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Film Review: ‘Benji’

Before Air Bud, before Beethoven, there was Benji, one of the most beloved (and financially successful) canine characters in cinema history — and yet, oddly enough, a name unfamiliar to an entire generation of kids who haven’t seen a new installment since 2004’s “Benji: Off the Leash!” That’s 14 long years ago, which means there’s no one in this film’s target audience (unless you count “kids at heart”) who was alive when the last film came out.

Now, thanks to Netflix, the shaggy mutt returns to the screen (although not the big one, alas) for a “Benji” reboot that proves this particular dog has more lives than most cats, more charm than most humans and more earnings potential than the proverbial golden-egg-laying goose — which might explain why Blumhouse (the low-budget genre shingle best known for horror films like “Get Out” and “Paranormal Activity”) got behind what is essentially a remake of the 1974 original,
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‘Benji’ Trailer Reveals Netflix Reboot of the Adorable Dog Franchise

Netflix has released a Benji trailer for a brand new reboot of the beloved dog-friendly franchise, and wouldn’t you know it, it’s downright adorable. The film hails from writer/director Brandon Camp, whose father Joe Camp created the original Benji in 1974. That film spawned a franchise that spanned several feature films about the lovable mutt, and they even created a TV series called Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince. This new Benji is a modern retelling of that classic story, as it revolves around an orphaned dog who is found and rescued by two New Orleans …
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Benji Trailer Finds the Iconic Mutt a New Home on Netflix

Netflix has released the first trailer and poster for the highly-anticipated Benji movie, which is getting ready to debut on the streaming service March 16. This movie comes from producer Jason Blum and his team of horror masters over at Blumhouse, with the company carving out a new niche for itself by taking on this family film. Production began on Benji way back in October 2016, but now the adventure is finally ready to see the light of day, ending this project's long journey to the screen.

A modern day retelling of the classic, the story of Benji follows one orphaned puppy and Carter and Frankie, two capricious New Orleans school kids who strike up a friendship with the tenacious street dog. When danger befalls them and they end up kidnapped by robbers who are in over their heads, Benji and his scruffy sidekick come to the rescue. Blumhouse picked up the
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Full-Length Trailer for Netflix's New 'Benji' Film Starring Kiele Sanchez

"He's not just any dog - he's Benji." Netflix has debuted the full-length trailer for their new Benji movie, an update/remake of the original classic dog hero movie from the 70s. We posted a short teaser trailer for this last week, but this full trailer actually looks great. The story of Benji follows one orphaned puppy and Carter and Frankie, two capricious New Orleans school kids who strike up a friendship with the tenacious street dog. When they end up kidnapped by robbers who are in over their heads, Benji and his scruffy sidekick come to the rescue. The film stars Kiele Sanchez, Gabriel Bateman, and Darby Camp. It's directed by Brandon Camp, whose father Joe Camp created the original. This looks quite adorable, really want to see it. Here's the full-length trailer (+ poster) for Brandon Camp's Benji, direct from Netflix's YouTube: You can still watch the teaser
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Your Favorite Film Dog Is Back! Get Your First Look at Netflix's New Benji Movie

The world can always use more adorable canine content, and Netflix is here to fetch it for you.

On March 16 the world will reunite with dog darling Benji thanks to the beloved streaming service.

First debuting on the big screen in 1974, Benji, a small, scruffy dog with a big heart, instantly won over animal lovers with his sweet face and heroic nature. From there, the titular character went on to headline several more films in the ’70s and ’80s.

Netflix’s new take on Benji finds the mutt working to heal a broken family with two young children on the brink of danger.
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First Teaser Trailer for Netflix's New 'Benji' Film About the Furry Hero

Everyone's favorite furry hero comes home. He's back!! Remember this dog? Netflix has unveiled the first teaser trailer for a reboot of the lovable dog movie Benji, about the furry hero who helps heal a family. Back in the 70s, the original Benji movie became a huge box office hit, opening in 1974 and becoming quite popular. Jason Blum produces this new update of Benji, which also stars the same kind of shaggy dog who helps out a family. The cast includes Gabriel Bateman, Darby Camp, Kiele Sanchez, Jerod Haynes, Will Rothhaar, and Angus Sampson. This is just a teaser but it looks adorable, of course. Check it out. Here's the first teaser trailer for Brandon Camp's Benji, direct from Netflix's YouTube: A determined dog comes to the rescue and helps heal a broken family when a young boy and his sister stumble into some serious danger. Netflix's Benji
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‘Benji’ Reboot Fetches a Pre-Super Bowl Teaser (Video)

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Look who’s back and begging for our attention! Benji, the adorable pooch who starred in a series of unlikely hit movies in the 1970s and ’80s, returns next month in a new feature film from Netflix. Writer-director Brandon Camp’s reboot debuted a teaser before Sunday’s Super Bowl — complete with an adorable new liquid-eyed canine star (and not a human in sight). Also Read: 'Wiener-Dog' Review: Greta Gerwig and a Put-Upon Hound Explore the Sweet Miseries of Life Blumhouse’s Jason Blum produces along with Camp. The human cast includes Gabriel Bateman, Darby Camp and Jerod Haynes. Netflix is set to roll out the new film...
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Benji Reboot Begins Shooting, Blumhouse Shares First Photo

Benji Reboot Begins Shooting, Blumhouse Shares First Photo
It has been quite some time since Hollywood has produced a hit movie centered around an adorable dog, but that may very well change next year. That being said, the movie is coming from a very unlikely source. Blumhouse, the studio behind Paranormal Activity and Sinister, is making a Benji reboot and it is filming right now. The studio also recently announced the cast for the movie, who also have a history with horror flicks.

Deadline is reporting that the cast for the new Benji movie will be headlined by Kiele Sanchez, who is known for her roles in The Purge: Anarchy and the TV series Kingdom. Other members of the cast included Gabriel Bateman, Darby Camp, Will Rothhaar, Angus Sampson and Jerod Haynes. The report also noted that the movie is already in production in New Orleans.

Brandon Camp is taking over the reigns of the franchise from his father Joe,
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Newswire: The Benji reboot has finally started filming

After six years (or 42, from the point of view of its canine star), Brandon Camp’s Benji reboot has finally started filming. Camp—the son of Joe Camp, who directed the 1974 original—has assembled a cast that includes The Purge: Anarchy’s Kiele Sanchez, Gabriel Bateman, Darby Camp, Will Rothhaar, Angus Sampson, Jerod Haynes, and, presumably, a pretty adorable dog.

Less authoritarian than Rin Tin Tin, more approachable than the haughtily aristocratic Lassie, Benji has traditionally been portrayed by scruffy mutts in his on-screen roles. The new Benji was apparently found in a Humane Society after being abandoned in a supermarket parking lot; now he’s on-set in New Orleans, working to foil kidnappings and bring the franchise back after a 12-year hiatus.

[via Deadline]
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‘Benji’ Reboot Sets Cast; Filming Already Underway In New Orleans

‘Benji’ Reboot Sets Cast; Filming Already Underway In New Orleans
Exclusive: Director Brandon Camp’s retelling of his father Joe Camp’s 1974 Benji movie has unveiled its cast including Kingdom and Purge: Anarchy actress Kiele Sanchez, Gabriel Bateman, Darby Camp, Will Rothhaar, Angus Sampson and Jerod Haynes. Pic, which is already in production in New Orleans, La, also boasts renowned animal consultant Mark Forbes as head trainer whose work has been seen in such movies as We Bought a Zoo, Marley & Me and Dr. and Doctor Dolittle. Also…
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Benji Reboot Is Happening at Blumhouse

Benji Reboot Is Happening at Blumhouse
While Blumhouse is mostly known for its low budget horror movies that do big box office, they've also played around in the family film arena in the past. Most notably with last year's Jem and the Holograms, which was a rare misfire for the studio. But that isn't stopping them from entering the fray yet again. And this time they are doing it with possibly the world's most beloved mutt Benji.

Benji first arrived on the scene in 1974, as America recovered from the Watergate scandal. It was the prefect time for someone like benji to cheer up the country and get people smiling again. Blumhouse feels the same way here in 2017, as a politics-weary country is looking for something bright, poppy and fun to take their minds of the troubles of the world. And this isn't a reboot coming from money hungry producers looking to cash in on the name.
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TV Promos: Outcast, Preacher, Peaky, CW

Brandon Camp, son of Joe Camp, will write and direct a reboot of the cute dog franchise "Benji" for Blumhouse Productions.

Yes Blumhouse, the microbudget studio responsible for "Paranormal Activity," "Insidious," "The Purge," and "Sinister" franchises, is behind the project which will allow Brandon free creative rein on the film just like his father when he created the original 1970s films and series outside the studio system.

Described as a modern retelling of the dog tale with a newly rescued new Benji, the film will follow the pooch with an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time, usually to help someone overcome a problem.

Both Camp and Jason Blum will produce the project.

Source: Deadline

TV Promos: Outcast, Preacher, Peaky, CW Outcast

Ahead of its June 3rd premiere, Cinemax has made the pilot episode of its new exorcism drama series "Outcast" available online. Created by
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‘Benji’ Comes Home With Blumhouse For New Take On Classic ’70s Dog Tale

‘Benji’ Comes Home With Blumhouse For New Take On Classic ’70s Dog Tale
Back in 1974, a Watergate-weary America needed a smile. Enter Benji, a cute little mutt who starred in a slew of films and TV shows and helped make it all better. Flash-forward to 2016, a politics-weary populace is getting another chance to grin its cares away. Brandon Camp, whose father Joe was behind the original Benji and its sequels and spinoffs, will write and direct a modern retelling of the dog tale with a newly rescued new Benji. The younger Camp is partnering on…
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A remake of Chevy Chase's 1980 comedy Oh! Heavenly Dog is in the works

A remake of Chevy Chase's 1980 comedy Oh! Heavenly Dog is in the works
Chevy Chase's 1980 comedy Oh! Heavenly Dog is being remade by Fox 2000.

The cult film focused on a private investigator who is killed, before coming back to life as a dog to solve his own murder.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alvin and the Chipmunks filmmaker Tim Hill will helm the project and pen the script with Dave Johnson.

Brandon Camp - the son of the original film's director Joe Camp - will produce with Temple Hill.

Chase starred in the original film alongside Jane Seymour and Omar Sharif, while the dog was played by a descendant of famous film dog Benji.

Another Chevy Chase remake, Vacation, is at cinemas now. Watch a trailer below:
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Fox Plans A "Heavenly Dog" Remake

Fox 2000 is set to remake the early Chevy Chase 1980 comedy "Oh! Heavenly Dog" with Tim Hill ("Alvin and the Chipmunks") attached to direct from a script he will co-write with Dave Johnson.

The story centers on a private investigator who is killed when he discovers a dead body. With his soul's future at stake, he gets a chance for some redemption work when he comes back to Earth as a dog in order to solve his own murder.

Chase, Jane Seymour and Omar Sharif starred in the original while Temple Hill and Brandon Camp are producing the remake.

Source: THR
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'Oh Heavenly Dog' Remake Planned, Will Benji Return?

'Oh Heavenly Dog' Remake Planned, Will Benji Return?
The 1980 Chevy Chase comedy Oh! Heavenly Dog is getting the remake treatment at Fox 2000, with the studio hiring Tim Hill (Hop) to direct. The filmmaker will also co-write the script with Dave Johnson. Temple Hill, the production company behind the young adult franchise The Maze Runner, are producing. The original movie was set up as a starring vehicle for Chevy Chase and his canine co-star Benji, who were equally popular back when the film was made, with the comedy existing solely on the box office draw of its marquee names.

The story centered on a private investigator (Chevy Chase) who is stabbed to death after discovering a dead body. It is decided that he won't go to Heaven or Hell, but instead is sent back to Earth as a dog, tasked with solving his own murder. The original comedy movie also starred Jane Seymour, Omar Sharif and Robert Morley. The dog was played by Benjean,
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‘Chicken Soup For The Soul’ Movie Gets 2016 Release Date

Warner Bros has plotted the release date for Alcon Entertainment’s Chicken Soup For The Soul, the Alcon Entertainment movie based on the bestselling inspirational book series. The pic will bow on December 16, 2016, the date staked out so far by only one other film: Disney’s Star Wars stand-alone movie Rogue One. Alcon acquired film and TV rights to the Chicken Soup property in 2013, tapping Brandon Camp (Love Happens) to write the screenplay. The current draft is from…
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‘Agent X,’ ‘The Farm,’ ‘Genies’ Receiving California Tax Credits

‘Agent X,’ ‘The Farm,’ ‘Genies’ Receiving California Tax Credits
A pair of upcoming cable series — TNT’s “Agent X” and USA’s “The Farm” — have been selected to receive production tax credits worth a combined $12.5 million from the state of California.

Paramount feature “Genies,” also known as “Children of the Lamp,” has also been selected for a $7.4 million credit from the California Film Tax Credit program for the 2014-15 fiscal year after moving off the waiting list. To receive the credit, production must start in California within 180 days of notification from the state.

Two studio movies that had been slated to receive allocations have been dropped from the program — New Line’s comedy “Mean Moms,” which had been in line for a $6.7 million credit, and Fox’s Beach Boys biopic “All Summer Long,” which had been set to receive a $7.7 million credit.

It’s not uncommon for waiting-list projects to wind up with the credit, which provides up to 25% of qualified expenditures.
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‘Agent X,’ ‘The Farm,’ ‘Genies’ Receiving California Tax Credits

‘Agent X,’ ‘The Farm,’ ‘Genies’ Receiving California Tax Credits
A pair of upcoming cable series — TNT’s “Agent X” and USA’s “The Farm” — have been selected to receive production tax credits worth a combined $12.5 million from the state of California.

Paramount’s “Genies,” also known as “Children of the Lamp,” has also been selected for a $7.4 million credit from the California Film Tax Credit program for the 2014-15 fiscal year after moving off the waiting list. To receive the credit, production must start in California within 180 days of notification from the state.

Two studio movies that had been slated to receive allocations have been dropped from the program — New Line’s comedy “Mean Moms,” which had been in line for a $6.7 million credit, and Fox’s Beach Boys biopic “All Summer Long,” which had been set to receive a $7.7 million credit.

It’s not uncommon for waiting-list projects to wind up with the credit, which provides up to 25% of qualified expenditures.
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TV News: Powers, Cobb, Bay, Bloodhounds

Powers

Sony's Playstation Network has officially unveiled the first poster for their first original TV series, an adaptation of the acclaimed comic series "Powers" starring Sharlto Copley and Susan Heyward. IGN premiered the poster which will debut at New York Comic Con this weekend.

The pair - along with their fellow cast members including Susan Heyward, Olesya Rulin, Noah Taylor, Logan Browning, Eddie Izzard and executive producer/comic creator Brian Bendis - will all be on hand for a panel at the convention to promote the show. The series debuts in December.

Cobb

Idw Entertainment and eOne Television are teaming to develop a TV series adaptation of the conspiracy thriller comic miniseries "Cobb". Thania St. John ("Covert Affairs") is writing the script and will serve as show runner.

The story follows Frank Cobb, a high-ranking Secret Service agent whose life gets turned upside down when he is removed from duty
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