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Laika Dates ‘Missing Link’ After Acquiring It From Focus: First Look Revealed

Laika Dates ‘Missing Link’ After Acquiring It From Focus: First Look Revealed
Laika’s fifth film, “Missing Link,” will bow April 19, 2019, breaking free from Focus Features in a North American distribution alliance with Annapurna Pictures. The Yeti adventure opens ahead of DreamWorks’ similarly-themed “Abominable,” which Universal Pictures will release September 27, 2019, directed by Jill Culton (“Open Season”) and voiced by Chloe Bennet.

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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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Chloe Bennet set for animated movie Abominable

DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio have announced that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Chloe Bennet is set to lead the voice cast of Abominable, an animated adventure from director Jill Culton (Open Season) and co-director Toldd Wilderman (Trolls).

The film, formerly titled Everest, will take audiences on an epic journey from the streets of Shanghai to the snowscapes of the Himalayas and follows a mischievous group of friends who set off an an adventure to reunite a young Yeti with his family at the highest point on Earth.

Abominable is set for release by Universal Pictures on September 27th 2019. Bennet meanwhile has recently wrapped filming on MGM’s musical remake of the 1983 romantic comedy Valley Girl and will reprise her role as Daisy Johnson/Quake next summer for the recently-announced sixth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

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DreamWorks-Pearl Studio Animated Movie ‘Everest’ Retitled ‘Abominable’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
“Everest,” the co-production between Pearl Studio and DreamWorks Animation, has been retitled and will be released as “Abominable,” Variety has learned exclusively.

“Abominable” is currently in production and will be released by Universal Pictures worldwide beginning Sept. 27, 2019. In China, the film will be distributed by Pearl.

Jill Culton (“Open Season”) is serving as director with Todd Wilderman (“Trolls”) as co-director. Suzanne Buirgy (“Kung Fu Panda 2”) is the producer, while Tim Johnson (“Over the Hedge”) is executive producing.

Chloe Bennet stars in the lead role of Yi. Further details about the film will be revealed by Pearl Studio and DreamWorks during Pearl Studio’s studio focus session at the Annecy Film Festival next month, where director Culton will be speaking.

“Abominable” covers a 3,000-mile journey from the streets of Shanghai to the Himalayan snowscapes. When a mischievous group of friends encounter a young Yeti, they embark upon an epic quest
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Your Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Marathons on TV

Your Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Marathons on TV
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

Thanksgiving has arrived and with it comes bingeing of all kinds — but mainly food, shopping and TV. We’ve rounded up all the movie and TV show marathons airing over the long holiday weekend so you can watch your favorite while digesting on the couch.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re a Parks and Recreation fan and just want to spend time with your favorite Pawnee residents or a horror fan looking for a scare-fest like those on IFC and Syfy. Perhaps you’d prefer to
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Relativity, Storyoscopic set $200m slate fund

  • ScreenDaily
Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Studios and Storyoscopic Films on Monday announced a joint venture whereby Storyoscopic will produce and finance approximately five or more projects a year.

Films produced under the joint venture and backed by what a source said would be at least $200m in production funding will release internationally via Relativity’s network of output partners and go through Relativity Europa Distribution (Red) in the Us.

Relativity launched Red in 2010 after it acquired Overture Films from John Malone’s Liberty Media and four years later EuropaCorp came on board in a reported $130m deal to acquire a 50% stake.

The venture comes as Relativity shifts its focus towards financing, producing and distributing family films and branded features with global appeal.

George Lee and Marcus Englefield, the duo behind 2D-to-3D conversion specialists Venture 3D, have worked with Hollywood and Chinese partners and launched Storyoscopic in 2013 to make family and genre films in the $15-50m range
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You Have Less Than a Month to Watch These Movies on Netflix

  • BuzzSugar
The time has come. Well, almost. Netflix has released its list of films and TV shows that are leaving the streaming service in November. The majority of movies are expiring on the first day of the month, but there are a few that are slowly trickling out, as well. Take a look, and make sure you've caught all the new stuff from October! Related:25 New November Additions to Netflix That Will Complement the Cozy Weather Expiring Nov. 1 The Addams Family Almost Famous Angel Heart Barnyard Bratz: The Movie The 'Burbs Can't Hardly Wait Chuck, seasons one to five The Core Deliverance E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Echelon Conspiracy Eight Crazy Nights Empire State Equilibrium Escape to Witch Mountain The Family Man Fatal Attraction Fresh Get Rich or Die Tryin' The Holiday Into the Wild Kangaroo Jack Legally Blonde Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Major League Mansfield Park Meet Joe Black Mel Brooks
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Exclusive: Director David Feiss Talks Open Season: Scared Silly And More

Cbm: Tell us a little bit about Open Season: Scared Silly? David: It’s a Continuation of Open Season One. It doesn’t refer much to Open Season 2 or 3, but it is a continuation of where Open Season 1 stopped. In Open Season 4 Elliot tells a campfire story about a werewolf. Boog believes it’s true and Elliot has to try and get Boog to get over his fear of this werewolf. They see something that they believe is an actual werewolf. Shaw the hunter reappears in this film and he finds out that there is a werewolf lose that means it’s his ticket to get hunting season open again. He convinces the town and the sheriff to reopen open season again. Cbm: The Werewolf is such a big part of the story in Open Season: Scared Silly. How did that character come about? David: That was something that was presented to me.
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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: March 7-13

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2"

Welcome to the final Hunger Games. You can volunteer as tribute, one more time, when Jennifer Lawrence's last film as Katniss is released on Digital HD March 8. It'll be out on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand March 22. Also, for the first time ever, "The Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection" will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on March 22. The Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital include audio commentary with director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson; "Pawns No More: Making The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" 8-Part Documentary, "Jet to the Set," and a ton of behind-the-scenes featurettes on visual design, the acting ensemble, costumes, hair and makeup,
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Newish to Watch at Home: Crimson Peak, Trumbo, Grandma, Etc.

Newish on DVD/BluRay

The 33 Antonio Banderas / Chilean miner rescue story

• 99 Homes the other acclaimed housing crisis movie

Black Mass the gangster movie with Johnny Depp, buried under alien makeup, plays a gangster. Watch out for great performances on the periphery from Peter Sarsgaard and Julianne Nicholson

Crimson Peak from Guillermo Del Toro. Critics were divided or had many reservations but those who loved it really loved it. Here's a rabidly pro piece nicely titled "Ghosts are Movies".

Lunchtime Poll:

Would you rather...

- Be seduced by Tom Hiddleston?

- Gain access to all of Mia Wasikowska's money?

- Marry into Jessica Chastain's family?

• Girls S4 -I've definitely lost track of this show. Weirdly I quit with an episode I couldn't have loved more (S3E7 "Beach House")

Grandma - Lily Tomlin gets her own well deserved star vehicle and drives it superbly

Love the Coopers -
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'Smurfs: The Lost Village' Cast and Story Announced

'Smurfs: The Lost Village' Cast and Story Announced
Sony Pictures Animation today announced the addition of three new cast for the lineup of talent in the next Smurf adventure Smurfs: The Lost Village. This all-new animated adventure is hitting theaters March 31, 2017. Joining the already announced Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel and Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf will be triple Emmy nominee Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Wreck-It Ralph) as the sweet, awkward and honest-to-a-fault Clumsy, who's forever trying his best and missing the mark; Danny Pudi (Community) as book smart and geek proud Brainy, who's long on knowledge, but short on inter-Smurf-onal skills; and Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike) as the strong and super-positive Hefty, a loyal dynamo struggling with his hero complex.

The newest entry in the Columbia Pictures movie franchise that has grossed more than $900 million globally, Smurfs: The Lost Village is set for a worldwide release on March 31, 2017. The fully-animated return
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Here’s What’s Coming To Netflix and Amazon Prime in February

With each new month comes the same old lesson about catching all your favorite movies before they leave Netflix. If you haven’t watched The Naked Gun yet, you should do that is what I’m saying. But what do you get in return? A lot actually! We get the original series Fuller House and Judd Apatow’s Love. They’re also adding the final season of Mad Men, the first season of Better Call Saul, and one of the most popular teen movies of all time, Cruel Intentions.

On the Amazon Prime front, check out below to see what you’ll be able to stream for free and what’s going to have a cost. Let’s watch!

All Title Dates are Subject to Change

Netflix U.S. Release Dates Only

Available 2/1/16

A Picture of You (2014)

Armageddon (1998)

Better Call Saul: Season 1

Charlie’s Angels (2000)

Collateral Damage (2002)

Cruel Intentions (1999)

A Faster Horse
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New on Netflix: February 2016

Original series coming to Netflix in February, include Judd Apatow's "Love," starring Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs; "Fuller House;" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny," the sequel to the 2000 Oscar-winning Ang Lee movie.

You can also catch up with the first season of "Better Call Saul" and the final season of "Mad Men."

Also debuting, several 2015 films, including the well-reviewed indie "Dope" and French director Gasper Noe's controversial "Love" (not to be confused with the Apatow comedy series!)

Here's the full list of what's new on Netflix in February 2016.

Available Feb. 1, 2016

"A Picture of You" (2014)

"Armageddon" (1998)

"Better Call Saul": Season 1

"Charlie's Angels" (2000)

"Collateral Damage" (2002)

"Cruel Intentions" (1999)

"A Faster Horse" (2015)

"Full Metal Jacket" (1987)

"Game Face" (2015)

"Jennifer 8" (1992)

"Johnny English" (2003)

"The Little Engine That Could (2011)

"The Lizzie Borden Chronicles": Season 1

"Losing Isaiah (1995)

"Masha's Tales": Season 1

"My Side of the Mountain" (1969)

"Para Elisa" (2012)

"Pokémon: Xy":
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Goosebumps Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

  • DailyDead
R.L. Stine's beloved Goosebumps books jumped from the shelf onto the big screen this fall, and early next year, the wide variety of Stine's villains will make house calls via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's January 12th Digital release of the Goosebumps movie, followed by the film's January 26th Blu-ray / DVD debut:

Press Release: Culver City, Calif. (Dec. 7, 2015) – Kids and parents will believe in monsters when Goosebumps debuts January 12 on Digital and January 26 on Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD. Based on Scholastic’s worldwide best-selling book series, with over 400 million copies in print, the motion picture adventure stars Jack Black (School of Rock) as Goosebumps author R.L. Stine, along with Dylan Minnette (Prisoners), Ryan Lee (Super 8) and Odeya Rush (The Giver). When Zach (Minnette) unwittingly unleashes magical monsters on the town, he must team with his new friends Champ (Lee), Hannah
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China's Original Force opens Us animation hub

  • ScreenDaily
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

  • ScreenDaily
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
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has
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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

©Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©Studio Pali Fekete architects/©A.M.P.A.S.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

  • Hitfix
Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club.
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Fox Writers Intensive Program Names Cindy Fang as 2015 Winner

Cindy Fang has been selected as the 2015 Fox Writers Intensive (Fwi) Fellow, the company announced Friday. Chosen from the fourth annual group of Fwi finalists, Fang is in discussions for a script development deal with Fox Broadcasting Company and 20th Century Fox Television. Launched in 2011, the Fox Writers Intensive is an advanced initiative designed to nurture experienced writers who have diverse voices, backgrounds and life experiences and create a strong pipeline of well-rounded talent for potential staffing on Fox television shows, films and other Fox Entertainment projects. Also Read: Fox Fall Premieres: Emmys Open Season, 'Scream Queens' Lands 2-Hour Event The Fwi.
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Sequel Bits: ‘Independence Day 2′, ‘Jurassic World’, ‘Goon 2′, ‘Avatar 2′, ‘Wet Hot American Summer’

Sequel Bits: ‘Independence Day 2′, ‘Jurassic World’, ‘Goon 2′, ‘Avatar 2′, ‘Wet Hot American Summer’
Lots of casting notices, plus fresh plot details and a new spin on an old score. After the jump: Gbenga Akinnagbe joins Independence Day 2 Colman Domingo will Fear the Walking Dead Cristine Rose will return for Heroes Reborn Wyatt Russell is on board for Goon 2 Fuller House will give Danny a hot new wife Open Season is getting […]

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