‘Friends’ to celebrate 25th anniversary by showing 12 episodes in movie theaters

By Peter Sblendorio - New York Daily News - (TNS)

Twelve episodes of “Friends” are headed for the big screen.

Twelve episodes of “Friends” are headed for the big screen.

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They’ll be there for you — in theaters.

The sitcom “Friends” will commemorate its 25th anniversary this year by showing 12 episodes in more than 1,000 movie theaters across the United States.

Four episodes will be shown each day on Sept. 23, Sept. 28 and Oct. 2 in participating theaters to celebrate the milestone, Warner Bros. and Fathom Events announced Monday.

“It is so amazing to know that the series is still bringing people of all ages together,” Lisa Gregorian, president of Warner Bros. Television Group, said in a statement.

“We could not be more excited to deliver these digitally remastered episodes to theaters — for the first time ever! — so that together, in a shared experience, our loyal fans can enjoy some of their favorite Friends scenes in a new way.”

The companies have not yet announced which episodes will be shown. The list of participating venues is set to be released Friday the same day tickets go on sale on the Fathom website.

Sept. 22 is the actual anniversary of the first episode of “Friends,” which aired on NBC for 10 seasons and starred Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc as pals living in New York City.

Disney shuffles animation and Blue Sky studio ranks after Fox acquisition

(TNS) — Walt Disney Co. is shuffling the ranks of its animation business and newly acquired “Ice Age” producer Blue Sky Studios, after the company’s purchase of 21st Century Fox.

Longtime Disney animation veteran Andrew Millstein has been named co-president of Blue Sky, which became part of Disney after the Fox deal closed, the Burbank-based company said Friday. Millstein will serve alongside co-president Robert Baird. Millstein replaces Andrea Miloro, who recently left the company.

Millstein, a 22-year Disney veteran, was previously president of Walt Disney Animation Studios. He will be replaced by creative executive Clark Spencer, who will report to Walt Disney Studios co-chairmen Alan Horn and Alan Bergman. Spencer will work alongside Jennifer Lee, the “Frozen” codirector who replaced John Lasseter as chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios last year.

Additionally, Pixar Animation Studios president Jim Morris has been given a supervisory role at Blue Sky, expanding his duties at the company, Disney said.

“We are incredibly proud of the strength and depth of leadership in our animation studios, and Andrew, Clark, and Jim are all exemplars of that,” said Horn and Bergman in a statement.

Blue Sky is rebuilding its slate under Disney ownership, where it joins animation powerhouses Walt Disney and Pixar animation studios. The unit is best known for computer animated films, including the tropical bird cartoon “Rio” and the long-running “Ice Age” series. Blue Sky’s most recent film was the 2017 effort “Ferdinand,” about a friendly bull, which did modest business at the box office and earned a best animated feature Oscar nomination.

Baird will continue to drive the creative direction of the studio, reporting to Horn and Bergman, while Millstein will oversee day-to-day operations, Disney said.

Spencer has spent nearly 30 years at Disney, winning the best animated feature Oscar as producer of “Zootopia.” He also produced “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” “Bolt” and “Lilo & Stitch.”

Twelve episodes of “Friends” are headed for the big screen.
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By Peter Sblendorio

New York Daily News


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