Fresh off of its highest-rated performance ever on TV, Nickelodeon will treat AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER fans to a unique experience this September with a brand-new, multiplayer global online game. In the game, AVATAR: LEGENDS OF THE ARENA, which will serve as a prequel story to the series, players can create their own AVATAR character and test their skills against players from around the globe in several 3D online arenas.
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Rather than preaching the benefits of milk, British Columbia Dairy Foundation's (BCDF) eclectic, new advertising campaign demonstrates the consequences of not drinking enough milk, making it much more interesting and meaningful to targeted teens and young adults.
The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) has announced the films that have been invited to compete in this year's event happening September 17-21 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
onedotzero International Festival Tour 2008-2009Deadline: July 31, 2008
onedotzero presents up-and-coming visual talent alongside the work of world-leading creative luminaries, revealing future directions in moving image. Inaugural shows will be at the prestigious BFI Southbank in London and Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina followed by extensive global city tour. The deadline has been extended to July 31, 2008.
Finish Post have created an exotic and tropical campaign for LittlewoodsDirect directed by Home Corp's Sara Dunlop.
Electronic Arts has unveiled the games it will feature at E3 Media and Business Summit at the Los Angeles Convention Center July 15-17. The games -- scheduled to ship on multiple platforms in 2008 and early 2009 -- include riveting graphics, deep stories and online, socially connected experiences.
Singapore's Chin Han --next in THE DARK KNIGHT -- will have a role in Roland Emmerich's 2012, per VARIETY.
The ensemble cast already includes John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejifor and Danny Glover. The shoot begins in August in Vancouver.
"I have always enjoyed Roland Emmerich's epic take on sci-fi and disaster movies and really look forward to being a part of this film," Han said.
Taffy Ent. is bolstering the Latin American presence of its hit animated shows CODE LYOKO, THE FANTASTIC FOUR, DIVE OLLY DIVE! and CREEPIE, announcing key sales with a variety free TV broadcasters in the region. The deals were completed with the assistance of Canadian-based HOLA Ent., which signed on as Taffy's distribution agents for free TV broadcasters and video distribution in Latin America a year ago.
Taffy is owned by The MoonScoop Group and is a worldwide distribution, brand management and entertainment company.
FX has bought the rights to air HANCOCK from Sony Pictures Television, per VARIETY.
The license term for the movie, distributed by Sony's Columbia Pictures, is four years, beginning late 2010. If the film is a hit, FX will play more than $20 million. The formula for the deal covers a payout of about 12 percent of the domestic box office, capped if the movie goes above $200 million.
Two other Will Smith vehicles, INDEPENDENCE DAY and I, ROBOT bring in big Nielsen ratings every time they're shown on FX, making the bid an easy decision for the network.
Sony Pictures Imageworks, the award-winning digital production company whose most recent project HANCOCK opens July 2, announced six major motion picture projects that are currently in production at the facility.
The films include:--Action thriller EAGLE EYE for DreamWorks Pictures--Mystery adventure WATCHMEN for Warner Bros. Pictures--Dramatic thriller UNTITLED RIDLEY SCOTT FILM for Warner Bros. Pictures--Family adventure G-FORCE, a Jerry Bruckheimer Production for Walt Disney Pictures--Suspense thriller VALKYRIE for United Artists
Sony is set to launch their long-awaited video download service on the PlayStation 3 this summer, but is still working on getting major studios onboard, per VARIETY.
At a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday, Kaz Hirai, President and CEO of Sony Computer Ent., announced plans to allow users to download movies and TV shows via their PS3 consoles starting this summer in the U.S. and soon after in Europe and Asia. This service has been in the works since the PS3 debuted in 2006.
Sony Pictures Ent. has promoted Valerie Van Galder and Marc Weinstock to co-presidents of Worldwide Theatrical Marketing, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for the studio, to whom the two will report.
Van Galder and Weinstock will collectively develop and oversee worldwide marketing campaigns for all films released by Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Animation.
The team at Entity FX, a film, television and commercial vfx company in Santa Monica, California and Vancouver, British Columbia, was awarded a 2008 Sports Emmy Award. Entity FX was recognized in the category of Outstanding Graphic Design for its work on SPORT SCIENCE, which airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Fox Sports Network.
Ubisoft will expand its award-winning development teams with the opening its first production studio in South America.
The decision to establish a studio in Sao Paulo was directly tied to the fact that the city is the economic capital of Brazil, itself the economic leader in South America. It's also a cultural hotspot, with a young and creative population that has shown a passion for new technology and media, Sao Paulo boasts the largest grouping of universities on the continent.
DECODE Ent. has followed recent major deals for hit preschool series FRANNY'S FEET with a third season commission from Family Channel, an Astral Media network.
The Canadian broadcaster has ordered a further 26x11 minutes, bringing the total to (104x11 or 52x22), and will air the new season on its Playhouse Disney and Family channels.
Recent deals for the property have seen the television series acquired by PBS Kids Sprout, following excellent ratings for the show in the U.S. on THIRTEEN/WNET where it airs daily, and in the U.K., a sale to the Disney Channel.
Len Wiseman will direct New Line's GEARS OF WAR, based on Microsoft and Epic Games' hit video game, per VARIETY.
Chris Morgan is writing a new version of a script originally penned by Stuart Beattie. Morgan's credits include the upcoming WANTED from Universal and THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT.
Fans have been speculating for nearly a year that Wiseman would be selected; the game was featured in his most recent film LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, but talks with New Line happened only in the past few months.
Robert Oswaks has been promoted to president, marketing for Sony Pictures Television (SPT). This was announced by Steve Mosko, president, SPT, to whom he reports. In this position Oswaks directs the development and strategic implementation of advertising, marketing, promotion and the media and client relations efforts for network, syndication and cable and new media programming, as well as corporate brand marketing activities.
Amanda Peet has been cast as the female lead in Roland Emmerich's epic disaster project 2012, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
Peet joins a cast already led by John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and Oliver Platt. The film's plot starts with a global apocalypse and what the survivors do after the fallout.
Peet will play Cusack's ex-wife who has re-married a wealthy man. Cusack's character is a divorced dad trying to become a writer while working as a limo driver.
The Academy Foundation's Institutional Grants Program has awarded a total of $500,000 to 58 film-related nonprofit organizations -- including universities, museums and career development programs -- throughout the United States and in Canada.
Since its establishment in 1968, the foundation, which is the educational wing of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has distributed more than 573 institutional grants.
VFX studio Animal has signed directors Danny Yourd and Steve Hoover for worldwide commercial representation.
SplutterFish, a high-end 3-D rendering software solutions provider, has released the highly-respected Brazil Rendering System V2 Rio Edition, a free version of its award-winning Brazil r/s V2 renderer for 3ds Max. Brazil V2 Rio is a fully-functional rendering suite which allows artists to learn and explore the depth and capabilities of Brazil r/s. Artists can download Brazil V2 Rio at splutterfish.com.
Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation have obtained the motion picture rights to the SMURFS from Lafig Belgium S.A. via producer Jordan Kerner.
The parties will develop a live action/animated major motion picture based on the iconic and lovable sky-blue classic characters.
David Stem and David Weiss are in negotiations to be brought on board to write the screenplay. Stem and Weiss are the award-winning screenwriters behind SHREK 2 and 3, and other notable animated projects including THE RUGRATS MOVIE, and JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS.
Twelve students from nine colleges and universities were honored Saturday as winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 35th Annual Student Academy Awards competition.
IMAX and DreamWorks Animation will release KUNG FU PANDA in 89 domestic IMAX theaters from June 2008 to May 2010. The film opens in theaters today.
The film will also open in 37 IMAX theatres internationally during the days and weeks following the domestic launch. Kung Fu Panda has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with IMAX DMR technology.