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March 2004

Jack Black joins 'King Kong' remake
Posted Tuesday, March 30, 2004, 7:21PM CST by Franklin Harris
Jack Black ("School of Rock") has joined the cast of Peter Jackson's remake of "King Kong." Black will play Carl Denham, the role portrayed by Robert Armstrong in the original 1933 film and by Charles Grodin in the 1976 remake. Black joins fellow cast members Naomi Watts and Andy Serkis.

Source: Cinescape Online

PR: ADV Manga announces 37 new titles
Posted Tuesday, March 30, 2004, 7:15PM CST by Franklin Harris
PRESS RELEASE: HOUSTON, March 30, 2004—ADV Manga today announced that it has acquired 37 new manga titles. With titles aimed at every age in many genres, this acquisition reflects ADV Manga’s commitment to a diverse publishing line with something for everyone.

The titles included are:

50 Rules for Teenagers by Ye Ri Na. A high school romance comic.

Blue Inferior by Kyoko Shitou. An ecological science fiction adventure and story of budding young romance.

Daemon Hunters by Seiuchiroh Todono. A story of a world of humans, elves and demons.

Demon Prince Yoshida-kun by Natsuki Yoshimura. A light-hearted modern-day teen comedy that follows the hilarious exploits of demons searching for "Yoshida-kun."

Desert Coral by Wataru Murayama. A fantasy epic of a boy sucked into a dangerous land of his dreams.

Dream Gold by Tatsuro Nakanishi. A fast paced mystery with a kind of lighthearted sci-fi feel.

Enmusu by Takahiro Seguchi. A boy (with the help of his attractive maid) attempts to take over a massive corporation.

Fantasy Land by Lee Shi Young. A teenage girl trades her unhappy life for a thrilling and dangerous fantasy adventure.

FirstKing Adventures by Moyamu Fujino. This heartwarming fantasy was a huge hit in Japan.

Gadget by Hiroyuki Etou, super-popular creator of Japanese hit manga Mahoujin Guruguru. A comedy about UFO hunters.

Gadirok by Jung Ho Hwang. A young prince and his faithful comrade-in-arms fight to regain the throne.

Gamerz Heaven by Maki Murakami, author of the hit manga Gravitation.

Gate by Hirotaka Kisaragi. Four teenage boys become gatekeepers between our world and a magical world beyond.

Gunparade March by Hiroyuki Sanadura. Basis for the popular anime of the same name about teenage robot pilots fighting the alien invaders, the Phantom Beasts.

Jinki: Extend by Sirou Tunasima. Jinkis—giant human-piloted robots—battle for good and evil.

Kids Joker by Maki Fujita. A hard-boiled thriller with a romantic triangle thrown in.

Lineage by Shin Il Sook. Based on one of the most popular MMPOGs (online computer games) called Lineage (available in the US from NCsoft). A magical medieval fantasy that pits young Prince Deporojue against his wicked step-father.

Love Blossoms by Lee Jong Eun. A romantic comedy starring teenage triplets.

Mythical Detective Loki RAGNAROK by Sakura Kinoshita. A popular series in Japan (with considerable fan buzz in the U.S.); the Norse god Loki is a boy detective in this manga.

Pastel Green Spell by Lee Young Yuu, author of the very popular series Kill Me, Kiss Me.

Peacemaker Kurogane by Nanae Chrono. At the violent last gasp of Japan’s shogunate, a group of swordsmen called Shinsengumi protect the city of Kyoto. Their newest member is a boy named Tetsunosuke Ichimura, who is about to be drawn into a dangerous web of violence and intrigue.

Pretty by Shi Hyun Ha. Pretty is the story of a middle school girl who is interested in stars and astronomy, who meets and becomes infatuated with a biy sharing her interests. But there are complications...

Princess Tutu by Mizuo Shinonome. A magical girl story in the classic mold.

Quantum Mistake by Sohn Eun-Ho and Choi Myung-Soo. The story of what happens when a tough high school punk switches bodies with a 90-pound weakling nerd.

R2 by Maki Hakoda. A pizza delivery boy must save the world.

Ray by Akihito Yoshitomi. An underground group runs a "farm" to raise children as human commodities for selling organs.

SIU Special Investigation Unit: NY Police Story by Kye Seung Hee. A New York City police mystery and thriller.

Saint Marie by Yang Ygo-Jin. Good and evil fight it out on the grounds of an exclusive private school.

Sky Blade, Sword of the Heavens by Hyun Kang Suk and Ah Shin. Two warriors, each sharing the same destiny for greatness, meet for adventure.

Sweet & Sensitive by Park Eun Ah. One girl and two boys in a high school love triangle gone wrong.

Tactics by Sakura Kinoshita. By the same author as Mythical Detective Loki RAGNAROK, this is a humorous fantasy set in medieval Japan.

Taimashin MASHIN Taidou-hen by Hideyuki Kikuchi and Misaki Saitoh. The story of a suave demon-fighting acupuncturist and his beautiful assistant.

Tengai Retrogical by Rin Asano. Set in a bygone Japan, a comedy with fantasy elements.

The Boss by Im Jae Won. Fists fly in this tale of high school gang war.

Vaizard by Norihiro Yoshida. A boy “vaizard” (tomb protector) teams up with a female archeologist to fight evil.

Yo-u by Sanami Matoh. A title from the best-selling creator of Fake. A fantasy adventure set in a medieval Japan full of supernatural creatures. The heroine is a witch searching for her father, whose spirit has been trapped inside a sword for decades.

Your & My Secret by Ai Morinaga. A teenage boy and the girl he's in love with switch bodies, with hilarious (and excruciatingly embarrassing) results.

Adult Swim gets new shows, episodes, DVDs
Posted Saturday, March 27, 2004, 8:57AM CST by Franklin Harris
Adult Swim news:

  • Cartoon Network will add four new shows to its Adult Swim lineup this fall. They are "Squidbillies," "Tom Goes to the Mayor," "Stroker and Hoop," and an untitled Seth Green project.

  • "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" and "Sealab 2021" have each received orders for 13 new episodes.

  • Beginning April 17, Adult Swim will air on Saturday nights from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. Central. The regular Saturday lineup, to begin the following week, will include anime and action cartoons: "InuYasha," "Wolf’s Rain," "FLCL," "Witch Hunter Robin," "Trigun" and "Cowboy Bebop."

  • On June 15, the second batch of Adult Swim DVDs will arrive in stores. The two two-disc sets are "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" Vol. 2 and "Sealab 2021" Vol. 1.

  • More Adult Swim DVDs will arrive in November. They are "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" Vol. 3 and "Space Ghost: Coast to Coast" Vol. 2.

    Source: Toon Zone

    'Family Guy' returns in 2005
    Posted Friday, March 26, 2004, 6:43AM CST by Franklin Harris
    Fox has ordered 22 new half-hour episodes of "Family Guy" for the 2005 TV season. The episodes will first air on Fox and then on Cartoon Network, which currently airs repeats of the program's first three seasons.

    Source: Cinescape Online

    'Spider-Man 2' release moved up to June 30
    Posted Friday, March 26, 2004, 6:37AM CST by Franklin Harris
    The release date for "Spider-Man 2" has been moved up two days to June 30, giving the film, in effect, a six-day opening weekend over the July 4 holiday. Also, a release date for "Spider-Man 3" has been set. Look for the third film in the superhero series on May 4, 2007.

    Source: Cinescape Online

    Eccleston is new Doctor Who
    Posted Saturday, March 20, 2004, 9:18AM CST by Franklin Harris
    Christopher Eccleston ("28 Days Later," "The Others") will become the ninth actor to portray The Doctor when the BBC's new "Doctor Who" series airs next year. Eccleston will star as the traveling Time Lord in the 13-episode "Doctor Who" revival produced and written by Russell T. Davies.

    Source: BBC

    Spielberg, Cruise to remake 'War of the Worlds'
    Posted Wednesday, March 17, 2004, 8:49AM CST by Franklin Harris
    Steven Spielberg will direct a new big-screen adaptation of H.G. Wells' science-fiction novel "The War of the Worlds" for Dreamworks and Paramount. The production will again team Spielberg with Tom Cruise, who is set to star. Shooting could begin late next year.

    Source: Dark Horizons

    'Wheel of Time' movie rights optioned
    Posted Monday, March 15, 2004, 7:11PM CST by Franklin Harris
    Red Eagle Entertainment has optioned the movie rights to Robert Jordan's 11-book "Wheel of Time" series. The company plans to produce a live-action film of the first book, "Eye of the World," with adaptations of subsequent novels to follow.

    Source: Dark Horizons

    'Blade: Trinity' to open in December
    Posted Monday, March 15, 2004, 7:02PM CST by Franklin Harris
    The theatrical release of "Blade: Trinity," the third in a series of films based on the Marvel Comics character Blade and starring Wesley Snipes, has been pushed back to December 10.

    Source: Superhero Hype

    'Constantine' pushed back to 2005
    Posted Monday, March 15, 2004, 6:58PM CST by Franklin Harris
    "Constantine," the movie adaptation of DC Comics' "Hellblazer" series, has been pushed back to next year. The release date for the film, which stars Keanu Reeves, is now February 11, 2005.

    Source: Superhero Hype

    'Man-Thing' still set for theatrical release
    Posted Monday, March 15, 2004, 6:53PM CST by Franklin Harris
    Superhero Hype reports that the live-action "Man-Thing" movie is still scheduled for a theatrical release this fall, although Lions Gate has not yet set a date. "Man-Thing" is based on the Marvel Comics character.

    'Ringu' director to helm American 'Ring' sequel
    Posted Monday, March 15, 2004, 6:30PM CST by Franklin Harris
    Hideo Nakata, director of the Japanese horror film "Ringu," will direct "The Ring 2," the sequel to Dreamworks' "The Ring," which, of course, is the Americanized version of "Ringu." Nakata repleaces Noam Murro, who left citing "creative differences" with producers.

    Source: Fangoria

    Singer to helm 'Logan's Run' remake
    Posted Friday, March 5, 2004, 8:03PM CST by Franklin Harris
    Bryan Singer ("X2") has agreed to direct the Warner Bros. remake of "Logan's Run." Singer's version, to be produced by Joel Silver ("The Matrix"), will stay closer to the original novel in that the termination age for the characters will be 21 rather than 30 as in the 1976 MGM film starring Michael York and Jenny Agutter.

    Source: Cinescape Online

    Singleton to direct 'Luke Cage'
    Posted Friday, March 5, 2004, 8:46AM CST by Franklin Harris
    John Singleton has signed on to direct "Luke Cage" for Columbia Pictures. The film is based on the Marvel Comics character, who has appeared in his own solo series and as half of "Power Man and Iron Fist." Currently, Luke Cage is a supporting character in Marvel's "The Pulse."

    Source: Superhero Hype

    Universal wants Millar's 'Wanted'
    Posted Friday, March 5, 2004, 8:42AM CST by Franklin Harris
    Universal Studios has acquired the film rights to Mark Millar's Image Comics miniseries "Wanted."

    Source: Superhero Hype

    Oldman joins 'Batman Begins' as Gordon
    Posted Friday, March 5, 2004, 8:40AM CST by Franklin Harris
    Gary Oldman ("Bram Stoker's Dracula") has joined the cast of the new Batman movie, now officially titled "Batman Begins." He will play James Gordon.

    Source: Superhero Hype

    'Man-Thing' back to DVD?
    Posted Friday, March 5, 2004, 8:35AM CST by Franklin Harris
    Lions Gate has removed "Man-Thing," based on the Marvel Comics character, from its release schedule, which may mean that the live-action film is back on its original path straight to DVD.

    Source: Superhero Hype

    Disney to chronicle C.S. Lewis' 'Narnia'
    Posted Tuesday, March 2, 2004, 7:05PM CST by Franklin Harris
    Disney has agreed to co-finance a $100 million live-action adaptation of C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," the first book of the "The Chronicles of Narnia." Filming is set to begin this summer for a winter 2005 release.

    Source: Dark Horizons

    Rodriguez signs on for 'Mars'
    Posted Tuesday, March 2, 2004, 7:00PM CST by Franklin Harris
    Robert Rodriguez ("Spy Kids") has signed on to direct "A Princess of Mars," based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' first John Carter of Mars novel, for Paramount. He is scheduled to begin work after he finishes directing "Sin City," an adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novels of the same name.

    Source: Dark Horizons

    Anchor Bay gets rights to Argento's 'Card Player'
    Posted Tuesday, March 2, 2004, 6:55PM CST by Franklin Harris
    Anchor Bay Entertainment has purchased the U.S. rights to Dario Argento's latest film, "The Card Player." Anchor Bay is considering a theatrical release for the film ahead of its DVD release.

    Source: Fangoria

    Charlize Theron gets in the 'Flux'
    Posted Monday, March 1, 2004, 8:40AM CST by Franklin Harris
    Fresh off her Oscar-winning performance in "Monster," Charlize Theron is set to star in a live-action version of "Aeon Flux," based on Peter Chung's animated sci-fi/action series for MTV. Shooting starts in July.

    Source: ICv2.com


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