On the eve of MIPCOM, The Jim Henson Company has finalized a new broadcast agreement with Discovery Kids Latin America to air the all-new CGI-animated series, Dinosaur Train, across the region.
Geographical Region: South America
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced today that Alexander Marin has been promoted to senior vice president, distribution, Latin America & the Caribbean.
4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE), the diversified children’s entertainment and media organization, has appointed Exim Licensing Group and Tycoon Enterprises as Licensing Agents in Latin America and Mexico respectively for Amberwood Entertainment’s ROLLBOTS.
HANCOCK is coming back. Columbia has just hired Adam Fierro (THE SHIELD/DEXTER) and Glen Mazzara (CRASH/LIFE) to pen the sequel. In 2008, the original film grossed $624M worldwide.
The HollywoodReporter notes both Will Smith and helmer Peter Berg will both return. Plot details are yet still unknown.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has landed screenwriter James Vanderbilt to pen SPIDER-MAN 5 and SPIDER-MAN 6, reports Variety.
Vanderbilt was the first writer onboard SPIDER-MAN 4. Director Sam Raimi then brought in playwright David Lindsay-Abaire to rewrite his script and Gary Ross to perform final rewrites, before the 2010 shoot begins.
Producer Alex Garcia plans to bring the Hanna-Barbara TV cartoon, TOP CAT, to new life reports Variety.
Garcia will pair with Anima Studios for the animated feature as WB preps for a summer 2011 or 2012 release across Latin America. The former finance exec. has also partnered with Santa Barbara-based Nala Films, the Rovzar Bros.' Lemon Films in Mexico and Argentina's Costa Films.
Garcia’s grandfather, Arturo de Cordova, was a screen icon from Mexico’s Golden Age.
Asian actor/singer, Jay Chou, will replace Stephen Chow as Kato in THE GREEN HORNET. According to the HollywoodReporter Chou and Seth Rogen are confirmed to be the new crime-fighting team for Columbia’s THE GREEN HORNET, under Michel Gondry’s direction.
Chou, born in Taiwan, transitioned from singer to actor with a lead role in the 2005 comedy, INITIAL D. In 2006, he appeared in CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER, alongside Chow Yun-Fat and Gong Li.
Press Release from Ottawa Animation Festival
From October 14-18, 2009, hundreds of international animators will descend on Canada’s capital with one goal in mind: capturing one of the prizes up for grabs at this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF).
Columbia's BATTLE: LOS ANGELES had added Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Pena and Bridget Moynahan to the cast, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Aaron Eckhart will stars in the sci-fi flick, which begins filming this fall.
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman follows a Marine staff sergeant (Eckhart) and his new platoon as the try to repel an alien invasion on the Los Angeles streets.
Press Release from IMAX Corporation
LOS ANGELES, July 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sony Pictures Animation and IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ: IMAX; TSX: IMX) today announced that CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, an adaptation of the bestselling children's book written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett, written for the screen and directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, will be released to IMAX(R) theatres simultaneously with the film's wide release on September 18, 2009.
At SIGGRAPH this year, an added focus will highlight music and audio in their significant relationship with computer graphics and interactive techniques.
Nicolas Cage is in early talks with Columbia Pictures to play the gangster villain in THE GREEN HORNET, reports VARIETY.
Cameron Diaz has been in discussions to play a reporter and love interest to Seth Rogan's masked crime fighter. Michel Gondry is directing the film, set for a fall start date. Last week, the studio announced they were looking to replace Stephen Chow as sidekick Kato.
The film is set for a summer 2010 release.
Rogen and writing partner Evan Goldberg wrote the script. Neal Moritz is producing via his Original Films banner.
Press Release from Walt Disney Family Foundation Films
Acclaimed documentary WALT & EL GRUPO, a festival favorite in Rome, Rio, San Francisco, Palm Springs and Seattle, is set to begin its theatrical run with limited releases in Los Angeles and New York on September 11, 2009. The film, from writer/director Theodore Thomas ("Frank and Ollie") and producer Kuniko Okubo, is also scheduled to run for a week in Seattle starting September 25th and will debut in additional markets soon after.
Risky Business Blog reports that REMO WILLIAMS will be returning to the big screen. THE DARK KNIGHT producer Charles Roven and TRANSPORTER producer Steve Chasman will develop the project titled, THE DESTROYER, at Columbia. Charley and Vlas Parlapanides (WAR OF GODS) are writing the script based on the first book in the series.
Press Release from Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation
Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation have tapped Raja Gosnell (BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA, SCOOBY-DOO) to direct SMURFS, the live-action/animated film based on the legendary blue characters created by Peyo, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures, Bob Osher, president of digital production for Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Hannah Minghella, president of production for Sony Pictures Animation.
Press Release from Toei Animation
LOS ANGELES -- July 7, 2009 -- Toei Animation has secured a number of Latin America-based licensees for DRAGON BALL Z, ONE PIECE and SAINT SEIYA, it was announced today by Eduardo Lucio, sales manager, Latin America.
FIAE -- 4th International Festival of Erotic AnimationRio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, BrazilDeadline: August 31, 2009November 2009
Our online submission form is now available, so submit your film! The Regulation and the answers to all your questions can be found via our submissions page. The deadline for submitting your online form is August 31st, 2009, and we must receive your DVD by September 15th, 2009.
Press Release from StudioGPU
Los Angeles, CA -- June 30, 2009 -- StudioGPU announced today the immediate availability of MachStudio Pro, a professional 3D workflow and rendering package created by artists for artists. MachStudio Pro offers a seamless way to create and interact with cinematic quality 3D objects and environments in a non-linear workspace by leveraging the horsepower of off-the-shelf professional graphics processing units (GPUs) to deliver real-time and near real-time workflow performance on a desktop workstation.
ComingSoon.net reports that Columbia Pictures' THE SMURFS, a hybrid of live-action and CGI, will be produced in 3-D. The film is set for a December 17, 2010 release.
David Stem and David Weiss wrote the script to be directed by Colin Brady.
The film will be based on characters first created by Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford in 1958.
Press Release from Rushes
Los Angeles, Calif.-June 29, 2009 -- Rushes Soho Shorts Festival, hosted by the Ascent Media Group-owned post house Rushes, London, has announced the Official Selections for its 11th Year. United States filmmakers will be represented by two films, two broadcast designs and a music video.
Columbia Pictures is developing a feature film based on the videogame UNCHARTED: DRAKE'S FORTUNE, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Kyle Ward, who just recently was hired to pen the HITMAN sequel, will write DRAKE'S. Avi Arad, Charles Roven, Ari Arad and Alex Gartner are producing.
Press Release from MySpace
LOS ANGELES -- MySpace today announced its intent to restructure its international operations and refocus personnel around a smaller number of territories, while retaining a robust global consumer presence.
Summer may just be officially starting, but it seems already half-over, thanks to the early movie season. So far, it's been "VFX on Steroids," what with WOLVERINE, STAR TREK, TERMINATOR SALVATION, ANGELS & DEMONS, LAND OF THE LOST and BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN aggressively raising the bar with high octane advancements across the board.