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Have you ever thought a movie or TV series went down the wrong path, storywise? Well, now you can choose the direction of your entertainment with a new kind of programming from Netflix. Currently streaming on the service is a Shrek/Puss in Boots spin-off from DreamWorks titled Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale that gives you options as to which way its plot will continue. That's right, just like those old Choose Your Own Adventure books. The framing of the animated short is actually like one of those books, which Puss has magically fallen inside. Every couple of minutes an omniscient narrator gives Puss a new set of possibilities. For instance, he can fight a god or a tree. The choices are also for the viewer to pick from, using a smart TV, game...
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- Christopher Campbell
A few months back, we reported on Netflix experimenting with the idea of creating “choose your own adventure” series. This is definitely a cool idea, and a way that Netflix is continue to innovate beyond what standard networks have to offer. Up until this point, the closest thing we’ve had has been in the form of YouTube videos that lead to other YouTube videos using annotations. Another close parallel can be the Telltale Games like The Walking Dead or The Wolf Among Us.
At the time, it was rumored that the streaming service was experimenting, and to be honest, I didn’t think we’d see anything for at least another year. it turns out they were a bit farther along than I first realized, and today they released their first “choose your own adventure” for kids. The title in question comes from the Dreamworks property, Puss in Boots, and, it’s called Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale.
From the sound of the title, you can assume that this is a story aimed towards kids. and you wouldn’t be wrong. But that doesn’t keep it from being a bit of a novel idea for a network. The story starts out with Puss in Boots fighting off a trio of foes, and after beating them, he finds a storybook about him. He opens it up, only to get sucked in. The narrator proceeds to boss him around, and it’s up to the viewers to choose his path.
As with the “choose your own adventure” novels, you have an equal chance of choosing the wrong path, and this prompts a do-over from the narrator, who sends you back to the option where things went wrong. For those wondering how it works in terms of the timeline on your device, here’s a snapshot below of how the options pop up on an iPhone when you tap the screen.
As you can see, instead of a standard timeline (which gives us an idea of how much longer there is of the program), we have the sets of options given. Here's how the options break down according to Netflix for Puss in Boots as well as the upcoming Buddy Thunderstruck (the latter of which is set to hit next month). Click either to enlarge.
As of right now, this is only available for certain devices, like smart TVs, iPhones, or Roku — there is currently no way to select the options on your browser, Apple TV, Android, or Chromecast. We’re sure those will be coming soon.
The end product here is quaint enough. Nothing to write home about, but still pretty fun, and an extra way for kids to interact, as they’re already so inundated with more interactive media.
“Kids are already talking to the screen,” Carla Engelbrecht Fisher, Netflix’s director of product innovation, told The Verge. “They’re touching every screen. They think everything is interactive.”
This is a good start. Now, all we can do is wait for the more adult-centric horror themed ones to hit.
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Source: The Verge
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- Joseph Medina
In just a few months, Tom Holland returns to the big screen as Spider-Man in his first stand alone adventure, Spider-Man: Homecoming, but next year, fans will also get a new Spider-Man animated movie, which will feature The Get Down and Dope star Shameik Moore lending his voice to the iconic Miles Morales. While we wait for additional voice cast members to come aboard, Sony Pictures unveiled the first two posters for this untitled animated adventure during the annual Licensing Expo, which is currently happening in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, these posters don't give us our first look at the animated Spidey, but it does feature the movie's new logo.
Collider spotted these photos on the convention floor earlier today, which showcases a graffiti-style logo that is being used for this animated Spider-Man movie. Unfortunately, the Licensing Expo didn't reveal any story details for this untitled animated adventure, but this project »
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Just because they’ve lent Peter Parker to Marvel Studios doesn’t mean that Sony aren’t interested in moving forward with their own Spider-Man-related projects. On top of the recent news that Tom Hardy would be playing Eddie Brock Aka Venom in a live-action movie, here’s a reminder that another wallcrawler will soon be making his way to the big screen.
The untitled animated Spider-Man movie will feature Dope‘s Shameik Moore as Miles Morales with Liev Schreiber as a yet unrevealed villain. That’s about all we currently know about the film’s content, but at least we now have our first glimpse at two posters for the movie. Collider spotted them while attending the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, and you can check them out in the gallery above.
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- Christian Bone
Just months after Sony Pictures confirmed that their animated Spider-Man movie will follow Miles Morales, the studio has finally found their lead voice actor. Shameik Moore (Dope) has signed on to voice this beloved character in the animated movie, with Liev Schreiber also coming aboard to voice an unspecified villain. Now that the studio is in casting mode, it remains to be seen how quickly the other roles will be filled out.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today, which comes just over a month after we reported that Ice Cube was being considered to voice Miles Morales' father, although his casting has yet to be confirmed. Ice Cube has previously worked with writers and producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller before, playing Captain Dickson in 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street. Phil Lord and Chris Miller were originally slated to direct this animated movie, but they are now only serving as writers and producers, »
Release dates are sometimes more interesting than their movies.
The simple answer for how a movie like The Boss Baby opens at number one is that it’s a major studio animated feature debuting in late March. Specific to this movie, however, there are certain special circumstances, like Beauty and the Beast finally dropping enough to give something else a shot and Ghost in the Shell being a flop, possibly due to its whitewashing casting controversy and possibly just due to its just not being very good.
March is a tricky month for movie releases. With Easter having an unfixed date falling either in March or April, there’s sometimes a holiday weekend, albeit not one typically known for moviegoing. Also, much of America’s children have a spring break, yet there’s no uniformity from county to county within any given state let alone across the country (many states and school districts also wait until April »
- Christopher Campbell
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
Two Very Different Movies Look to Divide Up the Weekend Box Office Business
With Disney’s Beauty and the Beast continuing to dominate at the box office with $90 million this past weekend, and Saban’s Power Rangers (Lionsgate) also doing exceedingly well with $40 million in second place, you wouldn’t think anyone would try to release a movie that might get overshadowed by those two blockbusters.
That said, what’s interesting about this weekend is the fact there are two very different movies that are competing very heavily for second place with DreamWorks Animation’s latest animated family film, The Boss Baby (20th Century Fox), taking on the live action English remake of Ghost In The Shell (Paramount), starring Scarlett Johansson. In most cases, »
- Edward Douglas
Brendon Connelly Mar 23, 2017
Since DreamWorks Animation got snapped up by Universal, it seems several films have been cancelled. So what's actually happening?
If we imagine that the acquisition of Pixar by Disney was some kind of seismic shift for the Emeryville animation house, then Dreamworks Animation, by comparison, must be living in the red-hot cradle of a hyperactive volcano.
Animated films take so long, from concept to production to release, that recent Dreamworks titles are making their eventual escape from a corporate context which bears little relation to where they were conceived.
The Croods is a particularly good example. It was, originally, going to be a stop-motion film produced at Aardman with a screenplay by John Cleese. Without it ever being cancelled outright, this project continued to evolve, as Dreamworks twisted and turned like a kaleidoscope around it, in to the final product. The plot was different. The characters were different. »
Illumination — the production company behind “Minions,” “Sing,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and the “Despicable Me” franchise — also announced Thursday that it’s appointed Scott Broock as exec VP of digital strategy and innovation, and Latifa Ouaou as executive producer.
Schube will work alongside Meledandri on business strategy and will oversee all core business operations, including finance, business development, and administrative functions. Schube was the president and chief operating officer at Henson before leaving last year.
Fischer helped devise the original business plan for 10-year-old Illumination with Meledandri and was its first COO. She’ll scale back her role at the company after its release of “Despicable Me 3” this summer, but will continue serving as a close strategic adviser to Meledandri and Illumination.
Broock was global virtual reality evangelist at YouTube, »
- Dave McNary
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything on Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion animated adaptation of Pinocchio, but during an interview with Collider the fan favourite filmmaker has revealed that he’s still working on the project, and has enlisted Emmy winner Patrick McHale to help pen the script.
“I’m preparing my first stop-motion animation feature with Pinocchio, which I’ve been trying to get off the ground for a while, but I haven’t been able yet,” said del Toro. “But the last news on Pinocchio, which was very, very useful for me, was that I was looking for a co-writer who could be a great partner for me on this, and I’m happy to say that Patrick McHale from Over the Garden Wall is going to co-write the new draft of the screenplay with me.”
Del Toro also revealed that he’d like »
- Gary Collinson
It seems the success of Guillermo del Toro and Netflix’s Trollhunters series has reignited the filmmaker’s desire to craft his stop-motion Pinocchio movie, after del Toro revealed to Collider that he’s now recruited Over the Garden Wall creator Patrick McHale as co-writer.
Having spent years working as a producer for DreamWorks Animation, del Toro’s credits include everything from Puss in Boots to last year’s King Fu Panda 3, and the illustrious director is now ready to call upon that experience to resuscitate his shelved Pinocchio film.
“There are a lot of things that are still percolating, but as far as I’m concerned, I am still planning to do my first animated feature as a director. It’s been an apprenticeship with DreamWorks the last seven years with Jeffrey [Katzenberg]. I was as close to him as I could and I was on the production of Puss in Boots, »
- Michael Briers
Hacker emoji Jailbreak (Ilana Glazer), exuberant Gene (T.J. Miller) and his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) embark on the app-venture of a lifetime in Sony Pictures Animation’s Emojimovie: Express Yourself, in theaters summer 2017.
Making good on the commitment to increase overall output while continuing to offer its distinctive mix of family films, Sony Pictures Animation today released the project details on its upcoming roster of titles through 2018, along with additional highly anticipated future feature film projects, including one from Pulitzer Prize-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation, says, “We are proud of the artist-driven titles we have coming to the marketplace. The abundance, variety and quality of the features are a testament to the wealth of creative talents who call Sony Pictures Animation their home.”
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- ComicMix Staff
Mike Cecchini Jan 19, 2017
It's official! Miles Morales will be the webslinger in Sony's upcoming Spider-Man animated movie. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are writing the treatment and producing the film. Bob Persichetti, an animator whose head of story credits include Puss In Boots and The Little Prince will co-direct the film with Peter Ramsey (Rise Of The Guardians).
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Miles Morales is the second Spider-Man of Marvel's Ultimate universe, who picked up the legacy from Peter Parker. Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, he first came on the scene in 2011, and has recently been integrated into the Marvel Universe proper. While some of his powers are similar to the classic Spidey's, he's also got a powerful 'sting' and camoflauge abilities in his arsenal, »
Rumours of Miles Morales making it to the big screen have been strring for a while now and Sony has today made it official that the fan favourite character is heading to theatres for the studio’s untitled Animated Spider-Man movie.
During a presentation by Sony Pictures Animation which covered their upcoming projects, some key details for the animated movie were made public. Here’s the relevant info from the official press release:
From Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, the geniuses behind The Lego Movie, comes an animated Spider-man feature starring Miles Morales. The feature is directed by Bob Persichetti (head of story on Puss In Boots and The Little Prince) and Peter Ramsey (Rise Of The Guardians). The film is written by Phil Lord. Avi Arad (Iron Man, Spider-man), Amy Pascal (Spider-man: Homecoming), Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (Untitled Han Solo Movie) are executive producing; Christina Steinberg (Trollhunters) is producing.
- Samuel Brace
There is a certain kind of nostalgia bubbling up for Shrek that often happens with big franchises that hit hard, clean up at the box office, and then turn in a handful of waning sequels. Shrek disappeared for a while, but fans are regaining their Shrek appetite. DreamWorks knows this, and Shrek 5 is currently being planned, though it has never been divulged whether or not it will be a straight sequel or a reboot. Perhaps the studio hasn't discovered this for themselves yet. But one fan has a pretty terrifying theory that makes a lot of sense. While you may forever look at Donkey with a different set of eyes after you hear it, perhaps it could be a good why to go?
Sneak Peek new images of actress, producer, director Salma Hayek in the latest issue of "GQ" (Mexico) magazine, photographed by Nico Bustos:
Hayek's breakthrough role was in the 2002 feature "Frida" as Mexican painter 'Frida Kahlo' for which she was nominated in the category of 'Best Actress' for an 'Academy Award', 'BAFTA Award', 'Screen Actors Guild Award' and 'Golden Globe Award'.
Hayek also won a 'Daytime Emmy Award' for 'Outstanding Directing' in a Children, Youth, Family Special (2004) for "The Maldonado Miracle" and received an 'Emmy Award' nomination for 'Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series' in 2007 after guest-starring in »
- Michael Stevens
16 items from 2017
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