Media FX News Archives
- July 8, 2001
- Cats & Dogs Nudges Out
Scary Movie 2
- Tom Hanks: "Digital
Actors May Replace Human Actors"
- Disney Loses Its Magic (opinion
- News Link of the Day
- AOL to Close All WB Stores
Dogs Nudges Out Scary Movie 2
(by digitalmediafx.com) Weekend estimates are in and if they
hold true then Cats & Dogs will have barely beat Scary
Movie 2 for the top spot. For the weekend, it is estimated
that Cats & Dogs made $22 million while Scary Movie
2 made $21 million. A.I. was a distant third - losing
over 50% of its audience from last weekend - at $14.2 million.
On the animation
front, Shrek (which made an estimated $6 million) easily
beat out Disney's Atlantis (which made an estimated $5
million). Final numbers will be reported in Tuesday's Digital
Media FX update.
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"Digital Actors May Replace Human Actors"
(by digitalmediafx.com) Both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas
that digital actors can replace real actors. However, Tom Hanks
is on the record as worrying that it is a real possibility.
to Online Ireland, "Oscar-winner Tom Hanks today said he
fears Hollywood's stars will be replaced by computer-generated
actors. The Saving Private Ryan star said he is concerned
new technology could be used by film studious to replace humans
with more compliant and cheaper electronic characters."
So far Hanks
is the only mainstream acting professional to express such concerns
and acknowledge the real possibility. Both Lucas
and Spielberg have
gone on the record as claiming that the press have overreacted
to reports that digital characters can replace human characters.
The comments by them were made at the grand
opening of the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts
Opens at USC School of Cinema last March.
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Loses its "Magic"
(digitalmediafx.com opinion article) Disney continues to receive
negative press over terrible decisions ranging from Disney's California
Adventure (DCA) to dismissing top animators associated with the
former Disney animation empire. Disney has closed over 70 Disney
stores and is now killing its DisneyQuest adventure in Chicago.
In addition, plans for future DisneyQuest areas have been rejected.
Part of Disney's
decision making process is associated with a project's ability
to grow profits even if the venture is already profitable. According
to the Los Angeles Daily News, "While the amusement and shopping
parks did not lose money, it was believed they would not meet
profitability goals if the chain were expanded." The philosophy?
"Forget the profits these places make now. Just close them.
Too inconvenient." So much for long term strategies.
mismanagement is costing the company millions of dollars in "experimentation"
costs. If the visionary Walt Disney had followed the same philosophy,
Disneyland would have been closed down in its first year. Disney
has lost the art of putting the customer first (which grows businesses)
and making projects long term to better brand them to audiences.
As Disney gets more greedy, the company appears to be losing creativity,
originality, and all the customer service formulas introduced
by the founder of the company decades ago - Walt Disney.
2000 years will be remembered as the "disassembling of Disney
magic." From dismembering the powerful animation division
to theme park fiasco's (the non-magical DCA) and closing of Disney
stores along with themed attractions the illusion of money becomes
more clear. After all, Disney just announced that it is embarking
upon a major product campaign to get Disney characters onto products
everywhere by the end of this year. The hope is that more money
will be brought in from added merchandising, which will assumedly
better brand the Disney name. Disney should go back about 25 years
and take its own "public relations" course on Disney
magic. The original is better than this rewritten version.
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of the Day - AOL to Close All WB Stores
to the San Francisco Chronicle:
Time Warner Inc. said it will close all of its Warner Bros. retail
stores, including five in the Bay Area, after it failed to find
a buyer for the chain that employs 3,800 people
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