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Simon Cowell Launching Movie Partnership with ‘Lego Movie’ Animation House

7 May 2014 7:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Simon Cowell is moving into family movies through his Syco Entertainment banner with Australia-based Animal Logic in a multi-project partnership.

The alliance is already developing several music-based animated and hybrid animation-live action films. Their  first hybrid animated music-based film is set for release in 2016.

Animal Logic handled the animation and visual effects for “The Lego Movie” and the “Happy Feet” films.

Syco Entertainment already has a first-look movie deal with Sony. It’s a joint venture with Sony Music covering music, movies and TV including the reality TV formats “Got Talent” and “The X Factor.”

Syco produced the 3D concert movie “One Direction: This Is Us,” released last year through Sony with worldwide grosses topping $68 million.

The partnership will be headed by Animal Logic’s Zareh Nalbandian and Jason Lust and by Syco Entertainment’s Adam Milano.

“It is a dream come true to have this opportunity of working with Animal Logic, »

- Dave McNary

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Simon Cowell’s Syco & Animal Logic To Develop Music-Based Animated Films

7 May 2014 7:58 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment and Australian special effects house Animal Logic Entertainment (The Lego Movie, Happy Feet) are partnering to develop music-based animated and hybrid animation/live action pics. Their first project is slated for release in 2016. “It is a dream come true to have this opportunity of working with Animal Logic. I think their work is pure genius and I really feel excited about the films we are going to be making together,” said Cowell. Animal Logic’s, Zareh Nalbandian is heading up the partnership, along with Jason Lust and Syco Entertainment’s, Adam Milano. “We are thrilled to bring together the amazing talent, global reach and expertise in popular music of Syco Entertainment alongside Animal Logic’s rich history of innovative, cutting edge animation and universal storytelling. I am confident our truly complementary collaboration with Syco will be a very powerful force in family entertainment”, said Nalbandian. »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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John Powell on Five of His Notable Scores

23 April 2014 12:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Composer John Powell talks about his five fave movie music projects and why:

Face/Off (1997)

“You do your first big movie, and it’s a John Woo film with Nicolas Cage and John Travolta. The premiere was at the Mann Chinese; Hans (Zimmer) got me a limo. There was a big crowd, and as I got out of the limo, there was this sigh of disappointment when they realized that it wasn’t John Travolta. I recommend this to all Hollywood composers. Within a small group of people, we may be well known, but it’s not why people go to the movies.”

Endurance (1999)

“The first person that Hans introduced me to, and got me involved with, was Terrence Malick. He was producing a docudrama about Haile Gebrselassie, the great Ethopian long-distance runner. Malick treated me as an artist. Hollywood is full of very, very artistic people. It is a business, »

- Steve Chagollan

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Billion Dollar Composer: John Powell Ranges From Action to Animation

23 April 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With “Rio 2” in release and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” due in June, London-born John Powell reconfirms his status as today’s leading composer for animated films.

Twenty of his 54 features have been animated. And with a resume that also includes a 2010 Oscar nomination for his soaring “How to Train Your Dragon” score and music for such hits as “Happy Feet,” three of the “Ice Age” movies, two Dr. Seuss entries, “Kung Fu Panda” and the original “Shrek,” it’s hard to dispute that Powell has made a lasting impression on the genre.

“I grew up on ‘The Jungle Book,’ Warner Bros. cartoons, and ‘Tom and Jerry,’” says Powell in his expansive Pacific Palisades studio, the day before leaving for London to record music for the “Dragon” sequel. “I love the artistry of animation, and I prefer the stories. It’s much more joyful. Live-action is just so »

- Jon Burlingame

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'Mad Max': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Mel Gibson Classic

12 April 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"It's that rat circus out there, I'm beginning to enjoy it. Look, any longer out on that road and I'm one of them, a terminal psychotic, except that I've got this bronze badge that says that I'm one of the good guys."

And so we were introduced to the ticking time bomb of fury that is Mel Gibson, at least on screen, in "Mad Max."

Released 35 years ago this week (on April 12, 1979), George Miller's film about a near-future cop who turns vigilante when a biker gang kills his partner and his family, made an international star out of Gibson, made Miller an A-list director, and helped put the new wave of Australian cinema on the world map. It also launched a franchise that continues to this day; next year, Miller will finally release the long-gestating "Mad Max: Fury Road," with Tom Hardy taking over as Max.

While the original »

- Gary Susman

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Photos From 2008 Justice League Movie That Never Happened

9 April 2014 5:37 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Choreographer Greg Van Borssum posted a few photos of the cast for the $200 million "Justice League" movie that Warner Bros was developing back in 2007 with director George Miller (Mad Max, Happy Feet). Check out the photos below. At the time, "Superman Returns" flopped in theaters, which is why the studio recast Superman with DJ Cotrona and hired Armie Hammer as Batman, despite the fact that Christian Bale was still playing the character in "The Dark Knight" trilogy. Other cast members included Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Adam Brody as The Flash, Teresa Palmer as Talia al Ghul, and Megan Gale as Wonder Woman. Not in the photos are Common as John Stewart (aka Green Lantern), Anton Yelchin as Wally West, Zoe Kazan as Iris West and Stephen Tobolowsky as Alfred Pennyworth. The film obviously never happened and Warner Bros is now »

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10 directors who made belated returns to their franchises

3 April 2014 1:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Top 10 Ryan Lambie 4 Apr 2014 - 06:26

From Francis Ford Coppola to George Miller, we take a look at 10 directors who made belated returns to the franchises they created...

There's nothing new about directors returning to the stories and characters they first brought to the screen years before. Director Fritz Lang directed his first film featuring the mesmeric master of disguises Doctor Mabuse in 1922; he then returned to make The Testament Of Dr Mabuse in 1933, before heading back one final time for The Thousand Eyes Of Dr Mabuse in 1960 - the director's last film.

In recent years, however, it's become increasingly common for directors to return to the film series they began years earlier. It's an attempt, perhaps, to return to themes that still interest them, or to tell a new story in the same landscape as before, or maybe because of a Hollywood deal too lucrative to turn down. As the selection below proves, »

- ryanlambie

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TV highlights 25/03/2014

25 March 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Football: Manchester United v Manchester City | Shetland | Pramface | Fossil Wonderlands: Nature's Hidden Treasures | Culture Show: Savion GloverHappy Feet | The Missing | Doll & Em | Secrets Of The Vatican

Football: Manchester United v Manchester City

7pm, Sky Sports 1

Desperate times for David Moyes and Manchester United: following their defeat to Liverpool last weekend, they find themselves struggling to stay in touch with the top four. Moyes needs a positive result tonight at home to title-chasing Manchester City, who have won their previous two away fixtures at Old Trafford. He'll draw some confidence from the form of Wayne Rooney in this fixture: Rooney is the Manchester derby's all-time top scorer, with 11 goals. Gwilym Mumford

Shetland

9pm, BBC1

Perez and his impassive scowl part ways this week when a friend of his turns up dead in a wrecked car. His cage is further rattled by the arrival of beautiful and outspoken crime-scene expert Willow »

- Gwilym Mumford, Julia Raeside, Hannah J Davies, Hannah Verdier, Jonathan Wright, Andrew Mueller, Rachel Aroesti, Ali Catterall

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Clueless: What the cast did after hit teen comedy

11 March 2014 10:03 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Iggy Azalea paid tribute to cult teen classic Clueless in her recent music video for 'Fancy'.

The Australian rapper appears as Alicia Silverstone's iconic character Cher in the video, which was released online last week.

As stars continue to be inspired by the movie almost 20 years on, we take a fond look back at the cast and what they went on to do after Clueless:

Alicia Silverstone (Cher Horowitz)

Alicia Silverstone played seemingly shallow socialite Cher - famously branded "a virgin who can't drive" and "hymenally challenged" - in the high-school adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma.

Prior to Clueless, Silverstone's credits included ABC comedy-drama The Wonder Years and a number of Aerosmith videos. The film propelled her to further fame, and she went on to star in Joel Schumacher's 1997 movie Batman & Robin, crime-comedy Excess Baggage (1997) with Benicio Del Toro and Christopher Walken, and romantic drama Blast from the Past (1999) opposite Brendan Fraser. »

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The Lego Movie towers over an all-animation top three

26 February 2014 2:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A second weekend adds to The Lego Movie's impressive tally as it retains its top slot above Mr Peabody & Sherman and Disney's Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy

The Lego Movie – review

• Mr Peabody & Sherman – review

• More on the UK box office

The winner

Our compact half-term school holidays always concentrate the minds of UK families, offering rich potential for bonanza box-office over a highly compressed time period. And so it has proved with the half-term just ended: from Friday 14 February to Sunday 23 February, The Lego Movie has taken an astonishing £19.72m in just 10 days of play, an average of nearly £2m per day. Add in the previews from the previous weekend, and the film's tally to date rises to a stonking £21.88m. That's more than the lifetime totals of the two lowest-grossing Pixar films – Cars and Cars 2 – and is also ahead of both Kung Fu Panda pictures from DreamWorks Animation. »

- Charles Gant

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Casting: Grainger, Cudi, Vega, Henrie, Socha

23 February 2014 9:12 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Tulip Fever

Holliday Grainger ("The Borgias") has scored a supporting role as a maid in Justin Chadwick's adaptation of Deborah Moggach's beloved romance novel "Tulip Fever" at The Weinstein Company. Filming aims to begin in April.

Set in 17th century Amsterdam, the story follows a married woman (Alicia Vikander) who begins a passionate affair with an artist hired to paint her portrait. The lovers gamble on the booming market for tulip bulbs as a way to raise money to run away together. [Source: The Wrap]

Entourage: The Movie

Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi) has scored the role of assistant to Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) in the upcoming movie based on the HBO series "Entourage" at Warner Bros. Pictures. Lloyd, Gold's previous long-suffering assistant, has been promoted to an agency rep in the new film. [Source: Deadline]

Untitled Jim Loach Project

Paz Vega, Edward James Olmos, Jessica Marais, Carmen Maura, Michael Crisafulli, »

- Garth Franklin

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People's Movie Critic Makes First Oscar Picks

22 February 2014 3:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

We're about a week away from Hollywood's biggest night, which means it's time for me to share my first picks to win Oscar gold. First up, my selections for animated feature, documentary feature, cinematography, adapted screenplay and original screenplay: • Best Documentary Oscar prognosticators are split between the fiendishly talented backup singers in 20 Feet from Stardom and the stomach-churning "gangsters" in The Act of Killing, and so am I. Still, I have to tip the scale toward The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer's gut-punch of a film about the men who carried out the 1965 Indonesian genocide. Oppenheimer and his crew »

- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic

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Paz Vega joins Jim Loach film

20 February 2014 6:05 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oranges and Sunshine director returning to Australia to film Spanish family drama starring Paz Vega.

The lead cast has been unveiled on British filmmaker Jim Loach’s second feature, which will begin production on March 3 at Adelaide Studios and across South Australia’s outback and vineyard regions.

The film, currently known as Untitled Jim Loach Project, marks a return to the country for the London-born director, who made Oranges and Sunshine in Australia in 2009.

The UK-Australia co-production is from Met Film and Southern Light Alliance, with investment from the UK’s Rattle & Hum Films and the South Australian Film Corporation.

Producers are Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch for UK outfit Met Film alongside Australia’s Tim White and Anna Vincent for Southern Light Alliance.

Set within a multigenerational Spanish family, the upcoming film tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who realises he must escape his passionate yet dysfunctional family.

The script »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Paz Vega, Carmen Maura Head Down Under With Jim Loach

20 February 2014 4:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – Spanish stars Paz Vega and Carmen Maura join with Edward James Olmos in the untitled new picture by British director Jim Loach which starts shooting next month.

The director returns to Australia where he previously made “Oranges And Sunshine” (pictured) with Emily Watson and Hugo Weaving.

Scripted by Judy Morris (“Happy Feet 2,” The Eye of the Storm,” “Babe: Pig in the City”), the picture is the tale of a 12 year old boy who tries to escape his dysfunctional, multi-generational Spanish family.

Production begins March 3 at the Adelaide Studios in South Australia and in the state’s Barossa Valley and Flinders Range wine country.

Rattle & Hum Films presents a Met Film and Southern Light Alliance production, with Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch producing for Met Film alongside Timothy White (Son of a Gun, The Boys Are Back) and Anna Vincent for Southern Light Alliance. The South Australian Film »

- Patrick Frater

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Jim Loach Returns Down Under to Shoot New Spanish Family Drama

19 February 2014 8:25 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jessica Marais (Magic City) and Spanish actress Carmen Maura (Women On The Verge of A Nervous Breakdown) will star in British director Jim Loach’s new untitled feature which will be shot in South Australia in March. The film, from a script by seasoned Australian screenwriter, Judy Morris (Babe, Happy Feet 2), is set within a multigenerational Spanish family and tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who realizes he must escape his passionate yet dysfunctional family to effect change. An ensemble of Spanish stars are heading down under for the shoot including Paz Vega (Grace of Monaco), Antonio

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Exotic cast for new Jim Loach film

19 February 2014 6:55 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Spanish stars Paz Vega, Carmen Maura and Antonio de la Torre together with Edward James Olmos and Love Child.s Jessica Marais head the cast of Jim Loach.s movie which starts shooting in South Australia on March 3.

Scripted by Judy Morris (Happy Feet 2, The Eye of the Storm), the plot revolves around a multi-generational, dysfunctional Spanish family and a 12-year-old boy, Savino, who realises he has to escape to effect change. Sydney newcomer Michael Crisafulli will play Savino with Jarin Towney (Two Little Boys, Underbelly) as his buddy Skeet.

It.s the first film from Timothy White (Son of a Gun, The Boys are Back) and Anna Vincent.s Southern Light Alliance, an unofficial co-production with Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch of the UK.s Met Film.

Vincent tells If that White was introduced to the project from an international contact, she then met the UK producers in »

- Don Groves

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The Lego Movie breaks new ground

5 February 2014 4:28 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

How do you shoot characters based on 3 cm high Lego bricks in a 3D animated adventure movie?

That was the challenge facing cinematographer and layout supervisor Pablo Plaisted and the creative team on The Lego Movie.

The team led by writers-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street) came up with some innovative solutions.

.The directors wanted the movie to look like stop-motion rather than CGI,. Plaisted tells If on the line from the Us where he is taking a break after attending the premiere in Los Angeles last Saturday.

.CG cameras can look rather smooth and weightless. We roughed the camera up to make it feel big and heavy and to emphasise the tiny Lego figures..

Plaisted grew up with Lego and says he learned how to be creative playing Lego as a kid with his mother. He spent two years on the film, »

- Don Groves

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2013 report card: Another tough year for Aussie films

5 January 2014 3:57 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

An analysis of the Australian films released in cinemas in 2013 makes for grim reading, with a handful of critical and/or commercial successes outnumbered by misfires and under-achievers.

On the positive side, the debut films from directors Kim Mordaunt (The Rocket), Catriona McKenzie (Satellite Boy) and Mark Grentell (Backyard Ashes) unearthed talent with plenty of potential.

The year ended on a strong note with the Boxing Day launch of Jonathan Teplitzy.s The Railway Man, which ranks as the second-highest local grosser behind Baz Luhrmann.s The Great Gatsby, which amassed $27.4 million to become the fifth-biggest Australian title of all time.

Tellingly, the drama starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman raked in more money in its first week than the lifetime earnings of every other title. According to If.s estimate, the combined B.O. tally of the 26 local films and documentaries is $38.88 million, well short of 2012.s $47.9 million.

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- Don Groves

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