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Sunday - November 25, 2001
- Harry Potter and Monsters Have Stellar Weekend
- ADV Gets Steel Angel: Kurumi
- The Lion King Confirmed for IMAX
- News Link of the Day - Big Bucks in Small Fry Film Fare


Harry Potter and Monsters Have Stellar Weekend
(by digitalmediafx.com) Both Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Monsters, Inc. had excellent weekends at the box office. According to weekend estimates, Harry Potter scored a huge $58.6 million over the weekend while Monsters, Inc. improved upon its prior weekend by making $24.5 million. Both films will reach the $200 million mark before the end of the week.

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ADV Gets Steel Angel: Kurumi
(by digitalmediafx.com) ADV Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the anime series Steel Angel: Kurumi, a unique production blending anime styles that switch from realistic to extremely stylized artwork. Steel Angel: Kurumi is already a franchise in Japan with merchandise, art books, costumes, novels, and action figures.

"We here at ADV are very excited to finally be bringing Steel Angel: Kurumi to the States," says ADV Films President John Ledford. "It's a fun, exciting series, and the animation is some of the best I've ever seen -- and I've seen a LOT of animation. Plus, I think the fans are going to be absolutely thrilled when they find out some of the exciting plans we're working on for the Kurumi series."

Steel Angel: Kurumi tells the story of Nakahito, a shy young man who stumbles across and accidentally awakens Kurumi, the vanguard of a new breed of extremely sexy androids -- known as "Steel Angels." Kurumi immediately pledges her services to Nakahito but unfortunately, Nakahito isn't the only one who wants to get a hold of these lovely "girls" -- the military wants to use the Steel Angels as weapons in their deadly game of global dominance. Action, intrigue, and hilarious misadventure are the order of the day in this wonderfully entertaining series.

The home video release of the series will include English language audio tracks, along with the Japanese language version with English subtitles. The 24-episode saga will be delivered on 6 DVDs. ADV Films has not publicly announced the release date, although speculation is that the series will be delivered in 2002.

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The Lion King Confirmed for IMAX
(by digitalmediafx.com) It is now confirmed that Disney will be bringing The Lion King to IMAX theaters in 2003. To help promote the film, the four minute Lion King "Circle of Life" segment will air prior to Beauty and the Beast on IMAX screens beginning January 1, 2002.

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News Link of the Day - Big Bucks in Small Fry Film Fare

According to the LA Daily News:

"Children's movies are bigger than ever. And if not quite better than ever, they've at least been better than average for the genre lately. With abundant wit, lavish production care and high entertainment value generally applied to every scene, as a group, Spy Kids, Shrek, Monsters, Inc. and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone have made most of the films that Hollywood has tried to craft for older audiences this year look pretty shabby by comparison.

That's why the hottest Oscar race of the season, so far, is between the two hit computer-animated spectaculars, DreamWorks' Shrek and Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc., in the brand-new feature animation category this year..."

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