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Turner to Pay $2 Million for Marketing Mishap

by Maxie Zeuson February 5, 2007
Turner Broadcasting and marketing agency Interference will pay federal, state, and local agencies $2 million in connection with a marketing stunt gone awry, The New York Times reports. Half of the money will go to defray costs incurred by the agencies, which closed highways, bridges, and other infrastructure in Boston after mistaking electronic advertisements for […]

LA Times Profiles Lasseter and Newman

by Maxie Zeuson February 5, 2007
The Los Angeles Times carries a lengthy joint profile of John Lasseter and composer Randy Newman, who have collaborated on most of Pixar’s films.

Peter S. Beagle on "The Last Unicorn" 25th Anniversary

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
Peter S. Beagle is one of those creators who proves that the universe is not fair in distributing talent. His first novel, A Fine and Private Place, was written when he was at the ripe old age of 19, and he followed it up with a huge library of highly beloved novels that get categorized […]

LA Times on "Tekkon Kinkreet," American-directed Anime

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
The Los Angeles Times has profiled director Michael Arias, the American-born director of the anime movie Tekkon Kinkreet (free registration required). The movie is based on a manga series by Taiyo Matsumoto, and (according to the times) is the first major anime feature film to have a non-Japanese director. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat)

"Legion of Superheroes," "The Batman," "Foster's," "Camp Lazlo" Renewed

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
According to a post at the Animation Guild weblog, several Warner Brothers animated shows have been greenlit for new seasons. On Cartoon Network, Ben 10, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, and Camp Lazlo have all been renewed, although the TAG blog states that Camp Lazlo may be facing its final season with this renewal. On […]

Boston Panic Boosts "ATHF" Ratings

by Maxie Zeuson February 5, 2007
The Aqua Teen Hunger Force panic in Boston appears to have driven up ratings for the show, at least in the short term, Marketing Daily reports. Among all households, ratings for Thursday night’s broadcast of show were 20% higher than the broadcast from the week before. However, among the show’s key male 18-to-34 demographic ratings […]

"Panther" Director Levy to Helm "Flash" Film

by Maxie Zeuson February 5, 2007
Warner Bros. Pictures has tapped Shawn Levy to direct a big-screen adaptation of The Flash, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Levy replaces David Goyer on the project. Levy, who recently directed Night at the Museum and The Pink Panther, will oversee the writing of a new screenplay, one that will have a lighter tone than […]

Whedon Off "Wonder Woman"

by Maxie Zeuson February 5, 2007
Joss Whedon has bowed out of a planned Wonder Woman movie, says The Hollywood Reporter, confirming what Whedon himself wrote at www.whedonesque.com. In that post, Whedon cited creative differences with Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures for the parting of ways.

"Cinderella III" Makes Real Movie Magic

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
Even before seeing it, Disney fans are citing many reasons to dislike Cinderella III. It’s another direct-to-video sequel from the Disney studios, joining a crowded field of sequels that range from the pretty good to the nearly unwatchable. It’s also a sequel to one of the studio’s most beloved animated classics, even though the original’s […]

Air Gear Vol. 1: The Crow: City of Skaters

by Dr. Daedaluson February 4, 2007
Air Gear plays like one big advertisement for a pair of skates that, as far as I know, don’t actually exist. That sounds like a bad thing, but it’s not. You get to see a regular dude like me (albeit a tad younger) pull off slick moves while skating at high speeds through the city […]