Sony's decision to release CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS in digital form on Dec. 8 has irked theater owners, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
C21MEDIA.NET is reporting that Bebo is cutting almost all of its staff in the United Kingdom, including head of original production Kelly Sweeney.
SCREENDAILY.COM reports that Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group president Mark Zoradi has left his position.
Boutique visual effects studio Ingenuity Engine has collaborated once again with director Joseph Kahn on a futuristic new music video for R&B singer Chris Brown's track "I Can Transform Ya," the first single off his forthcoming album Graffiti (due Dec. 8).
LAIKA, Inc., the Portland-based animation studio whose first feature film, Coraline, has been a critical and box office success, has appointed Gary Raksis to the post of Chief Financial Officer of the company.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL raked in $30 million for Buena Vista and the #1 slot in its opening weekend, Nov. 6-8. MICHAEL JACKSON'S THIS IS IT came in at #2 for Sony in its second weekend, earning $13.2 million. Overture's THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS came in #3 for its first week, earning $12.7 million.
IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures today announced that Disney's A Christmas Carol, the spectacular Disney Digital 3D(TM) holiday release from director Robert Zemeckis and starring Jim Carrey, grossed $4.2 million from 181 IMAX(R) theatres domestically from November 6th through November 8, 2009, registering 14% of the film's total domestic gross of $30 million on approximately 3% of the screens.
Summit Entertainment and Habbo Hotel (www.habbo.com ), the largest virtual world for teenagers, today revealed new details for the exclusive The Twilight Saga: New Moon-themed activities, rooms, virtual goods and much more planned to kick-off at Habbo Hotel this week to celebrate the highly anticipated release of The Twilight Saga: New Moon on November 20.
Visual effects company Ntropic is excited to announce that Creative Director/VFX Supervisor Simon Mowbray has joined the company. Formerly the co-founder of Radium, Mowbray freelanced at Ntropic on projects for Sprint, Coinstar and Oracle before making it his official home.
The newly released animated film "Astro Boy" brings the iconic Japanese manga character to movie theaters. Filmmaker Imagi International Holdings Limited (HKEx: 585) created "Astro Boy" with Autodesk Maya software from Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK).
GenArts has purchased wondertouch to add particle effects to its growing software arsenal in a strategy to standardize VFX workflows.
Target Entertainment Group has appointed m4e AG as the licensing sub-agent for PlayStation software IPs (intellectual properties) in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In addition, m4e subsidiary Telescreen will act as the sub-agent in Benelux.
Disney plans to reintroduce Mickey in EPIC MICKEY, a videogame set to release late next year, VARIETY reports.
Best Buy plans to go head-to-head with the likes of Netflix and Blockbuster as it launches a branded movie service available on Web-connected Blu-ray players and other devices, VARIETY reports.
Kelley Avery has been tapped to head up distribution of DreamWorks' franchises across numerous platforms, VARIETY reports.
Video-game maker Electronic Arts and Extreme Music have signed a 5-year music deal that will see EA's backlog of more than 2,000 cues repped by Extreme, VARIETY reports.
VICON House of Moves was involved in creating the animation and providing motion capture services for the recently released highly cinematic video game, "WET," published by Bethesda Softworks.
MICHAEL JACKSON'S THIS IS IT came out on top for Sony in its opening weekend, Oct. 30-Nov.1, raking in $23 million. Paramount's PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, now its sixth week, continued to hold strong at #2 for the weekend, earning $16.3 million.
Sony Pictures Imageworks has struck a deal with The Foundry that would help standardize both toolsets by sharing technology, making the workflow easier and more cost-efficient for artists, which is essential during this economic downturn.
Films that hope to compete for the animated feature Oscar must submit at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences by 5 p.m. Monday, VARIETY reports.