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Skydance’s Steps Big Into Animation: ‘Split’ And ‘Luck’ Coming From Top Notch Ani Filmmakers

31 July 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Skydance Media doesn’t fool around. The company has pegged its first two animated features and have nabbed top talent from DreamWorks to bring them to fruition: Vicky Jenson, who directed the Oscar-winning Shrek (with Andrew Adamson), will helm Split and Alessandro Carloni, who directed Kung Fu Panda 3 (with Jennifer Yuh Nelson), will direct Luck. Skydance plans to release both films under its just-formed animation label in partnership with Spain's Ilion Animation… »

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‘Shrek,’ ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Directors Tapped for Animated Movies From Skydance

31 July 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Skydance Media has hired directors for its first animated movies with “Shrek” helmer Vicky Jenson attached to “Split” and “Kung Fu Panda 3” co-director Alessandro Carloni on “Luck.”

Monday’s announcement comes four months after Skydance disclosed it had launched an animated division and formed a multi-year partnership with Madrid-based Ilion Animation Studios to develop and produce a slate of animated feature films and TV series. It had announced at that point that Linda Woolverton would write “Split” and Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger would write “Luck.”

Skydance said it plans to release both films in partnership with Ilion.

“Vicky and Alessandro have played instrumental roles in bringing to life some of the most beloved animated franchises of all time and it is my pleasure to welcome them both into the Skydance family,” said Skydance’s Chief Executive Officer, David Ellison. “We are fortunate that – together with Linda Woolverton on ‘Split’ and Aibel & Berger on ‘Luck’ – we now »

- Dave McNary

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The Week in Star Wars – Darth Vader in Han Solo, leaked The Last Jedi images and more

30 July 2017 2:01 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Week in Star Wars returns after a short hiatus with some big updates from Han Solo and The Last Jedi, as well as some comic book and Episode IX news too…

Let’s kick things off with Han Solo, and a new report from Jedi News has revealed that Spencer Wilding has landed himself a role in the upcoming spin-off. The actor was supposed to appear at Fandom Fest in Kentucky but the convention updated their website, explaining, “Spencer Wilding will be unable to attend as he will be filming the newest film in the Star Wars Universe. Spencer will be coming back next year.” Wilding might not be a name you instantly recognised, but he was the man in the Darth Vader suit in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a scoop we revealed exclusively last year. Could this mean we’ll see the Sith Lord in Han Solo? »

- Luke Owen

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From ‘Wonder Woman’ to ‘Girls Trip,’ a Great Summer for Women — But Don’t Call It a Breakthrough

27 July 2017 5:16 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As summer movie season winds down, women-driven films are front and center. “Wonder Woman” is the top title, “Atomic Blonde” starring Charlize Theron opens wide, Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” begins limited runs before its nationwide release, and “Girls Trip” is on a $100 million trajectory. All of this underlines a good story for female-based films that began this spring with”Beauty and the Beast,” the year’s #1 film in worldwide release.

Does that mean a breakthrough for women, and films about them? Not exactly.

Read MoreTiffany Haddish: Why The ‘Girls Trip’ Star Is This Year’s Comedy Wonder Woman

First, the great news: Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” is the first time a female-directed action film has ruled the summer. (Vicky Jenson co-directed summer 2001’s top grosser, “Shrek.”) In a male-dominated comic book character universe, Gal Gadot and her D.C. Comics heroine rewrote the rules of what can be a blockbuster summer release. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Star Wars: Untitled Han Solo Movie Officially Announces John Powell As Composer

27 July 2017 11:59 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The notoriously troubled production has officially announced that How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and Bourne franchise composer John Powell will score the upcoming Han Solo film »

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Han Solo Movie Officially Announces John Powell As Composer

27 July 2017 11:59 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The notoriously troubled production has officially announced that How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and Bourne franchise composer John Powell will score the upcoming Han Solo film. »

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“Vr is Not Another Kind of Filmmaking”: Baobab Studios’ Eric Darnell on Animated Vr

27 July 2017 11:37 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

If you’d mentioned Eric Darnell’s name a few years ago, most people would have thought of the Madagascar films or the Penguins of Madagascar spin-off, all of which he co-directed while at DreamWorks Animation, where he also directed Antz and contributed to films like The Prince of Egypt and Shrek. But think of him today and you’re just as likely to conjure up images of bumbling aliens, a fluffy and resourceful bunny or a multicolored crow, and all in virtual reality. That’s because Darnell is the co-founder and chief creative officer at Baobab Studios, which in just two years has established itself as one of the United […] »

- Randy Astle

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Han Solo News – Warwick Davis and Spencer Wilding join the cast, John Powell to compose the score.

27 July 2017 3:48 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

Han Solo news is coming at us thick and fast at the moment, first up is the news that the great Warwick Davis is teaming up yet again with Ron Howard as Howard has indirectly hinted Davis has joined the cast of Han Solo.

Related: Han Solo News

In a tweet, replying to one of his many followers in which he was asked when are we getting a Willow Sequel, Howard replied “Glad you are asking for one, I directed @WarwickADavis for the first time in 30 years today. It made me happy”

Glad you are asking for one! I directed @WarwickADavis for the 1st time in 30 years today. It made me happy https://t.co/yW8E19MPCn

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 26, 2017

Davis is a regular in the Star Wars franchise, first appearing in 1983’s Return of the Jedi as Ewok Wicket, he has since gone on »

- Zehra Phelan

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June Foray, Voice of ‘Bullwinkle Show’s’ Natasha and Rocky, Dies at 99

26 July 2017 9:32 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

June Foray, the voice of “The Rocky and  Bullwinkle Show’s” Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale of Boris and Natasha fame in the early 1960s and a key figure in the animation industry, died Thursday. She was 99.

Her close friend Dave Nimitz, confirmed her death on Facebook, writing “With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old.”

Foray was also the voice behind Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel, Nell from “Dudley Do-Right,” Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester” cartoons and Cindy Lou Who in Chuck Jones’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” among hundreds of others.

The first lady of voice acting, one of the original members of animation organization Asifa-Hollywood and founder of the annual Annie Awards, was also instrumental in the creation of the Oscars’ animated feature category.

“We are all saddened by the news of June’s passing,” said »

- Terry Flores

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June Foray, Voice of ‘Bullwinkle Show’s’ Natasha and Rocky, Dies at 99

26 July 2017 9:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

June Foray, the voice of “The Bullwinkle Show’s” Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale of Boris and Natasha fame, died Thursday. She was 99.

Her close friend Dave Nimitz, confirmed her death on Facebook, writing “With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old.”

Foray was the voice behind Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel, Nell from “Dudley Do-Right,” Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester” cartoons and Cindy Lou Who in Chuck Jones’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” among many others.

The first lady of voice acting and founder of the annual Annie Awards was instrumental in the creation of the Oscars’ animated feature category. »

- Terry Flores

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John Powell to compose the score for Han Solo Star Wars spinoff

26 July 2017 3:50 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The official Star Wars site has announced that British composer John Powell (Bourne, Shrek) is heading to the galaxy far, far away to compose the score for next year’s untitled Han Solo Anthology movie.

Powell is just the third person to have the honour of scoring a Star Wars movie after John Williams and Michael Giacchino (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). The official announcement states that Han Solo “will be scored in the style of the original Star Wars movies but retain Powell’s distinctive voice.”

Powell’s other upcoming credits include the animated movies Ferdinand, Pigeon Impossible and How to Train Your Dragon 3.

See Also: Rogue One’s Darth Vader actor has a role in the Han Solo Star Wars spinoff

Han Solo stars Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) as the famous smuggler, Donald Glover (Atlanta) as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson (War for the Planet of the Apes »

- Gary Collinson

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Composer John Powell to Score The Untitled Han Solo Movie

26 July 2017 1:20 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

An Academy Award-winning composer, John Powell, will be taking up the baton to score the upcoming Han Solo film!  More below!

For just the 2nd time in the long history of Star Wars, someone other than John Williams will be scoring a Star Wars film.  Last year, audiences heard Michael Giacchino's work as they watched the rebels steal the plans to the Death Star in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  In 2018, they will hear the composing styles of Academy Award-winning composer, John Powell, in the (still) Untitled Han Solo movie.

If you're unfamiliar with the name, it's likely that you've still heard his work in such movies as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda 1 & 2, Matt Damon's Bourne Series, and How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2, for which he won the Oscar for the prequel.

It's said that the Untitled Han Solo movie will be scored much in the same »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Matt Malliaros)

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'Star Wars': Han Solo Movie Enlists Composer John Powell

26 July 2017 12:24 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Star Wars Han Solo spinoff has found someone to pull the strings.

Composer John Powell will score the film, Lucasfilm revealed Wednesday.

Powell is largely known for his work on animated movies, including Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. He was nominated for an Oscar for 2010's How to Train Your Dragon. His recent credits include that film's sequels, as well as Jason Bourne and the upcoming Fox animated feature Ferdinand.

Powell will be just the third composer to score a Star Wars live-action film, after series legend John Williams and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Michael Giacchino.

The untitled Han Solo »

- Aaron Couch

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Niko and the Sword of Light: Amazon Animated Series Launches in July

30 June 2017 8:25 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Amazon has something new in store for the summer. This week, the streaming service announced their new TV show Niko and the Sword of Light will premiere in July.The animated series " follows 10-year-old Niko, the last of his kind in a strange, fantastical world, as he embarks on an epic quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land." The voice cast includes Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Steve Blum (Star Wars: Rebels), Kevin Michael Richardson (The Penguins of Madagascar), Jim Cummings (Shrek), and Kari Wahlgren (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness).Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Smith Global Media Buys Animated Movies ‘Gnome Alone,’ ‘Charming’

28 June 2017 3:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Harry Smith’s fledgling Smith Global Media has bought distribution rights to the animated movies “Gnome Alone” and “Charming.”

Both films were financed and produced by 3Qu Media in association with Sc Films International and created in Cinesite’s Montreal studio. Both films were produced by John H. Williams (“Shrek”) and were executive produced by 3Qu Media’s Henry Skelsey, Jon Christianson and Jeremy Ross.

Variety first reported in  2014 that Williams was launching 3Qu as a specialist in CG-animated feature films for the international marketplace with “Charming” as its first film.

Charming” is set for a wide theatrical release in the second quarter of 2018. Voice cast includes Demi Lovato, Wilmer Valderrama, Ashley Tisdale, recording artists Sia and Avril Lavigne, Nia Vardalos, John Cleese and singer-songwriter G.E.M. The film was written and directed by Ross Venokur and centers on a young Prince (voiced by Valderrama) with an irresistible appeal and a maiden who wants him only for his »

- Dave McNary

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Smith Global Media acquires 'Gnome Alone', 'Charming'

28 June 2017 11:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Wide theatrical releases planned for 3Qu Media family films.

Smith Global Media, the theatrical distribution company run by Will Smith’s brother Harry Smith, has added the animated family features Gnome Alone and Charming to its slate.

3Qu Media financed and produced both films in association with Sc Films International and Smith Global Media plans wide theatrical releases for both.

Shrek producer John H. Williams produced both films and 3Qu Media’s Henry Skelsey, Jon Christianson and Jeremy Ross served as executive producers. Production took place at Cinesite’s Montreal studio.

Charming is scheduled for a wide theatrical release in the second quarter of 2018 and features a voice cast of Demi Lovato, Wilmer Valderrama, Ashley Tisdale, recording artists Sia and Avril Lavigne, Nia Vardalos, John Cleese, and singer-songwriter G.E.M.

Ross Venokur wrote and directed the story of Prince Felipe Charming, who was cursed at birth to break hearts and sets out with a strong-willed thief to find »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Newbie Smith Global Media Acquires Animated Pics ‘Gnome Alone’ & ‘Charming’

28 June 2017 11:16 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Smith Global Media, the nascent distribution company founded by Will Smith’s brother Harry Smith, has acquired distribution rights to the animated family features Charming with a voice cast including Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama, and Gnome Alone. Both hail from Shrek producer John H. Williams and are financed and produced by 3Qu Media in association with Sc Films International. Fresh off inking a home entertainment deal at Sony, Smith Global Media plans a late 2017… »

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John Powell interview: scoring Bourne, Hans Zimmer, Face/Off and more

25 June 2017 9:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sean Wilson Jul 6, 2017

Composer John Powell chats to us about scoring Jason Bourne, working with John Woo, his upcoming work and more.

Few contemporary film composers have made an impact quite like John Powell. From animation to drama to his immediately influential, propulsive Bourne soundtracks, Powell's energetic, emotional and heartfelt blend of symphony orchestra, electronics and percussion make him a singular voice.

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Ahead of his BAFTA Screen Talks event at the Royal Albert Hall on 10th July, we were delighted to catch up with John to discuss his remarkable career and the secret to a truly great film score.

So 10 years after I saw The Bourne Ultimatum on the big screen and being electrified by your score I'm sat here talking to you, which is a real privilege. I wondered was there a particular film score that inspired you to become a film composer? »

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17 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed by Women, From ‘Mamma Mia!’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Photos)

22 June 2017 12:10 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Take a look at which films directed by women are on this list, unadjusted for inflation. 1. “Frozen” (2013) Directors: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck Domestic gross: $400.7 million 2. “Wonder Woman” (2017) Director: Patty Jenkins Domestic gross: $285.3 million 3. “Shrek” (2001) Directors: Vicky Jenson, Andrew Adamson Domestic gross: $267.7 million 4. Brave” (2012”) Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman Domestic gross: $237.3 million 5. “Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (2009) Director: Betty Thomas Domestic gross: $219.6 million 6. “Twilight” (2008) Director: Catherine Hardwicke Domestic gross: $192.8 million 7. “Pitch Perfect 2” (2015) Director: Elizabeth Banks Domestic gross: $183.8 million 8. “What Women Want” (2000) Director: Nancy Meyers Domestic gross: $182.8 million 9. “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015) Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson Domestic gross: $166.1 million 10. “Kung »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Wonder Woman’ Is the Most Successful Live-Action Film Directed By a Woman — and 4 More Records It Will Break

20 June 2017 10:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Blockbuster” has become the Kleenex of box-office descriptors, a bland adjective used to describe nine-figure films ranging from the obvious (“Star Wars”) to the also-ran (“The Mummy”). And then there’s the rare movie that genuinely deserves all the force and muscle that blockbusting suggests: Right now, it’s Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman.”

As final numbers for the DC Comics movie from Warner Bros. come into clearer view, the “Wonder Woman”performance is better than even the most optimistic pre-opening estimates. It fell just 30 percent for its third weekend, grossing $41 million for a 17-day total of $275 million domestic, $572 million worldwide. (How good is that hold? “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” was considered above average when its third weekend saw a 47 percent drop.)

Expect the final domestic total to end up somewhere between $380 million and $400 million — although another strong weekend might send it above even that. Worldwide, it will rise above $800 million. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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