Media FX News Archives
- March 21, 2001
- Warner Bros. Drops the Ball
on Superman Rerelease
- New President of Warner Bros.
- SGI: "We Power Best
Visual Effects Nominees"
- News Link of the Day
- Animated Characters' Life-Changing Applications
Bros. Drops the Ball on Superman Rerelease
digitalmediafx.com) Note: This article has been removed
after determining that some of the information contained in the
original article was in conflict with other facts.
article asserted that Warner Bros. had killed a wide rerelease
of Superman and was only planning on showing it on seven
screens all in one city -- San Antonio.
close to the project, however, insist that Superman may
still get a wide screen release and that San Antonio is only a
on theatrical response [in San Antonio], Warner Bros. will decide
if they want to go a little wider and wider and therefore don't
blow huge amounts of national TV money," says a source very
close to the project
The WB source
also states that this is no different from the pattern used to
take the rerelease of The Exorcist into a wide release.
the wide release aspect of the article was disputed, Digital Media
FX was also told that the May 1 DVD release date referred to was
not set in stone and doesn't officially appear on any WB release
schedules (although unofficially it may appear on some documents).
The DVD date can change depending on how well Superman
performs in San Antonio this weekend, determining if it will open
"a little wider".
material not disputed includes:
was originally released to theaters on December 15, 1978 and became
a huge hit, racking in over $134 million at the U.S. box office.
Adjusted for inflation and today's ticket prices, Superman
would be the equivalent of a $270 million movie today. In addition,
Superman has grossed over $81 million in the rental marketplace."
close to the WB Superman project has added that the original
release made over $110 million outside the U.S.. Regarding WB's
method of determining a wider release, the source stated that
it is a "very intelligent release pattern to see if an older
movie works in today's environment."
here for an official statement from the publisher regarding
the article dispute.
here to see the movie trailer.
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for Warner Bros. Animation Announced
(by digitalmediafx.com) A change is coming to the top animation
position at Warner Bros. Yesterday, Warner Bros. announced that
Sander Schwartz will assume the position of president of Warner
Bros. Animation on April 16, 2001. The current president, Jean
MacCurdy, is stepping down to become a creative consultant for
Warner Bros. Animation.
As the new
president, Schwartz takes over responsibility for the studio's
physical production of theatrical, television, direct-to-video
and classic animation, as well as oversight of creative development
for television and direct-to-video animated programming.
also work closely with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, president, Worldwide
Production, Warner Bros. Pictures, who is responsible for the
creative development and production of all theatrical films for
the studio, including animated films based on new characters,
as well as the studio's classic Looney Tunes, DC Comics and Hanna-Barbera
to Warner Bros. from Sony Pictures Family Entertainment (SPFE),
where for the past two years he served as the division's first
president, responsible for creating character-based entertainment
targeted to the all-family audience, overseeing the development,
production, marketing and worldwide distribution of the division's
television and direct-to-video titles.
SPFE produced traditional cel animation, 3D CGI animation and
live-action properties, including such current hits as "Jackie
Chan Adventures," "Max Steel" and "Men in
Black: The Series" for "Kids' WB!"; "Dragon
Tales" (co-produced with Sesame Workshop) on PBS' "Ready
to Learn" block; "Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles,"
"Jumanji" and "Extreme Ghostbusters" airing
"My years at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Columbia Pictures
Television have been terrific, but I couldn't pass up this once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to work with and extend so many of the most important
brands and characters in animation history," said Schwartz.
"I grew up watching Warner Bros. Animation, I have always
loved it and the chance to work with Warner Bros. Animation is
a dream come true. Jean has set the bar high and I am committed
to continuing her legacy."
leaving is said to be her desire and not a forced exit. In 1992,
MacCurdy became the first president of Warner Bros. Television
Animation followed by becoming president of Warner Bros. Animation
when the two were consolidated in 1999.
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Power Best Visual Effects Nominees"
(by digitalmediafx.com) SGI announced yesterday that for the
seventh consecutive year, every Academy Award finalist in the
area of visual effects has relied on the power of SGI systems
to create the award winning effects.
entertainment customers are a lighthouse for our business - always
striving to create imagery that's never been done before and push
the envelope of what is possible with technology. They continue
to deliver even more astounding images year after year, and we're
excited that our graphics and server systems consistently play
a key role," said Greg Estes, vice president and general
manager, Telecommunications and Media, SGI. "We believe the
entertainment industry is the heart and soul of what we do. Our
customers' commitment to our technology tells us that they are
counting on us to provide the products and services to help make
their vision possible."
The Best Visual
Effects nominations for this year's Academy Awards are Gladiator,
Hollow Man, and The Perfect Storm.
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of the Day - Animated Characters' Life-Changing Applications
According to ABC News:
being profoundly deaf, 11-year-old Veronica and 8-year-old Zach
are learning to speak, thanks in part to a computer-animated guide
Baldi is a
revolutionary tutor whose 3D lips, tongue and jaw movements are
a near-perfect copy of human speech movements, known as phenomes.
here for the full story.
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