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Comedians Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart are having banner years in their careers, as both have recently been parts of big hit movies and have several interesting projects in the pipeline. Now the two are teaming up with Modern Family.s Eric Stonestreet for the next animated feature from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment, the currently-dubbed Untitled Pets Movie, which already has a release date set for February 12, 2016. The bound-to-be-3D film will be directed by Chris Renaud, who co-directed the studios. Despicable Me and its sequel, which earned a combined $1.4 billion at the box office. Creating even more Despicable connections, the studios have also tapped screenwriters Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul to pen the screenplay (they were also the scribes behind the $348 million-earning hit The Lorax). According to Deadline, C.K. will play a smarty pants terrier living in a Manhattan apartment building. When his pampering owners are »
Box Office With the only new contender the bizarre, confused-concept I, Frankenstein, Universal's Ride Along cruised to a first place finish at the domestic box office over the weekend. The Ice Cube/Kevin Hart comedy earned an estimated $21.2 million, bringing its 10-day total to roughly $75.4 million. Lone Survivor, another Universal movie, took second, earning an estimated $12.6 million, for a total of $93.6 million. According to BoxOfficeMojo, Universal is touting the fact that they are the first studio to hold the first and second spots for two consecutive weekends since Warner Bros. did so in February 1994.
The third and fourth spots went to animated movies, with The Nut Job bringing in $12.3 million and Frozen earning an additional $9.04 million. Frozen's domestic gross is now over $347 million, making it the highest-grossing original animated movie ever. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit came in at number five, with $8.8 million, for a grand total of $30.2 million. New release I, »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
Following the success of Despicable Me 2 (which is now on track to be Universal's biggest ever worldwide hit thanks to a boost from the Chinese box office), Illumination Entertainment has pulled the covers from one of its mystery original family films. While the new ‘toon doesn’t have an official title yet, we do know that Louis C.K. (one of the best things by a country mile in American Hustle), Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet and the increasingly ubiquitous Kevin Hart will voice characters in a tale of pets and strays.With what sounds an animal take on Toy Story, the film – written by Despicable Me duo Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio and set to be directed by Despicable veteran Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney – finds C.K. as the happy-go-lucky rescue terrier who meets up with his fellow pets in a New York apartment building to swap stories »
Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart will lend their voices to the main characters in an untitled 3D animated pets film from "Despicable Me" creators Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures.
The action comedy is set in a Manhattan apartment building where the dogs hang out together while the humans are off at work or school.
Louis C.K. plays a quick-witted terrier and Stonestreet is a sloppy mongrel, the pair end up on the the mean streets of New York where Hart's adorable white bunny character is the leader of an army of abandoned pets seeking revenge.
Chris Meledandri will produce. Universal has locked in a February 12th 2016 release.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
• Louis C.K. (American Hustle), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), and Kevin Hart (Ride Along) will all provide voices for the next animated film from the creators of Despicable Me. Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures will produce the action comedy set in a Manhattan apartment building, which is currently being called Untitled Pets Movie. Chris Renaud (Despicable Me) will direct with Yarrow Cheney from a script by Despicable Me writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Stonestreet and Louis C.K. will voice rival dogs, while Hart will play bunny Snowball, the leader of an army of abandoned pets. The film is scheduled for a February 2016 release. »
- Jake Perlman
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have announced that Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart will voice the lead characters in “The Untitled Pets Project,” which marks the companies’ fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration. All three actors will make their animated movie debuts in the 3D comedy adventure, which Universal will release on Feb. 12, 2016. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy will produce the film, which will be directed by Chris Renaud (“Despicable Me”), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Also Read: Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele Lead. »
- Jeff Sneider
Kevin Hart, Louis C.K. and Eric Stonestreet will voice Illumination’s latest animated feature, an untitled pets project that Universal will distribute. Chris Renaud, who helmed Despicable Me and its megahit sequel, is directing the project, which was written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and collaborator Janet Healy will produce the film, which has a release date of Feb. 12, 2016. The story sees the top dog and pampered terrier (C.K.) of an apartment complex reluctantly team-up with a sloppy mongrel (Stonestreet) in order to stop a fluffy but evil bunny
- Borys Kit
Exclusive: Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures have been reserving prime release date real estate for secret family film projects. Deadline has the details on the one that will be released on February 12, 2016. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri has set Louis C.K., Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet and Ride Along’s Kevin Hart to voice the main characters in what is being called the Untitled Pets Movie. Meledandri is producing the 3D animated film with longtime collaborator Janet Healy. Chris Renaud, who helmed the first two Despicable Me films for Illumination, will direct this one, and the co-director is Yarrow Cheney, who helmed a short that will be part of The Minions DVD release. The script was written by Despicable Me scribes Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. This becomes the fifth animated film for Illumination and a return to an original property, and the Pets pic marks the first animated studio feature that Louis C. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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