January 2, 2014 |
The first day of the year is also the day when published works enter the public domain after their copyrights expire. Unfortunately, Public Domain Day 2014 is not a happy one, according to the book mavens at Duke University . “Not a single published work” is entering the public domain in 2014, Duke's Center for the Study of the Public Domain said on its website. “Once again, we will have nothing to celebrate this January 1st....In fact, in the United States, no publication will enter the public domain until 2019.” In Canada, by contrast, works by Robert Frost, W.E.B.
October 26, 2013 |
Digital Domain, the visual-effects company that is co-producing the Lionsgate movie "Ender's Game," invested about $17 million in cash to help produce the much-anticipated movie, two former company executives said. In a highly unusual move, the pioneering visual-effects house -- co-founded by director James Cameron in 1993 -- is co-producing "Ender's Game," which hits theaters on Nov. 1, with OddLot Entertainment and Summit Entertainment. The big-screen adaptation of the popular 1985 book of the same name by Orson Scott Card, is among the most expensive independent movies ever made, with a budget of more than $100 million.
October 23, 2013 |
In the upcoming movie "Ender's Game," boy warrior Ender Wiggin faces a series of challenges as he embarks on a journey to battle insect-like creatures that threaten to destroy the planet. The movie also is a test for the film's co-producer, Digital Domain, the pioneering visual effects house co-founded by director James Cameron in 1993. The Venice studio is co-producing "Ender's Game" with OddLot Entertainment and Summit Entertainment. Taking such a major role in a live-action movie, which opens Nov. 1, is both rare for a visual effects company and a big gamble for Digital Domain, known for its work on the movies "Tron: Legacy" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
September 10, 2013 |
Digital Domain, the Los Angeles-based visual effects studio, is bulking up -- north of the border. The company, recently acquired by a Chinese investor and now operating under the name Digital Domain 3.0, said it is expanding its Vancouver studio with new leadership. Veteran visual effects producer Kelly L'Estrange will head the Vancouver studio, overseeing all feature film production at that location, the company said in a statement. PHOTOS: 2012 highest-paid media executives L'Estrange has been with Digital Domain for 19 years, working on such films as "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," "Apollo 13" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. " Joining L'Estrange in Vancouver will be 14-year Digital Domain veteran Swen Gillberg, who will be co-VFX supervisor for an undisclosed project.
August 30, 2013 |
In a new legal challenge, financial industry opponents of the city of Richmond's plan to seize underwater home loans call the gambit a disguised attempt to profit at the expense of everyday investors. Richmond is threatening to use eminent domain to remove troubled loans from mortgage bonds in order to write down the principal for homeowners. The novel plan, promoted by San Francisco investment firm Mortgage Resolution Partners, seeks to stop another wave of foreclosures in the working-class Northern California city.
August 30, 2013 |
One way to judge the virtues of the city of Richmond's initiative to use eminent domain to help its strapped mortgage borrowers is by the hysterical reaction of the banks and investors holding the mortgage loans. Wells Fargo & Co. and Bank of New York have sued the East Bay city in federal court to throttle the plan even before its birth. (A court hearing on their request for an injunction is set for Sept. 13.) They've enlisted federal regulators in their hand-wringing over the damage little Richmond (pop.