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The Story That Keeps on Giving Headline News

Disney Drops ‘Mufasa: The Lion King’ Trailer and Cast Announcement

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 29, 2024 at 2:58pm

Oscar winner Barry Jenkins directs, with songs by multiple award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and an all-star voice lineup led by Thandiwe Newton, Donal Glover, Seth Rogen, Keith David and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter; film hits theaters December 20, 2024.

Night Shift Nightmare Headline News

‘Five Nights at Freddy’s 2’ Officially in Development at Blumhouse and Universal

The terrifying horror game phenomenon becomes a theatrical franchise, with the second installment from the studio behind ‘M3GAN’ and ‘The Invisible Man’ set to hit theaters Fall 2025.

Is There Hope for Humanity? Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘Sweet Tooth’ Season 3 Teaser

The final season of the post-apocalyptic fairytale, based on Jeff Lemire’s groundbreaking DC comic, promises viewers a thrilling climax that will determine the fate of humanity; new episodes premiere globally June 6.

Animation Conferences Headline News

Get Animated Announces ‘In Conversation’ Keynote Speakers

U.K. Screen Alliance CEO Neil Hatton and the U.K. Department for Business and Trade head of Creative Industries Tendai Chetse take the stage at the animation conference, which runs May 1-2 in Birmingham.

Events Headline News

2024 Quirino Awards Program Announced

200+ industry professionals will gather for the co-production and business forum in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife, running May 9 to 11; online talks on YouTube will feature short film and school short film finalists.

Business Headline News

Transmedia Company Elf Labs Launches with Extensive Classic IP Library

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at 9:26am

New company boasts a portfolio of 400 copyrights and more than 140 trademarks, combining dynamic characters and storylines with a market strategy that includes web series video content, AI-powered toys, animated and live-action feature movies, and seamlessly accessible augmented reality experiences.

The Third Coming Headline News

An Even ‘R’-er Red Band Trailer Drops for ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’

What do superhero frenemies do… when one is Deadpool… they come together… Ryan Reynolds returns as the fourth wall breaking ‘Merc with a Mouth’ in the third installment of the scandalous Marvel Studios franchise, alongside Hugh Jackman as Wolverine; the film hits theaters July 26.

Conferences Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2024 Registration Now Open

The 51st annual conference, focusing on computer graphics, interactive techniques and technical innovation, returns to its origins in Denver, Colorado, running July 28 – August 1.

Feature Film VFX VFXWorld

Rodeo FX Provides VFX ‘Help’ to Netflix’s ‘Damsel’

Led by VFX supervisor Mathieu Dupuis, the studio’s visual effects work brings audiences back to medieval times, with a touch of faerie tale and fantasy elements, including unique castles, enchanting countryside, and the spikey Stone Mountain cave where the titular character, played by Millie Bobby Brown, meets a fire-breathing dragon.

Education Headline News

VFS and Pixomondo Launch 12-Week Certificate Program

The Vancouver Film School teams up with the leading VFX and virtual production studio to train students for careers as VAD Technical Artists, VAD Generalists, and UE Technical Artists.

Everybody Wants to Save the World… Again Headline News

Prime Video Renews ‘Fallout’ for Season 2

Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s critically-acclaimed series, set in the post-apocalyptic world of the best-selling global video game franchise, gets picked up for another season; the entire first season is now streaming. 

Sword-swinging Summer Headline News

Netflix Greenlights ‘The Witcher’ Season 5, Kicks Off Season 4 Production

Streamer gives a go to the fifth and final chapter of the popular fantasy drama that chronicles the story of monster hunter Geralt of Rivia.

People Headline News

Ghost VFX Appoints Julian Levi EVP North America

The overall production VFX producer on Oscar-nominee/VES Award-winner ‘The Creator’ brings his 30 years of experience to new role overseeing studio’s talent, technology, and services. 

Heading to 1600 Edo Japan VFXWorld

Creating an Authentic Feudal Japan for ‘Shōgun’

Co-creators and EPs Justin Marks and Rachel Kondo, along with their production team on FX and Hulu’s 10-episode limited series - based on James Clavell’s famous 1975 novel - always strove for authenticity in their depiction of Japan in 1600, from its ships to the city of Osaka, even the oil lamps and wicks used to light rooms.

Do It in the Cloud Headline News

Former FuseFX CTO and Co-Founder Jason Fotter Launches Bind Studio

Running on AWS, the studio’s cloud-based platform services promise to streamline setup and configuration for VFX production with flexibility to scale up and down based on production needs.

Blast Off! Headline News

Paramount’s ‘Transformers One’ Trailers Blast Off

The 3DCG animated feature starring Chris Hemsworth, Brian Tyree Henry, and Scarlett Johansson tells the origin story of Orion Pax and D-16’s path from brothers-in-arms to becoming sworn enemies, Optimus Prime and Megatron; coming to theaters September 2024.

Gotta Stream Fast Headline News

Cast Featurette Drops for ‘Sonic’ Spinoff Series ‘Knuckles’

The live-action / CGI mini-series, which centers on Idris Elba’s dastardly, coffee drinking red Echidna as he teaches his protege Wade Whipple the ways of the warrior, hits Paramount+ April 26.

In Passing Headline News

Disney Imagineering Consultant and Artist Dan Goozee Passes at 80

The creative, also known for his movie poster art and production illustrations on shows like ‘Battle for the Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica’ died of an age-related condition on April 7.

The Road to Turin Headline News

VIEW Conference Launches ‘Art Challenge’ Competition

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Italy’s premier animation and VFX event, artists are invited to submit poster designs for the competition; winner to receive a Wacom tablet and have their work prominently displayed online and at the upcoming conference, which runs October 14-19 in Turin.

It’s Not Personal It’s Business Headline News

Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap to Produce ‘Monopoly’ Live-Action Adaptation

The team behind ‘Barbie’ and the upcoming ‘Sims’ adaptation will collaborate with Lionsgate and Hasbro Entertainment on the board game feature, although plot details remain mum.