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Universal Ratings Report for Saturday 1/29

Kids 6-11 Ratings for Saturday, January 29, 2005 Note: All Times Eastern Broadcast Networks: Kids WB (8 am -12 pm): (2.6/12 Average) 8:00 am – What’s New Scooby-Doo? (1.4/10) 8:30 am – ¡Mucha Lucha! Gigante (1.7/9) 9:00 am – Teen Titans (2.4/10) 9:30 am – Xiaolin Showdown (2.6/10) 10:00 am – Pokemon Advanced Challenge (2.7/10) […]

White Castle Seeking Kumar Cast in "Superman Returns"

Director Mira Nair has confirmed that Kal Penn has been cast in Superman Returns. Penn most recently played Kumar in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, and is currently filming Namesake with Nair. According to Nair, Penn will play “Superman’s best friend.”

Central Park Media Manga Division Lays Off Employees, Cancels Books

Central Park Media has laid off several employees in its comic book and sales departments recently and cancelled several pending books. The stated reason for the staff reduction was CPM’s recent distribution deal made with WEA. It is not currently known whether the cuts will affect the anime divisions of the company.

Film Recalls and Laments Disney Animation Division

The Los Angeles Times covers Dream On Silly Dreamer, a 40-minute documentary about the closing of Disney’s hand-drawn animation department after 75 years of service (free registration required). The film, made by former Disney animator Dan Lund, will be shown in Minneapolis the day before the next annual shareholders meeting. Roy Disney has already praised […]

"Fantastic Four" Bumped Back to July 8

Twentieth Century Fox has bumped Fantastic Four from its Fourth of July berth to July 8, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The move opens up some space between it and the Tom Cruise/Steven Spielberg War of the Worlds.

Disney to Release Karaoke, Pooh CDs

Walt Disney Records will release Disney’s Karaoke Series: Disneymania to CD on February 15, the company says. The disc will contain instrumental and vocal versions of eight updated Disney classics previously released on Disneymania and Disneymania 2: “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” “Welcome,” “Hakuna Matata,” “Kiss the Girl,” “Part of Your World,” “He’s a Tramp,” “The Second Star to […]

Disney, Gold To Withhold Votes at Annual Meeting

Roy Disney and Stanley Gold will withhold their votes for the board of directors at the Walt Disney Co. annual meeting, Reuters reports. Disney and Gold say they are waiting to see how the board handles the selection of a successor to Disney CEO Michael Eisner.

"Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence": Androids Dream of Electric Sci-fi

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence comes to DVD with high expectations, and it doesn’t disappoint. An elegant treatise less on man versus machine than man in machine, this sophisticated sci-fi thriller explores the human relationship to robots. And automatic weapons. It would be a disservice to take the reader too far into the film’s […]

"Scooby Doo" Valentine Special To Air Feb. 11

JC Chasez and Joey Lauren Adams will guest star in A Scooby-Doo Valentine, premiering on Friday, February 11, at 8:30pm (ET/PT) on The WB, the network said today. Chasez will star as himself while Adams will play Shaggy’s ex-girlfriend in a story that has the Mysteries Inc. gang going undercover as sweethearts in order to […]

Spanish Broadcaster Picks Up Two Series

Spain’s Radio Televisión Castilla-La Mancha has picked up Kong and Kumba Park for broadcast, World Screen News reports. Separately, World Screen also reports that Spain’s Edebé Group and Tiburón TV have begun offering The Edebits to international broadcasters.

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