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Burnett Sues Fox Over "Family Guy" Cameo

Carol Burnett is suing Twentieth Century Fox for copyright infringement, claiming the studio’s Family Guy animated comedy used her “Charwoman” character without her permission in an April 2006 episode, Reuters reports. Burnett is seeking $2 million in damages for copyright infringement and the violation of her publicity rights.

Springfields Across America Compete for "Simpsons Movie" Premiere

Sixteen different towns named Springfield have been selected by Fox to compete to host the premiere of the Simpsons Movie in July. The towns will be judged based on short-film entries that profile each town and its links to the animated Simpsons’ home town. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

Matt Groening Interviewed by "The Wave" on "Simpsons" on Big- and Small-Screen

The Wave magazine has interviewed Matt Groening about The Simpsons, both the weekly TV show and the big-screen movie coming this summer. Groening tackles questions on whether the show’s best days are behind it and how the crew avoided making the movie “three episodes strung together.” (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat)

Stewie Griffin Hosts Latenight Talkshow on MySpace

Family Guy‘s homicidal toddler Stewie Griffin will moonlight online as a latenight talkshow host this Sunday, reports Variety. Stewie and sidekick Brian — the show’s martini-imbibing canine — are the stars of “Up Late With Stewie & Brian,” a 10-minute flash-animated talkshow parody that will launch on MySpace Feb. 25 at 8 p.m., opposite the […]

"Simpsons" Movie Trailer Available for On-Line Viewing

A new trailer for The Simpsons Movie is available on-line in QuickTime Format, coming to theatres July 27. Among other things, the trailer reveals the location of the town of Springfield. (via Cartoon Brew)

"American Dad" Vol. 2 Announced

The second volume of American Dad will be released on 5/15/07 for an MSRP of $39.98. It will contain 19 episodes: the last three remaining episodes from 2005, as well as all episodes that aired in 2006. Special features include commentaries for many episodes, deleted scenes, and featurettes. [Source: TVShowsOnDVD.com]

Fox Executive Shuffle Brings Animation Production Into Live-Action Deck

Just two weeks after Fox Animation president Chris Meledandri startled 20th Century Fox by jumping to Universal to set up a family entertainment production unit, Fox is shaking up the executive hierarchy in a major move that brings animation into the live-action production fold. Several key Fox executives are being promoted in a companywide overhaul […]

"Garfield" Director May Helm "Chipmunks" Picture

Twentieth Century Fox is negotiating with Tim Hill, who directed Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, to helm a feature film based on Alvin and the Chipmunks, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film would resemble the Garfield features, in that the chipmunks of the title would be computer-animated while an actor would play the […]

James Cameron's "Avatar" to Break New Ground in CGI Animation

An article in the New York Times details the innovations behind James Cameron’s upcoming movie Avatar (registration required), an ambitious project that will use a variety of new technologies and techniques to integrate computer-generated animation and live-action footage. The work will involve both motion-capture and traditional CGI effects work with innovations like a camera that […]

Sixth Season of 'Family Guy' Production Finally A 'Go'

Daily Variety is reporting that production has finally begun on the sixth season of Fox’s animated smash “Family Guy,” 2½ months after the show’s writers were told not to report to work. On Tuesday, “Family Guy” writers were informed that the doors had been unlocked, and they returned to the writers’ room for the first […]

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