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Saturday - November 17, 2001
- Harry Potter - $29 Million Opening Friday!
- Bruce Lee 3D
- LightWave Applied 6.5 & 7 Sells Out in First Week
- News Link of the Day - Waking Life a Beautiful Yawner


Harry Potter - $29 Million Opening Friday!
(by digitalmediafx.com) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone opened huge yesterday, bringing in $29.4 million in its first day of release. This sets the movie on a track to gross over $80 million by the time the weekend is over, breaking every opening box office record ever. The movie sent Monsters, Inc. tumbling to only $5.6 million, taking a massive drop of more than 50% from last Friday.

Audiences also gave Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone near perfect A+ ratings like Monsters, Inc. received when it first came out (ratings by Cinema Score which polls audiences). Both Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Monsters, Inc. are now the highest rated movies, by audiences, of the year.

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Bruce Lee 3D
(by digitalmediafx.com) If a South Korean filmmaker has his way, Bruce Lee will return to life as a photorealistic CGI character. Filmmaker Chul Shin is almost done developing software that will bring Bruce Lee back to life in a photorealistic form designed to make audiences watching a live action movie believe that it is really Bruce Lee starring in the film. Shin claims that his process is better than the characters in Final Fantasy, which he claims lacked "vitality".

The first movie being developed with the Bruce Lee CGI character is called Dragon Warriors and is scheduled to be released in 2004.

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LightWave Applied 6.5 & 7 Sells Out in First Week
LightWave Applied
(by digitalmediafx.com) The newest book for LightWave users - LightWave Applied 6.5 & 7 - sold out its entire print run in just one week. Advanstar Communications, which published the book, has issued an immediate new print run so that bookstores don't run out of copies. The book was written by Digital Media FX publisher Joe Tracy, Hollywood effects guru Dave Jerrard, Hollywood effects artist Jennifer Hachigian, and Epic Software Group, the award-winning multimedia company that produced the 3D Tutorial CD-ROM that ships with all versions of NewTek's Inspire 3D program.

LightWave Applied 6.5 & 7 uses detailed "hands-on" tutorials to teach users important concepts in mastering LightWave 3D. In addition to the 11 chapters there is additional bonus material (and tutorials) on the packed CD-ROM and on the book's reader only Website. Authors also respond to reader inquiries on the bonus Website and by direct email, giving readers additional support rarely found within the publishing industry.

Click here to visit the LightWave Applied 6.5 & 7 Website.
Click here to order the book from Amazon.com.

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News Link of the Day - Waking Life a Beautiful Yawner

According to the Bradenton Herald:

"No major studio has ever released a film like Richard Linklater's "Waking Life," but then there's never been another film quite like this adventurous yet problematic undertaking..."

Click here for the full story.

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