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How Hasbro Wants to Take the Financial Reins of its Movies Starting with ‘My Little Pony’

23 October 2014 12:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After spending the past seven years launching film franchises based on its toys and games like Transformers and G.I. Joe, and setting up other movies like “Monopoly,” “Candy Land” and “Risk,” Hasbro Studios is poised to take the next logical step: financing its own features.

The toymaker has launched Allspark Pictures — a clever nod to “Transformers” — through which it will fully fund and co-finance a slate of films. The projects that will inaugurate the banner are an animated “My Little Pony” movie, the first planned to play theatrically in 2017, and a live-action adaptation of animated series “Jem and the Holograms,” which will sing into theaters on Oct. 23, 2015. Universal will split “Jem’s” budget with Hasbro.

“We have a long history in film, and it’s become a very important part of our content strategy,” says Stephen Davis, president of Burbank-based Hasbro Studios. “We want to use great stories to activate our brands, »

- Marc Graser

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Sunday Quiz: Do You Know Your 90s Cartoons?

13 July 2014 3:24 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last week we took a trip back in time to the 1980s to test your knowledge of 80s cartoon villains, and we thought we’d jump forward a decade for this week’s quiz as we ask ‘Do You Know Your 90s Cartoons?’. Take the quiz below to see if you can name all fifteen 90s cartoons, and don’t forget to share your results and challenge your friends to best your score…

Question 1 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Gargoyles Freakazoid!

Question 2 Courage the Cowardly Dog Rocko's Modern Life CatDog

Question 3 Pinky and the Brain Animaniacs Tiny Toon Adventures

Question 4 Freakazoid! The Tick Earthworm Jim

Question 5 Rocko's Modern Life Cow and Chicken Ed, Edd, 'n' Eddy

Question 6 DuckTales Tiny Toon Adventures Darkwing Duck

Question 7 Dexter Bobby's World Dexter's Laboratory

Question 8 2 Stupid Dogs CatDog Dog City

Question 9 Batman: The Animated Series Batman Beyond The Adventures of Batman & Robin

Question 10 Hey Arnold! Arthur »

- Gary Collinson

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Script News: Avatar, Idolmaker, Cardboard

17 June 2014 11:57 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Avatar 2, 3, 4

James Cameron has confirmed which writers worked on which scripts for all three back-to-back "Avatar" sequels. After much work, the first screenplay is expected to be ready within weeks.

"Avatar 2" was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, "Avatar 3" was written by Josh Friedman, "Avatar 4" was written by Shane Salerno. James Cameron will score a co-writing credit on all three. Writer Steven Gould has also been involved with the process and has been tasked with writing the novelizations for each movie. [Source: The New York Times]

Idolmaker

MGM has hired Sascha Penn to pen the latest version of "The Idolmaker" remake which has Craig Brewer attached to direct and Justin Timberlake circling to star.

The original 1980 film followed the life of rock promoter/producer Bob Marcucci, who discovered the likes of Frankie Avalon and Fabian. [Source: Deadline]

Cardboard

Joe Ballarini ("Dance of the Dead") has been tapped to pen Fox Animation's upcoming »

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Joe Ballarini To Script Graphic Novel Adaptation ‘Cardboard’ For Fox Animation

17 June 2014 11:47 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Fox Animation is moving again on animated adaptation Cardboard. I’m hearing Dance of the Dead‘s Joe Ballarini has been tapped to adapt the graphic novel written by Earthworm Jim creator Doug TenNapel, which the studio optioned in 2012 with Epic‘s Chris Wedge attached to direct. Story tracks a young boy and his father who must battle cardboard monsters that magically come to life. Gotham Group and Tobey Maguire’s Material Pictures are producing. Ballarini previously scripted Atlantis 7 for Walden Media, Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps, and Gotham Group. He also sold spec Lockdown at Franklin High to Sony with Michael […] »

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The Visitor's Tom McCarthy Is Going Dino-Big With Adaptation Of Tommysaurus Rex

7 March 2014 3:40 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Actor-turned-filmmaker Tom McCarthy had one of the greatest directorial debuts of the modern age with 2003.s solid comedic drama The Station Agent, and though he only has two other films under his belt since (with one on the way), he.s a storyteller whose work is impossible to get enough of. His next project looks like it will take all the heart and emotion of his earlier works and will scale it up a bit by adding a huge dinosaur. McCarthy has signed on to write Universal.s long-gestating big screen adaptation of Tommysaurus Rex, the 2004 graphic novel from Earthworm Jim creator Doug TenNapel. McCarthy is crafting this story with John Bland while also considering taking over directorial duties, which would make this movie about as credible as it could get. Published by Image Comics, Tommysaurus Rex follows Ely, a young boy who goes to his grandfather.s house for »

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