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Headline News Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Earns $2.5M in IMAX Across China

IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and Bona Film Group (Nasdaq: BONA), a leading film distributor in China, today announced that the 3D martial arts motion picture Flying Swords of Dragon Gate earned approximately $2.5 million at the box office in 59 digital IMAX theatres across China during its opening weekend for a per-screen average of $42,400.

Headline News Moonscoop & Golden Bear Sign Master Toy Deal For Chloe’s Closet

Moonscoop, the worldwide brand management and entertainment company representing properties from some of the leading animation producers across the globe, has appointed Golden Bear, one of the UK’s leading toy manufacturers, as master toy licensee for its magical preschool show Chloe’s Closet.

Headline News IKinema Announces Public Beta of New Browser-Based Animation Service WebAnimate

Animation on the go. High-grade retargeting for the little guy. With the influx of smaller studios entering into the independent film and game development industries, ideas like these are becoming more important.

Headline News Angry Birds Flock To Nick With Holiday Short On Dec. 17

An all-new exclusive Angry Birds holiday short film, “Angry Birds – Wreck the Halls” comes to Nickelodeon, Saturday, December 17 during the 11 a.m. airing of Kung Fu Panda: Legend of Awesomeness in Nick’s Saturday morning animation block.

Headline News Phil Tippett’s Animated MutantLand Debuts On Ain’t It Cool News

MutantLand, the award-winning short film produced by Tippett Studio, will get its official public release Friday, December 16th on the website Ain’t It Cool News (www.aintitcool.com).

Headline News NFB’s Hothouse Program For Emerging Animators Goes Geek

Got an idea for an animation project created with new technologies? For its eighth year, the National Film Board of Canada’s Hothouse program is issuing a call for submissions for emerging animators across Canada, one that will feature an emphasis on digital technologies?and a Genie-winning animator as mentoring director.

Headline News Digital Domain Announces 3D Conversion Technology Licensing Program

Digital Domain Media Group (NYSE: DDMG), a leading digital production company focused on visual effects, original content animation and major studio co-productions, today announced its today announced its 3D conversion technology licensing program.

Headline News Nice Shoes Lights a Fire with Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga's latest epic, which has had tens of millions of views online since its premiere, is directed by the Lady herself, and features her strutting through a parking lot of car fires and explosions. The explosive effects come courtesy of a collaborative effort between Post Supervisor Foad Faridzadeh of Dream Riders Studio and the Nice Shoes VFX team led by Creative Director Aron Baxter and Head of CG Boaz Livny. It's yet another project that has paired Nice Shoes with a high profile musician.

Headline News Kavaleer Animations To Create 30 New Animation Jobs In 2012

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 10:32am

Kavaleer Animations, the award winning Irish animation production company who have just celebrated their 10 year anniversary have announced that in order to keep up with their international work load, they will create 30 new animation jobs over the course of 2012.

Headline News Academy's Tech Council Adds Four New Members

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 10:29am

Denny Clairmont, John Hora, Bob Lambert and Milt Shefter have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, bringing the Council's 2011–2012 membership roster to 24.

Headline News Olly Moss Designs New My Neighbor Totoro Print

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 10:26am

Mondo, the collectible art boutique arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is excited to announce their first-ever print for a Studio Ghibli film, from living legend Hayao Miyazaki and his incomparable classic MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO.

Headline News Alphanim Launches Four Santa’s Apprentice Apps

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 10:23am

After a first venture into the app world earlier this year with a French/English reading app for iOS based on its animated feature Eleanor’s Secret – aka Kerity, which received critical acclaims in France and the US and was picked by Fox News’ Tapped-In as part of a top 3 selection of apps for kids, Paris-based Alphanim recently launched four bilingual holiday apps based on its Santa’s Apprentice franchise.

Headline News Big Block Takes Top Car Brands For A Spin With Digital Stunt Driving

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 10:19am

Digital production and visual effects studio Big Block has had a highly prolific year-end, producing innovative digital automotive content and virtual stunt driving for broadcast and interactive projects for MINI, Chrysler, Toyota, Ford and Fiat.

Headline News Digital Domain Media Group Announces Joint Venture in China

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 1:10pm

Digital Domain Media Group, Inc. (NYSE: DDMG), a leading digital production company focused on visual effects, original content animation and major studio co-productions, today launched its expansion into the high growth China film market with the announcement of the company's first strategic partnership in China.

Headline News Voice Cast Goes to Hell & Back for R-Rated Stop-Motion Feature

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 1:04pm

ShadowMachine has tapped Nick Swardson (BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR) and TJ Miller (HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON) to head the voice cast for their R-rated stop-motion feature HELL & BACK, reports Deadline.com.

Headline News Comic Writer Tapped to Rework Just Cause Adaptation

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 12:56pm

Producers Adrian Askarieh and Eric Eisner have hired Bryan Edward Hill, who created the Image comic 7 DAYS FROM HELL, to rewrite their adaptation of Square Enix's videogame JUST CAUSE: SCORPION RISING, reports Heat Vision.

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