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Otakon 2014: Interview - Masao Maruyama on Studio MAPPA and its Works

by Todd DuBoison August 22, 2014
Masao Maruyama’s storied career spans the lifetime of the modern anime industry itself. He started out with Mushi Productions before going on to found the animation studio Madhouse in 1972, where he spent over four decades producing scores of noteworthy anime titles and working with some of the finest talent in the business. Such series […]

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PR: Prepare To Loaf Out Loud As Nickelodeon UK Delivers New Animation 'Breadwinners'

by Grant Whiteon August 20, 2014
  PREPARE TO LOAF OUT LOUD AS NICKELODEON DELIVERS NEW ANIMATION BREADWINNERS Expect hilarious escapades, high energy and booty-shaking music in plucky new series Breadwinners, premiering on Monday 22nd September at 4:30pm only on Nicktoons London, 20th August 2014 – New animated comedy Breadwinners follows SwaySway and Buhdeuce, two hilarious ducks who operate a bread […]
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Toonzone Interviews Asaph Fipke, Supreme Commander of Nerd Corps, on the "Slugterra" Movies

by Ed Liuon August 20, 2014
Asaph “Ace” Fipke bills himself as the Supreme Commander of Nerd Corps, the Vancouver-based animation studio, and the whimsy in job title carries over into their TV shows. A child actor whose father was in show business as well, Fipke began college at the University of BC, but dropped out in favor of the Vancouver […]

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Bob’s Burgers And Harry Shearer Win First Emmy Awards

by Alex Beanon August 18, 2014
Veteran “Simpsons” voice actor Harry Shearer won his first-ever Emmy Award and was joined in the first-ever club by “Bob’s Burgers” – which won their first-ever Emmy Award as the Best Animated Program. Shearer won his virgin Emmy for his multiple roles in an episode of “The Simpsons” last season. In addition to those wins, […]
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Disney Jettisons Radio Stations

by Alex Beanon August 15, 2014
Disney has slowly been eliminating its Radio Disney radio station empire over the years – getting rid of five stations in 2010 and another seven stations last year – until they finally had only 24 stations left operating in the country. As the company shifts to digital distribution, Disney will sell 23 of those 24 […]

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Lauren Bacall, Actor, 1924 - 2014

by Ed Liuon August 13, 2014
The iconic actor Lauren Bacall passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at the age of 89. Born Betty Joan Perske in New York City, becoming Betty Bacal after her parents’ divorce and her mother’s adoption of the second half of her maiden name (though she added the second “L” to her name because the […]
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Robin Williams 1951-2014

by Dan Collinson August 12, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died today from an apparent suicide.  He was 63. A successful stand-up comedian, Williams achieved nationwide fame as Mork, an alien from the planet Ork on an episode of Happy Days.  Williams later played Mork in the Happy Days spinoff Mork & Mindy […]

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DisneyToon Studios Has Layoffs

by Alex Beanon August 11, 2014
DisneyToon Studios, the Disney-based studio for its direct-to-video animation projects, has laid off nearly a third of its staff. The recent diminishment of the “Tinkerbell” franchise along with the direct-to-video market being a shell of its former money-making self were theorized to be the main culprits behind the layoffs. Approximately 17 of the 60 full-time […]
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San Diego Sues Salt Lake Over Comic Con Usage

by Alex Beanon August 10, 2014
The organizers of the San Diego Comic Con are suing the organizers of the Salt Lake Comic Con in Utah over the copyright usage of the term “comic con”. The San Diego-based Comic Con has been synonymous with the term since the event originated there in 1970. The Utah-based event began last year and attracted […]