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    Paul McCartney Teams With Netflix, Gaumont on Animated ‘High in the Clouds’

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    Paul McCartney Teams With Netflix, Gaumont on Animated ‘High in the Clouds’
    Paul McCartney is collaborating with Netflix and Gaumont on the animated feature “High in the Clouds,” based on the children’s novel he wrote with Geoff Dunbar, and Philip Ardagh.

    McCartney is producing and contributing songs to the film, which centers on an imaginative teenage squirrel named Wirral who find himself pulled into a ramshackle gang of teenage rebels who live high in the clouds. He accidentally antagonizes Gretsch the owl, the tyrannical leader who steals the voice of anyone who upstages her.

    Timothy Reckart is directing from a script by Jon Croker, who has credits on the Paddington movies and “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Besides McCartney, the producers include Bob Shaye (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy), the late Michael Lynne, Sidonie Dumas, Christophe Riandee, Nicolas Atlan and Terry Kalagian (Gaumont).

    “High in the Clouds” was published in 2005. McCartney set the project up with Shaye and Lynne
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    Sony Pictures Television Acquires ‘Octonauts’ & ‘Peter Rabbit’ Producer Silvergate Media In $195M Deal

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    Sony Pictures Television Acquires ‘Octonauts’ & ‘Peter Rabbit’ Producer Silvergate Media In $195M Deal
    Sony Pictures Television has acquired British kids producer Silvergate Media for just under $200M.

    The Hollywood studio has bought the Octonauts and Peter Rabbit producer from the La-based investment firm Shamrock Capital and Silvergate’s management team for a total of $195M.

    The company’s CEO Waheed Alli and Chairman William Astor will continue in their roles.

    Sony has acquired 100% of Silvergate Topco Limited, whose assets include Silvergate’s 49% interest in a joint venture with Beijing-based Wanda Group, which holds the rights to Octonauts. Additionally, it has acquired a minority stake in Silvergate Bp Bidco Limited, which produces the Peter Rabbit television series and will continue to be majority-owned by Waheed Alli.

    This comes after Sony Pictures Animation unveiled an expanded slate earlier this year.

    Mike Hopkins, Chairman, Sony Pictures Television said, “We are excited to extend our capabilities and gain valuable children’s IP to bolster our entry into the kids’ space.
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    ‘Hustlers,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit’ and ‘Queen & Slim’ Receive Costume Design Nominations

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    ‘Hustlers,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit’ and ‘Queen & Slim’ Receive Costume Design Nominations
    The Costume Designers Guild announced their nominations for the 22nd Cdga Awards on Tuesday. Among the nominees are Arianne Phillips for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Mayes C. Rubeo for “Jojo Rabbit” and Mitchell Travers for “Hustlers.” “The Irishman” is notably absent from the field.

    The Costume Designers Guild celebrates excellence in film, television and short-form costume design. As previously announced, this year’s host will be Emmy-nominated writer, producer, author, director and actor Mindy Kaling, while the honorees will include Mary Ellen Fields (distinguished service award), Michael Kaplan (career achievement award), Adam McKay (distinguished collaborator award) and Charlize Theron (spotlight award).

    “On behalf of the Costume Designers Guild, I’d like to congratulate all of our 22nd Cdga nominees. This year is a particularly exciting year for television as we have updated our rules of submission. Designers now submit a single episode that best represents their work on a series.
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    Cas Awards: ‘Joker’, ‘Frozen 2’, ‘Thrones’ & ‘Fleabag’ Among Cinema Audio Society Nominees

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    Cas Awards: ‘Joker’, ‘Frozen 2’, ‘Thrones’ & ‘Fleabag’ Among Cinema Audio Society Nominees
    Now hear this: The Cinema Audio Society is out with the nominations for its 56th annual Cas Awards, which honor the outstanding achievements in sound mixing for 2019. See the full list below.

    Trophies for the seven categories spanning film and TV will be handed out during the January 25 ceremony at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. Final balloting for the Cas Awards kicks off January 2 and ends at 5 p.m. Pt on January 14.

    The group said last month that Ford v Ferrari director James Mangold will receive this year’s Cas Filmmaker honor. Re-recording mixer Tom Fleishman is set for its highest honor, the Cas Career Achievement Award.

    Last year’s Cas Award winner, Bohemian Rhapsody, went on the score the Best Achievement in Sound Editing Oscar for John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone.

    Here are the nominations for the 56th annual Cas Awards:

    Motion Picture – Live Action

    Ford v Ferrari

    Production Mixer – Steven A.
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    Timothée Chalamet Takes a Jab at Scarlett Johansson’s Casting Backlash Response

    Timothée Chalamet Takes a Jab at Scarlett Johansson’s Casting Backlash Response
    Timothée Chalamet took a subtle hit at Scarlett Johansson during his December 9 appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” The 23-year-old actor was singing the praises of his “Lady Bird” and “Little Women” writer-director Greta Gerwig when he said he would do anything to star in her future projects. “Greta, if you’re watching this…you want me to play a chair or a tree [I will],” Chalamet said. “Like Scarlett Johansson, I’ll play a tree!”

    Chalamet was referencing Johansson’s viral interview with “As If” magazine published in July. The actress was responding to her history of casting controversies when she said, “You know, as an actor I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job.”

    Johansson latter clarified her thoughts by telling Entertainment Weekly, “I personally feel that, in an ideal world,
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    Camila Morrone on ‘Mickey and the Bear’ and the Film’s Father-Daughter Dynamic

    From writer/director Annabelle Attanasio, the indie drama Mickey and the Bear follows Mickey Peck (Camila Morrone), a teenager in the town of Anaconda, Montana, who finds herself responsible for taking care of her opioid-addicted veteran father Hank (James Badge Dale), as they’re both still grieving the loss of her mother. While fantasizing about living life on her own terms and wondering what it might be like to pursue her dreams, Mickey is faced with the impossible choice between family and her independence. At the film’s Los Angeles press day, Collider got the opportunity to sit down …
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    Oscar Isaac Says the Tone of Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Adaptation Is Truer to the Novels

    Finally, some tantalizing news about Denis Villeneuve's Dune — and it's all thanks to Oscar Isaac. Isaac is set to play Duke Leto Atreides, father of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) and husband to Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), in Villeneuve's live-action adaptation of the novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. The Dune narrative over the course of the past year has provided some interesting updates. In recent months, we've learned it's been pushed back on the Warner Bros. release schedule (it won't be out until December 2020) but also, a sequel …
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    Sundance Film Festival Announces 2020 Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events

    Eighth episodic works, 74 short films and nine special events were announced today as part of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. The shorts were selected from 10,397 submissions hailing from 27 countries. In the press release, Kim Yutani?, the Festival’s Director of Programming, said, “Authenticity and independent voices resonate across formats – and that’s evident across the full spectrum of this year’s Indie Episodic and Special Events slates. Defined by distinctive voices and enlightening viewpoints, these are riveting projects that find inspiration in the urgent stories and extraordinary individuals of our times.” Mike Plante, ?Senior Programmer, Shorts, said, “With an […]
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