(Source: Wired) Steve Jobs was reportedly wearing a top hat when he visited New York publishers last week. It’s a fitting lid for the Apple CEO, who can be as tricky as a magician.

Jobs has a knack for throwing off Apple watchers with his masterful misdirections. Ever wonder why analysts and journalists grossly overestimated the price of the Apple tablet prior to its official announcement? Part of the reason is that Jobs had said during a 2008 earnings call that Apple could not make a $500 computer that was not a “piece of junk.” That assertion lent credence to rumors that the tablet would cost $1,000.

(Sources: hardocp.comhollywoodreporter.com) Postproduction tools that helped launch the digital intermediate process figured prominently during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Scientific and Technical Awards presentation.

Held Saturday at The Beverly Wilshire, the Academy honored a total of 10 technologies with Scientific and Engineering Awards and five with Technical Achievement Awards.

Elizabeth Banks hosted the awards presentation, asking for patience “as I read, but don’t fully understand, these awards.”

(Source: hardocp.com) Pixar’s planned film Newt, a story of the last two newts on the planet who happen to not stand each other but ultimately have to find a mate to save the species, has reportedly been canned. The film was set to be Pixar’s 2012 release, but a comment over at the Animation Guild Blog from Disney’s Floyd Norman says of the project, “Oh, and ‘Newt’ is dead”, adding later on that “Naturally, our pals up north run a tight ship, so it’s not polite to provide details at this time.”

(Source: fxguide.com) Congratulations to Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andrew R. Jones who took home the BAFTA for Special Visual Effects for Avatar. The Orange British Academy Film Awards rewards the best work of any nationality seen on British cinema screens during the preceding year. The awards took place on February 21, 2010 at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden. Here is an interview with the visual effects winners from the BAFTA site.

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