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The Get Down star cast in Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu

For all its faults, the now defunct Netflix series The Get Down gave us a stunning ensemble cast, and according to Variety, one of the breakouts, Justice Smith, has been given the lead in the first live-action Pokémon movie, Detective Pikachu.

Goosebumps and Monsters vs. Aliens director Rob Letterman will work from a script written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls).

Universal Pictures will handle distribution of the live-action film outside Japan, with The Pokémon Company’s long time movie collaborator Toho distributing in Japan.

Smith can be seen next in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, while there’s no details of a release date for Detective Pikachu.

Is a live action Pokémon movie something that gets your Jigglypuff twitching, or is this going to be a case of missing the boat on the Pokémon Go phenomenon?

See Also: Read our review of Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!
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Jack Black Not Returning in Goosebumps 2?

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Jack Black Not Returning in Goosebumps 2?
Goosebumps 2 just got a little more interesting. A new report states that Jack Black, who starred in the first Goosebumps as creator R.L. Stine, may not return for the sequel. Sony has brought on writer Rob Lieber (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) to pen a new version of the script, which reportedly won't feature Black's character. This is just one of several versions of the Goosebumps 2 script that Sony is considering.

At the present time, there's no actual deal in place for Jack Black to return in Goosebumps 2 as R.L. Stine, but sources say it's possible he could return, assuming his schedule allows for it. But this new script being worked on by Rob Lieber may be for reasons that go beyond scheduling. Jack Black is said to make $6 to $8 million per movie these days. Since Sony is looking to bring down the budget for
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Addams Family Animated Movie Gets Sausage Party Director

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Addams Family Animated Movie Gets Sausage Party Director
After languishing in development for years, MGM is finally moving forward with its The Addams Family animated adaptation, bringing on director Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) to take the helm. The filmmaker has also been brought on to produce the movie, alongside The Jackal Group's Gail Berman and Alex Schwartz. CG animation work is already under way in Vancouver, but MGM hasn't announced a release date, so it may be quite some time before it hits theaters, but it looks like it's finally on the right track after several years in development.

MGM Studios announced this project back in 2013, setting writer Pamela Pettler (The Corpse Bride) to write the script. Andrew Mittman and Kevin Miserocchi were initially attached as producers at the time, but now they are executive producing, with MGM's executive director Tabitha Shick overseeing the project. Matt Lieberman (Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief) provided revisions on Pamela Pettler's screenplay,
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The Jetsons live-action series ordered by ABC

There’s been talk of a live-action Jetsons for about as long as I can remember, and now it finally looks like it’s set to become a reality.

EW is reporting that ABC has placed a put pilot order for a live-action TV adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon, which is being written by Gary Janetti, who also executive produces alongside Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke.

Set 100 years into the future, the multi-camera comedy will “look at America’s favourite future family through a modern filter.” Given that it has a put pilot order, it’s very likely that The Jetsons will make it to series, or the network will face penalties.

The Jetsons originally ran on ABC between 1962 and 1963, with an animated feature Jetsons: The Movie released in 1990. A new animated movie is also in development at Warner Bros. under Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sausage Party
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Walk of Fame Honoree Jeffrey Tambor on His Long Path From Stage to ‘Transparent’ Triumph

Walk of Fame Honoree Jeffrey Tambor on His Long Path From Stage to ‘Transparent’ Triumph
Long before his TV success, Jeffrey Tambor spent many years in repertory theater. Recalling those days, when he traveled around the country performing in cities such as Seattle, San Diego and Louisville, Tambor says, “There was an actor playing Casca in ‘Julius Caesar.’ He read my palm and I rolled my eyes, but he said [success] is going to happen but very late.”

The 73-year-old actor says he is “stunned and grateful and happy” about receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Aug. 8. He recalls a childhood visit to Los Angeles from San Francisco, where he grew up. “I remember my father, Bernard, took my brother Larry and I — I was 10 years old, if that — to Hollywood,” he says. “We did the thing where you put your handprints where Clark Gable’s were. So this is quite the circle, quite a moment for me.”

Tambor began acting on the small screen in 1977. He racked up
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Warner Bros. developing a live-action Jetsons TV series

According to TV Line, Warner Bros. is in development on a live-action version of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon series The Jetsons.

The site reports that Family Guy executive producer Gary Janetti has been brought in to shepherd the project, described as a multi-camera comedy, and will also serve as an executive producer alongside Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke. It is expected to be shopped to interested broadcast and cable networks in the coming weeks.

In addition to the series, Warner is also working on an animated Jetsons feature film, having tapped Conrad Vernon (Monsters vs. Aliens, Sausage Party) to develop.

The Jetsons originally ran on ABC between 1962 and 1963, with an animated feature Jetsons: The Movie released in 1990. It follows the space age adventures of the titular family, led by father George, along with wife Jane, children Judy and Elroy, household robot Rosie and family dog Astro.
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Sausage Party director developing The Jetsons animated movie

THR is reporting that Warner Bros. has tapped Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sausage Party) to develop its animated big screen take on the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Jetsons.

Spurred on by the success of The Flintstones, The Jetsons followed the misadventures of the space age family led by father George, along with wife Jane, children Judy and Elroy, household robot Rosie and family dog Astro. It ran on ABC between 1962 and 1963, with an animated feature Jetsons: The Movie released in 1990.

Several studios have tried to launch a live-action take on The Jetsons, with the rights passing between Paramount, Universal and current holders Warner Bros., with directors such as Adam Shankman and Robert Rodriguez attached at various points.

This latest animated adaptation was first announced back in January of 2015, when Warner Bros. hired Matt Lieberman (Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief) to pen a screenplay.
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Sausage Party director, Conrad Vernon to develop The Jetsons

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Hands up all those that enjoyed r-rated animation, Sausage Party, come on now don’t be shy! Well, the man who co-directed aforementioned Sausage Party, Conrad Vernon, has jumped on board Warner Animation Group’s much-awaited project to bring space family, The Jetsons to the big screen.

The likes of Paramount and Universal have tried and failed to bring the Jetsons to the silver screen in one form or another but since Warner obtained the rights in the late 90s a number of projects including the family have been attempted with the likes of Adam Shankman and Robert Rodriguez (the latter had a script by The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg) at the helm but neither panned out.

The popular primetime cartoon show featured the Jetson family living in a utopian future. People live in housing in the sky, work a three-day workweek, drive aero cars that
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The Jetsons Movie Lands Sausage Party Director

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The Jetsons Movie Lands Sausage Party Director
After gestating in development for years as a live-action adaptation, Warner Bros.' animated adaptation of The Jetsons is now moving forward. The studio's Warner Animation Group has brought on Conrad Vernon, who most recently directed Sony's R-rated Sausage Party, to take the reins of this animated movie. The filmmaker has been brought on to develop the project, with an eye towards directing it himself. It isn't clear if he will be working with another writer or if he will write the script himself.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today, with the filmmaker coming aboard keeping this project firmly entrenched within the Warner Animation Group banner. That wasn't always the case, though, with the studio previously trying to put together a Jetsons live-action movie for many years, with directors such as Adam Shankman and Robert Rodriguez attached to the project, with the later working from a script by The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg.
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Newswire: Sausage Party director to get his greasy hands all over The Jetsons

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It’s been a while since we checked in on Warner Bros.’ new animated Jetsons movie—two years of whiles, in fact—but The Hollywood Reporter has some fresh news about George Jetson, his boy Elroy, etc. THR reports that Conrad Vernon—the Dreamworks veteran who directed Shrek 2 and Monsters Vs. Aliens, before moving into more adult fare as half the directing team on Seth Rogen’s recent hit Sausage Party—has been tapped to helm the Hanna-Barbera adaptation.

Presumably, Vernon’s kid-friendly new project will shy away from the sexually explicit hot dog buns and murderous douches that marked his last film—although hey, it’s the far-future, so who really knows? For its part, Warner Bros. has been trying to get a Jetsons project off the ground for decades now, following in the footsteps of failed live-action versions from Paramount and Universal in the 1990s.
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Animated ‘Jetsons’ Movie to Lift Off With ‘Sausage Party’ Director

Animated ‘Jetsons’ Movie to Lift Off With ‘Sausage Party’ Director
Warner Bros. has hired “Sausage Party” co-director Conrad Vernon to develop its animated feature “The Jetsons” with an eye to direct.

Vernon’s credits include co-directing “Shrek 2,” “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” in addition to the raunchy “Sausage Party” with Greg Tiernan. “Sausage Party” grossed $140 million worldwide on a $19 million budget. Vernon also voiced the Gingerbread Man in the “Shrek” movies.

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Warner Bros. has been trying for several years to move forward on “The Jetsons,” hiring Matt Lieberman to write the script in 2015.

The Hanna-Barbera original animated show aired in primetime on ABC in 1962-63. It was set in 2062 and centered on George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy Jetson along with Rosie the Robot. The series was a Space Age counterpart to Hanna-Barbera’s “The Flintstones.”

Warner Bros., which owns the Hanna-Barbera library,
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‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul’ Review: Once-Charming Franchise Takes a Road to Nowhere

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‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul’ Review: Once-Charming Franchise Takes a Road to Nowhere
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul”: Yup, the experience of watching this movie is right there in the title. Unconscionably overlong while offensively appealing to the lowest common denominator of filmgoers, this film would appear to lack a single reason to exist. It’s been five years since the “Diary” trilogy came to a close with “Dog Days” — a touching finale of a franchise written by the versatile Maya Forbes (“Infinitely Polar Bear,” “Monsters vs. Aliens”). The book had seemed to be literally closed on this one. And for good reason. Compelling artistry always knows where (and when) to.
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Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner to Voice Timon and Pumbaa in Live-Action ‘Lion King’

Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner to Voice Timon and Pumbaa in Live-Action ‘Lion King’
Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner have been tapped to voice Timon and Pumbaa in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “The Lion King,” sources confirmed to Variety.

Donald Glover is on board to voice Simba, while James Earl Jones will reprise his role of Mufasa that he voiced in the original. Beyonce is still circling the role of Nala.

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In the original, Timon and Pumbaa were the lovable meerkat and warthog who look after Simba after he flees his kingdom.

Jon Favreau is directing with Jeff Nathanson writing. The film is being fast-tracked, with the studio recently dating it for July 19, 2019.

“Lion King” was originally released in 1994 and is one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time, ultimately hauling $968.5 million worldwide.

The studio’s emphasis on live-action adaptations follows the successes of “Alice in Wonderland” (2010), “Maleficent” (2014), “Cinderella” (2015), and,
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Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner in Talks to Voice Timon and Pumbaa in New 'Lion King'

Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner in Talks to Voice Timon and Pumbaa in New 'Lion King'
Jon Favreau's Lion King may have found its Hakuna Matata. Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner are in talks to voice Pumbaa and Timon, respectively. 

Donald Glover is set to star as Simba, while James Earl Jones will reprise his role from the 1994 animation as Mufasa.

Jeff Nathanson (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) wrote the script for the live-action adaptation, which is being produced by Favreau and Jeffrey Silver.

In the original animation, Nathan Lane voiced the loud-mouth meerkat and Ernie Sabella tackled the kindly warthog. 

Rogen, who has voiced animated characters in films including Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens and last year's Sausage...
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Spider-Man Animated Movie Has Found Its Miles Morales

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Spider-Man Animated Movie Has Found Its Miles Morales
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,
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Oscars: Will New Animated Voting Procedures Hurt Smaller Films?

Oscars: Will New Animated Voting Procedures Hurt Smaller Films?
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced annual rule and eligibility changes this morning, but while most of the attention was on a shift in the documentary race that would render multi-part series like last year’s winner “O.J.: Made in America” (or, say, Netflix’s “Five Came Back”) ineligible, what struck me was a tweak elsewhere.

Going forward, nominations in the animated feature category will be open to anyone in the Academy willing to join a nominating committee. That puts it closer to the British Academy model, and counter to the process of nearly every other feature field, where members of the separate branches are charged with determining nominations. (Animated nominees will also be decided via preferential ballot now, like the best picture category, rather than a numerical scoring system.)

But things have always been a little different in this category; previously, the committee was supposed to
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How ‘The Boss Baby’ Became Top Dog at the Box Office

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
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Smurfs: The Lost Village movie review: how do you solve a problem like Smurfette?

MaryAnn’s quick take… An adventure crammed with junky slapstick and garish animation that seems to believe it is feminist, but only doubles down on Smurfily regressive notions of gender. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): hate the Smurfs

what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The problem with the Smurfs — apart from the fiery rage they inspire to stomp them into blue goo, although perhaps that is not a problem per se — is Smurfette. (Typical: it’s always the woman who causes trouble.) Created by the evil wizard Gargamel out of clay — as opposed to whatever it is the Smurfs were created out of, and by whom — and sent into the Smurf village as a spy and to sow discord, she’s sort of the original sin of Smurfkind: it was only then, with a female suddenly among them, that the Smurfs realized they were male,
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Ghost In The Shell And Boss Baby Take Another Crack At The Box Office Beast -- The Weekend Warrior

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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,
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Illumination Taps Peter Schube as Chief Operating Officer

Illumination Taps Peter Schube as Chief Operating Officer
Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment has appointed former Jim Henson Company exec Peter Schube to replace Natalie Fischer as chief operating officer.

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,
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