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Friday - September 7, 2001
- Monsters, Inc. Given "G" Rating by MPAA
- Harry Potter to Premiere in London
- Blood: The Last Vampire Coming to DVD
- News Link of the Day - The Cat That Got The Cream

Monsters, Inc. Given "G" Rating by MPAA
(by Pixar's Monsters, Inc. has been given a "G" rating by the Motion Picture Association of America. The "G" rating goes against the norm of animated movies this year, which have mostly been "PG" and "PG-13". With the exception of Shrek, all the other movies underperformed with Final Fantasy being named by USA Today as one of the biggest losers of the summer at the box office. Osmosis Jones was also a major loser as it struggles to reach $15 million.

Earlier this year, Disney (which is distributing Monsters, Inc.) moved the release date for Monsters, Inc. up to November 2 in order to avoid going head to head with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Pixar is encouraged by early screenings of Monsters, Inc. which has received higher scores than the mega-successful Toy Story 2 when it test screened.

The only "G" rated movie released over the summer was Disney's live action The Princess Diaries which will cross the $100 million mark this weekend to become one of the most successful films of the summer, beating out other high profile movies like A.I.

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Harry Potter to Premiere in London
(by The star-studded premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone will take place in London on Sunday, November 4, 2001. It is likely that the U.K. world premiere will feature the U.K. version of the movie, which is titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Dialogue has been changed in both versions of the movie to match the movie title.

The movie, which is just over two hours in length, has received a PG rating by the Motion Picture Association of America. It opens in the U.S. on November 16, 2001.

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Blood: The Last Vampire Coming to DVD
Blood: The Last Vampire(by On September 17, Manga Entertainment will release the digital anime Blood: The Last Vampire to DVD. Blood: The Last Vampire takes place in the fall of 1966. The Vietnam War is underway and the U.S. military machine is being supplied out of the Yokota Air Force Base - a plot of U.S. land within Japan. Within the compound, the atmosphere is charged with violent intensity as F4 combat planes take off hastily one after the next.

Preorders for Blood: The Last Empire are now being accepted. For details, click here.

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News Link of the Day - The Cat That Got The Cream For Devon Animation Company

According to the BBC:

"A brand new children's animation series has just hit our television screens and it has been made by a Devon company. Honeycomb productions, based at Cullompton, created the new programme for the BBC.

'Binka' is the tale of a cat, a very large cat. He's been brought to life using the labour intensive technique of animation, in a small studio in Cullompton..."

Click here for the full story.

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