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Month: March 2013

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods’ Villain Names Explained

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One of the trademarks of the Dragon Ball franchise is that the characters have thematic names. For instance, the Saiyans all have vegetable-oriented names (Kakarotto/Carrot, Broly/Brocolli, Raditz/Radish, etc.), the Bulma family is named after undergarments (Trunks, Bra, Dr. Briefs) and Piccolo’s henchmen were musical instruments (Drums, Cymbals, Tambourine). It is not surprising that the antagonists in Battle of Gods also have thematic pun-names, but contrary to what fans initially thought, Bills and Whis were not named after “Bells” and “Whistles.”

DQ Entertainment’s Jungle Book Lands New Deals

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Entertainment producer/distributor DQ Entertainment has recently announced a new batch of licensing and merchandising partners for their CG reimagining of the classic Rudyard Kipling yarn The Jungle Book. The most high-profile deals were signed by DQE’s partner in North America, Australia and South Africa, SMC Entertainment Group, in collaboration home video distribution licensee Phase4 Films, which has launched Jungle Book DVDs in Wal-mart stores across the U.S. with a Canadian launch coming soon.

Millimages Launches 64 Zoo Lane iOS App

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European entertainment producer/distributor Millimages is getting ready to release a brand new app for iOS devices titled 64 Zoo Lane – Let’s Read Along with Alan, which is based on the same titled children’s series. The app will provide users with the option to save up to three different versions of the interactive book-reading assistance story. The books will be available in English, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. The app sells for 1.99 GBP on iTunes.

Stan Lee Makes His Grand Return to The Simpsons

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According to Entertainment Weekly, Marvel legend Stan Lee will be returning to Fox’s The Simpsons in his 2nd guest star role in the long-running animated sitcom. Lee first made a cameo in the season 13 episode, where he patronized the Comic Book Guy’s shop.

“Stan was a joy to work with once again,” EP Al Jean told EW, “and we look forward to having him back on the show in another 12 years,” he said of the 90-year-old dynamo.

Dane Cook Cast for Disney’s Planes

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DisneyToon Studios’ CG animated spin off of the Disney-Pixar Cars franchise, Planes, is prepping for an August 9 launch, and Disney has taken it upon themselves to announce the full cast list, which is headlined by comedian Dane Cook, who voices the lead character Dusty. Planes follows Dusty as he dreams of being a racer, despite not being built for it. Dusty will not let the simple fact that he’s incapable of being racing plane stop him from actually competing.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Gets School Uniform DLC

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By now, everybody who managed to snag a copy of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 has already had a chance to play with its staggering amount of characters (80 in total), so it’s understandable if people are getting tired of how they look. With that in mind, a new set of DLC costumes has been released for the game, this time featuring Ninja Academy school uniforms for Naruto, Ino, Kakashi, Hinata, and Sasuke.

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