18 items from 2014
Annecy — In an edition galvanized by spectacular first glimpse presentations — Pixar’s “Inside Out,” Sony’s “The Smurfs Movie,” Pathe’s “Evolution Man” — the premiere of Disney’s “Feast,” a new trailer of “Boxtrolls” and North America deals for Gotham’s GKids, new deal reveals were going down as Annecy’s Mifa market thinned late Friday morning.
In pacts announced on the last day of trading, Bac Films will sell internationally and distribute in France “Funan.”
Denis Do’s semi-autobiographical story “centers on the epic struggle of Do’s mother to find her other son, having been separated from him during the reign-of-terror of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. France’s Les Films d’Ici (“Waltz With Bashir”) produces. Pic was a Mifa Feature Film pitch last year at Annecy.
Meanwhile, Stephane Roelants at Luxembourg’s Melusine Productions confirmed he had signed at Annecy with a yet-to-be-disclosed international sales agent »
- John Hopewell
22 Jump Street is in theaters this weekend, and its one of the few TV-to-Movie franchises that has gotten it right. This comes after so many have gotten it really wrong! Adapting a hit television show to the big screen seems like it would be an easy thing. The source material is great, there's an existing audience, it should be money in the bank. But bigger does not mean better. There's more than enough examples of great TV turned into garbage cinema. So much so, there was a fair amount of difficulty and debate narrowing it down to ten, epically awful movies. Criteria had to be established. There must be a method to this madness. Terrible films like The Smurfs, Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear, or The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas still has an appeal to younger audiences who might actually be entertained by it. It does have some value. Once »
Sony Pictures has shifted its scheduled around, in the process considerably delaying two high-profile family films.
That's fared better than the new, all-animated untitled "Smurfs" movie which has been pushed back a full year - from August 14th 2015 to August 5th 2016. That film's director Kelly Asbury has actually released a statement about the delay:
"I'm happy to report that I've gotten confirmation from Sony Pictures Entertainment that my Untitled Smurfs Movie has a new release date: it will be coming out internationally in July 2016 and in the USA on August 5, 2016, one year later than originally planned when this project was initially conceived as a live action/animation hybrid Smurfs 3.
This is a great thing for my team and me, since we are performing such a major re-imagining of »
- Garth Franklin
Goosebumps has moved from March 23, 2015 to August 7, 2015, where it will go up against 20th Century Fox and New Regency's video game adaptation Assassin's Creed. We reported last week that production has started in Atlanta, Georgia, with Jack Black starring as author R.L. Stine, whose monstrous creations escape from the pages of his books. He must team up with his niece (Odeya Rush) and new neighbor (Dylan Minnette) to save their town from total destruction. Amy Ryan and Ken Marino co-star in this adaptation, which is being directed by Rob Letterman.
The Untitled Smurfs Movie has been pushed by nearly an entire year, shifting from August 14, 2015 to August 5, 2016, a release slot which doesn't have any direct competition at this time, although it comes just one week after 20th Century Fox's »
Sony Pictures has unveiled new release dates for a few of its upcoming films. Briefly: Untitled Smurfs Movie – The fully animated Smurfs reboot has been pushed from August 2015 to August 5, 2016 in order to give animators enough time to, you know, finish the movie. The 2015 date was set when the pic was initially going to be another live-action/CG sequel to the existing franchise, but now director Kelly Asbury plans an entirely animated reimagining more in line with Peyo’s original artwork. Pixels – Director Chris Columbus’ alien invasion film Pixels will open in theaters on May 15, 2015 opposite Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road. The film stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Peter Dinklage and revolves around 80s arcade gamers who are enlisted to help defeat alien invaders. Goosebumps – The family friendly Goosebumps adaptation has been moved up from March 2016 to August 7, 2015, where it faces Assassin’s Creed. Jack Black »
- Adam Chitwood
Smurfs reboot director Kelly Asbury (Gnomeo and Juliet) has launched an official production blog for this brand new all-animated computer generated adventure from Sony Pictures. To check out the blog: clickHere
The Blue Print will chronicle his journey directing the animated comedy, feature guest contributors and offer exclusive glimpses at the making of film. First up is a piece of concept art teasing the new look at Smurf Village, which is very close to Peyo 's original creation.
" Nothing thrills me more than having the once-in-a-lifetime privilege of launching The Blue Print, my official Director's Blog for the as yet Untitled Smurfs Movie (Keep checking, you'll be among the first to know when the perfect new title is chosen).
Equally exciting to me is the fact that this all new fully animated Smurfs project will have a completely different look than most any other previous version of the world famous franchise and, »
Kelly Asbury ( Shrek 2 , Gnomeo & Juliet ), director of Sony Pictures Animation's upcoming third big screen (currently untitled) Smurfs film has launched his official production blog, "The Blue Print," this morning at SmurfsProductionBlog.com . "The Blue Print" will chronicle his journey directing the animated comedy, feature guest contributors and offer exclusive glimpses at the making of film. First up is a piece of concept art teasing the new look of the Smurfs Village, which is very close to Peyo's original creation. Click on the image below to visit the site and check back for several updates every week. »
The most surprising thing about The Smurfs 2 for our family is how quickly our 3-year old movie fan got bored. The movie was made for little kids, in fact, the littler the better. And, indeed, when it came to the little blue guys, our little guy was riveted. The problem was when the humans came on the screen. Neil Patrick Harris' issues with his stepfather is stuff for adults and kids could care less. And, in fact, that's why it was put in the film: to give the parents something to enjoy. But instead of pleasing both kids and parents, both groups were annoyed. And, the Smurfs people got the message.
The Smurfs 3 is moving forward without any live-action component - it will be all animated. Assumably that means that Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays' married couple characters will no longer be in the franchise.
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Welker is a renowned voice actor who helped create such notable tones as the voice of Fred in the long-running adventures of “Scooby-Doo”; Slimer in a 1980s cartoon reworking of the popular “Ghostbusters” movie; and – would you believe it? – several Smurfs. But he’d like to speak up more on behalf of the inquisitive monkey, whose voice he has provided for the PBS pre-school series since it debuted in 2006.
“I think we all would like to see more production,” said Welker. “It is a show we’re proud of, and the ratings have always been stellar.”
When “Curious George” launched on PBS, it did so with a massive 30-episode order, followed by 20 episodes in its second season. The current cycle, however, consists of only six, as it did last year. It’s not that »
- Brian Steinberg
London, March 14: The third 'Smurfs' film will be totally computer-animated, which will give the cartoon characters "a completely new fresh direction".
Kelly Asbury, the director of the animated film, said that their story would explore the beginnings of the beloved little blue creatures in a full CG-animated comedy-adventure for every generation to enjoy, the BBC reported.
Asbury added that the new film will be stylistically closer to the original artwork created by Peyo. (Ani) »
- Abhijeet Sen
Those Smurf movies are awful. Not even my kids liked them. The good news is Sony Pictures Animation has decided not to make a Smurfs 3. The bad news is they plan on rebooting the whole franchise and starting fresh.
The studio has hired Shrek 2 and Gnomeo & Juliet director Kelly Asbury to helm the animated film that is said to include all new designs and environments. Deadline also reports that it "will focus on the origins of the little blue creatures," and that new film will "be closer to creator Peyo’s original artwork."
A Smurfs 3 would probably do just as well as a Smurfs reboot at the box office. I guess maybe they think taking out the live-action aspect of the film will make it more appealing to audiences. The first two films brought in a combined $910 million worldwide, so it makes sense that they would want to stay »
- Joey Paur
Man, it seems like it was only three years ago that The Smurfs hit theatres and reminded us just how creepy those little blue guys could be. But it couldn’t have been only three years ago, because then the idea of rebooting The Smurfs franchise would be ridiculous. It must have been longer ago than that, right? Right?
Wrong. Although the first Smurfs film came out in 2011, and The Smurfs 2 only last year, Sony has ordered a totally computer animated reboot for The Smurfs 3 – or, as it is currently being known, The Untitled Smurfs Movie. I actually hope they keep that title – that’s a good one. Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) has been assigned directorial duties on the new film and she promises that it will be closer in look and tone to artist Peyo’s original Smurfs concepts, which I suppose is cause for celebration. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Sony Pictures Animation today gave an update on their lineup of upcoming projects – which includes the animated motion picture debut of a classic comic strip figure, an original tale from one of the form’s most multi-faceted filmmakers, as well as the continued expansion of two of the studio’s most popular worlds.
Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, states, “I am really excited by the variety of our upcoming projects as well as the amazing talent working on them.”
Sony Pictures Animation has hired animation industry veteran Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) to direct an all new, fully computer-animated film featuring the world’s most popular blue creatures. The family adventure, currently going by the working title The Untitled Smurfs Movie, is anticipated in theaters August 2015. Jordan Kerner (The Smurfs) is producing, with Mary Ellen Bauder (Hotel Transylvania) co-producing. The original two live action/CG hybrid »
- Michelle McCue
Sony Pictures Animation issued a press release today that confirmed a report from February that The Smurfs 3 will be a completely animated reboot, with the studio bringing on Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo and Juliet) to direct. The studio also confirmed that Genndy Tartakovsky is directing Hotel Transylvania 2, which has Adam Sandler returning to voice Dracula, along with the previously announced Popeye and a new project entitled Can You Imagine? that he is developing for the studio. Check out all the details in the official press release below.
Sony Pictures Animation today gave an update on their lineup of upcoming projects-which includes the animated motion picture debut of a classic comic strip figure, an original tale from one of the form's most multi-faceted filmmakers, as well as the continued expansion of two of the studio's most popular worlds.
Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, had this to say in a statement. »
Sony Pictures Animation has made a couple of announcements regarding its release slate. First up, the studio has hired Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) to direct a new, fully animated reboot of its Smurfs franchise. The untitled film is not a continuation of its existing live-action/CG hybrid franchise, and instead is an entirely animated feature that will be stylistically closer to the original Smurfs artwork created by Peyo. The pic is described as an origin story that explores “the beginnings of the beloved little blue creatures” and is slated for an August 2015 release. Additionally, Hotel Transylvania director Genndy Tartakovsky will helm the original animated feature Can You Imagine?. Plot details are thin, but the film is described as “a fantastic journey through one boy’s imagination.” Tartakovsky is also attached to direct Hotel Transylvania 2 for a September 2015 release and is developing an all-cg Popeye film for the studio as well. »
- Adam Chitwood
With all the hoopla about the big Sunday night movie award show, many of you might not have gotten the list of the big winners from Saturday night’s big movie awards show. I’m talking about the 34th Annual Razzie Awards. They were started in 1980 by John Wilson to celebrate the movie year’s worst achievements. The hour-long ceremony was held this past Saturday evening down the street from the site of Sunday’s big show. Without further ado, here’s the nominees and winners for the 2013 film year:
Worst Remake, Rip-off, Or Sequel:
- Jim Batts
Awards season comes to a head tonight as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the winners of the Academy Awards, and - as is traditional - yesterday saw the very worst of cinematic achievement celebrated with the 34th annual Golden Raspberry Awards.
While Adam Sandler dominated the nominations (as usual) with Grown Ups 2, the Razzie favourite went away empty handed for a change as the ensemble comedy Movie 43 and M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi After Earth picked up three gongs apiece, with Movie 43 claiming Worst Picture, Worst Director(s) and Worst Screenplay and Jaden Smith and Will Smith named Worst Actor, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Combo.
Check out the full list of nominees here, with the "winners" highlighted in red....
Tyler Perry, »
- Gary Collinson
The Academy Award nominations are imminent, so that can mean only one thing... it's time of courrse for the nominees for the 34th annual Golden Raspberry Awards!
It will come as little surprise to see that Razzie favourite Adam Sandler once again dominates the field with Grown Ups 2 garnering eight nods, including Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, Worst Actor, Worst Screen Combo and Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel.
Check out the full list of nominees here...
- Gary Collinson
18 items from 2014
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