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Us Briefs: Jessica Chastain named Spirit Awards honourary chair

10 November 2015 1:38 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus… HBO Documentary Films acquires Body Team 12; Sphe unveils first 4K Ultra HD Disc releases; Timur Bekmambetov produces play… and more.

Jessica Chastain will serve as honourary chair at Film Independent’s Spirit Awards this year. Chastain was nominated for a Spirit Award for Take Shelter (2012) and A Most Violent Year (2015). John Boyega and Elizabeth Olsen will present the 2016 nominees on November 24.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment top brass on Tuesday announced the studio’s first releases in the 4K Ultra HD Disc format that features four times the resolution of HD and includes high dynamic range. The discs will arrive in early 2016 and include The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Salt, Hancock, Chappie, Pineapple Express and The Smurfs 2.

HBO Documentary Films has acquired Us TV rights to Body Team 12 directed by Ryot co-founder David Darg. The film won the Tribeca Film Festival award for best documentary short and was nominated for an International Documentary Association award for »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Sony Pictures Becomes Second Studio to Announce Ultra HD Films on Disc

10 November 2015 10:57 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Sphe) became the second studio to announce Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc releases, fueling speculation that the disc format may be in store for a resurgence.

Sony’s first batch of releases in the ultra-high-definition format, set to arrive on an unspecified date in early 2016, will include “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Salt,” “Hancock,” “Chappie,” “Pineapple

Express” and “The Smurfs 2,” followed, the studio announced Tuesday, “by a growing roster of titles including new release film and television content.”

“By some estimates, consumers will own over 100 million Ultra HD television sets by 2019,” said Sphe president Man Jit Singh. “Sony Pictures’ 4K Ultra HD Discs will deliver consumers the ultimate home theater experience, with stunning picture and sound quality.”

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment was the first studio to announce a slate of upcoming Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc releases. At Ifa 2015 in Berlin in early September, on the heels »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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Disney’s Aladdin on Blu-ray October 13th

12 October 2015 8:48 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

“Oi! Ten thousand years will give you such a crick in the neck!”

Now is your chance to experience Disney’s beloved masterpiece Aladdin, a timeless adventure for the whole family that will make your heart race and your spirit soar. Enjoy this magic carpet ride of non-stop comedy on Digital HD and Dma September 29th and on Blu-ray Combo Pack October 13th. You won’t want to miss out hearing Academy Award®-winning music (1992: Best Music, Original Song, “A Whole New World,” Original Score) for the first time on Blu-ray and Digital HD. And now Aladdin shines even brighter with never-before-seen tributes to the enchanting talent of Robin Williams, the “Genius behind the Genie”.

Read the We Are Movie Geeks interview with Brad Kane, the singing voice of Aladdin Here

See our pics from the La screening Here.

Disney’s beloved »

- Tom Stockman

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Room movie review: the world through new eyes (#LFF2015)

10 October 2015 11:17 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

I wish I could have stopped the film — numerous times — simply to give myself a chance to step back from an emotional precipice of horror and tension. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

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

I knew Room was going to be bad. I mean bad as an experience. Tough going. It is, after all, the story of a woman who has been held prisoner for years in a single small room with her young son, who is himself the product of repeated rapes by her captor. I mean, you know: Oh, gentlemen! Did you triumph over a mountain or a tightrope? This little girl survived a lot more than that, with no weapons and no training. Sure, this particular story is fictional, but it’s not fantasy. The novel »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Special La Screening Celebrates Upcoming Diamond Edition Release of Aladdin

28 September 2015 4:47 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

In celebration of the upcoming Aladdin: Diamond Edition release, Scott Weinger, the voice of Aladdin, hosted a special screening of the film at the Walt Disney Studios lot and Wamg was there for Sunday’s fun events.

There was a host of fun activities for kids – a coloring table, ring toss, belly dancing lessons and a nice pre-movie breakfast. Youngsters in attendance also left with gifts such as Disney action figures, the iconic fairy wings, and a special Golden Books edition of Aladdin.

For many of the kids in the audience, this was their first time seeing Aladdin, including star Scott Weinger’s own son and his delighted friends, further confirming that this Disney classic holds up through generations.

Disney’s beloved masterpiece will make your heart race and your spirit soar.

Experience the laughter, adventure and Academy Award-winning music (1992: Best Music, Original Song, “A Whole New World, »

- Melissa Thompson

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Beautiful first trailer for Lenny Abrahamson's Room

30 July 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Following the news that Room will have it's Canadian Premiere at this year's Toronto Film Festival in September, the first trailer has landed and it's just beautiful. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and adapted by Emma Donoghue from her award-winning book, Room stars Brie Larson (Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now), Jacob Tremblay (The Smurfs 2, Somnia), Joan Allen (The Bourne Supremacy, Nixon) and William H. Macy (Shameless, Magnolia). The trailer looks haunting and incredibly emotional and if its anything to go by, Larson's performance could be a standout come awards season. Check out the just released poster too below. Told through the eyes of five-year-old-Jack (Tremblay), Room is a thrilling and emotional tale that celebrates the resilience and power of the human spirit. To Jack, Room is the world.... It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma (Larson) eat and sleep and play and learn. But while it’s home to Jack, »

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Room Is Set For Tiff Screening Before General Release

30 July 2015 2:19 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The film adaptation of the 2010 award-winning novel Room is confirmed for screening at the Toronto Film Festival in September, ahead of a nationwide release. Scheduling the movie for what is traditionally held to be the window for awards contenders suggests a high degree of confidence in the film, which stars Brie Larson as a young mother raising and protecting her son in the most extreme of circumstances.

Ostensibly about the extraordinary bond between mother and child, Room is told from the perspective of five year old Jack, who lives in a tiny, windowless space with Ma. The windowless space is the sum total of Jack’s experience. He has no perception of the outside world, and Ma spends every waking moment trying to give him a fulfilling and interesting life with limited resources. She provides scheduled activities, as much education as she can, and a strict hygiene regime to ensure their continued health. »

- Sarah Myles

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Watch preview of new Smurfs sequel Get Smurfy: Demi Lovato is the new Smurfette

15 June 2015 9:45 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Celebrate Global Smurf Day with some major re-castings for the upcoming sequel Get Smurfy.

In celebration of the unofficial holiday, Sony has released a new video announcing that Demi Lovato and Rainn Wilson will join Mandy Patinkin as new cast members.

Lovato is taking over the role of Smurfette from Katy Perry, while Wilson succeeds Hank Azaria as the scheming villain Gargamel.

It was already announced that Patinkin would become the new voice of Papa Smurf, following the passing of Jonathan Winters in April 2013.

There is no word yet on whether other Smurfs voice cast members Fred Armisen, Alan Cumming or Anton Yelchin will be back.

Get Smurfy is scheduled to open in cinemas in 2017, coming four years after the release of 2013's The Smurfs 2. »

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Get Smurfy Announces Voice Cast and March 31, 2017 Release Date

15 June 2015 9:25 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Together, Sony's previous films The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 have earned almost $1 billion worldwide, so it was a foregone conclusion that another film would be on the way. Now titled Get Smurfy, the latest installment in the little blue franchise will be fully computer animated rather than a hybrid with live-action. Over the weekend on Global Smurfs Day, Sony Pictures Animation unveiled the first look at the characters, the newly added voice cast, and the picture's release date. As for the cast, Demi Lovato will be voicing Smurfette, Mandy Patinkin will star as Papa Smurf, and Rainn Wilson will step in as Gargamel. Get Smurfy hits theaters on March 31, 2017. Meet the cast of Get Smurfy below: Check out all the details in the press release below: The World To Get Smurfy on March 31, 2017 —Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson and Mandy Patinkin To Lend Their Voices to Fully Computer-Animated Feature Film— Culver City, »

- Dave Trumbore

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Rainn Wilson, Mandy Patinkin and Demi Lovato Get Smurfy For Sony

15 June 2015 5:29 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

For people of a certain age, there can be little argument that the most recent big screen outings for the Smurfs were disappointing, to say the least. Thrusting the beloved little blue characters into an animation/live action hybrid scenario was, quite simply, ill-advised – even if Hank Azaria was obviously born to play the evil wizard, Gargamel. The fact that the 2011 and 2013 movies are the only Smurfish point of reference for a whole new generation of children is tragic – which makes the news of a fully animated re-boot from Sony Pictures Animation – titled Get Smurfy – most welcome indeed.

The Smurfs hail from a bygone era – first appearing in 1958, as the comic strip creation of Belgian artist Peyo. Peyo was the author of Johan And Peewit at the time, which was a story set in the Middle Ages, and featured a King’s Page and his sidekick. Published in an issue »

- Sarah Myles

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Strange Magic movie review: bad spell

24 May 2015 11:36 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Apparently this was inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but it has about as much in common with that as Burger King does with Macbeth. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

Strange Magic is the first animated feature George Lucas has had a hand in since 1988’s The Land Before Time, and he should have left well enough alone.

Lucas gets a story credit and served as executive producer, but this has the whiff of a vanity project for cowriter and director Gary Rydstrom, making his feature debut. Yes, legendary sound designer Gary Rydstrom, who’s won seven Oscars in that field and has created some of the most memorable movie noises ever for films including Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, and Minority Report, but who, the evidence of this movie suggests, has no business writing and directing a movie. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Dannielynn Birkhead Is All Grown Up at the Kentucky Derby -- See Who Else Is There!

2 May 2015 10:13 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Anna Nicole Smith's daughter Dannielynn Birkhead is the spitting image of her model mama. The 8-year-old beauty stepped out at 141st Kentucky Derby on Saturday with her father Larry Birkhead. She looked beautiful in a pale pink floral dress, which she paired with a matching flower headpiece, a bedazzled silver purse and a sweet smile. Her proud papa looked dapper in a pink jacket and white pants. We've all watched Danny grow up in the public eye, but besides an appearance at "The Smurfs 2" premiere in 2013 and a rare appearance on "Today" later that year, the Derby is the one event where we get to see her on a regular basis. Larry has attended with his daughter every year since 2011 -- and once even dressed up as Mary Poppins and Bert for the event. See that photo in the gallery above! Birkhead, who raises his daughter in Kentucky, »

- tooFab Staff

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Sony, Spain’s Atresmedia Pact for Pics

31 March 2015 4:59 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Madrid — Sony Pictures Television has inked an exclusive, free-to-air first-run feature film deal with powerful Spanish media conglom Atresmedia.

Kicking-off in March, the volume deal will last two years, marking the renewal of a previous agreement both companies closed in 2014. The about-30 movie pact means that the DeAPlaneta-controlled company maintains its longstanding and stable appetite for U.S. fare.

Deal encompasses newest Sony theatrical releases, such as 2015’s robot-themed “Chappie,” or, from 2014, Oscar-winning music drama “Whiplash,” Marvel-produced “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” action-thriller “The Equalizer” and war drama “Fury.”

Under the agreement, Sony will also allow Atresmedia’s channel bouquet to air feature films that bowed in 2013, such as futuristic adventure “After Earth,” hybrid movie “The Smurfs 2,” sci-fi actioner “Elysium,” Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down,” crime actioner “2 Guns” and Tom Hanks vehicle “Captain Phillips,” plus the Minnie Driver-starring mini-series “The Red Tent.”

It continues Atresmedia group’s long-term relationship with Sony, »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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'The Smurfs' Animated Movie Delayed Until 2017

25 March 2015 9:37 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures announced today that their Untitled Smurfs Movie has moved from August 5, 2016 to March 31, 2017. As of now, the Smurfs currently have that release date all to themselves, although the movie comes one week after The Divergent Series: Allegiant: Part 2 on March 24 and a week before Warner Bros.' Pacific Rim 2 on April 7, 2017. If it would have stayed in the August 5, 2016 release slot, the animated comedy would have gone up against the highly-anticipated superhero adaptation Suicide Squad. Here's what Sony's Rory Bruer had to say about the release date shift in a statement.

"With a fully animated feature close in tone and design to Peyo's original creation, we're embracing everything that has made the Smurfs so special for audiences worldwide. The date is a perfect match for this movie. With the kids on break, every day plays like summer, and for franchises with global appeal like the Smurfs, audiences »

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Fully Animated ‘Smurfs’ Reboot Set for March 31, 2017

25 March 2015 4:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Animation has set its untitled third Smurfs movie for March 31, 2017 — the first title to be set on that date.

The studio said it plans to take advantage of the run-up to Easter, which falls on April 16 that year.

The Smurfs” grossed $563 million in 2011 and “The Smurfs 2″ took in $347 million in 2013.

But the next Smurfs film will be a complete reboot from those live-action/animated hybrids. This time the film will hew closer to creator Peyo’s original drawings and concept. The new take will be directed by Kelly Asbury, whose credits include “Shrek 2″ and “Gnomeo & Juliet.” Jordan Kerner, who produced “The Smurfs” and “Charlotte’s Web,” is producing. Mary Ellen Bauder is co-producing.

Said Asbury in a blog post about the film: “Since this new film has no connection to the previous live-action hybrids, we have a whole new world to create and it is critical »

- Dave McNary

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Sony Pictures Fires Digital Chief Bob Osher (Exclusive)

26 February 2015 2:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Digital president Bob Osher, who oversaw Sony Animation and Imageworks for the past seven years, has been fired, according to knowledgeable sources.

Thursday’s firing comes amid an ongoing shakeup at the studio. On Tuesday, Tom Rothman was named chairman of its motion picture group in a surprise move that followed the Feb. 5 ouster of Amy Pascal as co-chair of the Culver City-based studio.

In conjunction with Osher’s departure, Sony is restructuring the digital operations he led. Imageworks, its character animation and visual effects arm, will now be folded into the company’s motion picture group. Post-production services, worldwide product fulfillment, production services and asset management will be infused into both the motion picture group and Sony Pictures Television.

Randy Lake, executive vice president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, will lead the organization while reporting to the television and motion picture group, Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael »

- Brent Lang and Dave McNary

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Pee-wee's Big Holiday Coming to Netflix — With Judd Apatow Producing

24 February 2015 8:01 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Here’s a little news to make your inner child go “Weeeeee.”

Netflix announced Tuesday that it’s teaming up with Paul Reubens and producer Judd Apatow for Pee-wee’s Big Holiday — the latest in the quirky character’s series of films.

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In Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, “a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny,” according to the streaming service.

The script was written by Reubens and Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Arrested Development »

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Sony Pictures Animation Hires Kristine Belson as President

27 January 2015 11:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment has hired DreamWorks Animation veteran Kristine Belson to the newly created post of president of Sony Pictures Animation.

Belson, who received an Oscar nomination for “The Croods,” will report to Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.

“I’m thrilled to have Kristine join the studio — I know she has a first-rate sense of story and a great eye for material,” said Pascal. “But she’s more than that: Kristine is a visionary who will make our animation studio a home where the animation industry’s best talent can come and make the films they want to make. I am confident Kristine will help Spa become an even more vital component of the way we construct our overall slate.”

The animation division had been part of Sony Pictures Digital Productions. Bob Osher remains in charge of Spdp but »

- Dave McNary

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Sony Animation Production President Steps Down

23 January 2015 4:24 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michelle Raimo Kouyate, production president of Sony Pictures Animation, is leaving the slot and taking a first-look producing deal with the studio.

Her new deal will cover animation and live action at Sony. Kouyate will also become a producer on the animated comedy “Medusa” and will oversee the transition to a yet-unnamed new head for the animation division.

Kouyate’s tenure included releases of “Hotel Transylvania,” “The Smurfs 2″ and “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.” She joined the division in 2010 after holding posts at DreamWorks Animation, Miramax Films and Paramount Pictures.

Kouyate was also an exec producer on “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Sony currently has more than 20 first-look deals including pacts with Neal Moritz, Scott Rudin and Will Smith.

The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.


- Dave McNary

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The Smurfs Are Getting A Reboot, But With This One Major Change

19 January 2015 9:41 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The Smurfs franchise is going to be rebooted, but rather than interspersing animation with live-action footage like its predecessors, it will be dedicating itself to just the former. Further details regarding the future of the film series have also been released, as Sony Pictures Animation looks to get it in shape ahead of its summer 2016 release date. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the rebooted Smurfs film will be overseen by director Kelly Asbury, while Mandy Patinkin is currently on the verge of finalizing a deal to voice Papa Smurf (replacing Jonathan Winters, who voiced the beloved character in 2011.s The Smurfs and 2013.s The Smurfs 2). Asbury is regarded as one of the most prominent and reliable animation directors in the business, having risen through the ranks of the animation world. He previously worked on the storyboards for modern classics like Toy Story and The Little Mermaid, but then he »

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