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Jody Lee Hunt, Suspect in 4 West Virginia Killings, Found Dead

Jody Lee Hunt, Suspect in 4 West Virginia Killings, Found Dead
After allegedly fatally shooting four people, setting off an hourslong manhunt and putting schools and residents on alert for an armed man, the owner of a small towing business was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in his truck in the woods, state police said Monday. The search for Jody Lee Hunt, 39, began about 10 a.m., when state and local authorities warned people to look out for his black 2011 Ford F-150. Hunt was wanted in three separate shootings - two in the Westover area, outside Morgantown, and another in the Cheat Lake area in Monongalia County, state police said.
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Thn’s PokéMovie Marathon Day 8: Pokémon: Lucario & The Mystery Of Mew

“What makes you think Pikachu didn’t run off and desert you because it didn’t want you as a master?”

Today’s the day. It’s finally here. The world will go mad in unison today for the latest Pokémon games, Pokémon X & Y.The English language dub of the latest film is also set to premiere in one week. Join Thn as we take a look back over the entire series of Pokémon films.

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Cast: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Madeleine Blaustein, Ikue Ootani, Amy Birnbaum, Sean Schemmel, Megan Hollingshead, Jason Griffith, Rebecca Soler

Plot: Centuries ago a large battle was fought between humans, who used Pokémon as their soldiers. As the warring armies began to fight, a Pokémon known as Lucario was deserted by his master and trapped within a staff. There Lucario stayed until Ash Ketchum and friends release him during a
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Thn’s PokéMovie Marathon Day 7: Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys

“One thing’s for sure, with each of these new Pokémon come new possibilities, new stories, new friendships, and new adventures.”

Tomorrow the world will go mad in unison for the latest Pokémon games, Pokémon X & Y.The English language dub of the latest film is also set to premiere one week after that. Over the next 2 weeks join Thn as we take a look back over the entire series of Pokémon films.

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Cast: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Madeleine Blaustein, Ikue Ootani, Amy Birnbaum, Lisa Ortiz, Tara Sands, Sean Schemmel, Megan Hollingshead,

Plot: Pokémon from another planet land on Earth, but as they enter our atmosphere they disturb the Pokémon known as Rayquaza. He seemingly destroys the unwelcome visitors. Years later one of the alien Pokémon returns looking for its mate, but this time the showdown with Rayquaza is going to take place in a densely populated futuristic city.
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Thn’s PokéMovie Marathon Day 6: Pokémon: Jirachi – Wish Maker

“We all have to make our own dreams come true anyway.”

In 2 days the world will go mad in unison for the latest Pokémon games, Pokémon X & Y.The English language dub of the latest film is also set to premiere one week after that. Over the next 2 weeks join Thn as we take a look back over the entire series of Pokémon films.

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Cast: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Madeleine Blaustein, Ikue Ootani, Amy Birnbaum, Wayne Grayson, Megan Hollingshead, Kerry Williams,

Plot: Ash, Brock, Max and May are on the lookout for a comet that only appears once every 1000 years. After Max hears voices coming from a meteorite owned by a magician, they soon realise that inside is the Pokémon Jirachi, who has the abilities to grant wishes. However, Jirachi is also capable of resurrecting one of the biggest and most dangerous Pokémon that has ever existed.
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Thn’s PokéMovie Marathon Day 5: Pokémon: Heroes – Latios & Latias

“That beautiful jewel contains not only the spirit of Latios, but in the wrong hands, the power to destroy our town.”

In 3 days the world will go mad in unison for the latest Pokémon games, Pokémon X & Y.The English language dub of the latest film is also set to premiere one week after that. Over the next 2 weeks join Thn as we take a look back over the entire series of Pokémon films.

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Cast: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Madeleine Blaustein, Ikue Ootani, Lisa Ortiz, Megan Hollingshead, Wayne Grayson, Megumi Hayashibara

Plot: In the town of Alto Mare there is a story about two mythological guardians that protect the town. Meanwhile, two master thieves steal a book and believe they can capture the legendary Pokémon Latios and Latias.

Pokemon: Heroes – Latios & Latias is stunning, a genuinely gorgeous piece of work on all accounts. Even
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Thn’s PokéMovie Marathon Day 4.1: Pokémon 4Ever: Celebi – Voice Of The Forest

“Celebi didn’t do anything wrong. It was a human being who forced Celebi to destroy the forest. Celebi never even had a choice.”

In 4 days the world will go mad in unison for the latest Pokémon games, Pokémon X & Y.The English language dub of the latest film is also set to premiere one week after that. Over the next 2 weeks join Thn as we take a look back over the entire series of Pokémon films.

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Cast: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Madeleine Blaustein, Ikue Ootani, Tara Sands, Dan Green, Kazuko Sugiyama, Roxanne Beck, Stuart Zagnit, Rodger Parsons

Plot: 40 years ago a hunter pursued the legendary Pokémon known as Celebi. Celebi was protected by a young boy named Sammy, but in its attempts to escape, Celebi brought them to the present day. Now Ash, Misty, and Brock must help Sammy to protect Celebi from an
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Thn’s PokéMovie Marathon Day 3.2: Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns

“If we see the moon as they do, why can we not see the Earth as they do? Yes. Why?”

In 5 days the world will go mad in unison for the latest Pokémon games, Pokémon X & Y.The English language dub of the latest film is also set to premiere one week after that. Over the next 2 weeks join Thn as we take a look back over the entire series of Pokémon films.

Director: Masamitsu Hidaka

Cast: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Madeleine Blaustein, Ikue Ootani, Ted Lewis, Dan Green, Kerry Williams, Amy Birnbaum, Scottie Ray, Megumi Hayashibara

Plot: Mewtwo may have wiped the memory of the events of Pokemon: The First Movie –Mewtwo Strikes Back from those involved, but the man who funded his creation, Team Rocket leader Giovanni, certainly hasn’t forgotten him. Giovanni discovers Mewtwo hiding atop the largest mountain in the Johto region and sets about reclaiming him.
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Thn’s PokéMovie Marathon Day 3.1: Pokémon 3: The Movie – Spell Of The Unown

“Whether it is right or wrong, I will do as she wishes.”

In 5 days the world will go mad in unison for the latest Pokémon games, Pokémon X & Y.The English language dub of the latest film is also set to premiere one week after that. Over the next 2 weeks join Thn as we take a look back over the entire series of Pokémon films.

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Cast: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Madeleine Blaustein, Ikue Ootani, Ted Lewis, Tara Sands, Stuart Zagnit, Amy Birnbaum, Dan Green, Lisa Ortiz

Plot: A Pokémon professor goes missing while investigating the legendary Pokémon Unown. His young daughter, Molly, is left all alone, but when the Unown visit her she is able to create her own reality, which encases her home in crystal.

Guess who’s back! Back again. Brock is back. Tell a friend. Yes that’s right, our ever reliable
See full article at The Hollywood News »

Thn’s PokéMovie Marathon Day 2: Pokémon The Movie 2000 – The Power Of One

“Though the water’s Great Guardian shall arise to quell the fighting alone its song will fail. Thus the Earth shall turn to ash.”

In 6 vdays the world will go mad in unison for the latest Pokémon games, Pokémon X & Y.The English language dub of the latest film is also set to premiere one week after that. Over the next 2 weeks join Thn as we take a look back over the entire series of Pokémon films.

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Cast: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Madeleine Blaustein, Ikue Ootani, Ted Lewis, Megan Hollingshead, Eric Rath, Nathan Price, Tara Sands, Stuart Zagnit, Neil Stewart

Plot: A collector of rare Pokémon has his sights set on the legendary birds Moltres, Zapdos, and Articuno. If he manages to capture them all and upset the balance of nature, the guardian of the ocean Lugia will arise, but even he may be too late to save the world.
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Thn’s PokéMovie Marathon Day 1: Pokémon The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back

“I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant; it is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are”

In exactly one week the world will go mad in unison for the latest Pokémon games, Pokémon X & Y. The English language dub of the latest film is also set to premiere one week after that. Over the next 2 weeks join Thn as we take a look back over the entire series of Pokémon films.

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Cast: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Madeleine Blaustein, Ikue Ootani, Phillip Bartlett, Ted Lewis, Rodger Parsons, Lee Quick, Megan Hollingshead

Plot: Ash, Brock, and Misty are invited to New Island to compete against the greatest Pokémon trainer in the world. However, once they arrive on the island they discover that the greatest Pokémon trainer is a Pokémon himself, a clone of the ancient and rarest Pokémon of all,
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Pokemon 4 Ever

Granted, its title sounds very much like a threat, even at 76 minutes, but the fourth installment of the once-mighty animated phenomenon actually marks an improvement on the feeble examples of big-screen Poke-mania that have preceded it.

More focused and better-looking than the others (not exactly a difficult feat), the ecologically themed "Pokemon 4 Ever", which introduces the time-traveling, forest-dwelling character known as Celebi, also manages to splurge on some extensive, if bizarre, computer animation.

Despite the improvement, by this point most will regard the film's theatrical arrival (word has it that yet another is in the works) as an instance of flogging a dead pocket monster, and Miramax, which has stepped in after Warner Bros. Pictures distributed the first three, will likely have to wait until it plays Pikachu at the video store for the dollars to start kicking in.

Reincorporating the natural elements and themes of cooperation and friendship that are more closely aligned to video game creator Satoshi Tajiri's original concepts, the new adventure takes ace Pokemon trainer Ash Ketchum, his buddies Misty and Brock and, of course, trusty and only mildly annoying Pikachu to a magical forest. The place had been the domain of Celebi until he was required to flee an evil Pokemon hunter by zipping 40 years into the future, taking Sam, an unwitting young visitor to the forest, along with him.

Ash and company help restore Celebi's strength thanks to the miracle cure of the forest's Lake of Life, but then along comes the ultra-evil Iron Mask Marauder, who's hellbent on capturing the creature and determined to obliterate anything that stands in his way.

It still makes for some truly odd, at times confusing, kids entertainment (a situation no doubt made even more so by the English-language interpretations and dubbed American voices), but at least this time there's some centered storytelling to go along with all the weird stuff.

The latter would have to include an extended computer-animated sequence in which Celebi, forced to use his powers for evil, turns himself into a gigantic destructive twig monster. It's certainly eye-catching, especially by the "Pokemon" movies' usual low-tech standards, and at the same time sort of perversely out of place given the gentle hug-a-tree tone of the rest of the piece.

Still, at the rate the feature series seems to be going, the next installment just might be half-bad.

POKEMON 4 EVER

Miramax

Credits:

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Adaptation director: Jim Malone

Screenwriter: Hideki Sonoda

Adaptation screenwriter: Michael Haigney

Producers: Yukako Matsusako, Takemoto Mori

Executive producers: Masakazu Kubo, Takashi Kawaguchi, Alfred R. Kahn, Norman J. Grossfeld

Editors: Yutaka Ito, Yumiko Fuse

Director of photography: Hisao Shirai

Music: Shinji Miyazaki

Voices: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Maddie Blaustein, Ikue Otani, Tara Jayne, Dan Green

Running time -- 76 minutes

MPAA rating: G

Film review: 'Pokemon 2000'

The "Pokemon" movies provide a good argument for the installation of personal viewing screens in movie houses, similar to many airlines' in-flight movies systems. This way, adults can watch another movie while their young children thrill to "Pokemon". The initial "Pokemon" movie may well have been the first smash hit in movie history where a goodly percentage of the audience -- those parents who drew the short straw and accompanied their kids to the cinema -- was bored out of its skull.

The Pokemon phenomenon has not seriously abated since November's release of "Pokemon the First Movie", so this second installment should create another small-fry superhit for Warner Bros.

Clearly, Nintendo of America, which manages the Pokemon franchise, and Warners, were in a hurry to get a new Pokemon movie into theaters. So "Pokemon the Movie 2000" is something of a rush job: a 22-minute short, "Pikachu's Rescue Adventure", and an 80-minute feature, "The Power of One", from Pokemon's original creators in Japan, have been slapped together and adapted into English by director Michael Haigney and 4Kids Entertainment Prods. president Norman J. Grossfeld.

Once more, the aggressive crudeness of the animation will make fans of that art form wince. One can only hope those same parents will take their youngsters to see "Chicken Run" or "Fantasia 2000" to generate some appreciation of what glorious things animation can really do.

The virtually pre-literate "Pikachu's Rescue Adventure", keeping dialogue to a bare minimum, follows that Pokemon hero's escapades in an underground forest. "The Power of One" sees young trainer Ash Ketchum attempt to save the world by restoring the harmonious forces of nature, symbolized by three Pokemon birds: Moltres (fire), Zapados (lightning) and Articuno (ice). To do this, he must battle against, of all things, a greedy Pokemon collector, who has thrown nature out of balance.

To follow any of this, one must have a thorough understanding of the Pokemon or "pocket monsters," which young children (called trainers) collect and "train" in order to play an interactive video game. Without such understanding, the film could just as well remain in Japanese for adults.

And that bewilderment will only increase when parents realize they are essentially paying for the privilege of watching a 102-minute commercial for games and products.

POKEMON THE MOVIE 2000

Warner Bros. Family Entertainment

Warner Bros. Kids presents

a 4Kids Entertainment production

Producer: Norman J. Grossfeld

Director, Japanese production: Kunihiko Yuyama

Director, American production: Michael Haigney

Screenwriter: Takeshi Shudo

English adaptation by: Norman J. Grossfeld, Michael Haigney

Director of photography: Hisao Shirai

Art director: Katsuyoshi Kanemura

Music: Ralph Schuckett, John Loeffler

Editor: Jay Film

Animation producers: Toshiaki Okuno,

Shukichi Kanda

Animation production:

Shogakukan Production Co.

Color/stereo

Voices: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Addie Blaustein, Ted Lewis, Ikue Otani

Running time - 102 minutes

MPAA rating: G

Film review: 'Pokemon the 1st Movie'

Film review: 'Pokemon the 1st Movie'
Sure, the decidedly low-tech, on-the-cheap animation makes Saturday-morning TV fare look rich and sophisticated by comparison, the storytelling is awkward and laughably arch and the tone is all over the place, but thanks to its brilliantly timed release, " Pokemon the First Movie" will handily buck the boxoffice fate of most non-Disney animated features, riding the mighty wave of Pokemania all the way to the bank for Warner Bros.

Most big-screen attempts at cashing in on a craze seem to arrive on the scene a year too late. And while this picture may have the look and feel of a rush job, that won't matter to the legions of card-trading, game-playing youngsters who have made Pokemon the sixth most-searched-for word on the Internet.

The Japanese production, which could have just as easily been called "Nintendo the Motion Picture", has been rescripted and rescored for American consumption and is packaged with a 20-minute short that serves as something of a primer for those who don't know Pikachu from peekaboo.

But while the sweetly benign "Pikachu's Vacation" seems to be targeted to "Pokemon"'s younger fans, the tone abruptly becomes much darker for the main event.

It begins with a confusing prologue in which strands of DNA from the legendary Mew have been bioengineered by scientists into a more powerful clone known as Mewtwo. Annoyed that he has been turned into a Pokemon equivalent of Frankenstein's monster, Mewtwo swears vengeance on mankind.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Ash Ketchum and his fellow Pokemon trainers Misty and Brock are summoned, by mysterious invitation, along with their pocket monsters to New Island, where Mewtwo has orchestrated a fight-to-the-finish showdown against his newly cloned versions in his bid to become the World's Greatest Pokemon Master on his way to total global domination.

Adults may cringe at the preachy heavy-handedness and the extremely limited motion animation that sets the art form back a couple of generations, but youngsters will no doubt delight in seeing their beloved collectibles and Game Boy characters come to life (well, sort of) up on the movie screen.

On the musical front, aside from the zippy Pokemon theme song, which conjures up memories of the old "Solid Gold" theme sans the gold spandex, the Ralph Schuckett-John Loeffler score has been augmented with a CD's worth of kid-pleasing pop by the likes of Christina Aguilera, Blessid Union of Souls and erstwhile Spice Girl Emma Bunton, who knows a thing or two about the fleeting nature of pop-culture phenomena.

POKEMON THE FIRST MOVIE

Warner Bros.

Kids' WB! presents

a 4Kids Entertainment production

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Producer: Norman J. Grossfeld

Producers: Choji Yoshikawa, Tomoyuki Igarashi, Takemoto Mori

English adaptation directed by: Michael Haigney

Screenwriter: Takeshi Shudo

English adaptation written by: Norman J. Grossfeld, Michael Haigney, John Touhey

Director of photography: Hisao Shirai

Art director: Katsuyoshi Kanemura

Editor: Toshio Henmi

Music: Ralph Schuckett, John Loeffler

Color/stereo

Voices:

Veronica Taylor, Philip Bartlett, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Addie Blaustein, Ikue Otani.

Running time -- 95 minutes

MPAA rating: G

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