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Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
Presidents' Day weekend was an interesting one at the box office, and as with most holiday weekends, it was particularly difficult to figure out how things might fare, other than The Lego Batman Movie, which remained at #1 with almost $45 million over the four-day weekend. Fifty Shades Darker followed with $21.3 million, about a 50% drop. Last week, I thought that the Ice Cub comedy Fist Fight would beat The Great Wall, although it seemed like it could be a close race. Nope. Matt Damon’s action epic came in third place with $21.6 million, which is a couple million more than my original prediction, but The Fist Fight fell short of my prediction by almost $10 million, grossing $14.5 million in its first four days. »
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Andrew Blair Feb 15, 2017
Readers of this site may have read last week's news that there's to be a new Star Wars spoof. This film comes from the team who brought us Date Movie, Epic Movie, and apparently something called The Starving Games which blissfully passed me by. Jason Friedberg and Aaron Selzer make relatively cheap movies that, despite critical maulings, tend to make money at the box office. When I worked at a cinema, an eleven year old boy went to see Meet The Spartans three times, proclaiming it the best film he had ever seen.
On Thursday, Ellen DeGeneres welcomed the too-cute-for-words singing duo, Dave Crosby and his 4-year-old daughter Claire. The father-daughter band from Seattle caught the show’s attention after recently going viral. Dave posted a video of him and his daughter Claire singing “You’ve Got A Friend in Me,” the song from the “Toy Story 2” soundtrack, which took […] »
- Jordan Appugliesi
Exclusive: Sales deal for co-pro between MovieBrats, Tangent and Walking The Dog.
Sydney-based sales agent Odin’s Eye Entertainment will launch pre-sales on 3D animated feature Hump at the forthcoming European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin (Feb 9-17).
Veteran Pixar story artist Rob Gibbs, whose credits include Up and Toy Story 2, will make his feature directorial debut on the project, which is based on a screenplay by Amin Matalqa (Captain Abu Raed) and Matt Antonelli.
The film follows a timid but kind-hearted camel that traverses the Arabian desert with an ill-tempered goat and an overconfident desert fox in order to reunite with its owner and best friend, a 10-year-old Bedouin boy.
It will be produced by Germany’s MovieBrats Pictures (Lost Place 3D) along with Belgian animation studio Walking The Dog (Richard The Stork) and Canada’s Tangent Animation (Ozzy).
The project is in pre-production and has a budget of $16m, according to the »
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For years, Pixar fans have harbored the sneaking suspicion that all their most beloved animated movies are connected and in fact take place in the same universe.
Now, the famed “Pixar Theory” appears to be more than speculation, after Pixar published an Easter egg-laden video on the “Toy Story” Facebook page.
While some eagle-eyed fans will have spotted many of these cheeky references before, for instance Boo’s toy collection in “Monsters, Inc.” includes a Jesse doll from “Toy Story 2” and a stuffed-toy clownfish that bares an uncanny resemblance to Nemo from “Finding Nemo,” others would require the finest of fine-tooth combs to find.
For instance, who knew that one of the blue-colored cars from “Cars” was in the background of the final fight scene from “The Incredibles?” Probably no one. And who could have guessed that a girl standing in the background of an aquarium scene in “Finding Dory »
- Will Thorne
We've long suspected that every Pixar movie from Toy Story to The Good Dinosaur takes place in the same universe. Now a new Disney Easter Egg video shows how that is possible. With a few fun transitions, a dozen interlocking Easter eggs are revealed that quickly move through the entire Pixar catalogue. And it's nothing short of amazing, especially considering some of the foresight the animators had to have to pull it all off.
Things kick off with Dory bumping into a group of school children on a trip to the local aquarium, and if you look close enough, you'll spot Riley from Inside Out in the back ground. That transitions to Inside Out, where we see how Riley fondly remembers back to her time with the dinosaur, which cleverly connects to The Good Dinosaur. This then transitions to Milo, the star of that movie, who was actually a toy »
Sometimes musical inspiration comes from the sky.
Summit Premiere released character posters for the upcoming animated movie Rock Dog.
The film has an all-star voice cast that includes Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J.K. Simmons, Lewis Black, Kenan Thompson and Mae Whitman. It’s directed by Ash Brannon, who previously directed Surf’S Up and Toy Story 2. The screenplay is written by Brannon and Kurt Voelker.
Here’s the full synopsis:
For the Tibetan Mastiffs living on Snow Mountain, a dog’s life has a simple riff: Guard a peaceful village of wool-making sheep from the thuggish wolf Linnux (Black) and his rabid pack. To avoid distractions, Mastiff leader Khampa (Simmons) forbids all music from the mountain. But when Khampa’s son Bodi (Wilson) discovers a radio dropped by a passing airplane, it takes just a few guitar licks for his fate to be sealed: Bodi wants to be a rock ‘n’ roll star. »
- Gig Patta
7 items from 2017
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