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Vimeo Short "Ruin" May Get Feature-Film Treatment

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“Ruin,” an eight-minute animated short that debuted on Vimeo earlier this year, may get turned into a live-action feature, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The trade paper says that 20th Century Fox is negotiating to buy the movie rights from filmmaker Wes Ball, and hire him to direct the feature-length version under the supervision of […]

Primetime Emmy Nominees Announced

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Veteran animated series will compete with new animated series in the Emmy animated categories. The 64th Primetime Emmy Award Nominations were announced today by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In the Outstanding Animated Program category, nominees include The Simpsons‘ “Holidays of Future Passed”; Futurama‘s “The Tip of the Zoidberg”; American Dad‘s “Hot Water”; […]

Fox Animation Studios Re-Signs Two Execs

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Fox Animation Studios has renewed its contracts with two top executives, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Vanessa Morrison, the president the Fox subsidiary, has signed a new multiyear deal. Simultaneously, Brian Keane, the executive vice president and COO of Fox’s Blue Sky Studios, has also signed a new contract. The deals have been announced in […]

Andrew Stanton to Direct "Finding Nemo" Sequel

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Andrew Stanton will return to his Pixar roots by directing a sequel to Finding Nemo, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Stanton wrote and directed the first film, which is one of the most successful movies ever released by the Walt Disney Company. Earlier this year he bookended that record with the live-action film John Carter, […]

Briefly: Int'l TV Deals; Mobile Game for "Hotel Transylvania"

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* Hotel Transylvania will get an immersive mobile game, courtesy of Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc. and PlayFirst, in time for the film’s September 20 release. [Animation Magazine] * Kidobi.com will launch the historical-action-themed kids’ show Ben and Izzy for North America. [Animation Magazine] * Malaysia’s Astro network will begin carrying Disney XD beginning September […]

DreamWorks Looking to Buy Classic Media

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DreamWorks Animation is seeking to buy Classic Media for $150 million, The New York Times reports. If completed, the deal would give DreamWorks ownership of a number of well-established if rather worn intellectual properties, including Casper the Friendly Ghost, He-Man, Fat Albert, Frosty the Snowman, Lassie, Mr. Magoo, Postman Pat, Richie Rich, and Where’s Waldo? […]

"Courageous Cat" Getting Big Screen Treatment

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Evergreen Media is preparing a live-action/CGI feature film based on Courageous Cat, AWN reports. The film will reimagine the mythology for the Bob Kane creation, which was realized in a cartoon series in the 1960s.

"Ice Age: Continental Drift" Tops North American Box Offices

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Ice Age: Continental Drift topped box office charts during its first weekend with a film gross of $46 million, Box Office Mojo reports. The Amazing Spider-Man dropped to second place with a gross of $35 million, bringing its North American cumulative to $200.9 million. Ted took third place with a gross of $22.1 million ($159.0 […]

"FMA Brotherhood" OVA Collection: The Fullmetal Pleasures of a Glass Half-Full

Fans of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood who are suffering withdrawal from the show may find solace in the release the “4 OVAs and Comic Theater,” lately released by FUNimation in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack. This collection four short (plus one very short) stories from the FMA franchise contains only minor pleasures, but they are Fullmetal pleasures, […]

"Adventures in Plymptoons": Where Funny Ha Ha Meets Funny Peculiar

Bill Plympton is the poster boy for independent animation. Since his breakout in the mid- to late-1980s he has had an astounding career that combines an idiosyncratic style, an ambitious production slate, financial success, and genuine independence. The indie landscape is littered with compromised careers, from Ralph Bakshi to John Kricfalusi to Will Vinton, but […]

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