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Tuesday - August 7, 2001
- Animation Used to Show Off New Thrills
- Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones
- Final Weekend Box Office Numbers
- News Link of the Day - How Dwarfs Hit it Big in Hollywood


X Coaster at Magic MountainAnimation Used to Show Off New Thrills
(by digitalmediafx.com) Six Flags Magic Mountain is using the power of animation to psyche roller coaster enthusiasts with the introduction of two new roller coasters - "X" and "Deja Vu". Both coasters are expected to open during Labor Day weekend or shortly thereafter.

"X" is set to be one of the most unique roller coasters in the U.S.. The seats sit off to the side of the coaster and while the coaster is in motion, each seat rotates, adding an extra element to the experience. In order to demonstrate this, and the new "Deja Vu" roller coaster, Six Flags Magic Mountain commissioned a detailed animation of each coaster. The footage was provided to the press several months ago and is now available online.

After sitting through a long introduction, the animated footage begins showing the experience from several different angles. Click here to see animated footage of Magic Mountain's "X" and "Deja Vu."

Six Flags Magic Mountain is located in Valencia, California.

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Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones
(by digitalmediafx.com) George Lucas has announced the title of Star Wars: Episode II as "Attack of the Clones." In addition to the announcement the following details about Episode II were announced:

"Ten years after the events of The Phantom Menace, not only has the galaxy undergone significant change, but so have our familiar heroes Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) as they are thrown together again for the first time since the Trade Federation invasion of Naboo. Anakin has grown into the accomplished Jedi apprentice of Obi-Wan, who himself has transitioned from student to teacher. The two Jedi are assigned to protect Padmé whose life is threatened by a faction of political separatists. As relationships form and powerful forces collide, these heroes face choices that will impact not only their own fates, but the destiny of the Republic."

Reaction at Star Wars Fan Sites across the Web have been mixed, but mostly negative. A poll of fans by The Force found that over 60% either disliked the name or outright hated it. Just over 30% thought it was a good title. Many suggested a variation of the title would have been much better like, "The Clone Wars" or "The Clones Attack".

Lucas faced the same kind of reaction when "The Phantom Menace" was announced as the title of Star Wars: Episode 1. Many people are still trying to figure out the meaning of the title.

While many called the newest title a "B-movie" title, others defended it saying that's how the whole Star Wars sega began - as a "B-type movie."

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones will be released on May 22, 2002.

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Final Weekend Box Office Numbers
(by digitalmediafx.com) Final weekend box office numbers are in and here are the results for the top animated and visual effects movies:

Movie

Rank

Weekend Total

Gain/Loss

Overall Total

Planet of the Apes # 2 $27.5 Million -60% $123.7 Million
Jurassic Park 3 # 4 $12.3 Million -46% $147.0 Million

Dr. Doolittle 2

# 9

$02.3 Million

-51%

$106.1 Million

Cats & Dogs # 10 $02.2 Million -52% $81.6 Million

Shrek

# 13

$01.1 Million

-40%

$257.9 Million

Tomb Raider

# 16

$522,794

-48%

$129.5 Million

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

# 17

$441,726

-49%

$80.5 Million

Pearl Harbor

# 18

$434,965

-47%

$194.5 Million

A.I. # 21 $341,124 -64% $77.6 Million
Final Fantasy # 23 $303,786 -77% $31.5 Million

The Mummy Returns

# 34

$94,115

-25%

$201.1 Million

The gain/loss represents the movie's performance when compared to last weekend.

Rush Hour 2 was the number one movie of the weekend, bringing in an astounding $67.4 million in just three days.

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News Link of the Day - How Dwarfs Hit it Big in Hollywood

According to F.A.Z:

"The year 1937 was a banner year for fairy tales. J.R.R. Tolkien published "The Hobbit," and Walt Disney released his movie "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." In the crisis-ridden 1930s, audiences regarded both works as promises of salvation. Now the phenomenon is supposed to repeat itself, in a year that is increasingly perceived as a year of crisis, from debates about the life sciences to riots over globalization, a year in which we have to seek reassurance about what is left of our own creation myth..."

Click here for the full story.

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