Francis Lawrence has signed on to direct Disney Picturess new live-action, re-imagination of the classic “Snow White” fairy tale. The fantasy adventure centers on “a British girl raised in 19th century Hong Kong who realizes her destiny is to conquer an evil force and must prepare to fight by being trained by seven Shaolin monks.” The film is scheduled to begin shooting in 2008.

I must have fallen asleep during the “Shaolin monks” sequence in the original animated version.

The movie studios and television networks have reached a tentative three year deal with teamster drivers and four “craft” unions a few hours after the expiration of the employee contract, and ending speculations of a strike which would cripple the entertainment industry. The deal came early Wednesday morning following two days of negotiations at the headquarters of the Alliance of Motion Picture & Teleivision Producers. Terms were not disclosed and the deal must be ratified by union members in order to go into effect.

I’ve lost count of the number of ex-ILMers that have started their own shop. But the number is now +1.

( Whiskytree Inc., a new boutique started by a group of former ILM digital artists, has launched in San Rafael, California, under the leadership of ceo/creative director Jonathan Harb. The award-winning digital matte artist and vfx supervisor founded the boutique to provide concept art, character design, production design, digital environment creation, matte painting and visual effects consultation services for work in the film, games, television, animation and emerging media industries.

Lair‘, the ‘dragon simulation’ game exclusively for the PS3 has been delayed from the announced release date of August 14th until September 4th.

This is hands down the coolest looking game I’ve seen in quite a while. Check out the video below. The graphics are awesome, not to mention the incredibly varied gameplay (land, sea and in-air battles). It is the only game I have seen that might make me actually buy a PS3.

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Activision has just released more tracks that will be included in ‘Guitar Hero III‘. Below the newly announced tracks is a full list of tracks that have been previously announced.

Original recordings:

Miss Murder (by AFI)
Through Fire and Flames (by Dragonforce)
Number of the Beast (by Iron Maiden)
3’s and 7’s (by Queens of the Stone Age)
Suck My Kiss (by Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Raining Blood (by Slayer)
Reptillia (by The Strokes)

“As Made Famous By” tracks:

Paranoid (as made famous by Black Sabbath)

The unstoppable Apple patent machine has struck again. This time, the Cupertino-cash-cow has applied for a patent on a new multi-touch “dictionary” which would establish gestures, or “chords” in multi-touch systems. The dictionary would not only provide a guide and somewhat-programmable system of movements, but would also function as an application which runs either on its own or in the background during other applications, allowing gestures to be recognized. It would seem that based on other recent patent requests, Apple is keenly interested in not only defining a new system of input, but owning that system as well, which likely means that the future of the company is going to look a lot lighter in the “key” department — and really, isn’t that what Jobs is after to begin with?

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