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New 'Justice League' webseries for Machinima brings back iconic producer Bruce Timm

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The lineup from the "Justice League" animated series.

Bruce Timm's DC Comics animated universe, beginning with "Batman: The Animated Series" and continuing with "Superman," "Batman Beyond," "Justice League," "Justice League Unlimited" and more, remains one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed animated runs in existence. The run was so idenified with the producer that it was sometimes called the Timmverse, but the last show in that continuity ended in 2006 and Timm officially stepped down from working with DC animation in 2013.

Now Timm is back. He's providing a darker take than the optimistic world he became known for in "Justice League: Gods and Monsters," a three-part digital series launching spring 2015 that will be tied in with a full-length animated film that comes out later that year, according to a press release.

Timm's also re-teaming with Alan Burnett, who worked with Timm on "Batman: The Animated Series." It's part of DC Comics' efforts to set up their new film "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," which hits in 2016, with the full Justice League film set for 2018.


2014 Americana Music Awards with Loretta Lynn, Patty Griffin and more

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The finale of the 2013 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards show.

The 2014 Americana Music Awards are Wednesday at 5 p.m. Pacific/8 p.m. Eastern. You can watch the full show live from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. below, including performances by Loretta Lynn, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and more.

Read a full list of the nominees below:

Album of the Year

• Build Me Up From Bones by Sarah Jarosz
• The Lights From The Chemical Plant by Robert Ellis
• The River And The Thread by Rosanne Cash
• Southeastern by Jason Isbell

Artist of the Year

• Rosanne Cash
• Rodney Crowell
• Robert Ellis
• Jason Isbell


Stevie Wonder takes 'Songs in the Key of Life' on tour, but no Los Angeles date

Stevie Wonder listening to headphones

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Stevie Wonder uses a pair of headphones in London, England in 1974.

Portrait Of Stevie Wonder

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Stevie Wonder smiles and sings into a microphone in a recording studio in this early promotional photo,1963.

Barack Obama Attends Church On Anniversary of Los Angeles Riots

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Then-Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (L) is joined by a singing Stevie Wonder during a service commemorating the Los Angeles riots at the First AME Church April 29, 2007 in Los Angeles.

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Stevie Wonder feeding the pigeons in Trafalgar Square during his visit to London on Jan. 3, 1974.

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President Bill Clinton, flanked by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, waves on Jan. 20, 1997 to the crowd as singer Stevie Wonder performs during an inaugural ball in Washington, D.C. Clinton was sworn in earlier the same day for a second term as president of the United States. Herbie Hancock is playing the piano.

Wonder In London

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Stevie Wonder on stage at the Rainbow Theatre in London on Jan. 24, 1974.

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Stevie Wonder on Sept. 1, 1980.

City Of Hope Spirit Of Life Gala Honoring Rob Light

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PLAYA VISTA, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Singer Stevie Wonder performs onstage at the City Of Hope Spirit Of Life Gala Honoring Rob Light on September 19, 2013 in Playa Vista, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for City of Hope)

Stevie Wonder is taking his classic double album "Songs in the Key of Life" on the road, but while the local music legend made the announcement at a Los Angeles press conference, he has yet to announce an L.A. tour date.

The tour is being described as a "live adaptation" of the 1976 album, which produced #1 pop hits "I Wish" and "Sir Duke," along with singles "Isn't She Lovely," "As" and "Another Star."

I Wish live

One reason L.A. may not make the list is that Wonder already performed the entirety of the album at his annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert last year at the Nokia Theatre, which he's done for 18 years.

"This has been a fantasy of mine for a while," Wonder said at the time, according to Billboard. "I wanted to do something that would thank everyone for supporting my career and also thank God for me being able to do the music I do. And listening to this album again, it is amazing to me how relevant it is today."


Michael Jackson's 56th birthday: Listen to 56 great Michael covers

Michael Jackson HIStory World Tour

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Michael Jackson is one of music's most covered artists. Listen to his music here.

It's late pop music legend Michael Jackson's 56th birthday, just over five years since he passed away. Listen below to 56 great covers of the King of Pop and share your own in the comments.

1. 98 Degrees — "She's Out Of My Life"

98 Degrees — "She's Out Of My Life" video

2. Pomplamoose — "Beat It"

Pomplamoose video

3. Rough Copy — "Remember The Time"

Rough Copy video

4. Duwende — "Rock With You"

Duwende video

5. Babyface & Stevie Wonder — "Gone Too Soon"

Babyface & Stevie Wonder video

6. Kurt Hugo Schneider — Michael Jackson medley

Kurt Hugo Schneider video

7. Blackstreet — "Billie Jean"

Blackstreet video

8. Michael Henry & Justin Robinett — "Man In The Mirror"

Man in the Mirror video

9. Boyce Avenue — "Will You Be There"

Boyce Avenue video


Jack Kirby: 6 things you might not know about the Marvel Comics legend

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Jack Kirby art from the Fantastic Four.

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The cover to Captain America #1.

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A Jack Kirby spread from Captain America #105.

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The cover to Fantastic Four #1.

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Jack Kirby art from a Silver Surfer graphic novel.

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The cover of Avengers #4.

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A Jack Kirby spread from Captain America #195.

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A photo taken by Suzy Skaar for "The Art of Jack Kirby" in his later years.

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A Jack Kirby spread from Forever People #1.

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The Jack Kirby cover to Hulk #1.

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A Jack Kirby spread from Kamandi #1.

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From Marc Evanier's book about Jack Kirby.

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The cover to New Gods #1.

Thursday would have been late comic book artist Jack Kirby's 97th birthday. He's the man who co-created classic Marvel Comics characters including Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk, as well as numerous influential characters for DC Comics. He drew in a kinetic style, from war action scenes informed by his own time serving in the military to universe-spanning cosmic vistas.

Here's a look at six lesser-known facts about Jack "King" Kirby, considered by many the greatest comic book artist of all time.

1. Kirby created the Guardians of the Galaxy's Groot

Groot became a big part of the emotional heart in this summer's blockbuster "Guardians of the Galaxy," but before he was a spacefaring hero, he was a 1960 monster created by Kirby for the comic "Tales to Astonish." That book's cover called him "The monster from Planet X!" Groot was also more verbose at the time, before his language was cut down to simply "I am Groot."