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PR: NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival Announces 2014 Jury & Slate Preview; “Muppets Most Wanted” & “Rio 2” Special Previews

by Ed Liuon January 17, 2014
NEW YORK INT’L CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2014 JURY AND SLATE PREVIEW **** FULL SLATE ANNOUNCED AND TICKETS ON SALE FEB 3 EVENT RUNS MARCH 7-30 OSCAR®-QUALIFYING FEST FOR SHORT ANIMATION & LIVE ACTION OVER 30,000 EXPECTED FOR 100+ FILMS **** SLATE PREVIEW: AMAZONIA – US PREMIERE OPENING NIGHT MUPPETS MOST WANTED – SPECIAL PREVIEW […]
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Dave Madden, Actor, 1931 – 2014

by Ed Liuon January 17, 2014
Actor Dave Madden passed away on January 16, 2014, at a hospice in Florida at the age of 82. Madden is best known for his role as Reuben Kincaid, the rumpled, often put-upon manager in the 1970’s sitcom The Partridge Family, where he was often bedeviled by Danny Partridge (played by Danny Bonaduce). Madden had […]

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Russell Johnson, “Gilligan’s Island” Professor, 1924 – 2014

by Dan Collinson January 17, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Russell Johnson has died earlier this morning in his home in Washington. He was 89. Johnson was known as Roy Hinkley, better known as The Professor, for three years on the classic TV show Gilligan’s Island. He also reprised the role in 3 TV movies and the animated spin-offs The […]
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Arrow – Blast Radius – Season 2, Episode 10

by Alex Beanon January 16, 2014
Synopsis: New villain du jour Shrapnel is blowing stuff up in Starling City and that’s causing all sorts of stress so Arrow must put a stop to Shrapnel and all his ‘splosions. Details: The episode opens with a random dude trying to run down a stationary Arrow with his car whilst shooting at him with […]

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2014 Academy Award Nominees Announced (UPDATED with Reaction Statements)

by Ed Liuon January 16, 2014
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for a 2014 Academy Award. Categories with an animated film in contention are: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE The Croods (DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc) Despicable Me 2 (Universal/Illumination Entertainment) Ernest & Celestine (GKIDS/La Parti Productions/Les Armateurs) Frozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios) The Wind Rises (Kaze […]
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All Hail The Kingsley

by Alex Beanon January 15, 2014
Marvel’s one shot “All Hail The King” – stars Ben Kingsley reprising his role as Trevor Slattery from “Iron Man 3” and granting a prison interview in the 14-minute film that is intended to be an epilogue to IM3 and a sort of bridge to another film. The one minute snippet of the upcoming 14-minute […]

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Kretschmann Is The Baron In Age Of Ultron

by Alex Beanon January 15, 2014
The cast is beginning to fill out for Disney/Marvel’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” as Thomas Kretschmann [“Wanted”] has been announced for the role of the villain Baron Wolfgang von Strucker – a former Nazi who wears Satan’s Claw on one hand [a device allowing him to emit electric shocks], maintains peak physical form due […]
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More Apes In 2016

by Alex Beanon January 15, 2014
As has become the custom lately, movie studios are announcing future sequels before the previous sequels are even released and the rebooted “Planet of the Apes” series is no different as the third film in the rebooted franchise was announced by Fox to be on its way in two years’ time. The second film in […]

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“Fortune” Talks with Disney CEO About “Frozen”; Discussions for Broadway Show Revealed

by Ed Liuon January 14, 2014
Fortune magazine spoke with the Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger on the success of Frozen, quoting Iger as saying that the film’s critical and box-office success indicates that “Disney Animation is where it rightfully belongs.” The article traces this moment from Iger’s first big act as CEO to buy Pixar Animation Studios in 2006, […]
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Constantine Gets Pilot License

by Alex Beanon January 14, 2014
Chain-smoking, cursing, trenchcoat-wearing supernatural detective John Constantine is getting his own pilot episode at NBC television. The comic book detective who began life at Vertigo before moving over to DC Comics is the creation of Alan Moore but the pilot will be written by David Goyer, a writer on all three of Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” […]