Nadya Vessey lost her legs as a child but now she swims like a mermaid.

Ms Vessey’s mermaid tail was created by Wellington-based film industry wizards Weta Workshop after the Auckland woman wrote to them two years ago asking if they could make her a prosthetic tail. She was astounded when they agreed.

She lost both legs below the knee from a medical condition when she was a child and told Close Up last night her long-held dream had come true. “A prosthetic is a prosthetic, and your body has to be comfortable with it and you have to mentally make it part of yourself,” she said.

Universal Pictures has attached Gore Verbinski (“Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise) to develop Clue, a live-action murder mystery based on the Hasbro board game that he would direct, reports Variety.

Verbinski will produce through his Universal-based Blind Wink company, along with Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir, who also have an overall deal at the studio.

Verbinski will next direct Bioshock for Universal.

“Clue” is one of the few board games to surpass $1 billion in sales, in more than 50 markets. It was developed in England by a retired legal clerk named Anthony Pratt during WWII and released in 1948.

Organizers of the NAB Show have announced the featured speakers and highlights of the 2009 Content Theater. Featuring content and insights from blockbuster animated features, harrowing documentaries, and legendary industry executives, the 2009 NAB Show’s Content Theater will be one of the highlight venues during the NAB Show.

Unveiled in 2008, the NAB Show Content Theater showcases the most innovative cinema, television, online and mobile filmed entertainment, and examines how it was created using new tools and technologies found on the Show floor. The 2009 Content Theater is part of the NAB Show’s overall Content Central exhibit area, located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Highlights will include:

The CG-animated feature film version of classic anime series”Astro Boy” is back on track after producer Imagi Entertainment announced it’s completed a $25 million financing plan reports Variety.

The studio temporarily suspended “Astro Boy” production last month due to financing issues, but now that’s been all sorted and they will continue active development of the “Gatchaman” and “Tusker” projects.

The company’s has already called back all but 23 of its staffers to complete “Astro Boy” which will hit cinemas on October 23rd.

Lance Henriksen, Bill Moseley, Tiffany Shepis, Justin Pierre (singer of Motion City Soundtrack), Lydia Lunch (Richard Kern’s Hardcore Collection) and Davey Havok (singer of A.F.I.) have signed on for the “illustrated film” adaptation Godkiller, written and directed by filmmaker Matt Pizzolo based on the comic book he created with illustrator Anna Muckcracker, according to ShockTillYouDrop.

Producer Halo-8 Entertainment will unveil a preview clip at Comic-Con International’s WonderCon in San Francisco during the “Indie Film and Comics” panel on Saturday, the site reported.

“The Green Hornet” film project is alive and kicking with word today that acclaimed helmer Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Be Kind Rewind”) is set to direct the film for Sony Pictures says Variety.

Seth Rogen plays the title character, and Stephen Chow is still very much set to play his sidekick, Kato. Rogen wrote the script with Evan Goldberg and Neal Moritz is producing this new incarnation of the crime fighter from 30’s radio and 60’s TV.

Gondry came up with a presentation that excited production presidents Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach who’ve been looking for a director since Chow bowed out of that particular job.

(Source:   An exclusive preview for Rolling Stone gave an indication of the production’s hair-raising potency, from the thundering drums of the “20th Century Fox Theme” to the Wagnerian “Star Wars (Main Theme).”

“This’ll be the biggest, baddest sounding orchestra that anybody’s ever heard,” said Spencer Churchill, tour producer for Another Planet. All that power comes with a hefty back end Churchill said A Musical Journey is bigger than 90 to 95 percent of all rock tours because of the stage, the LED screen, and all the vintage Star Wars costumes that will be displayed within several thousand square-feet of “front of the house” space each night. Churchill can’t detail specific artifacts from the exhibition but said, “It will be a lot of stuff. A few of them have never been seen before.”

Eric Brevig has come on to direct Warner Bros.’ feature take on the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon Yogi Bear, which will be produced as a 3-D project.

Brevig, a longtime visual effects supervisor whose credits include The Day After Tomorrow and Men in Black, directed Warners and Walden’s Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia, who executive produced “That ’70s Show,” are writing the screenplay for Yogi Bear, which will offer a new take on the half-century-old title character and his sidekick Boo Boo, who get into a series of misadventures in Jellystone Park.

Why not flip a few pages on the calendar, look at the year ahead, and take some wild, random, and completely uneducated guesses the films we’ll be talking about a year from now. In most cases, we haven’t even seen a trailer; that doesn’t mean they don’t sound promising.

Coraline — This stop-motion pic has already garnered the critical acclaim; it’s probably a safe bet to snag a nomination.

Up — It’s the latest from Pixar, which means a nomination is all-but-guaranteed.

Monsters vs. Aliens — The use of 3D technology — it’s supposed to be jaw-dropping — might push it into contention.

While THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON and WALL-E scored significant victories Saturday night at the VES Awards, VFXWORLD caught up with several of the winners backstage at the Century Plaza Hotel.

WALL-E director Andrew Stanton singled out the growing recognition for vfx in animated features. “The [animation] process may be different, but we have the same kind of effects team at Pixar and they’re doing the same work [as their live-action counterparts],” Stanton emphasized.

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