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2012: the year the movie universe sparked, Universal struggled, and young adult adaptations really took off...
The big blockbusters of summer 2011 were the ones that followed fairly straightforward rules. The majority of them were sequels in linear movie franchises - Harry Potter, Transformers, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Fast & Furious - and it felt for the most part like a template was being followed.
Sure, there were surprises. Bridesmaids broke through and proved to be a massive R-rated hit. X-Men: First Class, meanwhile, came through unscathed - and in fine shape - from its reboot, whilst Jj Abrams took us temporarily back to the 1980s with Super 8. But other than that, the pattern was set: the big, pre-ordained films took the lion's share of the cash, and regular sequels were the order of the day.
The signs of change were there in 2011, of course. Thor was a bigger hit than most were expecting, »
Sequels make the world go around, at least as far as Hollywood is concerned. If practically any mainstream movie is a success, most studios are immediately eager to milk the idea for all it’s worth, and as such it will be of no surprise to anyone that the likes of Avatar, Die Hard, Fast and Furious, Ice Age and so on all have sequels in the pipeline.
But what about those movies which don’t typically command a sequel? Either because the story felt finished after one shot, or due to critical or commercial failure, nobody would have expected these 15 movies to end up with a sequel, but low and behold, each is actively in development right now, and in a few cases, are already in some form of production.
From Oscar-winning dramas to low-key comedies, these 15 films have in essence bucked the Hollywood sequel trend, fighting »
- Jack Pooley
Did you forget to send your beloved mom that special Mother's Day card you know she's anxiously awaiting in the mail? Well, it's not too late! We have a special video from the Peanuts gang, which you can send to her right now! And its filled with animated well wishes and tons of love.
Yes, that's right! It's time to celebrate Moms and all the reasons we adore them! And what better way to do that than with a brand new video from The Peanuts Movie! Featuring all your favorite Peanuts characters, this heartfelt animated greeting card is a great way to show your mother just how much she means to you! And if she loves it as much as we're sure she will, why not also gift her some advanced tickets? Or at least promise to take her when it comes out this November?
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus »
Mother’s Day is this Sunday.
To celebrate our Moms, The Peanuts Movie has released a new video featuring all your favorite Peanuts characters.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest.
The Peanuts Movie hits theaters everywhere on November 6, 2015.
Website: http://www.peanutsmovie.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/PeanutsMovie Twitter: http://twitter.com/PeanutsMovie Instagram: http://instagram.com/PeanutsMovie Google+: http://google. »
- Movie Geeks
When studios start shuffling release dates, it can be a portent of doom. Such moves are often accompanied with whispers about production problems, or executive disappointment with the finished product itself. Paramount’s sudden adjustment to the roll-out of its live action-computer animation hybrid Monster Trucks suggests the opposite, however. Of all the months to shift it to, the studio has opted to push it back to March 2016 – a month that many would give a wide berth, given that the cinematic juggernaut Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice will be pulling into theatres at that time. Not so for Monster Trucks, which will now arrive a week before that superhero smack-down.
On its previous release date – December 25th 2015 – Monster Trucks would have faced off with Concussion (starring Will Smith), Joy (starring Jennifer Lawrence), the Point Break remake, Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip, The Revenant (starring Leonardo DiCaprio »
- Sarah Myles
Monster Trucks, the live-action/computer-animated film with a $125M price tag from Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies production, has been pushed out of 2015 — the second time the film has been postponed. That’s a heavy amount of interest to shoulder, but it will give them more time to work on marketing materials for the film. The film, directed by Chris Wedge (Ice Age, Robots and Epic), is said to be an original idea based on the monster truck phenomena. Mary Pare… »
This spectacularly ill-conceived movie is what happens when a cheap ripoff cannot even rise to the level of crass Hollywood junk. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The story of Noah’s ark is rather bizarre in its original incarnation, but what this cheap European animated film does with it is almost beyond comprehension. And not in a good way.
Not everyone is gonna get a berth on the ark — ya gotta be on the list, like it’s a hot nightclub or something — and Nestrians Dave (the voice of Dermot Magennis) and his son, Finny (the voice of Callum Maloney), don’t rate. What the heck are Nestrians? Imagine stuffed carnival prizes designed by a kindergartner come to annoying life. (Finny, who has no fins, is constantly threatening to hug anyone who will stand still. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Lionsgate has announced that their upcoming Mighty Morphin Power Rangers film reboot has been delayed from its original release date of July 22, 2016 to the much less-crowded date of January 13, 2017. This is not necessarily a surprising move, especially considering that its original release date had the film competing with Matt Damon's Bourne return, the fifth Ice Age, Sony's female Ghostbusters, and WB's Suicide Squad. However, even though it may be a smart move on the studio's part, possibly securing the film a better box office return, a move to January, a month traditionally reserved for awards bait, adult-oriented films, and/or more often than not lesser quality commercial films, doesn't really exhume confidence. The Rangers reboot will now open a week after Tom Cruise's drug smuggling drama Mena, which reunites the superstar with his Edge Of Tomorrow director Doug Liman for what may be an Academy Award-worthy project. The long-running Power Rangers franchise, »
Charles Schulz beloved Peanuts are coming to the big screen later this year from Blue Sky Studios (Ice Age, Rio) with Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, and while we've been drip fed some character posters already, the full set has come online, giving us a look at the extremely faithful new designs of all the Peanuts gang. Released: 6th November (U.S)/ 21st December (Irl/U.K) »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Following the exciting presentation at CinemaCon last week, 20th Century Fox released some new details for their upcoming releases. Check out the official synopses along with some photos for all their 2015 and 2016 films.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, »
- Michelle McCue
Twentieth Century Fox pulled out all the stops for its hour-long presentation at the annual CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas, kicking things off with DJ Inferno and dance team Academy of Villains introducing the new “Peanuts” movie produced by Paul Feig. The “Peanuts” movie hails from Blue Sky Studios, which is also behind the “Ice Age” franchise. The film retains the spirit of Charles M. Schulz’s beloved comic strip, and introduced characters Charlie Brown, Lucy Van Pelt, Linus, Schroeder and Peppermint Patty via a school yearbook. The footage was enhanced by the use of The Who’s classic song “Teenage Wasteland, »
- Jeff Sneider
Reboots, videogame adaptations, and a few long awaited sequels are all due for release next year
Now that Fast & Furious 7 has formally opened summer blockbuster season 2015 up, it's time for us to take our traditional look at the big movies gracing multiplexes this time next year.
2016 is set to be a pivotal summer, too. There are big movies in both the DC and Marvel cinematic universes. Warner Bros is looking to launch the first of six King Arthur movies, whilst Universal may get cracking with its classic monster cinematic universe. And - yep - we may even get the world's first great film based on a videogame.
Summer blockbuster season 2016 stretches from March through to August, and here's what treats are lined up. Please note, we've gone with Us release dates, for the purposes of this feature, as that's where most of the films will debut first.
Warcraft - »
The Peanuts Movie is celebrating Draw A Bird Day! To help everyone join the fun, 20th Century Fox has released a brand new character poster and video to show you how to #DrawWoodstock! Check out the video below and share your own drawing of Woodstock using #DrawWoodstock now!
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved "Peanuts" gang make their big-screen debut, like they've never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation.  Snoopy, the world's most lovable beagle ­ and flying ace ­ embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest.
You may not have known that it was Draw a Bird Day, but The Peanuts Movie knows, and they’ve got a treat to celebrate.
Who doesn’t want to draw Woodstock?
I know you’re already as crazy excited for the film as you could possibly be, and this is all just meaningless icing, but take a look above and then share your own picture of Woodstock using #DrawWoodstock.
Of course, you could just let Draw a Bird Day pass by without taking time to appreciate it, but…
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle and flying ace embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, »
- Marc Eastman
The Peanuts Movie is celebrating Draw A Bird Day.
To help everyone join the fun, 20th Century Fox has released a brand new character poster and video to show you how to #DrawWoodstock.
Director Steve Martino will show you in the video below how to draw the little yellow bird.
Plus share your own drawing of Woodstock using #DrawWoodstock now.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation.
Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle and flying ace embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest.
- Michelle McCue
The Peanuts Movie is one of the most anticipated animated releases of the year, and we have a new photo which returns one of the most iconic characters back to her post in the neighborhood. Yes, that's right! Lucy van Pelt will continue her career as a doctor offering Psychiatric Help from a make-shift booth on the lawn. But will she find more than one client, or is Charlie Brown the only soul in need of her precious life advice?
In The Peanuts Movie, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved "Peanuts" gang are set to make their big-screen debut, like they've never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world's most lovable beagle ­and flying ace ­embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron. While his best pal, Charlie Brown, »
20th Century Fox has released a new The Peanuts Movie image, and it’s another sign that the film will stick closely to the charm and personality of Charles Schulz’ comic strip. Directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who!) and produced by Paul Feig, the story follows “the little round-headed boy with the indomitable optimism on a quest to get something he’s sure he needs, even though he discovers he’s pretty Ok just as he is.” Knowing Lucy and Charlie Brown’s relationship, it’s unlikely that the positive reinforcement is coming from her unless you see constantly taking a football away as tough love. Check out The Peanuts Movie image below. The film opens in 3D on November 6th. Via Yahoo! [caption id="attachment_436601" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Image via Yahoo![/caption] Here’s the official synopsis for The Peanuts Movie: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved »
- Matt Goldberg
The epigraph on the second episode of the HBO series The Wire reads “You cannot lose if you do not play” which is a quote that really epitomizes the world view of the more entrenched characters on that show, they don’t believe in making waves, even to make things better, because they prefer the stability of the status quo. I worry that the people responsible for Home saw that quote and took it to heart in all the wrong ways because they have produced one of the safest, least ambitious movies I’ve ever seen. Home is less a piece of art and more a survey of focus groups and Q ratings with a heavy influence from a room full of executives free-associating with the phrase “what do kids think is funny?” written on a white board.
- Arthur Tebbel
Look, we're never going to let this go, Ok? Disney has announced that a Frozen sequel is in the works. Choirs of children rejoice, while parents dread more years of expensive merch and hitting the repeat button on their iPods. Hollywood is the land of franchises, so the Internet is totally ready to assist Disney with some exciting title ideas for the surefire hit. Here's what we think Disney could call Anna and Elsa's next adventure... Frozen 2: The Origin of Frozone (Where Is My Super Suit?!) Frozen 2: Disney Is Never Letting It Go Frozen 2: The Return of Adele Dazeem Ice Age 6 Frozen 2 & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Icicles Frozen 2: »
Samurai Jack’s Genndy Tartakovsky is the crown in Sony Animation’s crown. Not only did he deliver them a bona fide hit in Hotel Transylvania, he’s since developed this sequel, Hotel Transylvania 2, and a Popeye movie, both at the same time. This is alongside the multiple original features he’s working up for the studio, and the guidance he’s been giving to other filmmakers at the same camp.
But I do hope he’s not spreading himself too thin.
This teaser for Hotel Transylvania 2 can’t tell us much about the new film’s story, and certainly not how satisfying or well-shaped that might be, but it does show the same sense of cartoonish animation and bold poses that Tartakovsky nailed in the first film.
Like many teaser trailers for animated features, this promo is structured around one extended sequence. I wonder why this is such a trend? »
- Brendon Connelly
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