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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

FUNiCon 4.0

 So what's it like to work at FUNimation?
Here is FUNimation's 4th online panel filmed live on 6/26/10.
Panel Topics:

  • Part 1 - Adam and Rojas answer fan questions
  • Part 2 - Some of the FUNimation crew talk about working at FUNimation
  • Part 3 - Merch Alert and an Anime Expo preview
  • Part 4 - San Diego Comic-Con & Otakon preview, Hetalia items, Blu-ray talk, and announcements
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 Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail

Kuroshitsuji Season 2 - Trailer

This second series, Kuroshitsuji II, is set to appear in July and follows a butler, Claude Faustus, and his master, Alois Trancy, as opposed to Sebastian and Ciel.

Monday, June 28, 2010

  Cover Revealed for "Superman/Batman: Apocalypse"
 
Superhero Hype (via the Superman Homepage) reports that Warner Brothers has released the new cover for the brand new DC Universe animated movie Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.

The film is based on the Superman/Batman story arc "The Supergirl from Krypton". The new film will be out on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 28, 2010 and will include the Showcase short Green Arrow.

The Motion Picture Association of America has placed a PG-13 rating on Superman/Batman: Apocalypse because it contains violence and brief sensuality.

This is the Coolest Thing Seen Today

Amagami SS - New Anime

Lilo & Stitch the Anime

Shown only in Japan
 The Last Airbender Game Trailer - E3 2010
Discover your bending powers.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Special Comic-Con Hotel/Membership Combo Packages Go On Sale Monday
You can still go to Comic-Con next month! A limited number of 4-Day Membership passes have just become available as part of a hotel stay package. Simply book 3 or more nights at a participating hotel to be eligible. These membership packages will go fast, so get yours fast. They can be purchased starting at 10:00am Pacific Time on Monday morning, July 28th. Get complete details and limitations on our site.
 A Ton of New Photos from The Last Airbender
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Last Airbender - Toph is Just a Girl

Toph, the blind earthbender, may not be in the upcoming live-action movie, but here's something to look forward to in the sequel.

The Jedi Civil War

Friday, June 25, 2010

Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW

Here is the first 22 minutes of Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW. This Sci-Fi adventure is brought to you by "Besame Mucho" known for the R.O.D series and Kamichu!
Hits theaters in Japan on June 26th!!

Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW official website (Japanese only)

The Last Airbender - AMV

Prepare yourselves. The live-action movie Last Airbender opens next week. Here are some highlights of the animated series just to get you ready.
 Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2
E3 2010 Exclusive Betrayal Cinematic Trailer

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Futurama's New Season Starts Thursday, June 24

On Comedy Central 9:00 and 9:30 p.m. [central time] - "Rebirth" and "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela"

[Source: SciFi.com] Finally! The crew of the Planet Express are back, and Comedy Central's got them! In the sixth-season premiere (after the longest hiatus ever), the Professor must "Rebirth" the crew to bring them back from death by using an untested resuscitation machine. Resolves the cliffhanger from the last DVD movie. And then, in "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela," Leela and Zapp Brannigan are marooned on an Eden-like planet and must decide whether to make like Adam and Eve.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

 Rideback
An action drama from Madhouse Studio, Inc. 
http://www.rideback-anime.jp/rideback.html
The 12-episode anime series is directed by Atsushi Takahashi (“Detroit Metal City” OVA and “Spirited Away”).

In the year 2020 an organization called the GGP has taken control of the world. In Japan, this has been met with insurgency by the university students. One of these students is Rin Ogata, a once promising ballet dancer who has suffered a career-ending injury. She stumbles across a transforming motorcycle-like robot vehicle and discovers that her unique skills, grace and agility make her a natural to ride the Rideback and fight back against the GGP.

FUNimation Entertainment will release the series on DVD starting in 2011.

Monday, June 21, 2010

 Eden of the East
Complete Series on Blu-ray & DVD 9/28/10 - Anime Trailer

Own it on Blu-ray & DVD September 28, 2010
 
Some Conspiracies are More Than Theories

Akira Takizawa wakes up naked outside the White House with no memories. He's got a gun in one hand, a cell phone in the other, and doesn't know if he's a good guy or bad guy. He doesn't even know that the phone itself gives him instant access to ten billion yen, and that on the other end of the phone, there is a woman who can make his most outlandish requests a reality. He doesn't recall his connection to the ongoing missile attacks terrorizing the Japanese people. Or the part he played in the sudden disappearance of 20,000 shut-ins. He doesn't even remember that he's supposed to save Japan and that he will be murdered if he fails. Whatever it is he's tangled up in, Takizawa is definitely in deep and that's not even scratching the surface.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

HAPPY FATHERS' DAY!!!

Totoro Makes Cameo in Pixar's Toy Story 3

The title character of Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro film makes a cameo in Toy Story 3, which opens this weekend.

Miyazaki and Pixar founder John Lasseter have been personal friends for two decades; the two have visited each others' studios frequently over the years, and Lasseter helped oversee the English release of Miyazaki's Spirited Away and Ponyo. Along with previous efforts, Lasseter opened a 2008 charity auction at Pixar's own headquarters for the Totoro Forest Project, an effort to save one of the forests that inspired My Neighbor Totoro

Source: TheHDRoom
Copyright © 2010 Walt Disney Pictures

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Star Wars - The Naughty Bits

[Source: SciFiWire.com] In another example of best uses of the Internet, Star Wars fans have been (ahem) amusing themselves by figuring out what Star Wars references are also sexual references. They call these "double entauntaundres," and here are 27 of the "best" of them. We vouch for neither their accuracy nor their taste:

"Take care of yourself, Han. I guess that's what you're best at isn't it?"

"Look at the size of that thing!"

"I thought they smelled bad on the outside!"

"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm."

"Myself, the boy, two droids, and no questions asked."

"So, you have a twin sister. Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me."

"Oh yes, that's very good. I like that ... oh, something's not right because now I can't see."

"Point that thing somewhere else!"

"You came in that? You're braver than I thought."

"I have felt him, my master."

"No, no, NO. THIS one goes THERE, THAT one goes THERE."

"I don't care what you smell, you big, furry oaf - get in there!"

"She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid!"

"I expect to be well paid. I'm in it for the money."

"What is thy bidding, my master?"

"Wedge! Pull out! You're not doing any good back there!"

"There's an awful lot of moisture in there."

"This one a long time have I watched."

"Right now I feel like I could take on the whole Empire myself."

"Good relations with the Wookiees I have."

"Luke, at that speed do you think you'll be able to pull out in time?"

"You had a plan for getting in, you didn't have a plan for getting out?!"

"If you give it to me, I might forget I found you."

"No it didn't go in, just impacted on the surface!"

"You're all clear, kid! Now let's blow this thing and go home!"

"So. You got your reward and you're just leaving, then?" 


"At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi."

Friday, June 18, 2010

 Star Wars: The Old Republic E3 2010 Trailer
 Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World - International Trailer

 What the Smurf is this!?
The Smurfs Movie is an upcoming live-action/CGI-animated fantasy-family film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by J. David Stem and David N. Weiss, and stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, and Hank Azaria, with the voices of Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Jeff Foxworthy, Paul Reubens, Alan Cumming, and George Lopez. Produced by Jordan Kerner, the film will be distributed by Columbia Pictures.

It will be the first CGI/live-action hybrid film in The Smurfs franchise.[1] After five years of negotiations, Kerner bought the rights in 2002 and was in development with Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies until Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation obtained the film rights in 2008. Filming began on March 26, 2010 in New York. After having the release date pushed back twice, it is currently scheduled to be released on August 3, 2011.

Plot: After the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) chases the Smurfs out of their village, they tumble out of their magical world into the middle of Central Park in New York. They must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

'Technotise' heads to the big screen, thanks to faux trailer (exclusive)


Legendary is plunking down beaucoup bucks to bring “Technotise,” a live-action remake of a Serbian animated film, to the big-screen.
The company has picked up a pitch by Laeta Kalogridis, a writer who worked on “Avatar” and wrote “Shutter Island,” who will write the screenplay as part of her deal that is in the low-seven-figure range.
Rae Sanchini, who worked with James Cameron on “Solaris,” “Titanic” and “Strange Days,” will produce alongside Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni of Legendary Pictures.
The Serbian movie, titled “Technotise: Edit and I” and set in Belgrade in the year 2074, centered on a failing art student who decides to get a chip implant to circumvent studying but gets more than she bargained for.

The pickup is the latest sign of Hollywood’s current infatuation with Internet shorts as a sales material.

The seeds of the “Technotise” pickup were planted last year when Scott Glassgold and Raymond Brothers — the producers behind the Forest Whitaker drama “Hurricane Season,” which controversially never received a theatrical release — were tipped off to the Serbian film. 

Right after acquiring the remake rights, the duo saw a fake trailer for “Green Lantern” made by Jaron Pitts. Using clips of Nathan Fillion and other movies to convey an action-packed film, the trailer generated more than 2 million views.

The duo hired Pitts, a Texas-based media director, to make a trailer for what a possible “Technotise” movie would look like, with Pitts coming up with a high-octane two-minute piece that combined Milla Jovovich clips with those from such movies as “Minority Report,” “Children of Men,” “Avatar” and others. 

The trailer went viral in February, generating interest in the live-action remake. WME-repped Kalogridis, who is currently writing "Ghost in the Shell" for DreamWorks and Steven Spielberg, came on board in the winter, honing a pitch that then was taken to studios and producers. 

Glassgold and Brothers will exec produce via their IAM Entertainment as well as Kalogridis. “Technotise” will fall under Legendary’s co-production and co-financing agreement with Warner Bros. 

Here is that "Technotise" fake trailer:

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Thor - First Look Behind the Scenes


[Source: SciFi.com] ET visited the set of Thor and just released a four-minute video taking us behind the scenes with them. Check out some of our favorite moments below!

Here's Anthony Hopkins in costume as the Thunder God's father, looking all Odin-ish.

Not sure what Chris Hemworth's battle in a tube will turn out to be once the FX guys get their hands on it, but we're hoping for the Rainbow Bridge.

We assume this must be Asgard ... unless it's that Vegas casino where we lost a couple of weeks' pay