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- November 15, 2001
Officially Enters Console Competition Arena
On Monday, Xbox will face competition from Nintendo, which is launching its new GameCube system; finally getting away from cartridges in favor of CDs.
Sony isn't making any major moves to combat the two new system launches. Many estimated that Sony might cut the price of its Playstation 2 unit, but the company has no plans of doing so and believes that Playstation 2 will outsell Xbox and GameCube this holiday season.
launch marks one of the first times that a console has premiered first
in America instead of Japan. Select games available now include Shrek,
NASCAR Thunder 2002, Arctic Thunder, Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding, NFL
Fever 2002, AirForce Delta Storm, Cel Damage, The Simpsons Road Rage,
and Kabuki Warriors.
Harry Potter Set
For Record Number of Theaters
Initial reviews for Harry Potter were highly positive but have since quickly melted as a number of mixed to negative reviews start hitting media outlets.
"The book was
better--richer in mood, in thrilling melodrama, in joy--than director
Chris Columbus' meticulous, stolid film," says Time critic Richard
Corliss. He further calls much of the action "often stodgy, humorless"
and refers to the reaction shots as "clumsy".
Challenges Nickelodeon Again
"Nickelodeon has built its global success based on the premise that it is a network that cares about children," said Victoria Riskin, President of the WGAw. "Neither Nickelodeon nor its licensee JAKKS Pacific of Malibu has responded to the guild's request to sign the ICTI or FLA codes of conduct which prohibit forced labor, child labor and require respect for the rights of employees to be represented by a union. According to JAKKS Pacific's Annual Report, it 'contract[s] the manufacture of most of [its] products to unaffiliated manufacturers located in China.' We are very concerned that this is one more example of the company refusing to respect basic standards of fair treatment for employees. Last month, Nickelodeon, a subsidiary of Viacom, refused to honor a secret-ballot vote by its animation writers in favor of WGA representation."
"During the upcoming holidays, Nickelodeon will release Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius in movie theaters and launch an advertising campaign for toys, clothing and other merchandise, continues Riskin. "We sincerely hope Nickelodeon will honor the spirit of the season by signing the codes of conduct, requiring their licensees to do the same and by coming to the bargaining table to negotiate a fair contract for the benefit of Nickelodeon writers and their children."
The Writers Guild
has been engaged in a dispute with Nickelodeon Animation Studios in trying
to secure bargaining representation for several writers.
News Link of the
Day - Filmmakers Send Messages with Legos
Lego. The brightly colored plastic blocks that snap together to create
all manner of shapes have inspired a niche world of filmmaking called
brick films. Lego directors like Mr. Weychert use the traditional technique
of stop-motion animation, shooting the film frame-by-frame and moving
the figures between shots to create the illusion of motion..."
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