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Tuesday - May 15, 2001
- Private Ceremony for Douglas Adams This Week
- Pearl Harbor's Five Million Dollar Weekend
- dFX Animation and FX Newsletter Tonight
- News Link of the Day - Hobbits go to Hollywood

Doug AdamsPrivate Ceremony for Douglas Adams This Week
(by Later this week, family and friends of Douglas Adams will hold a private ceremony for him in Santa Barbara where he passed away on Friday at the age of 49 while working out at a local gym. Adams was made famous for his Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy novel.
He was working with Disney on a stalled project on his hitch hikers series at the time of his death. Friends and family of Adams are now asking Disney to put the project back into production and complete it as a tribute to Adams.

A friend of Adams told The Times (U.K.) that Disney's continued delay of the film project was a source of enormous frustration for Adams. The film project was still on hold at the time of Adams death.

This week's small ceremony in Santa Barbara will be followed next month with a major memorial service for Adams in London.

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Pearl Harbor's Five Million Dollar Weekend
(by Disney is throwing a huge $5 million premiere for Pearl Harbor this weekend in Pearl Harbor. The move has drawn criticism from the press due to Disney recently announcing the largest number of layoffs in its history then throwing huge multi-million premieres. Disney, however, says the move is not out of the ordinary as it always holds major premiere events for its big blockbusters, including The Rock and Remember the Titans.

The premiere will take place aboard the USS John C. Stennis ship, which is being retrofitted with specially designed seats to keep guests secure during the showing.

The May 21 premiere will be filled with Hollywood stars, Washington politicians, Navy brass, and even some Pearl Harbor survivors. The movie, which is over two hours long, includes a 40 minute FX-filled segment of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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dFX Animation and FX Newsletter Tonight
(by A new edition of the Digital Media FX Animation and FX newsletter will be delivered tonight to those who are subscribed to receive the free email publication.
The newsletter is delivered the 1st and 15th of every month and filled with original industry news, content, and sneak peeks at new dFX areas. Tonight's issue has news on Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, and other animation/fx projects. Sign up today to receive it.

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News Link of the Day - Hobbits go to Hollywood

According to The Sunday Times:

"The secrecy surrounding Hollywood's version of Lord of the Rings has finally been lifted. The first footage of what will be a trilogy of films telling JRR Tolkien's epic fantasy was shown to a select audience at the Cannes film festival last week: it revealed a Middle Earth scarier and stranger than many expected…"

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