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Comics Previews and Full Issues Available On-Line

by Ed Liuon September 16, 2005
Mile High Comics has posted 4-page previews of comics shipping to stores on September 21, including Birds of Prey #86 (DC) by Gail Simone with artwork by Bruce Timm, David Lopez, and Fernando Blanco; and Runaways #8 (Marvel) by Brian K. Vaughan with artwork by Takeshi Miyazawa. Comic Book Resources has posted 6-page previews of […]

"Wallace and Gromit" Movie Gets Raves Down Under

by Ed Liuon September 16, 2005
The BBC is reporting that Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is receiving rave reviews in Australia, where the movie has already debuted. The movie is receiving accolades from both mainstream media critics, audience members emerging from the theatres, and people posting to the BBC web site. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean Interviewed About "MirrorMask"

by Ed Liuon September 16, 2005
ComicBookResources.com has interviewed writer Neil Gaiman and artist/director Dave McKean about MirrorMask, their new movie debuting on September 30, 2005. Produced with the Jim Henson Company, the movie is intended as a spiritual sequel to the 1980’s cult favorite Labyrinth and promises to mix live-action with an assortment of special effects and animation techniques.

"Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island!": Spongebob's Ugly Stepbrother

by Chris Woodon September 16, 2005
They say if something ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Taking this maxim to heart, Warner Brothers has “adapted” Nickelodeon’s runaway hit SpongeBob SquarePants and given it a much cleverer name. The result is Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island!, and that noise you hear is lawyers sharpening their pencils. Fred fails another drug screening. To be […]

"Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island!": Déjà Vu All Over Again

by Deeon September 16, 2005
When I sat down and watched Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island, I had the strangest feeling of déjà vu. Something seemed really familiar. Wait— everything was really familiar. Fred, Greenrind, the bananas, Bingo, and a Tazmanian strawberry.Literally within moments, the similarities to Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants started hitting me like a ton of coconuts. Coconut Fred […]

VIZ Media Establishes European Presence

by Ed Liuon September 15, 2005
VIZ Media and the London-based Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (CPLG) will be forming a new company, VIZ Media B.V., which will focus on penetrating European comics markets with its manga and animation brands. The company will officially open in Amsterdam on October 3, 2005. (via the Comics Reporter weblog)

Guardian Interviews Hayao Miyazaki

by Ed Liuon September 15, 2005
The Guardian’s film section has interviewed Hayao Miyazaki (Howl’s Moving Castle). The interview subjects range from his recent films and his stature in the animation industry to challenges faced in his relationship with Disney and Miramax. (via Nausicaa.net)

Disney and Time-Warner Look Ahead for Wall Street

by Ed Liuon September 15, 2005
The New York Times covers the recent announcements that Disney is expecting disappointing results from its movie studio division, while Time Warner is expecting to meet its financial goals for 2005 (free registration required). The Times‘ coverage fails to note that Disney’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Staggs stated that Disney is still on-target to meet […]

Details for "Kimba the White Lion" DVD Set Announced

by Ed Liuon September 15, 2005
The Right Stuff International has provided details on their DVD release of Osamu Tezuka’s Kimba the White Lion anime series. The 11-disc limited edition boxed set will include all 52 original episodes of the show, the original Japanese episode 1, deleted scenes, and other extras. The set will be available on November 29 with an […]

Management Buy-out CPLG

by Zeddon September 14, 2005
Copyright Promotions Group — the licensing giant that represents the likes of Bratz, Care Bears, Dora the Explorer, Sabrina and The Simpsons — has been bought out by its management, who have acquired the share that was owned by US venture capital firm Beringea. The current management, led by Chairman Matthew Wheeler and CEO Kirk […]