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Artists Headline News

Minnie Driver Raids Tombs for ReVisioned

Minnie Driver will provide the voice for Lara Croft in GameTap's REVISIONED, the online animated series that will ask various artists to give their take on TOMB RAIDER for the first season. The 10-episode animated webseries debuts July 10, 2007.

"Minnie Driver really does have a fabulous voice," Ricardo Sanchez, GameTap's vp of content, said. "She's had experience doing animation as well, which was good. She was perfect."

Mobile Headline News

Calon Makes First Sale to Mobile Media

Calon has sold BIG TATTIE, its first animated series for mobile media, to leading mobile distributor, Player X. Additionally, S4C has commissioned Calon to make 20 shorts of a BIG TATTIE for its Rugby World Cup coverage.

Film Headline News

A Dog's Breakfast Makes Digital Debut On iTunes & Amazon Unbox

A DOGâS BREAKFAST, a dark comedy shot by the cast and crew of the hit STARGATE television series, makes its digital debut today (July 3, 2007) on the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com) and Amazon Unbox (www.unbox.amazon.com). The film, which has developed a cult following online and features STARGATE ATLANTIS star David Hewlettâs theatrical directorial debut, is available for download now on both services.

Game Headline News

Live Free or Die Hard Game Goes Online

Fans of the LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD film from Twentieth Century Fox Films should check out the new LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD BARE-KNUCKLE BRAWL GAME at www.livefreeordiehard.com/index_site.html?section=brawlgame.

This game can be played using a browser or a Nintendo Wiimote. (This game is not associated with nor endorsed by Nintendo.)

Headline News

LucasArts' Thrillville Expands to Off the Rails for 2007

LucasArts announced that THRILLVILLE, the videogame where players create and experience the theme park of their dreams, will expand with a whole new season in THRILLVILLE: OFF THE RAILS. It features some of the most outlandish roller-coaster concepts ever imagined, as well as new ways to talk to park guests and a wider array of carnival games. In October 2007, the release amps up the family-friendly mix of gameplay that made the original THRILLVILLE such a hit.

Movie Headline News

Fox Launches Simpsons Movie Website, Relaunches Store

With THE SIMPSONS MOVIE hitting theaters on July 27, 2007, 20th Century Fox has launched the official movie website www.simpsonsmovie.com/. The interactive site features various games, including THREE CARD MOE, BALL OF DEATH and WRECKING BALL. Visitors can also download wallpaper, buddy icons, screensavers and ring tones as well as take a virtual tour of Springfield itself. Additionally, users can create their own Simpsons character avatar then go visit Moe's Tavern, where their character can hang out with Homer. Moreover, the site will feature trailers and teaser clips.

Game Headline News

Transformers: The Game Rolls out to Retail Stores

TRANSFORMERS: THE GAME from Activision under license from HPG, the licensing division of Hasbro, has shipped to retail stores in the U.S. Timed to coincide with the theatrical release of the TRANSFORMERS live-action feature film from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, the game allows players to experience the unstoppable power and massive scale of the Autobots and Decepticons in an epic battle for Earth.

Series Headline News

Kevin Costner Funding Explorers Club Animated Webseries

Kevin Costner is getting into animation, reports VARIETY. He will produce, fund and voice the animated webseries, THE EXPLORERS CLUB. The 12x4 series will be written and directed by creator Black Lamp Prods.,' Chris Baird, Jon Baird and Keith Quinn. Chiodo Bros. Prods. will produce the animation.

Costner hopes to build buzz on the Internet for the property than transform it into a live-action feature for him to star in and possibly direct. A feature script is in the works and will be finished before the webseries launches.

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Bourne Conspiracy Targeted for PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360

Sierra Ent. announced it will publish and distribute a videogame based upon ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE BOURNE CONSPIRACY, the first title in its exclusive global partnership with Ludlum Ent. The game is being developed by High Moon Studios, one of Sierra's internal developers, and combines seminal moments from the bestselling novel and hit film, The Bourne Identity, with all-new content developed in conjunction with Ludlum Ent. ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE BOURNE CONSPIRACY will be available for PlayStation 3 Xbox 360 in summer 2008.

Music Headline News

Warner to Launch Comedybox

Warner Music Ent., the video content wing of Warner Music Int'l, will launch the online comedy channel, Comedybox, this fall, according to VARIETY. The net network will feature weekly programs, one-off sketches, animation and user-generated content.

John Lloyd (BLACKADDER) is co-producer and Dan Schreiber is head of development.

Comedy Headline News

U.S. Presidents Sing & Dance to JibJab's Latest Video

JibJab, the branded digital comedy network best known for its political satires, released a new viral video today (June 27, 2007) celebrating American independence. It features Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, George W. Bush, Harry Truman, FDR, JFK and numerous other presidents singing and dancing to an updated, rock and roll version of "The Star Spangled Banner."

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Bonus.com Launches Paranormal Webcomic

Bonus.com has launched a new webcomic for kids called THE PARANORMALS. The webcomic is set in a small town in Southern California named Cayce, where the strange and unusual has become the norm. A young girl named Rose Thornton moves into town with her dad, like most kids she's worried about fitting in, making friends and homework. However, unlike most she's hiding a major secret. Rose is a werewolf but the funny is in Cayce she's not the strangest girl at school.

Anime Headline News

Death Note Anime Available For Download, Coming to Anime Expo

VIZ Media has announced the availability of DEATH NOTE on a download-to-own basis beginning June 28, 2007, on TotalVid.com. The first 16 subtitled episodes will be available at launch, with one new episode added each week thereafter. TotalVid.com offers consumers unlimited access to thousands of enthusiast, special interest and instructional videos in categories such as anime, action sports, martial arts and travel on a subscription basis for $9.95 per month. Individual DEATH NOTE episodes will also be available on a download-to-own basis for $1.99 each.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Videogame Ships

Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. shipped the HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX videogame today (June 26, 2007) across North America and it will be in-store in Europe June 28. Available on multiple platforms, the HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX videogame allows players to explore the many key locations within Hogwarts, and engage in the thrilling adventures described in the rich narrative of the books and films.

Effects Headline News

fxguide TV Debuts First Episode

fxguide has launched the debut episode of its fxguidetv, the first regular webseries dedicated to the CG and visual effects industry. In the first episode, Mike Seymour interviews Chuck McIlvain from Sony Pictures Imageworks about SPIDER-MAN 3, covering the challenges of animation and the f/x work on sand and goo. Additionally, John Montgomery of fxphd looks at shape layers in After Effects CS3. Each episode kicks off with host Angie Richards running down the lasted hot news in the animation and visual effects industry.

Mobile Headline News

Sony Pictures TV International Launches Animax Mobile

Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) announced the launch of Animax Mobile in Canada and Australia to kickoff a global roll-out of a "dedicated mobile version" of Sony's popular Japanese anime channel that currently can be seen across Asia, Central Europe, Germany, and Latin America on TV via cable and satellite providers. Animax Mobile is specifically designed for mobile TV viewing using mobile streaming technology and targets users ages 14-34.

Series Headline News

Cartoon Network Expands Into Games Distribution

Cartoon Network New Media is expanding its games distribution to videogame consoles through an innovative browser application developed at AFI's Digital Content Lab. Launching in late 2007 to early 2008, the new multi-platform window called "MEGA Series" delivers an interactive video and gaming experience to broadband-enabled consoles. Additionally, the application can be adapted for distribution to a broad array of devices. Cartoon Network is the first television network to use Flash to uniquely reach the massive console audience.

Game Headline News

Videogame Unites Politicians & Reform Groups to Combat at Gerrymandering

Researchers from the University of Southern California, joined by members of Congress and key political reform groups, will debut THE REDISTRICTING GAME, a free, online videogame, on Capitol Hill on June 13, 2007, at 10:00 am. Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-318, Washington, D.C.

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.

Headline News

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.

Headline News

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, GSN.com 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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