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News Bytes: ‘Space Jam 2’ Stars Countdown, ‘Hello Kitty’ Movie Gets Writer, Popeye Toons Up Dinnerly Meal Kits & More

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News Bytes: ‘Space Jam 2’ Stars Countdown, ‘Hello Kitty’ Movie Gets Writer, Popeye Toons Up Dinnerly Meal Kits & More

Asia Pacific Screen Awards: Youth, Animation, Documentary Selection Panels Announced
The Animation jury will be chaired by Deborah Szapiro (lecturer in animation, University of Technology Sydney, Australia) and include Avid Liongoren (Rocketsheep studio, Philippines) and Ann Marie Fleming (director, Window Horses, Canada). Last year’s Best Animated Feature Film prize went to director Leo Gabriadze and producer Timur Bekmambetov for animated documentary Rezo.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: ANIMARKT Pitching 2019
Central and Eastern Europe’s premiere stop-motion forum will return to Lodz from October 8-12, and is seeking short film and TV special projects under 30 minutes for its pitch competition. All submissions must utilize puppet animation for at least 80% of the runtime, and the event particularly spotlights projects with artists from CEE attached. Apply online by the deadline: August 4, 2019.

WATCH: VFX Legion Breakdown Real for ‘MA’
The Los Angeles and British Columbia-based studio was called up to create a range of photoreal visual effects for Blumhouse Productions’ psychological horror film — from tortured flesh to a raging inferno. Warning, contains spoilers!

Dinnerly Celebrates Popeye’s 90th Birthday with Signature Meal Kits
Timed to National Fresh Spinach Day, the canned-greens-loving sailor man will feature in three Dinnerly x Popeye taste creations across the U.S. the week of July 15: “Strong to the finish, cause I eats me spinach … ricotta dumplings,” “J. Wellington Wimpy creamed spinach burger & oven fries” and “Olive Oyl fried chicken with Popeye’s Spinach Salad.”

“Next to Olive Oyl and Swee’Pea, there’s nothing Popeye loves more than his spinach!” said C.J. Kettler, President, King Features. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Dinnerly to develop these delicious spinach-fueled, strong to the finish recipes in celebration of National Fresh Spinach Day and Popeye’s 90th birthday.”

Lindsey Beer to Write ‘Hello Kitty’ Movie for New Line
Sanrio’s first big Hollywood picture based on the brand will be penned by Lindsey Beer, whose credits include Masters of the Universe, The Kingkiller Chronicles and Transformers: The Last Knight as well as Netflix’s upcoming Mark Millar adaptation The Magic Order (as showrunner, writer and exec producer).

’Space Jam 2’ Begins Production
Star LeBron James shared an excited Tweet about the start of production on the live-action/animation hybrid sequel. The flick recently (finally) confirmed a team of NBA and WNBA co-stars including Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, Diana Taurasi and Nneka & Chiney Ogwumike, as well as Star Trek: Discovery actress Sonequa Martin-Green. Space Jam 2 is currently set for release on July 16, 2021.

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