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Navarre: A Film-tv Company Guide

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Navarre: A Film-tv Company Guide
A burgeoning film-tv hub and shoot locale in Spain, Navarre is proving a hotbed for new companies and projects which are now helping the region to gain bigger visibility abroad. Some start-up, or standout Navarre-based outfits expected to attend this week’s on-site Conecta Fiction in Pamplona:

Adhokers Navarra

Created by Beatriz Acinas and José Luis Tejedor, Adhokers has offices in Madrid and Pamplona and produces TV contents and commercials. Upcoming projects include TV series “Encuentros en Villa Lancaster” and “Manual de usar y tirar.”

Apolo Films

Founded by legendary animation creator-entrepreneur Claudio Biern Boyd, indie studio Apolo has operated in Navarre since 2018, focusing on toon features inspired by well-known international brands. On Jan. 21, it will release in Spain swashbuckling adventure “Dogtanian & The Three Muskehounds,” the newest installment in the the 40-year-old iconic TV property. “Dogtanian” is helmed by Apolo creative director Toni García and written by “Puss in Boots
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Netflix Orders ‘Samurai Rabbit’ Animated Series Based on Stan Sakai’s ‘Usagi Yojimbo’ Comics

Netflix Orders ‘Samurai Rabbit’ Animated Series Based on Stan Sakai’s ‘Usagi Yojimbo’ Comics
Netflix has ordered “Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles,” a new CGI animated kids’ series based on the award-winning “Usagi Yojimbo” comic books by Stan Sakai.

Produced by Gaumont, “Samurai Rabbit” marks the first animated TV adaptation inspired by Sakai’s comics. The show will follow a brand new character, teenage Rabbit Samurai Yuichi, a descendent of Miyamoto Usagi, the protagonist of the “Usagi Yojimbo” comic books.

Per Netflix, “The series takes place in the far future, set in a world that mixes modern high-tech images with classic Japanese references. It follows the teenage Rabbit Samurai Yuichi, descendent of the great warrior Miyamoto Usagi, on his epic quest to become a true samurai. But he isn’t alone! He leads a ragtag team of misfit heroes – including a roguish bounty hunter, a cunning ninja, an acrobatic pickpocket and a faithful pet lizard – as he battles depth-charging moles, metal-tipped winged bats, and monsters from another dimension,
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‘Usagi Yojimbo’ Animated Series Ordered at Netflix, James Wan to Executive Produce

‘Usagi Yojimbo’ Animated Series Ordered at Netflix, James Wan to Executive Produce
The world of the iconic “Usagi Yojimbo” comic books is coming to television for the first time.

Netflix is teaming with Gaumont on a CGI animated series titled “Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles,” which is based on the 35-year-old comic book series by Stan Sakai.

Rather than centering around the comic books’ protagonist Miyamoto Usagi, the series will take place in the far future and follow the teenage Rabbit Samurai Yuichi, descendent of the aforementioned great warrior, on his epic quest to become a true samurai. Yuichi will lead a ragtag team of misfit heroes – including a roguish bounty hunter, a cunning ninja, an acrobatic pickpocket and a faithful pet lizard – as he battles depth-charging moles, metal-tipped winged bats, and monsters from another dimension, all in the pursuit to become the best samurai Usagi.

Sakai will serve as an executive producer on the show, along with Gaumont’s Nicolas Atlan,
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‘Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles’: Netflix Sets Toon Series Based On Stan Sakai’s Comic Books

‘Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles’: Netflix Sets Toon Series Based On Stan Sakai’s Comic Books
Netflix has set the first animated TV series based on the long-running Usagi Yojimbo comic books by Stan Sakai. The streamer today announced Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles, which is set in a world that mixes modern high-tech images with classic Japanese references.

Spawned from Sakai’s comics that began in 1984 and counting James Wan among its executive producers, the CGI Samurai Rabbit follows the teenage Rabbit Samurai Yuichi, descendent of the great warrior Miyamoto Usagi, on his epic quest to become a true samurai. But he isn’t alone. He leads a ragtag team of misfit heroes – including a roguish bounty hunter, a cunning ninja, an acrobatic pickpocket and a faithful pet lizard – as he battles depth-charging moles, metal-tipped winged bats and monsters from another dimension, all in the pursuit to become the best samurai Usagi.

The series hails from Sakai — creator, writer and illustrator of the comic book
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TV News Roundup: Peacock Unveils ‘Psych 2: Lassie Come Home’ Trailer (Watch)

TV News Roundup: Peacock Unveils ‘Psych 2: Lassie Come Home’ Trailer (Watch)
In today’s TV News Roundup, Peacock released the trailer for “Psych 2: Lassie Come Home,” and HBO announced the premiere date for its upcoming documentary “Showbiz Kids.”

Dates

HBO has announced its upcoming documentary “Showbiz Kids” will premiere on July 14 at 9 p.m. Directed by former child actor Alex Winter, the film chronicles the unique experiences of working as a child actor in the entertainment industry through a combination of archival footage and interviews. The film comes from Ringer Films, with Bill Simmons serving as executive producer along with Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller for HBO. Watch a trailer below.

First Looks

Peacock has released trailers for its launch slate of original programming. NBCUniversal’s streaming service will become available on July 15. Watch the new trailers below.

Brave New World” is an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel of the same name. David Wiener serves as showrunner; Grant Morrison,
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‘Dogtanian’ Animated Feature In The Works from Cosmos-Maya, Apolo (Exclusive)

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‘Dogtanian’ Animated Feature In The Works from Cosmos-Maya, Apolo (Exclusive)
India and Singapore-based animation outfit Cosmos-Maya is driving into the animated feature arena with “Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds,” an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel “The Three Musketeers.”

A co-production with Spain’s Apolo Films, “Dogtanian” is an iconic television property that was first aired on Mbs in Japan in 1981, Television Espanola in 1982 and the BBC in 1985. There have been several iterations of the show since, and some 40 years on, it is still airing in more than 100 territories.

Emmy and Annie nominee Doug Langdale (“Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness”) is writing the film script, based on the original written by Claudio Biern Boyd, who is President of Apolo Films. Toni Garcia (“Invizimals”) is set to direct.

Universal has boarded the project, taking Svod for several territories including the U.K., France and Germany. Spanish partners on the project include Tve, Lusomundo and A Contracorriente, with financial support from Ico,
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‘The Adventures of Puss in Boots’ Season 4 Exclusive Clip: Puss Shows Off His Many Powers

‘The Adventures of Puss in Boots’ Season 4 Exclusive Clip: Puss Shows Off His Many Powers
Though much of TV has slowed down for the end of the year, one sword-fighting cat is ready to return to screens everywhere this Friday. The indelible Puss in Boots (voiced by Eric Bauza) is back in the fourth season of the Netflix original series “The Adventures of Puss in Boots” In the upcoming season, Puss continues his quest to defeat the evil Bloodwolf using the mythical Crown of Souls to direct his journey. He and the Senior Puss Squad embark on numerous adventures to track down the magical items needed to defeat the Bloodwolf. But when he finally arrives, who will stop him from destroying San Lorenzo? Watch an exclusive clip from the new season below featuring Puss showing off his many powers to a skeptic.

Read More: Watch: Danny Trejo Gets Animated in Exclusive Clip of Netflix Original ‘The Adventures of Puss in Boots

Executive produced by Doug Langdale,
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Reel FX Makes Multi-Picture Pact With ‘Book Of Life’ Helmer Jorge R. Gutierrez; Kung Fu Space Western, Anybody?

Reel FX Makes Multi-Picture Pact With ‘Book Of Life’ Helmer Jorge R. Gutierrez; Kung Fu Space Western, Anybody?
Exclusive: Reel FX Animation Studios, the company behind The Book Of Life, has made a long term deal with that film’s writer/director Jorge R. Gutierrez. The first animated picture under the new deal will be an untitled Kung Fu Space Western. Gutierrez will direct from a script he’s writing with Douglas Langdale. Reel FX’s Brad Booker will produce with Gutierrez and Chatrone LLC. Sandra Equihua has been set to oversee the character design. Gutierrez has moved to Dallas to…
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The Book of Life movie review: what’s a woman for?

The animation is fresh, unique, and gorgeous. But we don’t need another tale of a man having exciting adventures while a woman waits around to marry him. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

The animation, a CGI explosion of Mexican folkloric motifs, is fresh, unique, and gorgeous, if the design is at times so frenetic and overstuffed that it threatens sensory overload. The story the animation is used to tell, however, is so familiar as to be blandly generic, and totally unsurprising in both its overarching themes and its specific details.

Two deities who oversee realms of the afterlife — La Muerte (the voice of Kate del Castillo), who rules the Land of the Remembered, and Xibalba (the voice of Ron Perlman: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Pacific Rim), who rules the Land of
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The Book of Life review: "A sunny and spirited animation"

The Book of Life review:
Director: Jorge R. Gutierrez; Screenwriters: Jorge R. Gutierrez, Douglas Langdale; Starring: Channing Tatum, Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Ron Perlman, Danny Trejo, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube; Running time: 95 mins; Certificate: U

Mexican mythology provides the inspiration for The Book of Life, a sunny and spirited animation that's as much about what happens after we leave this mortal coil. Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana and Diego Luna lend their voices, each in the corner of a love triangle that spans three beautifully realised worlds: the Land of the Living, the Land of the Remembered and the Land of the Forgotten.

At the centre of some cosmic turbulence is Manolo (Luna), the son of a bullfighter who is expected to follow in dad's footsteps, but Manolo would rather play his guitar and serenade the town beauty Maria (Saldana). Rivalling him for Maria's affections is best pal Joaquin (Tatum), a bit of a blowhard who
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'Book of Life' director talks about the 'heart' of his Best Animated Feature Film contender

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'Book of Life' director talks about the 'heart' of his Best Animated Feature Film contender
One of the unique fixtures of an opening weekend in Los Angeles, whether it's an art house release or a studio blockbuster, are filmmakers and sometimes stars popping their heads into a theater to see how their baby plays. Well, if you're going to a screening of the new animated feature "The Book of Life" in the Southland this weekend, there's a good chance you might see Jorge R. Gutierrez dropping by your theater. "Book" is Gutierrez's directorial debut and a project he's worked diligently to bring to the big screen for 14 years. The talented animator has received advice about handling the release from the film's producer, Guillermo del Toro, but Gutierrez jokes he's not listening to it. "He said don't read the Internet, don't read any reviews, like, don't look at the comments," Gutierrez says. "But I am a masochist, so I'm reading everything. And then this whole weekend
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The Book Of Life (2014) – The Review

The great “schnozzola” Jimmy Durante’s signature catch phrase “Everybody wants ta’ get into da’ act!’ couldn’t be more true when it comers to animated features these days. Perhaps this may be a result of the incredible all-ages success of Pixar. Or it might be the love of animation held be many aging “baby boomer” film makers who awaited Saturday mornings in front of the tube (which just ended now that no broadcast networks run weekend ‘toons) or those grand ole’ special kiddie matinees. Tim Burton may have kick-started this trend by coming off his big Batman flicks to produce The Nightmare Before Christmas and later direct The Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie. Johnny Depp and his Pirates director scored a hit with Rango. And recently Adam Sandler started a new franchise with Hotel Transylvania. New to the animation arena, but a big name in the fantasy/horror genre is
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Exclusive Interview: Talking 'The Book of Life' With Jorge Gutierrez

Over the weekend I had a chance to speak with director Jorge Guiterrez about his new film "The Book of Life," which is also produced by Guillermo del Toro. The look of the film is inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) celebrations.

"The Book of Life" is the journey of Manolo (Diego Luna), a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, "The Book of Life" encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.

Here is what Guiterrez had to say about the film.

For me, when I first saw the film, I thought of it as elements of a video game.
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Win A Family Four-Pack of Tickets To The Advance Screening of The Book Of Life In St. Louis

Featuring the voices of Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Hector Elizondo, Diego Luna, Zoë Saldana, Danny Trejo, Channing Tatum and Ron Perlman, The Book Of Life is a vibrant fantasy-adventure that tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village.

The cast also includes Cheech Marin, Hector Elizondo, tenor Placido Domingo, plus Ana de la Reguera (Nacho Libre, Eastbound and Down), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), comedian Gabriel Iglesias (Stand-up Revolution), and Danny Trejo (Machete).

The Book Of Life’s original score and songs are by two-time Academy Award-winner Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain). The film is produced by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutierrez. Gutierrez also wrote the screenplay with Doug Langdale.

The Book Of Life Hits Theaters Everywhere On October 17th.
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The Book Of Life Original Film Soundtrack Available on iTunes

20th Century Fox has released the original soundtrack for their highly anticipated film, The Book Of Life. Effectively capturing the distinctive Latin American flavor found in the movie and featuring 18 eclectic tracks, the soundtrack is available on iTunes now, and physical copies will also be available on Amazon on October 13.

Digital album on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/bookoflife-ost

Physical album on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/bookoflife-ost-cd

Visit SoundCloud for a sneak peak Here: https://soundcloud.com/sony-soundtracks/sets/the-book-of-life-original

Track Listing: 1. Live Life – Jesse & Joy 2. The Apology Song – La Santa Cecilia 3. No Matter Where You Are – Us the Duo 4. I Love You Too Much – Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla 5. I Will Wait – Joe Matthews, Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla 6. Mas – Kinky 7. Cielito Lindo – Plácido Domingo 8. Creep – Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla 9. Can’t Help Falling In Love With YouDiego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla 10. Ecstasy Of Gold – Gustavo Santaolalla 11. Do
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New Trailer For The Book Of Life

New Trailer For The Book Of Life
We brought you a first look at the Guillermo del Toro-produced ‘toon The Book Of Life back in May. At Comic-Con, the filmmakers unveiled a new trailer for the Mexican-flavoured, afterworld-inspired film, which has now gone online via Apple. The Book Of Life, sprung from the brain of illustrator/director Jorge R. Gutierrez, and has been brought to the screen with a bit of help from writer Doug Langdale and the oversight of Mr. “I’m involved with 63,000 projects at any one time” del Toro who was also working on Crimson Peak while offering guidance and support on Book.A sort of Corpse Bride-meets-Romeo-And-Juliet tale, this sees a matador, Manolo (Diego Luna), and town hotshot Joaquin (Channing Tatum), vying for the attentions of a beautiful girl called Maria (Zoë Saldana). Things go awry for Manolo when he's bitten by a snake and sent plunging into a trippy underworld
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Second Trailer Arrives For Book Of Life

20th Century Fox has just released a brand new trailer for the animated film, The Book Of Life.

Featuring the voices of Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Hector Elizondo, Diego Luna, Zoë Saldana, Danny Trejo, Channing Tatum and Ron Perlman, the movie will be in theaters on October 17.

The Book Of Life, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village.

The film produced by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutierrez. Gutierrez also wrote the screenplay with Doug Langdale.

The cast also includes Cheech Marin, Hector Elizondo, tenor Placido Domingo, plus Ana de la Reguera (Nacho Libre, Eastbound and Down), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), comedian Gabriel Iglesias (Stand-up Revolution), and Danny Trejo (Machete).

The film’s original score
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Watch: Vibrant New Trailer for Fox's Animated 'The Book of Life'

"I'll do anything to be with Maria." Though we're not accustomed to a filmmaker like Guillermo del Toro venturing into kids territory, the story at the center of The Book of Life certainly doesn't seem like a typical fairytale, at least when it comes to the vibrant style of the animation. Jorge R. Gutierrez is behind the new film which follows a young man named Manolo (Diego Luna) struggling to win over the love of his life and please his family. But things get complicated when a wager between the gods of the dead over who will win the hand of Maria (Zoe Saldana) forces Manolo into an adventure through fantastical worlds. Here's the first trailer for Jorge R. Gutierrez's The Book of Life, originally from Apple: The Book of Life is directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, who co-wrote the film with Douglas Langdale ("Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
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Exclusive First Trailer For The Book Of Life

Exclusive First Trailer For The Book Of Life
Guillermo del Toro may be up to the Pale Man's eyeballs in haunted mansion horror Crimson Peak and FX's upcoming vampire show The Strain, but he has still found time to lend a hand with The Book Of Life, an CG animation inspired by Mexico's famous Dia de Muertos festival. A new trailer for the film, hitherto shrouded in mystery, has dropped and Empire is happy to share it with you.  brightcove.createExperiences();The Book Of Life is the brainchild of Mexican animator and artist Jorge Gutierrez, its director and, with American screenwriter Doug Langdale, co-scribe, and his painterly creations look kaleidoscopic and macabre in the best Corpse Bride-sense of the words. The trio have crafted a Romeo And Juliet-style tale of a matador, Manolo (Diego Luna), and town hotshot Joaquin (Channing Tatum), both vying for the attentions of a beautiful girl called Maria (Zoë Saldana). Things clearly go
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First Trailer & Poster for Guillermo del Toro's Animated 'Book of Life'

Following yesterday's first look photos, the first official trailer and poster for the animated film The Book of Life from producer Guillermo del Toro have arrived. The story follows the journey of Manolo (Diego Luna), an aspiring musician struggling with pleasing his family and winning over the love of his life (Zoe Saldana). There's some truly stunning animation on display here, like a mix of the world of Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas, but in the style of the Day of the Dead celebration. Channing Tatum seems a bit out of place as a rival romancer, but this still looks like an original adventure for everyone. Watch it! Here's the first trailer for Jorge R. Gutierrez's The Book of Life, originally from Apple: And here's the first poster for the animated film from Collider: The Book of Life is directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, who co-wrote the film
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