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Paramount Nudges ‘Sherlock Gnomes’ To Later Release Date

Johnny Depp Murder On The Orient Express

Paramount Pictures is moving Sherlock Gnomes from its scheduled January 12 wide release date to March 23. The pic is a follow-up to 2011 animated hit Gnomeo and Juliet. Johnny Depp is voicing the title character, with other stars including James McAvoy and Emily Blunt. Sherlock now goes up against Paramount's Action Point, Fox's animated Anubis, Lionsgate/Summit's Robin Hood, Fox Searchlight's animated Isle of Dogs and Fox's untitled DWA/Blue Sky release. The January 12… Read


Lionsgate Takes U.S. Rights To Aardman & Studiocanal Animated Comedy ‘Early Man’

Lionsgate has taken U.S. rights to Aardman and Studiocanal's animated comedy adventure Early Man. The film, which features the voices of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams, will be released by Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment label on February 16, 2018, following Studiocanal's European release. Lionsgate will also represent licensing and merchandising for the film in the territory. Lionsgate previously released Aardman/Studiocanal's Oscar-nominated pic Shau… Read


Jon Stewart & HBO Scrap His Digital Animated Series Project

UPDATED: So much for Jon Stewart’s long-in-the-works big return to television. The former Daily Show host and HBO have agreed to scrap his planned digital animated series for the premium cabler. "HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a short form digital animated project,” the parties said in a joint statement tonight. “We all thought the project had great potential, but there were technical issues in terms of production and distribution that proved too… Read


‘DC Super Hero Girls’: Cartoon Network Sets Toon Series For 2018

The world knows them as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl, but the three stars of Cartoon Network’s upcoming toon series are teenage girls trying to balance superpowers and secret identities with, like, managing a social life. Warner Bros. Animation has kicked off production on DC Super Hero Girls, which follows not-so-typical teenagers Diana, Kara and Barbara. Alongside their superhero friends, they have much more to deal with than just protecting the citizens of… Read


‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Season 12 Set For 2019 On Nickelodeon

Are you ready, kids? Hold on to your spatula because Nickelodeon has booked another return trip to Bikini Bottom with a Season 12 greenlight for pop culture phenom SpongeBob SquarePantsThe new episodes will premiere in 2019 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the series, which has Nick says has been the most-watched animated program with kids for more than 15 years. The veteran voice cast is set to return including Tom Kenny as SpongeBob, Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick… Read

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‘Angry Birds 2’ Will Fly In 2019 With New Creative Team

Columbia Pictures and Rovio Entertainment will launch The Angry Birds Movie 2 on September 20, 2019, a date that will coincide with the 10th anniversary of the original game about birds being flung at egg-stealing pigs. This time around, the sequel will be directed by Disney and Sony Pictures Animation vet Thurop Van Orman (The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time) and co-directed by John Rice (Rick and Morty, King of the Hill), who served as lead… Read


Actor, Dub Thyself: Daniel Brühl & Danny DeVito On Joy In Voicing Themselves — Cannes

For Anglo-Saxons, the concept of dubbing can carry with it a comical stigma, bringing to mind the martial arts movies, horror flicks and softcore porn films of the '70s, where the lip movements of the actors hardly matched the (usually flat and booming) voices coming out of the screen. At the Cannes film festival—where all films must be presented in their original language, with French subtitles—it is unthinkable. But dubbing is for many cultures a matter of fact, and… Read


‘DuckTales’: Lin-Manuel Miranda Joins Disney XD’s Toon Reboot

When the DuckTales cast records its lines, Lin-Manuel Miranda will be in the room where it happens. The Hamilton creator/ex-star is lending his voice to the Disney XD toon series reboot that premieres this year. The Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright-composer-actor will recur as fan-favorite character Gizmoduck, a Duckburg hero whose true identity is Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera. He’s a brilliant young intern working for Gyro Gearloose, the personal mad scientist of… Read


Shout! Factory & Funimation Films Partner To Distribute Japanese Ani Film ‘In This Corner Of The World’

Shout! Factory and Funimation Films will jointly launch the animated feature In This Corner of the World on August 11. Based on the award-winning mJapanese anga by Fumiyo Kouno, the film is written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi and produced by Genco and Japanese animation studio Mappa. The film is a coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of WWII about the power of the human spirit. The story follows a young lady named Suzu Urano, who moves in 1944 to the small town… Read


Animated ‘Duck Duck Goose’ Lands At Open Road For 2018 Bow

Open Road Films has acquired U.S. rights to Duck Duck Goose, an animated family comedy produced and financed by Original Force. The pic features the voices of Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya and Lance Lim and the distributor has set an April 20, 2018 release date. Directed by Christopher Jenkins and written by Jenkins and Rob Muir, the pic centers on a high-flying bachelor goose named Peng (Gaffigan) who is injured in flight and finds himself saddled with two adorably hilarious and… Read


Adult Swim Books Stop-Motion Pilot ‘The Shivering Truth’; Jonah Hill & Michael Cera Among Guest Voices

Adult Swim is set to unlock unconscious minds with a pilot order for The Shivering Truth, a stop-motion project from Vernon Chatman. He also will add his voice to the project, along with guest stars Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Starlee Kane. Part of Turner’s upfront today in New York, The Shivering Truth is a darkly surreal anthology comedy verbosely described as “a miniature propulsive omnibus clusterbomb of painfully riotous daymares all dripping with the orange goo of… Read


TBS Orders Toon Series From ‘Regular Show’ Creator & Comedy From The Dress Up Gang Trio

Method Man & Hailey Baldwin to host Drop the Mic

TBS has given greenlights to Close Enough, an animated series from Regular Show creator J.G. Quintel, and an untitled comedy from the trio known as the Dress Up Gang. Both will be part of Turner’s 2017 upfront today in Manhattan. The 13-episode Close Enough is the first collaboration between corporate siblings Cartoon Network Studios and Studio T. The series is described a surreal take on transitioning from twentysomething to thirtysomething. The show revolves around a… Read