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Paris — French commercial network group TF1 has acquired licensing rights to “The Smurfs” brand for France and is prepping various events such a musical show and an exhibit.
The deal was inked between TF1 Licences and Véronique Culliford’s Imps. Both companies have worked before. TF1 Video has been a partner of Imps for the last 10 years.
Besides TF1 Video, “The Smurfs” has so far attracted about 700 partners, including Le Lombard, Dupuis, Hachette, De Agostini-Altaya, Panini, Pez, Chupa Chups, Ferrero, Haribo, McDonald’s, Delacre, Oreo, H&M, Zara, Benetton, Women’s Secret, MegaBrands, Ubisoft, Capcom and Tesco.
“We are happy and proud to collaborate with TF1 Licences, an experimented and audacious agent with a large experience in exploiting classic brands. We’ll be able to create synergies with the brands within the different divisions of the group, said Culliford, the daughter of “The Smurfs” creator Pierre Culliford aka Peyo.
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Sony Pictures Animation today announced the addition of three new cast for the lineup of talent in the next Smurf adventure Smurfs: The Lost Village. This all-new animated adventure is hitting theaters March 31, 2017. Joining the already announced Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel and Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf will be triple Emmy nominee Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Wreck-It Ralph) as the sweet, awkward and honest-to-a-fault Clumsy, who's forever trying his best and missing the mark; Danny Pudi (Community) as book smart and geek proud Brainy, who's long on knowledge, but short on inter-Smurf-onal skills; and Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike) as the strong and super-positive Hefty, a loyal dynamo struggling with his hero complex.
The newest entry in the Columbia Pictures movie franchise that has grossed more than $900 million globally, Smurfs: The Lost Village is set for a worldwide release on March 31, 2017. The fully-animated return »
Back in 2014, Sony Pictures Animation announced that their new Smurfs movie will be completely animated, ditching the live-action/CGI hybrid format the studio used in 2011's The Smurfs and 2013's The Smurfs 2. Sony has set a March 31, 2017 release date, with a voice cast that includes Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf, Demi Lovato as Smurfette and Rainn Wilson as the nefarious Gargamel. USA Today has the first photos from this animated adventure, now entitled Smurfs: The Lost Village, which gives us our first look at three previously-unannounced characters, Hefty Smurf (voiced by Joe Manganiello), Clumsy Smurf (voiced by Jack McBrayer) and Brainy Smurf (voiced by Danny Pudi).
Smurfs: The Lost Village, which was previously entitled Get Smurfy, follows Smurfette, as she sets off on a journey to find a fabled Smurf village before Gargamel does, bringing along her three brothers Hefty, Clumsy and Brainy. Director Kelly Asbury describes Hefty as »
Amazon has set pricing for this first wave of Sony 4K Uhd Blu-ray titles at $32.39 based off an Srp of $35.99. I would expect the Amazon price to trend lower closer to the release date, most likely somewhere in the neighborhood of $27 or $28.
Each of the six Sony 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray launch titles also includes the movie on Blu-ray. A Digital Copy is not included, unlike the Fox and Lionsgate 4K Uhd Blu-rays that will include a Digital Copy. Sony may choose to include a Digital Copy in post-launch titles. We'll have to wait and find out.
Amazon's listings for these Sony 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles does not include a release date. The presumption is that they'll arrive in »
Dolby Laboratories is quick to the table with the burgeoning drive toward 4K Ultra HD, the next-generation viewing format with four times the resolution of HD and the much-ballyhooed high dynamic range (Hdr), which produces brilliant highlights, vibrant colors and greater contrast on compatible displays.
The company announced deals at CES with Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and MGM to enhance their Ultra HD releases.
The company and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Sphe) on Jan. 6 announced a collaboration to release Sphe titles in Dolby Atmos over the coming years, including Sphe’s first films to be released in the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc format. Dolby Atmos, according to a press release, “delivers captivating audio that places and moves specific sounds anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment alive all around the audience.”
The studio’s first films to be released in the new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc »
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Ultra HD Blu-ray is being positioned as the successor to Blu-ray. But what is it, what films are coming, and do we need it?
Perhaps for the last time, 2016 will see movie studios and hardware manufacturers attempting to get you to upgrade your movie disc playback equipment again. Since the late 1990s, most of us have gone from VHS to DVD, and some went from DVD to Blu-ray. Others dallied with HD DVD, before that format collapsed, but before the majority of the world switches to streaming and downloads, Ultra HD Blu-ray is going to be making a pitch for your money.
What is it?
The format is the brainchild of Sony and the companies who form the Blu-ray Disc Association. Sony, of course, won the HD format war as we detailed here. Said victory cost Sony an awful lot of money, and it wants to extend »
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