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"New York" Magazine Interviews Ralph Bakshi

by Ed Liuon May 12, 2008
New York magazine has posted a brief interview with Ralph Bakshi, where he deals with his role in the rise of artist Thomas Kinkade, the use of a Bob Seger song at the end of American Pop, what he would have used for the soundtrack to Lord of the Rings, and what inspired his filmmaking […]

Brian Azzarello Talks About "Batman: Gotham Knight"

by on May 12, 2008
Writer Brian Azzarello talks about working on “Working Through Pain,” the fifth segment in Batman: Gotham Knight in a new studio-supplied interview. Among the questions asked and answered: What was your overall impression of “Batman Gotham Knight,” and were you pleased with your segment? When you’re writing for comics – and now for animation – […]

PR: Brian Azzarello on Writing for Batman: Gotham Knight

by on May 12, 2008
One of the most sought-after writers in comics today, Brian Azzarello is one of the six acclaimed scribes to pen a segment within “Batman Gotham Knight,” the third in the ongoing series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 movies. Unlike many of his past works, Azzarello’s segment – entitled “Working Though Pain” – takes a […]

"The Animation Show" Vol. 3 Coming to DVD June 3

by on May 12, 2008
MTV Home Entertainment will release The Animation Show Vol. 3 to DVD on June 3, the company said today. The 103-minute collection of animated shorts from the series’ 2007 program will include work by Mike Judge, Don Hertzfeldt, Bill Plympton, Joanna Quinn and PES, among others. Extras will include interviews with Gaelle Denis, Max Hattler, […]

Vandals Love SpongeBob

by on May 12, 2008
Vandals painted a ten-foot tall picture of SpongeBob SquarePants on the chimney of a historic Forest Service cabin in the Pike National Service, the Associated Press reports. The Forest Service estimates it will cost several thousand dollars to scrub the image from the building.

PR: The Animation Show: Volume 3

by on May 12, 2008
MIKE JUDGE’S 2007 COLLECTION OF AWARD-WINNING ANIMATED SHORTS AVAILABLE ON DVD JUNE 3, 2008 ALL-NEW 2008 THEATRICAL TOUR LAUNCHES IN JUNE New York, NY — Mike Judge (“Beavis & Butt-Head,” “King of the Hill,” Office Space) and Don Hertzfeldt return with another collection of incredible animated short films when THE ANIMATION SHOW: VOLUME 3 arrives […]

"Witchblade" Getting Live-Action Adaptation

by on May 12, 2008
Platinum Studios and Arclight Films will produce a live-action adaptation of Witchblade, the comic book title most recently seen in the US as a Gonzo-made anime series, Variety says. Casting, writing, and directing duties have not been announced yet.

HIT Revamps Int’l Arm, Announces Licenses and Partnerships

by on May 12, 2008
HIT Entertainment has signed a long-term partnership agreement with US public TV broadcaster Thirteen/WNET New York, covering station representation and new project development, the company said today. Separately, AWN reports that HIT will expand and reorganize its international home entertainment arm. c21 Media reports the company has also signed a deal to represent the preschool […]

Briefly: Toons Go Online; Siggraph Names Noms; BBC Draws a Blanc

by Ed Liuon May 12, 2008
* IGN is hosting a free episode of the new dub of Shin Chan. NOTE: For mature audiences only. * Marvel.com is hosting an animated version of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men #1, similar to the vintage 60’s cartoons that incorporated art from comic books. [via Toon Zone member Kazuya Prower] * BBC […]

Updated: "Iron" Smashes "Speed" in Box Office Demolition

by on May 12, 2008
Iron Man stayed golden at weekend box offices while Speed Racer, the live-action adaptation of the classic anime series, hit a wall. Updated: Speed Racer, from the Wachowskis and Warner Bros., grossed only $18.6 million at North American box offices in its premiere weekend, coming in third behind Iron Man and the Ashton Kutcher romantic […]