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Me Tarzan, Me Also Alexander Skarsgard

by Alex Beanon February 11, 2014
Tarzan is about to receive a jungle reboot with Alexander Skarsgard [“True Blood”] playing the film role originally made popular by Johnny Weissmuller. The new version of Tarzan will be a3D, live-action reboot will also have Margot Robbie [“The Wolf of Wall Street”] as Jane Porter. The rebooted “Tarzan” is currently scheduled for a release […]

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 […]

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 […]

Disney Releases “The Jungle Book” Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD

by Alex Beanon February 11, 2014
The 1967 Disney animation classic The Jungle Book was digitally restored and enjoys its Diamond Edition release on Blu-ray and DVD today. The famous Rudyard Kipling yarn about Indian boy Mowgli growing up with the jungle animals was the final animated film worked on by Walt Disney [who passed away before its release], featured the […]

“Khumba” Gets Its Blu-ray And DVD Stripes

by Alex Beanon February 11, 2014
“Khumba” the second effort from South African animation studio Triggerfish was initially released to limited markets in December 2013 and is now out on Blu-ray and DVD. The film voice-stars Jake T. Austin in the title role as a zebra who is only born with half his stripes and is subsequently teased by the other […]
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Review: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” – It’s Messy but Fun to Play With Your Food

by Ed Liuon February 11, 2014
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was an entertaining trifle of a movie that managed the impressive feat of expanding a slim children’s book into a satisfying feature film. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 expands on the world of the first film to yield a charming enough sequel, if also one that’s noticeably […]

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 […]

Anime Limited Launches Kickstarter To Dub and Release ‘Mai Mai Miracle’

by Grant Whiteon February 10, 2014
UK based anime licensor Anime Limited have begun a Kickstarter campaign in order to fund a release of 2009 film Mai Mai Miracle. Receiving the blessing of director Suano Katabuchi (whose credits include Kiki’s Delivery Service and Black Lagoon), the Kickstarter has passed its initial goal and is now on track for an initial stretch […]

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Review: “The LEGO Movie” – If You Build It, They Will Come

by Grant Whiteon February 10, 2014
LEGO. Do I really need to say any more? The plastic interlocking building toy has been a favourite of generations of kids, winning awards and hearts in equal measure. Pretty much everyone alive today has fond memories of creative play with the stuff, myself included. So when I heard a big budget LEGO movie was […]

NY Times on Making of “The Lego Movie”

by Ed Liuon February 7, 2014
The New York Times has spoken with The Lego Movie co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller and animation co-director Chris McKay (Robot Chicken) about the making of the new film. The article looks at the decision to fabricate the movie’s entire world out of Lego pieces, the decision process that led to selecting CGI (with […]