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Everything is Awesome for "The LEGO Movie" with $69.11M Box Office in Debut Weekend

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Warner Bros. The LEGO Movie walled out all its competition at the box office in its debut weekend, with $69.11 million (estimated) in ticket sales. Its nearest competitor, Sony’s The Monuments Men starring George Clooney, came in a distant second in its debut weekend with $22.7 million (estimated) in sales. The opening is one of […]

G.I. Joe Enlists for Amazon's Kindle Worlds

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The Hollywood Reporter notes that America’s daring, highly trained special missions force has opened up a new front in their ongoing war against Cobra: Kindle Worlds, Amazon.com’s program that allows writers of fan-fiction to publish and profit from their work. Hasbro and Amazon have added G.I. Joe to the properties available for writers on Kindle […]

Forbes Magazine on "The LEGO Movie" Reviving Theatrical Warner Bros. Animation

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Forbes contributor Scott Mendelson has taken a look at The LEGO Movie, noting how the positive buzz on the eve of its release across demographic quadrants could be a harbinger for a surprise hit and a revival of fortunes for Warner Bros’ theatrical animation division. Among other factors, the movie is getting strong buzz across […]

Animation Magazine Speaks with Writer Anne D. Bernstein

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Animation Magazine has interviewed writer Anne D. Bernstein, who rose to prominence as a writer on the TV series Daria and has credits on other hit shows ranging from The Backyardigans to Angelo Rules. In the interview, Bernstein fields numerous questions about the relative absence of women in writer’s rooms and casts for animated shows, […]

Cross Media International Will Bring Osamu Tezuka's Cast of Characters to North America

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Astro Boy and friends have a new representative. Cross Media International, a San Franscisco-based production and management company, announced today that it entered into an agreement with Tezuka Productions of Japan to develop distribution opportunities for Osamu Tezuka’s properties and characters in North America. Tezuka, known as the “God of Manga” and the “Walt Disney […]

"Fortune" Talks with Disney CEO About "Frozen"; Discussions for Broadway Show Revealed

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Fortune magazine spoke with the Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger on the success of Frozen, quoting Iger as saying that the film’s critical and box-office success indicates that “Disney Animation is where it rightfully belongs.” The article traces this moment from Iger’s first big act as CEO to buy Pixar Animation Studios in 2006, […]

Animation Dominates Japan 2013 Box Office Charts

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The Hollywood Reporter notes that the 2013 annual box office results in Japan are dominated by animation, with 7 out of the top 10 grossing films of the year being animated, and one prominently featuring a CGI character in a live-action movie. Hayao Miyazaki’s Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) was the #1 top grossing film […]

"Frozen" Takes 2014 Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film

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The 2014 Golden Globe Awards were given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, with Disney’s Frozen winning the Best Animated Feature Film award, beating out Universal/Illumination’s Despicable Me 2 and DreamWorks Animation SKG’s The Croods. The only other category with something animated in contention was the Best Foreign Language Film category, where Studio Ghibli’s […]

"Frozen" Bounces Back to Top Box Office Spot in Week 6

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Disney’s Frozen made a surprisingly strong showing in its sixth weekend of release, with $20.7 million (estimated) in ticket sales moving it back to the top spot at the box office ahead of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (which had grossed more than Frozen at the box office since the latter film’s release on […]

Lawsuit Roundup: "Robinson Curiosite" vs. "Robinson Sucroe", "Frozen" vs. "Frozen Land"

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The Canadian Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Canadian animator Claude Robinson in a copyright infringement lawsuit against animation firm Cinar over Robinson’s proposal for a cartoon character titled “Robinson Curiosite.” After submitting his proposal to a number of production companies over 20 years ago, Cinar brought the extremely similar show Robinson Sucroe to […]

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