NEW JUDY TRAILER DROPS: The first full-lengthy trailer for the Judy Garland biopic Judy, dropped Monday. Renee Zellweger embodies the troubled star during her final weeks of life as she struggles to perform a five-week run of her sold-out shows in London. She died of an accidental overdose at age 47 in 1969. Rupert Goold directs Judy, which will take a bow September 27th.
MALEFICENT TRAILER DEBUTS: Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil picks up several years after the original 2014 film, as new threats loom against Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning), and new alliances are formed. Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent unleashes the full power of her wrath in the a new trailer, reeased Monday. The film, which also stars Sam Riley, Lesley Manville and Michelle Pfeiffer, drops October 18th.
MICHAEL SUGAR AND MANDELA FAMILY TEAM UP: Michael Sugar’s Sugar23 and the advertising and representation agency DMA United are partnering with Nelson Mandela’s family to launch Mandela Media to develop, produce and brand content connected to his overall passion and vision. "Nelson Mandela is an international icon who dedicated his life to changing laws and minds," says Sugar23 Founder and CEO Michael Sugar. "We are honored to partner with Mandela Media alongside Nelson’s family and carry on his legacy, inspiring a new generation with content that highlights the many causes he steadfastly stood for and the many people he tirelessly fought for." Sugar23 has an overall deal with Netflix on both film and scripted series.
SESAME STREET CELEBRATES 50 YEARS: Sesame Street turns 50 this November. Last month, the show launched a 10-week birthday party, with a touring stage show and festival (next stop: Kansas City). This fall, according to Vulture, producer Sesame Workshop and Shout! Factory’s kids unit will release Sesame Street: 50 Years and Counting, a DVD and digital collection of the show’s greatest hits. The two-disc set will include celebrity guest appearances, from R.E.M. to Amy Poehler, to Patti LaBelle. There is also a primetime anniversary special set to air on HBO and PBS this fall, and while many celeb guests are expected, nothing has been announced.