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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Burton’s Frankenweenie opens London Film Festival

Frankenweenie (2012)

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.

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Dick Van Dyke to get SAG Life Achievement Award

Dick Van Dyke

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.

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Stand-up comedienne Phyllis Diller dead at 95

Phyllis Diller from Mad Monster Party

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.

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Mickey Mouse Comes To A Stop

Mickey Mouse Comes To A Stop

Upset with Disney for their continued lobbying efforts to secure copyright extensions for Mickey Mouse and other early characters, Los Angeles street artist Denmark has taken to the streets. Denmark has modified numerous stop signs in the Burbank area to resemble the classic Mickey Mouse profile, and including a message reading, “Copyright Extension needs to stop”.

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ParaNorman not Expendable, makes $14 million


Laika Entertainment’s “ParaNorman,” an animated comedy thriller starring a small-town boy who battles zombies, opened at third place in the North American box office this weekend with $14 million.

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Bobby Hill ID proves good for a drink or six

"Bobby Hill" ID

You’d think that a cartoon picture of Bobby Hill (of King of the Hill fame) on an ID card would raise booze salesmen’s eyebrows.

But in an undercover operation, a teenager used it successfully to buy alcohol six times in England’s Nottinghamshire county. Moreover, the age given on the card was 17 — under legal drinking age in Britain.

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China’s “Monkey King” in 3D at Vancouver festival

Vancouver International Film Festival

At this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival, China’s The Monkey King gets an eye-popping 3D restoration on its 50th anniversary; A Liar’s Autobiography (also in 3D) celebrates Graham Chapman’s inimitable work with Monty Python; and Persistence of Vision tells the story of what could have been the greatest animated feature of all time, The Thief and the Cobbler.

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