THR, Esq. reports that New Line Cinema, the Tolkien estate and Harper Collins Publishing have settled a lawsuit over profits from LORD OF THE RINGS, specifically the films released from 2001-03.
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(Fox Press Release) 20th Century Fox announced today that the teaser trailer for the upcoming James Cameron-directed AVATAR has become the most-viewed trailer ever on the Apple website. It has registered over four million streams in its first day on the site, shattering the previous record of 1.7 million.
On Friday, the trailer also arrived in theaters around the world, presented in all formats, including IMAX 3-D, IMAX 2-D, digital 3-D, digital 2-D, and 35mm 2-D.
AVATAR opens in theaters everywhere on December 18th, 2009.
Press Release by Disney
Burbank, California (August 19, 2009) -- The Walt Disney Studios is jumping on the D23 Expo bandwagon with four days (September 10-13) of exciting programming that includes major overviews of upcoming films by Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook and Disney-Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, plus a full schedule of events spotlighting new releases and newly restored digital versions of classic favorites.
Press Release by Post Logic
New York, NY (August 17, 2009) -- Leading post-production facility Post Logic Studios, a division of Prime Focus Group, announced today two new hires, Kevin Wilson as audio engineer and Mick O'Connor as manager, new business. Both will be based out of Post Logic Studios' New York facility.
Christopher McQuarrie has been hired by Fox to pen the WOLVERINE sequel, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Producer and star Hugh Jackman is set to return for the follow-up that moves the action to Japan. Jackman's Seed Prods. will produce with Lauren Shuler Donner.
Press Release by Activision
Santa Monica, California (Aug 05, 2009) -- Activision Blizzard, Inc. today announced better-than-expected financial results for the second quarter 2009.
For the quarter ended June 30, 2009, Activision Blizzard’s GAAP net revenues were $1,038 million, and its non-GAAP net revenues were $801 million. The company’s prior GAAP net revenue outlook for the quarter was $1 billion. On a non-GAAP basis, the company’s net revenue outlook was $775 million.
Press release from ACM SIGGRAPH (New Orleans, LA) - Winners of FJORG!, the third annual "iron-animator" style competition and GameJam!, the first videogame competition were announced during SIGGRAPH 2009, the 36th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques taking place this week in New Orleans.
Kotaku reports that DDM.tv in Japan will begin streaming HD-quality adult flicks to PlayStation 3 consoles. Consumers in Japan will need a broadband connection and an HDMI cable to download the Blu-ray quality content. Users can log onto the DMM.tv website and search through the available titles, which will be available on the PS3 as an on-demand service.
Press Release from Ottawa Animation Festival
From October 14-18, 2009, hundreds of international animators will descend on Canada’s capital with one goal in mind: capturing one of the prizes up for grabs at this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF).
Warner Independent’s remake of Bruce Lee’s ENTER THE DRAGON is picking-up steam. The noir-style redo entitled AWAKEN THE DRAGON involves a renegade Shaolin monk being pursued by an FBI agent. The Latino Review reports Warner is eyeing NINJA ASSASSIN’s Rain for the lead. THE SHIELD’s exec producer Kurt Sutter will write and direct.
The Sims are off on an adventure to famous destinations around the world! The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. today announced that The Sims 3 World Adventures is in development and will ship to retailers worldwide the week of November 16, 2009.
ACM SIGGRAPH announced today the Computer Animation Festival's Best of Show, Jury Honors, Student Prize, and Well Told Fable Prize recipients for SIGGRAPH 2009, the 36th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.
Press Release by Prime Focus
(Mumbai) August 3, 2009 - Prime Focus brings Hollywood VFX veteran to India. Michael Fink, Hollywood visual effects veteran and Academy Award winner, has directed his first Indian TV commercial for Lotte Coffy Bite candy. Fink is President, VFX Worldwide at Prime Focus, India's leading visual entertainment services company. The Mumbai-based company was appointed by Rediffusion-Y&R and MAD Entertainment for the toffee brand's latest TV commercial.
IGN UK reports via THE KOREA TIMES that Kwon Sang-woo is in talks to replace Stephen Chow as Kato in the GREEN HORNET feature. THE KOREA TIMES states that the actor passed an English audition for star Seth Rogen and director Michel Gondry. An official announcement is expected in a month. Kwon is a Korean heartthrob who has starred in over a dozen film and TV projects in Korea since moving from being a model.
Former Warner Bros. TV exec Andrew Plotkin has stepped into the role of SVP of original programming at SyFy, reports VARIETY. He will report to Syfy original programming EVP and Universal Cable Prods. co-head of original content Mark Stern. Plotkin will work closely with Syfy's other SVP Erik Storey.
Plotkin takes the post that Tony Optican vacated to head FremantleMedia North America's scripted programming division.
Press Release from Calypso Animation Studios
Calypso Animation Studios (CAS) is pleased to announce the opening of a satellite offices in Bangalore and Chennai, India, headed by Project Manager Muthu A. Muthu is an expert at animation and project management and has over 10 years experience in the Indian animation market specializes in outsourced animation. The CAS Bangalore team will help orchestrate outsourced projects in Central and East Asia.
Press Release from Toei Animation Co. Ltd
TOKYO (July 28, 2009) -- Toei Animation Co., Ltd has set this year's Locarno International Film Festival to reveal the trailer of the 10th anniversary film ONE PIECE FILM STRONG WORLD. The festival will take place from August 5-15 in Locarno, Switzerland. ONE PIECE FILM STRONG WORLD as well as the 9th Film of ONE PIECE THE MOVIE, THE EPISODE OF CHOPPER are scheduled to screen on August 7 at 10:00PM.
Press Release from Autodesk
Shanghai, CHINA, July 28, 2009 -- The Animation Public Technical Service Platform of Shanghai (APTSP) has created China's first post-production training center, to grow high-end animation and post-production public services, train local talent and showcase innovative technology. APTSP offers complete, data-centric workflows that include Autodesk, Inc.'s (NASDAQ: ADSK) Autodesk Flame and Autodesk Inferno visual effects systems, Autodesk Smoke editorial finishing system, and Autodesk Lustre digital color-grading system.
Spirit Pictures has picked up the rights to novel KONG: KING OF SKULL ISLAND, a prequel to the better-known and oft-filmed KING KONG story, per VARIETY.
Press Release from DECODE Enterprises
Leading kids and family entertainment specialist DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., has scored a major package deal with TG4, selling six of its animated series to the Irish channel.
Press Release from Microsoft Corp.
A renowned set of storytellers from some of the world's leading anime studios in Japan are about to take one of the most iconic franchises in science fiction and video games to a new level. Microsoft Corp., in collaboration with some of the most acclaimed anime creators, today unveiled a new project called "Halo Legends," which will bring the "Halo" franchise and its sweeping sci-fi saga to an entirely new medium, in the form of several original anime short films.