Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick has confirmed that the long-rumoured DJ Hero game is in production.

Like the best-selling Guitar Hero franchise, DJ Hero will ship with a specially made peripheral allowing users to play along to recorded music.

“We have this product called DJ Hero coming out later this year which is a turntable that you can actually play competitively, spin discs and mix on,” revealed Kotick speaking to CNBC.

He added that peripherals and online play were helping the company to reach wider audiences and grow the videogame market.

The previous films which garnered the prestigious Best Visual Effects Award are:


  • 1939 (12th) The Rains Came


  • 1940 (13th) The Thief of Bagdad
  • 1941 (14th) I Wanted Wings
  • 1942 (15th) Reap the Wild Wind
  • 1943 (16th) Crash Dive
  • 1944 (17th) Thirty Seconds over Tokyo
  • 1945 (18th) Wonder Man
  • 1946 (19th) Blithe Spirit
  • 1947 (20th) Green Dolphin Street
  • 1948 (21st) Portrait of Jennie
  • 1949 (22nd) Mighty Joe Young


  • 1950 (23rd) Destination Moon
  • 1951 (24th) When Worlds Collide
  • 1952 (25th) Plymouth Adventure

Add another publisher to the list of those laying off developers in tight economic times. Disney Interactive Studios has confirmed for GameSpot that a number of employees were laid off today from the company’s Propaganda Games, Avalanche Software, and Fall Line Studios locations.

Disney takes a bite out of Turok developer Propaganda.

(Source:  Yahoo! users no doubt responded to LOTR’s groundbreaking effects (Gollum, anyone?), the brilliantly choreographed battle scenes, the great performances by the likes of Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, and Elijah Wood, and the top-drawer source material. The trilogy itself proved to be a landmark of moviemaking if only because of its mind-boggling complex production — simultaneously shooting all three films, using 150 locations and seven film crews, over a period of 274 days. The Academy was apparently just as bowled over by LOTR as Yahoo! Users — it garnered 30 Oscar nominations, and seventeen wins, making it the most decorated trilogy in film history.

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An in-depth look at the five-plus hour process of erecting the 18-foot tall, 3,700 pound replica of the Transformers Autobot Bumblebee by Chevrolet for the 2009 Chicago Auto Show.

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Henry Selick, director of the recently released 3-D, stop-motion animated film “Coraline,” will be a featured keynote speaker during the 2009 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Speaking in an afternoon keynote on Monday, April 20, Selick will offer NAB Show attendees his thoughts on how digital technology has helped to revitalize the handcrafted approach of stop-motion animation.
Distributed by Focus Features, “Coraline” offers audiences what Selick calls “a fully immersive three-dimensional movie-going experience.” The first stop-motion animated feature to be shot entirely in stereoscopic 3-D, “Coraline” opened in the U.S. on February 6 to lavish critical praise and already has generated over $40M at the box office. Kenneth Turan writing for the Los Angeles Times said, “The third dimension comes of age with ‘Coraline.’ The first contemporary film in which the 3-D experience feels intrinsic to the story instead of a Godforsaken gimmick, ‘Coraline’ is a remarkable feat of imagination, a magical tale with a genuinely sinister edge.”

One of the remarkable things about Pixar is that the Disney unit has never produced a flop.

It’s an amazing list: Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille and Wall-E.

Nine movies, nine success stories.

Can they make it 10 for 10? The next big release for Pixar, which is coming up in late May, is a movie called Up. If you have kids, you’ve likely seen the trailer by now. At the heart of the movie is an old geezer named Carl, who is voiced by Ed Asner; he’s accompanied on some adventures by a 9-year-old Boy Scout sidekick named Russell.

(Source: The Visual Effects Society is packaging its annual awards show for the international TV marketplace.

Distributor Homerun Entertainment is offering the kudocast as a one-hour special for the first time in the awards’ seven-year history.

The seventh annual VES Awards gala is set for Feb. 21 at the Hyatt Regency Century City Plaza. The special will be available Feb. 26.

While here in Los Angeles promoting Coraline, the new Henry Selick-directed adaptation of his eerie young adult novel, author/screenwriter Neil Gaiman shared with us a few words about the next project that will bring his work to the big screen, director Neil Jordan’s (Interview with the Vampire, The Company of Wolves) take on Gaiman’s Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book.

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