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Tonight, Berg to Direct Smith Superhero Flick

Columbia Pictures has hired FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS feature helmer Peter Berg to direct TONIGHT, HE COMES, the 10-years in the making superhero flick starring Will Smith, reports VARIETY. Previously, Jonathan Mostow and Gabriele Muccino were set to helm the picture, but left the project over creative differences.

The schedule sees lensing start in May for a summer 2008 release.

World Headline News

Peerless Camera Provides VFX for Terry Gilliam’s Tideland

Terry Gilliams TIDELAND (opening Oct. 13) is a dark and challenging film that looks at an adult world through the eyes of a child. Based on a novel by Mitch Cullin it follows a young girls innocent view of her difficult life as she is exposed to the traumatic and confusing world around her and explores how Jeliza Rose uses her imagination to escape this chaos. Shot on location in Regina, Canada in limited time, director Gilliams approach was to create an ALICE IN WONDERLAND world in reverse with adults peering through a childs view of their surroundings.

Film Headline News

TOKYOPOP To Produce First Live-Action Feature Film, Lament Of The Lamb

Right on the heels of acquiring worldwide film rights to the hit manga series, LAMENT OF THE LAMB, TOKYOPOP has chosen the property to launch the company's first foray into independent film production.

Created by Kei Toume and originally published in Japan by Gentosha, LAMENT OF THE LAMB follows the physical and mental torment of a man who discovers that he is cursed with a hereditary disease that makes him crave blood.

Stu Levy, TOKYOPOP ceo/cco, is producing the film.

Mipcom Headline News

Monster Launches Edgy Anna and the Moods at MIPCOM

Monster Distributes launched CAOZ�s edgy 3D animated film, ANNA AND THE MOODS at MIPCOM.

ANNA AND THE MOODS is written by Academy Award-nominated Icelandic writer Sj�n on a commission by the Brodsky Quartet. Julian Nott, composer of WALLACE AND GROMIT, sets Sj�n's story to music. The Brodsky Quartet has performed a musical version of the work on live tours in the UK, with Sj�n performing the story. Voices are by Bjork, Damon Albarn, Terry Jones, Sjon and Thorunn Laurusdottir.

Headline News

Terrence Howard Joins Iron Man

Marvel Studios announced that Academy Award-nominee Terrence Howard (HUSTLE & FLOW) has joined the cast of IRON MAN. Howard will take on the role of Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes, Tony Stark aka Iron Man's best friend, in the project slated to launch into theaters May 2, 2008. Previously, Marvel announced that Robert Downey Jr. would be playing the title role and Jon Favreau would be directing.

World Headline News

Kahani World & Virgin Animation To Produce Secrets Of The Seven Sounds

Kahani World Inc. a Toronto-based independent animation company, and Virgin Comics Llc. have teamed up to co-produce SECRETS OF THE SEVEN SOUNDS, a full length animated feature, inspired by the ancient Indian myth Ramayana.

Headline News

Departed Muscles Its Way to Number One

Martin Scorsese returns to familiar crime turf with THE DEPARTED, which blew away the competition with $26.8M for Warner Bros. in its opening weekend for the period ended Oct. 8, 2006. Thats the directors best opening yet, and he had seamless vfx help from The Basement, Lola Visual Effects and Ockhams Razor, under the supervision of Rob Legato.

Million Headline News

Rogue Stakes 3-Year Deal in Platinum Dunes

Rogue Pictures, Universal-based Focus Features genre division, has inked a three-year first-look deal with Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Forms Platinum Dunes, VARIETY reports. Bay, Fuller and Form will produce horror films, with budgets south of $25 million, for Rogue, which will give the trio as much as 10% of first-dollar gross.

Game Headline News

Paramount & Nick Game for Sunken Places

Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies have agreed to co-produce THE GAME OF SUNKEN PLACES, based on M.T. Andersons Scholastic Press book, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The project was pitched to the studios by screenwriter Matt Nix.

The story chronicles two boys as they learn that their housing development is really a gigantic game. The boys must play the game in order to validate human's worth to an alien race.

Studio Headline News

Miyazaki Starts Next Film for Summer 2008

Hayao Miyazaki has started production on his latest untitled animated feature at his Studio Ghibli, reports VARIETY.

Scheduled for summer 2008, his last picture bowed in 2004 HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE, which grossed $170 million in Japan alone and $225M internationally.

International and U.S. distributors have yet to be announced. Toho has handled all of Miyazaki's recent pictures.

Imax Headline News

Open Season Hits $1.45 Million Opening in IMAX 3-D

IMAX Corp. and Sony Pictures Ent. announced that OPEN SEASON: AN IMAX 3-D EXPERIENCE earned estimated grosses of $1.45 million in 66 domestic IMAX theaters, delivering a per-screen average of approximately $22,000 over the three-day period ending Oct. 1. The debut feature from Sony Pictures Animation was directed by Roger Allers (THE LION KING) and Jill Culton (TOY STORY 2, MONSTERS, INC.) and co-directed by Anthony Stacchi (ANTZ),

Kids Headline News

Spiderwick Captures Four More Actors

Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte, Martin Short and Joan Plowright are in talks to step into Paramount's THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Recently, Izabella Miko (COYOTE UGLY) and Andrew McCarthy (E-RING) signed on as the leader of the elves and the main characters father, respectively.

Headline News

Animated Open Season Leads Box Office

Sony Picture Animation's first feature, OPEN SEASON, lead the box office race, opening at $23M for the weekend ended Oct. 1, 2006. Another newcomer, THE GUARDIAN, from Buena Vista debuted in 2nd place with a take of $17.6M. Dropping slightly to third place was Paramount's JACKASS: NUMBER TWO bringing in another $14M for give it a cume of $51.4M. Debuting in fourth place with $9.1M was SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS from MGM & The Winstein Co. JET LI'S FEARLESS from Rogue Pictures (with vfx from Menfond Electronic Art & Computer Design Co.) was fifth with $4.7 M and a total take of $17.8M.

Headline News

Robert Downey Jr. To Play Iron Man

Academy Award nominee Robert Downey Jr. will take on the title character role for Marvel Studios' IRON MAN. This project, the first feature film to be produced independently by Marvel Ent., will launch into theaters May 2, 2008. The film is being directed by Jon Favreau (ZATHURA, ELF) and will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.

Films Headline News

At Warner Bros., There Be Dragons

Warner Bros. Pictures has snatched the rights to the yet-to-be-published childrens novel, HERE, THERE BE DRAGONS by James A. Owen, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. David Heyman and David Goyer will produce via their Heyday Films and Phantom Four companies respectively.

Films Headline News

Dimension Films Signs Animated Film Deal With Seth Green

Right on the heels of Dimension Films announement it had acquired the rights to produce O.C.T. - OCCULT CRIMES TASKFORCE, the production company has signed a two-picture deal with Seth Green and Matthew Senreichs Stoopid Monkey Prods. The deal includes a stop-motion, animated holiday feature, NAUGHTY OR NICE, and a live-action untitled comedy.

The ROBOT CHICKEN, duo who created, exec produce, write and direct Cartoon Networks Adult Swim stop-motion animated show will produce both projects in their Stoopid Monkey Prods.' first foray into film.

Film Headline News

GigaPix Studios to Produce Dr. Grave Feature Film

GigaPix Studios will produce a live-action/CGI feature film based on the popular underground comicbook, DR GRAVE, written by its creator, Ed Vis, according to David Pritchard, president of GigaPix.

Dr. Grave is a sexy, middle-aged adventurer who embodies a combination of Indiana Jones and Austin Powers, with a dash of Monty Python, said Pritchard. The estimated budget of $40-50 million covers a combination of live-action and CG effects.

Production Headline News

The Guardian’s Fluid VFX Secrets Revealed

With the release of Buena Vistas THE GUARDIAN on Sept. 29, 2006, the potential of RealFlow 4 by Next Limit Technologies was revealed.

A strategic alliance among Next Limit Technologies, Hollywood vfx studio Flash Film Works and Fusion CI Studios (an R&D and fluid vfx studio) has leveled the playing field dominated by much larger studios.

Imax Headline News

Open Season for IMAX 3-D

OPEN SEASON: AN IMAX 3-D EXPERIENCE (opening Sept. 29) marks the second IMAX film with Sony Pictures Ent., following SPIDER-MAN 2: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE in 2004. OPEN SEASON, which also marks the first 3D-animated feature from Sony Pictures Animation, has been digitally converted into IMAX 3-D and IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology, making it a more immersive experience akin to THE POLAR EXPRESS in IMAX 3-D.

Headline News

Craven to Direct Next Feature Via New Midnight Ent.

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 12:00am

Horror master Wes Craven (SCREAM, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET) will make his next film as director for Rogue Pictures via his newly formed production company, Midnight Ent., which has made a two-year first-look production deal with Rogue.

Craven is writing the screenplay for the feature, a psychological thriller set in a small town and based on his own original concept. He will also produce the film.

Craven's longtime producer Marianne Maddalena is running Midnight, which will produce modestly budgeted genre films that other filmmakers will direct.

Series Headline News

R.L. Stine’s Rotten School Ripe for Fox

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 12:00am

Twentieth Century Fox has obtained film rights to R.L. Stines children's book series THE ROTTEN SCHOOL, which has been published by HarperCollins Publishers and Parachute Publishing, according to VARIETY.

The humorous ROTTEN series is set in a boarding school where Bernie Bridges plots against his teachers and rival students.

The first book in the series was THE BIG BLUEBERRY BARF-OFF! The ninth title, PARTY POOPERS, is set for release in November.

Production Headline News

Dimension Acquires Rights to Dawson's O.C.T. - Occult Crimes Taskforce

Dimension Films has acquired the rights to produce O.C.T. - OCCULT CRIMES TASKFORCE, based on Rosario Dawsons (SIN CITY, CLERKS II, upcoming GRINDHOUSE, upcoming KILLSHOT) new comicbook series of the same name, which she co-created with David Atchison and Tony Shasteen. Dawson is also set to star in and produce the film.

Ford Lytle Gilmore will exec produce the film, with Atchison and Shasteen serving as co-producers and Gus Vasquez serving as assoc producer.

Imax Headline News

Superman Returns: An IMAX 3-D Experience Grosses $30 Million

The IMAX 3-D release of SUPERMAN RETURNS, which has set multiple IMAX box office records, has now earned $22.7 million on 92 IMAX screens domestically and more than $7.5 million on 36 IMAX screens internationally. The IMAX release from Warner Bros. Pictures has now earned a worldwide total of $30 million through 13 weeks with an impressive per screen average of $229,000.

Autodesk Headline News

Latest Crop of Films Choose Autodesk 3D Tools

Autodesks 3ds Max and Maya were used extensively on this season's line-up of films. Using 3ds Max and Maya, digital artists created sophisticated 3D content for the live-action films TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY and WORLD TRADE CENTER, and also shaped the 3D-animated EVERYONE'S HERO and THE ANT BULLY.