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Final 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Trailer

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 17:38

Katniss is the only one for the job, but will she be able to handle it after the games destroyed her? That's up for discussion as Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) contemplate the fate of mankind and the role Everdeen will play in the impending rebellion. Lionsgate has released a final trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, setting the stage for this epic 2-part finale.

Katniss is forced to revisit her old home of District 12, an area that has been obliterated and burnt black by the Capitol. On November 21st, she will rise up against the system, and lead an army of freedom fighters against the oppression of a tyrannical state. Watch the latest footage, which finds Peeta offering a warning to Katniss that she'll be dead by morning. Everyone is counting on the strong willed young woman in what is touted as the movie event of the year.

Ms. Everdeen is prepared to pay the ultimate price in this action-packed look at the continuing adventures of this epic blockbuster franchise. If she burns, everyone burns with her!

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 comes to theaters November 21st, 2014 and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Stef Dawson, Evan Ross. The film is directed by Francis Lawrence.

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Obvious Child, Life Itself win in Wroclaw

Film Industry News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 17:30
Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child voted best narrative film at Polish festival.
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Orson Welles' The Other Side Of The Wind Nears Cinemas

His lost, final, unfinished film could hit screens next year

In January 2011, word arrived that Orson Welles; final unfinished film The Other Side Of The Wind was slowly emerging from a messy rights issue and could be on its way to completion. Skip to today, and The New York Times reports that an LA production company has reached a deal.

Royal Road spent five years chasing down the rights holders and had to negotiate a deal between the various competing parties – Welles’s long-time companion and collaborator, Oja Kodar; his daughter and sole heir, Beatrice Welles; and an Iranian-French production company, L’Astrophore.“I am going to sign the contract,” Kodar tells the Times. “The catalyst is the hundred-year anniversary and everybody is moving in a kind of wave. When I finally see it on the screen, then I will tell you that the film is done.”

Wind stars John Huston as a Welles-ish, Hemingway-esque film director, throwing a party on the occasion of his 70th birthday. The narrative flashes backwards and forwards through events in his long life, and encompasses the points of view of journalists present at the party, who are intent on unravelling the director's macho persona. Peter Bogdanovich co-stars (much of the film was shot at his house, where Welles lived for two years), and the cast also includes Dennis Hopper, Claude Chabrol and Welles' long-term partner Oja Kodar.

Shooting and editing on The Other Side Of The Wind took place sporadically over several years, taking in Arizona, France, Holland, England, Spain, Belgium and MGM studios. Welles called it "96% complete" in 1972, and "on the brink of completion" in 1976. By 1979 Welles had edited about 40 minutes of the film, but then hit legal trouble over rights ownership. The unfinished negative has been in a vault in Paris ever since, with occasional rumblings of its re-surfacing. The Showtime network had many of the rights problems ironed out by the late 1990s, but faced opposition from the Welles estate. Bogdanovich has been trying to assemble the film for years, and will now get his chance alongside long-time Steven Spielberg producer Frank Marshall. “We will set up a cutting room and Peter Bogdanovich and I will assemble the film,” Marshall says. “We have notes from Orson Welles. We have scenes that weren’t quite finished, and we need to add music. We will get it done. The good news is that it won’t take so long because of all of the technology today.”

The Royal Road team will be raising funds and finding distributors for the film at this year’s American Film Market, due to kick off next month. If all goes well, the company is looking to screen it next year around May 6, the 100th anniversary of Welles’ birth.

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Chris Columbus Hears Melody

A CG film to kick off a new animation studiio

It can be tough to launch an independent animation studio at a time when Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, Blue Sky/Fox, Illumination and Sony Pictures Animation are all churning out content and enjoying big box office successes. But Power Rangers producer Haim Saban thinks he can muscle into the marketplace, partnering up with video maven Jeremy Zag and director/producer Chris Columbus for a new animation company called Zag Animation Studios.

The company initially plans to kick off producing family fare in 2017, looking to put out one CG animated film and one blend of live-action and CG a year. Columbus, a man with no little history of launching big franchises, is set to start things rolling with CG ‘toon Melody. There are two other films in development, fellow ‘toon Abominable and live-action effort Ghostforce.

"After all of these years, it's fantastic to start a new venture that brings together talented artists from around the world under Jeremy's excellent leadership and Haim's brilliant international business experience," said Columbus in a statement picked up by Variety. Like people such as Disney/Pixar’s John Lasseter or Phil Lord and Chris Miller over at Warner Bros.’ ever-expanding animation department, Columbus will act as overseer on the films he doesn’t direct. Can this new company succeed where other start-ups have faltered? There does seem to be more room for smaller companies such as Toonbox, which had a hit this year with The Nut Job, but we’ll find out for sure in a couple of years…

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Insurgent Character Posters Land

As the film heads to screens in 3D next year

You may already have heard that the Divergent sequel, now labouring until the slightly unwieldy full title of The Divergent Series: Insurgent, will be arriving in cinemas in 3D. Today heralds the arrival of eight new character posters for the film, featuring Shailene Woodley’s Tris and friends (or, in some cases, enemies). {Divergent: Insurgent Character Posters}

The images are a little odd, but then they were designed to be seen in 3D (you can watch them in action at the film’s official site), and make the characters look like they’re running through rubble or have just stepped out of the shower.

Insurgent (we’ll spare you the full name again) finds Tris on the run in future Chicago as she and Four (Theo James) evade the power-hungry Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet). They’ll have to track down what Tris’ family gave their lives to protect, and Tris must face up to her choices as she unlocks the truth about the past and the future of their world. So, you know, just an average day for her since she embraced her Divergent destiny.

With Robert Schwentke directing this time out, and Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer and Naomi Watts all aboard, The Divergent Series: Insurgent lands on March 20 next year.

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Kunal Nayyar, Icon join Bollywoof Tale

Film Industry News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 17:06
Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar attached; Icon takes UK rights.
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Grim Sleeper among IDA nominees

Film Industry News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 17:01
The International Documentary Association (IDA) has announced nominations for the 2014 IDA Documentary Awards today set to take place on December 5 in Los Angeles.
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Gale Anne Hurd in PGA lifetime honour

Film Industry News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 16:58
Gale Anne Hurd will receive the Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. 
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'Grace: The Possession' Interview with Joel David Moore

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 16:57

Ever since his breakout role in 2004's Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Joel David Moore has been entertaining audience with his diverse array of talents that span several genres, from comedy (Grandma's Boy) to horror (Hatchet) to serious dramas (Beyond a Reasonable Doubt) to the biggest movie of all time (Avatar). He has even gone behind the camera to bring us the phenomenal indie Spiral, which he co-directed with Adam Green and he currently stars on the ABC drama series Forever. The actor goes back to his indie horror roots with the thriller Grace: The Possession, currently available on DVD and Digital HD, where he plays Luke, a young priest who helps the title character (Alexia Fast) with her "demons," literally.

I recently had the chance to speak with Joel David Moore about Grace: The Possession, the unique first-person/POV perspective the film was shot in, future projects and much more. Take a look at our conversation below.

I recently spoke with (director) Jeff Chan, and he talked about how much he appreciated collaborating with you, as a fellow director, on the set. Can you talk about forming that relationship with Jeff, and what you first thought of the script?

Joel David Moore: First of all, Jeff doesn't need a lot of help. He is a very, very talented guy, and what's great about him is that he is open to collaboration. It was helpful because of the fact that we were very open to create and if we had questions or concerns along the way, we would come together and try to figure out how to make the best possible version of whatever it was that we were working on. That's always important in filmmaking, and especially in progressive or experimental filmmaking, the way that Grace was shot. It was even more important, because you're going to have times where you're stuck. Even the biggest movies I've done, we get stuck because of technology, and you're catching up with what's going on, and a lot of the time, you don't have everything that you need. In a normal film, you're going to have everything you need, because they've been doing this for a long time. We're rigging a camera to a hockey helmet, and there's a lot going on, on the experimental side of things. Having somebody like Jeff to run that entire thing, was really important. The reason why I really loved this film, one, was because of the script, so I'm glad you asked about the script. The script was fabulous. The script allowed for an actor or a reader to really understand what they were going for, what the POV-type feel was going to be. It brought you in as an audience, just reading it, to realize, 'Oh, I'm going to go on a journey, where a young woman is going to be possessed, and she's going to go through the fear and anxiety of being possessed, and that's going to work up to a full-on possession and an exorcism. That is cool. That is the first time in history that this has been done from the POV perspective. That's why I'm interested in projects like this. That's why I'm a sucker for any type of experimental filmmaking. I always want to go back to my roots, and be a part of projects like this.

I was curious about how something like this was written. It sounds like it was very clear that you were following her journey, so was the format of the actual script a lot different than anything else you've seen?

Joel David Moore: It was. Well, the format, like the Final Draft format was the same, it looked the same, but the structure was very different. The biggest difference was everything was "We." "We pan across the room," or "We walked across the room," because it was really the audience that was feeling whatever it is. It's following the possession, and that's what I think is really cool about this movie. At the same time you're feeling all the emotions that Alexia (Fast)'s character Grace is going through, you're actually following the story line of the possession itself, the actual spirit that possesses her. That's what's cool. It shows that at the beginning, now this isn't a spoiler, but you can see the possession floating and coming into her body, like you see in the trailer. How fun is that for an audience? You sit there, have some popcorn, with some soda at your side, a bunch of other people, in a very safe, dimly-lit room, and yet every horror movie we go to, we're scared by, because we're caught up in the imagination of what's going on. What Jeff decided to do was to take that to the next level, and not only are you going to get caught up in the scares and the supernatural elements, but he's going to put you IN the lens of the person who is going through all of this. That's unique.

There are some scenes where Grace is getting pretty close to you, and that must be awkward for you, with this camera coming into your face. Was that a weird experience to wrap your head around?

Joel David Moore: It was, actually. That specific scene, to give you a little tidbit, was actually hard to shoot, because we had to figure out... you're not only dealing with a camera rig on her face, you're also dealing with how far do you have to stand back to even make this look cinematic? Do you put a new lens on it? Do you zoom in? There's a lot of technical aspects that go into something like that, when you're going in for a kiss to an actual camera. That's a funny thing to say, and I think in 14 years of doing this, I've ever said that before (Laughs). But, in 14 years of doing this, I've never done a film like this either, because us actors are trained to not look at the camera, and you have to in this entire film. It took a little bit of getting used to, having to look into the lens the entire time. Some of the interesting stuff, Brian, was actually when Alexia wasn't doing... she had a body double/stunt double/camera operator, and it was obviously a female so you could see her hands and everything. Alexia is such an incredible actor, she was there the entire time, shadowing whatever the move was, so, as an actor, I could still feel the emotion and get the acting side, instead of having like a script supervisor or producer read the lines. I had the character right there. The funny part about that is, sometimes you want to actually look over at the character (Laughs). We needed a few takes to get into things.

Can you talk about how long you actually had to shoot this? The director was talking about how technically challenging this was, especially with the mirror sequences, but it didn't seem like you had a whole lot of time to pull this off either.

Joel David Moore: We didn't. A good director is also a good First A.D. as well, and by that I mean, a good scheduler. You can be as visual and as artistic as you want, and you can woo an audience and even the actors into how amazing the visuals are going to be in this film, but if you don't stay on schedule, you can't get those visuals. So, Jeff plays a good hand at doing both at the same time, and you need that, especially in something that has a smaller budget and a very progressive shooting schedule. We did this in a month and a half. This is a film that should have probably taken double that time. But, also, in doing that, and in everybody knowing, 'Hey, we only have this amount of time to be able to do this,' it becomes a team. We were already a family. I've worked with Alan Dale before. He's an incredible actor. I've worked with Lin Shaye, who I actually cast in one of my films, a feature that I directed, so we kind of showed up knowing each other. Alexia, there was a fast friendship there because she's about the sweetest person you can find, and she's so incredibly talented. I couldn't see anybody else in that role.

Jeff said that he actually talked to an exorcist. He didn't mention if he was on the set or not, but did you talk to any priests? Especially when we get to the end, with the technical aspects of what needs to be said?

Joel David Moore: You know, I'm a big horror film fan. I love them, I love getting scared, I love even the ridiculousness about that, the fact that we do get scared from this fake imaginary thing on screen that is edited together, and there's tomato juice for blood, depending on the era you're in, but I love that we all fall for that. I actually went back and watched one movie a few times, and that was The Exorcist. That was really the one I wanted to focus in on. I think what The Exorcist dealt with so well, and why it's still arguably one of the best horror films of all time, and one of the better films of all time, is how it treats your priests. The fact that you're getting into their minds, and their frustrations, about wanting to save this little girl, that's as important a story in The Exorcist as the girl is. I mirrored a lot of emotional qualities of these great actors from The Exorcist. I took those, and I borrowed what I needed to borrow, and I brought it to this role, and the vulnerability. I think their passion for her in that role, I had that same passion for Alexia in this role, and I was able to be confused, as far as being her priest and maybe being a romantic interest. I think that's what really struck me about that character.

You mentioned another feature that you directed. Can you talk more about that?

Joel David Moore: I directed a feature called Killing Winston Jones, with Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Glover, Danny Masterson, Jon Heder, Alyson Michalka an amazing cast, Joely Fisher and the incredible Tyler Labine. His new show on Hulu is wonderful, and he's just an incredible actor. So it's a great cast of characters. Lin Shaye is playing Richard Dreyfuss' wife, and I couldn't actually see anybody else doing this, because this character is a mute. So, Lin has to create this very important character that has this entire story line, without saying a word the entire time. That's pretty fascinating, and Lin is such a class act. She shows up to every role with such fervor and passions for every role she's playing.

Are you in post-production on that?

Joel David Moore: Yeah, we're in post, and that will be out next year. I signed on to do another film called Youth in Oregon, for Sundial Pictures. They're an incredible company. They've been to Sundance for the last five years and have had a bunch of theatrical releases, most recently, Obvious Child. If you haven't seen that, it's a great film. Have you seen that, Brian?

That's on my list, my catch-up list.

Joel David Moore: Good, I like to put you on the spot (Laughs). So, they're great filmmakers as a production company, so I'm excited to get into this space, which is personal for me, because it's about my hometown, Portland, Oregon. It's about the whole Kevorkian law, and assisted suicide, and that's something that's close to my heart, because when I was growing up, my parents were voting on those laws, and that's something I was very involved with as a kid, not politically, but emotionally, and I think we tell a very beautiful story, which is based on a true story, that the writer wrote about his grandfather, an 80-year-old man who decides he's a burden on his family and he wants to go back to Oregon, where he was born and raised, and die. He can do that, because of his eligibility. It's a beautiful journey, and I'm really excited to get behind the camera again and start that up.

On the directing side, are you looking to get back into the horror genre at all, possibly something like Spiral? Do you have any scripts you're working on?

Joel David Moore: I'm actually working with an incredible writer, Ronnie Christensen, right now, who has written a lot of things. He and I are working on a cool contained horror-thriller, that will probably be done early next year, and we'll be taking it out to get made. I don't know if I'll have time to direct it, but I will be a part of the production and producing the film and make sure it has whatever vision we wrote it with. So, yes, the answer is yes, and I'm always looking for things to do with (Spiral co-director) Adam Green. He's one of my best friends and we've collaborated on six or seven things at this point. We'll continue to move forward and do some more stuff together.

That's my time. Thanks so much, Joel.

Joel David Moore: Thank you, man. It was good to talk to you again. I always appreciate your support from Spiral. I really appreciate that. We should do this more.

You can watch the multi-talented Joel David Moore in Grace: The Possession, which is available now on DVD and Digital HD.

Grace: The Possession was released October 21st, 2014 and stars Alexia Fast, Daniel Arnold, Madeleine Arthur, Joshua Ballard, Margot Berner, Natasha Burnett, Alan Dale, Brett Dier. The film is directed by Jeff Chan.

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Lightning gets hitched to Preggoland

Film Industry News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 16:54
Lightning Entertainment heads to the AFM with Jacob Tierney’s comedy that premiered in Toronto.
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'Ex Machina' Poster Introduces a New Type of Cyborg

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 16:50

"There's nothing more human than the will to survive.." Teases the first poster for the sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, featuring Alicia Vikander as a cyborg named Ava, which arrives ahead of the first trailer's debut tomorrow.

The plot centers on Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a 24 year old coder at the world's largest internet company who wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan (Oscar Isaac), the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl (Alicia Vikander).

Alex Garland, who wrote the screenplays for 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd 3D, makes his directorial debut with Ex Machina, which is scheduled for release in the U.K. on January 23, 2015, although a domestic release has not been scheduled yet. Check out the poster below, before the first footage debuts tomorrow.

Here is the first look at Ex_Machina ahead of the trailer launch tomorrow. In Cinemas 2015.

— Universal PicturesUK (@universaluk) October 29, 2014

Ex Machina is in development and stars Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Corey Johnson, Deborah Rosan, Evie Wray, Sonoya Mizuno, Elina Alminas. The film is directed by Alex Garland.

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First Look at Simon Pegg in 'Absolutely Anything'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 16:39

Simon Pegg is seen having dinner with a dog, admiring a sausage and chatting with Kate Beckinsale in the first four photos for Absolutely Anything, the latest from Monty Python filmmaker Terry Jones.

The story centers on Simon Pegg's Neil Clarke, who, as Terry Jones explains in an interview with Empire, is given the ability to do anything he wants by a group of aliens, although his decision-making skills leave something to be desired.

"It's about a man called Neil, a teacher in a sink secondary school, who gets given magic powers by aliens. He can make anything happen, [but] he doesn't realize it until his colleague says, 'What would you do if you could do anything?' and Neil responds with, 'I'd make an alien spaceship hit class 4C and vaporise them.' Then there's an explosion in the school, and they run to 4C's classroom, open the door and there's a vast hole in the ground."

The aliens will be voiced by Terry Jones and his Monty Python cohorts John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin, with the late Robin Williams voicing Neil's talking dog Dennis, and Kate Beckinsale playing the woman of Neil's dreams, Catherine. As the story progresses, Neil must decide between his dog and the woman he loves.

Check out the new photos from Absolutely Anything, which is scheduled for release in the spring of 2015.

Absolutely Anything is in development and stars Simon Pegg, Robin Williams, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Kate Beckinsale, Eddie Izzard. The film is directed by Terry Jones.

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Gale Anne Hurd to Receive PGA's David O. Selznick Award

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 16:33

Past recipients include Saul Zaentz, Billy Wilder, Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg

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Zack Snyder Calls Radio Station to Say Goodbye to Detroit

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 16:27

"I feel like there’s a really good chance we’ll be back"

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Ryan tries crowdfunding for Easter Rising film

Film Industry News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 16:19
Director Nick Ryan (The Summit) is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for his latest film, Six Days of the Rising, about the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.
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Haim Saban Launches Animation Studio With Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 15:32

The trio have joined forces with Jeremy Zag to launch ZAG Animation Studios, with 10 family features in development

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'Titanic' Bit Actor's Lawsuit Over Back Pay Survives in Lighter Form

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 14:48

Vijay says he was paid as an extra even though he should have received the more lucrative SAG rate and royalties

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Chris Columbus and Haim Saban Launch ZAG Animation Studios

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 14:39

The launch of a venture between Haim Saban (Chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group and Founder of Saban Brands), Chris Columbus (Writer, Director and Academy Award nominated Producer), Michael Barnathan (Academy Award nominated Producer) and Jeremy Zag (Founder of ZAG Entertainment LLC), marks the birth of ZAG Animation Studios.

This influential team will lead the studio in developing, producing and distributing high quality, global feature film family entertainment franchises, to include one 3D animated film and one CGI-live action hybrid film per year, starting in 2017. ZAG Animation Studios will operate out of ZAG Entertainment's brand new, state-of-the-art campus in Glendale, California.

Haim Saban of Saban Capital Group and Saban Brands had this to say in his statement.

"This is an incredible moment for our business as we partner to create a world-class animation studio that will produce extraordinary feature films. ZAG Animation Studios will deliver creative and compelling family entertainment for generations to come."

ZAG Animation Studios has a slate of 10 original family features in development, comprised of both full CGI animated films as well as CGI-live action hybrids. The studio's first feature, Melody, will be full CGI, co-directed by Chris Columbus and Jeremy Zag. Additional films in the line-up include: Ghostforce, a CGI-live action hybrid, and Abominable, in full CGI. More details on the line-up will be announced soon and will include a full collection of themed consumer products. The Saban group will be responsible for the coordination of all distribution and marketing strategies while Saban Brands will handle worldwide licensing and merchandising for the films.

Chris Columbus, renowned for his blockbuster successes, including the Harry Potter franchise, the Night at the Museum franchise, the Percy Jackson franchise, The Help, Mrs. Doubtfire and Home Alone, had this to say in his statement.

"After all of these years, it's fantastic to start a new venture that brings together talented artists from around the world under Jeremy's excellent leadership and Haim's brilliant international business experience."

Michael Barnathan, acclaimed as a producer of the Harry Potter franchise, the Night at the Museum franchise, the Percy Jackson franchise, The Help, offered his own statement.

"We are thrilled to build an animation studio with the youthful genius that Jeremy brings and the experienced business guidance of Haim Saban. Jeremy Zag is a force of nature. He's one of those rare talents that comes along and inspires everyone he meets."

Jeremy Zag had this to say in his statement.

"I am so honored and excited to collaborate with these amazing entertainment legends that influenced my childhood with their incredible works. This powerful venture, with an unprecedented dream team, will inevitably set the stage for a powerful new player with a world-view perspective in the family entertainment arena."

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Cineworld awards Dream to Screen winner

Film Industry News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 14:36
Initiative with Media Trust hunts undiscovered filmmaking talent.
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