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Tye Sheridan, YouTube Star Liza Koshy to Lend Voices to Vr Short 'Crow: The Legend' (Exclusive)

Tye Sheridan, YouTube Star Liza Koshy to Lend Voices to Vr Short 'Crow: The Legend' (Exclusive)
Ready Player One star Tye Sheridan and YouTube personality-turned-actress Liza Koshy will voice-star in Crow: The Legend, an ambitious animated virtual-reality short from Boabab Studios, the company behind Vr movies Invasion! and Asteroids!

Native Americans in Philanthropy CEO Sarah Eagle Heart is also joining the cast of the project, which is being executive produced by John Legend.

Eric Darnell, the Boabab co-founder who previously co-directed the Madagascar movies, wrote the script and is helming.

Crow: The Legend is inspired by the Native American folktale of the origin of the crow. Legend will voice the titular character, a brilliantly plumed bird...
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Sacha Baron Cohen to play Israeli Spy Eli Cohen in Netflix The Spy

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Sacha Baron Cohen has been cast in the Netflix limited series The Spy; a six-episode series based on the real-life legendary Israeli Spy, Eli Cohen who will be played by Cohen.

The series is written and directed by Gideon Raff, creator of the Israeli drama Prisoners of War on which Showtime’s Homeland was based, The Spy tells the story of legendary Israeli spy Eli Cohen (Baron Cohen).

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Eli Cohen lived in Damascus undercover in the beginning of the ’60s, spying for Israel. He managed to embed himself into Syrian high society and rise through the ranks of their politics until he was uncovered by the Syrian regime, sentenced to death and publicly hanged in a Damascus square in 1965. Cohen is considered a national hero in Israel. His actions, connections and immense sacrifice have had lasting consequences, shaping the Middle East of today.
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Sacha Baron Cohen to Star in Netflix Drama ‘The Spy’

Sacha Baron Cohen to Star in Netflix Drama ‘The Spy’
Sacha Baron Cohen has been cast in the lead role of the Netflix limited series “The Spy,” Variety has learned.

The six-episode series tells the story of Eli Cohen, a spy for Israel in Syria in the early 1960s. Cohen managed to embed himself into Syrian high society and rise through the ranks of their politics. His actions, connections, ultimately his death have had lasting consequences, shaping the Middle East as it is today.

Baron Cohen currently appears in the Netflix special “Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity,” which launched globally on Netflix on April 6. This will mark his first
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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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Cedric the Entertainer Joins CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Welcome to the Neighborhood’

Cedric the Entertainer Joins CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Welcome to the Neighborhood’
Cedric the Entertainer has signed on to star in and executive produce the CBS multi-camera comedy pilot “Welcome to the Neighborhood,” Variety has learned.

Formerly known as “Here Comes the Neighborhood,” the project follows the nicest guy in the Midwest, who moves his family into a tough neighborhood in L.A. where not everyone appreciates his extreme neighborliness.

Cedric will play Calvin, the next door neighbor to the Johnson family, whom he regards with disdain and as a pack of interlopers. Described as a natural contrarian, acerbic, even downright misanthropic, Calvin thinks these people will upset the delicate balance that exists in his neighborhood.
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Skydance Media Boosts Animation Division With New Hires (Exclusive)

Skydance Media Boosts Animation Division With New Hires (Exclusive)
David Ellison’s Skydance Media is boosting its year-old animated division with the addition of four new executives, Variety has learned exclusively.

Bill Damaschke, president of animation and family entertainment, named Holly Edwards as head of production, animation; Kim Mackey as head of talent acquisitions and talent development; Jessie Carbonaro as director of talent acquisitions and talent development; and Matthew Burke as director of finance.

“With this accomplished team in place, Skydance is now well positioned to achieve our goal of producing a bold, original slate of both animated and family programming,” Damaschke said. “Holly, Kim, Jessie, and Matt have the wealth of experience, knowledge, and skills to lead our creative teams and bring together talented artists to build an animation studio that is a destination for top storytellers in the industry.”

Edwards will work closely with Damaschke and individual producers to oversee all aspects of production for the animation projects at the studio, as well as
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Animated Features Rely on VFX for That Wow Factor

While many live-action features include an increasing amount of CG animation, the movement has gone both ways, and animated features now also boast effects that are increasingly sophisticated and often highly realistic. It is a trend validated by the Visual Effects Society, which honors effects in animated films at its annual Ves Awards.

One film that exemplifies the trend is the Oscar-nominated “Coco.” With huge crowds and complex environments, the Pixar toon exemplifies the huge role vfx now play in feature animation.

“We have lots of people who come from visual effects and programming,” says Pixar’s Stephen Matthew Gustafson, whose credits include both “Coco” and “Finding Dory.”

Both films have earned Gustafson Ves nominations for visual effects, and he’s seen the scale of challenges grow. “We’ve made lots of improvements across Pixar’s entire pipeline that allowed us to scale up,” he says. “ ‘Coco’ took on the brunt of getting that technology in place
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Oscar Animated Features Use Diverse Tools

Oscar Animated Features Use Diverse Tools
This year’s Academy Award nominees in the animated feature film category take audiences everywhere from Afghanistan to the mind of an infant desperately waging a war against puppies. Here are their stories:

The Boss Baby

Directed by Tom McGrath

Featuring a tour de force vocal performance by Alec Baldwin as a baby who possesses the cunning of an adult paired with the demanding nature of an infant, this CG film from DreamWorks Animation was helmed by Tom McGrath (“Madagascar”) and loosely inspired by the Marla Frazee book.

“I had an older brother so I was really the ‘Boss Baby’ of my family, the one who came in and made all these demands while my older brother had to watch all that attention go to me,” says McGrath. “I don’t think there’s anyone quite like Alec (Baldwin) who could have communicated all those things with his voice because he absolutely wants to give everything to a project
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Oscar Race 2018: Animated Features Capture the Zeitgeist and Female Empowerment

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When the Academy opened up voting for animated features to the membership at large and implementing preferential balloting, the balance of power shifted from indies to the big studios the first time in four years. This resulted in the final five nods for Pixar frontrunner “Coco,” GKids’ politically powerful “The Breadwinner,” the hand-painted “Loving Vincent,” and two surprising mainstream studio entries: “The Boss Baby” from DreamWorks and Blue Sky’s “Ferdinand.”

Indeed, one could argue that without the new rule changes and a Disney release last year, there likely would’ve been four indies joining “Coco.” Still, there were several positive takeaways: All five movies captured the zeitgeist in one way or another, and this marked the first time that two female directors were nominated in the same year: Nora Twomey for “The Breadwinner” and Dorota Kobiela for “Loving Vincent.” They joined previous nominees Marjane Satrap (“Persepolis”), Jennifer Yuh Nelson
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Chris Rock Sets First Netflix Stand-Up Special Premiere Date

Chris Rock Sets First Netflix Stand-Up Special Premiere Date
Chris Rock’s first Netflix comedy special has a premiere date just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The legendary stand up comedian will release his first special in ten years this Wednesday, Feb. 14, on Netflix. Titled “Chris Rock: Tamborine,” the special will see Rock cover the gamut of contemporary issues like relationships, race, and society. It was directed by Bo Burnham and filmed at New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music (Bam).

“Tamborine” is the first of two specials Rock will release on Netflix under a deal he signed with the streaming service in 2016. Insiders told Variety at that time that the two-special-deal was worth $40 million.

Rock’s last stand up special was “Kill the Messenger,” which premiered on HBO in 2008. He also directed the special “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo” for HBO in 2015. Rock has won four Emmys, three Grammys and is an Oscar nominee. Some of his most notable credits include “[link
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Odin's Eye sells animation 'Hump' to China's Vision (exclusive)

Vision planning release in over 10,000 theatres for family feature.

Australia’s Odin’s Eye Entertainment has closed an all-rights deal for animated feature Hump with Beijing-based Vision Film Entertainment for mainland China.

Source: Odin’s Eye


Martin Gallery, Odin’s Eye senior vice president, International Distribution and Acquisitions, closed the deal with Vision Film Entertainment general manager Ricky Qi. Odin’s Eye is handling worldwide sales with La-based agency UTA overseeing North American distribution.

Produced by Berlin-based production house MovieBrats Pictures, Hump follows a young camel as it traverses the Arabian Desert with two companions, an ill-tempered goat and an overconfident desert fox, in order to reunite with its owner and best friend, a 10-year-old Bedouin boy.

UTA is putting together an A-list voice cast for the film, which is currently in pre-production and has already been pre-sold to Portugal, Bulgaria, Poland, Ukraine, former Yugoslavia, Israel, Middle East, South Korea and Vietnam.

Vision Film is planning
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‘The Boss Baby’ Director Tom McGrath Discusses His Love Letter To His Brother

Looking for his next project following Megamind and three Madagascar films, director Tom McGrath was happy to go "from soup to nuts" with Dreamworks' The Boss Baby, a adaptation of a children's book by Marla Frazee, in which he would be tasked with visualizing a child's imagination of the corporate world. A "cute story about parenting"—in which seven-year-old Tim competes with a new baby, dressed in suit and tie, for his parent's affection—The Boss Baby would be an "Incept…
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Paramount names David Sameth head of worldwide marketing

Former Disney and Universal executive served as second unit director on Steven Spielberg miniseries Taken.

Source: Paramount Pictures

David Sameth is leaving Disney to join Paramount Pictures as president of worldwide marketing effective February 1.

Sameth currently serves as executive vice-president and head of theatrical marketing for Disney Animation Studios and Pixar where his credits since 2009 included Coco, Zootopia, Frozen, Toy Story 3, Brave, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, and Finding Dory.

He will report to chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos and will oversee the design, development and implementation of all marketing and advertising strategies for the studio’s global theatrical releases.

“David is an incredibly talented, visionary marketer who has created some of the most iconic and successful campaigns in our industry’s recent history,” Gianopulos said.

“He has experience launching an array of films from big franchises to small, specialized endeavors, and everything in between. His insights, experience and reputation make him a very welcome addition to our
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Baobab Studios Taps Ingrid Nilsen, Elizabeth Banks For Vr Short ‘Asteroids!’

Baobab Studios, a burgeoning Vr animation firm that has raised $31 million in venture funding to date, has tapped YouTube celebrity Ingrid Nilsen to voice a lead character in its brand new short film, Asteroids!

Nilsen, who counts roughly 4 million subscribers on her lifestyle channel, will star in the film alongside Elizabeth Banks. Asteroids! -- which was directed by Madagascar helmer Eric Darnell (who also serves as Baobab’s chief creative officer) -- follows three characters named Mac, Cheez (Banks), and Peas (Nilsen) who come face-to-face with space bugs and asteroids on a deep space mission. Throughout the film, viewers are also able to interact with the characters as if they were part of the fleet.

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From ‘Lego Batman’ to ‘Ferdinand’ to ‘Boss Baby,’ These Actors Inspire the Animators

From ‘Lego Batman’ to ‘Ferdinand’ to ‘Boss Baby,’ These Actors Inspire the Animators
From “the Lego Batman Movie” and “The Boss Baby” to “Ferdinand,” theaters are full of animated films showcasing premiere acting talent. Will Arnett, Rosario Dawson, John Cena and Miranda Cosgrove are just a few of the actors who’ve entered the booth this year to give a vocal performance that will inspire animators as they create a character.

Voice-acting gigs were not always seen as plum jobs and voice actors often didn’t receive the same respect accorded other performers. That started to shift in 1992 when Robin Williams gave one of the most memorable voice performances as the Genie in “Aladdin.”

“A lot of people think it’s like an Adr process, like a post process when you’re directing a vocal performance,” says Tom McGrath, the helmer behind “Boss Baby” and the “Madagascar” films. “The main thing is to create a safe place for the actors so they can try things. As a director
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DreamWorks Animation in Concert with The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra December 29th and 30th

Universal Brand Development and CineConcerts, along with The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, announce DreamWorks Animation in Concert engagements at Powell Hall on December 29, 2017 at 7:00pm and December 30, 2017 at 7:00pm. The concert features favorite moments from DreamWorks’ most beloved films including Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and many more with music performed by The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Enjoy a celebration of more than 20 years of inspired animation and iconic music scores by Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell, Alexandre Desplat, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman and many others. The audience will relive their favorite moments from DreamWorks most celebrated films including,Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, and more, as they are projected in HD onto the big screen, while the music is played live by a symphony orchestra.

Tickets can be purchased Here or by calling the Slso box office
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Film News Roundup: Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions Backs Oliver Sacks Documentary

Film News Roundup: Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions Backs Oliver Sacks Documentary
In today’s film news roundup, Paul Allen comes on board an Oliver Sacks documentary, the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival unveils its lineup, and animation veteran Teresa Cheng gets a USC post.

Documentary Backing

Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions is backing the documentary “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life” in partnership with Steeplechase Films, American Masters Pictures, Motto Pictures, Passion Pictures, and Tangled Bank Studios.

Directed by filmmaker Ric Burns (“New York,” “Andy Warhol”), the film attempts to provide an exploration of human consciousness and the intimate relationship between art and science. Burns shot footage in the months before Sacks died in 2015, including more than 80 hours with the physician himself, his partner, and his closest family, friends, and colleagues.

Allen and Carole Tomko, general manager of Vulcan Productions, are executive producers of “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life,” along with Julie Goldman of Motto Pictures and Michael Kantor of American Masters Pictures. Vulcan said Friday
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‘Breadwinner,’ ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ Presentations Slated for View Conference

‘Breadwinner,’ ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ Presentations Slated for View Conference
Special presentations on the upcoming animated film “The Breadwinner” and Disney’s new animated featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” will be featured at the View Conference 2017 in Turin, Italy.

Technical director Mark Mullery will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the production of “The Breadwinner,” an adaptation of Deborah Ellis’ acclaimed novel, directed by Cartoon Saloon’s Nora Twomey and executive produced by Angelina Jolie. Mullery will discuss how animators combined the latest technology with traditional hand-drawn techniques to tell the tale of a young Afghan girl who pretends to be a boy in order to provide for her family.

Disney’s Alessandro Jacomini will talk to View Conference attendees about lighting “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” a featurette featuring the lovable snowman from Disney’s 2013 hit “Frozen,” that will play ahead of Disney-Pixar’s November release “Coco.” Jacomini served a director of cinematography-lighting on the short.

Jacomini is looking forward to presenting at the View Conference. “Industry
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Hand-Painted Animated Film ‘Loving Vincent’ Added to 2017 View Conference Lineup

Hand-Painted Animated Film ‘Loving Vincent’ Added to 2017 View Conference Lineup
A talk about creating “Loving Vincent,” the hand-painted animated film about the life and mysterious death of artist Vincent Van Gogh has been added to the lineup for the 2017 edition of the View Conference in Turin, Italy.

Investor Steve Muench and “Loving Vincent” painters/animators Biserka Petrovic and Adam Maciejewski will discuss how a team of 120 oil painters came together to re-create Van Gogh’s paintings to create the 90-minute film, written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman.

More than 100 of Van Gogh’s paintings were re-imagined for “Loving Vincent,” which was the Audience Prize winner at June’s Annecy animation film festival.

The film stars Douglas Booth, Robert Gulaczyk, Chris O’Dowd and Saoirse Ronan, whose live-action performances have been painted over in oil in the style of the troubled artist.

Loving Vincent” opens in the U.S. next month in New York and Los Angeles, and later in the year in various other
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The Dark Tower Soundtrack From Composer Tom Holkenborg Available August 4

Sony Classical proudly announces the release of The Dark Tower (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) featuring the music of the prolific Dutch composer Tom Holkenborg. The soundtrack will be released digitally on July 28 and on CD on August 4. The movie opens in theaters nationwide on August 4.

About the film and soundtrack, Tom Holkenborg says: “Dark Tower is an incredible mix of horror, fantasy and western, it inhabits a unique and singular world, human and personal, yet also other, and the score had to try and reflect this. It was a fascinating project to work on, and an honor trying to score the words and imagination of the great Stephen King.”

There are other worlds than these. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen.

The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has
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