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Friday - October 19, 2001
- New Line Strikes Distribution Deal with Warner Bros.
- Five Little Monkeys Continues Festival Run
- Nightmare Before Christmas Opens at El Capitan
- News Link of the Day - Sci-Fi or Sci-Future?


New Line Strikes Distribution Deal with Warner Bros.
(by digitalmediafx.com) Warner Bros. will immediately assume the distribution of New Line Cinema's feature films in all German-speaking territories, Eastern Europe and Russia.

This output agreement for all New Line titles released in the United States through 2003, calls for Warner Bros. Pictures to handle the theatrical distribution and marketing responsibilities and activities for current and future New Line films in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Eastern Europe and Russia, as well as for Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to handle the respective home video and television rights of these films in the covered territories. The first title covered under the agreement is the highly anticipated December release of Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring. Other titles include the remaining two installments of Lord of the Rings, Rush Hour 2, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Blade 2, John Q, Life as a House and I am Sam.

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Five Little Monkeys Continues Festival Run
(by digitalmediafx.com) Fried Egg Animation's animated short, "Five Little Monkeys", a film by Linda Kudzmas, has been accepted for showing at the Burbank International Children’s Film Festival, October 26 to November 3, 2001. The film has already been accepted and shown at several other film festivals.

"Five Little Monkeys" illustrates the classic counting rhyme of monkeys who, one by one, fall off the bed they are jumping on and bump their head. Mama phones the Doctor after each mishap, interrupting him during his daily activities. Although the Doctor is stern in his advice, the remaining monkeys continue to jump on the bed and experience the same fate as their siblings.

The Burbank International Children's Film Festival (BCIFF) provides independent filmmakers, animators, writers, and young artists an unprecedented opportunity to showcase their talent and network with industry leaders. The mission of this event is to address the need for socially responsible children's entertainment, and to provide encouragement for new talent.

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Nightmare Before Christmas Opens at El Capitan
(by digitalmediafx.com) Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas is back on the big screen for a two week run at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. As part of the pre-movie entertainment, guests are being treated to the classic shorts "Frankenweenie" and "Vincent" and being given a look at many of the props used in and to create the movie. Tonight at 6:30pm there will be a Film Makers Panel Discussion that will walk the audience through the creation of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.

The run will conclude after October 31 and the theater will be prepped for Monsters, Inc. which begins playing at the El Capitan on November 2, 2001. For more information, call 1-800-DISNEY6.

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News Link of the Day - Sci-Fi or Sci-Future?

According to Silicon:

"We asked two of the world's top tech thinkers to cast judgement on concepts seen in some well-known films.

From memory implants in Johnny Mnemonic to the paranoid ship's computer in 2001, from uploading a virus to aliens in Independence Day to universal translators in Star Trek, we asked for advice from Peter Cochrane, entrepreneur and former CTO at BT, and Ray Kurzweil, inventor and futurologist..."

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