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Headline News New MyToons.com Animation Contest Launches

MyToons.com announced the launch of its newest international animation contest, "Bumper Blastoff," which is open for entries through Jan. 21, 2008. Contestants are asked to create original animated bumpers lasting 30 seconds or less, for a chance to win their share of $7,000 in cash prizes.

Headline News Goku Gains Romance in Dragonball Feature

Jamie Chung (TV's SAMURAI GIRL) has been cast as Goku's love interest Chi Chi in James Wong's DRAGONBALL, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Justin Chatwin (THE INVISIBLE) is playing hero Goku, while BUFFY star James Marsters is playing villain Piccolo.

In the film, humanoid alien Goku is sent to Earth to destroy all life, but instead follows his grandfather's wishes to collect the seven mystical Dragon Balls, keeping them out of the hands of evil aliens.

KUNG FU HUSTLE star Stephen Chow is producing.

Headline News Star Trek The Tour Warps Into Long Beach

STAR TREK THE TOUR, the largest interactive STAR TREK exhibit ever, will make its North American debut on Jan. 18th for a limited engagement at the Queen Mary Dome in Long Beach, CA. William Shatner, who portrayed Captain James T. Kirk, is the official Celebrity Ambassador for the tour and will be making appearances at various times throughout its multi-city run.

Headline News Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on N-Gage

Nokia, THQ Wireless, Lucasfilm and LucasArts revealed that STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED is coming to N-Gage, Nokia's next generation mobile gaming platform in 2008.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED casts players as Darth Vader's "Secret Apprentice" and promises to unveil new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy. The game's expansive story is set during the largely unexplored era between STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH and STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE.

Headline News Ben Cross Boards Star Trek as Sarek

Ben Cross has been cast as Sarek, the Vulcan father of Spock, in J.J. Abrams' upcoming STAR TREK feature film, reports STAR TREK.COM.

Cross, a graduate of London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, rose to international stardom with his breakout role as runner Harold Abrahams in the Academy Award-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire. He will be seen in the upcoming Hero Wanted with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ray Liotta.

Headline News Winona Ryder Beams Up for Star Trek

Spock (Zachary Quinto) now has a mother, as Winona Ryder has been cast as his human parent in J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK feature from Paramount Pictures, VARIETY reports. Roger Guyett is the vfx supervisor for ILM.

The new film will chronicle the early adventures of the Starship Enterprise under Capt. James T. Kirk, who will be played by Chris Pine (JUST MY LUCK). The cast also includes Karl Urban, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Eric Bana, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin and Leonard Nimoy.

STAR TREK is slated for a Christmas Day 2008 release.

Headline News Greenwood To Play Enterprise's First Captain

Paramount has cast Bruce Greenwood (NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS) as the Enterprise's first captain Christopher Pike in J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The character appeared in Gene Roddenberry's unaired pilot for the original TV series, which was turned down by CBS and later retooled by NBC. The unaired pilot was later weaved into a two-part episode in the first season of STAR TREK. The new film will chronicle the early adventures of the Starship Enterprise under Capt. James T. Kirk, who will be played by Chris Pine (JUST MY LUCK).

Headline News The Dawn of LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga Has Begun

LucasArts and TT Games have released the highly anticipated game LEGO STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA. Building on the success of two prior LEGO STAR WARS videogames, each complete with LEGO action and minifigure humor, THE COMPLETE SAGA enables families to play through the events of all six STAR WARS movies in one videogame for the first time ever. Developer Traveller's Tales takes full advantage of the unique capabilities of all three next-generation consoles, while also adding new characters, new levels and new features. Players can build and battle on the Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Headline News Shaun Star is Scotty, Harold Star is Sulu

SHAUN OF THE DEAD star Simon Pegg and HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE's John Cho have joined the quickly expanding cast of STAR TREK as Scotty and Sulu, respectively, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. J.J. Abrams is directing and producing the prequel for Paramount.

Pegg and Cho join Eric Bana as villain Nero, Zoe Saldana as a young Uhura, Anton Yelchin as a young Chekov, Zachary Quinto as a young Spock, and Leonard Nimoy as an older Spock. Chris Pine, who appeared in SMOKIN' ACES and JUST MY LUCK, is rumored to be up for the part of a young James T. Kirk.

Headline News Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Exclusively on PSP

STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT: RENEGADE SQUADRON, the next installment of the best-selling STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT series of videogames, is now available at retail stores in the U.S. Developed exclusively for the PSP by U.K.-based Rebellion, STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT: RENEGADE SQUADRON continues the immensely successful BATTLEFRONT series, which has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide since its introduction in 2004.

Headline News Bana Now Star Trek Villain

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

The latest addition to the cast of J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK is HULK star Eric Bana, who will play the villain Nero in the Paramount Pictures winter tentpole, reports VARIETY. Bana joins Anton Yelchin (HEARTS IN ATLANTIS) as Chekov, Zachary Quinto (TV's HEROES) as young Spock, Zoe Saldana (TERMINAL) as Uhura, and Leonard Nimoy as an older Spock.

The plot details for the film are on the QT. Before the November start of production, Abrams must still fill the roles of young James T. Kirk, Scotty, Sulu and the Federation captain.

Headline News LucasArts to Unleash the Force on the Wii in Spring 2008

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 12:00am

LucasArts revealed that STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED will come to the Wii next spring, giving owners the chance to live out their Jedi fantasies by wielding the Wii Remote as a lightsaber.

Headline News Star Trek Finds New Uhura

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 12:00am

Paramount Pictures has added Zoe Saldana (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL) as Uhura to the cast of J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK, reports VARIETY. In the original series, Uhura was the U.S.S. Enterprise's communications officer.

Abrams will produce the prequel via his Bad Robot company. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have penned the script. Bryan Burk and Damon Lindelof are the exec producers. The release date is set for Christmas Day 2008.

Headline News Walliams To Star in Storyman Adaptation

U.K.-based independent production company Brown Eyed Boy and animation studio Lupus Films are teaming up to produce an animated version of BBC Radio 4's celebrity improv show STORYMAN, C21 MEDIA reports. The pilot will star LITTLE BRITAIN'S David Walliams and actor/comedian Andrew Clover will take on the role of Storyman, conducting interviews in which celebrities share the "innermost workings of their psyches" through the medium of storytelling. The show features designs and animation by Airside and a soundtrack by Fred Deakin of Lemon Jelly fame.

Headline News Star Trek: The Original Series to Launch on HD DVD

STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES, SEASON 1 will be released exclusively on HD DVD on Nov. 20 through a joint promotion with Toshiba America Consumer Products and CBS Home Ent. This marks the first full high-def launch of STAR TREK. The 10-disc set offers a combo experience with HD DVD on one side and standard DVD on the flip side.

As part of the promotion, purchasers of the boxed set and any Toshiba HD DVD player will get an exclusive, limited edition Phaser remote control that will operate Toshiba's HD DVD players.

Headline News //ADAPT 2007 Announces Full Program

The //ADAPT 2007 Conference has just announced its complete program. Taking place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Montreal from Sept. 24-28, 2007, an estimated 2,500 people from around the world are expected to attend the industry's second annual creative event, focused on inspiring and teaching advanced digital art production techniques for film, visual effects and videogame development. The program includes more than 40 digital art masters, an Art Expo, a Theater, a Job Fair and more.

Headline News Dawson to Star in/Produce Online Motion-Capture Series

Rosario Dawson has signed on to produce and star in the online live-action/motion-capture animation series, THE GEMINI DIVISION, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Electric Farm Ent.'s Jeff Sagansky is producing 100 episodes of the three-minute sci-fi series along with LIZZIE MCGUIRE producer Stan Rogow and game writer Brent Friedman.

Dawson will star as a New York cop who, while investigating the murder of her husband, discovers a worldwide conspiracy involving simulated life forms replacing real life forms.

Headline News Alpha Dog's Yelchin To Play Star Trek's Chekov

Anton Yelchin (ALPHA DOG, HEARTS IN ATLANTIS) is in talks to play Russian navigator Pavel Checkov in the 11th STAR TREK feature, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. At Comic-Con producer/director J.J. Abrams officially announced that HEROES star Zachary Quinto, as well as Leonard Nimoy, will be playing Mr. Spock in the film.

The plot is on the QT, but it has been rumored that the story will follow a young Enterprise crew as they first leave the Starfleet Academy.

Headline News Sony Redesigns PSP with Star Wars, Daxter & Family Guy Packs

Sony Computer Ent. Inc. & Sony Computer Ent. America Inc. (SCEA) recently unveiled a new PSP that has a more streamlined for a video-out port and two new PSP Entertainment Packs based on the DAXTER, FAMILY GUY and STAR WARS properties. The new units will be available in North America this fall for $199.99.

Headline News Borg War Animated Film to Debut at Official Star Trek Convention

BORG WAR, new Star Trek-themed animated feature-length film, will make its theatrical debut at the Official STAR TREK Convention 2007, at the Las Vegas Hilton on Aug. 10, 2007, at 6:20 pm.

Filmmaker Geoffrey James reprogrammed computer games to generate raw footage (utilizing machinima), which he then edited to create BORG WAR. Online clips from BORG WAR have received more than a million Internet downloads and were nominated for two awards by the Academy for Machinima Arts and Sciences (AMAS).

Headline News Star Wars Galaxies Releases New Features

This month, LucasArts introduces all new features and adventures to its online game, STAR WARS GALAXIES via CHAPTER 6: MASTERS OF THE WILD. The new Beast Master System allows players to create, raise, train and trade more than 150 creatures in game. Through the new Storyteller Event System, players will be able to create their own STAR WARS stories, or they can tackle new adventures through the Azure Cabal Quest Series and in the improved Rebel Theme Parks.

Headline News Post Service Gives Star Wars Stamp of Approval

Fifteen new commemorative postage stamps celebrating the 30th anniversary of STAR WARS will be available starting today May 25, 2007, at post offices across the U.S. additionally, the results of a national online ballot to decide America's favorite STAR WARS stamp design will be announced. Americans can vote through midnight tonight on uspsjedimaster.com to determine which STAR WARS character will be featured on a single stamp to be issued later this summer.

Headline News Lucasfilm to Help Fans Make Star Wars Films, Offers New LEGO Game

In further celebration of the 30th anniversary of STAR WARS, Lucasfilm will launch a revamped StarWars.com, which will allow fans to use footage from the films to make mash-up films, and announced the upcoming videogame, LEGO STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA.

Among the new features of the newly redesigned StarWars.com is the incorporation of an online video-editing tool provided by Eyespot. It allows users to add their own video shots to more than 250 scenes and music taken from all six STAR WARS films and create their own STAR WARS movies to share with others.

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.

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