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Fox To Adapt World-Bending Kids Adventure Timeless, Ridley Scott On Board As Producer

14 October 2014 10:36 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In Hollywood, studio executives always seem to be falling over themselves in an attempt to lay claim to the next big thing — be it a financially sound franchise-starter or an eye-catching adaptation. For Fox, though, the company has seemingly acquired the latter property, after the studio struck a six-figure deal to bring Arman Baltazar’s three-part children’s series, Timeless, to the silver screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rio and Ice Age helmer Carlos Saldanha is currently on board to direct with Ridley Scott acting as producer. Fox has described its vision for Timeless as a blend of live-action and CG in the vein of Avatar — now we know why the company was so quick in snapping up those rights.

Regardless, Baltazer’s family-friendly tale orbits around a band of children from four different periods in history — Victorian England, the 1920s and 80s, along with the modern day. Not only that, »

- Michael Briers

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Pixar Artist’s Book ‘Timeless’ Nabs Movie Deal With Ridley Scott Producing

14 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Fox’s next family-friendly hit could come from a former Pixar artist. The studio has just picked up the rights to Timeless, a three-book children’s series by Pixar alum Armand Baltazar. Carlos Saldanha (Rio) is attached to direct and Ridley Scott will produce. The plot centers around a group of kids from different time periods — […]

The post Pixar Artist’s Book ‘Timeless’ Nabs Movie Deal With Ridley Scott Producing appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Fox Taps ‘Rio’ Director Carlos Saldanha for Sci-Fi Movie ‘Timeless’

13 October 2014 5:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox has hired veteran animation director Carlos Saldanha to helm sci-fi fantasy movie “Timeless” as a possible franchise starter.

The project, based on the upcoming three-book series from Armand Baltazar, will be a live-action CG adaptation. Producers are Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer of Scott Free Productions, Steve Tzirlin, Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment and Saldhana through his BottleCap Prods.

Scott Free senior VP Michael Pruss, who brought the project into the shingle,  will exec produce and oversee “Timeless.” Maresa Pullman, who oversees BottleCap, will also exec produce.

The book series, to be published by HarperCollins, occurs in Chicago after a “time collision” eliminates the barriers between the past, present and future. The story follows a boy and his friends who rescue his father from a Roman general.

Saldanha’s directing credits include the first three “Ice Age” films and the two “Rio” titles. He has a first-look deal at Fox. »

- Dave McNary

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"Ice Age" Helmer To Tackle "Timeless"

13 October 2014 2:25 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Ice Age" and "Rio" director Carlos Saldanha is set to take the helm of 20th Century Fox's "Timeless," a live-action and CG animated combination film adaptation of former Pixar artist Armand Baltazar's upcoming children's book trilogy.

The story is set in Chicago when a time implosion brings people and creatures from the past, present and future together. A boy sets out with his friends from different time periods to rescue his father who has been captured by a Roman general.

Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer of Scott Free Productions and Steve Tzirlin are producing along with Brooklyn Weaver.

Source: Heat Vision »

- Garth Franklin

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'Rio' Director to Adapt Kids' Adventure Book by Pixar Artist (Exclusive)

13 October 2014 11:43 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Less than a week after former Pixar artist Armand Baltazar closed a deal for his debut three-book children’s series Timeless, the movie rights have been picked up by Fox.  Carlos Saldanha, the director of the animated Rio and Ice Age movies, is attached to direct what would be a live-action/CG adaptation. Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer of Scott Free Productions and Steve Tzirlin are producing along with Brooklyn Weaver. Maresa Pullman, who runs Saldanha's BottleCap Productions, will executive produce. Sources peg the deal in the mid-six-figures range.  The story is set in Chicago when

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- Andy Lewis, Borys Kit

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Carlos Saldanha Wants To Be Timeless

13 October 2014 9:27 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Armand BaltazarThere will be a wealth of animation talents on display for new live-action/CG hybrid Timeless, coming our way from Fox. Rio director Carlos Saldanha is now attached to adapt the planned three-book children's series by DreamWorks/Disney/Pixar veteran Armand Baltazar.We say planned, because the ink is still wet on the deal – it closed last week – and Baltazar isn’t scheduled to deliver the first book until 2016. Still, Saldanha, producer Ridley Scott and the studio think this could fuel an intriguing new movie.Timeless is set in Chicago, where the city is the epicentre of a time implosion throwing people and creatures from the past, present and future together in one unruly mix. A boy must unite friends from different time periods to find his father, who has been kidnapped by a Roman general. The books are set to be illustrated in a lush faux-watercolour style, which »

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Rodrigo Santoro Helps Take Latinos Into the Mainstream (Exclusive)

9 October 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rio De Janeiro — One of Latin America’s highest-profile actors in Hollywood and beyond, Brazil’s Rodrigo Santoro, a memorable Xerxes in “30,” has hardly stopped.

But the parts he’s played of late not only underscore the illustrious thesping company he keeps, but just how far Latinos have come in sloughing off Latino type-casting.

Santoro wrapped two weeks ago his first TV series, playing an outlaw on the pilot for HBO’s “Westworld,” helmed by Jonathan Nolan for Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV, and a series inspired in concept by the Yul Brynner movie classic.

He features in Steven Bernstein’s “brilliantly written” “Dominion,” produced by Richard Gladstein, with Rhys Ifans as Welsh bard Dylan Thomas, living out his last day on earth, and John Malkovich as his doctor, shot over the summer in Montreal. Santoro plays “a mysterious character who will reveal himself.” Santoro’s character is called Carlos, »

- John Hopewell

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Busan: Peter Chan Feted by Festival

4 October 2014 8:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Busan — Peter Chan Ho-sun’s child abduction drama “Dearest” has racked up a slew of sales around Asia.

The picture, which plays this week in Busan, was licensed by We Distribution to Hong Kong (Edko Films), Korea (b.o.m.), Singapore, Malaysia & Brunei (Clover Films) and Japan (Happinet). Sales outside Asia are being handled by Paris-based Versatile Films.

Chan received the Asia Star Awards Special Achievement Award Saturday in recognition of his contribution to Asian Film Industry. At the same ceremony Korea’s Choi Min-sik (“Raring Currents,” “Lucy”) collected the Actor of the Year award, while the Asia Star Award was given to Kim Soo Hyun and Cecilia Liu.

“Dearest,” which premiered last month at the Venice festival, has since opened strongly in China, grossing over $32.5 million. It has also played at Toronto and the Festival do Rio, and it has upcoming dates at the London Film Festival and the Hawaii Intl. »

- Patrick Frater

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Gullane Filmes Ups Brazil’s Ante (Exclusive)

11 August 2014 12:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno – Talk about raising the bar. At Locarno, Brazil’s Fabiano Gullane, co-founder with brother Caio of Sao Paulo-based Gullane Filmes, is unveiling to sales agents and potential co-producers the biggest, most ambitious and most sophisticated movie production slate in modern Brazilian times.

Novelties on Gullane’s 14-title slate include two new Hollywood studio link-ups: Tomas Portella’s “Love Stories,” co-produced by Disney’s Buena Vista Intl., and romcom “Incompatible,” with co-production from Fox, which has acquired worldwide distribution rights.

The portfolio – two movies in post-production, including the Anna Muylaert’s anticipated “Where Is She?” which plays Locarno’s pix-in-post Carte Blanche Monday, and 12 in development – rolls off the phenomenal success of Gullane’s to-date-two-pic comedy franchise, “Till Luck Do Us Part,” which gave Gullane the biggest local movie hit in Brazil in 2012 and 2014, grossing a combined $36.1 million at Brazilian wickets.

The announcement also comes just weeks after Brazilian president »

- John Hopewell

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2014's supporting characters that deserve their own spin-off

7 August 2014 7:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

James Clayton argues the case for spending more time with some supporting characters, crying out for a movie of their own...

Moviemakers and film studios produce movies. Said movies are then shipped to theatres around the globe. Paying audiences then turn up to watch these movies and some of them are very popular and take in a lot of money at the box office. Some of them, in fact, take in obscene amounts of money at the box office.

Moviemakers and film studios like it when the pictures they've produced turn out to be box office hits and bring in obscene amounts of money. The next natural step is obvious - milk the cult cashcow for all its worth to give cinemagoers more of what they like and simultaneously yield the inevitable enormous profits.

Sequels - and threequels and prequels and obliquels - are the standard, most obvious means of achieving this. »

- simonbrew

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Exclusive Interview with Carlos Saldana for ‘Rio 2’

18 July 2014 7:19 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Those lovable singing birds are back in “Rio 2.”

With the DVD and Blu-Ray release this week, Latino-Review had an exclusive interview with director Carlos Saldanha. He also directed and wrote the original “Rio.”

In this fun sequel, Blu and Jewel is off exploring the wilds of the Amazon forest as they discover they are not the last of their kind.

We discussed a lot of details behind the story, casting and music for the film.

Rio 2” is currently available as digital download, DVD and Blu-Ray.

Latino-Review: Where did you get the idea of “Rio 2” in the first place?

Carlos Saldanha: When I finished the first film, I always wanted to continue their journey. I wanted to continue to tell the story about the family. And I wanted to explore the Amazon as an option. To have a future, they would have to find more birds. Where »

- Gig Patta

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Two Trailers for Rio, I Love You Anthology Film

15 July 2014 6:26 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have two international trailers for the upcoming "Rio, I Love You" anthology film, comprised of segments directed by different helmers. Check out the trailers below. Some of the directors include Vicente Amorim (Crossface), Fernando Meirelles (City of God), Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age), Jose Padilha (RoboCop), John Turturro (Fading Gigolo), Stephan Elliott (Easy Virtue), Guillermo Arriaga (Babel). The new movie stars Vincent Cassel, Rodrigo Santoro, Jason Isaacs, Ryan Kwanten, Emily Mortimer and Harvey Keitel. It's set to hit theaters in Brazil on September 11th. No word on when we'll see it in Us. Trailer 1: Trailer 2: »

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'Rio 2' Featurette: The Singing Talents of Kristin Chenoweth | Exclusive

15 July 2014 4:42 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Kristin Chenoweth makes her franchise debut as hench frog Gabi, Nigel's righthand amphibian, in the animated hit Rio 2, which comes to Blu-ray and DVD today! We have an exclusive featurette that looks at the singing talents of Kristin Chenoweth, and explores her onscreen relationship with fellow musician Jemaine Clement. The two certainly have an odd chemistry, which is put on display in select scenes from the movie. Check out Gabi and Nigel as they make beautiful music together, then be sure to pick up your copy of Rio 2 today!

Get ready to shake your tail feathers! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes you deep into the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest for the most fun you'll have all summer, as Rio 2 debuts on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD July 15. Just in time for summer vacation, this "hilarious family adventure" (Jeff Craig, Sixty Second Preview) will samba its way into »

- MovieWeb

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Watch: Visit Brazil With 2 International Trailers For Onmnibus 'Rio, I Love You' With Vincent Cassel, Harvey Keitel & More

15 July 2014 2:52 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Okay, the World Cup might be over but that doesn't mean attention on Brazil will be fading away. After sojourns to Paris and New York, producers are now bringing the cinematic spotlight to Rio de Janeiro with the omnibus "Rio, I Love You" and two international trailers are here to preview the ten shorts that will make up the film. Featuring segments directed by Fernando Meirelles, Carlos Saldanha, José Padilha, John Turturro, Im Sang-soo, Stephan Elliott, Paolo Sorrentino, Guillermo Arriaga, Andrucha Waddington and Nadine Labaki with folks like Vincent Cassel, Rodrigo Santoro, Jason Isaacs, Ryan Kwanten, Emily Mortimer and Harvey Keitel taking roles, the formula is what you'd expect. Filmmakers and famous faces using gorgeous locations to tell stories of love and life, while making you want to book a ticket to South America. The omnibus formula by its nature can be hit or miss, but there's certainly some top shelf talent playing along here. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Two Trailers For ‘Rio, I Love You’

15 July 2014 1:53 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Missing the World Cup already? Well, you can get your Brazilian fix with two new trailers for upcoming anthology film Rio, I Love You (Rio, EU Te Amo).

The movie has an ensemble cast from around the globe, as well as a medley of directors, including Fernando Meirelles (City Of God, The Constant Gardener), Stephan Elliott (The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert) and Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs, Rio, Rio 2). Each director’s segment follows a love story in a different part of the city.

It’s the third instalment of Emmanuel Benbihy’s Cities Of Love franchise, which also includes Paris, Je T’Aime and New York, I Love You.

Rio, I Love You is released in selected Brazilian cinemas later this year. More when we hear about Us and UK release dates.

Source: TheFilmStage »

- Claire Joanne Huxham

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First Trailers for the Anthology Film Rio, I Love You Directed by Fernando Meirelles, Paolo Sorrentino, Jose Padilha, and More

15 July 2014 11:07 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The first Rio, I Love You trailers have gone online.  The movie is the latest in the "Cities of Love" series, which includes Paris, je tamie and New York, I Love You.  This latest anthology includes short segments from directors Fernando Meirelles (City of God), Carlos Saldanha (Rio), Im Sang-soo (The Housemaid), Stephan Elliott (Easy Virtue), Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), Guillermo Arriaga (Babel), Andrucha Waddington (Party Crashers), Nadine Labaki (Where Do We Go Now?), José Padilha (Elite Squad), and John Turturro (Fading Gigolo).  Vincent Cassel, Rodrigo Santoro, Jason Isaacs, Ryan Kwanten, Emily Mortimer, Harvey Keitel, and more appear in the segments. Hit the jump to check out the Rio, I Love You trailer.  The movie opens in Brazil on September 11th, and while it doesn't have a U.S. release date, I'm sure it will open here eventually.  I also wouldn't be surprised to see it pop up during the fall festivals. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Watch: Two International Trailers for 'Rio, I Love You' Anthology

15 July 2014 10:38 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Following World Cup fever, Brazil is poised to get even more attention, at least internationally, with the romantic anthology Rio, I Love You, inspired by the previous projects Paris, je t'aime and New York, I Love You. As one would expect, two trailers showcase a charming collection of short stories, all set in some gorgeous and interesting locales in the South American setting, and it looks much better than the animated film which shares its title with the city as well. Directors like Fernando Meirelles (City of God), John Turturro (Fading Gigolo) and Jose Padilha (RoboCop) all directed segments, and it looks wonderful. Here's two international trailers for the anthology Rio, I Love You from YouTube (via The Film Stage): Rio, I Love You is an anthology of short stories following in the same footsteps as New York, I Love You and Paris, je t'aime. The film features shorts »

- Ethan Anderton

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Hodor's a house DJ and Daniel Radcliffe gets the horn plus the rest of today's breaking pop culture news

15 July 2014 9:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Let me take you to a place I know you want to go, it's the Guide Daily

Choice nuggets of pop culture news, gossip and multimedia, volleyed down your gullet all day long

Including today: Pharrell's not so happy, Daniel Radcliffe's not so evil and everyone's a house DJ

Be a part of it all by commenting below or tweeting @guideguardian

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Thanks for joining me today. Unless there's been a major reshuffle, Lanre will be here tomorrow with more of the same (except infinitely cooler).

I'll leave you skipping into the sunset with two colossal tunes: Merchandise's soul-stirring new song Enemy and Caribou's just-unveiled extended mix of Can't Do Without You. You really should be very excited about their respective albums. Night.

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All the chat in the office today has concerned Utopia, and how last night's audacious flashback episode has ramped up the anticipation »

- Sam Richards

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Kpf Exclusive: Rio 2 Director Names his Fave Character & What's Holding up Rio 3

14 July 2014 9:54 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

With Rio 2 soaring home on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, we of course leapt at the opportunity to chat with director Carlos Saldanha. He told us Everything - from what went into making Rio 2 to what you can expect on the home entertainment release.

Kpf: What went into building the world of Rio 2?

Director Carlos Saldanha: In the first one, I really got the story going. Once everything was set up from that movie, I was very excited to get started on Rio 2. I loved exploring my hometown in Rio. Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) fell in love, so we really wanted to explore what's next for the family.

We wanted to create the story in the Amazon, it's a very exciting place to go. And when I got the opportunity to check it out, there were no words for how I felt. Rio 2 gave us a »

- dbethke@fanlala.com (Dave B.)

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Shakira Delivers Winning Performance at World Cup Closing Ceremony

14 July 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In a winning World Cup closing show joyful enough to cheer up Brazilian fans mourning the performance of their national team, Shakira came onto the stadium field in Rio singing "Dare (La,La,La)." Playing a Carnival drum and wearing a red dress made up of sequined straps with a revealing fringe skirt, she was accompanied by samba dancers, Brazilian percussionists and collaborator Carlinhos Brown, in black tie and an Indian headdress. Photos World Cup Final Highlights: Germany Defeats Argentina in Extra Time Shakira was immediately followed by Santana, Wyclef Jean and Alexandre Pires, who gave a spirited live

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- Judy Cantor-Navas, Billboard

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