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Writer Peter David Suffers Stroke

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Writer Peter David has suffered a stroke while on vacation with his family in Florida. His wife Kathleen has been updating David’s well-trafficked blog with updates, noting the events which led up to his trip to the emergency room and diagnosis, as well as his progress so far. While there has been a non-trivial loss […]

Keiji Nakazawa, "Barefoot Gen" Creator, 1939 - 2012

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Keiji Nakazawa, the creator of the Barefoot Gen manga documenting his life in Hiroshima after the dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945, passed away on December 19, 2012, at the age of 73 due to lung cancer. A native of Hiroshima, Nakazawa was only 6 when the atomic bomb was dropped, and his father, […]

Charles Durning, Actor, 1923 - 2012

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Versatile character actor Charles Durning passed away on Monday, December 24, 2012, at his home in Manhattan at the age of 89. Durning was born in poverty (the ninth of 10 children, only 5 of whom lived to adulthood) and went through harrowing combat experiences during World War II, surviving the assualt on Omaha Beach […]

Toei Animation to Team with Valhalla Entertainment for Live-Action "Gaiking"

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Deadline.com reports that Toei Animation and Valhalla Entertainment (The Walking Dead) will be teaming for a live-action movie based on the giant robot anime franchise Gaiking, about a boy who pilots a massive super robot to defend the Earth from alien invaders. No release date was announced.

PR: Walt Disney Animation Studios Unveils Additional Cast for "Frozen"

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WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS UNVEILS ADDITIONAL CAST FOR FROZEN Tony Award® Nominee Jonathan Groff Tapped to Voice Mountain Man Kristoff in Epic Comedy Adventure BURBANK, Calif. (December 19, 2012) — Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) has given voice to its extreme mountain man from the comedy-adventure “Frozen.” Tony Award® nominee Jonathan Groff (Broadway’s “Spring Awakening,” […]

PR: Wallace & Gromit Connect With Google+ This Festive Season

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Wallace and Gromit have teamed up with Google to star in a festive video that aims to connect family and friends this holiday season. Appearing together with a number of other Aardman Animation characters for the first time, the video features Wallace and Gromit in a Google+ Hangout with Trixie and Captain Cuddlepuss from Creature Comforts, Shaun the Sheep and Ginger from Chicken Run. A Google+ Hangout is a multi­person video chat that support up to 10 people at the same time. They’re a fun way to relax and hang out with friends and family when you’re online. For families that are spread out over cities or even countries, it can be a challenge to get everyone together during the holidays. You can create a Google+ Hangout for your family to open presents together, sing carols or just catch up face­to­face­to­face. Google has added a little holiday cheer to Hangouts invites with a personalised Wallace and Gromit video invitation to be sent to your family and friends, To get started go to g.co/familyhangouts When you are participating in a Hangout, you can use the Holiday Effects app to put on a Santa hat, reindeer antlers or even Wallace’s icon tank top. Cristian Cussen, Head of Marketing, Google+, Europe, Middle East & Africa says: “We are thrilled to see Wallace and Gromit use a Google+ Hangout to join the rest of the Aardman family for the very first time. We would love for families and friends everywhere to easily connect over the holidays. For those who can’t make it home this year, they can still spend the holidays together through Google+ Hangouts.”   Merlin Crossingham, Creative Director for Wallace and Gromit says: “There is nothing like getting together with your family at Christmas, and having worked with all of these characters over many years that is exactly how this project felt to me. Seeing all of the Aardman characters coming together for the first time is something we are sure our fans the world over will absolutely love.” ================== Fun Facts For the 1 minute film we created 3 minutes 54 seconds of animation, as once a character appears on the main window they continue […]

PR: Cartoon Network Crowns 20th Birthday with Most-Watched Year in Its History

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Cartoon Network Crowns 20th Birthday with Most-Watched Year in Its History Cartoon Network Stands as Only Top Kids’ Network to Increase Total Day/Early Prime Among Kids 2-11, 6-11, 9-14 All Target Kid and Boy Deliveries Grow Mostly by Double Digits vs. 2011 Figures, Setting New Records CartoonNetwork.com Also Ranks as #1 Website Among Kids 6-11 […]

PR: Cartoon Network Invites Action Fans to Wake Up with the Heroes

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Cartoon Network Invites Action Fans to Wake Up with the Heroes Aziz Ansari Guest-Stars on Ben 10 Omniverse, Star Wars: The Clone Wars Returns with Episode 100, All-New Episodes of Young Justice: Invasion and Green Lantern: The Animated Series premiere during DC Nation Ring in the New Year with a Rousing Saturday Morning Line-Up Starting […]

Cartoon Network Greenlights "Clarence" for a Dozen Episodes

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Deadline.com reports that Cartoon Network has greenlit Skyler Page’s Clarence for 12 15-minute episodes, marking the third series to originate from the network’s shorts development initiative alongside the previously announced Steven Universe and Uncle Grandpa. The series is about Clarence, “an optimistic boy who wants to do everything because everything is amazing.”

Studio Ghibli Announces Hayao Miyazaki's "Kaze Tachinu" and Isao Takahata's "Kaguya-hime no Monogatari" Features for Summer 2013

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Crunchyroll relays Studio Ghibli’s traditional December 13 announcement of new films this year, with both studio founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata slated to release films in the same season (the first time since the double-bill of My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies). Miyazaki’s feature is Kaze Tachinu, based on Miyazaki’s manga and […]

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