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Headline News Raising the Bar on Bringing Animated Characters to Life

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 9:03am

Ben 10: Alien Swarm is the second live-action film from Cartoon Network based on their immensely popular animated series franchise Ben 10. This time around the network wanted to push the limits and deliver an intense thrill ride for the audience.

Headline News TNT’s Alien Drama Adds to Cast

Drew Roy (iCARLY) and Peter Shinkoda (THE HOLE) have joined TNT's untitled alien-invasion drama pilot, notes the HollywoodReporter. The Steven Spielberg produced TNT project stars ER’s Noah Wyle as the leader of a group rising against alien forces.

Headline News Scott Officially on Alien Prequel

Ridley Scott will return to direct an ALIEN prequel for 20th Century Fox, reports VARIETY. Jon Spaihts, writer of the in-development sci-fi films Warner Bros.' SHADOW 19, Disney's CHILDREN OF MARS and Sony's ST. GEORGE AND THE DRAGON, will pen the script. He was hired after pitching his take on the film to producers Scott Free Prods.

Headline News Spielberg's Alien Pilot Adds Cast

Moon Bloodgood, Jessy Schram, Seychelle Gabriel and Maxim Knight have joined the cast of Steven Spielberg's untitled alien invasion pilot for TNT, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, joining already-announced star Noah Wyle.

The pilot, written by Robert Rodat and directed by Carl Franklin, follows a group of human survivors in the aftermath of an alien invasion that's wiped out most of the population. Wyle will play the leader of a ragtag group of soldiers struggling against the occupying alien force. The newly-announced actors will be members of that group.

Headline News VFX Vet Finds UFO Director's Chair

VFX sup Matthew Gratzner has taken a set in the director's chair for the feature film adaptation of the 1970s TV series UFO, VARIETY reports. Gratzner's f/x credits include the upcoming SHUTTER ISLAND, THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR, HANCOCK, IRON MAN and ALIEN: RESURRECTION.

The Robert Evans Co. optioned the property from ITV Global earlier in the year. Producers Evans, Henri Kessler and Avi Haas and Gratzner's New Deal Studios will produce the flick.

Headline News Sci Fi Brings Alien Cops Remake to the Air

Sci Fi is in development on a TV adaptation of 1988 feature ALIEN NATION, per VARIETY. The property was also previously a series on FOX.

Tim Minear (ANGEL, THE X-FILES, FIREFLY) will write the pilot, a fresh take on the franchise about a veteran cop and his alien detective partner. The series also focuses on alien newcomers who move to Earth and assimilate into society.

Headline News Shrek, Area 51 Writer to Pen Alien Zoo

SHREK, SHREK 2 and the upcoming AREA 51 writer Joe Stillman has been hired by Warner Bros. to script ALIEN ZOO, a live action-CGI hybrid, according to VARIETY.

WB and Unique Features partners Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne are producing with Dylan Sellers. The family comedy concept, from Sellers, is said to be JURASSIC PARK with aliens.

AREA 51, with Dwayne Johnson as a lead voice, will be released by Sony this fall. Stillman also wrote GULLIVER'S TRAVELS with Jack Black and PERCY JACKSON AND THE LIGHTNING THIEF to be directed by Chris Columbus.

Headline News Production Starts on Live-Action Ben 10 Movie

Production has commenced on BEN 10: ALIEN SWARM, a new live-action movie based on the hit animated series BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE that will premiere on Cartoon Network in fall 2009. The live-action movie will have principal photography in Atlanta, Georgia.

Headline News CNE Names New Partners for Ben 10 Alien Force at Toy Fair

As one of the top-selling brands in the boys' action space, BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE will welcome three new partners in the hardlines space. Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE), the licensing and merchandising arm of the kids cable network, has signed Basic Fun, The Canadian Group and Dynatch to the brand and each will create a range of products for the hit Cartoon Network original series.

Headline News James Cameron's Avatar to be Released in IMAX 3-D on Dec. 18 2009

IMAX Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox have reached agreement on material terms to release the highly anticipated 3-D motion picture AVATAR in IMAX 3-D simultaneously with the motion picture's premiere in conventional 3-D theatres on December 18, 2009.

Headline News Ben 10 Alien Force Boutique Debuts at Toys "R" Us Times Square

For the second consecutive holiday season, Cartoon Network's hit property BEN 10 will have a major presence at Toys "R" Us Times Square with the installation of the BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE boutique. In November, the multi-category boutique will serve as a one-stop shop for BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE products at one of the largest destinations for holiday shoppers during the retail season. It will feature a wide selection of BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE action figures, vehicles, role play items, DVDs, video games and apparel based on the hit television series.

Headline News CNE Signs New Ben 10 Alien Force Soft Lines Partners

Ben Tennyson continues his reign as one of the leading boy brands in the marketplace as Cartoon Network Enterprises announces a wide collection of new soft lines product for the network's BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE.

Transitioning existing product categories from the original BEN 10 soft lines program to the next generation franchise, new lines of t-shirts, footwear, sleepwear and accessories will launch at retail starting this fall during the holiday shopping season and rolling out through spring 2009.

Headline News Ben 10: Alien Force Continues Ratings Surge

Cartoon Network presented the second episode of its new animated original series BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE on Saturday, April 26, at 10 a.m. in its regularly scheduled timeslot, firmly beating its performance last Saturday, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research.

Headline News Ben 10: Alien Force Sets Cartoon Network Records

Ben Tennyson, now 15-years old in the newest chapter of the BEN 10 saga, proved his supernatural delivery and ratings strength when Cartoon Network premiered the all-new animated series BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE last Friday night (8-9 p.m., ET/PT).

It set new records as the most-watched original series premiere in Cartoon Network history among kids 6-11, boys 6-11, boys 2-11 and Households, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research.

Headline News Zombie and Alien Scooby-Doo on DVD Tuesday

Two original, full-length Scooby-Doo movies make their debut as a double feature on Tuesday: SCOOBY-DOO AND THE ALIEN INVADERS and SCOOBY-DOO ON ZOMBIE ISLAND ($14.97 Warner Home Video).

ALIEN INVADERS finds Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and the Mystery, Inc. kids uncovering the shenanigans of flying saucer buffs, secretive scientists and unfriendly extraterrestrials in a remote desert town.

Headline News Older and Wiser Ben 10 To Premiere on CN in Spring 2008

The next chapter in the continuing BEN 10 saga, BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE, will begin with a special one-hour episode on Cartoon Network in Spring 2008. The new series begins five years later when 15-year-old Ben Tennyson chooses to once again put on the Omnitrix and discovers that it has reconfigured his DNA and can now transform him into 10 brand new aliens. Joined by his super-powered cousin Gwen Tennyson and his equally powerful former enemy Kevin Levin, Ben is on a mission to find his missing Grandpa Max.

Headline News Alien Entomologist Gets Green Light

DEX HAMILTON: ALIEN ENTOMOLOGIST (26x30), a new animated comedy-adventure series about an intrepid young explorer, has begun production, with delivery slated for fall 2008. Australian commercial broadcaster Ten Network has already pre-bought the series.

Created by Matthew Fenandez, DEX HAMILTON is a Canadian/Australian co-production between Toronto- and Sudbury-based March Ent. and Sydney-based SLR Prods. Parthenon Kids is also a co-production partner on the series and will be distributing it internationally.

Headline News Tobey Maguire Gears Up for Robotech

Tobey Maguire and Warner Bros. will be producing a live-action adaptation of the classic anime series ROBOTECH, reports the trades. Maguire looks to star in the potential blockbuster as well as produce via his Maguire Ent. production co.

The 1980's mecha series was produced by Harmony Gold USA and Tatsunoko Prods. The sci-fi series followed Earth's use of alien technology to engineer giant robots to help fight various alien invasions.

Headline News Cartoon Network Invaded by Aliens in May

In May, Bloo, from FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS, sends a message to deep space and ends up letting aliens loose on Earth and in Cartoon Network original series ED, EDD N EDDY, MY GYM PARTNER'S A MONKEY, CAMP LAZLO and THE GRIM ADVENTURES OF BILLY & MANDY. Alien-themed episodes will air throughout the month, beginning May 4, 2007, at 7:00 pm, culminating with an out-of-this-world alien invasion marathon on Memorial Day.

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