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Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard Team for Universal's 'Fairy Tale Ending'

Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard Team for Universal's 'Fairy Tale Ending'
After starring together in The Help, Octavia Spencer and Bryce Dallas Howard are teaming up again for Universal Pictures' Fairy Tale Ending.

The pitch for the female ensemble comedy hails from Jim Hecht (A Wizard's Tale, Ice Age: The Meltdown) and Tracy McMillan (Marvel's Runaways, Mad Men), who will also write the script. Plot details for the story are currently unknown.

Seth MacFarlane has signed on to produce the film with Erica Huggins through their Fuzzy Door production company. Howard will also produce via her Nine Muses Entertainment with Eric Carlson and Susan Carlson, while Spencer will executive produce alongside ...
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Lily Collins animation 'A Wizard’s Tale' lands at Blue Fox

Mexican animation studio Ánima Estudios produces with UK’s Prime Focus World, Gfm Animation.

Blue Fox Entertainment announced has acquired North American rights to the animated family adventure comedy A Wizard’s Tale featuring a British cast led by Okja star Lily Collins.

Rounding out the key animation cast are Ian McShane and Toby Kebbell.

Mexican animation studio Ánima Estudios – the company behind Top Cat, The Legend Of Chupacabras, and Wicked Flying Monkeys – is producing alongside UK companies Prime Focus World and Gfm Animation.

A Wizard’s Tale is based on the 1960’s NBC animated series Here Comes The Grump
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Annecy: ‘Small Town,’ ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ to Unspool at Mifa’s Animation! Focus

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Annecy, France—Walter Tournier’ “Small Town,” TV series “What Would Jesus Do?” and Gastón Gorali’s “Escape to India” are among five projects to be pitched on Wednesday June 13 at Mifa’s Animation!, a selection of winners at November’s Latin American animation co-production-sales market, held as part of Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur.

In an alliance between Ventana Sur’s animation mini-mart and the Annecy festival, a showcase of Latin American animated features and TV projects were pitched in Buenos Aires last November. A jury selected four projects for the Animation! Focus @Mifa. A fifth –”Escape to India– has been added as a guest project.

In family comedy “Small Town,” Uruguayan stop-motion pioneer Tournier (“Selkirk”) directs a story set in a small town where its inhabitants have managed to combine the amount of methane expelled by the cows with porous stones in order to produce renewable energy. This implies a
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A Wizard's Tale review – wasp-waisted princess misreads the feminist memo

Lily Collins’ spoilt heroine simpers through this muddled tale of hipster balloons, magic portals and predatory Christmas trees

The film-makers behind this noisy, brain-frazzling kids’ animation have evidently read the memo that it’s no longer Ok for passive princesses to wait around until a lunk of a prince charges over the horizon to rescue them. But evidently they are still processing the information, since A Wizard’s Tale monumentally misses the point with a princess who does decide that the patriarchy won’t keep her down – but only after an hour of some pretty hardcore simpering.

A Mexican-British co-production, the film is based on Here Comes the Grump, a short-running series on NBC in the late 60s. Ian McShane is the voice of The Grump, a grouchy old wizard who has been terrorising the land of Groovynham since a girlfriend broke his heart in his days as an idealist young sorcerer.
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Gfm Animation hires head of production (exclusive)

Sean Feeney joins animation outfit.

UK-based Gfm Animation, the sister company to finance and sales outfit Gfm Films, has hired a new head of production.

Sean Feeney has joined the animation-focused label, which Gfm launched in November 2016. He arrives following eight years at Prime Focus World in London, where he set up and developed the company’s animation division.

Feeney has also previously worked as a producer on series for Disney, Splash, M2/Lego, Anima, Mattel, Hasbro and the BBC. He began his career as a runner at Mpc before working at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and then Prime Focus World.
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