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3 items from 2012


Sony Animation Plans "Manimal" Feature

17 September 2012 9:39 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sony Pictures Animation has scored the movie rights to NBC's short-lived early 80's TV series "Manimal" with plans to turn it into a combination live-action/CG animated feature says Heat Vision.

Simon MacCorkindale ("Death on the Nile") starred in the campy original as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a wealthy doctor with a mysterious past, who can shape shift into any animal he chooses in order to help the police fight crime.

Melody Anderson ("Flash Gordon") and Michael D. Roberts ("Baretta") co-starred. Only eight episodes aired before the critically slammed show was cancelled, though it has since developed a cult following.

Glen A. Larson ("Magnum P.I.," "Knight Rider," "Battlestar Galactica") created the original show and will serve as producer on the film for which writers are currently being sought. The move follows Sony's announcement last month of a similar live-action/CG feature based on 80's sitcom "Alf". »

- Garth Franklin

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Flashback Review: The Ice Pirates (1984)

6 September 2012 5:04 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Do you ever feel like you just want to watch a bad movie? The problem, it seems, is that bad movies are almost always certain to be boring as well.  Thankfully, there is a solution to this dilemma; it's called The Ice Pirates. It's in the same sci-fi vein as Star Wars  but reeks from the influence of 80's pop culture. A more accurate label would be train crash. You just can't look away. 

What else can I say about this movie besides the fact that it is, to be perfectly honest, pretty horrible. The production values are equivalent to a late-night infomercial, the plot seems like it's trying to outrace itself, and any hint of acting is mere coincidence. Some of the jokes are meant for children, others are crude and directed at adults. "Major" characters appear and disappear at a whim, and nothing is ever explained. Therefore, confusion is the norm. »

- feeds@themoviepool.com (Rated: GSP)

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Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Clears Syndicated Sitcom Block For Fall ’12 Launch

21 May 2012 1:36 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, an independent producer and distributor of first-run syndicated TV programming, has sold its sitcoms The First Family and Mr. Box Office to Tribune, Weigel and CBS Television Station Groups as part of a two-hour primetime weekend comedy block. It has been cleared in more than 85% of the U.S. Entertainment Studios first shot pilots for the sitcoms, which are getting initial orders of 104 episodes each. They will run two half-hours each, back-to-back, to create a two-hour primetime block. Related: Comedy Series Starring Bill Bellamy Eying 100-Episode Order, Fall Launch The First Family is about an African-American family that resides in the White House. Its cast includes Christopher B. Duncan, Kellita Smith, Gladys Knight, Jackee Harry, John Witherspoon, Marla Gibbs, and Michael D. Roberts. Mr. Box Office is about one of the world’s biggest movie stars, who is sentenced to community service teaching English at »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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