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Arcade Fire’s ‘Baby Mine’ spread for ‘Dumbo’ has an odd turn



Individuals couldn’t have scripted a superior story than how Arcade Fire came to cover “Baby Mine” for the new Disney live-action remake of “Dumbo.”

For reasons unknown, Win Butler, frontman of the Grammy-winning band, has an exceptional connection to the 1941 animated original — to be specific a scene that utilizes an instrument considered a talking guitar that his grandfather, Alvino Rey, developed.

However, that was a happenstance that Disney reps didn’t have an inkling when they moved toward Arcade Fire about doing their fantastic take, which plays over the completion credits of director Tim Burton’s “Dumbo.”

“You can’t make up his grandfather’s instrument being used in the original animated film,” says Mitchell Leib, president, music and soundtracks, for Walt Disney Studios, who sealed the deal to get Arcade Fire. “That is just kismet,” he tells The Post. “This was just meant to be.”

At first, Leib — who likewise had a connection to “Baby Mine,” from Bette Midler singing it on the soundtrack of 1988’s “Beaches,” which he worked on earlier in his vocation at Disney — had been searching for a “contemporary female” to revamp the melody. On his list of things to get for the tune about Dumbo being isolated from his elephant mother were Lorde, Adele and Halsey.

It was Norwegian alt-pop vocalist Aurora who wound up singing the version that first showed up on the mystery trailer for the film. Be that as it may, the thought came to fruition to flip the gender on who might sing the melody (which is additionally performed by actress Sharon Rooney, as Miss Atlantis, in a scene) when Leib went over a YouTube video of Smashing Pumpkins doing “Baby Mine” in concert.

At that point, after Arcade Fire’s operator proposed them, it turned out Burton was a big fan of the band — and vice versa. “This all just happened in February . . . in about six days,” says Leib of the Arcade Fire version, which also features vocals by the band’s Régine Chassagne, Butler’s wife. “It’s not us, like, trying to whip up some hit single. It’s doing something pure for a movie.”

The magic is in the song — composed by Ned Washington and Frank Churchill — says Leib. “It’s the inherent emotion of it, “ he says. “It is the universal mother speaking to and comforting the universal child.”


Anne Rice’s ‘Interview With the Vampire’ series ordered at AMC



AMC is formally pushing ahead with an series adaptation of Anne Rice’s “Interview With the Vampire.”

Information on the series order comes a little more than a year after Variety only detailed that AMC had procured the rights to Rice’s book series “The Vampire Chronicles” and “The Lives of the Mayfair Witches.” “Interview With the Vampire” is the first series to be greenlit out of the obtaining.

The cabler has given the series an eight episode request with an eye toward a 2022 introduction on both AMC and AMC Plus. Rolin Jones will serve as writer, executive producer, and showrunner on the series under his general deal with AMC Studios. Imprint Johnson will chief produce under his general deal with AMC Studios too, with Anne Rice and Christopher Rice likewise executive producing.

Johnson has a long history with AMC Networks, having filled in as a leader maker on shows like “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” and “Rectify.” In addition to executive producing “Interview with the Vampire,” he will lead AMC’s endeavors to foster the full Anne Rice collection for streaming and television. “Interview with a Vampire” was recently adjusted into an element in 1994 featuring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst and Antonio Banderas.

“This is a day we have been looking forward to since we acquired this legendary Anne Rice collection a little more than a year ago,” said Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. “This story already has millions of fans in the U.S. and around the world, we can’t wait to share this new interpretation of the classic brought to life by Rolin and Mark, as we continue to work on developing the entire collection. With ‘The Walking Dead,’ this Anne Rice collection and our majority stake in Agatha Christie Limited through our own Acorn TV, we are proud to have the stewardship of three unique, fan-forward and beloved franchises and universes, which we are only just beginning to explore. We are also thrilled to have Mark, a world class producer we have previously worked with on iconic series like ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Rectify,’ ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ and ‘Better Call Saul’ on board at the helm of our efforts to develop an entire Anne Rice universe, with significant aspirations for these beloved stories and characters.”

The acquisition deal included 18 titles between the two book series, which together have sold in excess of 150 million duplicates around the world. Among the books in the two series are “Interview with the Vampire,” “Queen of the Damned,” “The Vampire Lestat,” and “The Witching Hour.”

“The challenge of adapting for television the groundbreaking and immensely compelling work of Anne Rice is both intimidating and exhilarating,” Johnson said. “Having previously produced films from such singular works, I recognize both the responsibility and the obligation we owe the material. I strongly believe that with AMC and Rolin Jones we are equipped to meet this challenge and to thrill and entertain both the loyal Anne Rice fan and the viewer who is just now discovering her work.”

Anne Rice is a New York Times Bestselling author of more than 30 books. Her first novel, “Interview with the Vampire,” was published in 1976 and has gotten one of top rated books worldwide A New York Times Bestselling and grant winning novelist by his own doing, Christopher Rice has worked together with Anne on numerous novels. Along with his creating accomplice, individual New York Times Bestselling author Eric Shaw Quinn, he runs the podcast and video network TDPS.

“In 1973, a grieving mother and extraordinary writer began what would become the finest Vampire novel ever written (all respects to Mr. Stoker),” Jones said. “Nearly fifty years later we know what’s expected of us. We know how much this book and the ones that follow mean to their massive fan base. We feel you over our shoulders as we tend the Savage Garden. Louis and Lestat are coming out of hiding and we can’t wait to re-unite them with you.”

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Animated series ‘Strange Planet’ set at Apple from Dan Harmon and Nathan Pyle



Nathan Pyle’s Strange Planet is getting the TV treatment.

Apple TV+ has distributed a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for an animated series dependent on Pyle’s webcomic and best-selling graphic novels of a similar name.

The arrangement will tell profound and heartfelt stories about beings on a distant planet similar to our own. Amalia Levari will fill in as showrunner on the whimsical comedy. Dan Harmon (Rick and Morty, Community) will be credited as a co-creator alongside Pyle on the series. The pair will executive produce close by Levari.

Abnormal Planet will be produced in-house at Apple’s as of late launched Apple Studios close by animation production house ShadowMachine (BoJack Horseman, Final Space). Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico will executive produce for ShadowMachine close by Steve Levy and Pyle’s better half, Taylor Alexy Pyle.

Artist, author and writer Pyle recently had one of his designs featured on Harmon’s former religion NBC comedy Community. He has distributed various New York Times smash hit books. He dispatched webcomic Strange Planet in mid 2019. The comic follows a planet of genderless outsiders and investigates the intricacies of humankind. The series acquired an after on Instagram, prompting a book in November of that very year. A subsequent book continued in 2020. The Pyles are repped by CAA, The Gernert Co. also, Weintraub.

Bizarre Planet is Harmon’s fourth animated series, joining Adult Swim megahit Rick and Morty, Fox’s impending Krapopolis and FXX’s as of late arranged Little Demon. He’s repped by CAA.

Levari, who acquired an Emmy in 2015 for composing on Comedy Central’s Over the Garden Wall, additionally considers Nickelodeon’s Harvey Breaks as a real part of her credits. She’s with Kaplan Perrone and Morris Yorn.

Bizarre Planet turns into Apple’s second animated series, joining Disney-claimed Loren Bouchard passage Central Park (which returns for its second season this month).

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Amazon’s ‘The Boys’ superhero series adds three recurring characters for Season 3



Amazon’s hit superhero series The Boys has added three recurring characters for Season 3.

Boondock Saints star Sean Patrick Flanery is depicting a superhero named Gunpowder. Miles Gaston Villanueva who portrayed Lyle Menedez in Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders will play Supersonic. Rosewell actor Nick Wechsler is depicting Blue Hawk. Every entertainer will join the show’s new season which is at present underway in Toronto.

The Boys subverts the superhero genre, imagining a present day where awesome avengers, constrained by the unscrupulous Vought corporation, imply to stand for “truth and justice” while secretly committing heinous acts.

Season 2 saw The Boys – Hughie (Jack Quaid), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon) and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) – on the run from the law, pursued by the Supes, and urgently attempting to refocus and retaliate against Vought. Erin Moriarty, Antony Starr and Aya Cash likewise star. The Supes of The Seven likewise incorporate Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), A-Train (Jessie T. Usher), The Deep (Chace Crawford) and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell), while Karl Urban plays Butcher.

Eric Kripke — who recently made the series Supernatural, Revolution and co-made Timeless – is again in charge.

In view of The New York Times top of the selling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys was created by Kripke, who additionally fills in as essayist and chief maker. Joining Kripke as chief makers are Point Gray Pictures’ Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver, Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz and Pavun Shetty just as Phil Sgriccia, Craig Rosenberg, Rebecca Sonnenshine, Ken Levin and Jason Netter. Ennis and Robertson additionally co-executive produce alongside Michael Saltzman.

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