‘Birds of Paradise’ Looks to Cash In On ‘Rio 2’

On April 1st, Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release “Birds Of Paradise” on DVD exclusively at Walmart and Redbox. If the film looks and feels suspicously like Fox’s “Rio” franchise, well…that’s the point. One of the film’s PR people sent us a press release that states matter-of-factly that “Birds of Paradise” is “timed to the theatrical release of ‘Rio 2.'” The latter Blue Sky Studios-produced movie will be released on April 11.

‘Monsieur COK’ by Franck Dion

Mister Cok is the owner of a large bomb factory. Looking for efficiency and profit, he decides to replace his workers by sophisticated robots. The formers stare helplessly at the toil of the robotic laborers. But one of the workers does not accept being discarded so easily…

Book Review: A Fresh Take on Anime History by Jonathan Clements

Jonathan Clements’ “Anime: A History” differs greatly from more populist overviews of anime available in the English-language market. This book is not about the anime texts themselves, but the surrounding industry: Clements delivers a tightly-packed account of anime production, distribution and viewership from the silent era to the present day.

‘Steven Universe’ Recap: ‘Giant Woman’

Last week Steven put Garnet on a pedestal”and quickly learned she has flaws. This week in “Giant Woman,” he was fixated on the idea of what Amethyst and Pearl could be if they fused and became the “ultra powerful being” known as Opal.