Wednesday, March 11, 2009

News - 03/11/09...

JoBros. Kick Off Season 13 of South Park

The long-running animated comedy series South Park kicks off its 13 season Wednesday, March 11 with an episode skewering the musical group The Jonas Brothers.

The episode, titled “The Ring” follows Kenny and his girlfriend as they go to a Jonas Brothers concert and are given purity rings—effectively squashing Kenny’s plans to take their relationship to the next level.

The first of seven new episodes, “The Ring” episode of South Park is set to air at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central.

Babar Returns in New CG Series

King Babar, the elephant star of a beloved series of children’s books, is returning to animation in a new series that has begun production from Nelvana Studios in Canada and TeamTO in France.

Twenty-six episodes of the new 3D animated series, titled The New Adventures of Babar, are in the works. The series should begin to air in fall 2010 or spring 2011 on TF1 in France and YTV in Canada. Playhouse Disney France has secured the rights for a second broadcast window in France.

The new series will introduce several new characters to the world created by Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff, including King Babar’s 8-year-old grandson and his young friends.

The New Adventures of Babar is sure to inspire a whole new generation of young fans, while rekindling heartwarming memories for their parents, with fun and meaningful stories about growing up and growing older,” said Doug Murphy, president of Nelvana and GM for Corus Kids.

U.K. Game Industry Protests Change 4 Life Ad

Video game makers in the United Kingdom are strongly objecting to a government healthy-living ad campaign that they say unfairly portrays playing games as hazardous to children’s health.

The Change 4 Life campaign includes an image of a child using a game controller under the headline, “Risk an early death, just do nothing.” The image first was published as an ad in a major women’s magazine, and also can be seen in video form on the campaign’s web site.

Game manufacturers such as Sony, Sega, the game developers trade association, Tiger, and the trade publication MCV have called the image a libelous portrayal of their industry. MCV reports it has filed a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority.

The campaign is part of a government initiative to encourage people to eat healthier food and exercise more. The ad was created by the Department of Health in association with Cancer Research, The British Heart Foundation and Diabetes U.K.

The Department of Health has defended the ads and refused demands it apologize to the industry, stating that the government “wasn’t saying children shouldn’t play computer games,” MCV reported.

The video game industry in the U.K. has long been frustrated by the government’s refusal to grant it entertainment status equal to the film or TV industries, according to the Times Online. Such status would make the industry eligible for certain tax breaks and access to lottery funds.

Director, Designer Rand Signs with DUCK

Award-winning director Natasha Rand has signed on with DUCK, a Los Angeles-based creative studio that specializes in commercials, music videos, short films and web content.

Rand comes to DUCK with 15 years’ experience in design and direction in multiple areas, including storyboards, animation and direction in all phases of production. Her credits include directing commercials for Wrigley’s, Proctor & Gamble and Tesco; music videos for R.E.M., Celine Dion and Moby; broadcast pieces for broadcasters in Canada, Turkey and Australia; and contributing to feature films In the Shadow of the Moon, Time Machine and Joey.

Her work has received honors from the London Effects & Animation Festival, the International Advertising Festival of Montreux, New York Film Festival and Flickerfest Film Festival.

Rand previously held positions at such studios as Crush, Passion Pictures, Digital Domain, and Imaginary Forces.

Astro Boy Short Rockets in April

It looks like die-hard Astro Boy fans won’t have to wait until October’s Imagi movie release to get a dose of their favorite manga hero. Anime News Network reports that a new 18-minute Astro Boy short will be featured in a special extra DVD bundled with debut album by trax, released by the Avex label. Tezuka Production is producing the animated project.

The new outing will focus on what happens to Tezuka’s famous character after his final act to save the Earth. Aftering drifting in space, the robot boy is rescued by three members of ravex and is brought back as Ratom The Princess Knight and other Tezuka characters will appear in this special adventure. Musical artists BoA, Maki Goto, Anna Tsuchiya, Tohoshinki, and TRF are contributing to the album. A special event celebrating anime master and Astro Boy’s creator Osamu Tezuka’s 80th birthday and the release of the album is planned for April 10 at Tokyo's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

You can catch the new Astro Boy getting his groove on here:

Is Kenneth Branagh Close To Choosing His THOR?

El Mayimbe here...

A short while ago, I received an email from a scooper...

In it, he goes...

Hey Mayimbe,

Long time reader, finally with something juicy. I had a first hand eyeball witness of Kenneth Branagh eating dinner at Blairs today accompanied by a young Blonde actor who i recognized from HBO's awesome miniseries
Generation Kill that was on a year or so ago. I had no idea what his name was but I got home today and Googled him, his name is Alexander Skarsgård. I have no idea if he actually is Thor or not, maybe he's being considered, maybe he and Kenneth are just friends. However, it seems likely he is being considered since he's a young Blonde actor and seems to fit the description of the character. Two other men were with them but I didn't recognize either of them. I know it's speculative at best, even so I thought you'd wanna know.

Not one to just print emails, and especially since every "" story I do from now on has to be spot on in order NOT to be debunked by haters (HI HATERS! :P), Kellvin and I came up with a clever way to see if Branagh was actually there today.

I won't get into details, but Kellvin succeeded and personally confirmed that Branagh was in fact at the restaurant this afternoon!

I heard rumblings around town with some of my pals about this guy, but until now I didn't have anything concrete to go on and chalked it up to mere fanboy speculation on forums. Unfortunately, I never seen an episode of Generation Kill nor True Blood but the guy does seem to fit the profile (at least physically) of what the breakdown described of Thor when Patrick at Corona Coming Attractions reported it.

I had no idea that actor Stellan Skarsgård had a son who is also an actor and stands a towering 6'4''.

Something else to consider: Both Branagh and Skarsgård are repped at the same agency.

An interesting development for sure. Kel and I coin this one as the 2nd level of a "" story and introduce this as a "" story which in itself can mean nothing but more serious than your typical "" story since lots of Hollywood deals are brokered over lunch.

Could Branagh be close to making a decision on his lead actor to play THOR?

We'll all know soon enough.

(Thanks Latino Review)

April auction of Michael Jackson memorabilia is still a go

Jim Hill offers an update on next month's event as well as showcasing some of the Pinocchio-related items that will be up for bid

Okay. You undoubtedly saw all those newspaper stories last week that said that the King of Pop was suing to stop the sale of his personal possessions.

Well, I’ve just checked with the folks at Julien’s Auctions. And as far as they’re concerned, next month’s auction is still a go. Darren Julien (who was Ireland when this story broke last Thursday, showcasing some of the items that will be up for bid in April) assured me that this is strictly a paperwork problem. More importantly, that his firm “ … will sort things out with Mr. Jackson and his manager this week” and that everything will proceed accordingly to plan next month.

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Mind you, there are those who work the public relations field who are saying think it wasn’t exactly a coincidence that this lawsuit got filed just a day or so before Michael announced that series of concerts that he’ll be presenting at London’s O2 Arena in July. That Jackson – being the canny self promoter that he is – deliberately timed the filing of this suit so that his name would then be in the papers on the very same day that Michael revealed that he’d be doing these 10 shows. As they say, there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

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And speaking of publicity … To help with today’s release of the 2-disc Platinum Edition of “Pinocchio,” The Walt Disney Company is hyping the heck out of this little wooden boy right now. So that puppet’s picture seems to be everywhere these days. Though – that said – I doubt that you’ve ever seen Pinoak depicted like this.

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This is a painting that Mr. Jackson personally commissioned, which depicts many of his heroes appearing together on the same stage at the same time. As you look over this heavily airbrushed piece of artwork, you’ll see the Three Stooges, Kermit the Frog, Shirley Temple and Charlie Chaplin. Not to mention Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Stitch. Jiminy Cricket and – of course – Pinocchio.

I’m not sure what it was about C. Collodi’s creation that struck a chord with the King of Pop. But Michael Jackson clearly had a thing for this character.

A thing that – I might add – goes ‘way back. “How far back?,” you ask. Well, when Mr. Jackson appeared on a CBS TV special celebrating Disneyland’s 25th anniversary, Michael insisted that Pinocchio be one of the characters that appeared on camera in his segment of the show.

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And then – in June of 1993 – when the King of Pop was offered the opportunity to appear on the cover of “Disney Adventures” magazine, Jackson again insisted that this little wooden boy share the spotlight with him.

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The same thing happened whenever Michael went to the Disney Parks. While management would always trot Minnie & Mickey out for that photo op, it was always Pinocchio that Jackson would eventually gravitate to.

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As you can see by the many Pinocchio-related items that are listed in Julien’s Auction catalog, Michael collected this character in many styles & forms. Be it a model puppet …

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… cookie jar ..

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… statuette …

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… or sericel …

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… Jackson had to have it.

The King of Pop seemed to have a particular interest in collecting scenes that showed Geppetto and Pinocchio together. He had the old wood carver and his little wooden boy as depicted by Capo Di Monte …

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… and Llardo …

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… and – of course – by the artists at Disney.

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If you’d like to get your hands on one of the Pinocchios depicted in today’s story … Well, there’s only one way to do that. Which is to register for the “King of Pop: a Once in a Lifetime Auction.” Which will be held April 22nd -25th 9900 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA. If you’d like to view these items before you place a bid, there’ll be an exhibition of Michael Jackson’s personal possessions at that same address April 14th – 21st.

Please note that there will be a $20 per person entrance charge for the exhibition and auction. But a portion of the proceeds will be donated to MusiCares®.

Mind you, if you can’t actually make it out to Beverly Hills over those dates but still want to take part in the “King of Pop: a Once in a Lifetime Auction,” Auction Network will broadcast live streaming video of this event and will provide its viewers with real-time opportunities to bid.

Or if you just think that you’re never ever going to have a chance of picking up any of Michael Jackson’s Pinocchios, you can always commemorate this event by picking up the five volume color catalog for the “King of Pop: a Once in a Lifetime Auction.” Which comes in two varieties:

The $100 version (which features images of the more than 2,000 items of furniture, memorabilia, arcade games, and garden statuary that are up for bid) or the $500 limited edition version (i.e. There will only be 500 of these boxed sets which will then be personally signed & numbered by Michael Jackson).

For further information about the “King of Pop: a Once in a Lifetime Auction” and/or to check many of the items that will be up for bid, please head on over to the Julien’s Auctions website.

Tips From Katzenberg On Keeping Artists Happy

The latest issue of Fortune has a short article in which Jeffrey Katzenberg offers a few tips on how he keeps his artists happy. There’s also a sidebar that lists perks that DreamWorks employees receive and a quote from animator James Baxter about why he works at the studio. The article isn’t online but if you click on the image above, you can read the entire piece.

(Thanks cartoonbrew)

Nobuhiko Obayashi’s Hausu

Digital effects can be wonderful but they aren’t a substitute for good old-fashioned creativity, as evidenced by the pre-digital era visual delights of Nobuhiko Obayashi’s Hausu (House). This 1977 Japanese film mixed live-action with animation and visual effects in ways that are still striking. If the clip above leaves you wanting more, try downloading the entire film on this blog. Prior to making his mainstream film debut, Obayashi was an independent filmmaker. A mid-’60s experimental work he created called Emotion can be seen on this website.

(Thanks, Christy Karacas)

(Thanks cartoonbrew)

DreamWorks gets behind the wheel of Dinotrux

In a six-figure deal, DreamWorks Animation has optioned rights to Dinotrux, an illustrated children's book that will be developed as a CG-animated film, Variety reported.

Written by Chris Gall, the 32-page book takes place in a fictional prehistoric age, when the world was ruled by Dinotrux, creatures that were part trucks, part dinosaurs, with species like the Craneosauraus, Garbageadon and Tyrannosaurus Trux plowing and bulldozing their way across the terrain.

Gall is a commercial illustrator who has written three other books, including There's Nothing to Do on Mars. Dinotrux will be published in April by Little, Brown.

Gumby and a California Raisin Resurrected

This Japanese stop-motion short by KMT88 pays homage to some classic stop-motion of years past. We see Gumby, Ray Harryhausen’s Cyclops and a California Raisin. Is digestion considered “homage?” The short is titled Pink the Cat.

No Ink Used in Mistabishi Paper Jam Video

My printer typically just eats paper and expensive ink cartidges. It has never, at least when I’m around, burst into a drum and bass dance routine. Apparently, the UK band Mistabishi’s printer is a bit more advanced than mine. The track is titled Paper Jam.

Virtues of Animated Caped Evil Slayers

Live-action movies have taken over comic-book super heroes the way piranhas take over bloody slabs of beef. I mean, Iron Man, Batman, Watchmen, flesh-and-blood actors enhanced with copious amounts of c.g.i. now cover them all. But such wasn't always the case.

Max Fleischer’s Oscar-nominated “Superman” cartoons first appeared in 1941, merely three years after the Man of Steel (arguably the first superhero) made his comic book debut ...

Today, of course, the massive moolah for the comic book brigade is in mega budget epics that are mostly live action. As Curt Holman (of points out, this isn't necessarily a great idea.

For every hit like The Dark Knight, there’s at least one costly flop: take the nipple-costumed Batman & Robin or Halle Berry’s embarrassing Catwoman. Even with the successes, audiences face flaws like the obvious CGI-rendered Spider-Man and Hulk in their first movies, or unfortunate choices such as Ian McKellen’s dumb-looking Magneto helmet in the X-Men films ...

The problem, of course, is that all these characters began life as drawings flowing out of a comic-book artist's mind. So they're not photo-realistic to begin with.

For my money, The Incredibles is one of the best super hero movies ever made, and not just because the story is solid and the characters work like gangbusters. There is also the visual reality that Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) comes out of an artist's visualization, not Billy Crudup in a bizarre foam suit.

Animation holds out an easier approach; it goes with comic book stories as comfortably as a cape and cowl. The best cartoon features and TV series can do an end run around the real world’s limitations to offer an unlimited canvas that emulates iconic comic book art while putting exciting designs into motion. The right voice performances can even convey emotional heft without hanging a tights-wearing movie star from wires ...

Face it. Animation serves the comic book kingdom as well or better than live-action ever could. But as long as big money is raked in by pictures like The Dark Knight, animation will remain in the low-rent district, super hero-wise.

(Thanks Animation Guild Blog)

The Dark Knight leads as Saturn Awards nominations are announced

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror films has announced the nominations for the 35th Annual Saturn Awards. Director Christopher Nolan's super-hero epic The Dark Knight earned the greatest number of nods, with 11 nominations. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Iron Man followed closely behind with 9 and 8 nominations each.

The Academy was founded in 1972 to honor and recognize genre filmmaking. The awards ceremony will take place on June 25 at a site to be announced.

And the nominees are:

Best Science Fiction Film

The Day the Earth Stood Still (20th Century Fox)
Eagle Eye (Paramount/DreamWorks)
The Incredible Hulk (Universal/Marvel)
Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Iron Man (Paramount/Marvel)
(20th Century Fox)

Best Fantasy Film

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Walt Disney Studios)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount)
Hancock (Sony)
The Spiderwick Chronicles (Paramount)
Twilight (Summit Entertainment)

Best Horror Film

The Happening (20th Century Fox)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Universal)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Universal)
Quarantine (Sony)
Splinter (Magnolia/Magnet)
The Strangers (Rogue/Universal)

Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film

Changeling (Universal)
The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.)
Gran Torino (Warner Bros.)
Quantum of Solace (Sony)
Traitor (Overture)

Best Actor

Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, Warner Bros.)
Tom Cruise (Valkyrie, MGM/UA)
Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man, Paramount/Marvel)
Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Paramount/Lucasfilm)
Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Paramount)
Will Smith (Hancock, Sony)

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Paramount)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight, Warner Bros.)
Angelina Jolie (Changeling, Universal)
Julianne Moore (Blindness, Miramax)
Emily Mortimer (Transsiberian, First Look Studios)
Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man, Paramount/Marvel)

Best Supporting Actor

Jeff Bridges (Iron Man, Paramount/Marvel)
Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, Warner Bros.)
Woody Harrelson (Transsiberian, First Look Studios)
Shia LaBeouf (Indiana Jones & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Paramount/Lucasfilm)
Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight, Warner Bros.)
Bill Nighy (Valkyrie, MGM/UA)

Best Supporting Actress

Joan Allen (Death Race, Universal)
Judi Dench (Quantum of Solace, Sony)
Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Sony)
Tilda Swinton (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Paramount)
Charlize Theron (
Hancock, Sony)
Carice Van Houten (Valkyrie, MGM/UA)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor

Freddie Highmore (The Spiderwick Chronicles
, Paramount)
Lina Leandersson (Let the Right One In, Magnolia/Magnet)
Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, Fox Searchlight)
Jaden Christopher Smith (The Day the Earth Stood Still, 20th Century Fox)
Catinca Untaru (The Fall, Roadside Attractions)
Brandon Walters (Australia, 20th Century Fox)

Best Director

Clint Eastwood (Changeling, Universal)
Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Paramount/Marvel)
David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Paramount)
Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Warner Bros.)
Bryan Singer (Valkyrie, MGM/UA)
Steven Spielberg (Indiana Jones & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Paramount/Lucasfilm)
Andrew Stanton (WALL-E, Walt Disney Studios)

Best Writing

Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway (Iron Man, Paramount/Marvel)
David Koepp, John Kamps (Ghost Town, Paramount/DreamWorks)
John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In, Magnolia/Magnet)
Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Warner Bros.)
Eric Roth (Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Paramount)
J. Michael Straczynski (Changeling, Universal)

Best Music

Alexandre Desplat (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Paramount)
Clint Eastwood (Changeling, Universal)
James Newton Howard (The Dark Knight, Warner Bros.)
John Ottman (Valkyrie, MGM/UA)
John Powell (Jumper, 20th Century Fox)
Hans Zimmer (Iron Man, Paramount/Marvel)

Best Costume

Lindy Hemming (The Dark Knight, Warner Bros.)
Deborah Hooper (Changeling, Universal)
Joanna Johnston (Valkyrie, MGM/UA)
Catherine Martin (Australia, 20th Century Fox)
Isis Mussenden (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Walt Disney Studios)
Mary Zophres (Indiana Jones & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Paramount/Lucasfilm)

Best Make-Up

John Caglione, Jr., Conor O'Sullian (The Dark Knight, Warner Bros.)
Greg Cannom (Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Paramount)
Mike Elizalde (Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Universal)
Paul Hyett (Doomsday, Universal)
Gregory Nicotero, Paul Engelen (Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Walt Disney Studios)
Gerald Quist (Tropic Thunder, Paramount/DreamWorks)

Best Special Effects

Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton, Craig Barron (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Paramount)
Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber, Paul Franklin (The Dark Knight, Warner Bros.)
Pablo Helman, Dan Sudick (Indiana Jones & Kingdom of Crystal Skull, Paramount/Lucasfilm)
John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick, Shane Mahan (Iron Man, Paramount/Marvel)
Michael J. Wassel, Adrian De Wet, Andrew Chapman, Eamonn Butler (Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Universal)
Dean Wright, Wendy Rogers (Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Walt Disney Studios)

Best International Film

The Bank Job (Lionsgate)
Forbidden Kingdom (Lionsgate)
In Bruges (Focus)
Let the Right One In (Magnolia/Magnet)
Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight)
(First Looks Studios)

Best Animated Film

Bolt (Walt Disney Studios)
Horton Hears a Who (20th Century Fox)
Kung Fu Panda (Paramount/DreamWorks)
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Paramount/DreamWorks)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Warner Bros./Lucasfilm)
(Walt Disney Studios)

Best Network Television Series

Fringe (Fox)
Heroes (NBC)
Life On Mars (ABC)
Lost (ABC)
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox)

Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series

Battlestar Galactica (SCI FI)
The Closer (TNT)
Dexter (Showtime)
Leverage (TNT)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Cartoon Network)
True Blood

Best Presentation on Television

24: Redemption (Fox)
The Andromeda Strain (A&E)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Jericho (CBS)
The Last Templar (NBC)
The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice

Best Actor in Television

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, AMC)
Matthew Fox (Lost, ABC)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Showtime)
Timothy Hutton (Leverage, TNT)
Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica, SCI FI)
Noah Wiley (The Librarian: The Curse of The Judas Chalice, TNT)

Best Actress in Television

Lena Headey (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Fox)
Jennifer Love Hewitt (The Ghost Whisperer, CBS)
Evangeline Lilly (Lost, ABC)
Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica, SCI FI)
Anna Paquin (True Blood, HBO)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer, TNT)
Anna Torv (Fringe, ABC)

Best Supporting Actor in Television

Henry Ian Cusick (Lost, ABC)
Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Fox)
Michael Emerson (Lost, ABC)
Josh Holloway (Lost, ABC)
Adrian Pasdar (Heroes, NBC)
Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes, NBC)

Best Supporting Actress in Television

Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter, Showtime)
Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Fox)
Yunjin Kim (Lost, ABC)
Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost, ABC)
Hayden Panettiere (Heroes, NBC)
Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, SCI FI)

Best Guest Starring Role in a Television Series

Kristen Bell (Heroes, NBC)
Alan Dale (Lost, ABC)
Kevin Durand (Lost, ABC)
Robert Forster (Heroes, NBC)
Jimmy Smits (Dexter, Showtime)
Sonya Walger (Lost, ABC)

Best DVD Release

Cold Prey (Anchor Bay)
The Deaths of Ian Stone (Lionsgate)
Jack Brooks Monster Slayer (Anchor Bay)
Resident Evil: Degeneration (Sony)
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (Sony)
Stuck (Image)

Best DVD Special Edition Release

Brotherhood of the Wolf (Director's Cut, Universal)
Dark City (The Director's Cut, New Line/Warner)
The Dark Knight (Two-Disc Special Edition, Warner)
L.A. Confidential (Two-Disc Special Edition, Warner)
Stephen King's The Mist (Two-Disc Collector's Edition, Genius)
Zodiac: The Director's Cut

Best DVD Classic Film Release

Casablanca (Ultimate Collector's Edition, Warner)
Heathers (20th High School Reunion Edition, Anchor Bay)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (Walt Disney)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Warner)
Psycho (Universal Legacy Series, Universal)
Sleeping Beauty
(Walt Disney)

Best DVD Collection

Abbott & Costello (Complete Universal Series Collection, Universal)
Dirty Harry (Ultimate Collector's Edition, Warner)
Ghost House Underground Eight Film Collection (Lionsgate)
The Godfather (The Coppola Restoration, Paramount)
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (20th Anniversary Edition, Shout Factory)
Planet of the Apes 40th Anniversary Collection
(Blu Ray, Fox)

Best Television Series Release on DVD

Doctor Who: The Complete Fourth Series (BBC Warner)
Heroes: Season 2 (Universal)
Lost: The Complete Fourth Season (Walt Disney)
Moonlight: The Complete Series (Warner)
Reaper: Season One (Lionsgate)
Torchwood: Season 2 (BBC Warner)
The Tudors: The Complete Second Season (Paramount/Showtime)

Best Retro Television Series Release on DVD

Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1990 (Universal)
Early Edition: Season One (Paramount)
The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Series (Universal)
The Invaders: The First & Second Seasons (Paramount)
Mission Impossible: The Fourth & Fifth Seasons (Paramount)
Spaced: The Complete Series
(BBC Warner)

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