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Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Dory” has crossed the $900 million mark in worldwide box office — the fourth Disney release to pass the threshold this year.
“Finding Dory” launched with a $135 million domestic opening weekend on June 17-19, setting a record for biggest debut ever for an animated film. It’s become the top domestic release of the year and the seventh-highest domestic release of all time with $476.9 million.
Its international gross is $423.5 million with upcoming releases in Italy, Germany and several other smaller territories. Japan is the top foreign market with $50 million, followed by China with $38 million.
It’s the 40th title to top $900 million worldwide and the 16th Disney release to reach the milestone. Disney has the four top titles this year with “Captain America: Civil War” at $1.15 billion, »
- Dave McNary
Netflix has only been in the feature film business for about a year, and yet the company has struck gold again, with its acquisition of the French animated film The Little Prince. The movie – based on the seminal 1943 novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – was initially set for a theatrical release back in March, thanks to a distribution deal with Paramount. However, that plan was ultimately dropped for unknown reasons, and Netflix was able to scoop up what has since become the most successful French animated film in cinema history, due to its box office receipts from across the globe. Now it’s available on the streaming service, and viewers can check out the “Netflix original” from the comfort of their own homes.
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Death doesn't take a holiday in this, the granddaddy of movies about the woeful duties of the Grim Reaper. Fritz Lang's heavy-duty Expressionist fable is as German as they get -- a morbid folk tale with an emotionally powerful finish. Destiny Blu-ray Kino Classics 1921 / B&W / 1:33 flat / 98 min. / Street Date August 30, 2016 / Der müde Tod / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen, Bernhard Goetzke, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Georg John. Cinematography Bruno Mondi, Erich Nitzschmann, Herrmann Saalfrank, Bruno Timm, Fritz Arno Wagner Film Editor Fritz Lang Written by Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou Produced by Erich Pommer Directed by Fritz Lang
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari takes the prize for the most influential work of early German Expressionism, but coming in a close second is the film in which Fritz Lang first got his act (completely) together, 1921's Destiny (Der müde Tod). A wholly cinematic »
- Glenn Erickson
Ahead of its premiere on Netflix tomorrow, a series of behind-the-scenes sketches have been released from the animated film The Little Prince, which is based upon Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic 1943 book; check the artwork out here…
Rediscover one of the most beloved stories of all time. From Mark Osborne, Academy Award®nominated director of Kung Fu Panda, comes the first-ever animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic masterpiece, The Little Prince. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl (Mackenzie Foy), who’s being prepared by her mother (Rachel McAdams) for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator (Jeff Bridges). The Aviator introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince (newcomer Riley Osborne). It »
- Gary Collinson
Every week, a bevy of new releases (independent or otherwise), open in theaters. That’s why we created the Weekly Film Guide, filled with basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
For August, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 5. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Todd Kessler
Synopsis: Anita Ponchouri (Natalie Perera), the dutiful Indian daughter of a deep-in-debt businessman (Kabir Bedi) is about to marry a wealthy Londoner (Staz Nair) when a chance encounter with local singer, »
- Steve Greene
In the dedication of his immensely beloved 1943 novella, “The Little Prince,” author and aristocrat (and aviator) Antoine de Saint-Exupéry made a passing remark that succinctly captured the soul of his story: “All grown-ups were children first (but few of them remember it).” While the unique locations and landscapes of Saint Exupéry’s tale might seem to resist adaptation — this is, after all, a narrative that splits its time between the Sahara Desert and a galaxy of tiny asteroids suspended in the stars — there’s a good reason why it’s been reimagined as everything from an opera, to a ballet, a stage play, an anime, a pop-up book, a graphic novel, a television series and a rather terrible live-action film by “Singin’ in the Rain” director Stanley Donen. Despite a multitude of logistical hurdles, the fundamental essence of “The Little Prince” is so pure that the narrative has proven capable »
- David Ehrlich
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Scott J. Davis and Rohan Morbey are back to review the best new films in UK cinemas. This week they discuss the return of Matt Damon’s return in Jason Bourne, directed by Paul Greengrass and co-starring Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Julia Stiles; and Finding Dory, the latest Pixar effort/sequel which sees the return of Dory, Nemo and Marlin as they race across the oceans to help Dory find her parents. Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks return to voice Dory and Marlin, joined by Ed O’Neill, Idris Elba, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton.
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Check back each week for your regular dose of film reviews courtesy of Flickering Myth. Find our previous episodes below, and be sure to listen to Oli Davis and Luke Owen on The Flickering Myth Podcast for all your weekly film needs… »
- Scott J. Davis
Having blown away all box office expectations, Universal’s The Secret Life of Pets is getting a sequel – to the surprise of absolutely no one.
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment announced that The Secret Life of Pets 2 will hit cinema screens on July 13th, 2018. Chris Renaud will direct once again and Brian Lynch will return to write the script.
Still currently in cinemas, The Secret Life of Pets is showing little signs of slowing down earning nearly $300 million domestically and $403 million worldwide.
See Also: Read our review of The Secret Life of Pets here
For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, »
- Luke Owen
llumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures' The Secret Life Of Pets has grossed an estimated $400 million worldwide. Domestically, the film has grossed $300.3 million and 103.5 million internationally.
With the success of the first film, Illumination and Universal have set a July 13th, 2018 release date for The Secret Life Of Pets 2. The first film opened in early July with an estimated $104.4 million. The voice cast included Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Albert Brooks, and Dana Carvey.
The Secret Life Of Pets 2 will be produced by Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri and frequent collaborator Janet Healy. Screenwriter Brian Lynch will return to pen the script along with director Chris Renaud.
Source: Deadline »
- J.B. Casas
After crossing $300 million domestic and $400 million worldwide earlier today, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have announced that a sequel to The Secret Life of Pets is happening. The studio revealed that The Secret Life of Pets 2 will take the previously unspecified July 13, 2018 release date set by Illumination Entertainment. As of now, the project doesn't have any direct competition, but it is situated right between Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6, 2018) and 20th Century Fox's Alita: Battle Angel (July 20, 2018).
Variety reports that original Secret Life of Pets director Chris Renaud and writer Brian Lynch will return for the sequel, which will be produced by Illumination's founder/CEO Christopher Meledandri and his longtime producing partner Janet Healy. It isn't known if Chris Renaud's co-director Yarrow Cheney or Brian Lynch's co-writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio will return.
The Secret Life of Pets set a new box office record last month »
Sensing a familiar air of franchise potential that fired Despicable Me and those bumbling Minions to box office glory, Illumination Entertainment has announced The Secret Life of Pets 2 for release in 2018 – July 13, 2018, to be specific, placing the nascent sequel in close proximity to both Ant-Man and the Wasp and Robert Rodriguez’s long-awaited sci-fi movie, Alita: Battle Angel.
Indeed, news of The Secret Life of Pets 2 finding a home at Illumination shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given the original’s impressive box office haul. Upon hitting theaters earlier this year, the cutesy animation made history by going on to enjoy the biggest U.S. opening weekend for an original film, animated or otherwise. That figure checked in at $104 million, »
- Michael Briers
Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy will produce the follow-up to the comedy, which set a record for best U.S. opening weekend for an original film, animated or otherwise, with $104.3 million. Chris Renaud will return to direct and writer Brian Lynch is back to write the script.
“The Secret Life of Pets” has hit $400 million at the worldwide box office with $300.3 million at the domestic box office and $103.5 million internationally, where it opened No. 1 in 18 markets to date. “Pets” is just launching its run into 48 more territories, with China opening Tuesday.
- Dave McNary
Well, here we are in the closing weeks of summer movie season. It’s the last gasp for big-budget blockbusters before the coming fall festival season, but there are plenty of indie alternatives for whatever your tastes may be. Below, you’ll see every planned theatrical release for the month of August, separated out into films with wide runs and limited ones. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)
Each week, we’ll give you an update with screening locations for these various titles. In the meantime, be sure to check our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. Happy watching!
Week of August 5 Wide
Director: David Ayer
Synopsis: A secret government agency led by Amanda Waller recruits imprisoned »
- Kate Halliwell, Kyle Kizu and Steve Greene
Finding Dory, 2016.
Starring Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olsen, Ty Burrell, Hayden Rolence, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Bob Peterson, Kate McKinnon, Sloane Murray, Bill Hader and Sigourney Weaver.
The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
Last year Pixar delivered two original movies, one of which was met with huge acclaim (Inside Out) and the other, not so much (The Good Dinosaur). Their history with sequels has likewise been uneven, ranging from great (Toy Story 2 & 3) to decent (Monsters University) to poor (Cars 2), so I was very relieved to discover that Finding Dory is a truly great film – in my opinion just as good (if not better) than Finding Nemo.
The film begins with a »
- Amie Cranswick
Thirteen years ago, Pixar first dipped their toes into the ocean with Finding Nemo, and it’s safe to say the charming undersea adventure holds a special place in the heart of many a generation. A sequel was something I think we all wanted, but maybe never really thought we needed. The first movie was pretty much perfect: charming, funny, and an endlessly emotional experience. We quote it endlessly, probably watch it more than that. But a sequel is what we got, with Finding Dory putting Ellen DeGeneres’ forgetful blue tang front and centre, with original director Andrew Stanton returning along with pretty much all the cast. And thankfully it was worth the wait, while not exactly reaching the heights of the original. One year after the events of the first movie, Dory has settled into her life living with Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence). But when she »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Finding Dory, 2016.
Featuring the voice talents of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olsen, Ty Burrell, Hayden Rolence, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Bob Peterson, Kate McKinnon, Sloane Murray, Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Vicki Lewis, Austin Pendleton, Stephen Root, and Willem Dafoe.
Dory is on a desperate mission to find her family. With the help of Marlon and Nemo, they end up at a Marina that introduces our friends to new animals and clues to a past Dory never knew she had…
When Finding Dory was announced, many were sceptical. Two years prior, the dreadful Cars 2 marked a low-point for Pixar while Monsters University was due for release. Between 2010 and 2013 only the lacklustre Brave was an original. Finding Nemo was always a complete film, famous for a heart-wrenching opening and a dark »
- Simon Columb
Summer’s about halfway over, which means it’s time to start wringing all of the joy out of the remaining, snow-less weeks of the year. Your progress will impeded and aided by Netflix’s new arrivals and departures—which include a new David Cross special (coming!) and Teen Witch (going!)—which will alternately consume and free up your time.
August features a lot of Netflix original debuts, including the stop-motion The Little Prince. Mark Osborne’s screen adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella was summarily dropped by Paramount from the distribution schedule earlier this year, but Netflix snapped it up in March. Still, the movie won over the Cannes Crowd, and features a star-studded voice cast, including Jeff Bridges (as the aging Aviator), Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Albert Brooks, Marion Cotillard, and Benicio Del Toro. You’ll get your first gander at the film on August 5.
- Danette Chavez
On Tuesday July 19, Hollywood lost a giant in the world of comedy with the passing of beloved director/writer/producer/actor Gary Marshall at the age of 81. While most of the news outlets focused in on his considerable work in television (he practically owned Tuesday nights in the 1970’s with his “Happy Days” empire), this site would like to salute Mr. Marshall’s work on both sides of the camera.
After impressive writing credits on many of the classic sitcoms of the 1960’s, it was inevitable that the movie studios would tap him to contribute to several screenplays. The first was produced in 1968, a marriage comedy starring James Garner and Debbie Reynolds, How Sweet It Is. A youth-oriented romantic comedy starring Jacqueline Bisset, The Grasshopper, was released in 1970. TV triumphs quickly followed, so Marshall’s movie career was put on hold for more than a dozen years. 1982 was the year »
- Jim Batts
Garry Marshall's death had a profound effect on Hollywood. The writer/director/actor passed away on Tuesday evening from complications of pneumonia following a stroke at a hospital in Burbank, California. He was 81. Among those who honored Marshall with condolences and prayers was Henry Winkler whose role of the Fonz on the Garry Marshall sitcom Happy Days launched his career. "Rest In Peace .. Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty, friendship and generosity," Winkler tweeted, adding, "Larger than life, funnier than most , wise and the definition of friend." Richard Gere, who starred in Marshall's Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride, »
- Karen Mizoguchi
Garry Marshall, who created the smash-hit TV show Happy Days has died at the age of 81. Marshall died on Tuesday afternoon in California of complications from pneumonia following a stroke, his publicist Michelle Bega said.
Marshall was also the director of the break-out Julia Roberts and Richard Gere film Pretty Woman, as well as Runaway Bride, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Mother’s Day, The Princess Diaries, and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.
Tributes for the Hollywood legend started pouring in via Twitter following the news of his death.
Garry Marshall Rest In Peace .. Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty , friendship and generosity .
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) July »
- Paul Heath
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