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Brendon Connelly May 24, 2017
Illumination - the folks behind the Despicable Me films, of course - have been showing off some of their key characters to licensors over the past week, the better to encourage the continued manufacture, distribution, sale, enjoyment and, eventually, landfill-clogging destruction of their merchandise. And in a new piece of artwork - that you can see at the top there, and in full down at the bottom - that's been placed as an advert in Global License, we get our first look at the studio's CG take on The Grinch, from next year's The Grinch Who Stole Christmas do-over.
Following Boris Karloff, sort-of-Tim Curry, Jim Carrey and Seth Green, the latest actor to play (well, voice in this instance) Dr. Seuss' immortal, Christmas-derailing hermit, will be Benedict Cumberbatch. Seems only natural. Shame that »
Netflix has announced the list of films that will be available to stream in June. The list includes new never-before-seen original films, as well as documentaries, comedies, animated titles and some classic movies.
1. “The Sixth Sense” (available June 1)
2. “Saving Banksy” (available June 2)
The documentary follows a New York-based art collector as he attempts to save the street work of graffiti artist Banksy. The film features interviews with some of the top names in the street art and graffiti world, including Ben Eine, Risk, Revok, Niels “Shoe” Meulman, Blek Le Rat, Anthony Lister, Doze Green, Hera, and Glen E. Friedman.
3. “Shimmer Lake” (available June 9)
The Netflix original drama follows a local sheriff as he attempts to solve the mystery »
- Yoselin Acevedo
With Aquaman now officially in production, director James Wan has shared a new image of Amber Heard as Mera, sporting a different costume to the one she’s wearing in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Check out the image here.
I Know Him!
Lego has officially unveiled images for its two upcoming Marvel Super Heroes Thor: Ragnarok sets: The Ultimate Battle of Asgard (complete with Thor, Bruce Banner, Hela, Valkyrie, and two Berserker minifigures), and Thor Vs. Hulk Arena Crash (which contains minifigures for Hulk, Thor, Loki, a Sakaarian Guard, and The Grandmaster). Take a look at the promotional images here.
Mega City Urban?
Since the announcement of a new series based on 2000Ad’s Judge Dredd, many fans have been wondering if it will have any connections to the 2012 Dredd that never got its deserved sequel. Well, according to the series producer, we could see Karl Ubran »
- Luke Owen
It's been over a year since Benedict Cumberbatch was confirmed to be voicing the title role in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a feature length animated reboot of the classic holiday tale. Today, we get a first look at the grumpy green Grinch intent on taking over Christmas. And word that the title has been greatly reduced to just two short words, better for fitting on a marquee.
Now simply called The Grinch, this first look at the CG-animated family holiday comedy comes courtesy of License Global magazine via Coming Soon. The movie will be directed by Peter Candeland and Yarrow Cheney and now has a release date of November 9, 2018. The tag line simply reads as such.
"Stealing Christmas 2018."
Is indominus Rex ready to make her triumphant return in Jurassic World 2? That's what a new piece of promo art hints, showing the hybrid dinosaur's shimmering eye as it sizes up its prey. We can also see in the reflection that she's still on the island. And if you look close, it almost looks like she's about to shed a tear. Guess she didn't get the memo that there is no crying at Jurassic World.
This image comes from the latest issue of License Global magazine, which Coming Soon got ahold of. The booklet is full of art from other Universal and Sony movies including The Grinch, Jumanji 2, Peter Rabbit and the horror movie Slenderman. But it's this piece of Jurassic art that has really captured our imaginations.
This is the first real hint that Indominus Rex is coming back. Previously, producer and co-writer Colin Trevorrow confirmed that the »
Thanks to the latest issue of License Global, we’ve got a look at some promotional artwork for several upcoming films from Universal and Sony in Jurassic World 2, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Peter Rabbit, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Slenderman and Goosebumps 2, the latter of which reveals that the sequel will see us paying a visit to HorrorLand! Check the artwork out here courtesy of Coming Soon…
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is set for release on December 20th 2017, followed by Peter Rabbit on March 16th 2018, Slenderman on May 18th 2018, Jurassic World 2 on June 8th 2018, Goosebumps: HorrorLand on September 21st 2018, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas on November 9th 2018. »
- Gary Collinson
The film follows a financial reporter (Gyllenhaal) who travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit a wealthy friend (Cumberbatch), only to get sucked into a plot to fake his friend’s death.
Studiocanal will finance and produce along with Gyllenhaal and his Nine Stories Productions and Cumberbatch and his Sunny March production company with Adam Ackland. Nine Stories partner Riva Marker will also produce.
Studiocanal is planning to take the movie to the Cannes Film Festival to sell to international markets.
Cumberbatch’s most recent movie, “Doctor Strange,” in which he played Marvel’s titular superhero, was one of his highest-grossing to date, hauling $677.6 million worldwide. »
- Justin Kroll
As the live-action Hollywood version of Ghost in the Shell looks to lose $60m after audiences ignored it at the box office last weekend, Japanese publisher Kodansha and anime studio Production I.G. have announced a new animated project based on Masamune Shirow’s classic manga with Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki on board as co-directors.
There are no other details, not even clarification on whether the plan is for a new anime series or feature, and this is something that has been teased since before the new movie’s release, but the timing of the greenlight announcement comes across as damage control, reminding fans that Ghost in the Shell will live on as a property more properly once again.
It’s also interesting that this is happening as the animated feature Smurfs: The Lost Village opens in theaters. Sony »
- Christopher Campbell
Simon Brew Apr 5, 2017
Tom McGrath is one of Hollywood’s most underappreciated comedy directors. Megamind was a hoot, I found myself guffawing heavily through the Madagascar trilogy and now, with The Boss Baby, he’s brought yet more animated mischief to the screen.
I remember watching the Oscars one year, and Jim Carrey came on to present an award just as Liar Liar had opened to massive numbers. He walked up and said “how was your weekend, mine was good!”. So, Tom McGrath: how was your weekend?
It was great! It was good! [Laughs] You know, I don’t have children myself, »
.The animation space consistently outperforms other genres and we wanted to enter into that space by partnering with a company that is at the forefront of creative and technical achievement,. said Imagine chairman Brian Grazer..
.Animal Logic is one of the industry.s most highly regarded digital production studios and I am excited for what we can create by combining our resources and talent in storytelling...
.Our partnership expands our mutually shared vision to create visually stunning, inventive, and heart-warming stories that appeal to families,. Howard said. .Their technical capabilities for animation are impressive and distinctive, »
- Harry Windsor
The partnership will develop, produce, and finance six feature-length animation and hybrid animation projects over the next five years.
“The animation space consistently outperforms other genres and we wanted to enter into that space by partnering with a company that is at the forefront of creative and technical achievement” said Imagine chairman Brian Grazer. “Animal Logic is one of the industry’s most highly regarded digital production studios and I am excited for what we can create by combining our resources and talent in storytelling.”
Equity financing is currently being raised to fund 50% of the production and development during the five-year term. Target production budgets are between $75 and $85 million.
“Animal Logic’s work in the animation space is ground breaking. Our partnership expands »
- Justin Kroll
Imagine Entertainment and Animal Logic Entertainment have teamed up on a joint venture that will finance a slate of six full-length animated and hybrid animation movies to be produced over the next five years, the companies announced Monday. The companies are raising equity financing to cover about half of the production costs, with budgets targeted between $75 and $85 million. Both firms are experienced in the family film space, with Imagine behind projects like “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Curious George,” while Animal Logic’s notable films have included Best Animated Feature Oscar winner “Happy Feet” and the “Lego Movie” »
- Matt Pressberg
Turning cartoons into live-action movies: Rarely has a concept sounded so much better in theory than it usually works out in execution. The thought of what animation might look like recreated with sets and actors is enough to light up the mind’s eye — but the trouble is, it almost never ends up looking that way. Instead, it looks like “Inspector Gadget” or “Mr. Magoo,” or the “Alvin” and “Scooby-Doo” movies or that epiphany of live-cartoon awfulness, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” It looks chintzy and broad and fake. On rare occasions, though, you see a picture like Robert Altman’s “Popeye” or the 2016 version of “Pete’s Dragon,” and it reminds you that turning a cartoon into a live-action feature can be an act of alchemy. With Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” hitting theaters this weekend, and with “Ghost in the Shell” (starring Scarlett Johansson) around the corner, we »
- Owen Gleiberman
Turning cartoons into live-action movies: Rarely has a concept sounded so much better in theory than it usually works out in execution. The thought of what animation might look like recreated with sets and actors is enough to light up the mind’s eye — but the trouble is, it almost never ends up looking that way. Instead, it looks like “Inspector Gadget” or “Mr. Magoo,” or the “Alvin” and “Scooby-Doo” movies or that epiphany of live-cartoon awfulness, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” It looks chintzy and broad and fake. On rare occasions, though, you see a picture like Robert Altman’s “Popeye” or the 2016 version of “Pete’s Dragon,” and it reminds you that turning a cartoon into a live-action feature can be an act of alchemy. With Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” hitting theaters this weekend, and with “Ghost in the Shell” (starring Scarlett Johansson) around the corner, »
- Owen Gleiberman
You may not recognize her walking down the street, but Russi Taylor plays one of the most famous characters in the world.
Taylor has been the voice of Minnie Mouse for more than 30 years, and that’s just a fraction of voice work she’s done in her long career. She’s played Huey, Dewey, and Louie in various Disney projects, Pebbles Flintstone in “The Flintstone Comedy Show,” Pac-Baby in the “Pac-Man” TV series, “Penny Tompkins” in “The Critic,” Baby Gonzo in “Muppet Babies,” and various characters over 17 years on “The Simpsons,” among too many others to count.
She’s currently working on Disney Television Animation’s new series “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” which brings together all of Disney’s classic characters: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Pluto. In “Racers,” Minnie and Daisy exemplify female empowerment as they run a business called Happy Helpers. It airs Fridays on the Disney Channel.
- Terry Flores
Dr. Seuss’ books are beloved by children, but did you know the author never had biological children of his own? Also, he invented the word “nerd.” Born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904, the future children’s hero adopted his pen name while studying at Dartmouth College and the University of Oxford. He went on to write over 60 books and create his own simplified-vocabulary to help combat childhood illiteracy, before passing away to oral cancer in September 1991 at age 87. Also Read: 'The Grinch' and His Pea-Sized Heart Turn 50 (Video) Dr. Seuss’ work has since been immortalized in countless books, »
- Ashley Boucher
Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination, has been tapped for the CinemaCon Producer of the Year Award.
The award will be presented on March 30 at the closing night of Cinemacon at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Illumination — the production company behind “Minions,” “Sing,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and the “Despicable Me” franchise — is owned by NBCUniversal. Its films have grossed more than $4.5 billion at the worldwide box office, led by “Minions” at $1.16 billion.
Illumination’s upcoming titles include “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and set for November of 2018; “The Secret Life of Pets 2” in July of 2019; “Minions 2” in July of 2020; and “Sing 2” in December of 2020.
“Chris and his team at Illumination have brought to life some of the most creative and whimsical worlds for audiences of all ages,” said managing director Mitch Neuhauser. “With its astonishing box-office success, his company continues »
- Dave McNary
The Illumination Entertainment founder and CEO will receive the CinemaCon Producer of the Year Award at the show in Las Vegas.
Meledandri, whose films have generated more than $7bn at the global box office, will receive the honour on March 30.
“Chris and his team at Illumination have brought to life some of the most creative and whimsical worlds for audiences of all ages,’” said CinemaCon managing director Mitch Neuhauser.
“With its astonishing box-office success, his company continues to move animation forward with consistently wonderful films and we are thrilled to honour him with this year’s CinemaCon Producer of the Year Award.”
CinemaCon is scheduled to take place from March 27-30. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Illumination — the production company behind “Minions,” “Sing,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and the “Despicable Me” franchise — also announced Thursday that it’s appointed Scott Broock as exec VP of digital strategy and innovation, and Latifa Ouaou as executive producer.
Schube will work alongside Meledandri on business strategy and will oversee all core business operations, including finance, business development, and administrative functions. Schube was the president and chief operating officer at Henson before leaving last year.
Fischer helped devise the original business plan for 10-year-old Illumination with Meledandri and was its first COO. She’ll scale back her role at the company after its release of “Despicable Me 3” this summer, but will continue serving as a close strategic adviser to Meledandri and Illumination.
Broock was global virtual reality evangelist at YouTube, »
- Dave McNary
By: Carson Blackwelder
The Academy Awards are meant to celebrate the best that Hollywood has to offer us each year — but sometimes a few less-than-stellar films can slip through the cracks. It doesn’t happen that often in the major categories and, when it does, these duds usually pop up in the categories that fly under the radar. Let’s take a look at the films that meet the criteria of having been panned by critics and somehow landing an Oscar nomination this year and others in the 21st century.
Just to be transparent about the qualifications a film would need to meet to be included in this story, we’re looking at those that were at least nominated for an Oscar — if they won, even better — and that registered as “rotten” on RottenTomatoes.com. “Rotten” films would be »
- Carson Blackwelder
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