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Imagine Kids and Family Pacts With Breyer for Horse-Themed TV Series

  • Variety
Imagine Entertainment’s Kids and Family division has partnered with Breyer, a maker of collectible model horses and other toys, to develop a live-action horse-themed TV series.

The series will be executive produced by Imagine Entertainment chiefs Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, as well as Stephanie Sperber, president of Imagine Kids and Family. Ashley Avis, writer and director of the “Black Beauty” adaptation in development at Constantin Film, joins the project as showrunner and writer.

“As both a longtime equestrian and collector of Breyer horses, getting to be apart of creating this series is a very special opportunity,’ Avis said in a statement. “Breyer helped to inspire so much of my imagination and I hope to do the same for our future audiences through collaborative storytelling with these two truly eminent partners.”

Breyer got its start in 1950 as a molding company in Chicago that made model horses to top a mantlepiece clock sold by F.
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Film News Roundup: ‘In 27 Days’ Heads for Big Screen, Dan Angel to Produce

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Film News Roundup: ‘In 27 Days’ Heads for Big Screen, Dan Angel to Produce
In today’s film news roundup, “In 27 Days” and “The Keys to the Kingdom” are in the works as films, Pamela Adlon has been cast in Pete Davidson’s movie, an “On the Waterfront” actor received SAG-AFTRA membership and Dances With Films sets its lineup.

Projects Launched

Dan Angel is developing Alison Gervais’ teen paranormal story “In 27 Days” as a movie under his family content banner, Fezziwig Studios, Variety has learned exclusively.

The story centers on a teen girl’s opportunity to change fate’s outcome by striking a deal with death after she attends the funeral of a classmate who committed suicide. The book has been praised for its positive focus on the importance of understanding, supporting and having compassion for the mental health and emotional wellbeing of adolescents and young adults.

Angel has shepherded R.L. Stine’s “Goosebumps” and “The Haunting Hour” franchises, as well as
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Dances With Films 2019 Lineup Announced

For its 22nd year, Dances With Films returns to Los Angeles this June with an eclectic lineup of films both feature-length and short-form that span a wide range of genres.

Dances With Films 2019 will take place June 13th–23rd at the Tcl Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Horror fans attending the festival will want to keep an eye out for several genre-centric titles, including Come, Said the Night (pictured above).

You can check out the Dances With Films 2019 lineup below, and to learn more, visit the film festival's official website.

"Opening Night Film

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Apple Seed

West Coast Premiere I USA, 2019, HD, 121 min.

Writer/Dir: Michael Worth

Prods: Jody Marriott Bar-Lev, Dustin Rikert, Avi Bar-Lev, Michael Worth

Cast: Rance Howard, Michael Worth, Esther Anderson, Clint Howard, Adrienne Barbeau, Robby Benson

Prince McCoy has found himself almost to the middle of age, and definitely to the end of his rope. Losing his home,
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Mackenzie Foy and Kate Winslet Join the Cast of Classic Remake Black Beauty

Mackenzie Foy and Kate Winslet have officially signed on to star in the movie remake of Black Beauty, the classic 1877 novel by Anna Sewell that is being directed by Ashley Avis.

The story is about a teenage girl who develops a strong bond with a wild horse named Beauty who helps her heal from the trauma of losing her parents. Foy will play the girl, and Winslet will voice the horse, Beauty.

The film will take a modern look at the original story. Black Beauty is in pre-production, and we will let you know when we can expect it, as well as other casting news as soon as we have it.

Is Black Beauty one of your classic favorites? Are you excited about this remake?
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Mackenzie Foy and Kate Winslet to star in ‘Black Beauty’ reboot

Mackenzie Foy and Kate Winslet have signed up to star in Ashley Avis’s reboot of the classic story of ‘Black Beauty’.

Foy will take the leading role as a 17-year-old girl whose bond with Black Beauty helps her overcome the death of her parents.

Winslet will have an easier job of it as she will provide the voice of the horse, Black Beauty.

Based on the best-selling children’s classic by Anna Sewell, Avis will direct the film from a script she has adapted herself. The film will be a fictional autobiography of the titular wild horse. In a significant change from Sewell’s book, in which Black Beauty is a carriage horse, in the new adaptation, she is a wild mustang captured on the Wyoming Plains.

Also in news – Man of Steel’s David Goyer to tackle ‘Hellraiser’ reboot

Black Beauty has been adapted for the big and
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Mackenzie Foy, Kate Winslet to Star in ‘Black Beauty’

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Mackenzie Foy, Kate Winslet to Star in ‘Black Beauty’
Mackenzie Foy and Kate Winslet have come aboard Constantin Film’s contemporary take on “Black Beauty.”

Ashley Avis is directing from her own script.

Black Beauty” is based on Anna Sewell’s best-selling novel about the deep and enduring bond between a 17-year-old girl and the wild horse who helps her overcome the trauma of her loss following her parents’ death. Foy, whose credits include “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” “Interstellar” and the last two “Twilight” movies, will play Jo while Winslet will voice Beauty.

Black Beauty” is being produced by Jeremy Bolt and Robert Kulzer, who teamed on the “Resident Evil” franchise. Martin Moszkowicz is executive producing.

Constantin Film also announced on Tuesday that it is launching a re-imagined version of the horror film “Wrong Turn.” Mister Smith Entertainment will commence sales on both projects, currently in pre-production, to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival next week.

Mike P. Nelson
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Mackenzie Foy & Kate Winslet Saddle Up For Constantin’s ‘Black Beauty’ – Cannes

Mackenzie Foy & Kate Winslet Saddle Up For Constantin’s ‘Black Beauty’ – Cannes
Mackenzie Foy and Kate Winslet have been set to star in Black Beauty, the feature film update of the classic Anna Sewell novel that is being written and directed by Ashley Avis. Bolt Pictures and Constantin Film are teaming to produce the pic, which will mirror the events of the original 1877 book while bringing them into a modern light.

The film is one of two pics now in pre-production that Constantin said Tuesday it is bringing to the Cannes market beginning next week, both to be sold by Mister Smith Entertainment. The other is Wrong Turn, its remake of the West Virginia cannibal cult hit first released by Fox in 2003 spawning another five films.

Black Beauty centers on the deep and enduring bond between a 17-year-old girl (Foy) and the beloved wild horse who helps her overcome the trauma of her loss following the death of her parents. Winslet will voice Beauty.
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Kate Winslet to voice Cannes-bound 'Black Beauty' for Constantin

Kate Winslet to voice Cannes-bound 'Black Beauty' for Constantin
Mister Smith to handle sales on both in Cannes.

Kate Winslet will voice Black Beauty and Mackenzie Foy has also joined the cast on the reimagined family classic, one of two titles from Constantin Film that head to the Cannes market as part of the Mister Smith sales slate.

The contemporary take on Anna Sewell’s novel accompanies Constantin’s horror-thriller Wrong Turn on the trip to the Croisette.

Black Beauty recounts the story of the bond between a 17-year-old girl and her beloved wild horse who helps her overcome trauma following the death of her parents. Ashley Avis will direct and adapted the screenplay.
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Mackenzie Foy, Kate Winslet to Star in 'Black Beauty' Reboot

Mackenzie Foy, Kate Winslet to Star in 'Black Beauty' Reboot
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms actress Mackenzie Foy and Oscar-winner Kate Winslet (The Reader) have signed on to star in a new reboot of Black Beauty, based on the best-selling children's classic by Anna Sewell.

Adolescence director Ashley Avis will helm the new Black Beauty, adapting the script herself from Sewell's novel, which is told as a fictional autobiography of the titular wild horse. In a significant change from Sewell's book, in which Black Beauty is a carriage horse, in the new adaptation, she is a a wild mustang captured on the Wyoming Plains.

Foy will play a 17-year-old ...
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‘Nona’, From Kate Bosworth & Michael Polish, Gets December Release Date – Update

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‘Nona’, From Kate Bosworth & Michael Polish, Gets December Release Date – Update
Updated with release date info: North of Two has set a December 7 release date for Nona, Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish’s feature film that the distributor acquired in May. The film, which puts a face to Central America’s sex trafficking industry, was produced under the couple’s Make Pictures Productions. It will be released beginning in Los Angeles and New York.

Nona tells the story of a girl from Honduras who meets a charming boy, Hecho who promises to get her safely to America to reunite with her mother. Instead, Nona faces a perilous journey when he doesn’t deliver on that promise. Nona — short for No Name — will deliver a message to change the way the world is dealing with sex trafficking.

“All of our North of Two filmmakers define the spirit, determination and grit that living North of Two means,” said CEO Mark Cartier. “Both Kate
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Film News Roundup: India Eisley’s Drama ‘Adolescence’ Finds Distribution

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Film News Roundup: India Eisley’s Drama ‘Adolescence’ Finds Distribution
In today’s film news roundup, India Eisley-Mickey River drama “Adolescence” gets distribution and romance “Castle of Water” and horror short “They Hear It” are in development.

Distribution Rights

North of Two has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the dark coming-of-age drama “Adolescence,” starring India Eisley and Mickey River with Ashley Avis directing, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film was produced by Winterstone Pictures and is set to make its festival debut this fall. River portrays a shy teenager who falls in love with a beautiful, enigmatic runaway, played by Eisley, and is lured away from his bland life and into her vibrant and unpredictable world. He slips down a progressively dark path, filled with raging parties, drugs, and eventually heroin addiction.

The cast also includes Romeo Miller, Tommy Flanagan, Elisabeth Rohm, Jere Burns, Ever Carradine, Michael Milford, and Zac Brown Band member John Driskell Hopkins.

The film
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Modern reimagining of Black Beauty in development

According to Deadline, Ashley Avis has signed on to write and direct a modern reimagining of Anna Sewell’s classic 1877 novel Black Beauty for Bolt Pictures and Constantin Film.

The new movie will tell the story of Jo Green, “a teenager who recently lost her parents, who is sent to live with her uncle at a horse and animal sanctuary on Long Island. She eventually bonds with the wild Black Beauty, who was similarly taken away from her family when her mustang herd was captured in the West.”

Avis is currently in post-production on her latest feature, Adolescence, which stars India Eisley, Mickey River, Romeo Miller and Tommy Flanagan, and is expected to arrive later in the year.

Black Beauty has been adapted for the screen on numerous occasions, most recently in 1994 with Caroline Thompson directing a cast that included Sean Bean, David Thewlis, Andrew Knott and Alan Cumming.

The
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‘Black Beauty’ Movie In Works With Ashley Avis Set To Write & Direct

‘Black Beauty’ Movie In Works With Ashley Avis Set To Write & Direct
Exclusive: Ashley Avis has been set to write and direct a modern reimagining of Black Beauty, the classic Anna Sewell novel. Bolt Pictures and Constantin Film are teaming to produce the pic, which will mirror the events of the original 1877 book while bringing them into a modern light.

The plot will center on Jo Green, a teenager who recently lost her parents, who is sent to live with her uncle at a horse and animal sanctuary on Long Island. She eventually bonds with the wild Black Beauty, who was similarly taken away from her family when her mustang herd was captured in the West.

Constantin’s Robert Kulzer will produce with Jeremy Bolt. Martin Moszkowicz and Jon Brown are executive producers.

Avis’ feature film credits include 2016’s Deserted starring Mischa Barton and this year’s Adolescence. The writer-director-editor is also a longform commercials helmer. She is repped by Ensemble Entertainment and Morris,
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‘Deserted’ VOD Review

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Stars: Mischa Barton, Jackson Davis, Winter Ave Zoli, Trent Ford, Dana Rosendorff, Michael Milford, Kelly Brannigan, Tyler Sellers, Jake Busey, Sebastian Bach, Gerry Bednob, Lance Henriksen | Written and Directed by Ashley Avis

When twenty-four-year old Jae (Barton) is released from prison for killing her mother, she returns home to small-town Ridgecrest, California. It’s the last place she wants to be, with the judgement of the town, old friends, and old ghosts. She decides to join her brother Robin (Davis) and his girlfriend Rosemary (Zoli) on a road trip to “Burn the Moon”, a music festival in Death Valley. Linking up with a trio of idiosyncratic characters along the way, the group ends up getting impossibly lost amongst the three-million acres of salt flats, sand dunes, vistas and winding dirt roads. To survive they will have to overcome both the dangerous terrain and each other.

Billed a survival thriller in some quarters,
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Mischa Barton heads to Death Valley in ‘Deserted’

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Invincible Pictures has announced the February 28th Cable VOD and Digital HD release of Ashley AvisDeserted. Mischa Barton (The O.C., The Sixth Sense) stars as a recently released felon looking to start fresh with the brother she left behind. A trip to the desert sounds perfect, until she, her brother and their group find themselves hopelessly lost in one of the most beautiful but unforgiving places on the planet.

Barton is joined onscreen by Jackson Davis (Stitchers), Winter Ave Zoli (Sons of Anarchy) and Trent Ford (Gosford Park) in lead roles, with Jake Busey (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series), Sebastian Bach (Gilmore Girls), Gerry Bednob (The 40 Year Old Virgin), and Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Terminator) supporting.

When twenty-four-year old Jae (Barton) is released from prison, she returns home to small-town Ridgecrest, California. It’s the last place she wants to be, with the judgement of the town, old friends,
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nivio Celebrates the Announcement of Joining Microsoft's Wpc 2011 Expo Pictures

Alina Manou, Sachin Dev Duggal attend nivio celebrates the announcement of joining Microsoft's Wpc 2011 Expo in Beverly Hills. Photo copyright Keadrick D. Washington / PR Photos. Chelsea Rae Bernier attends nivio celebrates the announcement of joining Microsoft's Wpc 2011 Expo in Beverly Hills. Photo copyright Keadrick D. Washington / PR Photos. Colette Falla attends nivio celebrates the announcement of joining Microsoft's Wpc 2011 Expo in Beverly Hills. Photo copyright Keadrick D. Washington / PR Photos. Alina Manou attends nivio celebrates the announcement of joining Microsoft's Wpc 2011 Expo in Beverly Hills. Photo copyright Keadrick D. Washington / PR Photos. Ashley Avis attends nivio celebrates the announcement of joining Microsoft's Wpc 2011 Expo in Beverly Hills.
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