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"Frozen" Composers on Internationalizing Music; Idina Menzel Profiled by NY Times

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter has spoken with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, composers for Disney’s Frozen, about the challenges of internationalizing the score for the film. The pair discuss working with Disney Character Voices International senior vp creative Rick Dempsey, noting specific linguistic usages that were avoided to make translation easier, and details other instances where […]
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"The Croods" Directors on Exploring Family Dynamics and the Sequel

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter has spoken with Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders, co-directors of DreamWorks Animation Studios SKG’s The Croods, which is one of five films contending for the Best Animated Feature Academy Award this weekend. Among other topics, the two discuss how they approached family dynamics as the central hinge point for the entire […]

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Canadian Animators and Broadcasters Seeking UK Partners (and Tax Breaks)

by Ed Liuon February 24, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter notes a trip by several Canadian animation studios and broadcasters to the United Kingdom, seeking opportunities for co-productions that can take advantage of British animation skills, creativity, and newly implemented tax breaks for high-end TV and animated productions. Animation studios making the trip include Atomic Cartoons, Big Bad Boo, DHX Media, Eaglecliff […]

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Shout! Factory Lands Distribution Rights to "Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart"

by Ed Liuon February 24, 2014
Shout! Factory has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to EuropaCorp’s Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart. The film, directed by co-directed Mathias Malzieu and Stephane Berla and adapted by Malzieu from his novel, screened at the recent Berlin International Film Festival and is currently in the middle of a theatrical run in France. Malzieu also […]
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Awesomeness Continues for "The Lego Movie" with $31.45M in Week 3

by Ed Liuon February 24, 2014
The Lego Movie continued its dominance at the US domestic box office, claiming the top spot for the third week in a row with $31.45 million in ticket sales (estimated). The number represents another relatively soft 36.9% drop from the prior week, and brings its cumulative domestic gross to $183.16 million. As with last week’s […]

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Dark Horse and Nickelodeon to Produce More "Avatar," "Korra" Merchandise

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2014
Dark Horse Comics and Nickelodeon are expanding their successful publishing partnership of comics based on Avatar the Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra to begin selling merchandise based on the two shows starting in May 2014. Among the merchandise being planned are limited-edition statues, figurines, busts, plush figures, drinking glasses, cups, coffee mugs, coaster […]
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Pixar's Mark Andrews Reported as Possible Director for "Doctor Strange"

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter states that several directors have met or are slated to meet with senior Marvel Studios management to helm a planned movie based on Doctor Strange, Marvel Comics’ Master of the Mystic Arts created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Among the names mentioned was Mark Andrews from Pixar Animation Studios, who co-wrote […]

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Peanuts, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Steve Jobs Planned as U.S. Postage Stamps

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2014
The Washington Post has uncovered a list of planned designs for upcoming U.S. postage stamps for 2014-2015, which includes Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Apple co-founder and seminal Pixar figure Steve Jobs. Rudolph is listed as “Design Approved” for release in 2014 (alongside stamps commemorating events of the Civil War, the War […]
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'Ender's Game' Now Available For UK Digital Download

by HellCaton February 20, 2014
Ender’s Game, the movie based on the legendary science-fiction novel, is now available to download in HD across various services in the UK.  Starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield the film focuses on Ender, a prodigious young recruit who is put through harsh training in an attempt to save future Earth from an […]