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Friday - April 13, 2001
- Mutant Legal Problems - X-Men Vs. The Mutants
- Jim Hill and Noell Evans Join dFX Writing Team
- Live Action Josie and the Pussycats Opens in Theaters
- News Link of the Day - Barenaked Ladies (music group) Gets Animated


Mutant Legal Problems - X-Men Vs. The Mutants
(digitalmediafx.com) 20th Century Fox has filed a lawsuit against Tribune Entertainment to stop production of a new animated TV series called "Mutant-X". Fox says that the new series, which deals with human mutants that have a genetic bind, infringes upon the "X-Men" rights. Tribune, meanwhile, claims that "Mutant-X" is a totally different show from "X-Men."

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Jim Hill and Noell Evans Join dFX Writing Team
(digitalmediafx.com) Award winning journalist Jim Hill and freelance writer Noell Evans have joined the writing team of Digital Media FX (dFX), a leading provider of daily animation and visual effects news and features.

Beginning April 16, 2001, Hill will pen a new column for dFX (www.digitalmediafx.com) titled "Back to the Drawing Board with Jim Hill." The column will give readers a unique look into the animation industry.

"I look forward to doing stories about any and all aspects of the animation business," says Hill. "These days, show me a major Hollywood release that doesn't make some use of animation or CGI. Like it or not, animation is mainstream now. It's a tool of the trade that few in the entertainment industry really understand or appreciate. My goal is to try and create stories that give Digital Media FX readers better insight about all the hard work and behind-the-scenes wrangling that goes into creating this often-overlooked art form."

Hill's columns will appear on the 2nd and 16th of each month. However, subscribers to the free Digital Media FX Animation Newsletter will receive access to the columns a day before they are published at Digital Media FX.

Noell Evans, a freelance print and online magazine writer, has also joined the dFX writing team as a regular feature writer. Evans has already written three features for dFX, including a tribute to William Hanna of Hanna-Barbera who passed away on March 22 of this year. Evans regular features will appear at the beginning of every month.

"Animation is one of the constants of entertainment, says Evans. "It could be argued, in fact, that the first moving images were animations. Digital Media FX is a great place for me to write about animation, from these early roots to today's digital pioneers. In particular, I enjoy looking at the founders and key players in this medium's growth."

You can catch Jim Hill's new column and Noell Evans' features at www.digitalmediafx.com.

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Josie and the PussycatsLive Action Josie and the Pussycats Opens in Theaters
(by digitalmediafx.com) A live action version of the animated TV series Josie and the Pussycats has opened wide in theaters nationwide on 2,554 screens after a limited opening in several theaters on Wednesday. However, on Wednesday, Spy Kids easily topped all of its competitors, bringing in nearly $2 million on a weekday. In its first 14 days of release, Spy Kids has grossed more than $55 million.

The original Josie and the Pussycats cartoon series premiered after its debut as a popular comic book from the widely known Archie comic book series (over 60 Josie and the Pussycats issues have been released).

For more on Josie and the Pussycats going from animation to live action, read our February 22 news report.

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News Link of the Day - Barenaked Ladies (music group) Gets Animated

According to Billboard:

"A claymation version of Canada's Barenaked Ladies will make an appearance Friday (April 13) on the UPN series "Gary & Mike." The episode will feature the voices of various bandmembers offering commentary on the hapless title characters' road trip across the U.S..."

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