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10 items from 2016


Kids Now Casting: Live-Action ‘The Polar Express’

29 September 2016 8:34 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

It’s never too early for Christmas to come to town! A nonunion production of the beloved holiday tale, “The Polar Express,” is casting for several roles, including the young protagonist!  The production, based on the 1985 children’s book that was adapted into an animated feature in 2004, seeks a male actor, aged 7–14, to play the nameless boy hero who finds himself doubting the magic of Christmas. The live-action piece will rehearse in October, with a performance slated for Nov. 25 in the New York City area. For more information on “The Polar Express,” you can see the full listing here. And be sure to check out all of Backstage’s casting notices, which can be sorted by age! Seeking some acting advice? Check out Backstage’s YouTube channel!                              »

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The Avengers Composer Alan Silvestri Returning To Marvel Studios To Score Infinity War Part I And II

6 June 2016 7:38 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Captain America: Civil War's score was a little forgettable, so you can understand why Marvel Studios is turning to composer Alan Silvestri for the soon to be retitled Avengers: Infinity War - Part I and Part II. He worked on Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers, while other non-Marvel credits include Forrest Gump, The Polar Express, Night at the Museum, Flight, The Croods, and The Walk. The news of his return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe was made official by Silvestri's website where they announced: "We are pleased to announce that Alan is slated to score the Marvel films "Avengers: Infinity War - Part I and Part II." These films are scheduled for release in May of 2018 and May of 2019." It will now be up to the composer to handle such huge moment as The Avengers teaming up with Guardians of the Galaxy and Thanos finally wielding the Infinity Gauntlet! »

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"Jumanji" Remake To Honor Robin Williams

10 May 2016 5:09 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Last month came the news that Dwayne Johnson will both star in and produce a remake of the family adventure tale "Jumanji" for Sony Pictures. Production is slated to begin this Fall.

Today, Johnson took to his Instagram page once again today - revealing a new photo of himself reading the original book by Chris Van Allsburg and offered new details about the project which will honor original star Robin Williams.

"And the #Jumanji magic begins. Excellent meeting with our director Jake Kasdan, producer Matt Tolmach, and our @SevenBucksProd team to work on our new re-imagining of this amazing story. I felt like in order to craft something cool we should begin where it all started.

Award winning writer Chris Van Allsburg's source material of Jumanji. Chris also wrote The Polar Express (later adapted by Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks) and has a very special & magical way of storytelling. »

- Garth Franklin

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The ‘Jumanji’ remake will honour the memory of Robin Williams

10 May 2016 12:16 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Dwayne Johnson has just about wrapped shooting on the Baywatch movie, and then he’ll go straight into shooting the eighth film in the Fast and the Furious series, but he has another big project in the works, a remake of Jumanji.

Johnson took to his Instagram account to talk about the film, which is being directed by Jake Kasdan. It looks like the Jumanji remake will honour the memory of Robin Williams, who led the 1996 original, which in itself was based on the original book by Chris Van Allsburg.

“An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of ‘Alan Parrish’ will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of Jumanji in an earnest and cool way”, Johnson said. »

- Paul Heath

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Jumanji Remake Pays Tribute to Robin Williams Says the Rock

9 May 2016 5:40 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last month, Dwayne Johnson revealed that production will begin this fall on Sony Pictures' Jumanji remake, which he is set to both star in and produce. The actor is possibly reuniting with his Central Intelligence co-star Kevin Hart, and while no other cast members have been announced quite yet, that will change soon. The Rock took to his Instagram page once again today, revealing a new photo of the actor reading the original Jumanji book by Chris Van Allsburg. He goes onto reveal new details about this project, and how he plans to honor original Jumanji star, the late Robin Williams.

In a lengthy post on his Instagram page, Dwayne Johnson explains that he recently met with director Jake Kasdan and producer Matt Tolmach to work on the Jumanji remake. We still don't know anything about who Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are playing yet, but the story follows a »

- MovieWeb

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Lucasfilm's Doug Chiang speaks to If about a life in VFX, from T2 to Star Wars

29 March 2016 3:25 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Doug Chiang.

Doug Chiang began his career as a stop motion animator on the TV series Pee Wee.s Playhouse. After attending UCLA film school, he became a commercial director for Rhythm and Hues..After joining Ilm, he served as visual effects art director on films such as Terminator 2, Ghost, The Doors, The Mask, Forrest Gump, and Death Becomes Her..From 1995 through 2002, Chiang served as head of the Lucasfilm art department for the Star Wars prequels, after which he worked as a production designer on Robert Zemeckis' motion-capture features The Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol..From 2006 to 2011, Chiang served as executive vice president of The Walt Disney Company.s ImageMovers Digital, a digital film studio founded by Zemeckis..In 2013, Chiang returned to Lucasfilm to work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He currently serves as Lucasfilm's vice president and executive creative director.

"I first saw Star Wars when I was fifteen, »

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Lucasfilm VP Doug Chiang on a life in VFX, from T2 to The Force Awakens

29 March 2016 3:25 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Doug Chiang.

Doug Chiang began his career as a stop motion animator on the TV series Pee Wee.s Playhouse. After attending UCLA film school, he became a commercial director for Rhythm and Hues..After joining Ilm, he served as visual effects art director on films such as Terminator 2, Ghost, The Doors, The Mask, Forrest Gump, and Death Becomes Her..From 1995 through 2002, Chiang served as head of the Lucasfilm art department for the Star Wars prequels, after which he worked as a production designer on Robert Zemeckis' motion-capture features The Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol..From 2006 to 2011, Chiang served as executive vice president of The Walt Disney Company.s ImageMovers Digital, a digital film studio founded by Zemeckis..In 2013, Chiang returned to Lucasfilm to work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He currently serves as Lucasfilm's vice president and executive creative director.

"I first saw Star Wars when I was fifteen, »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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Mandalay Bolsters Slate Following ‘Birth of a Nation’ Sale (Exclusive)

4 March 2016 5:17 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mandalay Pictures has unveiled a trio of new projects shepherded by VP Jason Michael Berman following the Sundance sale of Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Mandalay recently bought David M. Crabtree’s script “Phasic,” which follows a young woman who is pursued by a group of supernatural hitmen after she gains the power to transform physical objects with her imagination. Crabtree, a Clio Award-winning commercial director, also wrote “For All Time” for Lionsgate.

Mandalay has also purchased “Apex” from Black List writers Dan Frey and Russell Sommer, centering on an up-and-coming female Mma fighter sidelined by a devastating injury. When a cutting-edge genetic research company offers her a unique chance to step back into the ring, she has to fight to keep her humanity alive.

Frey and Sommer developed “Apex” with visual effects expert Steven Ilous, who will direct. Ilous worked on “The »

- Dave McNary

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Josh Hutcherson Was a Charmer Way Before He Was Peeta in The Hunger Games

3 March 2016 12:40 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Josh Hutcherson may have gotten his big break when he was cast as Peeta Mellark in the Hunger Games franchise, but he's actually been charming Hollywood for quite some time. Way before he was the boy with the bread, Josh was a child actor, appearing in movies like Kicking & Screaming, The Polar Express, and Rv. In honor of the DVD release of Mockingjay - Part 2 on March 22, we've rounded up some of his most adorable moments in the spotlight. Keep reading to see his amazing transformation, then check out how much the rest of the Hunger Games cast has changed over the years. »

- Kelsie Gibson

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'Jumanji' Remake Lands 'Sex Tape' Director Jake Kasdan

14 January 2016 10:01 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just a few months after Sony Pictures set their Jumanji remake for a Christmas 2016 release, the studio has finally found its director. Deadline reports that Jake Kasdan (Sex Tape) has signed on to direct, although it isn't known when production will get under way. With the studio still sticking with its December 25, 2016 release, date, filming will most likely have to begin fairly soon.

The project has been in development for several years, with Zach Helm coming aboard to write the script back in 2012. The most current version of the script was written by Scott Rosenberg (Con Air) and Jeff Pinkner. Our report from October revealed that Jeff Pinkner, who co-created CBS' summer TV series Zoo with Scott Rosenberg, was coming on board to consult with the script, alongside Andr&#233 Nemec and Josh Appelbaum (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

The remake is said to be a high priority for the studio, »

- MovieWeb

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