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Artisan Entertainment and Marvel Studios have finished the principal photography on The Punisher feature-film, adaptated from the Marvel Comics series. The film stars Thomas Jane, John Travolta and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, and will be released on April 16, 2004.

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Thus far only three new television series have been picked up for a full season: UPN's Eve and All Of Us, and NBC's Las Vegas.

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Gathering Games released the Space Colony simulation game for the PC this week with a suggested retail price of $39.95.

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Buena Vista Home Entertainment will release a two-disc collector's edition DVD of the Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo on November 4.

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Sean Astin will appear in 13 of the 15 second-season episodes of Showtime's Jeremiah series as an odd prophet.

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Diane Ladd, Andrew McCarthy, and Bruce Davison will star in Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital, 15-hour miniseries for ABC that premieres on February 5, 2004.

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Midway will release four superhero video games for the GameBoy Advance. They will be Justice League Chronicles, Static Shock, Super Duper Sumos, and Ozzie And Drix, and each will be released in Fall 2003.

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Johnny Depp is the favorite to play the role of Willy Wonka in Tim Burton's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory film.

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Richard E. Grant will do the voice for an animated Doctor Who series to air on British network BBCi in the fall.

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Electronic Arts will release a Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone video game for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube.

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Universal Studios Home Video will release a complete DVD set of the 1978 Battlestar Galactica television series on October 21 with a suggested retail price of $119.98. Universal will also release a Battlestar Galactica video game on September 26 for both the PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

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A teaser poster for the third Lord Of The Rings film, The Return Of The King, has been posted on the official Web site. Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King opens throughout the US on December 17.

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Universal Pictures became the first studio in motion picture history to open three consecutive #1 movies in excess of $50 million dollars. Bruce Almighty had an opening weekend gross of $68.0 million, 2 Fast 2 Furious had an opening weekend gross of $50.5 million, and Hulk had an opening weekend gross of $62.1 million.

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You can win a walk-on role on the Stargate SG-1 television series in a sweepstakes from the Syfy and MGM Home Entertainment that runs through July 6. To enter, simply register on the show's official Web site and fill out the entry form.

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Marvel Comics superhero Luke Cage, from the Iron Fist comic, will be the latest comic book character to be adapted into a film character as Columbia Pictures has optioned the rights and Ben Ramsey will write the script.

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Disney and Pixar Studios' animated film The Incredibles, which opens on November 5, 2004, has its first trailer online here at the Pixar site.

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Zinc Entertainment is producing the Dungeons & Dragons: The Sequel film, the aptly named Dungeons & Dragons sequel, for release in 2004.

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ADV Films, Gainax, and Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop are working together on a Neon Genesis Evangelion live-action film.

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Universal Studios Hollywood is developing a new roller coaster attraction based upon The Mummy films, called The Mummy's Revenge, to be opened in 2004.

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DreamWorks Home Video will release Taken on DVD on October 21. The 20 hour mini-series will be released in a six-disc boxed set.

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George Lucas has allowed the small animation department within his special-effects company, Industrial Light & Magic, to become its own division in order to produce its own work.

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A federal judge ruled that Winnie The Pooh author A.A. Milne's granddaughter cannot reclaim the Pooh licensing rights and give them to the Walt Disney Company.

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Dimension Films is making Wicked Prayer, the fourth in The Crow film series, which will star David Boreanaz, Edward Furlong, Dennis Hopper and Tara Reid.

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Kids WB has ordered 26 episodes of a new version of the classic anime Astro Boy for the 2003-2004 season.

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Incredible Hulk co-creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby may not receive credit in The Hulk film due to a dispute between Stan Lee and Marvel Comics. The final decision will be made in the next few weeks.

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Comic-book retailers and publishers will host a second Free Comic Book Day, a single day when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world are giving away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores, on May 3. For more information or to locate a participating comic book shop, go to http://www.freecomicbookday.com/.

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WB has ordered six episodes of a Who Wants To Be A Superhero? television contest show from reality guru Bruce Nash and comic pioneer Stan Lee for the 2003-2004 season. People with ideas for original superheroes will dress up as their character in front of a panel of celebrity judges and compete in various stunts and challenges. The winner will have the superhero expanded by Lee's team for a potential comic-book.

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Universal Studios Hollywood is holding an Ultimate Marvel Mania entertainment event now through Arpil 27, complete with superheroes and supervillains such as Daredevil, Hulk, Spiderman, Captain America, Wolverine, and the Green Goblin.

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Director Peter Jackson will remake King Kong for Universal Pictures.

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Six Flags Magic Mountain is opening its latest attractions, the Scream! rollercoaster, on April 12, 2003.

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Disney is opening its latest attractions, a new The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh ride at Disneyland and the new Playhouse Disney with shows at Disney's California Adventure on April 11, 2003.

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Vivendi Universal Games and Interplay Entertainment will release Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II, the sequel to the Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance video game, for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox gaming systems in late 2003.

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Karyn Kusama is in final talks to direct Paramount and MTV Films' Aeon Flux, a live-action film based on the MTV animated short series.

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Adam Shankman is in talks to direct the live-action film version of The Jetsons for Warner Brothers.

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Nickelodeon will add two new series to its prime-time schedule. The shows will be My Life As A Teenage Robot, about a teen robot's attempts to balance saving the planet with high school, and Danny Phantom, about a boy who turns into a half-ghost.

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The winners for the 2003 Academy Awards are now online on this site.

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Angel Gate Comics is developing a Legend Of Isis film in conjunction with Original Films, based upon the comic character.

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Several novels, based on popular games, have been and are being developed for release. Among them are:

  • Halo #1: The Fall Of Reach, based upon the Halo Xbox video game
  • Halo #2: The Flood, based upon the Halo Xbox video game
  • Mage Knight #1: Rebel Thunder, based upon the Mage Knight game
  • Mage Knight #2: Dark Debts, based upon the Mage Knight game
  • Mage Knight #3: Stolen Prophecy, based upon the Mage Knight game
  • WarCraft #1: Day Of The Dragon, based upon the Warcraft video games
  • WarCraft #2: Lord Of The Clans, based upon the Warcraft video games
  • WarCraft #3: The Last Guardian, based upon the Warcraft video games
  • StarCraft #1: Liberty's Crusade, based upon the StarCraft video games
  • StarCraft #2: Shadow Of The Xel'Naga, based upon the StarCraft video games
  • StarCraft #3: Speed Of Darkness, based upon the StarCraft video games
  • Diablo #1: Legacy Of Blood, based upon the Diablo video games
  • Diablo #2: The Black Road, based upon the Diablo video games
  • Diablo #3: Kingdom Of Shadow, based upon the Diablo video games

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    Warner Brothers has announced that Halle Berry will play Catwoman in the film of the same name.

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    According to Tobey Maguire's spokesperson, he is working with his shoulder and it planning on returning for the Spider-Man sequel. Filming is set to begin on April 12th.

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    Official work on the upcoming Academy Awards in a statement by Gil Cates, Producer 75th Academy Awards:

    First of all, we all are continuing to work diligently to put the 75th Academy Awards on the air at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time this coming Sunday, March 23rd.

    That said, we all understand that the country is on the brink of war and may be sending American men and women into harm's way almost as we speak. We must prepare for the show to be produced under those circumstances. We are continuing our efforts to bring the show together on Sunday, but we do understand that ABC may adjust to war coverage if it is required and that ABC news will cover news as it happens. Any such decisions in regard to broadcasting the show will be made later in the week, and will be made jointly by the Academy and ABC.

    Keeping in mind the world situation, the Academy has elected to prepare a more sober pre-show and a scaled-back arrivals sequence. The traditional splashy red carpet arrivals line will be truncated, the portions of the arrivals press line that existed last year on Hollywood Boulevard will be eliminated and guests arriving by limousine will exit their cars on Hollywood Boulevard and enter the Kodak Theatre directly through the arrivals arch. Nevertheless, we wish to be able to continue to celebrate the magnificent achievements of our filmmakers last year and to present them with the Academy Awards that they have earned.

    The Academy is mindful that many of its celebrity guests would feel uncomfortable arriving at this year's Awards at the beginning of a major war to face a business-as-usual phalanx of interviewers and photographers. The Academy's decision is meant to address the concerns of these celebrities, and to reflect the circumstances under which we are now producing this show. Therefore arriving guests will not stop for interviews or photographs. Arrangements will be made to provide some television pool coverage of arriving celebrities, and room will be sought for as many other press as possible, but those arrangements have not yet been made. It will be at least 24 hours before these plans will be discussed.

    We hope that everyone involved will understand that this change is being made in response to the critical situation in the middle east, and will help us to make these changes work.

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    There is a possibility that Tobey Maguire, who is still healing from mild discomfort in his back brought on by physically demanding roles in his last two films, may be replaced by Jake Gyllenhaal in the Spider-Man sequel. Filming is set to begin on April 12th, however no official announcement has been made either way, even both the studio and Maguire's people acknowledge the health issues.

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    Maurice Chauvet and Christopher Vail have been hired by Paramount Pictures to write the script for a computer-animated Mighty Mouse movie for Nickelodeon Films.

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    Kingdom Hearts was given an award for excellence in visual arts by the International Game Developers Association.

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    Warner Home Video will not release a special edition DVD of The Matrix, but will instead reduce the price of the already available The Matrix DVD.

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    Nora Ephron will write a film version of the Bewitched television series. Show information, episode list, cast, and airdates. The movie will star Nicole Kidman as Samantha, the lead character who is a witch.

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    Jennifer Garner will reprise her Daredevil role in an Elektra spinoff movie.

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    Monolith Productions and Disney Interactive will release a Tron 2.0 game for the PC on June 3.

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    Jann Carl, Chris Connelly, Jim Moret and Shaun Robinson have been set to co-host the Academy's arrivals show "Oscar Countdown 2003" preceding the 75th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 23. This is the first Oscar Night association for Carl and Robinson, the third for Moret and the fourth for Connelly. All four correspondents will interview the nominees and celebrities as they walk down the red carpet.

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    Season two of the math-mystery cartoon Cyberchase launches Monday, March 31, 2003 (check local listings) on PBS Kids with exciting new stories. This season introduces hilarious new characters voiced by guest stars such as Al Roker and Jane Curtin. Christopher Lloyd and Gilbert Gottfried reprise their respective roles as the dastardly Hacker and the loveable cyber-bird Digit in the critically acclaimed series produced by Thirteen/WNET New York and Corus Entertainment's Nelvana.

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    Twentieth Century Fox has put a trailer on its official web site for The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, starring Sean Connery as Allan Quatermain, which opens June 6.

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    Anchor Bay Entertainment has bought the home video rights to Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The company will also release additional boxed set seasons of the Highlander television series. Show information, episode list, cast, and airdates.

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    Cartoon Network will air a series of 20 original three-minute animated shorts based in the Star Wars universe, titled Clone Wars, beginning in November.

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    ABC has renewed 8 Simple Rules, According To Jim, Alias, America's Funniest Home Videos, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, Less Than Perfect, Life With Bonnie, My Wife And Kids, and NYPD Blue for the 2003-2004 television season.

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    Fox has renewed 24 for the 2003-2004 television season.

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    UPN has announced that Buffy The Vampire Slayer is officially ending and will not return for the 2003-2004 television season.

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    The winners for the 2003 Grammy Awards are now online on this site.

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    Cartoon Network unveiled its programming plans for 2003. There will be three new series, renewals on nine existing series, several new acquisitions, a number of key programming events, and a series of 20 animated shorts based on the Star Wars films.

    New Series:

  • Duck Dodgers (Debuts in July 2003): Daffy Duck and Porky Pig attempt to protect Earth from its enemies in the 24th century
  • Low Brow (Debuts in December 2003): A 20-something slacker with a customized 80-foot robot from the future must defend all of humanity from evil aliens
  • Teen Titans (Debuts in August 2003): Robin The Boy Wonder and teenage superheroes Cyborg, Beast Boy, Starfire and Raven defend the Earth from a new generation of villians

    Series Renewals:

  • Codename: Kids Next Door: 19 additional new episodes
  • Dexter's Laboratory: 11 new episodes beginning in April
  • Ed, Edd 'N Eddy: 4 new episodes beginning in November
  • Grim & Evil: 10 new episodes beginning in June
  • Justice League: 26 new episodes beginning in October
  • The Powerpuff Girls: 4 new episodes beginning in September, plus a new one-hour holiday special
  • Samurai Jack: 20 new episodes beginning in May
  • Time Squad: 5 new episodes debuting in March
  • Whatever Happened To Robot Jones?: 11 new episodes beginning in September

    Acquisitions:

  • Big O: 13 new episodes
  • Blue Gender: 26 episodes
  • Dragon Ball: 52 new episodes on Toonami
  • Dragonball Z: 15 new episodes from Toonami beginning March 17
  • .hack/SIGN: 26 episodes
  • Hamtaro: 52 additional episodes
  • He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe: 13 new episodes
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: 52 episodes
  • Kikaider: 12 episodes
  • Pokemon: 100 episodes
  • Rurouni Kenshin: 95 episodes will premiere on Toonami beginning March 17
  • SD Gundam: 26 new episodes
  • Transformers Armada: 26 new episodes
  • What's New Scooby-Doo?: Debuts March 28
  • X-Men Evolution: 43 episodes
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: 50 episodes

    Adult Swim:

  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: 26 new episodes
  • The Brak Show: 13 new episodes
  • Harvey Birdman, Attorney-At-Law: New episodes beginning in April
  • Home Movies: 13 new episodes
  • Sealab 2021: 13 new episodes
  • Trigun: 26 episodes will debut in March

    Events:

  • Cartoon Network's Greatest Musical Moments: Friday, March 7: 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET
  • April Fool's Day Monkey Marathon: Tuesday, April 1, 8-11 p.m. ET
  • The First Mom Of Cartoon Network Mother's Day Marathon: Sunday, May 11, 12-7 p.m. ET
  • The Powerpuff Girls Movie Weekend: Friday, May 23-Monday, May 27
  • Cartoon Network Bloopers: Friday, June 6, 8 p.m. ET
  • Christmas In July: Friday, July 25
  • Code Of The Samurai: Monday, July 28-Thursday, July 31
  • Don't Go Back To School Day!: Monday, Sept. 1
  • Friday Night Fights: Every Friday in September
  • Shocktober: Weekdays in October in preparation for Halloween
  • The Iron Giant Marathon: Friday, Nov. 29 beginning at 8 a.m. ET

    Cartoon Network and Lucasfilms Ltd. will create Star Wars: Clone Wars, a series of 20 two-to-three-minute animated Star Wars shorts that continue where the live-action film Star Wars: Episode II: Attack Of The Clones ended.

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    Alfred Molina will join Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco in Columbia Pictures' highly anticipated sequel to Spider-Man, it was announced today by Columbia Pictures. Molina will portray Spider-Man's archenemy "Doc Ock" in the second installment to Columbia Pictures' 2002 worldwide phenomenon Spider-Man, which grossed more than $820 million worldwide and became the fifth highest grossing movie in U.S. history. Spider-Man is based on the classic Marvel Comic book series. The sequel will reunite the cast and filmmakers from the original blockbuster, including Maguire, Dunst, and Franco along with director Sam Raimi, and producers Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad. Columbia Pictures co-president of production Matt Tolmach is overseeing development of the project for the studio. Raimi will begin principal photography in April and the new film will be released in 2004.

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    Katee Sackhoff will play a female Starbuck and Jamie Bamber will play Apollo in a four-hour Battlestar Galactica original miniseries for the Syfy.

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    New Line Cinema will team with Marvel Studios and Angry Films to make a live-action film version of Marvel Comics' Iron Man comic.

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    Michael Gambon will replace Richard Harris, who died last year, as Albus Dumbledore for Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban.

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    Jeremy Sumpter, star of the Peter Pan live-action film, has broken his foot and forced the project to suspend production temporarily.

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    Ben Kingsley and Bill Paxton will star in the live-action film version of the UK television series Thunderbirds.

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    Travis Fimmel and Sarah Wayne Callies have been cast to star in The WB Tarzan television series pilot.

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    The nominations for the 2003 Academy Awards are now online on this site.

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    Nominations for the 75th Anniversary Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, February 11 by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Frank Pierson and his fellow Academy member Marisa Tomei, recipient of the Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in "My Cousin Vinny." Pierson and Tomei will announce ten of the 24 categories at a 5:30 a.m. press conference. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2002 will be presented on Sunday, March 23, 2003, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST. A half-hour arrival segment will precede the presentation ceremony at 5 p.m.

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    Warner Home Video will release The Matrix in a new DVD special-edition on April 29 to coincide with The Matrix Reloaded opening three weeks later.

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    Chris Nolan, director of Memento and Insomnia, has been signed to direct a Batman feature film for Warner Brothers.

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    Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets will be relesed onto DVD and VHS on April 18.

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    Columbia Pictures is developing a live-action feature film based on Mattel Hot Wheels products. McG with John Baldecchi and Jason Hoffs producing the movie.

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    Seven-time Academy Award nominee Peter O'Toole has been chosen to receive an Honorary Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Award, an Oscar statuette, will be presented at the 75th Anniversary Academy Awards on March 23. The citation will read: "Peter O'Toole - whose remarkable talents have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable characters."

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    Two days after the announced June 21st release date for the Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix book rose to the top of several best-seller lists based upon pre-orders.

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    The 4th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will be broadcast domestically by the CBS Television Network, it was announced today by the Latin Recording Academy. To date, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and San Juan have expressed interest in hosting the show, which will feature performances from some of the genre's biggest artists. The date, time and host city of the Latin Grammy Awards will be announced shortly.

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    Universal Studios will open an attraction based on the Shrek film at its theme parks in California, Florida and Japan, called Shrek 4-D. Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow will all provide voices for the attraction.

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    The Recording Academy has announced the newest additions to its Grammy Hall Of Fame Awards, adding 21 recordings to a timeless list that now includes 606 titles. The Hall Of Fame serves as a reminder and celebration of the triumphs and achievements of the recording arts. Selections are drawn from all major categories of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which the Academy has become renowned.

    Six of the recordings voted into the Hall this year are from the 1960s. These include Peter, Paul & Mary's 1963 hit version of Blowin' In The Wind; Judy Collins' 1968 generational touchstone Both Sides Now; Henry Mancini's 1963 film theme Days Of Wine And Roses; and Petula Clark's 1964 single Downtown, among others.

    Eleven recordings inducted this year are from the 1970s, including one of the most popular singles of the decade, Carole King's It's Too Late; Bruce Springsteen's 1975 breakthrough album Born To RunStairway To Heaven, one of the most heavily played album tracks of the rock era; Ike & Tina Turner's 1971 revamp of Proud Mary; Paul Simon's 1975 album Still Crazy After All These Years, his first solo recording to be inducted; Elton John's 1973 double-album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Fleetwood Mac's 1977 blockbuster Rumours; and Labelle's powerful 1975 R&B single Lady Marmalade.

    In addition, four entries come from earlier decades and include Ethel Water's 1933 version of Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All The Time), (the oldest recording to be inducted this year); jazz legend Thelonious Monk's 1949 album The Genius Of Modern Music, Vols. 1 & 2; the New York Philharmonic's 1956 recording of Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 In A Minor, Op. 99 (featuring David Oistrakh; Dimitri Mitropoulos conductor); and the Flamingos' 1959 single I Only Have Eyes For You.

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    After months of negotiations, it was announced that The Lost World has been officially cancelled. A television movie to tie up the loose ends remaining from the season 3 cliffhanger has been discussed as a possibility, but no there is no definite decision on that yet.

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    The winners for the 2003 Golden Globe Awards are now online on this site.

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    The Syfy will air its six-hour, three-night miniseries sequel Frank Herbert's Children Of Dune on March 16th.

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    Disney has increased the one-day admission price for its Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure theme parks to $47 for adults and $37 for children ages three to nine.

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    Cartoon Network and Kids' WB! are making a weekly animated series based upon DC Comics ' Teen Titans to premiere in 2003. The show will follow the adventures of teenage superheroes Robin, Raven, Cyborg, Starfire, and Beast Boy.

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    Brad Pitt will provide the voice for Sinbad in the animated feature Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas, which is scheduled for a July 2003 release. Pitt joins a voice cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Joseph Fiennes .

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    Showtime has picked up the science fiction series Jeremiah for a second season. Sean Astin will join the cast that already stars Luke Perry and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.

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    A new trailer for the Star Trek: Nemesis film, which opens on December 13, is available online.

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    Noted science fiction author and physicist Robert L. Forward died at age 70 on September 21 at his home in Southern California of brain cancer. He published eleven science fiction novels including Dragon's Egg and Rocheworld, as well as over 200 articles and papers.

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    Black Isle Studios will release an Xbox version of the Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance video game in November. The PlayStation 2 version of the game has sold over 500,000 copies to date.

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    Steve Bacic has been cast to play Hank McCoy, aka The Beast, in the second X-Men live-action film, titled X2.

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    Nicole Kidman is rumored to be considering starring Columbia Pictures' Bewitched feature-film adaptation of the television series. Show information, episode list, cast, and airdates.

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    Karey Kirkpatrick will finish adapting the screenplay for Douglas Adams' The Hitchhikers' Guide To The Galaxy. Adams wrote the initial adaptation before he died last May. Jay Roach is set to direct and produce the film.

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    The winners for the 2002 Emmy Awards are now online on this site.

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    A new trailer for Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets is now available on the film's official Web site.

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    Konami will release a video game based upon the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated television series, which is scheduled to debut on Fox in early 2003.

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    Cartoon Network has acquired the cable television rights to all 72 episodes of Futurama, to be aired on Sundays beginning in January 2003.

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    The complete season one DVD set for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is set to be released in February 2003.

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    Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, and Orlando Bloom will star in the Pirates Of The Caribbean live-action Disney film, based upon a Disneyland ride of the same name.

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    The Syfy has announced that Farscape will end at the conclusion of season four. The remaining new episodes of that season will begin airing in January 2003.

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    The official The Matrix site features a new trailer for the upcoming Animatrix series of animated films, based in The Matrix universe, that are coming to DVD and video in 2003.

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    More than 10,000 fans of TNT's Witchblade television series have signed an online petition asking TNT for a third season. To view or sign the petition, go here.

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    LucasArts is releasing a sequel to its Sam & Max adventure game for the PC in early 2004.

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    USA Network is developing a remake of The Bionic Woman television series for summer 2003.

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    The Syfy will air eight episodes of a new In Search Of ... television series, hosted by Mitch Pileggi, beginning October 11, 2002.

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    Inkworks will release trading cards for the ABC television series Alias on December 4, 2002.

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    Rupert Wainwright will direct the film version of the 1960s science fiction television series The Outer Limits.

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    George Lucas, who recently received the British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles' Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award For Excellence In Film, has joined the organization's board of governors.

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    Sean Patrick Flanery, who starred in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles television series, will join the cast of The Dead Zone television series as of the season finale episode and stay on as a recurring character in season two.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Pocket Books will publish a new paperback version of The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai: Across The Eighth Dimension, written by Earl Mac Rauch, on December 4.

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    R.L. Stine's upcoming Kids WB anthology series The Nightmare Room is supposed to be like a Twilight Zone for kids.

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    DVDs of the first three season of Buffy The Vampire Slayer will be released in the fall.

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    The highly anticipated Fox series, The Tick, has opened an official web site with information on the cast, characters, history and more.

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    The Syfy will begin airing Earth: Final Conflict at 10pm starting August 6. The network will air the first 88 episodes in order and also air future new episodes.

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    Rush Hour 2 will premiere on a single United Airlines Los Angeles-to-Hong Kong flight on July 26, eight days ahead of the movie's theatrical opening.

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    Richard Donner will begin shooting the science fiction film Timeline, based upon a Michael Crichton novel, in March 2002.Gerard Butler has been cast as the lead.

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    The 2001 Primetime Emmy Nominations have been announced. For a list of nominees, go to our 2001 Primetime Emmy Awards page.

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    Over 1000 people have signed an on-line petition to get Batman: The Animated Series released onto DVD. To view or sign the petition go here.

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    Stan Lee will narrate the upcoming Playstation video game, Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro, for Activision. Rino Romano, who does the voice of Spider-Man for the Spider-Man Unlimited animated television series will do the voice for the video game as well.

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    Clive Owen is in talks to star in the feature-film version of The Prisoner television series. Show information, episode list, cast, and airdates. Simon West will direct from a Chris McQuarrie script.

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    MGM will release the US DVD edition of the 1984 film The Terminator on October 2. The film has already been released in Europe as a two-disc set.

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    Lucasfilm and Fox will release a special-edition DVD of Ron Howard's 1988 film, Willow, on November 27.

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    Bryan Singer is producing a two-hour pilot film for Battlestar Galactica for Fox, with the hope that the network will air the series beginning fall 2002.

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    Star Wars: Episode I will become the first of the Star Wars movies to be released onto DVD. The two-disc set will feature a digitally mastered version of the film, with THX for superior sound and picture quality, and over six hours of additional material, including exclusive documentaries and never-before-seen footage.

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    Director John Woo has signed a deal with Mirage Studios to develop and produce a new, computer-animated feature film of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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    Nicolas Cage is in negotiations to star in a live-action Ghost Rider movie, based upon the Marvel Comics series, to be directed by Steve Norrington from a David Goyer script.

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    Fox is releasing a DVD version of Batman: The Movie,, originally released in 1966 starring Adam West and based upon the television series, in August. The DVD will feature a sixteen-minute featurette about the movie, commentary from Adam West and Burt Ward, and more.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Leni Parker, who plays Da'an, and Anita La Selva, who plays Zo'or, will be leaving Earth: Final Conflict. Additional cast changes include the return of Kevin Kilner as William Boone.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, and Cooper have joined together to produce the science fiction film Cyber Love Story, with Emmerich to direct from a script by Ron Bass.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Anthony Stewart Head, who plays Giles on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, is in talks to play the Master in a Doctor Who adventure for Big Finish Productions.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    The WB has announced that Rose McGowan will replace Shannen Doherty, who left the series after three seasons, on Charmed.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    The Los Angeles Lakers' NBA title game received the highest overnight ratings for the Finals since Michael Jordan's last season.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Diedrick Bader and M.C. Gainey have joined Christopher Walken and Haley Joel Osment in the cast of Disney's live-action film version of The Country Bears.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Producer Joel Silver has been in talks with Sandra Bullock about starring in a possible Wonder Woman movie.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Burger King will work with New Line Cinema on a promotion for the December 19 release of the first The Lord Of The Rings movie.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    MGM, in conjunction with Victor & Grais Productions, is making a theatrical film version of the current The Outer Limits television series that airs on the Syfy.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Activision has released two new titles for the Game Boy Color based upon Marvel comic characters. The first is Spider-Man 2: The Sinister Six, the sequel to Spider-Man, and the second is X-Men: Wolverine's Rage.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    The Secret Adventures Of Jules Verne will be premiering in syndication in September 2001. A list of stations airing the series may be found here.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    The second of The Matrix film series will be titled The Matrix Reloaded and will be released in summer 2002.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    ABC is developing a live-action musical version of Disney's animated movie The Hunchback Of Notre Dame for the Wonderful World Of Disney series.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    New Line has a .pdf version of the illustrated media book distributed to journalists who attended the Cannes Film Festival preview of its upcoming Lord Of The Rings film trilogy available for download.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    The cast for UPN's upcoming Star Trek: Enterprise series has been announced and, as rumored, Scott Bakula will play the captain.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    The Harry Potter children's novels, written by J.K. Rowling, have sold over 100 million copies worldwide, making them some of the best-selling books of all time.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Fox will broadcast the final four unaired episodes of Freakylinks beginning June 1 in its former Friday 9 pm timeslot. There are no plans by the network to bring Freakylinks back for the fall season.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    The campy 1965 science fiction/horror film Incubus, starring William Shatner, has been released on Video and DVD. The film is the only one ever made entirely in the invented language of Esperanto.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Paramount Network Television will air the next series in the Star Trek franchise, which is titled Star Trek: Enterprise and will debut in the fall.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Irish schoolteacher Eoin Colfer's has just published a fantasy children's novel titled Artemis Fowl that is being developed as a feature film.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Fox Kids has ordered 26 episodes of a new anime series, Medabot for the 2001-2002 television season. The series is produced by Nelvana in association with NAS/Kodansha and is set in the year 2122, a time when every kid owns a pet robot with artificial intelligence.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Warner Bros. Online has launched a web site dedicated to the Looney Tunes. It kicked off with an original 10-part interactive serial titled Toon Marooned, a parody of Survivor.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Intervisual Books will produce two interactive 3-D books based upon J.K. Rowling's best-selling Harry Potter series of novels. The books are set to be published in the fall when the Warner Brothers' film Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone will also be released.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    A prequel to Tim Burton's dark comedy film Beetlejuice is being considered. The prequel will be about Beetlejuice's life before his death.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Sony is releasing a new expansion pack for its EverQuest online role-playing game, called EverQuest: Shadows Of Luclin at the end of 2001.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Lucy Liu, star of Charlie's Angels, is set to star opposite Jeremy Northam in The Company Man. The film is to be directed by Vincenzo Natali from a script by Brian King.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Chow Yun-Fat, star of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, is set to do the voice of Terl for an animated television series version of L. Ron Hubbard's novel Battlefield Earth. Pine Com International will produce 20 one-hour episodes of the animated series.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Scott Bakula is rumored to be under consideration for the lead role in the upcoming fifth Star Trek: Enterprise series.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    The producers of Buffy The Vampire Slayer have signed a 44-episode deal to move the show to UPN beginning the 2001-2002 television season.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Ashley Judd will star in Warner Brothers' live-action Catwoman film, based upon a character from the DC Comics Batman comic book, cartoon, television, and film series.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures are in talks to make a live-action film based upon the 1969 television series H.R. Pufnstuf. Mike Mitchell would direct from a script by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    The American Italian Defense Association organization is suing the makers of the HBO television series The Sopranos, claiming the program wrongly portrays all members of that ethnic group as mobsters. The group is not seeking monetary damages or cancellation of the cable series, but rather a declaration that the show offends the dignity of Italian-Americans. The group is suing HBO's parent company, Time Warner Entertainment Co., under the "individual dignity" clause of the Illinois Constitution.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    NBC has renewed Just Shoot Me for two more years, which will take it through its seventh season.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Director Kevin Smith has added Carrie Fisher, Shannen Doherty, and Tracey Morgan to the cast of Jay And Silent Strike Back, making it the first time that Carrie Fisher and the already cast Mark Hamill have worked together since the Star Wars films.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Phil LaMarr, who does the voice for Static Shock, will voice the Green Lantern in Cartoon Network's Justice League animated series.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Dimension Films is developing a live-action film based upon the Duke Nukem 3-D video game series.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    More then 6500 fans have signed an online petition Asking Paramount to make films from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series, as they have done with the other Star Trek series once they ended, to tie up loose storylines.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Buffy: The Animated Series, an animated version of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer series, will air on Fox Kids beginning in 2002. An initial run of 26 episodes has been ordered for the series.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    More then 3200 fans have signed an online petition to have the Cleopatra 2525 series, recently ended by USA Network, moved to another network to save it.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    The complete 2001-2002 television pilot list is now available with the pilot list from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, UPN, and WB.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Lou Diamond Phillips and Mary Elizabeth Winstead will star in the pilot of a CBS werewolf drama to be called Wolf Lake.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Kids WB! has ordered 52 episodes of the new Pokémon series, Johto League Champions. The series is set to air weekdays and Saturdays during the 2001-2002 season.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    William Hanna, who with partner Joseph Barbera created such classic cartoon characters as Fred Flintstone, Yogi Bear and Tom and Jerry, died Thursday at age 90. Hanna died at his North Hollywood home with Violet, his wife of 65 years, at his side, said Sarah Carragher, director of publicity at Warner Bros., which now owns the Hanna-Barbera Studios. The cause of death was not immediately known, but Hanna had been in declining health for the last few years, Carragher said. Hanna and Barbera collaborated for more than a half-century, first teaming up when both were working at MGM in the late 1930s. Hanna was born in Melrose, N.M., on July 14, 1910. Hanna is survived by his wife, a son and daughter, and seven grandchildren. Everyone here at the Pazsaz Entertainment Network is greatly saddened by this loss to the cartoon world and our thoughts and best wishes go out to Mr. Hanna's family and friends!

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Production began in Australia in February on the live-action Scooby-Doo movie. The film stars Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, and Linda Cardellini as Velma. Raja Gosnell is directing from a script by James Gunn. The movie is expected to be released in 2002.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Cartoon Network has stated that its upcoming animated Justice League series will feature Aquaman, Flash, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Martian Manhunter and a black Green Lantern. The series is based upon the DC Comics Justice League Of America series. The network's initial order is for 26 half hour episodes, set to debut in late 2001.

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    Japanese production company Toho, makers of the original Godzilla films, will begin production on the third in its new series of Godzilla films in May. The film, Godzilla-Mothra-King Ghidorah: Daikaiju Sogougeki, will feature Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah and Baragon and is expected to be released in Japan in December 2001.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    In a phenomenal show of support, over 20,000 fans of the show Roswell have signed an Online Petition asking the network to renew the series for a third season.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Kids' WB! will add its first-ever live-action series and four new animated series to its top-rated Saturday morning and weekday slates during the 2001-2002 television season. The network introduces a diverse schedule, including Kids' WB!'s first live-action anthology series from best-selling children's author R.L. Stine, The Nightmare Room. The new fall schedule also will include the new adventures of Pokémon: Johto League Champions and all-new seasons of returning hits Jackie Chan Adventures, X-Men: Evolution, Static Shock, and Cardcaptors. Information on the new series for the fall:

    THE NIGHTMARE ROOM - Step into The Nightmare Room as Kids WB! presents its first-ever live-action program based on the brand-new book series from famed author R.L. Stine. The live-action anthology series will take viewers to a world beyond reality... where nightmares just might be real.

    THE MUMMY is based on Universal's blockbuster feature film franchise The Mummy and this spring's upcoming sequel The Mummy Returns. This animated series follows the adventures of 11-year-old Alex O'Connell, along with his parents, Rick and Evy. Alex appears to have the perfect childhood: travelling the globe with his parents, excavating ancient ruins... and did we mention, fleeing for his life from a hostile mummy!

    CUBIX follows the adventures of 13-year-old Andy, a robot whiz, who through the power of friendship, brings to life a robot named Cubix that has been discarded as useless. When the town's wacky mad scientist, the evil Dr. K. begins to steal robots in search of a mysterious power source, Cubix and the gang prove to be the only force that can oppose him... and new heroes are born.

    RESCUE HEROES: GLOBAL RESPONSE TEAM follows the extreme emergency team around the world on their nail-biting adventures in this all-original series produced for Kids' WB! Using their brains, skills, teamwork - plus awesome, cutting-edge gadgetry, the Rescue Heroes are always prepared to save anyone, anywhere on the globe in life-threatening situations.

    SHERLOCK HOLMES IN THE 22ND CENTURY brings the world's greatest detective back - and to Kids' WB! - for more mystery-solving, crime-fighting adventures in the futuristic world of the 22nd Century. When Inspector Beth Lestrade of New Scotland Yard, eagerly brings Sherlock Holmes back to life, as a young 25-year-old man, they join forces to protect the once-peaceful future from an unprecedented crime wave.

    PHANTOM INVESTIGATORS features Prunella, Casey, Jericho and Nakisha - the coolest kid private investigators of paranormal phenomena in town. Ever since "P.I." Daemona Prune (a.k.a. Prunella Damone to kids at school) found her great-grandmother's ghost-detector in the attic, this 7th grade team of phantom-finders has been solving supernatural mysteries and catching creatures from the world beyond.

    The Monday-Friday line-up also will include new episodes of the Japanese anime-adventure Cardcaptors, the smash-hit series' Pokémon: The Johto Journeys and Pokémon, and the new millennium's Batman Beyond. The network also announced production commitments for the 2001-2002 season for three upcoming series, including the first stop-motion animated series Phantom Investigators, featuring the coolest kid private investigators of paranormal phenomena in town; and additional episodes of this season's newest break-out hit The Zeta Project; and the high-adrenaline, adventure-packed series Max Steel returning for its third season in all-new 2-D animation.

    To see the Kids' WB! 2001-2001 Lineup, see our Fall Cartoon Schedule page.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    The full trailer for Universal's The Mummy Returns is available online. The film, a sequel to 1999's The Mummy, is set to open May 4, 2001.

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    The Cartoon Network will debut the new anime series The Big O on April 3, 2001. The series is about Roger Smith, a millionaire playboy and crime fighter.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Fox has a teaser trailer online for the Planet Of The Apes film remake. The film, directed by Tim Burton, is set to open July 27, 2001.

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    Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson will star in the film version of I Spy, the 1960s TV series that starred Bill Cosby and Robert Culp. Betty Thomas will direct the Columbia Pictures comedy from a script written by Marianne and Cormac Wibberly.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Myst III: Exile has had its release date changed to May 7 for both the CD version and a CD-ROM collector's edition. The DVD version has been delayed until fall 2001.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    The Cartoon Network has acquired the rights to Batman: The Animated Series, The Adventures Of Batman & Robin, The New Batman/Superman Adventures, and Superman, which it plans to air throughout the 2001-2002 television season.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    More than 7,000 fans of The WB's teen alien series Roswell have signed an Online Petition asking the network to renew the series for a third season. The petition is being shown to The WB, Warner Brothers, Fox, Regency and Time Warner "to show them how many fans want Roswell to come back for a third season," the fans write. A letter-writing campaign last year -- in which fans mailed tiny bottles of Tabasco sauce, the teen aliens' favorite condiment -- helped persuade WB executives to bring Roswell back this season for a sophomore run.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Warner Bros. is doing a big screen remake of the 1960s comedic spy television series Get Smart.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Bill Cosby and his wife will be executive producers for a Fat Albert live-action film, based upon the cartoon series, to be made by 20th Century Fox.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Cartoon Network announced it will air 96 new episodes of Dragonball Z as part of the 250 new episodes of Japanese programming on Toonami during the next year. The new Dragonball Z episodes, including the King Kai Saga, the Tenkaichi-Budoukai Saga and the Majin Buu Saga, are set to begin in September.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    The premiere of the live action Tick television series has been delayed by Fox until fall 2001.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Christopher Lloyd will do the voice of the villain, Hacker, in the new animated PBS series Cyberchase in 2002.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    The new untitled Star Trek series, the fifth in the franchise, is set to debut on UPN in fall 2001.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Bryan Singer will direct the pilot of a new version of the science fiction television series Battlestar Galactica for Studios USA.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Cartoon Network has signed four new series to be added to its lineup. The new shows will be Grim & Evil, Time Squad, Samurai Jack, and Justice League. The shows are expected to debut later this year and early next.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    The official Harry Potter movie site is online now at http://harrypotter.warnerbros.com/web/home.jsp. There you can play games, send postcards, chat, and find news on the film.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Nintendo has announced that Pokemon Crystal will be coming to America in September 2001.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Scott Russell Sander's 1988 children's science fiction book The Engineer Of Beasts will be made into a film by Miramax.

    NEWS ITEM: 
    Kristin Kreuk will play Lana Lang in The WB Superman series Smallville set to premiere in fall 2001.

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