The developers of LEFT BEHIND: ETERNAL FORCES the highly-anticipated PC game based on the blockbuster fiction series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins are set to launch the title in the second half of 2006.
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ATI Technologies Inc. has apparently changed the rules of the motherboard industry with the introduction of its CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset, delivering the enthusiast gaming platform of the future. Developed from the ground up for multi-GPU gaming, the CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset arguably enables the world's fastest gaming performance, advanced overclocking capabilities and bedrock stability available in an AMD-based PC motherboard today.
FUNimation Ent., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corp., struck a deal with Rainbow Media for the U.S. debut and cross-channel airing of Akira Kurosawa's SAMURAI 7 on both VOOM HD Networks' ANIMANIA HD on March 1 and IFC on April 1.
"Akira Kurosawa's SAMURAI 7 is a great series. It is a perfect match for FUNimation's philosophy of hand-picking the best titles from Japan and bringing them to the United States," said Gen Fukunaga, president/ceo of FUNimation Ent. "It is that quality that also makes it a perfect match for ANIMANIA HD and IFC."
Dennis Weaver, who played limping deputy Chester Goode in GUNSMOKE and the intelligent New Mexico deputy solving crime in the Big Apple in TV's MCCLOUD, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006. He was 81 years old. Weaver died at his home in Ridgway, in southwestern Colorado, of complications from cancer, publicist Julian Myers said Monday.
This week in AWN's Forums, a junior member has concerns about leaving India to study classical animation in Canada because of the poor jobs prospects. Others are discussing THE CORPSE BRIDE and the work of John Hubley. Another member wants to know the least painfully way to animated tentacles. A senior member posts a link to an American Greeting e-card that might get Christians rioting. Other continue to post their work for members to critique.
Sony Pictures Home Ent. (SPHE) will deliver the first wave of Blu-ray Disc (BD) titles on May 23, three months after the rival HD-DVD format begins its launch. Delivery will coincide with the launch that day of the first commercially available BD player from Samsung Electronics, which will be followed shortly by BD players from Pioneer and Sony along with a BD compatible VAIO PC from Sony.
SPHE and MGM Home Ent. will first release eight BD titles, with another eight following shortly June 13.
Animation Block Party 2006Brooklyn, New York, USAJuly 22-24, 2006Deadline: June 16, 2006
Animation Block Party 2006 features more diverse award categories, a new jury of animation talents and fresh chances to exhibit films at more venues. Animation Block Party 2006 will officially transmit at Rooftop Films, Galapagos Art Space and BamCinematek.
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has launched the first focused forum that will drive the agenda of animation and gaming industry in India. The forum aims to be the apex institution and the single point referral for anyone who is a part of the industry.
Future Filmmakers Festival 2006Chicago, Illinois, USAJune 16-18, 2006Deadline: February 28, 2006
The Future Filmmakers Festival has the goal of allowing industry professionals and fellow peers to identify the best, brightest and innovative in youth filmmaking.
Fort Myers Beach Film Festival Fort Myers Beach, Florida, USAApril 27 - 30, 2006Deadline: March 15, 2006
The Broad Humor Film Festival Venice Beach, California, USAJune 30 July 2, 2006Deadline: May 12, 2006
The Broad Humor Film Festival is an event highlighting female-directed and female-written comedies. The festival puts the spotlight on women who write and direct comedic films. Filmmakers, writers and theatergoers who love well-crafted humor will come together for a weekend of films, workshops, panels and events. All film submissions must be both written and directed by a woman. All screenplays must be written by women writers.
LA ACM SIGGRAPH Presents Snow Crash: Virtual Reality Goes Real Los Angeles, California, USAFebruary 22, 2006
The Los Angeles Professional Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is hosting Snow Crash: Virtual Reality Goes Real.
The Hasbro Properties Group, the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc. has granted Activision Inc., a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software products, the global rights, excluding Japan, to develop console, handheld and PC games based on Hasbro's renowned TRANSFORMERS brand. The first game will be tied to the much-anticipated July 4, 2007, movie release of the live-action TRANSFORMERS film from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures.
Canadian specialty network broadcaster TELETOON has begun airing three public service announcements (PSAs) developed by BC children. CAMP TELETOON is a community-based partnership initiative between Vancouver-based Arts Umbrella, TELETOON and Vancouvers Studio B Productions. The PSAs were produced in just under a three-week period this past August, by 12 children (ages 9-12) who received scholarships to animate what was on their minds. The 30-second PSAs are titled The Environment, Cooperation and Self-Esteem and will air nationally on the English network, starting Feb. 20, 2006.
Indias Whistling Woods International, promoted by Mukta Arts Ltd. and Film City, and Seneca College have signed an agreement to create a Seneca-run diploma specializing in the art and technique of animation film making.
In addition to the new animation diploma program at Whistling Woods, Seneca will train Whistling Woods' faculty to provide high caliber education in animation.
The Weinstein Co. has acquired the rights to ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, a CG-animated comedy feature to be written by Tony Leech and Cory Edwards, the duo behind the box office animated hit HOODWINKED. Leech is set to direct the project and Preston Stutzman of Blue Yonder Films will produce it along with Jonathan Shestack (AIR FORCE ONE), Brian Inerfeld and Gregory R. Little with Mainframe Ent., which will animate the film in Vancouver. Jeremy Stein of Jon Shestack Productions will co-produce. Mainframes ceo Rick Mischel will exec produce.
9th Brooklyn International Film FestivalBrooklyn, New York, USAJune 2-11, 2006Deadline: March 15, 2006
American Black Film Festival 2006Miami, Florida, USAJuly 19-23, 2006Deadline: April 7, 2006
Film Life and HBO will host the American Black Film Festival (ABFF). HBO is the ABFF's founding and title sponsor and Wal-Mart Voices of Color is the presenting sponsor.
The 2006 ABFF program includes independent film screenings, network and studio premieres, panels, workshops and seminars led by accomplished industry professionals. Other highlights include live entertainment, exclusive networking events and the ABFF Awards presentation.
Animal Logic, Sydney, NSW, with George Patterson Y&R in Melbourne and Plaza Films, Sydney, has won Best of Show in Television at the 2005 international Mobius Advertising Awards. They won for "Big Ad," created for Carlton Draught of Fosters Australia.
Animal Logic used 3D software to create the many extras needed to create the commercial, which is reminiscent of a pending battle of epic proportions. Animal Logic also provided the visual effects for five Mobius winners.
IDT Ent. Sales will attend the European Film Market in Berlin from Feb. 9-20, 2006, for the first time with a slate of films, including the computer-animated YANKEE IRVING, which features the voices of Rob Reiner, William H. Macy and Whoopi Goldberg and is scheduled for theatrical release this summer by 20th Century Fox in the U.S. and Canada.
Today (Feb. 8, 2006) the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 33rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Disneys KIM Possible garnered five nominations, leading all other animated fare, including a nod for Outstanding Children's Animated Program. JAKERS! THE ADVENTURES OF PIGGLEY WINKS garnered four nominations, leading all other animated fare, including a nod for Outstanding Children's Animated Program.
Silk Screen Asian American Film FestivalPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAMay 12-20 2006Deadline: February 27, 2006
Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival is a multiple-day international film festival. With more than 30 feature films in multiple venues, a Launch Party Gala, workshops and presentations, Silk Screen will be an annual event showcasing Asian made films as well as films made by Asian Americans.