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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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Paramount names David Sameth head of worldwide marketing

Former Disney and Universal executive served as second unit director on Steven Spielberg miniseries Taken.

Source: Paramount Pictures

David Sameth is leaving Disney to join Paramount Pictures as president of worldwide marketing effective February 1.

Sameth currently serves as executive vice-president and head of theatrical marketing for Disney Animation Studios and Pixar where his credits since 2009 included Coco, Zootopia, Frozen, Toy Story 3, Brave, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, and Finding Dory.

He will report to chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos and will oversee the design, development and implementation of all marketing and advertising strategies for the studio’s global theatrical releases.

“David is an incredibly talented, visionary marketer who has created some of the most iconic and successful campaigns in our industry’s recent history,” Gianopulos said.

“He has experience launching an array of films from big franchises to small, specialized endeavors, and everything in between. His insights, experience and reputation make him a very welcome addition to our
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‘The Addams Family’ Creeps Onto October 2019 Release Schedule For MGM

‘The Addams Family’ Creeps Onto October 2019 Release Schedule For MGM
MGM has slated its animated The Addams Family feature film for a Halloweenish October 11 2019 release date. The film, which is based on the macabre clan made famous by cartoonist Charles Addams, was directed by Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sausage Party). Also on that date is Warner Bros.’ Goldfinch, which is based on Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, and Paramount Pictures’ Are You Afraid of the Dark?, based on the 1990s Nickelodeon show of the…
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Um, So, Everyone Thinks Superman's CGI Face in Justice League Looks Like Human Shrek

Before you even start, it's hardly a spoiler that Superman is in Justice League - he's on the movie poster! Reactions to Justice League have been extreme, to say the least. While critics have mostly panned Warner Bros.'s latest foray into the Dceu (it currently holds a 37% on Rotten Tomatoes), diehard fans insist it's not so bad. Fortunately there's one aspect of the superhero film everyone seems to agree on: those bikinis are extremely sexist Henry Cavill looks like human Shrek. Wait . . . what? Over the Summer, Justice League underwent some reshoots that happened to conflict with Cavill's upcoming role in M:i 6 - Mission Impossible, for which he'd grown a striking mustache. Instead of, I don't know, just shaving it off and wearing a fake one for M:i 6 since Clark Kent/Superman obviously can't have a big mustache, Cavill kept the facial hair throughout his Jl reshoots (he was
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Addams Family Animated Movie Gets Sausage Party Director

Addams Family Animated Movie Gets Sausage Party Director
After languishing in development for years, MGM is finally moving forward with its The Addams Family animated adaptation, bringing on director Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) to take the helm. The filmmaker has also been brought on to produce the movie, alongside The Jackal Group's Gail Berman and Alex Schwartz. CG animation work is already under way in Vancouver, but MGM hasn't announced a release date, so it may be quite some time before it hits theaters, but it looks like it's finally on the right track after several years in development.

MGM Studios announced this project back in 2013, setting writer Pamela Pettler (The Corpse Bride) to write the script. Andrew Mittman and Kevin Miserocchi were initially attached as producers at the time, but now they are executive producing, with MGM's executive director Tabitha Shick overseeing the project. Matt Lieberman (Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief) provided revisions on Pamela Pettler's screenplay,
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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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July 2017 Box Office Marks Third Straight Month in Decline

July 2017 Box Office Marks Third Straight Month in Decline
After July 2015 and 2016 saw increases from one year to the next, July 2017 took a step back, down 12.2% compared to 2016 with calendar grosses reaching $1.2 billion from 221 films compared to $1.37 billion last July. Leading the way was Sony's Spider-Man: Homecoming, which topped all releases bringing in $280 million in July, earning Sony the #1 spot for the month with six films grossing nearly $390 million. Overall, this marks the third month in a row to show a decline compared to 2016 with the summer movie season struggling and showing no sign of improvement in the month of August with the season currently pacing 11% behind 2016. Overall, August is likely to become the sixth month out of the first eight in 2017 to show a decline from one year to the next with 2017 currently -2% behind 2016. Digging deeper into July, we'll start at the top with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which delivered $280 million since its July 7 release. The film is now approaching $300 million domestically,
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The Top 25 Box Office Blockbusters of the 21st Century

The Top 25 Box Office Blockbusters of the 21st Century
No subjective “best” list here, this one is based on stats. As the 21st century turns 16, we’ve got the 25 biggest-grossing domestic blockbusters to date.

Check the stunning list below, which is unlike any previous period in movie business history. (We’re using adjusted totals to account for changing ticket prices. Box Office Mojo’s top 200 all-time adjusted list is here.) Here’s what we learned by doing the numbers:

The 21st Century Has Delivered Many of the Biggest Hits in History

25 of the 100 all-time biggest-grossing films have come from the first 16 years of this century. 1984 to 2000, the era that perfected the modern blockbuster and mass release of movies, brought 17. So the 21st century has been an era of major hits.

But oddly, the first current-century films on the all-time-grossers list places #11: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” And “Avatar” is #14. (This is where adjusting becomes essential — unadjusted, the ten
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‘Spider-Man’ vs. ‘Wonder Woman’: In the Summer Box-Office Battle, the Lady Wins

‘Spider-Man’ vs. ‘Wonder Woman’: In the Summer Box-Office Battle, the Lady Wins
Opening to $117 million, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is the second biggest opener of the summer (behind “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” $146.5 million) and third best for the year (overall gross champion “Beauty and the Beast” tops with $174 million). It’s a terrific reboot for Marvel with Sony.

However, it probably won’t be enough to make “Spider-Man” the movie of the summer. With another very strong weekend for “Wonder Woman,” Patty Jenkins’ D.C. Comics film — which had only the third best opening weekend — is the most likely the biggest summer 2017 hit in domestic grosses.

In its sixth weekend, “Wonder Woman” placed fourth with another $10 million, bringing its total so far to just under $369 million. To hold that well when a rival comic book movie debuts is a feat in its own right.

Until recently, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” appeared likely to easily top the “Wonder Woman” total. Now through its sixth weekend,
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Giveaway: Win Smurfs: The Lost Village On Blu-ray/ DVD And Tickets To Omaha’s Color Run on July 15

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Make it a family movie night with the beloved blue creatures in the fully animated, all-new take on
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Join the Adventure! Smurfs: The Lost Village Debuts on 4K, Blu-ray & DVD July 11th

The critics love Smurfs: The Lost Village :

“The entire family will love this movie.” ~ Shawn Edwards, Fox-tv

“Hilarious and adorable for the whole family to enjoy!” ~ Deepa Prashad, The Family Channel

Make it a family movie night with the beloved blue creatures in the fully animated, all-new take on The Smurfs when Sony Pictures Animation’s Smurfs: The Lost Village debuts on digital June 20 and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ + Digital, Blu-ray + Digital and DVD July 11 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Boasting an “A” CinemaScore with general audiences and a rare “A+” with those under the age of 18, Smurfs: The Lost Village follows Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs
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From Almodóvar’s parade to the Security of Hollywood: Antonio Banderas’ cinematic journey

Author: Jon Lyus

Antonio Banderas is one of the more recognisable faces (and certainly one of the most recognisable voices) in Hollywood. His presence in front of the camera is tangible, and the variety of roles he enjoys now is testament to a versatility few could have expected of the man who came to Tinsel Town barely speaking a word of English.

He has been a masked legend (twice, one furry – the other not so), played with another kind of mask (horrifcally so – see the final note), appeared opposite the likes of Sir Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie and Spongebob Squarepants. He’s done it all, and now a new film of his arrives on DVD this week.

Security sees the actor as an ex-Special Forces vet taking a job as a security guard. On his first night he rescues a young girl fleeing from a hijacked convey,
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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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Sausage Party director, Conrad Vernon to develop The Jetsons

Author: Zehra Phelan

Hands up all those that enjoyed r-rated animation, Sausage Party, come on now don’t be shy! Well, the man who co-directed aforementioned Sausage Party, Conrad Vernon, has jumped on board Warner Animation Group’s much-awaited project to bring space family, The Jetsons to the big screen.

The likes of Paramount and Universal have tried and failed to bring the Jetsons to the silver screen in one form or another but since Warner obtained the rights in the late 90s a number of projects including the family have been attempted with the likes of Adam Shankman and Robert Rodriguez (the latter had a script by The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg) at the helm but neither panned out.

The popular primetime cartoon show featured the Jetson family living in a utopian future. People live in housing in the sky, work a three-day workweek, drive aero cars that
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The Jetsons Animated Film Will Be Helmed By Sausage Party Director

Warner Bros. is moving forward with their animated feature film adaptation of The Jetsons and they've hired Sausage Party co-director Conrad Vernon to develop the project. Vernon also co-directed films such as Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. He also provided the voice of Gingerbread Man in Shrek.

WB has been developing The Jetsons for awhile now and in 2015 they hired Matt Lieberman to write the script. Lieberman is also writing the Short Circuit remake. Robert Rodriguez was originally attached to the project, but he no longer has any involvement.

I used to the watch The Jetsons all the time when I was a kid. I haven't watched that cartoon in years, but it was a sci-fi show that centered on the futuristic lives of the Jetson family that consisted of George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy Jetson along with Rosie the Robot.

There are
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The Jetsons Movie Lands Sausage Party Director

The Jetsons Movie Lands Sausage Party Director
After gestating in development for years as a live-action adaptation, Warner Bros.' animated adaptation of The Jetsons is now moving forward. The studio's Warner Animation Group has brought on Conrad Vernon, who most recently directed Sony's R-rated Sausage Party, to take the reins of this animated movie. The filmmaker has been brought on to develop the project, with an eye towards directing it himself. It isn't clear if he will be working with another writer or if he will write the script himself.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today, with the filmmaker coming aboard keeping this project firmly entrenched within the Warner Animation Group banner. That wasn't always the case, though, with the studio previously trying to put together a Jetsons live-action movie for many years, with directors such as Adam Shankman and Robert Rodriguez attached to the project, with the later working from a script by The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg.
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Newswire: Sausage Party director to get his greasy hands all over The Jetsons

It’s been a while since we checked in on Warner Bros.’ new animated Jetsons movie—two years of whiles, in fact—but The Hollywood Reporter has some fresh news about George Jetson, his boy Elroy, etc. THR reports that Conrad Vernon—the Dreamworks veteran who directed Shrek 2 and Monsters Vs. Aliens, before moving into more adult fare as half the directing team on Seth Rogen’s recent hit Sausage Party—has been tapped to helm the Hanna-Barbera adaptation.

Presumably, Vernon’s kid-friendly new project will shy away from the sexually explicit hot dog buns and murderous douches that marked his last film—although hey, it’s the far-future, so who really knows? For its part, Warner Bros. has been trying to get a Jetsons project off the ground for decades now, following in the footsteps of failed live-action versions from Paramount and Universal in the 1990s.
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Animated ‘Jetsons’ Movie to Lift Off With ‘Sausage Party’ Director

Animated ‘Jetsons’ Movie to Lift Off With ‘Sausage Party’ Director
Warner Bros. has hired “Sausage Party” co-director Conrad Vernon to develop its animated feature “The Jetsons” with an eye to direct.

Vernon’s credits include co-directing “Shrek 2,” “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” in addition to the raunchy “Sausage Party” with Greg Tiernan. “Sausage Party” grossed $140 million worldwide on a $19 million budget. Vernon also voiced the Gingerbread Man in the “Shrek” movies.

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Warner Bros. has been trying for several years to move forward on “The Jetsons,” hiring Matt Lieberman to write the script in 2015.

The Hanna-Barbera original animated show aired in primetime on ABC in 1962-63. It was set in 2062 and centered on George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy Jetson along with Rosie the Robot. The series was a Space Age counterpart to Hanna-Barbera’s “The Flintstones.”

Warner Bros., which owns the Hanna-Barbera library,
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Animated Movie ‘The Extincts’ in the Works at Cirrina Studios

Cirrina Studios is moving into pre-production of its first animated feature film, “The Extincts” with plans for a 2019 release.

The project is based on British writer Veronica Cossanteli’s middle grade novel of the same name. “The Extincts” follows the adventures of a boy who goes to work on a farm hidden deep in the woods where he discovers a hidden cache of extinct and mythological creatures, one of which escapes and terrorizes the town in which he lives.

The novel is published by Chicken House/Scholastic in the U.K. and in the United States by Henry Holt.

David Lipman, a producer on “Shrek 2,” will write the screenplay and William “Bill” Joyce will direct. Lipman will also produce the film with Michael Siegel, who was an executive producer on “The Bfg”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and “Rise of the Guardians”.

Jane Startz and Barry Cunningham will executive
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Cannes: 'The Extincts' Animated Film to Be Directed by William Joyce (Exclusive)

An animated adaptation of British writer Veronica Cossanteli's popular middle grade novel The Extincts is in the works at the recently launched entertainment finance, development and production company Cirrina Studios.

David Lipman (producer of Shrek 2) will adapt the project for the big screen, with Oscar-winning filmmaker and author/illustrator William “Bill” Joyce helming. Lipman will also produce with Michael Siegel. Jane Startz and Barry Cunningham will executive produce alongside Jim Pesoli and Karine Martin of Cirrina Studios.

The Extincts follows the madcap adventures of George Drake, a boy who goes to work on a farm hidden deep in the woods...
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