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Turner Emea Launches Toonix App Across the Nordic Region

Turner Emea is set to launch the Toonix app, which is an Ott service dedicated to kids, across the Nordic region later this summer.

The new ad-free, direct-to-consumer service will be skewed towards kids ages 3-12 and their families, and will boast more than 1000 hours of curated content from Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. Animation. The app will also showcase third party and local acquisitions.

Popular shows and movies set for Toonix include “Adventure Time,””Teen Titans Go!,””Peppa Pig,””Scooby-Doo,””Barbapapa,””Bamse & the City of Thieves” and “Lego Batman: The Movie.”

The Toonix brand launched across the Nordics in 2017 as
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Atlas Entertainment Names Richard Suckle Its President

Atlas Entertainment has promoted Oscar-nominated producer Richard Suckle to the position of president. He will work with company founder and CEO Charles Roven to guide the direction of the film and TV company, mentor its creative executives and continue producing. Suckle joined Atlas in 1992 as Roven's assistant. Since then, the pair have produced films including the Oscar-nominated American Hustle, the DC pics Wonder Woman and Suicide Squad, and the Scooby-Doo franchise…
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Film News Roundup: ‘Deadpool 2’ Tops $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office

Film News Roundup: ‘Deadpool 2’ Tops $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office
In today’s film news roundup, “Deadpool 2” hits a box office milestone, SingularDTV buys a sci-fi thriller, and Jared Mass is re-hired by Reel FX.

Box Office

Fox’s “Deadpool 2” has topped $500 million at the worldwide box office in less than two weeks.

Deadpool 2” has taken in $218.5 million domestically and another $287 million in international markets, led by $28 million in the U.K. and $27 million in South Korea.

The original “Deadpool” stunned the industry two years ago with a $132.4 million debut weekend, which holds the record for an R-rated title, and went on to finish with $330 million domestically and $420 million internationally. Fox decided in January to open the Ryan Reynolds sequel two weeks earlier to get it into theaters a week ahead of “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

Acquisitions

Blockchain entertainment studio SingularDTV has acquired worldwide rights to the sci-fi thriller “Perfect,” starring Garrett Wareing, Courtney Eaton, and Abbie Cornish.
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‘Show Dogs’ Distributor Will Edit Out Sexploitation Scenes That Angered Parents and Victim Advocates

‘Show Dogs’ Distributor Will Edit Out Sexploitation Scenes That Angered Parents and Victim Advocates
Five days after “Show Dogs” opened as family-friendly fare in more than 3,200 theaters, distributor Global Road Entertainment announced that it will cut footage that — to parents and advocates — suggests sexual abuse. The Aussie theater chain Cineplex Australia had recently dropped the film from its lineup.

The company released the following statement to Deadline:

Responding to concerns raised by moviegoers and some specific organizations, Global Road Entertainment has decided to remove two scenes from the film ‘Show Dogs’ that some have deemed not appropriate for children. The company takes these matters very seriously and remains committed to providing quality entertainment for the intended audiences based on the film’s rating. We apologize to anybody who feels the original version of ‘Show Dogs’ sent an inappropriate message. The revised version of the film will be available for viewing nationwide starting this weekend.

A critic at Macaroni Kid instigated the film’s backlash
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Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? & Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs: Boomerang Announces New Series with Classic Characters

Some familiar faces are returning soon, in new animated TV series. Boomerang has announced the new Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? and Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs TV shows will premiere on its premium subscription streaming service, next year. From Warner Bros. Animation, producer Chris Bailey, and executive producer Sam Register, comes Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, with a start date Tbd in 2019. The series features the Scooby Gang teaming up with celebrities to solve new mysteries. Celebrities in the first season include NBA star Chris Paul and recording artists Halsey and Sia, as well as Ricky Gervais, Kenan Thompson, Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Mark Hamill, Steve Urkel (voiced by Jaleel White) Batman, Sherlock Holmes, The Flash, Wonder Woman, and more. A Flintstones spinoff, also from Warner Bros. Animation, Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs follows best friends Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble as they
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Scooby-Doo, Flintstones Kids Shows Land Series Orders at Boomerang

Boomerang, Turner's all-animation streaming service targeted at kids and families, is ramping up its original content offerings with two new series featuring some familiar characters.

The service said Wednesday that it has greenlighted Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, featuring the Mystery Inc. gang teaming up with celebrities, and Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!, focusing on the kids from the Flintstones series, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm.

Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? finds Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby joining forces with celebrities and pop culture icons including NBA star Chris Paul, recording artists Halsey and Sia, Ricky Gervais, Kenan Thompson, Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Mark Hamill,...
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Blu-ray Release Date Announced For Supernatural Season 13

This past year, the CW and Supernatural delighted horror fans with their Scooby-Doo crossover episode, cleverly titled Scoobynatural. And if you dug that episode and/or the entire 13th season then you’re in luck as today we have word on just when you’ll be able to snag it on Blu-ray. Warner Bros. will release Supernatural: The […]

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Show Dogs movie review: everything is awful

MaryAnn’s quick take… Embarrassingly bad CGI; pratfalls; genital humor; denigration of cat ladies; horrible clichés and stereotypes. This is the cinematic equivalent of stepping in dog poop. You know, for kids! I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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Miss Congeniality, but for dogs. Did we need this? We did not. Director Raja Gosnell has previously perpetrated two Smurfs movies and two Scooby-Doo movies, and I guess he felt that he needed to even out the ranks of his terrible talking-dog “comedies” since he only had the one, Beverly Hills Chihuahua. “Nobody makes talking dog movies anymore,” one of the talking dogs in this talking-dog movie explains. And yet here we are.

These are indeed dark times.

It’s funny cuz there’s a dog wearing sunglasses.
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Stephen Amell Still Wants An Arrow/Supernatural Crossover

If there’s one thing that Stephen Amell wants to see happen on Arrow above all else, it’s a crossover with that other long-running CW drama, Supernatural. The Oliver Queen actor has been talking about his interest in teaming up with the Winchester Brothers for years now, and it seems like he’s still not over it.

Amell took to Twitter today to share a photo of himself with Jensen Ackles, who’s played Dean Winchester on Supernatural for a staggering 13 seasons, with another one confirmed to be on the way. The actor captioned his snap: “It’s the crossover we deserve” – further teasing fans with the possibility of it happening.

Unlike most TV crossovers, which can often chip away at the integrity of the shows in question, a union of Arrow and Supernatural would actually be perfectly feasible. After all, both have explored alternate universes before. In particular,
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‘Show Dogs’ Film Review: Sloppy, Unfunny Comedy Merely a Collection of Pet Peeves

‘Show Dogs’ Film Review: Sloppy, Unfunny Comedy Merely a Collection of Pet Peeves
Families with canines are better off staying home and having an old-fashioned backyard frolic than trotting out to see “Show Dogs,” a panting, poorly trained entry in the live-action/talking animal genre that for once makes viewers long for the candy-colored, half-witted professionalism of third-tier Pixar-knockoff animation.

Had it all been digitally rendered and pushed to the edges of anthropomorphized wackiness, you could see where a Las Vegas dog show hiding nefarious doings and infiltrated by a mismatched pair of crimefighters might make for a suitably diverting afternoon for parents and kids alike.

But however vigorous was the effort on the part of hard-working trainers to get the movie’s various breeds — Rottweilers, pugs, Papillons and more — to hit their marks, the movie around them, as directed by Raja Gosnell feels no compulsion to be as dutiful in its call to entertain. String a few dozen of the cutest
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Film Review: ‘Show Dogs’

Film Review: ‘Show Dogs’
In the cornball kiddie tradition of his “Scooby-Doo,” “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” and “Smurfs” films, director Raja Gosnell’s “Show Dogs” combines live-action actors with real and CGI talking creatures in service of groan-worthy comedic adventure. The hero in question here is Max, an NYPD police pooch (voiced by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) who’s forced to partner with Will Arnett’s FBI agent while going undercover as a pageant contestant. Think of it as “Miss Congeniality” for dogs, replete with the sort of slapstick humor, puerile gags and for-adults-only pop-culture references required of such endeavors. Its frantic pace should make it a mildly amusing diversion for the younger set, but its juvenile imagination (or lack thereof) is likely to drive anyone over the age of 7 barking mad.

During a Manhattan sting operation gone awry that puts him in direct conflict with federal agent Frank (Arnett), street-wise Rottweiler Max fails to save
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Upfronts 2018: The Best, Worst and Wackiest Moments in Photos

Upfronts 2018: The Best, Worst and Wackiest Moments in Photos
Between the evil puppet, the missing dog and the introduction of a mysterious masked woman, this year’s Upfronts played out like an old episode of Scooby-Doo.

As always, the four-day affair — in which networks parade their new shows and stars in front of New York ad executives in the hopes of wooing their business — was one to remember, even if we’d rather forget some of it. (I did mention the evil puppet, right?)

There was music, there was dancing, there were way-too-soon jokes about sexual predators. And we’ve compiled the 25 most memorable moments, for better or worse,
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‘Under The Silver Lake’ Film Review: Andrew Garfield Lives Dirtbag Dream in La Story

‘Under The Silver Lake’ Film Review: Andrew Garfield Lives Dirtbag Dream in La Story
How’s this for irony? Those very same qualities that allow “Under The Silver Lake” to so thoroughly evoke both the city of Los Angeles and a certain Angelino lifestyle also turn the film into a bit of a mess. Sprawling, indulgent and with many pockets of pleasure, David Robert Mitchell ‘s film – which premiered Tuesday night in Cannes – is L.A. in the same way that “Apocalypse Now” was Vietnam.

Think of it as “Ready Stoner One,” as it wrangles a rather overwhelming compendium of references, easter-eggs and winks to some of the foundational texts of contemporary millennial culture and offers them as clues in a Galaxy Brain conspiracy.

Channeling Shaggy from “Scooby-Doo,” Andrew Garfield stars as Sam, a grade-a underachiever living the dirtbag dream in (where else but) the city’s Eastside hipster neighborhood of Silver Lake. Rent is long past due and the threat of eviction looms alarmingly close,
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Warner Bros Sets ‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ for Christmas 2020

Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow announced on Monday that a third installment in its “Sherlock Holmes” franchise starring Robert Downey Jr. as the famed detective is in the works, with a release date planned for Christmas Day 2020.

The film will be a follow-up to the 2011 film, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” which grossed $545 million worldwide.

There is no confirmation whether Downey or his co-star, Jude Law, will return to the series.

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Downey won a Golden Globe in 2010 for his performance as Holmes in the first installment of the series, in which Holmes and Law’s Dr. Watson uncover a supernatural plot to expand the British Empire.

Downey is currently slated to star in “The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle” as the titular main character and will return to play Tony Stark in the sequel to “Avengers: Infinity War,” with both films due out next year.

Law, who will appear as Albus Dumbledore in Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” is currently filming the Marvel Studios’ film “Captain Marvel,” which will hit theaters next March.

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Guy Ritchie directed the two previous “Holmes” films, which were also produced by Village Roadshow. Producers Susan Downey, Joel Silver and Lionel Wigram are returning to oversee this project, with “Narcos” co-creator Chris Brancato currently attached to write the script.

No director has been chosen for the project yet, with Ritchie currently directing Disney’s upcoming remake of “Aladdin,” which will come out next year.

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Other Warner Bros. films currently planned for release in 2020 include the third installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” series, “Godzilla vs. Kong,” a new “Scooby-Doo” animated movie, and the DC superhero movie “Cyborg.”

Read original story Warner Bros Sets ‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ for Christmas 2020 At TheWrap
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May 2018 VOD & Digital Releases Include Annihilation, Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell, Primal Rage, The Strangers: Prey At Night

Happy (almost) May readers! Hard to believe we’ve almost hit the halfway point of 2018 already, but here we are, with another great crop of VOD and digital releases to keep you busy over the next few weeks. May’s digital releases kick off with a variety of titles on the 1st, including Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell, Dead List, Cartel 2045, Primal Rage, and The Unwilling, and just a few days later, both Altered Perception and Gehenna: Where Death Lives make their arrivals.

May 8th is the day when fans can head back to Wakanda for Black Panther’s digital bow, and on May 11th, genre fans should definitely check out both Terminal and Revenge (which blew this writer away at last year’s Fantastic Fest). Both The Manor and Island Zero hit various platforms on the 15th, and if you missed it in theaters, Annihilation makes its digital bow on the 22nd.
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Supernatural Renewed for a 14th Season by The CW

Longtime fans and newcomers alike recently tuned in for Supernatural's anticipated Scooby-Doo crossover episode, and now fans of the show have another reason to celebrate the series, as The CW has renewed the long-running adventures of the Winchester brothers for a 14th season (with Riverdale and eight other series also being renewed by the network):

Press Release: April 2, 2018 (Burbank, CA) — The CW Network has given early renewals to ten of its primetime series for the 2018-2019 season, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.

“As The CW expands to a six-night, Sunday through Friday schedule next season, we are proud to have such a deep bench of great returning series for 2018-19. By picking these ten series up for next season, we have a terrific selection of programming to choose from when we set our fall schedule in May, with more still to come,” said Pedowitz.
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Supernatural Scooby-Doo Crossover Ties Season Ratings Record

The recent crossover between Supernatural and Scooby-Doo was a ratings success, tying with the season premiere for the highest viewership figures of the current run. The appropriately titled “ScoobyNatural” saw the Winchester brothers and their loyal pet angel Castiel transported into the cartoon universe of Scooby-Doo. When the Hunters and the Scooby Gang meet, Dean recognizes the episode they’re trapped in and decided to let things play out (and relentlessly hit on Daphne). However, it quickly becomes apparent the the Winchester’s world of real-life monsters is bleeding over into the Scooby-verse and the brothers must solve the mystery – alongside their new friends – if they ever want to escape.
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That Insane Supernatural/Scooby-Doo Crossover Was A Huge Ratings Hit

It’s been years since I was even the tiniest bit interested in Supernatural, which all-too-often feels like a show that’s stuck spinning its wheels. But apparently, all it takes to get me hooked again is one of the most insane crossover episodes in recent television history – throwing in Scooby-Doo. The resulting hybrid was, of course, named Scoobynatural and it was ridiculously good fun.

The episode saw Sam and Dean sucked into the animated world of Scooby-Doo, presented as a more innocent place in which ghosts and monsters are generally just men in silly outfits, with the Supernatural cast acting as a kind of corrupting influence on the world. And so what would have been a typical Scooby-Doo plot gradually transforms into a more gruesome and tense adventure that gives the Scooby gang a bit more of a mature dimension without sacrificing the essence of their characters. It was
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Live-action Scooby-Doo spinoff Daphne & Velma gets a trailer

Warner Bros. has announced the home entertainment release of its live-action Scooby-Doo spin off movie Daphne & Velma which stars Sarah Jeffery and Sarah Gilman as the teenage mystery solving duo; check out the Blu-ray artwork and trailer below…

“In Daphne & Velma, state of the art robots and high-tech gadgets are common sights at Ridge Valley High, an innovative center of learning for some of the brightest minds in the country, including a new transfer student – the bright & optimistic Daphne Blake (Sarah Jeffery), who is excited to finally go to school with her online bestie, the whip-smart & analytical Velma Dinkley (Sarah Gilman). But not everything is as innocent as it seems as mysterious disappearances begin to plague the top-performing students on campus. Once cheery and full of life, kids now appear in a “zombiefied” state – lifeless and shells of themselves. Can Daphne and Velma learn to work together and
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10 TV Show Episodes that Swap Genres, From ‘Black Mirror’ to ‘Supernatural’

When a show’s been running for a while, it can fall into a routine. The main characters face a monster. Someone close to them dies, but they manage to escape every time. They get into a fight over why they fight monsters. A few episodes later, they make up and fight a new one. Sounds boring, right?

Well, yeah, but it’s also what’s kept CW’s “Supernatural” on the air for 13 seasons. The fantasy-horror series has managed to keep a wide audience long after its originally planned five-season arc, mainly through fan dedication and the show’s knack for strange, genre-swapping episodes, like this most recent episode.

This week, the Winchesters ended up in the “Scooby-Doo” universe: Switching the usual drama for animated hijinks, the episode was highly anticipated because of how unusual it was and has since received positive receptive from fans and critics for the change of pace.
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