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Minions topples Jurassic World with biggest ever UK opening for an animated film

15 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 26th June to Sunday 28th June 2015…

 

Universal Pictures continued its stellar box office run this past weekend with the release of the Despicable Me spinoff Minions, which dethroned Jurassic World at the top of the UK chart with a solid opening weekend of £11,558,946. That’s a record for the franchise, surpassing the £9.95 million debut of Despicable Me 2, and the biggest ever three-day opening for an animated film on these shores.

See Also: Read our interview with Minions directors Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda

In other good news for Universal, Jurassic World pushed its UK haul to £48.9 million and counting, making it the biggest UK release of the year, and indeed the biggest film since Skyfall back in 2012.

In addition to Minions, two other newcomers cracked the top ten this week, with the Eli Roth-helmed Keanu Reeves »

- Gary Collinson

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of Minions in St. Louis

30 June 2015 6:38 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The little yellow guys are back and starring in their own movie!

The story of Illumination Entertainment and Universal PicturesMinions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters – from T. rex to Napoleon – the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.

But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he – alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob – ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.

The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face »

- Movie Geeks

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Jon Hamm Pays Tribute to ‘Minions’ as ‘Slapstick Comedy Geniuses’

28 June 2015 10:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Shrine Auditorium was awash in a sea of “bello” yellow at Saturday’s Los Angeles premiere of “Minions,” where guests turned up in their best banana-hued duds to fete the giddily anticipated prequel to Universal Pictures’ “Despicable Me” franchise.

Cast members Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm and Allison Janney joined “Minions” directors Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda and screenwriter Brian Lynch at the afternoon event, where kids and families were treated to an outdoor carnival complete with a Ferris wheel, super slide, and custom Minion T-shirt stations, along with a bevy of Minion-themed balloons, baubles and edibles in the way of marshmallows, Rice Krispy treats and yellow-and-blue macaroons. Costumed Minions circled the crowd, amusing pint-sized fans with their dopey antics and Esperanto-like gibberish.

Bullock was the hit of the yellow carpet, wearing Minion-inspired stiletto heels, designed by Rupert Sanderson. (The court shoes are part of the Minions Bello Yellow Collection, »

- Malina Saval

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Movie Review – Minions (2015)

28 June 2015 6:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Minions, 2015.

Directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin.

Featuring the voice talents of Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Steve Carell, Geoffrey Rush and Jennifer Saunders.

Synopsis:

Unbeknownst to us all, the Minions have been roaming the Earth for millions of years, searching far and wide for their one true master, the most evil villain. Approximately one year “pre-Gru”, one such journey led them to the beautiful but deadly Scarlett Overkill, whose obsession with the British Queen sends the Minions on a quest to steal the Crown.

 

Continuing the inspired story of Despicable Me’s show-stealing sidekicks, the Minions movie spins off their story and takes us on a ride from the dawn of time as they search continuously for a master worthy of their servitude. From the T-Rex to Napoleon and the Abominable Snowman, they each fail to prove their mastery at evilness, »

- Kat Kourbeti

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“Minions” – World Premiere in Los Angeles

27 June 2015 5:21 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Minions” – World Premiere, Shrine AUditorium, Los Angeles, CA – Saturday, June 27, 2015 The story of Illumination Entertainment and Universal PicturesMinions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock of The Blind Side, The Heat), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, »

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Minions Review: “A joyous ride with something for everyone”

25 June 2015 11:13 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Minions review: Minions is a joyous journey that will please both kids and adults. There is something for everyone; even the jokes that only adults will understand will still make kids laugh. Minions review

Directors: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

Cast: Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan.

Certificate: U.

Run Time: 104 minutes.

Synopsis: Evolving from single-celled yellow organisms at the dawn of time, Minions live to serve, but find themselves working for a continual series of unsuccessful masters, from T. Rex to Napoleon. Without a master to grovel for, the Minions fall into a deep depression. But one minion, Kevin, has a plan; accompanied by his pals Stuart and Bob, Kevin sets forth to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. Their search leads them to Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first-ever super-villainess.

The loveable yellow minions are back but this time »

- Sean Narborough

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Talking gibberish with Minions movie directors, Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin

25 June 2015 11:02 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Minions movie: Released in cinemas this week is the Despicable Me spin-off Minions, and we sat down to speak with the film’s directors Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin. Minions movie

With the release of Minions on the horizon, I sat down with the two directors of the Despicable Me spin off, Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin. We discussed a number of topics related to the release of the film including where the idea for the Minions movie came from?

Kyle Balda: The idea of the minions came from our writer Brian Lynch, who had this idea of convention like Comic-Con but for villains and the minions were looking for a big boss to work for and part of the appeal of the idea was how could you tell a story about these three guys and what makes them different from the other minions and explore their personalities and see where they came from. »

- Sean Narborough

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Minions movie review: the curtain of yellow mystique falls

25 June 2015 6:35 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

I love the Minions and I thought they totally deserved their own movie. But I was wrong. Or, at least, this movie is not the movie they deserve. I’m “biast” (pro): love Despicable Me

I’m “biast” (con): …but hate Despicable Me 2

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Don’t pick at it, your mother said. Leave it alone, it’ll get infected.

And did you listen to your mother? Of course you didn’t. And neither did Pierre Coffin. His Despicable Me was a perfect movie, and told a story that was perfectly wrapped up by its end. Did he leave it alone? No. He had to go back and pick at the perfection until it had unraveled into the festering mess that was Despicable Me 2, which upended everything that was lovely and wonderful about its predecessor to the point where »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Review: 'Minions' delivers incredible sight gags, but little heart

22 June 2015 8:57 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sequels are never easy, especially in animation.  Even with all the success Pixar has enjoyed with the “Toy Story” franchise there are few who felt the follow ups to “Cars” and “Monsters, Inc” lived up to even the conceptual charm of the originals.  DreamWorks Animation pulled off rare successes with “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” but let’s avoid diving into the unnecessary chapters of the “Madagascar” universe, shall we?  And as for 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky’s “Ice Age” series, those three sequels are almost the textbooks for fashioning strict consumer product just to sell tickets.  The pitfalls of making a spin-off without creative justification is what Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment hoped to avoid with their new “Despicable Me” prequel, “Minions,” and they mostly succeeded. Yes, those adorable little yellow Minions who became the secret stars of both 2010’s “Despicable Me »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Minions review: Candy-coated family fun that children will adore

22 June 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin; Screenwriter: Brian Lynch; Starring: Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney, Jennifer Saunders, Steve Coogan, Geoffrey Rush; Running time: 91 mins; Certificate: U

As the icing on the cake of the hugely successful Despicable Me movies, the Minions were in many ways the real stars of the show, providing standout moments of ingenious slapstick and wonderfully endearing comedy.

But unlike its Despicable predecessors - which took an immense $543m and then $970m at the global box office - this new prequel, in which the little yellow goofballs take centre stage, can feel sugary sweet but slightly hollow.

Adults hoping for an all-ages animation worthy of Toy Story or Up, or even just a continuation of the Minions adventures with the brilliantly-crafted Gru, may find it falls short. Which feels like a genuine shame, given their universal appeal. Is there anyone out there who doesn't love the courageous jellybeans? »

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The Minions Take Over The Cinerama Dome At ArcLight Hollywood

18 June 2015 7:59 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment and Pacific Theatres announced today the launch of the Minions Takeover of ArcLight Hollywood in support of Illumination and Universal’s upcoming Minions, which will be released in theaters across the country on July 10, 2015. From now until July 16, Kevin, Stuart and Bob—Minion stars of the upcoming film—will reside atop Pacific Theatres’ Cinerama Dome.

The stunning results of a display that went up over the past week, the Minions Takeover required 2,000 hours of work, which included concept development, design, engineering, printing cutting and sewing. The Minions and their elusive banana may be seen at the Cinerama Dome at ArcLight Hollywood located at 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., in Hollywood, California, and a time-lapse video of the construction.

Statistics of the components of the Minions Takeover include:

The Cinerama Dome wrap required 4,166 square yards of fabric and weighs 2,500 pounds. Proud and protective Kevin is 50 feet tall and weighs 375 pounds. »

- Michelle McCue

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Film Review: ‘Minions’

18 June 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A “Despicable Me” prequel that traces Gru’s comic-relief henchmen all the way back to the time when they were single-celled organisms, “Minions” hilariously imagines centuries in which the little guys have sought to serve the greatest villain they could find, but quickly settles into more conventional cartoon territory once they fix on a dastardly new master named Scarlet Overkill, voiced by Sandra Bullock. Delivering more Minions but less heart than their two previous outings  (which earned $543 and $970 million worldwide), this by-popular-demand detour proves that as boundless as the yellow creatures’ appeal may seem, they work better as supporting characters than as the main attraction — not that the Minions will be wearing out their welcome anytime soon. They’re still the funniest cartoon characters in town, hitting that silly sweet spot capable of delighting everyone from toddlers to Kim Jong-un, bound to reach new international box office heights for Universal’s Illumination Entertainment. »

- Peter Debruge

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'Minions': Film Review

18 June 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The dungarees- and goggles-wearing yellow sidekicks from the two Despicable Me films are upgraded to leading-minion status in the appropriately titled Minions, from directors Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. After switching 'round the formula used in the previous films, in which the Steve Carell-voiced villain was cast as the improbable lead, this Swinging London-set prequel goes back to a more classically structured setup, in which the bad guy — or rather, bad girl, voiced by a workmanlike Sandra Bullock — is the antagonist, while the mostly mumbling heroes take center stage. Unfortunately, this robs the film of

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Annecy: Chris Meledandri Receives Mifa, Variety’s First Animation Personality of the Year Award

17 June 2015 4:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy – One day before one of Universal’s biggest bets of 2015, “Minions,” premieres at France’s Annecy Festival, Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment and its producer, accepted Mifa and Variety’s first Animation Personality of the Year Award.

Mickael Marin, head of Annecy’s Mifa’s market, and Peter Debruge, Variety’s Chief Intl. Film Critic, presented the award.

The Mifa-Variety Animation Personality Award recognized the achievements of one of the toon industry’s global driving forces, whose “Despicable Me,” “Dr Seuss” and “Ice Age” franchises, the last produced at 20th Century Fox, have grossed over $4.9 billion worldwide. The creative force behind Universal’s family movie business, Meledandri is also a animation pioneer, reaching out to Jacques Bled’s Mac Guff for animation on ”Despicable Me,” and then to create Illumination Mac Guff, the studio for “Despicable Me 2,” “The Lorax” and now “Minions,” all produced by »

- John Hopewell

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The Minions Soundtrack From Composer Heitor Pereira Available July 10

16 June 2015 8:56 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Grammy-winning Musician/Songwriter/Composer Heitor Pereira returns with a mischievous score for Illumination’s newest installment of the Despicable Me franchise, Minions, in theatres nationwide on July 10, 2015.

Pereira has been the musical voice of the minions since the beginning, earning critical acclaim and accolades including two Annie Award nominations (Despicable Me 1 & 2) and two Ascap Film & TV Music Awards. This time, minions Stuart, Kevin, and Bob find themselves in the snares of super-villain Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), who, along with her inventor husband Herb (Jon Hamm), is scheming to take over the world.

Will the minions’ haphazard antics aid or avert this devious disaster?

Directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin, Minions also stars Chris Renaud, Allison Janney and Michael Keaton. The Minions soundtrack album will be released July 10, 2015 on Back Lot Music.

Building on chemistry and momentum from the first two Despicable Me films, Pereira continues his methodology of using »

- Michelle McCue

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‘Minions,’ ‘Pixels,’ ‘Terminator Genisys’ Join Croatia’s Pula Film Festival Lineup

15 June 2015 1:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin’s “Minions,” Chris Columbus’ “Pixels” and “Terminator Genisys,” which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke, are among the films selected to play at Croatia’s Pula Film Festival.

The international program competition includes George Ovashvili’s “Corn Island,” which won at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival; Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan”; Gabriel Ripstein’s “600 Miles,” winner of the Berlin Film Festival’s first feature award; and Alante Kavaite’s “The Summer of Sangaile,” which won the Sundance Film Festival’s world cinema dramatic directing award.

Fourteen films play in the competition section of the international program, and 14 features have been selected for the Croatian films program, which were chosen from the 28 movies submitted.

The fest is headed by Gordana Restovic, and the festival board includes Hrvoje Puksec, Mike Downey and Tanja Milicic.

Downey, who is also deputy chairman of the European Film Academy, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Pula fest unveils 2015 line-up

15 June 2015 1:55 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Innovations include showing Utopia as part of first TV offering at a Croatian festival.

Croatia’s Pula Film Festival (July 18-25) has announced the programme for its 62nd edition.

The Croatian programme saw 75 films submitted - 28 features, 47 shorts - of which 14 features, including Cannes hit The High Sun by Dalibor Matanić, and 16 shorts were selected. 

The International Competition includes 14 features, and 12 shorts out of competition. 

Pula will be the first festival in Croatia to show a TV series, Dennis Kelly’s UK production Utopia.

Other features to play out of competition include three Us crowdpleasers: Minions by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin; Pixels by Chris Columbus; and Terminator Genisys by Alan Taylor

Pula’s offerings also include the Short Matters short programme presented with the European Film Academy; the Dizalica strand for 16-to 21 year-olds; and the children’s programme Pulica.

Croatian Features We Will Be The World Champions, Darko Bajić The Girls - Life of Another, Andrea »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Chris Meledandri on How the ‘Minions’ Came to Life

14 June 2015 10:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ah, the irony. Though the villains they support are bumbling at best, the little yellow hench-creatures known as “the Minions” have gone on to achieve world domination.

Popping up these days on everything from pinatas to Pez dispensers, the Minions made their first appearance in 2010’s “Despicable Me,” the debut feature of Chris Meledandri’s then-fledgling Illumination Entertainment. It was thanks in large part to the characters’ global popularity that the budget-conscious, Universal-backed toon studio has been able to compete with the likes of deeper-pocketed Pixar and DreamWorks, releasing at a fraction of the cost films that have grossed more than a billion dollars worldwide.

This summer, Stuart, Kevin, Bob and their silly yellow cohorts have been promoted from sidekicks to stars of their own “Minions” movie, world premiering at the Annecy Intl. Animated Film Festival, where Meledandri will receive Mifa & Variety’s Animation Personality of the Year Award.

A former president of Fox Animation, »

- Peter Debruge

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Sandra Bullock Warns Kids About Her ‘Minions’ Villain: ‘It’s Pretend, I Am Nice and Sweet’

12 June 2015 10:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Since the dawn of time, the Minions have lived to serve the most despicable of masters. So having completed the mission in their bigscreen prequel “Minions” to find the biggest and baddest boss, the tribe arrived in London Thursday to paint the town yellow.

Bob, Stuart and Kevin, the trio of accidental heroes, bounded into Leicester Square dancing along the minion-yellow carpet up to the Odeon for the global bow.

Voicing Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first female supervillain, Minion boss and subsequent nasty nemesis, Sandra Bullock rolled up to join the haphazard action and dancing, conversing in her finest Minionese, along with helmers Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin.

Producer and CEO of Illumination Entertainment Chris Meledandri gave his analysis of the Minion mindset. “They’re not very good at being bad, even though they want to be bad so badly!”

Conniving Bullock divulged a final warning to the children in the audience, »

- Helen Jackson

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The New Minions Trailer Is Here

14 May 2015 12:24 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Heading to theaters this summer on July 10th, watch the all-new trailer for Minions.

The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time.  Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters.  Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.

But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.

The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain.  They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where »

- Michelle McCue

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