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Benjamin Bratt Joins Catwoman Cast\n"); document.write("
09-18-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Benjamin Bratt has agreed to play the male lead opposite Halley Berry and Sharon Stone in Warner Bros. Pictures' Catwoman...

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Anime Network Continues Rollout\n"); document.write("
09-17-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Anime Network is expanding its reach by rolling out its content in Baltimore and parts of New England as part of Comcast ON DEMAND, Comcast's video-on-demand service...

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LOTR Special Effects At London's Science Museum\n"); document.write("
09-16-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The special effects behind The Lord of the Rings are being highlighted at London's Science Museum...

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ILM's Mark Miller Promoted To VP Of Production\n"); document.write("
09-15-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Mark Miller has been promoted to vice president and senior executive in charge of production at Industrial Light & Magic...

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Christian Bale Cast To Play Next Batman\n"); document.write("
09-12-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that Christian Bale has been cast as Batman in a film that will chronicle the early career of the superhero...

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The Matrix Revolutions To World Premiere At Disney Hall\n"); document.write("
09-11-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Matrix Revolutions will make its world premiere at the Disney Hall on October 27, which will likely make it the only film to premiere at the new venue during its first year of operation...

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General Mills Bringing \"Yu-Gi-Oh!\" To Grocery Store Shelves\n"); document.write("
09-10-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Starting in September, General Mills is partnering with 4Kids Entertainment to bring \"Yu-Gi-Oh!\" to consumers through products and promotions in food categories including cereal, cereal bars, yogurt and fruit snacks...

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Fox To Air 3-D \"Popeye\" Special In 2004\n"); document.write("
09-09-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) King Features Syndicate executives are reviving \"Popeye the Sailor Man\" with a new 3-D animated special to air on Fox next year, and King Features has made a deal with Artisan Home Entertainment to release an extended DVD and video version...

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LOTR: The Fellowship Of The Ring Wins DVD Awards\n"); document.write("
09-08-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) New Line Home Entertainment's special-edition DVD release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring won four of the fifteen awards handed out at the sixth annual DVD awards...

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The Lion King DVD To Feature New Song\n"); document.write("
09-05-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) When Walt Disney Pictures releases The Lion King on DVD on October 7, the studio will have added a new animated song and sequence.  The new song was written by Elton John and Tim Rice for the Broadway version of The Lion King...

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Anime Network To Exhibit At NATPE\n"); document.write("
09-05-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Anime Network will be exhibiting alongside sister company ADV Films at the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) in Las Vegas during the weekend of January 18-20, 2004...

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LOTR: The Two Towers Video Release Sets Records\n"); document.write("
09-04-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers earned a record $22.89 million during its first five days on rental store shelves, according to estimates from Video Store magazine research...

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Casting For The Next Batman Film\n"); document.write("
09-03-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Over the next three days, actors will converge at Warner Bros. to test for the title role for the next Batman film...

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Mainframe Entertainment Announces \"Small And Friends\"\n"); document.write("
09-02-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Silver Lining Productions and Mainframe Entertainment Inc. have announced they are co-developing and co-producing a new animated series for preschoolers, \"Small and Friends\"...

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Two More Voice Actors Join Delgo Cast\n"); document.write("
08-29-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Anne Bancroft and Malcolm McDowell have joined the cast of the independently produced fantasy adventure film, Delgo...

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A.D. Vision, Inc. Announces Toy Division\n"); document.write("
08-28-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) A.D. Vision, Inc. has announced the founding of ADV Toys, the firm's new merchandise division...

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Fox Opens \"Pitch-O-Rama\" To The General Public\n"); document.write("
08-27-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) In a bid to find the next generation of comedy animated series, Fox is opening up the development process to the general public...

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Pirates Of The Caribbean Grosses Over $100 Million Overseas\n"); document.write("
08-26-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl led the field at the foreign box office for the second consecutive weekend...

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The Matrix Reloaded Grosses $730 Million Worldwide\n"); document.write("
08-26-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Matrix Reloaded has grossed $730 million at the worldwide box office...

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Finding Nemo Is Now Top Animated Film\n"); document.write("
08-25-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Finding Nemo has beaten The Lion King at the box office, breaking the long-held animated film record for U.S. ticket sales, according to tracking firm Exhibitor Relations...

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4Kids Releasing TMNT On Home Video\n"); document.write("
08-22-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) 4Kids Entertainment Home Video, Inc., in association with FUNimation, will release the first two volumes of the \"Teenage Mutnant Ninja Turtles\" home video series on September 2, 2003...

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First Two LOTR Films Returning To Theaters\n"); document.write("
08-22-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Two weeks before the bow of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King, New Line Cinema will re-release The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers to theaters, both with additional scenes and footage added...

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Pirates Of The Caribbean Captures Foreign Box Office\n"); document.write("
08-19-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl emerged as this weekend’s international champion...

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Cartoon Network's Ratings\n"); document.write("
08-19-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Cartoon Network was #1 among all ad-supported cable in both total day and prime time in delivery of kids 2-11 and kids 6-11 for the week of August 4-10...

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Sharkslayer Release Date Moved Up\n"); document.write("
08-18-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) To avoid a conflict with The Incredibles, DreamWorks has moved up the release date of Sharkslayer from November 5 to October 1, 2004...

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Kids' WB! Announces Fall Schedule And Sweepstakes\n"); document.write("
08-15-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Kids' WB! will premiere its new fall schedule on Saturday, September 13, as well as launch the \"Kids' WB! BIG, Really, Really BIG Sweepstakes\"...

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Toynami Acquires Toy License To \"Voltron\"\n"); document.write("
08-14-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) World Events Productions has announced that Toynami, Inc. has licensed the collectible toy rights for \"Voltron: Defender of the Universe\"...

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Newell Agrees To Direct Fourth Harry Potter Film\n"); document.write("
08-13-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Warner Bros. has announced that Mike Newell has agreed to direct Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire...

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\"The Boondocks\" May Become Animated Program\n"); document.write("
08-12-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) \"The Boondocks,\" the edgy comicstrip by Aaron McGruder, may become an animated program; the Fox network has ordered a pilot presentation for the potential series...

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Cartoon Network Weekday Schedule Changes\n"); document.write("
08-11-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Cartoon Network will be making changes to its weekday lineup beginning September 2...

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New \"Yamato\" Projects Up In The Air\n"); document.write("
08-08-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) After what seemed to be a resolution to the \"Yamato\" copyright lawsuit, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation has stepped into the fray, claiming they had taken an assignment of Nishizaki's copyright on December 20, 1996...

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\"Transformers Armada: Prelude To Energon\" Coming To PlayStation 2\n"); document.write("
08-08-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Atari has announced plans to bring Hasbro Inc.'s \"Transformers Armada\" exclusively to the PlayStation 2...

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\"Teen Titans\" Continues To Gain In Ratings\n"); document.write("
08-07-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Since its July 19 premiere, Cartoon Network's \"Teen Titans\" added a third week to its current streak of delivery and ratings gains across all target audience demographics...

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Hellboy's Release Date Moved Up\n"); document.write("
08-06-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Revolution Studios has moved up the release of Hellboy from Memorial Day weekend to April 2, 2004...

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Two \"Yamato\" Adaptations Arise From Legal Dispute\n"); document.write("
08-05-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The dispute over who owns the copyright for \"Space Battleship Yamato\" has finally been settled...

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\"Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross\" Coming To DVD\n"); document.write("
08-04-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) ADV Films has announced that \"Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross\" will be issued on DVD on October 21, 2003...

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Warner Bros. Importing \"Yu-Gi-Oh!\" Film\n"); document.write("
08-01-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Warner Bros. is in negotiations to acquire worldwide distribution rights (excluding Asia) to a \"Yu-Gi-Oh!\" film, which is currently in production in Japan...

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Director Peyton Reed Exits Fantastic Four\n"); document.write("
07-31-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Director Peyton Reed has left 20th Century Fox's big-screen adaptation of Marvel's Fantastic Four...

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\"Yu-Gi-Oh!\" Volume 12 Coming August 19\n"); document.write("
07-30-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) 4Kids Entertainment Home Video, Inc., in association with FUNimation, will release Volume 12 of the \"Yu-Gi-Oh!\" home video series on August 19...

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Miramax To Produce Third Bionicle Film\n"); document.write("
07-29-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Even before the first two films have been released, Miramax Films will be producing a third film based on the Bionicle line of toys...

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Kelly Ripa Joining Cast Of Delgo\n"); document.write("
07-28-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Talkshow host Kelly Ripa is joining the case of the independent animated feature Delgo (which is being produced by Fathom Studios)...

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Spy Kids 3D: Game Over Tops Box Office\n"); document.write("
07-28-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) According to studio estimates released on Sunday, Spy Kids 3D: Game Over grossed $32.5 million in North American ticket sales in three days beginning July 25...

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Newell May Direct Fourth Harry Potter Film\n"); document.write("
07-25-2003
digitalmediafx.com) Warner Bros. is working with Mike Newell's ICM representatives to see if they can make a deal with him to direct the fourth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire...

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\"King Of The Hill\" Renewed For Ninth Season\n"); document.write("
07-24-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Fox has renewed \"King of the Hill\" for a ninth season, which will keep the series on the air through at least May 2005...

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Betty & Veronica May Come To The Big Screen\n"); document.write("
07-23-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Miramax Films has made a preemptive deal with Archie Comics Entertainment to team on Betty & Veronica, a live-action film based on the two main female characters from the Archie comics...

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PBS Kids Animated Offerings For Fall\n"); document.write("
07-22-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) PBS Kids will launch its new season on Labor Day (September 1) with \"PBS Kids Pet-Tacular!,\" a special two-hour block of pet-themed programming; headlining the block will be a new series, \"Clifford's Puppy Days\"...

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\"Terminator 3\" For The PC Coming Fall 2003\n"); document.write("
07-21-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Atari is bringing \"Terminator 3: War of the Machines\" to the PC this fall...

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Lee And Hefner Developing Playboy Animated Series\n"); document.write("
07-18-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Stan Lee has partnered with Playboy to develop an animated series starring Hugh Hefner as the leader of an elite crime-fighting team staffed by various Playmates of the Month...

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The Prince And The Pig\n"); document.write("
07-17-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Walt Disney Animation has acquired a pitch from Rian Johnson for The Prince and the Pig, which is based on an epic poem...

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Warner Bros. To Keep ESC Entertainment In Business\n"); document.write("
07-17-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) ESC Entertainment, the effects facility formed by Warner Bros. in 2001 solely to create the CG effects for The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, will remain open once the final shots for The Matrix Revolutions are delivered in September...

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Disney Considers Making Pirates Of The Caribbean Sequel\n"); document.write("
07-17-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Walt Disney Co. is looking at launching a sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl...

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\"Mr. Ray\" Sues Disney And Pixar Over Finding Nemo\n"); document.write("
07-16-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Ray Yodlowsky, a children's entertainer going by the name of Mr. Ray, is suing Walt Disney Co. and Pixar Animation Studios Inc. because a character in Finding Nemo was destroying his reputation...

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Terminator 3 Tops Asian Box Office\n"); document.write("
07-15-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines reigned at the box office in most of Asia and Argentina last weekend...

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Pirates Of The Caribbean Tops Box Office\n"); document.write("
07-14-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl held the top spot at the box office by grossing an estimated $46.4 million over the weekend...

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Terminator 3 Tops The Box Office\n"); document.write("
07-07-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines grossed $44.1 million from Friday-to-Sunday, for a total of $72.5 million since opening on July 2...

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Domingo And Marin Cast For Sian Ka’an\n"); document.write("
07-03-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Placido Domingo and Cheech Marin have been cast to voice characters in Sian Ka'an, which is being billed as the first Hispanic themed and produced major animated film...

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Anime Network on In DEMAND in High-Definition\n"); document.write("
07-02-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) IN DEMAND and the Anime Network have announced an agreement for the Anime Network to provide content in High-Definition on In DEMAND's suite of 24-hour linear High-Definition channels (INHD and INHD2)...

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Marvel Files Another Lawsuit Against Sony\n"); document.write("
07-01-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Marvel Enterprises Inc. has filed a second lawsuit against Sony Corp., alleging the company's electronics division interfered with a licensing agreement for Spider-Man branded products...

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Spanish Language Versions Of \"Yu-Gi-Oh!\" To Be Issued\n"); document.write("
06-30-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) 4Kids Entertainment Home Video, Inc., in association with FUNimation, will release the first four volumes of \"Yu-Gi-Oh!\" home videos in Spanish on August 12, 2003...

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Anime Network News\n"); document.write("
06-27-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Cablevision Systems Corporation and the Anime Network have announced the launch of Anime Network On Demand as Cablevision's seventh subscr"+"iption video-on-demand service for its iO: Interactive Optimum digital cable customers...

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THQ Announces \"Star Wars: Flight Of The Falcon\"\n"); document.write("
06-26-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) THQ Inc. has announced \"Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon\" for GameBoy Advance; it is scheduled for release during Summer 2003...

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\"Billy The Vet\" Animated Short\n"); document.write("
06-25-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Sean Connery, Alan Cumming, and Ruby Wax are among the names to become attached to the animated short film, \"Billy the Vet\"...

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\"Space Ghost\" To Make A Return\n"); document.write("
06-24-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) \"Space Ghost,\" the only cartoon superhero to retire from saving the universe on broadcast television to become a talk show host, is coming back to Cartoon Network for six more half-hours...

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The Hulk Tops At The Box Office\n"); document.write("
06-23-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Hulk opened at number one in the U.S. with estimated ticket sales of $62.6 million...

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\"Heidi\" To Get Animated Film Treatment\n"); document.write("
06-20-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) UK animation studio Telemagination will produce its first theatrical feature film, which is a $4.5 million animated version of the classic children's book, \"Heidi\"...

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Anime Network And Suncoast Team Up For Promotion\n"); document.write("
06-19-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Anime Network has a nationwide promotional agreement with Suncoast Stores where all 385 Suncoast stores will promote The Anime Network through in-store signage and online banner ads at the company's website (http://www.Suncoast.com)...

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Ruben Studdard Has Cameo In Scooby-Doo Sequel\n"); document.write("
06-18-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) \"American Idol\" winner Ruben Studdard says he has shot a cameo role as himself for Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed...

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\"Monster in My Pocket\" CGI Television Series Coming\n"); document.write("
06-17-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Peak Entertainment Holdings, Inc., has announced that it has launched the North American phase of its \"Monster in My Pocket\" licensing franchise by selecting Mainframe Entertainment Inc. to produce its \"Monster in My Pocket\" television series...

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Finding Nemo Returns To Number One\n"); document.write("
06-16-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Finding Nemo returned to the top of the box office over the weekend with an estimated gross of $29.2 million...

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\"Yu-Gi-Oh!\" Part Of Anti-Drug Campaign\n"); document.write("
06-13-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) \"Yu-Gi-Oh!\" and the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign (which is being done through the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy) will put collectible materials in the hands of over four and one-half million youth in the United States...

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Transformers To Be A Live Action Film?\n"); document.write("
06-12-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Transformers may be coming to the big screen in a live-action film...

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Pixar Announces Renderman Pro Server\n"); document.write("
06-11-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Pixar Animation Studios has announced Renderman Pro Server, a software package featuring an upgraded version of Pixar's Renderman 3D rendering software...

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Robots Attracts Big Name Stars\n"); document.write("
06-10-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry and Mel Brooks will provide the starring voices for the 20th Century Fox Animation  3D animation production, Robots...

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\"Mr. Peabody & Sherman\" Coming To The Big Screen\n"); document.write("
06-10-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Rob Minkoff's Sprocketdyne Entertainment is teaming up with Bullwinkle Studios to develop and produce the live-action/CGI-animated film Mr. Peabody & Sherman...

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Layoffs Hit Disney's Orlando Animation Facility\n"); document.write("
06-09-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Walt Disney Co. is laying off 50 animators at its Orlando facility within the next two weeks...

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Cabbage Patch Kids In 3D CGI Animation\n"); document.write("
06-06-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Cabbage Patch Kids will be animated in 3D CGI under a deal between 4Kids Entertainment, IDT Media, and Original Appalachian Artworks...

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Disney And DreamWorks May Go Head-To-Head\n"); document.write("
06-05-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Disney has claimed November 5, 2004 for the release of Pixar's The Incredibles; however, since last December, Dreamworks had scheduled Sharkslayer for the same date, and had even published the date in a series of ads...

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\"Yu-Gi-Oh\" Volume 11 Coming July 22\n"); document.write("
06-04-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) 4Kids Entertainment Home Video, Inc., in association with FUNimation, will release \"Yu-Gi-Oh!\" Volume 11: Best of Friends, Best of Duelists, on July 22, 2003...

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Finding Nemo Could Hurt Disney/Pixar Negotiations\n"); document.write("
06-03-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The $70.2 million bow for Finding Nemo could hurt talks to extend Disney and Pixar’s current film agreement...

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Finding Nemo Tops Box Office\n"); document.write("
06-02-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Finding Nemo topped the weekend box office, grossing about $70.6 million in its first three days...

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\"Postcards From Buster\" On PBS Kids Fall 2004\n"); document.write("
05-30-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Arthur's best friend, Buster, will soon be hitting the road in his own television show...

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\"Family Guy\" Finds New Life On DVD, Cartoon Network\n"); document.write("
05-29-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Since being released last month, a three-disc DVD set of \"Family Guy\" episodes has sold nearly 400,000 copies; also, repeats of the episodes are a major hit on Cartoon Network...

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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Belleville Rendezvous Rights\n"); document.write("
05-28-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the U.S. and Australian rights to Sylvian Chomet's animated feature, Belleville Rendezvous, which premiered out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival...

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The Matrix Reloaded Has Record International Gross\n"); document.write("
05-27-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Matrix Reloaded has grossed $113.2 million from 62 countries in its second weekend, the first time in history a film has surpassed $100 million mark in that amount of time...

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The Matrix Reloaded Second At Box Office\n"); document.write("
05-27-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Matrix Reloaded fell to second place at the box office over the holiday weekend, grossing $45.6 million over the four days...

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Fox Box Unveils Fall Schedule\n"); document.write("
05-23-2003

(digitalmediafx.com) Fox Box has announced the block's fall schedule, which will begin airing on September 6...

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The Matrix Reloaded's New Record\n"); document.write("
05-22-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Matrix Reloaded has earned a new box record; it has become the biggest first-week grosser in box office history...

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Spider-Man Case To Go To Referee\n"); document.write("
05-21-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) A judge has granted a request by Sony Pictures Entertainment to send its legal dispute with Marvel Enterprises Inc. over Spider-Man to a court-appointed referee...

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The Matrix Reloaded Grosses $166 Million Worldwide\n"); document.write("
05-20-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Matrix Reloaded has grossed $31.6 million in thirteen territories; adding this to the domestic tally of $135 million, the film generated an international gross of $166 million...

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The Matrix Reloaded Tops The Box Office\n"); document.write("
05-19-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Matrix Reloaded debuted at number one at the box office in its first weekend in North America...

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The Matrix Reloaded Breaks Record Books\n"); document.write("
05-16-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Matrix Reloaded bowed to record grosses in latenight Wednesday showtimes prior to its official opening on Thursday, and first-day matinees were grossing unprecedented numbers despite the film's R rating...

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4Kids Entertainment Launches GBA-TV\n"); document.write("
05-15-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) 4Kids Entertainment has announced the debut of GBA-TV, a new application for Game Boy Advance systems...

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The Matrix Reloaded Bows With Record Print Run\n"); document.write("
05-14-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Some 3,603 theaters have been provided with a record 8,517 prints of The Matrix Reloaded, which is set to open May 14 with a 10 p.m. showtime in 2,750 of the theaters...

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Lucas Forms Digital Animation Unit\n"); document.write("
05-13-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Star Wars creator George Lucas is forming a new group to produce computer-animated films...

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X2 Grosses $271 Million At Worldwide Box Office\n"); document.write("
05-12-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) X2: X-Men United spent its second week as the number one grossing film in North America over the weekend...

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Sony's Animation Unit Additions\n"); document.write("
05-09-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Sony Pictures Animation has added Jules Feiffer to its roster of creatives and has hired directors and writers for its slate of CG features in development...

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Playtone's CGI Film Plans\n"); document.write("
05-08-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman have made a deal to turn the 1829 Mary Howitt poem \"The Spider and the Fly\" into a CGI film...

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Clifford Coming To Big Screen And Spin-Off Series\n"); document.write("
05-07-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The PBS Kids series, \"Clifford the Big Red Dog,\" is heading for the big screen in Spring 2004 as a feature-length animated film...

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Electronic Arts Acquires Rights For Superman Games\n"); document.write("
05-06-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Comics have announced that Electronic Arts has been awarded the worldwide interactive rights to develop, publish and distribute computer and video games based on Superman...

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X2: X-Men United Grosses $155 Million Worldwide\n"); document.write("
05-05-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) X2: X-Men United started the summer box office season with the biggest launch in movie history...

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X2 Makes Big Overseas Opening\n"); document.write("
05-02-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Fox estimates that X2: X Men United grossed $8 million from fourteen territories that reported figures on Thursday; this beats the original film's previews or opening day by two-to-three times...

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Terminator 2 Two-Disc Set Coming June 3\n"); document.write("
05-01-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Artisan will issue a two-disc set of Terminator 2: Judgment Day with both high-definition and standard-resolution versions of the film...

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Finding Nemo Soundtrack To Be Released May 20\n"); document.write("
04-30-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The original motion picture soundtrack for Finding Nemo will be released by Walt Disney Records on May 20, 2003...

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Original Star Wars Actors Return For Episode III\n"); document.write("
04-29-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) George Lucas has hired actors Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniel, and Kenny Baker to reprise their roles (Chewbacca the Wookie, C3-PO, and R2-D2, respectively) for Star Wars: Episode III...

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Promotion For \"Finding Nemo\" Videogame\n"); document.write("
04-28-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) THQ has announced the details for the marketing campaign to support the upcoming release of the \"Finding Nemo\" videogame for PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance and PC/MAC...

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Schwarzenegger To Appear In Terminator 3 Game\n"); document.write("
04-25-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Atari has announced the development of a first-person action videogame based on Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines for all major console gaming platforms...

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DIC Entertainment Sues Speed Racer Enterprises\n"); document.write("
04-24-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) DIC Entertainment has sued Speed Racer Enterprises (SRE) to enforce DIC's television and merchandising rights to \"Speed Racer,\" which airs on Nickelodeon...

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Matrix Sequels Coming To IMAX\n"); document.write("
04-24-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Warner Bros. has announced that The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions will be shown on IMAX this spring and fall, respectively...

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\"Enter the Matrix\" Coming May 15\n"); document.write("
04-23-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Atari and Shiny Entertainment have announced that development is complete on \"Enter the Matrix\" for the PlayStation 2, the Xbox, the Nintendo GameCube, and the personal computer...

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Spider-Man Lawsuit Open To The Public\n"); document.write("
04-22-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) A Los Angeles Judge has formally denied a request by Sony Pictures Entertainment to seal proceedings in a lawsuit brought by Marvel Enterprises Inc. over last year's blockbuster film, Spider-Man...

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Founder Of Vinton Studios Exits Animation House\n"); document.write("
04-22-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Claymation pioneer Will Vinton, best known for the California Raisins and \"The PJs,\" has been laid off from the animation studio he founded 27 years ago...

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\"Sailor Moon: Season One Uncut\" Coming July 2003\n"); document.write("
04-21-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) ADV Films has announced that \"Sailor Moon: Season One Uncut,\" a DVD collection of the uncensored original source material for the series, will be issued on July 15, 2003...

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Sony And Marvel In Spider-Man Legal Battle\n"); document.write("
04-18-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Marvel Enterprises Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Sony Pictures Entertainment, seeking to terminate its Spider-Man licensing agreement with the studio after the upcoming Spider-Man sequel...

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Chamber Of Secrets Moves 6 Million On First Day\n"); document.write("
04-18-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets sold more than 6 million VHS and DVD combined units nationwide in its first day of release...

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Anime Network Begins Expansion\n"); document.write("
04-17-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Following a successful launch on Comcast's ON DEMAND service in the greater Philadelphia area, leadership at the Anime Network have announced that the network is expanding its reach...

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New Dragon Ball Z Game Scheduled For June 2003\n"); document.write("
04-16-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Atari will introduce a new role playing adventure game (\"Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II\") for the Game Boy  Advance in June 2003...

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MTV Movie Award Nominations\n"); document.write("
04-15-2003

(digitalmediafx.com) The nominees for the MTV Movie Awards have been announced; only the visual effects nominees for each category will be listed in this news story...

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NBC Inks Deal For Primetime CGI Series\n"); document.write("
04-14-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) NBC and DreamWorks have signed a deal for \"Father of the Pride,\" a primetime CGI animated series about a family of white lions who work as performers in the Las Vegas act of illusionists Siegfried & Roy...

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Tony Blair To Make Appearance On \"The Simpsons\"\n"); document.write("
04-12-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) A Downing Street spokesman has said that British Prime Minister Tony Blair will appear as an animated version of himself on \"The Simpsons\"...

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Cartoon Network's Ratings Rise\n"); document.write("
04-11-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Cartoon Network has recorded another week of powerful ratings increases across its target demographics, especially in its prime time, late-night and afternoon performance...

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\"Yu-Gi-Oh!\" Volumes 9 And 10 Available May 6\n"); document.write("
04-10-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) 4Kids Entertainment Home Video, Inc., in association with FUNimation, will release Volumes  9 and 10 of the \"Yu-Gi-Oh!\" home videos on May 6, 2003...

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4Kids Entertainment and Blockbuster Team For \"Cubix\" Promotion\n"); document.write("
04-09-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. and Blockbuster Inc. have joined forces for a national promotion featuring the \"Cubix: Robots For Everyone – Showdown\" video game based on the animated series, \"Cubix\"...

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ADV To Release Medabots: World-Class Medabots\n"); document.write("
04-08-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) ADV Films has announced that Medabots: World Class Medabots will be released on VHS and DVD on July 1, 2003...

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Matrix Trailer To Air During AFL Game\n"); document.write("
04-07-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Warner Bros. and NBC Sports have partnered to show the trailer for The Matrix Reloaded for the first time on broadcast television during NBC's Arena Football League coverage April 13...

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ADV Announces Release Date For \"RahXephon 3—Harmonic\"\n"); document.write("
04-04-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) ADV Films has announced a June 17, 2003 release for \"RahXephon 3—Harmonic,\" the third volume of the anime series...

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The Matrix Reloaded To Screen At Cannes\n"); document.write("
04-04-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Matrix Reloaded will be screened out of competition at this year's Cannes Festival...

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Disney To Tell Enhancted Fable\n"); document.write("
04-03-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Disney is in discussions with Adam Shankman to direct Enchanted, a romantic fable that mixes live action and animation...

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SBY: The New Voyage Coming To DVD\n"); document.write("
04-03-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Voyager Entertainment has announced that Space Battleship Yamato: The New Voyage is being released on DVD during the month of April...

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Cartoon Network's First Quarter 2003 Ratings\n"); document.write("
04-02-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Cartoon Network completed First Quarter 2003 with compounded delivery and ratings growth, steadily increasing its total day and prime time performance with key child demographics month by month, according to Nielsen Media Research...

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Sony Options Children's Book For CG Animated Film\n"); document.write("
04-01-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Sony Pictures Animation has optioned Judi Barrett's \"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs\" and is in negotiations with producer Wayne Rice to adapt the screenplay for a CG animated picture...

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\"Full Metal Panic!\" To Be Released On DVD\n"); document.write("
03-31-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) ADV Films has announced that the first volume of the \"Full Metal Panic!\" DVDs will be issued on June 10, 2003...

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\"Genesis Climber Mospeada\" Release Delayed\n"); document.write("
03-28-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) ADV Films has announced that the \"Genesis Climber Mospeada\" release originally scheduled for March 25 has now been pushed back to June 17...

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Spider-Man 2 Now Set For July 2004 Release\n"); document.write("
03-27-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Tobey Maguire is returning to play the role of Spider-Man, and the release date of the film has been pushed back from May 7 to July 2, 2004...

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Nelvana's Slate Of New Shows\n"); document.write("
03-26-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Nelvana has announced two new series and two new specials...

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\"Astroboy\" Series Preview\n"); document.write("
03-25-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd. and Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) are giving \"Astroboy\" a facelift in honor of his fictional birthday (April 7, 2003)...

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Nickelodeon's New Animated Series For Fall\n"); document.write("
03-24-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Nickelodeon has announced five new animated series set to premiere this fall...

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Oscar Winners Announced\n"); document.write("
03-23-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The winners of the 75th Annual Academy Awards were announced in a ceremony held on Sunday, March 23...

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Matrix Short Hits Theaters This Weekend\n"); document.write("
03-21-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) \"The Final Flight of Osiris,\" a short written and developed by Andy and Larry Wachowski, will be screened before showings of Dreamcatcher this weekend...

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Ratner Exits From Superman\n"); document.write("
03-20-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Director Brett Ratner will no longer be directing Superman for Warner Bros. Pictures...

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AOL's Eighth Annual Moviegoer Awards\n"); document.write("
03-19-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Eight million votes were cast for this year's America On-Line Moviegoer Awards, and only the categories with effects film winners will be listed...

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Maguire May Not Reprise Spider-Man Role\n"); document.write("
03-18-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Word is circulating that Tobey Maguire may not be back as Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man, the sequel to last year's Spider-Man...

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Fox Licenses \"The Simpsons\" To THQ\n"); document.write("
03-18-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Twentieth Century Fox has licensed \"The Simpsons\" to the wireless division of THQ Inc. to be developed into games, ring tones, screensavers and messaging tools around the world...

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Kids' WB! Continues To Dominate Saturday Mornings\n"); document.write("
03-17-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) On Saturday, March 8, Kids' WB! was the top rated network among Kids 6-11 (5.8/22), tying with Nickelodeon; the network also maintained its Saturday morning dominance in Boys 2-11 (6.7/24)...

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Superman Casting Update\n"); document.write("
03-14-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Only two potential stars remain for the next Superman movie:  Brendan Fraser and Matthew Bomer...

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Halle Berry Set To Play Catwoman\n"); document.write("
03-14-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Warner Bros. has set Halle Berry to play the title character in Catwoman...

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DreamWorks' Rock 'N Roll CGI Film\n"); document.write("
03-13-2003
digitalmediafx.com) DreamWorks has signed a seven-figure deal for writers David Diamond and David Weissman to scr"+"ipt a CGI animation film, which is being described as a musical history of rock 'n roll...

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Ratings Rise For \"Kids Next Door\" And Adult Swim\n"); document.write("
03-12-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Cartoon Network has reported that \"Codename: Kids Next Door\" has scored its highest ratings...

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\"SpongeBob SquarePants\" Film Scheduled For November 2004\n"); document.write("
03-11-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) According to a published report at Yahoo! Movies, a theatrical film for \"SpongeBob SquarePants\" is scheduled to be released on November 19, 2004...

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Saturn Award Nominees Announced\n"); document.write("
03-10-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Cinescape and the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films have announced the nominations for the Saturn Awards...

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\"Garfield\" Celebrates 25th Anniversary This Summer\n"); document.write("
03-07-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) This June, Garfield the cat turns 25 years old, and Tremendous! Entertainment is developing a 25th Anniversary special for broadcast around the world...

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\"Dragon Ball Z\" Import Game Coming To U.S.\n"); document.write("
03-06-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Infogrames, Inc. has announced the upcoming release of \"Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate 22\" for the PlayStation...

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Tech TV's \"Anime Unleashed\"\n"); document.write("
03-05-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) On April 28, Tech TV will begin airing \"Anime Unleashed,\" which includes imported Japanese series and shorts...

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Kids' WB! Wins February Sweeps\n"); document.write("
03-04-2003
Kids' WB! finished first against all Saturday morning competition among Boys 6-11 (7.4/27), Tweens 9-14 (4.4/22), and Male Tweens 9-14 (6.7/30)...

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4Kids Entertainment Announces \"Cubix\" Promotions Partners\n"); document.write("
03-03-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. announced nationwide promotions with Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurants for its 3-D CGI animated series, \"Cubix\"...

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\"The Powerpuff Girls\" To Debut In China\n"); document.write("
02-28-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) \"The Powerpuff Girls\" will soon be seen on terrestrial television in China through China Central Television Station (CCTV)...

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Daredevil's Elektra To Get Spinoff Film\n"); document.write("
02-27-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Jennifer Garner, who played Elektra in Daredevil, will be reprising her role for a film still being developed by Twentieth Century Fox...

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Kids' WB! And Cartoon Network Combine Ad Sales Units\n"); document.write("
02-27-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The national advertising efforts of Kids' WB! and Cartoon Network will be combined at the end of the broadcast season in September...

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J.K. Rowling To Appear On \"The Simpsons\"\n"); document.write("
02-26-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) J.K. Rowling, the author of the \"Harry Potter\" book series, is set to appear on \"The Simpsons\"...

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\"Cubix\" Build A 'Bot Contest Winner Announced\n"); document.write("
02-26-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. and Kids' WB! have announced that 13-year-old David Reyes, of Chula Vista, California, is the grand prize winner of the \"Cubix\" Build A 'Bot Contest...

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Cartoon Network Announces Programming Initiatives For 2003\n"); document.write("
02-25-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Cartoon Network has announced several major programming initiatives for 2003...

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Daredevil Tops Box Office For Second Week\n"); document.write("
02-24-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Twentieth Century Fox's Daredevil topped the box office for a second consecutive week with an estimated gross of $18.9 million, which makes it the first film this year to have back-to-back number one performances...

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Two Towers Dominates Visual Effects Society Awards\n"); document.write("
02-21-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers won eight out of the nine awards it was nominated for at Wednesday night's Visual Effects Society Awards...

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\"Yu-Gi-Oh!\" Volumes 7 And 8 Coming March 18\n"); document.write("
02-20-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) 4Kids Entertainment Home Video, Inc., in association with FUNimation, will release Volumes 7 and 8 of the \"Yu-Gi-Oh!\" home videos on March 18...

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\"MegaMan: NT Warrior\" On Kids' WB This Summer\n"); document.write("
02-19-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Kids' WB is teaming up with ShoPro Entertainment for the Japanese animated import \"MegaMan: NT Warrior\"...

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HBO Acquires Rights For Attack Of The Clones\n"); document.write("
02-18-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) HBO has agreed to pay $15 million for the exclusive pay TV rights to Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones...

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Daredevil Tops Box Office\n"); document.write("
02-18-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Daredevil (a film about a blind attorney who is a crime-fighting vigilante by night) topped the box office by grossing $47.3 million over the four-day U.S. Presidents Day holiday weekend...

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Mike Myers \"Sampling\" DreamWorks Deal\n"); document.write("
02-15-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Mike Myers has signed a production deal with DreamWorks in which he will insert himself, other actors and new plots into existing films to make new properties...

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Nickelodeon Announces \"Kids' Choice Awards\" Nominees\n"); document.write("
02-14-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Nickelodeon has announced the nominees for the 2003 \"Kids' Choice Awards\" (only the animation and f/x related nominations will be listed here)...

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Iron Man Coming To Big Screen\n"); document.write("
02-13-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Iron Man has become the next Marvel character to make the leap to the big screen, with the teaming of New Line Cinema, Avi Arad's Marvel Studios and Don Murphy's Angry Films...

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You’re On Nickelodeon, Charlie Brown\n"); document.write("
02-12-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) \"You're On Nickelodeon, Charlie Brown\" (consisting of \"The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show,\" \"This is America, Charlie Brown,\" \"Charlie Brown,\" and CBS' Peanuts specials) will air twice in March during Nickelodeon's Cable in the Classroom slot...

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Oscar Nominations Announced\n"); document.write("
02-11-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences has announced the Oscar nominations...

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Promotional Deals For The Hulk\n"); document.write("
02-10-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Universal Pictures has announced a number of promotional deals for its upcoming film, The Hulk...

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\"G.I. Joe\" Miniseries Coming To DVD\n"); document.write("
02-07-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Rhino will be releasing two different versions of its upcoming \"G.I. Joe\" two-disc DVD set...

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\"Battle of the Planets\" To Return To Television\n"); document.write("
02-06-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) \"Battle of the Planets\" will be returning to television with an all-new series by Sandy Frank Entertainment...

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Kids' WB Lineup Changes February 15\n"); document.write("
02-06-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Kids' WB has announced it will revise its schedule, with the changes going into effect on Saturday, February 15...

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Pixar Talking To Disney Rivals\n"); document.write("
02-05-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Pixar Animation Studios is beginning to talk with rivals of Disney in search of a new distribution deal once Pixar's contract with Disney ends...

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\"The Cramp Twins\" To Premiere On Fox Box\n"); document.write("
02-05-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) \"The Cramp Twins,\" a highly rated series among Kids 4-15 in the United Kingdom will join Fox Box's lineup beginning Saturday, February 8...

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Canal+ Acquires Broadcast Rights For Animated Features\n"); document.write("
02-04-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) Canal+ has signed an agreement with The Walt Disney Company (France) for the exclusive broadcast rights of five animated feature films...

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Annie Awards 2002 Winners\n"); document.write("
02-03-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Annie Awards were presented on Saturday, February 1, 2003...

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THQ And Nickelodeon Announce 2003 Product Lineup\n"); document.write("
01-31-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) THQ Inc. and Nickelodeon have announced their videogame lineup for 2003...

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\"You’re Not Under Arrest\" Contest\n"); document.write("
01-30-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) AnimEigo and DVD Vision Japan.com have announced the \"You’re Not Under Arrest\" contest...

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Annie Awards 2002 Nominations\n"); document.write("
01-29-2003
(digitalmediafx.com) The Annie Awards are presented to honor excellence in animated films, television shows, and specials...

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