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Series Headline News

Kamen Rider Heads to Brazil

Adness Ent. has finalized a broadcast licensing deal with TV Globo in Brazil for the live-action franchise, KAMEN RIDER DRAGON KNIGHT. The series, which follows the adventures of Kit Taylor as he journeys to find his missing father, will debut in the Fall 2009 television season.

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Imira Signs Pre-NATPE Deals for Lola, Vitaminix

Imira Ent. heads to NATPE with a raft of deals already in place for LOLA & VIRGINIA and VITAMINIX with U.S. and Latin American broadcasters.

Imira's hit animated series LOLA & VIRGINIA (52x12) has scored further deals with Canal Once in Mexico following Brazil's SBT renewal of the show. The Brazilian broadcaster has also picked up licensing and merchandising rights with New Star, taking home entertainment rights for the territory, and Quality Films picking up the home entertainment rights for Chile. LOLA & VIRGINIA is now seen in more than 100 territories worldwide.

Special Headline News

Quantum of Solace Hits DVD/Blu-ray March 24

The high-octane action of the world's most famous secret agent continues when QUANTUM OF SOLACE explodes onto Blu-ray and DVD this March from MGM and Fox Home Ent.

A worldwide box office phenomenon, QUANTUM OF SOLACE has broken countless records and scored among the top 20 film openings of all time in 67 international territories. Bond... James Bond remains one of the world's largest and most successful film franchises with 22 films to date.

Imax Headline News

IMAX Signs First Digital Theatre Deal in Russia

IMAX Corporation and Rising Star Media, a joint venture between National Amusements, Inc. and Soquel Ventures, have agreed to install an IMAX theatre at Rising Star's KinoStar City multiplex at Mega Belyadacha regional mall in Moscow, Russia.

Film Headline News

WALL-E Wins Golden Tomato

Pixar took home its fifth Golden Tomato Award from movie review aggregate site RottenTomatoes.com with WALL-E. The film scored the highest reviews (96 percent Tomatometer score) of any wide release of the year.

Documentary MAN ON WIRE won the 2008 Golden Tomato Award Winners for a limited release film with a 100 percent score.

2008 Category-Specific Golden Tomato Award Winners:

-- Documentary: MAN ON WIRE-- Foreign: THE BAND’S VISIT (Israel)-- Action/Adventure: THE DARK KNIGHT-- Animation: WALL-E

Film Headline News

Zero 2 Sixty, Guerilla FX Sign Director/Cinematographer George Billard

New York-based commercial production company Zero 2 Sixty (0:2:60) and their design, effects and post partner Guerilla FX (GFX), have signed director/cinematographer George Billard for exclusive U.S. spot representation and for the creation of interactive content.

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CRASH+SUES Signs Veteran Smoke Artist Mark Anderson

CRASH+SUES has signed online editor/Smoke artist Mark Anderson to its talent roster.

Anderson joins the award-winning Minneapolis-based postproduction company after a 10-year stint at Avenue/Chicago. A graduate of Columbia College with a degree in Fine Arts, Anderson is also an experienced offline editor and DP, and worked in the capacity of sound engineer for Trackwork Orange from 1992-1994. His signing comes on the heels of CRASH+SUES recent restructuring and redesign as well as a campaign heralding the company's re-branding.

Film Headline News

Quantum Top Grossing Bond Flick of All Time

At the motion picture box office, there is one man who keeps showing that nobody does it better: Bond. James Bond.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures'/Columbia Pictures' QUANTUM OF SOLACE, the 22nd James Bond adventure, has taken in over $167.1 million to become the most successful Bond film of all time in North America, surpassing the $167 million grossed domestically by CASINO ROYALE. The film is still playing in 891 theaters in the United States.

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Chow Might Depart Green Hornet Project Entirely

Stephen Chow told THE ASSOCIATED PRESS that, in addition to dropping out as director of THE GREEN HORNET, he will only play Kato if his schedule allows.

Last week, Chow's departure from the director's chair was announced, but at the time, it appeared as if he would continue on as the superhero's sidekick. Columbia Pictures did not respond to the AP's email request for comment.

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EA to Reduce Workforce by 10 Percent

Electronic Arts has announced further details on a restructuring plan which will include consolidating facilities and reducing the work force.

EA expects the restructuring plan will result in annual cost savings of approximately $120 million and restructuring charges of approximately $55-$65 million over the next several quarters.

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Chow Won't Direct Green Hornet, Will Still Play Kato

Stephen Chow has dropped out as director of THE GREEN HORNET over "creative differences," per VARIETY. He will still play Kato, however. Columbia Pictures and producer Neal Mortiz are in the process of finding a new director, hopefully before the end of the year, to keep the film on track to begin production in the spring.

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Rory Bruer Named President, Worldwide Distribution at Sony

In a move that consolidates Sony Pictures' worldwide theatrical distribution activities under one roof, Rory Bruer has been promoted to President of Worldwide Distribution.

As part of the consolidation, Mark Zucker has been named president of Sony Pictures Releasing International. The moves finalizes the goal of Jeff Blake, Chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing & Distribution, to integrate the studio's marketing and distribution divisions on a global basis. Last year, Blake completed the merger of the studio's worldwide marketing operations.

Festival Headline News

Slamdance Shorts Competition Lineup Announced

As the Slamdance Film Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2009, 86 short films in four different competition categories -- documentary, narrative/experimental, animation and music video, which is a new classification this year -- will be showcased and be eligible for a Grand Jury Award. All accepted entries have been selected to screen by the Shorts Programming Committee, which is comprised primarily of Slamdance alumni filmmakers.

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Columbia Promotes Gumpert to President of Biz Affairs

Andrew Gumpert has been promoted to President of Business Affairs and Administration for Columbia Pictures.

Gumpert will report jointly to Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Ent. (SPE) and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of SPE and Chairman, SPE Motion Pictures Group.

Kids Headline News

Nickelodeon To Launch New Multiplayer Global Game

Nickelodeon is helping kids get their game on in the name of the environment, beginning Dec. 14 with the launch of THE BIG GREEN HELP GLOBAL CHALLENGE -- the first multiplayer kids' online game with a goal of igniting real-world action for environmental change. Kids will be asked to virtually pledge volunteer hours in the "Global Challenge" that they can translate into actionable steps in their homes, communities and schools.

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American Greetings Expands Licensing Reach Of Care Bears

American Greetings Properties, the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings Corporation, continues to expand the international footprint of CARE BEARS across the globe with a slate of new deals in key territories. Through a partnership with Spain-based retail giant Oysho, American Greetings Properties recently launched CARE BEARS classic apparel at all Oysho stores worldwide.

Series Headline News

4Kids Inks New Deals For Chaotic Series in France, U.K.

On the heels of MIPCOM 2008, 4Kids Ent. has finalized licensing agreements with broadcasters in France and the U.K. for the first season of CHAOTIC.

CHAOTIC (Season One) is scheduled to launch on Gulli TV in France, Rede TV in Brazil and Jetix in the U.K., beginning first quarter 2009.

The property's second season, CHAOTIC: M'ARRILLIAN INVASION, has also been renewed by Teletoon in Canada and Jetix in Latin America. Broadcast sales of the series in Germany, Italy and other markets are expected to close by end of the calendar year.

Effects Headline News

Martian Labs Lands In BC

Martian Labs is opening a branch of its award-winning vfx division in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In order to expand and adapt to the increasing demands of their clients, Martian Labs is launching this new office to help support the emerging Hollywood-in-the-north industry.

Effects Headline News

Fredrik Callinggard Keeps Things SimplyLite

In agency Cramer-Krasselt/Milwaukee's new national TV campaign introducing CorningWare SimplyLite bakeware, Director/Cameraman Fredrik Callinggard proves that cooking light applies to more than just food. It's a new live action/CG spot done through Marina Del Rey, California-based Bully Pictures, the spot production company headed by Executive Producer Jason Forest.

Show Headline News

Shaun the Sheep Wins International Emmy

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 36th International Emmy Awards Monday night at a gala event held in the New York Hilton, hosted by award-winning stage and screen actor Roger Bart, currently leading in Mel Brooks' new Broadway musical, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.

Million Headline News

World of Warcraft Expansion Breaks PC Sales Record

Blizzard Ent.'s WORLD OF WARCRAFT’s second expansion, WRATH OF THE LICH KING, has sold more than 2.8 million copies in its first 24 hours of availability, making it the fastest-selling PC game of all time.

Digital Headline News

Digital Musings From the Editor:

VFXWorld had the chance recently to speak exclusively with Bob Osher and Hannah Minghella, the two new heads of Sony Pictures Digital Prods., about their artist-centric approach to vfx and animation. Six months ago, Osher was named president of the fledgling division while continuing to serve as COO of Columbia Pictures. Minghella was appointed president of production for Sony Pictures Animation. They tell us how they've already begun making their mark and what their future roadmap is. Meanwhile, J. Paul Peszko takes a look at a fascinating new music video, HEART ATTACK, from Low vs.

Henson Headline News

Stop-Motion Pinocchio Pairs Del Toro, Jim Henson Co.

Guillermo del Toro and the Jim Henson Co. are working to develop a PINOCCHIO stop-motion feature with a darker tone, per VARIETY.

Henson Co. co-presidents Brian Henson and Lisa Henson will produce with SVP Jason Lust. Del Toro will exec produce. Del Toro revealed his involvement with the project on BLOODYDISGUSTING.com; saying he was working on the screenplay with Gris Grimly, who was the illustrator on 2002's PINOCCHIO. Grimly and Adam Parrish King will co-direct.

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Aaron Eckhart To Battle For L.A.

Aaron Eckhart is now attached to star in sci-fi actioner BATTLE: LOS ANGELES at Columbia from director Jonathan Liebesman, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Neal Moritz' Original Films is producing. Eckhart, who memorably played Harvey Dent/Two Face in this summer's THE DARK KNIGHT, will be the star of a major action film for the first time. He's also had starring roles in IN THE COMPANY OF MEN and THANK YOU FOR SMOKING.

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