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‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ Movie Sets ‘Rio’ Helmer Carlos Saldanha to Direct

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‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ Movie Sets ‘Rio’ Helmer Carlos Saldanha to Direct
Carlos Saldanha, the director of animated films “Rio” and most recently “Ferdinand,” has signed on to direct a live-action feature adaptation of the classic children’s novel “The Phantom Tollbooth” at TriStar, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Ted Melfi (“Hidden Figures”) wrote the current draft of the screenplay, based on Norton Juster’s 1961 book, along with previous writers Michael Vukadinovich and Phil Johnston.

The Phantom Tollbooth,” which is being produced by Donald De Line and Ed McDonnell, would be Saldanha’s live-action feature debut.

Also Read: 'Ferdinand' Movie Review: Charming Kids' Cartoon Is Bullish on Non-Conformity

The Phantom Tollbooth,” which featured illustrations by Jules Feiffer, is a fantasy novel about a bored young boy named Milo. He receives a magic tollbooth as a gift and finds himself transported to the Kingdom of Wisdom. He meets two companions and goes on a quest to rescue
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'Rio' Filmmaker Carlos Saldanha to Direct 'The Phantom Tollbooth' (Exclusive)

'Rio' Filmmaker Carlos Saldanha to Direct 'The Phantom Tollbooth' (Exclusive)
Carlos Saldanha, the director behind the colorful Rio and Ice Age animated movies, has signed on to direct The Phantom Tollbooth, Tri-Star’s adaptation of the Norton Juster children’s classic.

Donald De Line and Ed McDonnell are producing the project, which would end up being the live-action feature debut for Saldanha, who last helmed Ferdinand, the adaptation of another children’s classic.

First published in 1961 with illustrations by Jules Feiffer, Phantom Tollbooth centers on Milo, an apathetic child who is bored by everything. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through it and discovers the magical Lands Beyond —...
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'Band Of Brothers' showrunner on Us TV industry: 'the fear of failure is extraordinary'

“There are lots of broken writers.”

Erik Jendresen, the Emmy-winning Us screenwriter and showrunner whose credits include Band Of Brothers and Killing Lincoln, discussed the highs and lows of his career at the Sarajevo Film Festival on Wednesday (Aug 15). The event was hosted with screenwriting initiative Midpoint TV.

Second World War miniseries Band Of Brothers, at a cost of $120m, was the most expensive TV miniseries ever made when it came out in 2001. It turned out to be a big success for broadcaster HBO, winning Emmys and Golden Globes. What was the secret behind its success? Jendresen believes it was space.
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'Band Of Brothers' showrunner Erik Jendresen on Us TV industry: 'the fear of failure is extraordinary'

“There are lots of broken writers.”

Erik Jendresen, the Emmy-winning Us screenwriter and showrunner whose credits include Band Of Brothers and Killing Lincoln, discussed the highs and lows of his career at the Sarajevo Film Festival on Wednesday (Aug 15). The event was hosted with screenwriting initiative Midpoint TV.

Second World War miniseries Band Of Brothers, at a cost of $120m, was the most expensive TV miniseries ever made when it came out in 2001. It turned out to be a big success for broadcaster HBO, winning Emmys and Golden Globes. What was the secret behind its success? Jendresen believes it was space.
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Ready Player One

Lifelong gaming fan Steven Spielberg goes all-in for motion capture, with much different results than The Adventures of Tintin. It’s an ode to 1980s videogame fads and pop culture that could be re-titled ‘Astounding Adventures in Licensing.’ It’s Star Wars, Tron and Avatar mashed together for young teens, and more interesting than it ought to be.

Ready Player One

Ultra-hd + Blu-ray + Digital

Warner Brothers Home Video

2018 / Color / 2:39 widescreen / 140 min. / Street Date July 26, 2018 / available through the WBshop / 44.95

Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen.

Cinematography: Janusz Kaminski

Production Design: Adam Stockhausen

Film Editors: Sarah Broshar, Michael Kahn

Original Music: Alan Silvestri

Written by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline based on his novel

Produced by Donald De Line, Dan Farah, Kristie Macosko, Steven Spielberg

Directed by Steven Spielberg

In early 1979 I was on the set
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PGA Awards Set 2019 Date & Timeline

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PGA Awards Set 2019 Date & Timeline
The Producers Guild said its 30th annual PGA Awards are set for Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton. Donald De Line and Amy Pascal return as awards chairs for a third consecutive year.

Submissions are now open in all categories — Motion Pictures, Television Series/Specials, Long and Short Form Television, Sports Programs and Children’s Programs — for calendar year 2018 via the guild’s website (see the full timeline below). Nominations in film and TV categories will be announced January 4.

This past January, the PGA honored Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water with its marquee Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. The victory helped cement the pic’s status as Oscar Best Picture frontrunner — it later won that prize.

Amazon’s comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Hulu’s drama The Handmaid’s Tale took the top TV prizes.

Here is this year’s
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Producers Guild of America Sets 2019 Awards Show Date

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The Producers Guild of America has set Jan. 19, 2019, as the date for its 30th annual awards show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The PGA made the announcement Thursday. Donald De Line and Amy Pascal are returning as awards chairs for the third consecutive year.

“The PGA is honored to celebrate excellence in motion picture, television and new media productions, along with some of the living legends who shape our profession, at the 2019 Producers Guild Awards,” said Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher, presidents of the PGA. “And we are grateful to Donald and Amy for once again lending their talents as producers of the awards.”

The PGA also plans to host its third annual PGA East Coast Celebration for the awards during the week of Jan. 13, 2019. The organization will announce documentary nominations on Nov. 20 and its feature and television nominations on Jan. 4.

Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy drama “The Shape of Water
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PGA dates 2019 awards show

PGA dates 2019 awards show
Donald De Line and Amy Pascal return as awards chairs.

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has set its 30th annual Producers Guild Awards for January 19, 2019.

Donald De Line and Amy Pascal will return as awards chairs for the third consecutive year, when the show will take place at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

“The PGA is honored to celebrate excellence in motion picture, television and new media productions, along with some of the living legends who shape our profession, at the 2019 Producers Guild Awards,” recently elected PGA presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher said.

“And we are
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Producers Guild of America Sets 2019 Awards Season Timeline

The Producers Guild of America will hold its 30th annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the PGA announced Thursday as it set out its timeline for its 2019 awards.

Producers Donald De Line and Amy Pascal will return as awards chairs of the event for the third consecutive year. 

The guild also will host its third annual PGA East Coast Celebration of 2019 Producers Guild Awards Nominees during the week of Jan. 13. Details for the New York pre-event will be announced at a later date.

The PGA 2019 awards timeline follows.

Eligibility ...
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Ready Player One Brings Vr to Home Video

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Burbank, CA, May 22 – Join an immersive virtual universe when Ready Player One arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. From Warner Bros. Pictures, Amblin Entertainment and Village Roadshow Pictures, along with filmmaker Steven Spielberg, comes the action adventure Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon.

Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn. The ensemble cast also includes Lena Waithe (Master of None), T.J. Miller, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Simon Pegg (the Star Trek and Mission: Impossible movies) and Oscar® winner Mark Rylance.

Three-time Oscar® winner Spielberg* directed the film from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline. It is based on the novel by Cline, which has now spent more than 100 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers List,
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Military Hero John Chapman’s Incredible Story To Come To Big Screen, Courtesy Of Thruline Entertainment

Exclusive: It was one of the most poignant and heartbreaking stories to come out of the U.S. forces’ fight against Al-Qaeda. Air Force Combat Controller John Chapman, mortally wounded, was first thought to have died in the mountains of Afghanistan in the battle of Takur Ghar. This hero who took on two dozen Taliban soldiers and saved 23 Americans was then left behind when Seal Team 6 retreated. Evidence is overwhelming that Chapman survived being hit: After the retreat, military video footage shows a man courageously fighting out of a bunker all alone on the mountain and, among other findings, Chapman’s voice was unmistakenly heard on the radio. A true American hero.

The story of the fight and what occurred has been written in a book and is also the subject of a Newsweek cover story “Honor Guard.” Now management and production shingle Thruline Entertainment has optioned an upcoming book
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Ready Player One 4K Ultray HD/Blu-Ray Release Date and Details Announced

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Join the battle for Oasis from the comfort of home this July, along with a handful of special features to take you behind the scenes of Steven Spielberg's latest. Come inside for all the details!

If you missed out on Spielberg's adaptation of Ready Player One in theaters (or simply eager to watch it again), you'll get the chance later on this Summer. Warner Bros. has announced the 4K Ultra HD/blu-ray release of the film will hit on July 24, 2018 (with digital coming a few weeks earlier on July 3rd):

Join an immersive virtual universe when “Ready Player One” arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. From Warner Bros. Pictures, Amblin Entertainment and Village Roadshow Pictures, along with filmmaker Steven Spielberg, comes the action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon.
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‘Ready Player One’ Tops $500M Global Box Office, Scores $200M+ In China

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Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One has lifted its worldwide score across the $500M threshold. That’s after beginning global rollout on March 28 and reps $120.6M in domestic takings with $379.5M at the international box office. The Vr-themed pic from Warner Bros, Amblin and Village Roadshow has done remarkable business in China where it has now topped $200M (Rmb 1.3B) to become the 10th biggest U.S. release ever in that market.

Earlier in the run, RP1 had already become WB’s biggest movie ever in the Middle Kingdom. It has held terrifically thanks to positive reviews and word of mouth, coupled with a significant gaming culture and nostalgia while social media’s seen much discussion about the Anime Easter eggs. The Tye Sheridan-starrer also had some recent holiday play which helped send audiences to the Oasis in droves.

Based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller, and from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Cline,
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Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ Crosses $500 Million Worldwide

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Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ Crosses $500 Million Worldwide
Steven Spielberg’s latest film, “Ready Player One,” has earned more than $500 million for Warner Bros. around the globe, with a large portion emanating from China.

Ready Player One” is also now the 10th-largest Chinese grosser for Warner Bros, earning more than $200 million from the country. The action-sci fi’s opening marked Warner Bros.’ largest ever in the nation with $61 million. On top of the earnings from China, the film has taken in another $179 million from foreign markets. It opened in Japan this weekend, completing its international rollout.

Domestically, “Ready Player One” has brought in more than $120 million.

Tye Sheridan stars in the film alongside Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe and T.J. Miller. Zak Penn and Ernest Cline wrote the script, based on Cline’s bestselling novel of the same name. Sheridan plays a young man living in 2045 Ohio who also leads a dual life in the virtual reality game Oasis,
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‘Ready Player One’ Surpasses $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office

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‘Ready Player One’ Surpasses $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office
Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” has crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, Warner Bros. announced Saturday.

Domestically, the film has hit $120.6 million to date since its opening on March 29. Internationally, the film has grossed $379.5 million, earning more than $200 million in China alone.

Also Read: Steven Spielberg Is Back! 'Ready Player One' Scores His Best Box Office Debut in a Decade

“Ready Player One” stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Mark Rylance and Simon Pegg.

Spielberg directed “Ready Player One” from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on the latter’s novel of the same name. Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Dan Farah and Spielberg produced. Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris DeFaria and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.

Also Read: Steven Spielberg Becomes First Director to Top $10 Billion at Worldwide Box Office

The film follows a young man who lives in a dystopian future where almost everyone escapes their horrid reality through a virtual world called the Oasis. With the help of his friends, he sets out to complete a quest created by the Oasis’ late creator before the head of an evil corporation can finish it and take over the virtual system.

Earlier this week, Spielberg became the first director to ever gross more than $10 billion at the worldwide box office, with “Ready Player One” becoming his highest-grossing film in the last decade and nudging him into eight figures in all-time career grosses.

Spielberg’s all-time top performer was 1993’s “Jurassic Park,” which grossed $983.8 million worldwide. That was followed by 2008’s critically reviled “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Crystal Skull” ($786.6 million) and the 1982 classic “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” which earned $717 million — without adjusting for inflation.

Read original story ‘Ready Player One’ Surpasses $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office At TheWrap
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‘Ready Player One’ Hits $143 Million in China as Top Warner Bros. Title

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Warner Bros. Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, and Village Roadshow Pictures have announced that “Ready Player One” is crossing the $300 million mark at the global box office with $143 million in China.

The companies said Steven Spielberg’s action-adventure surpassesed the milestone Friday as it enters its second weekend in release. The figure makes “Ready Player One” the biggest Warner Bros. release ever in China.

The film debuted on March 29 in the U.S. and grossed $53.7 million domestically in the opening four-day Easter weekend, then took in $15 million more in the next three days. “Ready Player One” also debuted in first place in France, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, and Australia. The film is opening in Germany this weekend and Japan on April 20.

The film is set in the year 2045 amid the slums of Ohio with much of humanity using virtual reality to escape the desolation of the real world.

Spielberg directed “Ready
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‘Ready Player One’: How Zak Penn Wrote the Impossible Steven Spielberg Movie

‘Ready Player One’: How Zak Penn Wrote the Impossible Steven Spielberg Movie
When screenwriter Zak Penn read galleys in 2011 for Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One,” he had a thought: “This will never get made.” The sprawling novel was wall to wall with ’80s references, everything from movies “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai,” “Batman” and “Back to the Future” to video games Halo, Minecraft, Tomb Raider, and Dungeons and Dragons.

“It was so enormous, the scope was so huge,” Penn said in a phone interview. “It would cost $250 million. This guy sucked every interest I have in my brain and put it into a book. It appealed on a visceral level, but as a job, ‘This isn’t going to happen.'”

Two years later, the writer of McU movies like “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “The Avengers” reconsidered. Penn realized that his nostalgic 2014 documentary “Atari: Game Over” — in which Cline was a subject — was perfect preparation for adapting this cinematic valentine to ’80s pop culture.
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‘Ready Player One’: How Zak Penn Wrote the Impossible Steven Spielberg Movie

‘Ready Player One’: How Zak Penn Wrote the Impossible Steven Spielberg Movie
When screenwriter Zak Penn read galleys in 2011 for Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One,” he had a thought: “This will never get made.” The sprawling novel was wall to wall with ’80s references, everything from movies “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai,” “Batman” and “Back to the Future” to video games Halo, Minecraft, Tomb Raider, and Dungeons and Dragons.

“It was so enormous, the scope was so huge,” Penn said in a phone interview. “It would cost $250 million. This guy sucked every interest I have in my brain and put it into a book. It appealed on a visceral level, but as a job, ‘This isn’t going to happen.'”

Two years later, the writer of McU movies like “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “The Avengers” reconsidered. Penn realized that his nostalgic 2014 documentary “Atari: Game Over” — in which Cline was a subject — was perfect preparation for adapting this cinematic valentine to ’80s pop culture.
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Win A ‘Ready Player One’ Goody Bag

Ahead of the launch of Steven Spielberg’s pop culture odyssey, Ready Player One, in cinemas this Thursday, we’re offering you the chance to win a very special prize bundle. Simply answer the following question to be in with a chance to receive a goody bag containing Ready Player One items, the perfect gear to help any aspiring Gunter as they embark on Halliday’s quest.

Question:

The director of Ready Player One is one of the industry’s most successful and influential filmmakers, the Chairman of Amblin Pictures and, collectively, the top-grossing director of all time, having helmed such blockbusters as Jaws, Et the Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones franchise, and Jurassic Park. In addition, he is a three-time Academy Award winner. Name this director.

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Ready Player One is out in UK cinemas from Thursday.

Synopsis:

The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse.
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Check out an IMAX featurette for Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One

With exactly a week to go until Ready Player One arrives in cinemas, IMAX has released a behind the scenes featurette for the upcoming big screen adaptation of Ernest Cline’s cult novel which includes interviews with director Steven Spielberg, author Cline, stars Lena Waithe, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, and Ben Mendelsohn, producers Kristie Macosko Krieger, Donald De Line, and Dan Farah, and production designer Adam Stockhausen; take a look here…

See Also: Read our review of Ready Player One here

Steven Spielberg and the team behind #ReadyPlayerOne give you an exclusive look behind-the-scenes. Get tickets: https://t.co/jQa36S49py pic.twitter.com/fR3gNufqJX

— IMAX (@IMAX) March 23, 2018

See Also: Check out a huge batch of Ready Player One images

Ready Player One is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the Oasis, an expansive virtual
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