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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Young Reader Graphic Novel To Be Published This Summer (Exclusive)

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Ahead of the fall launch of Idw Publishing's Star Wars Adventures comic book, aimed at younger readers than the current Marvel line of Star Wars material, the San Diego-based publisher will be making a surprise earlier visit to a galaxy far, far away with the U.S. debut of an all-ages adaptation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The 80-page graphic novel is written by Alessandro Ferrari, with art from a group of Disney artists intended to bridge the gap between Star Wars and traditional Disney animation, making it more attractive for younger audiences. This group has previously adapted both the »


- Graeme McMillan

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Jack Black's 'Polka King' Lands at Netflix

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Netflix has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the Jack Black-starrer The Polka King, which first debuted at Sundance.

The feature is based on the documentary The Man Who Would Be Polka King from directors Joshua Brown and John Mikulak, which follows Grammy-nominated polka sensation Jan Lewan, who ended up running a Soviet souvenir-based Ponzi scheme that landed him in jail.

Jack Black stars as Lewan and also acted as a producer under his Electric Dynamite banner. David Permut, Stuart Cornfeld, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson, Wally Wolodarsky and Priyanka Mattoo also produced.

Infinitely Polar Bear helmer Maya Forbes and former Simpsons »


- Rebecca Ford

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Spider-Man and Venom Lego BrickHeadz Swinging in to Comic-Con (Exclusive)

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One of the most anticipated — and it must be said, highly coveted —  items at San Diego Comic Con are the Lego exclusives.

This year, the company is bringing more of its popular BrickHeadz building sets, the stylized line that features an oversize head and distinct eyes.

Heat Vision has the exclusive first look at the Marvel Universe-based set featuring Spider-Man and Venom. The set will be 144 pieces and priced at $40. With the new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie opening up several weeks ahead of the convention, which runs July 19 to 23, it’s perfectly timed to be one »


- Borys Kit

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'Transformers 5' Box Office: How Far the Bots Have Fallen

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Over the July Fourth holiday in 2007, Transformers morphed into a record-setting blockbuster, amassing $155.4 million in its six-day North American opening.

The tentpole, directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia Labeouf, launched a new franchise for Paramount and Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks. Paramount owned DreamWorks — which had been developing the project for years — at the time of the film's release. When the two companies divorced a year later, Paramount got to keep the rights to Transformers, based on the classic Hasbro toys (Spielberg still gets an executive producing credit).

Fast-forward to this past weekend, when Transformers: The Last »


- Pamela McClintock

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Rep Sheet Roundup: Young ‘Jane the Virgin’ Star Signs With CAA

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Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact rebecca.sun@thr.com.

Mini me

CAA has signed Jenna Ortega, who plays the younger version of Gina Rodriguez’s title character on The CW’s Jane the Virgin. The young actress, who was one of the youngest attendees at the agency’s Amplify multicultural leadership summit last week, simultaneously stars on the Disney Channel’s live-action family comedy Stuck in the Middle and voices Princess Isabel on the cabler’s animated series Elena of Avalor. She also served as one »


- Rebecca Sun

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Mad Magazine Names New Editor as It Plots Move to L.A. (Exclusive)

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For only the fifth time in its 65-year storied history, Mad Magazine is getting a new editor.

Bill Morrison, the illustrator who co-created Bongo Comics with The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, has been named the executive editor of DC Entertainment’s influential humor and satire publication.

The current editor, John Ficarra, who has been running and co-running the magazine since 1984, will remain with Mad through year’s end, serving as a consultant to assist with a transition that will see the company move from New York to the DC headquarters in Burbank, Calif.

Morrison is tasked with re-rejigging the magazine and humor brand in »


- Borys Kit

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'War for the Planet of the Apes': Film Review

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Almost as rare as winning the Triple Crown in horse racing is to make a film trilogy that clicks from beginning to end, but Fox has pretty much pulled it off with its refurbished Planet of the Apes trio. After surprising everyone who felt that the half-century-old franchise had been buried for good by Tim Burton's lamentable monkeyshines in 2001, the "Caesar" triptych — rooted in Andy Serkis' indelible performance as a reluctant rebel leader, splendid special effects and a shrewd racial/political thematic thread — amply satisfies as a smart sub-set of the nine-and-counting Apes features and two TV shows. »


- Todd McCarthy

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'Star Wars' Firing Reveals a Disturbance in the Franchise

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Matters had already reached a boiling point in mid-June when Phil Lord and Chris Miller, co-directors of the still-untitled young Han Solo movie, were in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon but didn’t start shooting until 1 p.m. That day the two used only three different setups — that is, three variations on camera placement — as opposed to the 12 to 15 that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had expected, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Not only was the going slow, but the few angles that had been shot did not provide a wealth of options to »


- Kim Masters

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‘No Bed of Roses’ (‘Doob’): Film Review | Shanghai 2017

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It takes an actor of Irrfan Khan’s stature and magnetism to turn an intimate separation drama into something special, and a writer-director like Bangladesh’s happy maverick Mostofa Sarwar Farooki to layer on subtleties and shades of meaning with realistic detachment that never slips into melodrama.

In the free-wheeling scenes from a marriage No Bed of Roses (Doob), a celebrity filmmaker leaves his dignified wife of many years and teenage kids to marry a classmate of his daughter’s. There’s no elaborate murder mystery here, just a tale of human vanity and egotism that turns the life of a middle-class family in »


- Deborah Young

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Nintendo's Revival Drives Its Market Value Above Sony's

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Nintendo's stock closed up 2.2 percent Monday, hitting another multiyear high and pushing the video game giant's market capitalization up to $49.8 billion (5.56 trillion yen) in Tokyo. That compared to a valuation of $48.6 billion (5.43 trillion yen) for the entire entertainment and electronics operations of Sony Corp.

The success of its new Switch console, combined with the relaunch of the Pokemon Go app, has propelled Nintendo stock up 160 percent since Pokemon Go hit smartphones last summer. It closed at 39,280 yen ($352) Monday, its highest level since the global financial crisis in 2008. The stock hit a »

- Gavin J. Blair

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Shanghai Film Festival Awards: 'Pedicab' Wins Best Film, 'Loving Vincent' Takes Animation Honor

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The Philippine film Pedicab, directed by Paolo Villaluna, won the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival's Golden Goblet Award for best feature film Sunday.

Palme d'Or-winning Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu presided over the jury that selected the competition winners at the leading Chinese cinema event this year.

"For the humanism and universality of the story, for the simplicity of the style and realization — for the non-conformism with which it represented our desire to believe that there is a sense in this universe, the award for the best film goes to Pedicab, from the Philippines," Mungiu said as he called Villaluna »


- Patrick Brzeski

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Palm Springs Shortfest Winners Unveiled

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Jon-Erik Mack’s Facing Mecca, in which a Syrian refugee faces the Swiss bureaucracy, claimed the best of festival award, the top jury prize, at the 2017 Palm Springs International ShortFest, which concludes June 2. The film was also honored as best student live-action short over 15 minutes.

The fest, which screened 338 short films and presented awards in 21 categories, gave its Grand Jury Award to Franck Dion’s The Head Vanishes, which was also named best animated short.

Audience awards went to Toma Waszarow’s Red Light, named best live action short; Nicholas Arioli’s Coin Operated, best animation short, Mari Bake Riise’s Kayayo, »


- Gregg Kilday

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China Box Office: 'Transformers 5' Opens to Huge $123M, but Can It Hold?

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To the surprise of absolutely no one, Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight made a major ruckus at the Chinese box office over the weekend.

The fifth installment in Michael Bay's critically maligned, commercially smash-successful franchise opened to a huge $123 million in the Middle Kingdom. And yet, some in the market might view that tally as just a touch disappointing. Going into the summer, the big question for China industry watchers was whether Universal's Fast 8 or Paramount's T5 would emerge as 2017's local box-office champ. It's now clear that Vin Diesel and company have the title locked up: The »


- Patrick Brzeski

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