Sequel to Animated Blockbuster Launches September 20, 2019

CULVER CITY, Calif., May 22, 2017 – Following the success of The Angry Birds Movie, which slingshot to nearly $350 million in worldwide box office and launched a global movie brand, Columbia Pictures in association with Rovio Entertainment Ltd. are once again joining forces on the next high-velocity adventure as the flightless birds and scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level in The Angry Birds Movie 2; Sony Pictures will distribute the sequel.
The sequel is set to hit theaters on September 20, 2019, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the original Angry Birds game.
The Angry Birds Movie 2 will be directed by Thurop Van Orman (The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time). Van Orman recently worked at Disney and Sony Pictures Animation. The film will be co-directed by John Rice (King of the Hill, Rick and Morty), who served as lead storyboard artist on The Angry Birds Movie and directed the popular Angry Birds Hatchlings shorts.
The film will be produced by John Cohen (Despicable Me, The Angry Birds Movie). Peter Ackerman (FX’s "The Americans," Ice Age) is writing the screenplay.
The talented team at Sony Pictures Imageworks will once again be handling the animation for the film, which will be with the collaboration of Sony Pictures Animation. Also returning from The Angry Birds Movie will be production designer Pete Oswald and character art director Francesca Natale.
"We are thrilled to be teaming up again with Sony Pictures after the fantastic cooperation in the first movie and I can't wait to experience the new journey in the upcoming film," commented Kati Levoranta, CEO of Rovio Entertainment. "Rovio is continuing to focus on creating exciting new stories and experiences around our games and we’re eager to take fans back into the vibrant Angry Birds world on the big screen.”
"The Angry Birds Movie took the world by storm last year, creating a whole new legion of fans worldwide," said Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures. "We had an incredible experience working with our friends and creative partners at Rovio, and now we – including our team at Sony Pictures Imageworks – are ready to launch into this next adventure."
The Angry Birds Movie opened at #1 in 50 countries around the globe in May 2016, becoming the second-highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time. The Angry Birds games have been downloaded over 3.7 billion times.
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(19 May 2017 – Toronto, ON)Liam Payne today unveiled his hugely anticipated debut solo single, “Strip That Down” featuring Quavo. The track, co-written by Liam, Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac, features rap sensation Quavo, founding member of the hugely acclaimed US hip hop group, Migos.
Recorded at Rokstone Studios in London, the new single is three minutes and twenty-four seconds of sexy urban pop, featuring a hypnotic bass synth and a sparse 808 beat.
The lyrics mark a new beginning for Liam, reflecting his playfulness, independence and conviction as a solo artist, whilst his vocals demonstrate his inimitable talent for melody.
Liam said: “I’ve been working hard in the studio for over a year and I’m really excited to share this new music with my amazing fans. I’ve come a long way since our One Direction debut and I hope everyone likes my new sound as much as I do.  2017 has been a big year for me already and I’m looking forward to what the rest of it will bring.”
“Strip That Down” featuring Quavo is out now on Capitol Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. More music will follow from Liam this year.
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ANNOUNCES FULL-LENGTH DEBUT PLASTIC SOUL OUT THIS SUMMER
“(Plastic Soul) snappy, kinetic percussion and a swaggering coolness often lead to larger-than-life melodic explosions that recall Beck or U2.” – Consequence of Sound

MAY 19, 2017 (Toronto, ON) — Continuing a run as 2017’s breakout new rock act, Philly-born alternative troubadour and punk-folk renegade Mondo Cozmo shares his latest single “Automatic” today. Get it HERE.
On the new single he comments, “It’s a big fucking tune. I think it’s going to take over the world. It was all stream-of-consciousness.”
The highly anticipated follow up single to “Shine,” features a hidden guest sample by Charlie Walk (President, Republic Group). Mondo Cozmo used a drum sample from an Instagram video Walk posted of himself playing drums and used it as a foundation of the song. Listen closely; you just might hear it.
It’s the first glimpse at his forthcoming full-length debut album, Plastic Soul, due out this summer via Republic Records/ Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. The track arrives hot on the heels of a standout run supporting Bastille on tour this past spring where Mondo Cozmo performed in arenas all over the country. One of many tour highlights included performing with Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons who crashed their stage for a killer cover of The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” in Las Vegas – see the video of the performance here. During SXSW, he recorded an intimate Spotify Live Session at the home of SPOON drummer Jim Eno, performing “Shine” and “Bittersweet Symphony” – check out the session here.
This summer, Mondo Cozmo engages a full-blown summer festival invasion, including two Canadian tour dates, below.
Meanwhile, his breakout single “Shine” remains a beacon not only in music, but the world at large. Surpassing 3.7 million Spotify streams and topping AAA Radio, the Samburu Girls Foundation in Kenya—a non-profit organization rescuing girls from child marriage, FGM, beading, and other cultural atrocities and provides education—recorded a video singing “Shine” during a English class – see video here. Earlier this month, the father of a fallen soldier shared a heartbreaking story with Mondo Cozmo. While driving home from the funeral, he believed his son spoke to him through “Shine,” and Mondo felt so moved that he etched the soldier’s name inside of his jacket – see story here.

TOUR DATES:
06/24 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, Canada
07/16 – Festival D’ete International De Quebec
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