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Chinese Funded Film Venture Announces "Kong" Feature Film

by Ed Liuon February 11, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter notes that a collective run by Chinese mogul Robin Li will be funding Aquamen Entertainment, a new film production venture based out of Los Angeles to be run by Korean filmmaker Jeongjung Kim and Chinese producer Gary Zhang. The production company’s first feature film will be Kong, which (despite the title suggesting […]
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Disney Sued Over "Toy Story 3" Evil Stuffed Bear

by Ed Liuon February 11, 2014
New Jersey-based Diece-Lisa Industries has filed a lawsuit against Disney Enterprises for trademark and patent infringement over the “Lots-O-Huggin’ Bear” character in Toy Story 3. Diece-Lisa holds a trademark and patents for their “Lots of Hugs” stuffed toy bears, and notes that DLI’s “hugging technology” was licensed by a Disney affiliate for Bear in the […]

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Everything is Awesome for "The LEGO Movie" with $69.11M Box Office in Debut Weekend

by Ed Liuon February 10, 2014
Warner Bros. The LEGO Movie walled out all its competition at the box office in its debut weekend, with $69.11 million (estimated) in ticket sales. Its nearest competitor, Sony’s The Monuments Men starring George Clooney, came in a distant second in its debut weekend with $22.7 million (estimated) in sales. The opening is one of […]
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PR: New Music Manager Game 'Music Inc.' Takes Centre Stage at London EDITION Launch

by Grant Whiteon February 10, 2014
New Music Manager Game Music Inc. Takes Centre Stage at London EDITION Launch UK Music, the Intellectual Property Office and Aardman Animations launched a brand new app, Music Inc, at the London EDITION hotel last night. The launch was attended by UK Music CEO Jo Dipple, Minister for Intellectual Property Lord Younger, a host of […]

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Skylanders and Call of Duty Among Top Earners in 2013

by Shawn Hopkinson February 7, 2014
This week Activision released its quarterly earnings report, and there’s good news in there for fans of Skylanders and Call of Duty. According to a press release about the report, Skylanders sales are in the billions: ·         As of December 31, 2013, the Skylanders franchise has generated, life-to-date, more than $2 billion in worldwide sales and, at the end of the […]
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G.I. Joe Enlists for Amazon's Kindle Worlds

by Ed Liuon February 6, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter notes that America’s daring, highly trained special missions force has opened up a new front in their ongoing war against Cobra: Kindle Worlds, Amazon.com’s program that allows writers of fan-fiction to publish and profit from their work. Hasbro and Amazon have added G.I. Joe to the properties available for writers on Kindle […]

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"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" Tops Video Sales Charts in Debut Week

by Ed Liuon February 6, 2014
Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 has topped the home video sales chart in its first week of release, with the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart pegging it at #1 for both the DVD/Blu-ray combined chart and the dedicated Blu-ray sales chart. Trailing it on the combined sales chart were […]
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PR: Get ready to geek out at the MCM Midlands Comic Con!

by Grant Whiteon February 5, 2014
MIDLANDS COMIC CON – INTERNATIONAL CENTRE, TELFORD – 15 FEB. Get ready to geek out at the MCM Midlands Comic Con! Sci-fi fans, movie buffs, comic collectors, anime enthusiasts and cosplayers will be flocking to Telford International Centre on 15 February for the MCM Midlands Comic Con, the first show in MCM Expo’s packed 2014 […]

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Arthur Rankin Jr., Rankin/Bass Co-Founder, 1924 - 2014

by Ed Liuon February 4, 2014
The Royal Gazette of Bermuda reported that Arthur Rankin, Jr. passed away at his home by Harrington Sound on January 31, 2014, at the age of 90. Rankin was half of the famed Rankin-Bass duo, which produced some of the best beloved animated Christmas TV specials of all time, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty […]
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PR: Turner Broadcasting Announces Strategic Changes/Expansions to Animation, Kids & Young Adult Networks

by Ed Liuon February 4, 2014
Turner Broadcasting Announces Strategic Changes/Expansions to its Portfolio of Animation, Kids and Young Adult Networks Adult Swim to Expand On-Air Programming Line-up to 8 p.m. on March 31 Cartoon Network Stays On with Original Animated Shorts, Series and Games for Digital Consumption Boomerang to be Aligned Globally as a Family Co-Viewing Network Officially Available to […]