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- June 23, 2001
Blue Sky Studio
Quietly Preps Ice Age
Blue Sky's Chris Wedge is directing Ice Age. In 1998, Wedge received an Best Animated Short Academy Award for Bunny, a seven minute CGI animated short. Work on Ice Age started in early 2000.
Click here to see a trailer for Ice Age.
Walking With Dinosaurs
to Become Theme Park Attraction
The "Walking with Dinosaurs" attraction will give customers a "real-life" experience of dinosaurs with an interactive post-ride show. The theme of the ride is based on the BBC's TV series "Walking with Dinosaurs," which attracted a global audience of more than 360 million viewers.
"We are thrilled
to be working with BBC Worldwide on taking an incredible show and creating
an exciting attraction that will be fun for all ages," says Mike
Swinney, president and CEO for Hyper Entertainment. "We believe that
the success of the Walking with Dinosaurs series and the compelling nature
of the subject matter will make for an incredibly fun and exciting attraction
at premier locations around the world."
Both BBC and Hyper
Entertainment are being hush-hush about exact planned details as they
search for sponsorship and finalize plans for the attraction.
The attraction will be ready for shipments to theme parks licensing the adventure beginning in late summer 2002.
Friday Box Office
1) Fast and the Furious
- $14.7 million.
Shrek is showing signs of gaining on Atlantis in daily box office receipts. If the gain holds then next week Shrek will start bringing in more money than Atlantis in daily receipts even though Shrek has been playing a month longer. Shrek has already made an astounding $207.8 million at the box office. Atlantis, meanwhile, has made $34.8 million. Both Atlantis and Pearl Harbor receipts combined don't match Shrek. Disappointing numbers for Disney is analyst reasons cited in Peter Schneider's resignation as Disney Studio Chief a few days ago.
In theater counts, Shrek is now playing in 3,007 theaters, Atlantis in 3,071 theaters, Pearl Harbor in 2,668 theaters, and Tomb Raider in 3,312 theaters (more than any other movie).
News Link of the Day - Cinar Agrees to Repay $2.6 Million
According to the Edmonton Journal:
"Children's TV and film producer Cinar Corp. has struck a deal to repay Telefilm Canada $2.6 million in subsidies, clearing up more of its tax-fraud scandal and making the company more attractive to buyers it is actively seeking.
Cinar, best known
for its Arthur and Richard Scarry cartoons, became embroiled in scandal
in 1999 when the RCMP began investigating allegations that it had illegally
claimed tax credits
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