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Headline News IMAX Opens Theater in China

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 19, 2004 at 12:00am

IMAX Corporation's co-chair/ co-ceo Richard L. Gelfond has announced the official opening of the first commercially-operated IMAX theatre in China. The IMAX Theatre at Peace Cinema will be operated by Shanghai Evershining IMAX Theatre Co. Ltd. and Shanghai United Cinema Line Co. Ltd. Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment's APOLLO 13 will mark its first exhibition in China at the new theater.

Headline News IMAX & Daytona USA to Open IMAX Theatre at Daytona

IMAX Corp. has signed an agreement with Daytona USA, the official attraction of NASCAR, to open a new IMAX 3D theatre alongside the Daytona International Speedway. Scheduled to open in April 2004, the theater will premiere the Warner Bros. Pictures first IMAX 3D film, NASCAR 3D: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE.

Headline News Nanyang Polytechnic Students Provide Toons for Trains

Starting on February 12, 2004, a total of 27 animated shorts from Nanyang Polytechnic students will air on MRT trains in Singapore, reports CHANNEL NEWS ASIA. Nanyang Polytechnic partner TV Mobile put the deal together.

Kim Wong-Nathan, programming director of TV Mobile at MediaCorp, said, "Our average commuting time is about 26 minutes and these animations comes in fun short bites, and it's actually refreshing and entertaining for our TV commuters, and for people on the move."

Headline News Academy's New Theater Named for VFX Pioneer Dunn

It's fitting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named its newest theater, a 286-seat state-of-the-art screening room at the Pickford Center in Hollywood, in honor of optical, vfx pioneer Linwood Dunn.

"Linwood Dunn was a giant in the motion picture field, a gifted artist and scientist who made enormous contributions to our art form throughout most of the 20th century," said Academy president Frank Pierson. "Naming the theater in Lin's honor made eminent sense to the board of governors."

Headline News Wild Earth Game Becomes Motion Simulator Attraction

Creators of the WILD EARTH videogame at San Diego-based Super X Studios are joining forces with the Entertainment Technology Corporation (EnTCo), of Philadelphia, to produce a motion simulator-based version of WILD EARTH for zoos, amusement parks and other location-based entertainment venues.

Headline News Disney World Debuts 3D Mickey and Friends

Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, recently unveiled MICKEY'S PHILHARMAGIC, a new 3D film presented by Kodak starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other favorite Disney characters. It marks the first attraction to feature the beloved Disney characters in computer animation. Set in Fantasyland Concert Hall, the musical experience unfolds on one of the largest - if not the largest -- seamless screen ever created for a three-dimensional film: a 150-foot-wide canvas. Disney Feature Animation in Burbank was responsible for the animation.

Headline News Guava Brings Frank Sinatra Back to Radio City Music Hall

Visual effects house Guava has been enlisted by Radio City Entertainment to bring legendary singer/actor Frank Sinatra back to the Radio City Music hall stage in a multi-media event entitled SINATRA: HIS VOICE. HIS WORLD. HIS WAY. This project is the first time that Sinatra Enterprises has approved the exclusive and unrestricted use of Sinatra footage to a single entity outside the family. The stage show was constructed from never-before-seen video footage and home videos as well as 35mm images from classic television and film appearances.

Headline News Perception Designs Kiosk Display For National Constitution Center

Design/post-production house Perception has delivered kiosk display sequences for the National Constitution Center (www.constitutioncenter.org), which opened its doors in Philadelphia July 4, 2003. For the seven 10-second animation sequences, Perception teamed with director Hock Films Jonathan Hock, who recently collaborated with Perception on the show opens to ESPN's STREETBALL and BLOCK PARTY. The permanent exhibit, entitled "Point Counterpoint," presents short films featuring actors arguing both sides of some of the influential teachings of American history and culture.

Headline News Universal Studios and Dreamworks Team to Create Shrek 4D

SHREK 4D, an all-new "multi-sensory" attraction and a continuation of the SHREK fairy tale, is scheduled to debut at Universal Studios theme parks in summer 2003, and will be the first major attraction to be introduced simultaneously at Universal's theme parks in Hollywood, Orlando and Japan. SHREK actors Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow return to voice the characters they created in this all-new animated saga that will pick up the story where the feature film left off.

Headline News Hong Kong Disneyland Breaks Ground!

The groundbreaking for Hong Kong Disneyland, the first Disney theme park in China was held on January 13, 2003. Hong Kong Disneyland is being built in partnership with The Walt Disney Company and the Hong Kong government, is scheduled to open in 2005/06. Against a backdrop of Lantau Island's mountains, the waters of Penny's Bay and a facade of the soon-to-be-built Sleeping Beauty Castle, the honorable Tung Chee Hwa, chief executive, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, Michael D. Eisner, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and Robert A.

Headline News New Charles M. Schulz Museum And Research Center Now Open

Dedicated to preserving the art and legacy of Charles M. Schulz, the popular PEANUTS cartoon artist, the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center has been opened in Santa Rosa, California. The Museum is near Schulz's studio and across the street from the Redwood Empire Ice Arena (now called Snoopy's Home Ice); the two places where Schulz spent most of the last 30 years of his life.

Headline News Gullane Names ITEC Theme Park Rep For Thomas & Friends

Gullane Entertainment has signed a multi-year deal with ITEC Entertainment Corporation for exclusive North American theme parks and attractions representation of the THOMAS & FRIENDS brand. "We are very excited to be working with ITEC to bring THOMAS & FRIENDS into the world of theme parks," said Jennie Saul, Gullane Entertainment's VP, group head of live events.

Headline News DMA Animation Brings Betty Boop To Slot Machines

King Features, the rights holder to many classic characters like Popeye, has hired DMA Animation to bring Betty Boop to a new line of video slot machines. The machines are being scripted by Top Gun Gaming and manufactured under a licensing agreement with Las Vegas-based Bally Gaming and Systems. The new BETTY BOOP game starts off with images of Betty in her dressing room, asking players to help her pick her next movie role. She points to three posters on the wall that illustrate her choices - Circus Extravaganza, Daredevil Betty or Game Show Sweetheart.

Headline News Veggietales Gets Its Own Touring Stage Show

Big Ideas Productions has entered a two-year worldwide agreement with Clear Channel Entertainment to produce a new stage version of its upcoming CGI feature JONAH -- A VEGGIETALES MOVIE. Both the theatrical film and stage show are set to debut in 2002. The touring show will launch in February at Minneapolis' State Theater. Other cities targeted for the initial 40-week run in the U.S. include: Dallas; Philadelphia; Indianapolis; Cincinnati; Denver; Detroit; Chicago; Los Angeles; Atlanta; Seattle; and Orlando.

Headline News Walking With Dinosaurs Theme Parks Planned

BBC Worldwide Ltd. and Hyper Entertainment Inc. have entered into a major new partnership to develop a WALKING WITH DINOSAURS theme park attraction. Currently in development, the proposed attraction (scalable from 27,000 square feet) will be licensed to theme park operators around the globe, ready for proposed openings in autumn 2002. BBC Worldwide and Hyper Entertainment are also actively seeking sponsorship partners around the world.

Headline News Iwerks Brings 3D/4D FX Theatre To Beijing, China

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 12:00am

Iwerks Entertainment has opened a new Iwerks 3D/4D FX Theatre at Xidan Cultural Plaza in Beijing, China. The new multimedia attraction showcases PIRATES, a 3D attraction film from the Iwerks film library, enhanced with in-theater special effects. This is the second Iwerks 3D/4D FX Theatre installed in China. The first opened in Shenzen in 2000. Don Iwerks, co-founder and chairman of Iwerks Entertainment, said, "Only one year later, we've installed the second in Beijing and another is slated to open in Shanghai later this year.

Headline News Shrek Live Comes to Universal Studios Hollywood

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 25, 2001 at 12:00am

Universal Studios Hollywood has launched a live, interactive musical and comedy adventure, based on the new DreamWorks computer-animated feature SHREK. Shrek Live is scheduled for weekend performances through June 16, 2001, followed by daily performances through Labor Day weekend. Set on a renaissance faire-themed stage, the 20-minute live performance, which includes elaborately costumed SHREK characters, invites guests to participate as one of many popular fairy tale characters, including the THREE LITTLE PIGS and SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARVES.

Headline News Peter Lord And Nick Park Honorary Guests Of The 2001 Annecy Festival

By Dan Sarto | Sunday, April 29, 2001 at 12:00am

This year, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival (June 4-9, 2001) will pay tribute to Great Britain, with a profile of Aardman Animations, along with screenings of classic British shorts, THE YELLOW SUBMARINE, the Bolex Brothers' THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF TOM THUMB, and more. For its 2001 edition Annecy received 1,070 films (1,092 in 2000). 242 of them, representing 26 countries, have been selected for official competition with 193 in competition and 49 in panorama. Confirmed jury members are: AWN's Ron Diamond (producer and publisher, USA), John R.

Headline News New Nickelodeon Attractions Coming to Universal Studios

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 2, 2001 at 12:00am

On Wednesday, March 28, Nickelodeon and Universal Studios Recreation Groupannounced the signing of a strategic alliance for the development of newNickelodeon-branded attractions at various Universal theme parks. Under thenew agreement, the two companies will develop two major attractions, createco-branded promotions, sell merchandise and increase marketing andadvertising on the Nickelodeon cable channel. As part of the agreement,Universal will get rights to use Nickelodeon characters such as THE RUGRATS,

Headline News Sing-Along Poppins Released In Theatre

Walt Disney will be releasing a sing along version of Walt Disney's Academy Award-winning classic MARY POPPINS. At Disneys El Capitan in Hollywood, a restored 35mm Dolby Stereo print of the classic 1964 film will feature on-screen lyrics of all the songs so that audiences can join in. Like a family-friendly ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW screening, moviegoers are encouraged to dress as their favorite character from the film. Prizes for best costume will be awarded at each show.

Headline News Disney Family Gives Funds To Restore Laugh-O-Gram Birthplace

When everyone was making toons in New York, Walt Disney was in Kansas City. Now the KANSAS CITY STAR reports that the Walt Disney heirs have pledged funds to refurbish the original animation studio of Walt Disney. For nearly a decade, the Thank You, Walt Disney organization has been fighting to set up a Disney Museum in Kansas City, the birthplace of Mickey Mouse and other early Disney characters. The US$450,000 pledge by the Walt and Lily Disney Foundation is contingent on whether the Thank You organization can match the amount.

Headline News Castle Museum Wants To Guard Your Animation

The Castle Museum and the organizers of the Annecy Festival have begun to gather a collection of animation artifacts. The museum is calling for filmmakers to contribute documents, drawings, artwork etc. from their productions to be preserved. The collection has many optical machines and toys from the early days of cinema. The museum started gathering objects of importance in the 1960s and wishes the continued support of filmmakers to protect and honor the rich heritage of the medium.

Headline News Rugrats Magic Adventure! Toddles To Universal Studios

On June 9, 2000, Universal Studios Hollywood will roll out a new stage attraction based on Nickelodeons RUGRATS entitled "Rugrats Magic Adventure!" The new stage show is based off the popular RUGRATS episode, "Angelica the Magnificent." The 20-minute performance will feature musical numbers and magical effects.

Headline News Web's 7th Portal Rides At Amusement Parks

Paramount Parks and Stan Lee Media, Inc., in association with Blur Studio, have teamed up to create "Stan Lee's 7th Portal 3D Simulation Experience." This deal marks the first time an Internet property has been turned into a location-based entertainment experience. The project is scheduled to debut at all U.S.-based Paramount Parks in spring 2001. Under the pact, Paramount will sell branded merchandise and provide links between its own Web sites and those of Stan Lee Media. The attraction will also be distributed to a worldwide network of simulation theaters by Iwerks Entertainment.

Headline News Looney Toons Fly In The New Year

Starting January 1, 2000, Looney Toons Sylvester and Tweety hit the air,

that's the friendly skies, when Delta Air Lines began presenting Cartoon

Network's pigskin parody, BIG GAME: SYLVESTER VS. TWEETY during its

in-flight entertainment. Select domestic flights will show highlights from

BIG GAME, a Cartoon Network parody special featuring classic cartoon

episodes along with analysis by Jerry Glanville, Nick Buonoconti and Len

Dawson of HBO's INSIDE THE NFL. These football personalities break down the

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