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Game of Thrones rules, legally and illegally

16 April 2014 5:03 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au 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 ]

The post Sony Pictures Animation Involves Genndy Tartakovsky on Several Projects, Brings Back Smurfs appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- monique

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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 »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Hotel Transylvania 2 Among Films Announced On Sony Pictures Animation Slate

12 March 2014 1:34 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com 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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Sony Announces 'Smurfs' Reboot and 'Hotel Transylvania 2'

12 March 2014 1:08 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures Animation issued a press release today that confirmed a report from February that The Smurfs 3 will be a completely animated reboot, with the studio bringing on Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo and Juliet) to direct. The studio also confirmed that Genndy Tartakovsky is directing Hotel Transylvania 2, which has Adam Sandler returning to voice Dracula, along with the previously announced Popeye and a new project entitled Can You Imagine? that he is developing for the studio. Check out all the details in the official press release below.

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, had this to say in a statement. »

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Sony Sets Fully Animated Smurfs Reboot for August 2015 Release; Genndy Tartakovsky to Direct Can You Imagine?

12 March 2014 10:22 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Sony Pictures Animation has made a couple of announcements regarding its release slate.  First up, the studio has hired Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) to direct a new, fully animated reboot of its Smurfs franchise.  The untitled film is not a continuation of its existing live-action/CG hybrid franchise, and instead is an entirely animated feature that will be stylistically closer to the original Smurfs artwork created by Peyo.  The pic is described as an origin story that explores “the beginnings of the beloved little blue creatures” and is slated for an August 2015 release. Additionally, Hotel Transylvania director Genndy Tartakovsky will helm the original animated feature Can You Imagine?.  Plot details are thin, but the film is described as “a fantastic journey through one boy’s imagination.”  Tartakovsky is also attached to direct Hotel Transylvania 2 for a September 2015 release and is developing an all-cg Popeye film for the studio as well. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Sony Overhauls ‘Smurfs’ Franchise, Plans ‘Popeye’ Movie

12 March 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sony Pictures Animation is overhauling its “Smurfs” franchise and pushing forward on a sequel to 2012 hit “Hotel Transylvania,” the studio division said Wedneday. It also announced plans for computer animated version of “Popeye” and an original animated film “Genndy Tartakovsky's Can You Imagine?” Plot details on the latter project were kept under wraps. The studio had great success with 2011's “Smurfs,” with the live action and computer graphic hybrid racking up more than $560 million at the box office. Last year's sequel still made $347.5 million globally, but that was less than some box office prognosticators had expected and was »

- Brent Lang

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Sony Plans Two Genndy Tartakovsky Animated Films & More 'Smurfs'

12 March 2014 10:13 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Right now "Dexter's Laboratory" and "Samurai Jack" creator Genndy Tartakovsky is busy working on an animated feature film adaptation of the classic sailor cartoon Popeye at Sony Pictures Animation. But Tartakovsky will be very busy at Sony with two more projects in development at the studio. Tartakovsky has just signed on to direct a Hotel Transylvania sequel after directing the original film starring Adam Sandler as Dracula, but he's also working on his own original creation that is currently titled Genndy Tartakovsky's Can You Imagine?, and it might be a little similar to something Pixar has coming soon. First of all, Hotel Transylvania 2 is already set for release on September 25th, 2015, which means the sequel will actually arrive before Popeye hits theaters sometime in 2016. But this other original project from Tartakovsky is more interesting, especially when you see the wild and adventurous concept art right here: The more »

- Ethan Anderton

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Genndy Tartakovsky Directing ‘Hotel Transylvania 2′ and ‘Can You Imagine?’

12 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Sony loves Genndy Tartakovsky so much, they’re never letting him go. The animation director scored a huge hit with his first film for the studio, Hotel Transylvania, and has since been hard at work on a second, Popeye. Now he’s signed on to direct two more projects for Sony. One is the sequel to Hotel […]

The post Genndy Tartakovsky Directing ‘Hotel Transylvania 2′ and ‘Can You Imagine?’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Sony Animation Sets Slate: 'Smurfs', 'Transylvania 2,' More (Exclusive)

12 March 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the March 21-28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Not content to let Disney Animation or DreamWorks Animation hog the spotlight, Sony Pictures Animation is ready to make some waves of its own as it ramps up a trio of projects it will release in the next two or three years. Spa is betting big on Genndy Tartakovsky, the popular animator behind Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, who is working on two of the three projects. Tartakovsky, who already directed Hotel Transylvania and is deep into Popeye for the

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Sony animation unveils upcoming slate; Smurfs, Popeye, Hotel Transylvania 2

12 March 2014 7:18 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Sony Pictures Animation has unveiled its upcoming production slate, with two new sequels and two new original features. The line-up includes yet another iteration of The Smurfs, although the next one will forego the live-action and stick to CGI, which may (I said May) improve its quality from its abyssmal predecessors. Also on the docket is a return to Hotel Transylvania, the fart-joke heavy hit starring Adam Sandler and his normal crew.  The new films sound a bit more promising, »

- Paul Shirey

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Paul Blart Mall Cop Gets a Sequel & a Familiar Cast

21 February 2014 10:27 PM, PST | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

First, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is happening!

Second, it will take place in Las Vegas! The story has Paul Blart taking his daughter to a security guard expo in Vegas. He's 

Third, the cast will look very familiar to people who watch a lot of Kevin James movies (that would be us). Yep, looks like Kevin James' is following his friend Adam Sandler's lead and filling out the cast with his friends. That makes sense, the movie is from Sandler's company Happy Madison and he's an executive producer along with James. Here's who has signed on:

Raini Rodriguez: obviously, she played Paul Blart's only child Maya in the original. 

David Henrie ("Wizards of Waverly Place"): David will play the boy Maya is crushing on. David was not only in Grown Ups 2, he and Kevin James made the upcoming Woirld War II dramedy Little Boy together. »

- tara@kidspickflicks.com (Tara the Mom)

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Sony Imageworks Handles "Angry Birds" Film

17 February 2014 4:39 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Rovio Entertainment has selected the Vancouver-based Sony Pictures Imageworks ("Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," "Hotel Transylvania") as the animators for the movie based on its immensely popular "Angry Birds" video game franchise.

Rovio's CEO Mikael Hed says: "It was very important for Rovio to find the perfect partner – in style, talent and location – to bring the Angry Birds movie to life, and Sony Pictures Imageworks in Vancouver made that decision easy."

John Cohen and Catherine Winder are set to produce the film, and the choice of Vancouver was helped by generous tax credits and local subsidies to bring the production to the Canadian city.

British Columbia premier Christy Clark says: "Angry Birds is a worldwide phenomenon, and its creators want its movie adaptation done right. And to do it right, Rovio and Sony Pictures Imageworks have shown their faith in Vancouver – and that will lead to more opportunities and more jobs. »

- Garth Franklin

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New Blooper Reel for The Lego Movie

14 February 2014 2:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

After breaking records for Warner Bros. at the Us box office last weekend, grossing north of $69m. in its first three days, The Lego Movie is finally arriving on our shores today, giving a family-friendly alternative to the more romantic Valentine’s fare.

Adding to all the great things we’ve seen from the animated blockbuster already, Warner Bros. have released a new blooper reel, sure to be a favourite amongst the special features whenever the film hits the shelves later this year.

The Lego Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Chris Pratt of course lends his voice as Emmet, the ordinary Lego mini-figure, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Vinnie Jones & Full UK Ad Break get the Lego Treatment in New Promo for The Lego Movie

10 February 2014 4:30 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

With The Lego Movie breaking records for Warner Bros. across the Atlantic over the weekend, marking the biggest animated opening for the studio of all time, the studio’s UK arm is gearing up for its release on our shores at the end of the week.

Last night, Warner Bros. took a great new approach to their marketing campaign, doing something I can’t recall any studio ever doing before, giving an entire ad break during ITV’s Dancing on Ice the Lego treatment.

Impressive stuff. Particularly the opening ad, giving us a look at Vinnie Jones in Lego form. ‘Not made of Lego?’ Genius.

The Lego Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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‘The Lego Movie’ Review

8 February 2014 7:24 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Chris Pratt, Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Charlie Day | Written and Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

What do you get when you decide to mix together the people who made 21 Jump Street (and the next 22 Jump Street, which is an ingenious way to advertise for that movie inside the advertisement of this movie)  as well as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Hotel Transylvania? That’s right, you get The Lego Movie, a film filled with stop animation that is sure to make you question all the times you cursed at the piece that you just stepped on with your bare feet.

Stop animation you ask? The hundred minute film is made of a combination of stop motion animation as well as CGI (sorry but Coraline still gets the title for longest stop motion film) that is perfectly shown over a »

- Catherina Gioino

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