Get ready to root for the bad guys, here comes the LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL, a new comedy series that will soon be unveiled on Cartoon Network.
The Kennedy/Marshall Co. and Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way are discussing with Warner Bros. the possibility of a fourth NEVERENDING STORY film, according to the trades.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says the studio recently bought the rights to the property and is looking at a new film in the 25-year-old franchise.
Original producer Dieter Geissler is set to produce the reboot with Sarah Schechter and Jesse Ehrman overseeing at WB in what is said to be a more nuanced take on the source material.
The University of Westminster in London has enhanced its portfolio of courses within animation, games and interactive media with a one-year Masters of Science degree in Digital Compositing and Visual Effects starting October 2009.
Graduates from the course will be exposed to the theoretical, technical, practical and professional competences enabling them to follow a variety of careers within film, television, animation, advertising and gaming.
MODERN TOSS, a partially-animated, distinctly adult British comedy complete with gross-out moments, profanity and inappropriate cartoon characters was created by former journalists Mick Bunnage and Jon Link based on their comic and website also dubbed MODERN TOSS. This hilarious mutant television offspring that grew out of UK Channel 4's famed comedy lab anthology series will soon run rampant across the world of pop culture on IFC.
AKIRA gets a Blu-ray release, along with the DVD/Blu-ray debut of FUTURAMA: INTO THE WILD GREEN YONDER (the last FUTURAMA title ever?!), along with the first DVD set of Nickelodeon series THE MIGHTY B! plus anime titles KURAU PHANTOM MEMORY and LOVE HINA box sets to DVD and SAMURAI 7 on Blu-ray.
AKIRA on Blu-ray
A new production studio will be opening this summer in Philadelphia, called UArts Motion Heads (http://motionheads.uarts.edu/), a studio that incorporates various methods of animation with live-action, original music, voice-over talent, motion graphics and illustration.
Motion design and production studio Royale recently completed a comprehensive re-design of Discovery Channel's on-air look and branding. Playing with the idea of "discovery," Royale created a high-energy package that exhibits Discovery Channel's repertoire of stunning show footage and imagery in unexpected ways.
Mechanism Digital accepted the design challenge to develop a memorable show open and graphics package for Animal Planet's new series BEHIND THE CLIP. The show is produced by CBS Eye Too, who in turn came to rely on Mechanism's design team to create a quirky and fresh concept for a new show featuring animals skateboarding, driving a car and other surprising activities found on YouTube clips.
Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) announces a call for entries for the 2009 SPJA Industry Awards, one of the most prestigious awards that can be given to any studio and/or individual within the Anime/Manga industries to be held during the Industry Reception at the nation's largest Anime/Manga convention Anime Expo 2009 (July 2-5, 2009; www.anime-expo.org).
Actress Jessica Biel will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, February 7, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.
Among the six awards that Biel will present during the evening is the Academy's Gordon E. Sawyer Award, an Oscar statuette, which is being bestowed on Ed Catmull for his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership in the field of computer graphics for the motion picture industry.
New York-based motion graphics, design and production agency, Blue Room NYC created the graphics treatment and edited a trio of promos, a :20, :15 and :10, all with various end tags, for the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl Presented by State Farm that began airing during Super-Bowl Sunday on NBC. The promos were designed to promote the NFL Pro Bowl, "When The NFL elite come together for the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl. Live from Hawaii, February 8th, only on NBC."
Reed Exhibitions has announced the launch of Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), which will take place April 16-18, 2010 at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago. The new show will be structured in the spirit of New York Comic Con (NYCC), which was launched by Reed Exhibitions in 2006 and saw attendance grow from 33,000 in its first year to 67,000 in 2008, making it the fastest growing comic and pop culture event in the U.S.
SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival 2009 Call for SubmissionsDeadline: March 4, 2009
The SIGGRAPH 2009 Computer Animation Festival call for Submissions are here.
For the Computer Animation Festival's Multicultural Representations and Visualizations call for submissions they are seeking works that showcase the wealth of cultures and diversity through the use of computer graphics. A unique medium that is able to reach beyond boarders, beyond languages to audiences, filmmakers, students and researchers worldwide.
-- Feature Films
FEAR(S) OF THE DARK came out Monday, with MADAGASCAR 2 hitting DVD/Blu-ray shelves on Friday. Tuesday releases include a MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER volume, AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION, the 20th anniversary edition of OLIVER & COMPANY, direct-to-DVD SPACE BUDDIES and more.
AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION on DVD and Blu-ray
The Entertainment Technology program at Santa Monica College offers a number of exciting courses in animation, vfx, visual development, game design and motion graphics.
Enrollment is open to anyone, and classes begin at $24 per unit. Their state-of-the-art campus, the Academy of Entertainment and Technology, is located at 1660 Stewart St., Santa Monica. The spring semester begins Tuesday, February 17, so enroll now.
For a complete list of our spring courses, see http://www.smc.edu/schedules/2009/spring/default.htm.
The BOURNE trilogy comes to Blu-ray, along with special editions of MARY POPPINS on DVD, TEDDY RUXPIN and PINK PANTHER collections, BLOOD + and FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST on DVD and ROCKNROLLA on Blu-ray...plus more.
THE ADVENTURES OF TEDDY RUXPIN: Come Dream With Me -- Complete Series on DVD
Bang Zoom! Ent. was tapped recently to develop and produce a fun, new Web-based show, MANGA MINUTES for Manga.com.
Manga.Com is the official site of Manga Ent., publisher of anime titles such as ASTRO BOY, GHOST IN THE SHELL, NINJA SCROLL, BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE, and more. Bang Zoom! will produce 24 episodes of the show in total, which recently was ranked as high as #5 on the iTunes "Arts & Entertainment" chart.
Fifteen episodes are now available on Manga.com at www.manga.com/channels/manga-minutes.
Last Thursday's Oscar VFX bakeoff pitted the seven remaining semi-finalists, and the nominees will be announced tomorrow morning along with the rest of the contenders for the 81st Academy Awards. You can read Tom McLean's informative report with links to our exclusive breakdown clips on AWNtv: Best of luck to those vying for the three coveted spots. Meanwhile, MK12, which was tapped by Marc Forster for the illustrious QUANTUM OF SOLACE main title sequence, tells VFXWORLD all about that singular motion graphics challenge, and they provided a nice clip that you can view as well.
Nexus Productions have signed the French directing duo FX & Mat.
FX & Mat are attracting international acclaim with their amazing and diverse animations. From the pretty whimsy of their recent spot for the Royal Bank of Canada to the brooding intensity of their first short, EN TU BRAZOS, in which they bring to life and give feline grace to the tango dancing couple at the heart of this love story, FX & Mat are pushing creative boundaries and taking a chameleon-like approach to their work.
Japan's largest animation studio, Toei Animation, will turn its Hong Kong joint venture into a wholly-owned subsidiary, per VARIETY.
Toei will buy the shares of Toei Animation Enterprises from its local partner, Animation Intl., a content production company based in Hong Kong.
Last week, Tokyo-based animation house GHD also announced plans to expand into China, with a specialty channel that will broadcast cartoons into China via the Internet and TV. Dedicated to anime, the channel is called Gonzo and will be on a demand service provided by Chunghwa Telecom Co.
To save the human race, an underground city was built to last 200 years... now time is up and they must unlock the secret for their survival. Step into the light when the action-packed family adventure CITY OF EMBER, shines onto DVD January 20 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent. For generations, the people of the City of Ember have thrived in an amazing underground world of flickering lights. Built as a refuge for humanity and powered by a massive generator, the city's time is almost up and now Ember is falling into darkness as the generator fails. In a race against time, it's up to two brave teenagers to unravel the mystery behind the city's existence, maneuver around corrupt politicians and save the City of Ember. CITY OF EMBER is based on the 2003 best-selling novel by Jeanne Duprau.
Keanu Reeves is attached to star in a live-action adaptation of Japanese anime TV series COWBOY BEBOP for Twentieth Century Fox, according to VARIETY.
Reeves would reunite with THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL producer Erwin Stoff (through his 3 Arts banner) and would play the role of Spike Spiegel, an adventurous bounty hunter traveling through space circa 2071. Spiegel and his fellow bounty hunters travel via spaceship, the Bebop.
Screenplay is being penned by Peter Craig and Joshua Long is exec producing.
NVIDIA has launched two new graphics solutions for the enthusiast gamer, the GeForce GTX 295 and the GeForce GTX 285.
The GeForce GTX 295 is the world's fastest dual GPU solution. Featuring the power of two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 200 GPUs on a single card, the GeForce GTX 295 delivers unrivaled graphics performance in the hottest games including FAR CRY 2, MIRROR'S EDGE, and CALL OF DUTY 5: WORLD AT WAR.
Big Machine Design (BMD), a full-service creative services studio, has completed a new show open for the hit, nationally syndicated program LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY.
To view this work, see: http://bigmachinedesign.net/misc/regiskelly.mov