Well, there’s been a lot of anticipation and curiosity about SIGGRAPH returning to New Orleans (or Nola), not only since this marks the first major conference since Katrina but also because of the severity of the downturn.
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.
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.
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.
Broadway show THE LITTLE MERMAID will close August 30, per VARIETY, after a run of less than two years.
Disney Theatrical Productions will closet the show to avoid the box office slowdown that occurs every year in August, and to concentrate resources on the future touring show, set for a fall 2010 tour.
"For us, it feels disappointing," David Schrader, exec VP of Disney Theatrical said.
The Walt Disney Family Museum is set to open this fall in San Francisco, reports the trades. Located at the Presidio, home of Lucasfilm's Industrial Light and Magic, the new three building museum will feature 10 interactive galleries and a 113-seat theater. On display will be rare photos, memorabilia and 4 1/2 hours of film footage. Walt Disney's voice will serve as a virtual tour guide. The door will open on Oct. 1.
Press Release from Universal Studios Hollywood
LOS ANGELES, June 18 -- A marching band, famous movie "characters," and a champagne christening welcomed the re-opening of the famous Courthouse Square film location to Universal Studios Hollywood's Studio Tour trams, which are now newly equipped as "mobile movie theaters" with hi-def video monitors, all-new video content and state-of-the art audio systems.
Press Release from Toons for Toddlers
TORONTO (June 17, 2009) -- Robyn Green-Ruskin, President of Sunflower Productions and Owner of the highly successful cinema series, "Movies for Mommies" today announced the addition of two more theatres to the Toons for Toddlers national program bringing the total number of screening locations to 18. The Kingsway Theatre in Toronto and The Magic Lantern Duggan Cinema in Camrose, Alberta have been added to the program starting this August.
Press Release from Alioscopy USA
SAN FRANCISCO -- Alioscopy USA, a 3D visualization technology provider, today announced that its innovative 42" LCD autostereoscopic 3D display is now a part of the design collection in the prestigious Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco, California. Built to celebrate the design process of its customers, the Autodesk Gallery at One Market features more than 20 different exhibits that highlight the vast range of inspiring designs, from cathedrals to giant LEGO dinosaurs.
Press Release from 4Kids Entertainment
New York (May 27, 2009) -- 4Kids Entertainment (NYSE: KDE), the diversified children's entertainment and media organization, and Mirage Studios, licensor of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, have approved the development and construction of the first-ever theme park ride for the popular property, which is "Shell-ebrating" its 25th anniversary this year.
Disney unveiled the train tour for A CHRISTMAS CAROL (opening Nov. 6) this morning at Union Station in L.A. The multi-media train tour (sponsored by HP and driven by Amtrak) is open to visitors here in town during Memorial Day weekend (free of charge) before embarking on a 40-city itinerary.
Press Release from DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.
GLENDALE, Calif., May 19 -- DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (NASDAQ:DWA) today announced that it was collaborating with theatrical show production entity run by Franco Dragone to create a live arena show based on its worldwide hit, "Kung Fu Panda."
Press Release from Reel FX Creative Studios
May 20, 2009, DALLAS, TX -- Reel FX Creative Studios and Brad Oldham Inc. today reveal significant details surrounding their series of sculptures entitled, "The Traveling Man." The sculptures will sit at three different sites near DART's Deep Ellum Rail Station and represent the latest additions to DART's public art program. Installation of the sculptures has started and is scheduled for completion the end of August, before the Green Line opens September 14.
Press Release from Knott’s Berry Farm
BUENA PARK, Calif. -- Knott's Berry Farm and Cartoon Network are partnering to bring the network's national "Get Animated" tour to the theme park, Sunday, May 24. The 40-city tour, now in its fifth year is designed to motivate, energize and educate kids ages 6-14 about healthy living choices by using the power of Cartoon Network's shows and characters.
Press Release from DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.
GLENDALE, Calif., May 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) today announced that it is in the early development stages on a live arena show based on its upcoming March 26, 2010 release, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. DreamWorks Animation is collaborating with the Australia-based Global Creatures, the international entertainment group specializing in live theatrical productions employing the latest in state-of-the-art animatronic technology, to conceive and execute the arena show.
King Kong will re-emerge on the newly upgraded Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour in summer 2010 as a 4-D multi-sensory marvel, a new signature attraction for Universal Studios Hollywood.
The new King Kong attraction, based on the Oscar-winning 2005 Universal Pictures film, will combine thrilling visceral effects with the world's largest Surround Digital projection system to create a next-generation theme park experience.
Renata and Thomas Haegele topped the event from last year and again the numbers of attendees increased. Again more and internationally renowned speakers came to Stuttgart, again for four days the sunny town became animator’s land And that in those dark and gloomy times of worldwide economic crisis. And I did not discover one unhappy face during all those days.
Disney is hosting an interactive 40-city train tour including a 3-D sneak peek of film footage from the upcoming movie DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Set amidst a snowy backdrop -- complete with all of the sights and sounds of Christmas including carolers, decorations, giveaways and many more surprises in each of the 40 cities -- the Train Tour is being launched with HP on board as the title and technology sponsor and driven by Amtrak. This family event is for guests of all ages and is free to the public.
The fmx may not be as big as SIGGRAPH, but like an American professional stated, it is superbly organized, which makes it a truly wonderful event throughout the world of Visual Effects, Animation, Games and Digital Media.
Cloudy, sometimes rainy. Stuttgart, the capital of the German federal state of Baden Wüerrttemberg is once again for the next four days the global center of animation. The fmx conference opened its gates to the huge crowds of professionals, students, journalists and all enthusiasts.
Press Release from Explore-At-Bristol
Wallace and Gromit will join a host of other Aardman favourites at a new GBP 400,000 animation exhibition set to open at the popular Harbourside attraction, Explore-At-Bristol, on 18 July.
The interactive exhibition called Animate It! has been developed in association with Aardman Animations and will allow visitors to create their own animations and broadcast them via a new interactive website.
Press Release LEGOLAND, Windsor and RealD
LONDON & LOS ANGELES -- LEGOLAND Windsor and RealD have partnered to upgrade the park's Imagination Theatre with state-of-the-art RealD 3D technology. The theatre's dual projector system has been replaced with a single digital projector and RealD's award winning XL Cinema System. This marks RealD's first installation in a European theme park and the second partnership between RealD and LEGOLAND, with the initial pact incorporating RealD technology into LEGOLAND California at the theme park's Show Place Theater.
WALT DISNEY AND THE 1964 WORLD'S FAIR is a rare behind-the-scenes look at Walt Disney's contribution to the 1964 World's Fair.
Wednesday was the opening day at Tokyo Disneyland for "Monsters, Inc. Ride and Go Seek!," reports AFP.
Park operator Oriental Land Co. spent $100 million (10 billion yen) on the ride, which is the first to open at the park in five years. Panasonic sponsored the attraction, located in Tomorrowland.
Similar to the "Monsters Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!" ride at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif., "Ride and Go Seek" takes guests through the world of the 2001 movie, only with more interactivity and sophistication.