The Creator’s Project launches studio

The Creator’s Project, a creative showcase initiative created by processor giant Intel and media company Vice (which is behind Vice Magazine and VBS.tv), is undergoing a dramatic expansion.

The initiative will today announce the launch of a multi-million dollar major studio that will produce multimedia works for leading and emerging talents from the art, film, design and music worlds.

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Paramount’s Rango gets an online world

Paramount Pictures has teamed with browser-based game developer Funtactix to create an online game based upon its upcoming animated feature “Rango.”

The game, dubbed “Rango: The World” will bow alongside the film on March 4 and allow fans to create an avatar and explore the movie’s world with friends and strangers. Players will interact with characters from the film – minus Johnny Depp’s titular chameleon – and complete quests and play minigames.

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Just how popular are pirate sites?

The entertainment industry’s war on piracy is well known, but exactly how big an army it has been battling has always been something of a mystery.

MarkMonitor, which protects online brands for its clients, has done some counting, though, and it estimates that Web piracy sites distributing software, films and other products attract roughly 53 billion visits per year.

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OnLive, Amazon set their sites on Netflix

Those pundits who have been focusing on the threat OnLive, a video game streaming service, poses to the traditional video game industry might want to expand their focus a little.

The company now says it plans to expand into subscription video streaming in 2011. And Amazon could be right behind it.

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The most popular films with online pirates

Hollywood’s locked in an ongoing battle with online piracy – and that’s one that’s not likely to end soon. But if you’re curious about what films are the most pirated these days, TorrentFreak has the answer.

The site, which monitors and compiles the most popular Bit Torrent downloads has put together a list of the biggest cinematic downloads this week. And the most popular with pirates was only the second most popular with theatergoers – while last week’s number one film – “Jackass: 3D” – is nowhere to be found. (Whether that’s due to the film’s choice to show in 3D or some other factor is a matter ofdebate.)

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Inception: The video game?

Christopher Nolan might have the Midas touch when it comes to making movies, but he hasn’t had a lot of luck in the videogame arena. But that’s not dissuading the writer / director / producer, who plans to bring his hit film “Inception” to a console near you.

“We are looking at developing a videogame based on the world of the film, which has all kinds of ideas that you can’t fit into a feature film,” Nolan told reporters at a press conference in Rome, according to a report in Variety. “That’s something we’ve been talking about and are looking at doing long term, in a couple of years.”

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New venture makes historical stock footage affordable

Indie and amateur filmmakerslooking to add some historical context to their works have a new outlet. 

The recently launched CriticalPast.com offers an extensive collection of royalty-free photos and video footage, most of which hasn’t been online previously. With video of everything from Coney Island in the 1890s to World War II to news reports on 1994’s Whitewater scandal, the site has things covered.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog