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Official Oscar® Submission for Best Foreign Language Film From Pakistan: ‘Sawaan’

  • Sydney's Buzz
Official Oscar® Submission for Best Foreign Language Film From Pakistan: ‘Sawaan’
Saawan (Urdu: ساون‎‎), directed by Farhan Alam and produced and written by Mashood Qadri and Kalakar Films is based on a true story that took place when medics were going throughout Pakistan to administer the polio vaccine. The film stars Saleem Mairaj, Syed Karam Abbas, Arif Bahalim, Najiba Faiz and Imran Aslam in the lead roles.

Seen through the prism of the handicapped nine year old boy, deserted in a desolate valley in the mountains of Balochistanthat, the injustices of a tribal society with an inept feudal justice system are cruel signposts which society normally view as commonplace. The boy (the protagonist played by child prodigy actor Karam Hussein) is rejected by his father, intimidated by society, harassed by friends and left alone in a valley in the scorching heat to die due to his disability. Strengthened by memories and dreams of the love of his mother, he begins a
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Holy fertilizer! The trailer for Sherlock Gnomes is afoot online

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Hey kids, do you like gnome-related puns and fart jokes? You do? Well then, you may be interested to learn that a trailer has arrived for Sherlock Gnomes, the long-in-the-works sequel to the Annie Award-nominated animated film Gnomeo & Juliet (2011). Directed by John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) and starring James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mary J. Blige and Johnny Depp, Sherlock Gnomes finds... Read More...
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‘Sherlock Gnomes’ Trailer: Fart Jokes + Johnny Depp = Success?

  • Collider.com
Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for the upcoming animated film Sherlock Gnomes, and it’s, well, something. The film is a sequel to 2011’s godawful Gnomeo & Juliet and finds those title characers (voiced by James McAvoy and Emily Blunt) recruiting Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp) to help investigate a mysterious disappearance. The pic is a production of Rocket Pictures, Paramount Animation, and Metro-Goldwyn Mayer, and while it’s been in development for years, the final product looks pretty darn lazy. Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson is at the helm of this follow-up, and this …
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Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt Aren't Your Garden Variety Gnomes in Sherlock Gnomes Trailer

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Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt Aren't Your Garden Variety Gnomes in Sherlock Gnomes Trailer
The gang’s all here!

Six years after the cute, kitschy animated lawn decor danced into moviegoers’ hearts in Gnomeo & Juliet (2011), the charming original characters are back for a sequel — Sherlock Gnomes.

In this exclusive first look at the trailer for the film, “Gnomeo and Juliet are moving to a whole new garden,” according to the clip’s narrator. The new environment comes with a mud pool, in which “Mankini Gnome” happily jumps, sinks and accidentally lets slip a couple homemade “jacuzzi bubbles.” Everything is sunny and happily-ever-after-esque until… Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) return home to find
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Croods 2 Finds Its Director, Brings in Leslie Mann

  • MovieWeb
DreamWorks Animation's The Croods 2 is finally back on the right track after the studio set a new release date for the animated sequel last month. Today the studio has set Joel Crawford to make his feature directorial debut with The Croods 2, after serving as head of story on the studio's Trolls and directing the new TV special DreamWorks Trolls Holiday, which was announced this week and will debut on NBC Wednesday, November 24. Here's what Chris deFaria, president of DreamWorks Animation Film Group, had to say in a statement about the filmmaker.

"Joel has done masterful work in his career and has proven himself to be an artist with a keen eye for character and story. His wonderful work at the helm of the DreamWorks Trolls Holiday as the director demonstrates his ability to expand his talents, and we think he's the perfect choice to bring the Croods
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Locksmith confirms first animated feature, Ron’s Gone Wrong

Simon Brew Oct 17, 2017

Ron's Gone Wrong is a big new animated movie, set to be produced in the middle of London...

New British animation studio Locksmith Animation has followed up its announcement of a deal with 20th Century Fox with the news of its first movie. The film will be called Ron’s Gone Wrong, and will be produced in London, in conjunction with effects house Double Negative.

The movie is to be directed by J P Vine (of Pixar vintage) and Alessandro Carloni (the co-director of Kung Fu Panda 3), and the script has been penned by Peter Baynham and Locksmith co-founder Sarah Smith.

Furthermore, a release date of November 6th 2020 has been confirmed.

As for story details, here’s what we know about Ron’s Gone Wrong, courtesy of the official synopsis…

Ron’S Gone Wrong tells the story of the wonderful walking, talking, digitally connected bot that sweeps
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Angelina Jolie Is Stella the Elephant in Disney's One and Only Ivan

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Angelina Jolie Is Stella the Elephant in Disney's One and Only Ivan
Angelina Jolie has signed on to provide the voice of Stella in Disney's long-gestating adaptation The One and Only Ivan, becoming the first voice cast member to come aboard. The actress was already attached to produce this adaptation, alongside Allison Shearmur, who has helped produce Disney hits such as Cinderella and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but now she is lending her voice to the project as well. Now that Angelina Jolie has been cast, the studio is searching for an actress who will play the key role of a janitor's daughter, who is instrumental in the rescue of both Stella the elephant and Ivan the silverback gorilla.

The project is based on the Newbery Medal-winning book of the same name, written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao, which was published in 2012. The story centers on Ivan the silverback gorilla, Stella the baby elephant and a stray dog named Bob,
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9 Times Stars Shamelessly Spilled Other Celebs' Secrets

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9 Times Stars Shamelessly Spilled Other Celebs' Secrets
Think your friends are bad at keeping their lips sealed? Just imagine how much more of a struggle it would be if they were constantly bombarded with questions on camera.

Even these media-seasoned celebs have accidentally spilled the beans about their buddies’ would-be secrets, proving that no one is immune to the occasional goof.

1. Oprah Winfrey announced Mindy Kaling’s pregnancy.

Kaling‘s A Wrinkle in Time costar confirmed that she’s expecting her first child while talking to People in July. “My mouth dropped,” Winfrey recalled about how she first heard the news while standing in a press line at Disney’s D23 expo.
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Watch Ellen DeGeneres Force Feed Tequila to Kate Hudson in This Incredible Cooking Segment

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Watch Ellen DeGeneres Force Feed Tequila to Kate Hudson in This Incredible Cooking Segment
Kate Hudson stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to share tips on how to throw the perfect movie night, and DeGeneres stepped in to lend her a hand—literally.

“Since you’re an event throwing expert, we thought it would be fun if you gave everyone some tips and I were to help,” the talk show host explained while huddled behind Hudson dressed in a polka dot dress and apron. “So I wrote everything that you’re going to say, all you have to do is read from the prompter and I’m going to be your hands. So it’s pretty self explanatory,
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Skydance Hires Bill Damaschke for Animation-Family Entertainment Post

Skydance Media has hired animation industry veteran Bill Damaschke for the newly created role of president of animation and family entertainment.

The company made the announcement Tuesday and said the appointment is effective immediately. He will report to chief executive officer David Ellison and be responsible with Dana Goldberg, chief creative officer, for helping to set the overall creative direction and strategy for Skydance’s new animation and family entertainment division in conjunction with the feature film and television divisions.

Damaschke most recently served as chief creative officer at DreamWorks Animation. He worked on “Madagascar,” “Kung Fu Panda,” and “How to Train Your Dragon.”

Skydance formed a multi-year partnership in March with Madrid-based Ilion Animation Studios and in July, announced its first two animated feature films — “Luck,” which opens on March 19, 2021, and “Split.”

“Luck,” directed by Alessandro Carloni from a script by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, centers on the battle between the organizations of good luck
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On Community Day, join us for Free movies!

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On Community Day, join us for Free movies!On Community Day, join us for Free movies!Jenny Bullough10/6/2017 9:40:00 Am

What’s better than a movie at a Cineplex theatre? A Free movie at a Cineplex theatre! Join us on the morning of Saturday October 14 for Community Day, when we’ll be offering free screenings of Five different films, with popcorn, select drinks and candy for only $2.50. It’s our way of saying “thank you” for making us part of your communities!

Plus, you’ll be supporting a good cause – 100% of concession sales will go to our national charity partner, We.

We have a fantastic lineup of movies that the whole family can enjoy! Now’s your chance to catch them on the big screen again – or for the first time, if you missed any of these on their first run! The movies are:

Trolls

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
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Last Man on Earth Pulled Off Another Hilariously Brief A-List Cameo Death

Well this is becoming a thing, and it's a thing I'm Way into.

Last Man on Earth pulled off another surprise (and incredibly brief) season-premiere cameo on Sunday night, bringing in Jack Black (Tenacious D, Kung Fu Panda) for all of, oh, half a second before his character was killed off. Will Forte

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Oriental DreamWorks Unveils Five Projects, Promotes Peilin Chou

Oriental DreamWorks Unveils Five Projects, Promotes Peilin Chou
Oriental DreamWorks has unveiled five new movie projects and promoted Peilin Chou to the post of chief creative officer.

The company announced Tuesday that it’s developing “Over the Moon,” a modern-day retelling of the Chinese myth about a mysterious moon goddess, with Audrey Wells writing and Janet Yang executive-producing. It’s also developing an untitled Chinatown project as a comedic adventure with supernatural elements, with Alan Yang, co-creator of “Master of None,” executive-producing.

Oriental DreamWorks also said it’s developing superhero project “The Monkey King,” written by Ron Friedman and Steve Bencich; the comedy “Illumikitty,” about a feline plot for world domination, written by Jenny Bicks; and the animated comedy “Lucky,” written by Rita Hsiao (“Mulan”).

Oriental DreamWorks is backed by DreamWorks Animation, Cmc Capital Partners, Shanghai Media Group, and Shanghai Alliance Investment Limited. Warner Bros. is reportedly in talks to buy Universal’s 45% stake in the company, which Universal inherited when Comcast acquired DreamWorks Animation last
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‘Croods 2’ Revived as Animated Sequel and Jason Blum’s ‘Spooky Jack’ Get Release Dates

‘Croods 2’ Revived as Animated Sequel and Jason Blum’s ‘Spooky Jack’ Get Release Dates
DreamWorks Animation’s “The Croods 2” and a new original feature, “Spooky Jack,” were both added to Universal’s release calendar on Tuesday.

The sequel to 2013’s “The Croods” had been taken off the release schedule and thought to be possibly scrapped. But it is now back on track for a Sept. 18, 2020 release.

The first installment of “The Croods” made $587 million worldwide pointing towards signs of an obvious sequel. Leslie Mann is set to join the returning cast that included Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, and Clark Duke.

Plot details are unknown at this time.

Spooky Jack,” which will be exec produced by Jason Blum, is set to open on Sept. 17, 2021. The story follows three siblings who move into an eerie new home and discover that all the creatures we’ve been told don’t exist actually do. They must handle some unusual squatters from mischievous leprechauns and the elusive Big Foot to
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Netflix Hires DreamWorks Vet Melissa Cobb as Vice President of Kids and Family

Netflix has hired Melissa Cobb as its new vice president of kids and family, the streaming service announced Thursday.

Cobb, who most recently served as chief creative officer and head of studio for Oriental DreamWorks, will be based in the Los Angeles office, reporting to chief content officer Ted Sarandos. In her role, she will lead the content team responsible for bringing kids and family titles to Netflix members, with an expanded focus on high quality series and event programming across the spectrum of kids and family entertainment, including both animation and live action.

“Melissa brings a wealth of experience creating and overseeing series and feature films that resonate with kids and families across the globe,” said Sarandos. “No matter where they live, our members find tremendous enjoyment in our kids and family content, and I couldn’t be happier to have Melissa on board to continue expanding into new and exciting areas.”

In
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Netflix Taps Melissa Cobb to Head Kids and Family Content

Netflix has appointed a new key executive to head its children’s programming division.

Melissa Cobb has joined the streaming giant as vp kids and family, where she will oversee the creation and acquisition of the platform's more G-rated fare. Based in the Los Angeles office, Cobb will report to chief content officer Ted Sarandos. In her role, the Kung Fu Panda producer will lead the content team responsible for bringing family-friendly films and TV shows — both animated and live-action — to Netflix subscribers globally, with an emphasis on high-quality series and event programming.

The hiring comes...
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Aubrey Plaza, Jenny Slate Join Miles Teller’s ‘Ark and the Aardvark’ Animated Movie

Aubrey Plaza, Jenny Slate Join Miles Teller’s ‘Ark and the Aardvark’ Animated Movie
Aubrey Plaza, Jenny Slate, and Craig Robinson have joined Miles Teller as voice talent on Unified Pictures’ animated comedy “The Ark and the Aardvark.”

Rob Riggle is on board to voice an elephant and Stephen Merchant has been added as a crocodile for the project, which is currently in production. Plaza is voicing Brain the Spider while Slate is on board as Mitzi the narcoleptic Ostrich with Robinson as the mansplaining Bullfrog.

John Stevenson (“Kung Fu Panda”) is directing. Producers are Unified’s Keith Kjarval and Kurt Rauer. Executive producers are Cecil Kramer, Ben Ruffman, and Steve Goldstein of Unified, Wayne Godfrey and Robert Jones of the Fyzz, and Kitt Watson of Watson Enterprises.

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Miles Teller to Voice Lead Role in Animated Movie ‘The Ark and the Aardvark

The Ark and the Aardvark” tells the story of Teller’s outcast aardvark, who becomes the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of misfit animals that need to
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‘The Ark And The Aardvark’ Animated Feature’s Voice Cast Comes Together

  • Deadline
‘The Ark And The Aardvark’ Animated Feature’s Voice Cast Comes Together
Aubrey Plaza (Ingrid Goes West, Legion), Jenny Slate (Zootopia), Craig Robinson (Ghosted), Rob Riggle, and Stephen Merchant have joined the previously announced Miles Teller to lead the voice cast in the animated feature The Ark and the Aardvark. The film is currently in production being directed by Kung Fu Panda‘s John Stevenson. Teller will portray Gilbert the Aardvark; Plaza as the ever-smart Brain the Spider, Slate as Mitzi the narcoleptic Ostrich, Robinson as the…
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Aubrey Plaza, Jenny Slate, Craig Robinson Join Animated 'Ark and the Aardvark'

Aubrey Plaza, Jenny Slate, Craig Robinson Join Animated 'Ark and the Aardvark'
Aubrey Plaza, Jenny Slate, Craig Robinson, Rob Riggle and Stephen Merchant have joined the cast of Unified Pictures’ animated feature film The Ark and the Aardvark.

Kung Fu Panda helmer John Stevenson is directing the reimagining of the Noah’s Ark story, which stars Miles Teller as the titular aardvark, Gilbert, who leads a group of misfit animals though natural disasters and personal anxieties.

Plaza joins the voice cast as the ever-smart Brain the Spider, along with Slate as Mitzi the narcoleptic Ostrich, Robinson as the mansplaining Bullfrog, Riggle as Todd the elephant and Merchant as the wise old Croc.

Currently in production, the animated film...
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Rebel Wilson Receives Record Settlement in Defamation Lawsuit

Wilson in “How to Be Single

Rebel Wilson won a landmark sum in her lawsuit against Bauer Media, the publisher behind Woman’s Day and the Australian Women’s Weekly. Wilson, who had brought a libel case against Bauer, received a settlement of “more than $4.5m [approximately $3.6m in Usd] in damages, plus interest and court costs” from the Melbourne supreme court, The Guardian confirms. The “Pitch Perfect” actress had argued that Bauer Media attempted to permanently damage her reputation by knowingly publishing lies about her around the release of “Pitch Perfect 2.” Bauer’s publications had written several pieces suggesting that Wilson had been dishonest about her age, name, and upbringing.

The “Bridesmaids” star also claimed that Bauer’s stories had cost her job opportunities, specifically roles in Dreamworks’ “Kung Fu Panda 3” and “Trolls.” “You’re not popular for long in Hollywood, you have a few years until you go out of fashion,” the actress explained. “They took those two years away from me doing what I love, which is entertaining people and making people laugh.”

After hearing both sides’ evidence, a six-person jury found in Wilson’s favor in June. The jury was asked to consider “40 questions and eight claims of defamation relating to a series of articles accusing Wilson of being a serial liar.”

Justice John Dixon’s judgment specified that Wilson was due “substantial” payment. The actress was granted “$650,000 in general damages, including aggravated damages, and $3,917,472 in special damages for opportunities of screen roles lost because of the articles.” Wilson will also receive interest and legal cost reparations sometime in the future.

Dixon’s decision also found that the usual $389,500 ceiling on Victorian defamation cases “did not apply because Wilson’s case warranted an award of aggravation.”

According to tweets from Wilson, her settlement marks an Australian record, but the case was never about money. “I’m looking forward to helping out some great Australian charities and supporting the Oz film industry with the damages I’ve received,” she added.

Justice Dixon has awarded me a record sum and I'm extremely grateful for that. It is 4 times the Australian record.

— @RebelWilson

To me though, this case wasn't about the money.

— @RebelWilson

I'm looking forward to helping out some great Australian charities and supporting the Oz film industry with the damages I've received.

— @RebelWilson

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” and “How to Be Single” are among Wilson’s recent screen credits. You can catch her reprise the role of Fat Amy in “Pitch Perfect 3,” set to bow December 22. Wilson is also set to star opposite Anne Hathaway in the gender-swapped “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” reboot “Nasty Women.” Wilson and Hathaway will portray two con-women trying to fleece a tech prodigy for all he’s worth.

Rebel Wilson Receives Record Settlement in Defamation Lawsuit was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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