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Final Update Monday, 1:08Pm: As expected, Big Hero 6 cruised to the top of the box office weekend. Not so expected: Chris Nolan’s saga Interstellar fell short of $50M. Distrib Paramount insisted that the sci-fi genre and film’s record IMAX run would keep Sunday drops to a minimum and help the weekend become one of only four ever feature two moviesing open north of $50M. But it fell short.
Not an issue for BH6, which landed right within estimates and, given the dearth of family fare and its strong exits, should have a solid run into Thanksgiving. It’s exits are terrific, it’s got an A CinemaScore, and kids are notorious repeat viewers,.
But a standard Sunday fall for Interstellar kept the film from the $50M mark, or even Paramount’s Sunday estimates. Still, for a nearly three-hour film that’s scored solid exits and is »
- Scott Bowles and Anita Busch
Oregon-based Laika is heading into awards season with the stop-motion “The Boxtrolls.” Having earned Oscar nominations for its first two efforts, “Coraline” (2009) and “ParaNorman” (2012), the studio is aiming to remain on a roll. Producer (and Laika CEO) Travis Knight (in photo above center) was joined by directors Anthony Stacchi (left) and Graham Annable (right) in a talk with Variety’s Andrew Barker for a Q&A at the Variety Screening Series on September 18.
“Boxtrolls” unfolds in an underground world with a large cast of eccentrics, including a grotesque character voiced by Ben Kingsley. The film required elaborate character choreography — a daunting challenge for animators engaged in the labor-intensive process of stop-motion. Stacchi admitted: “The most difficult sequence was one that Graham and I weren’t aware was going to be difficult. We believed that a big mecha-drill-attack at the end of the film would involve the most effects and require the most difficult animation. »
- Ellen Wolff
Mario Lopez has a lot to celebrate this month. The Extra host recently released his memoir, Just Between Us, and is ringing in his 41st birthday on Friday. The fitness enthusiast and former Dancing with the Stars contestant has done a lot with his time in the spotlight, but many still remember Lopez as Saved By the Bell's friendly, flexing jock A.C. Slater. Since Slater was always a bit of party animal - he loved busting a move at The Max - we're taking a look back at some classic Saved by the Bell moments to honor Lopez's big day. »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
We may be in the golden age of superhero cinema, but here are some DC movies that never made it…
Naysayers would have you believe that Hollywood chucks bucket-loads of cash at any old comic book movie pitch that happens to float through their corner-office window, get stuck to their shoe or come to them miraculously as an on-the-toilet epiphany.
However, this is not the case, particularly with DC comics characters. While some films that do get made may seem like bog-fodder (oh hey, Green Lantern), there are plenty of comic adaptation pitches, in-development scripts and passion projects that have ended up not getting made for various reasons.
We had a rummage through the aeons of DC cinema history (also known as extensive Googling) and pulled together all the comic book movie projects we could find that ended up in the bin of crushed dreams for Batman, Superman and more. »
The project has been in the works for several months with Fleischer Studios, owner of the Betty Boop charater, partnering with Syco Entertainment and Animal Logic — which performed the animation for “The Lego Movie” — on a music-driven hybrid animated comedy.
Betty Boop first appeared in 1930 and made numerous appearances in Max Fleischer’s “Talkartoons” and her own cartoon series as a fun-loving, flirtatious character with a signature line “Boop-oop-a-doop!”
The bobbed-hair, short-skirted character became the first female animated star at the end of the Roaring ’20s.
Betty Boop appeared in over 100 cartoons and had been »
- Dave McNary
Lifetime has announced that it's working a a biopic about actress Brittany Murphy (Sin City, 8 Mile, Don't Say a Word, "King of the Hill," "Happy Feet), who died in 2009 at the age of 31. It was reported that she passed away from cardiac arrest. But just five months later, her husband Simon Monjack, also passed away. He was only 39 years old. Even though police couldn't find any evidence of murder, Murphy's father claims that the couple has been poisoned. It's not clear how much of Murphy's life will be covered and how much of the conspiracy theories will be brought up. We'll see ourselves when the film airs on September 6th. Amanda Fuller (Last Man Standing) will play Murphy and Sherilyn Fenn ("Twin Peaks") will play Murphy's mom Sharon. »
"Suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems." - Robin Williams, "World's Greatest Dad" This is a very emotional "Ask Drew." This is, I would suspect, the closest you're ever going to see to me losing it on camera completely. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when there was a Robin Williams question, since it's still so fresh and so raw for so many people, but I couldn't have known just how hard it would be to talk about him. I mean, I have stared at the blinking cursor on my blank document page for almost two days now, grappling with one question: how in the hell do you even remotely begin to sum up someone as huge as Robin Williams? We could start from the personal angle. I could tell you about the occasional e-mails I got from him when I was at Ain't It Cool, or the »
- Drew McWeeny
Yesterday we ran a story on some of Robin Williams’ most under appreciated performances. But as the remembrances keep rolling in and as new, gruesome details about his suicide become apparent, it became clear that Williams didn’t just have depth in his filmography; he was an actor and performer who displayed worlds of expression and moved so many in remarkable and distinct ways.
Rather than ask our staff to rattle off more of their favorites, we asked them to recall Williams’ personality and the legacy his work left on their lives. We’re looking at each side of his many faces as a comedian, a movie star, a voice actor and a true character, offering our final goodbye to a man who gave us so much.
Zany, Charismatic Exuberance
Say what you will about Robin Williams’ quiet, dramatic abilities or his subtle grace notes of acting, but Williams at »
- Brian Welk
Hollywood continues to mourn the sudden loss of Robin Williams, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 63. Friends and fans have posted their thoughts online, including some fellow stand-up comics, his "Good Will Hunting" co-star Ben Affleck, "Happy Feet" co-star Hugh Jackman, and the real Patch Adams. Updated - Matt Damon's statement: "Robin brought so much joy into my life and I will carry that joy with me forever. He was such a beautiful man. I was lucky to know him and I will never, ever forget him. I truly hope people in the media can find it within themselves to give his family some privacy during this horrible time." Ben Affleck's statement: "Heartbroken. Thanks chief - for your friendship and for what you gave the world. Robin had a ton of love in him. He personally did so much for so many people. He »
- Dave Lewis
Robin Williams impressive filmography includes the comedies Mrs. Doubtfire and The Birdcage, the dramas Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting and the animated features Aladdin and Happy Feet. At the time of his death Monday, the beloved comic had four films slated for release in 2014 and 2015. The actor, who died of an apparent suicide at age 63, stars in the indie comedy Merry Friggin' Christmas. It co-stars Candice Bergen, Clark Duke, Pierce Gagnon, Lauren Graham, Tim Heidecker, Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Oliver Platt and Jeffrey Tambor. Phase 4 Films will release the movie in theaters and video on demand (VOD) Nov. 7. Universal Pictures International will distribute it overseas. Williams reprised »
“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it”
If ever there was a quote that summed up the great Robin Williams it is the above. His genius - of which there is no doubt - was always accompanied by a delicate stroke of madness...but as Aristotle once said, No great genius has ever existed without a stroke of madness’.
Like many across the globe today, I am still trying to comprehend this loss. Words escape me, even as I type this, and all I feel is a sadness that cannot be explained. Robin Williams was no direct relation of mine, and yet I feel as if I have lost a brother, a father, a mentor. Perhaps it is credit to the man himself, that such a visceral reaction is evoked following his untimely death...it’s hard to say. However, what is evidently clear »
We are very sad to report that Oscar-winning American actor and comedian Robin Williams has passed away yesterday in what California police are describing as an apparent suicide. He was 63.
Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1951, Williams attended the prestigious Julliard School in the 1970s before gaining his breakthrough with guest role as the alien Mork in Happy Days, which led to the popular spin-off Mork & Mindy. In addition to gaining acclaim for his stand-up work, Williams’ film career began to take off in the 1980s, with roles in Popeye, The World According to Garp, Moscow on the Hudson, Good Morning, Vietnam and Dead Poets Society, the latter two providing him with his first Academy Award nominations.
During the 1990s, Williams continued to mix comedic roles with serious work, appearing in the likes of Awakenings, The Fisher King, Toys, Hook, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Jack, The Birdcage, Flubber and Good Will Hunting, »
- Gary Collinson
San Francisco – He blazed bright as lightning at his peak, but also had struggles with addiction and depression. The cosmic and comic Robin Williams died on August 11th, apparently of suicide due to asphyxia, according to authorities, although complete details are still pending. The Academy Award winner was 63 years old.
Williams was known for his whiplash speed as a stand up comic, often shifting several times and doing different characters in minutes. His improvisation was legendary, on stage, TV and film, and he portrayed a wide range of characters both comic and dramatic. He began his career on television in the mid-1970s, and soon found superstardom in that medium as Mork, a space alien living with a earthbound girl in “Mork & Mindy.” He made a natural transition to films, and continued to thrive on the stand-up stage – with several one man shows – and was a prime mover for the charity “Comic Relief, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead this morning at his California home. Police believe the actor committed suicide. He was 63 years old. William' publicist released a statement: "Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time." Williams, a four-time Oscar nominee, won a supporting actor Oscar for "Good Will Hunting." But he's also known for such TV shows as the "Mork and Mindy" and for such films as "Good Morning, Vietnam," "The Birdcage," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Dead Poets Society," "Awakenings," "The Fisher King," "One-Hour Photo," "Hook," "Patch Adams," "Flubber," "Aladdin," "Toys," "Popeye," "Death to Smoocky," "Worlds Greatest Dad," "Happy Feet" and "Night at the Museum." He most recently starred in "The Crazy Ones" TV series, which lasted only one season. »
Veteran film and television comedic actor Robin Williams was found dead in his home in Tiburon, Calif. on Monday. He was 63.
The cause of death is believed to be suicide via asphyxiation, according to the Tiburon coroner’s office.
According to his publicist, who confirmed the news, the actor had been battling depression of late and recently entered 12-step rehab for drug abuse.
Robin Williams Death: Most Memorable Moments of His Career
His wife Susan Schneider said in a statement: “I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Williams’ residence on Monday at 11:55 a.m. reporting »
- Andrew Wallenstein and Stuart Oldham
In the many, sundry protocols of franchise maintenance, there’s not much to be said for directorial continuity: lucrative film series don’t need to have the same person at the reins for each installment. Take, for example, the chronicles of Harry Potter and Twilight, which both went through four directors from start to finish.
So that makes George Miller kind of an anomaly among most of his peers. After taking a twenty year break from the franchise he originally made his bones with (during which time he busied himself with such projects as Babe and both Happy Feet films), Miller is finally returning to his old stomping ground with Mad Max: Fury Road. Judging by his presentation at Click to continue reading ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Sequel Script Already Written
- Andy Crump
Mad Max: Fury Road is the long awaited 4th instalment in the popular dystopian franchise. It sees Tom Hardy take on the role of Max from Mel Gibson, who may not be the best leader of a franchise these days. The trailer shows Hardy in captivity for the most of it, while Charlize Theron leads a band of women through the hellish landscape. This is an astonishingly action packed trailer filled with the kind of excessive car chasing and smashing we would expect. Granted, the inclusion of CGI effects is commonplace these days, but when an older franchise is brought back without a reliance on practical effects, it does take some getting used to.
George Miller, the man behind Happy Feet, directs, and I suppose it’s worth mentioning the versatile Aussie was also responsible for the original Mad Max trilogy. This will hopefully lend a lot of consistency to »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Director George Miller has quite the variety of movies under his belt: His film credits include the family-friendly Happy Feet and Babe: Pig in the City as well as the cruder Mad Max trilogy. Now, the Australian filmmaker is visiting Comic-Con for the very first time to promote the fourth in the Mad Max series, Mad Max: Fury Road starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.
Miller stopped by EW’s Comic-Con Hideout to explain why Mad Max: Fury Road is “basically a western on wheels,” his action movie inspirations, and why you won’t be seeing much CGI in his latest film. »
- Ariana Bacle
Seriously, does this look unbelievably awesome or what. That George Miller. That Charlize Theron. That Tom Hardy. George Miller is directing the film from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. »
- Sasha Stone
This weekend at Comic-Con, George Miller sent fans into a frenzy with footage from 2015′s Mad Max: Fury Road, a continuation of his cult Road Warrior series from the late ’70s and ’80s starring Mel Gibson. Now Warner Bros. has released that trailer for the film while the iron is still hot. Fury Road stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, and is sure to make everyone forget that Miller’s also the director who brought you both Happy Feet movies. The apocalyptic, psychopathic madness is on full display in a trailer loaded with remarkable looking special effects. You can watch the trailer below.
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- Brian Welk
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