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PR: Volunteers Improve Los Angeles Kids’ Lives and Futures with Play

by Ed Liuon November 18, 2014
Volunteers Improve Los Angeles Kids’ Lives and Futures with Play Barack Obama Charter School, Disney and KaBOOM! Celebrate Enriching the Lives of Kids and Families by Building a Healthy, Safe Space to Play in One Day Los Angeles, Calif. – More than 350 children now have a new opportunity to get the balanced and active […]
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Hasbro and DreamWorks Call Off Merger Talks; DreamWorks Stock Drops

by Ed Liuon November 18, 2014
Hasbro has called off talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., leading to a 14% drop in share price for DreamWorks (eliminating any gains in price made after reports of the merger talks first surfaced). A number of reasons are being cited by news sources, including a negative response from Hasbro shareholders, an insurmountable gap […]

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Disney Sets 2016 Release Dates for “Zootopia” and “Moana”

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2014
Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced release dates for their next two animated feature films. Zootopia will be released on March 4, 2016; the movie will be directed by Byron Howard (Tangled) and will center on a fast-talking fox framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Moana will be released on November 23, 2016; co-directed […]
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DreamWorks Animation Reported in Merger Talks with Hasbro and Joint Venture with Hearst

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2014
Various media outlets are reporting that toymaker Hasbro is in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation, SKG, Inc, as well as discussions to turn their AwesomenessTV channel into a joint venture with Hearst. The Hasbro/DreamWorks merger is reported to be at least 60 days away, and the reports state that both sides agree that Jeffrey Katzenberg […]

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Terminally Ill “Simpsons” Co-Creator Sam Simon Donating His Fortune to Charity

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2014
Multiple news outlets are noting that Sam Simon, one of several co-creators of The Simpsons, was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in 2012, and has recently been arranging the donation of his personal fortune generated from his work on the show to charitable causes. The bulk of his fortune of $100 million has been put […]
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George Lucas Animated Musical “Strange Magic” Coming on January 23, 2015

by Ed Liuon November 12, 2014
“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015. “Strange Magic” is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and […]

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“Big Hero 6” Conquers Box Office with $56.2M in Ticket Sales for Debut Weekend

by Ed Liuon November 10, 2014
Disney’s Big Hero 6 won the box office race in its premiere weekend, selling $56.21M in tickets (estimated) to beat out Paramount’s science fiction epic Interstellar, whose second place finish meant $47.51M in ticket sales. The strong opening weekend handily beat out Wreck-It Ralph‘s $49M premiere from 2012, although it’s short of the $67M opening […]

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NYCC 2014: The “LEGO Batman 3” Roundtables: Arthur Parsons, Stephen Sharples, and Troy Baker

by Ed Liuon November 10, 2014
At New York Comic Con 2014, Toonzone News sat down with some other members of the press for roundtable interviews with the cast and crew of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Arthur Parsons of Tt Games is the game director for LEGO Batman 3. Q: When Traveler’s Tales makes a LEGO game, how do you […]