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Netflix comings and goings: Donald Trump parody in, 'Tmnt' out

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Netflix comings and goings: Donald Trump parody in, 'Tmnt' out
Summer is coming to an end and the 2016-17 TV season is just around the corner (not to mention football and more football). So it’s a good time to cram in a whole collection of shows and movies on Netflix before your schedule gets so full you won’t know what to do with yourself. Some exciting additions are a couple Fast and Furious movies, No Country for Old Men and Funny Or Die Presents: Donald Trump’s Art of the Deal: The Movie, which stars Jonny Depp as Trump. Check out the list. Find a comfortable spot and begin watching. New to Netflix August 1 The American Side An Inconvenient Truth Apex: The Story of the Hypercar Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure Big Daddy Black Widow Critical Condition Deadfall Destination: Team USA Funny Or Die Presents: Donald Trump’s Art of the Deal: The Movie The Family Man The Fast and the Furious
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All These Movies Are Disappearing From Netflix in August

Something terrible is happening: Netflix is getting rid of a bunch of stuff. Sure, the company cleans house a bit every month, but this time, a ton of good stuff is disappearing. Charlie's Angels, Addams Family Values, The Sandlot - all gone! Even Wish Upon a Star is leaving. Aug. 1 will be a sad day indeed. Don't be blindsided, prepare yourself with this list, and take a look at all the movies coming to Netflix in August. Expiring Aug. 1 Addams Family Values The Best Man Bowfinger The Gabby Douglas Story Jennifer 8 Johnny English The Nutty Professor The Replacements Roseanne Collection: Collection 2 Rugrats Go Wild The Sandlot Suspect Zero Teen Witch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Vampire in Brooklyn Where the Red Fern Grows The Wild Thornberrys Movie Expiring Aug. 11 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Expiring Aug. 15 Charlie's Angels Expiring Aug. 16 Inside Man Wish Upon a Star Expiring Aug. 27 The Pursuit of Happyness Expiring Aug.
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Rugrats, Ren & Stimpy, The Angry Beavers and more coming together for NickToons movie – Jared Hess to direct

Anyone of a certain age will have a particular fondness for the bizarre cast of characters from Nickelodeon’s NickToons line-up. It had been reported last year that Paramount were looking to bring these characters together for an Avengers/Justice League-style team-up, and now its being reported that they’ve found a director in the man behind Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre.

Jared Hess has been hired by Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures to helm the movie, which will bring together characters from Rugrats, Ren & Stimpy, The Angry Beavers, Aaaah! Real Monsters and Rocko’s Modern Life. At present these are the only titles involved, but Nickelodeon could always use characters from other franchises such as Doug, Hey! Arnold, CatDog and SpongeBob Square Pants. According to Deadline, the movie is set to be Paramount’s answer to Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

This is not the first time the cast of
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Jared Hess Set to Direct Nicktoons Crossover Movie for Nickelodeon Films

A few months ago it was announced that Nickelodeon Films and Paramount Pictures would be developing a live-action/animated crossover movie called Nicktoons. The film was originally pitched to the studio as “a Justice League or Avengers-esque team-up film,” but with classic characters from Nickelodeon's '90s cartoon series including Rugrats, Angry Beavers, Hey Arnold!, Rocko’s Modern Life, Doug, Ahh! Real Monsters, Ren and Stimpy, and more. The movie is sure to provide a nostalgia explosion for kids of the '90s.

According to Variety, the studio has hired Jared Hess to direct the film, which is a perfect choice. This is the guy who brought us films such as Napoleon Dynamite, Gentlemen Broncos, Nacho Libre, and more. He seems to have that strange, childlike wonder that we all enjoyed about these cartoon series, so I couldn't think of anyone better to take on the challenge of bringing them
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China's Original Force opens Us animation hub

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The Chinese animation studio has launched a Los Angeles-based production office and brought on industry veterans and longtime producing partners Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox.

Original Force president and founder Harley Zhao (pictured, centre) told guests at a party in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday evening that the company has started production on three features and will aim produce at least one CG film approximately every 18 months.

Rabins (pictured at far left) and Finkelman Cox (pictured at far right) will serve as co-presidents of Original Force Animation and are partners with Zhao on the newly launched animated feature division.

The new arrivals launched Sony Pictures Animation in 2002 and have deep ties to DreamWorks Animation. They have overseen such titles as Shrek, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and Open Season and have begun to assemble their team for the inaugural slate.

Meanwhile Peter Adee, formerly president of marketing at Universal Pictures and MGM, is consulting
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Original Force opens Us hub

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The Chinese animation studio has launched a Los Angeles-based production office and brought on industry veterans and longtime producing partners Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox.

Original Force president and founder Harley Zhao (pictured, centre) told guests at a party in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday evening that the company has started production on three features and will aim produce at least one CG film approximately every 18 months.

Rabins (pictured at far left) and Finkelman Cox (pictured at far right) will serve as co-presidents of Original Force Animation and are partners with Zhao on the newly launched animated feature division.

The new arrivals launched Sony Pictures Animation in 2002 and have deep ties to DreamWorks Animation. They have overseen such titles as Shrek, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and Open Season and have begun to assemble their team for the inaugural slate.

Meanwhile Peter Adee, formerly president of marketing at Universal Pictures and MGM, is consulting
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China’s Original Force Expands to Hollywood With Three Animated Films in Production

Chinese digital animation studio Original Force is expanding into Hollywood, opening a new motion picture division for its own projects and moving forward on the production of three animated films, Original Force founder Harley Zhao announced at a launch party at L.A. Live’s Triple8 China Bar & Grill on Aug. 12.

Original Force Animation has opened production offices in Culver City headed up by animation production veterans Penney Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins. Finkelman Cox and Rabins have worked together on such hit films as “Shrek,” “Prince of Egypt,” “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” “Open Season” and “Surf’s Up.”

“There is no one more talented, skilled or experienced in leading animated films than Sandy and Penney,” said Zhao. “Each has had an extraordinary career, and their track record co-running DreamWorks Animation and Sony Pictures Animation has given them a completely unique perspective on building a contemporary animation studio from the ground up.
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18 great animated films unavailable on Blu-ray

Odd List Ryan Lambie 28 Apr 2014 - 06:21

From Japanese anime to Disney via stop-motion, here are 18 animated films that are mystifyingly unavailable on Blu-ray...

Not all movies need to be seen in HD, but if there's one type of filmmaking that regularly benefits from the Blu-ray format, it's animation. Let us cite one example at random: My Neighbour Totoro. Until fairly recently, the only copy we had on the shelf was an early, imported version on DVD, which was grainy and a little washed-out.

When Studio Canal issued Totoro on Blu-ray in 2012, the difference in image quality was little short of a revelation: Hayao Miyazaki's colours and fluid lines positively shimmered. In short, it was like seeing this fresh, sun-drenched film again for the first time.

The same could be said for so many other animated films, no matter what country they come from: in high-definition, we can truly
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Was 2013 a Better Summer at the Movies Than 2003?

Was 2013 a Better Summer at the Movies Than 2003?
It's finally Labor Day Weekend, which means the summer movie going season is officially closed for business starting this Monday. As summer winds down, and we head into September, many movie fans have made one thing very clear. They think this summer has been a complete wash! But is this summer any different than last summer, or the summer before that? How about a decade removed? Did we have bombs as big as The Lone Ranger, R.I.P.D. and After Earth ten years ago? (Yeah, we did, and it was called Gigli.)

We've decided to take a look at how this summer stacks up to a bygone era. Was 2003 a better year for movies? Or did we actually have it pretty good here in 2013 with Iron Man 3, Man of Steel and Elysium (just to name a few of the better one that have played out over the
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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Sherlock Holmes,’ ‘Alvin and The Chipmunks,’ & ‘Corman’s World’ Alternatives

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Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, and Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel.

This weekend a trio of song-singing chipmunks will do box office battle with a charming super sleuth and the ultimate Hollywood rebel. But if the weather outside’s too frightful for you to venture out, enjoy these selected streaming adventures that feature beguiling gumshoes, screwball siblings and brilliant and bizarre showbiz docs — all from the comfort of your couch!

The to sequel Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes has the dapper detective (Robert Downey Jr.) and his devoted Watson (Jude Law) chasing down Holmes’ malevolent nemesis Moriarty (Jared Harris). Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams co-star.

Screen Sherlocks through the ages:

Sherlock Holmes: Dressed to Kill (1946) Basil Rathbone,
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Robert Rodriguez On His Scratch-And-Sniff 'Spy Kids'

Robert Rodriguez On His Scratch-And-Sniff 'Spy Kids'
Los Angeles -- Robert Rodriguez deliberately tried to make his latest "Spy Kids" adventure a bit of a stinker.

Rodriguez, who helped usher in the new age of 3-D movies with the franchise's third installment in 2003, is billing "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World" as a 4-d flick, adding scent cards so audiences can follow along on the action with their noses.

Here's how it works: Viewers are given scratch-and-sniff cards with circles numbered 1 to 8. When a number appears on screen, they rub the corresponding circle on their cards, which give off a whiff matching what the characters are smelling.

Rodriguez calls his gimmick "Aroma-Scope." He tried it out at test screenings and found that children and parents had a good time with it.

"When it came time to do `Spy Kids 4,' I couldn't just go back and do 3-D like everybody else is now. I had to bring something extra,
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Cinema's 12 most over-used songs

Glen highlights the tracks that tend to get aired just a little too often in modern day movies...

There are quite literally millions of songs available on this planet called Earth, catering to all ages and tastes. But in spite of the vastness of this musical back catalogue, there seems to be a small percentage that crop up time and time again in films, depriving other songs of much deserved royalties.

In an attempt to encourage the movers and shakers of the movie industry (like they actually read this) to spread the love, I thought I’d highlight a few songs that have been over-used in the movies.

Just to clarify, I don’t necessarily hate the songs included (except Who Let The Dogs Out, but that’s not really a song). It’s just that I’ve heard enough of them in the movies, and think they should be
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'Spy Kids: All the Time in the World' to be shown in 'Aroma-scope'

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'Spy Kids: All the Time in the World' to be shown in 'Aroma-scope'
You may have noticed that the posters for the upcoming "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World" promise that the film will be shown in "4D." What's that, you ask? Well, with all apologies to Einstein, the fourth dimension is "Aromascope." Audiences will be given a free scratch-and-sniff card (along with their 3D glasses) at each screening. Onscreen cues will let viewers know which odor to sniff in order to interact more with the family adventure film. This gimmick has been done before, notably for 1960's "The Scent of Mystery," 2003's animated "Rugrats Go Wild" and, infamously, John Waters' 1981...
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Cleese, Curry flock to 'Valiant'

John Cleese and Tim Curry have joined the voice cast of Vanguard Animation's comedy feature film Valiant. Shrek's John H. Williams is producing, while Gary Chapman is directing. The animated comedy, in production, tells the story of a lowly wood pigeon named Valiant, who overcomes his small size to become a hero in Great Britain's Royal Air Force Homing Pigeon Service during World War II. Cleese plays an Allied pigeon who gets trapped behind enemy lines, while Curry is devoted to the pigeons' destruction as part of the enemy's Falcon Brigade. The production already boasts the voice talents of Ewan McGregor, Ben Kingsley, Jim Broadbent, Rupert Everett, Hugh Laurie, John Hurt and Ricky Gervais. The Walt Disney Co.'s Buena Vista is distributing the picture in North America, while Odyssey Entertainment in the United Kingdom is handling international distribution. Cleese, repped by CAA, is no stranger to animated voice work, having recently lent his voice to Shrek 2. Curry, repped by Innovative Artists, has recently been part of the voice casts of Rugrats Go Wild!, The Wild Thornberrys Movie and Rugrats in Paris.

Disney leads ani Oscar list

The Walt Disney Co. dominates the list of this year's Oscar-eligible animated features, fielding four of the 11 eligible entries with its releases, which include the Pixar-produced Finding Nemo, Brother Bear, The Jungle Book 2 and Piglet's Big Movie. But while Disney scored on the distribution front, anime director Satoshi Kon enjoyed the distinction of being the only director with two eligible films. He is represented by the DreamWorks-distributed Millennium Actress and the upcoming Samuel Goldwyn Films/IDP release Tokyo Godfathers. Rounding out the list of eligible films, which were announced Wednesday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, are Warner Bros. Pictures' live-action/animated combo Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Paramount Pictures/Nickelodeon's Rugrats Go Wild, Miramax Films' Pokemon Heroes, Sony Pictures Classics' The Triplets of Belleville and the German-produced Jester Till.

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