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This weekend, Bilbo and company fight Smaug and an array of combatants to save Middle-Earth in "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the political BBC mini-series "The Honorable Woman" starring Maggie Gyllenhaal comes to Netflix, and the annual special "A Home for the Holidays" airs this Friday at 9 p.m. on CBS with performances from Earth Wind & Fire, Train, Jennifer Hudson, and more.
Also in theaters this weekend: The musical "Annie" gets a modern-day twist with Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie, Jamie Foxx as the business tycoon, and Cameron Diaz as foster mother, Hannigan. Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale round out the All-Star cast. In "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," favorite and new characters are united as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe to save the magic before it is gone forever. Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson, the late Robin Williams, and many more star in supporting roles. »
- Jonny Black
2Nd Update, Monday 4:39 Pm Pt: Actuals are in from the international weekend with The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies climbing $4.6M above projections. The 1st frame cume is now $122.2M with 3D results accounting for 71% of the box office total. Increases in key overseas markets have been updated below. Expanded Hobbit holiday cheer will flow next weekend in North America, Italy, Spain and Korea. On the flipside, Exodus: Gods And Kings came in slightly lower in its cume, which is $18.2M versus an estimated $18.8M on Sunday. However, the biblical epic was up over projections in some Asian markets where audiences have been drawn by the scale and spectacle. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 stayed just about on par with Sunday’s estimates, but has now passed the lifetime of Catching Fire in 32 territories including Italy and Brazil — and could imminently pass Cf‘s Latin American take entirely. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Director Ridley Scott may be pleased about his Exodus: Gods and Kings is in first place at the box office with an estimated $24.5 million; however, it is an extremely weak start to the $140 million epic (even with overseas box office), and with a critical slamming it cannot compete with the likes of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Even at only an estimated $13.2 million in its fourth week, it has managed to become the second highest earning domestic film of the year, second only to Guardians of the Galaxy, and there is reason to believe even that status could be in trouble if Mockingjay – Part 1 continues to press on at the same rate. In the meantime, Penguins of Madagascar, with an estimated $7.3 million, falls well short domestically but continues to do well overseas, doing nearly double the business across the world than it is doing at home…enough to draw a profit on its production costs, »
- Seth Paul
Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods and Kings" knocked "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1" from the top of the box office this weekend, but it did it in unspectacular fashion. The reported $140 million epic pulled in $24.5 million, significantly lower than pre-release polling was predicting just a few weeks ago. The movie will likely have to turn a profit overseas as it earned only a B- Cinemascore rating from polled moviegoers (quite bad actually) and will face the onslaught of the last "Hobbit" movie beginning on Wednesday. Dropping to no. 2 for the first time since November was "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1." The Lionsgate blockbuster earned another $13.2 million for $277.3 million domestically. Globally, the second to last installment of the series has now grossed $611.3 million. Overall, its substantially lower than "Catching Fire's" returns last year, but still enough to rank as the no. 2 film of the year so far behind "Guardians of the Galaxy. »
- Gregory Ellwood
“Exodus: Gods and Kings” is ruler of the box office despite its less-than-inspirational ticket sales.
Ridley Scott’s biblical epic launched to $8.6 million on Friday at the U.S. box office as it marches toward an estimated $25 million weekend debut. The Fox action-drama, starring Christian Bale as Moses, has taken over the No. 1 spot from reigning champ “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1.”
The movie is far behind the film that topped the box office this time last year; “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” opened to $73.6 million in 2013. The final film of the trilogy, “The Battle of the Five Armies,” hits U.S. theaters next Friday.
It also trails fellow biblical epic “Noah,” which kicked off with $43.7 million earlier this year.
Like “Noah,” “Exodus” has been shrouded in controversy. The pic has been attacked by critics and fans for its all-white cast. 21st Century Fox CEO and media mogul Rupert Murdoch »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods and Kings" has not fared well with critics, but the spectacle plus the star power of Christian Bale resulted in a solid opening day. The reported $140 million epic pulled in $8.6 million for what could be a $24-25 million weekend. The movie will likely have to turn a profit overseas as it earned only a B- Cinemascore rating from polled moviegoers (quite bad actually) and will face the onslaught of the last "Hobbit" movie beginning on Wednesday. Dropping to no. 2 for the first time since November was "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1." The Lionsgate blockbuster earned another $3.7 million for $267.9 million domestically. Globally the second to last installment of the series has grossed $570.7 million. Overall, its substantially lower than "Catching Fire's" returns last year. Chris Rock's critically acclaimed comedy "Top Five" debuted at no. 3 in just 979 theaters with $2.5 million. It should earn a little over $7 million over the three-day. »
- Gregory Ellwood
With the holiday season approaching, there are a lot of movies out there vying not just for attention from awards voters this December, but from audiences too. And over the next couple weeks, there's something for everyone at the box office, from family films to the annual Oscar bait to Ya action to the final chapter in a certain juggernaut fantasy franchise. But if you haven't already, you should go ahead and add Chris Rock's "Top Five" to your December movie wishlist.
In the film (which he also wrote and directed), Rock stars as Andre Allen, a formerly beloved comedian trying to make the transition to "serious actor" status with his latest movie, a failed Oscar-bait retelling of the Haitian Revolution. At the same time, his reality-star fiancée (Gabrielle Union) plans their made-for-tv wedding and a New York Times reporter (Rosario Dawson) attempts to interview Allen about the reason behind his sudden career shift. »
- Rick Mele
"Top Five" opens in theaters this Friday, December 12, 2014. When’s the last time Chris Rock made a funny movie, really? His filmography in recent years has been riddled with mediocrity - the dismal “Grown Ups” franchise, “Madagascar” and its endless sequels. A look at his earlier comedies reveals that while Rock has always been an undeniably funny stand-up comic, paint-by-numbers movies like “Head of State” and “Down to Earth” failed to really highlight his strengths and his potential as both an actor and comedian. We’ve had a few brief glimpses of another side to Rock as filmmaker and film star - even his 2007 flop “I Think I Love My Wife,” with its many problems, showed »
- Zeba Blay
Gloriously bonkers. Like, Looney Tunes levels of cartoon madness. You will laugh your homo sapiens head off. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly love the Madagascar movies, really love the penguins
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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The hilarious paramilitary penguins of the Madagascar flicks have their own movie, and it is gloriously bonkers. Like, Looney Tunes levels of cartoon madness. You will laugh your homo sapiens head off. Penguins of Madagascar is closest in tone to what I called the “animated anarchy” of the third film, Europe’s Most Wanted… about which, I said two years ago, it felt as if the “cool, smooth nonsense of the penguins’ outrageous schemes… was allowed to take over the entire film.” Now this has actually happened, and there was much rejoicing. The plot is entirely superfluous. All you need to know is that »
- MaryAnn Johanson
When it comes to the Madagascar series of films, there are the main characters, and then there are those scene-stealing penguins. They're the secret bedrock of the series, the funniest characters in the bunch, the consistent comic relief who both ground the films and heighten the craziness of the shenanigans and goings-on. It's not a surprise that the penguins have been the stars of most of the Madagascar spin-offs, including their own television series and a bunch of specials. It's not a surprise that, with the Madagascar gang having wrapped up a pretty solid trilogy of entertaining flicks, that the first spin-off be given to the comic relief.
The penguins are the most entertaining characters in Madagascar's animal kingdom, so it's not surprising that they've also got one of »
CW has officially announced how they will be celebrating Christmas week, which starts December 22. The tee network will be airing the super, iHeartRadio Jingle Ball show on December 22. However, they will be also airing the Mr. Magoo’s Christmas and Merry Madagascar. This will be mixed in the regular scheduled series hat will mostly be reruns due to mid-season finales. Here is the official listing that they have released for that week.
Monday, December 22
The iHEARTRADIO Jingle Ball 2014 — (8:00-9:30 p.m. Et) (Content Rating Tbd) (HDTV)
Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Maroon 5 And Many More In An All-star Holiday Concert Event — The star-studded concert from Madison Square Garden is hosted by Elvis Duran of Clear Channel’s Z100, New York’s Hit Music Station. Additional musical performers include Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Pharrell, OneRepublic, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer, Jessie J., Shawn Mendes, Charli Xcx, Rita Ora and Nick Jonas. »
- Sarah Peel
Throughout the first Madagascar film, four cuddly penguins remained on the sidelines, waddling onscreen whenever comic relief was needed. In 2008, the penguins were given their own television show but limited profits caused it to be cancelled in 2012, after only three seasons. Now, directors Eric Darnell (Madagascar) and Simon J. Smith (Bee Movie) have decided to give the beloved penguins another go in their own film, entitled Penguins of Madagascar.
We open up with a prologue detailing how the four penguins came together. As soon as the voice-over narration by Werner Herzog is heard, audience should know what they’re in for, and that’s material that can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. As Herzog’s documentary crew observes, Kowalski (Chris Miller) and Rico (Conrad Vernon) are trailing their leader Skipper (Tom McGrath) along a line of other penguins. As the trio is marching, an egg rolls by. »
- Matt Hoffman
Directors: Simon J Smith and Eric Darnell; Screenwriters: Michael Colton and John Aboud; Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich; Running time: 92 mins; Certificate: U
The modern box office is filled with sequels and reboots, and now even animated franchises are getting their own spinoffs, but can they be just as funny?
The Madagascar series has proved to be hugely popular since its debut in 2005, with the four penguins - Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico - standing out as some of the most loved minor characters.
Following on from their own Nickelodeon spinoff TV series - which has a separate continuity from the films in case you were intrigued - the four heroes embark on their own adventure away from their Madagascar friends and, surprisingly, it works.
While one may feel that we don't need to discover the penguins' origin story, it is actually »
Ahead of its UK release this Friday, a new clip has arrived online for DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar spin-off Penguins of Madagascar, which sees Skipper, Kowalski and Rico causing a diversion with a Flipping Useless Penguin Dance. Check it out below…
Discover the secrets of the most entertaining and mysterious birds in the global espionage game: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private now must join forces with the chic spy organization, the North Wind, led by Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then … you know) to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from taking over the world.
See Also: Watch the trailer for Penguins of Madagascar
Penguins of Madagascar is out now in the States and opens in the UK this Friday, with a voice cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Knights, Ken Jeong, Annett Mahendru and Peter Stormare.
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- Gary Collinson
It's been 20 years since DreamWorks Animation set up its stall, originally as part of the broader DreamWorks Skg project, but since splintering out on its own. One of the constants in that time has been the man heading it up: Jeffrey Katzenberg. Having overseen animation at Disney from the mid-1980s through the second golden era for the studio in the early 1990s, his company has made 30 animated films.
Here, he chats to us about film 30, The Penguins Of Madagascar, as well as the state of the business, the changing face of animation, and his fears for 2016...
Our friends across the pond get a new stop-motion animated film from Aardman Animation before we do with a big screen adaptation of the small screen character Shaun the Sheep heading out on a big city adventure. And while audiences familiar with the character may think the know what to expect, there's also two new characters entering the fray: Trumper the animal warden who rules the city’s animal shelter with a rod of iron and Slip, an inner city orphan dog who helps Shaun save the day. I'm not sure if this will get a Us release or not since the show hasn't ever been popular here, but we'll find out sometimenext year. Watch! Here's the theatrical UK trailer for Aardman Animation's Shaun the Sheep from YouTube: Here's the first two teaser trailers or Shaun the Sheep right here and right here. Shaun the Sheep is written and directed »
- Ethan Anderton
All Hail King Julien features a voice cast that includes Danny Jacobs (The Penguins of Madagascar) as King Julien, Henry Winkler (Happy Days) as Julien’s predecessor Uncle King Julien, Andy Richter (Arrested Development) as Mort, Kevin Michael Richardson (Family Guy) as Maurice and India de Beaufort (One Tree Hill) as Clover. The first five episodes of the series will land on Netflix on December 19th.
- Gary Collinson
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” is continuing its box office hot streak.
The penultimate installment of the thriving Ya film series has ruled the U.S. box office for the second weekend in a row, making turkeys out of competitors (and fellow sequels) “Horrible Bosses 2” and “Penguins of Madagascar.” Lionsgate’s “Mohckingjay – Part 1” scored $24.1 million on Friday as it heads for a weekend win with $56 million, bringing its five-day total to $82 million.
If estimates hold, the film will have earned $226 million domestically by weekend’s end. It had already crossed $200 million internationally by Thursday.
However, “Mockingjay – Part 1,” which feasted on $11.1 million on Thanksgiving Day, is still behind “Catching Fire’s” record-breaking $110 million finish during last year’s five-day holiday.
“Penguins of Madagascar” came in second on Friday with $10.5 million. The spin-off of DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar” franchise is headed for $26 million in its first weekend. Its five-day total »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Tim here. I’m going to spend most of the remaining weeks of 2014 taking a look at some of the 20 films submitted to for the Best Animated Feature Oscar. These will mainly be the little underdogs that don’t really have a chance for a nomination, but deserve our attention as lovers of movies anyway.
But first, a different kind of film that doesn’t have a chance at receiving any Oscar buzz: this week’s new Penguins of Madagascar, the 30th release by DreamWorks Animation, and the last wide-release animated feature of the year. If I may confess my sins to all of you, I was actually looking forward to this, kind of: the penguins of the Madagascar film trilogy have been reliable stand-outs for as long as the franchise has existed: a wacky military squadron comprised of an ebullient Skipper (Tom McGrath), no-nonsense Kowalski (Chris Miller), wide-eyed moron Private (Christopher Knights), and demented, »
- Tim Brayton
Chicago – The only thing rarer than a spinoff that soars over its inspiration is a DreamWorks Animation production without “Dragon” in the title, and one that’s actually worth watching. Improbably, “Penguins Of Madagascar” is both.
To be honest, I’ve felt the “Madagascar” series to be typical of DreamWorks decidedly second-tier status in the field of animation. They lacked the imagination of Pixar’s best efforts, and settled for the usual collection of celebrity voices and overly hyperactive animation, topped off with a generic frenetic dance sequence that fades from memory before the beat even stops. While “Penguins” doesn’t exactly set itself apart per se, it does freshen up the formula and shows why it became popular in the first place.
This film sends the quartet of Skipper, Kowalski, Private, and Rico into their own secret agent spy adventure beginning with an inventive heist at Fort Knox. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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