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Robert Iger Campaigning Without Campaigning for Disney Top Spot

The Los Angeles Times notes the fine line walked by Robert Iger, presumptive front-runner to replace Michael Eisner as CEO of the Walt Disney Company (free registration required). Iger’s public actions must balance between his clear desire to take over the top spot while assuaging shareholder fears that he will not be appointed CEO through […]

Hai Karate Stages "Incredible" Comeback?

Has-been superheroes apparently use has-been grooming products, The New York Times reports (free registration required). Ex-superhero Lucius Frozone can be seen slapping on some Hai Karate aftershave in The Incredibles, the newspaper notes, in an apparent in-joke in a film that otherwise eschews product placements. The fragrance, which was introduced in the 1960′s, apparently has […]

Will Anybody Direct "Toy Story 3"?

According to rumors reported on the Fox News website, no animation director in Hollywood will accept the assignment to direct Toy Story 3. Disney has the rights to produce sequels to all the Pixar movies it distributed, but it seems no animator will accept the director’s chair for fear of crossing Pixar. Some questions are […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" Helps Set Japan Box Office Record

Japanese box office revenue set a new record in 2004, rising to $2.03 billion for the year. According to the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, the rise was largely due to the success of local films, with Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle being singled out as the top-grossing film in Japan with receipts totaling […]

"Song of the South" May See DVD Release

Songofthesouth.net, a fan site dedicated to Disney’s Song of the South movie, is reporting that Dick Cook, Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, has stated publicly that Song of the South will be released on DVD eventually. In a Q&A session at the Summer 2004 Annual Convention of the NFFC, Cook stated that controversial material […]

Visa Superbowl Commercial to Star Marvel Superheroes

Superhero Hype is reporting that Visa is planning an ad for the Super Bowl featuring live-action Marvel Comics superheroes, including Captain America, Thor, Wolverine, and Spider-Man. According to a related article from Reuters, the ad will focus on Visa’s fraud protection services.

Josh Blaylock on Restarting "G.I. Joe"

Josh Blaylock of Devil’s Due Publishing has been interviewed by yojoe.com about the ending of the current G.I. Joe comic book series and its planned revival. (via Newsarama.com)

Kirby Descendants Comment on Stan Lee Court Victory

Robert Katz and Lisa Kirby, nephew and daughter of legendary comic creator Jack Kirby, have made critical statements to the New York Times about Stan Lee’s recent court victory over Marvel Comics. A judge recently ruled that Lee was contractually entitled to 10% of film and TV profits from Marvel Enterprises, reviving complaints about historic […]

"Valiant" Aims to Revive Ealing Studios and British Animation Industry

The Los Angeles Times has published a feature article about Valiant, an animated film about British carrier pigeons during World War II (free registration required). The films’ producers hope that the film will revive the famed Ealing Studios and a moribund British animation industry. Valiant is scheduled to debut in the United Kingdom on March […]

DC Comics' Dan Didio Talks "Countdown"

Dan Didio, VP Editorial for DC Comics, has spoken to Newsarama.com about DC Countdown, the upcoming summer event that promises to shake up the status quo in the DC universe. Didio delves into the connections between Countdown and the recently concluded Identity Crisis, along with the many mini-series and tie-ins Countdown will spawn. DC Countdown […]

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