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CBS to Air ‘Michael Jackson’s Halloween’ Animated Special

CBS to Air ‘Michael Jackson’s Halloween’ Animated Special
CBS is set to air a new one-hour animated special called “Michael Jackson’s Halloween,” the network announced Tuesday.

The special will feature Jackson’s acclaimed music as its soundtrack, and will be broadcast for the first time this fall. Created and produced by Optimum Productions, the Michael Jackson company now owned by his estate, the special will feature the voices of actors Christine Baranski, Kiersey Clemons, Alan Cumming, George Eads, Brad Garrett, Lucy Liu, Jim Parsons and Lucas Till.

The special follows millennials Vincent (Till) and Victoria (Clemons), who meet “accidentally” on Halloween night and find themselves, along with Ichabod the dog, at a mysterious hotel located at 777 Jackson Street called This Place Hotel. Once inside, Vincent and Victoria are sent on an adventure culminating in a spectacular dance finale featuring an animated Michael Jackson.

The special was created and produced by Optimum Productions, with animation production by Hammerhead. John Branca
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Sc Films launches family animation 'Around The World In 80 Days'

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Exclusive: The Reef 2 team band for adaptation of Jules Verne novel.

London-based sales outfit Sc Films International, which specialises in family animation, has begun production on its latest project, Around The World In 80 Days, and will launch the title in the market at Cannes.

The animated feature is a loose adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic novel, which has been adapted for the big screen on numerous occasions, including notably in 1956 starring David Niven, and in 2004 starring Jackie Chan.

The latest version will be a 3D underwater adventure based on the characters from Sc Films’ previous productions The Reef: Shark Bait and The Reef 2: High Tide [pictured].

In the new film, a young fish sets off on an adventure guided by a wise old turtle. Along the way, he must learn to trust his instincts and his newly formed friendships to navigate his way through the chills of the Atlantic, the ships of
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Dane DeHaan Joins Voice Cast Of ‘The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island’

Dane DeHaan Joins Voice Cast Of ‘The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island’
Exclusive: Dane DeHaan, who has the title role in Luc Besson’s Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets and stars in the upcoming A Cure For Wellness, has just joined Martin Sheen and J.K. Simmons in the voice cast for animated feature The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island from Legacy Classics and Shout! Factory Kids. He will play the role of Joe, a handyman with a mysterious past. The film, directed by Dan Chuba, Mark Dippé and Anna Chi, also stars Joey King (Independe…
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Us Briefs: Open Road snaps up animation 'Spark'

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The distributor has acquired Us rights to the animation Spark, which Double Dutch International represents for sales at the Afm outside the Us with the exception of China and South Korea.

Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Stewart, Jessica Biel and newcomer Jace Norman star in the ToonBox Entertainment, Redrover Co, Shanghai Hoongman Technology Co, and Gulfstream Pictures.

Open Road Films plans an April 14, 2017, theatrical release on the space adventure inspired by the 16th century Chinese novel Journey To The West. Canadian Aaron Woodley directed.

Hoe Jin Ha, Hong Kim, Jay Hj Ahn and Daniel Woo served as executive producers alongside Gulfstream PicturesMike Karz and Bill Bindley.

Covert Media is fully financing, producing and will handle worldwide sales on Ya adaptation Need. Covert’s Elissa Friedman and Media Content Capital’s Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine serve as executive producers on the thriller about a social networking site. Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann will write and direct
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Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees

Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees
American Sniper,” “Big Hero 6,” “Birdman,” “The Lego Movie” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” have been nominated by the Motion Picture Sound Editors for the 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, to be held Feb. 15 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

The Mpse announced nominees in 20 categories Wednesday.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

Darren Aronofsky will receive the filmmaker award, and Skip Lievsay will receive the career achievement award.

The entire nominations list:

Feature Animation

Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Animation Studios
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‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations

‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations
Hollywood’s sound pros nominated Birdman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for three awards apiece as the Motion Picture Sound Editors unveiled nods for its 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, honoring the best feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment work of the year.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

This year’s Golden Reels will additionally honor Noah director Darren Aronofsky with the Mpse’s annual Filmmaker Award. Oscar winner Skip Lievsay, known for his work
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Supernova Explodes This January

Scream Factory™ Presents

Supernova

On Blu-ray January 13, 2015

In the farthest reaches of space, something has been waiting…

Scream Factory has announced the release of sci-fi thriller Supernova on January 13, 2015. Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray, this release comes complete with bonus content, featuring The Making of Supernova¸ with new interviews with actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Robert Forster, producer Daniel Chuba and filmmaker … Continue reading →

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Supernova Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

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The crew aboard the medical rescue spaceship Nightingale 9 roams the outer limits of deep space, keeping an ear tuned to the void around them for cries of help. When one such signal finds them, they rescue a mysterious man and his intriguing relic. The crew’s kindness could be their downfall, however, as their new guest has hellish plans to fulfill in Supernova, coming soon to Blu-ray via Scream Factory.

Press Release - “In the farthest reaches of space, something has been waiting…

Scream Factory has announced the release of sci-fi thriller Supernova on January 13, 2015. Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray, this release comes complete with bonus content, featuring The Making of Supernova¸ with new interviews with actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Robert Forster, producer Daniel Chuba and filmmaker Jack Sholder.

Beyond comprehension, beyond imagination and beyond the deepest regions of this galaxy…life as we know it is about to end!
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Scream Factory Heads Into Supernova This January!;Full Specs

While this one might seem odd to some of you fright fanatics, I for one, am completely excited to see Scream Factory’s upcoming Bluray of 2000’s Supernova. The James Spader-led sic-fi/horror film was notorious for it’s reshoots/editing, and it’s a mystery whether Walter Hill or Jack Sholder really directed the film (after forced reshoots, Hill disowned the film and used the pseudonym “Thomas Lee”), but with all of that being said, it’s always been quite the entertaining genre film, and the gang at Sf are giving the brand new Bluray to fans on January 13th. No word on whether the PG-13 or the R-rated version will be on the disc, but as soon as we know, you will!

“Beyond comprehension, beyond imagination and beyond the deepest regions of this galaxy…life as we know it is about to end! James Spader (The Blacklist
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CG Animated "Zombie Pet Shop" Unleashed

The Animation Picture Company is set to develop the 3D animated feature "Zombie Pet Shop" reports Variety.

The story concerns a mysterious plague that sweeps through a mall pet shop, turning all of the animals into zombies. An ordinary pug must find the antidote that will save his four-legged friends, as well as the humans that might take them home.

E.L. Katz ("Autopsy," "Pop Skull") penned the original script which John Davis, Brian Manis, Ash Shah, Dan Chuba and Mark Dippe will produce.
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Film review: 'Supernova'

The first big stinker of the new year, MGM's troubled sci-fi thriller "Supernova" has apparently been hammered into its present state by parties other than original director Walter Hill. That would account for the film being credited to one Thomas Lee, a literal nobody, but the project's poorly thought out mixture of believable science fiction and 1990s space opera is a fundamental design flaw, and the finished product's not likely to shine at the boxoffice.

Unspooling wide without the distraction of poor opening-day reviews because it wasn't screened for critics -- French critics might start getting this treatment all the time if they don't watch out -- "Supernova" tries to satisfy the target audience with lots of special effects and action sequences familiar to genre aficionados.

Nary a cliche from the "Aliens", "Star Trek" and "Terminator" universes has been left out, however, and the public is not easily fooled. In fact, the often incomprehensible and always derivative script based on a story by William Malone and producer Daniel Chuba is only matched by the bewildered or blatantly misled performers.

Lead James Spader, playing drug addict-turned-co-pilot Nick, who likes the quiet of "deep space," is stiffer than an asteroid as the action hero who tries to save a 22nd century medical rescue spaceship and crew about to be sucked into a blue giant star on the verge of exploding. He's paired up romantically, after the usual spats, with medical officer Kaela (Angela Bassett). She has to trust him after the captain (Robert Forster) is killed in a "dimensional jump" when they answer a galactic 911 call.

Nick takes over as their crippled ship the Nightingale 229 nearly crashes on a moon where the distress signal originated. With only hours to go before the ship is wiped out, Nick and crew have plenty of time to test the boundaries of a PG-13 rating and engage in zero-gravity sex and several climactic fights that get pretty nasty, but what irks more than the usual pandering to audience expectations is the feeble attempts at characterization.

Crowded with conflicts, corny hardware and other unexplained or unexplainable wonders of the future and overloaded with flimsy devices to create tension, "Supernova" comes down to the typical results of a bad guy drawing innocent people to their doom and not getting away with it. In the process, a somewhat sexually suggestive globe of material from the ninth dimension emerges as the universe-rearranging MacGuffin that Kaela's murderous ex-boyfriend (Peter Facinelli) means to take back to Earth, alone.

Lou Diamond Phillips and Robin Tunney as lovers and expendable crew members are joined by Wilson Cruz's sweet-but-doomed computer nerd, who created the partly self-aware ship computer Sweetie (voiced by Vanessa Marshall).

Nearly everyone dies and there is a big bang at the end.

The special effects by Digital Domain and special makeup effects designed by Patrick Tatopoulos whiz by effectively, but cinematographer Lloyd Ahern II, a frequent Hill collaborator, overdoes the woozy camera moves in trying to spruce up the stagebound action.

SUPERNOVA

MGM Distribution Co.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents

a Screenland Pictures/Hammerhead production

Director:Thomas Lee

Screenwriter:David Campbell Wilson

Producers:Ash R. Shah, Daniel Chuba, Jamie Dixon

Executive producer:Ralph S. Singleton

Director of photography:Lloyd Ahern II

Production designer:Marek Dobrowolski

Editors:Michael Schweitzer, Melissa Kent

Costume designer:Bob Ringwood

Music:David Williams

Visual effects supervisor:Mark Stetson

Casting:Mary Jo Slater

Color/stereo

Cast:

Nick Vanzant:James Spader

Kaela Evers:Angela Bassett

A.J. Marley:Robert Forster

Yerzy Penalosa:Lou Diamond Phillips

Karl Larson:Peter Facinelli

Danika Lund:Robin Tunney

Benji Sotomejor:Wilson Cruz

Sweetie:Vanessa Marshall

Running time -- 90 minutes

MPAA rating: PG-13

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