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Interview: Director Travis Knight Strums ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

17 August 2016 9:19 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the great benefits of the new Golden Age of Animation has been the emergence of other studios…like Laika Entertainment, which has released “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls,” all nominated for Oscars. Travis Knight directs their latest stop-motion style animated film, “Kubo and the Two Strings.”

“Kubo” is rooted in Japanese samurai myth, but is a wholly new story. A baby loses an eye in a great battle, but his mother manages to save him. In exile, the two live near the ocean, and the baby grows to the boy Kubo, who supports his mother by going into the village with a magical string instrument. With it, he is able to conjure stories that use the style and look of paper folding origami. His magic is drawing attention, from both good and evil sorcery. Kubo ends up in a journey with a Monkey (voiced by Charlize Theron »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Common Boarding MGM’s ‘Cooley High’ Remake

19 July 2016 4:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Common has signed on to produce and star in MGM’s remake of coming-of-age drama “Cooley High” with DeVon Franklin and Tony Krantz also producing.

Seth Rosenfeld will write the script for the remake. The original film, released in 1975 by American International Pictures, was set in 1964 Chicago and focused on a pair of high school seniors who are best friends — played by Glynn Turman and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs — during the final weeks of the school year.

Cooley High,” which had a $750,000 budget, was a major success with $13 million in domestic grosses. Tony Krantz’ father Steve Krantz was the producer with Michael Schultz directing from Eric Monte’s script.

Franklin will produce the remake through his Franklin Entertainment while Common produces under his Freedom Road Productions and Krantz through Flame Ventures. Drew Comins will executive produce for Flame Ventures along with Derek Dudley for Freedom Road.

MGM’s production chief Jonathan Glickman »

- Dave McNary

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