Cartoon Network Inks Licensing Deal with Mattel

by Ed Liuon June 14, 2006
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Cartoon Network has signed a worldwide licensing deal with Mattel for action figures and other toys based on the network’s shows (free registration required). The first wave of toys to be released under the pact will hit shelves in 2007.

Anime Boston 2006

by Weathermanon June 14, 2006
Anime Boston, now based out of the Hines Convention center in the Prudential Center (a.k.a. The Pru) in the Back Bay area of Boston, is what all great conventions should aspire to be in most ways. It was decidedly different being a member of the press, rather than a regular attendee who would have been […]

Anime Boston 2006: ADV Films

by Weathermanon June 14, 2006
ADV announced at Anime Boston 2006 the licensing of a new property, Jinki: Extend. The show, based on a manga by Sirou Tunasima, tells the story of a young, somewhat flighty middle-school aged girl named Aoba who lives in near future Japan with her grandmother and has a knack of model kits and other things […]

Anime Boston 2006: Media Blasters

by Weathermanon June 14, 2006
Media Blasters gave a brief panel on their current plans for 2006 and beyond. This year is the 10th anniversary of Media Blasters. The company plans to have some major property announcements at AX. Highlights of the panel are as follows: * Media Blasters confirmed a new OVA in the Kite universe not staring Sawa, […]

Anime Boston 2006: TokyoPop

by Weathermanon June 14, 2006
TokyoPop’s panel presentation at Anime Boston 2006 did not feature any new property announcements. Company representatives highlighted the full slate of productions for the next several months including manga-based novels, anime-based novels and several upcoming previously announced new mangas, as well as global comic properties including comic adaptations of several of the former Jim Henson […]

"X-Men Evolution Season 3": Girls Gone X-Treme!

by on June 14, 2006
Professor Charles Xavier runs a school for gifted youngsters. At least that is the public facade that washed away at the beginning of this third season of X-Men Evolution, WB’s attempt at an X-Men series (conveniently timed around the release of the X-Men movie franchise, which recently broke box office records). With Magneto, Mystique and […]

Actor J.K. Simmons on Spidey’s JJJ, "JLU"’s Gen. Eiling

by Ed Liuon June 13, 2006 has interviewed actor J.K. Simmons, focusing primarily on his roles as Asst. Police Chief Will Pope in The Closer, as Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man feature films, and as General Wade Eiling in Justice League Unlimited. The latter role arose due to his voice-over work in commercials and has led […]

"Gundam SEED Destiny" Still Off to a Great Start

by on June 13, 2006
Usually Gundam series have a slow beginning, riddled with generic action scenes and basic character development, then finish strong with an impressive showing in the final few episodes. SEED Destiny has already bucked that trend by having an awesome first five episodes and the question is now whether it can keep it up. After letting […]

"LA Times" Profiles Pixar’s Ed Catmull

by Ed Liuon June 12, 2006
The Los Angeles Times has published a lengthy profile of Dr. Ed Catmull, Pixar’s co-president and current president of Disney Features Animation (free registration required). The article covers Catmull’s management approach, centered around building a “talent-ocracy” where management is shaped around the talent rather than vice-versa, and the warm reception he has received at Disney.

"Cars" Leads Box Office, Disappoints Wall Street

by Ed Liuon June 12, 2006
Disney/Pixar’s Cars led the weekend box office with an estimated take of .8 million. However, the number seems to have disappointed Wall Street, with Disney’s stock price taking a minor hit in the morning before a partial recovery as of press time. In comparison, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo had opening weekend box office numbers […]