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'Robot Chicken' Team to Direct Stop-Motion Adventure 'Superbago'

9 July 2014 1:18 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures Animation is teaming up with Robot Chicken producers/animators John Harvatine and Eric Towner for the stop motion animated project Superbago.

John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner are set to direct this tale centering on a pair of superhero wannabes. While Sony Pictures Animation is best known for family-friendly fare such as The Smurfs, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Hotel Transylvania, this project will cater to a different audience.

Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) is producing alongside Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson. Jared Hess is also co-writing the script alongside Ricky Blitt, Hubbel Palmer and Chris Bowman.

Here's what Michelle Raimo Kouyate, Sony Pictures Animation's production president, had to say about Superbago.

"Superbago is a unique new project for Sony Pictures Animation. I love that our studio has the luxury of not being tied down to one specific type of movie. Superbago will skew older than »

- MovieWeb

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Filmax Invites You into their Sweet Home

9 July 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

After spending the last several years working in the marketing and creative services departments for films like Hotel Transylvania, [Rec] 3: Genesis and Open Windows, Rafa Martinez strikes out on his own with his directorial debut Sweet Home. Read on for all the details!

Bloody Disgusting reports that Filmax is looking to start principal photography on the film, which they describe as a realistic and claustrophobic thriller, on July 16th.

Written by Martinez, Angel Agudo and Teresa de Rosendo, Sweet Home stars Ingrid Garcia Jonsson and Bruno Sevilla.

Check out the early poster art below, and keep your eyes peeled for more soon!


A couple decide to spend a romantic evening on a floor of a semi-abandoned building. During the evening they discover that a hooded murderer is the only tenant left in the building… and they have become the new target.

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- John Squires

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Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels

2 July 2014 3:51 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We all from time to time enjoy a comfortable stay when vacationing anywhere in the world. So why should movie characters not appreciate a great place to stay as well? Interestingly, big screen hotels and motels almost play an important part as an extra movie character in addition to serving as a backdrop to the proceedings.

In Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels let’s look at some special selections where hotels and motels in film are featured and play a primary role in plot and theme. Cinematic room service has never been so accommodating.

The Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels selections are (in alphabetical order):

1.) The Best Exotic Manigold Hotel (2011)

Director John Madden’s The Best Exotic Manigold Hotel juggles various topical matters at hand: the aging process, deception in advertising, exotic travel and cultural clashing. Madden assembles a notable cast »

- Frank Ochieng

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Samurai Jack thrilling, international TV that doesn't involve a football

24 June 2014 4:54 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Looking for something else to watch during the World Cup? Try an American cartoon created by a Russian animator about a time-travelling Japanese samurai

If you're looking for some alternative TV during the World Cup, how about watching something that's just as international in spirit?

Samurai Jack is an American cartoon about a Japanese samurai written by Genndy Tartakovsky, a Russian emigre who grew up on a diet of Saturday-morning cartoons, cut his teeth with Dexter's Laboratory and went on to make Star Wars: Clone Wars (this version not the CGI-style Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and more recently Hotel Transylvania.

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- Richard Vine

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First Look: Promo Image Shows Off Genndy Tartakovsky's 'Popeye'

18 June 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Some time ago, Sony Pictures decided to push back their animated adaptation of the classic sailor Popeye to an unknown release. But thanks to the 2014 Licensing Expo that is currently underway in Las Vegas, we have our first look at the film from Hotel Transylvania director Genndy Tartakovsky by way of a promotional image picked up by Collider. The quality isn’t very good, but it doesn give off the vibe of an animation style not entirely unlike what we’ve seen in the Peanuts movie or the Oscar-nominated short film Get a Horse! The style of the characters stays true to the drawings, but gives them another dimension. Look! Here's the first look at Genndy Tartakovsky's animated Popeye from Collider: Popeye is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania, “Dexter’s Laboratory” and "Clone Wars") and written by David Ronn & Jay Scherick (The Smurfs). The Sony Pictures Animation film »

- Ethan Anderton

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Forecast: 'Dragon,' 'Jump Street' Set for Sequel Showdown This Weekend

12 June 2014 5:34 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Friday Update: 22 Jump Street earned an awesome $5.5 million from late Thursday shows beginning at 7 p.m. The comedy sequel, starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, was playing at 2,746 locations. 22 Jump Street earned over twice as much as R-rated hits Ted ($2.63 million at midnight) and Neighbors ($2.56 million at 8 p.m.). It also compares favorably to last June's The Heat, which earned $1 million at late Thursday shows. Before assuming 22 Jump Street is on its way to $80 million this weekend, it's worth keeping in mind that this is an R-rated comedy sequel primarily targeting 17-34 year-olds opening at 8 p.m. after nearly all schools have dismissed for the Summer. That's to say there's a good chance that Thursday night accounts for a disproportionately high amount of the movie's overall business this weekend. Still, this virtually guarantees an opening of at least $50 million, which would make this one of the biggest R-rated comedy debuts ever. »

- Ray Subers <>

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‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ Tops ’22 Jump Street’ in Weekend Pre-Sales

12 June 2014 10:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

How to Train Your Dragon 2″ is leading “22 Jump Street” in pre-sales as the two sequels barrel toward what is shaping up to be a fiercely competitive weekend at the box office.

The DreamWorks Animation film about a Viking and his fire-breathing pal is the top-selling film on both Fandango and

Fandango reports that “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ is currently outselling “Rio 2,” “The Croods” and “Hotel Transylvania” at similar points in their sales cycle.

The animated sequel accounted for 20% of all tickets sold on on Wednesday, while “22 Jump Street” comprised 18% of all tickets sold.

“22 Jump Street,” which sees Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s undercover cops matriculate to college, is in second place on Fandango’s sales charts heading into the weekend. The R-rated comedy is outselling previous adult-oriented comedies “Ted” and “Neighbors.”

Both “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ and “22 Jump Street »

- Brent Lang

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Kinology’s Ambitious Toon Feature ‘Mune’ Sparks Flurry of Pre-Sales (Exclusive)

10 June 2014 9:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy— Gregoire Melin’s Kinology has closed a raft of territories on “Mune,” one of Europe’s most anticipated toon features slated for 2015.

“Mune,” which was presented by co-director Benoit Philippon and producer Aton Soumache (via Onyx) during a jam-packed work-in-progress session in Annecy, was picked up by Notorious Pictures (Italy), Smile Entertainment (South Korea), Gulf Films (Middle East), Domo Media (China), Zoom Entertainment (India), Volga Films (Cis), Monolith Films (Poland) and Blitz (Former Yugoslavia).

Deals were closed after showing a promo in Cannes. Melin, who is co-producing the movie with Onyx and Orange Studio, is in negotiations in remaining territories. Animation houses Norman Studios and Mikros Image will deliver “Mune” in November, said Melin, who added he and Soumache will debut a road show in early July to present the movie in territories that are still open, such as the U.S. and the U.K..

Based on an original concept by Philippon, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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How Sony Imageworks Embraced Challenging Animation, Gritty Realism and Alien Mimics for 'Edge of Tomorrow' (Video)

6 June 2014 1:27 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

For the first time, Sony Pictures Imageworks, which is moving its headquarters from Culver City to Vancouver to stay competitive, embraced gritty, CG photorealism for Doug Liman's smart and trippy "Edge of Tomorrow." Truly "War of the Worlds" meets "Groundhog Day," with Tom Cruise caught in a nightmarish loop, the aliens he's up against were a strange, tough animation challenge for Imageworks. In fact, Liman discovered a video called "Resonance/Deus Ex Machina" (see below), which perfectly conveys the look he was after with this simple geometric cube that grows and evolves violently. "I think Doug was attracted to the power and unpredictability of the video, the fact that it didn't have a preservation of volume... and it just felt kind of terrifying," recalls Dan Kramer, the VFX supervisor from Imageworks ("Hotel Transylvania"). "He just wanted it to be really scary and thought, if that thing could just move in front of you, »

- Bill Desowitz

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Sony Plans Medusa Film

5 June 2014 9:36 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Sony Pictures Animation had some success in 2012 exploiting supernatural creatures for comedy with Hotel Transylvania. A sequel is already in the works, and the company has decided to stick with unusual leading characters, picking up a pitch focusing on the mythical Medusa and hiring My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic cartoon series creator Lauren Faust to direct it.Antz co-writer Todd Alcott and producer Holly Golden were behind the original comedy concept, which appears to be following the current trend for revisionist fantasy tales by exploring the genesis of the Greek monster. Our heroine will be a decent, beautiful young girl who annoys the wrong goddess. Turned into the snake-haired demon, she learns to embrace her differences."I love the originality of it, the comedy take on Medusa,” Michelle Raimo-Kouyate, president of production at Sony Animation, tells The Wrap. “The minute I heard it, it felt ingenious and clever and funny. »

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Netflix Buys Pay-tv Rights to Sony Animated Films

27 May 2014 8:19 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix has reached a multiyear deal with Sony Pictures Television for U.S. pay-tv window rights to the studio’s animated films, starting with “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,” while Sony’s other feature films will remain with Starz through at least 2021.

Starz renewed its output deal with Sony last year, and under that agreement, the premium cabler agreed to carve out the animated films for distribution to another platform. Starz remains the exclusive pay-tv home of Sony Pictures Entertainment feature titles through 2021, the companies said.

Netflix’s addition of “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2″ to its streaming service was pointed out in a research note by Janney Capital Markets analyst Tony Wible. The development is “an incremental positive for Netflix and incremental negative for Starz,” he wrote, because his assumption had been that Starz would have rights to the animated features until the new output »

- Todd Spangler

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‘Blended’ Looking Like a Blunder at the Box Office

23 May 2014 3:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Adam Sandler’s recent box office troubles continued Friday with “Blended” shaping up to be a Memorial Day dud, according to early ticket sales.

Sandler’s romantic comedy, as of Friday afternoon, is on pace to earn roughly $5 million in its first full day of release and will just manage to top $20 million over the four-day period. Going into the holiday, the film was expected to hit $30 million domestically.

The good news for Warner Bros., which is distributing the critically maligned comedy about two single parents who find love at a South African resort, is that the film was shot for an economical $45 million.

Warner Bros. did not respond to requests for comment on early tracking, nor did it provide estimates for how the film had performed in its Thursday night screenings.

If the numbers pan out, it will be another sign of Sandler’s declining box office fortunes. Although »

- Brent Lang

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Game of Thrones rules, legally and illegally

16 April 2014 5:03 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The most popular film or TV title bought online in Australia last year was also the most widely pirated: season three of Game of Thrones.

Data released today shows a strong correlation between TV shows downloaded legally and viewed illegally through file sharing in 2013.

That.s not surprising according to Simon Bush, CEO of the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association. .Game of Thrones is incredibly popular,. Bush told If. .The shows with the highest file-sharing tend to do well commercially..

According to TorrentFreak, the final episode of season three file was ripped more than 1 million times in Australia within 24 hours of the broadcast and shared by up to 170,000 people simultaneously.a record. This year Foxtel stepped up its efforts to combat piracy by airing Game of Thrones two hours after the Us.

.What the data shows is that there is a strong legitimate market for quality television and film productions »

- Don Groves

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‘Everest’ Release Pushed Back to September 2015

21 March 2014 11:47 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“Everest,” a 3D mountain climbing adventure, will push back its hike to the summit by six months. The upcoming thriller will debut on Friday, September 18, 2015 instead of its initial release date of  February 27, 2015. “Everest” has its new release date entirely to itself, although the following weekend will see the debuts of “The Intern” with Anne Hathaway and the sequel to “Hotel Transylvania.” Had it stuck with its original plan, “Everest” would have faced off against “Focus,” a Will Smith vehicle, and “Selfless,” a science-fiction thriller with Ryan Reynolds. “Everest” follows two different expeditions to the top of the mountain. The Himalayan excursion gets. »

- Brent Lang

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Sony Lays Off Interactive Division, More Cuts Expected

17 March 2014 1:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment has laid off the entirety of its Interactive team which numbers more than 70 people. The team, “a digital marketing agency and production studio,” according to its website, lists 16 feature films including “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” “Skyfall,” “The Smurfs,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “This Is the End,” “Hotel Transylvania,” “Looper” and “Men In Black” as well as TV shows like “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune.” They also worked on social games and the studio’s mobile marketing presence.

“We are continuously evolving the business to make SPE more efficient and competitive,” said Charles Sipkins, an Spe spokesperson.

Additional layoffs are expected this week across all divisions of the company, both domestically and internationally. Sony topper Michael Lynton told Variety that both the $250 million the studio identified and the addition $100 million that it worked with Bain & Co. to cut has been determined. That additional slashing will happen over the next two years. »

- Alexandra Cheney

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Sony Pictures Animation Sets Upcoming Slate

12 March 2014 9:08 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sony Pictures Animation has announced a trio of projects it intends to release over the next two or three years.

Popular animator Genndy Tartakovsky ("Samurai Jack," "Dexter's Laboratory") is a big part of those plans and is involved in numerous projects for the company.

The first is a sequel to "Hotel Transylvania" which Tartakovsky has signed on to direct from a script by Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel. That film is currently targeting a September 2015 release.

Another is a new original creation being called "Genndy Tartakovsky's Can You Imagine" which is described as "a fantastic journey through one boy’s imagination". Tartakovsky will write and direct the film for a 2017 release.

Yet another project he's a part of is a new version of "Popeye" which the studio plans to release in 2016.

The one project he isn't a part of though is an all-animated third "The Smurfs" movie which Kelly Asbury ("Shrek 2, »

- Garth Franklin

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Genndy Tartakovsky Asks Can You Imagine?

12 March 2014 7:02 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

While its live-action film side has been suffering from a dearth of successful releases, Sony's Animation department has been going from strength to strength with a series of hits. The company has now set several new projects in motion, including an original Genndy Tartakovsky ‘toon called Can You Imagine?Tartakovsky, the Samurai Jack creator who managed to pull the Adam Sandler-spawned Hotel Transylvania out of a creative tailspin, and who is now working on an updated take on Popeye, is one of the company’s leading lights. He’s now locked in not only a Hotel Transylvania sequel but also the new project, Can You Imagine?, which is being kept largely under wraps but which appears to be a journey through one boy’s imagination. With his experience working on multiple episodes of shows such as Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Dexter’s Laboratory, Tartakovsky is able to juggle different projects, »

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Sony Pictures Animation Involves Genndy Tartakovsky on Several Projects, Brings Back Smurfs

12 March 2014 2:57 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Sony Pictures Animation is planning on taking audiences on a wild ride filled with vampires and other Halloween monsters, Catbus-esque caterpillar trains and even more Smurfs. The Hollywood Reporter states that Sony Pictures Animation is banking on Genndy Tartakovsky, who directed the hit animated film “Hotel Transylvania,” to bring them more success with two other film projects. Tartakovsky will direct “Hotel Transylvania 2″ and is also developing an original idea called “Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine?” The plot is a big secret, but the little that’s been leaked out is that it’s a “fantastic journey through one boy’s imagination.” Looking at some of the concept art, it appears that we’re  [ Read More ]

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Sony lines up all-cg Smurfs film

12 March 2014 2:51 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sony Pictures Animation has hired Kelly Asbury to direct an entirely computer-animated untitled Smurfs feature that is being viewed as a fresh take on the property rather than a third entry in the franchise.

The Smurfs producer Jordan Kerner produces. The original two live-action/CG Smurfs films combined for $910m worldwide.

Genndy Tartakovsky will return to direct Hotel Transylvania 2 while he develops his CG take on iconic comic book property Popeye, expected in 2016.

Hotel Transylvania 2 is scheduled for a September 2015 release and will once again feature Adam Sandler’s Dracula. Sandler and Robert Smigel will co-write the screenplay.

Tartakovsky is also developing an original idea for Sony Pictures Animation titled Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine? (pictured), described as a fantastic journey through the imagination of a young boy.

Michelle Murdocca will produce for Tartakovsky as she did on the 2012 hit Hotel Transylvania, which grossed $358m worldwide.

Sony Pictures Animation president of production Michelle Raimo Kouyate is working »

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Hotel Transylvania 2 Among Films Announced On Sony Pictures Animation Slate

12 March 2014 1:34 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Sony Pictures Animation today gave an update on their lineup of upcoming projects – which includes the animated motion picture debut of a classic comic strip figure, an original tale from one of the form’s most multi-faceted filmmakers, as well as the continued expansion of two of the studio’s most popular worlds.

Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, states, “I am really excited by the variety of our upcoming projects as well as the amazing talent working on them.”

Sony Pictures Animation has hired animation industry veteran Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) to direct an all new, fully computer-animated film featuring the world’s most popular blue creatures. The family adventure, currently going by the working title The Untitled Smurfs Movie, is anticipated in theaters August 2015. Jordan Kerner (The Smurfs) is producing, with Mary Ellen Bauder (Hotel Transylvania) co-producing.  The original two live action/CG hybrid »

- Michelle McCue

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