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Mike Mitchell Named to Direct DreamWorks’ “Trolls”

by Ed Liuon May 29, 2013
Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After, Sky High and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked) has been named by DreamWorks to be the director of Trolls, a feature film based on the famous troll dolls with their trademark shocks of colorful hair. The screenplay is to be provided by Erica Rivinoja (South Park, Up All Night), with […]
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WWE Puts Flintstones In Sleeper Hold

by Alex Beanon May 29, 2013
You probably thought you had seen it all. Well, turns out, you haven’t – because you have never seen an animated Flintstones movie featuring professional wrestlers. But it looks like you may get your wish – if that was, indeed, your wish – as pro wrestlers from the WWE [World Wrestling Entertainment] will voice characters […]

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Helicopter Load Of Money Makes Mendes Feel Much Better About Directing Bond 24

by Alex Beanon May 29, 2013
After saying, a few months ago, that the mere thought of directing the 24th installment in the James Bond franchise would make him “physically ill”, director Sam Mendes seems to feel much better after receiving what he termed a “very generous offer” from the Bond franchise overseers to direct Bond 24. Initially, Mendes, the director […]
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Review: Magic Found in “Howl’s Moving Castle” Blu-ray

by Ed Liuon May 29, 2013
I haven’t revisited Hayao Miyazaki’s adaptation of Howl’s Moving Castle since it was released on DVD in 2006. I had vague memories of dissatisfaction with the movie and distinctly recall thinking that a lot of stuff in the back third only made sense if you had read the novel by Diana Wynne Jones (even though […]

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PR: Shout! Factory & Hasbro Studios Enter Global Distribution Alliance for “My Little Pony Equestria Girls”

by Ed Liuon May 28, 2013
SHOUT! FACTORY AND HASBRO STUDIOS ENTER GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION ALLIANCE FOR THE UPCOMING ANIMATED MOTION PICTURE MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS Los Angeles, CA – May 28, 2013 – Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios, the Los Angeles-based production and distribution division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), announced a new worldwide distribution alliance for the highly anticipated […]
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Whedon Says I’ll See Your Quicksilver And Raise You A Scarlet Witch

by Alex Beanon May 28, 2013
Only a few weeks after it was announced that Evan Peters [“American Horror Story” and “Kick-Ass”] was all set to become Quicksilver in the upcoming “X-Men“ Days of Future Past”, director Joss Whedon confirmed that Quicksilver will also be in his film – “Avengers 2” – along with his sister, Scarlet Witch. While Peters will […]

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Toonzone at MCM London Comic Con May 2013 – Shinichiro Watanabe Q&A

by Grant Whiteon May 28, 2013
Attending the event to promote the forthcoming releases of Cowboy Bebop HD and Kids On The Slope, the appearance marked the renowned Watanabe’s first visit to the UK. Well known industry veteran and Anime Ltd representative Andrew Partridge asked questions, with Watanabe generally speaking through an interpreter though occasionally offering English responses. Things began with […]
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Toonzone At MCM London Comic Con May 2013 – Anime Industry Panels

by Grant Whiteon May 27, 2013
The Anime Industry panel was split across the Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday panel opened with two surprise announcements from Manga- Attack on Titan and the live action Space Battleship Yamato have been licensed by them, with trailers running on the theatre’s main screen. No specific dates are currently set for Titan but Yamato is […]

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NY Times on the Rise of Brigham Young University’s Animation Program

by Ed Liuon May 27, 2013
The New York Times Magazine has taken a look at the rise of the Brigham Young University animation program as a somewhat unlikely rise as a feeder program for Hollywood’s top animation studios. The university was singled out by Pixar president Ed Catmull in a speech on campus in 2008, and a 14-person team at […]
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New Man Of Steel TV Spot

by Alex Beanon May 26, 2013
The newest television advertisement for the upcoming “Man of Steel” film [release date: June 14, 2013] starring Henry Cavill as the S-man, shows a montage of action from the film and has Russell Crowe [as Kor-El] getting in on the “S” stands for hope” idiocy…