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Vintage Toy Docuseries Will Benefit Stores Impacted by Covid-19

Vintage Toy Docuseries Will Benefit Stores Impacted by Covid-19
The film company that told the stories behind Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us is getting ready to focus on the stores which sell those toys. Nacelle Company’s upcoming docuseries on vintage toy stores will pay it forward by donating proceeds to stores affected by coronavirus shutdowns, according to Deadline. The as-yet-untitled series will premiere on Amazon Prime Video, Vimeo, and YouTube starting in mid-April. It will expand to other platforms in the future. Nacelle says to expect one to two episodes per week.

Toy collectors are a rare breed, and outlets to indulge their playful nostalgia are very specialized. Nacelle’s new half-hour docuseries will showcase vintage toy stores by focusing on the histories of individual stores across America. The as-yet-untitled series will show how the retailers get their extremely specialized inventory.

The featured stores are currently operating under coronavirus restrictions due to the Covid-19 crisis. Some
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Nacelle Company To Produce Docu About Margaret Loesch, TV Exec Behind ‘Batman’ And ‘X-Men’ Animated Series, ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’

  • Deadline
Nacelle Company To Produce Docu About Margaret Loesch, TV Exec Behind  ‘Batman’ And ‘X-Men’ Animated Series, ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’
Exclusive: There is a certain generation that finds a distinct joy in the X-Men and Batman animated series as well as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, The Smurfs, Goosebumps, Muppet Babies and Fraggle Rock — and we have TV exec, Margaret Loesch to thank for all of these childhood treasures. That said, Nacelle Company is looking to champion Loesch with a feature-length documentary about her life and career.

The film will be co-directed by Brian Volk-Weiss and Brian Stillman — who, as you can see, have directed some pop culture docus of the nostalgic variety. Cisco Henson will serve as Executive Producer for The Nacelle Company.

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Sonic the Hedgehog Review

Sonic the Hedgehog runs so very fast, but he cannot escape the feeling we've seen this all before and it wasn't that great then.

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When watching Sonic the Hedgehog, it is easy to feel like you’ve time warped back to a different era—but not the 1990s. At least not fully. While the film thrives on a wave of nostalgia that any ‘90s kid with shadows of Sega Genesis glory in their memory banks can recognize, in truth the movie more closely resembles a family film from the 2000s. For here is a perfectly adequate effort that refuses to rock the boat or even leave the bay. It instead sits firmly on the dock, relying on banal pop culture gags, a tacky premise about beloved pop culture icons entering suburbia via interdimensional portals, and maybe the stray fart joke. They even have a major comedian from
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‘Rugrats’, ‘Smurfs’ And ‘Shrek 2’ Writer David N. Weiss To Receive WGA West’s Animation Award

  • Deadline
David N. Weiss, a past WGA West VP and writer of Shrek 2 and The Smurfs and Rugrats movie and TV franchises, has been chosen to receive the WGA West’s 2019 Animation Writers Caucus Animation Writing Award. The honor will be bestowed tonight at the annual Awc awards ceremony and member meeting at the guild’s Los Angeles headquarters.

Weiss’ credits on the film side also include Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, The Rugrats Movie and Rugrats in Paris: The Movie and The Smurfs and Smurfs 2. To date, the box office cume for Weiss’ combined work exceeds $2.3 billion worldwide.

Working with his writing partner J. David Stem, Weiss served as head writer on Nickelodeon’s Rugrats TV series. The duo’s other credits include Cybill, Mission Hill and The Downtowners, along with the features Daddy Day Care, Are We There Yet? and Clockstoppers.

They are writing a remake of Jimmy Stewart
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MGM Expands Marketing Team With Val Aveni And Former Lionsgate Execs David Luner & Michael Fisk

  • Deadline
MGM has widened the studio’s marketing bench with the hires of David Luner as Evp Worldwide Television Marketing, Michael Fisk as Evp Film Marketing and Val Aveni as VP Social Media and Brand Strategy. The trio will report into MGM’s chief marketing officer Stephen Bruno.

“David, Michael and Val are all highly regarded and forward-thinking marketing executives with impressive track records of innovation and strategic vision,” said Bruno. “As MGM continues to leverage our iconic library of IP and expand our storytelling capabilities, we will look to their collective expertise to help us reach the broadest audiences for our content with globally relevant marketing campaigns across platforms.”

Luner comes to the studio from Lionsgate, where he was the Evp Worldwide TV Marketing. In his new role he will oversee MGM content marketing for the television division, working closely with the global production and sales teams as well as
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Neil Patrick Harris Joins ‘Matrix 4’

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Neil Patrick Harris Joins ‘Matrix 4’
The How I Met Your Mother actor is joining Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen in Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s The Matrix 4. Neil Patrick Harris’ role is under wraps. Rumor is that Abdul-Mateen plays a young Morpheus.

Lana Wachowski is directing and co-wrote the script with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. Grant Hill who was an Ep on The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions is returning to produce.

Harris’ previous feature roles include The Smurfs, The Muppets, Gone Girl and Downsizing. He currently stars in the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Variety first had the news.
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Sony local comedy becomes studio's biggest hit in Spain in eight years (exclusive)

Sony local comedy becomes studio's biggest hit in Spain in eight years (exclusive)
Remake of Argentinian comedy overtakes Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Sony Pictures International Productions’ (Spip) comedy remake Father There Is Only One starring Santiago Segura has overtaken Spider-Man: Far From Home to become the studio’s biggest release of the year to date in Spain.

The film surpassed Spider-Man: Far From Home on €13.53m ($14.84m) to reach €13.57m ($15.08m) and ranks as Sony’s highest-grossing release in the territory since The Smurfs grossed €13.7m (unadjusted for inflation) in 2011.

Segura, who also wrote and directed Father There Is Only One (Padre No Hay Más Que Uno), plays Javier, an overwhelmed man left
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Gordon Bressack Dies: Writer For ‘Pinky And The Brain’ And Animaniacs’ Was 68.

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Gordon Bressack Dies: Writer For ‘Pinky And The Brain’ And Animaniacs’ Was 68.
Gordon Bressack, best known for his work on the animated Pinky and the Brain and Animaniacs, has died. He passed on Friday in Los Angeles after a long illness, according to his son.

Bressack was nominated for five Daytime Emmys and won three awards, all shared with his colleagues. They included outstanding achievement in animation for Animaniacs in 1996; outstanding special class animated program for Pinky and the Brain in 1999; and outstanding children’s animated program for Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain in 2000.

He also was the first to receive the Writers Guild’s Animation Writers Caucus Animation Award.

Bressack’s credits include Tiny Toon Adventures, The Smurfs, Mighty Max, Darkwing Duck, Bionic Six and his own creation, Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys.

A native New Yorker, Bressack worked in theater in his early years, then returned to the craft in his later years, writing and directing plays in Los Angeles.
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‘Pinky and the Brain’ Writer Gordon Bressack Dies at 68

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‘Pinky and the Brain’ Writer Gordon Bressack Dies at 68
Gordon Bressack, a prolific Emmy-winning writer of animated television series, has died. He was 68.

Bressacks’s filmmaker son James Cullen Bressack confirmed the death in an Instagram post. He wrote, “Words can’t begin to describe how I am feeling right now. You were my mentor, my writing partner, my hero, my best friend, but most of all you were my Dad.”

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Words cant begin to describe how i am feeling right now. You were my mentor, my writing partner, my hero, my best friend, but most of all you were my Dad. I will miss you more than you will ever know. I knew this day would come but some how always thought that you would beat the odds and live forever, because thats what you did, you beat the odds. Thank you for everything you taught me. Thank you for being a story
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Gordon Bressack, Emmy-Winning Writer Known for ‘Animaniacs’ and ‘Pinky and the Brain,’ Dies at 68

  • The Wrap
Gordon Bressack, Emmy-Winning Writer Known for ‘Animaniacs’ and ‘Pinky and the Brain,’ Dies at 68
Emmy-winning writer Gordon Bressack, best known for his work on ’90s animated classics “Tiny Toon Adventures,” “Pinky and the Brain” and “Animaniacs,” died Friday following several health issues. He was 68.

His son, filmmaker James Cullen Bressack, announced the news in a statement posted to Instagram. A specific cause of death was not given.

“You were my mentor, my writing partner, my hero, my best friend, but most of all you were my Dad,” Bressack’s statement said in part. “Thank you for everything you taught me. Thank you for being a story teller and instilling a love of stories into me. Thank you for making me watch movie after movie when i was little and asking me questions about them. Thank you for telling me I was going to be a filmmaker before I ever even knew what that meant. You meant the world to me, you always have and you always will.
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Russi Taylor, Voice of Minnie Mouse and ‘Simpsons” Martin Prince, Dead at 75

Russi Taylor, Voice of Minnie Mouse and ‘Simpsons” Martin Prince, Dead at 75
Russi Taylor, who voiced both Minnie Mouse for over 30 years and the beloved The Simpsons character Martin Prince, has died at the age of 75.

The voice actress died at her home in Glendale, California Friday, the Walt Disney Company confirmed (via Variety). No cause of death was provided.

“Minnie Mouse lost her voice with the passing of Russi Taylor. For more than 30 years, Minnie and Russi worked together to entertain millions around the world—a partnership that made Minnie a global icon and Russi a Disney Legend beloved by fans everywhere,
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Russi Taylor, Who Voiced Minnie Mouse for More Than 30 Years, Dead at 75

Russi Taylor, Who Voiced Minnie Mouse for More Than 30 Years, Dead at 75
Russi Taylor, who voiced various animated characters including Disney’s Minnie Mouse, died Friday in Glendale, Calif., our sister site Deadline reports. She was 75.

Taylor brought the iconic mouse to life for more than 30 years, in TV shows, movies, theme-park attractions and other Disney endeavors. As recently as this year, she voiced the character in Mickey and the Roadster Racers and some Mickey Mouse shorts.

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“Minnie Mouse lost her
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Laugh-In's Arte Johnson Dead at 90

Laugh-In's Arte Johnson Dead at 90
Arte Johnson, an Emmy Award-winning comedian best known for his work on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, died Wednesday at the age of 90, our sister publication Variety reports, citing heart failure as his official cause of death.

Born Jan. 20, 1929 in Benton Harbor, Mich., Johnson appeared in a number of TV shows and movies before landing a spot on Laugh-In, the NBC sketch comedy series (1968–1971) that made him a household name. Among his more popular characters was Wolfgang, a German soldier who didn’t seem to realize that World War II had ended. Wolfgang came equipped with an iconic catchphrase (“Verrrry interesting…
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The 10 Most Powerful Hanna-Barbera Characters Ever, Ranked

Hanna-Barbera started operation in 1957, with animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The outfit quickly became the top creator of television cartoons in America. Its most famous creations include many of the most beloved cartoons in American history, including The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, The Jetsons, The Smurfs, and many more.

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On top of these landmark cartoons, Hanna-Barbera also dabbled in fantasy, science fiction, and superhero cartoons of its own creation. Among these are extremely recognizable characters and a few that history has since forgotten. With over 60 years of animation history, there were so many to pick from, but we've taken a shot at ranking the most powerful Hanna-Barbera characters ever.
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Onward Teaser Trailer, Images & Poster Unveil Pixar’s Latest

Disney has released a brand new teaser trailer, images & poster for Pixar’s Onward. Although Toy Story 4 is on the horizon, Pixar’s new creative director recently indicated that they would be focusing on original stories from here on out. Now, the first indication of the legendary animation studio’s new direction has been revealed with their latest original effort — Onward.

Directed by Monsters University helmer Don Scanlon, the film features Chris Pratt and Tom Holland as Barley and Ian Lightfoot, two elf brothers who have recently lost their father. As a result, the two teenage elf brothers embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. You can check out the new teaser trailer, images and poster below.

Onward Trailer & Images

Although the upcoming fantasy adventure film could have easily been a Pixar-ized version of The Smurfs, this trailer looks promising.
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James Corden, Will Smith Stage 'Aladdin'- Themed "Crosswalk the Musical"

James Corden, Will Smith Stage 'Aladdin'- Themed
James Corden enlisted the cast of Disney's live-action adaptation of Aladdin to bring "a whole new world" to Los Angeles in his latest "Crosswalk the Musical" segment on The Late Late Show on Thursday night. 

Joining his theater troupe once again, Corden teased that it wouldn't be hard for them to guess what their next musical is, as he was wearing Genie attire and had covered his skin with blue paint. After their guesses included Avatar, the "Blue Man Crew" and The Smurfs, Corden immediately yelled at them: "Why would it be the fucking ...
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Film Review: ‘UglyDolls’

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Film Review: ‘UglyDolls’
In “UglyDolls,” an air-popped animated musical fairy tale about learning to embrace the ugly — that is, ordinary — specimen most of us are, the title plush toys are monochromatic fuzzy-felt factory rejects who get tossed off the assembly line for one reason or another. Each has a flaw that fails to meet the corporate standards of eye-pleasing symmetry and cuddliness. Moxy (voiced by Kelly Clarkson), the movie’s heroine, is a rambunctious blob of pinkness whose problem is her teeth. Ox (Blake Shelton), a rabbity green customer, has an X where his left eye should be — though at least he’s meant to have another eye. Ugly Dog (Pitbull), a cyclops canine mascot, has one glaring yellow peeper at the center of his forehead. And Wage, voiced by Wanda Sykes, sports two ungainly lower incisors, an homage, I assume, to the gargoyle voiced by Sykes on Disney Junior’s “Vampirina.”

The Ugly Dolls,
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Could the Avatar sequels break the wrong kind of box office record?

Tom Jolliffe looks at Avatar 2 and a distinct lack of excitement to return to James Cameron’s world…

You remember that film with blue characters in it? No, not The SmurfsAvatar. In 2009 it was the groundbreaking, visually dazzling CGI world which James Cameron created, whilst simultaneously revolutionising 3D technology (and beginning a five year fascination with 3D films which is slowly beginning to lose its lustre in the last five years). Whilst the film had its share of detractors it had a few fans.

The film grossed $2.79 billion worldwide. You could say that is an absolutely huge, almost mind boggling amount, and you’d be right. However, what it also is, is a bar. Avatar, all told was also one of the most long gestating and expensive projects ever greenlit. This was James Cameron’s long awaited follow up to Titanic, which was previously the highest grossing film ever.
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Miramax hires Michael Lachance to head new family and animation unit

Studio developed Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2, The Smurfs.

In a coup for Miramax, the company has hired Michael Lachance as executive vice-president of its newly created family & animation division.

Lachance, a studio executive and writer with more than 20 years of experience who most recently served as senior vice-president of creative development at Sony Pictures Animation (Spa), will oversee the creative direction of the division under Bob Osher.

During his tenure at Spa, Lachance developed the global animated hits Hotel Transylvania and its sequel, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 and The Smurfs franchise.

“We are
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Richard Erdman, Actor in ‘Community,’ ‘Twilight Zone,’ Dies at 93

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Richard Erdman, Actor in ‘Community,’ ‘Twilight Zone,’ Dies at 93
Character actor Richard Erdman, known to contemporary audiences as perpetual student Leonard on “Community,” who also had significant roles for more than seven decades in movies and TV shows such as “The Twilight Zone” and “Stalag 17,” has died. He was 93.

His friend, film historian Alan K. Rode, reported his death on Twitter.

On “Community,” Erdman was one of a group of elderly students, known as the “Hipsters” for their hip replacements, who was often told to “Shut up, Leonard!”

“Community” star Joel McHale paid tribute to Erdman on Twitter. “Such a good & funny man. We’ll miss you ‘Leonard,'” he said.

Fellow “Community” actor Yvette Nicole Brown also took to Twitter, writing, “I knew the day we’d have to say goodbye to this lovely man would come sooner than any of us were ready. But knowing that doesn’t make it any easier. #RichardErdman was Joy walking.
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