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All Entries Displayed in L.A. Center Digital Art Show

L.A. Center For Digital Art Open Show for Digital Art and PhotographyLos Angeles, California, USASeptember 8 - October 1, 2005Deadline: August 28, 2005

LACDA announces its Un-Juried Competition: Snap to Grid. In its second annual exhibition of this kind participants each upload one image to be printed on high-quality paper (8.5x11) and hung in a grid in the gallery. The show will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artists.

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TELETOON Celebrates Canada Day & More in July

TELETOON pays tribute to Canada and its great Canadian series with a full day of Canadian produced programs on Canada Day, Friday, July 1 from 11:00 am 9:00 pm. The lineup includes:

MISS SPIDERS SUNNY PATCH FRIENDS Fly Away Friends/Bedtime Stories 1:30 pmIn Fly Away Friends Squirt feels left out when his two winged siblings, Shimmer and Dragon, have high-flying fun that a little spider cant join in.

Animated Headline News

Futurikon and BRB Fire Up Dragon Hunters

BRB and leading French producer Futurikon are about to launch DRAGON HUNTERS in the Spanish and Portuguese markets. The series recounts the misfortunes of Lian Chi and Gwizdo, two dragon hunters who have to take on more than 50 of these legendary monsters in a fantasy medieval world set in the future.

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Ghost House Casts Untitled Pang Brothers Project

Ghost House Pictures announced that Kristen Stewart (PANIC ROOM), Dylan McDermott (TVs THE PRACTICE), Penelope Ann Miller (THE RELIC, CARLITO'S WAY) and John Corbett (MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, TVs SEX AND THE CITY) have joined the Untitled Pang Brothers Horror Project, which started shooting recently in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Game Headline News

Fantastic 4 Videogame Ignites in Stores Nationwide

Activision Inc.'s FANTASTIC 4 videogame is now available in retail stores nationwide. Based on Twentieth Century Fox's highly anticipated FANTASTIC 4 feature film, the team-based action adventure game lets players take on the role of Marvel superheroes, Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Johnny Storm/The Human Torch and Ben Grimm/The Thing to overcome the evil Doctor Doom.

Sonic Headline News

YTV BBQs in July

Animated stars resident filmmaker Ian Kelly (BEING IAN), and the funny Frenchman in underpants, Yvon Ducharme (YVON OF THE YUKON) will be hosting two hours of their favorite episodes on Canada Day, Friday, July 1, 2005. With original animation created by Studio B Prods. in collaboration with YTVs On-Air Promotions department, these two characters host the BBQ blowout from Ian Kellys backyard Canada Day party, with all the barbecue fixings and even some fireworks.

Games Headline News

AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 Processor Unveiled for 3D Games

The AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 processor is now available, providing increased PC performance on 3D games and more intense and realistic graphic resolutions.

"AMD recognizes that today's games are single-threaded. Users who crave the absolute best performance on 3D games and extreme applications can experience realistic physics and lighting, as well as gripping artificial intelligence and sound, with the single-core AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 processor," said Bob Brewer, corporate vp, Desktop Business, Microprocessor Solutions Sector (MSS), AMD.

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SIGGRAPH 2005 Panels Announced

SIGGRAPH 2005 Panels program offers insights into the current state of computer graphics and interactive techniques.

SIGGRAPH 2005, the 32nd International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, will take place July 31-Aug. 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Festival Headline News

Kid-Friendly Flicks Wanted for San Diego Children's Film Fest

San Diego International Children's Film Festival San Diego, California, USAOctober 21 - 30, 2005Deadline: August 31, 2005

San Diego International Children's Film Festival will showcase full-length films for children of all ages & teens, shorts for children ages 7 & under, at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego's historic Balboa Park.

The festival held its first-ever event in April, showing 65 short films from around the world. Actor-director LeVar Burton appeared at the festival, as did several other filmmakers.

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Gothika Director Headed for Babylon

Twentieth Century Fox and Canal Plus will co-finance BABYLON A.D., a big-budget futuristic thriller to be directed and written by GOTHIKA helmer Mathieu Kassovitz, reports VARIETY.

Inspired by Maurice Dantec novel BABYLON BABIES, tale is set in the near future where genetic manipulation occurs. In the book, a mercenary charged with bringing a young woman from Russia to Canada learns that she has been infected with a synthetic virus, which could wipe out all humans on Earth.

Mattel Headline News

Mattel Named Master Toy Licensee for One Piece

Mattel Inc. signed a multi-year licensing agreement to serve as master toy licensee for ONE PIECE, a popular animated series airing on 4Kids TV, 4Kids Entertainment's Saturday morning children's programming block on FOX, as well as on Cartoon Network's Tonami block on Saturday evenings.

The master toy license grants Mattel the exclusive rights for a full range of products including action figures, play sets, role-play items, games and puzzles. ONE PIECE toys are anticipated to be available at retail in the U.S. and Canada by December 2005.

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JAKKS Pacific Signs HIT Ent. Properties for Plug It In & Play TV Games

JAKKS Pacific Inc. has signed licensing agreements to market and distribute multiple Plug It In & Play TV Games titles and GAMEKEY expansion packs based on HIT Entertainment's internationally renowned children's brands, including The Wiggles, Barney, Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends and Angelina Ballerina.

Books Headline News

Dragon Booster Scorches with New Licensing Deals

Alliance Atlantis has secured North American publishing and apparel deals for its children's CGI animated property, DRAGON BOOSTER.

Hyperion Books for Children, having acquired the U.S. and Canadian publishing rights, will launch a series of DRAGON BOOSTER books beginning in fall 2005. Extreme Concepts, who will begin rolling out the clothing line in fall 2005, has licensed the DRAGON BOOSTER apparel rights in the U.S.

Kids Headline News

Viewtiful Joe Comes To Kids’ WB! This Fall

Kids WB! has ordered 26 episodes of the anime/action/comedy series, VIEWTIFUL JOE, from Geneon Entertainment, which will air during the 2005-2006 broadcast season on Saturday mornings. VIEWTIFUL JOE is one of Japans hottest television series

Disney Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2005 Special Sessions Announced

SIGGRAPH 2005 Special Sessions offer a unique glimpse into the past, present and future of digital technologies, with experts providing insights into the current state of computer graphics and interactive techniques.

SIGGRAPH 2005, the 32nd International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, will take place July 31-Aug. 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Film Headline News

Need to Fear? Underdog Live-Action Film is Here

Walt Disney Pictures and Spyglass Ent. are currently not fearing the potential for a possibly transforming the classic TV cartoon UNDERDOG into a live-action franchise, reports VARIETY. Spyglass' Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber and Jonathan Glickman are producers on the project, along with Jay Polstein (FRIDA), who initiated the deal. Spyglass optioned the rights from Classic Media three years ago with a preemptive bid of mid-six figures against north of $2 million.

Mobile Headline News

Nelvana Gets Mobile at Licensing Show With DTV & Horticulture Deals

At Licensing Show, Nelvana has announced its direct-to-DVD plans, mobile initiatives and a new deal with London's Royal Horticultural Society.

As the Nelvana readies its production slate for the next two years, it is working on a comprehensive DTV strategy that will encompass titles based on its library, original and acquired content.

Imax Headline News

Record Viewers Flock to IMAX Batman Begins

IMAX saw its biggest five-day opening ever with last weekends estimated $3.16M debut of BATMAN BEGINS: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE. The opening day gross of approximately $754,000 proved to be an IMAX record as well for a Hollywood simultaneous release.

Entertainment Headline News

MTV Vet Kathleen Hricik Joins Entertainment Rights

Entertainment Rights Plc. (ER), one of the UKs fastest-growing independent media groups specialising in the ownership of childrens and family programming, characters and brands, has appointed MTV vet Kathleen Hricik to the newly-created post of evp/md of the United States of America, Canada and Latin America.

Universal Headline News

Kong Teaser Debuts on TV June 27

NBC Universal will present an unprecedented motion picture preview as all nine of its networks simultaneously telecast the world premiere of the first trailer for Universal Pictures' KING KONG, on Monday, June 27, 2005, from 8:59:30-9:02 pm ET.

Silver Headline News

AFI Silver Theatre to Present a Tribute to George Lucas

To honor the artistry of director George Lucas, AFI's 33rd Life Achievement Award recipient, AFI Silver Theatre will present a special tribute to George Lucas hosted by the Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore, Her Excellency Chan Heng Chee, on June 29, 2005, in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Entertainment Headline News

Mainframe Taking Arthur 3D in Animated Feature

Mainframe Entertainment has acquired international distribution rights for a new CG animated direct-to-video film based on the tremendously popular ARTHUR children's book series. Mainframe, Lions Gate Family Entertainment and RichCrest Animation have partnered to create the feature film, ARTHUR'S MISSING PAL, which will mark the first time that the beloved aardvark will come to life in 3D CG animation. IDT Entertainment Sales (IDTeS) will sell international distribution rights for the film on behalf of Mainframe.