|TERRITORY CHARTS (Bold = Latest Update)|
|ARGENTINA||The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe|
|AUSTRALIA||Ice Age: The Meltdown|
|BULGARIA||V for Vendetta|
|CIS - RUSSIA, ETC.||Piter FM|
|CZECH REPUBLIC||Ice Age: The Meltdown|
|FINLAND||Ice Age: The Meltdown|
|FRANCE||Ice Age: The Meltdown|
|GERMANY||Ice Age: The Meltdown|
|GREECE||Ice Age: The Meltdown|
|HONG KONG||Election 2|
|HUNGARY||Mr. and Mrs. Smith|
|ITALY||Ice Age: The Meltdown|
|JAPAN||Meitantei Conan: Tanteitachi no requiem|
|LEBANON||Ice Age: The Meltdown|
|THE NETHERLANDS||Ice Age: The Meltdown|
|NEW ZEALAND||Ice Age: The Meltdown|
|NORWAY||Ice Age: The Meltdown|
|POLAND||Ice Age: The Meltdown|
|ROMANIA||Ice Age: The Meltdown|
|SLOVAKIA||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire|
|SOUTH AFRICA||Fun with Dick and Jane|
|SOUTH KOREA||Cheongchun-manhwa (Almost Love)|
|SPAIN||Ice Age: The Meltdown|
|SWEDEN||Ice Age: The Meltdown|
|THAILAND||Ice Age: The Meltdown|
|TURKEY||Ice Age: The Meltdown|
|UNITED ARAB EMIRATES||Ice Age: The Meltdown|
|UNITED KINGDOM||Ice Age: The Meltdown|
"Any given man sees only a tiny portion of the total truth, and very often, in fact almost perpetually, he deliberatley deceives himself about the little precious fragment as well. A portion of him turns against him and acts like another person, defeating him from inside."
Free Action and Animé Broadband Service, Available at ToonamiJetstream.com Beginning July 17,
to Offer 24/7 Streaming Episodes of Top-Rated Series
Toonami Jetstream to be Exclusive U.S. Broadband Home to Series Naruto, Samurai Jack, Hikaru no Go,
MÄR, The Prince of Tennis and More
San Francisco, CA, April 25, 2006 — Cartoon Network and VIZ Media announced a joint venture called Toonami Jetstream, a new broadband service that will provide on-demand, full-length streaming episodes of a number of hit animé and action series, including acclaimed hit series Naruto and Samurai Jack. In addition, users will also be able to watch full-length episodes of series like Hikaru No Go, MÄR and The Prince of Tennis that are not currently offered on U.S. broadcast or basic cable television. In this joint venture, Cartoon Network and VIZ Media will jointly manage and administer acquisitions and programming.
Toonami Jetstream (available at www.ToonamiJetstream.com) will launch on July 17. Each week, new episodes will be added to the site while previous episodes will also be available through the Toonami Jetstream archive. Toonami Jetstream, an online extension of Cartoon Network's long-running and successful Toonami action-adventure television franchise, is a free service, supported by advertising that includes both banners and streaming video ads.
"Cartoon Network has long been the dominant TV provider of the best animé and action," said Paul Condolora, senior vice president and general manager of Cartoon Network New Media. "And we were the first to stream, in 2001, full-length animé series online. Now, with this joint venture with VIZ Media, we will give our fans the chance to view popular shows on-demand and follow new series that cannot be seen anywhere else. We also believe this will bring new fans to the action/animé genre, create interest in new shows and build the overall popularity of Toonami on Cartoon Network."more...
"Leading Gaming and Social Networking Service to Join MTV Networks’ World-Class Global Multiplatform Portfolio
NEW YORK and MENLO PARK, CA, April 24, 2006 – Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Xfire, Inc., the fastest-growing online gaming communication and community platform in the world, for $102 million in cash.
The acquisition brings Viacom and its MTV Networks unit the premier community that connects online gamers. Xfire and its users fit squarely into the Company’s multiplatform strategy to build an engaging universe of music, gaming, entertainment, news, networking and interactivity for focused audiences. As part of MTV Networks, Xfire will be better able to maximize its advertising revenues through more aggressive marketing, greater global penetration and comprehensive integration with the Company’s other digital and cable properties that address the gaming demographic.
Launched in 2004, Xfire has four million registered members who use its software. Its one million active users average 91 hours per month, with an average session length of over three hours. The robust, ad-supported Xfire application supports hundreds of the latest PC games and provides social networking, instant messaging and information for online gamers. In addition, the Xfire application provides traffic to its popular website, featuring forums and gaming downloads.
Tom Freston, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom, said, “On both a strategic and an economic level, this is a terrific deal for Viacom. Xfire is far and away the leading PC gaming communications and community platform, has outstanding management, and is a perfect fit with our growing digital businesses at MTV Networks. It's a bull's eye against our young audiences.”"
"PRESS RELEASE (FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE)
Munich, Germany - April 19th, 2006. RAW is all the vogue these days and iStopMotion, the well known stop motion animation package, makes no exception: Version 1.9.2 now imports all kinds of images from your local harddisk, including RAW images. For the users, this means new creative possibilities.
Import Menu Command
Create movies from images that already exist, that you have scanned in or produced with an application that only creates sequences of images with the new, convenient "Import Images from Disk" command. Or export all frames of an animation, batch process them with a tool like GraphicConverter and re-import them into a movie. You could also use this export-import routine to change the frame rate of a time lapse movie.
The RAW file format, because it is uncompressed and unprocessed when a picture is taken with a digital still camera that supports it, is the format of choice for serious photographers. With iStopMotion 1.9.2 you can use these files for time lapse movies or stop motion animation.
Flipbook printing and Universal Application
With Flipbook printing, which was introduced with version 1.9, kids can print out their animation and take it home to show it to friends and family in an easy and inexpensive way. iStopMotion is a Universal Application since version 1.9, introduced in January 2006 and has been tested on all shipping Intel based Macs.
Availablity and Pricing
The Boinx iStopMotion 1.9.2 update is available for download immediately from the website http://www.istopmotion.com. The update is free for all current owners of a valid iStopMotion 1.x license. New license keys are on sale via Kagi for US $39.95 for the DV version and US $349 for the HR version. A five day demo license for evaluation can be requested at the website..."Official Boinx Site
"GLENDALE, Calif., April 6, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- DreamWorks Animation (NYSE: DWA) today announced that they have just acquired the rights to develop and produce the computer-animated feature "Punk Farm," inspired by Jarrett J. Krosoczka's popular children's book of the same name. The story was developed by producer Kevin Messick and writer Jim Hecht, the latter of whom most recently co-wrote the animated hit "Ice Age: The Meltdown."
"Punk Farm" tells the story of a group of farm animals -- a sheep, a chicken, a pig, a goat and a cow -- who form an underground rock band. The film will chronicle their journey as they follow their dreams to make their mark as a band and perform at the first-ever animal band music festival: LIVESTOCK.
Messick will serve as executive producer and Hecht will write the screenplay. They will also share story credit on the film. DWA's head of development Kristine Belson shepherded the deal and will oversee the project..."For more visit here.
SPACE CHIMPS (2007)
"Space Chimps" is a comedy adventure about two NASA chimps that are sent to a galaxy far, far away. One chimp has "The Right Stuff," and the other, a good natured goofball, has "The Wrong Stuff." The two chimps find themselves on a strange, uncharted planet, where they embark on a fantastical journey to save its inhabitants from a tyrannical leader.
In a study of 117 undergraduate students, psychologists discovered that movements in a sequence of events, as well as the duration portrayed, in animations such as re-creations of a crime can double an already troubling hindsight bias.
Hindsight bias has been linked to the traditional use of text and diagrams to re-create crimes, and is known to interfere with the ability to make fair decisions because it often leads jurists to exaggerate the predictability of past events.
"Many lawyers assume that computer video animations help clarify the evidence, and, therefore, help jury decisions to be fairer and more closely grounded in the facts," said Neal J. Roese, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Our findings indicate instead that a computer animation introduces its own additional bias, making people more punitive and more likely to hand out harsh penalties."
Roese and colleagues suggest that by viewing a computer-animated re-creation of an event, a person's confidence is heightened -- but not necessarily accurately. An animation, they say, provides movement as reconstructed by a prosecution, plaintiff or defense witness to reconfirm or heighten a jurist's hindsight feeling that "I knew it all along."
Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators
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