"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" will be Sony Pictures Animation's first stereoscopic 3-D digital release. The company behind "Open Season" (which had a 3-D Imax film-based release) and "Surf's Up" has set a Jan. 15, 2010, release date.

in the 'club'

Disney Interactive Studios has announced that a new video game based on the popular Club Penguin virtual world will reach shelves in December. "Club Penguin: Elite Penguin" for the Nintendo DS comes enabled with Disney's new DGamer online community so that players can interact with one another during play.


MTV and Harmonix unveiled their plans for "Rock Band 2" on Monday at E3 in Los Angeles. There will be several new gameplay features, a new lineup of instruments and unique musical offerings. The Guns N' Roses track "Shackler's Revenge" from the upcoming album "Chinese Democracy" will be on the game, along with the first video game appearances of songs by Bob Dylan ("Tangled Up in Blue") and AC/DC ("Let There Be Rock").


The Visual Effects Society has prepared a white paper with the goals of offering a broad view of the VFX field, including the changes that have been prompted by digital technology and hopefully serving as a first step toward "entering a vigorous dialogue with other crafts and guilds about current conditions and the future direction of the industry."