Epic Pictures Group has set an August 28 release for Turbo Kid, the “retro-futuristic” pic that won the Midnightrers Audience Award at SXSW in March. The film from Anouk Whissell, François Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell, the Canadian trio known jointly as RKSS Collective, will hit theaters in major markets the same day it arrives on VOD. Set in the postapocalyptic year of 1997, the nostalgic tribute to ’80s action-adventure films follows an orphaned teenager (Munro Chambers) who goes on an adventure to save his female-robot companion (Laurence Laboeuf) from the hands of the evil warlord (Michael Ironside) who controls the only water supply. Aaron Jeffery and Edwin Wright co-star. Check out the bloody new trailer above.
Eric Goldberg, the animation veteran who created the Genie voiced by Robin Williams in Aladdin, has joined the faculty of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Starting in the fall, he will teach classes on the fundamentals of character animation as part of the John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts. Goldberg has won several Annie Awards during his four-decade career, including the Winsor McCay Award for career achievement. His credits include The Princess And The Frog, Looney Tunes: Back In Action, Fantasia/2000 and Hercules.