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Disney Acquires Lucasfilm for $4.05 Billion; New “Star Wars” Movie Coming in 2015

by Ed Liuon October 30, 2012
The Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in a cash and stock deal, acquiring the rights to the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, along with the Industrial Light & Magic effects house, LucasArts video game studio, and Skywalker Sound. Also announced in the deal is a new Star Wars movie coming […]

Comic-Con Re-Ups With San Diego Thru 2016

by on October 30, 2012
Comic-Con has inked a deal with San Diego that will keep the convention in town through 2016, the Associated Press reports. The new deal will allow organizers to use meeting space in nearby hotels to create a “Comic-Con campus” outside the San Diego Convention Center. The city hopes to begin an expansion of the Center […]

Briefly: “Bugs Bunny Superstar” to DVD; Kid Shows Get Int’l Distribution

by on October 30, 2012
* Warner Archive is releasing Bugs Bunny Superstar, a 1975 documentary feature about the studio’s Termite Terrace, on Tuesday, October 30. [AWN] * Los Angeles’s Kid Glove Creative and Sydney’s Sticky Pictures will produce Perry Parka Polar Possum, a new animated series about a possum who is the mayor of the North Pole. [c21 Media] […]

Russell Means, Native American Activist and Actor, 1939 – 2012

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2012
Native American activist Russell Means passed away at his ranch in South Dakota on Monday, October 22, 2012, at the age of 72 from esophageal cancer. Means rose to national attention in the 1970’s as the leader of the American Indian Movement in a series of theatrical protests to call attention to poverty and discrimination […]

UK “Ninja Scroll” Screenings Kick Off With Premium Event

by Grant Whiteon October 24, 2012
Manga Entertainment UK will begin a select series of screenings of famed Japanese classic Ninja Scroll with a special showing at the Hackney Picturehouse Cinema on Friday 16th November. The event, limited to 300 tickets, will include a screening of the film, a copy of the standard edition Blu-ray and a limited signed and numbered […]

Warner Bros. Animation Releases “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Pt.2” & “Lego Batman: The Movie” Trailers; 2013 Schedule Announced

by Ed Liuon October 20, 2012
Warner Bros. Animation has released the following trailers for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Pt. 2 and Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite, the next two direct-to-video animated movies coming to DVD, Blu-ray, and On Demand services early in 2013: BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 2 LEGO BATMAN: THE MOVIE – DC […]

NYCC 2012: Archaia Comics Talks Graphic Novels For “Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe”, “Cyborg 009”, “Hawken”

by Todd DuBoison October 18, 2012
Saturday evening at New York Comic Con, Archaia Comics presented a panel dedicated to its graphic novels for three distinct properties: Space: 1999; Cyborg 009;¬†and Hawken. Archaia Transmedia Specialist Joe Lefavi moderated a panel of people involved in projects: Archaia publisher Mike Kennedy, Hawken creator/designer Khang Le, Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe writer Andrew E.C. […]

Waterman Entertainment Acquires Rights to “Heathcliff” CGI Feature and TV Series

by Ed Liuon October 18, 2012
Deadline.com reports that Waterman Entertainment has acquired the rights to a CGI feature film adaptation of the classic newspaper comic strip Heathcliff, as well as the rights to a 13-episode animated series. The acquisition also includes worldwide merchandising and licensing rights. (via Toonzone member Ioz)

Review: “Mia and the Migoo” Is Miyazaki Minus the Magic

by on October 18, 2012
With its child heroine, its fantastical plot, and its strong environmental message, Mia and the Migoo will immediately remind viewers of the work of Hayao Miyazaki (whose name even appears to be referenced in the title character). Alas, this animated French film resembles Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest and other ecologically-minded Hollywood animated fare more […]

NYCC 2012: Sunrise Anime Panel Report

by Ed Liuon October 18, 2012
On Friday afternoon, a gathering of talent from Sunrise Animation Studios gathered at New York Comic Con to give anime fans a sample of current and upcoming projects. In attendance were Masayuki Ozaki, director of Sunrise; Akane Hagino, manager of the international sales department; Kazuhiko Tamura, producer of Tiger and Bunny; Dai Otsuka, who does […]