Gears of War, a graphically stunning sci-fi shooter published by Microsoft Games, was named Game of the Year by GameSpot

Below is a sampling of the categories and winners. A complete list of finalists and winners is available at: http://www.gamespot.com/special_features/bestof2006/index.html

In addition to the editorial awards, GameSpot’s audience can cast their votes in more than 40 award categories. The GameSpot Readers’ Choice winners will be revealed on January 26, 2007.

Game of the Year: Gears of War (X360)

Best Action Adventure Game: Dead Rising (X360)

Best Fighting Game: Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (X360)

Best Game No One Played: GTR 2 (PC)

Best Game Boy Advance Game: Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation

Best GameCube Game: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
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To Include Long-Term Co-Production Arrangement and Home Video Deal

Exclusive Video Rights to Library of Over 600 Programs
Distribution Includes DVD and Digital Rights

NEW YORK & SANTA MONICA, Calif.–Genius Products, LLC one of the fastest growing distributor in the home entertainment market, and The Weinstein Company (TWC), one of the largest independent feature film company founded by film legends Bob and Harvey Weinstein, have entered into a strategic alliance with RHI Entertainment (RHI) under which they will co-produce and co-finance an extensive slate of television productions, including series, miniseries and movies-of-the–week. RHI (formerly Hallmark Entertainment), headed by the renowned team of Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr., is the industry leader of miniseries and movies for television. Additionally, under a separate multi-year distribution agreement Genius Products is the North American home video distributor of RHI’s extensive library of series and film programming.
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Airs Beneath the Moon Will Enchant Fantasy Readers and Horse Enthusiasts

SEATTLE–When readers return to stores with gift cards and unwanted holiday items, they’ll find a new gift waiting for them on bookstore shelves: Toby Bishop’s novel of women and winged horses. Released on Dec. 26, Airs Beneath the Moon is the story of a farm girl who accidentally bonds with a winged foal, forcing her into conflict with the prejudices of her culture and the desires of a powerful duke who would take her horse and her freedom.

“Horses – especially those that can fly – are an avenue of power for women,” said author Toby Bishop. “When I was growing up, girls were still being told not to let boys know how smart we were. Pairing a girl with such a powerful creature in a working relationship is an icon of the power all girls have inside.”
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Funcom’s Multi Award-Winning MMO Receives the Green Light from Microsoft

DURHAM, N.C.–Funcom announces that ‘Age of Conan’ is approved for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console. The announcement means that the highly anticipated Massively Multiplayer Online game (MMO) has received the green light from Microsoft, and that Funcom can start official development of an Xbox 360 version of the game.

“This is a groundbreaking leap forward for Funcom. The fact that we now get the chance to develop ‘Age of Conan’ for the Xbox 360 means access to a potentially whole new and large MMO market,” said Trond Arne Aas, CEO of Funcom. “The fast-paced and innovative combat system in ‘Age of Conan’ will suit the demanding console audience perfectly. We believe the amazing online capabilities of Xbox 360 will be a great match for MMOs like ‘Age of Conan’, and as one of a handful of officially approved MMO games for the console we aim to create a unique, brutal and powerful online gaming experience.”
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Here is the first teaser trailer for the new independent film, The Dreamless. Not distributor or release date has yet been announced. Directed by Brian Metcalf and starring Eric Etebari, Kirk Baltz, David Chokachi andAnthony Cistaro.

For the week ending December 24, 2006 (Monday through Sunday),”Be Kind, Rewind,” a repeat episode of NBC’s Medium drew the largest audience of all science fiction and fantasy series on broadcast network television, according to Nielsen figures gleaned from various media outlets.

Second and third, respectively, were repeat episodes of the CW’s Smallville and Supernatural. Facing no new episodes of CSI or Grey’s Anatomy, Supernatural’s share of the 18-to-49 year old audience grew compared to last week, while Smallville‘s ratings remained stable.

THE LIST
1. Medium 5.12 million households (2.87 million 18-49 yo)
   Repeat: “Be Kind, Rewind”

2. Smallville 1.89 million households (1.44 million 18-49 yo)
   Repeat: “Reunion”

3. Supernatural 1.45 million households (1.18 million 18-49 yo)
   Repeat: “Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things”

SCI FI Channel has re-teamed with RHI Entertainment (‘Legend of Earthsea’), the industry leader of miniseries and movies made for television, for a wild sci-fi re-imagining of ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ Written by Steven Long Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle (creators of ‘The Pretender’), ‘Tin Man’ (working title) is a six-hour miniseries featuring a decidedly sci-fi twist on the fantasy classic. Lensing is slated to begin in Vancouver in early 2007 with an eye to a December 2007 premiere. Casting is currently underway.
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