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‘Frozen’ Marks Broadway Anniversary With News Of International Expansion

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With the Broadway production of Frozen about to mark its first anniversary, Disney Theatrical Productions has announced versions of the show will be performed in Australia, London and Germany in 2020 and 2021. The international rollout follows the previously announced plan for a North American tour of the show starting this fall. Frozen will premiere in Sydney, Australia at the Capitol Theatre in July 2020. In London, it will reopen the refurbished Theatre Royal Drury… Read

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Miramax Hires Sony Animation Alum Michael Lachance As EVP Of New Family & Animation Unit

EXCLUSIVE: Industry veteran Michael Lachance has joined Miramax as EVP of its newly created Family & Animation division. He will oversee the creative direction of the unit, reporting to COO and general counsel Bob Osher. Lachance had been SVP Creative Development at Sony Pictures Animation, where he developed such hits as Hotel Transylvania and its sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and the Smurfs franchise. Lachance has more than 20 years of experience in the… Read

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Paramount Moves ‘Limited Partners’ To 2020 & Dates ‘The Tiger’s Apprentice’ Toon

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Paramount has moved the release of its Tiffany Haddish-Rose Byrne buddy comedy Limited Partners back by six months to January 10 and dated its literary-adaptation toon The Tiger’s Apprentice for 2020. Limited Partners, which the studio acquired as a pitch in July, had been set to roll out on June 28 but no will open January 10. That frame is where STX launched another buddy comedy this year: The Upside, which went on to gross $105 million. The Haddish-Byrne directed by… Read

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Nick Cannon, Whoopi Goldberg, Kenan Thompson & More To Lead Voice Cast of ‘Pierre The Pigeon-Hawk’ Animated Movie

Nick Cannon, EGOT-winner Whoopi Goldberg, Kenan Thompson, Jennifer Coolidge, and E.G. Daily (who best known for voicing Tommy Pickles in Nicktoons’ Rugrats series) have signed on as the voice cast of Pierre The Pigeon-Hawk, a musically driven animated feature from Exodus Film Group and Cannon’s Ncredible Entertainment. Exodus' John D. Eraklis will direct the pic, while Wild 'n Out and The Masked Singer host will oversee the music. Ciaran Crampton and Chase Muratore of NYC… Read

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Netflix Orders ‘Gods & Heroes’ Greek Mythology Anime Series

Netflix has ordered eight episodes of original anime series Gods & Heroes, set in the world of Greek mythology and featuring Jason O'Mara, Mamie Gummer and Chris Diamantopoulos, among others, in the voice cast. The series (see the new poster below), from Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, chronicles the illegitimate son of Zeus, a young man tasked with saving heaven and earth despite the interference of a vengeful goddess and her monstrous forces. "In Gods & Heroes we wanted… Read

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‘My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic’ Ninth Season Will Be Show’s Last; Patton Oswalt And Weird Al Yankovic Returning

After nearly a decade on the air, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is heading over the rainbow after the upcoming ninth season, which Discovery Family has confirmed will be the animated mainstay’s last. In announcing the end of the show, the network said two fan-favorite voice actors, Patton Oswalt and Weird Al Yankovic, will reprise their roles as Quibble Pants and Cheese Sandwich, respectively. Those two character names are destined to pop out for years to come when… Read

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Will Vinton Bio-Documentary In (Stop) Motion From XYZ Films & Starburns

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EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films and Rick and Morty producer Starburns Industries are teaming to produce Welcome to My Daydream, a biographical feature-length documentary about Oscar-winning stop-motion animation icon Will Vinton. Marq Evans (The Glamour & the Squalor) is set to direct, with XYZ handling worldwide sales. The docu will feature new original claymation scenes using characters Vinton helped design before his death in October. Vinton won the Oscar for Animated Short in… Read

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Netflix Teams With Gurinder Chadha & Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park To Turn Nidhi Chanani Graphic Novel ‘Pashmina’ Into Animated Musical

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix will adapt Nidhi Chanani's bestselling graphic novel Pashmina into an original CG-animated musical. Netflix has teamed with Gurinder Chadha — the Bend It Like Beckham helmer whose Bruce Springsteen-infused coming of age film Blinded By the Light was a Sundance sensation with a $15 million New Line deal — and producer and Hyde Park Entertainment principal Ashok Amritraj, and Chadha's long-standing writing partner Paul Mayeda Berges. Pashmina is a fantasy… Read

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Universal Shifts Damon Lindelof’s ‘The Hunt’ To October; ‘Addams Family’ Moves Up A Week – Update

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UPDATED, 11:12 AM: Universal has moved its Damon Lindelof-penned The Hunt from September 27 to October 18, swapping dates with an untitled Blumhouse horror pic. In its new slot, the political thriller will open against Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, which just claimed that slot today. MGM’s The Addams Family also had been set for October 18, but the studio moved it up to October 11 today. The Hunt had been set to battle Universal toon Abominable and Fox drama The A… Read

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NFL Star Von Miller To Topline Animated Comedy Project From OBB About Mars Expansion Team

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EXCLUSIVE: OBB Pictures and Denver Broncos all-pro linebacker Von Miller are teaming on a half-hour animated comedy project titled Mars Martians, about the NFL’s first expansion team on Mars. Miller will voice the lead role and serve as an executive producer on the potential series, which is being written by Maxwell Theodore Vivian (The Cool Kids). Mars Martians will follow Byron Bittman (Miller), the son of a beloved NFL superstar who has spent his life suffering under… Read

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Zac Efron & Anna Kendrick Set For Facebook Watch Animated Comedy ‘Human Discoveries’

Facebook Watch’s new original animated comedy Human Discoveries has set Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick as its stars. The forthcoming series, which will debut later this year, comes from Chris Bruno and David Howard Lee with ShadowMachine founders Corey Campodonico and Alex Bulkley (BoJack Horseman, Final Space, Pinocchio) and Ninja's Runnin' Wild co-producing. Human Discoveries features a group of friends living at the dawn of human civilization. Of course, they’re the first… Read

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‘Victor And Valentino’ Sets Supernatural Premiere On Cartoon Network

The new animated series Victor and Valentino is set to make its debut on the Cartoon Network in the United States and Latin America. The supernatural adventure will premiere simultaneously in the two countries with four episodes March 30 at 9:30 am (ET/PT). For those of you who aren’t in the U.S. or Latin America, don’t fret! The series will debut regions around the world soon. Created by Diego Molano (The Powerpuff Girls, Adult Swim's Black Dynamite) Victor and Valentino… Read