BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ — From Beverly Hills to Berlin; from Miami to Melbourne; from big screens to home screens, Warner Bros. Entertainment has for the past year been celebrating the 70th anniversary of an iconic American classic, The Wizard of Oz,with a slate of spectacular festivities spanning the globe. This September, the celebration culminates in New York City with a series of sparkling events.
The festivities will commence on Thursday, September 24, with the Emerald Gala, a glorious event at Manhattan’s historic Tavern on the Green, hosted by its owner and CEO Jennifer Oz LeRoy, granddaughter of The Wizard of Oz producer Mervyn LeRoy. The entire restaurant and surrounding grounds will transform for a night into the Emerald City, replete with a winding Yellow Brick Road. The Emerald Gala will feature a musical performance by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and actress Ashanti, who recently made her theatrical debut as Dorothy in the City Center Encores! production of The Wiz. In addition, Lorna Luft, the daughter of Judy Garland will honor her mother’s legacy with a special musical tribute.
Also contributing to the grand affair will be a rare appearance by five of the original actors who played the “Munchkins” characters in 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, along with members of the cast of The Wizard of Oz National Tour performing acts from the traveling show.
“REDMOND, Wash., July 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —A renowned set of storytellers from some of the world’s leading anime studios in Japan are about to take one of the most iconic franchises in science fiction and video games to a new level. Microsoft Corp., in collaboration with some of the most acclaimed anime creators, today unveiled a new project called Halo Legends, which will bring the Halo franchise and its sweeping sci-fi saga to an entirely new medium, in the form of several original anime short films.
“Halo Legends, which will officially debut at a panel presentation today at Comic-Con International in San Diego, is being produced by Microsoft’s 343 Industries and features creative direction from anime pioneer Shinji Aramaki, director of the critically acclaimedAppleseedandAppleseed EX Machinaanime features, and Mamoru Oshii, director of the landmarkGhost in the Shellmovies, with additional production from Joseph Chou of J-Spec Pictures. The compilation will include a series of short stories that explore different times, themes and characters from the “Halo” universe and will be distributed globally by Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. company. Influential studios that are part of the project include the creators behind some of the most popular and celebrated anime to come from Japan, such as The Animatrix, Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemist, Ghost in the Shell, Dragon Ball and more.
“A preview of select Halo Legends episodes will first debut on Xbox LIVE, the largest gaming and entertainment network in the world, starting this fall through a new experience called Halo Waypoint. Launching in fall, Halo Waypoint will be a new destination for Halo fans on Xbox LIVE around the world. It will inform fans of the latest Halo news and activities, and grant access to content ranging from podcasts, trailers and screenshots, to exclusive video footage you won’t find anywhere else. It also will provide a new challenge for Halo gamers with a career system and player rankings tied to both in-game and out-of-game accomplishments related to Halo. In addition to the limited, early episode premieres, Halo Waypoint will debut several behind-the-scenes videos that chronicle the making of Halo Legends.”
“Burbank, Calif. (June 25, 2009) /PRNewswire/ — Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) has enlisted a prominent collection of global licensees to capture the magic of the eagerly anticipated upcoming feature film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Hitting theaters Wednesday, July 15, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the sixth installment and latest chapter in the wildly popular film series from Warner Bros., which has licensees worldwide gearing up to support the most successful entertainment franchise of all time.
“In support of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, an array of products will be available at retailers nationwide, including Hot Topic stores, as well as at www.WBshop.com.”