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By Michael J. Arvizu | September 14, 2009
Meet Kip Deshler. He?ll show you the hottest travel destinations for a price that won?t break the bank. Or meet Meadow Stevens, who will show you the latest in jewelry. Or Rico Bolero, who will take you on a tour of the latest high-tech gadgets available. These assistants are virtual avatars that can be found as part of VivaSwag.com and the latest incarnation of the website, ThatsSoSwag.com . The sites are the brainchild of Glendale-based Electric Chocolate Inc., Chief Executive Pete Sokoloff, who with the assistance of creative director Carlos Rodriguez and programmer Pablo Bornacin created the sites to offer customers a unique and personalized shopping experience.
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By Zain Shauk | January 23, 2010
Entertainment industry buzz surrounding the success of ?Avatar? in 3-D has brought a surge of business to area firms specializing in equipment and digital services for the medium. Burbank-based Pace Technologies, which developed its 3-D cameras in partnership with ?Avatar? director James Cameron, is in talks with ESPN about a series of 85 planned 3-D broadcasts in 2010 and has seen overall business triple as attention for the medium has grown with the film?s success, owner Vince Pace said.
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The Los Angeles Times | September 20, 2011
The Walt Disney Co. is set to announce a major licensing deal to bring "Avatar" attractions to its theme parks, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The Burbank entertainment giant has secured the rights from 20th Century Fox movie studio, which released the 2009 blockbuster, and director James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment. For Disney, the deal is significant because it usually relies on in-house content for its attractions. "Avatar," the highest grossing movie of all time, is expected to become a major component at various Disney parks, with the first such attraction debuting at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., said the source.
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The Los Angeles Times | September 21, 2011
The Walt Disney Co. has struck a deal to bring the fantasy world of "Avatar" to Disney Parks, starting with a multi-attraction themed land at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Fla. Director James Cameron and his producing partner Jon Landau -- the team behind the 2009 cinematic blockbuster "Avatar" -- will serve as creative consultants, working with Walt Disney Imagineering to bring the fantasy world of Pandora and the broader Avatar universe to...
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By Andy Klein | April 18, 2014
Several years back, after Johnny Depp's twin triumphs in "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" and the first "Pirates of the Caribbean," I started referring to him as the God Who Walks Among Us. (I think that qualifies as "ironic hyperbole. ") Now, in "Transcendence," he actually plays the God Who Walks Among Us or, to be technical, the God Who Walks Among, Around, and Inside Us. The setup is a variation on old themes: Will (Depp) is a cyber-scientist so brilliant that he actually has fans jockeying around for his autograph.
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The Los Angeles Times | September 21, 2011
The Walt Disney Co. has struck a deal to bring the fantasy world of "Avatar" to Disney Parks, starting with a multi-attraction themed land at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Fla. Director James Cameron and his producing partner Jon Landau -- the team behind the 2009 cinematic blockbuster "Avatar" -- will serve as creative consultants, working with Walt Disney Imagineering to bring the fantasy world of Pandora and the broader Avatar universe to...
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The Los Angeles Times | September 20, 2011
The Walt Disney Co. is set to announce a major licensing deal to bring "Avatar" attractions to its theme parks, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The Burbank entertainment giant has secured the rights from 20th Century Fox movie studio, which released the 2009 blockbuster, and director James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment. For Disney, the deal is significant because it usually relies on in-house content for its attractions. "Avatar," the highest grossing movie of all time, is expected to become a major component at various Disney parks, with the first such attraction debuting at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., said the source.
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By Zain Shauk | January 23, 2010
Entertainment industry buzz surrounding the success of ?Avatar? in 3-D has brought a surge of business to area firms specializing in equipment and digital services for the medium. Burbank-based Pace Technologies, which developed its 3-D cameras in partnership with ?Avatar? director James Cameron, is in talks with ESPN about a series of 85 planned 3-D broadcasts in 2010 and has seen overall business triple as attention for the medium has grown with the film?s success, owner Vince Pace said.
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By Michael J. Arvizu | September 14, 2009
Meet Kip Deshler. He?ll show you the hottest travel destinations for a price that won?t break the bank. Or meet Meadow Stevens, who will show you the latest in jewelry. Or Rico Bolero, who will take you on a tour of the latest high-tech gadgets available. These assistants are virtual avatars that can be found as part of VivaSwag.com and the latest incarnation of the website, ThatsSoSwag.com . The sites are the brainchild of Glendale-based Electric Chocolate Inc., Chief Executive Pete Sokoloff, who with the assistance of creative director Carlos Rodriguez and programmer Pablo Bornacin created the sites to offer customers a unique and personalized shopping experience.
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