Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and the rest of the Looney Tunes crew have provided us with high-level cartoon enjoyment since the freakin’ 1930s, so is it too much to ask that a decent videogame version come out? Apparently not…or so we hope. Looney Tunes: Cartoon Concerto from Eidos is a rhythm action game that puts you in charge of an orchestra that conducts the music to classic Looney Tunes cartoons. Good set-up, right?

Looney Tunes: Cartoon Concerto will debut in June 2008 for Nintendo DS.

According to Eidos:

According to Newsweek’s excellent Level Up videogame blog, a Mad Max videogame is (finally) in development.

A product of the cooperation of God of War II director Cory Barlog and Mad Max writer/director George Miller, the action-adventure game is inspired by the “Mad Max: Fury Road” movie that Miller never shot in 2003.

Specific details on the gameplay haven’t been revealed, as it’s in an early phase, but Level Up confirms melee weapons, projectile weapons and vehicles will be present. We’re hoping for an appearance by the Ayatollah of Rock N Rolla, the HUMONGOUS! (pictured)

The music industry is losing money to internet piracy. There’s no question about that. How they are trying to solve this problem is usually good for a laugh, though.

Their latest idea: charge ISPs a surcharge for piracy. This would be something along the lines of $5 per user, which they would put into a fund to compensate artists.

Even better, they would give more money to artists that had their works downloaded more than others. In effect, hopping on a torrent would make the artist money. The more people pirating the track (who weren’t going to buy it anyway) means more money for the artist.

With the iPhone SDK announcement last week, some of us here at TUAW were expecting a Worldwide Developer Conference date to be announced. Thankfully, the world has been put to rights, as Apple has now announced that WWDC will run from 9th – 13th June at San Francisco’s Moscone Centre (West Hall). With three tracks (iPhone, Mac and IT) if you’re a developer or IT Pro this is probably a conference you’ll want to be at — and students are encouraged too, with Student Scholarships usually available.

Tickets get you 5 days of sessions, Apple engineers, (likely) a Steve Jobs keynote and plenty you can’t talk about. With the arrival of the iPhone SDK, we’d wager this years conference is frankly going to be a little popular (what with the full public release likely to arrive around the same time) so it might be prudent to book at your earliest convenience.

Yesterday we posted about the Apple press release announcing that the SDK had been downloaded more than 100,000 times in four days. It’s also worth noting, however, that Apple basically confirmed that several well-known developers are officially supporting the iPhone and bringing some exciting applications to everyone’s favorite handheld. In addition to the developers represented on stage at the SDK event, of particular interest are:

  • Intuit (of Quicken fame) which wants “to create powerful iPhone applications.”
  • Namco, specifically mentioning Pac Man and, my favorite, Galaga.
  • NetSuite, developer of SuitePhone (CRM software similar to salesforce.com).

After months of rumors, Warner Bros. and the producers of the massively successful movies will announce Thursday that they plan to split Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling’s seventh and final “Potter” novel, into two blockbuster films — one to be released in November 2010 and the second in May 2011.

The films will be titled, simply, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, according to producer David Heyman. Director David Yates, who returned for his second tour of Potter duty with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and is quite popular with the cast, will direct both “Deathly Hallows” films, which will be filmed concurrently. Screenwriter Steve Kloves also returns and, by completion of the franchise, will have written seven of the eight films.

Scientists from Boulder will team up with George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic to make sure the new “Star Trek” movie is as realistic as possible, at least when it comes to how planets would look.

Carolyn Porco is the director of the Cassini Imaging Central for Operations or Ciclops.

“I lead the team of scientists who are taking the pictures around Saturn from the Cassini spacecraft,” she told CBS4 Morning News anchors Arturo Santiago and Jennifer Zeppelin. “I presume it was my expertise in imaginary and planetary imaginary in particular that got me invited to do the job.”

“Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D” is the directorial debut of VFX veteran Eric Brevig, who shared a special achievement Academy Award for the visual effects on “Total Recall” and was Oscar-nominated for “Pearl Harbor” and “Hook.”

“(3-D) is no more challenging that any other new technology,” he says. “Whether it’s visual effects, motion capture — all of those things require the use of specialized equipment.”

Brevig says “Journey” was planned as a 3-D feature from the start, and the action was designed to take advantage of the format. There were two clear messages: Filmmakers need to do their homework before starting production, and viewing work as the audience will see it is critical.

After 17 years at the studio and nearly a decade as president of its digital division, Yair Landau is preparing to leave Sony Pictures Entertainment in April.

Landau said he is planning a new games and animation venture to develop and produce content for use across all media. He will continue working with Sony Pictures as an executive producer on Sony Pictures Animation’s “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” which is slated for a 2009 release.

Landau said he in negotiations on aspects of his new venture both in Los Angeles and elsewhere. “There is a lot of exciting creative and technology coming from other parts of the world,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “My life has been in global development.

The motion picture industry will likely be unaffected by the growing economic downturn, the Associated Press observed today (Tuesday), citing research by the National Association of Theatre Owners showing that the box office rose in five of the past seven recession years dating to the 1960s.

The article, appearing as the annual convention of the National Association of Theater Owners opens in Las Vegas, quoted MPAA chief Dan Glickman as saying. “Most people would believe that offers a very good value. It’s certainly much cheaper than a psychiatrist. … To go into a darkened room where nobody can find you for two hours is great therapy, particularly when times are bad.”

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