Digital Media FX News Archives
- March 21, 2001
Warner Bros. Drops
the Ball on Superman Rerelease
The original 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.
Sources very close to the project, however, insist that Superman may still get a wide screen release and that San Antonio is only a "preview screening."
"Based 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.
While only 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".
Other article material not disputed includes:
"Superman 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."
One source 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.
New President for
Warner Bros. Animation Announced
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.
Schwartz will 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 characters.
Schwartz comes 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.
Under Schwartz, 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 in syndication.
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
SGI: "We Power
Best Visual Effects Nominees"
"Our 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.
News Link of the
Day - Animated Characters' Life-Changing Applications
"Despite being profoundly deaf, 11-year-old Veronica and 8-year-old Zach are learning to speak, thanks in part to a computer-animated guide named Baldi.
Baldi is a revolutionary
tutor whose 3D lips, tongue and jaw movements are a near-perfect copy
of human speech movements, known as phenomes. ..."
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