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Headline News Judge Dredd to Be Remade

DARKHORIZONS is reporting that DNA Films, Rebellion and 2000 AD will bring a new version of JUDGE DREDD to movie audiences.

No other details were available, but 2000AD CEO Jason Kingsley confirmed they were working with DNA Films on the project.

Sylvester Stallone starred as the Judge in a poorly-reviewed and received version in 1995. The new film will go into production next year.

Headline News Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 version 4.0.1 Software Out Now

Adobe Systems has introduced Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 version 4.0.1 software, a major update to the leading start-to-finish professional video production solution. A pivotal component of Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 version 4.0.1 leads the way in delivering open, flexible post-production workflows by providing virtually seamless project exchange with Final Cut Pro, Digidesign Pro Tools, and Avid workflows.

Headline News Luxology Releases imageSynth 2

Luxology has released imageSynth 2, the newest version its image processing tool. Featuring up to ten times faster performance, imageSynth 2 allows artists to quickly process existing images into new seamless textures, synthetic images and backgrounds, and generate super high-resolution images from low resolution sources.

imageSynth 2 is now available in both a standalone version and as a plug-in for Adobe Creative Suite 4. For more information or to purchase visit www.luxology.com/store/imageSynth.aspx.

Headline News PipelineFX Releases Qube! 5.4

PipelineFX has released Qube! version 5.4, including more than 60 new features and feature enhancements.

"We've been listening closely to our customers and with version 5.4 we are continuing to deliver the feature-rich, easy to use GUI they've asked for," said Scot Brew, Director of Technology at PipelineFX. "With input from hundreds of visual effects studios, post production companies, game studios, design firms and manufacturers we've been able to provide the most powerful yet simple to use render farm management interface on the market."

Headline News SynthEyes 2008 Masters 8-Core Makes Tracks For SIGGRAPH

SynthEyes 2008's latest release tackles 8's and comes up a winner. This release concentrates on a sweeping set of optimizations for current 8-core machines such as Apple's Mac Pro. The newly optimized SynthEyes eliminates program and operating system bottlenecks for outstanding performance, some three to five times faster than the previous multithreaded version on the same 8-core hardware.

Headline News RE:Vision Effects Releases Twixtor 4.5 FxPlug Version For Final Cut Pro

RE:Vision Effects is now shipping Twixtor 4.5 for Apple Final Cut Pro in an FxPlug version, which is Final Cut Pro's native effects plugin architecture.

Twixtor enables users to speed up, slow down image sequences with visually stunning results. In order to achieve its unparalleled image quality, Twixtor synthesizes unique new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence, employing RE:Vision Effects' Academy Award-winning technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel.

Headline News Turner Commissions U.K. Version of Preschool Series Hi-5

Turner Broadcasting has commissioned a local version of popular television series HI-5. Set to air on Turner's preschool channel Cartoonito, Hi-5 will be produced by BAFTA award-winning production company Darrall Macqueen.

Forty half-hour episodes of the U.K. local version will be produced, with casting to commence next month. Also partnering on the U.K. series is free-to-air broadcaster GMTV who will begin showing the series in 2009 following Cartoonito's premier in 2008.

Headline News The Pixel Farm Announces PFClean 4.0 At NAB 2008

The Pixel Farm announced the launch of the next version of its resolution independent, automated moving image review and clean up system, PFClean, at NAB 2008.

Fast becoming the tool of choice for DI facilities and Film restoration companies alike, version 4.0 has more than 1,000 new features and enhancements.

Headline News ReelSmart Motion Blur Version 3.3 Available

RE:Vision Effects announces the availability of ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) v.3.3, OpenFX (OFX) version.

ReelSmart Motion Blur applies more natural-looking motion blur to a video sequence by automatically tracking every pixel. RE:Vision Effects' tracking technology is at the heart of ReelSmart Motion Blur, so there is no handwork involved.

Users can add as little or as much blurring as is needed, and can even remove motion blur.

Headline News Cheaper Xbox Coming to Japan

Microsoft Corp. has announced it will start selling a cheaper version of the Xbox 360 in Japan, reports the AP. This is the same bare-bones version that began selling in the U.S. late last year. The low-price-tagged Xbox will hit stores March 6 for approximately $260. The move is a way for Microsoft to compete against the more popular Japanese products, the Wii from Nintendo and PlayStation 3 from Sony.

Headline News Peter Berg To Remake Dune

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 12:00am

THE KINGDOM director Peter Berg is set to direct a new big-screen version of Frank Herbert's sci-fi novel DUNE, reports MTV. Berg said that the film would have been his next project, however the writers strike is preventing the film from moving forward through development. Berg commented that David Lynch's version "left the door wide open for a remake."

Headline News DigiCel Releases FlipBook 5 for Windows

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at 12:00am

Software maker DigiCel has released the newest PC version of its popular 2D animation software. FlipBook 5 for Windows includes new paperless animation features to support drawing on both normal and display tablets or tablet PCs, as well as a new light-box feature to control image display.

Headline News Mummy's Sommers to Direct G.I. Joe

Stephen Sommers (THE MUMMY) has signed on to direct a live-action feature version of G.I. JOE for Paramount Pictures, reports the trades. The studio is aggressively looking for a screenwriter and hopes to start production in February, eyeing summer 2009 for a release.

VARIETY reports that Sommers was hired in the room after pitching his version of the film to Paramount chairman/CEO Brad Grey and production president Brad Weston Wednesday night.

Headline News 300 Storms to DVD, Blu-ray and HD DVD

300, Zack Snyder's blockbuster next-gen adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel, comes to DVD (single disc and widescreen two-disc Special Edition, $15.99 and $34.98), Blu-ray Disc ($34.99) and HD DVD/Combo ($39.99) from Warner Home Video on July 31, 2007.

Headline News Penn & Pop Picked to Voice North American Version of Persepolis

Sean Penn and Iggy Pop will voice roles in the North American version of the French animated film, PERSEPOLIS, which Sony Pictures Classics is releasing to that territory in late 2007, according to HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Based on Iranian author Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel autobiographies, the tale is the true story of a precocious girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution.

This is the first animation role for Penn, who will lend his voice to the father of the young girl struggling with life in Iran during and after the fall of the Shah in 1979.

Headline News Les Lascars Making Its Way to Theaters

French 30x1 TV series LES LASCARS will be making a transition to the big screen, reports VARIETY. France's biggest-selling pop artist Diam's, Diane Krueger and Vincent Cassel will be lending their voices to the French version while L.A. rapper Fat Lip will be on the American version.

The 10 million Euros ($13.5 million) production will be distributed by Bac Films, which is part of Millimages. Canal Plus and France 2 are co-producing.

Albert Pereria Lazaro and Emmanuel Klotz are co-directing the film.

Headline News Next Limit Announces Maxwell Render 1.5

Next Limit Technologies announced the upcoming release of Maxwell Render 1.5. Next Limit Technologies announced the upcoming release of Maxwell Render 1.5. The release, scheduled for mid-May, will bring a great number of improvements, new features and enhancements for new and existing customers, including:

Headline News Bionatics Releases natFX Version 4 for 3ds max

Bionatics announces the release of the version 4 of its 3D plant modeler natFX for 3ds max.

This latest version was developed to integrate even better into an Autodesk 3ds max production workflow, explains Stephan Gourgout, vp/sales director. It answers, in large part, the needs requested for the last 12 months by our clients from the varied industries such as architectural visualization, to the production requirements of the videogame industry and the 3D animation film studios, who need to build rapidly complex realtime or pre-rendered scenes.

Headline News Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Ships for Handheld Videogame Platform

Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG) has shipped handheld videogames based on Walt Disney Pictures' feature film, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST, to retail stores in North America, in time for the film's release on July 7, 2006.

Headline News REALVIZ VTour Introductory Offer Extended

REALVIZ announced that a new patch up-date is now available for VTour. Version 1.0.1 of VTour includes a number of significant additions, including the improved capability to create Web-compatible projects, as well as an updated SPi-V3d viewer. The Patch is available free of charge to all existing VTour owners. New users may also purchase this latest version until May 31 at the reduced price of 300 /$340 (normal list price 499 /$580).

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