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- February 19, 2001
- Pictures From Premiere of
Lady and the Tramp II
- Stuart Little 2 Filming to
Begin in March
- Will Vinton Studios Names
New President of Entertainment Division
From Premiere of Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure
Late last week, Disney held the World Premiere of "Lady and
the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure" at the El Capitan in Hollywood.
Celebrities attending were cast members Scott Wolf, Chazz Palminteri
& Cathy Moriarty, Rosanna Arquette, Gloria Estefan, Teri Hatcher,
Marlee Matlin among others. Here are some pictures from the event:
Emilio, Gloria Estefan & daughter Emily Marie at the World
Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures Video and DVD release of "Lady
and The Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure"
Cathy Moriarty, husband Joseph Gentile & twins Catherine-Patricia
& Jason-John at the World Premiere of "Lady and The Tramp
II: Scamp's Adventure"
Sharon Morrill (EVP, Walt Disney Television Animation), Robert
Chapek (Pres., Buena Vista Home Ent, North America), Richard Cook
(Chairman, The Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group) & David
Stainton (EVP, Walt Disney Television Animation) at the World
Richard Cook (Chairman, The Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group),
Scott Wolf & Robert Chapek (Pres., Buena Vista Home Ent, North
America) at the World Premiere.
Cast Members Cathy Moriarty, Jodi Benson, Scott Wolf & Chazz
Palminteri at the World Premiere of "Lady and The Tramp II:
and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure" is being released to
video and DVD on February 27, 2001.
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Little 2 Filming to Begin in March
Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki, Nathan
Lane and Steve Zahn, who starred in the original Stuart Little,
have signed on to star in Columbia Pictures' family comedy, Stuart
Little 2. The film will begin shooting in a few weeks under
director Rob Minkoff for Columbia Pictures and Red Wagon Entertainment.
Based on the
classic children's book by E. B. White, Stuart Little chronicled
the adventures of the Littles (Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie and Jonathan
Lipnicki), the human family who brings up a mouse, Stuart (voiced
by Michael J. Fox), as their own son. The mouse was CGI created.
Little had a strong presence at the box office, as the blockbuster
earned over $300 million worldwide and a 2000 Oscar nomination
for Best Visual Effects.
Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little) returns to direct
Stuart Little 2, which is being produced by Douglas Wick
and Lucy Fisher. Jason Clark will executive produce with Minkoff.
Bruce Joel Rubin, who wrote the Academy Award-winning screenplay
for Ghost, wrote the screenplay for the sequel. Tony Bancroft
(co-director of Mulan) serves as animation supervisor.
Michael J. Fox, who provides the voice of Stuart Little, most
recently starred on the hit ABC series "Spin City" as
Deputy Mayor Michael Flaherty and served as the show's executive
producer. Fox earned an Emmy, three Golden Globe Awards, two SAG
Awards and a People's Choice Award for his performance.
Little 2 is slated for release in summer 2002.
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Auerbach Named President, Entertainment Division At Will Vinton
Jeffrey Auerbach, an Emmy Award-winning producer/writer and
entertainment executive, has been named President, Entertainment
Division at Will Vinton Studios, a leading dimensional character
animation company. The appointment, announced by Tom Turpin, President
and CEO of Will Vinton Studios, is effective immediately. Auerbach,
who will report to Turpin, will be based at Will Vinton Studios
in Los Angeles, but will also maintain an office at the company's
Portland headquarters. He will be responsible for all daily creative
development and production activities in television and film and
will serve as Executive Producer on all future Will Vinton Studios
projects, along with Turpin and Will Vinton Studios Chairman Will
to Turpin, "Jeff is a tremendous addition to our executive
ranks with a strong creative instinct and a diverse entertainment
background. His extensive experience in all forms of television
and film production will be immensely valuable as we focus on
utilizing the studio's unique creative abilities to tell stories
which others can't tell."
Studios, based in Portland, Oregon with offices in Los Angeles
and New York, is the creator of the trademarked stop-motion animation
technique called Claymation. Will Vinton Studios has two Academy
Award winning directors, and has won seven prime time Emmy Awards.
In addition to producing the Emmy Award-winning "The PJs"
in partnership with Imagine Entertainment and Eddie Murphy Productions
for the WB, and "Gary & Mike" in association with
Big Ticket Television for UPN, WVS is the largest provider of
animated commercial spots in the world, including the animated
M&Ms and the California Raisins, one of the most honored campaigns
in advertising history. These campaigns, among others, have been
included in numerous "Best Commercials of All Time"
lists from national and international media.
Vinton Studios is a uniquely innovative entertainment company,"
says Auerbach. "As a self-contained studio, the company has
been able to generate an incredibly creative culture where top
directors, writers, and animation artists are nurtured. I'm looking
forward to applying the studio's trademark 'edgy' creative sensibility
to live action television and films while preserving and enhancing
our core animation brand. I envision forming unique creative partnerships
with the industry's top talent and showing them that Will Vinton
Studios is an unbelievable sandbox in which to play."
Studios currently has primetime pilots and event programming in
development at ABC, UPN, and the WB. Under Auerbach's supervision,
the company also will move aggressively into the feature film
arena, where it currently is partnered with Mel Gibson's Icon
Productions on a feature film project inspired by the blockbuster
success of the WVS produced Nissan Toys commercial, named one
of television's best commercials by TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly,
and USA Today, among others. The spot, considered an advertising
landmark, is set to The Kinks' classic "You Really Got Me
WVS, Auerbach, a member of both WGA and DGA, was an independent
producer of comedy and drama programming under an overall development
and production deal with Columbia TriStar Television.
Prior to his
association with Columbia TriStar Television, Auerbach had an
overall development and production deal with Hearst Entertainment,
where he produced the acclaimed Lifetime Original Movie, "A
Chance of Snow." Before becoming an independent producer,
he was Vice President, Movies & Miniseries at Hearst Entertainment,
responsible for all development of network and cable films.
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