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Secret Life of Pets 2 Is Coming in Summer 2018

2 August 2016 3:14 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 »

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The Secret Life Of Pets 2 Announced For 2018 Release

2 August 2016 1:51 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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.

It’s early days on this one, but we understand that Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri is attached to produce the follow-up, partnering once again with Janet Healy.

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

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Newswire: The Secret Life Of Pets digs up a sequel

2 August 2016 1:20 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Our furry companions find ways to pass the time between walks and feedings in Yarrow Cheney and Chris Renaud’s The Secret Life Of Pets. The Look Who’s Talking for the Purina set boasts an all-star cast that includes Louis C.K., Jenny Slate, Eric Stonestreet, Ellie Kemper, and Kevin Hart, who voice various animals who get along pretty well, prey drive be damned. It’s an enjoyable enough romp, and its $400 million worldwide box office revenue proves that audiences feel there’s plenty of entertainment to be wrung from your dog’s alone time. And according to Variety, the global earnings, combined with the humor to be mined from rabbit droppings, have secured a follow-up to the film.

The Secret Life Of Pets 2: Kong Island (that’s not the official title, obviously) will be produced by Illumination founder/CEO Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy. The film ...


- Danette Chavez

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‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ in the Works, Set for 2018 Release

2 August 2016 11:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures have launched development on the sequel to its animated hit “The Secret Life of Pets.” The release date is scheduled for July 13, 2018.

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.

The Secret Life of Pets” is directed by Renaud and Yarrow Cheney and written by Lynch, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Its voice cast includes Louis C.K., »

- Dave McNary

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Venice 2016. Lineup

28 July 2016 7:13 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The selection for the 2016 Venice Film Festival has been announced, with new films by Terrence Malick, Pablo Larraín, Lav Diaz, Wang Bing, Amat Escalante, Tom Ford, and more.COMPETITIONVoyage of TimeThe Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour)Une vie i (Stéphane Brizé)La La Land (Damien Chazelle)The Light Between Oceans (Derek Cianfrance)El ciudadano ilustre (Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat)Spira Mirabilis (Massimo D'Anolfi, Martina Parenti)The Woman Who Left (Lav Diaz)La región salvaje (Amat Escalante)Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford)Piuma (Roan Johnson)Paradise (Andrei Konchalovsky)Brimstone (Martin Koolhoven)Jackie (Pablo Larraín)Voyage of Time (Terrence Malick)El Cristo Ciego (Christopher Murray)Frantz (François Ozon)Questi Giorni (Giuseppe Piccioni)Arrival (Denis Villeneuve)Les beaux jours D'Aranjuez (Wim Wenders)Out Of COMPETITIONSafariOur War (Bruno Chiaravolloti, Claudio Jampaglia, Benedetta Argentieri)I Called Him Morgan (Kasper Collin)One More Time with Feeling (Andrew Dominik)The Bleeder (Philippe Falardeau)The Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua »

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Venice Film Festival Reveals First Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Voyage of Time,’ ‘The Bad Batch,’ ‘Jackie’ and ‘Nocturnal Animals’

28 July 2016 4:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Is there a best picture winner in the bunch? The Venice Film Festival has unveiled its 2016 lineup, including both in competition and out of competition offerings, and with the festival’s strong track record of debuting recent best picture winners — from “Spotlight” to “Birdman” — there might be another big winner among the slate’s ranks.

As had been previously announced, the festival will open with Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land,” which will later hit Toronto (and, presumably, also Telluride). The festival will close with Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven,” which kicks off its own festival run days earlier, when it will open Tiff.

Read More: Tiff Reveals First Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Magnificent Seven,’ ‘American Honey,’ ‘La La Land’ and ‘Birth of A Nation’

Other picks that will also do the Venice-tiff two-step include Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival,” Francois Ozon’s “Frantz,” Nick Hamm »

- Kate Erbland

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Venice Film Festival Lineup Includes Mel Gibson, Tom Ford, Terrence Malick Movies

28 July 2016 2:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — The Venice Film Festival’s 73rd edition will feature a batch of star-studded English-language dramas directed by Mel Gibson, Tom Ford, Pablo Larrain, Antoine Fuqua and Damian Chazelle, as well as promising new titles by big-name international auteurs such as Emir Kusturica, Francois Ozon, and Wim Wenders, plus plenty of potential discoveries.

This year’s selections look likely to reinforce the Lido’s status as a discerning and effective awards-season platform. Last year, the festival launched “Spotlight,” and, before that, “Birdman” and “Gravity” — all of which went on to win multiple Oscars.

The Gibson-directed “Hacksaw Ridge” stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond T. Doss, an army medic who never carried a gun during World War II. Doss was the first conscientious objector in U.S. history to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. The topical drama, which is screening out-of-competition, is slated for a Nov. 4 U.S. release via Lionsgate. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Box Office: ‘Secret Life of Pets’ Debuts to Massive $103.2 Million

10 July 2016 7:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Secret Life of Pets” dominated the weekend box office, racking up a massive $103.2 million and launching the first new franchise of the summer.

Its success is a feather in the cap for Illumination chief Chris Meledandri, confirming his status among the ranks of animation giants. The family film, which explores what dogs, cats, and other animal companions do while their owners are busy at work, cost an economical $75 million to produce, roughly half of what most studios spend making animated films. Universal is backing the film, which launched across 4,370 locations.

The Secret Life of Pets” easily supplanted Disney and Pixar’s “Finding Dory” from first place on the box office charts — it has topped rankings for the three prior weeks. The sequel to “Finding Nemo” slid to second place with north of $20 million, having made more than $422 million to become the highest grossing film of the year on a domestic basis, »

- Brent Lang

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Movie Review – The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

9 July 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Secret Life of Pets, 2016.

Directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney.

Featuring the voice talents of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Lake Bell, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress, Dana Carvey, Steve Coogan, and Albert Brooks.


A terrier named Max regularly invites his friends to hang out at his place while his owner is gone, but his quiet life is upended when said owner also takes in Duke, a stray mutt whom Max instantly dislikes.

Movie trailers are misleading. It’s just a fact that moviegoers have come to accept. Even more so, we have come to understand that while trailers are not always indicative of what we are about to see, movies must be judged on their own merits. It is a very tough pill to swallow however with The Secret Life of Pets considering that even outside of commercials and TV spots, the »

- Robert Kojder

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Box Office: ‘Secret Life of Pets’ Dominating Weekend with $96 Million

9 July 2016 7:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Illumination-Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets” is dominating the U.S. box office with a $96 million opening weekend at 4,329 locations, estimates showed Saturday.

The animated comedy took in $38 million on its opening day, five times higher than first day of “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” with about $6.6 million.

The Secret Life of Pets” will wind up dwarfing the weekend’s second-place finisher — either Disney/Pixar’s fourth weekend of “Finding Dory,” which has won three consecutive weekends, or Warner Bros.’ second weekend of “The Legend of Tarzan.” Both are heading for weekends of around $20 million.

Fox’s launch of Zac Efron’s “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” will finish fourth with about $18 million, followed by Universal/Blumhouse’s second frame of horror sequel “The Purge: Election Year”  with about $11 million at 2,821 sites.

“Pets” will post the sixth-best opening of 2016 following “Captain America: Civil War,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, »

- Dave McNary

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Box Office: ‘Secret Life of Pets’ to Sink ‘Finding Dory,’ ‘Mike and Dave’ With $95 Million Opening Weekend

8 July 2016 1:12 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Secret Life of Pets” looks to dominate the U.S. box office with a $95 million opening weekend, early estimates showed Friday.

The Secret Life of Pets,” from Illumination/Universal, is heading for a $35 million to $38 million opening day at 4,329 North American theaters. “Pets” could earn up to $99 million by Sunday.

Animated films will take the first two slots as Disney/Pixar’s fourth weekend of “Finding Dory” eyes a second-place finish with about $18 million, lifting its total to about $415 million by the end of the weekend.

Fox’s launch of Zac Efron’s “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” looks likely to finish third with about $16 million at 2,982 locations following an opening day of about $6 million. That should edge Warner Bros.’ second weekend of “The Legend of Tarzan” at about $15 million, with the second weekend of Disney’s “The Bfg” and Universal/Blumhouse’s “The Purge: Election Year” battling »

- Dave McNary

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 8, 2016)

8 July 2016 12:23 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

Starting this month, 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 July 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 8. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Director: Jake Szymanski

Cast: Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Zac Efron

Synopsis: Two brothers place an online ad to find dates for a wedding and the ad goes viral.

The Secret Life of Pets

Director: Chris Renaud, »

- Steve Greene

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Interview: Louis C.K. and the Cast Talk The Secret Life of Pets

8 July 2016 10:36 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

For many humans and animals alike, there’s no greater or more alluring bond and connection than the one between a loving owner and their devoted pet. No matter how many other friends they have or adventures they go on during the day when they’re separated, often times the most important part of the humans and their pets’ day is when they’re reunited at home. That powerful relationship between the owners and their animals is endearingly and humorously showcased in Illumination Entertainment’s new animated family film, ‘The Secret Life of Pets.’ The comedy reunited directors Yarrow Cheney and Chris Renaud, who previously helmed ‘Despicable Me 2′ and ‘The Lorax’ together. ‘The  [ Read More ]

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Box Office: ‘Secret Life of Pets’ Bites Into $5.3 Million on Thursday Night

8 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Illumination-Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets” bit into $5.3 million at 3,009 theaters on Thursday night at the U.S. box office.

That’s nearly as much as the $6.2 million Illumination-Universal’s animated blockbuster “Minions” earned in previews last summer on its way to a $115 million opening weekend.

Fox’s R-rated “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” starring Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza, launched with $1.6 million from 2,560 locations. The figure nearly matched the $1.7 million taken in by Efron’s “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” in May, when it opened with a $21.8 million weekend.

“Pets” is expected to gross at least $70 million this weekend and dethrone Disney-Pixar’s blockbuster “Finding Dory,” which has won three consecutive frames and dominated at multiplexes, grossing $396 million in 20 days.

Universal is opening “Pets” at 4,329 North American theaters on Friday. The film follows animals after their owners leave for work or school each day. »

- Dave McNary

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Film Review: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ Neuters Promising Cast

8 July 2016 5:34 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – A promising voice cast of comedy greats is effectively neutered in the blasé animated family film “The Secret Life Of Pets.” It doesn’t have the multi-layered story of the best Pixar movies – or even the “Despicable Me” films – to satisfy both kids and grownups. The bigger it tries to be, the more exhausted it seems.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

The film might have worked best as a short subject, but it simply doesn’t have enough ideas to sustain a full length animated film. It’s early scenes are the ones most likely to get your tale wagging – where we witness dogs, cats, birds, and other assorted animals in a New York CIty apartment building indulging themselves while their owners are away. They’re either nibbling on leftovers, partying with other dogs, going on walks or chasing squirrels. It’s the kind of thing that will amuse young viewers, and is »

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[Review] The Secret Life of Pets

8 July 2016 5:08 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

From the start, The Secret Life of Pets makes no secret that it is a Toy Story clone, and while it’s mostly entertaining, it never truly breaks past these boundaries. Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney‘s latest animation swings for the fences in terms of giving its characters the ability to go full-on crazy, and if anything, it succeeds in this regard. While there’s rarely a story beat that isn’t expected, there’s just enough humor from its all-star comedy voice cast to enjoy the journey.

At times it plays heavy on the clichés by twisting them in too obvious of a way — a dapper poodle listens to heavy metal when his owner is away — but at other times it simply makes them work like with Gidget (Jenny Slate), a feisty Pomeranian that makes one care for her story because of her earnestness. Other stand-outs are the »

- Bill Graham

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The Secret Life Of Pets – Review

7 July 2016 6:29 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Need to get the kiddos outta’ that oppressive July heat? Public pool’s too crowded? What about the cool, crisp air (with a dash of popcorn aroma) over at the multiplex?  Sure Summer’s the time for action blockbusters and raucous comedies, but it’s also the season for all ages entertainment, particularly the animated feature offerings. Those Angry Birds flew out a few weeks ago, heading to the ole’ Redbox very soon. The wee ones have no doubt taken a dip or two with Finding Dory, or they might be amongst the few to encounter The B.F.G. (who knew he’d tank?). Luckily those fine folks at Universal and their animation partners at Illumination Entertainment, the Minions makers, may have just the thing. We’ve seen what toys do when left alone, what about your furry, feathered,and scaley pals? The title may sound like an undercover documentary, »

- Jim Batts

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Illumination Adopts A Brand New Breed Of Clever Animation For ‘The Secret Life of Pets’

7 July 2016 9:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Illumination shows great maturity with “The Secret Life of Pets” in terms of animation as well as producer Chris Meledandri’s fondness for buddy comedies wrapped around likable misfits. The diversity of animals and idiosyncrasies among breeds is noteworthy, as is the autumnal richness of New York, and the ensemble cast of comedians (including Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart) is funny and appealing.

Neurotic terrier, Max (C.K.), has a tough time adjusting to the arrival of a massive, if likable Newfoundland named Duke (Stonestreet), and his efforts to get rid of him results in crossing paths with “The Flushed Pets,” a group of abandoned animals led by the angry white rabbit Snowball (Hart).

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“It has some of the DNA of the ‘Despicable Me’ films, and I’m drawn to that cartoony sensibility, but as I reflected on it, »

- Bill Desowitz

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The Secret Life Of Pets Review

6 July 2016 2:03 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Like a playful game of fetch, The Secret Life Of Pets finds mindless entertainment in repetitive predictability. You won’t get Pixar levels of emotional heft or glistening, hyper-realistic animation, only an Add-paced appreciation of child-pleasing, slapstick animated comedy.

Stacked against The Jungle Book‘s visual artistry and Finding Dory’s heartfelt nature, The Secret Life Of Pets opts for expected (yet always hilarious) rabbit poop jokes – not every student graduates with top honors, you know. Writers Ken Daurio, Brian Lynch, and Cinco Paul draw up a sweet owner/companion dynamic between characters, and even though scripted depth stops at “loyal companionship,” there’s still a pleasantly goofy amount of laughs worth sharing with cackling adolescent audiences. Adorable, easy laughs…but laughs nonetheless.

Louis C.K. voices a proud little pup named Max, who cares very deeply for his owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper). But when Katie brings home a new roommate »

- Matt Donato

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This week brings an adorable bit of animation in “The Secret Life of Pets”

6 July 2016 11:58 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

I don’t see nearly enough animation. For someone who sees about 350 movies a year, sometimes I barely seen a half dozen cartoons, and that’s kind of shameful. I usually hit the main Academy Award hopefuls and a few random ones besides that, but I slack when it comes to animated films. Still, I try to hit the big ones (Disney, Dreamworks, Pixar, etc), though Illumination and Universal’s Despicable Me and Minions franchise has escaped my eye so far. Their latest outing, the original effort The Secret Life of Pets, however, I have seen (just yesterday, in fact). Furthermore, I’m happy to report that it’s rather adorable as well. It hits theaters this week and should be a huge hit. The film is (obviously) an animated look at what our furry friends do once we leave the house. The protagonist here is dog Max (voice of »

- Joey Magidson

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