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Sunday - August 19, 2001
- DAY OFF The Dead
- Weekend Box Office Estimates
- 2001 Animated and FX Movie Release Schedule
- News Link of the Day - Superheroes, Waiting in the Wings


Day Off The Dead
(by digitalmediafx.com) Animators Lee Lanier and Jeffrey Dates have announced a collaborative effort to create an animated short film entitled "DAY OFF The Dead." The animated short examines the question, "what do the dead do on their day off?"

DAY OFF The Dead, done via CGI, will follow the humorous day-to-day adventures of dead souls as they struggle to get through the Afterlife. It is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

The cast and crew for the animated short include:

Lee Lanier - Director
Jeffrey Dates - Co-director
Jeremy Dale - Art Director
John Griffith - Animator
David Rogers - Animator
Kevin Long - Modeler/Texturer
Andrew Chizov - Modeler/Texturer
Cory Sachter - Technical Director
Jack Kellogg - Modeler/Texturer
Juniper Music - Audio

You can follow the progression of the movie at the DAY OFF the Dead by clicking here.

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Weekend Box Office Estimates
(by digitalmediafx.com) It was another terrible weekend for Osmosis Jones, which failed to make the top 10 in its second weekend of release and looks to have trouble reaching even $18 million, making it a major flop for Warner Bros..

Here are weekend estimates for the top 10 movies at the box office:

American Pie 2 - $21.4 million
Rush Hour 2 - $19.2 million
Rat Race - $11.8 million
The Others - $10.8 million
The Princess Diaries - $9.5 million
Captain Corelli's Mandolin - $7.1 million
Planet of the Apes - $6.9 million
American Outlaws - $4.8 million
Jurassic Park III - $4.3 million
Legally Blonde - $2.6 million

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2001 Animated and FX Movie Release Schedule
(by digitalmediafx.com) Here is the release schedule for animated and visual effects movies remaining in 2001:

John Carpenter's Ghost of Mars (FX - August 24, 2001)
Waking Life (Rotoscope Animation - October 19, 2001 in LA and NY)
Monsters, Inc. (CGI Animation - November 2, 2001)
Harry Potter (FX - November 16, 2001)
Lord of the Rings (FX - December 19, 2001)
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (CGI - December 21, 2001)
The Time Machine (FX - December 25, 2001)

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News Link of the Day - Superheroes, Waiting in the Wings

According to USA Today:

"Warner Bros. is working hard to ensure that the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel battle bad guys again on the big screen. The Superman and Batman franchises have proved to be lucrative. Batman hasn't been up at bat since 1997, when fans of the Dark Knight didn't cheer Batman & Robin..."

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