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Marvel Headline News

Iron Man Gets More Support

Three high-profile promotional partners have joined with Paramount Pictures and previously announced partner LG Electronics to publicize Marvel Studio's upcoming IRON MAN, reports KIDSCREEN. Audi will have a sports car featured in the movie, Burger King will mount a QSR promo at locations worldwide, and 7-Eleven will offer IRON MAN Slurpee cups at its 6,000 locations in the U.S. and Canada. More than 100 licensees worldwide have been signed by Marvel. The film is scheduled for release in the U.S. on May 2.

Production Headline News

Year One Finds Female Lead

Olivia Wilde, who has had roles in ALPHA DOG and TURISTAS, will play Jack Black's love interest in Harold Ramis' biblical comedy YEAR ONE, reports VARIETY. The cast of the Columbia production also includes Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Oliver Platt, David Cross, Vinnie Jones, Juno Temple and June Raphael.

Judd Apatow and Ramis are producing with Owen Wilson exec producing. Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg adapted Ramis' story into a script.

Production has begun in New Mexico and Louisiana.

Headline News

New Rigging Book Puts Muscle in CG

Award-winning 3D animator TJ Galda announces the publication of ADVANCED CHARACTER RIGGING, the first of a new series of books on the subject. The initial book explains how to create muscles and tendons using computer graphics software such as Autodesk's Maya, and is designed to make the techniques as accessible as possible, so that even beginners can create and animate lifelike muscles for their animated characters. ADVANCED CHARACTER RIGGING is available through digital publishing site Lulu.com and major outlets such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Animated Headline News

J.J. Sedelmaier Animates Psych Webtoon

In a first for the channel, USA Network is taking a new approach to "pod-busting" with the introduction of THE BIG ADVENTURES OF LITTLE SHAWN AND GUS, a series of animated vignettes based on the hit series PSYCH, created by J.J. Sedelmaier Prods. Each vignette explores the timeless mysteries of childhood through the characters of young Shawn and Gus. The six animations range in length from 50 seconds to two minutes. USA will unveil a new adventure in the second break of every episode of PSYCH beginning Friday, Jan. 11 at 10:00 pm PCT when the show returns with new episodes.

Festival Headline News

New Strand Film Fest Calls for Entries

The New Strand Film Festival 2008West Liberty, Iowa, USAMay 2-4, 2008Deadline: Feb. 14, 2008

The New Strand Film Festival, held in an historic downtown theater, will feature three days of independent films, with Sunday highlighting children's films. This small Iowa festival offers independent filmmakers the opportunity to get involved with their audiences without the hassles of larger festivals. For further information, visit www.newstrandfilmfestival.org or email jmcmahon@wlpl.org.

Headline News

Cuppa Coffee Eyes U.S. for Zoo

Having secured a first-season run of 20 half-hours for its new animated reality series LIFE'S A ZOO on Canada's TELETOON, Cuppa Coffee Studios has now set its sights on the U.S. The new stop-motion show aimed at teens and up delivers a new spin on the reality television genre while also pushing a distinctly indie-music angle.

Game Headline News

Jimmy Two Shoes Dances Onto Mobile Gaming Formats

SilverBirch Studios and Breakthrough New Media announced that they have signed an agreement to develop two games based on the upcoming animated kids television series JIMMY TWO SHOES, to be broadcast on Teletoon Canada and Jetix Europe.

Film Headline News

Philadelphia Film Fest Launches Animation Festival

2008 Philadelphia Film & Animation FestivalPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USAApril 3-16, 2008Deadline: Jan. 20, 2008

The Philadelphia Film Society in conjunction with The University of the Arts will be presenting The Philadelphia Animation Festival as part of special programming in this year's Philadelphia Film Festival. From April 3-16, the city of Philadelphia will celebrate the art of animation with showcases that include work from around the world.

Festival Headline News

Send Your Films to the Big Island

Big Island Film Festival 2008Waikoloa Beach, Hawai'i, USAMay 15-18, 2008Deadline: Feb. 1, 2008

Big Island Film Festival takes place at Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii. One indoor venue and two under the stars, as well as filmmaker panels, awards and social events, great weather, beautiful beaches and outstanding resorts of Waikoloa Beach make this a very special location for a film festival. Submit narrative films only -- no documentaries -- by Feb. 1, 2008. For more information, visit www.bigislandfilmfestival.com.

Nickelodeon Headline News

Corus Gets Nick Digital Rights

Leading Canadian media company Corus Ent. Inc. and MTV Networks Int'l (MTVNI) today announced plans to extend their multi-year broadcast partnership for Nickelodeon content to encompass all digital rights for Nickelodeon and related brands, covering broadcast, broadband, mobile, video-on-demand, pay-per-view, electronic sell-through and gaming. Under one new multi-platform agreement, Corus will have Canadian rights across all media for TV properties including SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS and DORA THE EXPLORER.

Studios Headline News

LG Mobile Phones To Support Iron Man

LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. announced its partnership with Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios to launch a multi-faceted campaign to promote the role of technology in the upcoming Marvel Studios film IRON MAN.

Prior to the film's May 2, 2008 release, LG will unveil advertising, as well as retail, online and consumer electronics industry initiatives, to showcase the company's high-tech expertise and role in developing sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing multimedia devices.

Blu-ray Headline News

Disney Adds Finding Nemo to Animated Blu-ray Slate

In addition to the previously announced SLEEPING BEAUTY on Blu-ray in fall 2008, marking the first Platinum Disney animated classic in the HD format, Walt Disney Studios Home Ent. (WDSHE) will also release FINDING NEMO as part of its 2008 Blu-ray slate.

Netflix Headline News

Netflix, LG Team To Bring Web Content Directly to HDTVs

Netflix Inc. and LG Electronics today announced they are joining forces to develop a set-top box for consumers to stream movies and other programming from the Internet to HDTVs -- bypassing the need to use a personal computer.

The collaboration is expected to deliver a new online home entertainment service via technology embedded in an LG networked player planned for the second half of 2008.

Festival Headline News

Stony Brook Fest Calls for Entries

Stony Brook Film Festival 2008Long Island, New York, USAJuly 17-26, 2008Deadline: May 1, 2008

The Stony Brook Film Festival is a filmmaker-friendly, well-attended festival that takes place at a 1000-seat theater with a 40-foot screen. It features independent features and shorts in competition, premieres, special screenings, filmmaker panels and receptions. The event is held at Staller Center for the Arts on the campus of Stony Brook University. For more information, visit www.stonybrookfilmfestival.com.

Headline News

Woodstock Museum Fest Calls for Entries

9th Annual Woodstock Museum Film/Video FestivalWoodstock, New York, USAAug. 29-31, 2008Deadline: July 31, 2008

The Woodstock Museum is hosting its 9th film/video festival with the theme of "Freedom." The festival screens completed features, documentaries and shorts in all genres, including animation and digital media, as well as works in progress. All films must be in English or have English subtitles. The early deadline is March 31, the regular deadline is June 30, and the late deadline is July 31, 2008.

Film Headline News

Hollywood Film Festival Calls for Animated Films

Hollywood Film Festival 2008Hollywood, California, USAOct. 15-20, 2008Deadline: June 30, 2008

The Hollywood Film Festival is comprised of 10 separate film festivals, including the Hollywood Animation Film Festival. The event was created to bridge the gap between established Hollywood and the global creative community, as well as to honor excellence in the art of filmmaking.

Animation Headline News

South Beach Animation Fest Beckons

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 12:00am

South Beach Animation Festival 2008South Beach, Florida, USAApril 3-5, 2008Deadline: Feb. 29, 2008

The South Beach International Animation Festival celebrates animation film and other cartoon art forms with screenings and special events taking place at a variety of venues around Miami Beach and Miami Dade County. In addition to juried film screenings, the festival hosts art exhibits, hands-on demonstrations, seminars, and discussions. For more information, visit southbeachanimationfest.com.

Series Headline News

USA Cancels Sci-Fi Series 4400 & Dead Zone

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 12:00am

USA has pulled the plug on its veteran sci-fi series THE DEAD ZONE and THE 4400, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Both shows are credited with having created new life for original programming on the network. DEAD ZONE, based on Stephen King's book, debuted in 2002, breaking the record for a series premiere on basic cable with 6.4 million viewers. Two years later, the debut of THE 4400 broke the record again with 7.4 million viewers.

Anime Headline News

Anime Network Launches Broadband Service

Leading anime channel Anime Network has announced a new broadband service to stream high-quality anime on the Internet. The free service will feature more than 20 full episodes of classic and new anime series at any given time, including classics like RAHXEPHON and SAIYUKI, and new series such as AH! MY GODDESS: FLIGHTS OF FANCY and KURAU PHANTOM MEMORY.

Headline News

3ds Max & Maya Developer Conference Bound for Arizona

Autodesk is hosting a combined 3ds Max and Maya developer conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, from May 5-8, 2008. The Autodesk Developer Conference combines learning, networking, training and fun in a thoroughly relaxed resort atmosphere. If you know C++, are a programmer, engineer or technical director and use Maya or 3ds Max, this is a great opportunity to build your knowledge base, ask questions and make great industry connections.

Please visit area.autodesk.com/index.php/masterclass for more information.

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