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Top Gun Scores VR Experience

Bigscreen and Paramount Home Media Distribution will screen Top Gun in 3-D in Bigscreen’s virtual reality software. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. EST on December 29, fans can enter Bigscreen’s virtual theater lobby and have the option of meeting friends before entering the cinemas to watch a screening of Top Gun in 3-D. The film will be shown at regular intervals for a period of 24 hours.

Bigscreen utilizes virtual reality to make users feel like they are in a physical movie theater, watching movies on a giant screen with immersive sound and lighting. With voice chat and avatars, Bigscreen also offers a social experience, allowing users in different locations to feel like they are sitting next to their friends watching movies or TV shows, browsing the web, and more.

This event is only available to people in the U.S., requires a VR headset, and a Windows 10 PC. Supported VR headsets include the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, all SteamVR-compatible headsets, and all Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Users can view Top Gun for free by downloading Bigscreen’s free application from the Oculus Store, Steam Store, or the Microsoft Store.

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Bigscreen is developing a content lineup to regularly screen more movies, TV shows, and video content in its virtual movie theater each week in 2018.

LaurDIY Adds Tech Accessories

YouTube sensation Lauren Riihimaki, better known as LaurDIY, and mobile device solutions and technology company, Incipio, announced the launch of LaurDIY tech accessories that include smartphone, laptop, and tablet cases as well as portable power and charging solutions. All of the upcoming accessories and other products are designed with LaurDIY and will be featured in a series of videos and other promotions. The debut collection of LaurDIY tech products will be available for major retailers in spring 2018. The license was created by The Brand Liaison, the exclusive licensing agency for LaurDIY.

Ranger Rob Heads to Publishing

Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana announces its partnership with Chouette Publishing to bring Nelvana’s original hit preschool adventure series Ranger Rob to the publishing world. Launching in April 2018, Chouette Publishing’s territory will encompass Canada and the U.S. with both English and French rights.

The launch includes the release of two titles, A Campfire Story and Nature Quest, with a target age of 3-8. In addition to these titles, Chouette Publishing will add more storybooks, readers, and novelty formats to their Ranger Rob repertoire as of fall 2018 and beyond.

Ranger Rob follows the adventures of 10-year-old Rob and his friends Stomper, a talking Yeti, Chipper, a robotic car, fun-loving pal Dakota and others, around Big Sky Park, the coolest natural outdoor adventure park. Whether they are flying or driving in Chipper, zip-lining through trees or snowboarding through frosty fields, they love discovering and exploring all the park has to offer. Each episode of the series takes viewers on a new adventure, cultivating the spirit of exploration and curiosity, and inspiring kids to get outside to play and discover.

Chouette joins a growing list of previously announced partners and licensees with Ranger Rob including Sprout, the preschool destination within NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s Universal Kids network, which broadcasts the series in the U.S.; the master toy partner Imports Dragon; and live entertainment firm Round Room Presents for the Ranger Rob worldwide stage show beginning fall 2018.