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Sony Pictures Animation, which has fallen on hard times in recent years, highlighted diversity and female empowerment as part of its comeback at Wednesday’s slate preview in Culver City. The biggest news was confirmation that Miles Morales, the mixed race web-slinging teen (African-American and Hispanic), will star in the untitled “Spider-Man” feature coming December 21, 2018.
Morales, created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli to succeed the late Peter Parker in the comics, has already become a TV animation staple on Disney Xd’s “Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors” (initially voiced by Donald Glover).
The animated “Spider-Man” marks a return to Spa for Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”), who directed “The Lego Movie” and are currently making the “Han Solo” standalone “Star Wars” feature.
In a pre-recorded video message from London, Lord said, “What inspired us the most is that anyone can wear the mask. »
- Bill Desowitz
Smurfs: The Lost Village, the third entry in the animated Smurfs film franchise, already has a teaser trailer, and now it has a Julia Roberts, too. According to /Film, Sony Pictures Animation has announced more cast members for the movie about tiny blue creatures, including Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper, and Modern Family’s Ariel Winter. Roberts will play SmurfWillow, leader of the Lost Village, a mysterious new land sought out by Smurfette (Demi Lovato), Brainy (Danny Pudi), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer, replacing Anton Yelchin, who died this summer), and Hefty (Joe Manganiello). But the evil wizard Gargamel (Rainn Wilson) also seeks the Lost Village.
The story is based on The Smurfs comic book series, and director Kelly Asbury, who also voices Nosey in the film, said he wanted to return to the look of the original Pierre Culliford comics. Smurfs: The Lost Village also stars Gordon »
- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
Born in Culver City, Calif., Gautier quickly helped Hymie make an impression in the 1960s spy spoof. Despite the fact that he only appeared in six episodes over four seasons, Gautier’s deadpan delivery helped the robot become a memorable fan favorite.
Gautier was also well known in the theater community for playing Conrad Birdie in the original production of “Bye, Bye Birdie” in 1960. The production, which also starred Dick Van Dyke, earned Gautier a Tony nomination.
Younger audiences may know Gautier for his voice work. He played Rodimus Prime and Hot Rod in the ’80s “Transformers” cartoon »
- Alex Stedman
According to his rep, Christopher died at 5:10 a.m. Pt on Saturday morning with his wife nearby. Christopher’s son, John Christopher, told ABC that the actor died from a non-small cell lung carcinoma at his home in Pasadena, California, on Saturday.
According to his rep, Christopher was diagnosed with cancer a year and a half ago. He had begun a new treatment about a month ago but his health deteriorated “about a week ago. »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
William Christopher, best known for his role as Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H, has died. He was 84 years old.
Per ABC, the actor passed away on Saturday from lung cancer at his home in Pasadena, Calif.
In addition to his 11-season run on M*A*S*H (and later, the short-lived After M*A*S*H), Christopher’s TV credits included roles on Hogan’s Heroes, Gomer Pyle: Usmc and The Love Boat. He also lent his voice to the 1980s Smurfs. He most recently guest-starred on 11 episodes of Days of Our Lives in 2012.
Christopher leaves behind a wife, »
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