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Headline News ManHunt2 Blasted for Mental Illness Link

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today condemned the controversial videogame MANHUNT2, calling its portrayal of mental illness irresponsible and stereotyped. "NAMI asks Rockstar Games to recall or further modify the videogame MANHUNT2 due to its irresponsible, stereotyped portrayal of mental illness," NAMI executive director Mike Fitzpatrick said in a statement. "We also ask retailers to be responsible in responding to public health concerns."

Headline News Pirates Game Sails Online

Disney Online announced that PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN ONLINE (www.PiratesOnline.com), an immersive massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) and virtual world inspired by the popular film franchise, has launched for the PC and Mac platforms. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN ONLINE allows thousands of players to fully experience the adventures made famous in the films and explore beyond these boundaries in a quest to become the most legendary pirate on the high seas.

Headline News Hulu Goes Online

Hulu.com, the joint online venture of NBC Universal and News Corp, has been launched in beta. Featuring streamed and on-demand current and classic shows, as well as feature films, the site's content can also be viewed at partner websites, including AOL, Comcast's Fancast.com, MSN, MySpace and Yahoo. Among the shows being offered during the initial phase are THE SIMPSONS, HEROES, and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.

Headline News ER Opens E-Store

U.K. global media group Entertainment Rights has teamed with Digital Stores to launch a dedicated online store for its key properties, including RUPERT BEAR, POSTMAN PAT, BASIL BRUSH and JIM JAM & SUNNY. The new online store further strengthens ER's multiplatform strategy and will enable licensees to further extend their product reach, presence and profile in an online environment.

Headline News CNN Opens Bureau in Second Life

CNN is opening a virtual bureau the week of Nov. 5 in SECOND LIFE, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The news network will imbed a version of its i-Reports where eyewitnesses cover the news happening in the virtual world. News, created by the denizens, will be available on kiosks scattered around the game. CNN staffers will also hold news meetings, like a virtual journalism school, to help the fledging cyberjournalists. SECOND LIFE averaged 400,000 to 700,000 users over the last year.

Headline News Annecy Teams with Toondra on VOD Service

The Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Toondra.com, the first VOD site devoted to short animated films, are partnering to offer a showcase of international animation. More than 1,000 extracts of short films submitted for the festival's official selection will be available for free on www.toondra.com, and the service will be frequently updated with new extracts. The catalogue of films comes from Animaquid, the database created by the Annecy Festival over its 47 years of existence. Check out www.toondra.com and www.annecy.org.

Headline News Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles Hits PSP

Konami Digital Ent. announced CASTLEVANIA: THE DRACULA X CHRONICLES is now available in retail stores in North America. Developed exclusively for the PSP, CASTLEVANIA: THE DRACULA X CHRONICLES brings the PC Engine CD game CASTLEVANIA: RONDO OF BLOOD in two different versions to North America for the first time ever -- the original 2D form and an updated version incorporating 3D graphics and new gameplay elements.

Headline News Ben 10 Protects Earth in New Videogame

D3Publisher of America, Inc. (D3PA) announced that new videogame BEN 10: PROTECTOR OF EARTH, the first-ever interactive title based on Cartoon Network's Emmy-winning animated series, has shipped to retail outlets across North America. BEN 10: PROTECTOR OF EARTH is available for the Wii, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS and PSP.

Headline News EA Ships The Simpsons Game

Electronic Arts Inc. announced that THE SIMPSONS GAME has shipped in North America and will ship in Europe on Nov. 2. Created in partnership with 20th Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising, 20th Century Fox Television and Gracie Films, THE SIMPSONS GAME features an original script created by the TV show's Emmy Award-winning writers and voiced by the original cast from the TV show.

Headline News Activision Unleashes Bee Movie & Shrek Games

Activision Inc. has shipped BEE MOVIE GAME and SHREK: OGRES AND DRONKEYS to retail locations nationwide.

BEE MOVIE GAME is based on the upcoming DreamWorks Animation film from creator Jerry Seinfeld. BEE MOVIE GAME allows players to race, chase, fly and blast their way through the adrenaline-fueled world of the feature film and beyond. As the witty and courageous Barry B. Benson, gamers are propelled on an adventure to save the bees' right to produce honey and keep it for themselves.

Headline News Starz Launches Manga Portal

Starz Media's
 Manga Entertainment today announced the launch of its new streaming video entertainment
 website, Manga.com. A unique blend of video,
 product-related information and other editorial content, the site will offer a customized 
user experience to satisfy everyone from product-hungry anime-fans to web-video
 enthusiasts looking for their daily fix of sexy animation.

Headline News Spyro Flying to the Big Screen

With the latest videogame title THE LEGEND OF SPYRO: THE ETERNAL NIGHT with voice work from Elijah Wood and Gary Oldman hitting stores this week, The Animation Picture Co. has announced that it has acquired the screen rights from Sierra Ent. and Vivendi Games to SPYRO THE DRAGON, VARIETY reports.

APC will base the CG feature on the recent LEGEND OF SPYRO trilogy of games. Steve and Dan Altiere (DR. DOOLITTLE 4) will write the script.

APC's Dan Chuba, John Davis, Mark Dippe, Brian Manis and Ash Shah are the producers. APC is looking for a director.

Headline News Ben 10 Moving Toward World Domination

Cartoon Network's indefatigable BEN 10 series continued its inexorable march toward planetary dominion as the most recent BEN 10-themed game, SAVAGE PURSUIT, racked up a record-breaking 4.18 million game plays (based on internal Turner Broadcasting statistics) in its debut week on CartoonNetwork.com.

Headline News 2007 AEAF Offers Beowulf Glimpse

Sony Pictures Imageworks will be demonstrating its work on the upcoming BEOWULF at the 2007 Australian Effects & Animation Festival (AEAF), taking place at the Sydney Convention Centre Nov. 13-15.

CG Supervisor Theodore Bialek will reveal how Imageworks created BEOWULFs stunning imagery. Using the performance capture technique pioneered with THE POLAR EXPRESS, Imageworks created director Robert Zemeckis' version of the eighth-century epic poem.

Headline News Big Stars Flock to Beowulf Game

Interactive publisher/distributor Ubisoft has announced that some of the leading actors from Paramount Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment's upcoming BEOWULF film will participate in the BEOWULF video game. Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, Brendan Gleeson and Sebastien Roche will all provide their voices and likenesses for the video game. The reprisal of their film roles in the game marks the actors' first-ever appearance in a video game, and further demonstrates the close collaboration between Ubisoft, Paramount Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment.

Headline News Looney Tunes Stream to Xbox Live

For the first time, LOONEY TUNES shorts will be available for download in high definition via Xbox Live. Fifty episodes will launch today with 10 episodes in Spanish.

This move coincides with Microsoft's announcement of Xbox 360 Arcade, a lower-priced version of the game console geared toward families. Microsoft is also adding episodes of THE BACKYARDIGANS, BLUE'S CLUES and ICARLY to its Xbox Live library, in addition to downloadable games such as SHREK-N-ROLL and SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: UNDERPANTS SLAM.

Headline News Two New Naruto Games Come to Wii & DS

TOMY Corp. and D3Publisher of America Inc. announced that NARUTO: CLASH OF NINJA REVOLUTION for the Wii and NARUTO: PATH OF THE NINJA for the Nintendo DS have shipped to retail outlets. Based on episodes from VIZ Media's hit series, both games will be featured in a launch event on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Nintendo World Store in New York's Rockefeller Center.

Headline News Namco & Sprint Celebrate Popeye Coming to Cell Phones

Celebrating today's first-time launch of Popeye on mobile phones, Namco Networks and Sprint announced a sweepstakes to promote Namco Networks' latest mobile game to consumers nationwide.

Headline News Battlestar Galactica Game Hits Stores

Sierra Online, a division of Vivendi Games, has set release dates for BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, a space combat interactive game based on the popular television series produced by Universal Media Studios and airing on SCI FI Channel. BATTLESTAR GALACTICA will be available for Windows PC via top online gaming portals and in retail stores Oct. 23, 2007, and will land on Xbox Live Arcade Oct. 24. The BATTLESTAR GALACTICA interactive game is produced under license from Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group.

Features of the upcoming game include:

Headline News Hong Kong Raid Nets 10,000 Products Used to Play Pirated Nintendo Software

At Nintendo's request, the Hong Kong High Court has intervened to help stop a global distribution operation involving game-copying devices and modification chips that violate its copyrights and trademarks in the Nintendo DS and Wii systems.

Headline News Animated Knight Rider Roars onto Mobile Video

Mobile media company Player X and Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group have launched a series of mobile video animations based on the hit 1980s television show KNIGHT RIDER. Series one of KNIGHT RIDER: TURBO BOOST (THE ANIMATED SERIES) consists of six tongue-in-cheek, three-minute "Retrosodes" inspired by the classic show. The news follows the recent announcement of NBC's plan to produce a new live-action series based on the property.

Headline News SCEA to Release New 40GB PS3 With Spider-Man 3 Blu-ray

Sony Computer Ent. America (SCEA) will introduce a new 40GB model of its PlayStation 3. Beginning Nov. 2nd, to further enhance the HD entertainment experience, the new 40GB PS3 model will come bundled with the SPIDER-MAN 3 Blu-ray Disc (BD) from Sony Pictures Home Ent., and will be available in North America for $399. The company also announced that, effective immediately, the current 80GB PS3 model will be available in North America for $499, $100 below the original launch price.

Headline News Thrillville Rides Off the Rails and into Stores

LucasArts announced the arrival of THRILLVILLE: OFF THE RAILS, the sequel to the #1 original family game of 2006. The game, which mixes outlandish roller coasters and wacky mini-games, adds a new lighthearted story and amps up the family-friendly mix with 20 new death-defying rides and incredible "WHOA Coasters."

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