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Hot Trailer: ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’

By | Friday October 25, 2013 @ 8:06pm PDT

“Peabody here.” DreamWorks Animation is using the WABAC machine to transfer the world’s smartest person — er, dog — and his boy from The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show to the big screen. In Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the title duo (Ty Burrell and Max Charles, respectively) travel back in time to experience landmark events and interact with folks you might have heard of, including Mona Lisa (Lake Bell) and Sigmund Freud (Mel Brooks). The voice cast also includes Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton and Dennis Haysbert. Directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King) and scripted by Craig Wright, the film based on Jay Ward’s cartoons opens March 7 via Fox. Here’s the first trailer:

Related: ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ Release Moved To March 7, 2014

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Managers David Lonner & Larry Shuman On Merger Path

EXCLUSIVE: Top literary managers David Lonner and Larry Shuman are in serious talks to merge their companies, Oasis Media Group and The Shuman Co, respectively. In the scenario being discussed, Shuman and Lonner and his Oasis partner John Mass would join forces under the Oasis umbrella, tied to an effort to secure financing to expand the business. If it closes, the merger would bring under the same roof such feature and TV heavyweights as JJ Abrams, Brad Silberling, Jon Turteltaub, Shawn Ryan and David Shore. While 2-year-old Oasis has some TV clients — crossover A-lister Abrams and ER and Detroit 1-8-7 showrunner David Zabel — the company skews heavily towards features with a client list that includes Abrams, Silberling, Turteltaub, Peter Sollett, Michael Tolkin, Audrey Wells and Rob Minkoff. Meanwhile, Shuman, who has run his boutique company for 20 years, has a TV-heavy roster that includes House creator Shore, The Shield creator Ryan, Hunt Baldwin & John Coveny (co-creators of A&E’s upcoming series Longmire) and The Inside and Drive co-creator Tim Minear. Among Shuman’s handful of crossover clients is TV writer Carl Ellsworth, who segued into features with Red Eye and Disturbia. But overall, there is little overlap between Oasis and the Shuman Co’s areas of coverage, making a merger one where the pieces fit and would give the combined company heft in both film and television. Read More »

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IFC Buys Rob Minkoff’s ‘Flypaper’

By | Thursday March 24, 2011 @ 12:38pm PDT
Mike Fleming

New York, NY (March 24, 2011) – IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to director Rob Minkoff’s (THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, THE LION KING) robbery comedy FLYPAPER from Foresight Unlimited. Produced by Mark Damon, Patrick Dempsey, and Peter Safran, the film stars Dempsey (GREY’S ANATOMY), Ashley Judd (CROSSING OVER), Jeffrey Tambor (WIN WIN, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT), and Tim Blake Nelson (LEAVES OF GRASS). Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the writers behind THE HANGOVER, penned the screenplay. FLYPAPER premiered earlier this year at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. IFC Films will release the film theatrically and on its Video-on-Demand (VOD) platform.

Tripp Kennedy (Dempsey) ambles into a bank near closing time, just as two different gangs unwittingly converge to rob it. A shoot-out erupts, and Tripp tackles the smart, pretty teller, Kaitlin (Judd), to protect her. The gangs—one clearly made up of pros and the other a couple of buffoons named Peanut Butter (Nelson) and Jelly (Pruitt Taylor Vince) —have deadlocked themselves in a Mexican standoff. The bank’s security system starts the end-of-day lockdown and seals everyone into the building. As the night evolves, a hilarious game of cat and mouse ensues as Tripp and Kaitlin try to save the day, escape being killed, and avoid falling in love . . . almost.

Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: “Since FLYPAPER premiered at Sundance, we have been truly excited about it. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s recent success with THE HANGOVER is a testament to their comedic

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James V. Hart Scripts Rob Minkoff’s ‘Chinese Odyssey’

By | Wednesday September 1, 2010 @ 10:40am PDT
Mike Fleming

Screenwriter James V. Hart has signed on to write Chinese Odyssey, a 3D action adventure fantasy that will be directed by The Lion King‘s Rob Minkoff. The plan is to shoot the film in China by next spring in what would be the first major feature film developed with Chinese funding. The film’s produced by Minkoff and Pietro Ventani through their Tiger 62 Media banner, in partnership with the China Film Group and Beijing Galloping Horse Film & TV. China Film Group was involved in funding the John Woo-directed Red Cliff, and is a partner in his next big China-themed film, the WWII aviation saga Flying Tigers. Minkoff and his partner formed their banner, with offices in L.A. and Beijing, to hatched a series of China-centric films. Hart, whose scripts include Dracula and Hook, most recently scripted The Legend of The Leafmen with William Joyce and Ice Age director Chris Wedge.

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