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Coming to America 2 Is Happening, Eddie Murphy Will Write the Script

Coming to America 2 Is Happening, Eddie Murphy Will Write the Script
Fans who followed comedy superstar Eddie Murphy on Twitter were treated to quite the surprise on Wednesday night, when the actor's verified Twitter account posted the cryptic tweet "Coming to America sequel?" along with a photo of Vanessa Bell Calloway's character, Princess Imani. Not only was the tweet later deleted, but the actor's entire Twitter account was deactivated, sparking speculation that the actor may have been hacked. A new report reveals that Eddie Murphy didn't authorize that tweet, but he is actually working on the script for Coming to America 2.

TMZ reports that there are actually plans in place to make this sequel, and that there were plans to post something similar to that tweet, but it wasn't supposed to happen yet. The actor himself doesn't actually tweet, since he has a social media team to do that for him, and the deleted Coming to America 2 tweet wasn't authorized by him,
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Travis Knight interview: Kubo, Coraline, Laika

Brendon Connelly Jan 18, 2017

Kubo And The Two Strings director, and Laika founder, Travis Knight, talks us through making a stop motion movie...

Travis Knight is both the head of Laika, the Portland, Oregon studio at the vanguard of stop-motion animation, and the director of their latest film, Kubo And The Two Strings. By all obvious signs, he's very good at both of his jobs.

I spoke to Knight on the occasion of Kubo getting its DVD, Blu-ray and download release, and given that Den of Geek had already spoken to him about this film specifically, I thought we would chat about Laika in general. Knight gave me a history, took questions about the future, and addressed some of the fine points of how animation gets done the Laika way. Here's how our conversation went.

Can we start by going back, way back? I'd love a potted history, starting at the
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Interview: Director Travis Knight Strums ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

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
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Common Boarding MGM’s ‘Cooley High’ Remake

Common Boarding MGM’s ‘Cooley High’ Remake
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
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Laika @ 10: Animation Studio is a Model of Innovation

Laika @ 10: Animation Studio is a Model of Innovation
The real-life Laika — a Russian street dog who became the first animal launched into orbit — lasted mere hours in space, but paved the way for humans to eventually follow in her tracks. Today, the Laika name has become synonymous with another pioneer: the Oregon-based animation studio responsible for creating “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls,” and which turns 10 this year.

Though the stop-motion technique of animation traces to the earliest days of cinema, no company has done more than Laika over the course of a single decade to innovate the medium. It’s core principle remains the art of crafting physical puppets and moving them one frame at a time. The studio’s contributions can be seen in everything from the complexity of the stories it tells to the subtlety of the performances within them, from the minutest level of artistic detail to their staggering big-picture ambition. (Execs are virtually doubling their Hillsboro,
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Laika @ 10: Meet the ‘Laikans’

Laika @ 10: Meet the ‘Laikans’
Chris Butler (pictured far left)

Writer & Head of Story, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

Chris Butler still has a drawing he made of an elephant when he was a 2-year-old in Liverpool. “My parents were astounded because I drew the legs in perspective,” laughs the Laika story guru, who started out in 2D animation, only to be seduced by stop-motion while working on Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride.” “That was a big learning experience for me because it made me think like a filmmaker for the first time. It wasn’t so much whatever I can draw; it was, ‘Where can we put the camera?’ ”

He went on to co-direct Laika’s 2012 “ParaNorman,” based on an original script — a supernaturally tinged, small-town empathy fable he cooked up while working as the storyboard supervisor on “Coraline.”

His next script for Laika is also an original: “Kubo and the Two Strings,” which
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Top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time: 80 - 61

Wesley Mead Dec 20, 2016

Looking for some TV to fill you with festive cheer? Here are the next 20 episodes in our list of the top 100 Xmas TV episodes ever...

This article first appeared in December 2015. Read entries 100 - 81 on this list, here.

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Since the medium’s infancy, viewers have enjoyed sharing holidays with their favourite television characters. We grow invested in our friends on screen over the years; spending Christmas with them is a rite of passage, a chance for us to share tradition from our world with the fictional ones we see on screen. Some shows embrace the season wholeheartedly, characters in good spirits and enjoying the trappings of the season; others skew a little darker, bringing the more oppressive, burdensome side of the holidays to life. Either way, Christmas episodes tend to demonstrate the strengths of our favourite series,
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Top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time: 80 - 61

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Looking for some TV to fill you with festive cheer? Here are the next 20 episodes in our list of the top 100 Xmas TV episodes ever...

Read entries 100 - 81 on this list, here.

Since the medium’s infancy, viewers have enjoyed sharing holidays with their favourite television characters. We grow invested in our friends on screen over the years; spending Christmas with them is a rite of passage, a chance for us to share tradition from our world with the fictional ones we see on screen. Some shows embrace the season wholeheartedly, characters in good spirits and enjoying the trappings of the season; others skew a little darker, bringing the more oppressive, burdensome side of the holidays to life. Either way, Christmas episodes tend to demonstrate the strengths of our favourite series, and it’s long been a festive ritual of mine to wheel out old DVD sets
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TV News Roundup: Jay Pharoah, Cornelius Smith Jr, Janine Sherman Barrois, Rockmond Dunbar, Others...

  • Showtime has announced that it will premiere "Jay PharoahJay Pharoah
[/link]: Can I Be Me?" from standup comedian and impressionist Jay Pharoah, on Saturday, August 1st at 10 pm Et/Pt. This is Pharoah’s first hour-long comedy special from The Cutting Room in New York City, which weaves in his most popular celebrity impressions, and offers his comedic insight on relationships, family, music and pop culture. - Cornelius Smith Jr.’s has been upgraded to series regular on "Scandal," reprising his role as activist Marcus Walker in Season 5. - Janine Sherman Barrois ("Criminal Minds," "ER," "The Jamie Foxx Show," "The PJs," "Third...
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Former ‘Criminal Minds’ Ep Janine Sherman Barrois Inks Warner Bros TV Deal

Exclusive: Former Criminal Minds executive producer/writer Janine Sherman Barrois has signed a new multi-year overall deal at Warner Bros. Television. Under the new pact, she will create and develop new drama and comedy series. The onetime ER executive producer is returning to Wbtv where she was a graduate of the Warner Bros. Writers' Workshop, which launched her run writing for comedies like The Jamie Foxx Show and The PJs before shifting to the drama side with a run as…
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Larry Wilmore Couldn’t Have Guessed Jamie Foxx Would Go from ‘In Living Color’ to Oscar

Larry Wilmore Couldn’t Have Guessed Jamie Foxx Would Go from ‘In Living Color’ to Oscar
Long before Larry Wilmore came under the tutelage of Jon Stewart and eventually landed his own late-night panel, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, he was just another comedian trying to make it in the TV biz.

The 53-year-old host’s earliest gigs including writing for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sister, Sister, and the sketch comedy series, In Living Color. The latter featured a cast that included then unknowns, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Lopez as a dancing ‘Fly Girl’.

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“I had no clue. Absolutely not,” Wilmore tells The New York Times when asked if he could have imagined how big Lopez or Foxx would become. “There was no way to predict that.”

“Not only J. Lo; I would never have guessed Jamie Foxx would win an Oscar,” Wilmore adds, noting Foxx’s Academy Award win for Best Actor a decade after leaving
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Obsessed with Pop Culture: Best of the Week

Sundance 2015

Our crew is hard at work covering the Sundance Film Festival. Here is the first batch of review with more to come.

‘The D Train’ promises a fun, twisty ride Sundance 2015: ‘A Walk in the Woods’ will have you running for the exits Sundance 2015: ‘Slow West’ is a tense and thoughtful revisionist western Sundance 2015: ‘Princess’ is one of Sundance’s best Sundance 2015: Maybe the dingos should eat ‘Strangerland’ Sundance 2015: Ben Mendelsohn is the jackpot in otherwise middling ‘Mississippi Grind’ Sundance 2015: ‘Me & Earl & the Dying Girl’ an emotional, honest and hilarious experience Sundance 2015: ‘The End of the Tour’ a quiet, affecting primer on the life of David Foster Wallace Sundance 2015: ‘Cop Car’ is an instant Americana genre film classic Sundance 2015: ‘Girlhood’ rivals Linklater’s opus Sundance 2015: ‘Knock Knock’ sees Eli Roth and Keanu Reeves offer camp glory Sundance 2015: ‘Eden
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The Televerse #178- Interview with Michael Price

2015’s onslaught of television is fully under way, giving us plenty to discuss this week on the podcast. First we look at a full week in comedy, including the debut of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, the disappointingly brief return of Venture Bros., and the finale of Galavant. Then it’s time to talk genre and drama, including previews of Pivot’s new murder mystery series Fortitude and The Americans s3 and looks at the Backstrom pilot and Justified premiere. And did we mention we caught up with The 100? In a week? ‘Cause we did. Finally, in lieu of the DVD Shelf, Kate speaks with Emmy, Writers Guild, and Annie Award winner, and current writer for The Simpsons, Michael Price about his career as a television writer on series like What About Joan?, The PJs, and that ‘90s classic, Homeboys in Outer Space.

Our Week in Comedy (4:37-
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Larry Wilmore is the Next Stephen Colbert, But Better

-Aly Semigran

Technically speaking, The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore is the new guy on the late-night television circuit, but the former Daily Show correspondent and in Living Color writer has been making us laugh — at all hours of the day — for quite some time.

The writer/actor/stand-up comedian, who got his start on The Facts of Life, has been seen on the small screen (Happy Endings, How I Met Your Mother, and The Office, which he also worked as a consulting producer on) and big screen (I Love You, Man, Dinner for Schmucks, Vamps) alike for a career that’s already spanned more than 30 years.

While Wilmore has long been a memorable “Oh, that guy!” kind of character actor, he has been making just as many waves off-screen. The Los Angeles native co-created the hit comedies The PJs, with Eddie Murphy, and The Bernie Mac Show, with the late,
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Larry Wilmore is the Next Stephen Colbert, But Better

-Aly Semigran

Technically speaking, The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore is the new guy on the late-night television circuit, but the former Daily Show correspondent and in Living Color writer has been making us laugh — at all hours of the day — for quite some time.

The writer/actor/stand-up comedian, who got his start on The Facts of Life, has been seen on the small screen (Happy Endings, How I Met Your Mother, and The Office, which he also worked as a consulting producer on) and big screen (I Love You, Man, Dinner for Schmucks, Vamps) alike for a career that’s already spanned more than 30 years.

While Wilmore has long been a memorable “Oh, that guy!” kind of character actor, he has been making just as many waves off-screen. The Los Angeles native co-created the hit comedies The PJs, with Eddie Murphy, and The Bernie Mac Show, with the late,
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Saying Farewell to Stephen Colbert, Craig Ferguson, and David Letterman's Christmas Show

We must not be treating our late-night talk show hosts very well. To lose both Stephen Colbert (or at least the "Stephen Colbert" he plays on "The Colbert Report") and "The Late Late Show"'s Craig Ferguson is a misfortune, but to lose them both within 24 hours smacks of negligence.

There's a lot of mourning, hand-wringing, rending of garments, and gnashing of teeth to be done, what with Colbert's departure on Thursday, December 18, and Ferguson's the next night. To add insult to injury, Friday the 19th also marks David Letterman's last Christmas show, highlighted by Darlene Love belting out "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," a tradition that dates back to 1986 on Dave's old NBC series.

It feels like the end of an era, and not just because these long-time hosts are all quitting their shows (though Letterman will still be on for another five months), but also for what
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Sliff/Kids Interview: Brad Schiff – Stop Motion Animator – Paranorman, Boxtrolls

Interview conducted by Tom Stockman July 16th, 2014

A native St. Louisan, Brad Schiff serves as the animation supervisor at Laika Studios, the award-winning company behind “Coraline,” “ParaNorman,” and the upcoming “The Boxtrolls.” Before making his creative contributions to Laika’s films, Brad cut his teeth on a number of popular American television series, including MTV’s “Celebrity Deathmatch,” “The PJs,” and “Gary & Mike.” In 2001, Brad brought home a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for his work on “Gary & Mike.” Brad’s commercial-directing clients have included the NFL on Fox, Nintendo, and Samsung. In 2004, Brad worked as an animator on Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” the first of what has turned out to be a series of Academy Award-nominated features that includes Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Although Brad’s busy schedule only allows a hometown visit once a year or so, when in St. Louis
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Producer David Ichioka Talks The Boxtrolls, Overcoming Stop-Motion Limitations, Evolving 3D-Printing Technology, and the Film’s Cast and Crew

David Ichioka is well-versed in off-kilter animation, with experience ranging from Gumby Adventures and Bump in the Night, to The PJs and Happy Tree Friends. His latest effort in the world of stop-motion animation is as a producer on Laika's latest feature, The Boxtrolls. Ichioka was kind enough to give us a presentation on the upcoming film that covered the nuts and bolts of the animation process and also gave us a more personal peek into the world of a stop-motion animator. While on set of The Boxtrolls, Ichioka talked about the film's setting and what made Laika's style of stop-motion animation a perfect fit for its look, the decision to make The Boxtrolls a hybrid film by including motion-capture and visual effects work, and the evolution of stop-motion technology. In addition to providing us with a jaw-dropping list of numbers related to the picture, he also commented on the film's excellent voice cast,
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Larry Wilmore to Replace Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central

Comedy Central has named its successor for The Colbert Report as host Stephen Colbert prepares to make the leap to The Late Show. The network announced on Friday that comedian Larry Wilmore will take over its 11:30 p.m. weeknight time slot, hosting a show called The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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As Colbert did before spinning off his own show, Wilmore has made himself familiar to Comedy Central's viewers through regular appearances on The Daily Show.
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Wilmore Takes Over The Colbert Timeslot

Larry Wilmore is set to serve as host of "The Minority Report," the new news satire show that will fill the post-"Daily Show" time slot when Stephen Colbert's "The Colbert Report" wraps its run.

'Minority' is described as a comedic look at news, current events and pop culture from unique perspectives not typically on display in late night television with the help of a diverse panel of voices.

Jon Stewart and Wilmore will serve as executive producers. More details will be revealed at a later date.

Wilmore joined "The Daily Show" in 2006 and serves as the comedy show's "Senior Black Correspondent". Wilmore has also written for shows such as "In Living Color" and "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, co-created "The PJs" and "The Bernie Mac Show," and was a consulting producer on NBC's "The Office".

Source: Comedy Central
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