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Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego Movie Sets ‘Game Night’ Scribe Mark Perez As Writer

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EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has tapped Game Night screenwriter Mark Perez to pen its Carmen Sandiego feature film that has set Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez to topline. No director is attached yet. The streaming service acquired live-action film rights to the iconic 1990s property back in March with Rodriguez attached to the title role. It’s part of a full-court press for Netflix and the brand: Rodriguez also will voice the character in an animated series eyeing a release in… Read


Russell Brand & Paula Patton Join Michael Caine & Matthew Goode In Family Pic ‘Four Kids And It’

Russell Brand and Paula Patton have joined Oscar-winner Michael Caine and The Crown star Matthew Goode in family adventure film Four Kids And It. Shoot is under way in Ireland on the feature which is directed by Andy De Emmony (West Is West) and follows four children who are horrified to learn that their beach holiday is in fact a bonding trip with their potential future step siblings engineered by new couple Alice (Patton) and David (Goode). During an argument, the kids… Read


‘Brady Bunch’ House For Sale – But May Be Torn Down

The iconic home that served as the exterior of TV’s Brady Bunch is up for sale. But among those eyeing the property are developers who may consider tearing it down. The house, located at 11222 Dilling Street in Studio City, CA., is listed for $1.85 million in the multiple listings service and just went on the market.  The listing calls the property “the second-most photographed home in the United States,” after the White House. The residence is two bedrooms with three… Read


‘Mega Man: Fully Charged’ Blasts Into Comic-Con, Sets Premiere Date On Cartoon Network

Mega Man Fully Charged

The popular Capcom video game character Mega Man is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a brand new animated series that will make its debut at San Diego Comic-Con. Mega Man: Fully Charged will premiere its first episode on the Cartoon Network August 5. The new series comes from DHX Media and Dentsu Entertainment. Man of Action Entertainment serve as executive producers and story editors on the series. The series, which is based on the legendary Capcom Mega Man video… Read


Netflix Unveils First Look At ‘She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power’ Revival

Children of the ’80s rejoice! Netflix and DreamWorks Animation have released the first photos of the She-Ra and the Princesses of Power revival — and she came to slay. The new version of the titular heroine looks quite different from the ’80s series many people grew up with, but it keeps in the spirit of the show featuring the mythical warrior princess that will empower a whole new generation of young women. The images (check them out below) reveal some main characters… Read

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‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Registers $100M+ WW; ‘Skyscraper’ Jumps In Low With $40M Offshore – International Box Office

UPDATE, WRITETHRU: After starting early offshore rollout Down Under two weeks ago, Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation checked into another 42 markets this frame, and topped the studio charts with $46.4M in 44 total hubs. The overseas tally is now $54.8M for a global total of $100.12M. The Genndy Tartakovsky-helmed threequel set a new record as Sony's biggest animated opening for the same group of 42 new markets and was No. 1 in 33. Similar to… Read

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‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Checking In With Strong Offshore Debuts, Sets Oz Record

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EXCLUSIVE: Offshore audiences are checking in to Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation as rollout expands this weekend. HT3 had already bowed in Australia on June 28 to capitalize on school breaks, and in its first 16 days of release has surpassed the total gross of HT2, setting a franchise record in the market. The Oz cume is $8.56M. The movie will be in 48% of the overseas footprint through this weekend. The international box office cume… Read


Netflix Preps ‘The Letter For The King’ Adaptation Of Classic Dutch Novel

Netflix has ordered a new Kids & Family original series based on Tonke Dragt's medieval adventure novel, The Letter For The King. This is the streaming service’s first Dutch book adaption, though the coming-of-age series will be shot in English. UK-based FilmWave acquired the international television rights in a deal with Amsterdam-based publishing house Leopold. Will Davies (How To Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots) will adapt for Netflix, together with Dutch producer Paul… Read


Aggregate’s Jason Bateman Teams With Michael Costigan In Multi-Year Netflix Deal For Film & Television

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EXCLUSIVE: Already a staple of the Netflix queue with Ozark and Arrested Development, Jason Bateman has deepened his relationship with the global streaming service. He has partnered with seasoned producer and executive Michael Costigan, and they have set Aggregate Films in a first-look, multiyear deal with Netflix to generate film and TV projects. This becomes the latest big overall deal for Netflix, after recently making massive deals with Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy… Read

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‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ Zaps $86M In Debut; China’s ‘Dying To Survive’ Prescribes $200M – International Box Office

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TUESDAY AM UPDATE, writethru with actuals: Disney/Marvel's Ant-Man And The Wasp took flight in 41 offshore markets over the weekend session, supersizing to $85.9M for its international box office bow. The Paul Rudd/Evangeline Lilly sequel buzzed in about 45% ahead of the first film and landed above Sunday estimates as well as industry expectations, despite the lack of some key markets in this early mix. Spreading its wings across Latin America, mostly smaller hubs in… Read


Disney Channel Rolls Out Supernatural Animated Series ‘Sadie Sparks’

The Disney Channel is preparing a supernatural animated series featuring the voice talents of Strictly Come Dancing's Craig Revel-Horwood, comedian Rufus Hound and young British actress Georgia Lock. The kids' broadcasters will roll out Sadie Sparks in 2019. The show follows the enchanting story of a 14-year-old girl, Sadie, who finds out she has magical abilities and becomes a wizard-in-training, with the guidance and mentorship from a very old and very grumpy rabbit… Read


eOne Buys Out Sierra/Affinity, Names Nick Meyer & Marc Schaberg To Top Exec Posts

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Entertainment One has broadened its film operation through acquisition for a second time this year. eOne has acquired the remaining stake in Sierra/Affinity and named its principals, Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg, to film president and exec veep film/global operations, respectively. eOne president/CEO Darren Throop made the appointment. eOne first bought a minority stake in the international sales and production operation Sierra/Affinity and Sierra Pictures in 2015. It… Read