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Blogs Another Sold Out Year at the Academy

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 5:41pm

The screening at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences is always an exciting event for the nominees. Sell out crowds are eager to see the films and are always very receptive. The screening is also a big press event with the nominees juggling interviews and photo ops with news outlets from around the world.

Headline News Costumes, Props From Hellboy II, Coraline on Display at Universal Hollywood

The costumes from Universal Pictures' FROST/NIXON and Focus Features' MILK are now on display along with props from Universal Pictures' HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY at Universal Studios Hollywood's "The Universal Experience: Behind the Scenes of Universal Pictures."

Fans of Guillermo del Toro's HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY, Oscar nominated for Best Makeup - Mike Elizalde, Thom Floutz, can preview an eclectic display of the original prosthetic masks and props and costumes featured in the film.

Headline News Shades of Green, American Idol Open at Disney World

CKX and its subsidiary 19 Ent. have unveiled a new attraction, based on its hit television program AMERICAN IDOL, at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

"The American Idol Experience" will capture the energy and excitement of the TV series and global phenomenon, with guests at Disney's Hollywood Studios auditioning to take the spotlight onstage, while fellow guests cheer them on from the audience and vote for their favorite singer.

Headline News Keyframe Helps Suzhou Light Up the Sky

On January 16, the new Sky Screen in Suzhou, China's new shopping center in Harmony Times Square, lit up for the public for the first time, including a five-minute animation created by Keyframe. The Harmony Group, a marketing agency heading up the project, contracted Keyframe to produce two five-minute animations and 18 30-second spots for the new LED display.

Headline News it's a small world Returns to Disneyland With New Magic

A beloved Disneyland attraction returns to Fantasyland on Friday, Feb. 6, when "it's a small world" opens with some new storytelling magic. With the premiere of a new "Spirit of America" scene, new musical enhancements, and a new look for some of the attraction's familiar child dolls, "it's a small world" will once again take guests of all ages on "the happiest cruise that ever sailed."

Headline News Autodesk Technology Brings Magic Mirror to Life For Shrek

In the new Broadway hit SHREK THE MUSICAL, DreamWorks Animation is relying on Autodesk's 3D character animation technology. A customized system based on Autodesk MotionBuilder software is being used to generate a digital face in the Magic Mirror, which speaks to Lord Farquaad in real-time for every show.

Headline News Plans Submitted for Disney Shanghai

Disney has confirmed that it is submitting plans to the Shanghai government for a new joint-venture theme park, according to VARIETY.

"Discussions have been ongoing about the feasibility of a theme park project in China," according to the statement from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "We worked on a joint application report with the Shanghai government which will be submitted to the central government for review. No deal has been signed, no project has been approved."

Headline News Dedicated Nintendo Department Opens at Toys"R"Us Times Square

Holiday shoppers visiting Toys"R"Us Times Square will find a new surprise waiting for them -- a new Nintendo department offering an interactive way to have fun, while experiencing the wide range of Nintendo products available this holiday season and beyond.

Headline News Disney Offers Funds to Struggling Hong Kong Disneyland

Disney has made an offer to fund expansions at the Hong Kong Disneyland theme park, which is operating at a loss, per VARIETY.

Plans to develop the site have yet to be approved by the Hong Kong government, the park's majority owner. The expansion may demand changes be made to the shareholding structure. Disney's commitment to the floundering park was made public Monday in a submission to Legco, the territory's equivalent to a parliament, by HKDL managing director Andrew Kam Min-ho.

Headline News Muggles Invited: Harry Potter Exhibition Comes to Chicago

HARRY POTTER fans will have a chance to get a first-hand look inside the famous wizard’s magical world through "Harry Potter: The Exhibition," which will open at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago on April 30, 2009.

Headline News Christian Lorenz Scheurer at Gnomon Gallery

Christian Lorenz Scheurer at Gnomon GalleryProcessions: The Art of Christian Lorenz ScheurerOpening Party: December 5, 2008

Christian Lorenz Scheurer has worked on some of the most innovative movies, games and theme parks of the past decade.

Headline News SpongeBob To Fly Across U.K. In Stage Show

SpongeBob SquarePants, his best starfish buddy and all their fun friends from Bikini Bottom are going on tour across the U.K. in a live action show. The adventure packed musical will premiere at the Hackney Empire on February 3, 2009 and tour the U.K., taking in major cities and theatres from Brighton to Glasgow.

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