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November 2002

Tech TV adds anime to schedule
Posted Saturday, November 30, 2002, 9:28AM CST by Franklin Harris
Anime News Network reports that TechTV is adding at least three anime series to its schedule beginning Dec. 30: "On Thanksgiving, TechTV started airing commercials for [its] new anime block, which [it is] calling 'Anime Unleashed.' The commercial features 'Serial Experiments Lain,' 'Crest of the Stars' and 'Betterman.' While the commercial says 'Coming Soon,' it was announced on 'The Screen Savers' a week ago that anime would come to TechTV as of December 30th. Thanks to Kris Granholm for this info."

'King Conan' movie dead at Warner Bros.
Posted Saturday, November 30, 2002, 7:06AM CST by Franklin Harris
IGN FilmForce reports that Conan Properties Inc., which owns Robert E. Howard's barbarian hero Conan, has declined to allow Warner Bros. and the Wachowski brothers to renew their option to produce a new "Conan" movie. This means that "King Conan," which was to star Arnold Schwarzenegger, is dead. The film, which would have been the third in a series starring Schwarzenegger, was to have been written and directed by John Milius, who was the co-writer/director of "Conan the Barbarian" (1981).

New Adult Swim schedule includes 'Lupin III', 'Futurama'
Posted Thursday, November 28, 2002, 7:29PM CST by Franklin Harris
Cartoon Network has released its revised schedule for Adult Swim, which will air Sunday-Thursday nights beginning Jan. 12:


  • 11:00 pm ET - Futurama (PREMIERE): Philip J. Fry, a lonely pizza guy from the 20th century, becomes cryogenically frozen and winds up in the year 3000. There, he goes on great adventures with his new job, Planet Express, and his new friends, Bender and Leela.

  • 11:30 pm ET - The Oblongs: Adult Swim Comedy's highest-rated import from the WB. Angus Oblong paints a vivid universe, pitting the ultimate good versus the ultimate bad. Only the two decide to hold a truce so they can pick on the ultimate ugly.

  • 12:00 am ET - Harvey Birdman: Harvey's back! Uh... again. Catch a half-hour of the animated law-abiding attorney every Sunday, with new episodes, and some of your favorite older ones. Whether it's the Flintstones deep in the mob, or Boo Boo bombing people with rigged picnic baskets, Harvey Birdman is there to naively defend them.

  • 12:30 am ET - Sealab 2021: The seas are filled with danger every waking minute, usually the result of something stupid Captain Murphy has done aboard the dysfunctional underwater facility Sealab, which has a reputation for exploding at any moment.

  • 12:45 am ET - Aqua Teen Hunger Force: The most popular television show about talking pieces of food ever. Meatwad, Shake, and Frylock solve crimes and encounter the supernatural, all in the comfort of their own house in the suburbs of New Jersey.

  • 1:00 am ET - The Ripping Friends: Four crime-fighting superheroes take on the world to assert their manhood and endure all the pain and glory that comes with the occupation. A show created by John Kricfalusi, the creator of Ren and Stimpy.

  • 1:30 am ET - Mission Hill: Back by internet demand. Catch the adventures of Andy and Kevin French, trying to get along in the big city with their completely different lifestyles, along with other characters that have bizarre lifestyles of their own.


  • 11:00 pm ET - Futurama (PREMIERE): Philip J. Fry, a lonely pizza guy from the 20th century, becomes cryogenically frozen and winds up in the year 3000. There, he goes on great adventures with his new job, Planet Express, and his new friends, Bender and Leela.

  • 11:30 pm ET - Home Movies: Third-grader Brendan Small tries to make it through his mundane, boring life with his video camera and two best friends, Jason and Melissa. There's also coach McGuirk, who is more of a bad influence than a mentor.

  • 12:00 am ET - Lupin the Third (PREMIERE): An animé from the seventies about a master thief, this legendary title spanned a whopping three television series, eight movies, and fourteen TV specials.

  • 12:30 am ET - Inuyasha: Adult Swim's most recent animé import, Inuyasha is a half-demon who is forced to stick with high school student Kagome. Both are after the shards of the sacred jewel that would give Inuyasha the ultimate power.

  • 1:00 am ET - Yu Yu Hakusho: Nearly a year on the air, Yusuke continues to crack more cases and bust more heads. The series details the life of the rookie "Spirit Detective," who is thrown into a supernatural world of the afterlife.

  • 1:30 am ET - Cowboy Bebop: The show that put Adult Swim Action on the map, and sparked a revolution in animé with its exciting cinematography and fast-paced action. Join Spike Spiegel and his crew of bounty hunters search for crime and fight their past.

    Source: Toon Zone

    NBC scraps 'Lost in Space' revival
    Posted Thursday, November 28, 2002, 7:07PM CST by Franklin Harris
    According to Dark Horizons, NBC has cancelled plans to produce a new TV movie based on "Lost in Space" because of financial issues.

    Animated 'Alien Legion' in the works
    Posted Friday, November 22, 2002, 6:32AM CST by Franklin Harris
    Mainframe Entertainment is producing a 26-episode, computer-animated series based on Marvel Comics' "Alien Legion," reports The Hollywood Reporter.

    UPN orders 'Danger Girl' TV series
    Posted Friday, November 22, 2002, 6:26AM CST by Franklin Harris

    First 'Noir' anime DVD due Feb. 18
    Posted Wednesday, November 20, 2002, 8:11PM CST by Franklin Harris
    PRESS RELEASE: HOUSTON - ADV Films today announced a release date of February 18, 2003 for NOIR: Shades of Darkness, the first of six DVD volumes of the acclaimed 26-episode thriller.

    The series, which premiered in Japan in 2001, was directed by Koichi Mashimo (Dirty Pair, Dominion). Viewers praise NOIR's spectacular animation, the use of music, its exotic settings (largely in western Europe) and an enduringly complex storyline, based on a relationship between a duo of female assassins who cannot trust one another, but who need each other to survive. Critics have favorably compared NOIR to such genre-defining live-action suspense titles as "The Professional" and "La Femme Nikita."

    The story:
    A mysterious email; a haunting melody. Professional assassin Mireille Bouquet's world is knocked askew by an unnerving contact from a young amnesiac, Yumura Kirika, whose killing skills are as deadly as Mireille's, and whose missing memory may unlock the mystery of Mireille's life as well. With their pasts inextricably linked, Mireille conditionally admits Yumura into her confidence. In uneasy partnership, the two-as NOIR-face a conspiracy that quickly calls on all of their lethal resources. It is a journey through the darkness, searching for a truth that they know will mean their deaths.

    Special Edition available!
    ADV Films is releasing NOIR: Shades of Darkness in two editions: as a disc in a standard DVD case, or in a Special Edition including the disc and its case, plus an exclusive slipcover designed to hold all six volumes of the series, plus a special-edition T-shirt, available only in the Special Edition package!

    Sneak Preview in Newtype USA!
    The DVD insert in the January 2003 issue (Issue Three) of Newtype USA will include Episode One of NOIR!

    NOIR: Shades of Darkness (SRP $29.98 disc only; $44.98 Special Edition) is a DVD release containing five complete episodes in both English- and Japanese-language versions, with English subtitles. Extras include production sketches, clean opening and closing animations, Japanese promo spots and ADV Previews.

    Running Time: 125 minutes; Age Rating: 15+
    Pre-Book Date: 1/21/03
    Street Date: 2/18/03
    Format SRP
    DVD $29.98
    Special Edition (DVD + Slipcover + T-shirt) $44.98

    Manga tops sales of graphic novels in bookstores
    Posted Tuesday, November 19, 2002, 5:43AM CST by Franklin Harris
    From ICv2.com: "Sales figures from the book trade show manga titles dominating recent graphic novel bestseller lists. Rankings obtained by ICv2 for one recent week's sales in U.S. bookstores as compiled by a major industry reporting service showed eighteen of the top twenty graphic novel slots and all of the top ten held by manga titles, all Tokyopop. Nine of the top twenty titles (and both of the top two) were various volumes of Chobits and Love Hina, two surprisingly hot series launched by Tokyopop this year. Two Marvel titles, Marvel Encyclopedia and Ultimates V1 Super Human filled out the top twenty.

    "Of the top 50 adult graphic novels, 40 were manga, 35 from Tokyopop and five from Viz. Six DCs including two incredibly long-lived titles, Watchmen and Dark Knight, and four Marvels made up the rest of the list."

    WB cancels 'Birds of Prey' TV
    Posted Tuesday, November 19, 2002, 5:12AM CST by Franklin Harris
    According to The Hollywood Reporter, The WB has canceled "Birds of Prey." The series, based on a DC Comics comic book, started strong but saw its audience share decline steadily.

    Disney submits 'Spirited Away', others for Oscars
    Posted Monday, November 11, 2002, 6:15AM CST by Franklin Harris
    According to Oscar Watch, Disney has submitted three films for Oscar consideration in the Best Animated Feature Film category. The films are ?Lilo and Stitch,? ?Treasure Planet? and Hayao Miyazaki?s ?Spirited Away.? Also, DreamWorks has submitted ?Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,? and Fox has submitted ?Ice Age.?

    Sci-Fi renews 'Stargate: SG-1'
    Posted Monday, November 11, 2002, 5:22AM CST by Franklin Harris
    Variety and ICv2.com report that the Sci-Fi Channel has renewed its highest-rated series, "Stargate: SG-1," for a seventh season (the series' second on Sci-Fi). The 22-episode season will see the return of Michael Shanks (Daniel Jackson) as a regular cast member.

    DC revamps 'Teen Titans' and 'The Outsiders'
    Posted Sunday, November 10, 2002, 8:43PM CST by Franklin Harris
    Newsarama reports that DC Comics is canceling two titles, "Titans" and "Young Justice." But from their ashes will rise two new titles featuring many of the same characters, plus some old friends and new faces.

    • "Teen Titans," written by Geoff "JSA" Johns and penciled by Mike "Exiles" McKone, will feature Impulse, Wonder Girl, Robin and Superboy from "Young Justice" and Cyborg, Beast Boy, Raven and Starfire from "The New Teen Titans."
    • "The Outsiders," written by Judd "Green Lantern" Winick and pencilled by Tom Raney, will feature Nightwing and Arsenal from "Titans," Metamorpho from the original "Outsiders," Jade from "Infinity, Inc." and a couple of new characters, one of whom is the daughter of ex-Outsider Black Lightning.

    'Midnight, Mass.' TV series in development
    Posted Sunday, November 10, 2002, 8:32PM CST by Franklin Harris
    Newsarama reports that producer Joel Silver is developing a TV series based on the DC/Vertigo Comics miniseries "Midnight, Mass."

    Dark Horse gets 'Conan' comic rights
    Posted Wednesday, November 6, 2002, 3:59PM CST by Franklin Harris
    Newsarama reports that Dark Horse Comics has acquired the rights to produce comic books featuring Conan the Barbarian. Created by Robert E. Howard, Conan has appeared in comics before, notably a long-running series published by Marvel.

    ADV to launch anime-only cable channel
    Posted Wednesday, November 6, 2002, 3:54PM CST by Franklin Harris
    PRESS RELEASE: HOUSTON, November 6, 2002 - ADV Films today announced publicly the creation of The Anime Network(tm), the first television channel in North America dedicated to anime (Japanese animation) and anime-related content. The Anime Network(tm) targets the nation's estimated 85 million cable television subscribers, and seeks to capitalize on cable's increasing dominance in the world of at-home entertainment.

    Initially announced in June, 2002 at ADV Films' 10th Anniversary party in Tokyo, and announced in the U.S. at ADV's November 2 invitation-only 10th Anniversary party in Houston, the creation of The Anime Network(tm) has the industry abuzz with excitement and speculation.

    "This has been in the works for some time," said ADV Films President, Founder and CEO John Ledford. "Until now, the market and the culture haven't been ready for it. But today ever-increasing numbers of Americans are becoming familiar with anime and its distinctive aesthetic; they're curious about anime, they're hungry for it, and The Anime Network(tm) is going to deliver it right to their televisions."

    Competitive Advantage
    While existing cable outlets have enjoyed strong ratings with limited blocks of anime and anime-inspired animated programming, The Anime Network(tm) will make fine anime programming available to viewers 24 hours a day.

    "The Anime Network(tm) is the next logical step," said Ledford. "The television outlets that currently carry anime aren't meeting the potential demand; they offer very limited selections of titles, and only during very restricted hours. The Anime Network(tm) will change all of that, and we're excited to be leading the revolution."

    The Anime Network(tm) model is structured around four categorized content areas: Action Zone, Sci-Fi, Comedy Incorrect, and Horror/Martial Arts. These categories are designed to include virtually the entire spectrum of quality anime, while contextualizing content for new viewers unfamiliar with specific titles.

    Coming Up
    Coming soon, releases detailing geographic/service provider availability of The Anime Network,(tm) along with information about whom viewers can call regarding local availability; also, a sneak preview of programming that will be available in The Anime Network(tm)'s first months.

    TV's Dr. Smith dies at 87
    Posted Tuesday, November 5, 2002, 7:54AM CST by Franklin Harris
    From CNN: Jonathan Harris, who played Dr. Smith on the TV series "Lost in Space," died Sunday. He was 87.

    Harris had been in the hospital receiving treatment for a chronic back problem when he died from a blood clot in his heart.

    Witherspoon chills to 'Whiteout'
    Posted Tuesday, November 5, 2002, 7:18AM CST by Franklin Harris
    Variety and Comics2Film report that Universal Pictures has picked up the feature-film rights to Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber's graphic novel, "Whiteout." Reese Witherspoon, whose production company is co-producing the project, is planned to star.

    Campaign to save 'Birds of Prey' begins
    Posted Monday, November 4, 2002, 7:40AM CST by Franklin Harris
    Comics2Film reports that fans are starting a campaign to save "Birds of Prey." The series, based on the DC comic, debuted to record ratings for its network, The WB. But viewership has declined steadily each week since. The WB has yet to announce whether it will pick up "Birds of Prey" for a full season.

    CGI 'Mighty Mouse' to save the day
    Posted Monday, November 4, 2002, 7:25AM CST by Franklin Harris
    Variety reports that Paramount Pictures has green lit a computer-animated Mighty Mouse feature film to be produced by John Woo and Terence Chang. Woo is also producing a CGI movie starring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

    Newtype mag print run doubled for issue No. 2
    Posted Friday, November 1, 2002, 9:56PM CST by Franklin Harris
    PRESS RELEASE: HOUSTON, November 1, 2002-With the entire 30,000-unit print run of Newtype USA Issue One shipped to subscribers and stores, and continuing retail demand for the magazine far outstripping aggregate availability, Newtype USA is doubling the print run for Issue Two, to a total of 60,000 copies.

    "We've been very pleasantly surprised with the response," said Newtype USA Executive Editor Bruce Haring. "We expected demand to grow steadily through the distribution of the first few issues, as readers realized the quality of the content we were offering. Instead, we've been having to turn away retailers who want to order more, and we've got readers networking on-line to track down the last available copies of Issue One."

    National retailers carrying the magazine include Suncoast, Sam Goody, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Media Play, Waldenbooks, Fry's, Tower Records and Gordon & Gotch Canada (Chapters/Coles Books). Independent bookstores, comic stores and specialty shops across North America are also carrying the magazine. Subscriptions are available through http://www.newtype-usa.com; single issues may also be purchased through the same site. Please note that due to subscription processing time, new subscriptions will not begin for four to six weeks.


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