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3 If you’re look­ing for great toon DVD/ Blu-rays for your hol­i­day shop­ping, how about the fol­low­ing new ti­tles: Mar­vel’s Iron Man and Hulk: He­roes United, The Simp­sons: The Six­teenth Sea­son, The Smurfs 2, Dick Fig­ures: The Movie and Poke­mon Lim­ited Edi­tion Col­lec­tor’s Set? 3- 6The

Asia TV Fo­rum & Mar­ket takes place at the Sands Expo Con­ven­tion Center in Sin­ga­pore. (asi­atv­fo­rum.com) 5

Happy birth­day to Un­cle Walt! 6 To­day is Nick Park’s 55th birth­day. (Thanks for Wal­lace & Gromit and all the other awe­some Aard­man toons!)

(1901-1966) 10If

you missed this sum­mer’s en­joy­able De­spi­ca­ble Me 2, you can en­joy it on DVD/ Blu-ray to­day. Also avail­able to­day is Mary Pop­pins: 50th An­niver­sary Edi­tion, to get you in the mood for that new Tom Hanks/ Emma Thomp­son movie. 13Get

ready for more adventures with hob­bits, dwarves and a gi­ant dragon as Peter Jack­son’s The Hob­bit: The Deso­la­tion of Smaug ar­rives in the­aters to­day. 17 A cou­ple of sum­mer live-ac­tion pics fi­nally ar­rive for your home-view­ing en­ter­tain­ment, the Matt Da­mon thriller Ely­sium and Johnny Depp’s poorly re­viewed The Lone Ranger. Bet­ter yet, go with the clas­sics and take Tom & Jerry: Golden Col­lec­tion home for hours of laughs. 20Two

ma­jor movies with an­i­ma­tion in­ter­est open in the­aters to­day. The first is Fox’s Walk­ing with Di­nosaurs, the 3-D the­atri­cal ver­sion of the BBC mini-se­ries about the gi­ant rep­tiles. The other is Sav­ing Mr. Banks, a much-an­tic­i­pated take on how Walt Dis­ney came to bring Mary Pop­pins from the page to the screen, with Tom Hanks, Emma Thomp­son and lots of Os­car buzz. 21Happy

birth­day to DreamWorks’ bril­liant head hon­cho Jef­frey Katzen­berg. We can’t wait to see his stu­dio’s triple-header for 2014: Mr. Pe­abody and Sher­man, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Home. 25To­day

is the 50th an­niver­sary of the re­lease of Dis­ney’s The Sword in the Stone. (Oh, it’s also Christ­mas Day!) 27Ben

Stiller stars and di­rects The Se­cret Life of Wal­ter Mitty, the CG-laden new ver­sion of the great Danny Kaye clas­sic. The com­edy di­vided crit­ics and au­di­ences when it de­buted at the New York Film Fes­ti­val two months ago. 31Yes,

there will be plenty of New Year’s Eve marathons on TV tonight—but we rec­om­mend watch­ing the new Futurama: Vol. 8 DVD in its en­tirety (286 min­utes or al­most five hours!) for a fun night at home!

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