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Monthly Archives: March 2011
If you never thought that penguins could get off the ground, DreamWorks Animation is out to prove otherwise.
The penguins of DWA’s Madagascar franchise are set to star in their own feature film, with Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons — the writers of last fall’s Megamind — hired to handle the project.
Daffy’s wife tells him to watch their egg while she goes out. Daffy gets his egg mixed up with a crocodile egg. He and the crocodile fight over the egg. Daffy cannot win against wife nor beast.
Partly because colleagues nicknamed a Brazilian insurance worker “SpongeBob SquarePants” due to her accent, a judge awarded the aggrieved employee the equivalent of $227,000 U.S.
A British judge ordered her employer, medical insurance firm AXA PPP Healthcare, to pay her aggravated damages of £142,000 — including nearly £25,000 ($40,000 U.S.) for hurt feelings — after hearing that she was the target of racial bullying for 18 months.
Election time again with Popeye on the Spinach Party and Bluto on the Blutocratic ticket. To beat Bluto, Popeye must win Olive’s decisive vote. Popeye and Bluto race to Olive’s country farm to win her affection.
Wenche Foss, one of Norway’s most popular actresses, died Monday in Oslo after a terminal illness, the nature of which was undisclosed. She was 93.
Foss provided the voice of Enkefru Stengelføhn-Glad in the 1975 animated feature film Flåklypa Grand Prix, known in English as Pinchcliffe Grand Prix. She voiced the same character in another animated feature, 1998’s Solan, Ludvig og Gurin med reverompa (Gurin with the Foxtail).
“Rango” opened at No. 1 in France over the weekend, taking in $3.3 million in 592 locations.
Made by Sony Pictures and distributed by Paramount, the animated film came in No. 2 abroad. This past weekend, it collected $15.5 million in 6,095 venues in 55 countries. The overseas gross is $94 million so far, thus raising the worldwide take to $200.4 million.
Bugs Bunny, groggy from a rabbit hangover, climbs out of his hole and into a rocket ship parked directly above. He thinks that he’s still in his rabbit hole. Reaching the top, he unwittingly stows away aboard the rocket to Mars and is carried off by a satellite onto a futuristic landscape of panels suspended in outer space.
There’ll be no nuclear disasters in Springfield, at least not on German television.
Pro7, the channel which broadcasts The Simpsons in Germany, will remove or replace any current or future episodes of the cartoon sitcom that feature a disaster at Montgomery Burns’ nuclear power plant.
Science fiction and fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones, whose novel Howl’s Moving Castle was adapted into an Oscar-nominated anime movie in 2004, died early Saturday morning after a year-long struggle with lung cancer. She was 76.
Hayao Miyazaki, Pete Docter and Rick Dempsey co-directed the adaptation Hauru No Ugoku Shiro, which was produced by Studio Ghibli and several other companies. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2006, it won the Audience Award for Best Japanese Movie at the Mainichi Film Awards. In 2004, the film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival, where it was first screened.
Lazytown (population 123½) is a sleepy Southern burg along the banks of the Mississippi that’s home to some outrageously stereotyped blacks. Everyone is lazy here– even the fish! The all-black townspeople nap and attract flies. They fall asleep in the middle of fistfights, and the dogs don’t have the energy to chase the cats.
When California girl Susan Murphy is unwittingly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day, she mysteriously grows to 49 feet, 11 inches tall. The military jumps into action, and Susan is captured and secreted away to a covert government compound.
In attempting to romance a pretty zookeeper, Mary, Johnny tries to find an escaped 800-pound gorilla while exhibiting the ultimate traits of sexual bravado and machismo.
Betty Boop and Bimbo take a streetcar ride to Crazy Town for a little vacation, a city where everything is upside-down: fishes are flying, birds are swimming, mice are roaring, the lions crow like roosters… Suddenly, a piano grows out of the ground, and Betty and Bimbo perform for all the town’s animals.
British-born movie legend Elizabeth Taylor, famed for her violet eyes and many romances (eight marriages, seven husbands), died Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 79.
Taylor was surrounded by her four children when she died of congestive heart failure. She had been hospitalized for about six weeks, publicist Sally Morrison said..
Three suitors, named the Duke, Stonejaw Steve and Theophilus Ivoryhead, compete for the hand of Miss Araminta Rockface. Ivoryhead, an unassuming weakling, wins her hand when the others mistakenly believe that he has killed a large ape which was actually felled by a dinosaur.