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J.K. Simmons, Jason Schwartzman, Joan Cusack and Rashida Jones set for animated Santa origin story Klaus

The Tracking Board is reporting that J.K. Simmons, Jason Schwartzman, Joan Cusack and Rashida Jones have signed on to lend their voices to Klaus, a new animated feature from Despicable Me writer Sergio Pablos.

The family comedy will mark the directorial debut of Pablos and tells the story of a desperate postman who accidentally brings about the genesis of Santa Claus.

“How is it possible there’s no story about the origin of Santa Claus?” said Pablos. “He’s one of the most well-known and loved characters in the world! We felt this was a story that needed to be told and that there was no better way than with animation.”

Kalus has been written by Pablos, Zach Lewis and Jim Mahoney, and will be distributed globally by Netflix.

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‘Bored To Death’ Movie: Creator Jonathan Ames Says Two Drafts Written

While HBO’s comedy series Bored to Death was cancelled after three seasons back in 2011, and a possible movie has been in development since 2013, not much progress has been reported so far. However, speaking on a panel at the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles on Sunday, the show’s creator Jonathan Ames said, “I did write two versions.” The show followed three quirky male friends played by Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson and Jason Schwartzman, with the latter’s character named…
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Netflix Acquires Animated Feature From ‘Despicable Me’ Co-Creator

Netflix Acquires Animated Feature From ‘Despicable Me’ Co-Creator
Netflix has acquired exclusive global rights to the animated pic “Klaus,” the directorial debut for Sergio Pablos, who wrote the story and is the co-creator of “Despicable Me.”

The all-star voice cast includes Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, and Joan Cusack.

The film is a Christmas family comedy that tells the story of a desperate postman who inadvertently brings about the genesis of Santa Claus. The screenplay is written by Pablos, Zach Lewis, and Jim Mahoney, based on an original story by Pablos.

“How is it possible there’s no story about the origin of Santa Claus?,” Pablos said. “He’s one of the most well-known and loved characters in the world! We felt this was a story that needed to be told and that there was no better way than with animation.”

Tanguy Olivier, Gustavo Ferrada, and Marisa Roman are serving as producers. The film is co-produced by Pablos’ animation studio Spa Studios and Atresmedia
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Netflix Acquires Animated Family Film ‘Klaus’ From ‘Despicable Me’ Co-Creator

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Netflix Acquires Animated Family Film ‘Klaus’ From ‘Despicable Me’ Co-Creator
Netflix has acquired exclusive global rights to the animated family film Klaus, which marks the directorial debut for Sergio Pablos, who wrote the story and is the co-creator of Despicable Me. The voice cast is a good one with Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons and Joan Cusack. The film is in production in Madrid, and Netflix plans to roll it out for Christmas 2019. The Christmas family comedy will tell the story of a desperate postman who inadvertently brings…
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Sliff 2017 Review – My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea

My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea screens Saturday, November 4th at 8:00pm at .Zack (3224 Locust St.) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Ticket information can be found Here. It will also screen Thursday, November 8th at 7:30pm at .Zack. Ticket information for that screening can be found Here.

From acclaimed graphic novelist Dash Shaw (“Bottomless Belly Button,” “Cosplayers”) comes an audacious debut that is equal parts disaster cinema, high-school comedy, and blockbuster satire, told through a dream-like mixed-media animation style that incorporates drawings, paintings, and collage. Dash (Jason Schwartzman) and his best friend Assaf (Reggie Watts) are preparing for another year at Tides High School, where they muckrake on behalf of their widely distributed but little-read school newspaper, edited by their friend Verti (Maya Rudolph). But just when a blossoming relationship between Assaf and Verti threatens to destroy the boys’ friendship,
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Ted Danson is Sneakily Reinventing Himself on ‘The Good Place’

Ted Danson is Sneakily Reinventing Himself on ‘The Good Place’
At the start of Chapter 18 of “The Good Place,” Ted Danson’s Michael — the architect of a human torture chamber who’s recently switched sides in an attempt to help his former captives — laments how his new bosses are running The Bad Place.

“It really tucks my nuggets,” he says. “I worked so hard on my torture ideas, and theirs are so basic. These millennials, they have no work ethic.”

When Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Manny Jacinto), who are both around the millennial age, give him a puzzled look, he continues. “Oh sorry, a millennial is someone who has only been torturing people for a thousand years.”

But the pun-like wordplay above sparked a troubling thought. Considering the middling “Good Place” ratings and the recent history of its star…

Do real millennials not get Ted Danson?

Now, to be fair, “The Good Place” ratings aren’t bad. In fact,
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Ted Danson is Sneakily Reinventing Himself on ‘The Good Place’

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Ted Danson is Sneakily Reinventing Himself on ‘The Good Place’
At the start of Chapter 18 of “The Good Place,” Ted Danson’s Michael — the architect of a human torture chamber who’s recently switched sides in an attempt to help his former captives — laments how his new bosses are running The Bad Place.

“It really tucks my nuggets,” he says. “I worked so hard on my torture ideas, and theirs are so basic. These millennials, they have no work ethic.”

When Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Manny Jacinto), who are both around the millennial age, give him a puzzled look, he continues. “Oh sorry, a millennial is someone who has only been torturing people for a thousand years.”

But the pun-like wordplay above sparked a troubling thought. Considering the middling “Good Place” ratings and the recent history of its star…

Do real millennials not get Ted Danson?

Now, to be fair, “The Good Place” ratings aren’t bad. In fact,
See full article at Indiewire »

IndieWire Digest: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Hottest Topics, From ‘Blade Runner 2049’ to ‘The Vietnam War’

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IndieWire Digest: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Hottest Topics, From ‘Blade Runner 2049’ to ‘The Vietnam War’
These are strange, troubling times, and nothing necessitates a good distraction quite like the aftermath of hurricanes and the looming threat of nuclear war. If you’ve fallen behind this week, avail yourself of this week’s 10 biggest stories and topics — it’s a fittingly varied list.

10. ‘Sense8’ Series Finale Special: Screenwriters and Potential Locations Revealed

The gone-too-soon Netflix drama continues to prove itself a cult classic in the making, as its diehard fanbase remains as interested in its goings-on as ever. In the latest, Liz Shannon Miller reports the good news that “the script for the “‘Sense8 Special,” which will wrap up the fan favorite Netflix drama following its abrupt cancelation this spring, physically exists!”

9. ‘Neo Yokio’ Voice Cast: A Visual Guide to Who Played Whom in New Netflix Animated Series

Netflix, anime, and Steve Buscemi make for a powerful combination. The voice cast for “Neo Yokio” — an impressive ensemble that includes Jude Law,
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Official Trailer for Creep 2 Explores the Unsettling Side of a Peculiar Stranger

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Sara explores some of the strangest corners of cyberspace with her video project Encounters, but even she may not be prepared to meet her latest subject (Mark Duplass) in the official trailer for Creep 2, coming out on digital platforms this October.

From the Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA – August 30, 2017 – The Orchard announced today that the company will be releasing Creep 2, Patrick Brice’s follow-up to his hit 2014 thriller Creep, on all digital platforms on October 24th. The film will star Mark Duplass (reprising his role from the previous film) and Desiree Akhavan (“Girls,” Appropriate Behavior).

The screenplay for Creep 2 was written by Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass. Brice previously directed the first Creep, and the sex comedy The Overnight starring Taylor Schilling, Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman.

Creep 2 stars Akhavan as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding
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‘Neo Yokio’ Voice Cast: A Visual Guide to Who Played Whom in New Netflix Animated Series

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‘Neo Yokio’ Voice Cast: A Visual Guide to Who Played Whom in New Netflix Animated Series
[Editor’s note: This post contains very minor spoilers for Season 1 of “Neo Yokio.”]

Netflix has a fascinating track record with animation, taking big chances especially with adult-aimed series like “BoJack Horseman” and “F Is for Family” over the last few years. Its latest venture, “Neo Yokio,” looks nothing like either of those series — instead, it draws its visual inspiration from decades of anime as it brings us into the futuristic world created by Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig.

What does give “Neo Yokio” something in common with its Netflix sisters is its A-list voice cast, which features an eclectic but overall critically acclaimed group of actors, including Jaden Smith as young demon hunter Kaz, who just wants to be the most eligible bachelor in town, despite the growing sense that things might not be what they seem in this society.

Who are the other famous faces behind the scenes? Below is an illustrated guide to all of Neo Yokio’s VIPs.

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‘Neo Yokio’ Voice Cast: A Visual Guide to Who Played Whom in New Netflix Animated Series

‘Neo Yokio’ Voice Cast: A Visual Guide to Who Played Whom in New Netflix Animated Series
[Editor’s note: This post contains very minor spoilers for Season 1 of “Neo Yokio.”]

Netflix has a fascinating track record with animation, taking big chances especially with adult-aimed series like “BoJack Horseman” and “F Is for Family” over the last few years. Its latest venture, “Neo Yokio,” looks nothing like either of those series — instead, it draws its visual inspiration from decades of anime as it brings us into the futuristic world created by Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig.

What does give “Neo Yokio” something in common with its Netflix sisters is its A-list voice cast, which features an eclectic but overall critically acclaimed group of actors, including Jaden Smith as young demon hunter Kaz, who just wants to be the most eligible bachelor in town, despite the growing sense that things might not be what they seem in this society.

Who are the other famous faces behind the scenes? Below is an illustrated guide to all of Neo Yokio’s VIPs.

Read More:
See full article at Indiewire Television »

‘Neo Yokio’ Review: This Futuristic Netflix Story is The Greatest Robot Butler Anime of 2017

‘Neo Yokio’ Review: This Futuristic Netflix Story is The Greatest Robot Butler Anime of 2017
In the broad scope of anime history, it would be inaccurate (and maybe even a little unfair) to call “Neo Yokio” an unprecedented series. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a batch of six TV episodes with quite the same subject matter overlap as the latest Netflix animated effort. Starring the voice talents of Jaden Smith and executive produced by Ezra Koenig, “Neo Yokio” is a hyperspecific blend of neo-futurist metropolises, prep school drama, and high-society intrigue, all with a dash of field hockey and weekend jaunts to the Hamptons. The result is a bespoke anime that’s confounding at times, but always in search of new layers to its insulated universe.

Wisely, “Neo Yokio” doesn’t spend more than a narrated intro explaining the origins of its title city, an alternate futurist New York of sorts. Instead it revels in a slew of off-kilter details in the life
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‘Neo Yokio’ Review: This Futuristic Netflix Story is The Greatest Robot Butler Anime of 2017

  • Indiewire
‘Neo Yokio’ Review: This Futuristic Netflix Story is The Greatest Robot Butler Anime of 2017
In the broad scope of anime history, it would be inaccurate (and maybe even a little unfair) to call “Neo Yokio” an unprecedented series. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a batch of six TV episodes with quite the same subject matter overlap as the latest Netflix animated effort. Starring the voice talents of Jaden Smith and executive produced by Ezra Koenig, “Neo Yokio” is a hyperspecific blend of neo-futurist metropolises, prep school drama, and high-society intrigue, all with a dash of field hockey and weekend jaunts to the Hamptons. The result is a bespoke anime that’s confounding at times, but always in search of new layers to its insulated universe.

Wisely, “Neo Yokio” doesn’t spend more than a narrated intro explaining the origins of its title city, an alternate futurist New York of sorts. Instead it revels in a slew of off-kilter details in the life
See full article at Indiewire »

Netflix releases trailer for anime series Neo Yokio starring Jaden Smith

Netflix has released the first trailer for Neo Yokio, a new six-episode anime series from Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), which sees Jaden Smith leading a voice cast that includes Susan Sarandon, Steve Buscemi, Tavi Gevinson, Jason Schwartzman and Jude Law. Check it out here…

Welcome to Neo Yokio, the greatest city in the world. It’s the most populous urban agglomeration in North America, but its prestige does not merely stem from its size. Neo Yokio is a diverse labyrinth of cultural and architectural innovation at the forefront of global fashion and finance. All of this is cold comfort to the lovesick Kaz Kaan (Jaden Smith), the youngest member of a family of: “magistocrats” – pink-haired demon slayers who once liberated the city. Today, his demon-slaying is barely more than a side-hustle coordinated by his Aunt Agatha (Susan Sarandon) – Kaz himself would rather concern himself with shopping, field hockey and – of course – mending his broken heart.
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Ezra Koenig's Neo Yokio anime trailer boasts a star-studded voice cast

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Ezra Koenig, lead singer and guitarist of the indie rock band Vampire Weekend has officially announced his new anime series for Netflix entitled Neo Yokio. The upcoming animation series boasts a rather impressive voice acting cast, with stars such as Jaden Smith, Jude Law, Susan Sarandon, Tavi Gevinson, Jason Schwartzman, the Kid Mero, Desus NiceSteve Buscemi, Kiernan Shipka, Willow Smith, Richard... Read More...
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Neo Yokio: trailer for Ezra Koenig's Netflix anime series

Kayti Burt Kirsten Howard Sep 8, 2017

Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig is bringing a new anime series called Neo Yokio to Netflix this month. Here's the trailer...

What a time to be alive.

Netflix just dropped a trailer for an anime original series from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig starring Jaden SmithSteve Buscemi, Jude Law, Susan Sarandon, Desus and Mero, Jason Schwartzman and Tavi Gevinson, amongst others.

From the looks of the trailer, Neo Yokio is part-satire, part homage (a la Hot Fuzz), a series that aims to send-up many of anime's most ubiquitous tropes, while also paying tribute to them.

Neo Yokio, a play off of the 'New Tokyo' setting in anime classic Akira, is "a postmodern collage of homages to classic anime, English literature and modern New York fashion and culture." It follows the adventures of Jaden Smith's Kaz Kaan, a broken-hearted, pink-haired demon slayer who cares more about shopping,
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Netflix’s ‘Neo Yokio’ Trailer: Jaden Smith’s New Show Looks Like the Most Unique Animated Series of the Year — Watch

Netflix’s ‘Neo Yokio’ Trailer: Jaden Smith’s New Show Looks Like the Most Unique Animated Series of the Year — Watch
After rocking the mic in Netflix’s “The Get Down,” Jaden Smith is returning to the streaming giant — in pink-haired, animated form.

Today, Netflix announced “Neo Yokio,” a new original series created by Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and featuring a voice cast starring Smith, Susan Sarandon, Jude Law, Tavi Gevinson, Jason Schwartzman, and Desus & Mero. Additional members of the voice cast include: Richard Ayoade, Ike Barinholtz, Steve Buscemi, Alexa Chung, Stephen Fry, Katy Mixon, Annet Mahendru, Kiernan Shipka, Willow Smith, and Amandla Stenberg.

According to a release from Netfilx, “the series is a postmodern collage of homages to classic anime, English literature and modern New York fashion and culture.” Set in the ultra-modern city of Neo Yokio, the show focuses on young Kaz (Smith) as he deals with both teenage heartbreak, the legacy of his demon slayer family, and the danger that might be threatening Neo Yokio.

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Netflix’s ‘Neo Yokio’ Trailer: Jaden Smith’s New Show Looks Like the Most Unique Animated Series of the Year — Watch

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Netflix’s ‘Neo Yokio’ Trailer: Jaden Smith’s New Show Looks Like the Most Unique Animated Series of the Year — Watch
After rocking the mic in Netflix’s “The Get Down,” Jaden Smith is returning to the streaming giant — in pink-haired, animated form.

Today, Netflix announced “Neo Yokio,” a new original series created by Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and featuring a voice cast starring Smith, Susan Sarandon, Jude Law, Tavi Gevinson, Jason Schwartzman, and Desus & Mero. Additional members of the voice cast include: Richard Ayoade, Ike Barinholtz, Steve Buscemi, Alexa Chung, Stephen Fry, Katy Mixon, Annet Mahendru, Kiernan Shipka, Willow Smith, and Amandla Stenberg.

According to a release from Netfilx, “the series is a postmodern collage of homages to classic anime, English literature and modern New York fashion and culture.” Set in the ultra-modern city of Neo Yokio, the show focuses on young Kaz (Smith) as he deals with both teenage heartbreak, the legacy of his demon slayer family, and the danger that might be threatening Neo Yokio.

Read More:
See full article at Indiewire »

The Orchard Announces October 24th Digital Release of Creep 2

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Following up on 2014's Creep, filmmaker Patrick Brice returns to the world of one very creepy, supposed serial killer in Creep 2, which The Orchard has announced for an October 24th digital release ahead of a Netflix premiere later this year:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – August 30, 2017 – The Orchard announced today that the company will be releasing Creep 2, Patrick Brice’s follow-up to his hit 2014 thriller Creep, on all digital platforms on October 24th. The film will star Mark Duplass (reprising his role from the previous film) and Desiree Akhavan (“Girls,” Appropriate Behavior).

The screenplay for Creep 2 was written by Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass. Brice previously directed the first Creep, and the sex comedy The Overnight starring Taylor Schilling, Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman.

Creep 2 stars Akhavan as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online
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