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CTN Expo 2.0: Day 1

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 5:02pm

The CTN Expo has returned to Burbank for the second year. The conference has expanded a great deal from last year's event. It also has seen an explosion of attendees, which pushed off the scheduled start times of all the events as the eager guest were being registered. This created some bumps along the road for the two-year old event, which is again valiantly put together by Tina Price and her tiny staff with help from a host of volunteers.

Artists Headline News

McGuinness Discusses Asylum's Shuttering

Asylum Visual Effects founder Nathan McGuinness told AWN that the financial collapse of his Santa-Monica-based vfx house came as a shock, amid the recession and inability to compete with overseas competitors in London, Canada and elsewhere without the same kind of government tax incentives.

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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS - PART 1 (2010) (***)

This is the least rewarding of the cinematic HARRY POTTER experiences mainly because it doesn't satisfyingly work as a film on its own. Unlike the LORD OF THE RINGS series, each film worked as a solo film, while setting up the continuing journey. DEATHLY HALLOWS - PART 1 tries to find its EMPIRE STRIKE BACK moment to end on, but without making Voldemort declare he is Harry's father, this film left me wanting more, but not in a good way. And yet I want more.

Headline News

Leary To Play Capt Stacy in Spider-Man

Denis Leary is in talks to take the role of police captain George Stacy in the SPIDER-MAN reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Emma Stone has already been cast of Stacy's daughter Gwen. Andrew Garfield is playing Peter Parker/Spider-Man, while Rhys Ifans has been cast as villain Dr. Connors/The Lizard and Martin Sheen and Sally Field as Ben and May Parker, respectively.

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LEGO: Pirates of the Caribbean To Sail May 2011

Disney Interactive Studios and TT Games today announced that they are joining with The LEGO Group to bring Jack Sparrow and other familiar characters to life in virtual LEGO adventures with LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game.

Animation Headline News

SIGGRAPH ASIA 2010 Publishes Computer Animation Festival and Tech Paper Video Trailers

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 3:35pm

SIGGRAPH Asia, coming this December 15-18 in Seoul, South Korea, has published their Computer Animation Festival and Technical Papers video trailers.

Effects Headline News

VES To Honor Christopher Nolan With Visionary Award

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 11:17am

The Visual Effects Society will honor Academy Award nominated filmmaker Christopher Nolan with the inaugural VES Visionary Award at the 9th Annual VES Awards on Friday, January 28, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

Imax Headline News

Deathly Hallows - Part 1 To Open in a Record IMAX Theatres

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 9:27am

IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) and Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, the film based on the beloved book by J.K. Rowling, will be released to IMAX theatres this Friday, November 19th.

Star Headline News

Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game: To Release This December

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 8:01am

LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) today announced The Price of Victory, the latest expansion in the successful Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game scheduled for release this December.

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Final Thoughts on the Films at Ottawa

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 5:22pm

No other festival I’m aware of consistently generates as much controversy as does the Ottawa Festival. People may scratch their heads at the judging decisions in Annecy (insert favorite French joke here), but in Ottawa, beer-fueled grumbling and incessant whining are as much a part of the annual festivities as head-scratching competition screening introductions and the cavalcade of toothless panhandlers lining Rue Rideau.

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Red Stick 2010: A Glass of Lilac Wine

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 12:08pm

Saturday morning. Sitting in P.J.’s, the coffee shop around the corner from the Shaw Center. Except for a handful of sessions today, Red Stick ended Friday night with the awarding of the Golden Baton. The winner (of the three candidates discussed yesterday) was Chris O’Neill’s elegiac (how many times to you get a chance to use that word?) Lilac Wine. Earlier in the fest O’Neill had described his video as the remembrance of loved one who was no longer around, whether via the end of a love affair, or death.

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Red Stick 2010: Golden Baton and More

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 11:50am

Whoops, my bad: what I called Red Stick’s ‘Best of the Fest’ award yesterday is actually their “Golden Baton” prize, and I saw all three films last night. In addition to the music video Lilac Wine, the two other contenders were a Hitchcockian spy spoof (Pigeon: Impossible) and the student effort Blackface, a mystical jungle tale.

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