Daily News Bytes: ‘Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay’ Cast, Bay Area Kid Fest Highlights & More

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‘Suicide Squad’ Animated Movie Cast Led by Tara Strong, Christian Slater
The next Warner Bros. Animation / DC Entertainment direct-to-video movie will feature Strong (reprising Harley Quinn) and Slater (Deadshot), joined by Billy Brown (Bronze Tiger), Liam McIntyre (Captain Boomerang), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Killer Frost), Gideon Emery (Copperhead), Vanessa Williams (Amanda Waller), C. Thomas Howell (Zoom), Dania Ramirez (Scandal Savage), James Urbaniak (Professor Pyg), Julie Natanson (Silver Banshee), Jim Pirri (Vandal Savage, Vertigo), Greg Grunberg (Maxum Steel), Dave Fennoy (Blockbuster, Tobias Whale), Cissy Jones (Knockout), Natalie Lander (Darma), Trevor Devall (Punch), Dave Boat (Harvey Dent/Two-Face) and Matthew Mercer (Savage Gunman). Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay arrives this spring.

Accusations Arise Against James Franco, Aziz Ansari
Recent Golden Globe winner Franco and comedian and Master of None creator Ansari are the latest men of Hollywood accused of sexual misconduct. Both have responded to accusations, with Franco saying “If I’ve done something wrong, I will fix it,” and Ansari stating that while he believed the encounter to be consensual but “took [his accuser's] words to heart.” Like Louis C.K., both men’s careers have intersected with animation. Franco is set to voice Lemmy in this year’s Arctic Justice and can be heard in Sausage Party and The Little Prince; Ansari has a recurring voice role on Bob’s Burgers as Darryl (among other TV VO gigs) and voices Squint in Ice Age: Continental Drift.

Framestore Boards “U.S.S. Callister” for ‘Black Mirror’
Read all about how the VFX whizzes built an homage to classic sci-fi with modern bells and whistles for the fourth season of Charlie Brooker’s cult hit Netflix series. The TV department team, led by VFX Supervisor Russell Dodgson, delivered 4K assets and edge-to-edge CG and anamorphic sequences for 270 stellar ’60s-inspired shots. Episode promo here.

10th Bay Area Int’l Children’s Film Festival Program Announced
Don’t miss this milestone anniversary “Playdate for the Imagination” taking place Feb. 23-25 at the Chabot Space & Science Center. The next generation of film and animation enthusiasts can catch a special screening of Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner, NFB selections, a discussion of Character & Art in Games as part of BAICFF’s “How Did They Do That? Series” (with Hanna Abi Hanna and Emily Barerra), and workshops on clay puppet making, pixilation & foley, and found-object stop motion.

DIY Clip: How to Recreate Mary’s Spell Book
One does not want to show up to the premiere of Mary and the Witch’s Flower under-accessorized! The highly anticipated first feature from Studio Ponoc opens in US theaters this Friday, Jan. 19 through GKIDS, following a special premiere event presented by Fathom Events on Thursday.

Click here to download the Mary’s Spell Book DIY PDF

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay

Black Mirror

Black Mirror