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Magi-Nation Game Enters Open Beta Testing

North American online gamers can now experience MAGI-NATION: BATTLE FOR THE MOONLANDS open beta testing has started for the Web-based multiplayer adventure game.

The interactive fantasy game based on the MAGI-NATION television series is set for commercial launch in early 2008, announced Cookie Jar Ent.

Fans of Magi are invited to sign up at www.magi-nation.com and experience the game, part of a multi-layered approach to extend MAGI-NATION beyond TV.

Games Headline News

Classic Hasbro Games To Get EA Treatment in 2008

Game night will be forever changed with the advent of classic Hasbro games on Nintendo Wii, DS, PC and mobile phones later this year.

LITTLEST PET SHOP and NERF N-STRIKE will be available on Wii and DS this fall, with development of MONOPOLY, SCRABBLE and other titles on multiple platforms underway, EA Casual Entertainment announced Monday.

EA Mobile will add MONOPOLY HERE & NOW, TRIVIAL PURSUIT, RISK and YAHTZEE ADVENTURES this spring to their slate of first-generation mobile games like SCRABBLE and YAHTZEE DELUXE.

Shorts Headline News

Ex-Pats Create Daily Shorts From Costa Rica

A new animation studio out of Costa Rica launched their website Monday, offering free digital shorts.

PodComics is not only the name of the studio, it describes the content available: original animated shorts posted five days a week.

PodComics are intended to be watched through the internet or on portable media players. We also provide a Hi-Definition version of most episodes for our members, said founder Patrick Davidson.

Total Headline News

Former Players Only In New Online Basketball Game

A new Internet sports simulation game released Monday, TOTAL HOOPS BASKETBALL, does not include most current players a break from traditional fantasy sports games.

TOTAL HOOPS owners will be able to draft and manage a team through an 82-game, seven-week season against other team owners.

More than 1,000 players from the NBA, the American Basketball Association (1967-1976) and the Basketball Association of America (1946-1949) are available, including legends like Michael Jordon, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Youtube Headline News

MyToons Animation Site Inks Deal with YouTube Channel

MyToons.com announced that it has inked a deal with video site YouTube to showcase the work of thousands of animators on the new MyToons branded YouTube channel.

"We have thousands of animators utilizing our free upload and streaming system to broadcast their work to the world," said Paul Ford, co-founder/president of MyToons.com. "Our new channel with YouTube provides tremendous new exposure for our artists and enhances our ability to extend the MyToons brand, as well as to reach a broader consumer base with which to share high quality original animations."

Boom Headline News

EA and Steven Spielberg Reveal Boom Blox

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 12:00am

EA's Casual Entertainment Label today announced BOOM BLOX, the first game developed in collaboration between EA and Steven Spielberg. This high-energy game features over three hundred levels, a variety of activities, a cast of over 30 characters, and an easy-to-use in-game editor that allows players to express their creativity. BOOM BLOX will be available in May 2008 for the Wii.

iTunes Headline News

Teat Beat, Because Washington Up for iTunes Review

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 12:00am

Upon reports circling that iTunes banned Signe Baumane's TEAT BEAT OF SEX and Kenneth Ti and Kin Hung's BECAUSE WASHINGTON IS HOLLYWOOD FOR UGLY PEOPLE, the Sundance Film Festival, who submitted the films along with 40+ other shorts, contacted AWN to clarify the status of the shorts. The Sundance shorts need to go through a review committee for content and technical issues before they can make it into the iTunes store. A Sundance spokesman said that they should have an answer from iTunes by the end of the week and that the festival is pushing to have all the films it submitted online.

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PlayFirst Unleashes Doggie Dash

PlayFirst Inc. today announced the launch of DOGGIE DASH, a new time-management game set in a busy pet spa and based on the wildly popular DINER DASH series. Developed by Viqua Games, DOGGIE DASH is available now for both Mac and PC download at www.playfirst.com/.

Version Headline News

Cheaper Xbox Coming to Japan

Microsoft Corp. has announced it will start selling a cheaper version of the Xbox 360 in Japan, reports the AP. This is the same bare-bones version that began selling in the U.S. late last year. The low-price-tagged Xbox will hit stores March 6 for approximately $260. The move is a way for Microsoft to compete against the more popular Japanese products, the Wii from Nintendo and PlayStation 3 from Sony.

Animation Headline News

ADV Says Devil May Cry & MagiKano on DVD

ADV Films is releasing the first volume of DEVIL MAY CRY and the second volume of MAGIKANO on DVD Feb. 5, 2008.

MAGIKANO: WITCH HUNT is the second of three DVD volumes. Produced by Studio GONZO (WELCOME TO THE NHK, CHRONO CRUSADE) and directed by Seiji Kishi (RAGNAROK THE ANIMATION), MAGIKANO is a comedy that follows witch Ayumi, whose goal is to turn Haruo into a real man, but a bumbling witch hunter keeps getting in the way.

Time Headline News

Turok Charges onto DVD

TUROK: SON OF STONE charges onto DVD for the first time February 5 from Genius Products and Classic Media. Presented by The Weinstein Co., this Gold Key production draws on the original 1950s comic book series, as well as influences ranging from Frank Miller to Akira Kurosawa, to create a dark, intense, epic reimagining of Turok's origin story.

Game Headline News

Ben Mathis To Lead GDC Visual Arts Track on MAXON BodyPaint 3D

MAXON Computer's BodyPaint 3D will be the focus of a comprehensive Visual Arts Track at the 2008 Game Developers Conference (GDC). BodyPaint 3D was most recently tapped by artists at Naughty Dog to help create the hit game UNCHARTED: DRAKE'S FORTUNE.

Game Headline News

Spiderwick Game Crawls into Stores

Sierra Ent. has shipped THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES, a videogame based on the upcoming 2008 theatrical release of the same name by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Films, to major retailers today. The game, which recreates the fantastical world of the film and popular book series, gives players the opportunity to explore the world of the unseen on the Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Windows PC and mobile phones.

Youtube Headline News

Minisode Network Launches New Toon Block on YouTube

Sony Pictures Television's The Minisode Network has launched a new animation block on YouTube (www.youtube.com/MinisodeNetwork). The network features four- to six-minute versions of popular animated series, such as SPIDER-MAN, DILBERT, VOLTRON: DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE and THE KARATE KID.

This week's installments include Spidey's battle with Electro on SPIDER-MAN; the ultimate search for Voltron on VOLTRON: DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE; Lena's office transgression with Dogbert on DILBERT; and Daniel and Miyagi's adventures in Hong Kong on THE KARATE KID.

iTunes Headline News

iTunes Bans Sundance Shorts

iTunes has refused to carry two animated short films that were screened at Sundance and were invited to be part of the festival's online shorts program, Nancy Denney-Phelps reports on her blog Sprockets (sprockets.animationblogspot.com). Signe Bauman's TEAT BEAT OF SEX and BECAUSE WASHINGTON IS HOLLYWOOD FOR UGLY PEOPLE, by Kenneth Ti and Kin Hung, were rejected by the online store for being, respectively, too explicit and too political.

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Gameloft Announces Battle for the White House

Gameloft has introduced BATTLE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE, a new mobile game that spoofs the current 2008 presidential elections.

The title allows players to assume the roles of the leading candidates, Democrats Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards; and Republicans Rudolph Giuliani and Mitt Romney as they square off against one another in completely re-imagined ways.

2008s presidential hopefuls face such challenges as:

* Boxing -- a new way to debate as candidates lace on the gloves to settle debates the old-fashioned way

Disney Headline News

Ratatouille, At World's End, Oktapodi Take Top Honors at Imagina

The big winners in Media & Ent. at the Imagina Awards 2008, announced Thursday at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, were RATATOUILLE for Best Feature, OKTAPODI from Gobelins l'Ecole for Best Animation, DJI VOU VEU VOLTI (I LOVE YOU) from Belgium for Best Short, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END for Best Special Effects, Smirnoff SEA for Best Commercial, Harmonix ROCK BAND for Best Videogame and CAMERA OBSCURA of Supinfocom Valenciennes took the Jury Special Prize.

The Media & Ent. winners were:

* Best Animation

OKTAPODI

Entertainment Headline News

Girls Entertainment Network Launches Website

The Girls Entertainment Network (GEN) has launched the GirlsEntertainmentNetwork.com beta website. GEN is a community created by an all-female staff where both males and females can discuss topics related to female-focused videogames, anime, comics, gadgets, cosplay and all things considered modern pop culture.

Headline News

Space Chimps Rockets with Brash Game

Brash Ent. is working closely with Vanguard Animation and Starz Media to develop a videogame based on this summer's animated feature SPACE CHIMPS, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The game is being developed for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Wii and DS.

Produced by John H. Williams and Barry Sonnenfeld, the film is set for release by Fox on July 18th. The story follows Ham, a curious circus chimp, who leads a group of chimps on a space mission to a strange new planet. SNL's Andy Samberg is voicing Ham.

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Babelgum Names Director of Content Acquisition

Mark Cranwell has been named Director of Content Acquisition for Babelgum, the next-generation global Internet TV network, it was announced today. In the newly created position, Cranwell will be responsible for leading Babelgum's outreach efforts to producers, filmmakers and content creators in support of the new platform's content strategy. He will report directly to Simon Kenny, Babelgum's Head of Content Strategy and Advertising, in the company's London operation.

Headline News

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Races to North America on PlayStation 3

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 12:00am

Sony Computer Ent. America Inc. (SCEA) announced today the April 17 North American ship date for GRAN TURISMO 5 PROLOGUE, available exclusively on PlayStation 3. Developed by Polyphony Digital Inc., GRAN TURISMO 5 PROLOGUE will be available for $39.99 on Blu-ray Disc and as a download via PlayStation Store. The BD version will feature an exclusive behind-the-scenes High Definition (HD) video feature called BEYOND THE APEX.

iTunes Headline News

Henson Shows Launch on iTunes

The Jim Henson Co. has partnered with New Video, a leading digital aggregator of independent video content, to bring favorites from the company's TV programming and feature film library to the iTunes Store beginning Jan. 28, 2008. The launch will begin with episodes from the first seasons of the award-winning sci-fi series FARSCAPE and the endearing favorite FRAGGLE ROCK. TV shows are $1.99 (U.S.) per episode, and music videos and short films are $1.99 (U.S.) each. Both the FRAGGLE ROCK and the FARSCAPE series will be available in their entirety in the coming months.

Headline News

Nelvana Content Arrives on ReelTime.com

ReelTime.com, the video-on-demand Internet television network, announced at NATPE that it has entered into an agreement with Nelvana Enterprises for the VOD rights to episodes from its extensive kids content library.

Nelvana is known for its library of well-loved classics, such as RUPERT, BABAR, FRANKLIN, ROLIE POLIE OLIE, and THE BERENSTAIN BEARS. Its shows have won over 70 major international awards and have been broadcast in over 160 countries.

Headline News

Naruto, Death Note, Bleach Coming to Amazon Unbox

VIZ Media has announced the availability of three of its most popular animated action series -- NARUTO UNCUT, DEATH NOTE and BLEACH -- for digital download from Amazon Unbox, Amazon's digital video download service. This service can be found at www.amazon.com/unbox.

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