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Headline News Waltzing Away with NSFC Best Picture Prize

U.S. movie critics say the animated documentary WALTZ WITH BASHIR was the best film of 2008, giving it a National Society of Film Critics award.

The LOS ANGELES TIMES reported Sunday the movie from Ari Folman details the Israeli director's struggles with repressed memories that date back to his experience in the 1982 Lebanon War.

The doc beat out HAPPY-GO-LUCKY and WALL-E, among others.

Headline News Batman, Indy & Iron Man Battle To Be People's Choice

Who will reign as the People's Choice? Batman, Indy or Iron Man? The nominees for the 35th annual People's Choice Awards were announced Monday.

Queen Latifah will host the show, which will air life January 7 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Anyone can vote for their favorites in more than 40 categories, including new categories for favorite superhero, TV drama diva and movie cast.

A sampling of the nominees are below; vote now at www.pcavote.com.

Favorite Movie:THE DARK KNIGHT

Headline News Pinocchio Blu-ray Set for March 10

The film that taught the world to "Wish Upon a Star" shines brighter than ever when Walt Disney's original classic, PINOCCHIO: 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition is released from the Disney vault on March 10, 2009. Available for the first time in high-definition and 2-Disc DVD, PINOCCHIO is brilliantly restored with enhanced picture and sound unlike anything you've ever seen or heard before. This classic story of magic, adventure and loyalty will be available for a limited time only and comes loaded with bonus features that unlock the doors to the magical world of PINOCCHIO.

Headline News Tiger's Apprentice Leaps To Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network announced its latest live-action/CGI movie based on the bestselling young adult Harper Collins book TIGER'S APPRENTICE by Lawrence Yep. Oscar-nominated screenwriter David Magee (FINDING NEVERLAND) adapted the award-winning book into a feature script optioned by Cartoon Network.

Jane Startz (TUCK EVERLASTING, INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD) will exec produce the project. Set to premiere in 2010, TIGER'S APPRENTICE is now in pre-production with staffing and casting currently underway at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, California.

Headline News Digital Musings From the Editor:

Last week I attended NVISION 08 in San Jose, the first ever visual computing conference from NVIDIA, and I have a report on a few highlights. Meanwhile, Ed Harriss reviews XSI 7 with ICE from Softimage, which created a lot of heat at SIGGRAPH, so you'll want to find out all about the benefits of Interactive Creative Environment. And Alain Bielik covers the vfx in two new movie releases: BABYLON A.D. and BANGKOK DANGEROUS.

Bill DesowitzEditor

Headline News Tropic Thunder's Visual Effects Play Up The Laughs

Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. lead an ensemble cast in DreamWorks Pictures' TROPIC THUNDER, an action comedy about a group of self-absorbed actors who set out to make the biggest war film ever. After ballooning costs (and the out of control egos of the pampered cast) threaten to shut down the movie, the frustrated director refuses to stop shooting, leading his cast deep into the jungles of Southeast Asia for "increased realism," where they inadvertently encounter real bad guys.

Headline News Voices Return For Space Chimps Video Game

Talent from the upcoming animated movie, SPACE CHIMPS, will be featured in the videogame of the same name. Cheryl Hines (CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, RV) and Patrick Warburton (BEE MOVIE, SEINFELD) reprise their roles from the movie, Luna and Titan respectively, for the videogame.

Based on the film produced by Vanguard Animation and presented by Starz Animation, the videogame is slated for release on July 15, 2008, just days before the film's July 18, 2008 debut.

Headline News The Dark Knight Takes Over ReelzChannel TV Network

For BATMAN fans everywhere, there is no film more highly anticipated this summer than THE DARK KNIGHT. For this most recent big-budget installment of the popular franchise, ReelzChannel, the only cable/satellite network dedicated to "Everything About Movies, 24/7," will become "Everything About THE DARK KNIGHT, 24/7" as it devotes its original programs across the network July 11-20 to showcase the movie franchise.

Headline News Stuntman Killed On Set Of Woo's Red Cliff

A stuntman was killed and six people were injured Monday during second-unit filming on director John Woo's THE BATTLE OF RED CLIFF, per VARIETY.

For the most expensive movie in Chinese -- and Asian -- history, the death of the 23-year-old is another unfortunate setback. Production has been hampered by everything from cast changes to bad weather.

Headline News Movie Lovers Name Indiana Jones' Greatest Moments In Survey From Blockbuster

Movie lovers are saying that Indiana Jones may have enough gray hair to be a classic, but they also overwhelmingly agree he's a modern-day hero that still captures their hearts and imaginations.

Blockbuster revealed the results of a survey in which film buffs gave "classic" status to several scenes from the first three Indiana Jones movies. The survey also reveals that fans still see Indy as a bonafide action hero, even if he has aged since his first film came out more than 25 years ago.

Headline News Excerpt From Prince Caspian Book

Offering a behind-the-scenes look at the shooting of PRINCE CASPIAN (out May 16 from Disney/Walden Media), an excerpt from unit publicist Ernie Malik's book THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN follows:

Making a full-scale motion picture like PRINCE CASPIAN is a journey unto itself -- not only a physical one that took hundreds of filmmakers thousands of miles across two hemispheres, but also a spiritual and emotional voyage for the film's family members.

Headline News Cartoon Network Snaps Up Mini LEGO Indy Movie

LEGO animation lovers, grab your bomber jackets, whips and TV remotes. The newest CG animation LEGO mini movie, LEGO INDIANA JONES AND THE RAIDERS OF THE LOST BRICK, will premiere as a commercial event within the Cartoon Network Toonami programming block Saturday, May 10 at 9 p.m.

The event, running four minutes in length, will be hosted by Shia LaBeouf, star of the much-anticipated feature film INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL.

Headline News TVLand.com Launches Movie Trailer Lover's Database

Beginning immediately, visitors to TVLand.com will be greeted with a huge collection of movie trailers representing movies that TV Land viewers grew up with, fell in love with, laughed at, got scared by and more.

From CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG to CHARIOTS OF FIRE and STAR WARS to THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, nearly 1,000 movie trailers are being offered, providing visitors with the chance to relive the excitement, romance, laughter or fear of their favorite films via the three minute snapshot that has become synonymous with the movie-going experience.

Headline News Transformers Comic Series Continues Story

IDW Publishing is releasing the official continuation of last summer's blockbuster TRANSFORMERS movie, from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, in association with Hasbro.

The first storyline to spin out of the hugely successful movie, TRANSFORMERS MOVIE SEQUEL: THE REIGN OF STARSCREAM continues the story from where the movie ended.

Headline News Week of Ben 10 Exclusives On Cartoon Network

There will be a special week of BEN 10 programming on Cartoon Network, leading up to the Alien Force premiere on Friday, April 18 at 8 p.m.

--April 13 - BEN 10 marathon--April 14 at 8 p.m. -- BEN 10 special featuring the results of the ultimate BEN 10 fan challenge--April 15 at 8 p.m. -- A previously unseen episode of BEN 10--April 16 at 8 p.m. -- Enhanced version of the animated movie BEN 10: THE SECRET OF THE OMNITRIX--April 17 at 8 p.m. -- BEN 10: RACE AGAINST TIME live-action movie

Headline News Bee Movie Gets A DVD Buzz

BEE MOVIE was the toast of the DVD world last week, when the Paramount/DreamWorks comedy topped the national DVD sales chart in its first week in release, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

That makes it the biggest comedy to be released on DVD so far this year, as well as the biggest family movie.

BEE MOVIE generated a combined total of about $50 million in consumer spending in its first week. That's 40 percent of its theatrical gross of $126.6 million.

Headline News DVD Releases For March 11, 2008

DVD Releases include SAM & MAX, BEE MOVIE and APPLESEED: EX MACHINA.

Shout Factory Releases Sam & Max

On March 11th, SAM & MAX: FREELANCE POLICE!!! THE COMPLETE SERIES arrives on DVD, courtesy of Shout! Factory.

The 3-disc set features every episode of the quirky Fox kids show, based on Steve Purcell's popular underground comic filled with screwy quixotic missions jammed packed with nerve-jangling action.

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