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Kids Headline News

McDonald's Happy Meals Catch Surf's Up Wave

McDonald's and Sony Pictures Animation are treating McDonald's youngest guests to the characters from the SURF'S UP movie, beginning June 8, 2007, in McDonald's Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals. On the opening day of the new animated movie, from Sony Pictures Animation, through July 5, with the purchase of a Happy Meal or Mighty Kids Meal, young guests will receive one of eight SURF'S UP surfing-action toys, while supplies last.

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Download FUNimation & Geneon Content on Xbox LIVE

Beginning June 12, 2007, two of the biggest anime distributors in the U.S., FUNimation and GeneonEnt., will join current Xbox LIVE partner ADV Films with popular shows, movies, gamer pics and themes. FUNimation will provide the epic adventure series SAMURAI 7, adapted from Akira Kurosawa's legendry film SEVEN SAMURAI. Additional films coming from FUNimation include TRINITY BLOOD, GUNSLINGER GIRL and BASILISK. Geneon Ent. will provide Xbox LIVE with the U.S. HD debut of the anime classic AKIRA. Also available from Geneon Ent.

Animation Headline News

ohm:tv goes Loko on YouTube

ohm:tv has launched Loko, a purpose created channel for YouTube, the first dedicated to edgy animation series geared towards teenagers and young adults.

Loko is defined as a comedy lab featuring cult series and the newest of animation brands from independent animation studios from around the world. Programming highlights include: PETEY & JAYDEE, TOYMATTERS, CRASH TEST DUMMIES OFF WORK, THE ADVENTURES OF WANKBOY and MY TEDDY BEAR IS TRYING TO KILL ME.

Animation Headline News

Olympic Website Animation Causes Epilepsy Seizures

Flash animation on the official website of the 2012 London Olympics has to be removed after reports came in that it was causing epileptic seizures, reports THE INDEPENDENT. Charity, Epilepsy Action, contacted the organizers about the problem saying they had received calls from people who suffer from photosensitive epilepsy.

Exaggerating the problem was the broadcast of some of the animation on television, which caused viewers to have seizures. Some are saying the animation of the Olympic logo, which is causing controversy of its own, was part of the problem.

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Next New Networks Adds A Comicbook Orange

Next New Networks, the new media company creating branded micro-networks on the Internet, announced that it will be debuting, A COMICBOOK ORANGE, an online comicbook review show by Casey McKinnon and Rudy Jahchan, on its network Pulp Secret, Wednesdays, starting June 6, 2007. Jahchan and McKinnon are the founders of the video production company, 8Bit Brownies, where they also create the award-winning sci-fi parody series, GALACTICAST.

Game Headline News

The Prison Life: Paris Animated Game Lauches as Heiress Enters Jail

Just in time for the start of Paris Hilton's 23-day prison sentence, unveils THE PRISON LIFE: PARIS, an online game that gives players a sneak-peek of the heiress's potential new job behind bars along with dog, Clinkerbell.

"'The Prison Life: Paris' is a fast-paced original mini-game showcasing an international news story in a lighthearted manner," said Roberts, John P. Roberts, GSN's svp of digital media & interactive entertainment and originator of the game. "It really is the ultimate pop-culture game with very addictive qualities."

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rhinofx and ATI Release Ruby in Cold Blooded

The branding partnership between rhinofx and ATI Technologies Inc. (pre-AMD acquisition) once again delivers with the recent release of COLD BLOODED. This is the fourth installment of webisodic mini-series that spawned Ruby, the global branding icon of ATI. Ruby's adventures continue in this effects-driven to-minute animated webisode depicting a high-action snowboard chase sequence to showcase the new product features and graphic technology of ATI's video cards.

Anime Headline News

Azureus to Distribute Anime from Geneon Ent.

Azureus, a global leader in aggregating and distributing long-form, high quality video via the Internet's most popular media peer-to-peer (P2P) application, struck a content agreement with Geneon Ent. to release popular anime series on its digital media platform. The agreement includes an episode of LUPIN III, "To Be or Nazi Be" (episode 3) that couldn't be aired on TV because of its outrageous storyline. Azureus will make the programs available on its video sharing site, Vuze (, a premier broadband distribution platform.

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Ubisoft's Surf's Up Videogame Rides Onto Store Shelves

Ubisoft has shipped the SURF'S UP videogame to store shelves, in anticipation of the June 8, 2007, release of the Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation theatrical release of SURF'S UP.

SURF'S UP for the PSP, consoles and PC are rated E10+ and have a MSRP of $49.99 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii; a MSRP of $39.99 for the PlayStation 2, PSP and GameCube; and a MSRP of $19.99 for the PC. SURF'S UP for the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance is rated E and has a MSRP of $29.99.

Star Headline News

Star Wars Galaxies Releases New Features

This month, LucasArts introduces all new features and adventures to its online game, STAR WARS GALAXIES via CHAPTER 6: MASTERS OF THE WILD. The new Beast Master System allows players to create, raise, train and trade more than 150 creatures in game. Through the new Storyteller Event System, players will be able to create their own STAR WARS stories, or they can tackle new adventures through the Azure Cabal Quest Series and in the improved Rebel Theme Parks.

Wars Headline News

Lucasfilm to Help Fans Make Star Wars Films, Offers New LEGO Game

In further celebration of the 30th anniversary of STAR WARS, Lucasfilm will launch a revamped, which will allow fans to use footage from the films to make mash-up films, and announced the upcoming videogame, LEGO STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA.

Among the new features of the newly redesigned is the incorporation of an online video-editing tool provided by Eyespot. It allows users to add their own video shots to more than 250 scenes and music taken from all six STAR WARS films and create their own STAR WARS movies to share with others.

Film Headline News

Ubisoft To Create Beowulf Games

Ubisoft announced that it will develop and publish the videogame based on Paramount Pictures' and Shangri-La Ent.'s BEOWULF, the upcoming performance capture feature from Robert Zemeckis. Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary adapted the legend for the screen. The film is produced by Steve Starkey, Zemeckis and Jack Rapke. The exec producers are Martin Shafer, Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman.

Entertainment Headline News

Kabillion To Launch New 'I Got A Rocket!' Animated Series

Kabillion, the new multi-platform kids' program service, will debut the new animated action/adventure comedy series, I GOT A ROCKET! June 1, 2007, on both Kabillion On-Demand (on Comcast Cable systems nationwide) and Kabillion's broadband site, New series from Taffy Ent. will get an online sneak peek on on May 24 and Comcast Cable's on May 29.

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Peter Chung & Others to ReVision Tomb Raider

GameTap, the first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., announced the launch of a new original animated series, REVISIONED, that pays homage to one of the game industry's top franchises of all time -- TOMB RAIDER, and a new GameTap Retrospective series.

REVISIONED, for GameTap TV, explores and reimagines well known videogame franchises. The first season features interpretations of videogaming's leading lady, Lara Croft, by well-known animators, comicbook artists and writers.

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Disney Releases Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Videogames

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END videogames are now available at retail stores worldwide for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, the PlayStation 2, PSP, Nintendo DS and PC. Inspired by the events, locations and characters from both the second and third PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN films, the players will take on the roles of Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, as well as other familiar characters as they face swashbuckling skirmishes and acrobatic maneuvers in games that feature action and humor while extending beyond the story, environments and characters of both films.

Sega Headline News

SEGA Seals Unreal Deal, Updates on Trio of Upcoming Titles

SEGA of America and SEGA Europe Ltd. announced a licensing agreement with Epic Games to adopt the Unreal Engine 3 for use in several upcoming projects being developed in North America. This comes on the heals of SEGA's announcements regarding three of its upcoming titles in development, which include GHOST SQUAD for Wii, CONDEMNED 2: BLOODSHOT for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and PHANTASY STAR UNIVERSE: AMBITION OF THE ILLUMINUS for Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 and PC.

Game Headline News

Transformers Game Gains Voice & Likeness of Stars

Activision has inked a deal with Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox to lend their likenesses and voices to TRANSFORMERS: THE GAME. The title ships June 19, 2007, for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS and PC.

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Ubisoft Steers Driver '76 & WarTech Into Stores

Ubisoft has shipped DRIVER '76 for the PSP and announced the May 2007 release of WARTECH SENKO NO RONDE, an arcade fighter for Xbox 360.

DRIVER '76 features all-new content with 27 new missions exclusively designed for portable game play. DRIVER '76 is the first all-new edition of the famed DRIVER series to be released since Ubisoft acquired the franchise in 2006. Developed by Sumo Digital Ltd. and Ubisoft's Reflections studio, DRIVER '76 is rated "M" for Mature and sells for $39.99.

Show Headline News

MySpace Video To Launch Animation Show Channel & More

MySpace announced the launch of a new section within MySpace Video featuring premium content from the top news and lifestyle brands. In the coming months, MySpace Video will launch "branded channels" for its global network with news outlets, including NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, THE NEW YORK TIMES, REUTERS, and lifestyle outlets including Animation Show, The Daily Reel, Expert Village, Flow, FOX's IGN Ent., LX.TV, Octane TV, Kush TV, Ripe TV, Studio411, (from the makers of VICE MAGAZINE) and Young Hollywood.

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Halo 3 Arriving in September

HALO 3, the final chapter in the groundbreaking HALO trilogy, is set to be released worldwide beginning Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007. Created by developer Bungie Studios and exclusive to the Xbox 360, HALO 3 will be available to audiences around the world starting Sept. 25 and will release in Europe on Sept. 26.

Star Headline News

AtomFilms & Lucasfilm Announce Star Wars Fan Movie Finalists

Lucasfilm and AtomFilms announced the 19 official selections in the annual "Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge," their long-running celebration of the best videos created by STAR WARS fans, for STAR WARS fans. The movies, which include short parodies, epic works of fan fiction, world premieres and Internet classics, are now available for viewing and Audience Choice voting at the Fan Movie Challenge site,

Game Headline News

Activision's Shrek the Third Videogame Ships to Retail

Activision Inc. has shipped SHREK THE THIRD videogame to retail stores in the U.S. The fate of Far Far Away is in gamers' hands as they assume the role of their favorite characters from the film and embark on an all-new adventure to save the land from the clutches of the evil Prince Charming. The SHREK THE THIRD videogame is based on DreamWorks Animation's highly anticipated feature film, which opens on May 18, 2007.

Online Headline News

Sanctuary Webisodes Premiere Online

Stage 3 Media Inc., an independent production company, announced the worldwide premiere of SANCTUARY, a new webisodic series created by veteran science fiction writer/producer Damian Kindler and led by actress Amanda Tapping (STARGATE: SG-1, STARGATE ATLANTIS). Featuring stunning visual effects and innovative interactive elements, SANCTUARY takes the viewer into a thrilling world where science meets the supernatural. The first of Sanctuary's eight 15-minute webisodes can be viewed exclusively online at

Series Headline News

GoFish & Icebox Reveal More Hidden Celebrity Webcam

GoFish Corp. announced the upcoming launch of its latest Internet series, HIDDEN CELEBRITY WEBCAM. The interactive program, sponsored by the 2007 MTV Movie Awards, will premiere on the GoFish Network May 17, 2007.

HIDDEN CELEBRITY WEBCAM is created by Icebox. The animated parody gives audiences a voyeur's glimpse into the most private -- and unwittingly embarrassing -- moments of some of Hollywood's most notorious celebrities as imagined by series creator, Nell Scovell.