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Headline News Millar's War Heroes Go To Sony

Comic WAR HEROES by Mark Millar has been purchased by Sony for Michael DeLuca to produce, per VARIETY.

Sony's Columbia Pictures is looking for a writer to adapt the books, which were published starting in June from Image Comics. Sony won the six-part property over several other studios.

Millar will exec produce with Zach Schiff Abrams. The story is about an experimental military program that gives soldiers superpowers. A hero amongst the ranks rises up to stop a rogue group of soldiers who use their powers for criminal misdeeds.

Headline News Echo Bridge Goes Exotic

Following their recent purchase of Alliance Atlantis International Distribution, Echo Bridge Ent. has finalized a slate of international licensing agreements for animated children's series LUNAR JIM, DRAGON BOOSTER and ADVENTURES OF SINBAD.

Headline News Green Hornet Stings Stephen Chow

Stephen Chow will star as Kato and make his American directorial debut in THE GREEN HORNET, opposite Seth Rogan as the Green Hornet.

Chow's hire gives a hint to the type of movie THE GREEN HORNET will be, as his style (as described in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) in KUNG FU HUSTLE and SHAOLIN SOCCER is kung fu-meets-Bugs Bunny.

Masked crime fighter Green Hornet, to be played by a slimmed-down Rogan, was a 1930s radio star who later appeared on film, TV and comic books. The also-masked Kato is Green Hornet's sidekick and driver.

Headline News Third Annual Aniboom Awards Open For Submissions

aniBoom has announced its Third Annual aniBoom Awards for submissions from independent animators of all types around the globe. Submissions are welcome from today through December 1, 2008, during which time the animations will be viewed and ranked by the community on aniBoom.com and by a select panel of entertainment industry luminaries.

Headline News Voice Cast Announced For Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

A voice cast headed by Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T, and Tracy Morgan, will bring to life the characters of Sony Pictures Animation's CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, set for release January 15, 2010, in mouthwatering 3D.

The Columbia Pictures film is written and directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord, based on the bestselling children's book written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett about a town where food falls from the sky like rain. Pam Marsden is the producer.

Headline News World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King In Stores November 13

Blizzard Ent.'s WORLD OF WARCRAFT: WRATH OF THE LICH KING, the second expansion for its award-winning subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), will arrive in stores on November 13 in North America, Europe, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Russia, and November 14 in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.

The expansion will be available in Korea and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau on November 18. Details regarding the launch of WRATH OF THE LICH KING in mainland China will be announced at a later date.

Headline News Raccoon, Crawfish Capture Another Win

RACCOON AND CRAWFISH, the eight- minute 3D animated short produced by the Oneida Indian Nation's Four Directions Productions, has captured its 14th film festival win from around the world.

This time the Oneida legend brought to life through animation has won Best Animation at the Guild of Italian American Actors Festival of Short Films and Videos, scheduled for October 4-5 in New York City.

Headline News Will Smith Tries Out Pharaoh Job, Battles Assyrian Invaders

Will Smith may be headed for ancient Egypt in his next role. Randall Wallace (BRAVEHEART) has been hired to write THE LAST PHARAOH for Columbia, a drama created as a star vehicle for Smith to play Taharqa, the pharaoh who battled Assyrian invaders in 677 B.C., per VARIETY.

Smith, James Lasister and Ken Stovitz will produce for Overbrook Ent. Smith brought Wallace the story, having long wanted to play the Egyptian leader. The film will focus on Taharqa's battles with the Assyrian leader Esarhaddon.

Headline News Activision Blizzard Two-for-One Stock Split Now Effective

Activision Blizzard, Inc. announced today that its two-for-one stock split is effective and its common stock will begin trading today on a split-adjusted basis. As a result of the stock split, there are approximately 1.3 billion shares of Activision Blizzard's common stock issued and outstanding.

Activision Blizzard maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Romania, Australia, Chile, India, Japan China, South Korea and the region of Taiwan.

Headline News Who Ya Gonna Call? The Office Producers!

Columbia is seriously pursuing a new installment of its GHOSTBUSTERS franchise, per VARIETY.

They have hired THE OFFICE co-exec producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitzky to pen a script for a new film that would bring back the original cast -- minus the retired Rick Moranis -- of Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson.

Columbia refused comment on development of a new film.

Headline News Delgo Slated For December Release

Freestyle Releasing and Fathom Studios have picked a December 12 release date for CG animated film, DELGO.

DELGO won Best Animated Feature of 2008 at Anima Mundi in Brazil this year.

DELGO is a fantasy action-adventure of a world's struggle for unity. The voice cast includes Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Anne Bancroft, Val Kilmer, Chris Kattan, Malcolm McDowell, Lou Gossett, Jr., Kelly Ripa, Michael Clarke Duncan, Eric Idle, Sally Kellerman and Burt Reynolds.

Headline News MTV Networks Int'l Launches First Music/Kids International HD Service

MTV Networks International (MTVNI) has launched first international high definition service dedicated to music and kids, MTVNHD (MTV Networks High Definition). The 24-hour English-language channel will premiere on Monday, 15 September 2008 and will be available in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Poland and Sweden.

Headline News Cast Your Vote For The Top New Canadian Animators

Emerging animators from across Canada have been selected as finalists for the 2008 TELETOON Animation Scholarship. With shorts spanning from the biblical past to a hyper-industrial future, the short-listed films are now on www.teletoon.com. Cartoon fans are invited to watch and vote to decide which short in each category will win the Voter's Choice Award and receive a cash award of $500. Voting is open until September 15.

Headline News Universal Pictures Int'l Ramps Up Blu-ray -- Hulk First Up

Universal Pictures International Ent. will release THE INCREDIBLE HULK on DVD and Blu-ray on October 13, marking the studio's first international day-and-date wide debut of a Blu-ray new release feature film.

The film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.S. on October 21.

From Marvel Studios, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, starring Edward Norton, Tim Roth and Liv Tyler has earned $250 million in worldwide box office. Bonus features on the Blu-ray will include the U-Control application and interactive features via BD-Live.

Headline News 3D Entertainment Hires Former National Geographic IMAX Film Sales Director

IMAX industry veteran Patricia Brandino has joined 3D Entertainment Distribution in the newly created position of VP, Film Sales. Effective September 7, Brandino will be responsible for theatrical sales of the company's current and future film catalogue in North America, including Jean-Michel Cousteau's DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D released domestically at IMAX 3-D theatres earlier this year. She will report directly to Francois Mantello, the chairman of 3D Entertainment and its distribution unit.

Headline News Flying Experience With 3D Depth Sensing For Beijing Olympics Visitors

GestureTek, creator of gesture-driven user interfaces, and Xpletive, innovators of immersive applications using next-generation technologies, have unveiled a space-age, custom-designed interactive attraction at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. GestureTek is the inventor and multiple patent holder of camera-enabled gesture control technology for interactive displays and entertainment experiences.

Headline News VII Anim!Arte -- Brazilian Student Animation Festival

VII Anim!Arte -- Brazilian Student Animation FestivalRio de Janeiro, BrazilDeadline: October 23, 2008November 5-14, 2008

Send in your animated film to the Brazilian Student Animation Festival; the best animation done by a student outside Brazil will win the original Animarte's Tropical Trophy. For more information, go to www.vouanimarte.com.br. Send submissions via mail to ELS2 Comunicacao, Rua Eurico Cruz, 15 Jardim Botanico, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22461 200 Brazil.

Information: email animarte@vouanimarte.com.br.

Headline News Nick Jr. Premieres Season Five Of Dora The Explorer

Nick Jr. will premiere season five of DORA THE EXPLORER with a week-long marathon that begins with brand-new episodes from Monday, September 15, through Thursday, September 18, at 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT) and culminates in a five-hour marathon on Friday, Sept. 19 (9 a.m.-2 p.m. ET/PT), that will include all four new episodes in addition to various movies and specials from previous years.

Headline News Sid Ganis Re-Elected President Of Academy

Sid Ganis was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night by the organization's Board of Governors. This will be his fourth consecutive term in the office.

In addition, Robert Rehme, an Executives Branch governor and past Academy president, was re-elected first vice president; Producers Branch governors Kathleen Kennedy and Hawk Koch were elected to vice president posts; Executives Branch governor Tom Sherak was elected treasurer and Public Relations Branch governor Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected secretary.

Headline News Sony Pictures Imageworks And Sony Pictures Animation: SIGGRAPH

Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation will have a comprehensive presentation during SIGGRAPH 2008. In addition to the more than 15 presentations in the conference program and on the show floor, the companies will highlight current and upcoming projects, their recently expanded IPAX academic program, and will host a special tribute to Stan Winston to be held at the Nokia Theater on Wednesday, August 13.

Headline News Columbia Buys A Maximum Ride

Columbia Pictures has purchased the screen rights to MAXIMUM RIDE, and has hired Don Payne to write the script, per VARIETY.

RIDE is a young adult novel series from James Patterson, featuring six children who have been genetically altered to be 98 percent human, 2 percent bird. The kids, bred to fly, escape their lab-rat existence and are pursued by their scientist creators, who send a pack of part-human, part-wolf creatures called Erasers to track them down.

The fifth installment of the book series will be published in 2009.

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