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Lasseter wows Cannes with Pixar, Disney footage

20 May 2015 1:28 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

John Lasseter, animation guru and Chief Creative Officer at both Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios, gave a special presentation of the companies’ upcoming slate in Cannes today.

The advancements in animation he showed during the session earned some roars of approval from the assembled press and industry guests. 

“These two studios are filmmaker-driven studios,” Lasseter said. “Our focus is on telling great stories and we celebrate the heritage of each studio. It’s exciting to be constantly breaking new ground.”

Pixar slate

Pixar’s slate of course includes Pete Docter’s Inside Out, which premiered to rave reviews in Cannes earlier this week.

“It’s a very special movie for us,” Lasseter said. “When you look at all the films Pixar has made this could be the most important, It makes you think about your own thoughts, emotions, memories in a different way.” The film opens in France on June 17 (under the title [link=tt »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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John Lasseter on ‘Finding Dory,’ ‘The Good Dinosaur’ and Disney/Pixar Slate

20 May 2015 6:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Lasseter talked about the upcoming slate of Disney/Pixar animated films during an extremely detailed two-hour presentation at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday morning.

The chief creative officer unveiled new clips and plot lines of such titles as Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” the sequel to “Finding Nemo,” and Disney’s “Moana” about a Polynesian princess. Lasseter noted how Pixar will release two movies in the same year for the very first time: “Inside Out,” which premiered at Cannes earlier this week out-of-competition, and “The Good Dinosaur,” which has a Thanksgiving release date.

He also declared that Disney Animation had bounced back, thanks to the success of the juggernaut “Frozen” and the Oscar-winning “Big Hero 6,” saying that the studio had previously suffered from low morale. “It was quite broken when they came in,” Lasseter said about the business 10 years ago. He told his staff: “What would heal them »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Cannes: Charlize Theron’s Spy Thriller ‘Coldest City’ Bought by Focus

18 May 2015 1:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus Features has acquired Charlize Theron’s upcoming spy thriller “The Coldest City” for the U.S. through Sierra/Affinity at the Cannes Film Festival.

John Wick” directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are attached to helm “The Coldest City” from Kurt Johnstad’s script. Theron plays a spy in the late 1980s dealing with the aftermath of the murder of an underground MI6 officer.

Universal Pictures International has bought Australia/New Zealand, Benelux, China, France, Germany, Italy, Latin America, Switzerland and the U.K. DeaPlaneta acquired Spain, and Freeman Distribution/Monlith/Blitz bought Eastern Europe.

Sierra/Affinity said Cannes has represented the strongest market in its history with sales of five other titles, including Marc Forster’s drama “All I See Is You,” starring Blake Lively and Jason Clarke. “All Is See” sold to Eagle Pictures in Italy and Main Title Pictures in South Korea.

Heist project “Comancheria,” starring Chris Pine, »

- Dave McNary

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Sierra/Affinity hails best Cannes market

18 May 2015 10:58 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sierra/Affinity chief Nick Meyer has hailed the company’s best market ever after completing key sales on Shot Caller, A Willing Patriot and Comancheria, among others.

“We have been strategically building our company and platform in order to capitalise on these kinds of moments,” said Meyer.

Rights to thriller All I See Is You have gone to Eagle Pictures in Italy and Main Title Pictures in South Korea.

Marc Forster will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with Sean Conway. Blake Lively, Jason Clarke, Ahna O’Reilly, Wes Chatham, Miguel Fernandez and Danny Huston star and Sc International Pictures, Link Entertainment, 2Dux2 and Wing And A Prayer Pictures produce.

The Coldest City starring Charlize Theron will open in the Us via Focus Features. David Leitch and Chad Stahelski will direct the spy thriller from Denver and Delilah Productions, Oni Press, Sierra Pictures drama from Kurt Johnstad’s screenplay.

Universal Pictures International Productions has picked up the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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'The Gift' TV Spot Starring Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton

14 May 2015 5:53 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Were you nice to everyone in your past? The truth comes back to haunt us all in the first TV spot for Stx Entertainment's The Gift, arriving in theaters July 31st. The TV spot comes just a month and a half after the first trailer for The Gift arrived that gave us our first look at this thriller, which marks the directorial debut of writer/producer/star Joel Edgerton. This new footage poses a very important question: can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? Even if you are unaware of how, or when, and even who you may have wronged...Chances are there is someone out there who won't ever forget it...Or you.

Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. »

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Movie Review – Spy (2015)

13 May 2015 10:51 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Spy, 2015.

Written and Directed by Paul Feig.

Starring Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Jude Law, Bobby Cannavale and Morena Baccarin.

Synopsis:

A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.

Melissa McCarthy has really blown up over the past few years after her hilarious performance in Bridesmaids. Since then she’s gone on to headline a ton of different films and has started to make herself a household name. Of course, not all of these films have been winners. Last year’s Tammy was a dreadful outing and 2013’s Identity Thief where she starred alongside Jason Bateman was pretty rough as well. It seems that when she’s paired up with the right people it can be a comedic success, which was the case with The Heat which also starred Sandra Bullock and was directed by Paul Feig, »

- Gary Collinson

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HBO Orders Reese Witherspoon-Nicole Kidman Limited Series ‘Big Little Lies’

8 May 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO has landed a deal for the limited series “Big Little Lies,” featuring the powerhouse trio of Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and David E. Kelley.

Witherspoon and Kidman will star and produce the darkly comic drama centering on three mothers of kindergartners whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. Kelley is adapting the series from the 2014 novel by Liane Moriarty.

The starry pairing of Witherspoon and Kidman is similar to the “True Detective” model that brought Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson to HBO with great success last year. The limited-series format gives bigger names a chance to work in the TV arena without making an open-ended commitment to an ongoing series.

Witherspoon and Kidman optioned the rights to “Big Little Lies” through their respective production banners — Pacific Standard Films and Blossom Films. CAA packaged the project with Kelley and shopped it to multiple premium TV buyers including Netflix. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Sam Claflin To Star In Soccer Legend Biopic Robin Friday

7 May 2015 7:16 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games franchise, The Riot Club, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) is set to star in the soccer legend biopic Robin Friday, to be directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Henry-Alex Rubin (Murderball, Disconnect), it was announced today by producers Mike Young, Julian Stone and Paolo Hewitt of Rf Movie Productions Ltd. Financing partners include Global Film PartnersDaniel Koefoed and Guirec van Slingelandt, Telegael’s Paul Cummings and 9Magnan’s Meghana Gupta.

Fortitude International, co-founded by Nadine de Barros, Robert Ogden Barnum and Daniel Wagner, will handle foreign rights and will present the project to buyers at the Cannes Film Market. De Barros will be supported by her sales team including Katie Irwin, VP of International and Samantha Peel, Director of International Sales and Marketing.

CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for Robin Friday, will represent the film’s North American rights.

Based on the biography »

- Michelle McCue

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Disney's Zootopia Just Announced Its Wonderful Voice Cast

7 May 2015 8:46 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Will Walt Disney Animation be able to top Frozen? It was a worldwide sensation that transformed "Let It Go" into the new "It's A Small World," and spawned a Frozen Fever short film, a sing-a-long theatrical release, and an upcoming Broadway adaptation. Zootopia probably won't be that big of a hit, but the studio just announced its voice cast, and we have high hopes. The basic gist of Zootopia, helmed by directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore, is that it takes place in a world where animals walk, talk, and act like humans, and live in one of numerous cities, each pegged to a specific animal habitat. Once Upon A Time's Ginnifer Goodwin has been cast in the leading role of Judy Hopps, an optimistic bunny detective who must team up with a "cynical-con-artist fox" to crack her first case. Jason Bateman of Horrible Bosses and Arrested Development will voice »

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Casting: Hamm, James, Waltz, Goodwin

6 May 2015 9:53 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

High Wire Act

"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm is set to star in the action thriller "High Wire Act" for Radar Pictures. Brad Anderson ("The Machinist," "Session 9") helms from a script by Tony Gilroy. Ted Field and Mike Weber will produce.

Hamm plays a former Us diplomat in 1980s Beirut who must save a colleague from the group that was possibly responsible for his own family's death. [Source: Screen]

The True Memoirs of an International Assassin

Comedian Kevin James will star in Jeff Wadlow's action comedy "The True Memoirs of an International Assassin" for PalmStar Media and Global Film Group. Production is slated to begin in September.

The story follows a mild-mannered accountant and fledgling author who is mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. Trying to escape sudden fame and celebrity, he heads to Belize but is immediately entangled in an assassination plot. »

- Garth Franklin

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Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin ready to bring Disney's 'Zootopia' to life

6 May 2015 6:35 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Within the next two weeks Pixar will officially debut its latest animated feature, "Inside Out," at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.  It's the Disney division's first new movie since "Monster's University" which hit theaters almost two years ago.  Pixar will make up for the long absence by also releasing a second picture, "The Good Dinosaur," in November.  While Pixar steps back into the spotlight its sister division, Walt Disney Animation Studios, is taking 2015 off after an incredible run of back to back animated Oscar winners, "Frozen" and "Big Hero 6."  Walt Disney Animation Studio's next film is "Zootopia" which doesn't hit theaters until March, 2016.  Today, they finally revealed who will be voicing the move's main characters. According to Disney, "Zootopia" is set in a "modern mammal Metropolis" (sounds like an animal version of "Monster's Inc.") and will keep it in the corporate family with "Once Upon A Time's" Ginnifer Goodwin voicing  bunny Judy Hopps, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Disney's 'Zootopia' Teams Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman

6 May 2015 6:20 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Walt Disney Animation Studios welcomes Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman to Zootopia, Disney's 2016 animated feature set in a modern mammal metropolis. Ginnifer Goodwin will lend her voice to an optimistic bunny named Judy Hopps who's new to Zootopia's police department. Jason Bateman voices the scamming fox, Nick Wilde, who Judy reluctantly teams up with to crack her first case. Said director Byron Howard:

"We knew that Zootopia would only succeed if we found the perfect actors to play our main characters. This rabbit- and fox-duo are in practically every scene in the film together.&#160After meeting Ginnifer, we knew she embodied Hopps, the ultimate pure-of-heart, idealist bunny.&#160You fall in love with her character&#160instantly.&#160And for Nick Wilde, our cynical con-artist fox, we only ever had one actor in mind, the incomparable Jason Bateman.&#160Jason has&#160a way of saying the most hilarious sarcastic things while always staying&#160completely charming. »

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Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman to Voice Disney’s ‘Zootopia’

6 May 2015 6:17 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman have been set to lead the voice cast of Walt Disney Animation Studio’s “Zootopia,” the studio announced Wednesday. Goodwin will lend her voice to an optimistic bunny named Judy Hopps who’s new to Zootopia’s police department. Bateman voices the scamming fox, Nick Wilde, who Judy reluctantly teams up with to crack her first case. Byron Howard, who last worked on “Tangled” and “Bolt” for the studio, will direct the film. Also Read: CinemaCon 2015: TheWrap Reports From Las Vegas (Photos) “We knew that ‘Zootopia’ would only succeed if we found the perfect »

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Disney Animation Welcomes Ginnifer Goodwin & Jason Bateman To Zootopia

6 May 2015 6:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced the addition of Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman to Zootopia, Disney’s 2016 animated feature set in a modern mammal metropolis. Goodwin (ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” “Something Borrowed,” “Walk the Line”) will lend her voice to an optimistic bunny named Judy Hopps who’s new to Zootopia’s police department.

Jason Bateman (“Horrible Bosses 2,” “This is Where I Leave You”) voices the scamming fox, Nick Wilde, who Judy reluctantly teams up with to crack her first case.

“We knew that ‘Zootopia’ would only succeed if we found the perfect actors to play our main characters,” said director Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”). “This rabbit- and fox-duo are in practically every scene in the film together. After meeting Ginnifer, we knew she embodied Hopps, the ultimate pure-of-heart, idealist bunny. You fall in love with her character instantly. And for Nick Wilde, our cynical con-artist fox, »

- Melissa Thompson

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Ginnifer Goodwin Travels To Zootropolis

6 May 2015 5:50 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Although the film is known as Zootopia in the States, Disney’s early 2016 release will be called Zootropolis in the UK. But we’ll still get the original voice cast, which already includes Jason Bateman and will now also feature Ginnifer Goodwin. She’s been part of the extended Disney family for a while, playing a version of Snow White on Us TV’s Once Upon A Time, which crafts drama out of the fairy tales that Disney has used to fuel many of its movies. In Zootropolis, she’ll be rabbit Lt. Judy Hopps, a by-the-book traffic warden who longs to be a proper cop. When a mystery is uncovered, she’s therefore determined to solve it, even it if means striking up an unlikely partnership with a smooth talking scam artist of a fox, Nick Wilde (Bateman). The movie features a team-up between Tangled director Byron Howard and »

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Can Stx Entertainment be the Next Major Studio in Hollywood?

6 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From its new offices atop the tallest building in Burbank, Stx Entertainment literally towers over the competition.

Backlots at Warner Bros., Disney and Universal can be glimpsed from the windows of the start-up company’s gleaming headquarters. The view is emblematic of Stx’s immense ambitions — to carve out a place for itself as the next major Hollywood studio.

Stx was launched last year by film producer Robert Simonds and Tpg managing partner Bill McGlashan with a mission to fill a hole in an entertainment business that has become fixated on budget-busting superhero epics. Instead of cooking up its own answer to the Marvel universe, the studio plans to produce films in the $20 million to $80 million budget range with big-name actors. It aims to release as many as 15 films annually by 2017, and already has lined up projects with Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, director Gary Ross and “The Purge” producer Jason Blum. »

- Brent Lang

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'Myst' TV Series Lands at Hulu

5 May 2015 6:17 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just months after Legendary TV acquired the rights to the wildly popular video game series Myst, the project has been given a script-to-series commitment from Hulu. Evan Daugherty (Divergent) is writing the screenplay, which, if it meets with Hulu's approval, will result in a series order, bypassing the pilot phase completely. Matthew Tolmach will produce under his first-look deal with Legendary TV.

The sci-fi/fantasy hybrid follows a man known as The Stranger, who wakes up on a mysterious island with no recollection of who he is, or how he got there. Hulu picked up the project in a competitive bidding situation, with multiple, unidentified parties expressing interest in the property. The game was originally launched in 1993, and became the best-selling video game series of the 1990s, until The Sims took their throne in 2002. Between 1992 and 2003, over 12 million copies of Myst were sold worldwide.

Evan Daugherty developed the project with »

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Watch the trailer for A Lego Brickumentary

3 May 2015 5:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Directed by Kief Davidson and Daniel Junge and narrated by Jason Bateman, A Lego Brickumentary (formerly titled Beyond the Brick: A Lego Brickumentary) explores the global phenomenon of the iconic Lego brick and its impact around the world. Having premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival back in April 2014, the film is gearing up for release in the States this summer, and a trailer has arrived online, which we have for here…

A Lego Brickumentary is set for a theatrical and VOD release in the States on July 31st.

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- Gary Collinson

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Jennifer Aniston Gives Leftover Ice Cream to Strangers

1 May 2015 8:05 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Who's up for dessert? Jennifer Aniston's leftovers are mouthwatering—and no, we're not talking about Justin Theroux or his hit HBO series, which just so happens to be called The Leftovers. On Tuesday, she joined Jason Bateman and Rosie Perez for dinner at Omar's La Ranita, a Mediterranean-American restaurant in New York City. After seeing Perez perform in Larry David's Fish in the Dark, Aniston took the actress and Bateman to one of her favorite spots in the city. According to a source, the Cake star often orders "chicken for two," a pre-range juicy rotisserie chicken that is slow cooked for two hours and seasoned using Cajun spices. The restaurant is the perfect place for »

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A Lego Brickumentary Trailer Goes Inside the Wide World of Lego

30 April 2015 1:19 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The A Lego Brickumentary trailer has gone online, and I’m so excited to see this movie. I’m a big Lego fan, and I’ve been interested in this documentary since we reported on it a couple years ago, and especially after it received positive reviews at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival. What fascinates me about this trailer is how it looks like the film is trying to cover a lot of ground, but it’s also trying to show how Lego is unique in fostering both creativity and a culture. When and how does Lego go from being a toy company and a brand to creating a product that goes far beyond the standard sets they sell? Although I’m someone who likes sticking to the instructions (I find it very relaxing and fun), I’m eager to see the amazing builds that are sure to be on display. »

- Matt Goldberg

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