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Friday - June 22, 2001
- A.I. Opens in One Week to Glowing Reviews
- Disney Animation Archive Celebrates Five Year Anniversary
- Cats & Dogs World Premiere Tomorrow
- News Link of the Day - Comics Store Celebrates its Longevity


A.I. Opens in One Week to Glowing Reviews
(by digitalmediafx.com) Next Friday, AI will hit over 3,000 theaters nationwide with strong favorable reviews already pouring in from critics.

A.I.

Synopsis:
A robotic boy, the first programmed to love, David is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee and his wife, whose own terminally ill child has been cryogenically frozen until a cure can be found. Though he gradually becomes their child, with all the love and stewardship that entails, a series of unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for David.

Without final acceptance by humans or machines, and armed only with Teddy, his supertoy teddy bear and protector, David embarks on a journey to discover where he truly belongs, uncovering a world in which the line between robot and machine is both terrifyingly vast and profoundly thin.

Here are what early reviews are saying about AI:

Time Magazine - "AI boasts a beautiful central performance — Haley Joel Osment, 13, plays David with a kind of buoyant gravity — and a canny turn by Jude Law as a robo-stud, while other actors are wan. The film is bold, rigorous and sentimental by turns, and often all at once, as should be expected from a two-man movie where both have strong wills to match their great gifts, and one is dead..."

Daily Variety - "The fruit of the unique spectral artistic convergence of two cinematic titans, Steven Spielberg and the late Stanley Kubrick, this deeply thoughtful and thoroughly fascinating film about a mechanical boy who yearns to be real contains strong traces of both directors' sensibilities: the intimate childhood connection and the gentleness of spirit often associated with the former, the conceptual boldness and scientifically/philosophically oriented probing of the latter..."

Hollywood Reporter - "The film is never less than fascinating. Certain to open big, AI has plenty for audiences and critics to glom onto -- a riveting, awesome performance by child actor Haley Joel Osment; brilliant production design and special effects; and a provocative theme that in these days of synthetic life forms and genetic tampering is worth re-examining."

Newsweek - "It’s a movie that makes us ponder the very nature of love—how it’s hard-wired into us, how it blurs the line between the selfish and the selfless. Is love the ultimate affirmation of free will, or its negation? AI exhilarates, frustrates and provokes: it’s the most ambitious Hollywood movie in sight."

AI is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for "some sexual content and violent images."

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Disney Animation Archive Celebrates Five Year Anniversary
(by digitalmediafx.com) The Disney Animation Archive is celebrating its five year anniversary of providing Disney animation information to Internet users worldwide. Earlier this month it was announced that The Disney Animation Archive and Digital Media FX formed an alliance as part of Digital Media FX's subsidiary site, AnimationHistory.com.

The Disney Animation Archive consists of over 2,600 pages and is run by animation enthusiast Tim Montgomery.

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Cats & DogsCats & Dogs World Premiere Tomorrow
(by digitalmediafx.com) The world premiere of Warner Bros. FX-filled Cats & Dogs movie will take place tomorrow at 11AM at the Mann Village Theater. In attendance at the premiere will be cast members Sean Hayes, Charlton Heston, Joe Pantoliano, Elizabeth Perkins, and Alexander Pollock. The real stars, however, will be the cats and dogs that starred in the movie. They will also be at the premiere.

Cats & Dogs is an adventure movie that marries live action with computer animation and puppetry to tell the story of the covert, high-tech struggle between cats and dogs, which comes to a head when a maniacal Persian cat named Mr. Tinkles attempts to take over the world.

The film has been given a PG rating by the Motion Picture Association of America for "animal action and humor." Cats & Dogs hits theaters on July 4, 2001.

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News Link of the Day - Comics Store Celebrates its Longevity

According to the San Jose Mercury News:

"In the shape-shifting world of comic books, artists have exploded the rectangular panel, writers have brought the real world into the world of Archie, publishers have figured out how to grab a piece of the oldies market, and dealers have learned to morph with the times.

Joe Ferrara has morphed more craftily than most. His Santa Cruz store, Atlantis Fantasyworld, is in the midst of a yearlong 25th-anniversary party…"

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