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Film Headline News

Talent Nework Sets Up Shop on the Web

A new creative talent network for 2D and 3D artists has hung its shingle on the worldwide Web, The Creative Talent Network (CTN), the first online portfolio community for the film, game and video industries.

With large film studios downsizing in 2001, combined with the increasing amount of outsourcing in the film industry, it became obvious to the founders of The Creative Talent Network that an online community was the next environment where these and other professionals could work and stay connected, said Tina Price, one of the founders.

Mobile Headline News

Largo Winch Strip Goes Mobile

DUPUIS, publisher of the cartoon strips LARGO WINCH, and Overloaded | Fun Everywhere have signed a deal for the development and exploitation of the cartoon strip and TV character on mobile phones. The first mobile game will be available for download to mobile phones before February 2005 and available at operators and mobile portals around the world.

Internet Headline News

The Internet Celebrates its 35th Birthday

The Internet just had its 35th birthday party Oct. 29, 2004, at UCLA, where it all started. On Sept. 2, 1969, Leonard Kleinrock led a team of engineers to establish the first network connection between two computers, ushering in a new method of global communications. A month later, the second node was added at Stanford, and, on October 29, the first host-to-host Internet-type message was sent from UCLA. The message was LO, which sounds prophetic until Kleinrock explains it.

Headline News

Sony Announces New, Slimmer, Network-Ready PlayStation2

Sporting a new look for holiday shopping, Sonys redesigned PlayStation2 videogame console sports a slimmer look, is half the weight and is network-ready for play. Its available today, (Nov.1, 2004) for a retail price of $149.99 at more than 20,000 doors/retail locations.

Game Headline News

Incredibles Game Ahead of the Pixar Pic

THQ Inc. Pixar Animation Studios and Disney Interactive released today (Nov. 1, 2004) THE INCREDIBLES videogame based on the upcoming film, THE INCREDIBLES (which comes out Nov. 5). THQs Heavy Iron Studios developed the game for PlayStation2, the Xbox and GameCube while Helixe developed it for Game Boy Advance and Beenox adapted the console version to PC/Mac. THE INCREDIBLES: WHEN DANGER CALLS, an additional PC/Mac title targeting the younger demographic featuring an assortment of mini-games has also shipped.

Game Headline News

Blur’s Warhammer 40,000 Cinematic Bridges Movie/Gaming Gap

Touting feature-film quality computer animation, Blur Studio has produced a CG cinematic for one of this years most anticipated games, THQs WARHAMMER 40,000: DAWN OF WAR. The thrilling, two-minute film, included with the game CD, introduces players to WARHAMMERS dark, futuristic fantasy universe through an intense, tactical battle between legions of alien warriors.

Headline News

Batman Begins with New Cross-Console Game

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at 12:00am

Warner Bros. Interactive Ent., DC Comics and Electronic Arts will join forces to bring BATMAN BEGINS to multiple videogame platforms in 2005. In this exclusive co-publishing agreement, a game based on the upcoming film will be released day and date with the film on the PlayStation 2, the PSP (PlayStation Portable), Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance.

Cartoon Headline News

Sprint & TBS Launch Cartoon Network & Adult Swim Mobile Channels

Sprint and Turner Broadcasting System Inc. announced today (Oct. 26, 2004) the launch of two additional multimedia channels - Cartoon Network Mobile and Adult Swim Mobile, which will provide streaming video and audio content for Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Services.

Cartoon Network Mobile and Adult Swim Mobile will be available on Channels 10 and 11, respectively, and each will cost $3.95 a month for Sprint PCS Vision customers. Cartoon Network joins sister network CNN (Channel 2) as a multimedia channel on the Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Service.

Game Headline News

Everquest II Shipping November 8

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), announced that multiplayer online gaming sequel EVERQUEST II is scheduled to simultaneously ship to North American and European retail stores on Nov. 8, 2004. EVERQUEST II is the highly anticipated follow-up to EVERQUEST, the most successful and longest-running 3D MMO role-playing game in North America.

Game Headline News

TRON 2.0: Killer App Ships for Game Boy Advance

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 20, 2004 at 12:00am

Buena Vista Interactive has shipped its much-anticipated action adventure game, TRON 2.0: KILLER APP, for Game Boy Advance to North American retail outlets. The title will also ship for the Xbox in early November 2004.

"TRON 2.0 for Game Boy Advance is loaded with game play options, from first- and third-person combat to multiplayer action and perfect renditions of the classic TRON arcade games," said Bob Picunko, director of product marketing for Buena Vista Games. "TRON 2.0 is certain to satisfy both action adventure players and fans of the franchise."

Headline News

Comcast Launches First Broadband Internet Channel Built for Kids

Comcast, a leading broadband Internet provider, has launched the Comcast Kids Channel, a safe interactive environment designed for todays broadband family. The channel launches with premier content from Disney Online.

Animation Headline News

ANIMAX Animates Webisodes Helping Teens Cope with Chemo

ANIMAX has produced a series of six short-form animated Webisodes for the Starlight Starbright Foundation aimed to help teen copy with chemotherapy treatments. The series, COPING WITH CHEMO, can be found at www.slsb.org/chemo. The goal of the series is to help teens with cancer deal with the impact chemotherapy has on their lives and their bodies.

Universal Headline News

Ubisoft to Create King Kong Game

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 13, 2004 at 12:00am

Ubisoft and Universal Studios Consumer Products Group announced plans to release an interactive game based on Universal Pictures upcoming KING KONG, directed by Peter Jackson. The game will be available worldwide on all platforms at the beginning of the holiday season in conjunction with the Dec. 14, 2005 theatrical release of the movie.

Games Headline News

Halo 2 Shipping to 27 Countries in Eight Languages

Microsoft Game Studios announced that HALO 2 for Xbox has gone gold and will ship simultaneously over three days to 27 countries in eight languages. HALO 2 will be available on Nov. 9, 2004, throughout North and South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The sequel to the award-winning HALO: COMBAT EVOLVED by Bungie, will be available in France, Belgium and Switzerland on November 10, as well as in Japan and the rest of Europe on November 11.

Animation Headline News

Namco Chooses endorphin for Tekken 5

Namco, Japan, one of the world's leading games developers, has selected endorphin to help produce its upcoming TEKKEN 5. Due to hit arcades before the end of the year and to debut on consoles in 2005, TEKKEN 5 represents the next iteration of what is arguably one of the biggest game franchises.

"endorphin allows us to create realistic fight actions and reactions very quickly, helping us to build great content for TEKKEN 5," offered Shinichiro Yoda of Namco.

Film Headline News

Pendulum Studios Launches Website for Arrest Assured Short

Pendulum Studios has announced the creation of a Website for its new 3D-animated short film, ARREST ASSURED. The new Website, www.studiopendulum.com/arrestassured shows off concept art, still imagery, storyboards, evolutionary clips and making-of movies, including a short behind-the-scenes movie called ANATOMY OF SHOT, which shows the compositing construction of one of the shots from the film.

Nickelodeon Headline News

Nickelodeon Videogame Master License Decision Nearing

In response to recent speculation about its master videogame licensing agreement, Herb Scannell, president, Nickelodeon Networks, said that Nickelodeon was working closely with several parties and was in the final stages of licensing rights to develop videogames based on Nickelodeon animated properties. Scannell indicated that the process would be supervised by independent directors of Viacom and that no decision had yet been made as to which videogame publisher would receive the rights.

Games Headline News

GameRacer Indoor Racing Simulator Comes to North America

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at 12:00am

GameRacer, the Indoor Racing Simulator that is hugely successful in Europe, is coming to North America. With a racing seat mounted to a highly adjustable frame that enables the gamer to connect a steering wheel and pedal set, GameRacer allows players to actually sit the drivers seat of their favorite racing games.

"GameRacer(TM) has been very successful," said GameRacer designer, Ted Poole. This success is due to GameRacer's instant appeal. You only have to try it once and you have to have one."

Online Headline News

Sony Online Announces PlanetSide: Aftershock

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at 12:00am

Sony Online Ent. Inc. has announced PLANETSIDE: AFTERSHOCK, the complete PLANETSIDE collection, including the original PLANETSIDE, PLANETSIDE: CORE COMBAT expansion pack and the recently announced BATTLEFRAME ROBOTICS (BFRs) action pack. PLANETSIDE: AFTERSHOCK is expected to ship to North American on Oct. 18, 2004.

Game Headline News

Highlander Gets Its Game On

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at 12:00am

HIGHLANDER rights holder Davis Panzer Prods. has signed a deal to turn the immortal franchise into a videogame, reports VARIETY. In a multiple title agreement, British publisher Sci Games will begin work on the first game set for mid-2006 release. The videogame will have a different storyline than the forthcoming live-action film and the anime feature slated for 2006. Producers Peter Davis and Bill Panzer plan to get top talent from the five films and TV series to help develop the game. Stars Christopher Lambert and Adrian Paul will provide their voices and likeness.

Final Headline News

Square Enix Ships Final Fantasy XI Expansion - Chains of Promathia

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 22, 2004 at 12:00am

Square Enix Inc. announced that CHAINS OF PROMATHIA, the expansion to the award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game FINAL FANTASY XI, has shipped to retailers. With a combined community in Japan and North America of more than 500,000 players, and the recent Sept. 17 launch for regions in Europe, FINAL FANTASY XI brings gamers together from around the world in this ever-expanding adventure.

Star Headline News

LucasArts Releases Star Wars Battlefront

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 21, 2004 at 12:00am

LucasArts announced the release of the highly anticipated STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT, an open-ended single-player and multiplayer action game that lets players re-live all of the epic battles from the classic and prequel STAR WARS film trilogies. Shipping September 21 with the classic STAR WARS Trilogy DVD, STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT will be available for PlayStation 2, Xbox and the PC.

Headline News

THQ Ships Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War

THQ Inc. has released WARHAMMER 40,000: DAWN OF WAR, a realtime strategy game for PC is based on the world of Warhammer 40,000 - the dark, futuristic, fantasy universe from Games Workshop traveled by millions worldwide. Developed by Relic Entertainment Inc., WARHAMMER 40,000: DAWN OF WAR offers some of the most visceral frontline combat ever depicted in a videogame for a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Headline News

EA Releases All-Star Football Challenge Web Game

Electronic Arts via its EA SPORTS brand has launched the two-player Web game, ALL-STAR FOOTBALL CHALLENGE. This free Web football game brings a two-player mode and four new teams to the already popular ALL-STAR FOOTBALL series. Players can gear up for the competition at www.easports.com/free/home.jsp.

Online Headline News

Disney's Toontown Online Unleashes Pets in Tooniverse

Disney Online has unleashed pets called Doodles in Toontown (www.toontown.com), the award-winning, massively multiplayer 3D online game for families. With this latest extension of the game, members of Toontown can adopt a variety of outrageous creatures to play with and raise as pets.

Doodles are available now for adoption in exchange for jellybeans, the currency of Toontown online. They can be found at newly unveiled Pet Shops located in each of the Toontown neighborhood playgrounds.

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