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Brock Peters 1927 - 2005

Yahoo! News reports that actor Brock Peters has passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 78. He is best known for his role as Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird. Animation fans will recognize him as the voice of Lucius Fox in Batman: The Animated Series and numerous other voices in animation […]

Animated Films and Panels at the New Yorker Festival

The schedule for this year’s New Yorker festival has been released. It includes two panels about animation (one of which will feature Brad Bird, Trey Parker, and Matt Stone) and a preview screening of Wallace & Gromit — The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. The festival is scheduled for the weekend of September 23-25. (via Heidi […]

ADV Films Exploits BitTorrent for Advertising

ADV Films has begun exploiting BitTorrent, a file sharing system renowned for enabling digital piracy, to advertise its films, according to a report in the New York Times (free registration required). After a successful trial advertising Madlax in July, ADV has assembled more extensive promotional packages for Gilgamesh and Goddanar specifically for release on BitTorrent. […]

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.

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