The Weinstein Company has acquired the independently produced CGI animated feature Hoodwinked for distribution, the Indianapolis Star reports. The “crime story” tells the tale of Little Red Riding Hood from multiple viewpoints. Voice cast includes Tara Strong, Patrick Warburton, Andy Dick, Sally Struthers, and David Ogden Stiers. The film was produced by siblings Todd, Cory, […]
New Line Cinema has purchased the film rights to Brian Vaughan and Tony Harris’s comic book Ex Machina, says The Hollywood Reporter. Two versions of the script are being written, one by Vaughan and the other by The Gray Area‘s co-creator Glen Brunswick. Separately, Comic Foundry is giving away a copy of Ex Machina autographed […]
These days we take it for granted that major anime features will get a nationwide theatrical run in the U.S. This was not the case in 1989, when renowned manga artist/writer Otomo Katsuhiro’s cyberpunk classic Akira took the art house circuit by storm. Nearly twenty years later, he has finally returned to the director’s chair […]
Monster Distributes has acquired international distribution rights to Anthony Lucas’s “The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello” and will be taking it to MIPCOM Junior, World Screen reports. The 26-minute film is inspired by nineteenth-century authors Edgar Alan Poe and Jules Verne, telling the story of a disgraced aerial navigator who flees his plague-ridden home.
USA Today is reporting that The WB television network has officially retired Michigan J. Frog, its longtime mascot, which it had used since its 1995 launch. Network president Garth Ancier cites the move as a step towards shedding the network’s young teen image as it tries to focus on a wider segment of the audience. […]
Every animation fan knows the story of Family Guy by now: it was cancelled, released on DVD, and brought back due to extremely fine sales. It’s hard to deny that the series is hilariously charming, and much of that charm comes from the songs sprinkled throughout its various episodes. In fact, these songs were popular […]
Analysts forecast that U.S. DVD sales will only rise 1% to 2% next year, today’s print edition of The Wall Street Journal reports. That will put severe pressure on Hollywood’s bottom line, the paper continues. But the softening market could bring good news to consumers, the paper notes. Michael Nathanson of Sanford Bernstein predicts that […]