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SUNBURST AWARD ANNOUNCES 2009 WINNERS OF ITS $1,000 LITERARY PRIZE by ( 28 September 2009 / ) - Toronto (September 28, 2009): The Sunburst Award Committee is pleased to announce that the winner of its 2009 adult award is The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (Random House Canada, ISBN: 0307356779) and the winner of its 2009 young adult award is Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (Tor, ISBN: 0765319853). (more ...)

Marvel Could Lose Rights For Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, and The Avengers by Posted by Kasper (Source: New York Times) (New York Times, FilmJunk.com, CinemaBlend.com, FilmShaft.com, Corona Coming Attractions.com 24 September 2009 / ) -

Recently the heirs of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel won a trial against DC Comics, thereby regaining some control of the legendary comic book character. In the light of that success the heirs of Jack Kirby - one of the most accomplished comic book creators of all time - has sued Marvel over the rights for all of the characters he spawned at the comics giant. Helping them do that is the same firm that helped the Siegel heirs win their trial. I smell a new fad within the comic book world coming.

Over the span of his career, Kirby took part in creating both Iron Man, Thor, the original X-Men, The Fantastic Four, The Hulk, Silver Surfer, and Black Panther among others. So if the outcome of the trial ends up being roughly the same as the Superman deal then Marvel will be in a lot of trouble and Disney even more so. People are already saying that the house of mouse may have struck a poor deal acquiring Marvel for the sum that they did since several of Marvel's franchises are already leased out elsewhere (like X-Men being at Fox). If the remaining ones were also possibly snatched away, then the purchase starts to feel more or less redundant.

The case seems like a quick cash grab from the Kirby heirs' side, so I doubt that this will go as far as the Superman case and Marvel will just try to strike a quick deal with them. Still, even if it should go to court and Marvel were to lose, I doubt that the Kirby heirs would pull the plug on any potential projects for the future when they could just accept a piece of the cake on every production instead. What do you think, is a new fad starting, and could this mean the fall of comic book movies for good?

'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' In 2011 by FilmOFilia Article (FilmOFilia, Locus Magazine, International Talk Like A Pirate Day 21 September 2009 / ) -

Disney has finally announced the fourth installment of "Pirates Of The Caribbean". Film number-four will be titled "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and it will be released in the Summer of 2011.

The company made the announcement with Johnny Depp at the D23 Expo. Johnny Depp, who plays Captain Jack Sparrow, sailed onstage in a pirate ship. He staggered around the stage before hugging Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook, who told the audience of 5,000 fans about the next instalment.

Guys over at Cinematical have some interesting information. Actually, there is a novel called "On Stranger Tides" about pirates written by Tim Powers.

"On Stranger Tides" is a fantasy book that won the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel in 1988 and was also nominated for The World Fantasy award.

In the book, originally published in 1988, the main character is also named Jack (Shandy) who tries to find the Fountain of Youth which was rumored title of the fourth installment.

Warner Bros. Creates DC Entertainment by DC Comics Press Release (DC Comics 21 September 2009 / ) - (Dateline - Burbank, CA) Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (WBEI) has created DC Entertainment Inc., a new company founded to fully realize the power and value of the DC Comics brand and characters across all media and platforms, to be run by Diane Nelson, it was announced today by Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, and Alan Horn, President & COO, Warner Bros. (more ...)

Profiles In History To Offer The First Apple Macintosh Plus, Serial Number 0001, Given To Gene Roddenberry By Apple Computer by Press Release by Marc Kruskol (Profiles In History 17 September 2009 / ) -

Iconic Technological Artifact Will Be Part of Their Huge October 8-9, 2009 Auction

Photo Credit: Profiles in History

Calabasas, CA, September 17, 2009 - Profiles in History, the world's leading auctioneer of Hollywood memorabilia, will be offering an early production Macintosh 128 computer, given to Gene Roddenberry by Apple Computer, Inc. This computer was subsequently upgraded to a Macintosh Plus by Apple for Mr. Roddenberry and signifies the wonderful association between the visionary computer designer/manufacturer and legendary Star Trek creator, and is a stellar example of the powerful synergy between technology and entertainment. This amazing artifact, which is accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Gene Roddenberry's son, Rod, will be a special addition to Profiles in History's October 8-9, 2009 auction of Hollywood memorabilia. It has an estimated sale price of $800-$1200. Worldwide bidding begins at 12:00 PM (noon) both days and can be placed either in person, via mail, phone, fax or live on the Internet at:
http://www.icollector.com/Hollywood-Auction-37_a5736.

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China Miéville to Speak at KU on Sept. 24 by ( 15 September 2009 / ) - Lawrence KS — A British author of what has been called "the New Weird" will be the KU English Department's Richard W. Gunn Memorial Lecturer September 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kansas Union's Alderson Auditorium. China Miéville's novel Perdido Street Station launched a genre that combined urban fantasy with the rigorous background and treatment customarily associated with science fiction. (more ...)

Legal Path Clear For Hobbit Movie by BBC News Article (BBC News 08 September 2009 / ) -

A film version of JRR Tolkien's novel The Hobbit is to go ahead after its producers settled a legal row with the author's heirs.

They sued New Line Cinema for a reported $220m (£133m) in compensation, based on breach of contract and fraud.

The suit claimed the US company failed to pay royalties due after the success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Its settlement, for an undisclosed sum, paves the way for director Guillermo del Toro's two films based on the book.

New Line plans to release The Hobbit in 2011, followed by another movie drawing from other Tolkien works.

Alan Horn, president of the studio's parent company Warner Bros Entertainment, said the firm was "pleased to have put this litigation behind us".

"We all look forward to a mutually productive and beneficial relationship in the future," he added.

ABC's Hit TV Show 'Lost'-The Auction At Disney's D23 In Anaheim September 10-13, 2009 by Press Release by Marc Kruskol (Profiles In History 08 September 2009 / ) -

Come See Original Props And Costumes From The Show And Meet Cast Members Who Will Be Signing Autographs

Calabasas, CA, September 8, 2009 - If you are a fan of all things LOST, then Disney's D23, taking place September 10 - 13, 2009 at the Anaheim Convention Center, is definitely the place to be. Profiles in History, the world's largest Hollywood memorabilia auctioneer, will offer fans of the hit ABC television series, LOST a special preview of their Summer, 2010 auction, with a display of authentic props, costumes, and set pieces including Kate's toy plane, Hurley's winning lottery ticket, Locke's hunting knife, Sawyer's letter, and many other surprises! This four-day sneak preview will be at Booth 1930 and runs from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day.

Photo Credit: Profiles in History

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Disney To Acquire Marvel Entertainment by Disney Press Release (Disney 01 September 2009 / ) -

Worldwide leader in family entertainment agrees to acquire Marvel and its portfolio of over 5,000 characters.

Acquisition highlights Disney's strategic focus on quality branded content, technological innovation and international expansion to build long-term shareholder value.

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