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Alcon Entertainment has secured exclusive rights to produce animated theatrical motion pictures based on the comic strip Garfield.
Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove made the announcement Monday. The company acquired the rights from Jim Davis, creator of the Garfield comic series and brand who will also serve as an executive producer.
Alcon said its goal is to build a franchise of fully CG-animated Garfield feature films. Alcon has a long-standing output deal through Warner Bros.
Kosove and Johnson said, “Jim Davis’s creation has been an international sensation for all ages for decades, and we are thrilled to bring an animated Garfield feature to the big screen.”
The Garfield comic strip debuted in 1978. It follows a cynical and lazy orange cat and his interactions with owner Jon Arbuckle and fellow pet Odie, a dog.
- Dave McNary
Presented in awe-inspiring IMAX® 3D, A Beautiful Planet is narrated by Academy Award® Winner, Jennifer Lawrence and was shot using Canon digital cameras to capture the stunning imagery of Earth from space. To celebrate the release, we’re giving away a Canon PowerShot SX620 Hs, a compact superzoom camera designed to get you closer to the action, thanks to a new 25x optical zoom. The lucky winners will also get a pair of tickets to see A Beautiful Planet in IMAX® 3D during its opening week of release, so enter now for your chance to win this fantastic prize!
A Beautiful Planet is a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before. Made in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), the film features stunning footage of our magnificent blue planet — and the effects »
- Paul Heath
Friends and colleagues of Ian Sander are gathering at 10 Am this morning at Valley Beth Shalom for a memorial celebration of the veteran TV producer, who died last Tuesday at the age of 68. Among them is writer-producer John Gray, creator/executive producer of the long-running CBS drama Ghost Whisperer starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, on which Sander served as an executive producer alongside his wife and long-time producing partner Kim Moses, as well as in-house… »
Sander and Moses have consistently fielded multiple pilots during the past few years. In the current development cycle the pair exec produced the ABC drama pilot “Spark,” which shot in Prague in March and early April. Sander also worked as a director.
Sander and Moses were early pioneers in harnessing online fan activity around television series to drive awareness and viewership for linear TV series. The pair developed a “Total Engagement Experience” campaign involving webisodes, viral videos, online gaming and what were then nascent social media platforms to support “Ghost Whisperer,” the CBS drama that starred Jennifer Love Hewitt as a woman who received messages from the dead. The drama ran from 2005 to 2010.
“We lost a great man today, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Veteran TV producer Ian Sander died yesterday, May 3. He passed away peacefully at his home, with the cause of death still undetermined. Sander was 68. Partnered with his wife, Kim Moses, in their Sander/Moses Prods., Sander executive produced CBS’ long-running drama Ghost Whisperer starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, on which he also served as in-house director. Sander’s death comes as he and Moses were wrapping their ABC pilot, drama Spark, which the duo executive produce… »
TriCoast will launch sales at the Cannes Film Festival, which opens May 11. Entertainment One will distribute the film in Canada.
Bello and real-life sisters Sophie Nelisse (“The Book Thief”) and Isabelle Nelisse (“Mama”) star. Dominic James directed from a script by Victoria Sanchez Mandryk, and shot the movie in the fall of 2014 in Winnipeg.
The project, adapted from the 1986 novel by Mary Downing Hahn, is a Caramel Film Production in association with Mednick Productions. The story centers on a house haunted by the tormented ghost of a little girl, whom Isabelle Nelisse’s character befriends.
Author Downing Hahn makes a cameo appearance in the movie as well. Producers are André Rouleau, Don Carmody, Victoria Sanchez Mandryk, Valérie d’Auteuil and Inferno Pictures with executive producers Scott Mednick and Manuel Freedman. »
- Dave McNary
While Hollywood is loudly warring over Screening Room, another viewing revolution that promises to benefit indie cinema in particular has just arrived — Flix Premiere, which was launched April 4 in the U.K. and the U.S. by film producer and tech entrepreneur Martin Warner, will add more territories this summer.
Calling the service “a digital cineplex online and on-demand, where cinema meets the distributor,” Warner says that by combining “curated theatrical releases” with on-demand availability where viewers “pay per film, not with monthly subscriptions,” moviegoers will have “a single, simple destination where they can discover great new and old movies, especially indies.”
Warner notes that traditional theatrical distribution and programming models “are set up for blockbusters and primetime slots — and that’ll never change. And all the indies have, by comparison, very little marketing and placement. So we saw this as a great opportunity to try something new,
using the »
- Iain Blair
What does Jennifer Garner have in common with Lisa Simpson? That would be their love of playing the saxophone. Garner, 43, showcased her sax skills in a video posted on Vanity Fair Thursday, playing "Mary Had a Little Lamb." Adorably, she was nearly unable to finish after she started laughing. Garner had played saxophone in her school's marching band. She demonstrated her talent by playing country singer Hank Cochran's 1963 hit "Make the World Go Away" on the Donny & Marie show in 2000, when she played Romy opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt on the drama series Time of Your Life. The actress, who graces the cover of Vanity »
This one might hurt ’90s TV drama lovers particularly hard: in a recent interview with EW, actress Neve Campbell admitted she believes that the possibility of a return of the five Salinger siblings in Party of Five isn’t the best idea. Campbell confirmed that a return of the show is definitely not in the works, and nor — in her opinion — should it be.
“I don’t think that would make any sense,” she tells EW, laughing. “We’re all way older! That was a long time ago. We’ve all moved on, we all adore each other, and we’re still friends, but no, I don’t think that would make sense to do a reboot.”
Finally, someone with a little bit of reason in regards to the recent infatuation with reboots and sequel series. Although, Party of Five itself might be one of the least popular of the »
- Mitchel Broussard
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