Archer Season 5 Premieres January 13, 2014

PR: FX Offers Free Personal Grooming, Courtesy of “Archer” and “Chozen”

by Ed Liuon January 8, 2014
FX is offering free personal grooming, courtesy of the upcoming premieres of Season 5 of Archer and their new animated comedy Chozen. On January 9 and 10, 2014, FX will be rolling a custom-branded glass truck in New York City to offer complimentary “Man-Overs,” which will include haircuts, shoe shines, and possibly even a free […]

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Saul Zaentz, Film Producer, 1921 – 2014

by Ed Liuon January 7, 2014
Independent film producer Saul Zaentz passed away on Friday, January 3, 2014, in San Francisco, CA, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 92. Zaentz entered the entertainment industry in 1955 as a salesman for Fantasy Records, which he purchased with partners in 1967. A year later, Zaentz made his first fortune by signing […]

“Frozen” Bounces Back to Top Box Office Spot in Week 6

by Ed Liuon January 6, 2014
Disney’s Frozen made a surprisingly strong showing in its sixth weekend of release, with $20.7 million (estimated) in ticket sales moving it back to the top spot at the box office ahead of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (which had grossed more than Frozen at the box office since the latter film’s release on […]

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Japanese Government Launches “Cool Japan” Initiative

by Ed Liuon January 3, 2014
Anime News Network reports that the Japanese government has funded a new “Japan Channel” dedicated to exporting Japanese cultural programming internationally, including anime, dramas, music, and travel program. The initial seed money of 15.5 billion yen (approximately $14.7 million) is for subtitling and dubbing costs and publicity, as well as setting up foreign broadcasting offices […]

PR: Disney’s Lucasfilm and Marvel Entertainment to Publish “Star Wars” Comics & Graphic Novels

by Ed Liuon January 3, 2014
DISNEY’S LUCASFILM AND MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT JOIN FORCES TO PUBLISH STAR WARS™ COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS Jedi, Sith, and the rest of the Star Wars Universe Come to Marvel Comics in 2015 SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 3, 2014) – The Walt Disney Company’s Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are joining forces to bring new Star Wars […]

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“Big Hero 6” Picks Up Chris Williams as Co-Director, Roy Conli as Producer

by Ed Liuon January 2, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Chris Williams has joined Don Hall as co-director for Walt Disney Feature Animation’s Big Hero 6, and has also named Roy Conli as a new producer for the film. Williams co-directed and co-wrote 2008’s Bolt, and also has writing credits on Mulan, The Emperor’s New Groove, and Brother Bear. Conli was […]

James Avery 1948-2013

by Dan Collinson January 2, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter reports that actor James Avery died on New Years Eve due to complications from open heart surgery; he was 65.  Avery was best known to TV audiences as Phillip Banks, Will’s uncle on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  He also made appearances on shows like Amen, The Closer, That ’70s Show, and Star […]


Lawsuit Roundup: “Robinson Curiosite” vs. “Robinson Sucroe”, “Frozen” vs. “Frozen Land”

by Ed Liuon December 26, 2013
The Canadian Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Canadian animator Claude Robinson in a copyright infringement lawsuit against animation firm Cinar over Robinson’s proposal for a cartoon character titled “Robinson Curiosite.” After submitting his proposal to a number of production companies over 20 years ago, Cinar brought the extremely similar show Robinson Sucroe to […]

PR: Nickelodeon’s Heroes In A Half Shell Return To Battle In The UK In Season Two Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

by Grant Whiteon December 21, 2013
NICKELODEON’S HEROES IN A HALF SHELL RETURN TO BATTLE IN SEASON TWO OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Masked Vigilante Casey Jones Joins Forces with the Crime-Fighting Turtles in the Season Premiere on Saturday 11th January at 9:30am on Nicktoons London –  Friday 20th December, 2013 – Nickelodeon launches season two of the hit animated […]