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Saturday - April 28, 2001
- Digital Media FX Opens Shrek Movie Site
- Can the Electrical Parade Rescue Disney's California Adventure?
- The Calm Before the Storm
- News Link of the Day - Pearl Harbor: Pretty Faces, Big Bucks Dress Up War Epic

Digital Media FX Opens Shrek Movie Site
(by Digital Media FX has opened its first movie site, focusing on the DreamWorks / PDI animated film Shrek. The site takes an in-depth look at the movie from the latest news and features, to images from the film.

"Digital Media FX is dedicated to being the leading authority on animated and FX films," says publisher Joe Tracy. "This Shrek movie site gives readers an area dedicated all to one film - Shrek. Best of all, it is updated regularly and will even track daily Box Office results once the film opens on May 18, 2001."

Access to the dFX Shrek movie site is available by clicking here.

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Can the Electrical Parade Rescue Disney's California Adventure
(by Disney is in a bind. It's Disney's California Adventure (DCA) theme park is performing very poorly, losing tens of thousands of dollars every day in potential revenue. Disney's solution is to bring back the Electrical Parade - for DCA - breaking its longstanding assurance that the Electrical Parade had been retired forever.

The Electrical Parade features many Disney classic animated characters, including ones that starred in live action films like the dragon in Pete's Dragon. It was the most popular parade in Disneyland's history and is now being used to try and increase attendance at DCA, a place where Disney has tried to keep its characters out of since the park is suppose to be an "educational" California experience.

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The Calm Before the Storm
(by On Tuesday the deadline for a new writers contract will expire. On June 30 the deadline for a new actors contract will expire. Both could lead to the first major Hollywood strike in 13 years.

Studios have anticipated the strike, however, and rushed many productions. As both deadlines near, there is an uneasy calm in Hollywood as studios are reluctant to start new projects due to the looming strike.

"I was at Warner Bros. yesterday and the lot's already dead," Propmaker Jean Hodges told the Associated Press. "It's just empty parking spaces everywhere."

The Writers Guild of America has announced that negotiations will continue through the weekend in an effort to reach an agreement before Tuesday's deadline. A strike by writers would effect all Hollywood movies, including animated ones. The negotiators have instigated a "news blackout" so that the true status of negotiations is only known by those involved.

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News Link of the Day - Pearl Harbor: Pretty Faces, Big Bucks Dress Up War Epic

According to USA Today:

"Same old story: Attractive actors, a big budget ($135 million), action and romance converge in a historical drama centering on the sinking of huge ships. It sure feels like the return of Titanic.

But, as the title suggests, this film is about the 1941 surprise Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, which led us into World War II..."

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