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Batman Begins 8-Minute Preview on Smallville Season TV Finale

DC Comics fans can double their pleasure during the SMALLVILLE season finale as The WB presents the world premiere of an exclusive eight-minute special footage preview of the eagerly awaited summer release, BATMAN BEGINS, during the 90-minute presentation SMALLVILLE broadcast at 8:00 pm on May 18, 2005.

Game Headline News

Art Institute of CA - San Fran’s Game, Toon Scholarship Deadline Nears

High school seniors interested in education to enter the videogame development or animation industries are invited to apply for scholarships from The Art institute of California San Francisco (www.aicasf.aii.edu). Students may apply the scholarships toward tuition in the schools bachelors degree programs in Game Art & Design, Visual & Game Programming or Media Arts & Animation.

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Accom Announces New Products at NAB

At NAB, Accom announced the launch of ProServ MX.8, EasyClip, APR/ClipStoreMX and APR/ClipStoreMXc. Accom is located at NAB Booth SU 7834.

ProServ MX.8 is the industrys most versatile video production server. The ProServ MX.8 offers up to four high-definition channels or up to eight standard definition channels. All channels offer symmetrical inputs and outputs. For complete versatility, ProServ MX.8 can simultaneously record, play, edit and manage HD and SD content.

Software Headline News

ADS Tech Unveils New PYRO Studio Bundled with Sony Vegas+DVD

At NAB, ADS Tech unveiled PYRO A/V Link Studio that includes ADS Tech's 1394/Firewire-based Analog/Digital Video (DV) converter bundled with the Sony Vegas+DVD Production Suite of video and audio software tools. Combined, the industry leading hardware and software components provide professional media producers and prosumers with a compelling video production solution that includes everything they need to begin capturing, editing and processing DV, HDV and creating other content, including surround-sound audio and streaming media.

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REALVIZ Unveils SMART at NAB 2005

REALVIZ chose NAB 2005 as the setting for the introduction of SMART ('Scalable Matching Architecture for Tracking'), a new automatic tracking engine, which is the result of extensive R&D efforts at the company's headquarters in the South of France. MatchMover Pro will be the first of the REALVIZ products powered by SMART, with a release slated for June 2005 on Macintosh, Windows and Linux.

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IRIDAS Presents All-New Product Lineup at NAB

IRIDAS is presenting a full lineup of new products at NAB 2005 including FrameCycler Digital Daily System (DDS) 3.5, FrameCycler Professional 3.5, SpeedGrade DI and SpeedGrade On Set. The SpeedGrade products represent both ends of the world's first unbroken color pipeline from filming through post-production and finishing. FrameCycler is the first 2K playback technology to run on the Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.

Films Headline News

Two Violent Comic Book Adaptations Make Cannes Competition

On April 19, 2005, the Cannes Film Festival announced its films, including two films in competition that are adaptations of comic books. David Cronenbergs A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and Robert Rodriguez and Frank Millers SIN CITY will both compete for the coveted Palme d Or.

After last years surprisingly high amount of animated films in and out of competition, the 2005 event, which takes place May 11-22, 2005, features no toons.

Games Headline News

Buena Vista Opens Dead Man’s Chest with Pirates 2 Games

Buena Vista Games Inc. (BVG) announced the development of new videogame titles based on the highly anticipated feature film, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST, scheduled for release in summer 2006. Building on the popularity of its successful portable games business, BVG will release games for the PSP and Nintendo DS in conjunction with the movie launch.

Studio Headline News

G4 Adopts Alienbrain For Broadcast Design Workflow

Avid Technology Inc. announced that G4, the only 24/7 television network dedicated to videogames, is implementing Alienbrain Studio asset management software to streamline its in-house computer graphics production process. The Los Angeles-based network purchased 60 seats of the Alienbrain Studio Designer Client to enhance its workflow with integrated version control and approval processes. Running on both Windows and Mac workstations, G4s workflow includes 15 Avid Media Composer Adrenaline editing systems and an Avid Unity shared-storage network.

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Turbo Squid Releases Male 3D Human Anatomy 2.0

Turbo Squid announced the availability of the Male 3D Human Anatomy 2.0 collection from Zygote Media Group designed for professionals to use in medical animation and illustration.

Zygote, in collaboration with medical experts, has spent thousands of hours developing its 3D human anatomy collection to be the most extensive, anatomically correct product available. This collection is geared toward medical animation professionals and is delivered electronically in six major formats: 3D Studio MAX, Maya, C4D, HRC, LWO, OBJ, and XSI.

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Artbeats Announces New Military Collections at NAB 2005

Artbeats unveiled two new military collections entitled ROAD TO BAGHDAD and TANKS at the 2005 National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB), booth SL1219. Featuring compelling footage of combat, tank firing, night vision firing and combat sequences, Artbeats new military collections capture reality of war in high definition (HD).

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GenArts to Reduce Cost for Sapphire Plug-ins for Discreet burn

GenArts Inc. is permanently lowering the price of Sapphire Plug-ins for Discreet burn, Autodesks Linux-based background rendering software. Effective immediately, the new price structure allows burn users to purchase a license of Sapphire Plug-ins for just $1,000 per dual processor workstation, reduced from $1,600. Thanks to Sapphire Plug-ins on burn, digital artists using inferno, flame, flint, fire and smoke can process projects faster than ever before, thereby increasing productivity and maximizing creative time.

Mill Headline News

Mill New York Goes Smooth with Skittles

Skittles, the brightly colored candy, has launched a new brand: Smoothie Mix Skittles. This time, the candy combines all the different fruit flavors used in the original sweets to create these new flavors. This new line was launched with two :30 spots that focus on mixing up two unbelievable items. These challenging vfx heavy spots were created by Mill New York, who was involved right from pre-production.

Production Headline News

Jonathan Strange Gets Screenwriter

New Line Cinema has hired Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton (DANGEROUS LIAISONS) to adapt the bestselling British fantasy novel JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL for the big screen.

Based on author Susanna Clarke's critically acclaimed debut novel, the story follows two feuding magicians who attempt to restore English magic in the age of Napoleon and combines the dark mythological fantasy of J.R.R. Tolkien with the social comedy of Jane Austen.

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Lucy Liu Gets A Rise Out of Vampire Flick

Lucy Liu has signed on to star in Ghost House Pictures horror/thriller, RISE, reports VARIETY. Sebastian Gutierrez has written and will direct the film, which will start shooting this summer.

Liu will play a reporter who wakes up in a morgue to discover she is a vampire, spurring her to seek revenge on the vampires responsible.

Kingsgate Films Greg Shapiro (RULES OF ATTRACTION) and Carsten Lorenz (exec producer of THE GRUDGE) are producing. Ghost House will fully finance the flick. Sister firm Mandate Pictures will handle worldwide sales.

Film Headline News

Spy-Hunter Heads Back to Writing Desk

Universal has hired Stuart Beattie to rewrite the film adaptation of famed Midway videogame SPY-HUNTER, reports VARIETY. The film has been close to a production start for awhile now with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson starring and John Woo directing. Universal hopes to have the film ready in time for a big summer 2006 release.

Beatties credits include story on PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL and screenplay on COLLATERAL and the upcoming DERAILED, which stars Clive Owen.

Film Headline News

Craven’s Breed Finds Five Stars

Michelle Rodriguez (RESIDENT EVIL), Taryn Manning (8 MILE), Oliver Hudson (TVs THE MOUNTAIN), Hill Harper (THE SKULLS) and Eric Lively (TVs THE L WORD) have signed on to star in Wes Craven-exec produced horror film THE BREED, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. First Look Media and DEJ Prods. are handling worldwide rights. Cravens longtime collaborator Nick Mastandrea will make his directorial debut on the film, which starts filming next week.

Film Headline News

Schrader’s Exorcist Prequel Coming to Theaters

After ditching it to virtually remake the entire film with director Renny Harlin, Morgan Creek has decided to release helmer Paul Schraders EXORCIST prequel in theaters on May 20, 2005, according to VARIETY. Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the film to a limited number of theaters. Having made two complete films for roughly $70 million dollars, the Renny Harlin version of the film grossed only $80 million worldwide.

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Virtual Partners Goes into Overdrive!

Virtual Partners Training Center for AutoDesk Media and Entertainment has confirmed that their new custom computers from Overdrive PC will be in place for the upcoming newly released F/X software combustion R4 Classes featuring instructor/author Gary M Davis May 22, 23 and 24. This follows a 3ds max class. Seating is limited and there are discounts available for those taking both classes. Register today!

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Digital Musings From the Editor:

With editor Bill Desowitz away at ILM getting the skinny on VFXWORLDs STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH coverage, Im giving my musings this week. Alain Bielik covers last weekends #1 box-office champ, SAHARA. Tara DiLullo talks with Tommy Tom about the vfx heavy Hong Kong import KUNG-FU HUSTLE.

Game Headline News

War of the Worlds Online Game to Debut April 14

Leading up to the June 29 global release of Paramount Pictures'/DreamWorks Pictures' WAR OF THE WORLDS, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise, Paramount Pictures Interactive Marketing will debut a human survival online game at www.WarOfTheWorlds.com on April 14.

Digital Headline News

Digital Dimension Selects Isilon Systems For New Storage Architecture

Leading visual effects studio Digital Dimension (BLADE: TRINITY, SON OF THE MASK, RACING STRIPES) is taking its production infrastructure to the next generation with 16 terabytes of clustered storage, running a new computing industry standard, InfiniBand. Backed by an Isilon IQ 1920i system, which is already online and supporting the company's busy slate of high-end feature film work, the deployment is allowing Digital Dimension to maximize the high performance, scalability and reliability of clustered storage technology to gain a competitive edge.

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NVIDIA to Exhibit Full Range of HD Solutions at NAB2005

NVIDIA Corp. will be demonstrating its NVIDIA Quadro FX 4000 SDI with PureVideo technology with a group of partners and customers at NAB2005 (April 18-21) at the Las Vegas Convention Center (#SL5501).

Effects Headline News

VES-VFX Festival Slated for June 25-26 at Aero Theatre

The 2005 VES-VFX Festival has been set for June 24 26, 2005 at the newly restored Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, California, it was announced by Visual Effects Society (VES) exec director, Eric Roth.

The festival will include a cocktail party and silent auction featuring items of visual effects significance up for bid to raise money for the eight-year-old non-profit organization. Panels, special screenings and other events are in the planning phase and a full line-up of activities is expected to be announced by May 1.

Game Headline News

EA & Warner Bros. Team on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Videogame

Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. have announced THE HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE videogame, scheduled for a Nov. 2005 release in conjunction with the Warner Bros. Pictures film based on J.K. Rowling's fourth book. In the game, players experience the thrilling moments of the movie and put their magic to the ultimate test in cooperative play with up to two friends.

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