’Star Wars’: Why the Han Solo Film Directors Were Fired
Sources say the the LEGO Movie helmers clashed creatively with Star Wars script vet Lawrence Kasdan. Possible replacements are Ron Howard and Joe Johnston. Maybe now Lord and Miller will have time to bring back Clone High? (A fan can dream…)
GLAS Animation to Host Georges Schwizgebel Retrospective in Los Angeles
The recent Annecy Cristal honoree will be celebrated at the Downtown Independent on June 22 — the Swiss animator was a special guest at the 2016 GLAS. “He is truly an unparalleled voice in animation history and his films bring the use of the frame and the cycle to an entirely new conceptual level,” says fest director Jeanette Bonds.
Disney Store Readies for D23 Fan Expo
New covetous collectibles and limited edition delights will celebrate landmark anniversaries for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Snow White and Bambi. Plus, the revamped Disney Designer Collection and all-new Disney-Pixar, MXYZ mini blind box, Star Wars and Tsum Tsum collections, to name a few.
Time Warner Will Spend $100M on Snapchat Original Shows and Ads
The owner of HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. is the latest to dip its distribution toe into the whippersnapper social media platform, with plans to release series across a variety of genres in the vertical format, running 3 to 5 minutes.
Marc Hustvedt Comes on as CEO of Digital Comedy Network Above Average
The five-year-old network/prodco snags an online video heavyweight with the Supergravity Pictures, Tubefilter and Streamy Awards co-founder. Above Average’s largely live-action catalog includes animation, such as Tiny Town, Swimming Lessons, Podtoons and Monkey Love.