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Showing the vitality of Liam Neeson carrying a gun and a broken heart, Non-Stop recently gave the new action hero one of his biggest box office weekends so far. Involving an air marshal using a particular set of skills to hunt and kill someone threatening his plane (to paraphrase Taken), the film may seem like a generic Neeson actioner. But while his character might be a composite of previous roles, the anxiety he tackles within this film is fresh. Considering its box office success (and my mother’s intense experience in watching the movie), Non-Stop works efficiently as a thriller in 2014 because it provides viewers with imagery of in-flight chaos not seen since before 9/11. It is also the indication of a natural progression for how Hollywood films are »
- Nick Allen
Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release the toon this year on all media platforms.
Deal was unveiled March 7 at Lyon’s Cartoon Movie confab, where “Beyond” played on opening night.
“The wonderful animation style and the emotionally touching story is going to touch children and their family’s hearts,” said Stan Wertlieb, Grindstone Entertainment’s head of acquisitions. “Kids are enchanted by the unique characters.”
Sarita Christensen, the leading Danish animation production/distribution/sales shingle, said her team received offers from seven U.S. distributors. “Distributors have been drawn to ‘Beyond Beyond’ because it’s an original story,” said Christensen.
The exec added that Grindstone has already demonstrated its know-how in releasing foreign animated features in North America, notably “Little Brother, Big Trouble: A Christmas Adventure,” the lasted toon »
- Elsa Keslassy
All you need to do to measure the success of European animators is look at this year’s Oscar race: “Despicable Me 2,” co-directed by French toonsmith Pierre Coffin; and “Ernest & Celestine,” a France-Luxembourg-Belgium co-production, are nominated for animated feature, and shorts “Room on the Broom” (U.K.) and “Mr. Hublot” (Luxembourg-France) are also on the Academy score card.
But it’s Disney’s Oscar-nommed global blockbuster “Frozen” that’s tapping into one of the fastest-growing founts of global animation. Though the Mouse’s toon is U.S.-made, it cashes in on Scandinavian storytelling traditions, based on a Hans Christian Andersen tale and set in the fjords of the Arctic Circle, replete with trolls, an integral part of Scandi lore.
France and Belgium remain the leading producers of arthouse animated films, but Scandinavian toons are proving more and more appealing to independent distributors looking for an alternative to the sweeping fare backed by U. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Ihenacho joined Minogue's team earlier this series, with the pair exchanging some flirtatious banter.
The Voice Leo on Mike Skinner spat: His head's not in the right place
He has now told Digital Spy that it can be a surreal experience working with the former Neighbours star.
"There's a period during rehearsals for the show when you're supposed to be focusing on the song we're supposed to be singing, and she's talking and you're thinking to yourself, 'That's Kylie!'" he joked. "Do you remember the days when Neighbours used to be on at 1.30pm? It used to be on really, really early and I used to rush home to watch Charlene.
"And here she is now, having a laugh with me, »
You know, there was a time, about 15 years ago, when this whole Resident Evil idea was pretty damn exciting. Sure, Alone in the Dark had already pioneered the survival horror thing, but it was Resident Evil that had ironed out its kinks and presented it to the mainstream in a package which they would hopelessly devour like the ravenous creatures that they were.
That’s the gamers that we’re talking about.
In any case, this series used to be something that was really exciting. The first entry was a breakthrough hit for Capcom. Resident Evil 2 was a perfect sequel, one that learned real and valid lessons from the mistakes of its predecessor. Like a path of evolution, RE2 improved on its predecessor in every conceivable way, and some inconceivable ones to boot.
- Mike Worby
BBC America’s Orphan Black seemed to come out of nowhere last year, with little fanfare or advance publicity, and yet it went on to build a rabid fanbase largely on word of mouth. The series, which returns for a second season this April, follows a woman named Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) who finds out she is part of a genetics project and soon crosses paths with many of her clones (all played brilliantly by Maslany). Of particular interest for Lgbt audiences is Sarah’s gay foster brother Felix played by actor Jordan Gavaris. We caught up with Gavaris at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour to ask him about the success of the show, working opposite Maslany and what we can expect for fan favorite Felix in Season 2.
Related: The Best (and Worst) of “Orphan Black”
TheBacklot: How has the show changed you and your life? Has it?
- Jim Halterman
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