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Tonight is Glee’s holiday episode, “Previously Unaired Christmas,” at 9 p.m. on Fox, and what better way to celebrate the holidays than inhaling some helium and dancing around your Brooklyn loft with a scantily clad Santa? Well, that’s at least how Rachel, Kurt, and Santana choose to get festive in this exclusive clip where they invite over hottie mall Santa Cody for dinner (the three roomies are working with him as elves) and sing the Alvin and the Chipmunks classic “Christmas Don’t Be Late.” Watch the clip below… »
- Tim Stack
While the story’s lesson illustrates the power of the written word, the sentiment behind it defines the philosophy of one of Hollywood’s most successful executives, Elizabeth Gabler, president of Fox 2000.
“I believe in the power of writing and telling stories,” Gabler tells Variety.
In an era when the Hollywood majors are obsessed with producing prequels, sequels and comicbook adaptations, Gabler has, for the past 14 years, run the only studio division that’s largely devoted to bringing popular and often challenging literary properties such as “Life of Pi,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Water for Elephants” to the bigscreen. “The Book Thief,” which opened Nov. 8 in limited release, and will expand its run in the coming weeks, is Gabler’s latest test. »
- Andrew Stewart
Update: Paddington will be in theaters next Christmas, the release date is set for Dec. 12, 2014.
Sept. 13, 2013 - Paddington Bear, the polite and proper stuffed animal from Peru, will get his chance at movie stardom thanks to David Heyman, the producer of the Harry Potter movies. Colin Firth, who won an Academy Award for playing King George VI in The King's Speech, will be the voice of Paddington in this CGI/live-action movie (like Alvin and the Chipmunks). Nicole Kidman will play a taxidermist (the people who preserve the bodies of formerly alive animals) bent on revenge. The rest of the cast is lpretty Potterish: Jim Broadbent (Prof. Horace Slughorn in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince); Julie Walters (Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter movies); Sally Hawkins (the upcoming Great Expectations, incidentally helmed by the director of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire); and Hugh Bonneville ("Downton Abbey"...I'm »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Dasym Media, headed by entertainment industry veterans Steve Waterman, Bruce Stein and Charlie Coker, has launched a $100 million multi-media kids and family property fund specifically geared toward the booming Chinese market.
The fund, announced during the American Film Market, is aimed at global commercialization of feature films, TV, Internet, gaming, live shows and all forms of merchandising focusing on family entertainment. Daysm’s affiliate Exclusive Media will handle international rights sales.
“There are many fabulous family brands out there that our fund will partner with to ensure that they are appreciated in a broad media and product context,” said Coker. “Our goal is to strategically maximize the reach of our entertainment properties and fully realize their value across multiple media, mediums and geographies, especially the untapped opportunities emerging in China today.”
Waterman, an exec producer on the three “Alvin and the Chipmunks” films, said, “With the right property, the family »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive Media head of international sales Alex Walton and his team will handle sales on the Dasym Media family multimedia fund.
Dasym Media, a subsidiary of Exclusive Media’s Netherlands-based backers and investment boutique Dasym Investment Strategies formerly known as Cyrte Investments, will partner on the capital raise with Jp Morgan’s Entertainment Industries Group headed by David Shaheen.
Dasym will bring key funding from its existing investor base and Jp Morgan will also provide a credit facility.
The fund anticipates its first release in autumn 2015. Dasym Media currently has a number of creative and strategic partnerships in place and is in discussions with other leaders in the children and family space.
“There are many fabulous family brands out there that our fund will partner with to ensure that they »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The company is backed by the Netherlands-based Dasym Investment Strategies B.V., whose portfolio includes Endemol and Exclusive Media.
Dasym Media is launching a $100 million multi-media fund to finance a wide array of kids and family properties, including feature films, television programming, games and merchandise.
Dasym Media is a subsidiary of the Netherlands-based Dasym Investment Strategies B.V. (former Cyrte Investments), which has a footprint in media, entertainment, telecom and technology. Dasym’s investment portfolio includes Endemol and Exclusive Media, a leading independent financing, production and sales company.
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“There are many fabulous family brands out there that our fund will partner with to ensure that they are appreciated in a broad media and product context. Our goal is to strategically maximize the reach of our entertainment properties »
- Pamela McClintock
Gravity is a game-changer that makes a swath of films seem redundant. Here are seven earlier movies that broke the mould – and one that didn't
Every now and then a film comes along that totally changes everything: whether it is expensive new technology or a cute talking pig, nothing can be the same again. Gravity is the latest film that makes a whole swath of cinema look and feel redundant: its hard-won sense of documentary realism means everyone attempting to film a spacewalk or satellite explosion will have to raise their game massively. This is by no means a definitive, historical list – you would have to go back to the Lumière brothers for that – but we have narrowed it down to the seven films that have made the biggest impact on movies in their current form and obsessions.
The game: Superhero films were traditionally camp, trashy affairs – even Superman: The Movie, »
- Andrew Pulver
Update: John Leguizamo may becoming something of a dinosaur expert. In Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Leguizamo's character Sid "adopts" dino eggs and the baby dinos that hatch to the wrath of their real dino mom. Now, Leguizamo will voice Alex, an "Alexomis bird." (Anyone ever heard of an Alexomis dinosaur?) Also joining the cast is Justin Long (pictured right, he voices Alvin in the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies) as Patchi, a Pachyrhinosaurus. Tiya Sircar (The Internship, Hotel for Dogs) voices Juniper and Skylar Stone ("Max & Luther") voices Scowler, who round out the Pachyrhinosaurus trio.
Walking with Dinosaurs 3D opens on Dec. 20.
Jan. 28, 2013 - Brit Charlie Rowe (The Golden Compass) will star in Walking with Dinosaurs 3D. The 16-year old will play one of two brothers who set out to follow in their father's footsteps and find themselves in the Arctic facing off with dinosaurs. Arthur Christmas and »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
It was only two years ago that 20th Century Fox started taking consumer products a little more seriously, tapping Jeffrey Godsick to expand the way the company exploits its films and TV shows through theme park rides, live events, T-shirts, toys and other merchandise.
That’s not to say the consumer products arm, overseen by 20th Century Fox TV chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden, had done so badly in focusing largely on “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and other TV properties.
The hit animated show has easily been 20th’s biggest moneymaker, with the yellow characters minting a lot of green — more than $4.6 billion from the sale of consumer products alone during the series’ 25-year run. As Bart Simpson would say: Holy cash cow, man!
And 20th still feels there’s more coin to collect. This year, 20th has aggressively gone after a slew of new deals to make sure Homer, »
- Marc Graser
The pair are set to make their directorial debuts on the film. Katyis is a Disney animation veteran who worked on the likes of "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Tangled," Reilly has worked at Sony Pictures Animation for ten years and was involved with films such as "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" and "Hotel Transylvania".
In the game, players use a slingshot to help a flock of animated birds destroy a group of evil pigs who stole their eggs. Over one billion downloads of the game have taken place since its launch in late 2009.
Source: Rovio Entertainment »
- Garth Franklin
Lagardere Entertainment, one of Gaul’s biggest media groups, is giving up its animation label Genao Prods, the shingle that’s developing such franchise-based toon skeins as “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Sonic Boom.”
The Paris-based conglom said it will now focus exclusively on fiction and factual content production.
Owned by Largardere since 2008, Genao – now re-named OuiDO Production – has developed “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Sony Boom” and “Mini Loup.”
“Alvin,” which is repped by Pgs Ent. and co-produced by the brand’s right-holders Badgasarian Prods, was the most-watched program at Mipjunior, the two-day confab dedicated to children programming that ended on Sunday. It’s been commissioned by M6.
“Sonic” has pre-bought to French channels Gulli and Canal J and Cartoon Network in the U.S.. It’s co-produced by Sega.
Meanwhile, “Mini Loup” has been commissioned by France Television.
Going forward, OuiDO Productions, the company has a packed slate including an adaptation of “Les Legendaires, »
- Elsa Keslassy
The family that owns rights to Alvin and the Chipmunks has defeated a Fox motion that would have trimmed its lawsuit over the enormously successful Squeakquel. Instead of contracting the claims, a judicial referee is allowing the plaintiff to expand the scope of the lawsuit. Bagdasarian Productions, run by Ross Bagdasarian Jr. (whose father created the franchise in 1958), has been fighting with Fox for years over the hit film which grossed more than $443 million at the box office. The lawsuit covers a lot of ground. Story: Fox Takes Exclusive 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' Merchandise to Walmart Tied to DVD Release For instance,
- Eriq Gardner
Hoping for an Alvin and the Chipmunks-free 2015? Well, tough. In accordance with ancient prophecy (and Cartoon Brew), 2015 will see the debut of a brand new CG TV show featuring the brothers Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, currently known by the working title Alvinnn!!! and The Chipmunks.
Seeing a gap in the market where more Chipmunk hi-jinks could be implausibly squeezed, show-creators Ross Bagdasarian Jr. and his wife Janice Karman have been working on the TV show since 2010, when it was known as The Chipmunks and Chipettes. If Alvinnn!!! and The Chipmunks follows the same lines as predecessor The Chipmunks and Chipettes, it would seem that there will be a much-needed expansion of the cast, leading to interesting love triangles, botched drug deals, and maybe a murder or two.
Will 2015 be the year of the TV’s first gay chipmunk?
Given that the movies proved incredibly popular with the public-at-large, if not the critics necessarily, »
- Rob Batchelor
Whenever I get into a “heated” conversation about great kids theme songs from yesteryear, there are always a few shows that come to mind.
Off the top of my head, cartoons like Alvin and the Chipmunks, Bionic Six, M.A.S.K., Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Gummy Bears, DuckTales and Transformers G1 all come to mind. Then, of course, there’s Fraggle Rock. It might not have been a cartoon, but it had one of the most upbeat and toe-tapping theme songs of the 80s.
Seriously, who didn’t feel jubilant when the Fraggles said to “dance your cares away” and save your “worries for another day” down in Fraggle Rock? If only the Fraggles could sing to you now that you’re grown up and at work, wouldn’t life be just a little more playful.
Well, if you’re one of those employees who can get onto Hulu at work, »
- Bags Hooper
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Now that we’ve made it one step closer to completing The Smurfs trilogy, the apocalypse can officially commence.
With that snarky barb out of the way, let’s get down to the real question at hand. If you have to take kids dying to see this to the theater, will you want to Smurf yourself in the head after it’s over? Surprisingly, it’s less painful than you’d think.
I’ve got no spite towards The Smurfs, those gegarious little blue gnomes who wear bloated upside-down diapers on their heads and are apparently allergic to shirts. Arguably less insipid than the three (!) Alvin and the Chipmunks movies and likely to make you less sleepy than Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, Raja Gosnell’s first Smurfs movie was a harmless, plastic “kid’s movie” that tickled the little ones but ended the job there. »
- Nathan Bartlebaugh
We’re still dazed and confused by the fact that the first Smurfs movie was such a success, they needed to churn out a sequel just two years later. For those of us who grew up on these three-apples tall Saturday morning cartoon characters, it’s Alvin and the Chipmunks all over again. If it isn’t a giant movie remake, it’s the scandalous life of the former child stars besmirching our precious memories. What beloved things from our childhood hasn’t Hollywood ruined yet? Actually, we came up with a list. Read on only if you aren’t a studio exec looking for an unoriginal idea to steal.
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- Sabrina Rojas Weiss
I am childfree this week (it's sleep-away camp time), but that doesn't mean I don't have recommendations for what you and your kids should see during family movie time. Without the kids around to help pick the movies, I've selected three titles I think adults will enjoy as much as kids (that means no CGI-live action hybrids, no offense to "Smurfs" or "Alvin and the Chipmunks" fans).
By the way, have you streamed a great family movie lately on Netflix, Hulu, or iTunes? Let us know in the comments, and we'll consider it for future editions of "Streaming Family Movies."
Rated G Pick: "Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales" (2010, 36 minutes)
Kids Will Love: Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) has always been the more sweet and approachable underdog to Lightning McQueen's shiny champion and kids especially love him. Even the youngest preschooler will enjoy the various tall tales, »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
James Finn has managed communications for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment for all title releases and technology advancements since 2009. In his new role as Evp Marketing Communication, Finn’s expanded responsibilities include global oversight of corporate communications, digital marketing, media, publicity and marketing partnerships for the division. His appointment was announced today by Mary Daily, President and Chief Marketing Officer of Worldwide Marketing, to whom he will report. In his previous position, Finn oversaw the implementation of more than 200 campaigns a year and was involved in several of Fox’s most successful film and TV franchises, including Avatar, Alvin And The Chipmunks, Family Guy, Glee, Ice Age, Modern Family, Planet Of The Apes, Rio, Sons Of Anarchy, Star Wars, The Simpsons and X-Men. Before joining the home entertainment division, Finn served as VP National Publicity at Fox Searchlight Pictures, based in New York. His campaigns there included Best Picture Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Kanye West is reportedly working on The Jetsons.
The rapper is said to be serving as creative director on the adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
West has previously been mentioned in connection with the film, although there has been no progress on the project for some time.
"We weave through highway traffic as West makes calls about an upcoming Jetsons movie on which, he tells me, he is creative director," wrote an interviewer for W Magazine.
West recently revealed that he came close to leaking his own sex tape last year to prevent any threat of extortion over the footage.
Watch the intro to the Jetsons TV show below: »
Let’s face it. Hollywood remakes are a dime a dozen these days and perhaps the biggest offenders of them all are uninspired animated CGI remakes of old beloved cartoons. "The Smurfs," "Yogi Bear," "Alvin and the Chipmunks" --- each one worse than the last, but thanks to massive box office returns, more of them keep getting made. So, perhaps, that’s why “The Jetsons” remake is still kicking around despite being in development hell. A remake that’s really only interesting for one reason… and it’s the most ridiculous, “so crazy it just might work” reason of all. In January of 2012, we caught wind of the possibility that Kanye West was interested in, and possibly involved with, being the creative director of the “Jetsons” movie. The rumor popped up thanks to a (since deleted) tweet he made back then. Not much else has been reported on the story since, »
- Ken Guidry
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