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Underworld: Evolution Rages on DVD

UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION continues the war between vampires and werewolves in director Len Wisemans sequel starring wife Kate Beckinsale. This widescreen special edition DVD (Sony Pictures Home Ent., $28.95) was released June 6, 2006. As reported on VFXWORLD by Alain Bielik, Luma Pictures raised the vfx bar this time out, resulting in a pipeline shift and greater reliance on ZBrush for modeling. Luma vfx supervisor/co-founder Payam Shohadai participates in the commentary.

Bonus features include:

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Sacramento Fest Celebrates Music & Film

The Sacramento International Film & Music Festival 2006Sacramento, California, USAAugust 2-6, 2006Deadline: May 26, 2006

The Sacramento International Film And Music Festival brings the world of independent cinema to the California capital. Screenings will be both competition and non-competition, with special categories for music videos, social impact documentaries and student films. Go to for more information.

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Musifier Virtual Orchestra Streamlines Gaming Music

InterAmus Music Systems AB announces a new technology for compositional realtime music morphing at the Game Developers Conference, GDC 2006 in San Jose. This technology makes it possible to create computer games with music that seamlessly follows the story in the game, without knowing the gamers actions or the outcome of the game.

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Search On for Unsigned Music Talent for Scarface Game

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) has launched the SCARFACE: THE WORLD IS YOURS Videogame Soundtrack Talent Search," a nationwide talent contest running on that will reward the best unsigned music talent in North America with the chance to have a song featured in the upcoming SCARFACE videogame and the opportunity to perform in front of music and videogame industry leaders at a major concert event in Hollywood. The nomination process is now open at

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Create Flash Video — Win Xbox 360

Taking Back Sunday Flash Video Contest World Wide WebFebruary 18, 2006Deadline: February 18, 2006

Create an original Flash Animation music video for the song Error Operator by rock band Taking Back Sunday and you could win an Xbox 360, music from Warner Bros. Records, and a chance to have your animated music video used by the band. For more information, visit or contact Christy Wise at

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MTV Restructures to Enhance Multiplatform Delivery & TV Mix

Christina Norman, president, MTV, and Brian Graden, president of entertainment, MTV Networks Music Group and president of Logo, announced a radical new organizational structure for MTV that will allow the network to more aggressively develop and deliver dynamic content for audiences across all screens. MTVs multiplatform strategy revolves around building an engaging universe of music, entertainment, news, community and interactivity that allows the audience access to content whenever and wherever they want across a mix of platforms.

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Nick, MTV & Comedy Central Programs Available on iTunes

MTV Networks and Apple announced Jan. 26, 2006, that hit television programming from MTV, MTV2, COMEDY CENTRAL, Nickelodeon and The N is now available for purchase and download on the iTunes Music Store ( The new content features favorites, such as PUNK'D, SOUTH PARK, DORA THE EXPLORER, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS and LAGUNA BEACH.

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Board 2046 on DVD

2046, Wong Kar Wais wistful sci-fi love story about trying to recapture lost memories (with stunning vfx from French-based Buf) has arrived on DVD (Sony Pictures Home Ent., $29.95). A fitting follow-up to IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, theres more than meets the eye (neon lights, swirling smoke, CGI trains and dreamy close-ups) in this erotic, improvisational journey. Extras include breakdowns of vfx, music and numerology.

Bonus features also include:* Alternate ending* Deleted scenes: Black Spider and the Android visit Chow

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Commercials, Ids & Music Video the Focus of New Acrobat AWM!

For the latest Acrobat version of ANIMATION WORLD MAGAZINE, which is now online, the theme focuses on commercials, ids and music videos. Rick DeMott for the third year collects the best in animated and visual effects commercials, Ids and music videos in Hot Spots III. John Cawley chronicles the rise of animated virtual band Gorilaz. Karen Raugust looks at how digital video recorders challenge the traditional TV spot, animated and live-action, but also create new advertising opportunities. Joe Strike ventures out to survey the music video scene to see whos animating memorable work.

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DIC Named Global Entertainment Licensing Agent for Zizzle's iZ

DIC Ent. has been appointed the global entertainment licensing agent for Zizzle Toys new, innovative musical icon iZ. As part of the licensing initiative, DIC will translate the toy into animated direct-to-DVD movies.

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Bill Plympton Music Video on MTV

A new music video, with animation by Bill Plympton, will be premiering on MTV on Monday, Nov. 21, 2005. The video is for a song called "Heard 'Em Say" by Kanye West, and should air during TRL on MTV on Monday afternoon. Plymptons third music video, and perhaps the most high profile one he's worked on, depicts Kanye as a mythical urban cabdriver.

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mtvU Launches MTV Networks' First Broadband Distributed Channel

mtvU, MTV's 24-hour college network, today (Oct. 10, 2005) unveiled MTV Networks' first channel distributed entirely over broadband, "mtvU Uber" ( "mtvU Uber" is available everywhere, through both non-stop streaming and a unique on-demand capability, enabling viewers to customize their experience.

The channel offers mtvU's on-air programming available to everyone, and will also showcase a powerful lineup of original programming driven by new music, short-form series, as well as student-produced short films, music videos, animation, webisodes and more.

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EA and Grammy Foundation Partner to Expose Kids to Interactive Music Composition

Electronic Arts Inc., the world leading interactive entertainment company, and the GRAMMY Foundation have joined forces to give high school students an insiders view into careers in Interactive music composition & sound via GRAMMY Pro Session: Video Game Music And Sound Design. The GRAMMY Foundations unique Pro Session series gives students an insiders view into careers in the music industry.

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Sagarika Music Forms Culture Company for Toon Series

Mumbai-based music company, Sagarika Music Pvt. Ltd., has launched its children's entertainment brand, The Culture Company, and an animation VCD series targeting children, reports THE HINDU.

"The Culture Company is a brand under which Sagarika will produce and market educational and entertainment products for children of the target age group, 2-12," Sagarika Bam, president, Sagarika Music.

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Composer Laura Karpman Will Tune Up for Sony Online Entertainment

Four-time Emmy award-winning musical composer Laura Karpman has joined Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), as a full time composer.

Technology and interactivity has always been central to the ways that I think and work in music, Karpman said. It is an enormous opportunity for me to join forces with Sony Online. I believe that together, we can push the envelope of interactive orchestral and electronic music in the world of online gaming.

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Optronica Fest Wants Cutting-Edge Works

Optronica Festival: The London International Festival of Audiovisual ArtLondon, U.K.July 21 24, 2005Deadline: April 15, 2005

Addictive TV and Cinefeel in collaboration with the National Film Theatre are organizing Optronica a festival of audiovisual art dedicated to the fusion of music and visual. The festival is supported by The Arts Council of England. Optronica will feature live multimedia performances, screenings, panel discussions and talks.

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New Little Einsteins Series to Debut On Disney Channel

Disney's LITTLE EINSTEINS, an innovative new TV series for toddlers, emanating from the popular videos and CDs from The Baby Einstein Co., will premiere in October 2005 during the daily Playhouse Disney programming block on Disney Channel. The series and a Disney DVD/video release in August will build on the cachet of the infant/preschool brand Baby Einstein.

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Incredibles Grabs Golden Globe Nomination

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc. announced the nominations for the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Dec. 13, 2004, at 5.30 am PST. Animation fans will be happy to know that THE INCREDIBLES landed a nomination in the Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy category. Toons have won the category before TOY STORY 2 took the award in 2000.

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Destiny’s Child Gets Animated With Rudolph For AOL

AOL Music has premiered the new video from Grammy Award-winning artists Destinys Child for their version of the holiday classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER. The video transports the super group to the North Pole and animates them with the same stop-motion techniques used in Rankin & Bass RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER. Destinys Child recorded the single for an exclusive bonus CD included within the special 40th Anniversary Collectors Edition RUDOLPH DVD from Classic Media and Sony Wonder.