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Monthly Archives: August 2012
Russell Hicks, a 14-year Nickelodeon veteran and its chief creative officer since 2008, has been named to the new position of president of content development and production for the Nickelodeon Group.
Comedic character actor Steve Franken, who portrayed braggart rich kid Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. in the 1959–63 TV series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, died Friday in Los Angeles. He was 80.
New York-based animation distributor GKids announced Tuesday that it plans to give runs to four films in order to qualify them for this year’s Oscars.
Three of the four are French features: Zarafa (Pathe), Le Chat du Rabbin (The Rabbi’s Cat) (TF1) and Le Tableau (The Painting) (Rezo). The fourth is Kokurikozaka Kara (From Up on Poppy Hill), from Japan’s Studio Ghibli.
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced Monday its “Call for Entries” for the 40th Annual Annie Awards.
Submissions will be accepted beginning September 3.
The 10th anniversary celebration of Sony Pictures Animation continues with a five-week series of special screenings featuring SPA’s technically competent but prosaic collection of animated and hybrid films, as well as reunions with filmmakers participating in Q & As following each screening, rare footage/materials from the SPA archives, and giveaways.
The series, which will culminate with an exclusive screening of the highly-anticipated comedy Hotel Transylvania, in theaters September 28, was announced Monday by Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, and SPA president of production Michelle Raimo-Kouyate.
With Disney’s announcement for a November 13, 2012 Blu-ray release of the Pixar hit Brave, also comes the news of a new short based in the new Brave world. Extras on the release will include a new short called, The Legend of Mor’du as well as 2001’s theatrically released La Luna (which was shown before Brave in it’s theatrical release).
Pixar’s “Brave” collected an estimated $4.3 million from about 565 screens in the United Kingdom, leading that country’s box office in its fourth weekend.
Animator and director Kenneth David “Ken” Walker, whose work for Disney included such memorable films as Alice in Wonderland and Fantasia, died August 18 in Laguna Hills, California. He was 91.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced Wednesday the juried winners for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards in the category of Individual Achievement in Animation.
This year’s BFI London Film Festival festival will open Wednesday, October 10 with the European premiere of Disney’s Frankenweenie, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Tim Burton, organizers announced Thursday.
David Hand’s seminal “Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs” and the 2012 Disney short Paperman will be screened at the 50th New York Film Festival as part of the Masterworks section, organizers announced Monday.
Dick Van Dyke, who took on the dual role of Bert and Mr. Dawes Senior in the partly animated 1964 Disney musical Mary Poppins, will receive SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor — the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.
Phyllis Diller, a pioneer of female stand-up comedy, died Monday morning at her Los Angeles home surrounded by family, sources close to the comedienne said. She was 95.
“She died peacefully in her sleep and with a smile on her face,” longtime manager Milton Suchin told the Associated Press.