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Avatar Claims Spot as Top All-Time Grosser

By Matt Kapko | Monday, February 1, 2010 at 2:17pm

In the end, James Cameron could only be outdone by himself. AVATAR surpassed TITANIC over the weekend, Jan. 29-31, all the all-time worldwide grosser with $2.04 billion so far. The film raked in $31.2 million and held on to its #1 spot for the seventh straight week.

Shorts Headline News

Oscar Shorts Coming to 100 Theaters

By Matt Kapko | Monday, February 1, 2010 at 9:18am

Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures are once again planning to bring the Oscar-nominated short film program (Live-Action and Animation) to theaters starting Feb. 19, COMINGSOON.NET reports.

Animation Headline News

William Shatner to Host 37th Annual Annie Awards

By Matt Kapko | Monday, January 25, 2010 at 8:59am

ASIFA-Hollywood is proud to announce the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor, director, producer and one of pop culture’s most recognizable figures, William Shatner, will host the 37th Annual Annie Awards on Saturday, February 6, 2010, at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, CA.


Notes from under the Otaku

Change always accompanies the new year. And The Anime Beat is no different. That's right folks, I'm continuously expanding this little dog and pony show!

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Pixel Liberation Front AMPs Up Avatar

By Matt Kapko | Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 9:29am

For AVATAR, PLF (Pixel Liberation Front) was charged with designing and animating the monitors and HUDs for the fleet of military aircraft, a handful of shots in the shack set and some set-extension composites. In all, they delivered more than 220 shots.


Genzano, near Rome. What better setting for an animation festival?

By Dan Sarto | Friday, November 27, 2009 at 9:34am

I Castelli Animati takes place about an hours drive from Rome, in the large and bustling ancient Roman town of Genzano on Lake Nemi. Narrow cobbled streets, ancient stucco buildings with red tile roofs, black iron gates, shuttered windows...this area has been a busy center since before the birth of Jesus.

Studios Headline News

Zoic's Andrew Orloff to Speak at Motion09

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 9:18am

Press Release from motion09

At this year's motion09 ( held October 11-14, 2009, Zoic Studios' Executive Creative Director/VFX Supervisor Andrew Orloff will present "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants." An entertaining examination of present-day creative and past inspiration, "Giants" is part of a weekend-long event that unites professionals and students from the design and effects community.

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Spurs' Tony Parker Joins French Cartoon Project

By Matt Kapko | Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 9:31am

Tony Parker, a professional basketball player with the San Antonio Spurs, has signed on to a new French cartoon production called BASKETBALL ADVENTURES, Variety reports.

Disney Headline News

Disney Intros 3D Star Tours & Fantasyland

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo detailed plans for future lands, attractions and adventures that will be delighting Disney guests for years to come.


Fjorg! SIGGRAPH 2009 Competition – Day 2

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 12:02pm

Day 2 of the animation competition kicked off at 9am with a loud drumbeat and Afro Brazilian performers. The sound drew a large crowd in to watch the performances. The animation teams had worked through the night on their films so the very lively dancers lent some much needed energy to the competitors.

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Six Flags Expands Partnership With Nintendo

Press Release from Six Flags, Inc.

Six Flags, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SIXFQ), the world's largest regional theme park company, announced today that it will expand its partnership with Nintendo and provide theme park guests with the unique opportunity to play the upcoming Wii Sports Resort(TM) video game. The game features 12 different fun sports activities like archery, basketball and table tennis that everyone in the family can play and comes with the new Wii MotionPlus(TM) accessory, which makes games even more precise.

Universal Headline News

Universal Studios Lights Up the Stage with Creature from The Black Lagoon

Press Release from Universal Studios Hollywood

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 30 -- Universal Studios Hollywood introduced "Creature from The Black Lagoon - A Raging Rockin' Show," featuring an all-original score and dazzling Broadway-level production values in a hip, musical stage adaptation of the Universal cult classic, opening exclusively at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

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Disney to Invest $452 Million on Hong Kong Disneyland

Disney is set to spend roughly $452 million to upgrade the underperforming Hong Kong Disneyland, per VARIETY.

The money will buy 30 new attractions and three new theme areas, increasing the total area of the park by 23 percent over five years. The Hong Kong government (and Disney) wants to boost attendance before a planned larger Disneyland opens in Shanghai in 2014.

"If there is no expansion, the attraction of the theme park will fall over time," government economist Helen Chan said at a media briefing to announce details of the expansion Tuesday.