Blender Institute have launched the first crowd-funded, open production computer animation movie - the Gooseberry Project.
V-Ray for Blender
Chaos Group have announced the development of their V-Ray renderer for Blender.
Thea Render for Blender
Thea Render has now been released for Blender, as an open source plug-in with interactive render and many other features.
CG Cookie Tutorial - Rendering a Guitar in Blender with Cycles
CG Cookie have posted a video tutorial on rendering a guitar in Blender with Cycles.