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ABC boss discusses The Jetsons live-action series

Back in August of last year it was announced that ABC has given the green light to a pilot episode of The Jetsons, a live-action adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera animated series from executive producers Robert Zemeckis, Gary Janetti and Jack Rapke.

During the Television Critics Association press tour, ABC’s Channing Dungey has confirmed to SlashFilm that the show will be shot in front of a live-action audience, but there are plans to incorporate visual effects in order to create the Jetsons’ vision of 100 years into the future:

“That is what I’m really looking forward to hearing,” said Dungey. “The team has already had a number of conversations with Zemeckis and the rest of the group. They have some really good ideas about how they want to pull that off. I have not yet been part of those conversations because I haven’t seen the script yet. They
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The Jetsons live-action series ordered by ABC

There’s been talk of a live-action Jetsons for about as long as I can remember, and now it finally looks like it’s set to become a reality.

EW is reporting that ABC has placed a put pilot order for a live-action TV adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon, which is being written by Gary Janetti, who also executive produces alongside Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke.

Set 100 years into the future, the multi-camera comedy will “look at America’s favourite future family through a modern filter.” Given that it has a put pilot order, it’s very likely that The Jetsons will make it to series, or the network will face penalties.

The Jetsons originally ran on ABC between 1962 and 1963, with an animated feature Jetsons: The Movie released in 1990. A new animated movie is also in development at Warner Bros. under Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sausage Party
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‘The Jetsons’ Live-Action Series in the Works at ABC

‘The Jetsons’ Live-Action Series in the Works at ABC
A “Jetsons” live-action series has scored a put pilot order at ABC, Variety has learned.

Based on the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon, the series would be a multi-cam sitcom set 100 years in the future that follows the exploits of the Jetson family.

Robert Zemeckis will executive produce along with Jack Rapke via their Compari Entertainment banner. Gary Janetti, who has written for and produced shows like “Family Guy” and “Will & Grace,” will write and executive produce. Compari’s Jackie Levine will serve as a co-executive producer. Warner Bros. Television will produce in association with Nickelby Inc. and Compari.

The original “Jetsons” animated series aired for 24 episodes on ABC from 1962-1963 in primetime as a futuristic counterpart to the pre-historic animated sitcom “The Flintstones.” It followed George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy Jetson along with their robot maid Rosie and family dog Astro. The series was later revived by Hanna-Barbera in 1985 in syndication with 41 new episodes being produced. The
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Warner Bros. developing a live-action Jetsons TV series

According to TV Line, Warner Bros. is in development on a live-action version of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon series The Jetsons.

The site reports that Family Guy executive producer Gary Janetti has been brought in to shepherd the project, described as a multi-camera comedy, and will also serve as an executive producer alongside Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke. It is expected to be shopped to interested broadcast and cable networks in the coming weeks.

In addition to the series, Warner is also working on an animated Jetsons feature film, having tapped Conrad Vernon (Monsters vs. Aliens, Sausage Party) to develop.

The Jetsons originally ran on ABC between 1962 and 1963, with an animated feature Jetsons: The Movie released in 1990. It follows the space age adventures of the titular family, led by father George, along with wife Jane, children Judy and Elroy, household robot Rosie and family dog Astro.
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Sausage Party director developing The Jetsons animated movie

THR is reporting that Warner Bros. has tapped Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sausage Party) to develop its animated big screen take on the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Jetsons.

Spurred on by the success of The Flintstones, The Jetsons followed the misadventures of the space age family led by father George, along with wife Jane, children Judy and Elroy, household robot Rosie and family dog Astro. It ran on ABC between 1962 and 1963, with an animated feature Jetsons: The Movie released in 1990.

Several studios have tried to launch a live-action take on The Jetsons, with the rights passing between Paramount, Universal and current holders Warner Bros., with directors such as Adam Shankman and Robert Rodriguez attached at various points.

This latest animated adaptation was first announced back in January of 2015, when Warner Bros. hired Matt Lieberman (Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief) to pen a screenplay.
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Time to Step Up Your Binge-Watching Game - Netflix Is Expiring These Titles in May

It's that time again. Netflix has announced the titles it's getting rid of in May, and we're pretty bummed. Not only is Scrubs getting, well, scrubbed from the catalog, but we also have to say goodbye to nostalgic gems like Step Up, The Wedding Planner, and the entire Jurassic Park franchise. At least we have some fresh new movies and shows coming our way. May 1 11 Blocks Alfie Bang Bang! Black Mamba: Kiss of Death Cujo Doomsdays Fantastic Four FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue Flicka: Country Pride Garfield's Fun Fest Invincible Jetsons: The Movie Jurassic Park III Jurassic Park The Lost World: Jurassic Park Paulie Samurai Headhunters Stephen King's Thinner Tales From the Darkside: The Movie The Doors The Real Beauty and the Beast The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz The Sons of Katie Elder The Wedding Planner Things We Lost in the Fire To Catch a Thief Treblinka: Hitler's Killing Machine
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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In November 2016, Including ‘Boyhood’ and ‘The Jungle Book’

7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In November 2016, Including ‘Boyhood’ and ‘The Jungle Book’
Next month, Netflix has a wide variety of films — modern to classic, animated to live action, Oscar winners to romantic comedies — and we’ve picked seven that you should watch once they’re made available on the streaming service. Enjoy.

1. “Under the Sun” (available November 11)

Directed by Vitaly Manski, the documentary follows a year in the life of a family in Pyongyang, North Korea as their eight-year-old daughter, Zin-mi, prepares to join the Korean Children’s Union on the Day of the Shining Star.

2. “The Ivory Game” (available November 14)

Directed by Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, the documentary sheds a light on the seedy underbelly of elephant poaching in Africa and black market ivory trading in China.

Read More: ‘The Ivory Game,’ Produced By Leonardo DiCaprio, Is a Shocking Look at an Underground Marketplace — Telluride Review

3. “Just Friends” (available November 14)

On a lighter note, who
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The Jetsons set for new big screen animated film

Over the last few years we have seen many classic cartoons getting the big screen treatment, with Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones and Yogi Bear all getting their own films. Now it looks like classic Hanna-Barbera family The Jetsons may be getting their own feature film in animated from.

Rumoured for many years now, Deadline is reporting today that Warner Bros. is planning to move forward with a fully animated feature. According to the report, Matt Lieberman (Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief) is set to write the screenplay for the new adventure.

The original version of the cartoon followed the huge success of The Flintstones, and aired on ABC from September 1962 to March 1963. The family were last seen in the 1990 animated feature Jetsons: The Movie, which was directed by Hanna and Barbera.

Lieberman is currently working on bringing a few well-known franchise back to life, including the remake of Short Circuit,
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The Jetsons animated movie in the works at Warner Bros

The Jetsons animated movie in the works at Warner Bros
The Jetsons is being adapted into a feature length film by Warner Bros.

The studio has hired Disney's Matt Lieberman to write the movie script, according to Deadline.

The Jetsons was set in the year 2062 and centered on George, Jane, Judy and Elroy Jetson along with Rosie the Robot.

The children's show ran on ABC from September 1962 to March 1963. It returned to screens in the 1980s.

It will be the second time the space-age cartoon has appeared on the big screen. Jetsons: The Movie, which was released in 1990, was directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and featured original voice artists George O'Hanlon and Mel Blanc.

There is no release date for the adaptation as yet.
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Actress Martha Stewart May Still Be Alive Despite Two-Year-Old Reports to the Contrary

Martha Stewart: Actress / Singer in Fox movies apparently not dead despite two-year-old reports to the contrary (Photo: Martha Stewart and Perry Como in 'Doll Face') According to various online reports, including Variety's, actress and singer Martha Stewart, a pretty blonde featured in supporting roles in a handful of 20th Century Fox movies of the '40s, died at age 89 of "natural causes" in Northeast Harbor, Maine, on February 25, 2012. Needless to say, that was not the same Martha Stewart hawking "delicious foods" and whatever else on American television. But quite possibly, the Martha Stewart who died in February 2012 -- if any -- was not the Martha Stewart of old Fox movies either. And that's why I'm republishing this (former) obit, originally posted more than two and a half years ago: March 11, 2012. Earlier today, a commenter wrote to Alt Film Guide, claiming that the Martha Stewart featured in Doll Face, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now,
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The top 50 robots and AI computers in the movies

They can be clanking or lithe, as big as a planet or as small as a puppy. Here’s our list of cinema's 50 finest robots and AI computers…

Who doesn’t love robots? Our metal friends have long been a source of inspiration, wonder and fear for filmmakers and audiences. A way to examine our own humanity, and view emotions – or lack of them – from a new perspective, artificial intelligence has been in films for almost as long as we’ve been making them. We seem drawn to them, more often that not casting them as our creations gone rogue and seeking to rise up against us, but sometimes as tragic figures wanting to be more like us. Either way, they’re fascinating, and pretty damn cool.

50. Sonny – I, Robot

Brought to artificial life by the brilliant Alan Tudyk, Sonny is the robot at the heart of the Will Smith blockbuster,
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This Weekend in Box Office History: Comparisons for July 2-4, 2010

Here's a look back at past weekends comparable to June 2-4, 2010: 5 Years Ago - 2005 War of the Worlds stormed the box office with a $64.9 million first weekend at 3,908 locations, bringing its five-day opening to $100.6 million. At the time, it posted the second highest-grossing Independence Day weekend ever, though it didn't have the attendance impact of the holiday's previous alien invasion movie, Independence Day in 1996. The releases of the previous weekend and new entry Rebound were so weak that Batman Begins and Mr. & Mrs. Smith placed a distant second and third, respectively. * Weekend Report: 'War of the Worlds' Booms on Independence Day Weekend 10 Years Ago - 2000 The Perfect Storm blew into the top spot with $41.3 million at 3,407 locations, blasting past The Patriot, which was timed for the holiday and made $22.4 million at 3,061 locations ($31.7 million since its Wednesday start). Patriot might have paled compared to the harrowing disaster movie,
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This Week on DVD: Jcvd, Bride Wars, Martyrs

If you're planning on doing some DVD shopping this week, you're essentially looking at some mediocre theatrical releases from January and a handful of genre flicks to choose from. In addition to Bride Wars and Hotel for Dogs, there is the A Tale of Two Sisters remake The Uninvited, the controversial Martyrs, direct-to-dvd Mma action flick Never Surrender, plus the festival favourite Jcvd starring (you guessed it!) Jean Claude Van-Damme. Also hitting stores today is the animated feature Jetsons: The Movie, the first two volumes of the '90s X-Men animated series, and on Blu-ray, Season 1 of Star Trek: The Original Series. See anything worth picking up? Jcvd [1] (DVD, Blu-ray [2]) Bride Wars [3] (DVD, Blu-ray [4]) The Uninvited [5] (DVD, Blu-ray [6]) Hotel for Dogs [7] (DVD, Blu-ray [8]) What Doesn't Kill You [9] (DVD, Blu-ray [10]) Martyrs [11] Nothing But The Truth [12] Never Surrender [13] Sex & Lies in Sin City [14] While She Was Out [15] What's Up Scarlet? [16] Legally Blondes
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