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Sunday - September 23, 2001
- Xbox Promotions Heat Up
- Maya for Mac OS X Ships
- Weekend Box Office Estimates
- News Link of the Day - F/X Guru Baker Muscles up for Hulk


XboxXbox Promotions Heat Up
(by digitalmediafx.com) Microsoft is taking up a lot of space in gaming stores to stack racks with empty hardware and software boxes, making it look like Xbox is available now, even though it won't ship until November 15, 2001. The displays include actual cases for every single game expected to ship with the system, actual Xbox hardware boxes, and empty boxes of all add-on products. Stacked on normal software shelves, versus displays, the empty material takes up as much space, in many cases, as actual Playstation 2 products that are currently available.

Microsoft is expected to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in the next 10 weeks to heavily promote Xbox.

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Maya for Mac OS X Ships
(edited press release) Alias|Wavefront, an SGI company, began shipping Maya for Mac OS X last Thursday.

With this first release of Maya for Mac OS X, all of Maya Complete becomes native to the Macintosh. Features unique to this version include support for QuickTime, tear off menus in the hot box, and a fully Aqua interface.

"Maya is the largest, most technically sophisticated program to be built for Mac OS X. We couldn’t have done it without Mac OS X’s support of OpenGL, the high level Carbon API, and Aqua’s transparent overlay windows," states Andrew Pearce, Director of Maya Technologies at Alias|Wavefront. "We are very excited to be releasing Maya as a Mac OS X application one week ahead of our scheduled ship date. We look forward to seeing how the combination of Maya and Mac OS X will enable the graphics community to grow into 3D."

Alias|Wavefront launched a special order promotion at Macworld New York this July which will continue until the end of the year. Those ordering the Mac OS X version of Maya before December 31, 2001 will be entitled to receive twelve-months of maintenance, which includes product upgrades and support.

The retail price of Maya Complete for Mac OS X is $7,500 USD, the same price as Maya Complete for other platforms. International pricing will vary. The core features of the Mac OS X version of Maya are the same as those in Maya for other platforms.

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Weekend Box Office Estimates
(by digitalmediafx.com) Here are estimates for the top 10 movies at the box office over the weekend. None of them are heavy in visual effects or animation:

1. Hardball - $8.2 million
2. The Others - $5.2 million
3. The Glass House - $4.4 million
4. Rush Hour 2 - $3.7 million
5. The Musketeer - $3.5 million
6. Rock Star - $3.2 million
7. Two Can Play That Game - $3.2 million
8. Rat Race - $3.0 million
9. Jeepers Creepers - $2.8 million
10. American Pie 2 - $2.6 million

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News Link of the Day - F/X Guru Baker Muscles up for Hulk

According to CNN:

"Veteran f/x artist Rick Baker is about to turn green, agreeing to tackle the makeup f/x efforts for The Incredible Hulk once his duties on Sony's alien sequel Men in Black 2 are completed..."

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