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Veteran Film Exec Sue Kroll Begins Her Own Production Company at Warner Bros.

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After more than 20 years with Warner Bros., movie exec Sue Kroll is beginning her own banner. A press release announced that the studio’s former President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution has launched Kroll & Co. Entertainment on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank. In her new role Kroll will produce and develop features, television, digital, and more.

Among the films on her docket are the upcoming remake of “A Star Is Born,” starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, crime drama “Motherless Brooklyn,” and the Nicole Kidman-led adaptation of best-seller “The Goldfinch.” Kroll is serving as exec producer on all three projects.

She’ll also produce an untitled Sandra Bullock comedy, an adaptation of the Ya dystopian novel “The Selection” with Thea Sharrock attached as director, and sci-fi action thriller “Nemesis.”

“My passion for film and television and for telling great stories is not only the cornerstone of my wonderful career,
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Former Warner Bros Exec Sue Kroll Launches Own Production Banner on Studio Lot

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Former Warner Bros Exec Sue Kroll Launches Own Production Banner on Studio Lot
Sue Kroll, the former marketing and distribution head at Warner Bros., is launching her own production label titled Kroll & Co. Entertainment at the lot in Burbank, the studio announced Wednesday.

Kroll is already involved in the production and development of a range of feature film projects, but she is also looking to develop television, digital and other content.

As a producer, Kroll’s upcoming projects include the sci-fi thriller “Nemesis,” alongside producer Ridley Scott and Jules Daly, as well as the Ya drama “The Selection” and the untitled comedy starring Sandra Bullock. She also is working on the action thriller “The Six Billion Dollar Man” starring Mark Wahlberg.

Also Read: Warner Bros Leadership Shake-Up: Toby Emmerich to Run Studio, Sue Kroll Steps Down

“My passion for film and television and for telling great stories is not only the cornerstone of my wonderful career, but has also been a huge part of my life since I was a young girl enthralled by the moving image,” stated Kroll. “I am excited to be collaborating in this new capacity with amazing, visionary filmmakers, many of whom I have known and worked with, and to also champion new and unique voices. This is just the beginning and I am thrilled about our slate of films and our incredible filmmaking partners.”

Kroll most recently served as Warner Bros. Pictures president of worldwide marketing and distribution. She first joined the studio in 1994, and under her leadership the studio won the Best Picture Oscar for “Argo” as well as Best Animated Feature Oscar for “Happy Feet.” The studio has also received nominations for “Dunkirk,” “The Blind Side,” “Inception,” “American Sniper” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” during her tenure.

On Jan. 9, Warner Bros. promoted Toby Emmerich to chairman of the motion picture group while Kroll stepped aside to pursue a production deal. At the time, it was said she would transition into a three-year producing deal starting in April with her duties running distribution and marketing handed to two other veteran Warner Bros. executives.

Also Read: Sue Kroll Named President of Worldwide Distribution at Warner Bros., Dan Fellman Exits

Kroll will also next serve as an executive producer on “A Star Is Born,” which is directed and produced by Bradley Cooper and will star Lady Gaga. She also has an executive producer credit on Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn” and “The Goldfinch.”

Rounding out Kroll & Co. Entertainment are Svp of Development and Production Jennifer Malloy, Creative Executive Olivia Heighten, Chelsea Bradshaw as operations/production executive and administrative assistant Nicole Kraft.

Read original story Former Warner Bros Exec Sue Kroll Launches Own Production Banner on Studio Lot At TheWrap
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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’ looking to be just the third film to win Best Animated Feature and Original Song Oscars

‘Coco’ looking to be just the third film to win Best Animated Feature and Original Song Oscars
The jury’s still out on whether being a Best Picture nominee gives you an advantage in Best Original Song, but surely being a Best Animated Feature nominee is a huge plus, right? Technically yes, but it’s definitely not a sure thing to win both. “Coco” sits atop our latest predictions in both Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Remember Me,” and if the Disney/Pixar film indeed goes two-for-two, it would only be the third time that the two categories went to the same film.

That might sound startling because so many catchy movie anthems have hailed from animated films, specifically Disney films. But the Best Animated Feature category was only added in 2001, right after Disney ruled Best Original Song in the ‘90s — five of the decade’s song winners were from animated Disney films; a sixth, “When You Believe,” was from DreamWorks’ “The Prince of Egypt
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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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Good news for ‘This Is Me’: The Globes and Oscars have sung the same tune more often than you might think

Good news for ‘This Is Me’: The Globes and Oscars have sung the same tune more often than you might think
“Remember Me” from “Coco” is the favorite to win the Best Original Song Oscar, but it needs to watch out for “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman” — not just because it’s a huge hit and NBC is using it as its Winter Olympics soundtrack, but because it’s the Golden Globe champ. Before you scream “The Globes and Oscars never pick the same song winner!”, know that they have agreed the past three years and their split choices are a relatively new phenomenon.

The Globes gave out its first song award to the title track from “Town Without Pity” (1961) — the Oscars went with “Moon River” from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” — but didn’t start handing out the prize annually until three years later. The Globes and Oscars matched only once that decade, for “The Windmills of Your Mind” from “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968).

See Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez
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‘Solo’ Locks in Key ‘Star Wars’ Veteran (Exclusive)

‘Solo’ Locks in Key ‘Star Wars’ Veteran (Exclusive)
‘Solo’ will stay in the ‘Star Wars’ family with veteran franchise composer John Williams set to write the theme for the standalone film about Han Solo, slated for release on May 25. It will be Williams’ ninth assignment.

Williams revealed his involvement in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” during in an interview with Variety about his current “Star Wars” opus, “The Last Jedi.” “The present plan is that I’m writing a theme for Han Solo, and John Powell is going to write the score, which he’ll do brilliantly,” Williams says.

Powell was announced as the primary composer for “Solo” back in July. “His assignment is something I’m very happy about,” Williams adds. “What I will do is offer this to John, and to [director] Ron Howard, and if all parties are happy with it, then I will be happy. … John [Powell] will complete the score. He will write all the rest of the themes and all of
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Mary J. Blige Joins Illustrious Group of Golden Globes Double Music-Acting Nominees

Mary J. Blige Joins Illustrious Group of Golden Globes Double Music-Acting Nominees
Perhaps the most surprising double-nomination for this year’s Golden Globes: the twin nods given to Mary J. Blige for best supporting actress and best song — for the film “Mudbound” and its song “Mighty River.” With those, Blige becomes the first performer to be simultaneously nominated in song and acting since John C. Reilly got dual nods for “Walk Hard” 10 years ago. Barbra Streisand, Bjork, Beyonce and Dolly Parton are the other female singer/actors who have scored nominations in both categories in the past, while Reilly and Neil Diamond are the male dual nominees. Only Streisand has won both (for the 1976 film “A Star Is Born”).

Few other surprises popped up in the Globes’ music categories. Other best song contenders include “Remember Me” from “Coco” and “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” both of which are frequently cited as among the frontrunners in the Oscars’ best song contest.

Two songs sung
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DVD Review – Annabelle: Creation (2017)

Annabelle: Creation, 2017.

Directed by David F. Sandberg.

Starring Anthony Lapaglia, Samara Lee, Miranda Otto, Stephanie Sigman, Mark Bramhall, Brad Greenquist, and Lulu Wilson.

Synopsis:

Yet another prequel from The Conjuring universe detailing how the creepy Annabelle doll came to be.

Having now established that there is a ‘universe’ based around James Wan’s 2013 hit The Conjuring by making sequels and spinoffs about seemingly secondary characters and events mentioned in passing we end up here with Annabelle: Creation, not only the second prequel to The Conjuring but also the second prequel based around the creepy image of the Annabelle doll briefly seen in Wan’s original movie. Yes, it does seem that Warner Bros. are forcing this evil doll concept down our throats a bit but in their defence they do have a significantly creepier looking killer doll than Chucky and they aren’t about to let that particular cash cow
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Eddie Izzard to Star in Australian Comedy 'The Call Back'

British actor and comedian Eddie Izzard has signed on to star in The Call Back, the feature debut of producer turned writer/director Marion Pilowsky.

Fresh from his turn as Bertie, Prince of Wales  in Stephen Frears Victoria & Abdul, Izzard will play British actor Henry, who is romantically entangled with struggling restaurateur Ronnie, who will be played by Australian Emily Taheny. Also joining the cast of The Call Back are French actress Vanessa Guide (The New Adventures of Aladdin), Luke McKenzie (Wentworth), Hugh Sheridan (Packed to the Rafters), Tina Bursill (Wish You Were Here), Susie Youssef (How Not To Behave) and Tiriel Mora (Happy Feet).

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Trailer For Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie Will Make Fans of the Series Happy

Nickelodeon has released the first trailer for their new animated film Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie. If any of you were ever fans of the animated series that ended in 2004, I'm sure you'll be happy with what this trailer has to offer.

The film picks up where the original series left off and the story follows the kids "on the field trip of a lifetime, where Arnold and his friends embark on a quest to achieve his dream of finding his missing parents."

Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie will premiere on Friday, November 24th, from 7:00-9:00pm.

The movie was co-written and executive produced by creator Craig Bartlett. The movie features original voice cast members Francesca Marie Smith (The Prince of Egypt) as Helga and Anndi McAfee (Tom and Jerry: The Movie) as Phoebe, alongside dynamic new voice talent Mason Vale Cotton (Mad Men) as Arnold and Benjamin “Lil’ P-Nut” Flores,
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Baby Love, Times Two! Twins on the Way for Aj Buckley — See the Cute Announcement Photo Featuring Daughter Willow

Baby Love, Times Two! Twins on the Way for Aj Buckley — See the Cute Announcement Photo Featuring Daughter Willow
Aj Buckley‘s family is growing — times two!

The Seal Team star’s fiancée Abigail “Abby” Ochse is pregnant with twins, his rep confirms to People exclusively.

The babies on the way will join the couple’s daughter Willow Phoenix, 3½.

“Could not be more excited to welcome two more to the Buckley clan,” the actor tells People, joking, “I guess we will be designing a diaper bag for twins now.”

News of the babies on the way came as quite the surprise for the couple, who struggled with infertility for over a year and were about to turn to in
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New Trailer Released For Pixar's Latest Animated Film Coco

Disney has released a new trailer for Pixar's upcoming animated feature film Coco. This looks like a fantastically made film that tells the magical story of a boy, a magic guitar, and his journey to the Land of the Dead. If you're a fan of Pixar's films, this doesn't look like a movie you'll want to miss.

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Character actress Renée Victor also joins the cast as Abuelita,
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Disney-Pixar Introduce the All-Latino Voiced Cast For Coco

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Disney and Pixar's next venture shows the difference between the land of the living and the land of the dead leading up to Dia de los Muertos! The film, entitled Coco, includes an All-Latino voiced cast of who's-who!

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. This is the synopsis for Disney-Pixar's Coco, a beautiful adventure set around the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos. Today, Disney proudly unveiled the
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Coco: Pixar Shares All-Latino Voice Cast For Their Upcoming Film!

Diversity is kind of a hot topic nowadays. As citizens of a melting pot of a culture, it’s nice to be represented in mainstream entertainment. And if we’re being honest, it’s not just about diversity, but authenticity. It always rings a bit false when you have a white person portraying a person of color. It’s especially easy to get away with this in animation, where you don’t even see the voice actors.

Studios have gotten away with this practice for years, but in today’s world, they’re making a conscious effort to create films that respect the culture it’s portraying, and part of that has to do with the voice cast. This newer approach is expanding to Coco, the latest film from Pixar inspired by Día de Muertos, a celebration of the dearly departed.

This is obviously a story that’s steeped in Mexican culture,
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Pixar's Coco Cast, Characters and New Poster Revealed

Pixar's Coco Cast, Characters and New Poster Revealed
Disney&#183Pixar's Coco, a multi-generational story about the power of family relationships, features characters from the Land of the Living, and their loved ones who've moved on to the Land of the Dead. Joining aspiring musician Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez; charming trickster Hector, voiced by Gael Garc&#237a Bernal; and musical icon Ernesto de la Cruz, voiced by Benjamin Bratt; are a host of colorful characters and the voice talent behind them that bring both worlds to life. Here's what director Lee Unkrich had to say about the story.

"These parallel worlds couldn't be more different. One is the Rivera family's charming and hardworking hometown of Santa Cecilia, and the other is the vibrant, rich land where loved ones go when they've passed. 'Coco' introduces characters from both worlds on the eve of D&#237a de los Muertos, one extraordinary night when a living boy named Miguel
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All-Latino Voice Cast Revealed For Disney·Pixar’s Coco

Disney·Pixar’s “Coco,” a multi-generational story about the power of family relationships, features characters from the Land of the Living, and their loved ones who’ve moved on to the Land of the Dead.

Joining aspiring musician Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez; charming trickster Hector, voiced by Gael García Bernal; and musical icon Ernesto de la Cruz, voiced by Benjamin Bratt; are a host of colorful characters and the voice talent behind them that bring both worlds to life.

“These parallel worlds couldn’t be more different,” said Unkrich. “One is the Rivera family’s charming and hardworking hometown of Santa Cecilia, and the other is the vibrant, rich land where loved ones go when they’ve passed. ‘Coco’ introduces characters from both worlds on the eve of Día de los Muertos—one extraordinary night when a living boy named Miguel gets a glimpse of the other side.”

Added Molina,
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The 5 Highest Grossing Movie Stars Not in a Star Wars or Superhero Movie

Samuel Brace on the five highest-grossing movie stars not in a Star Wars or superhero movie…

Film’s landscape has changed dramatically over the years – as is to be expected. Gone is the age of the traditional American movie, the sweeping drama, the movie star led original tale that could drive audiences to cinemas just to get a glimpse of their face. We have since transitioned into the age of tent-poles; the franchise movie is now the dominant force at the box office, and leading the march are sub genres like the superhero movie, along with mega franchises like Star Wars. And all this got me thinking, just where are all the movie stars? Do they exist anymore? A train of thought that led to a little investigating into just who are the highest grossing movie stars in Us domestic history that haven’t appeared in a superhero or Star Wars movie.
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'Master and Commander' scribe John Collee to write TV series for Mel Gibson

Happy Feet and Master and Commander scribe John Collee is writing a TV show with Mel Gibson based.on the book The Barbary Coast by Herbert Asbury, who also wrote The Gangs of New York.

The plan is for Gibson to direct the pilot and have a recurring role on the show.

.It.s about the birth of a city,. Collee tells If. .There was a period between the Wild West gangsterism and the settlement of America and the birth of these cities. There was a period in San Francisco when a city was just emerging. A lot of stuff had to be worked out from scratch. And it.s all about the rule of law, the stuff we.re wrestling with now in the Middle East. And of course in America they.re readdressing all that stuff..

The project, first announced last April, has been put together by The Mark Gordon Company,
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Imagine Entertainment & ‘Lego Movie’s Animal Logic Form Family Film Joint Venture

Imagine chairman Brian Grazer and Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian have formed a joint venture they said will generate six animation and hybrid animation projects over five years, all in the lucrative family film space. Animal Logic has become a preeminent animation company, generating the animation for Happy Feet and The Lego Movie, its sequels and spinoffs with Warner Bros. It has Peter Rabbit coming in 2018 with Sony. Imagine has always done a lot of family film…
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