(Source: Variety.com) Entrepreneur Eric Edmeades has purchased a controlling interest in Lucasfilm spinoff Kerner Group and has assumed the CEO role there.

Kerner Group began as the former Industrial Light & Magic models-and-miniatures shop. Its businesses also extend to advanced video compression software called FrameFree and 3-D camera rigs for stereoscopic movies. In addition, Kerner has plans for a 3-D TV network.

Terms for the acquisition were not disclosed. Edmeades closed the deal and assumed the CEO post last week.

Kerner’s current management will otherwise remain in place.


(Source: dnaindia.com) Rhythm and Hues, an academy award winning animation studio having large-scale outsourcing operations in India, is foraying into production of original content.

The Hollywood-based company, with operations in Mumbai and Hyderabad, will raise $100 million. The amount will then be used in various animated co-productions.

Prashant Babu Buyyala, managing director, Rhythm and Hues India, told DNA Money “We are currently putting together several ideas for original content. In the meanwhile, we are also taking to various studios in Hollywood as well as independent funds.”


(Source: NYTimes) Spider-Man and his Marvel Entertainment cohorts will join the Walt Disney Company in a $4 billion deal announced early Monday.

Disney said in a statement that it would pay a combination of about 60 percent cash and 40 percent stock to acquire Marvel, which has a stable of some 5,000 characters that includes the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Captain America and Thor.

Marvel has aggressively exploited its most popular characters through motion pictures and consumer products, and has a thicket of deals with various studios that will stay in place. Twentieth Century Fox will continue with the “X-Men” franchise, for instance, while Sony Pictures Entertainment will keep “Spider-Man.”

[Editor's Note: Yes, we've seen this clip used many times in the past with Hitler getting his XBox account banned, his WoW account banned, etc. But this is a pretty funny re-usage.]

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(Source: MacRumorsMashable reports on a discovery that the latest update to the iPhone application from popular business establishment review site Yelp [App Store, Free] contains an augmented reality easter egg called “Monocle” that allows users to view business ratings overlayed on a video stream from their iPhone’s camera. The feature is only compatible with the iPhone 3GS, which contains the necessary digital compass for properly assessing the device’s orientation.

Download the new Yelp app (came out yesterday). So you shake your iPhone 3 times. That activates a feature called Monocle. A message should come up if you activated it. A blue box will come up saying “the Monocle has been activated.” It will create a button in the top right corner. Now you should be able to look at the bars, restaurants, etc. Only works on iPhone 3GS.

(Source: mag.awn.com) Are you old enough to remember Eerie Magazine? Then your hair is sliding off your head and down your back and you probably also remember Creepy Magazine and Uncle Creepy. Not old enough? Good news, Creepy is back and your hair will probably stay in place for a while.

Creepy Magazine was a great collection of black and white horror stories in the 1960’s. Cover art was produced by such greats as Frazetta, Williamson, Crandall, Evans, Angelo Torres, Gray Morrow, Joe Orlando, John Severin and others.

(Source: TUAW) With Friday’s launch of Mac OS X Snow Leopard right around the corner, official reviews of Apple’s latest operating system began rolling out last night.

One of the most interesting tidbits comes from Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal, who reports that the $29 Snow Leopard upgrade advertised by Apple as being only for current Leopard users will in fact install on systems currently running Tiger. Apple’s official policy is that Tiger users are required to purchase the Mac Box Set, which includes iLife ‘09 and iWork ‘09 in addition to Snow Leopard, for $169.

(Source: TUAW) One of the dark spots hanging over the excitement over Snow Leopard is whether or not Photoshop CS3 will work.

Adobe caused some real consternation when they announced earlier this week that CS3 would get no support (along with the rest of the older Creative Suite) and suggested people upgrade to CS4

In an Adobe FAQ [PDF download link] it’s stated: “Older versions of Adobe creative software were not included in our testing efforts. While older Adobe and Macromedia applications may install and run on Mac OS X Snow Leopard (v10.6), they were designed, tested,and released to the public several years before this new operating system became available. You may therefore experience a variety of installation, stability, and reliability issues for which there is no resolution.”



(Source: snitchseeker.com) Via his Twitter account Oliver Phelps has revealed that he has become the first British actor to receive a VFX MOVA facial capture scan, while working on Deathly Hallows.

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Right then MOVA is a system where by using 29 cameras and UV makeup and lighting can get very detailed motions of ones face.


(Source: examiner.com) With the news yesterday that Green Lantern’s proposed Australian shoot is under threat after the rising Australian dollar has blown out production costs by about $20 million, two questions automatically come to mind.  Does this mean the shoot is off?  Or will it be moved to a different location?

The answers are – the film is definitely going to be shot, but it may not be shot in Australia.  If Warner Bros. and the Australian government don’t come to financial terms, the shoot which is set to begin in two weeks may be moved to the U.S.

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