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LazyTown firm bought by Turner Broadcasting

Children's television show created by Magnus Scheving sold in a deal valued at more than £15m

Turner Broadcasting has acquired the company behind LazyTown, the hit children's television show created by Magnus Scheving who also plays superfit action hero central character Sportacus, in a deal valued at more than £15m.

As part of the deal Turner, which owns channels including Cartoon Network and Boomerang, has also commissioned a new third series of LazyTown which should hit screens late next year.

LazyTown, which has something of a cult-following among four- to seven-year-olds and is broadcast in more than 100 countries in a dozen languages, is owned by Icelandic company Latibaer.

Under the terms of the deal Scheving will remain as chief executive of Latibaer and his management team will remain in place.

Production of the series will remain in Iceland, with Turner commissioning a new series of 26 30-minute episodes.

"We look forward
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The Karate Kid's Jackie Chan in The Spy Next Door, son Jaycee in Invisible Target

Secret agent Bob Ho faces his most challenging mission yet in action-comedy The Spy Next Door, now out on DVD and Blu-ray from Momentum Pictures.

Leading the cast is ultimate martial arts stunt-master Jackie Chan, who also stars in new UK cinema release The Karate Kid.

Starring alongside Chan is Amber Valletta (Hitch, Gamer), Katherine Boecher (Mad Men, Heroes), Billy Ray Cyrus (Hannah Montana), Aaron Shiver (Hamlet 2), George Lopez (Valentine's Day, Beverly Hills Chihuahua) and Magnús Scheving (Sportacus in Lazy Town).

While baby-sitting his girlfriend's three children, former secret agent Bob (Chan) is forced out of retirement when one of the kids accesses top secret information that places them all in danger.

But before he can take on the bad guys, he has to get three unruly youngsters to behave. Bob has to achieve the seemingly impossible without revealing his secret identity.

Directed by Brian Levant (Are We There Yet?
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Spy Next Door’ Functions as an Ultra-Lame Babysitter

Chicago – “The Spy Next Door” pairs a man who can’t speak English with three kids who can’t act. They’re forced to recite dialogue credited to three writers who are incapable of writing a single line of wit or originality. Worst of all, the film is directed by a man whose last halfway decent family flick was 1992’s “Beethoven.” Rarely has a mainstream release looked so much like Amateur Hour.

Over the last decade or so, director Brian Levant has specialized in making some of the most crass, annoying and audience-insulting films ever to be aimed at an audience under the age of 13 (they include “Jingle All the Way,” “Snow Dogs,” and the appropriately titled “Are We There Yet?”). The main reason I fell for “Beethoven” upon its initial release was because: a.) I was the age of its intended target audience, and b.) the film starred the woefully underrated Charles Grodin,
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The Spy Next Door (Lionsgate)

By Susan Granger - Jackie Chan is looking for a piece of the lucrative family market with this lame-brained comedy. He plays Bob Ho, a mild-mannered pen importer who moonlights as an undercover CIA agent. He.s just the kind of .honest. guy that his suburban single-mom neighbor Gillian (supermodel Amber Valleta) really wants in her life, but her three kids find him dull as dishwater.

So when Gilliam must leave town to care for a sick relative, boring Bob offers to watch over of her sullen, sarcastic teenage daughter Farren (Madeline Carroll), nerdy technophile son Ian (Will Shandley) and adorable four year-old Nora (Alina Foley) who loves to dress like a Princess, leaving the spy chores to his CIA colleagues (George Lopez, Billy Ray Cyrus) in the Albuquerque office.

Predictably, Bob proves to be totally incompetent around the house. But when Ian accidentally intercepts and downloads on his iPod
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Ready to Laugh (at) Jackie Chan’s The Spy Next Door Trailer?

From the guy who brought you “Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins” and “Are We There Yet?” comes Jackie Chan in … “The Spy Next Door”! It’s not just Jackie Chan, either, it’s Billy Ray Cyrus (you know, Hannah Montana’s dad?), George Lopez, and sexy supermodel turned (cinematic) mother of three Amber Valletta. Okay, so it’s basically a movie where Chan makes a fool of himself in the service of comedy, in the tradition of other movie tough guys like Vin Diesel, The Rock, Arnold, etc. You know the drill: tough guy learns that caring for a bunch of overly precocious (but adorable) kids is almost as tough as saving the world blah blah blah. While babysitting his neighbor’s children, a mild-mannered guy winds up having to fight off secret agents after one of the kids inadvertently downloads a secret code. Starring Jackie Chan, Lucas Till, Amber Valletta,
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