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Fraggle Rock Movie Now Under New Ownership

1 November 2011 10:13 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Since 2005 we've been hearing rumours about a possible Fraggle Rock feature film from The Jim Henson Company, and although it has always seemed a bit hard to imagine, now that a new Muppets movie is about to hit theatres somehow it doesn't seem quite so crazy anymore. A few years ago, The Weinstein Company came on board as a distributor and hired director Cory Edwards (Hoodwinked!) to helm it. However, they have since let the rights lapse and now the project has changed hands. According to Deadline, New Regency have now acquired the rights to the Fraggle Rock movie -- yes, the same folks behind the wildly successful Alvin & The Chipmunks movies. But what does this mean for Cory Edwards and his vision of the film? At this point, even he doesn't know. Edwards had been struggling to get the project made for years but was met with much resistance from The Weinsteins. »

- Sean

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New Regency Takes On Troubled 'Fraggle Rock'; Cory Edwards Unsure If He's Still On Board

1 November 2011 7:28 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Can New Regency succeed where The Weinstein Company (gave up) and eventually failed? We'll soon see, as the rights to the long developing "Fraggle Rock" expired over at Harvey's house, with Deadline revealing that New Regency has picked up the reins in a project that is now starting over from scratch. The journey of "Fraggle Rock" to the big screen hasn't been an easy one. Writer/director Cory Edwards has been very vocal about his frustrations in working with the Weinsteins in adapting the beloved TV show. In the summer of 2010, he said " I am struggling to stay in… »

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‘Fraggle Rock’ Film Rights Now With New Regency

29 October 2011 2:28 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Jim Henson's hit '80s puppet TV series Fraggle Rock has been on the verge of moving to the big screen for several years. The Weinstein Company [1] had the rights, a director [2], and a distinct vision [3] of what they wanted, but years passed with very little movement [4] save for a few scattered rumors [5]. Deadline is now reporting the rights to the series reverted, were shopped around Hollywood, and went to the highest bidder: New Regency. They're the same company currently swimming in cash thanks to another Eighties family TV show turned film franchise: Alvin and the Chipmunks. Maybe "another day" is finally here. Read more after the break. According to Deadline [6], there's no word if Fraggle Rock will be developed as a live action puppet movie, such as Disney's upcoming The Muppets, or with CG characters, such as the Chipmunks films. Once that decision is made (one would guess »

- Germain Lussier

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Fraggle Rock Film Rights Acquired

29 October 2011 10:44 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Fraggle Rock For me Fraggle Rock was my reason for waking up as a kid and being ready for school. I'd shuffle out of bed, rocking my Batman slippers and head straight to the television set. Wipe the sleep from my eyes, dip into my delicious Grape Nuts and enjoy the puppet spectacle. A film version has been in talks for quite some time since the show went off the air in 1987, lasting four seasons. The Weinstein Company was the last company to close in on the property. They had even gone out and hired Corey Edwards to write and direct Jim Henson's beloved show, but nothing ever materialized. Exclusive: New Regency today acquired rights to turn the Jim Henson series Fraggle Rock into a feature film. The property was shopped and caught the interest of studios, before New Regency made the deal for a film that will be »

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Fraggle Rock Finds Home with New Regency

29 October 2011 10:31 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It is unclear at this time if Fraggle Rock will land on the big screen in its original incarnation, with popular characters Gobo, Wembley, Mokey, Boober and Red appearing as puppets. Or if New Regency, who recently acquired the rights to the property, will turn it into a live-action CGI mix, like their popular franchise Alvin and the Chipmunks, which continues this December with the third film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked.

New Regency acquired the property rights to Jim Henson's popular HBO family show yesterday, which originally ran for five seasons starting in 1983. The film has long been in the planning stages, and now, it will finally move forward.

Fraggle Rock revolves around a group of rock dwelling creatures who come in contact with human beings. They are at first believed to be aliens. There is no set start date for this potential family film franchise, but it »

- MovieWeb

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Fraggle Rock Movie Is Alive Again At New Regency

29 October 2011 9:54 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It wasn't that long ago that the chances of a Fraggle Rock movie making it to the big screen were dead (or at least mostly dead). The Weinstein Company had hired screenwriter Corey Edwards to write and direct the flick, but that version finally just whimpered out, leaving many to wonder whether the company would bother trying to mount a new version. Apparently that answer is no...but that doesn't mean no one else would. Deadline is reporting that New Regency has acquired the movie rights to Fraggle Rock, and the Fraggles have a pulse once more (do Muppets have pulses?). Given all the buzz that the upcoming new Muppet movie is generating, it's no surprise that somebody finally snatched up the Fraggle rights again. While Fraggle Rock was never as popular or widely known as the Muppets, it's still a beloved Jim Henson property, and Hollywood loves it some »

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‘Fraggle Rock’ Movie Rights Snatched by New Regency

29 October 2011 8:48 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Talk of a Fraggle Rock movie has been bouncing about for some time now. The last time we heard news on the proposed movie adaptation of Jim Henson’s long-running puppet-based HBO series, it appeared that Jake Shears and Babydaddy of The Scissor Sisters were being brought in to pen songs for the Weinstein Company, which was developing the project with Hoodwinked writer/director Cory Edwards …to little avail. But now Deadline has announced that New Regency has bought the rights for Fraggle Rock at auction, with no further mention of the Weinsteins or Edwards.

The Jim Henson Company and the Montecito Picture Company are set to produce the film, helping New Regency, the studio behind In Time and Love & Other Drugs, expand the kid-friendly side of their business, which got a jump start with the Alvin & The Chipmunk movies. It may be Regency’s involvement in the latter that »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Blu-Ray Review: Horrible ‘Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil’

22 August 2011 12:14 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Rarely has a theatrical kids movie been more of a complete disaster than “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD. The film was such a train wreck that it sat on the shelf for years and was unceremoniously dumped in theaters in early 2011 with nearly no marketing and no promotion. The film barely crested $10 million at the domestic box office (only 20% of the original’s take) and I feel sorry for those paying customers. This is a truly soulless, horrendous piece of animated filmmaking, one of the worst films of 2011.

Blu-Ray Rating: 1.0/5.0

Synopsis:

“The good … the bad … the Twitchy. The sequel finds our heroine, Red (Hayden Panettiere), training with a mysterious covert group called the Sisters of the Hood. But Red is forced to cut her training short when she gets an urgent call from Nick Flippers (David Ogden Stiers), the head of the super secret Happily Ever After Agency, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 10 ‘Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil’ DVDs With Hayden Panettiere

21 August 2011 4:19 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In our latest comedy/animation/family edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: DVD, we have 10 DVDs up for grabs in advance of the home entertainment release of “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil” with Hayden Panettiere!

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil” debuted on DVD on Aug. 16, 2011. The film also stars Glenn Close, Patrick Warburton, Martin Short, Amy Poehler, Joan Cusack, Bill Hader, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, David Ogden Stiers, Cory Edwards, Brad Garrett, Andy Dick, David Alan Grier and Phil Lamarr from director Mike Disa and writers Cory Edwards and Todd Edwards.

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Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil” debuted on DVD on Aug. 16, 2011.

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil Blu-Ray Review And Giveaway

20 August 2011 10:04 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

The Hoodwinked franchise hasn't really managed to take off like a lot of other animated ventures, and that's something of a shame really, because both films deliver for the target audience. We've gotten to a point in the theatrical release world where, because there have been so many releases that work wonderfully for both children and adults, that all films have to in order to be given a fair share of credit. I think it's gone wrong there really.

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, let's face it, isn't especially entertaining for adults. It plays the game to a certain degree, with a few lines that aren't really going to make sense to the youngest audiences, but it's actually geared fully toward younger humor and/or sensibilities, with the main laughs by way of crashing or falling, and the story spelled out rather simplistically.

Why that should necessarily be counted as a negative is somewhat confusing, »

- Marc Eastman

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Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil DVD Review

15 August 2011 6:30 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Movie Pool fractures the fairy tale Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil on DVD!

DVD Specs

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 anamorphic

Running Time: 87 minutes

Rating: PG

Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired, Spanish

Special Features: The Voices of Hoodwinked Too, Music Videos: Hayden Panettiere "I Can Do It Alone," Lavay Cole "You Know It," CeeJ "Perfect Two," Storyboards, Production Artwork, Game Trailers.

The Set-up

After Hansel and Gretel are kidnapped by a mysterious witch, Red Riding Hood and the Happily Ever After Agency go on a rescue mission.

Director: Mike Disa

Screenplay: Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards, Tony Leech and Mike Disa

The Delivery

I think I can best describe Hoodwinked Too by quoting a much better children's film, The Wizard of Oz. This animated sequel is a "clinking, clanking, clattering collection of caliginous junk." Rather than relying on a story with some sort of theme or moral, »

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Blu Monday: Muppets, Bowling Balls, and Lots of Guns!

14 August 2011 9:00 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Agent 8 3/4 (1964)

Directed by: Ralph Thomas

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Sylva Koscina, Robert Morley

Synopsis: Unemployed Czech-speaking writer Nicholas Whistler thinks he’s got a job visiting Prague for a bit of industrial espionage. In fact he is now in the employ of British Intelligence. His pretty chauffeuse on arrival behind the Iron Curtain, Comrade Simonova, is herself a Czech agent. Just as well she’s immediately attracted to 007′s unwitting replacement. [highdefdigest.com]

Special Features: Unknown.

Armed And Dangerous (1986)

Directed by: Mark L. Lester

Starring: John Candy, Eugene Levy, Meg Ryan, Robert Loggia

Synopsis: Dooley, a cop wrongly sacked for corruption, teams up with a useless defense lawyer in their new careers… as security guards. When the two are made fall guys for a robbery at a location they are guarding, the pair begin to investigate corruption within the company and their union. »

- Travis Keune

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press release of the week: All Star Voice Cast Lines Up For Animated Family Feature Escape From Planet Earth

7 August 2011 5:30 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

This actually might not be a terrible movie, so why do they go out of their way to make it sound like it will be? (emphasis mine) For immediate release: All Star Voice Cast Lines Up For Animated Family Feature Escape From Planet Earth Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Rob Corddry, James Gandolfini and Craig Robinson Provide The Character Voices In This Fun-Filled Alien Break-Out Tale New York, NY August 2, 2011 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Rainmaker Entertainment announced today the all-star voice cast for Escape From Planet Earth which includes Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Rob Corddry, James Gandolfini and Craig Robinson. The 3D animated family comedy is currently in full production. The announcement was made today by Donna Gigliotti, TWC’s President of Production, and Catherine Winder, President and Executive Producer, Rainmaker Entertainment. Both Gigliotti and Winder serve as producers on the animated feature film. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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All Star Voice Cast Lines Up For TWC’s Animated Family Feature Escape From Planet Earth

2 August 2011 1:22 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Rob Corddry,

James Gandolfini and Craig Robinson Provide The Character Voices In This Fun-Filled Alien Break-Out Tale

New York, NY August 2, 2011 . The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Rainmaker Entertainment announced today the all-star voice cast for Escape From Planet Earth which includes Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Rob Corddry, James Gandolfini and Craig Robinson. The 3D animated family comedy is currently in full production.

The announcement was made today by Donna Gigliotti, TWC.s President of Production, and Catherine Winder, President and Executive Producer, Rainmaker Entertainment. Both Gigliotti and Winder serve as producers on the animated feature film.

Escape From Planet Earth is directed by Cal Brunker, best known for his work on the animated feature films Despicable Me, 9 and Horton Hears A Who! Producers Gigliotti and Winder are joined by Rainmaker.s Luke Carroll as a producer on the film. TWC »

- Michelle McCue

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Brendan Fraser and Sarah Jessica Parker Lead Escape from Planet Earth Voice Cast

2 August 2011 10:17 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Rainmaker Entertainment announced today the all-star voice cast for Escape from Planet Earth which includes Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Rob Corddry, James Gandolfini and Craig Robinson. The 3D animated family comedy is currently in full production.

The announcement was made today by Donna Gigliotti, TWC's President of Production, and Catherine Winder, President and Executive Producer, Rainmaker Entertainment. Both Donna Gigliotti and Catherine Winder serve as producers on the animated feature film.

Escape from Planet Earthis directed by Cal Brunker, best known for his work on the animated feature films Despicable Me, 9 and Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! Producers Donna Gigliotti and Catherine Winder are joined by Rainmaker's Luke Carroll as a producer on the film. TWC Co-Chairmen Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein are executive producers. The film was written by Cal Brunker and Bob Barlen based on an original screenplay »

- MovieWeb

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Animated Film 'Escape From Planet Earth' Gets Voice Cast

2 August 2011 8:35 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

New York, NY August 2, 2011 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Rainmaker Entertainment announced today the all-star voice cast for Escape From Planet Earth which includes Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Rob Corddry, James Gandolfini and Craig Robinson. The 3D animated family comedy is currently in full production. The announcement was made today by Donna Gigliotti, TWC’s President of Production, and Catherine Winder, President and Executive Producer, Rainmaker Entertainment. Both Gigliotti and Winder serve as producers on the animated feature film. Escape From Planet Earth is directed by Cal Brunker, best known for his work on the animated feature films Despicable Me, 9 and Horton Hears A Who! Producers Gigliotti and Winder are joined by Rainmaker’s Luke Carroll as a producer on the film. TWC Co-Chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein are executive producers. The film was written by Cal Brunker and Bob Barlen based on an original screenplay by Tony Leech and Cory Edwards. »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Scissor Sisters to score new Fraggle Rock movie

15 June 2011 3:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jake Shears and Babydaddy will oversee music for delayed film of Jim Henson's much-loved 80s TV show

Scissor Sisters have been commissioned to dance their cares away, composing the soundtrack to the forthcoming Fraggle Rock movie. Frontman Jake Shears and multi-instrumentalist Babydaddy will reportedly write songs for the film of Jim Henson's classic TV series.

News of the band members' involvement came from their Us publisher, Spirit Music, which signed a deal with the Jim Henson Company. "By working with [Henson] right from the start it means we can make music an integral part of the film," Spirit's managing director told MusicWeek. "[We can make it] as important and as emotionally effective as the film-making."

One of the most beloved TV shows of the 80s, Fraggle Rock ran from 1983 to 1987, followed by one season as a cartoon. In 2006, Ahmet Zappa, son of Frank Zappa, was commissioned to write a film adaptation. Producers at »

- Sean Michaels

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Scissor Sisters to score new Fraggle Rock movie

15 June 2011 3:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Jake Shears and Babydaddy will oversee music for delayed film of Jim Henson's much-loved 80s TV show

Scissor Sisters have been commissioned to dance their cares away, composing the soundtrack to the forthcoming Fraggle Rock movie. Frontman Jake Shears and multi-instrumentalist Babydaddy will reportedly write songs for the film of Jim Henson's classic TV series.

News of the band members' involvement came from their Us publisher, Spirit Music, which signed a deal with the Jim Henson Company. "By working with [Henson] right from the start it means we can make music an integral part of the film," Spirit's managing director told MusicWeek. "[We can make it] as important and as emotionally effective as the film-making."

One of the most beloved TV shows of the 80s, Fraggle Rock ran from 1983 to 1987, followed by one season as a cartoon. In 2006, Ahmet Zappa, son of Frank Zappa, was commissioned to write a film adaptation. Producers at »

- Sean Michaels

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Fraggle Rock is still in the works, will feature music from Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears and Babydaddy

13 June 2011 10:49 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

It's been nearly a year since we last reported on the feature film version of Fraggle Rock. Director Cory Edwards (Hoodwinked!) went on a very understandable rant last June, upset about the fact that super producer siblings the Weinsteins felt his Fraggle Rock script wasn't quite "edgy" enough. The future of the project was then called into question as Edwards had the following to say on his website a few months ago: "Many, many, many of you have repeatedly asked for »

- George Merchan

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‘Fraggle Rock’ Movie Still Possible, With Music From Members of The Scissor Sisters

13 June 2011 8:15 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The trailer for The Muppets was a bit underwhelming, but it was written by and stars Jason Segel, so I’m hoping for the best. For awhile it looked like a film version of Jim Henson‘s even-weirder Fraggle Rock might happen. And then it wasn’t happening. The last time we heard anything was from Hoodwinked writer/director Cory Edwards, who seemed to be butting heads with the Weinsteins over his vision of an “older-skewing, edgier movie,” (which actually sounds awesome, since Fraggle Rock was always one of the strangest damn things I remember from my childhood). This was apparently the last word:

There’s nothing to report except that The Weinstein Company has everything they need to move forward, and the ball is in their court. They’ve talked about getting a new writer, which I’m willing to do. They’ve talked about starting over from scratch, »

- Anthony Vieira

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