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Funko Pop! Movie Is Officially Happening at Warner Bros. Animation

  • MovieWeb
It's official: we're getting Funko Pop! the Movie. Rumors of just such a project sprang up earlier this year in January, though they weren't corroborated, until now that is. Warner Bros. has partnered with the highly-successful toy company to bring their line of incredibly popular figurines to the big screen. Given the success of The Lego Movie, and with the never-ending line of Pop! figures being produced that seem to fly off the shelves, this felt inevitable.

According to a new report, Warner Bros. has optioned the rights to the Funko brand. Now, Warner Bros. Animation has been set to adapt the toys into a movie. Teddy Newton (The Trouble With Lou) is set to pen the screenplay, with Mark Dindal also on board. Though his role wasn't specified in the initial report, it's presumed that Dindal will direct. Allison Abbate, Executive Vice President of Warner Animation Group, is set
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Ratings: Fox Finishes 3rd With ‘Spin the Wheel’ Finale on Night of NFL Kickoff Game

  • The Wrap
Updated Friday at 12:40 pm P.T. to include Thursday primetime’s finalized Nielsen data.

With the 2019 NFL Kickoff Game on NBC, “Spin the Wheel” never had a chance last night. Of course, neither did the rest of broadcast.

The Green Bay Packers’ 10-3 victory over the Chicago Bears averaged 22 million viewers Thursday, according to the final, time zone-adjusted Nielsen data, which came in around 12:40 p.m. Pt on Friday. From 8:23 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Et yesterday, the game scored a 12.8 national household rating/26 share, which is up 13% from last year (11.3/23).

When adding in streams on NBC Sports Digital and NFL Digital platforms, the Total Audience Delivery (Tad) for the game rose to 22.7 million viewers. That Tad tally makes it the most-watched sporting event since this year’s Super Bowl.

Also Read: Packers vs Bears Is Highest-Rated NFL Kickoff Game in 3 Years

Thursday’s game is
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‘It’ Producer Roy Lee Accused of Fraud Over Fees and Credits for Dozens of Projects in Lawsuit

‘It’ Producer Roy Lee Accused of Fraud Over Fees and Credits for Dozens of Projects in Lawsuit
Roy Lee, a producer on the new “It” films, “The Lego Movie” and many others, has been accused by a former associate of fraud and sued for tens of millions of dollars in damages regarding fees and credits across dozens of Lee’s projects in a complaint filed to L.A. County Superior Court Wednesday.

John Powers Middleton, a former associate of Lee’s and also a co-producer on “The Lego Movie,” says in the lawsuit he lost out on millions of dollars of fees as well as executive producer credits due to Lee’s “fraud and deceit.” Middleton is suing Lee for fraud, breach of contract, unfair competition, unjust enrichment and accounting.

Middleton says that he had a deal with Lee and his company RL2 Films between 2010 and 2016 in which he would get 20% of fees and executive producer credits on films if he were to cover half of the overhead expenses.
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The Flash Movie Is Absolutely Still Happening Confirms Ezra Miller

Is The Flash still happening? According to its star, the standalone DC adventure is 'absolutely confirmed'. Ezra Miller has been talking about The Flash standalone movie for years now, though not at any fault of his own. The movie has seen plenty of production problems with one director after the next bailing on the project. Last we heard, Ezra Miller was taking the script into his own hands. We're not sure how that panned out, but he says this about his upcoming projects when asked what is next for the actor.

"Well, I'll tell you the ones that I can tell you about, because they're absolutely confirmed. [They] are Fantastic Beasts 3... The Flash movie...I'm making more music with Sons of an Illustrious Father, the band I'm in. And I'm also making some music on my own."

Fantastic Beasts 3 has also been delayed, as Harry Potter fans weren't down with the previous installment,
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Diamond unveils Previews Exclusive Miles Morales Pop! Vinyl from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Diamond Comics Distributors has revealed its Previews exclusive Miles Morales Funko Pop! vinyl figure from the Oscar-winning animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; check it out here…

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, the screenplay is by Phil Lord. The film is produced, in association with Marvel, by Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Christina Steinberg.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse features a voice cast that includes Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry,
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‘Playmobil: The Movie’ Review

  • Nerdly
Features the voices of: Anna Taylor-Joy, Gabriel Bateman, Dino Andrade, Ian James Corlett, Lino Disalvo, Ben Diskin, Jim Gaffigan, Kellen Goff, Wilson Gonzalez, Adam Lambert, Dan Navarro, Tito Ortiz, Daniel Radcliffe, Kenan Thompson | Written by Blaise Hemingway, Greg Erb, Jason Oremland | Directed by Lino Disalvo

Playmobil: The Movie, directed by Lino Disalvo, is the latest feature film adaption of a pre-existing toy or product that is adapted to capitalise on for monetary gain. The world has already been gifted not one but two Lego Movie features as well as a double bill of Angry Birds films, and now it is time for Playmobil to try its hand at creating a franchise and try to stand tall amid other highly successful ventures.

The end result is a mixed venture that does not quite grasp nor understand what works within a feature film of this calibre. On the surface, the whole basis
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Aladdin producer reveals why Guy Ritchie was chosen to direct

Aladdin producer Dan Lin has explained why Guy Ritchie was chosen to direct the Disney movie.

Guy Ritchie, a man known for his dark, gritty, and violent action movies, isn’t the first name that comes to mind to direct a Disney movie like Aladdin. But for this year’s live-action remake of the classic film, he was the man to get the job.

Why was this decision made? Well, producer Dan Lin explained it all to ComicBook.com: “I had known him very well from the previous two movies and what I discovered was that his kids loved the Aladdin original animated movie, as did his wife. And they loved the animated movie and they loved the Broadway musical. And that’s why I sent it to him because he was at the stage of his career which I was at many years ago, where I wanted to make movies for my kids.
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Movie Review – Playmobil: The Movie (2019)

Playmobil: The Movie, 2019.

Directed by Lino Disalvo.

Featuring the voice talents of Anya Taylor Joy, Jim Gaffigan, Gabriel Bateman, Adam Lambert, Meghan Trainor, Kenan Thompson and Daniel Radcliffe.

Synopsis:

When her younger brother Charlie (Gabriel Bateman) unexpectedly disappears into the magical, animated universe of Playmobil, unprepared Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy) must go on a quest of a lifetime to bring him home.

Marla is afraid to tell her parents that she’s ready to set off for a life of adventure, new passport in hand. Cue the first song, and tragic news that separates a girl from her dream. But when younger brother Charlie yearns for fun in his life and sneaks off into a nearby toy convention, Marla is given an opportunity to rekindle that travelling spirit. Sucked into a plastic world filled with any number of pirates, romans, Vikings and even dinosaurs, Marla will stop at nothing on her high stakes rescue adventure.
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‘Spider-Man’ Universe TV Series “Really Special”, Chris Miller Says Of Sony Pictures TV Project

  • Deadline
‘Spider-Man’ Universe TV Series “Really Special”, Chris Miller Says Of Sony Pictures TV Project
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse executive producer Chris Miller can’t talk yet about the upcoming suite of TV series based on the Marvel characters that Sony controls, but he’s got a plan of how it is all going to work.

“We are developing a handful of live-action shows using Sony’s Marvel characters, of which there are like 900 characters,” the Bless the Harts Ep told Deadline on Wednesday at TCA about the top secret project(s). “We’re figuring out a way to develop the shows so that each are their own unique experience but are also related.”

While Miller wouldn’t confirm the stories were going to be drawn from the Spider-Man canon, he made it clear that element of the big overall deal with Sony Pictures TV he and Phil Lord have is a hot ticket in town.

“We’ve been talking to a lot of potential
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Film Review: ‘Playmobil: The Movie’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Playmobil: The Movie’
Tucked in the closing credits of “Playmobil: The Movie” is a dedication to Horst Brandstätter, the German entrepreneur whose company began production of the now-iconic Playmobil toys in the 1970s — acknowledging a vast popular legacy for the dinky figurines that now extends to a whole animated feature. It’s a nice touch, if a tellingly incomplete one: Unmentioned is Hans Beck, the inventor who designed and developed the toys themselves, and by the end of this snazzy but shrilly synthetic kids’ romp, it’s hardly surprising to see business acumen honored ahead of creative input. An attempt to do for the smiling, claw-handed Playmobil collective what “The Lego Movie” did for the humble plastic brick — but without that blockbuster’s dizzy, self-aware wit and visual invention — Lino Disalvo’s hyperactive film never transcends its blatant product-flogging purpose.

The result, brightly stuffed with pirates and vikings and glitter-winged creatures at every turn,
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Movies based on Toys

It’s the movie we are pretty sure no one asked for but this August the very first Playmobil movie will be hitting the big screen. And this has got us wondering whether any toy franchise is safe from being brought to life as a feature film. That said, there is a strong cinematic history of turning everyday toys into a fleshed-out film and, with some proving hugely lucrative, its no wonder they’re scraping the toy store clean. However, toy-films have been executed with varying degrees of success and, with some big flops, Playmobil is undoubtedly as much of a risk of being a train wreck as it may be brilliant. So let’s look at some other movies based on toys.

The Lego Movie (2014)

The Lego company started a whole 86 years ago and the famous plastic bricks have been encouraging creativity around the globe since 1947. The announcement of
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Phil Lord & Chris Miller Sign New First Look Film Deal at Universal Pictures

Phil Lord & Chris Miller Sign New First Look Film Deal at Universal Pictures
Phil Lord & Chris Miller have been behind an impressive array of innovative films over the past decade. They gave the big screen TV adaptation new life with 21 Jump Street, somehow turned a building brick into a viable feature film with The Lego Movie, and helped innovate in animation and comic book stories with […]

The post Phil Lord & Chris Miller Sign New First Look Film Deal at Universal Pictures appeared first on /Film.
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Universal Locks Down Phil Lord & Chris Miller with First-Look Film Deal

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who made unlikely hits out of The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street then scored an Oscar as producers on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, have officially set up shop at Universal with a first-look film production deal. According to Deadline, the new deal will see the duo's Lord Miller banner develop films based on "original content, existing IP, and other media formats with an emphasis on championing fresh voices." Basically, my first question is how soon can we rush Into the Hulk-a-Verse into production? Or Jurassic-Verse. Or, oh …
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Phil Lord, Chris Miller Sign First-Look Deal With Universal Pictures

  • The Wrap
Universal Pictures and Lord Miller, led by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, have signed a first-look production deal, the studio announced Friday.

Where the pair would set up shop was a highly competitive situation before Lord and Miller decided to make a deal with Universal, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

The duo recently won the Best Animated Feature Oscar for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which they produced. Their writing and directing credits include “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” “21 Jump Street” and “The Lego Movie,” which have grossed more than $3.3 billion at the global box office.

Also Read: Phil Lord and Chris Miller Sign Five-Year Exclusive Overall Deal with Sony Pictures Television

This deal marks the first overall feature deal for the filmmakers. Under the new deal, Lord Miller will develop features on both the comedy and drama side based on original content, existing IP and other media formats.
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Phil Lord and Chris Miller Sign First-Look Deal With Universal Pictures

  • Variety
Phil Lord and Chris Miller Sign First-Look Deal With Universal Pictures
Phil Lord and Chris Miller have signed a first-look deal with Universal Pictures.

The pair recently won the best animated movie Oscar for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which they produced. Additionally, the series originated by the duo, including “21 Jump Street,” “The Lego Movie” and “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” have grossed more than $3.3 billion at the global box office.

This marks the first overall feature deal for the team, which has purposefully remained independent producers on the film side. With the expansion of their Lord Miller production banner, including the addition of Aditya Sood as president of film and an expansive five-year overall television deal with Sony Pictures Television, a first-look deal on the features side was a logical next step.

“Universal has a history of breaking new ground and championing unexpected voices, so for us it’s a very welcoming environment to make bold, original films that push the medium forward,
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Phil Lord & Chris Miller Set Their Lord Miller Film Banner At Universal Pictures

  • Deadline
Phil Lord & Chris Miller Set Their Lord Miller Film Banner At Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures has set in a first-look film production deal with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the franchise-launching duo who shared the Best Animated Film Oscar for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and who hatched the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie franchises. Their films have collectively grossed $3.3 billion.

While studio competition for talent in mega-buck deals is these days mostly restricted to television, Lord Miller has been the exception. Deadline revealed last month that studios were hot and heavy in the chase to bring the deal to their lot, and this was the film deal everyone wanted. Universal was led in its pursuit by Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Donna Langley and Peter Cramer, president of Universal Pictures.

This is a natural next step for Lord & Miller, which has been expanding its ambitions and recently brought in former Genre Films president Aditya Sood
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Phil Lord, Chris Miller Set First-Look Deal With Universal

Phil Lord, Chris Miller Set First-Look Deal With Universal
Phil Lord and Chris Miller — the Oscar-winning filmmakers behind 21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie and Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse — have signed a first-look deal with Universal Pictures.

The pact marks the first overall feature film agreement for the duo under their Lord Miller banner, which recently signed a nine-figure, five-year overall television deal with Sony Pictures TV.

Lord Miller also recently named Aditya Sood as president of film — he will lead the company's motion picture group that includes longtime film executives Will Allegra and Rebecca Karch, who serve as senior vp and vp, respectively.

With the Universal pact,...
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The Angry Birds Movie 2 review – another fun-filled flutter

Sworn animal enemies must team up as the smartphone game adaptation catapults towards another minor triumph

Sony Animation’s The Angry Birds Movie surprised many three years ago by a) not being terrible, and b) actually being quite fun in a disposable way: the zappiest attempt at brand extension this side of The Lego Movie. The sequel tempts fate by pausing the innately funny war between birds and pigs in order to pit both factions against new predators from the neighbouring Eagle Island. Incoming director Thurop van Orman approaches this expanded universe with something of the visual ambition of Pixar’s Brad Bird and a restless, playful spirit reminiscent of the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films. The birds are no longer as irate as they once were, but the franchise appears to have levelled up.

The original itched to get past its origin story and on to pixelating the game’s parrot-slinging.
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Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Tap Aditya Sood To Spearhead Growing Film Ambitions As Studios Court Them For Overall Movie Deal

  • Deadline
Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Tap Aditya Sood To Spearhead Growing Film Ambitions As Studios Court Them For Overall Movie Deal
Exclusive: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have hired well regarded production executive Aditya Sood to become head of film for their Lord Miller banner. The move to secure the former Genre Films president comes at a key moment for filmmakers coming off the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Later this month, they will meet with all the major studios before deciding where to make their first overall movie deal. This comes after the duo set their TV operations at Sony Pictures Television in an epic-sized five-year deal last April.

Sood’s challenge will be to lead their motion picture group ambitions, with an emphasis on developing original and existing IP projects and championing fresh voices. Sood will lead a motion picture group staff that includes longtime film executives Will Allegra and Rebecca Karch who have been upped to Senior Vice President and Vice President, respectively.

The Sood hiring seemed destined to happen at some point.
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Myst Movie and TV Series Planned, Based on Classic 1990s Adventure Game

Joseph Baxter Jun 26, 2019

Myst, the groundbreaking 1993 adventure game, will be the focus of a multimedium franchise blitz, with plans for a movie and TV series.

Myst is probably a name that – if you’re old enough to remember it – you haven’t heard in a Long time. That, however, is about to change in a big way, since Hollywood has set its sights on the long-dormant video game franchise, which, back in the ‘90s was a groundbreaking, immersive adventure into a surreal, sometimes-creepy, world.

Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, a production company that’s had a slice of proverbial picture pies like The Matrix Trilogy, The Lego Movie, the Robert Downey Jr.-fronted Sherlock Holmes films, the Ocean’s heist movies and even the Joaquin Phoenix-starring Joker solo movie, just acquired the film and television rights to the Myst franchise. Indeed, the company wasted no time announcing ambitious franchise designs
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