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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Headed to Blu-ray

The final film in Peter Jackson's epic ‘Hobbit’ trilogy arrives on Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on November 17; extended edition features a 20-minute longer cut and more than nine hours of new special features.

Visual Effects Headline News

MPC LA Scores with ‘Madden NFL 16’

Teaming with agency Heat and award-winning director Wayne McClammy of prodco hungry man, MPC LA’s team of world-renowned artists provides VFX and post services for a new trailer for EA’s ‘Madden NFL 16.’

Studio Ghibli Headline News

GKIDS Picks Up Studio Ghibli’s ‘Only Yesterday’

GKIDS acquires North American rights to ‘Only Yesterday’ from Studio Ghibli co-founder and Academy Award nominee Isao Takahata; new English-language version featuring Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel to receive 25th anniversary theatrical release winter 2016.

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Box Office Report: ‘Minions’ Now Third Top-Grossing Animated Feature Worldwide

Illumination Entertainment's ‘Minions’ beats the lifetime totals of ‘Despicable Me 2’ ($975.5 million) and ‘The Lion King’ ($987.5 million) to become the third-highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide.

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Hollywood Studio Antitrust Lawsuit Back in Play

District Judge Lucy Koh rejects the requests of Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar, Sony and other Hollywood studios to dismiss claims the companies violated antitrust laws by conspiring to suppress the wages of animation and VFX artists.

Sundance Headline News

Shorts Lab LA to Feature Julia Pott, David OReilly and More

The Sundance Institute presents ‘Shorts Lab LA: Animation,’ featuring speakers Tom Kenny, Kirsten Lepore, Julia Pott, David OReilly and Kent Osborne, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 23.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Studio Ghibli’s ‘Marnie’ Arrives on Blu-ray Oct. 6

From ‘The Secret World of Arrietty’ director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Studio Ghibli’s ‘When Marnie Was There’ comes to Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on October 6, 2015.

VES Headline News

Visual Effects Society Releases Demo Material Guidelines

VES guidelines for the usage and release of work-for-hire materials presented as part of a demo reel portfolio by VFX facilities and practitioners are aimed at providing reasonable access for artists to showcase their work while protecting the ownership rights of studios and producers.

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REVIEW: ‘Adventure Time - The Complete Fifth Season’

Cartoon Network’s ‘Adventure Time - The Complete Fifth Season’ offers a window looking back onto the 1,000-year history of the Land of Ooo and expanding our understanding of Ice King, Princess Bubblegum, Marceline and other members of the AT multiverse.

Festivals Headline News

Best of the NW Animation Festival Set For Sept. 11

Selected from the largest showcase of short animations in the U.S., The Northwest Animation Fest is set to present 14 of this year’s best animated shorts from around the world.

Nickelodeon Headline News

Nickelodeon Greenlights ‘Pinky Malinky’ Series

Animated comedy co-created and co-executive produced by Chris Garbutt and Rikke Asbjoern (‘The Amazing World of Gumball’) and executive produced by Scott Kreamer (‘Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness’) set to premiere in 2016.

virtual reality Headline News

Cogswell Student Apps Named Finalists in Google’s Project Tango Contest

‘Room Modes Calculator’ and ‘We Are Cubed’ among 48 finalists for Google’s 2015 Project Tango developer contest.

Nickelodeon Headline News

Nickelodeon Orders New Season of ‘Fairly OddParents’

Nickelodeon greenlights season 10 of Emmy Award-winning animated series; joining the cast of characters is Chloe Carmichael, an enthusiastic, funny and over-achieving little girl with whom Timmy will have to share his fairies.

Haptic Animation Headline News

Haptic Animation Launches Non-Profit Amplifier Program

Seattle-based Haptic Animation Amplifier will include a historical timeline of Pacific Northwest animation and a database of every animated film ever made in the region, as well as touring short film theatrical programs.