Friday, June 6, 2008

News 02 - 06/06/08...

Yahoo! users rate the top 30 animated films of all time

DVD Town notes that Yahoo! have tallied their user ratings for animated films in order to come up with a ranked list of the top 30 animated films of all time. Not surprisingly, their top 12 is strictly comprised of movies released in the past 20 years, with half of them being Pixar features. This is sure to enfuriate quite a few animation buffs but even those will be curious to check out the full list–so here it is below!
1. Finding Nemo
2. The Lion King
3. The Incredibles
4. Shrek
5. Ratatouille
6. Toy Story
7. Beauty and the Beast
8. Aladdin
9. Spirited Away
10. Monsters, Inc.
11. Cars
12. Shrek 2
13. Enchanted
14. The Little Mermaid
15. Cinderella
16. Princess Mononoke
17. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
18. Lady and the Tramp
19. Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who
20. Peter Pan
21. Mulan
22. Howl’s Moving Castle
23. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
24. Ice Age
25: Ice Age: The Meltdown
26. The Simpsons Movie
27. Over the Hedge
28. Sleeping Beauty
29. The Jungle Book
30. Bambi

Sam Raimi Talks Spider-Man Hype! talked to "Spider-Man" franchise director Sam Raimi this week and got his thoughts on making more sequels.

"James Vanderbilt is writing the script and I'm excited to read it. I think it's going to be done in a few months," Raimi told us, adding, "I'm hoping it's as great as our discussions were about it and I'm hoping it feels right for me because I love Spider-Man. I'm hoping I'm well rested enough to embrace it and I'm hoping Sony wants me to do it. If all of those things come together, I would love to do it. There are a lot of unknowns about the future."

And how does he feel about re-casting key players if needed? "I'd hate to re-cast anybody in the future, I can't imagine that."

In related news, also talked to Raimi about the proposed Evil Dead remake and rumored 30 Days of Night sequel. You can read more on those here!

Simmons will be back for Spider-Man 4

Speaking to “Spider-Man” cast member J.K Simmons (who plays the boisterous newspaper CEO J. Jonah Jameson in the films) on the set of his new film "I Love You, Man" IESB learnt that Tobey Maguire may indeed still return – he was only ever signed for the three films - as the boy in the red spandex after all.

“I spoke to Tobey in, I guess it was February…sort of awards season time and, y’know, he’s certainly amenable to doing some more and hopefully we’ll be able to get everybody back and make another good one”, Simmons tells.

It’s not certain with Sam Raimi would return to direct the next “Spider-Man” film. If he doesn’t, would Simmons still be interested?

‘’Well, I can only speak for myself, but, if Sam were not the director but was, still had a hand in it then I would certainly have a reasonable amount of faith in it. You know? Obviously if he’s the director I’m there a 100%. If he’s not involved at all, which I think is VERY unlikely, then it would be a situation that I would have to think about. But if he’s involved, hopefully directing or at least as a producer then I’m pretty confident that it would be something that I want to do. Plus they pay money. ‘’

Green Arrow returns to the CW!

With Lex, Lana and Lionel all nattily opting out of the next – the eighth! - season of “Smallville”, the producers really needed to find a couple of new – or familiar – faces to fill the void. According to E!, the barrenness has indeed now been filled – and by The Green Arrow!

Justin Hartley’s Emerald Avenger Oliver Queen, a guest-star in several episodes over the last couple of years, will be a series regular next season says the site.

‘’It's official! The CW just confirmed to me that Justin Hartley (Green Arrow/Oliver Queen) has been locked in as a...wait for it...series regular for the upcoming eighth season!

According to the show's rep, Justin's storyline will focus on Oliver's past and where he comes from as opposed to his Green alter ego.

Good news, yes?

I'm also told that Kristen Kreuk (Lana) will most definitely be back for a batch of episodes—most likely six or seven—but they're still working out the exact number.

As for the two new characters—Tess (female villain) and Doomsday (aka Davis Bloome)—they are yet to be cast’’.

Ponyo US Release Planned reports Studio Ghibli president Toshio Suzuki announced a US release for Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo has been officially decided. Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy have been selected as producers. Suzuki indicated that a a large scale release is planned, but not release date was announced.

Event News

New York Int'l Children's Film Festival will be screening the following this weekend

USA, Wolfgang Reitherman, 1963, 79 min
In English. Recommended ages 4 to 10 (rated G)
IFC Center - Sat & Sun, June 7 & 8 - 11:00am
Based on the T.H. White book The Once and Future King, Disney's The Sword in the Stone is the story of young Arthur, a hapless squire rejected by his family, who is taken into the care and tutelage of the bumbling wizard Merlin and Archimedes, his grumpy pet owl.

Denmark, Fjeldmark/Hegner, 2000, 72 min
In English, Recommended ages 4 to 10
Bronxville Cinemas, Red Bank Art Cinemas - Sat & Sun, June 7 & 8 - 11:00am

From the Academy Award nominated director Stefan Fjeldmark comes this beautifully animated undersea adventure about three kids who stumble upon the hidden cave-laboratory of mad professor MacKrill and drink a potion that transforms them into sea creatures.

Action is propelled by a super-catchy Europop soundtrack and the mix of computer and cel animation includes stunning, hand-painted undersea backgrounds. Featuring the voices of Monty Python's Terry Jones as MacKrill and Alan Rickman as the devilishly campy villain, Joe.

Denmark, Steen Rasmussen/Michael Wikke, 2006, 83 min
In Danish with English subtitles, Recommended ages 7 to adult
Bronxville Cinemas, Red Bank Art Cinemas - Sat & Sun, June 7 & 8 - 11:00am

This euphorically oddball musical is a tongue-in-cheek, comic adventure filled with hyper-saturated colors, dreamlike landscapes, and a deliciously kitschy soundtrack. When Kalle's sister, Little, is born, the doctors make a very unusual discovery: she has wings! The doctor and family counselor both insist they perform a cosmetic operation or risk making Little a social outcast, but Kalle's parents want to take her as she is. Determined to prove his sister's skin flaps are more than they appear, Kalle takes her out riding on his bike, and is astonished to soon see her flying beside him. But he can't get Little to repeat the feat, and he returns home one day to find a note saying his parents have taken Little to the Plastic Palace, a cosmetic surgery emporium. Now Kalle in on a race to rescue his sister from the scalpel and prove normality is overrated.

New York Tokyo has previewed Tim Evans' manga inspired watercolor work, which will be exhibited The Proposition in New York, as part of the Not Exactly a Mountain.

Not Exactly a Mountain - Mike Park & Tim Evans
June 4 - June 28
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 7, 6-8 pm

Also via New York - Tokyo, Metal Gear's Hideo Kojima will be at UNIGLO Soho on June 12th to promote Metal Gear Solid4: Guns of the Patriots and to commemorate UNIQLO’s LIMITED edition series of MGS4 collaboration t-shirts.

The event will feature autograph signing with Metal Gear Solid series creator Hideo Kojima and Yumi Kikuchi, actress for Raging Raven (featured in MGS4). They will be signing MGS4 box art sleeves for the first 300 attendees.

Trading card maker Score Entertainment will be promoting the BLEACH Trading Card Game at Anime Expo 2008 in Los Angeles (July 3-6, 2008; Los Angeles Convention Center

The Score Entertainment panel "Anime and Gaming," by trading card game designers Aik Tongtharadol (BLEACH), Garret Wilkinson (InuYasha) and Marketing Coordinator Joshua Morris will offer a behind-the-scenes look at how Score Entertainment produces its trading card games and how to go about getting a job in the games industry.

Score will also be running a BLEACH Fan Appreciation Party and the Bleach TCG Squad 12 Regional Tournament.

Anime Expo announced that they will be hosting Madhouse animator Hiromi Kato (Beck, Paradise Kiss) and character designer Akemi Takada (Urusei Yatsura, Creamy Mami, Kimagure Oragne Road And Mobile Police Patlabor) as an official Guests of Honor.

Finally, the convention will be screening Batman Gotham Knight, a collaboration between DC Comics, WarnerPremiere, Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Animation, the production wasdivided among three renowned anime studios - Studio 4ºC, Production I.G andMadhouse - and included the truly inimitable visions of directors Shojiro Nishimi,Futoshi Higashide, Hiroshi Morioka, Yasuhiro Aoki and Toshiyuki Kubooka.

The original movie will arrive July 8, 2008 onDVD and Blu-ray Disc, and will also be available OnDemand and Pay-per-View as wellas available for download on the same day as release date.

BLEACH Character Designer Masashi Kudo and Producer Ken Hagino will be appearing at the New York City theatrical screening of BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY on Wednesday, June 11 at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14 Theatre at 7:00pm.

The first 100 attendees on June 11, at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14 location, will also receive a special BLEACH armband courtesy of Great Eastern Entertainment, Inc., a leading licensed manufacturer of animation and entertainment merchandise.

New York Anime Festival, Del Rey Manga, Samurai Beat Radio and VIZ Pictures will be celebrating "International Lolita Day" at Books Kinokuniya in Manhattan Saturday June 7, 2008 has a schedule here

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will welcome Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers, Millennium Actress,  Perfect Blue) to the stage at the Walter Reade Theater during Satoshi Kon: Beyond Imagination, a complete retrospective of the acclaimed director and animator's work, June 27 - July 1. The series will highlight all four of Kon's feature films, as well as the animator's cult-favorite television series Paranoia Agent, presented on the big-screen in its entirety. Kon will join in an onstage conversation with Film Society program director Richard Peña following a screening of his most recent film, Paprika, at the Walter Reade Theater on Friday, June 27, at 6:15 p.m.

Admission for the June 27 screening including the conversation with Satoshi Kon is $15; $12 for Film Society members and students. Tickets for all other Satoshi Kon: Beyond Imagination screenings are $11; $7 for Film Society members, students and children (6-12, accompanied by an adult); and $8 for seniors (62+). They are available at both the Walter Reade Theater box office and online at A series pass admitting one person to a total of five titles in the series can be purchased at the Walter Reade Theater box office (cash only) for $40; $30 for Film Society members.

Manga: The Complete Guide's Jason Thompson will be at Santa Rosa, California's Mysterious Future June 8 at 2:00 p.m.

Subatomic Brainfreeze put together a look at potential set list for JAM Project's Otakon concert

Otakon has detailed their modeling contesting

Toronto's Worldwide Short Film Festival will be screening Studio 4C’s Genius Party anthology and hosting director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, AniMatrix)

Wizard World Chicago will be hosting "entertainment ska rock" Oreskaband

Worth Checking Out, the ecommerce site operated by Bandai Visual USA, has begin streaming the first episode of moe, sci-fi comedy Galaxy Angel Rune here

FUNimation on vSide

FUNimation is also announced the cast for Ouran High School through their series site

The first episode of Studio 4C's Detroit Metal City anime is streaming in raw Japanese.

Tamashii has launched an English language site

Publisher's Weekly looks at Del Rey’s upcoming release of Faust

Right Stuf has launched their site for Emma: A Victorian Romance. Emma Season 1 DVD Collection will be released on June 24, 2008 for $49.99.

A historical drama set in late 19th-century London, the series chronicles the love story - and the complications that result - when Emma, an honest and hardworking young maid, and William, an earnest suitor and member of the "gentry" class, fall for each other.

Production I.G on A Golden Light In The Dark: The Making Of Reideen CG Animation . The studio also posted an interview with Naoyoshi Shiotani

PW talks to Togari/Batman: Death Mask creator Yoshinori Natsume

Japanator on A-Kon's panel with Helen McCarthy (The Anime Encyclopedia) and Peter Beagle (The Last Unicorn)

Giapet looks at Nabeshin's panel

Omonomono reports on Animazement's Gundam panel and Voice Actress

Mecha Mecha Media on multi-media franchises such as Blood+

Chris Butcher gives his Eisner thoughts

ComiPress has a detailed breakdown of Kara no Kyoukai Part I

Shintaro Kago's DANCE! KREMLIN PALACE! volume 3

New Russian Hellboy II Trailer

A Russian trailer for Hellboy II: The Golden Army has surfaced online. You'll find it below. Also, if you head on over to the sequel's official production site, you'll discover that it has been updated with two more TV spots. Look for the Guillermo del Toro-directed film in theaters on July 11th.

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