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‘Dune,’ ‘West Side Story’ Among Cinema Audio Society’s Sound Mixing Nominees

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‘Dune,’ ‘West Side Story’ Among Cinema Audio Society’s Sound Mixing Nominees

Nominations were announced on Tuesday for the 58th Cinema Audio Society Awards for outstanding sound mixing, which are scheduled to be presented March 19 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.

In the live-action motion picture category, the Society nominated the sound teams behind Dune, No Time To Die, Spider-Man: No Way Home, The Power of the Dog and West Side Story.

All five are also shortlisted for the Oscar in sound, along with Belfast, Last Night in Soho, The Matrix Resurrections, A Quiet Place Part II and tick, tick…BOOM! Last year the Academy Award categories for sound mixing and sound editing were combined into a single category for best sound, and Sound of Metal won the CAS Award en route to winning an Oscar in sound.

A number of mixers received two or more CAS nominations this year, including rerecording mixer Paul Massey, who is scheduled to receive a Career Achievement Award during this year’s ceremony. He’s nominated in the live-action feature category for No Time To Die and documentary category for Summer of Soul.

Veteran ADR mixer Doc Kane received six nominations, For West Side Story, Encanto, Raya and the Last Dragon, as well as two episodes of WandaVision and an episode of Hawkeye. Rerecording mixers David E. Fluhr and Gabriel Guy are also among those who received multiple nominations; they have a pair of nominations in the feature animation category, for Encanto and Raya and the Last Dragon.

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As previously announced, Ridley Scott is scheduled to receive the CAS Filmmaker Award during the ceremony. Kristen Vangsness (Criminal Minds) will emcee the event.

The list of nominees follows:

MOTION PICTURE – LIVE ACTION

Dune

Production Mixer: Mac Ruth CAS

Re-Recording Mixer: Ron Bartlett CAS

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Re-Recording Mixer: Douglas Hemphill CAS

Scoring Mixer: Alan Meyerson CAS

ADR Mixer: Tommy O’Connell

Foley Mixer: Don White

No Time To Die

Production Mixer: Simon Hayes CAS

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Re-Recording Mixer: Paul Massey CAS

Re-Recording Mixer: Mark Taylor

Scoring Mixer: Stephen Lipson

ADR Mixer: Mark Appleby

Foley Mixer: Adam Mendez CAS

Spider-Man: No Way Home

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Production Mixer: Willie Burton CAS

Re-Recording Mixer: Kevin O’Connell CAS

Re-Recording Mixer: Tony Lamberti CAS

Scoring Mixer: Warren Brown

ADR Mixer: Howard London CAS

Foley Mixer: Randy K. Singer CAS

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The Power of the Dog 

Production Mixer: Richard Flynn

Re-Recording Mixer: Robert Mackenzie

Re-Recording Mixer: Tara Webb

Scoring Mixer: Graeme Stewart

Foley Mixer: Steve Burgess

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West Side Story

Production Mixer: Tod Maitland CAS

Re-Recording Mixer: Andy Nelson CAS

Re-Recording Mixer: Gary Rydstrom CAS

Scoring Mixer: Shawn Murphy

ADR Mixer: Doc Kane CAS

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Foley Mixer: Frank Rinella

MOTION PICTURE—ANIMATED

Encanto

Original Dialogue Mixer: Paul McGrath CAS

Re-Recording Mixer: David E. Fluhr CAS

Re-Recording Mixer: Gabriel Guy CAS

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Re-Recording Mixer: David Boucher CAS

Scoring Mixer: Alvin Wee

ADR Mixer: Doc Kane CAS

Foley Mixer: Scott Curtis

Luca

Original Dialogue Mixer: Vince Caro CAS

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Re-Recording Mixer: Christopher Scarabosio CAS

Re-Recording Mixer: Tony Villaflor

Scoring Mixer: Greg Hayes

Foley Mixer: Jason Butler

Foley Mixer: Richard Duarte

Raya and the Last Dragon

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Original Dialogue Mixer: Paul McGrath CAS

Re-Recording Mixer: David E. Fluhr CAS

Re-Recording Mixer: Gabriel Guy CAS

Scoring Mixer: Alan Meyerson CAS

ADR Mixer: Doc Kane CAS

Foley Mixer: Scott Curtis

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Sing 2

Original Dialogue Mixer: Edward Sutton

Re-Recording Mixer: Gary A. Rizzo CAS

Re-Recording Mixer: Juan Peralta

Scoring Mixer: Alan Meyerson CAS

ADR Mixer: Robert Edwards

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Foley Mixer: Frank Rinella

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Original Dialogue Mixer: Howard London CAS

Original Dialogue Mixer: Aaron Hasson

Re-Recording Mixer: Tony Lamberti CAS

Re-Recording Mixer: Michael Semanick CAS

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Foley Mixer: Sanacore CAS

 MOTION PICTURE—DOCUMENTARY

Becoming Cousteau

Re-Recording Mixer: Tony Volante CAS

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Re-Recording Mixer: Paul Hsu

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Re-Recording Mixer: Roberto Fernandez CAS

Re-Recording Mixer: Paul Massey CAS

The Velvet Underground

Production Mixer:  Juliana Henao Mesa

Re-Recording Mixer: Leslie Shatz

Tina

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Production Mixer: Caleb A. Mose

Re-Recording Mixer: Lawrence Everson CAS

Scoring Mixer: Phil McGowan CAS

Val

Production Mixer: Michael Haldin

Re-Recording Mixer: John Bolen

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Scoring Mixer: Garth Stevenson

ADR Mixer: Mitch Dorf

NON-THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURE OR LIMITED SERIES

Hawkeye: Ep. 3 “Echoes”

Production Mixer: Pud Cusack CAS

Re-Recording Mixer: Thomas Myers CAS

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Re-Recording Mixer: Danielle Dupre

Scoring Mixer: Casey Stone CAS

ADR Mixer: Doc Kane CAS

Foley Mixer: Kevin Schultz

Mare of Easttown: Ep. 6 “Sore Must Be The Storm”

Production Mixer: Richard Bullock

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 Re-Recording Mixer: Joseph DeAngelis CAS

  Re-Recording Mixer: Chris Carpenter 

The Underground Railroad: Chapter 10: “Mabel”

Production Mixer: Joseph White Jr. CAS

Re-Recording Mixer: Onnalee Blank CAS

  Re-Recording Mixer: Mathew Waters CAS

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  Scoring Mixer: Geoff Foster

  Foley Mixer: Kari Vahakuopus 

WandaVision: Ep. 8 “Previously On”

Production Mixer: Christopher Giles CAS 

 Re-Recording Mixer: Danielle Dupre

  Scoring Mixer: Casey Stone CAS

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  ADR Mixer: Doc Kane CAS

  Foley Mixer: Frank Rinella

 WandaVision: Ep. 9 “The Series Finale”

Production Mixer: Christopher Giles CAS

 Disney/Marvel & Skywalker Sound

 Production Mixer: Michael Piotrowski CAS

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 Re-Recording Mixer: Danielle Dupre

 Scoring Mixer: Casey Stone CAS

 ADR Mixer: Doc Kane CAS

 Foley Mixer: Malcolm Fife

TELEVISION SERIES – 1 HOUR 

Squid Game: S1 Ep. 7 “VIPS”

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Re-Recording Mixer:  Park Hyeon-soo 

  Re-Recording Mixer: Serge Perron

  ADR Mixer: Cameron Sloan

Succession:  S3 Ep. 1 “Secession”

Production Mixer: Ken Ishii CAS

  Re-Recording Mixer: Andy Kris

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  Re-Recording Mixer: Nicholas Renbeck

  Scoring MixerL Tommy Vicari CAS

  ADR Mixer: Mark DeSimone CAS

  Foley Mixer: Micah Blaichman

The Morning Show: S2 Ep. 1 “My Least Favorite Year”

Production Mixer: William B. Kaplan CAS

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Re-Recording Mixer: Elmo Ponsdomenech CAS

Re-Recording Mixer: Jason “Frenchie” Gaya

Scoring Mixer: Carter Burwell 

ADR Mixer: Brian Smith

Foley Mixer: James Howe 

The White Lotus: S1 Ep. 5 “The Lotus Eaters”

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Production Mixer: Walter Anderson CAS

 Re-Recording Mixer: Christian Minkler CAS

 Re-Recording Mixer: Ryan Collins

 ADR Mixer: Jeffrey Roy CAS

 Foley Mixer: Randy Wilson 

Yellowstone: S4 Ep. 1 “Half the Mone”

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Production Mixer: Andrejs Prokopenko

 Re-Recording Mixer: Diego Gat CAS

 Re-Recording Mixer: Samuel Ejnes CAS

 ADR Mixer: Michael Miller CAS

 ADR Mixer: Chris Navarro CAS 

TELEVISION SERIES 1/2 HOUR

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Cobra Kai: S3 Ep. 10 “December 19”

Production Mixer: Michael Filosa CAS

 Re-Recording Mixer: Joseph DeAngelis CAS

 Re-Recording Mixer: Chris Carpenter

 Scoring Mixer: Phil McGowan CAS

 ADR Mixer: Marilyn Morris

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 Foley Mixer: Michael S. Head 

Only Murders in the Building: S1 Ep. 3 “How Well Do You Know Your Neighbors?”

Production Mixer: Joseph White Jr. CAS

 Re-Recording Mixer: Mathew Waters CAS

 Re-Recording Mixer: Lindsay Alvarez CAS

 Scoring Mixer: Alan DeMoss

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 ADR Mixer: Stiv Schneider

 Foley Mixer: Karina Rezhevska

Ted Lasso: S2 Ep. 5 “Rainbow”

Production Mixer: David Lascelles AMPS

 Re-Recording Mixer: Ryan Kennedy

 Re-Recording Mixer: Sean Byrne CAS

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 ADR Mixer: Brent Findley CAS MPSE

 ADR Mixer: Jamison Rabbe

 Foley Mixer: Arno Stephanian CAS MPSE

 The Book of Boba Fett: S1 Ep. 1 “Chapter 1 Stranger in a Strange Land”

 Production Mixer: Shawn Holden CAS

 Re-Recording Mixer: Bonnie Wild

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 Re-Recording Mixer: Scott R. Lewis

 Scoring Mixer: Alan Meyerson CAS

 Foley Mixer: Richard Duarte

  What We Do In The Shadows: S3 Ep. 4 “The Casino”

Production Mixer: Rob Beal

 Re-Recording Mixer: Diego Gat CAS

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 Re-Recording Mixer: Samuel Ejnes CAS

 ADR Mixer: Mike Tehrani

 Foley Mixer: Stacey Michaels CAS

TELEVISION NON-FICTION, VARIETY or MUSIC SERIES
or SPECIALS

Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry

Production Mixer: Jae Kim

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 Re-Recording Mixer: Elmo Ponsdomenech CAS

 Re-Recording Mixer: Jason “Frenchie” Gaya

 Scoring Mixer: Aron Forbes

 ADR Mixer: Jeffrey Roy CAS

 Foley Mixer: Shawn Kennelly

 Bo Burnham: Inside

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Production Mixer: Bo Burnhan

 Re-Recording Mixer: Joel Dougherty

 Formula 1: Drive to Survive: S3 Ep. 9 “Man on Fire”

Production Mixer: Doug Dreger

 Re-Recording Mixer: Nick Fry

 Re-Recording Mixer: Steve Speed

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 McCartney 3,2,1 – Ep. 1

 Production Mixer: Laura Cunningham

Re-Recording Mixer: Gary A. Rizzo CAS

  The Beatles Get Back: Part 3

Production Mixer: Peter Sutton (dec.)

 Re-Recording Mixer: Michael Hedges CAS

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 Re-Recording Mixer: Brent Burge

 Re-Recording Mixer: Alexis Feodoroff

 Music Mixer: Sam Okell

 Foley Mixer: Michael Donaldson 

OUTSTANDING PRODUCT PRODUCTION

Schoeps: CMC 1 SO 

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Shure Incorporated: Axient Digital ADX5D Dual-Channel Wireless Receiver 

Cedar Audio: Retouch 8 

Lectrosonics: DBSM transmitter   

PSC (Professional Sound Corp): PowerStar Smart Traveler

OUTSTANDING PRODUCT POST PRODUCTION

Dolby Laboratories: Dolby Atmos Renderer 3.7 

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Todd-AO: Absentia DX V3   

Cargo Cult:Cargo Cult: Matchbox v1.3.0   

Liquid Sonics: Cinematic rooms   

Acon Digital: Extract Dialogue  

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

Samaritan

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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