NYComicCon Announces Screenings & Sneak Preview

(Anime related items in bold).


Sneak Previews, Feature Presentations, TV Episodes, and Trailers Provide

Big Screen Entertainment

Norwalk, CT, February 8, 2006: Officials at New York Comic-Con have announced that there will be many movies, television screenings, sneak peeks and trailers of new feature films previewed at the comics convention which is set to debut Feb. 24 – 26 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Organizers note that the screenings and previews add another level of entertainment to a show which is already brimming with celebrity guest appearances, games, interactive panels, educational sessions, gallery exhibits, and a concert. Show officials have said that they want to provide non-stop entertainment and amusement for the thousands of fans who will be attending the convention and these special screenings, many of which will preview brand new product, certainly go a long way to achieving this goal. New York Comic-Con is open to both the comics trade and to the public and tickets to the event are now available for purchase on the Web site at

Some of the notable movie and television presentations which will take place at New York Comic-Con include:

* A screening of Art School Confidential, presented by Sony Pictures Classics, directed by Terry Zwigoff, and written by Daniel Clowes. The film stars Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent, Matt Keeslar, and Anjelica Huston. Art School Confidential was just recently featured at the Sundance Film Festival but has not otherwise been released to the public;

* SciFi Friday Night (beginning at 7:30pm, 2/24, and FREE to all convention attendees), sponsored by the SciFi Channel and featuring commercial free presentations of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Battlestar Galactica;

* A special screening of Ultimate Avengers: The Movie. Marvel's mightiest heroes come to life in their first animated film from Marvel Animated Features and Lions Gate;

* An advance screening sponsored by Dark Horse of Monarch of the Moon, due for release on February 28th;

* A presentation of Jeff Cioletti's new documentary Galaxy's End: Revenge of the Myth;

* Special previews provided by DreamWorks Pictures & DreamWorks Animation of their 2006 projects including the upcoming animated comedies Over the Hedge and Flushed Away, as well as the highly anticipated holiday release, Dreamgirls;

* A sneak peek at the new trailer and scenes from A Scanner Darkly. Join Producer Tommy Pallotta and Lead Animator Sterling Allen for these previews of this new film directed by Richard Linklater and starring Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder and Rory Cochrane, which will be released by Warner Independent Picutres on July 7th.

Other special screening opportunities and events include a screening of Otaku Unite, a feature-length documentary on the history of anime fandom in the United States, as well as a screening of Marcross, presented by Mari Iijima and Matt Greenfield, who will be on hand to introduce a special new DVD edition of the remastered series and to answer questions. Marcross is an all-time classic anime series and building block for the Robotech saga, which is widely credited with bringing anime to a mass audience in the west. New York Comic-Con is also an official stop on the 2006 Robotech Convention Tour. There will be giveaways and special panels on both Saturday and Sunday previewing Harmony Gold's highly anticipated sequel Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles.

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