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Dark Horse’s Avatar Graphic Novel Tops New York Times Best Sellers List

Nickelodeon and Dark Horse’s graphic novel Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rift Part 1 managed to debut at the top of the New York Times’ Best Sellers list for the week, beating the massively popular The Walking Dead Compendium. The new graphic novel continues Avatar: The Last Airbender, and serves as a great companion to The Legend of Korra.

The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra Trailer

The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra Trailer

It’s no secret that M.Night Shyamalan’s poorly received take on Avatar: The Last Airbender has killed all the buzz it originally managed to drum up for the franchise, and the only people still interested in a new addition to the franchise are the loyal fans who got started on the series through the books and the cartoon – the same people who would have followed the series even without the Hollywood buzz, and the exact same people who felt betrayed by the sub par quality of the live action adaptation.

Nicktoons Battle in Nickelodeon’s Super Brawl 2

Nicktoons Battle in Nickelodeon's Super Brawl 2

Are you a fan of Nicktoons?  Are you fans of fighting games like Super Smash Bros Brawl or Street Fighter?  Well, then you’re gonna love Nick Super Brawl 2!  A sequel to “Jingle Brawl,” (and the seasonal Brawls), Super Brawl features over 32 Characters, and various stages from Nicktoons, like SpongeBob SquarePants, Planet Sheen, The FairlyOdd Parents, Fanboy and Chum-Chum, T.U.F.F. Puppy, The Penguins of Madagascar, Monkey Quest (the Online game that stars Monkeys) and many more! Super Brawl 2 updates with new characters every few weeks. The game also gives out special moves; the coolest of which is the “Super Move”, an incredibly powerful attack to cause some big damage. Read on for more info!

Avatar The Last Airbender earns Nickelodeon Razzie heat

Avatar's The Last Airbender earns Nickelodeon Razzie heat

Movies based on animated classics are typically hit-or-miss. Whether it’s a live-action remake like the Transformers series has been, or a extended continuation of the animation, like the SpongeBob movie, the results can either pay off big time, or leave fans a little upset. Last year, M. Night Shyamalan brought Nickelodeon’s unique anime, Avatar: The Last Airbender, to the big screen in a live-action recreation. The results weren’t overly pleasing to the hardcore fans of the Nicktoon, and an organization in Hollywood called the Razzie Awards took notice. The “reverse Oscars”, the Razzies are meant to acknowledge the worst in cinema, and five of which went to The Last Airbender, including Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, Worst Supporting Actor, and Worst Misuse of 3D. Yowch. All this for a film that grossed $300 million at the global box office. Too harsh?

Nickelodeon readies Avatar’s The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra

Nickelodeon readies Avatar's The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra

Seventy years after the end of the Avatar: The Last Airbender, Korra has stepped in where Aang left off, filling in as the new Avatar. She’s a hot-headed and rebellious young woman from the Southern Water Tribe, ready to take on the world. The series follows Korra as she faces an anti-bender revolt while mastering the art of Airbending from Aang and Katara’s son, Tenzin. For those worried about a different adventure, fear not! Nickelodeon’s spin-off series will have the same driving force behind the toon as the original did, namely Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. Seems a little like Batman Beyond picking up after Batman: The Animated Series, and we can’t wait!

ThunderCats reborn on Cartoon Network

ThunderCats reborn on Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network just had themselves a litter – the ThunderCats are back! The toon made famous with vintage 80’s mutant superhero style is back, re-imagined for a whole new era, set to debut “soon” on the CN. Along with Warner Bros., Studio4°C has breathed new life into classic icons like Lion-O, Cheetara, Mumm-Ra, Panthro, and the rest of the hero and villain teams you remember, as well as new ones you always wanted. Getting the hype-train rolling, The producers have begun rolling out teaser artwork. Check it out along with the latest press release. …and… “hoooooo!!”

Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra, the waterbender after Avatar Aang

Nickelodeon's The Legend of Korra, the waterbender after Avatar Aang

With the success of the Avatar animated series, as well as M. Night Shyamalan’s motion picture The Last Airbender, it’s no wonder Nickelodeon wants to keep the train running for the American born anime series! Thankfully, we’ve finally got word of the next chapter in the franchise: The Legend of Korra. The latest Avatar, Korra is the successor to Aang. She is a teenage girl born to the Southern Water Tribe who has already mastered Waterbending, Earthbending, and Firebending. She needs only to learn Aang’s art of Airbending to evolve into a fully realized Avatar, learning from Tenzin, the son of Aang and Katara. The toon, from the same creators, Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, is set to debut on Nick in 2011. Sounds like a fun new take on the series, but will it surpass the original?

Toy Story 3 and Despicable Me can’t hold the box office against Inception

Toy Story 3 and Despicable Me can't hold the box office against Inception

Movie buffs have had a lot of great cinema in the past few weeks to keep them busy at the box office. Seemingly each week this year, there’s been a must-see movie, more often than not an animated one! Though despite two recent toon juggernauts running the show at the box theaters, it was Inception (from the creators of Batman’s The Dark Knight) that walked away with the top prize this week. Universal’s Despicable Me held it’s own at third place with $23 million, with Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 3 pulling in another $9 million. Nickelodeon’s Avatar film, the Last Airbender, also grabbed another $4 million for it’s total. The box office list finished up with Tom Cruise’s Knight and Day, not to be confused with the Pixar short Day & Night. Take a look at the full weekend box office list!

Despicable Me tops Toy Story 3, The Last Airbender, and the Twilight Saga

Despicable Me tops Toy Story 3, The Last Airbender, and the Twilight Saga

Gru is king at the box office, as Despicable Me trumps all movie competitors this weekend. Despite the might of Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 3, beyond the popularity of The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse, and even surpassing new comers like Predators, it was pure evil that fans delighted in this weekend. The Universal Pictures film pulled in over $50 million dollars in the three day span, soundly defeating the second place Eclipse. The Last Airbender, Nickelodeon’s live action retelling of the anime Avatar, fell to 5th place in the rankings with just over $16 million. Take a look at the full haul!

Despicable Me is despicable today says Universal Pictures

Despicable Me is despicable today says Universal Pictures

One of the world’s greatest super-villains has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith, and Agnes. Never before has dastardly and evil Gru been faced with such a task. Shrink rays, freeze rays, combat vehicles… sure. That’s all commonplace. But being a father figure to a grouping of sweet kids? That’s new on the list. Such is the story of Despicable Me, the creation of Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment which reaches theaters today, July 9th. The 3D and CG animated film stars Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove, and Julie Andrews. Critics and fans, alike, are expecting big things from the film, though it does have stiff competition with Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 3, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and The Last Airbender. I think it’s time to give evil, and Gru, a chance!!

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