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TF1 Studio Links Up With Paramount, Mars Distribution (Exclusive)

TF1 Studio Links Up With Paramount, Mars Distribution (Exclusive)
TF1 Studio, the vertically integrated film banner launched by France’s top commercial network, has signed distribution and marketing agreements with Paramount and Mars Distribution.

Under the agreements, Paramount and Mars will handle theatrical distribution of TF1 Studio movies, the company’s co-deputy CEO Tristan du Laz told Variety. Paramount will handle most English-language titles, such as Michael Apted’s “Unlocked” (pictured); Mars will roll out TF1 Studio’s French films and festival-friendly movies, such as Julien Leclercq’s upcoming biopic “Prost.”

TF1 Studio will cover P&A expenses while Mars and Paramount will handle theater booking and orchestrate the marketing strategy. “These partners are highly complementary, and we’ve been together for a while on an ad hoc basis,” said du Laz, who joined TF1 from Studiocanal and now works with fellow co-deputy CEO Nathalie Toulza-Madar.

TF1 Studio previously had a deal with Ugc that covered French distribution. Since
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Monkey Kingdom documentary review: growing up in the jungle

Simplistic, but a charming and child-friendly introduction to our cousins in the wild that no zoo could provide, with a monkey heroine whom kids will cheer. I’m “biast” (pro): monkeys!

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

Disneynature, the Mouse’s nature-documentary arm, continues its quest to introduce kids to our cousins in the wild with Monkey Kingdom, a charming if simplistic film that gets us up close to animals in their own environment in a way that not even the most sophisticated zoo could ever achieve. In the Sri Lankan jungle lives “Maya,” a macaque monkey born at the bottom of her troop’s social hierarchy, where she is subject to such injustices as being bullied by her higher-ranking neighbors — even the babies! — and missing out on all the best food treats — tasty mushrooms! — which are invariably gone by
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Film Review: ‘Monkey Kingdom’ is a Disappointing Destination

Chicago – Disney has always imported a bit of its cutesy narratives into its nature films. The best ones seem to spring organically from the images on screen and it becomes easy to forget the contrivances and get swept up in the story. n the lesser entries, these attempts to impose a Hollywood story structure on the lives of wild animals only highlight how artificial they all are.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

Disney’s latest entry “Monkey Kingdom” tries desperately to impose not just one story arc, but multiple story arcs onto the lives of a troupe of monkeys living in the ruin of an indonesian temple. The film focuses on Maya, a young female monkey at the bottom of the pecking order. She’s a plucky young heroine risking everything for her young child. And then it follows her as she tries to survive in the jungle and try to climb the social
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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, April 17; What Will You See?

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, April 17; What Will You See?
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, April 17. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide Child 44 Director: Daniél Espinosa Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke, Vincent Cassel, Fares Fares Synopsis: "Set in Stalin-era Soviet Union, a disgraced Mgb agent is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders -- a case that begins to connect with the very top of party leadership." Monkey Kingdom Director: Mark Linfield & Alastair Fothergill Synopsis: "A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia." Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Director: Andy Fickman Cast: Kevin James, Molly Shannon, David Henrie, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo...
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Monkey Kingdom Movie Review

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Monkey Kingdom Movie Review
Monkey Kingdom Walt Disney Pictures (Disneynature Series) Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Directors: Mark Linfield, co-director Alastair Fothergill Screenwriter: Mark Linfield Photographer: Martyn Colbeck, Gavin Thurston Cast: Narrated by Tina Fey Screened at: Regal E-Walk, NYC, 4/13/15 Opens: April 17, 2015 I’d like a dollar for every time a biology teacher someone in the U.S. told a high school class that “if you want to understand human behavior, just watch the animals in the jungle. Animals (other than we) behave in the same way that people do.” If you want to document this, you don’t have to spend $8,000 for a safari (excluding [ Read More ]

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Monkey Kingdom Review

In biological sciences, the urge to anthropomorphize your subject –wherein you ascribe human qualities and behaviors to something non-human- presents a constant threat to objective research. Just as many conspiracy theories are tempting for their A to B explanation of complicated events, using man-made logic to understand the actions of an animal can seem like shrewd deduction. The risk comes with eliminating the many other factors, known or unknown, that more accurately, though not more simply, explain data that your brain naturally wants to fit into a tidy little narrative. If it were judge on its merits as a nature documentary, Monkey Kingdom, the latest from Disneynature, would be a failure.

Luckily, as with other nature docs from the Magic Kingdom’s enviro-friendly sub-brand (the Greenhouse of Mouse, if you will), Monkey Kingdom isn’t presenting research, or looking to do much educating. It’s a highly polished montage culled
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Monkey Kingdom – The Review

The latest Earth Day release from Disneynature, Monkey Kingdom, is the charming story of Maya, a toque macaque living in the rainforest of Sri Lanka, whose world is changed when her son Kip is born. Anxious for her son to have all the best that life in their troop has to offer, Maya tries, not always successfully, to climb the social ladder and advance up the pecking order of the troop. At the top sits alpha male Raja, and his harem of top females and offspring that get the best beds, the best food and the best treatment.

After an attack on their home, Castle Rock, by a neighboring troop of monkeys, Raja is injured and the troop must now rely on Maya and her mate Kumar’s jungle smarts and street savvy to survive. One particularly hilarious sequence shows the local town and markets overrun with monkeys, stealing every
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Monkey Kingdom – Premiere Photos

Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in ‘Monkey Kingdom,’ Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities?and she?s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family retreats, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to uncover untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future. Featuring a rich variety of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys,
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‘Monkey Kingdom’ Director Talks About His Pretty Heroine

‘Monkey Kingdom’ Director Talks About His Pretty Heroine
As with any Hollywood movie, director Mark Linfield sought a pretty heroine for his “Monkey Kingdom,” set in the scenic jungle in Sri Lanka. At Sunday’s premiere at the Grove in Los Angeles, Linfield talked about the three-year process that brought the DisneyNature movie to the bigscreen, as well as his monkey heroine.

“I’d been to this location 18 or 19 years ago and learned a lot about the monkeys,” Linfield said. “And for me the interesting story was always about the social hierarchy and the fact that if you’re born at the top with the silver spoon in your mouth, everything comes easily to you, you get the first pick. But if you are born at the bottom, like Maya (the protag), life is really, really hard. And what’s interesting is the low-ranking monkeys are the innovators. I knew all about that before the film started. So
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 60 Pairs of Passes to ‘Monkey Kingdom’ & Lincoln Park Zoo Grand Prize Pack

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 60 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new Disneynature film “Monkey Kingdom” narrated by Tina Fey along with a Lincoln Park Zoo grand prize pack (valued at $219.45!)!

Monkey Kingdom,” which opens on April 17, 2015 and is rated “G,” is co-directed and co-produced by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill. Along with the screening tickets, one lucky HollywoodChiago.com winner will be mailed our Lincoln Park Zoo grand prize pack, which includes:

Safari-level membership for one year Unlimited free parking Snow monkey plush, T-shirt and more fun gear to celebrate the grand opening of Regenstein Macaque Forest at Lincoln Park Zoo!

To win your free “Monkey Kingdom” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete,
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Film Review: ‘Monkey Kingdom’

Film Review: ‘Monkey Kingdom’
The eighth entry in Disney’s eco-minded Disneynature series, “Monkey Kingdom” may well be its cheekiest, funniest and most purely entertaining. Tracking a tale of forbidden love and literal social climbing amidst a macaque clan in Sri Lanka, this Mark Linfield-directed docu-fiction contains typically top-shelf nature photography, an uncannily relatable cast of primate characters, and an anthropomorphic narrative complex enough that one can’t help but wonder how much it was actively massaged for maximum impact. This latter matter shouldn’t bother the film’s young target viewers too much, however, and the film ought to find an appreciative family audience.

Throughout the Disneynature films, there’s an often palpable tension between the pitilessly Darwinian natural world so evocatively captured by series producer and co-director Alastair Fothergill, and the Disney-friendly happily-ever-after storylines that are superimposed upon it. At least in the early going, “Monkey Kingdom” seems willing to address
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Win Passes to An Advance Screening of Monkey Kingdom

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Enter here for your chance to win passes to an advance screening of Monkey Kingdom from directors Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill, the directors of Chimpanzee.

For your chance to receive two (2) complimentary passes to see the new film Monkey Kingdom at the Emagine Novi Theater in Novi, Michigan on Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00Pm, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. But hurry, because there are a limited number of passes available and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

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Monkey Kingdom: Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in Monkey Kingdom, Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of Monkey Kingdom In St. Louis

Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in Monkey Kingdom, Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia.

Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family retreats, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to uncover untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings.

Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.

Featuring a rich variety of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys,
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DisneyNature & 'Monkey Kingdom' Release Thank You Video

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DisneyNature & 'Monkey Kingdom' Release Thank You Video
From Oscar, Sita, Scout, and the countless wild creatures we share this planet with, thank you!&#160Disneynature&#160is making a difference. With every ticket purchased for Disneynature's&#160Monkey Kingdom&#160opening week (4/17 - 4/23), Disney will donate to benefit Conservation International to help benefit monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitat. Feel free to share the video with your readers!&#160

Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in Monkey Kingdom, Disneynature's new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya's world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya's has more than its share of colorful personalities-and she's determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya's whole family retreats, and she
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New Photos From Disney’s Tomorrowland, Avengers: Age Of Ultron & Steven Spielberg’s Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has released a lineup, along with new photos and dates, of their upcoming movies for 2015.

From dinosaurs to fairy tales, super heroes to galaxies far, far away, one of the most anticipated films next year is from director Steven Spielberg.

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Tom Hanks (left) stars in Spielberg’s (right) Untitled Cold War spy thriller, which is the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.

“This is one of the more astonishing stories about the Cold War I’d ever heard. James Donovan is a hero to me and Tom made him so completely accessible. I’ve always wanted to make a spy
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New Trailer For Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom Will Melt Your Heart

Check out the new trailer for Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom.

Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in Monkey Kingdom, Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family is forced to relocate, where she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to lead them to untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings.

Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.
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Disneynature's 'Monkey Kingdom' Trailer Offers Up an Insanely Cute Adventure (Exclusive)

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In 1948 Walt Disney invented the nature movie with his collection of feature films and short programs he dubbed "True Life Adventures." These programs were revolutionary and essential, educational and entertaining. In short: nobody had ever seen anything like them. (It goes without saying that this breakthrough is, in the laundry list of Disney's cultural and technological accomplishments, frequently overlooked.)

Sixty years after the first "True Life Adventure" was unleashed on an unsuspecting world, Disney created Disneynature, a shingle used to produce new nature films for modern audiences. And these films are great. From the oddly emotional family drama of "African Cats" to this year's joyful "Bears," the new Disney nature films usually spotlight an individual animal species, gorgeously photographed and evocatively narrated. The latest Disneynature production is "Monkey Kingdom," out this spring, and we've got the exclusive new trailer.

The trailer starts out similar to the cheeky teaser, set to Lorde's "Team,
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Watch: Teaser Trailer for Disneynature's Latest Doc 'Monkey Kingdom'

With the release of the documentary Bears just under a couple weeks away, Disneynature is already beginning to show off their Earth Day documentary release coming in 2015. This time the niche release arm of the House of Mouse is focusing on a group of monkeys in the jungles of South Asia in Monkey Kingdom. The film spotlights the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia, alongside a rich cast of forest characters. More specifically, we follow a mother and her newborn as they struggle to survive. Watch! Here's the teaser trailer for Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom, originally from Yahoo: Monkey Kingdom is directed by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill (both of Chimpanzee and Earth) and spotlights the gripping reality of a newborn monkey and its mother, struggling to survive within the competitive
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Disneynature's 'Monkey Kingdom' Trailer

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Disneynature's 'Monkey Kingdom' Trailer
Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom spotlights the gripping reality of a newborn monkey and its mother, struggling to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia, alongside a rich cast of forest characters. Life is grand, food is plentiful and safety is assured if you're lucky enough to be born on the higher rungs of the Troop's social ladder. But this young mother and her infant find themselves in a constant state of hunger, dodging threats from higher-ranking monkeys determined to keep them on their assigned rung. It'll take a lot of ingenuity, hard work, and a little luck, if this little family hopes to change their place in the world. Directed by Mark Linfield (Chimpanzee) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (Bears), Disneynature's eighth True Life Adventure, the follow-up to 2014's
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Disneynature’s New Monkey Kingdom Trailer Takes Viewers to a Land of Mystery, Magic, and Monkeys

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Before you see it play in front of Disneynature's Bears in theaters on April 18th, you can watch the new Monkey Kingdom trailer right here! The Disney brand of nature films has produced some of the most enjoyable family features of the last few years, including Earth, Oceans, African Cats, and Chimpanzee. Their latest film, Bears, follows a family of Alaskan bears as their cubs learn life lessons. But before viewers watch them romp across the screen, they'll be treated to this first teaser trailer for directors Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill's magical and mysterious Monkey Kingdom, due out in April of 2015. Hit the jump to watch the Monkey Kingdom trailer! Here's Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom trailer (via Yahoo!): Synopsis: Disneynature’s “Monkey Kingdom” spotlights the gripping reality of a newborn monkey and its mother, struggling to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic
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