In celebration of its 25th anniversary, USA TODAY has compiled a list of the 25 top movie milestones of the past 25 years. Topping the list is Peter Jackson's Tolkien epic LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, which won 17 Oscars and brought in a box office gross of more than $3 billion. TOY STORY followed right behind at #2 for launching 3D animation on the big screen.
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2008 Big Sky Documentary Film FestivalMissoula, Montana, USAFeb. 14-20, 2007Deadline: Oct. 20, 2007
The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is one of the premier venues for nonfiction film in the American West. The festival will screen 100 films, including world and U.S. premieres, classics, rare and experimental works on Montana's largest screen at the historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula, Montana. In addition to seven days of screenings, many public and VIP events including panel discussions, galas, receptions and networking roundtables.
Anime Network has announced that HEROES star James Kyson Lee will guest host its popular original series, ANIME ACCESS, which gives viewers a virtual backstage pass to anime's hottest events. This time the ANIME ACCESS crew heads to Long Beach, California, to go behind the scenes of North America's largest anime convention, from June 29 through July 2, 2007.
TELETOON in Canada unveils six brand new shows launching this July, including the world premiere of the new GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE animated TV series, as well as the animated reality show, TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND, IGGY ARBUCKLE and BAKUGAN. On Friday, June 29, 2007, viewers may catch a special sneak-peek of four of the new summer shows beginning at 4:00 pm.
TELETOONâs special summer programming block airs weekday mornings 8-11:00 am.
BRB Internacional has inked a deal to bring its animated series, THE IMP, in Canada on YTV, which acquired the English-language rights for television, video-on-demand and online. The series is a co-production between Red Kite Animations, Screen 21 and TVC. The series is broadcast in the U.S. on Cartoon Network, Japan on Disney and Spain on TelevisiÃ³ de Catalunya.
Cookie Jar Ent. has signed a multi-year Video-On-Demand licensing deal with TVN Ent., the largest television on-demand company in the U.S., to distribute shows from Cookie Jar's extensive television catalog. Cookie Jar has signed a multi-year, multi-show home video distribution deal with Vivendi Visual Ent. Canada (VVEC).
2007 Valley Film Festival North Hollywood, California, USASept. 12-16, 2007Deadline: July 15, 2007
Founded in 2000, The Valley Film Festival, a project of Community Partners, holds the proud title of the first film festival in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley and is designed to bring together established filmmakers, emerging talent, and their audiences on the studio backlot -- just North of Hollywood.
Digital Dimension has completed nearly 200 visual effects shots -- including a number of the movie's most action-packed sequences -- for the June 27 release of Twentieth Century Fox's LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD.
PorchLight Ent. is forming a domestic home entertainment division launching under the label of "PorchLight Home Entertainment," with Gary Jones, svp of PorchLight Home Ent. overseeing acquisitions and sales. The new division will distribute kids and family programming acquired from leading producers worldwide in addition to releasing the company's new productions, as well as programs from its substantial library.
Coney Island Film Festival 2007Brooklyn, New York, USA Sept. 28-30, 2007Deadline: July 10, 2007
The mission of the Coney Island Film Festival is to raise funds for the non-profit arts organization Coney Island USA and to present an engaging and entertaining program of films in the heart of Brooklyn's most storied neighborhood.
Nickelodeon & Viacom (Nachrichten) Consumer Products (NVCP) showcased plans at Licensing 2007 International to create new merchandise. The Emmy and Peabody-Award winning SOUTH PARK, already a consumer hit on DVD, apparel and footwear will be expanded into new licensing categories. New merchandising programs will be created for other hit shows in the Comedy Central lineup including MIND OF MENCIA, THE COLBERT REPORT, THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM and the recently launched LIL' BUSH.
Bandai Visual USA Inc. announced it will be participating at Anime Expo 2007 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California, June 29-July 2, 2007. Bandai Visual USA will be offering FREEDOM VOLUME 1, which will mark the first commercial availability of a high-definition anime title in North America. Bandai Visual USA will be located at booth #1605.
Shuhei Morita, the director of FREEDOM, is expected to be on-hand at the Bandai Visual USA booth, and is scheduled to appear on an industry panel.
THE WRONG TRAINERS took home the animation prize at the Banff World Television Awards, presented by CanWest MediaWorks. The evening awards represent one of the television world's most prestigious international program competitions, in partnership with Alberta Film.
VIZ Media Llc. announced at the 2007 Licensing International Expo that Bandai America Inc. has been named as the toy licensee for products based on BLUE DRAGON, a new anime series based on the popular Xbox 360 role playing game. Earlier this year, VIZ Media was named the master licensor for the television, home video and non-videogame merchandising rights for BLUE DRAGON by a consortium, including TV TOKYO Corp. and Shueisha Inc, for the Americas, Europe and Oceania.
In response to the success of the first six-book EDGAR & ELLEN series, Star Farm Prods. has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing for an entirely new six-book series, two graphic novels, a pop-up and a how-to book. The how-to book, entitled THE MISCHIEF MANUAL, is written in the voice of the mischief-makers themselves and is in stores this month.
NFB's new stop-motion short, MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI, won the top animated prize at Toronto's Worldwide Short Film Festival. Directors Chris Lavis and Mciek Szczerbowski were awarded the C.O.R.E Digital Pictures Award for Best Animated Short, which comes with a $5,000 cash prize. By winning the festival, the short is now eligible for the Academy Award and Genie Award. In the film, a young woman takes a strange train ride on which she must confront her demons.
Cookie Jar Ent. is showcasing two of its top-rated properties, THE DOODLEBOPS and CAILLOU and three news series, including the highly anticipated MAGI-NATION, inspired by a successful trading card game, at this year's Licensing Show International in New York City at booth #3633.
Animation producers are invited to polish their best ideas, practice their pitches and wow an audience of top television execs at the third annual Pitch THIS! event at the Television Animation Conference (TAC). Presented by the Ottawa International Animation Festival, TAC takes place Sept. 19-20, 2007, at the historic Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa Canada.
The coveted short film Annecy Cristal award at the 31ST International Festival of Animated Film at Annecy went to PETER AND THE WOLF by Suzie Templeton for the U.K. and Poland, as well as the Audience Award, while the Cristal for Best Feature went to FREE JIMMY by Christopher Nielsen for Norway and the U.K. The awards were presented at the closing ceremony held on Saturday, June 16, 2007, in Annecy, France.
Cuppa Coffee Studios extended their services to Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman to animate a PSA to offer support. Chapman currently faces charges in Mexico due to the capture of Andrew Luster, an American felon who fled to Mexico to avoid prison. The PSA features a stop-motion Dog the Bounty Hunter encouraging viewers to lend their support by signing an online petition. A PSA endorsing a celebrity is a first for Cuppa Coffee, an outfit better known for stop-motion programming such as MTV's CELEBRITY DEATHMATCH, E!
Home Box Office (HBO) acquired MAGIC CELLAR, the first animated series to be based on African culture, for broadcast in the United States. This acquisition of an African animated television program is a first, thereby making HBO's move a historic sale. The multi-award winning 3D animated series is based on 20 folk tales, including interviews with elders from villages in Africa.
MAGIC CELLAR will be shown on HBO Family in the U.S. and Bermuda. The first episode premieres Saturday, June 23. Each episode will first air Saturday and repeat on Thursday.
Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) announced the launch of Animax Mobile in Canada and Australia to kickoff a global roll-out of a "dedicated mobile version" of Sony's popular Japanese anime channel that currently can be seen across Asia, Central Europe, Germany, and Latin America on TV via cable and satellite providers. Animax Mobile is specifically designed for mobile TV viewing using mobile streaming technology and targets users ages 14-34.
Nelvana Enterprises' much-loved bunny siblings, MAX & RUBY, will star in an off-Broadway musical stage show in December that will also tour the U.S. this fall and next spring.
Produced by TheatreworksUSA, MAX & RUBY will play at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City from Dec. 12, 2007, to Jan. 13, 2008. Tickets go on sale in September. Two touring companies will bring the show to 210 cities, to be seen by an estimated half a million preschool and school-aged children.