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Hayao Miyazaki Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Venice Film Festival

Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki received a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival on Friday, September 9. In statements to the press, he stated that he was unconcerned at the relatively poor performance of his movies outside of Japan and claimed he nearly skipped the award ceremony, feeling that lifetime achievement awards are for […]

Burden Big for "Chicken Little"

The Los Angeles Times briefly notes the importance that the Walt Disney Company is placing on Chicken Little, the CGI-animated feature film scheduled for release on November 4. The studio is placing particular importance on the film in the face of their recent animated film flops and the possible ending of the Disney-Pixar partnership.

Disney Holds Shanghai Disneyland Due to China Media Rules

An article in the New York Times states that the Walt Disney Company is refusing to progress on talks for a Shanghai Disneyland theme park until it receives assurances that it can broadcast Disney shows on Chinese television (free registration required). Stricter Chinese media ownership regulations issued on August 1 essentially bar foreign television channels […]

NYT on "Wallace & Gromit" Feature Film

The New York Times has published a feature article about the path that Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit has taken to get to the screen (free registration required). The movie, opening on October 7, will be Aardman’s second feature-length stop-motion animated movie and the first to star Nick Park’s Oscar-winning duo.

Disney Shareholders Appeal Ovitz Ruling

Attorneys for Walt Disney Company shareholders are filing an appeal to a lawsuit regarding the hiring and firing of former Disney CEO Michael Ovitz. A judge for the Delaware Chancery Court ruled on August 9 that Disney’s board of directors did not breach its fiscal duties in its handling of Ovtiz’s employment and termination. (via […]

Iger States Hong Kong Disneyland is "Definitely Ready" to Open

Responding to news reports of capacity problems, Walt Disney Company President Robert Iger has stated that the Hong Kong Disneyland amusement park is “definitely ready for its grand opening.” Recent reports during trial days claimed that the park was being overwhelmed by excessive lines for food and rides. The park is scheduled to open to […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" Japanese DVD Details Announced

Nausicaa.net has posted the specifications for the standard and special edition Howl’s Moving Castle DVDs being released in Japan on November 16. The Studio Ghibli Short Films DVD will be released at the same time.

Baltimore Comic-Con to Mark 25th Anniversary of "Teen Titans"

The highlight of this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be the 25th anniversary of the New Teen Titans, which formed the foundation of the show on Cartoon Network. New Teen Titans co-creator Marv Wolfman will be present at the show, and a free Titans print by artist Frank Cho will be handed out to attendees as […]

"Batman Week in Bloomington" Honors Michael Uslan

Michael Uslan, producer for numerous live-action and animated Batman projects, will be honored by Indiana University and the city of Bloomington, Indiana, for “Batman Week in Bloomington” from September 12 – 16. The 30,000 comics and graphic novels that Uslan has donated to Indiana University’s Lilly Library will be the core of a special exhibition […]

Website for Fred Patten Launches

A website dedicated to sci-fi and anime maven Fred Patten has been launched to keep his friends and fans up to date on his health. Patten has written about anime and manga for more than 25 years, but suffered a stroke in March 2005. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog)

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