JibJab and Verizon Wireless have teamed up with renowned comedy film director John Landis to produce six comedy short films featuring the best up-and-coming sketch comedians in the country for the Great Sketch Experiment contest. The six videos competing are available as of today for free at JibJab.com or on Verizon Wirelessï¿½ V CAST service in the V CAST Showcase channel.
THQ's SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: CREATURE FROM THE KRUSTY KRAB is swimming its way onto retail outlets in the U.S. The title is now available for major gaming systems, including PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. The game will also be available as a launch title for Wii.
Buena Vista Games has released new handheld videogames based on the DISNEY PRINCESS and THE LITTLE MERMAID throughout North America. The new lineup includes: DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID: ARIEL'S UNDERSEA ADVENTURE for the Nintendo DS, DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID: MAGIC IN TWO KINGDOMS for Game Boy Advance and DISNEY PRINCESS: ROYAL ADVENTURE for the Game Boy Advance.
Austin-based D7 Studios, an independent animation company that completed the first-ever animated Coca-Cola/NASCAR commercial for the Daytona 500 in 2005, is releasing the first chapter of its new animated show, D7PEACEMAKER REVELATION, in hi-def for download, and broadcast on the Web for free in a scaled-down version at www.D7.com.
Created independently, the series features an anime style with an American plot. Written, directed, and animated solely by Arik Renee Avila, the series is produced by Tony Hobdy and Robin Bookwalter.
NBC 5 Chicago has put up on its website a CG still slideshow of the flight path of the plane, which crashed into a condo complex in New York City on Oct. 11, 2006.
The slide show can be viewed at http://www.nbc5.com/slideshow/news/10068810/detail.html?rss=chi&psp=news.
The two occupants of the small 545 Cirrus SR20 plane Yankees baseball pitcher Cory Lidle and Tyler Stanger, a 26-year-old flight instructor from California were the only people killed in the accident.
Due the their popularity on NBC's LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN, comedian Jim Gaffigans PALE FORCE will be turned into a Web series, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The first episode airs on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006, and went live online the next day on NBC.com.
Gaffigan superhero satire was originally launched in Sept. 2005. The toons chronicle the misadventures of muscular Pale Man and his skinny sidekick, Conan O'Brien, as they use their paleness to fight crime.
Electronic Arts will ship SUPERMAN RETURNS: THE VIDEOGAME, licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Ent., on Nov. 20, 2006. The game, which features storylines from both the Warner Bros. Pictures film SUPERMAN RETURNS and more than 60 years of DC Comics content, is being developed by EAs Tiburon Studio in Orlando, the award-winning studio that develops MADDEN NFL. SUPERMAN RETURNS: THE VIDEOGAME is an open-world superhero title for the Xbox 360, as well as current generation platforms.
THQ Inc. has shipped UNFABULOUS for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance throughout North America. The first game based on a Nickelodeon live-action television series; the game follows the hectic life of main character Addie Singer and features key locations from the show. The game is rated "E" for everyone and is available for $29.99.
Sierra Ent. is set to deliver SCARFACE: THE WORLD IS YOURS to North American store shelves on Oct. 8, 2006, for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Windows PC. In addition, SCARFACE fans will have an opportunity to score additional Tony Montana merchandise and bonus material through a pre-order campaign and a special "Collector's Edition" of the game. SCARFACE: THE WORLD IS YOURS is licensed by Universal Studios Consumer Products Group.
Nickelodeon has launched TurboNick 2.0, its broadband video platform with new features including continuous video streaming, customized play lists, content in multiple languages, the ability to search the broad Nickelodeon content library and more.
Electronic Arts and DTI Software, the market leader in in-flight entertainment (IFE), announced a global partnership that will bring THE SIMS 2 and POPPIT!, WORD WHOMP, PHLINX, TRI-PEAKS SOLITAIRE, HARVEST MANIA, TUMBLE BEES, GREAT ESCAPES SOLITAIRE and TURBO 21 from Pogo.com to airlines worldwide.
Nearly a full month before the upcoming DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Features comedy FLUSHED AWAY hits theaters, the new online game, THE FLUSHED AWAY UNDERGROUND ADVENTURE, has been made available exclusively on AOL.com (aol.com/flushedaway). The game marks the first time that DreamWorks Animation has created original character animation exclusively for an online game.
Anime in the Limelight (AitL), the anime radio show, along and its legendary host, Max returns from its long hiatus with new and classic episodes on Oct. 7, 2006,
Las Vegas-based Limelight Prods., the producers of the world-famous show that went off the air in 2004, will start making episodes sometime early in 2007. Until then, classic episodes will air in rotation, with news one inserted as they are ready. AitL will run in its old timeslot of 6:00 pm on Saturdays. No word yet on the status of the AitL archive service.
THQ Inc. has shipped ALEX RIDER: STORMBREAKER for the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance to North American retailers. The game is based on the upcoming teen movie ALEX RIDER: STORMBREAKER, inspired by the best-selling ALEX RIDER book series from award-winning author Anthony Horowitz. The videogame features 14-year-old British spy Alex Rider as he solves mysteries by completing mission objectives.
In Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft Corp. thrilled fans with the announcement that Microsoft Game Studios is partnering with Academy Award-winning writer, director and producer Peter Jackson and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Fran Walsh to create two new interactive entertainment series exclusively for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live. The first series will be a collaborative effort with Bungie Studios to co-create the next great chapter in the HALO universe.
Sony Online Ent. Llc. (SOE) announced EVERQUEST THE SERPENTS SPINE, the 12th expansion for the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMOPRG), EVERQUEST, is live. EVERQUEST THE SERPENTS SPINE is only available via digital download at www.everquest.com for the price of $29.99.
Atom Ent. has opened the first NewsGames channel (www.addictinggames.com/newsgames.html) at the fast-growing online games destination, AddictingGames, and will develop dozens of new titles each year plus promote the best user-generated games that mock the most popular headlines and cultural topics of the day.
Ubisoft has shipped ENCHANTED ARMS exclusively for the Xbox 360 to stores in North America. ENCHANTED ARMS, the first true next-generation Japanese role-playing game (RPG), was created by development studio FromSoftware in Japan.
The adventure takes place in a fantasy world filled with beautiful cinematic graphics with vibrant characters. With more than 50 hours of gameplay, ENCHANTED ARMS is the only Xbox 360 RPG with the fast-action SpeedTactics Battle System, which enables the player to move their characters and use distance-dependent attacks while in battle.
Thumbplay Inc., a leading online retailer of mobile entertainment content, announced a mobile content distribution agreement with the Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG).
As part of the agreement, Thumbplay will distribute content from WDIG's publishing labels mDisney, creator of Disney-themed mobile content, and Starwave Mobile, the company's third-party mobile content licensing and publishing arm. The offerings will include graphics, tones and mobile games.
Kids may now direct, produce and screen their own action movies with the MARVEL HEROES ANI-MOVIE, THE ANIMATED MOVIE MAKER from Jazwares Inc. The ANI-MOVIE lets young filmmakers create and edit action-packed movies, using the latest stop-motion, digital technology, and view them on their own television.
InfoSpace Inc. has signed deals with Classic Media and Bagdasarian Prods. to bring some of the worlds most famous classic movie and TV stars to mobile, including Alvin & the Chipmunks, Rocky & Bullwinkle and a host of others.
Nokia and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution announced an agreement for content based on popular Warner Bros. Ent. brands to be made available for consumer downloads through the Nokia Content Discoverer client, embedded in millions of Nokia devices available in markets around the globe.
ZIM Corp., a global mobile content and application developer, announced a content distribution agreement with Cinerio Ent. Inc, a developer of traditional 2D animation, 3D animation and interactive content for international markets. Through this deal, ZIM will distribute Cinerio's children animation and children's learning products on the P2P (peer to peer) Internet TV platform, PPLive.com. The addition of Cinerio's content will expand ZIM's overall offering on PPLive which already includes an American Pop Channel (Hollywood Classics) and Travel/Tourism Channels.
Majesco Ent. Co. has shipped GUILTY GEAR JUDGMENT FOR PSP, to give players a powerful 1-2punch. Developed by ARC System Works, GUILTY GEAR JUDGMENT is rated T for Teen and is available across the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $39.99.
"GUILTY GEAR JUDGMENT offers gamers incredible value by combining two deep fighting games on one UMD," said Majesco marketing vp Ken Gold. "Both games feature the character-driven gameplay and unique signature attacks that have defined the GUILTY GEAR series across multiple systems and made it a fan favorite."