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Film News Roundup: Sterling K. Brown Starring in Sports Drama ‘Rise’

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Film News Roundup: Sterling K. Brown Starring in Sports Drama ‘Rise’
In today’s film news roundup, Sterling K. Brown is cast as a basketball coach, Kino Lorber hires a programming veteran and Imagine promotes Karen Lunder.

Casting

Sterling K. Brown will play the lead role of Coach Willie Davis in inspirational sports drama “Rise” for Sony’s faith-based Affirm Films, Crystal City Entertainment and Gulfstream Pictures.

Kevin Rodney Sullivan will start filming in May in Louisiana with a wide theatrical release on April 10, 2020. The script was written by Randy Brown and Gregory Allen Howard.

Davis, a junior high school janitor, seized the opportunity to head coach the school’s basketball team as the school was weighing the decision to cancel the program due to funding concerns. Davis stressed “The Lord, books and basketball” to the team and became a role model for many of the kids in the school and surrounding community.

Producers are Ari Pinchot, Stuart Avi Savitsky, Mike Karz and Bill Bindley.
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Karen Lunder Promoted to President of Imagine Features

  • The Wrap
Imagine Entertainment has promoted Karen Lunder to president of Imagine Features, the company’s chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard announced on Thursday.

In her new position, Lunder will continue to oversee the company’s feature film production and development. Lunder joined Imagine in the film division in 2017 and most recently served as the company’s executive vice president of production, which she was promoted to last August.

“It’s an exciting time to be at Imagine and to be a part of such a powerhouse group of people,” Lunder said in a statement. “Imagine has long been an important home for filmmakers and talent and I’m thrilled to [be] working with Brian and Ron to expand on the ways these exceptional storytellers can bring their ideas to the screen.”

Also Read: Imagine Entertainment Launches Kids and Family Division, Stephanie Sperber to Lead

Lunder is currently overseeing production of “Hillbilly Elegy,
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Karen Lunder Promoted To Imagine Features President

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Karen Lunder Promoted To Imagine Features President
Exclusive: Imagine Entertainment Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard have promoted Karen Lunder to be President of Imagine Features. Under her new position, Lunder will continue to oversee the company’s feature film production and development. She joined Imagine as a film exec in 2017.

Lunder is currently overseeing Hillbilly Elegy, an adaptation of the J.D. Vance bestseller that Vanessa Taylor adapted and for Howard to direct. Hillbilly Elegy sold to Netflix in a competitive auction earlier this year and it is heading into production this summer. Lunder produces alongside Grazer and Howard. It is the first of a slate of projects that Imagine is developing in-house under its independent model.

Lunder has been at the forefront of building a diverse slate of films in-house, overseeing the joint venture with Animal Logic for animated and hybrid films while also growing the company’s pipeline of studio live action films. Priority projects
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Hulu Hikes Price of Live-tv Bundle to $45 Monthly, Drops VOD Plan With Ads to $6

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Hulu wants to drive more customers to its ad-supported streaming package — lowering the official price from $7.99 to $5.99 per month — while it’s trying to turn a profit on the live-tv bundle with a price hike.

Starting next month, Hulu With Live TV will increase by $5 per month, rising from $39.99 to $44.99 per month (a 12.5% increase). At the same time, the monthly price of Hulu’s ad-supported video-on-demand service is dropping by $2, as it seeks to grow advertising revenue. The ad-free VOD plan will remain unchanged, at $11.99 per month.

Hulu’s new pricing will go into effect beginning Feb. 26 for new subscribers. For existing subscribers, the new prices will be reflected in their next billing cycle after Feb. 26.

The changes come after Netflix last week raised U.S. streaming prices for all customers, including an 18% hike on its most popular plan, the Standard two-stream HD tier, from $10.99 to $12.99 per month. Hulu had
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Hulu Extends Sprint Pact to Drive Live TV Subscriptions

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Hulu is hoping to boost its over-the-top live TV subscriber rolls by extending a special promo to Sprint’s wireless customers.

Starting Friday (Oct. 19), Sprint customers can upgrade to Hulu With Live TV, which includes 50-plus local and national networks and access to thousands of on-demand titles, from their Sprint account. The offer comes after the companies launched a partnership in November 2017 giving subscribers on the wireless carrier’s Unlimited Freedom plan access to Hulu’s limited-commercials VOD package (normally $7.99 per month) for no additional cost.

Long term, there’s no special price break for Sprint customers for Hulu With Live TV, which costs $40 monthly. To lure in new users, Sprint and Hulu will provide a special 30-day-free trial offer available through Jan. 10, 2019 to eligible Sprint customers. Following the Sprint 30-day trial, the Hulu with Live TV subscription fee will be added to customers’ monthly Sprint bills (with a $5 monthly
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Help Greenlight the Next Series – Amazon’s Pilot Season is Now Live

Get ready to watch, rate and review Amazon’s just-released pilots – a slate of 13 original comedy, drama, docuseries and kids offerings now available on Amazon Instant Video.

The pilots come from a talented creative roster that includes both newcomers discovered through Amazon Studios as well as highly-acclaimed veterans such as Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Carlton Cuse (Lost), Randall Wallace (Braveheart), Shawn Ryan (The Shield), Brad Silberling (Jane the Virgin, Lemony Snickets…), Mark Waters (Mean Girls), Academy and Emmy Award winning director Alex Gibney (The Armstrong Lie), Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues), and Carol Greenwald (Arthur).

Over the course of the next four weeks, viewer feedback will ultimately help to decide which of them get picked up to full series. So your opinions matter! You could help choose the next Golden Globe-winning series, after all.

Check out the synopsis of each of them below, and start watching them here today.
See full article at Hollywonk »

Amazon's Next Pilot Season Starts January 15th - Help Choose the Next Hit Series!

Get ready for our first pilot season of 2015, launching January 15th, when seven new primetime and six new kids pilots will debut on Amazon Instant Video. As with previous pilot seasons, viewers in the Us, UK and Germany will be invited to watch, rate and review them all over the course of four weeks, ultimately helping to decide which of them get picked up to full series.

The new pilots come from both highly-acclaimed and newly-discovered creators, and a legion of talented actors, directors and producers signed on to bring the pilots to life. Here’s a brief summary of each:

Primetime Pilots

The Man in the High Castle – Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States.
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Tyler Perry’s Madea Stars In First Animated Movie Tough Love

Writer/director/producer Tyler Perry makes his first foray into family animation with the release of Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love arriving on DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand January 20, 2015 from Lionsgate. The film will be available on Digital HD one week earlier on January 13.

Having conquered stage and screen, Tyler Perry has now turned his attention to creating entertaining programs specifically for families to enjoy together. In Tyler Perry’s first animated film, fans of Madea can now watch all of their favorite characters including Madea, Uncle Joe and Aunt Bam in a whole new way! The larger than life Madea gets herself into even more over the top and outrageous situations – all in the name of helping children save their youth center.

The comic adventure features the voice talent of Tyler Perry as “Madea” and “Uncle Joe” among others and Cassi Davis (TV’s “House Of Payne
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The Wind Rises with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt & Darren Criss

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Legendary Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle) is cashing in his chips, headed for retirement. His final feature film, The Wind Rises, is getting an American makeover, putting in big name actors to voice the roles, such as....

* Joseph Gordon-levitt (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) lends his voice to Jiro Horikoshi, who harbors strong ambitions to create his own beautiful airplane. A bubbling mix of wild excitement, extreme focus, individualism, pride, realism and idealism, Jiro also has a cool and brilliant mind and is recognized for his talent.

* Emily Blunt (Gulliver's Travels, Gnomeo & Juliet) voices Nahoko Satomi, a beautiful and cheerful girl who is a passenger on the same train as Jiro on the day of a natural disaster. Ten years later, they reunite.

* Darren Criss ("Glee") lends his voice to Katayama, a jovial junior engineering colleague of Jiro.

* John Krasinski ("The Office,"Big Miracle) provides the voice of Honjo,
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Amazon Pilots Inside Story: Why Sara Solves It is "Schoolhouse Rock for Today's Kids"

There’s no reason to be afraid of math – in fact, it can be fun! Just ask Carol Greenwald and Angela Santomero, co-creators of Sara Solves it, one of one of 14 Amazon original pilots now playing for free at Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM.

Sara Solves It celebrates problem solving with 9-year-old whiz kid Sara and her younger brother Sam. Together, the solve mysteries in their apartment building and beyond, using the power of math.

We asked Carol and Angela about their show, their influences, and their Amazon experience:

Why did you want to tell this story, with these characters, in this world?

We have a vision to help every child and every parent with math homework!

Seriously, we heard from parents that they needed help with some of the strategies in math that will help their kids get off to a strong start in school. And we heard from
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Find out more about Amazon original pilots from top creators,...

About Sara Solves It: Sara and her brother find answers to math mysteries. Created by Carol Greenwald (Curious George) and Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues). http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CB6RQN0

About Annebots: Kid scientist Anne learns about the world in her junkyard lab with her best pal Nick, and her android helpers. Created by J.J. Johnson (Dino Dan). http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00

About Creative Galaxy: Soar with a loveable alien artist to colorful planets of art and inspiration. Created by Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues). http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CB6SU5I

About Tumbleaf: Join Fig, a small blue fox, on his journeys through a whimsical land with adventure, friendship and love down every path. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CC00JDE

About Positively Ozitively: Travel by hot air balloon to Oz with Dot, Dorothy’s daughter,
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Amazon's Prime Instant Video Greenlights 'Sara Solves It' Children's Pilot

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Amazon's Prime Instant Video Greenlights 'Sara Solves It' Children's Pilot
Amazon's Prime Instant Video streaming service is getting childish with its next venture. Amazon Studios, which produces movies and series for online giant Amazon.com, has given the greenlight to the children's pilot "Sara Solves It." The series comes with a pretty esteemed pedigree as far as children's shows are concerned. Created by "Curious George" and "Arthur" executive producer Carol Greenwald, who serves as senior executive producer of children's programming at Wgbh, and "Blue's Clues" writer Angela Santomero, the plot follows brother and sister duo Sara and Sam on absorbing and relatable mysteries
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Amazon Studios Greenlights Children’s Pilot

Amazon Studios, the original movie and series production arm of Amazon.com, has ordered another test pilot for an original children’s series, Sara Solves It. Co-developed by Wgbh and Out of the Blue Enterprises, the animated show was created by Emmy Award winner Carol Greenwald (Curious George) and Angela C. Santomero (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood), who serve as executive producers. It follows brother and sister duo Sara and Sam as they take on mysteries that spring from the questions young children encounter in their daily lives. Each mystery is an interactive, math-based puzzle that the home viewer can solve along with the characters. Sara Solves It joins the five children’s pilots Amazon Studios greenlighted in January. The company also has eight comedy pilots in various stages of production. Once completed, the pilots will be posted on Prime Instant Video and Amazon Instant Video for customers to watch for free.
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Movie Review - 'The Tale of Despereaux'

The Tale of Despereaux

Starring Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson, and Dustin Hoffman

Directed by Bob Fell and Rob Stevenhagen

Rated G

The Tale of Despereaux unfolds like a children’s book, which is good news since this is, after all, adapted from a children’s book. Without being overly complicated, its story is a bit of a page-turner, although some of the time you’d be content to just stare at the pictures.

Animation has likely never been a bigger financial boon for studios (in a time when most other movies carry with them huge question marks), and it has never been more on the forefront of emerging technologies. Despite any traditional soft spots you might have for Disney classics like Bambi, this is a true golden age of animated film.

Despereaux comes to us not from Disney, DreamWorks or even Fox, but rather from Universal. Though its only other
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