Month: January 2009 (Page 1 of 3)

‘The Tale of Despereaux’ home video release date

Universal announced today that “The Tale of Despereaux” is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on March 17, 2009. The film will be presented on a BD-50 dual-layer disc with 1080p video (2.35:1 aspect ratio) and an English DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 Surround track.

Bonus features shared with the DVD include two featurettes, scene progressions, deleted songs, an interactive game, and a preview of “Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey.” Exclusive to the Blu-ray version are two Bonus View picture-in-picture tracks, a second game, and BD-Live-enabled My Scenes Sharing.


‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ set for TNT debut

Lucasfilm Animation’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which found success on Cartoon Network, will re-air on TNT this February.

The show will debut on TNT with back-to-back high-definition episodes on Saturday, February 14, at 11 p.m., following NBA All-Star Saturday Night. The series will then air, also with back-to-back HD episodes, in its regular timeslot, Wednesdays at 10 p.m., beginning February 18.

The series premiered on Cartoon Network with 4 million viewers, nabbing the record for biggest premiere in the network’s history and was #1 in its time period in cable and broadcast for boys 6-11.


Weekly ‘Wonder Woman’ Q&A: Actor Nathan Fillion

Nathan Fillion, star of Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” and “Serenity,” will do double duty this March as the title character in ABC’s “Castle” and the voice of Steve Trevor in “Wonder Woman,” the next entry in the series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 movies due from Warner Bros. Animation on March 3, 2009.

Fillion found time away from his upcoming series to chat about his tendency to play the anti-hero, an unrelenting Halo addiction, Canadian super heroes, and Keri Russell’s tiara.


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‘Tintin’ cast revealed

After much secrecy, the cast for Spielberg’s upcoming Tintin adaptation has been revealed. Set to star is actor Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) with Daniel Craig (James Bond) co-starring as Red Rackman.

The first installment in the planned 3D motion-capture trilogy is titled “The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn,” and is being co-financed by Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment. An exact release day has yet to be announced, but rest assured it will be sometime in 2011.

Rounding out the steller cast are Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook.

Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy are producing, with Jackson expected to direct the sequel. Rumors speculate that the third and final installment will be co-directed by Spielberg and Jackson — although some suggest that a third director may be brought in.


‘Mary and Max’ trailer

Mary and Max is a tale of a pen-pal friendship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle is a chubby, lonely 8 year old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max Horovitz is a 44 year old, severely obese Jewish man with Asperger’s Syndrome living in the chaos of New York.

Mary and Max is set for a theatrical release in April 2009.

Weekly ‘Wonder Woman’ Q&A: Actress Vicki Lewis

Vicki Lewis makes her second foray into the world of super heroes as Persephone, a key character among the Amazons in “Wonder Woman,” the next entry in the series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 movies.

Warner Home Video will release the all-new “Wonder Woman” on March 3, 2009 on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, OnDemand, Pay-Per-View and Download.

Lewis made her DCU film debut in “Justice League: The New Frontier” as Iris West, fiancé to the Flash. However, Lewis is no stranger to animation, having voiced characters in “Finding Nemo,” “King of the Hill,” “Ben 10: Alien Force” and the upcoming “Penguins of Madagascar” among many more.

Lewis found time in her busy schedule to talk about finding the voice of a character, channeling Velma Kelly, and an addiction to Tetris.


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WALL-E nominated for six Oscars

The morning it was announced that Pixar’s WALL-E had been nominated for six Academy Awards, including best Animated Feature. Competing against WALL-E are Disney’s Bolt and DreamWorks Animations’ Kung Fu Panda.

The other awards WALL-E was nominated for are:
Original Screenplay
Song (Down to Earth)
Sound Mixing
Sound Editing.

WALL-E tied Beauty Beast as the animated movie with the most Oscar nominations. Rounding out the animated movie nominees were Waltz With Bashir for Foreign Language Film and La Maison de Petits Cubes, Lavatory – Lovestory, Oktapodi, Presto, and This Way Up for Animated Short Film.


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