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Vivendi and McDonald's Team Up

Vivendi Universal Games is partnering with McDonald’s to offer electronic handheld video games based on the Crash and Spyro video games franchises in Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals worldwide, the company announced today. The promotion runs from May 13 through June 9, 2005. [Source: PR Newswire]

Roy Disney and Stanley Gold Sue The Walt Disney Company

Roy E. Disney and Stanley P. Gold today filed suit in Delaware Chancery Court against The Walt Disney Company and certain members of the company’s Board of Directors. The Disney dissidents are alleging that Disney’s Board made false statements to the company’s shareholders about its CEO search in order to induce shareholders to vote for […]

Nickelodeon Secures Multi-Million Dollar Advertising Deal with Chevrolet

Nickelodeon has partnered with Chevrolet in a multi-million dollar advertising and promotional multiplatform deal, the companies jointly announced today. The advertising buy will be divided between several Nick platforms including Nickelodeon Television — specifically the Nick Jr. block — Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. Magazines, and Nickjr.com. The deal includes dedicated 30-second spots on Nick Jr. […]

Kevin Spacey Going Bald

Kevin Spacey confirmed on Christian O’Connell’s Bounty Hunter that he will be shaving his head to play Lex Luthor in Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns.

Hugo Weaving Has a "Vendetta"

Superhero Hype! report that Hugo Weaving, Agent Smith of the Matrix Trilogy, is now taking over James Purefoy’s character of V in V for Vendetta.

New Information on 'Spawn: The Animation'

The official Spawn website has been updated with information on the upcoming Spawn: The Animation series that was announced over a year ago. Included are a slew of facts and a quick set of questions and answers that fans have had about the series since it was first announced. Click here for the article.

"Pom Poko" and "Yamadas" on R1 DVD on August 16

Ultimate Disney reports that Pom Poko and My Neighbors the Yamadas are due on region 1 DVD from Walt Disney Home Entertainment on August 16. Voice casts are included on the announcement for both movies. (via Nausicaa.net)

Animated Late Night Cable TV Stealing Male Viewers

An article in The New York Times notes the changing demographics of late night TV, as young male viewers move from the broadcast networks to cable TV offerings. Cartoon Network’s Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, Family Guy, and other Adult Swim shows are mentioned by name alongside Comedy Central’s Daily Show.

A.O. Scott on Superheroes vs. Stars

New York Times movie critic A.O. Scott discusses the recent rise of the superhero in Hollywood in a mostly non-condescending manner (free registration required), noting how superhero properties are beginning to demand respect in their own right as Hollywood money makers.

Joe Grant 1908 - 2005

Veteran Disney animator Joe Grant passed away last Friday. Grant’s career spanned from the 1930s to the present day; his character designs were seen in Disney films from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Fantasia 2000. Jim Hill Media has posted a retrospective tribute article.

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