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June 09, 2006

Worth a Mention - June 9, 2006

Spiderman 3 Suffers Sound Stage Fire

(orangecounty.cox.net & cms.firehouse.com) (Culver City, CA)-- A fire broke out in a sound stage at Sony Studios in Culver City this morning, forcing a brief delay in filming of the upcoming "Spiderman" movie. The blaze at Sound Stage 27 was difficult to deal with because it was burning inside a wall. Los Angeles City Fire's Brian Ballton says firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to pinpoint the area in the wall where the heat source was. There were no injuries, but the fire burned up the wall to the catwalk. While no official cause has been determined, Culver City Fire officials say they think it could have been sparked by welding torches that were being used on stage.

Fifteen Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, four LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one Rehab Unit, one EMS Battalion Captain, three Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, one Division Chief Officer Command Team and Deputy Chief Mario Rueda under the direction of Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas responded to a Structure Fire at 10202 West Washington Boulevard in Culver City.

The Culver City Fire Department requested Los Angeles Fire Department assistance to battle a fire on Stage 27 at the Sony Pictures Studios.

A Unified Command was promptly established and Fire Suppression resources from both agencies utilized a combination of "Class A" firefighting foam, wet water and multiple handlines to extinguish the flames.

There were no injuries reported to Los Angeles Fire Department personnel. Both the cause of the blaze and dollar loss will be determined by Culver City Fire Department officials.

Photo: http://cms.firehouse.com/content/article/article.jsp?sectionId=46&id=49668

Intel To Slash Chip Prices Up To 60%

(CGtalk) "Intel Tells Customers It Will Cut Prices by 60%
to Gain Share
June 9 (Bloomberg) -- Customers of Intel Corp. said the world's
biggest computer-chip maker plans to reduce prices on Pentium
processors by as much as 60 percent to reclaim market share from
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

Executives at Micro-Star International Co. and Gigabyte Technology
Co., two of Taiwan's biggest makers of circuit boards for computers,
said Intel officials told them the price cuts will start July 23. Tom
Beermann, a spokesman for Santa Clara, California-based Intel,
declined to comment. "

"Gatchaman" CG Feature Gets Underway

(Dark Horizons) Imagi Animation Studios, in association with
Tatsunoko Production of Japan, will produce a new CG-animated
feature-length motion picture for theatrical release based on the
long-running anime franchise "Gatchaman" (better known in Western
countries for edited and dubbed versions under the title of "Battle of
the Planets").

The new film will be written and directed by Kevin Munroe, who is
currently writing and directing Imagi's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
CG-animation that is being distributed by Warner Bros. in the U.S. and
The Weinstein Company internationally. The announcement was made today
by Francis Kao, CEO and Vice Chairman of Imagi International.

"We will push the wow factor to a new level with Gatchaman, a
groundbreaking anime that has devoted fans worldwide, including
myself," Kao said. "With the visual impact available through
state-of-the-art CG animation, I think the film not only can satisfy
fans, but will also appeal to moviegoers looking for something new and
exciting. I am thrilled to work on this excellent franchise with
Tatsunoko."

Gatchaman centers around five young superhero ninjas who must defeat
the nefarious terrorists known as Galactor, who are threatening to
capture Earth's resources. With 205 TV episodes, one feature film, and
three direct-to-video films, Gatchaman has over 30 years of history.

In addition to its success in Japan, the series has fans in the U.S.
from various domestic re-edited versions of the show, including
"Battle of the Planets," "G-Force," and "Eagle Riders."

"Growing up as a kid, Gatchaman was the first influence that pushed me
into the world of animation, comics and writing," Munroe said. "I'm
honored to get the chance to bring Gatchaman to the big screen the way
it was always meant to be - huge action mixed with the real human
drama. Gatchaman is a great next step after TMNT, in terms of
storytelling and visual scope and also for Imagi as a player in the
animation world."

Imagi Animation Studios is now producing its own feature length
movies, including the first CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
movie, which will be distributed by Warner Bros. domestically March
30, 2007 and The Weinstein Company internationally. Imagi has also
produced CG-animated TV series, such "Zentrix," which was released in
Europe and Asia, "Digital Monster X-Evolution" with Bandai and Toei of
Japan, and NBC's "Father of the Pride" for DreamWorks.

Lucas Attends Stem Cell Foundation Gala

(SFgate) Gala ducats were one of the priciest ($1,500) in
recent memory. But super-swell stem cell supporters only paid heed to
the fact they were helping the nation's only such foundation achieve
its voter-mandated mission: privately funded research for therapies to
combat, and perhaps cure, chronic disease and disability.

They got their money's worth: guests were greeted by doormen sporting
Cartier-red uniforms; Lewis Sykes echoed the rotunda's natural beauty
in elegant all-white decor; and McCall Associates served up its
(usual) gourmet fare.

Among the poobahs: Gala chairwoman Deborah Strobin, her brother, Ilie
Wacs; Gap founder Don Fisher and wife, Doris Fisher; Gordon & Betty
Moore Foundation president Ed Penhoet; Ann and John Doerr; David
Dolby; Jan Yanehiro; Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick; Paul Pelosi; Nob Hill
Gazette publisher Lois Lehrman; Anette Harris; Richard Goldman and his
family, Lisa and Doug Goldman and Marcia and John Goldman; Mike and
Kelly Halper; O.J. Shansby; George Lucas; Cartier's Robert Atkinson;
Donna Casey; Darian Swig; and Beth Townsend.

"For many of us, it's been quite a journey," said Mayor Gavin Newsom,
praising supporters who fought to land the institute here. "Tonight is
not only an investment in our future but the chance to make a
difference in the world."

The mayor also paid tribute (in absentia) to sound pioneer Ray Dolby
and his wife, Dagmar Dolby, for their personal donation of $16 million
to UCSF for the new $100 million center.


New HULK Movie Is Not A Sequel But...A Remake?

(aintitcool.com) iFMagazine has an exclusive interview with Avi Arad about upcoming Marvel comic based films.
In the piece, Arad seems to imply that the long-gestating HULK sequel will be more of a remake than a continuation\u2026

ARAD: (edit) \u2026a lot of people are looking forward to the comic book version of the HULK. That\u2019s the one we are making, and I think it will be incredibly satisfying. It will be big and awesome and a big ride.

iF: So will you be recasting HULK with completely new actors?

ARAD: It\u2019s a \u201cdo-over\u201d. I loved the HULK movie, it was just a different approach, and it wasn\u2019t exactly the comic. We want to be much closer to the comic. It\u2019s what we would rather do.

This could be taken two ways.
Perhaps they\u2019re simply adjusting/re-considering Ang Lee\u2019s approach to the first film \u2013 without necessarily negating its spin on Hulk's "origin story"? But, Arad appears to be saying that the follow-up is a remake \u2013 an odd choice that doesn\u2019t seem entirely necessary in my mind. I\u2019d rather see a HULK continuance that is \u201ctruer\u201d in essence and vibe to its source material, than to watch yet another re-hashed origin story.

Management Drain Continues For Digital Domain

(AWN) Michael Pardee joins Sway Studio as exec producer after
serving as head of production for commercials at Digital Domain since
2003.

"This is a key development for Sway," said company founder and former
Digital Domain exec Mark Glaser. "I've known Mike for more than 10
years and he's the perfect person to oversee all of our production in
a seamless, cohesive and streamlined manner." Pardee will work
alongside executive producer Shira Boardman.

Pardee brings vast live-action and post-production experience to his
new position, having worked with directors such as Rob Cohen, Filip
Engstrom, David Kellogg and David Fincher (Nike's award-winning GAME
BREAKERS and last year's Heineken Super Bowl spot starring Brad Pitt).

Pardee grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts, and received his BA in
Political Science from Loyola in Chicago.

"[Glaser] has built Sway into a breeding ground for artists to
showcase their individual talents within a team atmosphere. The work
and the level of talent from the artists are unsurpassed by other
facilities."

Transformers Gets A Very Big Eye

(empireonline.com) For a group of robots that were once advertised as “more than meets the eye”, that’s a gigantic eye.

Yes, the first teaser image from Michael Bay’s Transformers film has arrived, and it must be said… Paramount obviously through that the War Of The Worlds concept of a giant alien body part menacing our planet worked wonders, because for this we get a massive Decepticon eye malevolently observing us.

As well as the poster, the official site has gone live, though at the moment its limited to a countdown and an option to sign up for updates.

Take a look: http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=23545


VES Calls for International VFX

(visualeffectssociety.com) For the first time, the Visual
Effects Society's Festival of Visual Effects will include an ongoing
showcase which will highlight examples of the best visual effects work
being done by international artists. This year's Festival, the eighth
annual, will be held July 6-8, 2006, at the famed Egyptian Theatre in
Hollywood.

Lucas, Spielberg, Ford Attend Connery Lifetime Achievement Award

(SFgate) Hollywood's elite gathered to pay tribute to Sean
Connery, who received The American Film Institute's annual lifetime
achievement award.

Directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, and actors Harrison Ford,
Andy Garcia and Mike Myers were among the stars who cheered on the
legendary actor Thursday at the ceremony at the Kodak Theatre.

Myers wore a tuxedo jacket and a kilt to honor the Scottish actor.

"Men want to be him, women want him, and in my case I both want to be
him and want him," Myers joked.

"He's extremely professional, very talented and has an amazingly
strong presence on the screen," Lucas said from the red carpet.

Connery thanked the audience for "one hell of an evening."

"I got my big break when I was five years old, and it's taken more
than 70 years to realize it," he said. "At five I learned to read, and
I would not be standing here without the books, plays and scripts."

Connery was launched to stardom in the 1960s and 1970s, playing agent
007, or "Bond, James Bond," as he introduced himself to foes.

He also starred in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,""The Hunt for
Red October" and "The Untouchables," which earned him an Oscar for
best supporting actor.

He is the 34th recipient of the award, the Institute's highest honor
for a career in film.

Past recipients include Orson Welles, Bette Davis, Alfred Hitchcock,
Sidney Poitier, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, Steven Spielberg,
Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep and
George Lucas.

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