(Source: latinoreview.com) At one point, William Shatner was going to be in the new “Star Trek” film, for just one scene, and now the original written version has appeared online. For those who have seen the movie, Shatner would’ve appeared during Old and Young Spock’s conversation near film’s end. Old Spock plays an Old Kirk hologram/transmission for Young Spock, that he had in a little disc thing that was hanging around his neck. 

Here’s an excerpt:

(Source: latinoreview.com) Producer Joel Silver updates us on the possibilities for a sequel to Speed Racer.

Do you think we’ll ever see another Speed Racer?

Silver: No

(Source: news.cnet.com) EA shut down Pandemic as a separate unit on Tuesday, laying off 200 employees, according to published reports, but moving a small core team to EA’s Los Angeles headquarters. Those exiting include Pandemic’s two founders, Andrew Goldman and Josh Resnick.

An Electronic Arts spokesperson confirmed the news to CNET, but called it a consolidation rather than a closing, saying that the company merged Pandemic with EA’s nearby LA campus. The core team of developers integrated into EA will continue to work on Pandemic properties.

An internal memo by EA Games Label Senior Vice President Nick Earl also confirmed the closing, as reported by the Web site Kotaku.

(Source: slashfilm.com) This weekend, the 28th and 29th of November, there’s a huge Beatles convention taking place in Stamford, Connecticut. Amongst all of the merchandise sales and other such typical expo shenanigans, there’s also set to be an open audition for Beatlemaniacs wanting to try out for casting in what they’re calling “The Fab Four.” Of course, that the film “will be shot as a motion-capture feature like the current Disney release of A Christmas Carol” tells us everything we need to know – this is Robert Zemeckis‘ remake of Yellow Submarine.

(Source: screencrave.com) If you’re a tech geek who’s been following the production of James Cameron’s Avatar, you’ll be glad to hear this news. According to MarketSaw, a reliable source tells them that Weta has officially finished their portion of work on the film, which means the project is near completion.

Avatar is scheduled for release on December 18th, and with less than a month until its debut, it’s still in post-production. If you think about it, the film has so many effects that need to be perfected before the general public can see it. With so much hype and pressure, can you blame them for working down to the wire? Weta is a digital visual effects company that’s based in New Zealand, and they’ve worked on several popular CGI heavy films such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

(Source: news.toonzone.net) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the shortlist of ten films from which the nominees for Best Animated Short will be chosen.

The complete shortlist is as follows:

The Cat Piano – Eddie White and Ari Gibson
French Roast – Fabrice O. Joubert
Granny O\u2019Grimm\u2019s Sleeping Beauty – Nicky Phelan
The Kinematograph – Tomek Baginski
The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte) – Javier Recio Gracia
Logorama – Nicolas Schmerkin
A Matter of Loaf and Death – Nick Park
Partly Cloudy – Peter Sohn
Runaway – Cordell Barker
Variete – Roelof van den Bergh

(Source: variety.com) With motion capture becoming increasingly popular production technique, the Screen Actors Guild is investigating how thesps perform the work — a signal the issue may emerge as a factor in next year’s contract negotiations. In an announcement this week, SAG invited members and non-members who do the work to a Dec. 3 session at the guild’s Hollywood headquarters to discuss the impact of performance capture. The contract department staff and members of the TV/Theatrical Standing Committee will attend. It’s the first such meeting SAG has held on the issue.

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