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Composer John Powell to Receive Top Honor at Ascap Screen Awards

Composer John Powell to Receive Top Honor at Ascap Screen Awards
Composer John Powell will receive Ascap’s top honor, the Henry Mancini Award, at the performance rights organization’s annual Screen Awards. The event is scheduled for May 23 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers made the announcement on Thursday.

Powell, 54, is a veteran film composer who was Oscar-nominated for his 2010 score for “How to Train Your Dragon,” but is equally well-known for his propulsive action scores for the four “Bourne” movies starring Matt Damon. He recently scored “Ferdinand” and is currently finishing “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” the second stand-alone film in the current “Star Wars” franchise.

His other films include the original “Shrek” (with Harry Gregson-Williams), three films in the “Ice Age” series, two “Happy Feet” and two “Rio” films, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” two “Kung Fu Panda” films (with Hans Zimmer),” “Hancock” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2.
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‘Coco’ Wins Academy Award for Best Animated Feature

Pixar was back in the Academy spotlight Sunday night, with their most recent film “Coco” winning the 2018 Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

Prior to Sunday night’s Academy Awards, Pixar films had made up half of all winners in the category, which dates back to 2001. Throw in the wins for “Frozen,” “Zootopia,” and “Big Hero 6” and the award hasn’t gone to a Disney-affiliated production since Gore Verbinski’s “Rango” in 2011.

Accepting the second Oscar of his career, co-director Lee Unkrich said, “The biggest thank you of all to the people of Mexico. ‘Coco’ would not exist without your endlessly beautiful culture and traditions. With ‘Coco,’ we tried to take a step forward toward a world where all children can grow up seeing characters in movies that look and talk and live like they do. Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. Representation matters.”

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Snowpiercer series gets Orphan Black co-creator as new showrunner

Last month the Snowpiercer TV series for TNT lost its showrunner Josh Friedman due to creative differences and began searching for a new showrunner. That search is now over according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Graeme Manson, co-creator of the hit sci-fi series Orphan Black, which recently concluded its final season, has boarded Snowpiercer as the new showrunner.

“Graeme’s extensive background in the sci-fi genre coupled with his brilliant work behind Orphan Black made him the perfect choice for this series,” said Sarah Aubrey, Evp original programming at TNT. “He is the best conductor to navigate the thought provoking and delicate themes of the series while bringing this frozen, futuristic world to life.”

“I’ve been a tremendous fan of Graeme’s work and his creative vision aligns perfectly with shaping the Snowpiercer world for a television audience,” said Marty Adelstein, executive producer and CEO of Tomorrow Studios.

Snowpiercer takes
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How 'Ferdinand' Brought an Authentic Spanish Bullring to the Big Screen

During a research trip to Spain for Fox/Blue Sky’s Ferdinand, Brazilian director Carlos Saldanha found inspiration, not only for the animated feature’s production design, but also for his title character — a gentle bull (voiced by John Cena) who would rather smell the flowers than fight — when he found himself recoiling at the sight of a bullfight.

The film has garnered Blue Sky’s first Academy Award nomination since 2002’s Ice Age, which was directed by Chris Wedge with Saldanha as co-director. Ferdinand also marks the second Oscar nom for Saldanha, who was cited in 2004 for Gone Nutty, an...
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Serena Ryder Pulls Adorable Little Girl On Stage At Calgary Concert

  • ET Canada
Serena Ryder made the day of an adorable fan dancing in the audience at her Calgary concert. The Canadian singer noticed young Rose in the front row enjoying Ryder’s hit “Ice Age” before bringing her onstage for the ultimate fan experience. Related: Watch: Serena Ryder Melts The ‘Ice Age’ Away With Heartwarming Music Video Rose’s mom, Jen
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Super Mario Bros. creator on Nintendo getting back into the movie business

Nintendo has been extremely protective of its various IPs when it comes to screen adaptations since the disastrous release of 1993’s Super Mario Bros. live-action movie, so it came as quite the surprise when it was announced that the video game giant is teaming up with Illumination Entertainment to bring Mario back to the big screen with an animated film.

Speaking to Bleeding Cool, Nintendo’s co-Representative Director Shigeru Miyamoto has explained what convinced them to partner up with Illumination Entertainment – the company behind the likes of Despicable Me, Minions and The Secret Life of Pets – and dip their toes back into the movie business once more:

“I’ve been considering an animated film for many years now,” said Miyamoto. “There has long been talk that Nintendo could make a movie because ‘making a game is like making a movie.’ But they are completely different to me. Interactive experiences are completely different from non-interactive media,
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Pasek and Paul to Write Songs for Blue Sky’s First Animated Musical (Exclusive)

Pasek and Paul to Write Songs for Blue Sky’s First Animated Musical (Exclusive)
Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul will write the songs for an upcoming Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios project, Variety has learned. The family film has the working title “Foster” and will reunite the musical duo with their “La La Land” producer Marc Platt.

The project is an adventure film that centers on a young super fan who isn’t satisfied with the ending to a series of fantasy books. After he seeks out the author to voice his displeasure, the pair finds themselves transported into a mystical world.

“It’s a heartfelt journey through this huge imagined world,” said Fox Animation co-president Andrea Miloro.

Karen Disher (“Daria”) and Steve Martino (“The Peanuts Movie”) will co-direct the picture from a script by Tim Federle (“Ferdinand”). It hits theaters on March 5, 2021. In addition to “La La Land,” Pasek & Paul created the Tony-winning Broadway smash “Dear Evan Hansen” and wrote the original music for “The Greatest Showman.” They
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Steven Soderbergh teams with Studio 8 for Planet Kill

Deadline is reporting that Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 has snapped up a pitch from Steven Soderbergh for an action thriller entitled Planet Kill, which Soderbergh will produce and potentially direct.

Details on the project are being kept tightly under wraps, but the story has been created by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion) and James Greer, the latter of whom penned Soderbergh’s latest feature, the iPhone-shot psychological thriller Unsane, which is set for release in March and stars The Crown’s Claire Foy alongside Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins and Amy Irving [watch the first trailer here].

In addition to Planet Kill, Studio 8 has several other projects incoming, including the Ice Age survival thriller Alpha, and the Yann Demange-directed White Boy Rick.

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Ology Book Series Is Becoming a Paramount Movie Franchise

In a world where Disney seems to be dominating the market of shared universes and epic sagas, Paramount has set its sights on developing the Ology book series into a new movie franchise. According to a new report, Paramount is currently adapting the 13-book series with a group of A-list screenwriters under producer Akiva Goldsman's Weed Road banner. The best-selling children's book series by Dugald Steer started in 2003 and saw the first book in the series, Dragonology, stay on the New York Times Children's Best Sellers for a staggering 76 weeks.

Paramount has brought in Jeff Pinkler (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon, Lindsey Beer (King Killer), Joe Robert Cole (Black Panther), Nicole Pearlman (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel), and Christina Hodson (Bumblebee) to start the writing process for the Ology movies. The names alone on this list of book titles, which include Spyology,
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Examining Paramount Pictures' franchise slate

Mark Harrison Jan 30, 2018

Paramount Pictures has faced a tougher time than most studios of late. What, though, does it have planned next?

In any given year, the top ten highest grossing films at the worldwide box office are mostly made up of franchise films or adaptations of existing intellectual property. Around the world, the movie business is a franchise game right now, and of the traditional 'big six' studios, Paramount Pictures seems to be falling behind its rivals.

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After an almost unbroken string of box office flops and underperformers in 2017, the studio has recently been in the news after selling international distribution rights to Alex Garland's hotly anticipated second feature Annihilation to Netflix, and are reportedly looking to do the same on the long delayed third Cloverfield film.

To briefly take inventory of their competition's big hitters,
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Snowpiercer TV series loses its showrunner

Earlier this month it was reported that TNT has given the green light to a full series based upon Bong Joon Ho’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi Snowpiercer, but now comes word that the network will need to find a new showrunner.

Variety is reporting that Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Emerald City) has exited the project due to creative differences. In addition to serving as showrunner, Friedman was executive producing the series, and also penned the pilot, directed by Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange).

Snowpiercer takes place seven years after a new Ice Age has descended upon the world, with the survivors living on a gigantic train that constantly circles the globe. The series stars Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner, Susan Park, Benjamin Haigh, Sasha Frolova, Katie McGuinness, Alison Wright, Annalise Basso, Sam Otto, Roberto Urbina, Sheila Vand, and Lena Hall.

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‘Early Man’ Film Review: Aardman Scores a Rare Whiff With Caveman Soccer Story

  • The Wrap
Britain’s Aardman ranks alongside Pixar and Studio Ghibli as one of this generation’s greatest animation studios, from early shorts like “Creature Comforts” to the ongoing adventures of Shaun the Sheep and Wallace & Gromit to such beloved features as “Chicken Run” and “Arthur Christmas.” So it’s more than a little disappointing that Aardman’s latest, “Early Man,” is so crushingly mediocre. When a studio has made some of the finest animation in the history of cinema, it’s quite a letdown to describe their new movie as better than the “Ice Age” series but not quite up to “The Croods.” Like those other...
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Jack Black Will Return in Goosebumps 2, New Release Date Announced

Sony's Goosebumps 2 appears to finally be coming together as the sequel has just been given a new release date by the studio. The Goosebumps sequel is now set to arrive on October 12, 2018 as opposed to September 12, 2018. There are a few likely reasons for the move, but the movie coming out closer to Halloween will likely provide an advantage at the box office as a family-friendly option. It's also now being reported that Jack Black will return in the sequel, despite other reports stating that he may not be back at all.

The House With the Clocks on the Wall is set to arrive on September 12, which also stars Jack Black. If Goosebumps 2 had kept its original release date, Black would have been competing against himself at the box office. That wasn't a great option for Sony or Universal, so the release date move makes sense for that reason as well.
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"Alpha" - Brother Wolf

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Sneak Peek footage, plus images from the upcoming 'caveman' feature "Alpha", directed by Albert Hughes, starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela and Jens Hultén, opening March 2, 2018:

"..during the last great 'Ice Age', while on his first hunt with his tribe's most elite group, a young man is injured and left for dead. 

"Awakening to find himself broken and alone -- he must learn to survive and navigate the harsh and unforgiving wilderness.

"Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies...

"...enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before the deadly winter arrives..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Alpha"...
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Film Review: Delightful ‘Ferdinand’ Keeps it Simple & Funny

Chicago – Like the repeat tenets of real estate, good animated films come down to story, story, story. And ‘Ferdinand,’ an older children’s tale adapted to modern audiences, combines a gentle source narrative with palatable visual and cartoon jokes. It’s fun for the whole family!

Rating: 3.5/5.0

The story of Ferdinand the Bull has roots in 1936, when an old timey writer of children’s books, Munro Leaf (who also wrote “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”), chronicled the scenario of a physically-strong-yet-gentle bull, who would rather sniff flowers than fight in the bullring. Three screenwriters – usually a red flag – adapted the story for modern kid audiences, yet maintained the gentleness and humor associated with it (the film is produced by Blue Sky Animation, the creators of the Ice Age series). Strong voice characterizations also make it work, including ex-WWE wrestler John Cena as the title character. The antics in the film
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Ferdinand review – gently subversive animation

A flower-sniffing bull goes on a journey of self-discovery in this fun adaptation of a 30s children’s book

Based on Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson’s 1936 children’s book The Story of Ferdinand, this gently subversive Madrid-set feature from animation studio Blue Sky and frequent collaborator Carlos Saldanha (the Ice Age films, Rio) follows an adorable, flower-sniffing bull named Ferdinand. “Is it Ok if that’s not my dream?” the baby bull asks his father of fighting. When he discovers that he has no choice, Ferdinand scarpers, hoofing it to a flower farm, where he befriends a human girl and her shaggy sheepdog. Ferdinand’s passivity (and flower obsession) isn’t explicitly coded as queer, though the film hints that this might be the case.

Either way, Ferdinand celebrates his mild temperament and non-confrontational masculinity, which remain unchanged as his bull’s body grows resplendently large. The adult Ferdinand
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Return of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"

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As The Walt Disney Co. continues to buy up popular movie/TV content for the 'DisneyLife' streaming service, take a look at some of the brands the studio will now control and develop through their recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox entertainment assets, including "Buffy The Vampire Slayer":

Besides "Buffy", other brands for streaming and development include "Alien","Planet Of The Apes"...

..."The Simpsons", "Die Hard", Independence Day", "Kingsman", "Family Guy", "The X-Files", "Avatar", "Predator"...

..."Ice Age", "Wolverine"...

..."Goosebumps", "American Dad:, "American Horror Story", "Deadpool", "Fantastic Four"...

..."Fargo", "The Fly", "Futurama"...

..."Home Alone", "Homeland", "M*A*S*H.", "Night at the Museum:, "The Omen", "The Peanuts Movie", "Romancing the Stone", "X-Men"...

...and whole lot more...

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"Buffy The Vampire Slayer" Comic Books
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John Cena Talks Animated Role in 'Ferdinand' & 'Bumblebee' Movie

  • CineMovie
John Cena takes the bull by the horns as the voice of Ferdinand the bull in Blue Sky Studios' (Ice Age) animated family film, FerdinandJohn Cena knows a thing or two about performing in the ring so the tough-looking guy was a perfect match to play kind-hearted bull who wants to smell the flowers instead of being in the bull fighting ring. The WWE wrestler and actor talked to CineMovie about his animated role, and his next role in the Transformers spinoff, Bumblebee.

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'Ferdinand': Meet the Voices Behind Each Animated Character

'Ferdinand': Meet the Voices Behind Each Animated Character
Ferdinand, from the creators of Ice Age and Rio, tells the story of a gentle bull who is taken from his human family and forced to join a Spanish bullfighting ring. Voiced by John Cena, Ferdinand goes on a journey to escape and return home with the help of a mix of bulls, hedgehogs and a goat. 

Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Anthony Anderson and more voice Ferdinand's animal friends in the film, along with original music from Nick Jonas

Below, read more about the cast of Ferdinand, which will hit theaters Dec. 15. 

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Fox Deal Gives Disney Princesses a Bunch of New Recruits

Fox Deal Gives Disney Princesses a Bunch of New Recruits
News of Disney acquiring 21st Century Fox has been sending shockwaves throughout the entertainment industry since reports began to surface nearly a month ago. And now it's official, which means that the Disney princesses have to make room in the castle for some brand-new princesses that are moving in from Fox. Many fans have focused more on the expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and whether or not Deadpool will retain his brutal verbal skills over at the House of Mouse, so the new princesses have flown under the radar. But the time is right to recognize the new Disney royalty recruits.

Though not a traditional princess, Alien's Ellen Ripley should be allowed in just for being a kick ass hero, a new kind of gritty princess that isn't scared to get her hands dirty or fire some blasters. She can hang out with Princess Leia and Captain Phasma when there's nothing pressing going on.
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