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PR: Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios Enter TV Content Distribution Alliance; "Kaijudo" & "Transformers Rescue Bots" to DVD

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SHOUT! FACTORY AND HASBRO STUDIOS ENTER NEW TELEVISION CONTENT DISTRIBUTION ALLIANCE FOR HOME ENTERTAINMENT Multi-Year Agreement Grants Shout! Factory Distribution Rights to Popular Animated Series from Hasbro Studios Los Angeles, CA and Pawtucket, RI – July 13, 2012 – Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios today announced a strategic distribution collaboration to bring current animated hit […]

PR: Kevin Smith's "Fatman on Batman" Podcast, Bacon Bros., & More at Warner Bros. San Diego Comic Con 2012

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PRESENTING TWO VERY FAMOUS KEVINS AND A FAN-TASTIC LINEUP, BECAUSE EVERYBODY LOVES MUSIC, MOVIES, COMICAL MUSINGS … AND BACON!   KEVIN SMITH, THE BACON BROTHERS AND NERDMELT COMEDY HEADLINE THREE DAYS OF FREE OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT AS WARNER BROS. PRESENTS THE “EXTRA AT COMIC-CON” STAGE   Festival Also Features Performances by The Voice‘s Tony Lucca & […]

DreamWorks Animation Announces Plans for Theme Park at the Meadowlands in NJ

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DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., has announced plans for a theme park as part of a revived entertainment and retail mall location at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. It is the latest announcement for a DreamWorks-oriented theme park after similar plans for parks in China, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi were not executed to completion. The park […]

Unauthorized Animated Disney Characters Appear on North Korean TV

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The New York Times reports that unauthorized versions of copyrighted Walt Disney Company characters appeared on North Korean state-run television on Monday. Costumed versions of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Tigger, and other Disney characters were seen dancing in front of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, with occasional clips from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs […]

PR: Director Genndy Tartakovsky Inks Overall Deal with Sony Pictures Animation

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Acclaimed Animation Director Genndy Tartakovsky Inks Overall Deal with Sony Pictures Animation Culver City, CA, July 11, 2012 – Sony Pictures Animation continues to expand its stable of talented filmmakers with the signing of three-time Emmy Award winner Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars) to an overall agreement that extends beyond […]

Ernest Borgnine, 1917 - 2012

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Actor Ernest Borgnine passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2012, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the age of 95. His career in Hollywood spanned for more than six decades, with his gruff voice, gap-toothed smile, and acting versatility leading to roles as villains, heroes, and common joes. Borgnine was best known as the title character […]

LA Times on Direct-to-Video Knockoff Industry

The Los Angeles Times has examined the “drafting phenomenon” in the movie industry, where direct-to-video knockoffs of major studio films exploit the studios’ marketing campaigns. Animated family films are frequent subjects for knockoffs, with recent releases including Kiara the Brave and Life’s a Jungle: Africa’s Most Wanted, which are drafting off Pixar’s Brave and DreamWorks […]

Spinoff Interviews Bill Schultz on Home Plate Entertainment, Early Marvel Animation, and "Wild Grinders"

Spinoff Online has interviewed Bill Schultz, CEO of Home Plate Entertainment, about his long career in the animation industry. Among other topics, Schultz discusses his start in the 1980′s with Marvel Productions, working on shows like X-Men, Transformers, and G.I. Joe; his stints at Film Roman and Cartoon Network; his view of the beginning of […]

World's Finest Interviews Robert Kral on Scoring "Superman vs. the Elite"

The World’s Finest has interviewed composer Robert Kral on his work scoring the latest DC direct-to-video movie Superman vs. the Elite. Among other topics, Kral discusses how the music he composed for Superman Doomsday was used in the new movie, how story and tone affect his compositions, the differences between composing for feature-length movies vs. […]

NY Times Interviews Seth MacFarlane on Animated TV and "Ted"

The New York Times‘ Arts Beat weblog has interviewed Seth MacFarlane on his work on his Fox animated comedies and his feature film directorial debut for Ted, in which he also plays the title character through motion capture CGI animation. Among other topics, MacFarlane discusses where the concept of Ted came from, his use of […]

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