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Drama on the High Seas Headline News

Jared Leto May Join ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Reboot

Disney's new ‘Pirates’ film boasts Margot Robbie at the helm, with DC’s most recent Joker rumored to reunite with his toxic ‘Suicide Squad’ partner on the high seas.

Drama Under the Sea Headline News

Amber Heard’s Role in ‘Aquaman 2’ Reportedly on Shaky Ground

Mera may be replaced by an entirely new lead female of color depending upon upcoming litigation results in actress’ legal fight against ex-husband Johnny Depp.

The Tea is Mightier than the Sword Headline News

Netflix’s ‘The Three-Body Problem’ Producer Allegedly Poisoned in Murder Plot

While the motive is still unknown, Yoozoo Group chairman Lin Qi has died due to a suspected poisoning attack by the company’s senior executive Xu Yao.

The Fett is Set! Headline News

‘The Book of Boba Fett’ Set as Standalone ‘The Mandalorian’ Spinoff

Showrunner Jon Favreau confirms the after-credits teaser from the Season 2 finale marks the beginning of a new series set in the same timeline, coming December 2021.

Technology Headline News

KeenTools 2021.1 Now Available

Major update to FaceBuilder for Blender includes built-in ARKit-compatible FACS blendshapes; support for Live Link Face CSV files with ARKit blendshape coefficients; fixed symmetry for topology and shape; added low-poly and mid-poly topologies; and more.

Devonian Creatures from the Deep! VFXWorld

Translating Simon Stålenhag's Art to the Screen in Duvchi's ‘Geronimo’ Music Video

The famed Swedish artist and Jens 'Duvchi' Duvsjö, with support from Staffan Linder and Goodbye Kansas Studios, discuss their collaborative creative process in depicting a mesmerizing VFX sequence that awakens prehistoric creatures.

Technology Headline News

Escape Studios Now Houdini Certified

School gains SideFX’s official recognition for excellence in teaching; students now get exclusive access to webinars, presentations, and real-time feedback sessions for their portfolios.

This is the Way Headline News

‘The Mandalorian’ Adds ‘Stop-Motion’ to Impressive Practical Effects Roster

‘Star Wars’ effects veteran Phil Tippett reveals the use of stop-mo animation for scrapwalkers in ‘The Believer’ episode of the hit Disney+ series.

Feature Film VFX VFXWorld

Weta Creates a Cute and Crazy Winter Wonderland in ‘The Christmas Chronicles 2’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 4:18pm

The VFX powerhouse delivers a bustling Santa’s village, both North and South Poles, and cute and quirky digital characters including Belsnickel, his Jack-a-lotes, reindeer, a Yule Cat Jola, and 641 elves, in the Netflix holiday adventure.

Great Balls of Dragon Fire Headline News

Matt Smith Flies onto ‘House of the Dragon’ ‘GOT’ Prequel

The 11th Doctor Who is now set for winged battle as Daemon Targaryen, warrior and husband to Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, in George R.R. Martin’s upcoming HBO Max series.

virtual conference Headline News

SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Wraps Up First-Ever Live Digital Event

Registration remains open with all content available on-demand through March 2021; highlights included 400 talks and presentations on the latest technologies in computer graphics, visual effects, virtual reality, augmented reality, and interactive techniques.

Business Headline News

Weta Digital Opens L.A. and San Francisco Offices, Adds to Board of Directors

Former Disney COO Tom Staggs, former Google executive Jeff Huber, and Peter Jackson’s longtime partner Ken Kamins appointed as part of company’s continuing expansion.                                                                                           

Under the Sea Headline News

All-Star Cast Revealed for Live-Action / CGI ‘The Little Mermaid’

Halle Bailey is joined by Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, and Awkwafina in the new adaptation of the beloved Disney animated feature film musical classic, set to begin filming in 2021.

Technology Headline News

Unity Releases Unity 2020.2 TECH Stream

Now available for download, latest release features enhancements to improve productivity; upgrades include increased stability to artist, cinematic, and programmer tools as well as faster iteration and import times for editor and team workflows.

Unreal Engine Headline News

Epic Games Releases Free City and Sculpture Asset Downloads from FILFURY Short

Watch: ‘Unreal for All Creators' project by artist/director and his team at The Mill showcases real-time production tools for creators in games, film & television, architecture, and automotive; key assets used in the short’s production now available for download.  

Streaming Media Blues! Headline News

Backlash Over WarnerMedia’s HBO Max Movie Streaming Plans Continues

Warner Bros’ announcement that entire 2021 lineup of 17 films will stream on HBO Max simultaneously with their theatrical releases continues to raise the ire of directors and production houses

More Drama on the High Seas Headline News

Johnny Depp Wanted Amber Heard Axed from ‘Aquaman’

According to an extensive Hollywood Reporter piece, the reign of terror stemming from Depp and Heard’s divorce may be more double-sided than originally thought, with both parties trying to get the other fired from high profile films.

Mando! Headline News

‘Star Wars’ New Series Roundup: Expanding ‘The Mandalorian’ Timeline

New Disney+ Original series ‘Rangers of the New Republic’ and ‘Ahsoka’ will take place within the timeline of Jon Favreau’s hit series starring.

People Headline News

Trilith Studios Appoints Barry Williams Creative Director of Virtual Production

Award-winning visual artist to oversee technical and creative development of the studio’s extensive virtual production facilities, resources, and solutions.

animated short films Headline News

‘Shooom’s Odyssey’ Awarded Best in Show at SIGGRAPH Asia Computer Animation Festival

‘Migrants,’ and ‘Box Assassin’ take Jury Special and Best Student Project honors; virtual festival’s annual Electronic Theatre and Animation Theatre showcase an additional 44 top CG animation projects chosen from 577 submissions.

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