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Translated into over 40 languages, never spending a moment out of print, and selling over 100 million copies worldwide, it was probably inevitable that someone would bring Kahlil Gibran's "The Prophet" to the big screen. And indeed, it has been given the animated treatment and today the first U.S. trailer for the movie has arrived. Read More: Watch The First Trailer For Kahlil Gibran's Animated 'The Prophet' Helmed by "The Lion King" director Roger Allers, the picture features animated sequences by Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, and more; the all-star voices of Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, and Alfred Molina; and music by Yo-Yo Ma, Damien Rice, and Glen Hansard — this production hasn't missed a note in trying to bring the best to the table. Here's the official synopsis: Set in a Mediterranean sea-side village, Kamila cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Chicago – Friday, May 1st, kicks off one of 2015 Chicago’s most special events, the Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) – a film festival as programmed by the members of the Chicago Film Critics Association. The place to be is at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, and the titles included are an exciting batch of movies making their premiere here.
Many of the films had their world premiere at festivals like Sundance, Toronto and South X Southwest, and HollywoodChicago.com contributors Nick Allen and Patrick McDonald have been sampling the best of the festival, and offer this preview of the kick-off weekend. Each capsule is designated with Na (Nick Allen) or Pm (Patrick McDonald) – to indicate the author – or encapsulates the official synopsis from the festival.
Be sure to check back with HollywoodChicago.com on Monday, when we finish our preview of the festival by looking ahead to the weekday schedule, »
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Chicago – Exclusive! Free festival 7-packs! In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of guaranteed festival 7-packs up for grabs to the third-annual Chicago Critics Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre from the Chicago Film Critics Association!
The festival runs from Friday, May 1 to Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Music Box Theatre. The festival will premiere more than two dozen films to Chicago that are hand-selected by Chicago critics. The films, which include the latest works from Joe Swanberg, Bobcat Goldthwait, Andrew Bujalski, James Ponsoldt, Francois Ozon and many more, are recent film festival hits from Sundance, South by Southwest, Cannes, Venice and Toronto and more. The full 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival schedule can be found here. Read a preview of the festival here.
Each HollywoodChicago.com winner will win Two festival 7-packs of guaranteed tickets to experience the following Chicago premieres at the times and dates below »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
"I am a prisoner. My crime? Poetry." After debuting at the Cannes Film Festival last year, the animated drama The Prophet is finally coming to the United States this year. Based on the book of prose and poems of the same name, the film features the voices of Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and more, along with a myriad of animation styles to bring the friendship between a little girl and an imprisoned poet to life. Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar and more lend their animation expertise to the film that looks absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. Watch! Here's the teaser trailer for Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet from Gulf Film (via The Playlist): The Prophet is directed by Roger Allers, Paul and Gaëtan Brizzi, Joan C. Gratz, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, and Michal Socha. Inspired by the »
- Ethan Anderton
Considering it premiered last year at the Cannes Film Festival, with a lot of star power among the voice cast, and lineup of directors ten strong, you would think that the animated "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" might've attracted more notice. Instead, it's been quietly bubbling under the radar. But now, the first international trailer has arrived, and perhaps it's one to start paying attention to. Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina, and more, feature in this effort that is inspired by the titular book of prose essays, and weaves together a story involving a little girl and a poet. Here's the official synopsis: Inspired by the beloved classic, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a young, mischievous girl and an imprisoned poet. Interwoven with Gibran’s lyrical and inspiring words on topics such as the true nature as love, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Angelina Jolie Pitt, Liam Hemsworth, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, One Direction, Selena Gomez, SpongeBob SquarePants, Fifth Harmony, The Voice and Austin & Ally were among this year’s fan favorites, winning orange blimps at Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, Saturday, March 28.
The film winners were:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Favorite Movie Actor
Favorite Movie Actress
Favorite Animated Movie
Favorite Male Action Star
Favorite Female Action Star
Kids’ Choice Awards
Hosted by recording artist/actor and kids’ pick for Favorite Male Singer Nick Jonas, the awards were broadcast from Los Angeles’ legendary “Fabulous” Forum, where kids celebrated their favorites from the worlds of film, »
- Michelle McCue
Salma Hayek can breathe easy now. Her passion project "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" is finally coming to the big screen. Directed by Roger Allers ("The Lion King"), "The Prophet" is a collaborative animated tale featuring individual "chapters" from animation legends such as Tomm Moore ("The Secret of Kells" "Song of the Sea"), Joan Gratz (Academy Award winner for "Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase"), Bill Plympton ("Guard Dog and Your Face"), Paul and Gaetan Brizzi ("Fantasia 2000") and Mohammed Harib ("Freej"), among others. It's based on Gilbran's 1923 book and features a voice cast including Hayek, Liam Neeson, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella and Alfred Molina. The film's score is by Oscar winner Gabriel Yared ("The English Patient") and it also includes additional music from Damien Rice, Glenn Hansard ("Once") and Lisa Hannigan. So, yes, that's a lot of pedigree talent in the mix. "The Prophet" debuted to positive reviews at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Gkids, the American distributor behind 2015 animated Oscar nominees "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" and "Song of the Sea," will release "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" in NY and La on August 7 before expanding wide the following week. This animated telling of Gibran's bestselling 1923 book, which premiered at Cannes, unfolds through standalone chapters by ten directors including Tomm Moore ("Song of the Sea"), Nina Paley ("Sita Sings the Blues") and Bill Plympton ("Cheatin'"). Co-producer Salma Hayek fought hard to bring the celebrated Lebanese poet's work to the screen, and helped close this deal. Salma Hayek on Why She's Passionate About "Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet" The voice cast includes Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella and Alfred Molina. The score is by Oscar winner Gabriel Yared (The English Patient), with additional music by songwriters Damien »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Salma Hayek-Pinault is one of the producers on the animation based on Lebanese poet Gibran’s timeless book about the meaning of life.
Gkids will open the film in New York and Los Angeles prior to nationwide expansion.
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Liam Hemsworth and Josh Gad will appear at the 28th Annual Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, TheWrap has learned exclusively. In addition, other participants at the annual awards show include: Kevin James (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2”); Nick Cannon and Debby Ryan (“Jessie”); Quvenzhané Wallis (“Annie”), Laura Marano and Ross Lynch (“Austin & Ally”); YouTube star Bethany Mota; Wnba star Skylar Diggins; and Sports Illustrated Kids’ Sports Kid of the Year Mo’ne Davis. Nickelodeon invites kids to cast their votes in 21 categories, including new additions Favorite Talent Competition Show, Favorite Family TV Show, Most Addicting Game and Favorite New Artist across all of. »
- Joe Otterson
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Annie (family musical; Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz; rated PG) Top Five (comedy; Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson; rated R) Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson-directed impenetrable ice; Joaquin Phoenix, Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro; rated R) Song of the Sea (animated; voices: Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan; rated PG) Tracers (action; Taylor Lautner, Marie Avgeropoulos; available 3/20...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
On Demand DVD New Releases March 16-23 Annie A kid living with her mean foster mom and a variety of other young girls gets thrust into the middle of the New York mayoral race. Business tycoon Will Stacks is the candidate who sees opportunity in Annie and uses her to help his campaign. Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz (PG, 1:58) 3/17 Top Five Long a comedian and star of blockbuster crowd-pleasing fare, Andre Allen is setting out on a new path in a serious role. After spending an extended period with a reporter, Andre realizes that there might be other … Continue reading →
The post On Demand DVD New Releases March 16-23 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
Youngsters and oldsters alike…here is the reel deal: The New York International Children’s Film Festival (Nyicff) will be making its presence known in the upcoming days. On tap for the 18th annual event will be a noted variety of creative animated films and shorts for all ages to enjoy and relish. The New York International Children’s Film Festival promises to serve up an array of animated showcases that boasts all styles and formats that should prove imaginative and appealing to our past and present childhood memories.
Please note that the Nyicff will run its operation from February 27, 2015 to March 22, 2015. Additionally, the majority of these impressive feature-length and short films have experienced critical acclaim overseas. Therefore, the impact of the Nyicff’s cinematic selections should be rewarding for ardent fans of animated film fodder designed to capture the spirit of its enthusiastic viewers.
Among the films being displayed »
- Frank Ochieng
The 2014 Annie remake movie starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz will make its home video debut March 10 with an early release of the film on Digital HD. The Blu-ray and DVD versions arrive a week later on March 17 including a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo pack.
Annie was an unfortunate victim of highly publicized hack of Sony Pictures in November, 2014, which resulted in numerous as-of-yet released films leaking onto the Internet, including Annie. Despite the leak, Annie still managed to accumulate $121.9 million worldwide over the Christmas break at the holiday box office, the majority of which came from North America.
The Annie remake Blu-ray combo pack comes with a wide selection of bonus features and the majority of which are exclusive to Blu-ray. Only the first three listed below will also be available on the Annie remake DVD.
The Making-of Annie
You’re Never »
Hot projects on Screenbase this week include German-Canadian co-production In The Lost Lands, twin brothers Mohammed Abou Nasser and Ahmad Abou Nasser’s Dégradé, spy-thriller Damascus Cover and documentary Tomorrow.
Fantasy adventure In The Lost Lands
The story revolves around a series of magical and fantastic tales centring on a sorceress in search of a spell, a warrior girl on a quest and a young barbarian who encounters a witch in a spacecraft.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Maud Le Rest)
The hard knock life comes home this March with the Us Blu-ray and DVD release of Annie landing on March 17th. The remake of the classic musical, Annie 2014 is a modern re-telling of the tale with new and old songs combined to add a new slant on the original tale.
Produced by Will Smith (Focus) and his Overbook Entertainment company and directed by Will Gluck (Easy A), Annie (Oscar Nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild) is a spunky upbeat foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York. Everything is about to change when hard-nosed tycoon Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained) takes her in and believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean its the other way around.
- Scott J. Davis
Gkids, the American distributor behind 2015 animated Oscar nominees "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" and "Song of the Sea," has picked up North American rights to "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet." This animated telling of Gibran's bestselling 1923 book played the festival circuit, including a Cannes premiere, last year. It has been slated for a summer 2015 release. The film unfolds across standalone chapters by ten directors including Tomm Moore ("Song of the Sea"), Nina Paley ("Sita Sings the Blues") and Bill Plympton ("Cheatin'"). Co-producer Salma Hayek fought hard to bring the celebrated Lebanese poet's work to the screen, and helped close this deal. Watch: Salma Hayek on Why She's Passionate About "Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet" The voice cast includes Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella and Alfred Molina. The score is by Oscar winner Gabriel Yared (The English »
- Ryan Lattanzio
After debuting at Cannes and playing at the Toronto Film Festival last year, the animated feature version of one of the bestselling books of all time is coming to more big screens this summer. Distributor Gkids has acquired North American rights to Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet, the passion project of Salma Hayek.
“After seeing the incredible reaction to the movie in Cannes, Toronto and Doha, I’m very excited to be working with Gkids in bringing Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet to North American audiences,” Hayek said. “This is one of the most personal projects I have ever done and I am extremely proud of it.”
Written and directed by Lion King helmer Roger Allers, The Prophet adaptation is produced by Hayek and José Tamez’s Ventanarosa Productions along with Clark Peterson, and Ron Senkowski. Steve Hanson, François Pinault, Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Julia Lebedev, Leonid Lebedev, Naël Nasr, »
- Dominic Patten
Salma Hayek-Pinault produced and spearheaded the project based on the Lebanese author’s book.
Gkids brokered the deal with CAA on behalf of the film-makers.
Open Road Films has acquired all Us rights to the animated family film Blazing Samurai loosely based on Blazing Saddles and will release on April 14, 2017. Gfm Films is handling international sales and provides production funding.Cinedigm has signed a 12-film deal with The Asylum to release four high-concept titles a year from the Sharknado franchise producers. »
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Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and Golden Globe nominee Michelle Monaghan will star in Open Road Films’ action thriller “Sleepless Night,” an English-language remake of the French film that will be directed by Baran Bo Odar, the company announced Friday.
“Sleepless Night” is the story of Vincent Downs (Foxx), a seemingly corrupt Las Vegas cop. When gangsters kidnap his son as ransom for a shipment of cocaine he stole, Downs races to save his son’s life without getting caught by Internal Affairs and before the mobsters discover that he’s actually lost the goods. Monaghan plays officer Jennifer Bryant, an »
- Jeff Sneider
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