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Malkovich, Hopkins Sign on to "Beowulf"

John Malkovich, Anthony Hopkins, and Robin Wright Penn will star in Robert Zemeckis’s Beowulf, Dark Horizons reports. The film will be shot in the same motion-capture format recently used on The Polar Express.

BMG Gets Music Rights to "He Man," Other Titles

BMG Music will handle worldwide exploitation of Entertainment Rights’s music library, c21 Media reports. The deal covers music for such brands as Postman Pat, Little Red Tractor, Basil Brush, He-Man and She-Ra.

"Pirates en El Pacifico" Opening in US this Fall

Mexico’s TV Azteca will release Pirates en El Pacifico to US theaters this fall, AWN reports, citing Variety. The 3D-animated feature film recently opened in Mexico.

BKN to Invest $7 million in India, China

Germany’s BKN International plans to raise $7 million to fund “strategic investments” in India and China, c21 Media reports. The company has already co-produced the Indian animated series Legend of the Dragon and acquired a stake in China’s ToonMax TV.

Fisher-Price Gets "Lunar Jim" Toy License

Alliance Atlantis Communications has appointed Fisher-Price the master toy licensee for Lunar Jim, World Screen reports. A toy line based on the new stop-motion animated property will be ready to launch in Canada in the fall of 2006.

Hahn Gets Nick Post

Nina Hahn has been named vice president of international development at Nickelodeon, c21 Media reports.

New "The Batman" This Weekend, Season Premiere Update

Kids WB has changed their schedule for this coming weekend, adding an all-new episode of The Batman. The episode “The Butler Did It” will now be the 8:30am episode of The Batman following an 8:00am (ET) rerun of “Pets” on Saturday. As originally reported on The DC Animation Forum, the season premiere of The Batman […]

National Cartoon Museum to Move to Empire State Building

An article in the New York Times notes that the National Cartoon Museum will be moving to new space in the Empire State Building in New York City (free registration required). The museum, founded by Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker, is scheduled to open in 2006 with gallery spaces dedicated to the history of comics […]

"Rocky & Bullwinkle" Season 3 DVD Set Coming Soon

Writer Mark Evanier notes the upcoming release of Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends: The Complete Third Season on his weblog, with a brief follow-up message expanding on the contents of the set.

NY Times on Time-Warner's Corporate Woes

The New York Times has published an article about the current troubles facing Time Warner, parent company to both Cartoon Network and DC Comics (free registration required). Recent statements by financier Carl C. Icahn have triggered debate on the lackluster performance of Time Warner’s stock and what can be done about it.

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