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CPM Announces New York Comic-Con Guests

by Zeddon January 19, 2006
Central Park Media will be attending the February 24 – 26 New York Comic-Con on the East Coast. In addition to hosting numerous panels, offering show specials, screenings and premieres, CPM is bringing four guests to the convention whose works are representative of the diverse catalog of anime, graphic novel and live action releases that […]

Viz Media to Release "Naoki Urasawa’s Monster"

by Zeddon January 19, 2006
VIZ Media has announced the release of Naoki Urasawa’s Monster — an award-winning, critically acclaimed, new 18-volume manga series. Naoki Urasawa’s Monster is filled with suspense, political intrigue, and the emotional roller-coaster a talented doctor must undergo when faced with a tragic past that unfolds when he makes a moral choice that changes his life […]

Viz Media and Simon & Schuster Expand Distribution Agreement

by Zeddon January 19, 2006
Simon & Schuster, Inc. and VIZ Media, LLC. (VIZ Media) have announced that Simon & Schuster will handle domestic sales for all lines of books from VIZ Media’s book division effective January 2006. Simon & Schuster has been the distributor of Viz Media manga titles since June 2004, providing retail and wholesale distribution services including […]

Animated Exeter Runs February 13 – 25

by Zeddon January 19, 2006
Animated Exeter, a U.K. animation festival, will run from February 13 – 25. The festival will feature the following panels: “Staying On” Animation is becoming a more exciting subject for further education and academic research as Joan Ashworth, Head of Animation at the Royal College of Art explains. “Animation Now” This panel will discuss starting […]

"Four-Dimensional" Animated Racing IMAX Film in Shanghai

by Ed Liuon January 19, 2006
A news report in the Shanghai Daily states that the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum has spent $140,000 to upgrade its IMAX theatre to show a “four-dimensional” animated racing movie for the Chinese New Year’s holidays, beginning on January 29, 2006. The improvements will allow shaking chairs and blowing wind and snow to simulate being […]

‘Corpse Bride’ Press Release

by on January 19, 2006
WHV has released the official press release for the upcoming January 31st DVD release of Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride: Burbank, CA. – On January 31st, you are invited to live it up with the no longer living, when Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride arrives on DVD from Warner Home Video. Sprung from the imagination of director […]

New English Dubs of "Totoro" and "Whisper" Tonight on TCM

by Ed Liuon January 19, 2006
Nausicaa.net is noting the debut of the two new English dubs for Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro and Whisper of the Heart tonight, January 19, 2006, on Turner Classic Movies. They note that this is the first time Disney has aired a movie on commercial TV before the home video release. Both movies are due […]

Satellite TV Providers to Offer "Family-Friendly" Channel Packages

by Ed Liuon January 19, 2006
DIRECTV and EchoStar, the nation’s two largest satellite TV providers, have announced that they will offer “family-friendly” channel packages to their subscribers, bowing to regulatory pressure that has also compelled Comcast and Time-Warner Cable to offer similar packages (registration required). DIRECTV’s offering will begin in April, offering 40 channels including Toon Disney, Boomerang, Noggin, PBS […]

Viacom and Kellogg Face Lawsuit over SpongeBob Marketing

by Ed Liuon January 19, 2006
Two consumer groups have announced their intention to sue Viacom, parent company of Nickelodeon, and the Kellogg Company over their use of SpongeBob SquarePants and other cartoon characters to sell food of “poor nutritional quality” to children under 8 (registration required). The Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, […]

UPDATED: "Hoodwinked" Almost Tops Box Office; Sequel Planned

by Zeddon January 18, 2006
Hoodwinked, Weinstein Co.’s retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale, opened in first place over the weekend with $16.6 million in sales at U.S. and Canadian theaters, Bloomberg reports. UPDATE: Final box office receipt totals show that Hoodwinked fell just short of the top spot, with a $16.8 million take coming $100,000 short […]