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"Pokémon": Lucario is No Mirage

by on October 3, 2006
The time has finally come. After showcasing the lazy Munchlax in last year’s movie, the promotion for Pokémon Diamond/Pearl is about to reach full force with the first ever movie release featuring a Pokémon that’s NOT a Legendary. Yeah, you could say the Unown were featured in Movie 3, but it was really all about […]

Goro Miyazaki vs. Hayao Miyazaki

by Ed Liuon October 3, 2006
Reuters has published a profile on Goro Miyazaki, director of Studio Ghibli’s Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea) and son of famed anime director Hayao Miyazaki. The article puts a spotlight on the antagonism between the two men, which seems to stretch outside of the family sphere and into open competition in the field of animated […]

NY Times on CGI Feature Film Bubble Bursting; Declares DW/Aardman Split

by Ed Liuon October 3, 2006
The New York Times has written an article examining the current glut of computer-animated feature films and what effect the high-profile failures of several recent entries will have on the industry as a whole (registration required). Nested near the end of the article is a statement that DreamWorks Animation Studios and Aardman Animation have terminated […]

Bill Williams on Writing "Justice League Unlimited" Comics

by Ed Liuon October 2, 2006
Comicon.com’s PULSE News has spoken to writer Bill Williams about the issue of Justice League Unlimited which he wrote. Williams discusses how he selected the hero lineup for the issue, the basic plot for the issue, and other work he has in the pipeline. The article also includes the first four pages of the comic. […]

Tetsuro Tamba 1922 – 2006

by Ed Liuon October 2, 2006
Japanese actor Tetsuro Tamba (born Shosaburo Tamba) passed away in Tokyo on September 24, 2006 at the age of 84 due to heart failure after a bout with pneumonia. Tamba was best known for his role as Japanese spymaster Tiger Tanaka in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice, but he also provided the […]

"Open Season": I’ve Got it in the Crosshairs

by SB20xxon October 2, 2006
Boog the grizzly bear has led a cushy life. His master, Park Ranger Beth, uses him for quick shows to amuse the tourists and lets him sleep in her garage, where she pampers him. She even sings him to sleep, using the Teddy Bear Picnic song. Then things go haywire when Elliot, a deer with […]

"Open Season" Takes #1 Spot at Box Office

by Ed Liuon October 2, 2006
Sony’s Open Season took the #1 spot at movie box offices this past weekend, taking in an estimated $23 million. The sum would put it just past the opening weekend debut of Monster House ($22.2 million), but well behind the $40 million pre-2006 opening weekend average for computer-generated animated movies.

Dwayne McDuffie to Take Over "Fantastic Four" Comic

by Ed Liuon October 1, 2006
Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada revealed that writer Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League Unlimited) will be taking over the monthly Fantastic Four comic book. Current writer J. Michael Straczynski announced his imminent departure from the book, although no dates for McDuffie’s first issue have been announced.

"Saiyuki Reload Gunlock": They Made Another One!?

by on October 1, 2006
Wow. I knew Saiyuki had some pretty decent popularity, but I never thought it would be so popular as to get not one, but two sequel series. Too bad these sequel series seem to really suck, making me think that Saiyuki is simply the Weiss Kruz of this generation. Previously, Kougaiji was brainwashed by the […]

"Anime Weekend Atlanta 2006": Candy is delicious, but liquor is quicker.

by on September 30, 2006
Three years. This was my third year attending AWA (coinciding with Vic Mignogna’s third anniversary coming to a panel, oddly enough). Some faces are beginning to look the same. Some things are changing. My participation has easily changed, from going one day in 2004 to three days in 2005, to staying at the hotel the […]