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‘Early Man’: 25 Things to Know about Aardman’s Stop-Motion Sports Comedy

I’ve always been utterly charmed by the films of Aardman Animation, and I’m always eager to see what they’ll do next. From the Wallace & Gromit films to the sly Chicken Run to even their CGI stuff like Flushed Away and Arthur Christmas, their movies feature a warm blend of comedy and heart that always make for a memorable experience. Their latest film, Early Man, seems to follow in that line, and earlier this year, I got to visit Aardman to see the development of the movie. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Early Man, …
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David Bowers interview: Wimpy Kid, James Bond, family movies

Simon Brew May 25, 2017

The director of the new Wimpy Kid - and the last three - on the movie, and why he doesn't like deleted scenes...

Returning for the fourth Diary Of A Wimpy Kid film – and his third as director – is British-born director David Bowers. Having started with animation – directing Flushed Away and Astro Boy, amongst his extensive credits – Bowers has since been primarily working on bringing Jeff Kinney’s characters to the screen.

Ahead of the release in UK cinemas this Friday of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, he spared us some time for a chat about the movie.

We started by my asking if he’d been to see the film himself since it was finished…

I went on Saturday to watch it. My mother in law wanted to see it. The guy in front of us, who’d grudgingly taken his seven-year old daughter,
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Guy Realizes His Friends Look Exactly Like ‘Flushed Away’ Characters

It’s inevitable the real life humans are going to look like cartoons from time to time. In fact, many of our favorite Disney characters are modeled after cartoon creator friends or celebrities that we see in the media. It’s natural that you’d not only base a character off of someone you know but also make a physical resemblance. Whether it’s intentional or not is another question. But in the grand scheme of things does intention matter? No. If someone looks like a cartoon then they look like a cartoon. It’s that simple. If you’ve ever seen the 2006 Dreamworks film

Guy Realizes His Friends Look Exactly Like ‘Flushed Away’ Characters
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul Trailer #2 Introduces a New Generation of Wimps

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul Trailer #2 Introduces a New Generation of Wimps
20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul! Based on the record-breaking book series by Jeff Kinney, a family road trip goes hilariously off course, thanks to Greg's newest scheme to (finally!) become famous. Check out the latest trailer below and get ready for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul to hit theaters May 19th!

This new trailer starts off the exact same way as the first trailer, which arrived in earlier February. But Wimp fans, don't be so quick to turn away. There is a ton of new footage here and plenty of fresh jokes as a squad of seagulls attack the Heffley family en route to grandma's house.

Last year, 20th Century Fox gave fans a sneak peek at the new cast members who replace all of the stars from the first three Wimpy Kid movies. Jason Drucker
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‘Early Man’ Trailer: Aardman Animations Takes Us Back to the Stone Age

Aardman Animations may have entered the crowded CG animation world with films like Flushed Away and Arthur Christmas, but the creators of Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep, and Wallace and Gromit will forever be known for their stop-motion movies. Their latest project, Early Man, looks to be very much in line with their most popular […]

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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul: full trailer lands

Joseph Baxter Mar 17, 2017

The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series returns, with a new cast. Here's the latest trailer...

And another trailer for the upcoming soft reboot of the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid movies has landed (notwithstanding the fact that we only got the last trailer about three weeks ago). Here's the full new promo for the movie...

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When the original Diary Of A Wimpy Kid movie first arrived in 2010, it would have been hard to conceive that it could become a four-film-spawning franchise that would still be kicking some seven years later. However, after a five-year dormancy, the series, based on the irreverent novels written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney, is set to relaunch with its fourth film entry Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. Seeing as said “wimpy kid,
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Trailer: The Heffleys Hit The Road

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Trailer: The Heffleys Hit The Road
20th Century Fox has debuted the first teaser trailer and poster for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, which is set to hit theaters on May 19. This trailer pokes some fun at the superhero genre, in its own unique way, teasing that none of the caped crusaders, galactic guardians or amazing web slingers over the past decade dared to be "wimpy" like the title character Greg, portrayed by Jason Drucker. This trailer gives fans a better look at the brand new cast that has been assembled for this fourth Wimpy Kid movie.

Back in November, 20th Century Fox unveiled a preview that gave fans a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the new cast members, who replace all of the stars from the first three Wimpy Kid movies. Jason Drucker replaces Zachary Gordon as Greg, with Charlie Wright replacing Devon Bostick as his older brother Rodrick and Owen Asztalos replacing Robert Capron as Rowley.
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Lego Ninjago Movie Trailer Has Robots, Monsters and Lots of Action

Lego Ninjago Movie Trailer Has Robots, Monsters and Lots of Action
After a short teaser that debuted yesterday, Warner Bros. has released the full-length trailer for The Lego Ninjago Movie. We also have the first poster, all of which can be seen in your local theater this weekend as Lego Batman Movie makes its premiere. The Lego movie universe is expanding, and as evident in this latest footage, there's going to be some bad blood raging through the rivers of Ninjago.

A new animated adventure in Warner Bros. Pictures' Lego franchise, The Lego Ninjago Movie} stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Pe&#241a, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan. In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon,
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First Lego Ninjago Movie Footage Unleashes a Secret Ninja Force

First Lego Ninjago Movie Footage Unleashes a Secret Ninja Force
Yesterday, we got to see three images from the hugely anticipated animated comedy adventure The Lego Ninjago Movie. It is the second spin-off of The Lego Movie following this weekend's Lego Batman Movie, which is in theaters Friday. The first sneak peek at Ninjago will be followed by the full trailer reveal sometime tomorrow, Wednesday, February 8.

A new animated adventure in Warner Bros. Pictures' Lego franchise, The Lego Ninjago Movie stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Pe&#241a, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan. In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors.

Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd's dad.
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Meet Jackie Chan as Master Wu in Lego Ninjago Movie

This weekend, Warner Bros. will release the first of their highly-anticipated Lego Movie spin-offs, The Lego Batman Movie, which brings back Will Arnett as the voice of Batman. Later this year, fans will be introduced to another corner of the Lego universe with The Lego Ninjago Movie, slated for release on September 22. While we wait for the first trailer's release, Warner Bros. has shared new images, featuring Jackie Chan as Master Wu, Justin Theroux as the villainous Lord Garmadon, Dave Franco as Garmadon's estranged son Lloyd, and the ninjas in his "super squad," Kai (Michael Pe&#241a), Zane (Zach Woods), Cole (Fred Armisen), Jay (Kumail Nanjiani) and Nya (Abbi Jacobson).

USA Today debuted these images, and also spoke with Dave Franco and Justin Theroux about their characters. Justin Theroux is described as the "black-helmeted, four-armed supervillain" who tries to rule over Ninjago City. Standing in his way is a team of teenage ninjas,
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Head Of Animation Hyrum Osmond And Story Artist David Derrick Jr on Disney's latest: Moana

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Moana is the story of a young Polynesian heir ineffably drawn to the one thing that her community opposes: venturing out into the ocean, like the little mermaid was so drawn to land, like a monster to Boo, and like an ambitious rat was to the culinary arts.

Moana Head of Animation Hyrum Osmand (Zootopia, Frozen, Wreck It Ralph, Tangled) and Story Artist David Derrick Jr. (How To Train Your Dragon, Flushed Away, Bee Movie) talked with the press in a roundtable before speaking to the visual arts students at the University of Denver. Tucked away in a corner of the university, David tapped into what made Moana so personal to him, allowing him to segue easily into the film’s themes of Polynesian ancestry and culture while Hyrum explored the unique challenges this particular film offered Disney’s elite animators.

Q.Michael J. Casey [Boulder Weekly]: On the Oceanic Story Trust.
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Lego Ninjago Movie Gets Olivia Munn as Koko

Lego Ninjago Movie Gets Olivia Munn as Koko
The main cast has been put together for The Lego Ninjago Movie, a new animated adventure in Warner Bros. Pictures' Lego franchise. The film will star Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Pe&#241a, Zach Woods and the legendary Jackie Chan. The Lego Ninjago Movie is slated to open nationwide on September 22, 2017.

In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret warriors and Lego Master Builders. Led by kung fu master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd's dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull
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Amazon Prime Day Deals: 18 Great Films And Television Shows To Buy Right Now

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Amazon Prime Day Deals: 18 Great Films And Television Shows To Buy Right Now
Amazon Prime Day is here, and with it, a bevy of deals for your entertainment-loving heart. In order to plow through the massive list of deals being offered to Amazon Prime members — it is called Amazon Prime Day for a reason — we’ve narrowed down some of the many offerings for 18 tried and tested IndieWire favorites, spanning both film and television, available with some very special streaming deals today only. Take a look, and start saving now.

Edge of Tomorrow” ($0.99, 80% off)

In a summer full of lousy Hollywood fare, go back to 2014 and re-experience Doug Liman’s brilliant sci-fi romp. Written by master screenwriter Chris McQuarrie, “Edge of Tomorrow” pushes Tom Cruise to rock bottom and kills him off in the first 10 minutes. And then does it again, and again and a few dozen more times. Consider it a video game movie that doesn’t need video game source material to make it work,
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Film Review: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’

Film Review: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’
In what may as well be Illumination’s answer to “Toy Story,” “The Secret Life of Pets” imagines how domesticated animals behave while their owners’ backs are turned, concentrating on a dynamic where newly adopted dog Duke (“Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet, in the Buzz Lightyear role) disrupts the balance in a household where Max (Louis C.K., as the Woody equivalent) had previously been his human’s best friend. The formula may be familiar, but the personalities are completely fresh, yielding a menagerie of loveable — if downright ugly — cartoon critters banding together to help these two incompatible roommates from ending up on the streets.

Based on an original idea by Illumination honcho Chris Meledandri, “Pets” is the studio’s most accomplished feature, from both a story and animation standpoint, tapping into an endlessly expandable core concept — which could conceivably be repeated ad infinitum, ideally with an entirely new domesticated ensemble each time out.
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At 40, Aardman Animations Stays Stubbornly Eccentric

At 40, Aardman Animations Stays Stubbornly Eccentric
In 1995, at pretty much the midpoint of Aardman Animations’ 40-year history, the Bristol-based cartoon studio’s co-founders, Peter Lord and David Sproxton, hatched the crazy idea of making a feature-length stop-motion film. It would be a send-up of the classic prison-break movie “The Great Escape.”

But starring chickens.

“It was really kind of a freak idea,” recalls Lord, who directed what became “Chicken Run,” the first of Aardman’s six features.

This was shortly before Pixar launched the CG revolution with “Toy Story,” and though Aardman was about to win its third Oscar for the Wallace and Gromit short “A Close Shave” [incidentally, the project in which it introduced hit character Shaun the Sheep], hardly anyone was making big-screen cartoon. In fact, apart from the work Henry Selick was doing for producer Tim Burton in the United States [most notably “A Nightmare Before Christmas”], the idea of an entire movie in stop-motion seemed outlandish.

“Audiences love that sense of tangibility, the sense that it isn’t perfect.” David Sproxton

But then,
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25 underappreciated family movies of the last 20 years

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From Flushed Away and Hunchback to Titan A.E. and Sky High - the family movies that don't get the love they deserve...

When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar.

A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy
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Eddie to be Heard, Not Seen

Perhaps sensing that everyone will be sick of looking at him by the tail end of 2017 (what with the multiple Oscar nominated transformations, the actual Oscar, and that new Fantastic Beasts franchise), Eddie Redmayne will give his ginger mug a wee break from gigantification on the big screen. Instead he'll be leading the voice cast of Aardman's Early Man which just went into production for release in 2018. The best part of the news is that Nick Park will be directing and he's been absent from that particular chair for too long. (His last feature was 11 long years ago, the Oscar winning Curse of the Were Rabbit.)

You can pencil it in for a Best Animated Feature nomination right now (albeit two years from now) because Aardman has quite a track record of delights (sorry Flushed Away!). They've got a heavy shelf of awards to prove it including Oscar nominations for
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Berlin: Beloved British Biker to be Revived in ‘Sheene’

Berlin: Beloved British Biker to be Revived in ‘Sheene’
Celebrated British screenwriting duo Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement will write the script of “Sheene,” a feature film biopic about charismatic motorcycling ace Barry Sheene. The film, a U.K.-Australian co-production is based on the book “Barry: The Story of Motorcycling Legend Barry Sheene” by Sheene’s team mate Steve Parrish and MotoGP commentator Nick Harris.a

Sheene was a cockney playboy who twice won the world motor cycling championships and survived a couple of near-fatal bike crashes, before dying of cancer at age 52.

La Frenais and Dick Clement previously scripted “The Commitments,” “The Bank Job,” “Flushed Away” and TV series “Auf Wiedersehen Pet” and “Lovejoy.”

Production is by by Will Stoppard of the U.K.’s Deep Springs Pictures, and Rod Morris of Australia’s I. O. Films. The pair is currently handling rights ahead of the appointment of an international sales agent.

“To have a British sporting icon who cheated death,
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Kate Winslet Names Names on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

Kate Winslet knows her characters like the back of her hand. The actor played the game “Name That You!” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” last night, where the late night host challenged Winslet to name several characters she’s portrayed throughout the years. Winslet correctly named every role throughout the game, including Joanna Hoffman (“Steve Jobs”), Rose DeWitt Bukater (“Titanic”), Hanna Schmitz (“The Reader”), Marianne Dashwood (“Sense and Sensibility”), Jeanine (“Divergent”), Dr. Erin Mears (“Contagion”), Clementine Kruczynski (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), and Rita from the animated film “Flushed Away.” Lastly Kimmel flashed an image of Chewbacca from “Star Wars” on screen. “That’s my mother!” Winslet joked. Winslet’s career spans more than three decades with over 30 films on her résumé. The Oscar winner is nominated for an Academy Award for the seventh time this year for her performance in “Steve Jobs.” Watch Winslet master her memory below. Inspired by this post?
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Interview: The creators of Shaun the Sheep on bringing Shaun to life

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In many ways Aardman is the studio that time forgot.

The beloved British animation house shuns cutting-edge computer graphics and fanciful 3D imagery. Inside its Bristol, England, studio you’ll find men and women pushing and prodding little bits of Plasticine to make stop-motion movies, a technique first seen on film more than a century ago.

Yet you’d be a fool to call Aardman out of touch. The company’s hit films, including Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Flushed Away, are comedic masterworks that appeal to both young and old, casual moviegoers and the most sophisticated cineastes.

Their latest effort is Shaun the Sheep Movie, an 85-minute gem based on Aardman’s children’s TV series that airs on the BBC in seven-minute episodes — and which includes no spoken words.

“We were keen from the outset to stick to the idea that there would
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