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Adorable! Disney has revealed another lovely teaser trailer for Pixar's Coco, the first musical from Pixar, arriving in theaters later this year (see the first teaser here). This teaser trailer is a bit unique - it's actually a fun short film titled Dante's Lunch, focusing entirely on the dog from the movie. This reminds me of the Scrat short teaser videos that Blue Sky uses to tease their Ice Age movies. Dante is a breed of dog called the Xoloitzcuintle, or "Xolo", better known as the Mexican hairless dog, and he befriends the boy named Miguel in the movie following him to the land of the dead. I love that we're getting another Pixar movie that has a dog as one of the main characters, so I'm totally into this already, even if this isn't my favorite teaser. Enjoy. Here's the second teaser titled "Dante's Lunch" for Pixar's Coco, direct »
- Alex Billington
No one would deny that John Cena is a bull inside the squared circle, but now the WWE superduperstar plays one on the silver screen. Here is the first trailer for Ferdinand, an animated feature from Rio and Ice Age veteran Carlos Saldanha and Blue Sky Studios, the production house behind those toon franchises. “You look at me and think, ‘Big!’ You think, ‘Scary!'” But the titular enormous bull (Cena) with an even bigger heart is neither — he’s just drawn that way. He’d… »
Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox have debuted the first trailer for Ferdinand, directed by Carlos Saldanha (Rio) and starring the voice of John Cena! This animated adventure is based on the classic 1936 children's tale The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, with illustrations by Robert Lawson. The studio has also released the full poster, along with new photos that showcase the voice cast members alongside their animated characters.
Ferdinand tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. Ferdinand, a little bull, prefers sitting quietly under a cork tree just smelling the flowers versus jumping around, snorting, and butting heads with other bulls. As Ferdinand grows big and strong, his temperament remains mellow, but one day five men come to choose the "biggest, fastest, roughest bull" for the bullfights in Madrid and Ferdinand is mistakenly chosen. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. »
It’s been a while since we have had any news regarding American Assassin (directed by Michael Cuesta, who helmed the recent thriller Kill the Messenger), but now we have an official release date of September 15th to accompany all of those stills that were released a few months ago.
The film is based on Vince Flynn’s novel and contains a star-studded cast that includes Dylan O’Brien as Mitch Rapp alongsie Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, and Taylor Kitsch. As of right now, the film’s only release date competition will be Sony’s Ice Age survival story The Solutrean.
American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. »
- Robert Kojder
“Kill the Messenger” helmer Michael Cuesta directed the thriller from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler are producing the film. Based on Vince Flynn’s novel, the movie follows Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Keaton), who would be the most feared training officer in the CIA if more than a handful of people at the agency actually knew of his existence.
As the story begins, Hurley’s deputy director (Lathan) tasks him with training a black ops recruit devastated by the loss of his fiancée to a terrorist attack. The pair is eventually dispatched on a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent — played by actress Shiva Negar — to stop a mysterious operative (played by Kitsch) from starting World War III in the Middle East. »
- Dave McNary
If you’re one of the thousands of people who are forced to stay home on Tuesday due to Winter Storm Stella, there is a bright spot amidst all that snow —getting caught up on all the things you’ve been meaning to stream.
If you’re looking for ideas — or just don’t know where to start — we’ve put together a handy guide on the best TV and movies to stream on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and more. And we’ve broken them down by your moods — from wishing you were on a sunny beach somewhere (then-teenaged Lauren Conrad »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
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)
Since last summer, Joshua Williamson has become a force to be reckoned with at DC. Odds are it probably has something to do with his stellar work on The Flash, which led to him getting the Justice League vs. Suicide Squad gig. But one of his projects that none should overlook is that of his recently concluded Vertigo miniseries, Frostbite.
Needless to say, it was indeed the scribe’s take on the Scarlet Speedster that instilled confidence in me to give his post-apocalyptic thriller a read and, much to my delight, it quickly became one of my favorite titles to be published by the mature imprint over the past year. Maybe I should’ve been paying better attention and noticed that it was a limited run as opposed to an ongoing, but you can imagine my sadness upon discovering the “of 6” in a Diamond listing a few months back. Still, »
- Eric Joseph
The Lego Batman Movie, 2017.
Directed by Chris McKay.
Featuring the voice talents of Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Mariah Carey, Jenny Slate, Billy Dee Williams, Hector Elizondo, Conan O’Brien, Jason Mantzoukas, Doug Benson, Zoe Kravitz, Kate Micucci, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Riki Lindhome, Eddie Izzard, Seth Green, Jermaine Clement, Ellie Kemper, Siri, and Adam DeVine.
As well as defending Gotham City from criminals, Batman must now face the challenge of raising the young boy he adopted.
As the hilarious trailer pointed out, Batman has appeared in many different incarnations and films over the last fifty years, but The Lego Batman Movie is the first one that’s out-and-out comedy since the days of Adam West (or arguably, George Clooney). Although technically a spin-off from 2015’s surprise smash The Lego Movie, there’s no real connection to that film’s world or narrative (apart »
- Amie Cranswick
In the ancient entertainment industry ritual known as the Awards Season, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is the last stop along the Oscar pilgrimage. The festival falls after the Oscar nominations are announced but before the deadline for Motion Picture Academy members cast their ballots. Added bonus: Many of the Academy members live permanently or have second homes in Santa Barbara — the picture-perfect, sunny California beachside community, conveniently located just 90 minutes north of Los Angeles. (Unlike Sundance and its Park City locale, the last time Santa Barbara had snow was the Ice Age.) The talent line-up for...read more »
- Greg Ptacek
The new adaptation of Mrs. Frisby And The Rats Of Nimh, that classic piece of children’s literature about animal experimentation, has settled on a human to lead its intelligent lab rodents, according to Variety. The publication reports that James Madigan will make his directorial debut helming the film, which is being called simply The Rats Of Nimh. Madigan is a veteran of visual effects departments, having clocked time on Iron Man 2. He also has served as second unit director on projects.
This new take on Robert C. O’Brien’s book will combine live action and animation. Ice Age 5’s Michael Berg is writing the project, which may be the start of a franchise if all goes as MGM planned.
- Esther Zuckerman
Nearly two years after first being set up at MGM, the long-awaited adaptation Rats of Nimh finally has a director. James Madigan, a visual effects specialist who has worked on Iron Man 2, The Da Vinci Code and HBO's Rome, just to name a few, has come aboard to direct Rats of Nimh. This adaptation will mark the feature film directorial debut for James Madigan, after spending the past 16 years working in various areas of visual effects. He recently transitioned to second unit director, and worked on the giant shark thriller Meg.
When MGM first picked up the rights to this adaptation in March 2015, we reported that the movie will be an origin story about an "imperiled mouse protagonist" who befriends a group of lab rats as they become "hyper-intelligent." The story will follow these rats as they escape a secret laboratory and become great minds in their civilization, as »
In this next chapter following the 2014 hit, legendary hit man John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.
After unleashing mayhem on the criminals who killed his dog, retired super assassin John Wick retrieves his beloved 1969 Mustang from the Russian mobsters who stole it, only to be pursued in a spectacular high-speed car chase through crowded New York City streets. Returning home, John’s plans to resume a quiet civilian life are cut short when Italian gangster Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) shows up on his doorstep with a gold “marker” compelling him to repay past favors. Ordered by Winston (Ian McShane), kingpin of secret assassin society The Continental, to »
- Movie Geeks
Mike Cecchini Feb 1, 2017
A new film version of Mrs. Brisby and the Rats of Nimh is on the way, but with a bit of a twist...
Don Bluth's The Secret Of Nimh is one of those classic animated movies that gave some sensitive children of the 1980s nightmares. Based on the also kind of bleak children's book by Robert C. O'Brien, Mrs Brisby And The Rats of Nimh, the film version might be the high point of Don Bluth's impressive animated output. It's worth a look if you haven't seen it.
So of course there's a remake on the way from MGM, apparently now known as The Rats Of Nimh, with James Madigan making his directorial debut, according to Variety. The approach here will be a live action/CGI hybrid film.
Michael Berg (the Ice Age movies) is writing the script. When we first heard about this project, »
The Eagle Huntress is a brilliant fusion of Pixar’s Brave and Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon. Except it’s all real. This is a tale of a young girl battling against sexist tribal elders to become the first eagle huntress; besting her rivals, proving herself against the elements and battling against the odds.
The raw material of isolated Mongolian eagle hunters makes for a potent cinematic cocktail: not just authentic and uplifting, but inherently visually exciting. It’s perhaps no wonder that Ice Age director Chris Wedge has signed on to direct an all-star animated adaptation of the same story.
With its subject’s snowballing fame (and high hopes for the film in awards season), its humble origins are increasingly faintly surreal. It began with photographer Asher Svidensky heading to Mongolia to document the lives of Kazakh eagle hunters, a trip which produced a striking picture of a »
- David James
As far as the box office is concerned, the Martin Luther King holiday weekend might better be dubbed Memorial Day, as six new wide releases are weak or dying. Despite a wide array of product which should have boosted totals, this weekend looks to be down 19 per cent from last year.
School vacation Monday results may boost Universal’s “Sing” and possibly Disney’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” to higher positions. Animated musical “Sing” is holding well, with a 33 per cent drop. “Rogue One,” though now the top-grossing 2016 domestic release, is falling far faster than juggernaut “Force Awakens” a year ago.
The Top Ten
$20,450,000 (-10%) in 3,286 theaters (+815); PTA »
- Tom Brueggemann
Originally slated to be released at the tail-end of last year, “Monster Trucks” has surreptitiously (and unceremoniously) slid into theaters this weekend across the country. The ominous January release date is typically a bad omen and telltale sign of a film’s quality. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. Case in point: “Monster Trucks.” “Ice Age” director Chris Wedge’s first foray into live-action cinema is an oddly charming story that delivers on the promise of its title. There are monsters, and there are trucks. Plenty of them. Written by a squadron of screenwriters (Derek Connolly, Matthew Robinson, »
- Sam Fragoso
If you do not know what NBC's Powerless is, don't think that you are in for another action packed DC series. It is far from that, the show premiers in February, and it will be a comedy based on Vanessa Hudgen's character who gets her dream job at Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises, and her boss Alan Tudyk that plays the cousin of Bruce Wayne himself, Van Wayne.
Emily Locke lands her dream job as Director of Research and Development for Wayne Security in Charm City, home to super heroes and villains and citizens fed up with the collateral damage of their constant fighting. Full of confidence and big ideas, Emily quickly learns that her aspirations far exceed those of her new boss and officemates, so it will be up to her to lead the team toward their full potential and the realization that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero. »
- Drew Carlton
First, a confession: I was almost rooting for Monster Trucks to be bearable. Why? Because Paramount Pictures, which is releasing the film, took a $115 million write-down against anticipated losses before it even opened. It's like having your parents write off your college tuition because they know you'll never amount to shit. Talk about lack of faith. So what a kick it would be if this family film actually turned out to be fun, right? Dreams can come true, kiddies. Just not this time.
Monster Trucks is a wreck, fueled by »
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