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Newswire: Todd McFarlane’s making a new Spawn movie

Someone needs to tell John Leguizamo to pull his old “demon clown” make-up out of storage, because Spawn is coming back to theaters. Earlier this afternoon, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane—accompanied by his pal Kevin Smith—posted a Facebook Live video announcing that he’s just signed Blumhouse Productions and its founder, Jason Blum, to help him make a new movie based off of his hell-bound anti-hero.

The film would mark the first time McFarlane—who’s best known as a comics creator/guy who puts his name on gruesome action figures—will sit in the director’s chair. (Mark A.Z. Dippé directed the 1997 Spawn film, starring Leguizamo, Martin Sheen, and Michael Jai White.) According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is being pitched as a “low-budget horror movie,” which seems like a weird direction, given that one of the major appeals of Spawn is his crazy, effects-heavy ...
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Sc Films launches family animation 'Around The World In 80 Days'

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Exclusive: The Reef 2 team band for adaptation of Jules Verne novel.

London-based sales outfit Sc Films International, which specialises in family animation, has begun production on its latest project, Around The World In 80 Days, and will launch the title in the market at Cannes.

The animated feature is a loose adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic novel, which has been adapted for the big screen on numerous occasions, including notably in 1956 starring David Niven, and in 2004 starring Jackie Chan.

The latest version will be a 3D underwater adventure based on the characters from Sc Films’ previous productions The Reef: Shark Bait and The Reef 2: High Tide [pictured].

In the new film, a young fish sets off on an adventure guided by a wise old turtle. Along the way, he must learn to trust his instincts and his newly formed friendships to navigate his way through the chills of the Atlantic, the ships of
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Newswire: Spawn reboot sees Logan’s R rating, raises it a “dark R”

Comic book movies remain very much in vogue, so Todd McFarlane’s announced reboot of his Spawn franchise-in-the-making is really just a drop in the bucket. It doesn’t matter that there’s no real clamor for it, or that Mark A.Z. Dippé’s previous film made for an ignominious debut. Hey, if the X-Men franchise could right itself after X-Men: The Last Stand, then maybe McFarlane’s got a shot. At the very least, he really wants to do it, as evinced by his recent promotion of the undertaking at Emerald City Comic-Con.

Twitch recorded McFarlane playing to his Spawn devotees at the convention, where he revealed that his reboot will keep with the current trend of “dark” reimagining: “Listen, I’m going to paint it for you. The movie is going to be a dark R … If here’s PG-13 and here’s Deadpool and here’s ...
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Dane DeHaan Joins Voice Cast Of ‘The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island’

Dane DeHaan Joins Voice Cast Of ‘The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island’
Exclusive: Dane DeHaan, who has the title role in Luc Besson’s Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets and stars in the upcoming A Cure For Wellness, has just joined Martin Sheen and J.K. Simmons in the voice cast for animated feature The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island from Legacy Classics and Shout! Factory Kids. He will play the role of Joe, a handyman with a mysterious past. The film, directed by Dan Chuba, Mark Dippé and Anna Chi, also stars Joey King (Independe…
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Us Briefs: Open Road snaps up animation 'Spark'

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The distributor has acquired Us rights to the animation Spark, which Double Dutch International represents for sales at the Afm outside the Us with the exception of China and South Korea.

Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Stewart, Jessica Biel and newcomer Jace Norman star in the ToonBox Entertainment, Redrover Co, Shanghai Hoongman Technology Co, and Gulfstream Pictures.

Open Road Films plans an April 14, 2017, theatrical release on the space adventure inspired by the 16th century Chinese novel Journey To The West. Canadian Aaron Woodley directed.

Hoe Jin Ha, Hong Kim, Jay Hj Ahn and Daniel Woo served as executive producers alongside Gulfstream PicturesMike Karz and Bill Bindley.

Covert Media is fully financing, producing and will handle worldwide sales on Ya adaptation Need. Covert’s Elissa Friedman and Media Content Capital’s Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine serve as executive producers on the thriller about a social networking site. Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann will write and direct
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Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees

Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees
American Sniper,” “Big Hero 6,” “Birdman,” “The Lego Movie” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” have been nominated by the Motion Picture Sound Editors for the 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, to be held Feb. 15 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

The Mpse announced nominees in 20 categories Wednesday.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

Darren Aronofsky will receive the filmmaker award, and Skip Lievsay will receive the career achievement award.

The entire nominations list:

Feature Animation

Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Animation Studios
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‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations

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‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations
Hollywood’s sound pros nominated Birdman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for three awards apiece as the Motion Picture Sound Editors unveiled nods for its 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, honoring the best feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment work of the year.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

This year’s Golden Reels will additionally honor Noah director Darren Aronofsky with the Mpse’s annual Filmmaker Award. Oscar winner Skip Lievsay, known for his work
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The Reef 2: High Tide Review

Director: Mark A.Z. Dippé, Taedong Park.

Starring: Drake Bell, Andy Dick, Fran Drescher, Frankie Jonas, Busy Phillips, Donal Logue, Jamie Kennedy.

Running Time: 80 minutes

Certificate: U.

Synopsis: Troy (Donal Logue), the menacing shark from The Reef escapes from captivity and seeks revenge on hero Pi (Drake Bell) and the fishes of the reef. This time, Pi won’t be able to fight off Troy and his gang on his own and needs to train the others.

The sequel to The Reef remains consistent by reintroducing villain, Troy, from the first film. In this fishy sequel, the David and Goliath story continues, but as Troy brings back-up, Pi realises he’ll have to train the fishes of the reef to stand up for themselves and find their inner strength

The Reef 2: High Tide combines age appropriate humour to keep proceedings innocent for a younger audience with a healthy message about solidarity,
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Spawn (1997) Concept Art By Marc Gabbana

Artwork by Marc Gabbana Spawn - Tendrils Cape Concept - Offensive Weapon Arm Blades Active Mode - All Spike Functions Costume Concept - Alternate Muscle Forms Early Grappling Hook & Leg Spikes Designs Motorcycle Concepts Skull Grabber Cape Concept Head Spikes & Blades Concepts This live-action film based on the popular comic strip involves a CIA agent who dies in a botched operation and strikes a deal with the devil. Spawn (1997) - It was directed by Mark A.Z. Dippé, from a screenplay written by Alan B. McElroy. The cast included: Michael Jai White as Al Simmons/Spawn, John Leguizamo as Violator, Martin Sheen as Jason Wynn, Nicol Williamson as Cogliostro, Theresa Randle as Wanda Blake-Fitzgerald, D. B. Sweeney as Terry Fitzgerald, Melinda Clarke as Jessica Priest and Frank Welker as Malebolgia (voice). On a $40 million budget, the film grossed $87 million at the worldwide box office.
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Spawn Reboot Planned For 2014 Production

Every year we see numerous sequels that never should have gotten past the hypothetical conversation stage. Meanwhile, the more highly sought after sequels remain unproduced. Case in point: Todd McFarlane has spent years trying to develop a reboot or a sequel to Mark A.Z. Dippé.s clumsy big screen version of Spawn, the violent and darkly comedic comic book series that put McFarlane on the map. Recently interviewed by The Gate at the comic and toy convention Fan Expo, McFarlane once again gives fans hope that Spawn will soon rise from the grave, and that another film may go into production as early as next year. Cross your long gnarled fingers! .The reality is that I.ve got a lot of pressure,. McFarlane said. .They want me to deliver the script by the end of the year, which would basically mean we.d be shooting next year. So, that. ...
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Todd McFarlane Says Spawn Remake/Sequel Planned For 2014 Production

Every year we see numerous sequels that never should have gotten past the hypothetical conversation stage. Meanwhile, the more highly sought after sequels remain unproduced. Case in point: Todd McFarlane has spent years trying to develop a reboot or a sequel to Mark A.Z. Dippé.s clumsy big screen version of Spawn, the violent and darkly comedic comic book series that put McFarlane on the map. Recently interviewed by The Gate at the comic and toy convention Fan Expo, McFarlane once again gives fans hope that Spawn will soon rise from the grave, and that another film may go into production as early as next year. Cross your long gnarled fingers! .The reality is that I.ve got a lot of pressure,. McFarlane said. .They want me to deliver the script by the end of the year, which would basically mean we.d be shooting next year. So, that. ...
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Spawn Reboot Still In The Works With Animated Series Planned To Follow

If you remember director Mark A.Z. Dippé.s 1997 looser-than-a-goose adaptation of Todd McFarlane.s highly popular Spawn comic series, chances are it.s because of how utterly disappointing it was. Though Michael Jai White.s performance was notable enough, when you.re playing opposite Fat John Leguizamo Clown, it isn.t hard to look amazing in comparison. McFarlane has been talking about bringing Spawn.s hellacious universe back to cinema for years now, and now has rather excitedly reconfirmed this news. Speaking with MTV recently near a McFarlane Toys display at the Tia Toy Fair, McFarlane not only talked about the possibility of a multi-film Spawn franchise, but also of another animated series that isn.t only a possibility, but is actually already halfway finished. Just as he did when talking to Nerdist a couple years back, McFarlane once again mentioned the unnamed Academy Award-winning actor who is interested ...
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Todd McFarlane on New Spawn Film - Oscar-Winning Actor Attached

In 1997 Mark A.Z. Dippé released a film version of Todd McFarlane's forever popular franchise Spawn. It sucked. In fact, it sucked bad. Fingers were pointed, fans were disappointed, McFarlane vowed redemption... one day. But will that day ever come?

MTV recently caught up with McFarlane and asked if there had been any progress toward a new Spawn film. Mind you, this happens at least once or twice every year. So what's the story today?

"I continue writing pages here and there," says McFarlane. "I have a guy waiting in the sidelines, an Academy Award-winning actor. Every three weeks he’s on the phone going, ‘Todd, where’s the script? Todd, where’s the script?’ I can’t say who it is. He came out to the office. He gave me his pitch, and I gave him mine. The pitch I gave was that we could do ten of these
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Todd McFarlane Says Oscar-Winning Actor Is Attached To Imaginary ‘Spawn’ Remake

Todd McFarlane Says Oscar-Winning Actor Is Attached To Imaginary ‘Spawn’ Remake
I file Todd McFarlane’s Spawn remake in the same category as Clive Barker’s Tortured Souls: the “somebody needs to break the news to the creator that it’ll never happen” category. Having recently re-watched Mark A.Z. Dippé’s 1997 adaptation of McFarlane’s Image Comics creation, I’m the first to raise my hand demanding a redo (that movie, [...]
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Spawn Blu-ray Review

If there's a bright side to the disjointed, sloppy mess that was 1997's Spawn, the big-screen adaptation of the Todd McFarlane comic book, it's that it was a necessary step to get to the superhero film renaissance of today.

But oh my God is it a painful step.

Al Simmons (Michael Jai White) is a covert assassin working for a super-secret section of the U.S. government who wants to get out of the murder business. His boss, Jason Wynn (Martin Sheen) has other ideas. Having struck a deal with the demonic Clown (John Leguizamo), Wynn sets Simmons up to be killed so that he can be sent to hell and recruited to become Spawn, the general of Hell's eventual assault on the gates of Heaven.

Upon his return to Earth, five years later, Simmons tries to make reconnections to his previous life but sees that his beloved wife Wanda
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Exclusive: The Reef 2 Poster

Exclusive: The Reef 2 Poster
On August 28th, Arc Entertainment will release the animated sequel The Reef 2, which features the voices of Busy Philipps, Rob Schneider, Drake Bell, Donal Logue, Jamie Kennedy, and Frankie Jonas. We have the exclusive first-look at the poster, which reunites Pi and Cordelia as the meanest shark in the ocean, Troy, plans his revenge!

The reef... a tropical paradise underwater. If it weren't for the sharks! The meanest of them all, Troy, escapes a Navy research facility and returns to the reef pumped on steroids and rage. It's been a year since Pi, a little fish with a big heart, defeated Troy in battle and now it's time for revenge. Luckily for Pi, who now has a son with that pink dreamboat Cordelia, Troy and his shark gang arrive when the tide is low and the sharks are unable to enter the reef. A wild-eyed Troy swears he'll be back.
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Blood, Sweat and Latex: Confessions of a Career Make-Up Effects Artist

Shannon Shea has done special effects work on over sixty films. From Evil Dead II to Predator. From Dances With Wolves to Jurassic Park. From In the Mouth of Madness to Sin City. Every week he delves into his personal and professional history to tell the story of how he became a monster that makes monsters. So there I was, in a small conference room in Woodland Hills, California on a warm February afternoon in 2009. I knew that the meeting would go long, and I would have to spend at least an hour driving home to Los Angeles. Sitting next to me was Mark Dippe, Industrial Light and Magic alumnus and director of the movie Spawn, and across from me sat Dean Cundey, the guy that not only shot all of John Carpenter’s early movies, but also shot Jurassic Park and Back to the Future just to name a few. At
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Talkin' Trilogies - Issue #2 - The "Jurassic Park" Trilogy

Luke Owen charts the evolution of the 'Jurassic Park' trilogy...

Jurassic Park is a franchise that holds a special place in my heart having almost grown up with it. The first film is held up as one of Spielberg’s best but its sequels however did not fare as well. The second and third instalments were both financial successes but didn’t hold a torch to the brilliance of the original film nor did they receive the same critical success from professionals and fans alike. But with such a good jumping point, how did the sequels miss the mark?

To get to the bottom of all this, we must head back to 1989. Where a novelist turned filmmaker was working on an idea about DNA and dinosaurs...

Jurassic Park (Spielberg, 1993)

During the 70s and 80s, Michael Crichton had a fascination about man taking technology into their own hands with
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CG Animated "Zombie Pet Shop" Unleashed

The Animation Picture Company is set to develop the 3D animated feature "Zombie Pet Shop" reports Variety.

The story concerns a mysterious plague that sweeps through a mall pet shop, turning all of the animals into zombies. An ordinary pug must find the antidote that will save his four-legged friends, as well as the humans that might take them home.

E.L. Katz ("Autopsy," "Pop Skull") penned the original script which John Davis, Brian Manis, Ash Shah, Dan Chuba and Mark Dippe will produce.
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Spawn Reboot Details from Todd McFarlane

1997's Spawn was a decent film that still has its fans, but it never registered upon its initial release, and New Line Cinema never moved forward on a proposed sequel after lackluster VHS and DVD sales. Todd McFarlane, creator of the supernatural comic book upon which Spawn is based, has plans to bring the character back to the big screen with an Untitled Spawn Reboot. And for the first time, he has come forward to talk about his plans for the upcoming cinematic reintroduction of this popular superhero of sorts.

McFarlane, who is writing the screenplay, hopes to make a dark, low budget action film, and compares his vision to Alien and Jaws.

Here is what Todd had to say:

One of the things that happened is after the first movie came out I started the toy company and sort of got distracted. But these days, as you might imagine,
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