DC Unlimited, a new brand from DC Comics, has announced that they have signed a license to produce toys and collectibles based on Afro Samurai, the new anime series produced by Studio Gonzo and starring Samuel L. Jackson as the title character. The series debuted on the Spike TV network on January 4, 2007.
The Walt Disney Company announced a net income of $1.7 billion for the first quarter of 2007, on earnings of $9.725 billion. The profit is more than double the profit from the same quarter a year ago, although the final number was boosted by one-time sales of assets.
Actress Kelly Hu has been interviewed by Newsarama.com about a variety of her current projects, including her role as Okiku in Spike’s Afro Samurai, as well as her roles as a “massage therapist” on the ABC sitcom In Case of Emergency and as Lady Deathstrike in X-2.
Italian animator Emanuele Luzzati has died at his home in Genoa, Italy, at the age of 85. Luzzati’s colorful and dreamlike artistic style yielded two Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Short Film (or the equivalent category): one in 1965 for The Thieving Magpie (La Gazza Ladra) and one in 1973 for Pulcinella. Luzzati also […]
The final list of candidates for the American Anime Awards has been announced: Best Actor Johnny Yong Bosch (Akira, Bleach, Eureka 7) Crispin Freeman (Hellsing Ultimate, Noein, Revolutionary Girl Utena) Richard Hayworth (Rurouni Kenshin) Yuri Lowenthal (Naruto) Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist, Macross) Best Actress Luci Christian (Princess Tutu) Susan Dalian (Naruto) Mary Elizabeth (Ghost in […]
A report in the New York Times details the expected announcement of V-me, a new public broadcasting network aimed at Latino populations in major American cities (registration required). The expected programming palette will be a mix of original and dubbed programming. Franny’s Feet and Lunar Jim, two animated children’s shows, were cited by name to […]
Newsarama.com’s “Animated Shorts” column has posted an interview with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola about the Hellboy Animated direct-to-video films. Mignola discusses his past work in animation, from Disney’s Atlantis to an aborted New Gods series for Warner Brothers; the difference between working in comics and animation; and why SciFi’s Amazing Screw-on Head makes him uncomfortable. […]
Peter S. Beagle is one of those creators who proves that the universe is not fair in distributing talent. His first novel, A Fine and Private Place, was written when he was at the ripe old age of 19, and he followed it up with a huge library of highly beloved novels that get categorized […]
The Walt Disney Company announced that it has entered into a deal with director Robert Zemeckis (The Polar Express) to establish a new film company that will develop 3-D animated movies using performance-capture technology. The deal stipulates that Zemeckis will produce and direct an undisclosed number of movies for the film company.
The Los Angeles Times has profiled director Michael Arias, the American-born director of the anime movie Tekkon Kinkreet (free registration required). The movie is based on a manga series by Taiyo Matsumoto, and (according to the times) is the first major anime feature film to have a non-Japanese director. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat)