In a boost for the domestic box office, Paramount's horror film The Devil Inside opened to a record-breaking $34.5 million, helping to drive up theatrical revenues by more than 25 percent over last year.
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The Visual Effects Society (VES) today announced the nominees for its 10th Annual VES Awards; Tintin leads with most feature nominations; Boardwalk Empire for broadcast.
As part of Hollywood studios’ efforts to support DVD sales, Time Warner’s Warner Bros. is doubling the window for rental providers Netflix, Redbox and Dish Network-owned Blockbuster to get access to new DVD releases to 56 days. The change is part of Warner's and other Hollywood studios' continuing effort to support profitable DVD sales, which have been weakening.
Europe's biggest commercial broadcaster RTL Group is giving up on the Greek broadcasting market as the country's debt-induced economic crisis crushes advertising revenue.
Vicon recently collaborated with the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts at the USC School of Cinematic Arts to upgrade their motion capture system.
The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2011.
Ghost House and Mandate Pictures are going big with their casting for their forthcoming remake of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead, which begins filming this March in New Zealand.
Eastman Kodak is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection that could be made in the coming weeks if the company fails to sell digital patents.
From Big Idea Entertainment press release:
FRANKLIN, TN -- Big Idea Entertainment announced they will release a brand-new DVD title, VeggieTales®: Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men,on March 3 and March 6, 2012 in Christian and general market stores respectively, just in time for the Easter holiday.
As Netflix debuts its first original series, Lilyhammer, on February 6, the video subscription service has announced that it will make every episode available to viewers all at once.
From the AMPAS press release:
Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 84th Academy Awards.
The films are listed below in alphabetical order:
Cartoon Network Enterprises has kicked off the new year with the expansion of its Asia Pacific licensing portfolio featuring the launch of popular comedy properties.
Vancouver-based animation studio Slap Happy Cartoons Inc. has signed a development deal with Corus Entertainment’s YTV for the animated series Nerds and Monsters.
The Weinstein Company announced that it is combining its acquisitions and production departments into a single division to be overseen by Dylan Sellers, formerly of Unique Pictures.
Full Sail University joined with ESPN’s Emerging Technology team and EA SPORTS to unveil ESPN’s newest virtual technology application, EA SPORTS GameView.
BEAU to offer BFA in Comic and Sequential Art for students who want to create cartoons, comic books, storyboards, graphic novels and animated features.
Disney and Comcast Announce Long-Term, Comprehensive Distribution Agreement; Deal provides Xfinity TV customers broad access to top sports, news and entertainment content across multiple screens in and out of the home.
Comic book fans are headed over to YouTube to watch the newly released TV spot for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance that has finally made its way online.