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“Batman” comics writer Alvin Schwartz dies at 84

Alvin Schwartz Comic book writer Alvin Schwartz died October 28 from heart complications, the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association announced Wednesday. He was 84.

Schwartz wrote the adaptation for the half-hour 1983 CBS cartoon special The Legend Of Hiawatha. Produced by Atkinson Film-Arts, it was originally presented as a Kenner Family Classics special.

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Mark Hall, co-founder of Cosgrove Hall, dead at 74

Mark Hall

Producer-Animator Mark Hall, co-founder with Brian Cosgrove of famed British studio Cosgrove Hall, died early Friday at his Manchester home after a battle with cancer. He was 74.

He died surrounded by his family, said his company, Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick Entertainment.

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Kress, McDuffie receive posthumous writing award

Earl Kress

Animation writers Dwayne McDuffie and Earl Kress have been posthumously named co-recipients of the Writers Guild of America, West Animation Writers Caucus’ 14th Annual Animation Writing Award, recognizing their outstanding contributions to the craft of animation writing, as well as their work with the Writers Guild in organizing animation.

The AWC’s lifetime achievement award was presented to McDuffie’s and Kress’ widows, Charlotte (Fullerton) McDuffie and Denise Kress, at the AWC’s 2011 meeting, reception and awards ceremony Thursday night at WGAW headquarters in Los Angeles.

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Woody Woodpecker movie knocks at Universal’s door

Illumination Entertainment

Universal-based animation studio Illumination Entertainment is working on a feature film starring Woody Woodpecker.

John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, co-writers of the Will Ferrell comedy Blades of Glory, are in talks to develop a story about the mischievous bird, who first appeared in the 1940 Andy Panda short Knock Knock.

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Happy Feet Two stumbling to second at box office

Happy Feet Two

Warner Bros. might need a referral to the podiatrist. Its penguin sequel Happy Feet Two made only $22 million during its opening weekend in North America, reaching No. 2 spot and collecting just half of what the original, Happy Feet, brought in during its debut weekend in 2006.

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