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FUNimation Announces FUNimation Channel

A press release states that Navarre’s FUNimation Entertainment is launching the FUNimation channel, another 24-hour digital cable channel dedicated to anime. The channel will be distributed via OlympuSAT and should be available now to video service providers nationwide.

On-line Comics Preview Roundup: September 30, 2005

The following comics previews have been released to the Internet over the past week: – Mile High Comics have Marvel and DC advance 4-page previews of comics to be released on October 5, 2005, including Outsiders #29 by Judd Winick, Matthew Clark, and Art Thibert; and Marvel Monsters: Devil Dinosaur by Eric Powell, Tom Sniegoski, […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" News from the UK

News sources in the United Kingdom are focusing on Howl’s Moving Castle, which debuted there on September 1. The Financial Times interviewed director Hayao Miyazaki, while the Telegraph interviewed Diana Wynn Jones, author of the novel on which the film is based. (via Nausicaa.net)

Michael Eisner's Long Goodbye

Mainstream news media outlets are publishing numerous articles about the departure of Michael Eisner as CEO of the Disney Corporation. Reuters reports on Eisner’s message not to panic in the face of technological change to the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, which may be the same event covered by an article in the Los Angeles […]

E.J. Su Talks "Transformers" Comics

E.J. Su, penciller for the new Transformers comics coming from IDW Publishing, has spoken to Comicon.com’s PULSE News about his latest gig. Several preview pages are included with the article.

Don Adams 1923 - 2005

Actor Don Adams has passed away at the age of 82. Best known for his role as Maxwell Smart in the TV show Get Smart, Adams also provided the voice for Inspector Gadget in the show of the same name and as a younger Gadget in Gadget Boy & Heather.

Tommy Bond 1926 - 2005

Actor Tommy Bond passed away on Saturday at the age of 79. Bond is probably best known for his roles as Butch the bully in The Little Rascals and as Jimmy Olsen in two Superman movie serials. Writer Mark Evanier points out that Bond also did animation voice work, most notably as the owl in […]

Eisner's Low-Key Departure from Disney

The New York Times is reporting that Michael Eisner is planning a low-key exit from Disney when his last day at work arrives this Friday (registration required). He has declined comment on his career and only agreed to a one-page retrospective in the Disney company newsletter.

"Chicken Little" Boosts 3-D and Digital Projection

An article in The New York Times notes that Disney’s Chicken Little has the potential for a major breakthrough in 3-D movies and has already spurred several theatres to upgrade to digital projection systems (registration required). The article notes that the new 3-D process will be more advanced than even recent movies like Spy Kids […]

IDW Announces "Transformers: Beast Wars" Comic

IDW Publishing has announced a Beast Wars mini-series to join its new Transformers comic books. Beast Wars: The Gathering will be a 4-issue mini-series launching in February 2006 by Simeon Furman, with art by Don Figueroa and Josh Burcham, following the relaunch of Transformers in January.

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