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“Jem and the Holograms” to Get Live-Action Feature; Creator Christy Marx Shut Out of Production

by Ed Liuon March 21, 2014
The 1980’s animated series Jem and the Holograms is set to be adapted for a live-action feature film from Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, Scooter Braun Productions, and director Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, G.I. Joe: Retaliation). The original series ran from 1985 – 1988, and focused on the musical […]
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Disney’s “Frozen” Co-Director Jennifer Lee on Her Career & Shifts in the Movie Business

by Ed Liuon March 21, 2014
In an appearance on CBS This Morning, Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee discussed the runaway success of the film and expressed her hopes that it marks a shift in Hollywood away from the perception that “it’s boys that drive the moviegoing” towards more dynamic characters of either gender, and her hope that more women will take […]

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NY Times on “Funky Turns 40” Exhibition on Black Animated Characters of the 70’s

by Ed Liuon March 21, 2014
The New York Times has taken a look at “Funky Turns 40,” a traveling exhibition of animation cels, posters, storyboards, and other artifacts preserved by the Museum of UnCut Funk as part of their mission to preserve the rise of black characters in TV animation starting in the 1970’s. The article speaks with the Museum […]
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In Fortune’s Top 20 Fictional Leaders: “Ferngully”‘s Crysta, “Frozen”‘s Elsa, “Toy Story”‘s Woody

by Ed Liuon March 21, 2014
Fortune magazine has published its list of the top 20 leadership figures out of Hollywood, and three animated characters have made the list. Crysta from Ferngully: The Last Rainforest was named for her bravery and for inspiring her new human friend to protest deforestation. Elsa from Disney’s Frozen was named for her self-imposed exile to […]

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Review: “The Jungle Book 2” Blu-ray – What a Bear

by SB20xxon March 21, 2014
Oh my, did this one hurt. The Jungle Book is one of my favorite Disney films, so this sequel (which arrived almost forty years after the first film!) had its work cut out for it right from the start. Let it be known that I have nothing against sequels, if a worthwhile story can be […]

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A First Look at “Gundam Reconguista in G”

by Todd DuBoison March 20, 2014
This year is the 35th anniversary of Gundam, Japan’s storied robot anime franchise, and a livestreamed event in Japan began promotion for the occasion in earnest ahead of the start of the AnimeJapan trade fair on March 22nd. A trio of animated works were spotlighted at the event, one being seventh and final chapter of […]