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‘The Monkey Prince’ Hatched by China’s Bona and Japan’s Toei Animation

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China’s Bona Film and Japan’s Toei Animation have teamed to develop and co-produce big-budget English-language animation feature, “The Monkey Prince.” The film, which has already been in early preparation since 2015 is pitched as “a Chinese legend, mixed with Hollywood story-telling, and Japanese animation.”

John A Davis will direct from a script by David Stem and David N. Weiss, as an adaptation on the oft-told “Monkey King” story. Co-creator isNaoto Oshima (“Jimmy Neutron”) and Craig Elliot as head of design. Production is by Chuck Williams.

The picture also involves Japanese production company Sola Entertainment, Sammy and Marza Animation, Taiwan-based A Really Good Film Company, which is a run by Bona executive VP Jeffrey Chan and is an affiliate of Bona. Details of the project were announced Wednesday at Tiffcom, on the margins of the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Other financiers may be brought in to compete the $30 million budget.
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Oscars flashback: ‘The Incredibles’ edged out ‘Shrek 2’ for Best Animated Feature

Oscars flashback: ‘The Incredibles’ edged out ‘Shrek 2’ for Best Animated Feature
It took 14 years after the smash success of “The Incredibles” for the sequel to appear but the wait was worth it. This continuation of the story was well-received by both critics (93 at Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences ($1.1 billion and counting). Can it parlay this success into an Oscar for Best Animated Feature?

The original film did just that, winning a tight race against “Shrek 2,” the sequel to the film that had won this award in its inaugural year (2001), and the box office smash “Shark Tale.” The latter was a surprise nominee, given that it merited a mere 35 score at Rotten Tomatoes. But it boasted an all-star voice cast including Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, Renee Zellweger and Martin Scorsese. And it’s jukebox musical style made it one of the catchiest flicks of the year.

Shrek 2” hit theaters just two years after the original film won the
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Ant-Man Director Wanted Rick Moranis in the First Movie

Ant-Man Director Wanted Rick Moranis in the First Movie
When preparing for the Ant-Man project, director Peyton Reed started watching all of the movies with shrinking in them that he could find. When he got to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, he immediately thought of a Rick Moranis cameo. Reed is currently out doing press for the recently released Ant-Man and the Wasp, which opened at number one at the box office over the weekend, becoming the 20th consecutive Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to go to number one.

In a new interview, Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed talked about originally wanting Rick Moranis to cameo in the first film. Moranis has largely retired from acting, though he has done some voice work over the years, most recently lending his voice to The Goldbergs TV series, reprising his role as Dark Helmet from Spaceballs. He has also worked with Disney on the Brother Bear franchise as well. Reed
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Stephen Chow Developing Epic ‘Monkey King’ With Pearl Studio

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Stephen Chow Developing Epic ‘Monkey King’ With Pearl Studio
Annecy, France — Legendary Chinese director Stephen Chow, the man behind 2004’s dark-horse hit “Kung Fu Hustle,” is in development on ‘The Monkey King’ with Pearl Studio, the Shanghai-based animation company announced Thursday at the Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival.

The studio also unveiled that young actor Albert Tsai, Tensing Norgay Trainor, the grandson of Tensing Norgay, the first man to reach the summit of Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary, and Tsai Chin will be joining “Agents of Shield’s” Chloe Bennet in its upcoming feature “Abominable.”

The announcements came as Pearl detailed its upcoming slate of animated feature productions, backstory and ambitions, straight from the mouths of animation legends Jill Culton and Glen Keane.

The Monkey King” is penned by animated-animal feature experts Ron Friedman and Steve Bencich, whose past credits include “Brother Bear” and “Chicken Little.” The film is an effort to bring to the world, a character described
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China’s Pearl Studio Teams With Stephen Chow For Animated ‘Monkey King’, Cast Set For ‘Abominable’

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China’s Pearl Studio Teams With Stephen Chow For Animated ‘Monkey King’, Cast Set For ‘Abominable’
Shanghai-based Pearl Studio, formerly Oriental DreamWorks, is teaming up with Kung Fu Hustle and The Mermaid director Stephen Chow to develop an animated feature version of Chinese box office smash The Monkey King ‘for a worldwide audience’.

Chow’s involvement was announced today at animation festival Annecy in France and represents an exciting collaboration for Pearl, which previously co-produced Kung Fu Panda 3. Chow has not been set as director.

The animation update, adapted from the classic Monkey King legend about a monkey who gains supernatural powers, is being written by Ron Friedman and Steve Bencich, whose credits include Brother Bear and Chicken Little.

Multi-hyphenate Chow’s directing credits include The Mermaid and Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons, both of which shattered Middle Kingdom box office records, as well as action-comedy Kung Fu Hustle, which grossed more than $100M worldwide as well as BAFTA and Golden Globe noms.

“Stephen
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Stephen Chow developing 'The Monkey King' animation for Pearl Studio

Stephen Chow developing 'The Monkey King' animation for Pearl Studio
Abominable, Over The Moon also on Chinese company’s slate.

Stephen Chow is developing an epic animated adventure based on The Monkey King myth for China’s Pearl Studio, it emerged at Annecy International Animated Film Festival on Thursday (June 14).

Chow, whose credits include Chinese box office smashes The Mermaid and Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons as well as global hit Kung Fu Hustle, is collaborating with Ron Friedman and Steve Bencich, who were among the writing teams on Brother Bear and Chicken Little.

“Stephen Chow is the perfect creative partner to develop The Monkey King with Pearl Studio,
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Rick Moranis Is Returning to TV for His First Acting Role in 11 Years

It's been a while, Rick Moranis! The Canadian comedian — famous for his roles in Ghostbusters, The Flintstones, and the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids films — is returning to our screens for the first time in 11 years. He'll reprise his Spaceballs character, the Darth Vader parody Dark Helmet, in the Wednesday, May 9 episode of ABC's 1980s-set sitcom The Goldbergs. The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg is thrilled by the casting coup. "I truly think Rick Moranis gave the most underrated and brilliant comedic performance in any '80s movie as Dark Helmet," Goldberg told ScreenCrush. "I've been a lifelong fan of his work and became obsessed with having him reprise the role on my show. As an added bonus, maybe this even gets Spaceballs back in the conversation and I can get my dream of helping make a sequel." via Giphy Granted, this Goldbergs gig is just a voice role
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Rick Moranis to Reprise ‘Spaceballs’ Villain in First Acting Role in 11 Years

Rick Moranis to Reprise ‘Spaceballs’ Villain in First Acting Role in 11 Years
Rick Moranis is returning to acting for the first time since appearing in the 2007 television special “Rob & Doug McKenzie’s Two-Four Anniversary,” and he’s doing so by reprising one of his most famous comedic creations: Dark Helmet from “Spaceballs.” The actor will resurrect his Darth Vader knockoff for a cameo appearance in the May 9 episode of ABC’s sitcom “The Goldbergs.” Moranis’ voice will be featured as Dark Helmet.

“I truly think Rick Moranis gave the most underrated and brilliant comedic performance in any 80s movie as Dark Helmet,” “Goldbergs” creator Adam F. Goldberg told ScreenCrush. “I’ve been a lifelong fan of his work and became obsessed with having him reprise the role on my show. As an added bonus, maybe this even gets ‘Spaceballs’ back in the conversation and I can get my dream of helping make a sequel.”

While Moranis’ “Goldbergs” appearance is only a voice role,
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Daniel Day-Lewis and 11 Other Movie Stars Who Walked Away From Successful Careers

Daniel Day-Lewis and 11 Other Movie Stars Who Walked Away From Successful Careers
After winning three Academy Awards and establishing himself as one of the world's greatest living actors, Daniel Day-Lewis issued a statement last week announcing that he was retiring from acting, and that the film he recently completed, director Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, would be his last film performance.

The decision came as a shock to fans of the 60-year-old actor and father of three, many of whom feel like he has a lot more to offer in the way of brilliant performances. However, he's far from the first star to retire before his or her time. Here's a look at just a few major stars, throughout the history of Hollywood, who have walked away from their careers in search of something different.

Watch: Daniel Day-Lewis Announces Retirement From Acting, Final Film 'Phantom Thread' to Premiere This Christmas

1. Sean Connery

20th Century Fox

After a long career playing everything from James Bond to romantic leads, Connery
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Lilo & Stitch Turns 15: Can You Find 22 Easter Eggs and Hidden Mickeys?

Lilo & Stitch Turns 15: Can You Find 22 Easter Eggs and Hidden Mickeys?
Can you believe Lilo & Stitch is 15 years old? Walt Disney Feature Animation's instant classic surfed into theaters on June 21, 2002 and went on to earn $273.1 million at the global box office. Directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, the family film featured the voice talents of Zoe Caldwell, Tia Carrere, Daveigh Chase, Jason Scott Lee, Kevin McDonald, David Ogden Stiers, Ving Rhames and Kevin Michael Richardson. Lilo & Stitch was the second of three animated features produced primarily at Disney-mgm Studios in Walt Disney World near Orlando, after 1998's Mulan and before 2003's Brother Bear. The movie was so successful that a direct-to-video sequel, Stitch! The Movie, was released on...
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Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas Are Returning as Bob & Doug McKenzie in July

Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas Are Returning as Bob & Doug McKenzie in July
Rick Moranis doesn’t think of himself as retired, but with has last feature film performance being a voice in the 2003 animated feature Brother Bear (followed by a straight to video sequel), the Ghostbusters and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids star has certainly been out of the limelight for a long time now. That’s why […]

The post Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas Are Returning as Bob & Doug McKenzie in July appeared first on /Film.
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Disney's Frozen Won't Get a Live-Action Reboot Anytime Soon

Beauty and the Beast is in theaters this weekend, and it's the umpteenth time Disney has rebooted one of their animated classics with a live-action cast. The movie has already made bank it its opening day, and Disney isn't about to stop this trend anytime soon. There are live-action reboots of Aladdin, Dumbo, and the Little Mermaid all in various stages of production right now. And more are expected to be announced before the year is over. But there is one movie you can scratch off the list. And that's the 2013 blockbuster smash hit Frozen.

So you can stop sweating and worrying about whether Disney is going to give this fairy tale a humanized rebuff. Also off the list for any immediate Disney live-action reboot are the movies The Emperor's New Groove, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, Bolt and The Princess and the Frog. You can scratch Tangled and Big Hero 6 off that list.
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‘The Most Beautiful Shots in The History of Disney’ Highlights ‘Snow White,’ ‘Moana’ and Everything in Between — Watch

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‘The Most Beautiful Shots in The History of Disney’ Highlights ‘Snow White,’ ‘Moana’ and Everything in Between — Watch
Disney has its fair share of detractors, but few of them would point to the animation studio’s craft when criticizing the occasional sameness of its fairy tales and princess stories. Video essayist Jorge Luengo Ruiz has put together a six-minute video highlighting some of the best shots from more than 40 animated Disney offerings, from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” all the way to last year’s “Moana.” Both the video and a list of the featured movies are below. (via Film School Rejects)

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937)

“Pinocchio” (1940)

“Fantasia” (1940)

“Dumbo” (1941)

“Bambi” (1942)

“Cinderella” (1950)

Alice in Wonderland” (1951)

“Peter Pan” (1953)

Lady and the Tramp” (1955)

Sleeping Beauty” (1959)

One Hundred and One Dalmatians” (1961)

The Sword in the Stone” (1963)

The Jungle Book” (1967)

“The Aristocats” (1970)

“Robin Hood
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Movie Review – Moana (2016)

Moana, 2016.

Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.

Featuring the voice talents of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Alan Tudyk and Nicole Scherzinger.

Synopsis:

A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.

Ron Clements and John Musker largely define the millennials’ idea of Disney. Having directed The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Hercules, they are integral to the modern Disney catalogue. And for the last few years, co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams (Oscar-winners for Big Hero 6) have helped keep Disney on top of their game. As a group of creative minds, Moana was due to be a shining example of what Disney can do, and it most certainly is. It brings together all the right ingredients to maintain that winning formula. It isn’t attempting anything different,
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Today in Movie Culture: The Best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney's 'The Revenant' and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Movie Studio Showcase of the Day: Get pumped for Captain America: Civil War with this great supercut of the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (via Live for Films):   Casting Depiction of the Day: Speaking of the McU, Nathan Fillion was revealed this week to be playing Wonder Man in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, so here's BossLogic's depiction of what he could look like:   Reworked Movie of the Day: What if The Revenant was a Disney animated feature? It might look like this redone trailer using footage from Brother Bear (via Cinematic Montage Creators):   Location Vacation of the Day: Relax to the sights and sounds of Dagobah in this 94-minute...

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10 Easter Eggs Hidden in Disney Animated Movies

We've already talked today about the April Fools' Day video that Disney/Pixar released, but now ScreenRant has one that points out some of the Easter Eggs you might not have noticed in Disney animated features. I've never heard about a few of these (then again, I've never even seen Brother Bear, let alone heard it had a Finding Nemo connection), so maybe you'll learn something new. That's cool about the tie between Paperman and Wreck-It Ralph — I love both of those films.
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Igor Khait Dies: Veteran Animation Producer Was 52

Igor Khait, an animation producer whose credits include Gnomeo & Juliet and the upcoming feature Sing, died Monday of pancreatic cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 52. After launching his career at Amblin Entertainment in 1989, Khait served as production manager on the toon features Bebe's Kids (1992), Quest for Camelot (1998) and Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001). His next gig was as associate producer on Disney’s Brother Bear, which earned an Oscar nom for Best…
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Frozen Holiday Special to Air on ABC; Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel to Return

Frozen Holiday Special to Air on ABC; Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel to Return
For the first time in forever, Elsa, Anna and the gang are coming to the small screen.

ABC announced Tuesday that it will air an original animated Frozen special, serving as a follow-up to the insanely popular 2013 film.

RelatedFrozen‘s Olaf to Visit Sofia the First

The currently untitled project will once again feature the voices of Idina Menzel as Elsa, Kristen Bell as Anna, Jonathan Groff as Kristoff, Josh Gad as Olaf and Frank Welker as Sven.

This next chapter in the Frozen story will be directed by Emmy winners Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (Brother Bear) and
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The Ten Best Rick Moranis Movies

In 1997, actor Rick Moranis made the really respectful and admirable choice of leaving acting after his wife had passed away from cancer in order to focus more on raising their kids. Since he essentially “retired,” Moranis has done some voice acting in animated films like Brother Bear and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys, but he’s really been out of the limelight since hitting it big in the 80s and 90s with movies like Parenthood and, obviously, Ghostbusters. With the news coming out weeks ago that the creators of Ghostbusters want to make a third

The Ten Best Rick Moranis Movies
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Rick Moranis Passed on 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Cameo

Rick Moranis Passed on 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Cameo
When the highly-anticipated Ghostbusters reboot hits theaters next year, fans will get to see the original stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver in cameo roles, portraying completely different characters. One of the original stars who won't be coming back is Rick Moranis, who hasn't appeared in an on-screen role since 1997's Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. During a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor debunked rumors that he has retired, adding that Paul Feig offered him a cameo in his Ghostbusters reboot, but he wasn't interested.

"I wish them well. I hope it's terrific. But it just makes no sense to me. Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago? I took a break, which turned into a longer break. But I'm interested in anything that I would find interesting. I still get the occasional query about a film or television role,
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