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NY Times on the Uncertain Reception for Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises”

by Ed Liuon November 11, 2013
The New York Times has looked at the potential trouble spots in the US release of Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film The Wind Rises, based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Japanese Zero fighter. While right-wing elements in Japan have criticized the film for being too pacifistic, the concern is that the […]

Wall Street Journal on Hollywood vs. Vancouver Over China’s Animation Market

by Ed Liuon November 11, 2013
The Wall Street Journal‘s China weblog has noted recent efforts to promote Vancouver-based animation studios for content partnerships with Chinese companies, with Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson touring the country last week with digital animation executives in tow touting lower production costs and tax incentives vs. Hollywood animation studios. Hollywood has spent significant money and resources […]

Anime Limited Announces Delays For “Perfect Blue” & “Cowboy Bebop”

by Grant Whiteon November 11, 2013
Anime Limited has today announced that their upcoming releases of Perfect Blue Collector’s Edition combipack and Cowboy Bebop Complete Collection DVD have been delayed until 2nd December, due to packaging and video quality issues found with production samples. The decision to delay the releases was taken to properly address the issues with both releases and […]

PR: GKIDS Announces English Language Voice Cast for “Ernest & Celestine”

by Ed Liuon November 8, 2013
GKIDS ANNOUNCES THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE VOICE CAST FOR “ERNEST & CELESTINE” VOICE CAST INCLUDES: FOREST WHITAKER – as “Ernest” MACKENZIE FOY – as “Celestine” LAUREN BACALL PAUL GIAMATTI WILLIAM H. MACY MEGAN MULLALLY NICK OFFERMAN JEFFREY WRIGHT AWARD-WINNING FILM COMPETING FOR OSCARS, ANNIES, GOLDEN GLOBES New York, New York – November 8, 2013 – GKIDS, […]

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Trailer

by Alex Beanon November 8, 2013
The newest trailer for the upcoming latest installment in the Hobbit film franchise, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” which hits theaters on December 13, 2013…

Disney Returns To The Jungle

by Alex Beanon November 8, 2013
Disney is in negotiations with director Jon Favreau to oversee a live-action remake of “The Jungle Book”, based on the famous Rudyard Kipling novel. Favreau, who has directed “Elf” as well as the first two “Iron Man” films in that franchise, has mentioned that this remake of the film will incorporate more “mythic elements” and […]

Star Wars VII Sets The Date

by Alex Beanon November 8, 2013
After switching out screenwriters from Michael Arndt [who won an Academy Award for “Little Miss Sunshine” and was a nominee for “Toy Story 3”] to a collaboration between the film’s director, J. J. Abrams and previous Star Wars film screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan [“The Empire Strike Back” and Return of the Jedi”], it appears the highly […]

Review: “Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics” – Was This Evil Really Necessary?

by Ed Liuon November 8, 2013
In the past few years, comic book superheroes have inundated the popular consciousness, jumping from the printed page to screens on television and in movie theaters and even to Broadway with the “Spider-Man” musical. Even so, I’m a bit baffled at the release of the documentary Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics. The movie is […]

PR: RGH Sets Feature Film Slate for 2013 American Film Market

by Ed Liuon November 7, 2013
RGH SETS FEATURE FILM SLATE FOR 2013 AMERICAN FILM MARKET LOS ANGELES – (November 7, 2013) – RGH Entertainment, a subsidiary of Rubicon Group Holding (RGH) headquartered in Amman, has announced its slate of three animated feature films for the 2013 American Film Market in Santa Monica, Calif. Headlining the slate is the upcoming CG […]

The Best Animated Feature Oscar 19

by Alex Beanon November 6, 2013
The 2014 Academy Awards are just around the corner and the competition for Best Animated Feature will be hotly contested with a grand total of 19 films submitted for consideration and vying for the golden statuette. The Oscar 19 are, in alphabetical order… “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” “The Croods” “Despicable Me 2” […]