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The Coronavirus Sez: ‘No Time for NO TIME TO DIE’

Variety:

“No Time to Die” will be postponed until November, the James Bond sequel’s backers announced on Wednesday.

The film was originally supposed to be released internationally on April 2 and in the U.S. on April 10. However, the spread of coronavirus has led to closures of theaters in major markets such as Italy, South Korea, China and Japan. That could have been a major blow to “No Time to Die,” which cost more than $200 million to produce and millions more to market. Given that hefty budget, the film will need to perform well in international markets if it wants to make a profit.

“No Time to Die” will be released in the U.K. on Nov. 12, with worldwide release dates to follow, including the U.S. launch on Nov. 25, 2020. MGM and EON produced the film. Universal is handling the international rollout.

I’m pretty sure this is a first, and I don’t know that I blame them.

Sony Animation’s CONNECTED Looks Like Another Step Forward for Animation Technology

Sony Pictures Animation’s CONNECTED is an original animated comedy from director Mike Rianda (Gravity Falls) and producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Lego Movie), about an everyday family’s struggle to relate while technology rises up around the world! When Katie Mitchell (voiced by Abbi Jacobson), a creative outsider, is accepted into the film school of her dreams, her plans to meet “her people” at college are upended when her nature-loving dad Rick (voiced by Danny McBride) determines the whole family should drive Katie to school together and bond as a family one last time. Katie and Rick are joined by the rest of the family, including Katie’s wildly positive mom Linda (voiced by Maya Rudolph), her quirky little brother Aaron (voiced by Mike Rianda), and the family’s delightfully chubby pug Monchi for the ultimate family road trip. Suddenly, the Mitchells’ plans are interrupted by a tech uprising: all around the world, the electronic devices people love – from phones, to appliances, to an innovative new line of personal robots – decide it’s time to take over. With the help of two friendly malfunctioning robots, the Mitchells will have to get past their problems and work together to save each other and the world!

I love the voice cast, I’m into the concept, but what’s really arresting is how cool the animation is for this. The touches are subtle, but it’s definitely the next step of the technology in use for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and it looks just absolutely gorgeous. Could be a Fall sleeper, for sure.

Mondo Unveils An Amazing Selection of FANTASTIC FOUR Merchandise

Mashable:

Art-loving Marvel fans will want to sit up and take note here: Mondo’s got a bunch of cool Fantastic Four stuff coming your way.

Starting on Thursday, March 5, you’ll be able to head over to MondoShop.com and choose from a selection of items inspired by Marvel’s First Family – so named for being the first superhero team to spring from the minds of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

How AMAZING are these prints?

“Fantastic Four: Galactus” by Killian Eng

“Fantastic Four: Silver Surfer” by Dániel Taylor

There’s also a series of pins, and a record slipmat (not pictured). Check it all out via the source link above.