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Newsarama Looks Back at Five Years of Ultimate Marvel

To begin its week-long coverage of the 5th anniversary of Marvel’s “Ultimate” line of comics, Newsarama.com has posted a time-capsule of articles published before the line was firmly established. Coverage this week will interview multiple Ultimate Marvel creators and delve into the future of the imprint.

Sony to Triple Cell Phone Manga Offerings

Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced that it will be offering 300 comic books targeted for reading on cellular phones. This number nearly triples their current output and is less than half that offered by their top rivals in the market. The cell phone manga is often enhanced with pop-up frames and vibration effects, with sound-effects […]

Treehouse Animation Gives "Phantom of the Opera" a Backstory

Treehouse Animation, makers of the “LEGO Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick and Clone Trooper Orchestra” animated shorts, will be publishing The Trap-Door Maker, billed as a prequel to Gaston Leroux’s 1911 novel The Phantom of the Opera. Two pages of preview artwork and the cover are provided with the article.

Disney Adds Board Membership Qualification; Faces Down Labor Protestors

Stung by recent accusations of corporate malfeasance, the board of directors of the Walt Disney Company has adopted a new provision which will compel any board member to resign if a majority of shareholders withhold their votes during his or her re-election. The announcement comes as Disney is fending off accusations of poor working conditions […]

NYT Interviews Ricky Gervais about "The Office," "Valiant"

British actor Ricky Gervais has been interviewed by the New York Times about his upcoming work, including his role in the computer-animated Valiant (free registration required). Gervais talks about his role in The Office, his current projects, and why he turned down a Shakespeare adaptation to act as a computer-generated pigeon.

Ray Winstone, Angelina Jolie Join "Beowulf" Cast

More casting announcements for Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf have been announced, with Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast), Crispin Glover (Willard), and Angelina Jolie (Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life) getting added to the cast list announced earlier this week. The movie will use an advanced version of the motion capture animation technology used in Zemeckis’ The Polar […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" to Receive Hollywood Film Festival Award

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Howl’s Moving Castle will be receiving the Hollywood Animation of the Year Award at the Hollywood Film Festival’s Awards Gala on October 24. The same referring article at Nausicaa.net also reveals the role that My Neighbor Totoro‘s theme song “Sampo” (Stroll) played in the space shuttle Discovery‘s latest mission.

Pixar's Joe Ranft Killed in Car Accident

News outlets are reporting that Pixar’s Joe Ranft was killed on Tuesday in a car accident. Ranft was riding in a vehicle which veered off the road and fell 130 feet before landing near the mouth of the Navarro River. In addition to working on stories and storyboards on Pixar movies, Ranft also voiced Heimlich […]

Wallace and Gromit Feature Film Gets North America Debut at Toronto Film Festival

Wallace and Gromit — The Curse of the Were-Rabbit will be getting its North American debut at the Toronto Film Festival next month. The movie is the second feature-length film from Aardman Animations and will be released in the United States on October 7.

NYT on the State of Webcomics

The New York Times has examined the state of webcomics (free registration required), noting controversies within the comic book field about the subject, the convergence of comics and animation in many of the best webcomics, and availability issues with webcomics today. The article is drawing fire in the webcomics community, with the most detailed and […]

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