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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Renewed through 2020 on HBO

John Oliver has found a lasting home on premium cable. Today, HBO renewed his Last Week Tonight with John Oliver TV show for season five, season six, and season seven. The three year renewal, for 30 episodes in each new season, will take Last Week Tonight into the year 2020. On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver takes a satirical look at the week's news. The host and Daily Show vet created the TV series for HBO, and executive produces with Tim Carvell, Liz Stanton, Jon Thoday, and James Taylor. David Kaye serves as announcer. Read More…
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Ben 10: Season Two Renewal for Cartoon Network Series

Cartoon Network has renewed its Ben 10 TV show for a second season. It will also market associated mobile and console games. The series hails from Cartoon Network Studios. Man of Action Entertainment created and executive produces the series, with John Fang serving as executive producer. An animated action-adventure comedy, Ben 10 centers on ten-year-old Ben Tennyson (Tara Strong), his cousin Gwen (Montserrat Hernandez), and their grandfather, Maxwell (David Kaye). The Cartoon Network voice cast also includes Gunnar Sizemore, Robin Atkin Downes, J.B. Blanc, Troy Baker, Roger Craig Smith, Dwight Schultz, Drake Bell, and Jessica Dicicco. Read More…
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Eligible Films in Oscars Animated Feature Race

Eligible Films in Oscars Animated Feature Race
Every year the field seems to get bigger for the Oscar animated feature race. Here’s a run-down of eligible features.

The Angry Birds Movie

Directors: Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly

Voices: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride

Studio: Sony Pictures Imageworks

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

If “Angry Birds” gets nominated, it will make history, becoming the first Oscar contender derived from a mobile gaming app. To its credit, the bright, high-energy CG toon struck many as far more delightful than such a provenance would suggest.

April and the Extraordinary World

Directors: Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci

Voices: Angela Galuppo, Susan Sarandon, J.K. Simmons, Paul Giamatti

Studio: Je Suis Bien Content

Distributor: GKids

Inspired by the steampunk-esque graphic novel by Jacques Tardi, this female-driven adventure story takes place in a world without electricity. One of the few hand-drawn movies in the mix, and the most classical.

Finding Dory

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Andrew MacLane

Voices: Ellen DeGeneres,
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Lrm Exclusive Interview: Voice Actor James Arnold Taylor for Ratchet & Clank

Our famous Lomax is back and not on a video game.

In Ratchet & Clank, the heroic duo must stop a nefarious space captain from destroying the universe. He must join a team of galactic heroes in order to stop the invading forces.

The 3d CGI animated film features the voice of James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward and Armin Shimerman from the video games. They are joined by cast members of Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson and Sylvester Stallone.

Ratchet & Clank is currently available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download today.

Read the full transcript below.

Lrm: Thank you for speaking with me. The last time I’ve talked with you, I had you and your counterpart together for an interview. It’s interesting to talk to Ratchet and not Clank.

James Arnold Taylor: [Chuckles] It’s strange to have Ratchet and not Clank around me. I’m telling ya.
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Lrm Exclusive Interview: Voice Actor David Kaye For Ratchet & Clank

Once again, the universe needs to be saved.

The video game to animated movie, Ratchet & Clank, features our heroic duo Lombax and small robot in an effort to save the universe from an evil alien.

The 3d CGI animated film features the voice of James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward and Armin Shimerman from the video games. They are joined by cast members of Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson and Sylvester Stallone.

The animated film is a retelling of how Ratchet and Clank first met and their fight against Chairman Drek.

Ratchet & Clank is currently available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download today.

Read the full transcript below.

Lrm: It’s always weird to speak with the voice of Clank without the voice of Ratchet. [Laughter]

David Kaye: [Laughter] Yeah. Have you talked with James, yet?

Lrm: No, I haven’t. The last time I’ve talked
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DVD Review – Ratchet & Clank (2016)

Ratchet & Clank, 2016.

Directed by Kevin Munroe and Jericca Cleland.

Featuring the voice talents of James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Rosario Dawson, and Sylvester Stallone.

Synopsis:

Ratchet dreams of being a hero, helping save the galaxy as part of the Galactic Rangers. He gets his chance when Chairman Drek, a maniacal alien, threatens to destroy the universe. Ratchet teams up with a pint-sized robot with brains of steel and sets off on an adventure to kick some serious asteroid.

No-one can escape nostalgia’s deathly grasp. It’s the strangling urge that makes us buy Pokémon cards, even though we know we’ll never use them. It’s the unconscious desire that makes us ask for a Stretch Armstrong for Christmas, even though we’re 22. It’s the very reason I was excited for a feature length Ratchet & Clank adventure. Born out of the PS2 era,
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Voice Actors James Arnold Taylor and David Kaye On ‘Ratchet & Clank’ Movie [Exclusive Video]

James Arnold Taylor and David Kaye reprised the voices of video game characters Ratchet and Clank for the Ratchet & Clank feature film that is currently in theaters. James Arnold Taylor & David Kaye Taylor and Kaye have been voicing Ratchet and Clank, respectively, for the last 15 years. Kaye can remember back to when […]

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Disney Dominates Weekend Box Office with Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War

Disney Dominates Weekend Box Office with Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War
The last weekend in April is normally rather quiet at the box office, since it represents the calm before the storm that is the summer movie season. Next weekend, Marvel's Captain America: Civil War kicks off the summer movie season, but Disney's The Jungle Book has been dominating since opening earlier this month. The adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's timeless classic has won for the third straight week in a row, taking in an impressive $42.4 million, beating three newcomers who all underperformed, Keanu, Mother's Day and Ratchet & Clank. Captain America: Civil War also posted impressive box office numbers in its international debut this weekend.

Last weekend, The Jungle Book dropped just 41.1% to take in $60.8 million. According to Box Office Mojo, the Disney adventure only dropped an impressive 31% in its third weekend, earning $42.4 million from 4,041 for an impressive $10,502per-screen average. The movie has earned just over $252 million domestically and $684.7 million worldwide,
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Ratchet & Clank Review

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2016 promises to be the year where video game adaptions might turn a corner, with Warcraft, Assassin’s Creed, and maybe even Angry Birds promising to undo the untold years of damage done by lacklustre movies based on previously pixelated properties. Before those though, we get the animated Ratchet & Clank, based on the delightful Playstation platformer/shoot ‘em up that first came our way in 2002, which attempts to kick off this particular revolution. For the uninitiated, Lombax Ratchet (James Arnold Taylor) and robot Clank (David Kaye) are a pair of galaxy spanning adventurers, and their first big screen adventures goes back to the beginning and re-imagines the events of the first game as the pair meet for the first time, after Clank escapes the death factory of the evil Chairman Drek (Paul Giamatti) with knowledge of the villain’s nefarious plans for the galaxy. Been a problem too big for them to deal with,
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Ratchet & Clank Review

To proclaim that film adaptations of video games have a spotty history of box office success would be an understatement. In fact, the only such effort to inspire more than a single big-screen sequel has been Resident Evil, and most attempts to achieve similar success have resulted in epic disasters like Super Mario Bros., Wing Commander and Bloodrayne over the years. So, it’s worth noting that Ratchet & Clank – the first feature-length film based on the massively successful video game series – had the odds stacked against it from the start.

Whereas some video game films (like the aforementioned Mario adventure) are misguided enough to disregard the mythology that fans have grown to love, the narrative of Ratchet & Clank remains remarkably true to the 2002 game that launched the franchise as well as the revamped PlayStation 4 version that recently hit shelves. The story chronicles the origin story of the titular heroes (voiced
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Ratchet & Clank teach us how to be famous voiceover actors

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Ratchet & Clank teach us how to be famous voiceover actors
The Ratchet & Clank movie opens on Friday, April 29 and fans of the video game franchise and newcomers alike will be introduced to a brand new adventure. We had James Arnold Taylor and David Kaye, the the voices of Ratchet and Clank, respectively, in to tell us what to expect from the adaptation of the popular game, teach us to be famous voiceover actors, and do some iconic movie moments as some of their most famous characters. Example: Marvel's J.A.R.V.I.S does the Inigo Montoya speech from Princes Bride. Take a look in the player above or below! I also hosted an event at Google for the movie recently for kids participating in the Project Lead the Way (a non-profit organization that develops Stem curricula for use by elementary, middle, and high schools) and a 'Femineers' program to encourage girls to learn and interact more with engineering and science.
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Movie Review: Ratchet and Clank

I would feel dishonest writing this review if I didn’t mention my attachment to the game series on which this film is based: I am a massive fan and have been playing them since Ratchet and Clank was first released in 2002. I have played every single entry in the franchise and have almost always been completely satisfied with my experience. Naturally, when I heard my beloved duo was making the transition to the big screen, I was delighted. Perhaps it was these admittedly high expectations that led to it being a generally disappointing experience, however there are a few reasons that I think I would have come to this conclusion regardless of my history with the franchise.

The film follows Ratchet (voiced by James Arnold Taylor), a young Lombax hoping to become a hero. Meanwhile, Alonzo Drek (voiced by Paul Giamatti) and his evil partners Dr. Nefarious (voiced by
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Movie Review – Ratchet & Clank (2016)

Ratchet & Clank, 2016

Directed by Kevin Munroe and Jericca Cleland

Starring James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Rosario Dawson, Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Armin Shimerman, Bella Thorne, Sylvester Stallone

Synopsis:

When the galaxy comes under the threat of a nefarious space captain, a mechanic and his newfound robot ally join an elite squad of combatants to save the universe.

It’s a big year for video game movies. While we only had one last year in Hitman: Agent 47 – which didn’t perform all that well – we’ve got a whopping four adaptations in 2016. But before we get to Warcraft, The Angry Birds Movie and Assassin’s Creed, we’ve got the smaller budget and smaller release Ratchet & Clank from producer Brad Foxhoven, who nearly brought Metroid to the big screen in 2006 with John Woo. So, how does Ratchet & Clank set the tone for the rest of the year?

As with most video game adaptations,
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Ratchet & Clank review: ‘The video-game to film adaptation you’ve been waiting for’

Ratchet and Clank review: A wise-talking lombax, Ratchet, and his robot sidekick Clank, set out on an adventure to save the universe.

We take a look at the new animated movie from Lionsgate and Vertigo, which opens on April 29th, 2016. Here’s our Ratchet and Clank review from Kat Hughes.

Ratchet and Clank review

Ratchet & Clank started life as a Sony PlayStation game. Since the first game’s release in 2002, the series has grown and grown and has sold millions of copies worldwide. Given its popularity it was only a matter of time before it made the leap from console to screen, and this is the week that it arrives in cinemas.

Video-game-to-films have a bad reputation, but this is the video-game-to-film adaptation you’ve been waiting for. The plot is basically that of the original game with a few detours which only benefits in making the narrative more streamlined.
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Film Review: ‘Ratchet & Clank’

Film Review: ‘Ratchet & Clank’
As evinced by a digital graveyard’s worth of game-over attempts, adapting video games for the big screen is fraught with difficulties — not least the introduction of an emotional rooting element, minus first-person interactivity. “Ratchet & Clank” faces a slightly different challenge. As one of the more character-oriented PlayStation franchises, there’s a personal relationship of sorts to be preserved here — though Kevin Munroe and Jericca Cleland’s busy, clattering, soda-pop-hued toon sometimes loses sight of the eponymous duo’s buddy dynamic amid a whirl of zippy space racing. Whether or not they’re familiar with the source property, kids are unlikely to be bothered: There’s just enough blaring sound and color to this knowingly silly tale of interplanetary derring-do to adequately offset its impersonal corporate sheen.

As with Munroe’s 2007 debut “Tmnt,” an animated and immediately disposable extension of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” franchise, source material spanning more
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Top 10 Video Game Inspired Movies

From Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment, Ratchet & Clank is a CG-animated movie based on the iconic PlayStation video game.

Two unlikely heroes struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy “lombax” who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way, they will learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.

The film features the voicecast of Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson, Jim Ward, James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Armin Shimerman, and Sylvester Stallone.
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Ratchet & Clank movie review: wretched and junk

Could have been assembled entirely from clips from other movies — mostly the Star Wars prequels — and would have been better if it had been. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): never hopeful about based-on-videogame movies

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

Ah, so there’s my answer, once again.

I was wondering how that standard movie philosophy still applied to me. You know, that standard movie philosophy that is not only the stuff but the actual stuffing of 99 percent of wish-fulfillment genre fantasy movies for decades now. I approached Ratchet & Clank with great anticipation. Can I do anything? Can I be anything I want to be? Am I destined for greatness, to save the world or even the whole galaxy even if I am a foolhardy, thoughtless, unfocused screwup with almost nothing to my name but maybe some undisciplined smarts and outsized aspirations to grandeur?
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Exclusive Video Interview: Bella Thorne Talks Ratchet & Clank

yThe beloved Playstation video game Ratchet & Clank has now become a full-blown animated feature film. For those unfamiliar with the critically acclaimed series, it focuses on a lowly mechanic named Ratchet, who idolizes an elite squad of combatants called the Galactic Rangers. He desperately wants to join the team in protecting the galaxy – and he gets the chance when he meets Clank, a robot who escapes from vile alien Chairman Drek.

Clank wants to warn everyone that Drek is hellbent on destroying every planet in the galaxy, and he and Ratchet must prove their worth to the Rangers as they team up to stop Drek.

Voice-over artists James Arnold Taylor as Ratchet and David Kaye as Clank, who have been voicing the characters from the game’s beginning, are joined by an all-star cast here, including Sylvester Stallone, Rosario Dawson, John Goodman, Paul Giamatti and Bella Thorne.

At the film’s recent press day,
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Can Disney's Jungle Book Win Week 3 at the Box Office?

Can Disney's Jungle Book Win Week 3 at the Box Office?
After dominating at the box office for two weeks in a row, Disney's The Jungle Book will go up against three newcomers in the final weekend of spring, before the summer movie season officially kicks off with the May 6 release of Captain America: Civil War. Standing in The Jungle Book's way of a three-peat is the Warner Bros. comedy Keanu, Focus Features' animated adventure Ratchet & Clank and Open Road Films' Mother's Day. While The Jungle Book most certainly won't win on May 6, going up against Captain America: Civil War, it should have no trouble taking the top spot for a third week in a row.

According to Box Office Mojo, both Ratchet & Clank and Mother's Day are expected to open in approximately 2,800 theaters, with Keanu expected to debut in more than 2,600 theaters. Keanu is already a hit with the critics, with a 75% score on Rotten Tomatoes, while Mother's
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Four TV spots for the Ratchet & Clank movie

Following last week’s poster and trailer [check them out here], four new TV spots have arrived online for the upcoming animated adaptation of the classic PlayStation video game Ratchet & Clank; take a look below…

See Also: Two new clips from the Ratchet & Clank animated movie

Ratchet & Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way they’ll learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.

Ratchet & Clank is set for release on April 29th and features a voice cast that includes Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson, Jim Ward, James Arnold Taylor,
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