‘Angry Birds’ to be film
Angry Birds, the video game that conquered small screens to become the top-selling mobile-phone application of all time, is coming to the big screen.
The animated 3-D film is being developed, produced and financed by the game’s publisher, Rovio Entertainment Oy of Espoo, Finland, and will be distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment on July 1, 2016, the companies said in an emailed statement.
Sony Pictures was among several major Hollywood studios to seek distribution rights for a film version of the game in which players use a virtual slingshot to hurl birds at targets, the companies said. Versions of the game have been downloaded more than 1.7 billion times and a cartoon series, available on some video-on-demand channels, has attracted more than 150 million views.
Closely held Rovio, founded in 2003, also produces the mobile games The Croods, based on the DreamWorks Animation SKG movie, Tiny Thief and Icebreaker.
Sony Pictures is based in Culver City, Calif., and is owned by Tokyo-based Sony Corp.
Alcoa to cut 500 jobs
Aluminum smelter and parts-maker Alcoa will close down two production lines at a plant in Canada and cut about 500 jobs there because of lower aluminum prices. A planned upgrade for the facility in Quebec is being pushed back by three years, to 2019, the company said. Alcoa has seen strong demand for aluminum, but prices have fallen. Those lower prices were a factor when Alcoa reported lower-than-expected first-quarter revenue last month. On May 1 it said it might cut capacity by 11 percent, or 460,000 tons, besides the 13 percent of its capacity it had already idled.
Yahoo will add services
Yahoo Inc. plans to start displaying posts from Twitter Inc.’s blogging service alongside other items in news feeds. Yahoo is adding services for mobile users. The company has shuttered some less popular online services, including a coupon site and local events calendar, to focus resources on marquee properties like mobile applications for email and weather.
— From Beacon Journal wire services