Sep 05 2017

September 05, 2017Author: JasperNo Comments

The first season of Trollhunters is set to be released on DVD on November 7th. No Blu-ray version was announced, as of now. The 4-disc set will consist all 26 episodes of the first season, along with a behind-the-scenes featurette with the show’s creator, co-writer, and co-executive producer, Guillermo del Toro. You can pre-order your copy on Amazon.

The show was one of Anton’s final projects. He was able to record majority of his lines before his untimely passing. Del Toro refused to recast the character and preserved his work. Other voice cast includes Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman, Steven Yeun, Lauren Tom, Clancy Brown, Tom Hiddleston, and James Purefoy. The show has already been renewed for a 13-episode second season, which is expected later this year.

When ordinary teenager Jim Lake Jr. stumbles upon a mystical amulet on his way to school one morning, he inadvertently discovers an extraordinary secret civilization of mighty trolls beneath his small town of Arcadia. Suddenly destined to play a crucial role in an ancient battle of good and evil, Jim is determined to save the world…right after gym class. A must-see viewing event for the entire family, DreamWorks Trollhunters will bring viewers of all ages around the globe into the rich and creative world of this all-new Netflix original series.

Mar 11 2017

Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to Porto, the Gabe Klinger-directed film starring Anton Yelchin and Lucie Lucas. The deal comes as the pic shot in the Portuguese city preps for its North American premiere Sunday at SXSW. The pic is screening in 35mm in Austin, and Kino Lorber is planning a fall theatrical release with a commitment to show the film both on 35mm and digital before a winter VOD bow.

It’s one of the final film roles for Yelchin, who died last June in a freak car accident. He plays Jake, who along with Mati (Lucas) are outsiders in the northerly Portuguese city of Porto who once experienced a brief but intimate connection. He’s an American loner exiled from his family; she’s a French student abroad with her professor lover. One day they see each other from a distance at an archeological site and then again at a train station and a café, where Jake works up the courage to speak to her for the first time, and they embark on a night of carefree intimacy. The experience is looked at years later, both of them still haunted by the powerful moments they shared.

Source: Deadline

Mar 04 2017

It all started three years ago with a Kickstarter campaign that helped raise funds to develop the project. Last year, we got to see the five-minute short film, which takes place in a world where man’s attempt to create artificial intelligence has spun wildly out of control. Now, the sci-fi short film, Rise, is now being developed into a full feature-length movie! It’s so sad that Anton will be no longer be part of the project, but I’m sure he’d be very happy about this news. Check out the short film below.

Source: Variety

Feb 10 2017

Guillermo del Toro spoke with Entertainment Weekly and talked about the renewal of Trollhunters and how Anton’s work will go on for the second season. The first season is still available for streaming on Netflix.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: It seems like you have some news to share.
GUILLERMO DEL TORO:
Well, we got very good news about how many people were watching the series, but we got confirmation that the next [13] episodes are a go. We’ve been working on a second season for a while now because we knew that if everything went right, we could proceed. We’re going to go ahead and now continue, rather than start, because we’ve been doing it for more than a year. The reality and the beauty of this is that we can continue not only the storyline and the characters, but we have a huge swath of work from Anton that allows us to continue Anton through more than half the season.

How did you approach the show following the loss of Anton?
From the get-go, even in the first season, we knew we wanted to preserve as much of the performance of Anton as possible, both from an artistic and a human point of view, and also simply because I think it’s a tribute to what we think he brings to the role of Jim. From the beginning when we planned the writers’ room, we set out a map of 52 episodes, and created arcs that break every 13, and those were planned four years ago. So we have been recording Kelsey Grammer, Anton, Ron Perlman, Clancy Brown, everybody involved in the series for years and years. And there was a break in the arc in the right episode that allows us to preserve all the work that Anton did that was phenomenal. At the end of recording sessions, Anton did one of the most complex episodes and then he looked at the pilot, complete, and there was a great moment in which he was able to see the work and do a really complicated episode in which he did multiple voices and we were all so proud and so close when we lost him. And now I can tell you, we’re not only going to second season, but we’re going to be able to preserve a really large part of it with Anton’s voice.

Does his passing change anything in your initial plan, or are you sticking to it?
Actually, coincidentally, we have an event in the last episode Anton did which allows us to sort of change his voice slightly, so the character stays — but we didn’t plan this. It was pure serendipity that we had that in the works. The beats of the second season have been set for years, and as of now, we have not altered or needed to alter a single beat.

Dec 01 2016

Featuring works from 22 countries and a new environmental theme being called New Climate, this first round of the full lineup sees five Day One movies kicking the festival off January 19 next year.

Thoroughbred / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Cory Finley) — Two teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. In the process, they learn that neither is what she seems to be—and that a murder might solve both of their problems. Cast: Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, Paul Sparks, Francie Swift, Kaili Vernoff. World Premiere

Source: Deadline

Oct 26 2016

The organization that presents the Academy Awards is dedicating a performance of promising new screenplays to late actor Anton Yelchin.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Tuesday that its annual Nicholl Fellowships live-read event will be presented in Yelchin’s honor.

The “Star Trek” actor performed at the first Nicholl live read in 2013. He died in June when his Jeep rolled down his driveway and crushed him. His parents have sued the vehicle’s manufacturer.

Yelchin’s “Star Trek” co-star John Cho, as well as actors Cary Elwes, Aja Naomi King and Alia Shawka are set to perform selected scenes from this year’s five winning screenplays on Nov. 3 at the film academy’s headquarters in Beverly Hills, California. The winning screenwriters were announced last month.

The Nicholl Fellowships is the academy’s annual, global screenwriting competition. Winners receive $35,000 and academy support toward the completion of a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year.

Winning Nicholl scripts have also been produced and released theatrically, including 2006’s “Akeelah and the Bee” and “Stockholm, Pennsylvania,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year.

Source: Page Six

Oct 14 2016

October 14, 2016Author: Jasper1 Comment

David E. Kelley’s series adaptation of Mr. Mercedes is moving forward.

The forthcoming AT&T Audience Network drama has tapped Penny Dreadful grad Harry Treadaway to replace the late Anton Yelchin, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Mr. Mercedes, based on Stephen King’s 2014 book of the same name, follows a demented killer who taunts a retired police detective with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again.

Treadaway will play Brady Hartsfield, a mentally deranged ice cream truck driver and IT worker who is secretly the Mercedes Killer. He will star opposite Brendan Gleeson, who will portray Detective Bill Hodges, a retired cop driven out of retirement when an old nemesis reappears.

The adaptation received a straight-to-series order in May with Yelchin and Gleeson attached. However, the Star Trek actor was tragically killed in a car accident the following month. He was 27 years old.

Kelley will serve as showrunner on the series, which is being produced by Sonar Entertainment. Jack Bender (Lost) is set to direct. The duo will executive produce with Temple Hill Entertainment’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey. Mr. Mercedes is slated for a 2018 debut on DirecTV and AT&T U-verse.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Oct 11 2016

Anton voiced the character of Dudley in the 9th episode of the first season of the animated series.

New York, NY (October 9, 2016) – Crackle, Sony’s free streaming service, today announced that their Emmy-nominated original stop-motion comedy series, “SuperMansion,” will kick off the holiday season with an original half-hour special, “SuperMansion: War On Christmas” premiering Thursday, December 8th. The announcement was made today at New York Comic Con during a “SuperMansion” panel featuring creators Zeb Wells (“Robot Chicken”) and Matthew Senreich (“Robot Chicken”), and voiceover cast including Emmy(R) Award-winner Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele”), Breckin Meyer (“Robot Chicken”), Heidi Gardner (The Groundlings) and Gary Anthony Williams (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows).

“SuperMansion: War On Christmas” focuses on a dysfunctional group of self-righteous superheroes, The League of Freedom, who can’t agree on anything, but must band together to save Christmas when an interstellar imp, Mr. Skibumpers (Jim Parsons), unleashes a real-life Santa Claus (Gary Anthony Williams) who experiences an existential crisis. Ultimately, the team comes to understand that their differences of opinion are what the holiday spirit is all about.

Returning to the seasonal special are voiceover stars Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Emmy(R) Award-winner Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele“), Seth Green (“Family Guy“), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey“), Heidi Gardner (The Groundlings), Tucker Gilmore (Frozen), and Zeb Wells (“Robot Chicken”). Joining the cast for the holiday special are Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory“) and Gary Anthony Williams (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows).

“SuperMansion: War On Christmas” is created and produced by Matthew Senreich (“Robot Chicken”) and Zeb Wells who also serves as a writer. Seth Green, John Harvatine IV, Eric Towner, Tom Root, Bryan Cranston, James Degus and Moon Shot Entertainment join as executive producers with production by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.

Season two of “SuperMansion” will return in early 2017, as previously announced at the Crackle upfront in April. You can binge-watch all 13 episodes on season one for free on Crackle.