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While a lot of fans simply can't wait to see The Peanuts Movie, many have wondered where one particular character has been hiding. Certainly a fan favorite, Franklin has been scarce in the month's leading up to the animated family comedy's big debut this November. But now we know why! It's because Franklin is such a special member of the Peanuts family, he's getting a whole day devoted to himself, which comes with a cool TV spot and two pieces of promotional art.
Yes! Today is National Franklin Day! Today, Peanuts celebrates the 47th Anniversary of Franklin, its first African-American character! Harriet Glickman, a school teacher, wrote a letter to the comic strip's creator Charles M. Schulz following the death of Martin Luther King. She urged him that an African American character needed to be added to the popular comic strip. "Franklin Armstrong" was introduced on July 31, 1968, representing the importance of desegregation. »
To celebrate the occasion, Meghan’s fans can check out her social sites for a Peanuts-inspired image of the pop star in true-to-style round headed glory.
According to Lucy van Pelt, the song, “Better When I’m Dancin’,” promises to knock your block off. Music enthusiasts Snoopy and Woodstock could not be reached for comment, but did release this statement, “’/’’!’”/’/’!/’!’” The Peanuts own virtuoso Schroeder added, “Please don’t touch my piano.”
Meghan Trainor commented: “I was thrilled to be offered the chance to see an early version of The Peanuts Movie – and to then be inspired to write a song that captured the film’s spirit, energy and sense of joy. It was a pleasure to work with director Steve Martino to make sure the song did right by the incredible characters that the »
- Michelle McCue
At first glance it might look like ground similarly tread by another animation studio you might have heard of. After all, Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur follows the story of a misfit prehistoric creature who bonds with a human toddler. But there the similarities to the Ice Age franchise end. The Good Dinosaur instead takes place in an alternate past in which the KT event that wiped out all large life forms at the tail end of the Cretaceous period never happened. As a result… »
The Good Dinosaur has been in production since what seems like the Ice Age, but the movie will finally be released in time for the holidays this Thanksgiving, giving the world it's second Disney Pixar movie of 2015! Inside Out, released this past June, was an instant box office hit, and has been called a true masterpiece of animation. Will The Good Dinosaur be able to live up to that same hype? The first full trailer arrives, following the teaser that debuted earlier this year, and it promises to be something special and quite unique.
Directed by Peter Sohn, The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. »
Universal confirms that Minions made a lot of bananas this weekend as the animated film crossed $400M in worldwide box office. Though it had opened in select markets on June 18th the film hit 30 new territories this weekend and was #1 in all of them. Minions' domestic gross was $115.7M, slightly higher than initially reported (was $115.2M) in 4,301 venues. Internationally, it grossed $130.7M at 9,606 venues in 56 territories for a total of $288M. The combined worldwide total now stands at $403.5M. It will open in 11 more territories over the next two months including the United Arab Emirates and Middle East region, Italy and Japan. In comparison Inside Out, the other, major animated offering, made $17.66M (was $17.01M) in 3,644 locations this weekend. That puts the Disney/Pixar film's domestic gross at approximately $284.1M. Internationally Inside Out added $19.1M in its fourth weekend overseas release from 44 territories for $151.8M in foreign coin. The »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Universal's Minions, the third installment in their Despicable Me franchise, opened to $115.2M in estimated domestic grosses, averaging $26,785 in 4,301 theaters, making it the second biggest animated opening of all time. The little yellow pills passed 2004's Shrek 2 with $108M ($919.8M worldwide cume) and 2010's Toy Story 3 with $110.3M ($1.06B worldwide cume). The Minions couldn't catch up to Shrek the Third, however, which opened with $121.6M ($799M worldwide cume) in 2007. Regardless, it's another massive win for Universal who, it seems, can do no wrong in 2015. On July 8th the company crossed $3B in international grosses, the fastest any studio has reached that milestone, crushing the record set by 20th Century Fox in October of 2014. This also marks the first time in Universal's 103-year history that the studio has reached $3 billion at the international box office. The Gallows stayed right with the tracking and estimates as the R-rated horror flick made $10M in 2,720 venues. »
- Keith Simanton <email@example.com>
Universal is estimating that Minions, the 3-D prequel to their Despicable Me franchise is heading to an astonishing $120.9M opening weekend. The CG animated flick from Illumination Entertainment marched into 4,301 venues Friday, the most North American venues in Universal's history, and left with $46.2M for the day. Thus Minions is now vying for the title of the biggest animated opening of all time (not adjusted for inflation). It appears it will surpass 2004's Shrek 2 with $108M ($919.8M worldwide cume), 2010's Toy Story 3 with $110.3M ($1.06B worldwide cume), and even 2007's mammoth Shrek the Third opening with $121.6M ($799M worldwide cume). Warner Bros. is reporting that The Gallows, their R-rated horror flick, made $4.5M in 2,720 venues for an estimated $10.8M weekend (depending on how the Twitter-sphere treats it). Focus Features' Self/Less, with Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley, opened in 2,353 venues and made $1.9M on its way to a likely, »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Minions, the 3-D prequel to Universal's Despicable Me franchise, opened to $6.2M last night in a reported 2,985 venues for a per-theater take of $2,077. The CG animated flick from Illumination Entertainment marches into 4,301 venues today, the most North American venues in Universal's history. Thus Minions looks on track to replicate the domestic success of its predecessor Despicable Me 2, which opened to $83.5M in 3,997 theaters on the Fourth of July weekend in 2013. Actually, if this third installment can keep Despicable Me 2's same per theater take of $20,895, Minions will leave the weekend closer to the $90M mark, if not higher. It's particularly feasible considering Inside Out opened to $3.7M on its Thursday preview showings putting it on the path to a smashing $91M weekend.Also opening, but not a competitive threat to the little, yellow, pill-shaped creatures, is Focus Features' Self/Less, which is opening in 2,353 venues. The film »
- Keith Simanton <email@example.com>
Today, The Little Red Haired Girl from The Peanuts Movie made her debut with the help of Francesca Capaldi, voice of The Little Red Haired Girl in the movie. Head over to Francesca’s Instagram page to check out the adorable first look!
See the Little Red Haired Girl on Francesca Capaldi’s Instagram Here: https://instagram.com/p/4620d6SWJ9/?taken-by=imthefrancescac
This is the first time the Little Red Haired Girl from the movie has been seen!
The Little Red-haired Girl was first mentioned in November 19, 1961 Not much is known about the The Little Red-Haired Girl except that she is Charlie Brown’s unrequited love in the Peanuts comic strip.
Charlie Brown never found the courage to talk to her and she was never actually seen. The closest she came to appearing in Peanuts was in May, 1998, where she is seen in silhouette dancing with Snoopy.
Did you know in the animated specials, »
- Michelle McCue
Today, The Little Red Haired Girl from The Peanuts Movie made her debut with the help of  Francesca Capaldi, who provides the voice of this iconic character on the big screen. Francesca shared the photo on Instagram, giving the world an adorable first look! This is the first time the Little Red Haired Girl from the movie has been seen!
To learn more about the Little Red Haired Girl and the real-life woman who inspired her, The Washington Post has the whole story. Her real name is Donna Johnson Wold, an 80 year old former crush of The Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz. His was an unrequited love, though, as the real-life Little Red Haired Girl chose another man over the future comic strip legend. And thus, one of the funny pages most endearing characters was born. And she will return once again to wreck havoc on poor Charlie Brown's heart »
20th Century Fox has released five new images from the upcoming CG-animated The Peanuts Movie featuring Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Peppermint Patty and Linus…
See Also: Watch the latest trailer for The Peanuts Movie
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. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the Ice Age films, Snoopy And Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie will prove that every underdog has his day.
The Peanuts Movie opens in the States on November 6th and in the UK on December 21st. »
- Gary Collinson
Blue Sky (Ice Age, Rio) are bringing Charles Shulz’s beloved Peanuts to the big screen, and I am absolutely in love with the new designs of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and the rest of the gang, which keep the original look of the characters while transplanting them into the medium of computer generated animation. New stills have come our way showing of this neat new animation style, and you can check them out below. Released: 6th November (U.S.)/ 21st November (Irl/U.K.) Synopsis: 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, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
“Minions” – World Premiere, Shrine AUditorium, Los Angeles, CA – Saturday, June 27, 2015 The story of Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures’ Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock of The Blind Side, The Heat), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, »
As Universal's Jurassic World continues to break records all over the planet, competing studios are working quickly to capitalize on the film’s success. The giant shark movie Meg just came out of development hell with Eli Roth in talks to direct, and now 20th Century Fox has paid big bucks for a monster movie pitch. Per THR, the studio has acquired a live-action/CG project called Shadows from writer Jason Micallef (Butter) for $750,000 against $1.5 million. The film takes place in the world of cryptozoology, a pseudoscience that involves the study of animals whose existence has not been proven. Brazillian filmmaker Carlos Saldanha is set to direct Shadows, which will be his first splash into live-action territory after helming Rio and Rio 2 as well as Ice Age: The Meltdown and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Saldanha got his start as co-director of animated films like Ice Age and »
- Adam Chitwood
Footage of progressive house icon deadmau5‘ brand-new stage show has been making its rounds – first from his Governor’s Ball Performance, and then from his Bonnaroo set – and while both have been removed by mau5trap records, the demand for such videos has clearly been recognized as the most polished one yet has found its way to his fans.
This high-definition video captures an entire set he just performed at Hurricane Festival in Germany and features multiple angles as well as a full track list from the performance. Among the highlights of deadmau5′ set are an Amon Tobin-esque intro that goes by the working title “Entropy,” and a special edit of his recent Grabbitz collaboration titled “Silent Picture” that closes out his performance. As only artists as prolific as the ‘mau5 are able to, he’s comprised the set entirely of his own originals – the only (somewhat) exceptions being »
- John Cameron
Barcelona— Some people have all the fun. On an all-time roll of $3.8 billion worldwide B.O. gross through Monday – a Hollywood studio speed record – Universal saw Guillermo del Toro, helmer of one of its biggest fall plays, “Crimson Peak,” lionized at Barcelona’s CineEurope exhibitor confab with the International Filmmaker of the Year Award.
The other star of Tuesday’s proceedings was DreamWorks Animation’s Jack Black, on hand in Barcelona to present DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3,” distributed by Twentieth Century Fox International.
Meanwhile execs analyzed event cinema and cinema theaters’ burgeoning move toward premium large format screens, one of the fastest growing phenomena in the international exhibition business — both trends underscored by record receipts for “Jurassic World.”
- Emilio Mayorga
Sequels are never easy, especially in animation. Even with all the success Pixar has enjoyed with the “Toy Story” franchise there are few who felt the follow ups to “Cars” and “Monsters, Inc” lived up to even the conceptual charm of the originals. DreamWorks Animation pulled off rare successes with “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” but let’s avoid diving into the unnecessary chapters of the “Madagascar” universe, shall we? And as for 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky’s “Ice Age” series, those three sequels are almost the textbooks for fashioning strict consumer product just to sell tickets. The pitfalls of making a spin-off without creative justification is what Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment hoped to avoid with their new “Despicable Me” prequel, “Minions,” and they mostly succeeded. Yes, those adorable little yellow Minions who became the secret stars of both 2010’s “Despicable Me »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Minions get their own Despicable Me spin-off movie. But it's a bumpy ride...
The thing with the Minions movie is that the ingredients are here for a really good, really funny family blockbuster. And yet I don't think you get that. You get just enough, and barely a jot more. At times, it feels as calculated as the amount of tomato ketchup that McDonald's puts on one of its burgers, and pretty much as satisfying. It's a short term, decent enough piece of entertainment, but with barely a defining factor about it.
As you're probably well aware, this is the film where Illumination Entertainment take the supporting characters from the Despicable Me movies, and put them at the heart of their own feature. It's an artistic gamble - Blue Sky Studios, for one, has resisted to date doing such a thing with Scrat from the Ice Age movies - and a commercially brilliant one. »
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, »
Annecy – One day before one of Universal’s biggest bets of 2015, “Minions,” premieres at France’s Annecy Festival, Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment and its producer, accepted Mifa and Variety’s first Animation Personality of the Year Award.
Mickael Marin, head of Annecy’s Mifa’s market, and Peter Debruge, Variety’s Chief Intl. Film Critic, presented the award.
The Mifa-Variety Animation Personality Award recognized the achievements of one of the toon industry’s global driving forces, whose “Despicable Me,” “Dr Seuss” and “Ice Age” franchises, the last produced at 20th Century Fox, have grossed over $4.9 billion worldwide. The creative force behind Universal’s family movie business, Meledandri is also a animation pioneer, reaching out to Jacques Bled’s Mac Guff for animation on ”Despicable Me,” and then to create Illumination Mac Guff, the studio for “Despicable Me 2,” “The Lorax” and now “Minions,” all produced by »
- John Hopewell
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