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News Bytes: Spider-Man Booted from MCU, New ‘Dark Crystal’ Featurette, Oscar Short Contender ‘Sister’ & More

Kyoto Animation Takes Down Memorial Erected in Front of Studio 1
One month after the deadly arson attack which claimed the lives of 35 KyoAni employees and injured as many, the studio announced it was removing mourning tributes from the site. In a post to their website, the studio expressed its thanks for the outpouring of support, and asked that people refrain from leaving flowers or gifts in the street and to be respectful of the people who live in the residential neighborhood when visiting the site.

Online Chat – EAA Ask Me Anything with Michael Dudok de Wit
Head over to the European Animation Awards Facebook page on August 30 at 5 p.m. U.K. time, when the Oscar and Emile Award-winning director of The Red Turtle, The Monk and the Fish and Father and Daughter will answer all your burning questions.

Apple Targets Apple TV+ Launch in November, Weighs $9.99 after Free Trial
The service will launch with a small selection of shows “by November” (possibly ahead of the Nov. 12 Disney+ debut), with catalog expansion building moment over several months. The Financial Times has reported that $6 billion has been set aside for original shows and movies — Netflix is expected to spend more than $14 billion on original productions this year. Apple is aiming to reach $50 billion in service sales by 2020.

WATCH: ’Sister’ Director Reflects on Growing Up in China’s One-Child Generation
Watch CalArts student Siqi Song’s moving stop-motion short, which recently scored its fourth Oscar-qualifying festival win, and learn more about this bright new talent. The film is available to view on TheWrap until Aug. 23.

Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement in ‘Spider-Man’
Despite breaking all-time box-office records with Avengers: Endgame and setting a new Sony record with Spider-Man: Far from Home, the producer has been barred from handling the web-slinger’s cinematic antics as Marvel parent company Disney and SPE failed to reach a new agreement. Disney wanted a 50-50 co-financing arrangement for future Spidey pics, which Sony nixed outright. There are reportedly two more live-action films in the works with director Jon Watts and star Tom Holland.

The falling out shouldn’t affect the upcoming Spider-Verse animated sequel, as Feige was not a creative lead on the Oscar-winning hit.

WATCH: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance | Returning to Thra
Voice stars Simon Pegg (The Chamberlain), Natalie Dormer (Onica), Taron Egerton (Rian), Jason Isaacs (The Emperor), EP Lisa Henson and co-EP/writer Jeffrey Addiss talk about the awe-inspiring expanded world created for the new Netflix series, inspired by Jim Henson’s classic movie. Age of Resistance premieres August 30.

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

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