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"Persepolis" Returning to Theaters with English Dub

Sony Pictures Classics will release an English-language version of Persepolis to 100 theaters on April 11, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve will reprise their original roles for the dub. Sean Penn, Gena Rowlands, Iggy Pop and Amethyste Frezignac will also join the voice cast. The English-language soundtrack was prepared and […]

Landau Leaving Sony Digital

Yair Landau, president of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s digital division, will leave the studio in April, AWN reports. He will continue to act as executive producer for the studio’s upcoming Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Landau is leaving Sony to develop new games and animation ventures. He also says he is planning to make investments […]

Superhero Hype Talks to Satrapi and Paronnaud about "Persepolis" Animated Movie

Superhero Hype has posted an interview with Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, co-directors of the animated Persepolis feature film, which adapts Satrapi’s graphic novel about growing up in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. The duo discuss how they work together, the challenges they faced in producing the animated movie, artistic influences in the film, and […]

Sony Pondering Partial Sale of Animation and Effects Studios

The New York Times is reporting that Sony Pictures Entertainment may sell half of its feature animation studio and a larger portion of its digital effects studio (free registration required). Sony Pictures Animation has released two feature films so far (Open Season and Surf’s Up), with two more scheduled for 2009. The article quotes Sony […]

Sony Pictures Signs Aardman Features to 3-Year Deal

Sony Pictures Entertainment has signed Aardman Features to a three-year, first-look deal, according to Variety. While no first movie has been announced, Aardman executives have said that four scripts are in various stages of development and that one of them is a new Wallace & Gromit movie by Nick Park. Aardman had previously had a […]

Animeonline.com posts Blood+ Interview

Animeonline.com has posted an interview with the Japanese director of the Blood+ television show, Junichi Fujisaku. Blood+ debuts on March 11th at 12:30 am on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block. http://www.animeonline.com/index.php…&ent_id=100750

SPI Buys Into India's FrameFlow

Sony Pictures Imageworks has bought a 51% stake in FrameFlow, an India-based producer of visual effects and animation, Variety reports. The company will be renamed Imageworks India.

Cox Steps Down at Sony Animation

Penney Finkelman Cox, who launched Sony Pictures Animation with her longtime business partner Sandra Rabins, is leaving her position as executive vice-president to become a producer for the division, Variety reports. The move will leave Rabins as the sole operational executive running SPA’s day-to-day operations. Ms. Cox will remain as a producer on several projects […]

"Open Season" Takes #1 Spot at Box Office

Sony’s Open Season took the #1 spot at movie box offices this past weekend, taking in an estimated $23 million. The sum would put it just past the opening weekend debut of Monster House ($22.2 million), but well behind the $40 million pre-2006 opening weekend average for computer-generated animated movies.

LA Times on Sony's "Open Season" Risks

The Los Angeles Times examines Sony Pictures Entertainment’s upcoming CGI animated film Open Season (free registration required), and the significant gamble that the studio is taking on entering the increasingly crowded computer-animated movie market. Sony has committed to a four-movie deal, with Open Season being the first film to see screens. The entire article covers […]

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