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Starring Headline News

Mandeville Backs a Big Alibi

Mandeville Films and Top Cow Productions are developing a feature film based on the comic book "Alibi," reports Variety.

The 2008 publication involves a suave socialite whose stature allows for the perfect alibi. His ribbon-cutting stance distracts from a secret twin brother employed as a government agent.

"Alibi," created by Top Cow president Matt Hawkins with Michael Renegar, was written by Joshua Hale Fialkov (Illustrations by Jeremy Haun).

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Twilight’s Stephenie Meyer Joins the Female Force

TWILIGHT author Stephenie Meyer’s own story will be re-told in the comic book “Female Force,” reports

Bluewater Productions publishes the biographical comic, a popular read celebrating strong women.

Two editions (Standard and Collectable) will hit store shelves before NEW MOON’s November theatrical release. The comic’s assigned writer, Ryan Burton, has hinted that a popular vampire will serve as narrator, but teased nothing more.

Marvel Headline News

Marvel Profits Fall in 2009

What a difference a year makes. Marvel Entertainment posted a lower second-quarter profit as compared to one year ago, notes the HollywoodReporter But, the superhero machine did exceed Wall Street’s expectations.

It seems super powers are no match for a tough economic climate. Marvel posted a quarterly profit of $29M, down from $46M this quarter, one year ago. Also, Marvel’s revenue fell from $156.9M to $116.3M.

Studios Headline News

ICM Signs Comic Book Icon

Comic book legend, Neal Adams, is taking his Continuity Studios to ICM for representation, says today’s HollywoodReporter.

Adams plans to take his creations across all forms of media while he makes the artistic transition to film writing and directing. Adams’ realistically modern imagery has received great acclaim as displayed in the 1960s and 1970s comics “Uncanny X-Men," "Green Lantern and Green Arrow" and "Batman.”

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NVIDIA Tesla Made Available For HP Z800

Press Release from NVIDIA

(Santa Clara, California) August 3, 2009 - NVIDIA today announced that HP's most powerful and expandable workstation, the HP Z800 Workstation, is now configurable with up to two NVIDIA Tesla graphics processing units (GPUs), another key indicator of the demand being seen for GPUs in the high performance computing (HPC) space.

Visual Headline News

Academy Award Winner Fink Directs his First Indian TV Commercial

Press Release by Prime Focus

(Mumbai) August 3, 2009 - Prime Focus brings Hollywood VFX veteran to India. Michael Fink, Hollywood visual effects veteran and Academy Award winner, has directed his first Indian TV commercial for Lotte Coffy Bite candy. Fink is President, VFX Worldwide at Prime Focus, India's leading visual entertainment services company. The Mumbai-based company was appointed by Rediffusion-Y&R and MAD Entertainment for the toffee brand's latest TV commercial.

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Futurama's Original Voice Cast Is Back

All five FUTURAMA castmates; John DiMaggio, Billy West, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche and Tress MacNeille have officially signed deals with 20th Century Fox TV to return for the reboot according to VARIETY.

This surprise news comes on the heels of 20th Century Fox looking to quickly replace the show’s original voice-actors for 26 new episodes set to air on Comedy Central.

Autodesk Headline News

MotionBuilder 2010 Real-Time 3D Characters

At SIGGRAPH 2009, Autodesk, Inc. announced a new version of its real-time 3D character animation software - Autodesk MotionBuilder 2010. This latest release offers faster overall performance, productivity-enhancing animation workflows and expanded real-time physics capabilities. MotionBuilder has been used to create numerous entertainment projects, including BEOWULF, GEARS OF WAR 2, SHAUN WHITE SNOWBOARDING and RESISTANCE 2.

World Headline News

EA Unveils The Sims 3 World Adventures

The Sims are off on an adventure to famous destinations around the world! The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. today announced that The Sims 3 World Adventures is in development and will ship to retailers worldwide the week of November 16, 2009.

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Spielberg Helming Harvey

Steven Spielberg will next direct an updated big screen version of Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize winning play, HARVEY, a co-production between Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks, reports The BBC News and

"I am very happy to be working again with my friend Tom Rothman who shepherded us through MINORITY REPORT," said Spielberg.

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Verbinski, King To Collaborate on Animated Feature

Director Gore Verbinski (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN trilogy) and producer Graham King (THE DEPARTED) are collaborating to develop and produce a big-budget animated feature with franchise potential. Academy Award nominee John Logan is in discussions to write the script for the untitled feature, which is based on an idea developed by Verbinski's production company Blind Wink Prods. and producer John B Carls (OPEN SEASON).

The creative team also includes PIRATES veterans Mark 'Crash' McCreery (visual effects) and James Ward Byrkit as head of story and storyboard artist.

Series Headline News

Chuggington Makes Multiple Stops

U.K.-based media and entertainment company Ludorum's train-themed series CHUGGINGTON has been picked up by major networks in Europe, reports C21 MEDIA. SuperRTL (Germany), TF1 (France) and ABC (Australia) have signed broadcast deals for the 3D animated series aimed at three- to six-year-olds and their parents. The series is already in production for the BBC and is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2008. Shanghai-based Motion Magic Digital Entertainment is animating the show.

Dreamworks Headline News

DreamWorks Comes to Dubailand

Development company Tatweer, a member of Dubai Holding, announced it has formed a strategic alliance with DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. to develop a diverse portfolio of tourism and leisure projects in Dubailand, the world's most ambitious tourism, leisure and entertainment destination. A highlight of the alliance will be the creation of a 5 million-square-foot DreamWorks Animation branded theme park in Dubai.

Kids Headline News

House of Cool Heats Up

Canadian animation studio House of Cool, which has contributed to such films as MONSTERS INC, THE INCREDIBLES and HORTON HEARS A WHO, will begin producing original content, reports C21 MEDIA.

Heading the slate of three new series is BETTY BANNER PARTY PLANNER (26x22), a comedy-action series for kids 7-11 that was one of the most-screened kids shows at MIPCOM. Betty's adventures include such things as arranging a birthday party for a 300-year-old vampire and tea with the Queen, all while contending with a huge party corporation that wants to put her out of business.

Channel Headline News

Hatchling Welcomes New President

Leading interactive agency, animation studio and content creator Hatchling Studios has announced that Mark Samber, formerly Managing Director of Wunderkind Studios, has joined the company as president. Samber will oversee all aspects of the company, from client acquisition and retention to internal operations and client strategy, allowing Hatchling founder, CEO and Chief Creative Officer Marc Dole to focus exclusively on driving the company's creative services.

Series Headline News

Phineas and Ferb Brings in Big Numbers for Disney

The premiere of the original series PHINEAS AND FERB on Friday, February 1, debuted as cable's most-watched animated series premiere on record in Tweens 9-14 (1.6 million/6.4 rating). Moreover, the series now stands as Disney Channel's second-most-watched animated series premiere ever in Girls 6-11 (1.3 million/10.5 rating) and Tween Girls (957,000/8.0 rating), behind only THE REPLACEMENTS (9/8/06).

iTunes Headline News

iTunes Bans Sundance Shorts

iTunes has refused to carry two animated short films that were screened at Sundance and were invited to be part of the festival's online shorts program, Nancy Denney-Phelps reports on her blog Sprockets ( Signe Bauman's TEAT BEAT OF SEX and BECAUSE WASHINGTON IS HOLLYWOOD FOR UGLY PEOPLE, by Kenneth Ti and Kin Hung, were rejected by the online store for being, respectively, too explicit and too political.