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Headline News Digital Musings From the Editor:

This month, VFXWORLD once again looks at global market trends, so Bob Swain reports on how Cartoon Movie is helping to facilitate animation production in the EU, and Janet Hetherington talks to Canadian vfx pros about the tremendous upswing in their industry. Meanwhile, in terms of movie coverage, Tom McLean explores Weta Digital's latest innovations for FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER.

Bill DesowitzEditor

Headline News Broadcast Digital Channel Awards Names Disney Channel Best Children's Channel

Disney Channel won the award for the Best Children's Channel at the Broadcast Digital Channel Awards held June 6, 2007, in London, as it beat off competition from CBeebies, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr and CITV, which were also short listed for the award.

Headline News U.S. Cities Vie for Simpsons Springfield Distinction

Cities across the U.S. are competing to be chosen the real-life "Springfield" in a USA TODAY promotion for this summer's theatrical release of THE SIMPSONS MOVIE.

USA TODAY is inviting its readers to vote for communities across the U.S. named Springfield, competing to win a special "Hometown Premiere" of the film on July 26, 2007.

Each participating Springfield has approximately 30 days to submit a short film, 3-5 minutes long, showcasing the community's "Simpson Spirit." USA TODAY readers may vote for their favorite "Hometown Movie" online at USATODAY.com.

Headline News Dead Man's Chest Takes Home Booty at MTV Movie Awards

On June 3, 2007, the MTV Movie Awards had at its golden popcorn statuettes with PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST taking home the most booty. The film won for Best Movie and star Johnny Depp took home the prize for Best Performance. Other vfx features to win include 300 for Best Fight and TRANSFORMERS for Best Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet. A complete list of winners can be found at www.mtv.com/ontv/movieawards/ma07/winners.jhtml.

Headline News Rintaro, Madhouse & Friedman Join Forces on 3D Penguin Feature

Anime director Rintaro (METROPOLIS, X: THE MOVIE, SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK) and Japanese production house Madhouse (X/1999, X: THE MOVIE, METROPOLIS, TRIGUN) along with Paris-based Denis Friedman Prods. have announced a new CGI-animated feature, YONNA YONNA PEGUIN, reports VARIETY. The film is set to debut in Japan in December 2008.

The story features a little girl who gets sucked into a fantasy world populated by goblins who believe that their savior will be a penguin.

Headline News AtomFilms & Lucasfilm Announce Star Wars Fan Movie Finalists

Lucasfilm and AtomFilms announced the 19 official selections in the annual "Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge," their long-running celebration of the best videos created by STAR WARS fans, for STAR WARS fans. The movies, which include short parodies, epic works of fan fiction, world premieres and Internet classics, are now available for viewing and Audience Choice voting at the Fan Movie Challenge site, starwars.atomfilms.com.

Headline News Naruto The Movie: Ninja Clash In The Land Of Snow to Screen One Night Only

Tickets are available now to the special, one-night-only theatrical engagement in 160 select theaters nationwide of the first NARUTO feature film, NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW, from VIZ Media, on June 6, 2007, in North America.

NARUTO THE MOVIE is rated "T" for Teens and will play in select theaters through National CineMedia's Fathom in every major market across the U.S. A complete list of cities is located on VIZ Media's website at www.VIZ.com. Tickets to the general public are on sale through the Fathom website at www.FathomEvents.com.

Headline News 300 Garners Most MTV Movie Award Nods

300 and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST are the most-nominated flicks for this year's MTV Movie Awards, leading all films with five and four nods, respectively. The adrenaline-fueled action films will vie for Best Movie, while stars from the films will battle in the Best Performance and Best Villain categories.

For Best Movie, 300 and PIRATES 2 must contend with BLADES OF GLORY, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN.

Headline News UTV Moves Film Operations Overseas

Mumbai-based entertainment powerhouse UTV Software Communications announced that its is moving its film activities to an overseas subsidiary, UTV Motion Pictures, which will be listed on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

UTV has recently dipped into co-productions on English languaged productions, including THE NAMESAKE, I THINK I LOVE MY WIFE and M. Night Shyamalan's forthcoming thriller, THE HAPPENING.

Headline News Aqua Teen Soundtrack Offers Tasty Beats

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 12:00am

The creative minds at Adult Swim responsible for the wildly successful musical collaborations "Dangerdoom" and "Chrome Children" now bring you the soundtrack for Adult Swim's first-ever theatrical release - AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE COLON MOVIE FILM FOR THEATRES. The new release, which will hit stores on April 10, 2007, just prior to the film's theatrical debut on April 13, will feature skits and sound bites from the movie as well as original recordings from some of the best-known names in music.

Headline News Cartoon Movie '07 Presents 41 New Animated Features

For the ninth consecutive year, the German city of Potsdam is hosting an annual gathering for European animation with the celebration of Cartoon Movie 2007, a business forum organized by the European Association of Animation Film. Some 500 professionals will meet in the Babelsberg Studio on Mar. 7-9, 2007, for this event aimed at boosting the financing and distribution of European animated films.

Headline News Pirates Pillages at People's Choice Awards

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 12:00am

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST and its stars Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley cleaned up at the 33rd annual People's Choice Awards, which was held on Jan. 9, 2007.

Depp, appearing by satellite from London, said, "I know that I've said this before. But the fact that this award comes from the people makes it all the more special," he said. "And thanks for keeping me employed, yeah? You're the boss."

Headline News Nickelodeon To Open "Nickland" In Germany

Nickelodeon and Movie Park Germany, a premiere film and entertainment theme park, have signed a multi-year strategic partnership to bring Nickelodeon's children's animated television programs to life in a 15,000 square-meter interactive adventure zone called Nickland. Scheduled to open in April 2007 at Movie Park Germany in Bottrop-Kirchellen, Nickland will feature seven all-new immersive attractions and will be the first Nick-themed adventure site in Europe.

Headline News Cartoon Network Awarding $100,000 in Re-Animated Give-Away

Cartoon Network viewers will have an opportunity to share $100,000 -- 200 kids will win $500 each during an encore telecast of Cartoon Network's live-action movie RE-ANIMATED. On Jan. 12, 2007, between 7:00 and 9:00 pm (ET/PT) viewers will be prompted to call a toll free number by characters from the movie RE-ANIMATED. Winners will be selected randomly from eligible callers.

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