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UMDs Lagging, Studios Cut Back

A report in Daily Variety states that sales of movies on UMD for the PlayStation Portable are lagging, and that Sony, Paramount, and Time Warner are all cutting back on their offerings in the new format (subscription required, RottenTomatoes.com summarizes the article). The only successful movies on the format seem to be TV comedy shows, […]

Joe Roth on Pixar/Disney Deal

Joe Roth has been interviewed by About.com about his work with Revolution Studios and the Disney/Pixar merger. Roth is a board member at Pixar Animation Studios and a former chairman of Walt Disney Studios. Among other things, Roth states his belief that, “Pixar will totally infuse Disney with its own stuff.” (via Internet Movie Database […]

"Tales from Earthsea" Voice Casting Announcement

Nausicaa.net has posted voice casting information for the studio’s upcoming Tales from Earthsea film, with Bunta Sugawara (Kamaji in Spirited Away) cast as Ged and Junichi Okada as Prince Arren.

"Zoom Suit" #1 Preview On-Line

An 8-page preview for Zoom Suit #1 is available at Newsarama.com. The comic by John Taddeo and Billy Dallas Patton is based on Taddeo’s award-winning short film of the same title. The comic is being published by Superverse Comics and is available for pre-order now for an April release date.

Craig Kyle Talks "Ultimate Avengers" DVD

Steve Fritz has spoken to Craig Kyle, Marvel Enterprises VP of Creative Development for Animation, about the upcoming Ultimate Avengers DVD. The interview contains spoilers for both The Ultimates comic book source and the direct-to-video movie.

"Bambi II" Sells 2.6 Million Units in 1 Week

Disney has issued a press release trumpeting 2.6 million unit sales for the Bambi II DVD in its first week of release. The sequel, made to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the original movie, will be placed on sales moratorium after 70 days.

Donald Duck Comes in Third in Finnish Presidential Election

In a presidential runoff election in Finland, perennial write-in candidate Aku Ankka came in third behind socialist Tarja Halonen and conservative Sauli Niinasto. Ankka is better known by his English name of Donald Duck, whose comic books are wildly popular in Finland. Halonen was the ultimate winner of the election. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat […]

"Ultimate Avengers" DVD Press Conference News

Comicon.com’s PULSE News covers a Marvel press conference about the New X-Men comic book and the Ultimate Avengers direct-to-video animated DVD. The movie was extremely well received at its debut at Wondercon, and a sequel is already planned for a July release.

Pixar's "Cars" at Wondercon

A report at IESB covers Pixar’s Cars previews at Wondercon this past weekend. The report describes two clips from the movie and some “behind the scenes” discussion with the Pixar staff. Other expected animation news did not seem to materialize. A summary of the comic book related news can be found at Tom Spurgeon’s Comics […]

2 Arrested in Murder of "Curious George" Collaborator

Two men have been arrested in the murder of Allen Shalleck, reported earlier this week. Shalleck was a collaborator with author Margaret Rey for 28 Curious George books. He also directed 104 five-minute Curious George short films which aired on the Disney Channel. The police are reporting that both of the arrested men have admitted […]

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