out mansion and instantly starts living the most awesome life ever, the show will cover his adventures with his friends..."

Created in 1953, Richie didn't have his own title until 1960. Once he did, however, he quickly became Harvey's most popular character, eventually starring in over fifty separate titles.

Writers for the "Richie Rich" comic books included Sid Jacobson, Lennie Herman, Stan Kay and Ralph Newman. Richie Rich's most famous illustrator is Warren Kremer.
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DreamWorks primes 'Bob's Burgers' writers for 'Hot Stuff' film

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DreamWorks primes 'Bob's Burgers' writers for 'Hot Stuff' film
(Cbr) The classic Harvey Comics character Hot Stuff the Little Devil is making his way toward the big screen. Heat Vision reports DreamWorks Animation has hired sisters Wendy and Lizzie Molyneux, best known for their work on Bob’s Burgers, to write the project, which is rumored to be a live-action/CG hybrid. Created in 1957 by cartoonist Warren Kremer ("Richie Rich", "Stumbo the Giant"), Hot Stuff is a mischievous red demon child who wears a diaper and carries a magical sentient pitchfork. He sometimes performs good deeds, to the annoyance of his fellow devils. DreamWorks acquired Hot Stuff and the other Harvey characters — Richie Rich, Wendy the Good Little Witch, Casper the Friendly Ghost, etc. — when it purchased Classic Media in 2012.
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'Bob's Burgers' Duo Writing 'Hot Stuff' for DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Animation has brought on Bob's Burgers writers and siblings Lizzie Molyneux and Wendy Molyneux to write the script for Hot Stuff, based on the Harvey Comics title Hot Stuff the Little Devil.

The studio acquired the character back in 2012 during their purchase of Classic Media, the modern-day owner of Harvey Comics and a library of other iconic characters such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Where's Waldo?, Lassie, The Lone Ranger, George of the Jungle and Rocky & Bullwinkle.

Hot Stuff the Little Devil was created in 1957 by Warren Kremer, who is also behind Casper the Friendly Ghost, Richie Rich and Little Audrey. The character is a devil demon child who loves to cause trouble, but also enjoys doing good deeds for others, which irritates his fellow devils.

No plot details have surfaced, but insiders claim that that the project is being crafted as a live-action/CGI hybrid, which would be a first for DreamWorks Animation,
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DreamWorks Animation Targets Harvey Comics' Hot Stuff the Little Devil

DreamWorks Animation has plans to bring the Harvey Comics character Hot Stuff the Little Devil to the big screen with The Hollywood Reporter suggesting that the project may mark the first-ever live-action/CGI hybrid film from the studio. "Bob's Burgers" scribes (and siblings) Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux are attached to provide the screenplay. Hot Stuff was created by Warren Kremer (who also created vintage funnybook characters like Richie Rich, Little Audrey and Casper the Friendly Ghost) and made his first appearance in 1957's "Hot Stuff" #1. A young, pitch-fork-wielding devil, Hot Stuff often uses his demonic powers to perform good deeds, much to the chagrin of the older devils. There's no timeframe yet on when to expect a Hot Stuff film in theaters, but...
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Check Out Some Early, Freaky Concept Art for 'The Matrix'

Comic artist Geof Darrow, whose work has appeared in Hard Boiled and The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, has been a visual consultant and conceptual designer on several big- and small-screen productions — Barb Wire, Speed Racer and Richie Rich to name a few. His most memorable collaboration has been with the Wachowskis, who admired his work on Hard Boiled. They recruited him for the Matrix series, and the artist laid the visual foundation for their existential, dystopian classic. "The very first thing I worked on were the power plants with all the people plugged into them like batteries," Darrow revealed in a 1999 interview. Larry Wachowski contacted him after seeing some designs and told Darrow the artwork was even scarier than he had envisioned. "That initial...

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Comic Book Release List – Week of 4-4-2012

The following is a list of all comic books, graphic novels and special items that will be available this week and shipped to comic book stores who have placed orders for them.

Aardvark Vanaheim

Glamourpuss #24, $3.00

Abstract Studios

Terry Moore’s How To Draw #3 (Beautiful), $4.99

AC Comics

Yankee Girl Stars And Stripes Forever #1, $19.95

Adhouse Books

American Barbarian Hc, $19.95

Altus Press

Doc Savage All New Wild Adventures Volume 2 Horror In Gold Sc, $24.95

Ape Entertainment

Ramiel Wrath Of God #1, $3.99

Richie Rich Gems #45, $3.99

Arcana Studio

Billy Tucci A Child Is Born (One Shot)(Artists Edition)(not verified by Diamond), $4.99

Interagents Gn (not verified by Diamond), $14.95

Lethal Instinct Gn (not verified by Diamond), $19.95

Redneck Kings Gn, $14.95

Sterling Gn, $14.95

Archie Comics

Archie Meets Kiss Hc (Collectors Edition), $29.99

Archie Meets Kiss Tp, $12.99

Sonic The Hedgehog #235, $2.99

World Of Archie Double Digest #16, $3.99

Attaboy’S Yumfactory

Hi Fructose Magazine Quarterly #23, $6.95

Avatar Press

Dicks #3 (John McCrea Regular Cover), $4.99

Dicks #3 (John McCrea
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'The Simpsons': Nancy Cartwright looks back at 22 seasons of Bart

Obviously, when Nancy Cartwright first started giving voice to Bart Simpson, she had little idea that she was helping create one of the longest-running characters in TV history.

"I thought, 'Great. I got another job,'" Cartwright tells Zap2it of the audition with "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening that landed her a job voicing shorts on "The Tracey Ullman Show" in the late 1980s. "To me it was just another job. It was no big deal. I was already doing tons of Saturday morning [cartoons] -- I think I was doing like eight shows at that time. I had no idea."

Almost a quarter-century and close to 500 episodes later, she's joining her castmate Dan Castellaneta and "Simpsons" executive producer James L. Brooks as part of the Archive of American Television's Emmy TV Legends series. Zap2it talked with Cartwright during a break in her interview with the archive about booking the job as Bart,
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Happy Birthday: Warren Kremer

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Born in the Bronx in 1921, Warren Kremer had art in his blood—his father was a sign painter. After graduating from the High School of Music and Art and the School of Industrial Arts, Kremer got work with various pulp and aviation magazines. His first comic book work was on Hap Hazard for Ace Publications.

In 1948 Kremer began doing work for Harvey Comics—working with publisher Alfred Harvey and editor Sid Jacobson, Kremer was responsible for creating Richie Rich, Stumbo the Giant, Hot Stuff, and others, and for revising Casper the Friendly Ghost into the character everyone knows today. Kremer worked for Harvey for thirty-five years, many of them as Art Editor but he always contributed art as well.

After Harvey closed in 1982 Kremer did some work for Marvel Comics, creating and drawing characters like Count Duckula, Planet Terry, and Top Dog for their Star Comics imprint.

Sadly, in 1989 a stroke paralyzed his left side,
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Comics in Context #231: Killing Katnip

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#231 (Vol. 2 #3): Killing Katnip

During my lengthy leave of absence from writing “Comics in Context,” the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City and the Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco jointly held a traveling exhibition on the art of Harvey Comics, many of whose most celebrated characters, such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, originated in animated cartoons produced by Paramount’s Famous Studios. I’m not that interested in Casper or Richie Rich, but the exhibit did reawaken my interest in some of the less famous animated stars of the Famous cartoons.

Towards the end of 2009, character actor Arnold Stang passed away, and I decided to write columns about two of the most memorable characters he voiced in animated cartoons. The first, starting in 1944, was Famous Studios’ Herman the mouse, who was eventually teamed with perennial antagonist Katnip the cat, voiced by the late Sid Raymond,
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