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Marvel Begins Digital Comics Initiative

by Ed Liuon December 15, 2005
Marvel Comics has opened a new section of their site for digital comics, with the debut titles being Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 by Peter David and Mike Wieringo, She-Hulk (vol. 1) #1 by Dan Slott and Juan Bobillo, Captain America #1 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting, and an episode of Franklin Richards: Son of […]

NY Film Critics Circle Names "Howl's" Best Animated Film of 2005

by Ed Liuon December 14, 2005
The New York Film Critics Circle has named Howl’s Moving Castle the Best Animated Film of 2005. A full list of their awards and the winners is available at their website.

Cable Networks to Offer "Family-Friendly" Cable Channel Packages

by Ed Liuon December 13, 2005
Responding to increasing pressure from lawmakers and special interest groups, Time Warner, Comcast, and four other major cable operators are planning to offer subscribers family-friendly channel packages, which will presumably include channels such as the Disney Channel, Toon Disney, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and Nickelodeon (free registration required). The move has not fully placated many of […]

New Studio Ghibli Film Announced

by Ed Liuon December 13, 2005
Nausicaa.net is reporting that Studio Ghibli’s next film will be entitled Gedo Senki (Gedo War History) and will be directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki. The film will be an adaptation of A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin. It is scheduled to be released in Japan in July 2006.

Paul Dini Talks "Jingle Belle"

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
Writer Paul Dini has been interviewed by Comicon.com’s PULSE News about his new Jingle Belle comics being published by Dark Horse. The interview delves into Jing’s move from Oni Press to Dark Horse, Dini’s inspirations for the character, and the upcoming Jingle Belle “Fight Before Christmas” one-shot issue. The article includes several preview pages from […]

"Charlie Brown Christmas" Continues TV Ratings Reign; "USA Today" Looks at Show

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
The 40th anniversary rebroadcast of A Charlie Brown Christmas on December 6 won the ratings race for its timeslot, garnering 15.4 million viewers and a 5.5 rating among adults aged 18-49, according to Nielsen Media Research. Its performance crushed its nearest competitor, CBS‘s NCIS, which had 1.1 million fewer viewers and a 3.4 rating for […]

How Homer Simpson Became Omar Shamshoon

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
An article in the Los Angeles Times examines the Arabic version of Fox’s The Simpsons, broadcast in the Middle East via Arabic satellite network MBC. Issues of translating humor and excising portions of the show that would be objectionable to a Middle Eastern Muslim audience are addressed, as are the varied reactions to the show […]

DreamWorks Acquired by Paramount; New Animation Distribution Deal Inked

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
Viacom’s Paramount Pictures has just acquired DreamWorks SKG for .6 billion in cash and debt. As a result of the deal, DreamWorks Animation Studios has signed a new distribution deal with Paramount similar to the one with DreamWorks SKG, where an 8% distribution fee earns Paramount marketing and distribution of DreamWorks Animation’s movies. Paramount will […]

Joe Hisashi Wins LA Film Critics Association Award

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
Studio Ghibli composer Joe Hisashi has won the Best Musical Score award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for his work on Howl’s Moving Castle, according to Nausicaa.net.

Viz Dominates Bookscan GN Charts; "Naruto" a Top Seller

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
Viz Media has announced that their manga series dominates the Bookscan graphic novel chart, taking the top thirteen spots on the chart. Naruto manga volumes are six of the thirteen books listed, with Naruto Vol. 8 taking the top spot on the sales charts.