Viz Pictures Releases Critically Acclaimed Linda Linda Linda on DVD

Film About An All-Girl Rock And Roll Band A Favorite At International Film Festivals And Features Soundtrack By Ex-Smashing Pumpkins Guitarist

San Francisco, CA, April 12, 2007 – VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has announced the DVD release of the critically acclaimed rock and roll film LINDA LINDA LINDA on May 8, 2007. The film will be distributed by VIZ Media, a leading U.S. publisher of Japanese animation and manga.

Directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita, LINDA LINDA LINDA depicts the musical and personal dramas of an all-girl high school rock band and has played to critical acclaim at more than 40 major international film festivals. The film notably offers a soundtrack by ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and a cameo by punk rock legends The Ramones. VIZ Pictures recently screened the film theatrically in several major cities including New York, Portland, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Boston, and San Francisco. The DVD release includes a new audio commentary by noted film critic and Japanese pop culture journalist Patrick Macias.


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Sum 41 Roars Back With “Underclass Hero,” First Single From New Album of the Same Name


Follow up to worldwide best-selling album CHUCK, with Modern Rock chart hits “We’re All To Blame,” “Pieces,” and “No Reason”

(April 17th, 2007 – New York, NY) Taking their multi-platinum punk to a new level, Island recording group and perennial road warriors Sum 41 have completed their fourth full-length album, Underclass Hero, and set July 24th as the release date. The new album is self-produced (for the first time) by the band’s own Deryck Whibley. Sum 41’s new album will be introduced with its first single and title track, “Underclass Hero.” The song will impact Modern Rock Radio on May 15th. In addition, Sum 41 will release the song “March Of The Dogs” online April 17th, so fans can get an early taste of the new release. That song will be available for purchase at all digital retailers. According to Whibley, “I wanted to make an album that meant something important from beginning to end. I wanted it to have relevance and significance. It’s not a concept album. It’s not about fictional characters in a made-up story but there is a constant idea that runs through the record. It’s a deeply personal statement that reflects the confusion and frustration in modern society.”


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Viz Media Signs New Publishing Representatives in Mexico and Brazil for Shonen Jump Naruto

Grupo Editorial VID S.A. de C.V. And Panini Brasil Ltda. To Debut Localized Versions Scheduled for Spring 2007

San Francisco, CA, April 10, 2007 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has selected Grupo Editorial VID S.A. de C.V. of Mexico (GEV) and Panini Brazil Ltda. (Panini Brazil) to release the Shonen Jumpâ„¢ NARUTOâ„¢ manga from Shueisha Inc. in their respective countries in April and May 2007.

“We are excited to partner with GEV and Panini Brazil to build on the success of NARUTO in Latin America,” said Hyoe Narita, Executive Vice President of VIZ Media. “Based on the success of the anime series in Latin America and the ongoing anticipation by fans for the release of the unique manga series that was its inspiration, we expect the NARUTO manga will find success among teens and young adults and we look forward to new fans discovering this unique and fantastic tale.”


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Opening in New York on September 12th: Forever, a Film by Heddy Honigmann

Inspiration Award, 2007 Full Frame Documentary Festival
Ecumenical Jury Award, 2006 Leipzig Film Festival
Crystal Film Award, 2006 International
Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

“Mesmerizing… one of

[Honigmann’s] most accomplished and expressive works.”
—Deborah Young, Variety

We’re excited to announce that FOREVER, the new documentary from award-winning filmmaker Heddy Honigmann on the world-famous Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, the final resting place for legendary writers, composers, painters and other artists, will open at Film Forum in New York City on September 12th. FOREVER is a remarkably poignant, emotionally powerful meditation on relations between the living and the dead, and the immortal power of art.


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Spider-Man Family #2 Swings Out Of Stores

Hot on the heels of line-wide “Back In Black” sellouts, Spider-Man Family #2 has sold out at Diamond—making the brand new series two for two! Marvel Comics’ latest Spider-Man series is a hit with retailers, critics and fans! Featuring Venom in an all-new tale, along with some classic Spidey stories and, straight from Japan, the adorable Spider-Man J, Spider-Man Family has joined the ranks of other Spider-Man titles as a “must read” for fans.

Please note that copies of Spider-Man Family #2 may still available at the retailer level. Marvel advises that retailers check their orders for upcoming issues as the excitement over Spider-Man’s bold new direction continues to grow. Please note that at this time there are no plans to go back to press on Spider-Man Family #2. Fans should stay tuned for Spider-Man Family #3, arriving this May, in which an inexperienced Spider-Man accidentally knocks out the Invisible Girl. There might be three angry super powered guys who come knocking on the wall crawler’s door! It’s a super hero slugfest with the Fantastic Four, plus more Spider-Man J and classic Spidey stories!


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World War Hulk’s Opening Shots In May

This May, the road to war begins in World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker, as the Hulk begins the long journey to revenge. Written by classic Hulk scribe Peter David and featuring the art of Al Rio, Lee Weeks & Sean Phillips, World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker brings you up to speed on the Hulk’s recent journey and provides the perfect jumping-on point for readers new and old, who will get a rare glimpse into the psyche of the jade giant.

Months ago, the Illuminati sent Hulk into space, hoping the monster would find peace on another world, leading to the now classic Planet Hulk storyline. Hulk landed on Sakaar, and now through a series of tragic events, the Hulk is back…and he isn’t just going to smash—he’s going to destroy!


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Li’l Cenobite Screen Test: Hellraiser Babies Coming Soon to TV

Bunnyhead the Cenobite

This nice young man is sporting the headgear of Bunnyhead, one of the Li’l Cenobites, an attempt by Clive Barker to break into the kids show biz. Pilot script is reported to have the tag line of “They’ll tear your room apart.” Also, in this version, the Lament Configuration is actually a jigsaw puzzle that forms a picture of an Elmo-like character, who’s covered in strange sigils instead of fur. Once the last puzzle piece goes into place, the Li’l Cenobites show up and wacky adventures ensue.

Okay, I’m just making shit up again. Sorry. This is actually The Circus of Disemboweled Plush Toys over at Hanttula, where pics of stuff animals in various states of destruction are on display for your amusement.

See? On second thought, the Barker show would be less disturbing, wouldn’t it?

Found via Neatorama.


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T.S. Eliot vs. Poetry: The Love Song

NSFW headsup: some nekkidness. You’ve been warned.

More for National Poetry Month. And Mr. Eliot is the reason that month is April.

This video has some nice shots of Tom in it, but for every choice of picture that’s apt, there’s one that’s too on the nose and another that is just a headscratcher. Picked this video because it has the uncut reading of Eliot’s, which is priceless.

Update: Video’s been taken down, alas.

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