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Well-intentioned and amiable, this latest instalment in Pixar’s animated auto series is the threequel no one was crying out for
When Shrek the Third came out in 2007, many pundits commented on the strange phenomenon of cartoon characters who appeared to be going through the motions. That’s really what is going on here. Cars 3 is the threequel that no one was crying out for. It is well-intentioned and amiable, but basically running on empty. It seeks to replicate the rookie-mentor dynamic of the first film, only this time making Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) face up to his dawning oldster status. He is still racing, but losing his speed and losing his touch.
- Peter Bradshaw
Paramount rolled out its fifth Transformers movie this weekend, and while it came out on top at the box office, it did so with the lowest opening in franchise history. Transformers: The Last Knight won its first box office weekend with an estimated $45.3 million. Its five-day opening, after debuting on Wednesday, June 21, comes in at $69 million, which itself is just below the $70.5 million three day opening for the first Transformers movie, which opened in theaters almost exactly 10 years ago.
Box Office Mojo reports that the fifth Transformers movie earned a solid $11,133 per-screen average from 4,069 theaters, but much like its predecessors, the movie suffered with critics, earning just a 15% rating from the critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Still, this entire franchise has proven to be "critic-proof, with each movie earning a "Rotten" rating, while it has also proven its mettle in the overseas market. The movie has performed much better in international markets, »
After dethroning Wonder Woman, while taking down three other newcomers, the Disney Pixar animated sequel Cars 3 will have a short one-weekend reign atop the box office, going up against the action-packed live-action sequel Transformers: The Last Knight, which opens on Wednesday, June 21, and has no direct competition in wide release either on Wednesday, or throughout the weekend, although there are a slew of indie titles opening in limited release. This final Transformers franchise movie from director Michael Bay should have no trouble taking the top spot, with a projected three-day opening weekend of $84.7 million, with a five-day total from Wednesday through Sunday reaching $157.2 million. If these projections are accurate, it will continue the Transformers franchise's unpredictable track record when it comes to opening weekends.
This franchise shows not only how unpredictable audiences can be, but how front-loaded the industry has become in the past decade. The Transformers franchise kicked »
Monster Hunt, one of China’s highest-grossing movies of all time is currently available on DVD in the Us via FilmRise and Mvd Entertainment Group.
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Made for around $50 million, Monster Hunt has grossed over $390 million to set China’s all-time box office record. It beat out several foreign titles to get there, including Furious 7, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Avatar. Directed by »
- Tom Stockman
Annecy, France — Flanders’ Joeri Christian, an auteur on Europe’s animation scene who caught attention with “Plankton Invasion” and “My Knight and Me,” has a new TV show in preparation, ”Roger Flambé: (Animated) Actor,” and is gearing up to make his feature debut, “Bleh, Sheep in Wolf’s Armor.” Both projects are set up at France’s La Cabane Productions and Belgium’s Thuristar.
Christiaen’s singular hallmarks take in a pronounced sense of humor lacing tons of action which sometimes near parody.
“‘Plankton Invasion’ is about climate change, but in an unexpected way –tiny plankton heroes wanting to speed up global warming, to flood the planet.
“Directing-wise, I like to surprise the audience as well – like ‘breaking’ a blockbuster-like action scene in a fun or silly way. I never keep things serious for very long!,” Christiaen explains. “Bleh” follows a sheep which no longer wants to follow the herd. »
- Emilio Mayorga
Terror Films and iflix recently forged a partnership to distribute films digitally in multiple global markets, including Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary. Also: Monster Hunt DVD release details, The Passing clips, Matthew Quinn's The Thing in the Woods, and the winners recap for the 5th Annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival.
Terror Films and iflix's Global Distribution Digital Deal: Press Release: "Los Angeles, California (Friday, May 26th, 2017): Genre distributor Terror Films has teamed up with the world’s leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service, for emerging markets, iflix. This newly formed partnership will allow the distributor to expand their digital reach into multiple territories within iflix’s footprint including South East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, with future territories to be announced.
The films set to launch under the deal will include a wide variety from the label. They will include: the post- apocalyptic film, »
- Tamika Jones
One of China’s highest-grossing movies of all time comes to DVD in the Us via FilmRise and Mvd Entertainment Group on June 13th Check out the Monster Hunt trailer:
Made for around $50 million, Monster Hunt has grossed over $390 million to set China’s all-time box office record. It beat out several foreign titles to get there, including Furious 7, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Avatar. Directed by Shrek the Third co-director Raman Hui, the live-action / CG fantasy epic centers on a war between monsters and humans. At the center of the story is Wuba, a baby monster born to a human man. Yes, a man.In a mythical ancient world, monsters rule their land while humans keep to their own kingdom. But when adorable baby monster Wuba is born to a human father and the monster queen, mortals and creatures alike set out to capture the newborn, and Wuba’s epic adventure begins. »
- Tom Stockman
Ian McShane’s career has spanned decades, with dozens of film and TV credits as diverse as “Lovejoy,” “Dallas,” “Deadwood,” “Roots” and “Babylon 5: The River of Souls,” and as high-profile as “Game of Thrones,” “The West Wing,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and the animated fare “Shrek the Third.” Now, McShane stars as the mysterious Mr. Wednesday in Bryan Fuller and Michael Green’s Starz adaptation of the bestselling Neil Gaiman novel “American Gods.” And even with all those years of experience, McShane says it’s not always easy. Also Read: Every 'American Gods' Character, Ranked by How »
- Reid Nakamura
16 May 2017 4:54 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Lionsgate has acquired North American and U.K. distribution rights to Edko Films' forthcoming sequel to Chinese blockbuster Monster Hunt.
The deal also gives Lionsgate rights to the Monster Hunt IP for its location-based entertainment venues in some territories.
Directed by DreamWorks Animation veteran Raman Hui (Shrek the Third) and produced by Bill Kong, the first Monster Hunt (2016) earned an historic $382 million, which was then the biggest performance ever at the Chinese box office. The professional polish of the film's effects set a new standard for the Chinese industry.
- Patrick Brzeski
All the way back in 2001, DreamWorks Animation hit a perfect home run with Shrek. The loose adaptation of William Steig’s picture book of the same name caught the imagination of a generation of children and adults alike, and spawned a multi-billion dollar, multimedia franchise spanning 16 years and counting. The Shrek universe now comprises of four feature films, one spinoff film, six short films, two television specials, one television series, one stage musical, 12 video games, and a range of themed attractions around the world. Now, after a number of years of teasing, we finally have a solid update on the status of Shrek 5.
The screenwriter of the movie, Michael McCullers (Saturday Night Live), was recently talking to The Hollywood Reporter about his current release, The Boss Baby. During that conversation, he explained that his script for Shrek 5 is complete, and the film is in development following some corporate-level re-shuffling. »
- Sarah Myles
Sony Pictures has released the third trailer for their upcoming animated adventure Smurfs: The Lost Village, which brings this franchise back to his animated roots when it hits theaters April 7. Back in January, we got our first look at SmurfWillow, the leader of a whole new group of female Smurfs, voiced by Julia Roberts, and this new trailer gives us a glimpse of her first meeting with Papa Smurf (Mandy Patinkin), where both of them claim to be the leaders of the Smurfs. These new smurfs wouldn't have been discovered at all, if it wouldn't have been for a few smurfs setting off on a secret mission of their own.
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious »
Sony Pictures has already released two Smurfs: The Lost Village trailers, but as we get closer to the April 7 release, there is one character who hasn't been seen until now. Sony Pictures Animation debuted a new photo that offers our first look at SmurfWillow, voiced by the iconic Julia Roberts. There haven't been any details about this character released quite yet, but this photo shows SmurfWillow alongside Papa Smurf, voiced by Mandy Patinkin.
This photo from People shows SmurfWillow is wearing the same type of red hat as Papa Smurf, although nothing else has been revealed about any sort of connection between these two characters. People did catch up with Julia Roberts, though, who offered a brief statement about why she wanted to join the voice cast of this animated adventure. Here's what Julia Roberts had to say about her role in Smurfs: The Lost Village.
"Smurfs are such a »
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has now officially been confirmed to have reached $800 million at the worldwide box office. Domestically it has made $229.9 million while it has also made $570.1 million overseas. That is exactly $800 million. This $800 million dollar mark means that the Harry Potter spin-off is the 59th highest grossing film worldwide surpassing Shrek The Third's $799 million. This milestone always means that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is no longer the lowest grossing film in the Harry Potter franchise; that title now belongs to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ($796.7 million). This is great news for Warner Bros. since it is now their second highest grossing film of 2016 after Batman v Superman ($873 million). It also means that the Jk Rowling-written flick has received great reception and word of mouth despite opening to only $74 million in North America. There are several sequels planned for the near future. »
Los Angeles, CA (Jan. 10, 2016) – A hit with audiences and critics alike, DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, is the “feel-good” movie of the year receiving an outstanding audience reaction with a coveted “A” CinemaScore® and a Certified Fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com. DreamWorks Trolls, the fresh, music-filled adventure packed with humor and heart dances onto Digital HD on Jan. 24 and Blu-ray™ and DVD on Feb. 7 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
The colorful, richly textured Troll Village is full of optimistic Trolls, who are always ready to sing, dance and party. When the comically pessimistic Bergens invade, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) set off on an epic journey to rescue her friends. Their mission is full of adventure and mishaps, as this mismatched duo try to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.
From Shrek franchise veterans Mike Mitchell »
- ComicMix Staff
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