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Headline News Toon Script Reader Sells Manuscript to Universal

By shelling out seven figures, Universal Pictures has won the bidding war for the rights to children's fantasy manuscript SIMON BLOOM, THE GRAVITY KEEPER, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The soon-to-be published book from first-time novelist Michael Reisman, who is a script reader for Nickelodeon TV and Cartoon Network.

Gary Ross is eyeing the project as director and his Larger Than Life partner Allison Thomas would produce the live-action adaptation with Gotham Group's Ellen Goldsmith-Vein.

Headline News NBC Universal Cable Ent. To Launch Chiller Network

NBC Universal Cable Ent. announced the launch of Chiller, a 24-hour entertainment cable channel dedicated to the horror genre. DIRECTV will be the first affiliate to carry the new network, which starts March 1, 2007.

"We continually look at our options for launching new networks," said Jeff Gaspin, president, NBC Universal Cable Ent., digital content and cross network strategy.. "Horror is one of the most reliably successful genres in entertainment today and Chiller seems like a well-timed addition to our portfolio."

Headline News King Kong Deluxe Extended DVD Offers 230 New VFX Shots

As with THE LORD OF THE RINGS, Peter Jackson has double-dipped with KING KONG, providing 13 additional minutes of new footage, including 230 new VFX shots from the Oscar-winning Weta Digital, and nearly 40 minutes of deleted scenes. The KING KONG DELUXE EXTENDED EDITION three-disc set (Universal Home Ent., $34.98) was produced by the award-winning Michael Pellerin and was released Nov. 14, 2006.

Headline News Curious George Arrives on VOD & PPV

NBC Universal Cable brings the beloved family classic tale CURIOUS GEORGE to on demand (VOD) and pay-per-view (PPV) on Nov. 9, 2006. Consumers who order the film on demand or on pay-per-view and watch until the end of the credits will get instructions on how to receive a CURIOUS GEORGE beanie toy for free while supplies last.

Headline News Kristin Lowe Upped to Universal Pictures Production VP

Kristin Lowe has been promoted to vp, production, Universal Pictures, overseeing the day-to-day production activities for many of the studio's most anticipated films, including CHILDREN OF MEN, THE KINGDOM and BREACH.

Lowe joined Universal Pictures in 2004 as director of development, following a stint as director of development at Warner Bros. Pictures, She joined WB in 2002 as a creative exec after posts both at MGM and Michael Bay Films.

Headline News Voice Cast Announced for Animated ‘Tale of Despereaux’

The voice cast has been set for THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, the 3D- animated feature from Universal Pictures, directed by stop-motion vet Mike Johnson (the Oscar-nominated CORPSE BRIDE), which marks the first production made by London-based Framestore Feature Animation, the new division of the Framestore CFC vfx studio.

Adapted from Kate DiCamillos award-winning childrens bestseller about one small mouses quest to change a kingdom, DESPEREAUX will offer the voice talents of:

Headline News Peter Jackson to Produce Dambusters Remake

Production will soon begin on DAMBUSTERS, the World War II adventure based on one of the most daring missions in aeronautic military history, for Universal Pictures in association with StudioCanal. Peter Jackson will produce and vfx vet Christian Rivers will make his directorial debut.

Headline News Universal In Agony Over Nimerfro Horror Pitch

Universal Pictures has purchased Scott Nimerfros horror pitch AGONY, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Studio has tapped Scott Stuber and Mary Parent to produce the project via their Stuber/Parent company.

Nimerfro (DOMINION: PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST) is now penning the screenplay, which will center on an urban legend on a college campus that turns out to be true.

The deal was in the low- to mid-six figures.

Headline News Hellboy 2 Finds Home at Universal

Universal Pictures is set to fully finance and distribute HELLBOY 2, Guillermo del Toros sequel to his 2004 film, which was produced by Revolution Studios and distributed through its deal at Columbia Pictures, reports VARIETY. Universal plans to release the film based on the Dark Horse comic in summer 2008.

Del Toro has penned the script and Ron Perlman and Selma Blair will return as Hellboy and his pyrokinetic love interest, Liz Sherman, respectively.

Headline News Vivendi Games Releases Miami Vice The Game for PSP

Vivendi Games' Sierra Ent. has released MIAMI VICE THE GAME to U.S. retail stores. Set in present-day Miami, the third-person action shooter is inspired by the Universal Pictures crime drama, MIAMI VICE, in theaters July 28, 2006. Players will go deep undercover as narcotic officers Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs in the notorious world of MIAMI VICE.

Developed by U.K.-based Rebellion, MIAMI VICE THE GAME is available exclusively for PSP. The development of the game comes through an agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group.

Headline News Best of Saturday TV Funhouse Coming to DVD

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: THE BEST OF SATURDAY TV FUNHOUSE is coming to DVD on Oct. 24, 2006, from Universal Studios Home Ent. Produced by Broadway Video, the DVD features highlights from a series of irreverent adult cartoons that skewer everything from politics and current events to superheroes. The brainchild of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE's Emmy Award winning writer Robert Smigel, these animated segments introduced some of the show's most memorable sketches and characters.

Headline News Ang Lee Lusts Over WWII-Era Thriller

Ang Lee has pacted with Focus Features to direct LUST, CAUTION, an espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai. Bill Kong, who previously produced Lee's CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, will produce. Focus Features ceo James Schamus will exec produce.

Headline News Laws to Run New Universal Studios Consumer Products Group Mobile Entertainment

Universal Studios Consumer Products Group has formed a moble entertainment division to be run from a day-to-day perspective by Universal veteran Jeremy Laws, who has been promoted to svp. Laws will oversee all aspects of licensing and promotions in the wireless arena, as well as actively pursue and manage licenses from creation to consumption. He will lead a team of sales executives based around the world, including major media markets as Los Angeles, London and Tokyo.

Headline News Vivendi Universal Games Becomes Vivendi Games

Vivendi Universal Games announced on May 1, 2006, its new name, Vivendi Games "VG). The name change follows the parent company's announcement on April 20 that Vivendi Universal has become Vivendi. Under its new name, Vivendi Games will compete in all areas of the videogames industry, developing and publishing the highest quality franchises for all gamers.

Headline News Universal & Mattel Form Worldwide Marketing & Distribution DVD Alliance

Universal Studios and Mattel today (April 11, 2006) announced an unprecedented, multi-picture, multi-year alliance for worldwide marketing and distribution of feature-length DVDs. This will commence with a new fall release for Mattels hugely successful Barbie Ent. franchise and a first-ever, feature-length movie for the successful Polly Pocket! brand.

Headline News King Kong DVD Amasses $100 Million in First Week

KING KONG provided blockbuster numbers in its first six days in release, selling more than 6.5 million DVDs, generating $100 million in consumer spending, the largest six-day performance in Universal Studios history.

KING KONG ranks as the studio's fourth-highest grossing film in the studio's 94-year history. To date, the film has amassed approximately $550 million in ticket sales worldwide, following on the heels of JURASSIC PARK, E.T. and THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK.

Headline News King Kong to be Offered in U.K. as ‘Download-to-Own’

Universal Pictures U.K. will offer Peter Jacksons KING KONG and 34 other Universal movies on April 10 on a download-to-own basis, as part of a new broadband delivery model, various trades reported. The service allows viewers to download a Universal movie on the same day as the DVD release, allowing them to own the download permanently and watch it on a home computer or portable device.

Headline News Luxology modo Available for Intel-based Macs

Luxology Llc., the creators of modo, a leading subdivision surface and polygonal 3D modeling platform, announced the immediate availability of a universal binary version of modo for Intel-based Macintosh computers. Used by Apple to conduct iMac performance benchmarks, modos universal binary version boasts more than twice the speed when running on iMacs that use Intel Core Duo technology, and performs up to five times faster than previous top-of-the-line PowerBooks when testing the rendering speed of the modo 201 beta version.

Headline News Hosts World Premiere of King Kong's Skull Island

To celebrate the DVD release of King Kong on March 28, 2006, will host the world premiere of KING KONG'S SKULL ISLAND, a fascinating look at the unforgettable setting of three-time Academy Award-winning picture on March 18. SCI FI Channel will broadcast the featurette, beginning March 21, making the website and the cable network the only places audiences can experience this intriguing behind-the-scenes look at KING KONG before the release of the two-disc special edition DVD.

Headline News 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

Headline News Universal Studios Adds Kong & Fast and the Furious Rides

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 12:00am

The Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood announced new enhancements for spring 2006, including new attractions showcasing THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT and KING KONG, as well as the opportunity to see more working TV and movie sets than ever before, including sets from CROSSING JORDAN and the top-rated CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION. The enhancements represent the most sweeping changes made to the Studio Tour in more than a decade and the greatest number of new additions to the park since the first trams rolled along the landmark Universal backlot in 1964.