10 items from 2013
For a while Pixar reigned supreme in the world of animation, capturing the attention of audiences both young and old with films that managed to appeal to us not only from an entertainment perspective, but emotionally as well. At the same time Disney Animation fell into something of an identity crisis with films like Brother Bear and Chicken Little, but in 2010 they again found their footing with Tangled and again in 2012 with Wreck-It Ralph. Now, in 2013, the studio has returned to the world it knows best with Frozen. Frozen strikes an impressive balance of humor, heart and everything that's worked for ages in Disney's best animated features. Telling a story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen", Frozen follows two princesses of Arendelle -- Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) is the eldest and soon-to-be Queen, and Anna (Kristen Bell) the free-spirited, slightly awkward and naive younger of the two sisters. »
- Brad Brevet
Veteran TV/film/voice actor Patrick Warburton has been tapped as host of the 41st Annie Awards set for February 1 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Warburton, who became known for playing Elaine’s on-and-off boyfriend on Seinfeld, has been the voice behind the characters on numerous animated series including Family Guy, Hercules, and Buzz Lightyear Of Star Command. His film credits include The Emperor’s New Groove, Chicken Little, The Wild, Bee Movie, and Ted. The Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in 30 categories ranging from best feature, production design, character animation and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music, editing and voice acting. »
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Ender's Game led the domestic box office this weekend, while Last Vegas narrowly beat animated disappointment Free Birds. Overall, the Top 12 earned $118.3 million, which is off five percent from last year.The big story this weekend, though, is the strong overseas debut for Thor: The Dark World. A week ahead of its U.S. release, the Avengers follow-up earned $109.4 million from 36 markets. Territory specific details, along with a long-term projection, can be found in the Around-the-World Roundup at the bottom of this report. At 3,407 theaters, Ender's Game took first place with a decent $27 million. While that pales in comparison to the likes of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Twilight, it is a bit of an improvement over past young-adult adaptations like The Golden Compass ($25.8 million) and Eragon ($23.2 million). It is worth noting, though, that adjusting for ticket price inflation those two titles had slightly higher initial attendance.Ender's Game »
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Update: Dawn Renner is the winner of our #FreeBirdsOfAFeather giveaway! "The Thundermans" star Katherine McNamara selected the winner at random from entries from Twitter, email and Instagram. In Dawn's winning entry, she tweeted that she was grateful for her twin boys and sent a photo of them in a pumpkin patch. We are thankful to all who entered and to Free Birds for this amazing prize. Free Birds is in theaters beginning today!
Oct. 21, 2013 - This Thanksgiving, you could get a bunch of Free Birds stuff ...and Birds stuff for Free... like games, activities, DVD's and other fun items -- if you're the winner of our #FreeBirdsOfAFeather giveaway!
To enter: Tweet or Instagram #FreeBirdsOfAFeather .... and tell us who you are thankful for this year! (Put down a name, a photo and/Or a title - like "my cousin" or "my mom"). You can also enter by emailing your response to Tara@KidsPickFlicks. »
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Lady Gaga's latest cuckoo outfit? Let's just say it looks like something out of a futuristic Chicken Little movie. The 27-year-old "Applause" singer stepped out in Berlin today wearing a bizarre, crazy, strange (should we go on?), giant bird-like mask over her head while promoting her new album Artpop. Gaga's weird headdress was covered in what looked like soft tan feathers and a gold beak nosepiece between two eye cutouts. The pop star completed her look with sky-high black heels, a long yellow coatdress belted at the waist and a fur coat. Gaga posed for pics in the unusual getup and waved to fans as she left her Ritz Carlton hotel. "2day at Ampya Artpop listening party in »
12) Into The Skies, Junior Birdmen!
Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something,
perhaps when you are least expecting it.
I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.
Charles F. Kettering
Home Box Office debuted to a handful of subscribers on a single cable system in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania one November night in 1972, and then — …
And then not too much.
There’d been no media coverage at all of the HBO launch, not even from the local press. The one “celebrity” that was supposed to show — the Wilkes-Barre city manager — decided to pass on attending. Time Inc.’s president and chief executive officer, J. Richard Munro, was supposed to attend the opening ceremonies, but he got stuck in a traffic jam on the New York side of the George Washington Bridge and wound up phoning in his regrets from a White Tower burger palace. »
- Bill Mesce
Disney has released the first teaser trailer for November’s animated Frozen. The film features the usual impressive vocal cast and comes well pedigreed. Frozen (In 3D) Genre: Animated Comedy/Adventure Rating: Tbd U.S. Release Date: November 27, 2013 Voice Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee Producer: Peter Del Vecho Screenplay by: Tba
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Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph, presents Frozen, a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements »
- ComicMix Staff
With the domestic box office trailing the 2012 pace by double digits, CinemaCon’s Monday bow in Las Vegas comes at a crucial time before summer tentpole season starts in a few weeks.
Final day will underscore the import of the four-day event with Lionsgate assuming the mantle of the seventh major for the first time since it acquired Summit last year and went on to top $1.2 billion in domestic grosses for the year.
The studio has prepped a full-scale presentation for the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace, including footage from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” expected to be among the year’s top grossers when it opens Nov. 22, along with “Red 2,” “Now You See Me” and “Ender’s Game.”
“It’s a very competitive time for distributors,” said Richie Fay, Lionsgate’s president of domestic distribution. “Your reels and trailers really need to be polished.”
Paramount’s opening night presentation »
- Dave McNary
Zach Braff has done a lot in his career, from starring on the comedy TV series Scrubs to acting in films and writing and directing a hit movie, 2004’s Garden State. But being in Oz the Great and Powerful was a very new experience for him -- because he had to play a magical monkey. Photos: Oz the Great and Powerful': How Sam Raimi Brought the Legend Back to Life Braff, 37, who had done voice work before with Chicken Little, did much more than just lend his voice to Finley, a winged monkey who helps Oscar Diggs (James Franco). “Sam
- Rebecca Ford
Back in June it was reported that Walt Disney Pictures had tasked Don Hall (Meet the Robinsons, The Princess and the Frog) with developing the studio's first Marvel animated feature, which would be based upon the Japanese superhero team Big Hero 6. Since then, we've heard very little about the project, but Bleeding Cool has uncovered a nugget of information from industry tracking company Rentrak, suggesting that Big Hero 6 has been scheduled for a Spanish theatrical release on November 21st 2014.
In terms of a possible North American release date, Disney has favoured November for its big animated offerings these past few years, with Chicken Little, Bolt, Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph all arriving that month and Frozen set to arrive on November 27th of this year. The studio currently has November 7th, 2014 earmarked for an as-yet-untitled feature film, so there's a good chance Big Hero 6 could occupy this spot. »
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10 items from 2013
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