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James Bond 25 Gets Hans Zimmer to Score No Time to Die Soundtrack

  • MovieWeb
There's been something of a musical shake-up in the world of James Bond. Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer has been brought in at the eleventh hour to compose the score for No Time to Die, which will serve as Daniel Craig's final entry in the long-running franchise. Originally, Dan Romer was supposed to handle the soundtrack, but he and the producers ran into "creative differences," which led to the search for a new composer. Now, Zimmer will get to put his spin on 007.

According to a new report, Hans Zimmer is expected to already be working on the movie. Dan Romer is said to have been dismissed by Eon Productions last month. Romer previously worked with director Cary Fukunaga on Beasts of No Nation, as well as his Netflix series Maniac, which is why he was brought on board in the first place. It's unclear precisely how far Romer had gotten into the process,
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Nent Group and NBCUniversal Sign Content Partnership for Kids, Family Programming

  • Variety
Following Nent Group and NBCUniversal’s long-term content partnership signed earlier this year, the two companies have inked a first-window deal for kids and family programming.

Under the agreement, Nent Group will distribute NBCUniversal’s kids series and family content and DreamWorks Animation film catalogue on Viaplay streaming service and Viasat pay-tv channels.

As part of the deal, Nent Group will have first-window rights in the Nordic region to NBCUniversal titles such as “Where’s Waldo?,” “Cleopatra in Space,” “Dragons: Defenders of Berk” and “Curious George,” as well as DreamWorks Animation blockbuster Shrek,” “Trolls,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “Boss Baby” franchises; on top of library titles from Illumination, such as the “Sing” and “Despicable Me” franchises.

“High-quality kids content is a cornerstone of Viaplay’s unique offering, and this latest agreement with NBCUniversal means that our younger viewers can experience even more fantastic entertainment featuring their favourite characters,” said Filippa Wallestam,
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Netflix Adds Aardman’s ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’ to Animation Slate — Exclusive

  • Indiewire
Netflix Adds Aardman’s ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’ to Animation Slate — Exclusive
Netflix has picked up U.S., Canadian, and Latin American rights to Aardman’s latest stop-motion feature, “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon,” the sci-fi/comedy sequel to the Oscar-nominated “Shaun the Sheep Movie.” Co-directed by Aardman animators Richard Phelan and Will Becher, and revolving around a martian toddler, “Farmageddon” will stream in early 2020; Netflix will support an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run next season.

This bolsters Netflix’s ambitious slate of nearly a dozen animated features, coming on the heels of this month’s initial two, Oscar-buzzy, releases: “Klaus,” the charming Santa origin story with innovative 2D, and “I Lost My Body,” the acclaimed French existential mystery about a severed hand that’s the most original animated feature of the season. After only two years, Netflix has quickly established itself as a viable alternative to the Hollywood studios and a direct competitor to indies GKids and Sony Pictures Classics.

Led by Melissa Cobb,
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"Making Waves: The Art Of Cinematic Sound": John Stevenson Interviews Director Midge Costin

  • CinemaRetro
A Cinema Retro Exclusive: director John Stevenson provides an exclusive interview with Midge Costin, director of the acclaimed new film "Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound".

Working on the sound was the most fun part of the two animated feature films I have directed. One of the nicest gifts you get as a director, after working on your film for years, is being able to see your film fresh again once the sound designers and composer have added a whole new dimension to the story. So I was very excited to see Midge Costin's new documentary "Making Waves: The Art Of Cinematic Sound" and have a chance to talk to her about this vital, but often overlooked aspect of movie making. (John Stevenson)

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Animation is Film Review: ‘Ne Zha’

  • Variety
Animation is Film Review: ‘Ne Zha’
It’s not unusual to encounter an animated tale in which the hero is an incorrigible child (just look at “Boss Baby” or the Teen Titans). But the title character of “Ne Zha” is no mere mouthy delinquent. He’s a scamp from hell, a tauntingly invincible bad-seed superkid who has been infused, from birth, with the spirit of the Demon Pearl. He’s never happier than when he’s destroying something (because that’s his nature), and the movie, which was made in China, has already destroyed several box-office records. Since opening in July, “Ne Zha” has taken in $725 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing non-u.S. animated film in history, as well as the second-highest-grossing movie of any kind in China. Given the scowling irascibility of the title character, numbers like that should give the American animation industry pause about its own goody-goody underpinnings.

To anyone who has
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Netflix Oscar-Contender ‘I Lost My Body’ Takes Top Honors at Animation Is Film 2019

Netflix’s “I Lost My Body,” the existential adventure about a severed hand, won the Grand Prize award at the third annual Animation Is Film Festival, held last weekend at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood. The Cannes Nespresso Grand Prize winner from French director Jérémy Clapin beat out GKids’ “Weathering With You,” the popular Japanese climate-change romance from “Your Name” director Makoto Shinkai, which shared the Audience award with “The Swallows of Kabul” (from French directors Zabou Breitman and Elea Gobbe-Mevellec) about love and horror during Taliban occupation.

In addition, Romanian director Anca Damian’s hear-tugger “Marona’s Fantastic Tale” (GKids) earned the special jury prize for visual impact, exploring the memories of a mixed-breed Labrador with its various owners in a daring assortment of animated techniques.

The Aif win for “I Lost My Body,” the adult-themed, boldly graphic mystery about overcoming pain and suffering, means that the streamer
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Animation Is Film Festival Pits Indie Oscar Hopefuls ‘Weathering With You’ and ‘I Lost My Body’ in Competition

Animation Is Film Festival Pits Indie Oscar Hopefuls ‘Weathering With You’ and ‘I Lost My Body’ in Competition
The third annual Animation Is Film Festival (Aif) returns this weekend to the Tcl Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood, with indie Oscar hopefuls “Weathering With You” (GKids), Japan’s official International Film Oscar entry from “Your Name” director Makoto Shinkai, and “I Lost My Body” (Netflix), the Cannes Nespresso Grand Prize winner from director Jeremy Clapin, competing for the jury Grand Prize and Audience awards.

This year Aif (co-sponsored by GKids and Annecy) offers 10 features in competition with a special emphasis on Asian releases. The festival will also present special screenings, retrospectives (a 4K restoration of the Hungarian “Son of the White Mare”), behind-the-scenes presentations (Disney’s “Frozen 2” and Netflix’s “Klaus”), short films (a Best of Annecy with female directors), and more.

“One of the trends that’s really obvious this year is representation by Asia, not just Japan, but China and India, and even within that, you have a huge range of filmmaking,
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Netflix to Adapt ‘Bone’ Comic Book Series as Animated Kids Show

  • The Wrap
Netflix is adapting Jeff Smith’s comic book series “Bone” as an animated kids show, the streaming service announced on Wednesday.

“I’ve waited a long time for this,” Smith said in a statement. “Netflix is the perfect home for ‘Bone.’ Fans of the books know that the story develops chapter by chapter and book by book. An animated series is exactly the way to do this! The team at Netflix understands ‘Bone’ and is committed to doing something special – this is good news for kids and cartoon lovers all over the world.”

According to Netflix, the series follows “the iconic Bone cousins on an adventure through a vast, uncharted desert and into a mysterious valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures.”

Also Read: Rob Lowe, Vanessa Hudgens Headline Netflix's Holiday Movie and TV Slate (Video)

Originally an independently published series, “Bone” ran from 1991 to 2004 across 55 issues. It has since been published in over 30 countries,
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‘Bone’: Netflix Will Animate Jeff Smith’s Acclaimed Comic Book Epic

  • Deadline
Netflix has secured the rights to Jeff Smith’s Bone, the whimsical fantasy epic that’s widely viewed as one of the Holy Grail properties among unadapted comic book classics. Netflix will develop the Bone shelf of international bestsellers as an animated kids series.

The writer, artist, and creator of Bone had an animated reaction to the Netflix acquisition and its ambitions.

“I’ve waited a long time for this,” Smith said. “Netflix is the perfect home for Bone. Fans of the books know that the story develops chapter-by-chapter and book-by-book. An animated series is exactly the way to do this! The team at Netflix understands Bone and is committed to doing something special — this is good news for kids and cartoon lovers all over the world.”

Left unsaid by Smith is the decade that the property spent on the Warner Bros lot. Starting in 2008, multiple Warner attempts to adapt
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DreamWorks Animation Nurtures Female Filmmaking Talent Frame by Frame

  • Variety
DreamWorks Animation Nurtures Female Filmmaking Talent Frame by Frame
Launched by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen as DreamWorks in 1994, DreamWorks Animation celebrates its silver anniversary, marking 25 years since embarking on its first voyage with the Academy Award-nominated biblical epic “The Prince of Egypt.”

Since then, DreamWorks Animation has released 38 feature films, including the blockbuster “Shrek,” “Madagascar,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Trolls” franchises and its newest release, “Abominable.” Earning more than $15 billion at the global box office, DreamWorks has received a multitude of accolades over its history, including three Oscars and three Academy Sci-Tech Awards.

Women have long been in the spotlight at DreamWorks Animation, well known for promoting female talent within their ranks to leadership roles. Here, six female directors share their memories of working at the studio during its first quarter century: Lorna Cook, Vicky Jenson, Elaine Bogan, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Brenda Chapman, and Jill Culton.

Lorna Cook

Animator-director

For Cook,
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DreamWorks Animation & Universal To Release ‘Spirit Riding Free’ & ‘The Bad Guys’ In 2021

  • Deadline
DreamWorks Animation has added two more feature toons to its 2021 slate, the Untitled Spirit Riding Free movie based on its Netflix series on May 14, and The Bad Guys on September 17 based on Aaron Blabey’s bestselling Scholastic book series. This raises the Glendale studio’s release count for that year to three titles, the other being The Boss Baby 2 on March 26, 2021. Spooky Jack, previously dated for September 17, 2021, is now unset. The global distribution of Dwa titles is overseen by Universal.

Spirit Riding Free‘s origins go back to the 2002 Oscar-nominated movie Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron ($122.5M global box office). In 2017, that feature was reimagined by DreamWorks Animation Television as a Netflix original series, Spirit Riding Free, thus igniting interest in the IP among a new generation of young girls.

The new pic will follow headstrong Lucky Prescott, who is forced to move from her big-city home to a small frontier town,
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‘Spirit Riding Free’ and ‘The Bad Guys’ Animated Movies Set at DreamWorks and Universal

  • The Wrap
DreamWorks Animation and Universal Pictures are in the works on animated films based on the TV series “Spirit Riding Free” and “The Bad Guys” book series, both of which are set to be released in 2021, the studios announced on Monday.

The untitled “Spirit Riding Free” film, based on the Netflix original series from DreamWorks Animation Television, will open wide on May 14, 2021. “The Bad Guys,” based on the 10-book children’s series from author Aaron Blabey, will open on Sept. 17, 2021.

The Bad Guys” will take the spot of “Spooky Jack,” a collaboration between DreamWorks and Blumhouse, which is now unset.

Also Read: All 36 DreamWorks Animation Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

Spirit Riding Free” follows the unbreakable bond between a free-spirited girl and her wild stallion companion. The show has run for 52 episodes since May 2017, all of which are available on Netflix, and more episodes and content are on the
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All 36 DreamWorks Animation Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

  • The Wrap
DreamWorks Animation has gone through its share of upheaval, with a few big successes and some notable failures. Since its first animation releases in 1998, it has changed, diversified, merged and been acquired by major studios. Given those fluctuations it’s not surprising that its roster of 33 movies are of varying quality. With their latest –Trolls– opening Friday, we take a look at the best and worst that DreamWorks has to offer.

1. How to Train Your Dragon (2010): Audiences are joyfully transported watching Hiccup, a gangly teenage boy and Toothless, his beloved, green-eyed winged dragon, soar above the Nordic landscape. It’s a rare movie aimed at children in which the hero faces– but doesn’t fully overcome– peril. While Hiccup is undeniably courageous, he loses a leg. There’s nuance, mystery and narrative heft here amid the brisk pacing and exhilaration. The 3D animation is indelibly beautiful.

2. How to Train Your Dragon 2
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'Abominable' gets India release date

"Abominable", a heart-warming film about love, trust and friendship, from the makers of "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Kung Fu Panda" -- DreamWorks Animation -- is set to release in India in 3D and 2D on September 27.

Co-produced by Pearl Studios, "Abominable" narrates the tale of a wide-eyed, mystical creature, a Yeti named Everest and his newly found friend, Yi and their 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of China to Himalayan snowscapes, all the way to Mount Everest.

Also Read:?Why Jessica Chastain said yes to 'It Chapter Two'

With DreamWorks' animation, it has Jill Culton's direction and storytelling. It is also a directorial debut for Culton who in the past was an animator and storyboard artist on "Toy Story", "A Bug's Life" and "Toy Story 2".

"Abominable" will be distributed by Universal Pictures in India.
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Participant Media Ups Jeannine Tang To General Counsel

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Participant Media has promoted Jeannine Tang to General Counsel, where she will be tasked with overseeing all business and legal affairs for the production company behind Netflix’s Roma and When They See Us and Oscar Best Picture winners Spotlight and Green Book.

Tang, who joined Participant in January 2018 as Svp Business and Legal Affairs from The Weinstein Company, will report to Participant COO Gabriel Brakin.

“Jeannine has been a tremendous asset to Participant since joining the company, leveraging her extensive knowledge and expertise,” Brakin said Wednesday. “She has proven to be an instinctive leader, and I am excited to have her lead this dynamic team as they lay the foundation for creating impactful content for audiences worldwide.”

As Svp, Tang has overseen business and legal affairs for Participant’s TV slate that includes Netflix’s Emmy-nominated When They See Us, and has lead production and financing negotiations on upcoming
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Disney Channel Orders Animated Series ‘The Curse of Molly McGee’; Toon Studio Inks Several Overall Deals

  • Deadline
Disney Channel has greenlighted The Curse of Molly McGee, an animated buddy comedy series about a tween optimist and grumpy ghost from the Emmy-winning duo behind The Penguins of Madagascar.

The series from Disney Television Animation follows the adventures of Molly, who lives to make the world a better place, and Scratch, whose joy comes from spreading misery. When one of Scratch’s spells backfires, he finds himself forever cursed in Molly’s presence.

The Curse of Molly McGee is executive produced by Bill Motz and Bob Roth, former EPs of Disney Xd’s Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, along with Emmy winner Steve Loter. No cast was announced.

Disney Channel also said today that it signed a number of toon creators and artists to overall development deals. Among them are Bruce Smith (The Proud Family), Jeff Howard (Planes), Kate Kondell (The Pirate Fairy
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10 DreamWorks Logic Memes That Are Too Hilarious For Words

DreamWorks is famous for the Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, and Madagascar franchises. They've also produced memorable favorites The Croods, Shark Tale, Over The Hedge, and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, to name a few.

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Avid viewers recollect these movies with nostalgia, no doubt laughing over certain scenes and then referencing them in everyday conversation.

DreamWorks tends to skew its logic from time to time--like how could Donkey and Dragon have children!? That said, here are 10 DreamWorks logic memes that are just too hilarious for words.
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Hong Kong’s Camsing, Owner Of Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment, Plunges 90% On Exchanges After Chairwoman Arrested

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Hong Kong’s Camsing, Owner Of Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment, Plunges 90% On Exchanges After Chairwoman Arrested
Hong Kong media and entertainment company Camsing International, owner of Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment, plunged 90% on local exchanges today as it emerged that its chairwoman was arrested over the weekend.

Company founder Lo Ching was “currently being held in criminal custody” by the Shanghai Public Security Bureau, the company told the Hong Kong stock exchange without giving a reason for the detention.

According to the Ft, the precipitous decline on the stock exchange wiped out around $700M from Camsing’s market capitalization, which now stands at just over $80M.

Camsing, which bought Pow! in 2017, operates a theme park in southern China and sells merchandising based on movie brands such as Transformers and Kung Fu Panda.

Lo Ching is also chairwoman of Shanghai-listed construction firm Jiangsu Boxin Investing and Holding. That company also took a sizeable hit on Monday before recovering at end of play. In a statement to the Shanghai stock exchange,
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‘Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise’ is a Bruce Lee-Inspired Martial Arts Stage Musical From Sia and the Writers of ‘Kung Fu Panda’

Touted in ads as a “futuristic kung fu musical”, Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise is an imaginative premature hatchling at its world premiere at The Shed in Manhattan Hudson Yard. It has creative parentage in Chinese opera and film director Chen Shi-Zheng (Dark Matter) and Kung Fu Panda writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, with Sia as […]

The post ‘Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise’ is a Bruce Lee-Inspired Martial Arts Stage Musical From Sia and the Writers of ‘Kung Fu Panda’ appeared first on /Film.
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‘Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny Season 2’ Trailer: Po and His Students Pack a Punch

‘Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny Season 2’ Trailer: Po and His Students Pack a Punch
Kung Fu Panda continues to kick butt on the small screen, as Po and his disciples prepare for another great adventure in the second season of Amazon Prime Video’s Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny. While the colorful ensembles of the first three smash hit Kung Fu Panda movies appear sparingly in DreamWorks’ streaming platform series, the Kung […]

The post ‘Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny Season 2’ Trailer: Po and His Students Pack a Punch appeared first on /Film.
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