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The partners aim to make globally appealing family franchises comprised of one 3D animated film and one CGI-live-action hybrid film a year, starting in 2017.
Kicking off the initial slate of 10 is the “full CGI” Melody that Columbus will co-direct with Zag.
The line-up includes CGI-live action hybrid Ghostforce and the “full CGI” Abominable.
The Saban group will be responsible for the coordination of all distribution and marketing strategies while Saban Brands will handle worldwide licensing and merchandising for the films.
Zag Animation Studios will operate out of Zag Entertainment’s new, state-of-the-art campus in Glendale, California.
“This is an incredible moment for our business as we partner to create a world-class animation studio that will produce extraordinary feature films,” said Saban (pictured) of Saban Capital Group and Saban Brands. “Zag Animation »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The ‘toon world just got a little bit more crowded. The man who made billions of dollars from the network that brought Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to the United States, and the man who directed or produced three Harry Potter pics have joined with a producer of The Help and a children’s programming entrepreneur to form Zag Animation Studios.
Haim Saban, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan and Zag Entertainment’s Jeremy Zag’s new venture plans to produce at least one 3D and one CGI-live action pic a year starting in 2017. With a slate of 10 family films in the pipeline, the first release from Zag will be Melody, co-directed by Columbus and Zag in full CGI.
Ghostforce, a hybrid of live action and CGI, and the full-cgi Abominable are also on the company’s slate for the next few years, taking on projects from industry heavyweights DreamWorks Animation, Disney Animation and Disney’s Pixar unit. »
- Dominic Patten
The men behind the first two “Harry Potter” films and “The Power Rangers” are joining forces to launch a family-friendly animation studio. Haim Saban, the CEO of Saban Capital Group, announced on Wednesday that he partnered with filmmaker Chris Columbus (“Harry Potter,” “Home Alone”), producer Michael Barnathan (“Night at the Museum” and Zag Entertainment founder Jeremy Zag to create Zag Animation Studios. Also read: ‘Power Rangers’ Film Set for July 2016 The seasoned team of Hollywood veterans will lead the studio in developing, producing and distributing high quality, global feature film family entertainment franchises. Starting in 2017, they expect to push out one 3D. »
- Greg Gilman
With Oscar season just around the corner (literally -- we can see it peeking out, all gilded and glittery and begging for attention), we thought we'd run down 10 more of the best movies of 2014. (For those of you playing along at home, this is our third such rundown in three such quarters.)
This is it -- right before the final assault happens, when prestige movies take over (or at least battle for your movie-going dollar alongside the third "Night at the Museum" movie). Hopefully you've seen a bunch of these, and even if you haven't -- you should. They're very much worthy of your time, even if they ultimately fail to register in the end-of-the-year cluster cuss.
Check out our new list below and revisit our earlier choices (the latter slides), and let us know which of these registered as your favorites -- and which movies you're looking forward to in the weeks ahead. »
- Drew Taylor
The launch of a venture between Haim Saban (Chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group and Founder of Saban Brands), Chris Columbus (Writer, Director and Academy Award nominated Producer), Michael Barnathan (Academy Award nominated Producer) and Jeremy Zag (Founder of Zag Entertainment LLC), marks the birth of Zag Animation Studios.
This influential team will lead the studio in developing, producing and distributing high quality, global feature film family entertainment franchises, to include one 3D animated film and one CGI-live action hybrid film per year, starting in 2017. Zag Animation Studios will operate out of Zag Entertainment's brand new, state-of-the-art campus in Glendale, California.
"This is an incredible moment for our business as we partner to create a world-class animation studio that will produce extraordinary feature films. Zag Animation Studios will deliver creative and compelling family entertainment for generations to come. »
Saban Capital Group is diving deeper into film production with the launch of Zag Animation Studios, a partnership with director Chris Columbus, producer Michael Barnathan and kidvid entrepreneur Jeremy Zag.
The studio will begin producing family films in 2017 and expects to field one 3D animated film and one CGI-live action film annually, the first of which, “Melody,” will be co-directed by Columbus (pictured) and Jeremy Zag. Columbus is expected to be active in most of the films that Zag produces, even though he may not assume the director’s chair on all of them.
The company expects to distribute its films through a major studio and is in discussions with potential partners, according to Andre’ Lake Mayer, a spokeswoman for Zag Animation Studios. The partners have secured funding to develop the films, but Mayer did not identify the source of the financial backing.
“The model is to create global franchises »
- Brent Lang
It's Tuesday and we've got some news topics to discuss from the official title for Fast & Furious 7 (yeah, it's major news), Warner Bros. is searching for a female director for Wonder Woman, Laremy tries to think of a horror movie he likes, incivility at the movies, Disney's new short film Feast, your questions, new DVDs and Blu-rays and a few games before we send you out of here. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
Shawn Levy, director of Night at the Museum (2006) and Date Night (2010), takes a break from his usual comedy-heavy fare to direct the sparse family drama This Is Where I Leave You (2014). After catching his wife in bed with his boss, radio producer Judd Atlman (Jason Bateman) sinks into a hazy depression, only for it to be exacerbated by the unexpected news of his father's death. Upon venturing back to his childhood home for the funeral, Judd is forced to reconnect with his mother Hillary (Jane Fonda), and each of his three siblings - Wendy (Tina Fey), Paul (Corey Stoll) and Phillip (Adam Driver) - who are all experiencing some form of disruption in their own lives. »
- CineVue UK
Doctor Who series 8 heads towards its close with In The Forest Of The Night. Here's our spoiler-filled review...
This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
8.10 In The Forest Of The Night
"You need an appointment to see the Doctor"
So this one's a bit different. Coming off the back of a run of Doctor Who episodes where new monsters, big jumps and horror undertones have been regular features, In The Forest Of The Night heads off in the other direction. In doing so - and this is its gamble - it sacrifices things that generally matter to a Doctor Who episode.
Firstly, there's no strong monster, although Who has managed without those in previous stories and still come up trumps. Secondly, it doesn't have a tangible threat, that feels like something to push against. That's an obstacle that In The Forest Of The Night has more trouble with. »
Four reviews for you today including Birdman, John Wick, Citizenfour and Force Majeure while we also dig into that $745 million reported budget for The Hobbit trilogy and discuss the budgets for filmed trilogies over time. We've got a few questions to get to, random asides, a large batch of games and we hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of leaving us »
- Brad Brevet
In a bit of meta casting, Graham will be playing Perry’s character Oscar Madison’s ex-wife in the modern retelling of Neil Simon’s 1965 play, reported Entertainment Weekly. As the story goes, Oscar and Gaby go through a rough divorce, but find a deep friendship and affection for one another following the end of their marriage. After the divorce, the laidback Oscar moves in with the ever-uptight Felix Unger, who will be played by Thomas Lennon (Night at the Museum, Reno 911!).
Graham and Perry, who dated after meeting in 2002, have previously worked together on Perry’s other sitcom efforts Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Go On. Graham, who is best known for playing single mom Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, currently stars on Parenthood, »
Writer/director/producer Tyler Perry makes his first foray into family animation with the release of Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love arriving on DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand January 20, 2015 from Lionsgate. The film will be available on Digital HD one week earlier on January 13.
Having conquered stage and screen, Tyler Perry has now turned his attention to creating entertaining programs specifically for families to enjoy together. In Tyler Perry’s first animated film, fans of Madea can now watch all of their favorite characters including Madea, Uncle Joe and Aunt Bam in a whole new way! The larger than life Madea gets herself into even more over the top and outrageous situations – all in the name of helping children save their youth center.
- Michelle McCue
Tuesday episodes seem to have generated something of a theme, which is to say random is the order of the day as Laremy and I steamroll through about 10 minutes of nonsense before getting started and then it's a couple minutes of college football talk before we get into George Lucas saying Hollywood studios lack imagination and we ponder comparisons between the recent news surrounding Ebola with Steven Soderbergh's Contagion. We talk Jason Reitman, Netflix streaming, R vs. PG-13. new DVDs and Blu-rays and plenty more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
Director: Shawn Levy; Screenwriter: Jonathan Tropper; Starring: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Rose Byrne, Dax Shepard; Running time: 103 mins; Certificate: 15
A five-star cast elevates Shawn Levy's latest, This Is Where I Leave You, a comedy-drama about a family who reunite after the death of their patriarch. Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Corey Stoll and Adam Driver play the four estranged siblings who are brought back together by Jane Fonda's Hillary to sit shiva, a seven-day mourning period where the family must stay together.
The Altmans are a dysfunctional lot (what movie family isn't?), thanks in part to Hillary authoring Cradle and All, a warts and all book that shared a little too much about her kids' raging teenage hormones. It's Bateman's Judd who's the film's de facto lead, and he's as much in crisis as any of his siblings. »
Children of the world can rejoice today as their favourite computer game Minecraft is getting a film. First announced by Warner Brothers all the way back in February, many thought (and hoped) that this project had been shelved. Unfortunately this was not the case as news breaks today that the production is very close to signing Shawn Levy on to direct.
Having previously worked on family friendly films Night At The Museum, Cheaper By The Dozen and Reel Steel, it would seem that Levy is the ideal candidate to bring the game to life. Just what the plot of the film will be remains to be shared though the game isn’t exactly action-packed; the game poses no threat of dying and having to start over. The premise of the game is purely to build things, sort of like a virtual Lego.
Minecraft won’t be the only film based »
- Kat Smith
On today's episode we have a pair of reviews with the new Brad Pitt, World War II drama Fury as well as the new Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan. On top of that we discuss Warner Bros/' big announcement of DC Comics movies, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's comments on superhero movies, Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Oscars and much more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
Before The Lego Movie's release this past February, no one would have imagined that the film would have turned out the way that it did. Crowds loved it for its humor and heart, and the box office returns showed that if you take the right approach to a seemingly unapproachable subject, moviegoers will follow. Warner Bros is hoping to strike that iron once more with the popular video game Minecraft, and they're approaching director Shawn Levy to make the magic happen. Deadline scooped the news of the Night At The Museum director's possible hiring into the film adaptation of the overnight video game success story. While Levy most recently directed This Is Where I Leave You, audiences will remember that the director has also made films like the forthcoming Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb and Real Steel. Since Minecraft is basically the digital equivalent of a »
A Mojang executive recently said that the Minecraft film is unlikely to arrive before 2017.
Talks between Warner Bros and Mojang about a Minecraft film were first announced in February.
Microsoft recently purchased Minecraft and Mojang for $2.5bn. »
It was announced a few months ago that Warner Bros. had acquired the rights to the video game Minecraft and are planning to create a movie adaptation. Well, that movie has now landed a director in Shawn Levy, known for directing the Night at the Museum series, The Internship, Real Steel and most recently This Is Where I Leave You.
Minecraft has sold 54 million copies across multiple platforms and has a huge following. The game allows players to be creative, constructing the world that is randomly generated out of blocks. The game also allows players to explore these worlds, gather resources, craft items and fight enemies.
Roy Lee and Jill Sobel Messick are producing the movie, but there is currently no screenwriter attached to the project or start date for production. It is rather hard to imagine how a Minecraft movie would work but clearly their is a vision that the studio has. »
- Thomas Roach
As the Night at the Museum franchise comes to an end, director Shawn Levy is looking to get into a different kind of adventure as Deadline reports he's currently in talks to direct an adaptation of the video game Minecraft. Warner Bros. picked up the rights to the video game in February for The Lego Movie producer Roy Lee and his Vertigo production banner. Much like The Lego Movie, there are endless possibilities for what can be done with a game like this that lets players begin with a black canvas and create whatever they want to. But as of now there's no indication as to what story the feature film will employ. In the game, players have an avatar that acts as a builder where they use cubes to build whatever they want to in order to protect them from nocturnal monsters. It's like throwing a Master Builder into The Maze Runner. »
- Ethan Anderton
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