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Battle Brews Over Sony's Early Digital Release of Meatballs

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 12:18pm

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.

Music Headline News

Ingenuity Engine Transforms Chris Brown in 'I Can Transform Ya' Music Video

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 9:11am

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).

Million Headline News

Box Office Sings For A Christmas Carol

By Matt Kapko | Monday, November 9, 2009 at 2:37pm

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 Headline News

IMAX Generates 14% of A Christmas Carol's Opening Weekend

By Matt Kapko | Monday, November 9, 2009 at 9:56am

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.

Headline News

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Themes Up Habbo Hotel

By Matt Kapko | Monday, November 9, 2009 at 9:12am

Summit Entertainment and Habbo Hotel ( ), 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.

Ntropic Headline News

Visual Effects Artist and Creative Director Simon Mowbray Joins Ntropic

By Matt Kapko | Monday, November 9, 2009 at 8:30am

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.

Autodesk Headline News

Imagi's "Astro Boy" Leaps onto Movie Screens with Autodesk Maya Software

By Matt Kapko | Monday, November 9, 2009 at 8:27am

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).

Licensing Headline News

Target Entertainment Group Links Up With m4e AG

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 7:01am

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.

Movie Headline News

Best Buy Planning Video Streaming Business

By Matt Kapko | Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 11:26am

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.

Tools Headline News

Imageworks Strikes Tech Deal with Foundry

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.

Disney Headline News

Kevin Gamble Joins Disney Television Animation

By Matt Kapko | Monday, November 2, 2009 at 12:17pm

Kevin Gamble has been named Vice President, Development, Disney Television Animation, it was announced today by Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation, to whom he will report.