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Wednesday - April 4, 2001
- Destination Atlantis Awaits El Capitan Visitors
- Tarzan to Air this Month on ABC
- E.T. to Return to the Big Screen with New Footage
- News Link of the Day - High-Tech Court Gets Test Run

Destination Atlantis Awaits El Capitan Visitors
(by digitalmediafx.com) Those who view Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire at Hollywood's historic El Capitan theater will be treated to Destination Atlantis, a three story walk-through exhibit made to look like the underworld of Atlantis. This year the exhibit will be entirely Atlantis themed and will include the following elements:

- Props, displays, and sketches from the animated movie.

- Huge fish tanks filled with live stingrays, jellyfish, and sharks.

- An educational glimpse into the history of the legend of Atlantis.

- Atlantis Laser Tag game in an Atlantis glow in the dark maze.

- A recreation of the underground Atlantis completely themed throughout the exhibit so you feel like you're really in Atlantis.

Last year, Disney built a huge dinosaur exhibit to coincide with its release of Dinosaur at the El Capitan. The three story exhibit gave a behind the scenes glimpse of the making of Dinosaur (sound, animation, special effects), and brought moving dinosaurs to life, including ones that would spit water or appear from behind plants to "attack." The exhibit received rave reviews.

Disney is expected to make an official announcement about Destination Atlantis within the next several weeks. The exhibit and movie will be playing at the El Capitan from June 8 through July 15, 2001.

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Tarzan to Air This Month on ABC
Disney owned ABC will air Disney's animated Tarzan on April 29 as part of "The Wonderful World of Disney". Tarzan opened in theaters nationwide in 1999 bringing in a huge $171 million at the U.S. box office. Overseas, Tarzan grossed $264 million, making it 29th on the list of all time best grossing movies worldwide ($435 million worldwide).

At the 2000 Academy Awards, Phil Collin's "You'll be in my Heart" song won "Best Original Song."

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E.T. to Return to the Big Screen with New Footage
Steven Spielberg is bringing E.T. back to the big screen. Next April, he plans on re-releasing the film into theaters nationwide as part of a 20th anniversary celebration. According to Fox News, the movie will be remastered and contain never before seen footage.

Unlike Warner Bros., which dropped the ball on a potential widescreen release of the classic Superman movie (supported by a franchise), Spielberg has complete faith that audiences will flock to see E.T. Therefore he is bypassing a limited release in favor of an all out widescreen push.

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News Link of the Day - High-tech Court Gets Test Run

According to the Associated Press:

"From a college in England, a barrister questions his star witness, an aging green-haired hippie whose answers are beamed across the globe from Australia. Jurors murmur with surprise as prosecutors re-create an in-flight jet collision with lifelike digital animation.

And a judge supervises it all from Virginia -- at times talking to a camera that transmits his image to the prosecutor across the ocean, watching on a monitor..."

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