Sony Pictures Animation picks up Matthew A. Cherry’s ‘Hair Love’

Animated short film Hair Love which started as a project to celebrate black fathers, their daughters and their natural hair, is now picked up by Sony Pictures Animation.

As reported by Deadline, filmmaker Mattheew A. Cherry announced his partnership with the studio. Cherry was an executive producer for BlacKkKlansman.

Produced by  Sony Pictures Animation senior VP of creative development Karen Toliver, Cherry, Stacey Newton and Monica A. Yolung, Hair Love will have Frank Abney and Peter Ramsey (one of the three directors behind  Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) as executive producers.

Sony Pictures Animation president Kristine Belson told Deadline that audiences have been yearning to see fresh stories that are universal and culturally authentic.“Hair Love is a wonderful father-daughter story and we are proud to nurture talented young filmmakers like Matthew who are breaking new ground,” she added.

Featuring illustrations by Vashti Harrison, Hair Love is also set to be released as a children’s book by Kokila Books/Penguin Random House on 14 May.

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‘Captain Marvel’ smashes box-office; becomes the 10th superhero release of all time

Captain Marvel is ruling the box office and has crossed the $900 million globally, which makes it rank at number 10 of superhero release of all time internationally, and 21 in US.  

As Disney lately revealed, the first female superhero film from MCU starring Brie Larson, has earned more than $910 million globally in 19 days in which breaks down to earnings of more than $322 million domestically and $589 million outside the US.

Internationally, the film’s earnings have broken records of all time superhero movies like Thor: Ragnarok ($854 million), Venom ($855 million), Spider-Man: Homecoming ($880 million), Spider-Man 3 ($891 million), Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice ($874 million) and Wonder Woman ($822 million) .

Captain Marvel provided a much-needed boost into the worldwide box office being one of the biggest movies of 2019. It’s no surprise, as Marvel positioned it as an essential stepping stone ahead of Avengers: Endgame, the epic culmination arriving this April that will determine the fate of ‘Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’.

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‘Dora the Explorer’ movie titled ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ reveals its first trailer

Paramount Pictures revealed the first trailer of Dora the Explorer movie, Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

The trailer shows Dora as a teenager who embarks on an adventure to save her parents and explore the lost city. The film’s stars include Isabela Moner as Dora, Eva Longoria as her mother, Michael Peña as her father and Benicio del Toro as the voice of Dora’s nemesis, Swiper.

Based on the animated Nickelodeon series, the film is penned by Nicholas Stoller and Matthew Robinson, and directed by James Bobin.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold is the latest addition to the Hollywood’s series of live-action reimagining of popular animated properties, including Dumbo, the Lion King, Aladdin and The Jungle Book. The fans were little sad with the backpack and map not singing as the exploration unfolds.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold is set to release in theatres on 2 August.

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Netflix drops ‘Stanger Things’ Season Three’s trailer


The streaming service recently dropped its trailer for the third season of Stranger Things on Wednesday morning, and it racked about millions of views overnight.

Season three of Netflix’s supernatural original, which follows a group of kids coming of age in the fictional town of Hawkins, Ind., in the 1980s, is set to pack in a lot of the show’s trademark nostalgia when it premieres on July four.

The clip plays to The Who’s Baba O’Riley featuring cassette players, perms, lots of neon prints and the kids spending time at the teenage wasteland also known as the mall.

“We’re not kids anymore,” Mike Wheeler (played by Finn Wolfhard) says in the trailer. “I mean, what did you think? We were just going to sit in my basement all day?”

The motley crew of outcasts, comprising the superpowered Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Will (Noah Schnapp), are seen indulging in classic summer activities like running across fields, hitting the local pool, checking out carnival rides … and speaking to the local paper about the unethical research that the sketchy Hawkins Lab was doing in their quiet town, being chased by a government spook armed with a gun.

And Eleven, who spent entire time running from the government agents who wanted to continue conducting experiments on her, is shown finally living a mundane life and bonding with Max (Sadie Sink) over ice cream and magazines.

We can’t wait to watch the season.

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Marvel merely goofing around as new ‘Endgame’ TV spot represents a collage of familiar sights

We are fully convinced by now that regardless of the clamours or how relentlessly we issue the clarion call for some concrete insight into Avengers: Endgame, we ain’t getting one. Not for all the tea in China.

And if you were one of those steadfast MCU cranks who was still clinging to that last beacon of hope, this new TV spot will effectively squish that too.

Clocking at exactly half a minute, the new Endgame teaser is merely dropped to play frivolously with your thoughts by stringing together visions of all the three trailers so far.

As it wasn’t many moons ago that the second official trailer came about, this new clip heavily features shots of the same. Those cathartic and colourless flashbacks to some of our beloved heroes’ origins, the one’s we lost after the snap – are all revisited.

The only minor – but relatively inconsequential – addition is the hazy flashback of the principal characters of the Guardians of the Galaxy in a single frame.

Marvel continues its game of reticence with these ambiguous previews of the film. But with the release just over a month away, the marketing arm of the MCU has shifted gears too. So brace yourselves for more such instances of obscurantism.

Based on Marvel Comics, Avengers: Endgame is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and opens in cinemas on 26 April 2019.

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‘Scooby Doo’ movie gets its Fred and Daphne

Warner Bros. Animation’s movie Scooby-Doo will have Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried playing Fred and Daphne respectively, reported Deadline.

The rest of the cast includes Will Forte as Shaggy, Gina Rodriguez as Velma, Tracy Morgan as Captain Caveman, and Frank Welker, the original voice of Fred and the voice of Scooby since 2002, as Scooby himself.

Known for her roles in Mean Girls, Les Miserables and Mamma Mia!, Seyfried was introduced to feature animation voice over with Blue Sky Studios’ Epic. She has also guest starred on animated series Family Guy and American Dad! Efron has earlier performed as Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, and has experience from collaborations with the Robot Chicken team. He also voiced Ted in Illumination Entertainment’s feature adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.

The original series, Scooby Doo, Where Are You!, aired for two seasons between 1969 and 1970 and went through a short revival in 1978. Since then, the Scooby-Doo franchise has produced various animated series, TV movies, comic books, and the aforementioned live-action films (as well as three direct-to-video/TV movies).

Directed by Tony Cervone and produced by Chris Columbus, Pam Coats, and Allison Abbate, the film is slated for a 15 May 2020 release.

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‘Dr Stone’: New Trailer of ‘Dr Stone’ reveals new cast

Shueisha’s Shonen Jump has seen loads of stories entering into the area of anime, and this year, in particular, will see the premiere of many of the more recent series that have sprung in popularity with fans Dr Stone is one of these recent subjects of interest, and it seems it will make a mark when it releases this Summer.

Dr Stone was originally created by Riichiro Inagaki with illustrations provided by Boichi for Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in 2017. The series follows two boys (initially) as they try and save a world that’s been completely petrified in stone. The series has so far been collected into seven volumes since it’s release, and Viz Media has licensed the series for an English language release. Viz Media describes the series as such:

One fateful day, all of humanity was petrified by a blinding flash of light. After several millennia, high schooler Taiju awakens and finds himself lost in a world of statues. However, he’s not alone! His science-loving friend Senku’s been up and running for a few months and he’s got a grand plan in mind—to kickstart civilization with the power of science!

The series revealed two new trailers giving a glimpse of much of the series’ universe but there’s not much of a difference between the two of them. On top of that, Dr Stone revealed more of the characters and cast coming to the series.

The list includes to Manami Numakura as Kohaku, Gen Satou as Chrome, Tomoaki Maeno as Kinro, and Ayumu Murase as Ginro. These join the previously confirmed Yusuke Kobayashi as Senku Ishigami (Subaru in Re: Zero -Starting Life in Another World-), Makoto Furukawa as Taiju Oki (Saitama in One-Punch Man), Kana Ichinose as Yuzuriha Ogawa, and Yuichi Nakamura as Tsukasa Shishio.


Scheduled for a release in July, Shinya Iino will be directing the series for TMS Entertainment. Yuichiro Kido will be providing the scripts for the series, Yuko Iwasa will be designing the characters, and Tatsuya Kato, Hiroaki Tsutsumi, and Yuki Kanesaka will be composing the music for the anime.

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Tom Holland probably hinting another ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ trailer on Monday

Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland has put out a rather abstruse Tweet yet hinting at a possible trailer of his upcoming sequel Far From Home.

With the first official trailer dropping over two months ago, the time for another sneak-peek into the web-slinger’s new adventures may have finally come, especially now that Captain Marvel has been released and the second official trailer of Avengers: Endgame is out too.

“Monday Morning” – Holland published on his official Twitter handle without any indication or further elaboration. However, this has immediately sparked rumors of a possible second trailer of his new Spider-Man film slated for July release.

On the flip side, it can also be a reveal of his other projects in the pipeline as Holland has as many as five films – including Spider-Man – in the pipeline. Yet, the ambiguous nature of the Tweet sharply feels like it’s going to be that of the latter (and we dearly hope for it too!).

Hold your horses, we shall find out soon. Monday is just a stone’s throw away.

Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Far From Home spins its way to theatres on 5 July 2019.

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FILMART draws nearly 9,000 international buyers

The 23rd edition of Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (FILMART), organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), drew to a successful close today. The four-day event attracted nearly 9,000 buyers.

International exhibitors win orders from enthusiastic buyers on-site

Acort International, a US exhibitor and long-time FILMART participant, reached a distribution agreement for a war film titled World W4R with buyers from Korea, Vietnam and India on the second day of the exhibition. Horizon Motion Pictures from Canada featured Wedding and Lovers Tourist around the World and discussed with filmmakers from the Philippines, India, Indonesia and the United Kingdom. This documentary will have two episodes on each place to introduce local wedding ceremonies and cultural traditions.

Sil-Metropole Organisation from Hong Kong said its martial arts films were popular among Southeast Asian buyers at FILMART, with a number of investment discussions ensuing, including for The Shaolin Temple 2. Sil-Metropole also revealed that a virtual reality production company from the UK intends to remake Sil-Metropole’s action movies and micro-movies with VR technology.

Mainland China-based China Central Television (CCTV) does a lot of international business, with 60 to 70 per cent of the buyers of its drama-series productions coming from overseas. CCTV said many new-media platforms, including Facebook, in addition to TV stations, negotiated with them at FILMART this year. Mainland animator Fantawild Animation from Guangdong Province reached a broadcasting agreement with an Indian TV station for the company’s animation Boonie Bears on the third day of FILMART.

14 thematic seminars feature impressive line-up of industry heavyweights

FILMART’s thematic seminars featured an impressive line-up of nearly 60 leading industry representatives from the film, digital entertainment, animation and other sectors. The 14 seminars organised by the HKTDC solely or in conjunction with other institutions attracted more than 3,000 attendees. Speakers included First Hand Films CEO Esther van Messel; A Bite of China producer Lex Zhu; BBC Studios EVP Asia David Weiland; HBO Asia CEO Jonathan Spink; YouTube International Markets marketing director Sean Park; Lionsgate president of worldwide TV and digital distribution Jim Packer; iQIYI founder and CEO and president of Worldwide TV and digital distribution Yu Gong; Emmy Award-winning producer Joe Aguilar; The Meg producer Belle Avery; Love in a Puff director Pang Ho-cheung; Soul Mate director Derek Tsang; and Men on the Dragon director Sunny Chan.

Focus on Greater Bay Area film, TV and music development and opportunities

FILMART this year focused on the development of film and TV in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area. Industry representatives in the Greater Bay Area explored the cooperation opportunities and future development for Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau film, TV and music in events including the TV World 2019 – Opening Ceremony cum International Forum; Greater Bay Area: Golden Opportunity to Spearhead Film-TV business, Cantonese Movies Opportunities in the Greater Bay Area Forum and Hong Kong Asian-Pop Music Festival Business Forum: Greater Bay Area – New Business Opportunities for Cantopop. Lan Kwai Fong Group chairman Allan Zeman believes the film and TV industries in the Greater Bay Area need to understand each other and how everyone can work together to grasp those opportunities. National Arts Entertainment and Culture Group honorary chairman and founder Sin Kwok-lam hopes the mainland could further relax the restrictions and quotas on Hong Kong films, allowing them to be released directly in the Greater Bay Area, which has a population of about 70 million.

The future of OTT platforms

The rapid emergence of over the top (OTT) platforms in recent years was a hot topic of discussion at FILMART. Spink said despite the challenges, the future is looking very healthy for OTT services. “You will see people not just selecting and paying for one platform, but for two or three, and people are watching more content than ever before.” Park shared that YouTube has become part of everyday life, and 500 hours of YouTube content are now uploaded every minute. “Some 70 per cent of views are on phones, for an average of an hour a day – about the time many spend commuting.”

Networking events, project announcements and more than 300 screenings 

At this year’s FILMART, more than 60 scheduled events – including professional seminars, new film launches and networking activities – facilitated exchanges and business matching. Major film and TV production companies announced new projects on-site, including Emperor Motion Pictures, Media Asia Distribution, Mega-Vision Project Workshop, Mei Ah Entertainment, One Cool Film Production, TVBI Company and PCCW Media. There were also more than 300 screenings, including over 100 world or Asia premieres and numerous award-winning productions. FILMART featured the online catch-up screening facility for the first time this year. The facility enables buyers and visitors to view exhibitors’ works at any time.

Hong Kong International Film Festival Society curator and HAF director Jacob Wong called the 17th Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum a resounding success. “Both the number and total value of this year’s awards have set new records, affording more resources and opportunities for filmmakers to realise their dreams. As a mission, HAF will continue to support the robust development of emerging talents in Hong Kong and Asia by seeking out promising filmmakers with interesting film projects,” he said.

Another key event taking place as part of Entertainment Expo Hong Kong – The 17th Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) successfully concluded. Widely recognised as one of the most important film-financing platforms in the region, HAF showcased 42 shortlisted projects, including 19 work-in-progress projects. This year also marks the third edition of the WIP programme in which, for the first time, a separate section for documentary projects is organised. The programme offers a great opportunity for fiction and documentary filmmakers to secure post-production funds, sales agents and film festival support.

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