Activision Inc. and Lionhead Studios have shipped THE MOVIES: STUNTS & EFFECTS EXPANSION PACK to retail stores nationwide. Building on THE MOVIES' critically acclaimed gameplay, THE MOVIES: STUNTS & EFFECTS EXPANSION PACK gives players the tools to turn ordinary scripts into blockbuster films with the addition of stuntmen, visual effects, a variety of dangerous stunts, a movie-making toolset, impressive new sets and an innovative "Freecam Mode" that allows players to adjust the camera location, angle, field of view and path.
THQ Inc. is helping fans of Disney/Pixar film CARS continue the ride with a videogame, based upon the animated feature. The game, released for play on PlayStation2, Xbox GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PSP, Windows PC and Mac, is available at retail outlets in the U.S. It will also be available worldwide in 18 languages, and in more than 40 countries, including China, Thailand, Japan, Russia and Poland. Also this fall, the CARS videogame is expected to release for Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.
In a meeting on Saturday, June 24, 2006, at Trilogy Studios in Santa Monica, the president of the Dominican Republic Leonel Antonio Fernandez Reyna, along with Trilogy execs, set plans in motion for an outsourcing program that they hope to have in place before the end of the year, beginning with Trilogy's first title, DAYBREAKERS. If all goes well, Trilogy Studios will assist and act as the Dominican's liaison to the entire games industry for future outsourcing initiatives.
Johnny Depp will lend his voice as Captain Jack Sparrow in the upcoming videogame, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE LEGEND OF JACK SPARROW. Slated for a June 27 release for the PlayStation2 and the PC, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE LEGEND OF JACK SPARROW features a blend of fast-paced action and adventure from Bethesda Softworks.
Capcom released MEGA MAN BATTLE NETWORK 6 in two versions CYBEAST GREGAR and CYBEAST FALZAR for the Game Boy Advance, and STREET FIGHTER ALPHA ANTHOLOGY for the PlayStation 2, a compilation of the STREET FIGHTER ALPHA series.
Electronic Arts brings to life the triumphs and travails of one of sports most gut wrenching jobs with NFL HEAD COACH¸ a new franchise from the EA SPORTS brand. The first 3D sports strategy game, NFL HEAD COACH, challenges gamers to manage every aspect of a professional football team and build their franchise from the ground up will trying to become the greatest coach of all time.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based CG animation studio Hatchling Studios announced the development of MODREDS ISLE and STORE 118, two animated short series targeted exclusively at mobile media distribution.
Hatchling Studios has always looked towards the cutting-edge when providing animation for our clients. Now, we can use this vast new arena of mobile technology to bring digital animation to the next level, said Hatchling Studios ceo/producer Marc Dole.
Walt Handelsman has created a new editorial animation skewering recent comments made by right-wing pundit Ann Coulter about a group of 9/11 widows enjoying their husbands deaths.
In the animation, Coulter sings new lyrics to "My Favorite Things," including "I write evil stuff ... for the money it brings."
Nick Jr.'s will "sneak peek" its newest preschool show, WOW! WOW! WUBBZY!, across several media platforms, beginning Tuesday, June 20, 2006. The 26-episode series premieres on Nick Jr. on Aug. 28.
Ubisoft announced that HEROES OF MIGHT AND MAGIC V for PC has released and will be arriving at North American retailers this week.
Today we celebrate the return of the beloved MIGHT AND MAGIC franchise with HEROES OF MIGHT AND MAGIC V, enhanced and revamped but still holding true to the values of the series that its loyal fans love and demand, said Tony Key, vp of marketing at Ubisoft. Ubisoft is proud to bring the series into a new realm of PC gaming with an all-new 3D universe and innovative new features such as the Dynamic Battle System.
Emdigo Inc. has acquired the exclusive rights to develop and deploy 3D graphics based episodic SUPERGIRL animation content to mobile users in China. One of China's hottest TV productions, SUPERGIRL is China's hugely successful, AMERICAN IDOL-like television show.
Timed to coincide with the upcoming release of SUPERMAN RETURNS (in theatres June 28), Warner Bros. and AOL have launched a special Superman Channel on In2TV (www.aol.com/in2tv) to celebrate the Man of Steel. In2TV is the largest offering of popular television series available online for free and the destination for watching full TV episodes. The Superman Channel is available now through the end of July 2006.
This month, top players from around the globe will compete for the sporting worlds other top international prize the Altador Cup. On June 8, 2006, concurrent with the start of the World Cup, Neopets.com will kick-off its first ever Altador Cup Tournament, offering its 25 million members the opportunity to compete internationally in the online sport, "Yooyuball" (pronounced you-you-ball).
FUNimation Ent., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corp., announced that the company has signed an agreement with Verizon for distribution of the FUNimation Channel as part of the Verizon FiOS TV service.
Interactive animation company aniBOOM announced the First aniBOOM Awards. Fans of animation throughout the world will be able to vote on their favorite submissions from professional and independent participants alike and help determine the winners of $50,000 in prize money.
ArtZone, a unique and focused online destination that brings community to art, is now available and free to artists worldwide at www.ArtZone.com. Backed by DAZ Prods. Inc., a leading developer of professional quality 3D models and software, ArtZone brings a new environment that enables the sharing and growth of each members passion for art.
Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. will launch JUSTICE LEAGUE HEROES: THE FLASH for Game Boy Advance and JUSTICE LEAGUE HEROES for Nintendo DS in fall 2006. Distributed by Eidos Interactive, the games will release simultaneously with the JUSTICE LEAGUE HEROES games for PlayStation 2, Xbox and PSP.
Animation studio ILL Clan and 3D objects provider TurboSquid have partnered up to present TRASH TALK, which employs the use of machinima in the production of the latest talk show host to grace computer and iPod screens. This animated 3D game character wannabe named ILL Will, a cross between Jay Leno and Duke Nukem, reports on the latest gaming news and talks trash each week on the Internet with his sidekick, a missile named Mal Content.
Nick Jr. has announced that it will debut new, original mini pilots across multiple platforms with the first window kicking off on wireless carriers beginning Tuesday, June 6. The three mini pilots, originated from Nick Jr.s Institute of Applied Play, will premiere on wireless carriers marking the networks first-ever launch of original short-form content on a wireless platform. Nick Jr. will continue the multi-platform roll-out of the mini pilots PASS THE PINHA, JINNY STARFLY and ALL ABOARD on Nick Jr.
CinemaNow Inc. has struck a non-exclusive agreement with Buena Vista Home Ent. (BVHE) to offer Disney movies on a download-to-own basis through its website. BVHE will additionally offer select new movies beginning with GLORY ROAD on June 6, which will coincide with the timing of its DVD release. This agreement will also allow on demand viewers to move their content onto approved portable devices.
Fernando Meirelles' shingle O2 Filmes is prepping interactive animated content for cell phones and the Internet, reports VARIETY.
It's dedicated new-media department, O2 Digital that was launched in mid-2005, is prepping computer-animated episodes based on CITY OF MEN, the TV series spin-off of Meirelles' breakout film, CITY OF GOD.
Playing up to the release of Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Studios' feature film, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, Activision Inc. sent out X-MEN: THE OFFICIAL GAME to retail outlets in the U.S. The game catapults players into an original storyline and enables them to command the distinct powers of Wolverine, Nightcrawler and Iceman as they battle classic Brotherhood villains, including Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike and Multiple Man and traverse unique environments that showcase each character's abilities while trying to save mutant-kind.
Walt Disney Internet Group and Shanda Interactive Ent. announced that the two companies have entered into an agreement to bring Disney's branded entertainment content to China's online game industry via Shanda's online game operating platform. The agreement calls for Shanda to develop, distribute and operate an online casual game based on the worlds of Disney and featuring some of Disney's most popular animated characters.
Cartoon Network's Emmy Award-winning animated series STAR WARS: CLONE WARS is now available for purchase and download on iTunes® Music Store (www.itunes.com).
Beginning today (May 25, 2006), the 20 chapters of STAR WARS: CLONE WARS Volume 1 are available on iTunes, with the action-packed STAR WARS: CLONE WARS Volume 2 following later in June. Each chapter, or episode, costs $1.99 while the full season of Volume 1 is available for $10.99 and can be viewed, after download, on a computer or on an iPod.
Atom Ent. Inc. announced that four new short films developed by AtomFilms Studio are premiering simultaneously May 24, 2006, on the AtomFilms website (www.atomfilms.com) and on mobile phones. Ranging in length from one to five minutes apiece, the new shorts provide unique comic perspectives on dating, classic videogames, canine friendships and even breast enhancements.