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Watch T.J. Miller Get Emotional in His Emoji Movie Audition Video

18 July 2016 2:53 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

You may or may not have known that yesterday, July 17, was World Emoji Day. It seems that Silicon Valley star T.J. Miller spent this day auditioning for a number of different Emoji characters in Sony Pictures Animation's EmojiMovie: Express Yourself, as you can see in a new video. After a lengthy audition process, T.J. Miller landed the role of Gene.

While we don't know much about Gene, Sony Pictures Animation revealed on YouTube that he auditioned for "every emoji" before landing the voice of this main character. EmojiMovie: Express Yourself will offer a surprising and comic take on the secret world of our phones and the beloved characters that have become daily necessities in global interpersonal communication. The feature, targeting an August 2017 theatrical release, is directed by Anthony Leondis, produced by Michelle Raimo Kouyate, and written by Anthony Leondis & Eric Siegel.

We first reported on this project almost exactly one year ago, »

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‘Silicon Valley’s T.J. Miller Joins Sony Animation’s ‘Emojimovie’

17 July 2016 10:14 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Sony Animation today announced that T.J. Miller is set for the lead role in Emojimovie: Express Yourself, and released a humorous “audition tape.” The Anthony Leondis-directed pic, produced by Michelle Raimo Kouyate, “reveals the Secret World inside your phone. It's a world where Emojis come alive (when they're not being texted) and journey through Apps, each one its own wild and fun world, to get to their ultimate destination: The Cloud.&#8221… »

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Emoji Movie and Spider-Man Headline Sony's 2017-2018 Animation Slate

20 June 2016 5:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In a move signaling an expansion of its output and increased year-round production across multiple platforms, Sony Pictures Animation announced today its slate through 2018 which includes five theatrical features, three television series and one direct-to-video movie. These projects include the previously-announced Spider-Man Animated Movie and the new Emoji movie, which is now entitled EmojiMovie: Express Yourself. Here's what Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation, had to say in her statement.

"We are meaningfully stepping up our level of production, while creating an environment that fosters the best talent. Our goal is to enlarge our presence in the animation landscape with a uniquely diverse slate, and our strategy to get there is to let artists drive the movies creatively."

Sony Pictures Animation's slate includes a diverse mix of originals and franchises, some previously announced, each with its own unique style and tone, underscoring the Studio's pledge to develop projects aimed »

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'Spider-Man' and 'Ghostbusters' loom large in the plans of Sony Pictures Animation

20 June 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sony Pictures Animation has always been the red-headed stepchild of studio animation arms. They’ve had a few big hits, a few mid-sized hits, and they’ve done a very good job of squeezing every possible penny out of the direct-to-video market with sequels to some of their titles. In the press release they sent out today, Sony made it clear that they’re doubling down on animation. Kristine Belson is the president of Sony Animation, answering directly to Tom Rothman, and she talked about letting artists drive the films they’re planning to make. It’s a pretty safe list overall, with an emphasis on pre-existing properties, and I have a hard time getting my head around how anyone is even remotely artistically moved by the idea of an Emoji movie. Some of the titles had already been announced, but there are new details on those, and some of the announcements were brand-new. »

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Sony Pictures Animation Announces 2017 & 2018 Slate, Plus Animated 'Spider-man' Finds A Director

20 June 2016 2:33 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

In a move signaling an expansion of its output and increased year-round production across multiple platforms, Sony Pictures Animation announced today its slate through 2018 which includes five theatrical features, three television series and one direct-to-video movie.

Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation, says:

"We are meaningfully stepping up our level of production, while creating an environment that fosters the best talent. Our goal is to enlarge our presence in the animation landscape with a uniquely diverse slate, and our strategy to get there is to let artists drive the movies creatively."

Tom Rothman, Chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, adds:

"I could not be more proud of the way Kristine Belson has rebuilt Sony Pictures Animation into the boldest home for animation in the industry."

Sony Pictures Animation's slate includes a diverse mix of originals and franchises, some previously announced, each with its own unique style and tone, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Sony Animation lines up 'Spider-Man', 'Hotel Transylvania 3'

20 June 2016 7:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sony Pictures Animation on Monday afternoon unveiled a blockbuster film and television slate through 2018 that made no secret of the properties the studio values most highly.

The multi-platform roster includes features of Spider-Man,  Emojimovie and new instalments in the Hotel Transylvania and Smurfs franchises, as well as a TV outing for Ghostbusters.

Emojimovie: Express Yourself will open in August 2017 and explores the world of the characters beloved by cell phone users. Anthony Leondis directs from a screenplay he wrote with Eric Siegel. Michelle Raimo Kouyate produces.

Smurfs: The Lost Village is earmarked for April 7, 2017. Kelly Asbury directs from a screenplay by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon based on the characters and works of Peyo. Jordan Kerner produces and the voice cast includes Demi Lovato, Jack McBrayer, Joe Manganiello, Danny Pudi, Rainn Wilson and Mandy Patinkin.

Christmas story The Star (working title) is being made in association with The Jim Henson Company and set for December 8, 2017. Timothy Reckart directs »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sony's Emoji Movie Hits A Trademark Problem

1 June 2016 7:01 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Labelled as yet another example of 'the end of civilization' in some social media posts, it looks like Sony Pictures' proposed 'Emoji Movie' may have hit a snag. THR reports that Marco Husges, a former video game executive who lives in Germany, seems to have all the merchandise trademarks for emojis.

First created by mobile-phone operators in Japan in the late 1990s, Husges doesn't own the rights to the digital icons on phones and social media. However, as founder of The Emoji Co. he has created more than 3,000 of his own icons and trademarked and licensed them for use on an array of merchandise.

Husges claims to be surprised that Sony Pictures Animation announced "The Emoji Movie" dated for August 2017. Sony filed applications for dozens of trademarks in connection with its project in October, trademarks which have since been rejected.

Husges tells the trade: "I am curious how Sony would »

- Garth Franklin

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