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Saturday - June 9, 2001
- Disney Set to Layoff 1,000 Employees (Including Animators)
- Voyage to Atlantis: The Lost Empire This Sunday
- Tomb Raider to Open in More Than 3,100 Movie Theaters
- News Link of the Day - Evolution of a Species


Disney Set to Layoff 1,000 Employees (Including Animators)
(by digitalmediafx.com) According to the LA Times, Disney is about to layoff 1,000 employees after another 3,000 volunteered to leave the company with severance packages.

According to the LA Times, "Among the areas expected to be hit hardest by the layoffs are Disney's theme parks in Anaheim and Orlando and its feature animation department, where Disney is cutting several dozen jobs and slashing salaries by 30% to 50% in response to the unit's declining profits."

The layoffs will take place by the end of July.

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Voyage to Atlantis: The Lost Empire This Sunday
(by digitalmediafx.com) On Sunday, June 10, at 8PM, ABC will air a one hour special titled "Voyage to Atlantis: The Lost Empire." The TV special examines the latest scientific and Atlantis is Waitingtechnical evidence suggesting Atlantis not only existed in the past, but that it will be rediscovered in our immediate future.

The subject of countless books, movies and TV shows, Atlantis has always been presented in a shroud of myth, fantasy, hearsay and supposition. Now, using interviews and never-before-seen footage from some of the world's most noted explorers, archaeologists and oceanographers, what may be the first positive proof of Atlantis is revealed.

Among the theories and ideas the special explores are:

* A tie-in between Noah's flood and the destruction of Atlantis.

* A theory of continental drift whereby landmasses coming together result in an absence of solid land at the center, exactly where Atlantis would have been located.

* A peculiar animal migratory phenomenon -- Several Atlantic species, including birds, lemmings and eels, leave their homes to travel hundreds of miles west across the ocean, where they circle and eventually die precisely where Atlantis is believed to have been located.

The special concludes with never-before-seen footage of the latest deep-ocean expedition that may uncover even more evidence of the existence of Atlantis.

The special is sponsored by Atlantis: The Lost Empire movie and includes a sneak peek at the animated movie.

> Click here to visit the "Atlantis is Waiting" dFX Movie Site.

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Tomb Raider to Open in More Than 3,100 Movie Theaters
(by digitalmediafx.com) The FX-filled Tomb Raider movie will open on more than 3,100 movie screens on Friday, June 15, 2001.

As the leading actress, Angelina Jolie reinvents the Lara Croft video game action hero in the movie. The Croft character was born into wealth and groomed at the most elite schools. She travels to dangerous and mysterious locales around the globe in search of rare, lost crypts and long-forgotten empires. She speaks numerous languages, is highly trained for combat and answers to no one, obeying only a desire for adventure.

Tomb Raider is rated PG-13 for Action Violence & Some Sensuality.

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News Link of the Day - Evolution of a Species

According to ABQ Journal:

"Dinosaurs have been in the movies for decades, starting with the 1919 silent film "Ghost of Slumber Mountain" and going right up to the 1990s when the blockbuster "Jurassic Park" was released and Disney weighed in with Dinosaur.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History celebrates dinosaurs in the movies with 'Cine-Saurus, a History of Dinosaurs in the Movies'…"

Click here for the full story.

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