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News Bytes: Director in Talks for ‘Cruella’, MIFA Pitches Open, AFI Top 10 Films of 2018 & More

‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Fans Petition NFL to Play Beloved Song at Super Bowl
Bikini Bottom boosters have started a petition on Change.org to honor the recent pasing of series creator Stephen Hillenburg with a halftime performance of “Sweet Victory” during the February football event. The number of signatures has surpassed 750,000. Watch the musical clip here.

Mr. Bean Launches Christmas Merchandise
Renowned British comedy character Mr. Bean, created by Rowan Atkinson, is featuring in festive goodies released via YouTube and Teespring’s “merch shelf” feature. The collection includes mugs, hoodies, t-shirts, cushions and phone cases featuring animated and live-action series motifs. Mr. Bean’s YT channel recently topped 10 million subscribers, earning a Diamond Play Button.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: #TvoriChristmasTime
Tvori animation software users are invited to create videos that capture the Christmas spirit and post them to social media channels by Sunday, December 16 with the official hashtag. The contest is being judges by Tipatat Chennavasin (General Partner, The Venture Reality Fund), Jamie Feltham (author at UploadVR), Mike Morris (storyboard artist & revisionist, DuckTales), Jean Thoren (Publisher/President, Animation Magazine), Estella Tse (VR artist & designer, Artist in Residence with Google and Adobe).

CALL FOR ENTRIES: MIFA Pitches 2019
Project Registration for the event, taking place as part of the Annecey Int’l Animation Film Festival & MIFA market next June, are now open to short film, feature film, TV series/TV special, and interactive/transmedia concepts seeking support. Las year, 37 pitches were selected out of 468 entries. Deadline: February 4, 2019.

AFI Top 10 Lifts Oscar Prospects for ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ ‘Black Panther’
The films’ list also includes BlacKkKlansman, Eighth Grade, If Beale Street Could Talk, The Favourite, First Reformed, Green Book and A Quiet Place. The top TV shows are The Americans, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Atlanta, Barry, Better Call Saul, The Kominsky Method, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Pose, Succession and This Is Us. A special award was given to Roma.

Craig Gillespie in Talks to Direct Emma Stone in ‘Cruella’
Disney’s live-action script-flip of 101 Dalmatians may have the I, Tonya and Lars and the Real Girl helmer to guide it, according to Deadline. Alex Timbers, co-creator of Mozart in the Jungle, was originally attached. Cruella has a script by Jez Butterworth (Spectre, Edge of Tomorrow).

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