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Blogs Day Two's Evening Screening with ASIFA-SF

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 3:56pm

SF’s Dolby Laboratories in Potrero Hill hosts tonights screening of the Oscar-nominated shorts for SF’s ASIFA chapter. As if I’d had any doubts that I was among serious animation fans, chapter president Karl Cohen’s next announcement, that the Balboa Theater will be screening some Gumby shorts in honor of the recently-deceased Art Clokey earns an audible gasp from the audience. This group loves animation, and lives animation.

Blogs More Day Two Travels: ILM in SF’s Historic Presidio

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 3:32pm

Film history is a subject near and dear to the heart of George Lucas, which was evident in every aspect of ILM’s headquarters. The lobby itself can keep a film buff entertained for hours, with an extensive library of Star Wars books and magazines, life-size replicas of Darth Vader and Boba Fett, and an incredibly cool life-size statue of legendary special effects artist Willis O’Brien posing a model King Kong atop the Empire State Building.

Headline News 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.

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.

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.

Blogs 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!

Headline News 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.

Blogs 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.

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 (www.motionconference.com) 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.

Headline News 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.

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.

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