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Thursday - April 19, 2001
- Shrek Premiere Screening Set for April 22
- Original XFX Artwork and Sci-Fi Film Props Being Auctioned
- Nickelodeon to Expand Video Game and Interactivity Base
- News Link of the Day - 10 Things Every Kid Wants to Know About Spy Kids

Shrek Premiere Screening Set for April 22
(by digitalmediafx.com) The premiere screening of Shrek will take place this Sunday, April 22, at the Mann Village Theater. In attendance for the premiere screening will be Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow as well as celebrities, artists, and DreamWorks principals such as Jeffrey Katzenberg.

The animated film, considered to be a shoe-in blockbuster, will open nationwide on May 18. DreamWorks has put its heaviest marketing campaign ever behind the film which doesn't hide the fact that it takes potshots at Disney and popular Disney animated films.

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Species - Sil Stunt Mask Original XFX Artwork and Sci-Fi Film Props Being Auctioned
(by digitalmediafx.com) A number of special effect artwork pieces, animatronics, and props are being auctioned off on eBay with part of the proceeds going to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. You can access the auctions here.

XFX studios is the main FX company providing the auction material. Acclaimed for its surreal effects in many sci-fi and horror films, Steve Johnson's XFX Studios is one of Hollywood's premier special effects houses. The studio will offer more than 1,000 unique objects and 3,000 pieces of artwork used on the big and small screen. Some items include:

-- The "SIL" character stunt mask from Species II, est. $10,000/15,000
-- Animatronic heads and spider droids from Virus, est. $2,500/3,500 each
-- Masks from The Shining, est. $250/350 each
-- Animatronic frog from Magnolia, est. $500/700
-- Fully animatronic robot from Evolver, est. $5,000/7,000
-- Talking animatronic corpse from The Stand, est. $5,000/7,000
-- Blues Brothers 2000 bull skeleton rod puppet, est. $5,000/7,000
-- Working sketches from hit movies such as Anaconda, Species, Species II,
Virus, and others, est. $100/200 each

"This online sale gives sci-fi movie lovers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own the actual character model or prop used in their favorite films," says Catherine Williamson, Butterfields specialist in charge of this sale. "XFX is opening its doors to the public, something no other major effects house has done in recent history."

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Nickelodeon to Expand Video Game and Interactivity Base
(by digitalmediafx.com) On April 11, Digital Media FX published an article on how Nickelodeon was turning its Rugrats into a successful franchise. Nickelodeon is now working on "spreading the wealth" to its other shows as well after an announcement that it has formed a strategic relationship with THQ to release several original video games based on its TV shows.

According to a Nickelodeon press release, "Nickelodeon and THQ will develop videogames based upon original characters and storylines with the potential to become television, film, online and consumer product franchises."

"While our main objective is to publish videogames based on original, fun and irreverent characters, the perfect property would transcend the world of videogames into TV, movies, online, magazine and consumer products," stated Albie Hecht, Nickelodeon's President of Film and TV Entertainment. "Nickelodeon will leverage the power of MTV Networks and Viacom to market and promote our original videogames like no one else can."

Under the new agreement, THQ will publish and distribute the videogames while Stephen Youngwood, Vice President of Nickelodeon Interactive and Book Publishing, will manage the relationship from the Nickelodeon side. Both companies are presently accepting and evaluating game submissions.

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News Link of the Day - 10 Things Every Kid Wants to Know About Spy Kids

According to the Star-Telegram:

"Spy Kids must've been doing some espionage of its own before it hit theaters a few weeks ago: So far, it's had the goods on Bridget, Josie and Joe. Bridget Jones's Diary, Josie and the Pussycats and Joe Dirt, that is, all of which Spy Kids beat at the box office.

The movie's a big hit with parents and children, and some inquiring kids want to know about it. So we put 11-year-old Master Jack Newton -- son of Family Day! Editor Catherine Newton -- on the case. Jack came up with these questions for Austin-based director Robert Rodriguez, who happened to be globe-trotting spy style at the time. But our fax of Jack's quest for facts finally caught up with R-Rod, who graciously took time out of his busy schedule to answer..."

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