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Afm: Emily Watson, Jason Isaacs join 'Happy Family'

  • ScreenDaily
Timeless Films and Ambient Entertainment announce cast for upcoming animation.

Emily Watson (Everest, War Horse) and Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs have joined the voice cast for 3D animation Happy Family.

The cast also includes Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Catherine Tate (Doctor Who).

Production and sales outfit Timeless Films is handling worldwide sales on the project and will be presenting new footage from the film at the American Film Market (Afm) (Nov 4-11) next week

Co-producer Ambient Entertainment has partnered with Warner Brothers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

The film is directed by Holger Tappe, who previously made Animals United, which was also produced by Timeless and Ambient.

Based on David Safier’s best-selling novel, with a script by Catharina Junk and Safier, Happy Family is a family adventure that follows the very much unhappy Wishbone clan - under pressure and constantly
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Afm: Emily Watson, Jason Isaacs join monster animation 'Happy Family'

  • ScreenDaily
Timeless Films and Ambient Entertainment announce cast for upcoming animation.

Emily Watson (Everest, War Horse) and Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs have joined the voice cast for 3D animation Happy Family.

The cast also includes Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Catherine Tate (Doctor Who).

Production and sales outfit Timeless Films is handling worldwide sales on the project and will be presenting new footage from the film at the American Film Market (Afm) (Nov 4-11) next week

Co-producer Ambient Entertainment has partnered with Warner Brothers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

The film is directed by Holger Tappe, who previously made Animals United, which was also produced by Timeless and Ambient.

Based on David Safier’s best-selling novel, with a script by Catharina Junk and Safier, Happy Family is a family adventure that follows the very much unhappy Wishbone clan - under pressure and constantly
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Annecy: Report Outlines Trends and Challenges of Europe’s Animation

Studiocanal, Aardman Animations, Ben Stassen’s nWave Pictures and Germany’s Constantin emerge as current drivers of Europe’s wide-audience movie animation industry, according to a pioneering study, “Focus on Animation,” which contains a wealth of pan-European and single-territory stats, establishing the base for a fuller report on the sector.

Produced by the European Audiovisual Observatory for the European Commission, and to be presented Wednesday at France’s Annecy Animation Fest, the study is a first-phase survey but still a powerful indicator of key companies and trends.

It captures a European animation industry in dynamic, if often challenging, flux. Though the authors are cautious about drawing conclusions, one driver that emerges from its figures is new market entries.

In terms of box office outside animated features’ main country of origin, “Gnomeo and Juliet,” from Kelly Ashbury (“Shrek 2”), topped Europe’s top 10 international animation movies, punching 19.9 million admissions outside the U.
See full article at Variety - TV News »

Annecy: Report Outlines Trends and Challenges of Europe’s Animation

Studiocanal, Aardman Animations, Ben Stassen’s nWave Pictures and Germany’s Constantin emerge as current drivers of Europe’s wide-audience movie animation industry, according to a pioneering study, “Focus on Animation,” which contains a wealth of pan-European and single-territory stats, establishing the base for a fuller report on the sector.

Produced by the European Audiovisual Observatory for the European Commission, and to be presented Wednesday at France’s Annecy Animation Fest, the study is a first-phase survey but still a powerful indicator of key companies and trends.

It captures a European animation industry in dynamic, if often challenging, flux. Though the authors are cautious about drawing conclusions, one driver that emerges from its figures is new market entries.

In terms of box office outside animated features’ main country of origin, “Gnomeo and Juliet,” from Kelly Ashbury (“Shrek 2”), topped Europe’s top 10 international animation movies, punching 19.9 million admissions outside the U.
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Feelmakers Eyes Latin American Market

Looking to strengthen its presence among Latin American film audiences, new international VOD web portal Feelmakers makes a presentation Wednesday at a industry/press event in Ventana Sur.

Launched by a group of Spain’s enterprising young directors and movie execs, the platform offers a catalogue of nearly 400 films from different countries that – a key point – can be seen throughout the world, with some 50% of them currently being Spanish-language titles.

One of the newest moves at Feelmakers, the Special Feel section, is dedicated to the Spanish Academy Goya Awards’ 2015 edition, allowing online access to 27 of the 35 short films contending in the fiction, animated and documentary categories.

Spanish feature films include Spain’s 2013 Foreign-Language Oscar entry, “15 Years and One Day,” by Gracia Querejeta, and films from left-of-field auteur Javier Rebollo – a triple San Sebastian film festival winner, including best director in 2012 for “Woman Without Piano” – and some leading lights of Spain’s youngest waves of filmmakes,
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Feelmakers Full-Launches Global Docu, Toon, Short VOD Portal

San Sebastian – In a new international thrust from Spain, a group of enterprising young directors and movie execs are launching Feelmakers, a new international VOD web portal specializing in animation, documentaries and shorts from around the world.

Feelmakers has been online since early 2014. Its full-blooded launch has begun, however, just before vthe 62nd San Sebastian Festival where a industry/press presentation was headed by Feelmakers development head Millan Velazquez. Also on hand: Distinguished helmers Gracia Querejeta, director of Spain’s 2013 Foreign-Language Oscar entry “15 Years and One Day,” and Javier Rebollo, a triple San Sebastian winner, taking Best Director for “Woman Without Piano” in 2012.

Further presentations will be made at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, Europe’s best-known short film event, and at December’s Ventana Sur, Latin America’s biggest movie market.

The first VOD service dates back to the mid ‘90s. What sets Feelmakers apart from most services is its
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Tarzan review not so super

The strapping hero is saddled with added extraterrestrial superpowers in a questionable attempt to ape modern sci-fi fantasies

The problem with most Tarzan movies is the lack of dinosaurs, asteroids, exploding helicopters and glowing magic rocks, right? Well, fear not, because the creators of Animals United are here to right that wrong, embracing "the spirit of Edgar Rice Burroughs without becoming a slave to the text". So we open in space, crash-land on Earth (wiping out giant reptiles) and then fast-forward to the present, where the search for extraterrestrial superpowers leaves a young boy to be raised by apes after his parents die in an air crash, Now he must defend his planet sorry, "the jungle" from evil corporate invaders in search of Unobtanium. Or something. Really. While the motion-captured 3D CG has an uncanny photorealist quality, the wisdom of attempting to turn Tarzan into an Avatar-lite fantasy remains, at best,
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Film Review: ‘Tarzan’

Film Review: ‘Tarzan’
Tarzan wears his trademark loincloth while the actor playing him sports a full-body motion-capture suit in Constantin Film’s clunky-looking riff on the Edgar Rice Burroughs character, which gives literature’s most organic hero a robotic, pre-“Polar Express” appearance. Targeted at a generation raised on CGI and the idea that men don’t grow body hair, this English-language reboot gambles on big B-movie setpieces, hoping the spectacle will disguise shortcuts taken in the design department. “Tarzan” is an eyesore for anyone above the age of 10 — literally, for those opting to see it in badly miscalibrated 3D — and will lean on heavy marketing for modest returns as it swings through various international territories.

In several of Europe’s larger megaplexes, one can presently find 7-foot fiberglass Tarzan standees — broad, muscular shoulders tapering down to a narrow girlish waist atop a pair of delicate long legs — posted like mannequins for the latest in jungle-ready underpants.
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Trailer – Tarzan Returns to the Big Screen in 3D Motion Capture

  • HeyUGuys
It was over a year ago that we saw the first posters for the latest incarnation of Tarzan. This time we get to see a film both in 3D and shot completely using motion capture (the same effect that was achieved to create films like Avatar).

The latest iteration of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic story will be arriving on the big screen next summer, this time under the direction of Reinhard Klooss (Animals United). Kellan Lutz (Twilight, Immortals) leads the motion-capture cast, alongside Spencer Locke (Resident Evil: Afterlife) as Jane, and Jaime Ray Newman (A Town Called Eureka), Robert Capron (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Mark Deklin (Gcb), and Trevor St. John (One Life to Live).

Klooss is directing from a script he co-wrote with Jessica Postigo (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) and Yoni Brenner (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs).

One of the most classic and revered stories of all time,
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Perseverance Records To Host Major Soundtrack Signing Event, Burbank, July 28

  • CinemaRetro
By Darren Allison, Soundtrack Editor

Perseverance Records to attend huge soundtrack signing event

Our friend Robin Esterhammer of Perseverance Records will be hosting a signing event at Dark Delicacies of Burbank at 2pm on July 28th. The list of composers is certainly looking impressive and names are still being added.

Confirmed already are: John Debney, Richard M. Sherman (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Elia Cmiral (The Deaths of Ian Stone, Journey to the End of the Night), Edwin Wendler (Escape), John Massari (The Puppet Master Soundtracks Box, 5 CD box), Brian Ralston (Crooked Arrows), Dennis Dreith (The Punisher, Gag, Creep Van), Craig Safan (Remo Williams, Fade to Black, Circus, Lesser Known Favorites), Donald Rubinstein (Martin, Pollock, Knightriders), Romina Arena (Morricone Uncovered), Peter Bernstein (The Puppet Master Soundtracks Box), Mader (The Wedding Banquet, Cinemusica), Phillip Lambro (Chinatown - The Rejected Score, Crypt of the Living Dead, Murph the Surf, The Film Music of Phillip Lambro), Richard Band (Mutant,
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The Vine Swings to Alexander Skarsgard to Play Tarzan

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Update: Alexander Skargard (Battleship) appears to be the top choice to play the title character in Warner Brothers TarzanDavid Yates, the director of four of the Harry Potter movies, is helming the post-jungle Tarzan story, replacing Craig Brewer. WB's Tarzan reboot follows the jungle man years after he's joined society and now goes by the name John Clayton III. Queen Victoria asks him to go back to the Congo to investigate what's going on - and there he teams up with an ex-mercenary to save the land from a diamond warlord. 

Additionally, Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to play an undisclosed supporting role. 

This is different from the Summit project which is staying true to the original Edgar Rice Burroughs story -- except that it's in motion capture and 3D (see below). 

May 4, 2012 -- Kellan Lutz (Twilight) will play Tarzan in the motion-capture CGI 3D film coming from
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Teaser Poster For Motion Capture 3D ‘Tarzan’

Last week saw the arrival of a teaser trailer for the upcoming Tarzan film which is presneted in 3D via motion capture technology. It looked a bit lifeless, but it is from a smaller German company and not one of the heavy hitters in animation. Now we have a teaser poster. The film stars Kellan Lutz as Tarzan, the man brought up by apes. Reinhard Klooss, the man behind the hardly amazing Animals United (2010) is directing. Still too early to tell on this one and with so many adaptations of Tarzan, do we need yet another one?

Tarzan is released next summer. It stars Kellan Lutz, Spencer Locke, Jaime Ray Newman, Robert Capron, Mark Deklin, and Trevor St. John.

Source: Hey U Guys
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First Teaser Poster for 3D Motion-Capture, Tarzan

  • HeyUGuys
Last week we saw the first teaser trailer arrive for the motion-capture animated 3D film, Tarzan, and now it’s swiftly followed by our first look at the international teaser poster.

The latest iteration of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic story will be arriving on the big screen next summer, this time under the direction of Reinhard Klooss (Animals United).

Kellan Lutz (Twilight, Immortals) leads the motion-capture cast, alongside Spencer Locke (Resident Evil: Afterlife) as Jane, and Jaime Ray Newman (A Town Called Eureka), Robert Capron (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Mark Deklin (Gcb), and Trevor St. John (One Life to Live).

Klooss is directing from a script he co-wrote with Jessica Postigo (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) and Yoni Brenner (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs)

Tarzan is set for release in 3D next summer, with a date scheduled for 25th July, 2013 in Germany. No word yet on a UK or Us release,
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First Teaser Trailer for Motion-Capture Animated Tarzan 3D

  • HeyUGuys
Created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in the early 20th Century, Tarzan has been brought to the big screen several times in the past hundred years, most notably with the 1999 Disney animated adaptation.

The latest iteration of the classic story is set to hit the big screen next summer, under director Reinhard Klooss (Animals United), and now the first teaser trailer has surfaced online, courtesy of Animatie, along with a behind-the-scenes featurette.

Kellan Lutz (Twilight, Immortals) leads the motion-capture cast, alongside Spencer Locke (Resident Evil: Afterlife) as Jane, and Jaime Ray Newman (A Town Called Eureka), Robert Capron (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Mark Deklin (Gcb), and Trevor St. John (One Life to Live).

Klooss is directing from a script he co-wrote with Jessica Postigo (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) and Yoni Brenner (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), with the director producing alongside Robert Kulzer (Resident Evil, Wrong Turn
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Kellan Lutz & Spencer Locke Sign On for New Animated Tarzan Film

Constantin Film, the German film production and distribution company behind the WWII film Downfall (Der Untergang) which has become famous for it's Hilter reaction internet meme, is moving forward with an animated feature based on the classic story of Tarzan. Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga) will voice Tarzan while Spencer Locke (Resident Evil: Afterlife) will voice his love interest Jane in the film that will be directed by Reinhard Klooss (Animals United) off a screenplay by Klooss, Jessica Postigo and Yoni Brenner. The Edgar Rice Burroughs story of Tarzan has been adapted for over 89 live action and animated productions over the 100 years since it's creation years, most famously with Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller in the title role as well as the 1999 Disney film. Warner Bros is...
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Kellan Lutz: Tarzan 3D Movie

Kellan Lutz (photo), best known for playing Emmett Cullen in the Twilight movies, and Resident Evil actress Spencer Locke, will star in the performance-capture 3D movie Tarzan, adapted from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic tale, and to be directed by Animals United’s producers / directors Reinhard Klooss and Holger Tappe. Needless to say, Lutz will bring Tarzan back to life, while Locke will play Jane. The screenplay was written by Klooss, Ice Age: Dawn of the DinosaursYoni Brenner and Jessica Postigo, whose sole listed credit on the IMDb is Harald Zwart’s The Mortal Instruments, currently in pre-production. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it updates Burroughs’ story by having Tarzan’s parents killed in a plane crash, the CEO of Greystoke Energies as the film’s chief villain, and Jane as an environmentally conscious heroine. Come to think of it, the first "update" isn’t something really new: Boy’s
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Kellan Lutz and Spencer Locke to Star in Tarzan, Rashida Jones Joins Cuban Fury, Ashley Bell to Bounceback, Renee Olstead Plays Midnight Game

Casting news for you today: Kellan Lutz (Twilight) and Spencer Locke (Resident Evil: Afterlife) look to play Tarzan and Jane in the Constantin Films production of Tarzan 3D. Rashida Jones (I Love You, Man) and Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur) join Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) and Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids) in dance-revenge comedy, Cuban Fury. Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism) is set to join the romantic comedy, The Bounceback. Renee Olstead (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) has been cast in the indie horror film, The Midnight Game. Hit the jump for more. First up, Deadline reports that Lutz has signed on to play the motion-captured, vine-swinging hero in Constantin Film's Tarzan 3D. Locke is reportedly in talks to play Jane in the fully-animated CGI feature.  Reinhard Kloos (Animals United) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Jessica Postigo (The Moral Instruments) and Yoni Brenner (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs). Per THR,
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Kellan Lutz Will Beat His Chest as 'Tarzan'

Kellan Lutz: From the Lord of the Sea to the King of the Jungle.

The "Immortals" star will soon be swinging from a vine as he's signed on to play the title role in a new version of "Tarzan," according to Deadline.

This new take on the classic adventure character will be directed by Reinhard Klooss ("Animals United") from a script by Jessica Postigo (who will be adapting the upcoming "The Mortal Instruments") and Yoni Brenner ("Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs"). "Tarzan" will also follow in the footsteps of Disney's recent take on "A Christmas Carol" as a fully animated CGI feature that utilizes motion capture performance.

So, sorry, ladies — that bare chest is going to look a little cartoonish.

The project is being set up at Constantin Films, which is currently at least one step ahead of Warner Bros., which has also been looking to do a "Tarzan" movie.
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‘Twilight Saga’s Kellan Lutz To Play Tarzan In Constantin Movie

‘Twilight Saga’s Kellan Lutz To Play Tarzan In Constantin Movie
Breaking: Twilight Saga‘s Kellan Lutz will star as Tarzan in the Constantin film that will be directed by Reinhard Klooss (Animals United). The film is fully animated CGI with motion capture. Written by by Jessica Postigo, Yoni Brenner (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs) and Kloos. Spencer Locke is in talks to play Jane. Warner Bros has long been beating its chest about making a movie about the vine swinging he-man, but the studio will have to hurry to keep pace with Constantin.
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Latest MPAA Ratings: Bulletin No: 2206

Here are the new MPAA ratings from Bulletin No: 2206.

Animals United Rated PG For mild thematic elements, some action and peril, rude humor and brief language. Bounty Hunters Rated R For language, violence and some sexuality/nudity. Deep In The Heart Rated PG-13 For mature thematic elements involving alcohol and substance abuse, and for some violence and brief language. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax Rated PG For brief mild language. Release Date: March 2, 2012 Enter Nowhere Rated R For language and brief violence. Freeloaders Rated R For crude sexual content, nudity, language and drug use. Lovely Molly Rated R For strong disturbing violence and grisly images, some graphic sexual content and nudity, drug use and language. Mirror Mirror Rated PG For some fantasy action and mild rude humor. Release Date: March 16, 2012 The Odds Rated R For pervasive language, some violence, drug content and brief teen drinking. Safe House Rated R For
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