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‘Transformers’ Sequel Cut From Paramount’s 2019 Release Slate

‘Transformers’ Sequel Cut From Paramount’s 2019 Release Slate
Paramount announced Wednesday that it has removed next year’s planned “Transformers” installment from its release slate.

The sequel to “Transformers: The Last Knight” had been scheduled for release on June 28, 2019. The sole “Transformers” film now left on Paramount’s slate is the spinoff “Bumblebee,” which will hit theaters this Christmas.

Last year, “The Last Knight” scored the lowest box office returns of any “Transformers” installment with $605 million worldwide against a $217 million production budget, including a franchise-low $130 million domestic cume. The birth and rise of Michael Bay’s series based on the classic Hasbro toy line was one of the signature achievements of Paramount’s late former CEO Brad Grey, who passed away last year.

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But the decline of the once critic-proof series over the course of this decade has run parallel
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Photos of New Coraline Magical Lego Garden, Vote to Help it Become an Official Set

Michael Comeau creates an otherworldly realm with his new "Coraline Magical Garden Lego" set based on Henry Selick's stop-motion film Coraline. Continue reading for photos, a video, and details on how to vote for this set on Lego Ideas to help it become a reality:

Coraline Magical Garden Lego Set: "Welcome to The Coraline Magical Garden! If you want this made into an official Lego set, please click the support button to vote! It is free and you are not obligated to buy the set if it is released in the future.

This Lego Ideas project was inspired by the movie Coraline. It is a great time for a Coraline Lego set because the movie will be having its 10-year anniversary soon. The Laika movie studio released Coraline as their first stop motion feature film in February of 2009. The movie was directed by the same director as Nightmare Before Christmas,
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‘ParaNorman’ Director Discovers the ‘Missing Link’

‘ParaNorman’ Director Discovers the ‘Missing Link’
Laika, the animation studio behind the Academy Award-nominated Kubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, and Coraline, announces its fifth and most ambitious film to date: Missing Link. “The charismatic Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman) considers himself to be the world’s foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is none of his small-minded high-society peers seems […]
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Laika Is Back: Beloved Animation Studio’s Fifth Film, ‘Missing Link,’ Embraces Acceptance and Belonging

Laika’s fifth film, “Missing Link,” will take a mature leap for the Oregon-based stop-motion studio, breaking free from Focus Features in a North American distribution alliance with Annapurna Pictures. It opens spring of 2019, as Laika President/CEO Travis Knight meets with international distributors at the Cannes Film Festival.

Missing Link” is a buddy comedy/adventure about explorer Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) and a Yeti named Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis), who embark on a global quest from the Pacific Northwest in search of the legendary Shangri-La, home of Link’s ancestry. They team up with adventurer Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), who possesses the only known map to their secret destination.

Once again, Laika embraces acceptance and belonging in its first movie not starring a child hero. Written and directed by Chris Butler (“ParaNorman”), “Missing Link” also features the voice talents of Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas,
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New Laika Movie Titled Missing Link; Image, Synopsis & Cast Revealed

Laika has announced its new stop-motion animated film is titled Missing Link. This will be the fifth animated movie released by the Coraline and Boxtrolls studio overall, as well as their third original film after ParaNorman and Kubo and the Two Strings. Mission Link is being written and directed by Chris Butler, who previously cowrote ParaNorman (which he also co-directed) and Kubo, and served as a storyboard supervisor on Coraline.
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Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson Join Laika’s ‘Missing Link’ (Exclusive)

Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson Join Laika’s ‘Missing Link’ (Exclusive)
Laika’s newest animated feature has added an official title, “Missing Link,” a projected release and a full key voice cast with Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson joining the already-announced Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis. Stuart Ford’s new Agc Intl. is handling foreign sales.

“Missing Link,” which unveiled the first photo in Cannes, is the first Laika title to be distributed in the U.S. by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures. Laika’s first four features — “Kubo and the Two Strings,” “The Boxtrolls,” “ParaNorman” and “Coraline” — were released by Universal/Focus Films. All received Academy Award nominations.

Directed by “ParaNorman’s” Chris Butler, “Missing Link” also stars Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Ching Valdez-Aran and Amrita Acharia. Annapurna has set a spring 2019 U.S. release.

Laika president-ceo Travis Knight, who will meet with foreign distributors at Cannes, describes “Missing Link” as achieving “something we’ve never
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Stuart Ford's Agc International boards Laika's 'Film Five' for sales

Agc will introduce the film, which includes Hugh Jackman in its voice cast, to international buyers in Cannes.

Animation studio Laika has partnered with Agc International on the feature Film Five, a comedy adventure that will launch foreign sales at next month’s Cannes Film Festival.

Agc International, the worldwide sales and distribution arm of Stuart Ford’s Agc Studios, will introduce the film to international buyers at Cannes, with an invitation-only screening of footage and discussion between Ford and Laika president and CEO Travis Knight.

Laika, the animation company behind such films as ParaNorman, Coraline and Oscar-nominated Kubo And The Two Strings,
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‘Bumblebee’ Director Travis Knight Wants to Make a Character-Driven ‘Transformers’ Film

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Under new CEO Jim Gianopulos, Paramount is trying to refresh their long-running “Transformers” franchise, and they have turned to Oscar-nominated animation director Travis Knight for the job with “Bumblebee.”

Knight’s stop-motion animated films at stop-motion animation studio Laika — including “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “Kubo and the Two Strings” — have earned critical acclaim, and now Knight is making his live action directorial debut with this “Transformers” spinoff.

At Paramount’s CinemaCon presentation in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Knight talked about how he grew up watching the “Transformers” animated series and playing with the toys, and that he wants to take what he learned about storytelling over the past decade and use it to show the world what the Autobots mean to him.

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“In my films at Laika, I always start with character, and with ‘Transformers,’ I wanted to emphasize what makes the series so famous to start with: character. And heart. And explosions. Lots and lots of explosions.”

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The new film takes place decades before the “Transformers” franchise, as a young, metal-loving teen named Charly (Hailee Steinfeld), discovers a beaten up yellow Vw Beetle in her garage. When she goes to inspect it, the car reveals itself to be a frightened Autobot, who cowers in the corner of the garage. He hasn’t gained the ability to talk, but Charly notes that the sounds he makes sound like a bumblebee, giving the future scout of Optimus Prime his famous name.

Bumblebee” also stars John Cena and Jorge Lendeborg and will hit theaters Dec. 21.

Read original story ‘Bumblebee’ Director Travis Knight Wants to Make a Character-Driven ‘Transformers’ Film At TheWrap
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Annapurna Pictures Will Release Laika’s Next Film, Which Stars Hugh Jackman and Zoe Saldana

Laika, the animation studio behind Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and their most recent movie Kubo and the Two Strings, has teamed up with Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures for their untitled fifth film, currently being referred to as “Film Five.” Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, and Zach Galifianakis will star, and ParaNorman director Chris Butler is at the […]

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Laika’s New Stop-Motion Film to Star Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, and Zach Galifianakis

Laika, the stop-motion animation studio behind the Academy Award-nominated Kubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, and Coraline, has announced its fifth film. The feature, which is currently being referred to as simply "Film Five," is in production at the studio and will be released in the U.S. by Annapurna Pictures. The announcement was made today by Laika President & CEO Travis Knight and Megan Ellison, Founder and CEO of Annapurna Pictures. International distribution will be handled by Agc International with plans to introduce the film to international distributors in Cannes via an invitation-only private …
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Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana to Star in Laika’s New Animated Feature for Annapurna

Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana to Star in Laika’s New Animated Feature for Annapurna
Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis will star in an untitled new animated movie from stop-motion studio Laika for Annapurna Pictures, the companies announced Wednesday.

Chris Butler, who directed the studio’s Oscar-nominated 2012 movie “ParaNorman,” will direct the globe-trotting comedy-adventure.

The film will be the Oregon-based studio’s fifth feature, following successes like “Coraline,” “The Boxtrolls” and “Kubo and the Two Strings.”

“Our next film represents an evolutionary shift for Laika,” Laika president and CEO Travis Knight said in a statement. “It’s an exciting bridge to our future. Director Chris Butler and the wizards at Laika have crafted a moving work of art, layered with wit and imagination and soul. Plus it’s really, really funny. It’s a privilege to partner with Megan [Ellison] and her exceptional team at Annapurna to bring this beautiful original story to the world.”

Annapurna founder Megan Ellison added, “We’re excited for the opportunity to collaborate with Travis and the amazing team at Laika. We appreciate their trust and look forward to having some fun together.”

Read original story Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana to Star in Laika’s New Animated Feature for Annapurna At TheWrap
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Laika Sets Next Animated Pic ‘Film Five’ For Annapurna Release

Laika, which put its last four animated films through Focus — Kubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, and Coraline — has moved its latest with Annapurna Pictures for U.S. release. Called Film Five, the pic features the voices of Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis. Pic’s in production with ParaNorman helmer Chris Butler. Laika President & CEO Travis Knight and Megan Ellison, Founder and CEO of Annapurna Pictures, made the…
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Hugh Jackman & Zoe Saldana Join Laika’s Next Stop-Motion Movie

Hugh Jackman and Zoe Saldana will be joining Laika’s next stop-motion movie. Following the studio’s success with films like Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings, Laika is scouting for new talent to voice their creations, and they’re starting with some familiar stars.

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Jackie Chan, China’s BaseFX Making ‘Wish Dragon’ for Sony Animation

Jackie Chan, China’s BaseFX Making ‘Wish Dragon’ for Sony Animation
Production is now under way on “Wish Dragon,” a major animated feature being made in China for Sony’s Columbia Pictures Film Production.

The film is a first feature for Base Animation, the new animation studio that is part of Beijing-based VFX firm BaseFX, and for Chinese super star Jackie Chan. Chan’s Sparkle Roll Media is a producer and co-investor, and Chan will voice characters in both the Chinese- and English-language versions of the finished picture.

The family-oriented film is being directed by Chris Appelhans (illustrator on “Coraline”) from his own original screenplay. The modern-day fairy tale picks up the moral challenges that emerge from the encounter between a boy and a dragon who is able to make wishes come true. Production is focused at Base’s new animation studio in Xiamen, southern China. The movie is targeting a 2019 theatrical release in China.

The U.S. voice cast includes
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‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ With Nicole Kidman & Elle Fanning Gets A New Trailer

A24 has released a brand new trailer for How To Talk To Girls At Parties, the new film from John Cameron Mitchell starring Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning. The film originally premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, but will land in cinemas across the country later this year.

From the raucous dual imaginations of fantasy laureate, Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Coraline) and glam-rock multi-hyphenate John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus) comes the electrifying and singular pop extravaganza film, How To Talk To Girls At Parties. Enn (Alex Sharp) is a shy suburban London teenager in 1977, sneaking out with his best friends to after-hours punk parties. One night they stumble upon a bizarre gathering of sexy teenagers who seem like they are from another planet. In fact, they are from another planet, visiting Earth to complete a mysterious rite of passage. That doesn’t stop Enn
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How to Talk to Girls at Parties gets a new trailer and poster

A new trailer and poster have debuted for John Cameron Mitchell’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s short story How to Talk to Girls at Parties. The sci-fi rom-com features a cast that includes Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, and Matt Lucas; check them out here…

From the raucous dual imaginations of fantasy laureate Neil Gaiman (“American Gods,” Coraline) and glam-rock multi-hyphenate John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus) comes the electrifying and singular pop extravaganza film, How to Talk to Girls at Parties. Enn (Alex Sharp) is a shy suburban London teenager in 1977, sneaking out with his best friends to after-hours punk parties. One night they stumble upon a bizarre gathering of sexy teenagers who seem like they are from another planet. In fact, they are from another planet, visiting Earth to complete a mysterious rite of passage. That doesn’t stop Enn
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‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’ Trailer: Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman Invade the Punk Scene

Writer-director John Cameron Mitchell (Rabbit Hole, Shortbus) is back this year, teaming with author Neil Gaiman, and a cast featuring Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, Nicole Kidman, and Ruth Wilson. After premiering at Cannes last year, How to Talk to Girls at Parties–following an alien who comes down to Earth and joins the punk scene–will be released by A24 this summer and they’ve unveiled a new trailer.

Featuring glitter, music, dance, and more in 1970s London, not to mention a decked-out extraterrestrial Kidman, it has the makings of a promising feature, but unfortunately we were quite disappointed at Cannes. “If How to Talk to Girls at Parties is what he perceived as a comeback vehicle, Mitchell made an ill-suited choice, as his latest film offers a thinly-sketched culture clash that misses the romanticism of its source material,” we said in our review.

Check out the trailer and poster below.
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Neil Gaiman to Produce Gormenghast TV Series Adaptation

Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman are joining forces to produce a TV series adaptation of the late Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast novels for FremantleMedia. Gaiman, of course, is a world renowned fantasy and horror author who made his name writing The Sandman comic books for DC’s Vertigo in the late 1980s and early ’90s, before going on to pen such acclaimed novels as American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has also ventured further into the pool of television in recent years, having written multiple Doctor Who episodes and produced the American Gods TV series for FremantleMedia and Starz.
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Shane Black’s The Predator Confirmed For 3D Release

3D was a fad, and it’s on the way out. There were a couple of films (Gravity, Life of Pi, Coraline, Cave of Forgotten Dreams and, of course, Avatar) for which it seemed absolutely crucial, but for the most part, it adds nothing to a movie other than the annoyance of having to wear silly plastic glasses.

Frankly, the novelty wore off a pretty long time ago, something borne out by the death of 3D televisions and the gradual reduction in 3D screenings for major blockbusters. All this makes the news that Shane Black’s take on the galaxy’s fiercest big game hunter – The Predator – is due to get a 3D post-conversion a bit underwhelming.

I guess the Predator’s signature triple-laser sight sweeping through the smoky night could look pretty cool in 3D, and it might make some of the action scenes a little more visceral – especially
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Dakota Fanning In "C"

Take a look at new images of actress Dakota Fanning ("The Alienist") in the April 2018 issue of "C" magazine, wearing Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and a whole lot more, photographed by Zoey Grossman:

Fanning's performance in the feature "I Am Sam" (2001) earned her a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award at age eight, followed by roles as a child actress in "Man on Fire" (2004), "War of the Worlds" (2005) and "Charlotte's Web" (2006).

Fanning transitioned to more mature roles including "Hounddog" (2007) and "The Secret Life of Bees" (2008). Her recent film roles have included "Coraline" (2009), "The Runaways" (2010), "The Motel Life" (2013) and "The Twilight Saga" (2009–12).

Her modeling work started in 2009 for various fashion magazines including "Elle", "Vanity Fair" and "Cosmopolitan".

Fanning's upcoming film work includes "The Bell Jar" directed by Kirsten Dunst, followed by "Ocean's Eight" (2018) and her role in the TV series "The Alienist".

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Dakota Fanning.
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