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Paramount Confirms Marc Weinstock As President Of Worldwide Marketing & Distribution; Mary Daily Upped To Co-President

  • Deadline
Paramount Pictures made official today what Deadline reported last week: Marc Weinstock is coming to the Melrose lot as President of Worldwide Marketing & Distribution. And Mary Daily, who currently serves as President of International Marketing & Worldwide Home Entertainment, is being promoted to Co-President of Worldwide Marketing & Distribution. The two will work together and report to Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos.

Weinstock and Daily will be responsible for the design, development and implementation of all marketing, advertising and distribution strategies for Paramount Pictures’ global theatrical releases. Weinstock starts work on Feb. 25.

As previously reported David Sameth, who has served as President of Worldwide Marketing, is leaving the studio to pursue other ventures.

“Marc is an incredibly talented and savvy marketer who has been instrumental in many of the most successful and memorable marketing campaigns in recent film history,” said Gianopulos. “Having worked closely with him during our shared time at Fox,
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Paramount Marketing Shake-Up: David Sameth Out, Marc Weinstock Tapped to Lead (Exclusive)

  • Variety
David Sameth has been pushed out as part of a marketing shake-up at Paramount Pictures, sources tell Variety. Marc Weinstock, the former president of Annapurna, is in negotiations to join the studio in an unspecified role that will likely include overseeing parts of the marketing team, but could include other responsibilities. No deal is in place.

Paramount could not be reached for comment.

Sameth joined the studio just over a year ago after a stint as executive VP and head of theatrical marketing for Disney Animation Studios and Pixar. Sources say Sameth had alienated some staffers with his management style and had disappointed Paramount chief Jim Gianopulos with his campaigns for the Mark Wahlberg comedy “Instant Family” and J.J. Abrams’ thriller “Overlord.”

Paramount’s upcoming releases include a remake of “Pet Sematary,” the Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” and “Gemini Man,” a thriller the teams director Ang Lee with Will Smith.
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Disney Delivers Fox Entertainment

  • SneakPeek
Take a look at 'genre' movie/TV brands The Walt Disney Co. will now control and develop through their acquisition of 21st Century Fox entertainment assets, March 2019, including additional Marvel comic book properties and a whole lot more:

Franchise brands include "Alien"...

..."Planet of the Apes", "The Simpsons", "Die Hard", Independence Day", "Kingsman", "Family Guy", "The X-Files", "Avatar", "Predator"...

..."Ice Age", "Wolverine"...

..."Goosebumps", "American Dad:, "American Horror Story", "Deadpool"...

..."Fantastic Four", "Fargo", "The Fly", "Futurama"...

..."Home Alone", "Homeland", "M*A*S*H", "Night at the Museum", "The Omen", "The Peanuts Movie", "Romancing the Stone", "The Day The Earth Stood Still"...

..."X-Men"...

...and a whole lot more...

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More "Disney" Here
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Comic Book Review – Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown!

Red Stewart reviews Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown…

One of the coolest things about the Peanuts animated specials was that Charles Schulz himself was heavily involved in their creation. In fact, he was so heavily involved that he made sure his animosity for the title “Peanuts” was heard, guaranteeing that every cartoon bore the name Charlie Brown instead.

Released in 1977, Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown! was the third movie to arrive in the Peanuts film series, following A Boy Named Charlie Brown and Snoopy, Come Home. Arriving over 40 years later, Boom! Studios has published a comic book adaptation of this animated special. As Schulz was the writer for the movie, he is attributed as the writer for the graphic novel, though the team of Jason Cooper, Robert Pope, Katharine Eflrd, Jewel Jackson, Donna Almendrala, and Hannah White deserve the real credit for putting it together.

Is it worth
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Universal and Illumination's 'The Grinch' Set for $60+ Million Debut

Universal and Illumination's 'The Grinch' Set for $60+ Million Debut
Last weekend saw the month of November get off to a great start and this weekend should prove just as profitable as several holdovers look to continue their strong performance while Universal delivers the latest animated feature from Illumination in Dr. Seuss' The Grinch. Additionally, Paramount will release the World War II supernatural horror film Overlord and Sony is taking another stab at the Dragon Tattoo franchise with the release of The Girl in the Spider's Web. Expected to easily finish atop the weekend box office we begin with Universal and Illumination's release of The Grinch, debuting in 4,141 locations with the studio anticipating a domestic debut right around $50 million. Based on our analysis, you should expect a performance a bit higher, coming in at the lowest around $53 million with $65+ million serving as the higher end of our forecasted range. IMDb page view comparisons aren't necessarily painting a perfect picture in terms of expectations,
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First Trailer for Will Smith's Spies In Disguise Drops

Paul Bradshaw Nov 2, 2018

Will Smith and Tom Holland voice the animated spy spoof.

We’ve seen a lot of spy movies. We’ve seen a lot of spy comedy movies. We’ve even seen a lot of mismatched buddy spy comedy movies. But, to be fair, we haven’t seen a mismatched buddy spy comedy movie about a secret agent who gets turned into a pigeon.

Spies In Disguise comes from Blue Sky Studios, the folk who made Ice Age, Robots, The Peanuts Movie and Ferdinand, and it tells the story of super-suave super-spy Lance Sterling (voiced by Will Smith) and what happens when he bumps into goofy scientist Walter Becket (Tom Holland).

The first trailer is here, and it looks suitably weird/cool/hilarious.

According to the official synopsis, the film will focus more on Lance and Walter’s mismatched buddy partnership than the whole pigeon thing. “Lance is smooth,
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Spies in Disguise Trailer Turns Will Smith Into an Animated Secret Agent

Fox and Blue Sky Studios have released the first trailer for Spies in Disguise. This animated comedy teams two of the most likable people around, Will Smith and Tom Holland. While Smith has been around for years doing his thing, Holland is relatively new to the world, coming on everyone's radar as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. Now, they've teamed up for an animated spy flick that looks like it could be playing on some of the tropes of franchises like James Bond or Mission: Impossible. Specifically, the relationship between the spy and the man making the gadgets that allow him to be successful at his job, ala 007 and Q.

This trailer is, at least at first, even though it's heightened by the animated action, very much an animated version of Will Smith doing his best James Bond impression. And then he's turned into a pigeon by animated Tom Holland.
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Trailer For Will Smith and Tom Holland's Animated Spy Comedy Spies In Disguise

Fox released the first trailer for their new animated spy action comedy Spies in Disguise starring Will Smith (Men in Black), Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Far From Home) and Karen Gillan (Avengers: Infinity War).

Smith takes on the role of Lance Sterling, one of the coolest, most charming, and super-skilled spies in the world. He has a partner who is a young scientific genius that creates the gadgets that Lance uses on his mission, and in the trailer we see that he ends up transforming Lance into a pigeon.

Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is... not. But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in smarts and invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have
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Ben Mendelsohn, Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones, DJ Khaled and Masi Oka Join Voice Cast Of Fox Animation ‘Spies In Disguise’

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Ben Mendelsohn, Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones, DJ Khaled and Masi Oka Join Voice Cast Of Fox Animation ‘Spies In Disguise’
Exclusive: Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation), DJ and music producer DJ Khaled and Masi Oka (Hawaii Five-0) have joined Will Smith and Tom Holland in the voice cast of Fox’s animated film Spies In Disguise.

Directed by Epic animator Nick Bruno and Ferdinand storyboard artist Troy Quane, the Fox Animation production is being made with Blue Sky Studios and Chernin Entertainment. The release is set for September 2019.

Pic follows Lance (Smith) and Walter (Holland). The former is a cool and charming spy, while Walter invents the gadgets Lance uses. When a dangerous situation arises, they must rely on each other to save the world. It is based on Lucas Martell’s 2009 animated short Pigeon: Impossible.

The film is understood to have a ‘60s spy movie look but is set in a modern context. Much of it takes
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‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown': How Snoopy First Took Flight

  • The Wrap
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither were the Peanuts animated shows, inspired by Charles M. Schulz’s long-running comic strip.

But when it came to outlining the entire concept for “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” which first aired in 1966, it was all hashed out by lunchtime, save a few scenes that were added after Schulz, director-producer Bill Melendez (also the voice of Snoopy) and executive producer Lee Mendelson finished their sandwiches.

“The reason we were able to do it in one day is that the main theme of the show had been in the comic strips for years,” Mendelson said during an interview with TheWrap in 2016.

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Indeed, Schulz had already featured Linus in the pumpkin patch with Sally in his newspaper strip. “We just added a Halloween party, a trick-or-treat passage
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Disney Delivers Fox Brands

  • SneakPeek
Take a look at the popular movie/TV brands The Walt Disney Co. will now control and develop through their acquisition of 21st Century Fox entertainment assets, including "Buffy The Vampire Slayer", "Alien" and a whole lot more:

Other franchises include "Planet Of The Apes"...

..."The Simpsons", "Die Hard", Independence Day", "Kingsman", "Family Guy", "The X-Files", "Avatar", "Predator"...

..."Ice Age", "Wolverine"...

..."Goosebumps", "American Dad:, "American Horror Story", "Deadpool", "Fantastic Four"...

..."Fargo", "The Fly", "Futurama"...

..."Home Alone", "Homeland", "M*A*S*H.", "Night at the Museum:, "The Omen", "The Peanuts Movie", "Romancing the Stone", "The Day The Earth Stood Still"...

..."X-Men"...

...and a whole lot more...

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"Buffy The Vampire Slayer" Comic Books
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Tamra Davis to Direct Paul Feig Comedy ‘Turned On’ for Fox

  • Variety
Tamra Davis to Direct Paul Feig Comedy ‘Turned On’ for Fox
Veteran director Tamra Davis will helm Fox’s female engineer comedy “Turned On.”

Paul Feig and Jessie Henderson are producing for Feigco Entertainment, where 20th Century Fox has been developing the script for the past two years. The studio bought the script in 2016 from Charlie Kesslering, an assistant to “The Late Late Show” host James Corden, about a socially awkward engineer who creates an android to fill in for her. The scheme backfires when robot becomes self-actualized.

Davis broke into show business in 1986 as the director of music videos for N.W.A, Sonic Youth, the Beastie Boys and Black Flag. She began directing feature films with 1992’s “Guncrazy,” followed by “Billy Madison,” “Half Baked,” and “Crossroads.” Davis also has multiple TV credits including “Still the King,” “Younger,” “My Name Is Earl,” and “Everybody Hates Chris.”

Feig’s directing credits include “Unaccompanied Minors,” “Bridesmaids,” “Spy,” “The Heat,” and the upcoming crime thriller “A Simple Favor.
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Paul Feig Directing Holiday Romance ‘Last Christmas’ for Universal

  • Variety
Paul Feig Directing Holiday Romance ‘Last Christmas’ for Universal
Paul Feig is attached to direct romance movie “Last Christmas” for Universal from a screenplay by Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings.

The studio made the announcement Wednesday. It is keeping project details under wraps, other than saying that “Last Christmas” is a holiday romance set in London.

David Livingstone, producer of the upcoming Judy Garland biopic “Judy” starring Renée Zellweger, and Thompson will produce.

Feig broke out in 2010 with the blockbuster “Bridesmaids” for Universal. Since then, he’s directed “The Heat,” “Spy” and “Ghostbusters.” His latest film is “A Simple Favor” and will be released in September. He’s been a producer on “Spy,” “Ghostbusters,” “The Peanuts Movie,” “Snatched” and “A Simple Favor.”

Thompson is the only person to have won an Oscar for screenwriter (for “Sense and Sensibility”) and for acting (“Howards End.” She will be seen next in A24’s “The Children’s Act” and Focus Features’ “Johnny English Strikes Again
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Marc Weinstock Exits Annapurna After Two Years as President

  • Variety
Marc Weinstock is leaving Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures after a two-year stint as president in order to pursue another unspecified opportunity.

He will not be replaced as the company will phase out the position and give Weinstock’s duties to its senior leadership team.

During his tenure, he worked on a $350 million bank facility and on Annapurna’s distribution deal with MGM for the 25th James Bond film and for “Creed 2.” He also worked on Annapurna’s deal with Laika for its next animated feature, “Missing Link.” The company produced “Detroit” and “Phantom Thread,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Its upcoming titles include “Sorry to Bother You,” Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Sisters Brothers” with Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly and Jake Gyllenhaal, and “Destroyer” with Nicole Kidman.

Weinstock left 20th Century Fox as president of domestic theatrical marketing to join Annapurna Pictures in 2016. Weinstock joined Fox in 2014 after leaving Sony Pictures,
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‘In the Envelope’ Podcast: Noah Schnapp of ‘Stranger Things’ on Balancing Fame & Homework

“In the Envelope: An Awards Podcast” features intimate interviews with award-winning actors and other creatives. Join host and Awards Editor Jack Smart for a front row seat to the industry’s most exciting awards races, and valuable acting and career advice from contenders! At only age 13, Noah Schnapp has already voiced Charlie Brown in “The Peanuts Movie,” played Tom Hanks’ son in Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies,” and won a SAG Award. Talk about a promising beginning in the biz! Of course, Schnapp also stars in one of today’s biggest pop culture phenomenons: Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” Season 2 of the Duffer brothers’ supernatural ’80s thriller featured Schnapp’s haunted Will Byers front and center, having returned from the Upside Down not entirely himself. The young actor had to research demonic possessions and classic horror films, and he relished the opportunity to challenge himself with such dynamic material. Read:
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Return of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"

  • SneakPeek
As The Walt Disney Co. continues to buy up popular movie/TV content for the 'DisneyLife' streaming service, take a look at some of the brands the studio will now control and develop through their recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox entertainment assets, including "Buffy The Vampire Slayer":

Besides "Buffy", other brands for streaming and development include "Alien","Planet Of The Apes"...

..."The Simpsons", "Die Hard", Independence Day", "Kingsman", "Family Guy", "The X-Files", "Avatar", "Predator"...

..."Ice Age", "Wolverine"...

..."Goosebumps", "American Dad:, "American Horror Story", "Deadpool", "Fantastic Four"...

..."Fargo", "The Fly", "Futurama"...

..."Home Alone", "Homeland", "M*A*S*H.", "Night at the Museum:, "The Omen", "The Peanuts Movie", "Romancing the Stone", "X-Men"...

...and whole lot more...

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"Buffy The Vampire Slayer" Comic Books
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Ferdinand: creating the film’s visual style

Louisa Mellor Dec 18, 2017

Blue Sky Studios Art Director Tom Cardone talks us through how his team created the visual style of Ferdinand…

The Story Of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf is Spanish-set tale of a bull who refuses to fight in the ring and prefers the scent of flowers to that of blood. Blue Sky Studios, the creative team behind the Ice Age franchise and, recently, The Peanuts Movie, brings out its feature-length adaptation of Leaf’s story this weekend.

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On a visit to Blue Sky’s Connecticut headquarters, art director Tom Cardone talked us through his team’s approach to Ferdinand’s visual style. As, unlike other animation studios, there’s no such thing as a Blue Sky house style, the first goal, says Tom, was to make the look of the film distinctive from what’s gone before.

The real-world location helped towards that aim.
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Ferdinand: director Carlos Saldanha interview

Louisa Mellor Dec 12, 2017

Ferdinand, the new animation from the studio behind the Ice Age films, is out this weekend. We spoke to its director Carlos Saldanha

Published over eighty years ago, Munro Leaf’s The Story Of Ferdinand is a children’s book which has excited controversy and devotion over the decades. It was banned in Franco’s Spain, burned in Nazi Germany, and lauded elsewhere for its beautiful and endlessly interpretably tale of a Spanish bull who refuses to fight in the bullring, preferring the scent of flowers to that of blood.

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For an animation studio which has already adapted the work of two Us children’s fiction greats—Dr Seuss in 2009’s Horton Hears A Who and Charles M. Schulz in 2015’s The Peanuts Movie—Leaf’s story was a natural choice for Blue Sky Studios.
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Ferdinand review

From the studio behind the Ice Age films comes Ferdinand, a funny, sensitive film with a good heart. Here’s our review…

Part of the legend surrounding Munro Leaf’s 1936 children’s book The Story of Ferdinand is that it was written, start to finish, in less than 40 minutes. It’s a short story, 30 illustrated pages and maybe 600 words, about a Spanish bull who prefers to smell flowers than to fight.

Blue Sky Studio’s feature-length adaptation has, naturally, taken a great deal longer. The project was first announced in 2011 and originally scheduled for a spring, then summer release this year. (It’s finally opening this month against Star Wars: The Last Jedi, just as its previous non-Ice Age film, The Peanuts Movie, opened against The Force Awakens.)

Why the delay? Story, says Carlos Saldanha, also the director of Rio, who has been with the studio almost from the start.
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Before He Was Will, This Stranger Things Star Voiced an Iconic Character

One of the best things about the Stranger Things cast is that most of the stars are (relatively) fresh faces. We're not talking about the adults. After all, Winona Ryder is an icon, David Harbour has been in a ton of things, Sean Astin is an '80s and fantasy legend, and the list goes on. But the teens and kids have much smaller acting histories. Natalia Dyer only has a handful of titles to her name, and for stars like Charlie Heaton, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and newcomer Dacre Montgomery, Stranger Things is more of a breakout role. The same goes for our beloved "zombie boy" Will Byers, played by Noah Schnapp. RelatedYou Can See the Stranger Things Cast in Other Things Before Next Season Aside from Stranger Things, Schnapp only has one other feature-length film in his history: Bridge of Spies, the 2015 drama starring Tom Hanks. That said,
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