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Sir Ben Kingsley Talks The Boxtrolls

15 hours ago | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In celebration of the newly released film The Boxtrolls, Sir Ben Kingsley sat down with a small group of press to talk about his voice over work,  and his new project Learning To Drive. Check it out below!

A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

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- Melissa Howland

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Ride the Lightning: MVFF37 is Distinctly Heavy (Metal) on Awards Season Contenders

20 hours ago | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Turning an ageless 37, the Mill Valley Film Festival, which open tomorrow (runs until October. 14th), continues to beat to a tune of its own. With the four members of Metallica serving as the Artists in Residence, thematically this year is “heavy” on award season content. While Telluride, Tiff, Nyff serve as major fall season tastemakers, Mvff is the most important one in the Bay Area in terms of visibility and campaigning due to the number of Academy members living in Northern California. And while Tommy Lee JonesThe Homesman starring Hillary Swank paired with Jones and Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children are receiving spotlight showings, it’s titles such as Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, Jean Marc Vallee’s Wild, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything, Theodore Melfi’s St.Vincent, Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler and Damian Chazelle’s Whiplash that are receiving further traction. »

- Yama Rahimi

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Exclusive Video Interview With Sir Ben Kingsley And Elle Fanning On The Boxtrolls

30 September 2014 10:19 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

From Laika, the animation studio that gave us Coraline and ParaNorman, comes The Boxtrolls, a movie that’s been years in the making. Based on the novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow, it tells the tale of a young orphaned boy who is raised by a group of underground cave-dwelling trash collecting trolls who identify themselves to each other with the cardboard boxes they were.

The boy is called Eggs by the trolls, and he becomes their link to the world above as time goes on. But things start looking bad for them when they are targeted by an evil and ambitious exterminator named Archibald Snatcher, who has spread false rumors around town that these creatures are evil and need to be removed. It is up to Eggs and his newfound human friend Winnie Portley-Rind to stop Snatcher from rendering his troll family extinct.

The press day for The Boxtrolls »

- Ben Kenber

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Gregory Segal Heading Indie Heretic Films

30 September 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Independent production company Heretic Films has named producer and entertainment attorney Gregory Segal as its new president.

Segal has represented the company as its attorney on “Low Down,” starring Elle Fanning and John Hawkes, Kevin Pollak’s upcoming documentary “Misery Loves Comedy,” and Slamdance Audience Award winner “Copenhagen.”

“Greg brings Heretic extensive experience in all phases of independent film production, as well as a keen knowledge of film finance and domestic and international film distribution,” said CEO Burton Ritchie.

Pollak is part of the executive team at Heretic and is making his feature film directing debut with “Misery.”  Heretic recently premiered the dark comedy “Welcome to Me,” starring Kristin Wiig, at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Segal’s recent work as a producer includes TV pilot “Elwood,” starring Ron Perlman and D.B. Sweeney, and the comedy feature “Should’ve Been Romeo.”

 

 

 

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- Dave McNary

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Gregory Segal joins Heretic Films

30 September 2014 12:48 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Heretic Films has appointed the producer and entertainment attorney as president. Separately, Mika Pryce has joined Red Granite as creative executive.

Segal (pictured) represented the company as its attorney on the Sundance entry Low Down starring Elle Fanning and John Hawkes, as well as Kevin Pollak’s upcoming Misery Loves Comedy and Slamdance best narrative feature audience award winner Copenhagen.

“Greg brings Heretic extensive experience in all phases of independent film production, as well as a keen knowledge of film finance and domestic and international film distribution,” said CEO Burton Ritchie

Red Granite hire Mika Pryce will report directly to production president David Koplan and most recently served two years as story editor at Kevin McCormick’s Langley Park Pictures. Her experience includes time at Evolution Media Capital and Lionsgate International. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The Maze Runner! The Equalizer! – Watch this week’s Us Box Office Chaps!

30 September 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Flickering Myth co-editor Oliver Davis and film boffin Sam Winchester discuss the Us Box Office Top 5 from the weekend 26-28th September, 2014, casting their English eyes across the pond!

The movies discussed are The Maze Runner (Dylan O’Brien), Dolphin Tale 2 (Morgan Freeman), The Boxtrolls (Simon Pegg), The Equalizer (Denzel Washington) and This is When I Leave You (Jason Bateman) – but in what order!? Find out in this week’s episode…

If you haven’t subscribed to Flickering Myth’s wonderful YouTube channel, you well should. It’s lovely.

Here’s a bit more information on the films discussed at the top of the Us Box Office…

The Maze Runner

…features Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf), Kaya Scodelario (Moon), Will Poulter (We’re the Millers), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones) and Aml Ameen (The Butler).

The Equalizer

Denzel Washington plays McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked »

- Oliver Davis

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Counterculture and Hollywood Converge at Mill Valley Film Fest

30 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Part of the Mill Valley Film Festival’s charms is how it reflects both the local community’s roots and its forward-thinking spirit. Situated just beyond Sausalito as you cross the Golden Gate Bridge northbound from San Francisco, Mill Valley is many things to many people: part dot-com millionaire bedroom community, post-hippie enclave, Arcadia for Bay Area rock royalty and bucolic getaway in the midst of the redwoods.

And even though it doesn’t have the surprise factor of Telluride, or the market flurry of Toronto and Cannes, Mill Valley — like Santa Barbara later during awards season — has been increasingly favored by Hollywood, which looks at such desirable destinations relatively close to home as hassle-free platforms to showcase prestige product. That the festival, presented by the nonprofit California Film Institute and now in its 37th year, can boast of having screened five out the past six Oscar best picture winners »

- Steve Chagollan

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Perks of Being a Wallflower author to pen Beauty and the Beast script?

29 September 2014 10:02 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The author behind The Perks of Being a Wallflower is reportedly being lined up to pen the script of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast movie.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Stephen Chbosky will write the adaptation of the 1991 animated classic.

The news comes after it was confirmed that Twilight's Bill Condon would bring the live-action movie to the big screen as director.

Disney is hoping to capitalise on re-imagining some of its greatest movies, following the success of Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, based on Sleeping Beauty.

The next live-action project planned by the studio is Cinderella, which will focus on the tale's famous lost slipper.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros is planning a Beauty and the Beast movie of its own, which is rumoured to star Emma Watson. Its adaptation is currently without a director, after Guillermo del Toro pulled out.

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Elle Fanning Interview, The Boxtrolls

28 September 2014 1:47 PM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

Isaac Hempstead Wright), who was affectionately raised by the Boxtrolls, and the two devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ adopted family from extermination. At a roundtable interview in Los Angeles, Fanning revealed what appealed to her about her character, her reaction when she first read the script, how the sketches and color themes of […]

The post Elle Fanning Interview, The Boxtrolls appeared first on MoviesOnline. »

- Sheila Roberts

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Box office report: 'Equalizer' dominates with impressive $35 million debut

28 September 2014 9:52 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Lots of high fives at the Sony offices today, as their don’t-mess-with-Denzel-Washington revenge flick The Equalizer walked away with a $35 million opening. “We’re really, really happy, but we were very bullish on the movie,” says Rory Bruer, Sony’s President of Worldwide Distribution. “It’s a film that we all love and it just delivers in a big way. Denzel couldn’t be more terrific in the role – you can’t take your eyes off this guy.” The movie’s success—director Antoine Fuqua’s best opening to date, Washington’s third best—is a testament to audience »

- Karen Valby

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Box Office: ‘The Equalizer’ Debuts to Smashing $35 Million

28 September 2014 8:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Denzel Washington and “The Equalizer” were number one with a bullet this weekend, as the revenge thriller picked up an impressive $35 million across 3,234 locations.

That figure gave it a comfortable lead over the weekend’s other new wide release, Focus Features’ “The Boxtrolls,” which earned $17.2 million across 3,464 locations, and last week’s champ, “The Maze Runner,” which snagged $17.5 million in its sophomore frame. The young adult thriller has earned $58 million after two weeks in theaters.

The Equalizer,” a gory story of a former special ops agent going toe to toe with the Russian mob, proved to be equally appealing to both genders, with 48% of the opening crowd comprised of females. It also skewed older, with 35% of the opening weekend crowd made up of people under the age of 30. Domestically, the film picked up $3.3 million on 352 IMAX screens, a record September debut for the big screen company.

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- Brent Lang

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The Boxtrolls Movie Review

27 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: The Boxtrolls Director: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi Screenwriters: Irene Brignull, Adam Pava Cast: Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Nick Rost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg Animation fans have been keeping their eyes on Laika Entertainment, the stop motion studio that’s so far created two incredibly entertaining films that viewers quickly grew to love. Their visual style and sweet stories continually lure audiences into theaters with their charming tales, but there are some who wonder if ‘The Boxtrolls’ is a worthy addition to their ever-growing filmography. It not only stands by to the continual themes of family and unique personalities, but still contains that  [ Read More ]

The post The Boxtrolls Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Melissa Molina

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Directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable Talk The Boxtrolls, Changes During Production, Deleted Scenes, and More

27 September 2014 8:13 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now playing in theaters is Laika’s The Boxtrolls.  Making their stop-motion debut is directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and the film is based on the children’s novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow.  Featuring the voices of Isaac Hempstead WrightElle Fanning, Sir Ben KingsleyToni ColletteNick FrostSimon PeggRichard AyoadeTracy Morgan, and Jared Harris, The Boxtrolls is about a young orphaned boy named Eggs (Wright) who is raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who he must save from evil exterminator Archibald Snatched (Kingsley).  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or click here for trailers, images, interviews, and everything we’ve posted on the film. At the L.A. press day I landed a video interview with directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable.  They talked about the technical challenges making The Boxtrolls, how the crew from Paranorman and Coraline never disbanded, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Film Review: Animated ‘The Boxtrolls’ Has British Comic Tone

26 September 2014 8:06 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Monty Python, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore, Peter Sellers, Mr. Bean, Alan Partridge – all are examples of British comedy, that off-kilter “are you in on the joke?” point of view. That comic tone has arrived in an animated film, within the stop motion world of “The Boxtrolls.”

Rating: 3.5/5.0

From the same studio that brought the twisted entertainments of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” – Laika Entertainment – “The Boxtrolls” continue their comic tradition of subtle jabs and visual humor. Full of scenic invention, it paints their characters in the film with traits that are neither good nor bad, they just have a weird sense of a different mentality. The story also celebrates the notion of being yourself, despite any background circumstances, and staying away from greed and false terror and idolatry. Take that, “Frozen”!

Based on the British storybook, “Here Be Monsters!” the story centers on a boy named Eggs (voice of Isaac Hemstead-Wright »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Ben Kingsley Talks Boxtrolls, Shakespeare, and Family Films

26 September 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Laika Studios’ The Boxtrolls opens today, and it looks really really charming with a little side dish of creepy. Sir Ben Kingsley voices the film’s villain, The Snatcher, and he recently spoke to reporters about what drew him to the role, and he has some kind of harsh words for other so-called family films.

I haven’t done much of this before. I was sent the most beautiful script which rang true. It rang true from the honest starting point for a family film, which I think is a very bold, very mature move. Orphans. They go through a struggle. They fight some very dark forces, and they achieve their own light, their own friendship, and their own future. To present this as a family film is very refreshing. I’m sorry to say that I think family films often wipe off the top two generations of the family and say, »

- Mily Dunbar

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The Boxtrolls

26 September 2014 8:46 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Boxtrolls

Directed by: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi

Cast: Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Hess, Simon Pegg

Running Time: 1 hr 37 mins

Rating: PG

Release Date: September 26, 2014

Plot: Underground inventors known as boxtrolls are wrongfully feared by a town that loves cheese.

Who’S It For? Those who like inventive, ambitious films.

Overall

As computer animation becomes keyboard-mashing wizardry that awes with the amount of hair follicles but remains a mystery to the public eye, stop-motion like in The Boxtrolls provides a wholly different wonder, that of watching an entire set of figures come to life through precision and extreme dedication. The work of Laika Animation Studios, as reminded in The Boxtrolls, provides filmgoers quite a visual treat for those looking to witness marvelous handmade ambition.

The Boxtrolls are short inventive creatures who scour in the night and fix things within the town of Cheesebridge, whilst, indeed, wearing boxes. They »

- Nick Allen

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Sir Ben Kingsley Talks The Boxtrolls, What Surprised Him About Stop-Motion, Working with Ridley Scott, Robert Zemekis, and Anton Corbijn, and More

26 September 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now playing in theaters is Laika’s The Boxtrolls.  Making their stop-motion debut is directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and the film is based on the children’s novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow.  Featuring the voices of Isaac Hempstead WrightElle Fanning, Sir Ben KingsleyToni ColletteNick FrostSimon PeggRichard AyoadeTracy Morgan, and Jared Harris, The Boxtrolls is about a young orphaned boy named Eggs (Wright) who is raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who he must save from evil exterminator Archibald Snatched (Kingsley).  For more on the film, read Matt's review or click here for trailers, images, interviews, and everything we’ve posted on the film. At the L.A. press day I landed a video interview with Sir Ben Kingsley.  He talked about how they made The Boxtrolls, how much he knew about stop-motion prior to getting involved and what surprised him about the process, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Review: The Boxtrolls

26 September 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

I am always eager to see the latest Laika release. Output is slow from the animation studio due to the time-consuming and meticulous nature of its handmade stop-motion films, but bottling magic is no easy task. There is an ineffable tone in the studio's films -- perhaps because of its complete attention to details, perhaps because of some way natural lighting works compared to digital renderings -- that instills a sense of realism.

With The Boxtrolls, Laika takes on steampunk, creating a Victorian-looking village populated by hundreds of unique, charming (and some not so very) characters. Based on the children's book by Alan Snow, Here Be Monsters, directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi bring to life Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright, aka Bran Stark from Game of Thrones) and Winnie (Elle Fanning) as they fight to save their misunderstood friends from the evil designs of wily exterminator Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley »

- Mike Saulters

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'The Boxtrolls': What the Critics Are Saying

26 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Boxtrolls, out Friday, follows a boy named Eggs who was raised by cave-dwelling monsters, but has trouble adjusting to the civilized world. The stop-motion animated film, co-directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi and based on Alan Snow's 2006 novel Here Be Monsters!, touts a star-studded voice cast, including Elle FanningBen KingsleyTracy Morgan, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Jared Harris, Nick FrostRichard Ayoade and Isaac Hempstead-Wright, among others. Already a hit at the U.K. box office, the Laika and Focus Features 3D release is pacing to open in the $11 million to $15 million range." Read what

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- Ashley Lee

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Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To The Boxtrolls, The Equalizer And This Is Where I Leave You

26 September 2014 3:34 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases. Looking to The Boxtrolls, The Equalizer and This Is Where I Leave You for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of stop-motion adventures, vigilante thrillers, and family-centric comedies. The Boxtrolls A young boy raised by subterranean tinkering trolls comes to the surface when his adopted family is threatened by a vicious exterminator. Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, and Richard Ayoade lend their voices. Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi direct. Read our review here. The Boxtrolls is the latest from Laika, which has created a renaissance for stop-motion animation. For more fun and fantastical animated adventures in this medium, check out this trio »

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