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Animated “Animal Crackers” Selling Around the World

Cannes: Animated ‘Animal Crackers’ Selling Around the World (Exclusive)

Arclight Films is selling the project, which has a voice cast that includes Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Danny DeVito, Ian McKellen and Sylvester Stallone.

Animated film Animal Crackers is taking a bite out of Cannes, with Arclight Films bringing the film to the market and making sales in key territories.

The adventure comedy features a high-wattage voice cast including Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Danny DeVito, Ian McKellen, Sylvester Stallone and Raven-Symone.

Directed by Tony Bancroft and Scott Christian Sava, Animal Crackers centers on a family who must use a magical box of Animal Crackers to save a run-down circus from being taken over by their evil uncle, Horatio P. Huntington.The catch is, once anyone eats an animal cracker, they turn into that animal.

Arclight Films is handling worldwide sales on Animal Crackers, which has sold in several territories including the U.K. & Canada (E-One), Latin America (Imagem), Philippines (Captive Entertainment), Middle East (ECS), Bulgaria (A Plus), Portugal (Prisvideo), India (Pictureworks), South Korea (Atrium), Israel (Filmhouse), Iceland (Myndform), and the Czech Repuplic, Hungary and Romania (Prorom).

“We’re excited to be working with Scott and the incredibly talented Animal Crackers team,” said Gary Hamilton, managing director of Arclight Films. “The expertise of the cast and crew is unrivaled and the end result is a top-notch, superbly animated feature film that audiences worldwide will enjoy immensely.”

The film was produced through Scott’s Blue Dream Studios and its sister company Blue Dream Studios Spain, headed up by Jaime Maestro and Nathalie Martinez, with funding coming from South Korea, China and North America.

“This film has been a labor of love, said Sava. “We have put together this amazing story, and we are so excited that Arclight Films is going to help us share it with the world.”

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Emily & John Team For “A Quiet Place”

In what marks John Krasinski’s first major studio directorial release, The Office alum will write, direct and star with wife Emily Blunt in the Paramount/Platinum Dunes feature A Quiet Place. It’s also the first time the duo has appeared onscreen together. Even though they are co-credited with appearances in 2011’s The Muppets, they did not share scenes.

The storyline for A Quiet Place is being kept under wraps. Production is scheduled for this fall. Krasinski re-wrote the script from an earlier draft by Scott Beck & Bryan Woods. Paramount originally bought Beck and Woods’ spec before Krasinski boarded. We hear the studio is very high on the duo and put a blind write-to-direct deal in place.

Krasinski and his Sunday Night partner Allyson Seeger will serve as executive producers along with Beck & Woods. Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes will produce.

A Quiet Place marks Krasinski’s third feature directorial. His movie The Hollars premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. Recently, Krasinski served as EP on the Oscar-winning pic Manchester by the Sea. He’ll next be seen in Kathryn Bigelow’s Untitled Detroit Project, and stars as the title character in Paramount TV/Platinum Dune’s Jack Ryan Amazon series which will air next year. Previously, Krasinski co-penned the Gus Van Sant natural gas fracking drama Promised Land with Matt Damon which won high praise at the National Board of Review and the Berlin Film Festival.

Blunt is currently in production on Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns which will open on Dec. 28, 2018. She was recently nominated for a BAFTA and SAG award for her turn in DreamWorks/Universal’s The Girl on the Train which made $173.2M worldwide. Throughout Blunt’s career, her films have amassed close to $2.7 billion at the global B.O.

Next up for scribes Beck & Woods’ is Haunt, which the duo will direct from their original screenplay. Broken Road’s Todd Garner, Nickel City Pictures’ Mark Fasano, Ankur Rungta, and Vishal Rungta are producing with Jeremy Stein as EP. The duo are also writing the pilot Zeroes for Sony Pictures TV and Davis Entertainment, based on the book by New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti.

Krasinski and Platinum Dunes are repped by WME. Blunt is repped by CAA and The Artists Partnership. Beck & Woods are represented by ICM Partners, Madhouse Entertainment, and Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips.

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Emily Blunt Bored With ‘Frozen’ Comparisons

Emily Blunt is bored by comparisons between her The Huntsman: Winter’s War character and Elsa from Frozen.
The British actress plays Freya, a royal sorceress with freezing powers in the new fairytale movie, and it has been observed that the character bears a striking resemblance to the frosty magical princess in Disney’s blockbuster. Emily said the comparison was “boring” when asked at a press conference in London if she’d used Frozen as a reference for her performance.
“It’s just because we’ve got white hair,” she joked before adding, “I watched Frozen a hundred times and I’m very disappointed there’s not a song in this movie. “No, it was not really a reference point; it was actually a case of (me thinking), ‘Oh God, I’m going to be asked a lot of Frozen questions. How boring.”
Freya, the sister of the evil Queen Ravenna – played by Charlize Theron – becomes a feared icy enchantress at the start of the new movie after a tragic event awakens her magical powers. Instead of being a new version of Elsa, Emily feels her character is a complex one with deep moral motivations, despite her villainy.
“The origin of the character is a very normal girl with normal hopes and desires for life,” the actress said. “She just wants to get married and have a child, then suffers this great loss and through that she becomes hardened. “Her hair turns white and she becomes this ice queen who just wants to kidnap children and strip love out of their lives, with good intentions, obviously, as she wants to protect them from future heartbreak.”

Source: Contactmusic.com

Emily Blunt: ‘My Daughter’s Excited About Having A Sibling’

Emily Blunt’s daughter is “coming around” to the idea of having a sibling.
The 33-year-old actress is expecting her second child with husband John Krasinski. They already have a two-year-old, Hazel, and Emily admits it has taken some time for her to understand that their family will soon be expanding. “She’s coming around to the idea of it (the baby) now,” Emily told British television show This Morning. “She dismissed it wholeheartedly when I first brought it up and now she’s quite excited I think!”
Emily’s latest role sees her star as Freya in The Huntsman: Winter’s War. For the part, the actress was transformed with white hair, pale skin and an array of incredible costumes. However, when it came to Hazel visiting her on set, Emily laughed that the tot was not worried by her mother’s makeover.
“The thing that was strange was that she had no reaction whatsoever to me being in costume and full hair and make-up,” Emily said. “It’s just a Friday night for Hazel, it’s just how I dress on a Friday night I guess! “It was quite moving in a way because I think you realise that children don’t really see all of that (the hair and make-up). They just pick up on your essence and that you’re still their mother. She was just completely unfazed by it.”
British star Emily confirmed her second pregnancy back in January. Since then, she has been trying to take it easy as much as possible recently, but acknowledges that having a two-year-old is making this pregnancy a little more interesting than the first.
“It’s fine. I’m not working that much. I’m just doing a few days of press here and there, it’s really totally fine,” she shared. “And I think the first pregnancy you’re very self indulgent in some ways. It’s all about you and having naps and pre-natal yoga and all that stuff. And this time around it’s not really the same – you’re running around after a child that you already have…!”

Source: Contactmusic.com

Emily Blunt Won’t Play Husband’s Love Interest

Emily Blunt has no desire to play her actor husband John Krasinski’s love interest onscreen, insisting their chemistry is “not for public consumption”.
Fans of the The Devil Wears Prada star and The Office alum have often asked the couple about plans to team up on the big screen, and, in a new C Magazine interview, Emily doesn’t rule out the idea of working opposite each other – but she insists any future pairing will not include a romantic storyline. “I think we would prefer it to be something where we’re not married or boyfriend and girlfriend,” she explains. “Our chemistry is not up for public consumption. We’d like to do a play. That would be cool.”
Emily and John, who is currently starring in Off-Broadway play Dry Powder opposite Claire Danes, briefly gave fans a preview of what a potential project would look like by making cameos in two comedy sketches for their friend and U.S. talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. In 2012, Emily played a young maiden and John her minstrel husband in a skit called Movie: The Movie, and last year, they starred as themselves in a sketch centred on The Kimmel School of Perfect Acting, in which comedian Jimmy instructed the two to act as if they were not married, a role playing exercise a “sad” Emily justified as a “sacrifice” for art.

Source: Contactmusic.com

Emily Blunt Won’t Do Anymore Nude Scenes

Emily Blunt has said she will no longer do nude scenes, calling them unnecessary and gratuitous. The Devil Wears Prada star, who is mother to Hazel, two, and is pregnant with her second daughter with husband John Krasinski, recently revealed that she isn’t keen on nudity as she’s been there and done it in the past.
“Too racy would be one thing I wouldn’t go for now. I’m not so keen on doing nudity, because I’m not 22 any more,” the 33-year-old told British newspaper The Telegraph. “And actually it’s not so much a moral thing as, ‘I’ve done it before and do I really want to do it again?’ Does it serve the film or is it gratuitous and seeing someone’s t**s for the sake of it? Because I don’t think it’s necessary most of the time. “Also playing violent or racist characters would be hard for me now.”
Emily, who currently stars in the new Snow White origin movie sequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War alongside Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth, also explained that balancing her career with family life is becoming more of a struggle. “Although life is a juggle and I have to spend a few days away from Hazel here and there, when I’m not working I’m with her all the time. I do think it will get harder to leave her as she gets older, but a friend once gave me a good piece of advice. Instead of saying, ‘Mummy has to go, say, ‘Mummy has to go, but I love what I do. I just love it!'” she smiled.
She also admitted that its getting harder to go incognito while out in public, especially now her career is going from strength to strength. “It went from people in the street saying, ‘You look like the girl in The Devil Wears Prada’, to, ‘You look like Emily Blunt.’ And now it’s, ‘You’re Emily Blunt!'” she laughed.
However, she did confess that it’s difficult to disappear under the radar while out and about with John, as the former The Office star stands out from the crowds. “He’s so tall, so he really draws the eye,” she joked.

Source: Contactmusic.com

Emily Blunt In Talks For ‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel?

British actress Emily Blunt is in talks to portray beloved nanny Mary Poppins in a planned sequel to Julie Andrews’ Disney movie musical. Studio bosses recently announced plans to give the character a revamp in a new film, to be directed by Chicago filmmaker Rob Marshall, with a story set 20 years after Andrews’ classic 1964 musical.
And now, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter the pregnant Sicario actress is the top choice to take on the role, but the deal has yet to be finalised due to scheduling as Blunt is expecting her second child with husband John Krasinski. If she signs on, Blunt will be reunited with her Into The Woods director, Marshall, and producers John DeLuca and Marc Platt.
The new instalment of Mary Poppins will be adapted from author P.L. Travers’ children’s book series, and will feature Mary’s other adventures with the Banks family, who hire her as a nanny, according to Entertainment Weekly. Ironically, Blunt’s The Devil Wears Prada co-star Anne Hathaway was also rumoured to be a top choice for the role, but she shot down the reports and insisted her pal Blunt was the right choice for the part.
Hathaway previously told Entertainment Tonight, “No one’s talked to me about it… I feel like she’s (Blunt) going to get it – she’s British!”
And Julie Andrews has given both Blunt and Hathaway her blessing to tackle Poppins, tell America’s Today show last year, “I’m kind of interested in it. It’s not going to be a recreation of the original… and after 50 years since it was made, it’s about time, I guess. “Anne sings wonderfully and she’s so talented, she can do anything! And Emily, whom I adore, also (sic).”

Source: Contactmusic.com

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