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AWN-Universal Host The Tale of Despereaux Contest

Universal's animated feature THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX comes out Friday, so AWN is giving all our U.S. readers the chance to win a prize pack, courtesy of the studio.

Be the first to email with the correct answer, and you will receive via mail an adult shirt and hat, picture frame magnet, Croc shoe magnet, youth shirt and hat, bookmark and full-sized poster.

Without further ado, What led to the rats being banished from the Kingdom of Dor?

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Jack Black To Follow Gulliver's Travels With Shark Tale Director

Jack Black will play the title role in Twentieth Century Fox's adaptation of GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, per VARIETY.

SHARK TALE director Rob Letterman will direct the film about free-spirited travel writer Lemuel Gulliver, who washes ashore on an island of tiny people called Lilliputians while on assignment in the Bermuda Triangle. This new version would be a contemporary re-imagining of the classic 1726 tale from author Jonathan Swift.

Cartoon Headline News

Mouse's Tale Wins Cartoon D'Or

Benjamin Renner's A MOUSE'S TALE (LA QUEUE DE LA SOURIS) has won the Cartoon D'Or Award today in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

The 18th edition of the Cartoon d'Or, the only European prize specific to animated short films. The finalists were: Vincent Bierrewaerts for THE BRIDGE (LE PONT), Belgium/France; Arnaud Demuynck for BREAKOUT (L'EVASION), Belgium; Pierre-Luc Granjon for THE WHITE WOLF (LE LOUP BLANC), France; Benjamin Renner for A MOUSE'S TALE (LA QUEUE DE LA SOURIS), France; and Matthew Walker for JOHN AND KAREN, U.K.

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Trailer For The Tale of Despereaux Debuts Online

Universal Pictures has just debuted the trailer and teaser site for THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, a modern animated adventure of four unlikely heroes: Despereaux (Matthew Broderick), Roscuro (Dustin Hoffman), Pea (Emma Watson), and Mig (Tracey Ullman).

To view the trailer in Flash and HD formats, visit Yahoo! and Yahoo! Kids at:

Yahoo! Movies

Yahoo! Kids -- Trailer Coming Soon:

Tale Headline News

Bionic Woman Writer Sinks Teeth into Darksiders

Laeta Kalogridis (BIONIC WOMAN) has been tapped by New Line Cinema to revamp the bloodsucker tale DARKSIDERS, reports VARIETY.

The tale follows an FBI agent who partners with a group of vampires to hunt down an arms trader dealing in biochemical weapons.

Alison Rosenzweig is the producer alongside Media Talent Group's Geyer Kosinski. Tracie Graham is the exec producer. Writers Tom S. Parker and Jim Jennewein originally sold the spec script to New Line in 2001.

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Hiroshima Awards Top Prize to Milch

Hiroshima International Animation Festival, which was held from Aug. 24-28, 2006, has awarded its top prize to Igor Kovalyovs MILCH.

Marcy Page, chairperson of the jury, said, The films were exceptional. When the jury work began we thought that with the number of awards we had to give that there would surely be enough to single out our favorites. But finally, the jury could have easily given out a dozen (for two) more awards!

The complete list of winners follows.

Grand PrixMILCH by Igor Kovalyov

Dreamworks Headline News

Brit Brothers to Remake Korea’s Tale of Two Sisters

The British directing duo, Tom and Charlie Guard, are in negotiations to remake Korean chiller, A TALE OF TWO SISTERS, for DreamWorks, according THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

The 2004 original from Kim Jee-woon was based on a classic Korean folk tale crossed with 1970s British horror. The DreamWorks version will follow modern-day teenage sisters Anna and Alex Rydell who return home from a mental hospital only to have their sanity challenged by a cruel stepmother, clueless father and a lingering ghost. Production is set to begin this fall.

Disney Headline News

Disney Characters Get Romantic on New U.S. Postal Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service honors romance in the third in the Art of Disney series to be issued on April 21, 2006, and available April 22, nationwide.

These romance 39-cent stamps will be issued during the kick-off of the 13th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (April 21-June 11). All of the stamps will be recreated in larger- than-life, seven-foot topiaries composed of fresh flowers and plants and will be unveiled on stage in an elaborate ceremony directly behind Epcot's Spaceship Earth.

Each stamp tells its own romantic tale:

Film Headline News

American History X Helmer Meets Reaper

Infamous AMERICAN HISTORY X helmer Tony Kaye is set to begin shooting the supernatural thriller, REAPER, according THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The film chronicles the story of a tortured man who is visited on his deathbed by the grim reaper, who offers him a chance at eternal life, which will give the man the chance to search for his kidnapped daughter. Kaye intends to shoot the lead characters tale in HD video and the reapers tale on film. The netherworld will be photographed in black & white. The $20 million film has a cast, which will be announced at a later date.

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New Norstein Book Arriving in June

John Libbey Publishing will release in June a new book titled, YURI NORSTEIN AND TALE OF TALES: AN ANIMATOR'S JOURNEY, written by Clare Kitson. The book looks at how Norstein was able to make his famed TALE OF TALES under Soviet rule. The film fuses Norstein's memories of his past and hopes and fears for the future, his post-war childhood and remnants of the personal tragedies of war. The 168-page book will sell for £17.50. For more information, visit

Million Headline News

Shark Tale Slays Competition on DVD

DreamWorks Home Ent. has announced that last weeks DVD release of SHARK TALE garnered $80 million in North America. More than six million units sold with more than 5.5 million being DVDs. The Oscar-nominated animated feature brought in $56 million on its opening weekend and collected $160.8 million in its U.S. theatrical run.

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McRobb and Viscardi to Script Animated Despereaux Feature

Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi (the ED TV series) have been brought on board to pen the feature adaptation of THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX for Universal Pictures, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Sylvain Chomet (THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE) is directing, while Gary Ross is producing through his Larger Than Life Prods. with partner Allison Thomas.

The project is based on the book, THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX: BEING THE STORY OF A MOUSE, A PRINCESS, SOME SOUP, AND A SPOOL OF THREAD, by Kate DiCamillo (BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE). It won the 2004 Newbery Medal for children's literature.

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Shark Tale Screening

By Guest (not verified) | Wednesday, October 13, 2004 at 11:00am
Begins: October 13, 2004

ASIFA -Hollywood will be screening SHARK TALE for it's members on at 7:30 pm. The film follows Oscar (Will Smith), a fast-talking little fish who dreams big. But his big dreams land him in hot water when a great white lie turns him into an unlikely hero. At first, his fellow fish swallow Oscar's story hook, line and sinker and he is showered with fame and fortune. It's all going along swimmingly, until it starts to become clear that Oscar's tale about being the defender of the Reef is all wet.

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De Bont Has His Shark Tale with MEG

Jan De Bont has signed on to direct the big screen adaptation of Steve Altens shark thriller MEG, reports VARIETY. HELLBOY producers Guillermo del Toro, Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin will produce along with creator Nick Nunziata and Ken Atchity. The story follows explorer Jonas Taylor who has a terrifying encounter with a 20-pound Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark.