American producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, who is also the co-founder of DreamWorks SKG, was kicked out of the Four Seasons Hotel in New York after a tiff with a staff member.

Katzenberg, who is partners with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen, was trying to get himself in a good position to better hear his cell phone conversation as the staff tried to work around him, reports pagesix.com. The bar owner tried to request Katzenberg to move out of the way but Katzenberg reacted badly.

‘He started shaking his finger and yelling, ‘Who the (bleep) are you? Do you know who I am?’ and then got into a shoving match with (Cooper),’ said a source.

The Art Directors Guild will honor Oscar-winning VFX artist and stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen with its Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award at its annual awards event Feb. 16 in Beverly Hills.

Harryhausen pioneered fantasy VFX with his work in such films as “Clash of the Titans,” “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” and the legendary stop-motion animated skeleton fight scene in “Jason and the Argonauts.”

The Imagery honor is given to an individual whose body of work in the industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the moviegoing experience. Recipients include Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Blake Edwards, Frank Oz and Norman Jewison.

Despite being successful at the box office, AVP: Alien Vs. Predator did not resonate with hardcore fans of the franchises. Directors Greg and Colin Strause, most widely known for their effects work (Titanic, 300), hope to bring wayward fans back to the franchises by getting back to basics.

Ridley Scott (Alien) and James Cameron (Aliens) only used six Alien suits for their productions, but the Strause Brothers have twelve suits. Greg told MTV, “You’re not going to see 50 digital creatures running around. We want to bring the franchise back to basics. That’s what made them so frightening in the first place.”

Paintball game between ILM and Tippett and some other Bay area folk. View is from the Tippett side.

Take a look:   http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6243056672481370545&q=ILM+movie&total=335&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=9

Joel Silver, who was producing the now-stalled Wonder Woman movie, told reporters that the project has been placed on the back burner in light of another impending superhero film. “They’re going to make the Justice League movie, and we’re kind of pausing on Wonder Woman now,” Silver said in a news conference while promoting Fred Claus. “Let them go ahead and do that picture [first].”

The Amazon superhero from the DC Comics series will be a major part of the upcoming JLA. “And if that comes together, Wonder Woman will be a part of that story,” Silver said. “And then we’ll see where we go from there. But we struggled with it for a while. I hope that we can solve it and make it one day.”

At Comic Con this year, WALL-E director Andrew Stanton confirmed that there would in fact be a live action element in the upcoming Pixar film.

“We’re not doing anything like Happy Feet,” said Stanton. “There is a live action element involved but that’s the most I can say.”

And that is a good thing because I thought the live-action integration in Happy Feet was very off putting. Last month actor Jeff Garlin added that he is the “only animated character that speaks” in the film. Garlin plays the Captain of a starliner ship, which most of humanity (now couch potatoes) call home.

Sony Pictures Imageworks will be demonstrating its work on the upcoming BEOWULF at the 2007 Australian Effects & Animation Festival (AEAF), taking place at the Sydney Convention Centre from Nov. 13-15.

CG Supervisor Theodore Bialek will reveal how Imageworks created the stunning imagery. Using the performance capture technique pioneered with THE POLAR EXPRESS, Imageworks created director Robert Zemeckis’ version of the eighth-century epic poem that stars Angelina Jolie and Anthony Hopkins.

Expected to drive the global 3-D exhibition market further ahead, BEOWULF will get the widest digital 3-D and IMAX 3-D release ever when it opens Nov. 16 in the U.S. and Nov. 29 in Australia.

(Source: effectscorner.blogspot.com) I covered some of the basics of this in the post/podcast Bidding and Preproduction I’ll be going into more detail in this posting.

As previously discussed budgeting visual effects can be very difficult. You have the possible issues of developing new looks and techniques. How long will this take and how many people? Add to this mix the director’s creative changes that happen on any film project. Should you calculate 2 takes? 5 takes?

(Source: dvd.ign.com) Late last month, Sony Imageworks invited a small group of journalists out for a day-long tour of their visual-effects facility in celebration of the release of Spider-Man 3 on Blu-ray. While the day was filled with demonstration after high-tech demonstration – illustrating the creation of Venom and the birth of Sandman – what struck us most was our brief exchanges with the Oscar-winning Imageworks team scattered throughout the day.

Lucas was on “GMA” interviewed by Diane Sawyer Friday talking about the DVD relase of “Young Indiana Jones”. It was being pumped as an educational tool for teachers although it is avaliable to the general public. Aside from the episodes, viewers can see documentaries that give more detailed historical information based on a person or event from each episode.

“Young Indiana Jones” was something of a Prequel to the “Indy” films; although there is one episode (towards the end of the series) that starred Harrison Ford as “Indy”. Fans might be interested in that because it was post-”Indy III” and therefore the last time, until the upcoming film, that Ford actually portrayed Jones.

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