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Mipcom: Ab Intl. Distribution Launches First French Hybrid Series ‘Seven And Me’

1 October 2015 8:52 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris– French media company Ab International Distribution is set to launch sales of “Seven And Me,” Gaul’s first sitcom series weaving CGI 3D animation and live action, at Mipcom.

Commissioned by French pubcaster France Televisions, “Seven And Me” is produced by Aton Soumache’s Method Animation, the Paris-based company whose credits include “The Little Prince” and “Iron Man: Armored Adventures,” among other popular series. Method Animation is part of On Entertainment, which is the company headed by Soumache and Dimitri Rassam that produced Mark Osborne’s “The Little Prince” and is about to start production on “Playmobil.”

A contemporary twist on the classic fairy tale “Snow White,” “Seven And Me” boast a hybrid visual style similar to the “Alvin and the Chipmunks” or “The Smurfs,” “Seven And Me” primarily targets children from 6 to 10, and could possibly reach teen audiences thanks to the live action segments.

Ab Group is co-producing with India’s Dq, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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‘Monkey King’ Film to Bring Chinese Fable to America (Exclusive)

4 September 2015 12:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hoping to turn the traditional West-to-East flow of intellectual property on its head, a new Chinese-American partnership has unveiled plans to bring a blockbuster retelling of the traditional Chinese myth of the Monkey King to English-language film screens.

Los Angeles-based Abstract Entertainment will join Eracme Entertainment of China in reimagining the story of the mythical monkey, born from stone, who takes on the magical powers of many transforming creatures.

While the character was first introduced in 16th century China in the novel “Journey to the West,” the producers believe that it will translate to modern audiences around the world, with the characters re-created through the sensibility of screenwriter Christopher Yost (of the “Thor” movies) and designed with direction from Richard Taylor, who created the imagery for “Lord of the Rings.”

“There has been a rush to bring Western-originated movies to the Chinese market,” said producers Mike Bundlie and Barry Levine, »

- James Rainey

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'He-Man' Movie Recruits Marvel Writer

19 August 2015 6:33 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures has brought on Thor: Ragnarok screenwriter Christopher Yost to take a crack at the Masters of the Universe script, according to a new report at Variety. The project has been in development for years, but fans hoped that it may finally get off the ground earlier this year, when the studio released a new Masters of the Universe logo, and it was revealed that Jeff Wadlow's (Kick-Ass 2) script was complete. It seems the studio is going back to the drawing board with yet another writing coming on board.

The franchise is set on the planet Eternia, following a young man named Adam who has the power to turn himself into a mighty warrior named He-Man. Adam becomes the planet's last hope to defeat the evil Skeletor, who has devastated the entire planet on his quest to conquer castle Greyskull. It isn't known how much the plot »

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What's Leaving Netflix in June 2015

21 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's last call for a lot of great movies that are leaving Netflix in June, including "Taxi Driver" (1976), "Donnie Brasco" (1997), "Rain Man" (1988) and "The Rocketeer" (1991). Also, say goodbye to Best Picture Oscar winners "Amadeus" (1984), "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991), and "Crash" (2004). And take a bow, Madonna: Your films "Swept Away" (2002) and "Madonna: The Mdna Tour" (2013) are also being yanked in June, as is ex Guy Ritchie's "Snatch" (2000).

Here's a complete list of the movies that Netflix is pulling from your streaming list. And, just so you're not left empty-handed, here's a list of what's new on Netflix in June 2015. (All titles and dates provided by Netflix and subject to change.)​

Leaving June 1

"Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992)

"City of Ghosts" (2003)

"Dance with Me" (1998)

"DeRay Davis: Power Play" (2010)

"Dream Lover" (1994)

"Drugs, Inc.": Season 2- 3 (2010 series)

"Ever After: A Cinderella Story" (1998)

"Frankie and Johnny" (1991)

"G.I. Jane" (1997)

"Garfield and Friends": Vol. »

- Sharon Knolle

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Disney boards Steven Spielberg's The Bfg as full cast is revealed

13 April 2015 10:47 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Disney will co-produce director Steven Spielberg's upcoming adaptation of the Roald Dahl children's story The Bfg.

Walt Disney Studios announced today that Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall and Jemaine Clement are joining Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill and Bill Hader in the company's first-ever Spielberg-directed film.

The Bfg follows a little girl named Sophie (Barnhill) as she teams up with the Queen of England (Wilton) and a big friendly giant (Rylance) to battle a rampaging horde of evil giants.

Iron Man 3's Hall will be playing the Queen's loyal servant Mary.

The giants are portrayed by Hader, Clement, Michael David Adamthwaite (Stargate Sg-1), Daniel Bacon (Iron Man: Armored Adventures), Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley (A Young Doctor's Notebook), Jonathan Holmes (Nightwatching), Paul Moniz de Sa (Eureka) and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The Deep) in The Bfg.

Spielberg said in a statement: "In more than 40 years of making movies, I have been on »

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