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Film Review: ‘Monster Hunt’

28 July 2015 6:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In “Monster Hunt,” the protagonists are greenish ogres with mushy hearts — not surprisingly, since this jolly live-action/animated Chinese period fantasy is helmed by Raman Hui, the Hong Kong-born animation supervisor who was involved with the genesis of the “Shrek” franchise. Although this yarn about a humans-vs.-monsters struggle to capture a monster princeling will seem too gooey and elementary for fans of more brain-teasing family fare like “Inside Out,” its technical wizardry and zippy, Hollywood-influenced storytelling smarts dwarf any brand of tyke-skewing entertainment China has ever come up with. Small wonder that domestic B.O. has been monstrous: To date, it’s earned more than $217 million, making it the biggest Chinese hit ever.

One of the most costly undertakings by Hong Kong’s Edko Films (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Lust, Caution”), the production hit a major snag last year when Taiwanese male lead Kai Ko (“You Are the Apple of My Eye, »

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Box Office: ‘Monster Hunt’ Becomes Top-Grossing Chinese Film in History

26 July 2015 2:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Monster Hunt” topped the foreign box office this weekend, picking up $46 million as it shattered records to become the top-grossing Chinese film ever.

The fantasy film from “Shrek” creator Raman Hui features a set of outlandish creatures that look like the offspring of Casper the Friendly Ghost and a Chia Pet, and has earned $211 million in two weeks of release. That massive haul pushes it past “Lost in Thailand,” the previous Chinese-language record holder. “Furious 7″ is still the highest-grossing film in the country, having made nearly $400 million.

In second place, Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s “Minions” continued to be a global force, adding $44 million to its $759.4 million worldwide haul. The picture is now in 60 territories, having opened in first place in Peru and Portugal to the tune of $1.9 million and $1.2 million, respectively. It has seven more territories left to open, the most significant of which are Korea on July »

- Brent Lang

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‘Monster Hunt’ Reaches $170 Million in Eight Days at China Box Office

23 July 2015 8:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Monster Hunt,” the Chinese fantasy by ‘Shrek’ creator Raman Hui, has become the fastest Chinese movie to score RMB1 billion.

Distributor Edko reported that the film had grossed RMB1.05 billion ($169 million) in eight days of release. Local box office service Entgroup reports the figure at $172 million.

Edko said that puts it on track to become the highest grossing Chinese film of all time. The record currently stand at $197 million for 2013’s “Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons.”

The live action-vfx hybrid film is presented in 3D. The story is set in a world where humans and monsters battle to rule the land. It follows the birth and adventure of the new monster king Wuba who would ultimately bring balance to both worlds.

Entgroup data puts “Pancake Man” in second place with another huge total, of $114 million after seven days in theaters.

“Monkey King: Hero Is Back” is poised to »

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China Box Office Records Smashed by ‘Monster Hunt’ and ‘Pancake Man’

20 July 2015 8:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Multiple records tumbled at the Chinese box office where local films grossed some $180 million over the weekend.

Monster Hunt,” a live action – animation hybrid took top honors with $79.7 million between Friday and Sunday, according to data from Ent Group. And with Thursday’s record opening of $27.7 million, that added up to an astonishing $107 million four day gross for the Edko Films-distributed picture. It enjoyed 168,000 over three days and 230,000 over the four day session. Direction is by Raman Hui, whose previous credits include the “Shrek” movies.

Comedy spoof, “Pancake Man,” (aka “Jianbin Man”) opened Friday and enjoyed 179,000 screenings that allowed it to power to $69m million in three days. That total included the $22.4 million record on Friday for the biggest live action opening day by a Chinese movie. It beat the previous benchmark, set only a week before by “Tiny Times 4.0.”

In third place in the chart was “Monkey King: »

- Patrick Frater

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Hey Australia! Win Tickets To See Monster Hunt In Cinemas!

16 July 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Monster Hunt is coming to Australian cinemas next week! Directed by Raman Hui, animator for the Shrek films and director of Shrek The Third, this new Chinese fantasy film stars Wuba, Bai Baihe, Jing Boran, Tang Wei, Yao Chen, Eric Tsang, Sandra Ng and Wallace Chung. Thanks to its distributor in Australia, Magnum Films, we have Five double passes to give away to our readers.For a chance to win, all you have to do is to follow these two steps:1) Like the Magnum Film Facebook page, and2) Email your name and postal address to me at: hugo[at]twitchfilm.netMonster Hunt will open in Australian cinemas on July 23, and this competition will close at 3pm on July 21. -- Good luck!You can find out more about this and...

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“Ted 2″: Ranking the top comedy sequels of all time

25 June 2015 2:08 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

One of the hardest things to get right in Hollywood seems to be a sequel to a hit comedy. For one reason or another, most comedy sequels tend to fall flat. As such, it’s all the more notable when one succeeds, as it’s rather rare. This week though, we have a success story in Ted 2, which manages to be nearly as good as the first one. That’s not the highest praise possible, but for a category like this, it qualifies you. Below you’ll see my ranking of the best comedy sequels of all time. I figured it would be fun, so I hope you enjoy! Here now is how I would rank the ten best comedy sequels to date: 10. Ted 2 – The newest addition to this list is hardly an amazing film, but it’s a very funny one and happens to be barely a »

- Joey Magidson

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139 movie sequels currently in the works

18 June 2015 3:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...

Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.

Without further ado...

23 Jump Street

Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »

- simonbrew

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Week in Review: Rick Baker announces his retirement

29 May 2015 8:22 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Special effects legend Rick Baker formally announced his retirement this week. Baker cited a “cheap and fast” philosophy in the movie industry that was at odds with his desire to ensure things got done right as the catalyst for his retirement. Baker’s work stretches across several prominent films, from An American Werewolf in London to Videodrome to The Rocketeer to Ed Wood to Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes and Tropic Thunder. Baker also worked on the Men in Black films and Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller” music video. The 2014 feature Maleficent will now stand as his last work.

Baker will, however, be auctioning off his famous work via The Prop Store, beginning today.

Jessica Chastain and Amy Schumer are poised to work together on a new comedy. The Tracking Board has reported that Chastain, known mostly for her dramatic work in features such as The Tree of Life and Zero Dark Thirty, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Writer Scripting ‘Zombies vs Robots’

22 May 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The Idw-published comic series Zombies vs Robots is coming to the big screen thanks to a development effort by Sony. The studio has Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) set to direct, and has now pulled in a new screenwriter. And this writer is someone whose previous work is set in […]

The post ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Writer Scripting ‘Zombies vs Robots’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Daily | Cannes 2015 | Matteo Garrone’s Tale Of Tales

14 May 2015 3:45 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"Lurid, lush, and ludicrous," Matteo Garrone's Tale of Tales with Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones and John C. Reilly "works from Giambattista Basile’s 17th century collection of fairy tales of the same name," notes Blake Williams. David Jenkins suggests it's "a gaudy, bawdy descendent to Pier Paolo Pasolini’s trilogy of life." And the Guardian's Peter Bradshaw sees traces of Walerian Borowczyk’s Immoral Tales. "But there’s also a bit of John Boorman’s Excalibur, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Blackadder, The Company of Wolves, the Tenniel illustrations for Alice in Wonderland… and Shrek." We've got more reviews and clips. » - David Hudson »

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Jeffrey Katzenberg Pumps Up ‘Panda 3,’ Dismisses Deal Talk

19 April 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, sang the praises of digital technology and Chinese filmmaking from a platform in the Beijing Film Festival. But he dampened speculation that his company would be taken over by a Chinese firm.

He said he didn’t think Dwa would benefit from being majority Chinese-owned. “We are a minority owner in a joint venture here, and I think that is the most successful structure to do business here in China today. We’re very comfortable with that arrangement,” he told Variety, on the margins of a conference at the Beijing International Film Festival.

Katzenberg denied that a long-term Chinese owner is necessary to alleviate pressure from Wall Street of the kind that followed Dwa’s recent announcement of a cut in film production. Late last year there was stock market speculation that the company might be in talks with Chinese giants Wanda or Alibaba. »

- Patrick Frater

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Monkey Kingdom – Premiere Photos

12 April 2015 3:25 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

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, »

- HollywoodNews.com

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 60 Pairs of Passes to ‘Monkey Kingdom’ & Lincoln Park Zoo Grand Prize Pack

10 April 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

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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Win Passes to An Advance Screening of Monkey Kingdom

8 April 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

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

7 April 2015 7:57 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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, »

- Movie Geeks

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Monster Hunt Posters Look Suitably Epic

4 April 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Something big this way comes, courtesy of Hong Kong-based production company Edko Films. Last year they announced the film Monster Hunt, their most expensive production ever, and this week they released two huge teaser posters, which you can see below. While details are pretty sketchy, the film will be a family-oriented fantasy, in which the young king of the monsters tries to make peace between the world of humans and the world of the monsters. A live-action film, it will feature a huge amount of cgi-animation for the monsters, which range from little and cute to... well... immense, judging from these posters. The director is Raman Hui, famous for working as animator and director over at Dreamworks. He did animation for the Shrek films and...

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Shrek Could Return To Movie Screens Much Sooner Than We Thought

29 March 2015 2:40 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Having made nearly $3 billion at the global box office, one can easily make the argument that the Shrek franchise has had more than its fair share of success - but it seems that we have not seen the last of the titular green ogre. This is because Antonio Banderas has hinted that the Mike Myers-voiced character could show up in the forthcoming Puss In Boots sequel, Puss In Boots 2: Nine Lives and Forty Thieves. Banderas was recently a guest on the Empire podcast, and it was there that the actor hinted at the return of Shrek to the big screen. It was while discussing Puss In Boots 2 that he shared some behind the scenes info from DreamWorks Animation, telling the show hosts that he had heard some rumors that his feline character would reunite with the green monster in his next adventure. Asked for his thoughts on that idea, »

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Shrek Could Return To Movie Screen Much Sooner Than We Thought

29 March 2015 2:40 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Having made nearly $3 billion at the global box office, one can easily make the argument that the Shrek franchise has had more than its fair share of success - but it seems that we have not seen the last of the titular green ogre. This is because Antonio Banderas has hinted that the Mike Myers-voiced character could show up in the forthcoming Puss In Boots sequel, Puss In Boots 2: Nine Lives and Forty Thieves. Banderas was recently a guest on the Empire podcast, and it was there that the actor hinted at the return of Shrek to the big screen. It was while discussing Puss In Boots 2 that he shared some behind the scenes info from DreamWorks Animation, telling the show hosts that he had heard some rumors that his feline character would reunite with the green monster in his next adventure. Asked for his thoughts on that idea, »

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Shrek cameo planned for Puss In Boots 2?

27 March 2015 3:16 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Antonio Banderas has hinted that Shrek may make a cameo appearance in Puss In Boots 2: Nine Lives and Forty Thieves.

The sequel to 2011's Puss In Boots was due for release on December 21, 2018 under director Chris Miller, before DreamWorks faced restructuring and the loss of 500 jobs - pushing the sequel back.

Speaking to Empire, Banderas said: "I heard some rumours that Shrek may be coming back. That would be great. Shrek doing a cameo… in My movie? Uh, huh! Yeah, I'd like that."

He added: "They are restructuring the script now. We started… but that's the process. A lot of people participate in the creation of the script and the story and the narrative, everything. And they include you!

"They take you to California and you read the script with them, give them your ideas, and a couple of months later you see a new script where everything has been touched up. »

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'Shrek' May Cameo in 'Puss in Boots 2'

27 March 2015 12:11 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Though Shrek Forever After was touted as the final film in that animated franchise, DreamWorks Animation has teased that a Shrek 5 may be in the works. Though, that has never been confirmed. But rest assured, we probably haven't seen the last of the big green ogre and his pals. Talking with Empire, Puss in Boots himself, Antonio Banderas, hinted that Shrek may actually show up in the impending sequel Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives and 40 Thieves, though it will probably be just for a cameo. The actor says:

"I heard some rumors that Shrek may be coming back. That would be great. Shrek doing a cameo... in My movie? Uh, huh! Yeah, I'd like that."

That sequel is still a good three years away, as Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives and 40 Thieves won't hit theaters until at least December 2018. That was the film's original release date, but for now, »

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