LAIKA continues 15th Anniversary Celebration with Screenings of All Its Films and Key Filmmaker Panels

LAIKA, whose five films (Missing Link, Kubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman and Coraline) have all received Oscar® nominations for Best Animated Film, will partner with the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) for multiple screenings of all its films as well as filmmaker discussions and a display of puppets and sets this October.

Last week, LAIKA announced it is currently in production on the animated feature film Wildwood, based on the bestselling novel written by Colin Meloy, lead singer and songwriter for The Decemberists, and illustrated by artist Carson Ellis. LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight will direct.

LAIKA was awarded a Scientific & Technical Oscar® in 2016 for its innovations in facial animation and won the BAFTA for Kubo and the Two Strings and the Golden Globe for Missing Link. At the heart of every LAIKA film are the artists who meticulously craft every element.
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Cast of Upcoming Elevated Thriller “The Man In The White Van” Announced

the man in the white vanGarrison Film Productions Inc. (OTC: EMDF) and Legion M announced today that Sean Astin (Stranger Things, Lord of the Rings, Supergirl, No Good Nick), Ali Larter (The Rookie, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Legally Blonde) and Madison Wolfe (The Conjuring 2, I Kill Giants, True Detective) have signed on to star in their upcoming true-crime thriller feature film THE MAN IN THE WHITE VAN.

Also confirmed among the cast are Brec Bassinger (Stargirl, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, Bella and The Bulldogs), Skai Jackson (Muppets Haunted Mansion, Sex Appeal, Bunk’d), Gavin Warren (The Descendant, Geechee, First Man) and Julianne Arrieta (Reagan).

The film teams writer/director/producer Warren Skeels (Siesta Key), executive producers Legion M, Gary Kompothecras, and Lawrence Najem with producers Terri Lubaroff (Archenemy) and Anne Marie Gillen (Fried Green Tomatoes). THE MAN IN THE WHITE VAN is co-written by Sharon Y. Cobb (June) and co-produced by Mike Page and Arlie Day, who also handled casting. The project marks the first collaboration between financier Garrison Film and Legion M, and will be the first-ever production from Garrison Film’s innovative new film financing entity.
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WILDWOOD is Next Film for Award-Winning Animation Studio LAIKA with TRAVIS KNIGHT directing;

Laika Announces “Wildwood”, based on thee novel by the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy – as the award-winning studio’s next animated film, directed by Travis Knight

Laika first Look Wild WoodLAIKA’s next animated feature film is Wildwood, based on the bestselling novel written by Colin Meloy, lead singer and songwriter for The Decemberists, and illustrated by artist Carson Ellis. The announcement was made today by Travis Knight, President & CEO of the award-winning animation studio, who will direct the film. Wildwood is currently in production at LAIKA’s facility outside Portland, Oregon.

“As a deep-dyed native son of Oregon, I have rainwater, microbrew, and fair-trade coffee coursing through my veins,” said Knight, who won the BAFTA for his directorial debut film Kubo and the Two Strings and also helmed the live-action hit Bumblebee. “With Wildwood, I have the opportunity to tell a madly ambitious story of magic, wonder, and danger set in the place I grew up. My very own Portland will join that pantheon of unforgettable fantasy realms, with a stirring epic that will kindle imaginations, lift spirits, and break hearts.”

“Wildwood” Synopsis:

Beyond Portland’s city limits lies Wildwood. You’re not supposed to go there. You’re not even supposed to know it exists. But Prue McKeel is about to enter this enchanted wonderland. Her baby brother Mac has been taken by a murder of crows into the forest’s depths, and she – along with her hapless classmate Curtis – is going to get him back. Prue might think she’s too old for fairytales, but she’s just found herself at the center of one. One filled with strange talking animals, roguish bandits, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions.

Wildwood is a tale of love, loss, sacrifice and secrets, and of the magic you can find on your doorstep, if you’re willing to look for it.

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GATHR Jump Starts Theatrical On Demand For Re-Mastered, 50th Anniversary Edition of “On Any Sunday”

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Media company GATHR® will showcase the re-mastered and digitally enhanced 50th Anniversary edition of the Oscar®-nominated 1971 documentary ON ANY SUNDAY via its fan-driven cinema distribution model Theatrical On Demand®. The documentary, financed by and starring movie icon and motocross weekend warrior Steve McQueen, is regarded as the best film ever made on the sport of motorcycle racing.

Screening event tickets will be available on the new Sports Illustrated ticketing exchange, SI Tix. For more details on the film (screenings begin later this month) and to see the trailer, please visit HERE.

“At SI Tix, we are committed to giving fans the opportunity to enjoy the best live event experiences the world of sports and entertainment has to offer,” said David Lane, CEO, SI Tix by Sports Illustrated. “On Any Sunday has a unique and special connection to Sports Illustrated. Steve McQueen’s appearance is one of the most iconic covers of the magazine and we’re thrilled to partner with Gathr to debut the anniversary edition of this historic film to our millions of fans.”

On Any Sunday, a Bruce Brown Films documentary directed by Bruce Brown (The Endless Summer), was nominated for the Best Documentary Academy Award® in 1971. The original film was financed by Steve McQueen’s Solar Productions and features motorcycle racing enthusiast McQueen along with two of the sport’s icons: Malcolm Smith and Mert Lawwill.

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Laika’s Coraline Returns To Cinemas Makes Over $410k At The Boxoffice In One Day

coraline laikaA bring-back screening of LAIKA’s groundbreaking stop motion film Coraline, marked a highlight in event cinema on Tuesday, August 24, grossing $410K in a one-day-only presentation from Fathom Events, LAIKA, Shout! Factory, and Park Circus.

The one-day event marked the most successful event for Fathom since COVID-19 ravaged the industry in March 2020 and was the No. 7 film at the domestic box office, with the 2nd highest per-screen average of any film in release, playing on just 675 screens. In addition to the screening of Coraline, celebrating LAIKA’s 15th anniversary, this exclusive cinema event featured two never-before seen featurettes, giving audiences a glimpse into the unique creative process behind LAIKA’s extraordinary films.

Originally released in 2009, Coraline is a wondrous, thrilling, fun and suspenseful adventure from director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach) and based on the novella of the same name by author Neil Gaiman (Sandman).

“Since its release 12 years ago, Coraline has captured the imagination of those both young and old.” said Ray Nutt, CEO of Fathom Events. “Fathom Events is proud to have worked with such great partners to bring this magical film back to theaters, and is elated to see such a great response among consumers.”

“We couldn’t be more pleased that LAIKA fans have thrilled once again to seeing our first film Coraline in theaters,” said LAIKA Chief Marketing Officer Dave Burke. “Coraline was an instant classic when it premiered in 2009 and this warm embrace by filmgoers reaffirms our pride in having created such an enduring film. Working with Fathom was a delight and we look forward to other partnerships in the future.”

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Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman release on VOD/DVD on September 3

american boogeymanTED BUNDY: AMERICAN BOOGEYMAN will have its Fathom Release (Nationwide on over 750 screens) on August 16 with a US VOD and DVD release to follow on September 3, 2021.

A specter roams the highways of a gritty and decadent 1970s America, hunting for his next prey—his name is Ted Bundy (Chad Michael Murray). Tracking him down are the intrepid female detective Kathleen McChesney (Holland Roden), working out of the Seattle Police bureau, and rookie FBI profiler Robert Ressler (Jake Hays), the government agent who coined the term “serial killer.” This is the true story behind the manhunt that brought America’s most fearsome boogeyman to justice.

Daniel Farrands wrote and directed the project, which stars Chad Michael Murray (House Of Wax, The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts Of Georgia, and Riverdale) as Bundy. Rounding out the key cast are Genre actress Lin Shaye (Insidious franchise, The Grudge, Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels) and Holland Roden (Escape Room 2, Teen Wolf).

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AGNES World Premieres At 2021 Tribeca Film Festival

creative media timesDirected by Mickey Reece, the horror-Drama is set to premiere at 2021 Tribeca Film Festival on June 12.

See the film’s Tribeca festival page here: https://tribecafilm.com/films/agnes-2021

The film stars Molly Quinn, Jake Horowitz, Sean Gunn, Chris Browning, Ben Hall, Mary Buss, Chris Sullivan

Here is the film’s official synopsis:
A nun’s disturbing behavior sparks rumors of demonic possession at a remote convent. When a priest-in-waiting and his disillusioned mentor are sent to investigate, their methods backfire, leaving a wake of terror and trauma.

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Zack Snyder Reveals Forbidden Planet’s Army Of The Dead Worldwide Exclusive

Superstar director Zack Snyder – director of Dawn of the Dead, 300, Watchmen, Sucker Punch, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman & Zack Snyder’s Justice League, has announced via retailer Forbidden Planet that he is launching an exclusive Snyder-curated Forbidden Planet edition of The Army of the Dead: The Making of the Film book.

Speaking exclusively to Forbidden Planet TV, Snyder said: “Titan Books and Forbidden Planet have done amazing work with this curated exclusive edition. It’s been a real pleasure for me to have this exclusive partnership with you guys, we’ve produced “making of” books that span my filmography and they’ve all been amazing. For me as a filmmaker, just to have this record of the work that was done to create these films – all the hard work that the artists have done – these books are a service that really allow fans to connect with how these movies are made. The Army of the Dead book is really fun, it captures a lot of the spirit of the movie and the joy we had making it. Creating this special edition was a real pleasure and I’m excited for the fans to check it out.”

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Mark Millar Confirms Oscar-Winning Writer For WB Nemesis Movie

Comic book superstar Mark Millar – creator of Kick-Ass, Jupiter’s Legacy, The Secret Service & Kingsman – has confirmed to retailer Forbidden Planet that Emerald Fennell – winner of the 2021 Oscar for Original Screenplay (Promising Young Woman) – will pen the script for Millar’s hotly-anticipated Warner Bros adaptation of his critically acclaimed comic book, Nemesis.

Speaking exclusively to Forbidden Planet TV, Millar said: “Emerald Fennell, who just won an Oscar for best screenplay for Promising Young Woman, has just delivered the latest draft of the Nemesis screenplay, which is extremely cool, especially after the initial development of the movie by the late Tony Scott, who established some amazing visual ideas for the movie!”

Nemesis is a tale of one man with a plan for vengeance! Who is Nemesis? He is a son of privilege, an inheritor of billions from his deceased parents. He owns a fleet of the finest cars and a hangar full of planes, and has countless technological gadgets at his command. He’s the ultimate super-villain fighting relentlessly for a nihilsitic cause in which he believes.

Forbidden Planet TV host Andrew Sumner said: “This interview with Mark Millar is another example of the pop culture status that enables Forbidden Planet to attract high-profile creatives from the comic book and entertainment industry, whether it’s for an interview for our newly-launched online TV show, a store signing or an exclusive edition. Fans won’t want to miss out on this special interview, as Millar introduces his new Netflix show Jupiter’s Legacy, chats about a new Netflix spy show he’s developing, previews the latest Kingsman movie and reveals an all-new anime adaption of his comic book Supercrooks.”


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Dark Sky Films Brings “The Carnivores” to Theaters + VOD on June 4th

Dark Sky Films has set a June 4th theatrical + digital release of THE CARNIVORES, an LGBTQ horror comedy starring Lindsay Burdge (The Invitation, Netflix’ Easy), Tallie Medel (Joy Kevin), and Aiden the dog as Harvie.

The film is Caleb Michael Johnson’s directorial debut, and is written by Johnson and Jeff Bay Smith.

Film Inquiry describes the film “as an effective psychological foray that may be divisive among some but is worth biting into, to really appreciate the talent within. It is successful in being both discomforting and inviting, you won’t know how to look away.”

Here is the film’s official synopsis:
Alice and Bret’s dog Harvie is dying, and he’s ruining everything. What had been a bright little family is quickly being consumed by clouds of self-doubt, suspicion, and a disturbing amount of ground beef. Bret (Lindsay Burdge) is taking the news hard. She’s had Harvie since before the relationship and is startled to find just how much of her sense of self is wrapped up in her history with him. Alice (Tallie Medel) thus finds herself on the outside of a relationship looking in. Bret’s obsession with the dog is getting overtly unhealthy, yet the more Alice attempts to connect, the further Bret retreats.

As the stress on Alice, a vegan, manifests in increasingly strange ways involving sleepwalking and a fascination with meat, she plans to get rid of Harvie to reclaim Bret’s love. But when Alice wakes one night holding an empty leash with no sign of Harvie except his severed ear, she begins to fear she’s become a monster. As each woman sets out in search of what’s been lost, Alice and Bret uncover parts of each other they never suspected, hideous and beautiful alike.

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