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Activision Value Teams with Paintball Legend on New Game

Activision Value Publishing has announced that it has teamed with game developer WXP and paintball legend Greg Hastings to create the first-ever paintball game for a major videogame console -- GREG HASTINGS' TOURNAMENT PAINTBALL for the Xbox. This single and multiplayer game combines the strategy and teamwork of a sports title with the view of a first-person action game. The game will be available this fall and is currently rated "RP" by the ESRB.

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Activision Ships Call of Duty: United Offensive

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at 12:00am

Activision Inc. has announced that CALL OF DUTY: UNITED OFFENSIVE has shipped to retail outlets nationwide. Developed by Gray Matter Interactive Studios, CALL OF DUTY: UNITED OFFENSIVE is rated "T" (Teen -- Blood, Mild Language, Violence) by the ESRB and carries a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Entertainment Headline News

Anchor Bay and Fox Sign DVD/VHS Pact

Anchor Bay Ent., IDT Ent.'s home video subsidiary, and Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent. (TCFHE) have entered into a long-term distribution agreement. TCFHE will handle all manufacturing and distribution services for Anchor Bay's entire library of DVD and VHS offerings.

Animation Headline News

Radar Pictures Joins Forces With C.O.R.E.

Radar Pictures of Los Angeles (THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK and THE LAST SAMURAI) has agreed to a minority interest in the Canadian visual effects group of companies that includes C.O.R.E. Feature Animation and C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures of Toronto.

Said Bob Munroe, president/co-founder of C.O.R.E.: "Partnering with one of Hollywood's most successful independent production companies will give us greater access to the resources required to bring major animated feature films to market.

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Kangaroo Jack Gets Animated Direct-to-Video

Warner Home Video (WHV) has announced the release of the new animated feature KANGAROO JACK G'DAY U.S.A.!, based on the surprise 2003 box office live-action hit. Price at $24.98 on DVD and $14.94 on VHS, the movie will arrive in stores Nov. 16, 2004.

Animation Headline News

AWN Discussion Forums - What's New? for September 7, 2004

This week in AWN's Forums, a new thread is looking for the animated moments that bring out the tears in members. BAMBI anybody? The utterance of the word Superman in IRON GIANT? Ponders have started about how much money JibJab has made through PayPal donations attached to its THIS LAND short. A post from Cuba asks about the options open to filmmakers once their project is finished. Others are debating the merits of FATHER OF THE PRIDE.

Motion Headline News

17 Scientific Achievements in Competition for 77th Academy Awards

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 9, 2004 at 12:00am

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards Committee will review 17 scientific and technical achievements for 77th Academy Awards consideration, according to committee chair Richard Edlund, but its not too late to submit entries.

Film Headline News

Max Howard to Exec Produce Exodus' CGI Feature Igor

Veteran animation exec Max Howard is set to exec produce Exodus Film Groups upcoming CGI-animated film, IGOR, an irreverent comedy with a new twist on the classic mad scientist/monster genre.

Chris McKenna penned the screenplay about a mad scientist's hunchbacked lab assistant who dreams of becoming a mad scientist in his own right and win the coveted first place award at the annual Evil Science Fair.

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NFB Animators Take Center Stage at Ottawa

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 8, 2004 at 12:00am

The National Film Board of Canada will be in the spotlight at the 2004 Ottawa International Animation Festival (Sept. 22 26) with five NFB productions in competition, 12 films in the showcase programs, two master classes with Chris Landreth and Chris Hinton and a special stereoscopic film presentation. The festival will also hold a retrospective on co-honorary president and animation pioneer Co Hoedeman. As well, NFB filmmaker Diane Obomsawin will be on the international jury.

Effects Headline News

Filmtecknarna & Moneyshots Take F/X VMAs

On Aug. 29, 2004, MTV handed out its annual Video Music Awards, giving Filmtecknarna and Moneyshots big wins for visual effects. Moneyshots took home the top visual effects prize for its work on OutKasts HEY YA vid. Filmtecknarna celebrates for its work highlighted in the Breakthrough Video winner, Franz Ferdinands TAKE ME OUT.

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Kill Bill 1 & 2 Combo to Hit Theaters

Quentin Tarantino has said that he plans to bring a combined version of his KILL BILL films to theaters, reports USA TODAY. Spurred by strong DVD sales, Tarantino, who owns the copyright to the full-length version of the film, hopes to have the film in theaters early next year.

"It's not just like slapping the two together," he says. "There are slight changes, and it has an intermission, like a '60s movie."

Series Headline News

Seconds From Disaster Premieres on National Geographic

National Geographic Channel employs some of the best CGI techniques to help explain to viewers how but not always why an unimaginable disaster can happen, from the crash of the Concorde to the Oklahoma City bombing and more in a new series, SECONDS FROM DISASTER, that premieres at 8:00 pm on Aug. 31, 2004 on NGC.

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HI-WIRE Adds Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore has joined HI-WIRE in a newly created position of integrated services manager to focus on client development and services. Moore will be responsible for working with clients from concept through project management and completion, including advising on technology and overseeing job flow. She will work hand-in-hand with HI-WIRE managing producer Tammy Kimbler Weber.

Animation Headline News

Disada Producing Peter Pan 100th Anniversary Show In Florida

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first PETER PAN book by James M. Barrie, Disada has been asked by the Venice Art Center in Florida, south of St. Petersburg, to curate a PETER PAN exhibition. It will consists of original items from the first release of the classic 1953 Walt Disney animated feature PETER PAN. Disada's large collection of animation includes more than 300 items from the 1953 release and the exhibition includes original artwork, various posters and publicity items, toys, publications, records and a grand variety of other items from 1953.

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ADV Manga Announces August 24 Street Dates

ADV Manga has announced its Aug.24, 2004 street dates, with four new titles including 50 RULES FOR TEENAGERS, ALL PURPOSE CULTURAL CAT GIRL NUKU NUKU, NAJICA BLITZ TACTICS and QUANTUM MISTAKE. Continuing editions are being announced for DESERT CORAL, VOLUME 2 OF 3; PRÉTEAR, VOLUME 2 OF 4; STEEL ANGEL KURUMI, VOLUME 7 OF 9; THE BOSS, VOLUME 2 OF 30; and THOSE WHO HUNT ELVES, VOLUME 6 OF 21.

Studio Headline News

Kids Animate PSAs at Camp TELETOON

Twelve young people, ages 8-12 will be able to animate public service announcements (PSAs) of their choosing at CAMP TELETOON in Vancouver, at a 10-day workshop, Aug. 23-Sept. 3, 2004. In a series of hands-on workshops, the youths will develop three broadcast-quality, animated PSAs for broadcast on the TELETOON Network starting in October 2004. This community-based initiative is a partnership program between Vancouver-based Arts Umbrella Scholarship Program, Canadian broadcaster TELETOON and Vancouvers Studio B Productions.

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Nintendo of America Promotes Nine Execs

Nintendo of America has promoted nine executives, seven to the position of senior director and two others to the position of director. All nine have significant experience with the company, helping shape the marketing of Nintendo GameCube, the best-selling Game Boy Advance and the upcoming Nintendo DS, which the company claims will revolutionize the way portable videogames are played.

Animated Headline News

Animated Fare Swim Into Toronto Fest

The Toronto International Film festival has announced its lineup of 328 films. As for animated fare, DreamWorks SHARK TALE will swim into the gala presentation, making its North American premiere. Also making its North American debut will be Japanese 2D feature, STEAMBOY, directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. Arriving in the Gala slot as well will be John Stephenson's live-action and animated film, FIVE CHILDREN AND IT, starring Kenneth Branagh.