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Flo Rida To Headline Race To Erase Ms 25th Anniversary Gala

Race to Erase Ms announced today that platinum-selling international music star Flo Rida will headline its historic 25th Anniversary Gala on Friday, April 20 at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

Award-winning singers Elle King and Siedah Garrett will also deliver musical performances throughout the night. The landmark evening will be hosted by HQ Trivia’s Scott Rogowsky, and will feature a Fall 2018 runway show from Hollywood-favorite fashion brand alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet. The legendary, celebrity-filled gala has raised over $47 million to date for Race to Erase Ms and its Center Without Walls program. This year marks the 25th Anniversary Gala, where guests will participate in a silent auction before enjoying a gala dinner and live musical performances. The organization also announced one of the luxury live auction items that will be available to guests of the event – a Ferrari Portofino, one of the first of its kind to reach Los Angeles.
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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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There’s only been one non-acting black female Oscar winner — ‘Mudbound’ can change that

There’s only been one non-acting black female Oscar winner — ‘Mudbound’ can change that
Everyone knows Halle Berry is still the only black Best Actress winner, but there’s a more alarming stat in Oscar history: Only one black woman has won a non-acting Oscar. That was Irene Cara, who co-wrote Best Original Song winner “Flashdance… What a Feeling” from “Flashdance” (1983). She could finally be joined by three more this year — two at once — and all for the same film: “Mudbound.”

Of “Mudbound”’s four nominations, three of the nominees are black women: director/co-writer Dee Rees in Best Adapted Screenplay, and “Mighty River” songwriters Taura Stinson and Mary J. Blige, who’s also up for Best Supporting Actress. (Virgil Williams co-wrote the script and Raphael Saddiq also co-wrote the Best Original Song nominee.)

Rees and Blige have already made Oscar history, with the former being the first black woman nominated in Best Adapted Screenplay and the latter being the first black woman to
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Ology Book Series Is Becoming a Paramount Movie Franchise

In a world where Disney seems to be dominating the market of shared universes and epic sagas, Paramount has set its sights on developing the Ology book series into a new movie franchise. According to a new report, Paramount is currently adapting the 13-book series with a group of A-list screenwriters under producer Akiva Goldsman's Weed Road banner. The best-selling children's book series by Dugald Steer started in 2003 and saw the first book in the series, Dragonology, stay on the New York Times Children's Best Sellers for a staggering 76 weeks.

Paramount has brought in Jeff Pinkler (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon, Lindsey Beer (King Killer), Joe Robert Cole (Black Panther), Nicole Pearlman (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel), and Christina Hodson (Bumblebee) to start the writing process for the Ology movies. The names alone on this list of book titles, which include Spyology,
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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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Ferdinand review – gently subversive animation

A flower-sniffing bull goes on a journey of self-discovery in this fun adaptation of a 30s children’s book

Based on Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson’s 1936 children’s book The Story of Ferdinand, this gently subversive Madrid-set feature from animation studio Blue Sky and frequent collaborator Carlos Saldanha (the Ice Age films, Rio) follows an adorable, flower-sniffing bull named Ferdinand. “Is it Ok if that’s not my dream?” the baby bull asks his father of fighting. When he discovers that he has no choice, Ferdinand scarpers, hoofing it to a flower farm, where he befriends a human girl and her shaggy sheepdog. Ferdinand’s passivity (and flower obsession) isn’t explicitly coded as queer, though the film hints that this might be the case.

Either way, Ferdinand celebrates his mild temperament and non-confrontational masculinity, which remain unchanged as his bull’s body grows resplendently large. The adult Ferdinand
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Ferdinand (2017) – Review

With the big holiday school break fast approaching, parents may be looking for a way to keep the kiddies entertained. Maybe they can be dropped off at the mall’s multiplex while the folks do some last-minute shopping (or exchanging/returning a few weeks from now). Perhaps the pre-teen action of the Jumanji reboot may be a bit overwhelming, along with the new adventure in that “galaxy far, far away”. Well, hopefully they’ve been dazzled by the wonders of the new Disney/Pixar masterwork Coco (you parents and teens should see it, too). Like that recent flick, this one has a distinct Latin flavor, but it’s fairly mild rather than spicy. And it’s based (inspired really) by a 1938 Oscar-winning cartoon short from the “house of mouse”. However, those doing the “re-imagining” (stretching it from eight minutes to over one hundred) are the upstarts from Blue Sky, the
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Exclusive Interview – Ferdinand director Carlos Saldanha

Director Carlos Saldanha’s latest animation, Ferdinand, marks a shift in tone. After the vibrant colours of his two Rio movies and the comic action of Ice Age, we’re presented with the story of a gentle giant, a Spanish bull who doesn’t want to fight.

Based on a children’s book from the 1930s – one that was banned in Spain and ordered by Hitler to be burnt because of its pacifist stance – it tells the story of Ferdinand (voiced by John Cena), the bull who would rather smell the flowers than take his place in the bull ring. For Saldanha, it was a project that took a number of years to develop – or, as he told the family audience at a pre-release screening, longer than many of them had been alive!

Talking to Flickering Myth’s Freda Cooper, he revealed the screening was the first time he had
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘Ferdinand’ With John Cena, Kate McKinnon

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the animated comedy “Ferdinand” starring John Cena and Kate McKinnon!

Ferdinand,” which opens on Dec. 15, 2017 and is rated “PG,” also stars Anthony Anderson, Bobby Cannavale, Peyton Manning, Gina Rodriguez, David Tennant, Jerrod Carmichael and Gabriel Iglesias from director Carlos Saldanha based on the book by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson.

To win your free passes to “Ferdinand” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

Deadline: Entries can continue being submitted through Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at 10 p.m. Cst.
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Carlos Saldanha On Expanding The World Of ‘Ferdinand’

Carlos Saldanha On Expanding The World Of ‘Ferdinand’
The director of a number of films in the Ice Age and Rio series—the latter taking place in his native Brazil—Carlos Saldanha knows his animals. With his latest, Ferdinand, Saldanha gives his take on the classic story of a pacifist fighting bull, first told in Munro Leaf’s classic 1936 children’s book, and later, in an Oscar-winning Disney short. A 2004 Oscar nominee for his Gone Nutty animated short, Saldanha would take Blue Sky Studios to its fourth Oscar nomination if…
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Ferdinand review

From the studio behind the Ice Age films comes Ferdinand, a funny, sensitive film with a good heart. Here’s our review…

Part of the legend surrounding Munro Leaf’s 1936 children’s book The Story of Ferdinand is that it was written, start to finish, in less than 40 minutes. It’s a short story, 30 illustrated pages and maybe 600 words, about a Spanish bull who prefers to smell flowers than to fight.

Blue Sky Studio’s feature-length adaptation has, naturally, taken a great deal longer. The project was first announced in 2011 and originally scheduled for a spring, then summer release this year. (It’s finally opening this month against Star Wars: The Last Jedi, just as its previous non-Ice Age film, The Peanuts Movie, opened against The Force Awakens.)

Why the delay? Story, says Carlos Saldanha, also the director of Rio, who has been with the studio almost from the start.
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Film Review: John Cena in ‘Ferdinand’

Film Review: John Cena in ‘Ferdinand’
Children’s picture-book classic “The Story of Ferdinand” may not be quite the literary phenomenon it was 79 years ago, when Walt Disney adapted Munro Leaf’s pacifist parable into an Oscar-winning animated short, but that doesn’t make the character — a Spanish bull who simply refuses to fight in the ring — any less relevant or endearing today. In fact, while the news cycle may have momentarily shifted away from the serious issue of bullying, what better way to address it with kids than via the story of an actual bull who’s picked on by his peers?

Of course, there’s a world of difference between a seven-minute short and a 108-minute feature, and Fox’s “Ferdinand” — which has been vibrantly brought to life by director Carlos Sandanha (“Rio”) and the team at Blue Sky, the company behind “Ice Age,” “Robots” and the recent Peanuts feature — strains at times, but in what’s been an underwhelming year for
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The 'Today' Show's 11 Biggest Scandals: Matt Lauer's Firing, Kanye West's Epic Call-Out and More

The 'Today' Show's 11 Biggest Scandals: Matt Lauer's Firing, Kanye West's Epic Call-Out and More
Though news of Matt Lauer's shocking firing from the Today show last Wednesday over "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace" rocked the nation, it's not the first time the NBC morning show has caused plenty of controversy.

From Lauer's testy interviews with Tom Cruise and Kanye West, to cringe-worthy on-air gaffes, let's take a look back at the show's nine most memorable scandals.

2005: Tom Cruise gets into heated debate with Lauer over antidepressants.

Tom Cruise appeared on the Today show in June of 2005 to promote War of the Worlds, but the interview quickly went south when the topic changed to Cruise's Scientologist beliefs. Lauer questioned Cruise about slamming Brooke Shields for promoting medication to deal with postpartum depression, prompting the actor to infamously call the Today show co-anchor "glib."

“The thing that I’m saying about Brooke is that there’s misinformation, Ok?" Cruise said. "And she doesn’t understand the history of psychiatry. She doesn’t
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Ventana Sur 2017: A 10-Point Wrap

Ventana Sur 2017: A 10-Point Wrap
Buenos Aires — The most bullish edition of Ventana Sur, Latin America’s biggest film market, closed Friday after a five days of screenings, a panoply of panels, deals, and unequivocal reminders that, in geo-content terms, Latin America is still on the rise as a film and TV power. 10 Takes on this year’s ninth edition:

1. Standouts: ‘Dry Martina,’ ‘La Camarista,’ ‘Love At Last Sight’

Che Sandoval’s “Dry Martina,” Lila Aviles’ “La Camarista” and Sergio Machado’s “Noah’s Ark” proved three standouts at 2017’s Ventana Sur. “Dry Martina,” from Chile’s Forastero and Argentina’s Rizoma, landed what to date looks like the deal of the market, here from Film Factory, within literally a couple of hours of its market screening in Ventana Sur’s Copia 0. “La Camarista,” Mexican Avilés’ feature debut, landed the biggest prize, the European Vision Award, in a strong Primer Corte pix-in-post edition. Starring Ricardo Darin, one of Latin
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Win ‘Ferdinand’ Movie Merchandise

To celebrate the release of Ferdinand, in cinemas 9th December, we’re offering 4 lucky people the chance of winning these amazing merchandise packs, including:

· Sticker Scene

· Activity Mask

· Stationary Set

· Grow Your Own Flower

· Kid’s Christmas Hat with Horns

Fedinand tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.

From Blue Sky Studios and Carlos Saldanha, the director of “Rio” and inspired by the beloved book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, “Ferdinand” is a heart warming animated comedy adventure with an all-star cast that includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson and many more.

To be
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Smallfoot poster offers first look at Channing Tatum’s Migo

It’ll be just under a year before Warner Animation’s Smallfoot hits cinemas, and now we’re getting our first look at Channing Tatum’s abominable snowman, Migo, with this character poster…

And here’s a teaser poster…

Smallfoot is the story of a sasquatch who believes in the existence of humans, despite the rest of her species not sharing the same fantastical outlook.

Directed by Karey Kirkpatrick (Over the Hedge), who co-wrote with Sergio Pablos (Rio), Smallfoot will feature the voice talents Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry and Jimmy Tatro.

Smallfoot will hope to leave a big impression when it hits cinemas on September 14th 2018.

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First Look at Will Smith and Tom Holland's Spies in Disguise

First Look at Will Smith and Tom Holland's Spies in Disguise
Fox Animation, Chernin Entertainment and Blue Sky Studios have announced the voice casting for their upcoming animated film Spies In Disguise. The studio has brought on Will Smith and Tom Holland to lead the voice cast as Lance and Walter in this animated comedy, while also releasing the first two photos featuring each of these characters. It's unclear at this time if the studio will be announcing any further voice cast members for this new project in the near future.

Spies In Disguise is a buddy comedy set in the high octane globe-trotting world of international espionage. Will Smith (Men in Black) voices Lance Sterling, the world's most awesome spy. Cool, charming and super-skilled, saving the world is his occupation. And nobody does it better. Almost the exact opposite of Lance is Walter, voiced by Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming). Walter is a great mind but perhaps not a great socializer.
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Fox’s Animated Feature ‘Ferdinand’ Has A Brand New Trailer

20th Century Fox has released a brand new trailer for their upcoming Blue Sky produced animated feature, Ferdinand. News also reaches us that Nick Jonas has written an original song titled “Home” for the film; and Peyton Manning and Juanes have rounded out the exciting all-star cast alongside John Cena (as Ferdinand), as well as Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Iglesias, Bobby Cannavale, David Tennant, Anthony Anderson, Flula Borg, Sally Phillips, Boris Kodjoe, Jerrod Carmichael, Raul Esparza, Karla Martinez, and Miguel Angel Sylvester.

Related: New Ferdinand trailer arrives online: The film hits cinemas this December

Inspired by the beloved book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, Ferdinand tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.
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New Ferdinand Trailer Introduces Peyton Manning as Guapo the Bull

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New Ferdinand Trailer Introduces Peyton Manning as Guapo the Bull
Don't judge a bull by its cover. 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios have released a new trailer and big news about Ferdinand. Nick Jonas has written an original song titled "Home" for the film, and Peyton Manning and Juanes have rounded out the exciting all-star cast alongside John Cena as Ferdinand, as well as Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Iglesias, Bobby Cannavale, David Tennant, Anthony Anderson, Flula Borg, Sally Phillips, Boris Kodjoe, Jerrod Carmichael, Raul Esparza, Karla Martinez, and Miguel Angel Sylvester.

Along with the trailer, 20th Century Fox has released the first image of Peyton Manning's character, Guapo the Bull. Guapo acts like he's brimming with confidence but under that brash exterior, he's really a bundle of nerves! Thanks to Ferdinand, he learns to overcome his self-doubt. We also have an image of Nick Jonas alongside the title character that you can check out below the trailer.
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The Amazing Similarity Between Jemaine Clement and Mick Jagger’s Voices

So looking at Jemaine Clement and Mick Jagger there are some startling similarities, especially in their voices. as most of you should know, shame on those that don’t, Mick Jagger is the main vocalist for the Rolling Stones and is a rock legend in his own right. Jemain Clement is the voice of Nigel in Rio and Rio 2. He’s also the voice of the giant crab in Moana. Clement also looks a lot like Benecio Del Toro when you really look at him. When you hear the two side by side it’s kind of amazing to hear how alike

The Amazing Similarity Between Jemaine Clement and Mick Jagger’s Voices
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