5 items from 2016
Surround three international stars with several thousand extras in Franco's Spain and you've got yourself an instant historical adventure epic. Unfunny Cary Grant has a Big Gun, Spanish peasant guerilla (!) Frank Sinatra looks totally lost, and Sophia Loren conquers Hollywood by making with the sultry eyes and body moves. The Pride and the Passion Blu-ray Olive Films 1957 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 125 132 min. / Street Date August 16, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95 Starring Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, Theodore Bikel, John Wengraf, Jay Novello Cinematography Franz Planer Production Designer Rudolph Sternad Art Direction Fernando Carrere, Gil Parrondo Film Editors Ellsworth Hoagland, Frederic Knudtson Original Music George Antheil Written by Edna Anhalt & Edward Anhalt from the novel The Gun by C.S. Forester Produced and Directed by Stanley Kramer
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Successful producer Stanley Kramer graduated to directing in 1955; two years later he was helming this giant, rather ill-conceived big-star epic in Spain. »
- Glenn Erickson
Thomas gets a Jackson Pollock paint job but this CGI phase of the animated train franchise doesn’t measure up to the original low-tech shows
Ah, Thomas! Will you never learn? Once again, the perpetually impetuous tank engine (voiced by John Hasler) gets himself in a bit of bother when he tries a new paint job so he can compete in a best decorated engine contest on the mainland; he ends up looking like a half-finished Jackson Pollock for most of the running time. Luckily, Sodor-newcomer Ashima (Tina Desai), a multicoloured bombshell from India with eyes like Aishwarya Rai, doesn’t seem to mind and sees through the bluster and blunders to Thomas’s innate good nature. While the inclusive, just-be-yourself moral message is didactically sound, this CGI phase of the animated train franchise sorely lacks the charm of the original low-tech shows. The limited, exaggerated expressions on the models »
- Leslie Felperin
At the end of the weekend it stood at $415 million after 14 days of release, overtaking the previous records of “Monster Hunt” and “Furious 7,” both set last year. Estimates for Monday (Feb. 22) see it extending that score to $431 million.
In the past week it scored $139 million, ahead of $40 million for “The Monkey King 2” and $32.5 million for “The Man From Macau 3.” Both films were released the same day as “Mermaid,” the first day of the Chinese New Year holidays, and stand at $157 million and $152 million, respectively.
Over the three-day Friday-to-Sunday weekend, “The Mermaid” was again top, beating new release “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny,” which opened with $20.8 million in three days. That puts “Mermaid” on »
- Patrick Frater
Sodor’s Legend Of The Lost Treasure will be distributed into 5000 theatres by Huaxia.
Sodor’s Legend Of The Lost Treasure, the feature film spin-off of toy company Mattel’s Thomas & Friends TV series will receive theatrical distribution in China at the end of this month.
Huaxia Film Distribution will release the film in 5000 cinemas across the country from February 20.
The film counted Eddie Redmayne, Olivia Colman and John Hurt amongst its English language voice cast, grossing close to $900,000 when it was released in the UK in July 2015, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the brand.
The newly Mandarin-dubbed version will premiere in Shanghai on Feb 18.
The Thomas & Friends TV series is available in China through platforms including iQiYi and YouKu. »
“Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure,” a feature film spin-off from Mattel’s “Thomas & Friends” children’s animation series, is to get a theatrical release in China.
The film, which features Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne in the English-language voice cast, will be released on Feb. 20 through state-owned Huaxia Distribution. Production is by Canada’s Arc Productions and the U.K. pre-school entertainment specialist Hit Entertainment.
Mattel reports that the film will be released on 5,000 screens in cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Chengdu and Shenyang. The Mandarin-dubbed release will be preceded by a premiere in Shanghai on Feb. 18.
The outing will be the first time a Mattel-owned brand has seen a theatrical release in China, and will be the first non-native children’s movie to be released in China following the upcoming Chinese New Year holidays.
“Sodor” sees Thomas the Tank Engine on a treasure quest that introduces a »
- Patrick Frater
5 items from 2016
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