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“American Gods” is among the most downloaded shows on Amazon Prime Video in the U.K. this year, along with Starz pirate series “Black Sails,” U.S. network offerings “Lucifer” and “Parks and Recreation,” and animated children’s series “Peppa Pig,” the tech giant said. “The Grand Tour” also made the top 10, and the company has high hopes for the car show’s second season, as well as for other original programming in Europe and beyond.
Amazon released data on the popularity of its offerings in Britain ahead of Friday, its declared “Download Day,” when it expects more content to be downloaded and stored for offline viewing by customers than any other day of the year. The downloading feature, which the company introduced in 2013 and for Apple and Android phones and tablets in 2015, ahead of arch-rival Netflix, has been “one of, if not the most, successful features we have ever rolled out,” Prime »
- Stewart Clarke
Simon Brew Jul 11, 2017
Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, and the rise of the children's films that aren't really films at the cinema...
There’s a growing trend in UK multiplexes at the moment to show films that aren’t really films, with an intent of giving younger children an entry level way of getting into going to the cinema.
I’m a bit divided on this. On the one hand, I think a delightful film of economical length such as Shaun The Sheep: The Movie deserves that audience. Conversely, there is some logic to the bundling together of a few episodes to satiate short attention spans too. If the ticket price is dropped too, then it feels like we’re meeting somewhere close to half way.
This past weekend, then, I took my youngest to see Paw Patrol: Mission Big Screen. Liked many parents of under fives, I’m more than »
At the half-way point of the 2017 ratings year, the Seven, Nine and Ten networks all have something to crow about, and Australian-made dramas and reality shows continue to dominate.
Seven.s primary channel has won the prime-time ratings battle for 24 consecutive weeks, ranks at .No. 1 in total viewers and in the 16-39, 18-49s and 25-54 demographics, and has the year's top show, My Kitchen Rules.
Nine.s boast is that it is the only commercial network to grow its 6 pm-midnight share across total people and all demos for weeks 7 to 26, excluding Easter, while Seven and Ten have lost shares on those metrics.
Despite its corporate problems, Ten says it delivered three of the top seven Australian reality shows among 25 to 54s, the top three game/quiz shows and the top four Us drama series.
Moreover, Have You Been Paying Attention? »
- Don Groves
For some people, Lisa Loeb will eternally remain the cat-eye glasses-wearing crush they first heard in Reality Bites in 1994. But Loeb has resolutely refused to keep still in the intervening years, taking detours into film and television acting and lately, children’s music. She’s currently in New York for a residency at the famed Cafe Carlyle, and People caught up to her to see how she’s been “Stay”-ing busy. (Sorry.)
How did you get involved with the Carlyle?
I’d never imagined that I’d be going there. I’d seen Betty Buckley and people like that »
- Alex Heigl
Charlotte turns 2! “She’s the one in charge,” says mom Princess Kate. Subscribe now for an look inside the life of a little Princess, and how Kate is changing the royal parenting rules — only in People!
What is it like to visit the country home of Prince William and Princess Kate?
In this week’s cover story, an insider tells People that guests at Anmer Hall are typically greeted by Kate herself at the door, with newly 2-year-old Princess Charlotte in her arms and 3-year-old Prince George “clinging to her ankles.”
“There was no formality at all,” says the insider. »
- Diana Pearl, Simon Perry and Phil Boucher
Author: Jon Lyus
Let’s start the day with a heart-warming story about an immigrant who contributed greatly to the happiness of those who took him in. Paddington 2 is coming, and director Paul King’s second blend of Movie-London live action and the genuinely impressive CG bear appears to be just as lovable and enticing as the first.
Two new cast members join the gang, namely Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson who will be appearing along with Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, with Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington. Here are the studio-approved descriptions of the new players in this tale of Peruvian immigrance.
This is the best picture you’ll see on the internet today…
Hugh Grant plays Windsor Gardens’ local celebrity, Phoenix Buchanan, a vain, charming acting legend whose star has fallen somewhat in recent years.
Brendan Gleeson plays “Knuckles” McGinty, a notorious »
- Jon Lyus
The company is “evolving to underpin future growth”, as revenues hit £1bn.
In its full-year results, the business revealed that the company was “evolving to underpin future growth” with an integrated studio model.
An eOne spokesman told Broadcast that a merged studio will allow the company to “service both parts of [its] film and TV business more efficiently”.
“It makes it easier for us to sell content. Once you get through the film cinema window, you’re actually selling to the same people across film and TV,” he said.
“Because buyers have become much more global, we are moving content around the group on a more global basis, so it makes sense to restructure and reshape the business.”
The merger, which is expected to take place within the next year, is also designed »
Peppa Pig isn't ending anytime soon. According to The Guardian, the Nick Jr. TV series has been renewed for 117 new episodes.The UK preschool show centers on the adventures of a young pig named Peppa and her family and friends. First launched in 2004, the series has expanded into a global franchise, which includes books, films, and a theme park.Read More… »
Sam Glover May 25, 2017
Stuck for an alternative to the usual viewing for young kids? Then these streaming recommendations may be of use...
The wonderful world wide web (including this very site) has looked in detail at Netflix; the hits, the misses, the hidden gems, the ones to miss and so on. This said, Netflix Originals has another area where it operates. And this is where my three-year-old son comes in.
Thanks to Nick Jnr and Channel 5’s Milkshake, we’re generally okay in our house should children’s television (Aka award-winning parenting) be required. Netflix takes it to another level. There are the well-known shows (Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol etc.), the slightly lesser-known programmes (Pocoyo being my personal favourite) and then there are Netflix’s own productions. »
Prince George is growing up.
Prince William and Princess Kate‘s eldest, who turns four in July, is no longer a royal baby — and as he’s gotten older, he’s developing interests and a personality that’s all his own. We know he’s serious about keeping up with the characters on his favorite TV shows (though he’s moved past Peppa Pig), he loves to go fast on his scooter and he’s got a naughty streak, according to his mom.
And during a visit to the Royal Marsden Hospital this week, William dropped a few more facts about his fun-loving son. »
- Diana Pearl
The royal family is a family of animal lovers!
During a visit to a farm in Gloucester on Wednesday, Princess Kate revealed all the surprising animals the royal family has at their country home of Anmer Hall.
In addition to the family dog, Lupo, and Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s pet hamster named Marvin, they also have five chickens, a lamb — and an incubator full of eggs!
“She has got several Cuckoo Marans at home, she told me,” stockman Dave Evansoneya, 50, told reporters after the royal’s visit.
And Kate isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.
- Erin Hill
The dotty TV duo and their friend Scarf Lady become puppets in a touring stage show that should satisfy ardent fans aged three to six
Some swoon at the gentle dottiness of CBeebies animation Sarah and Duck, the potted adventures of a beanie-hatted girl and her mallard companion. My kids, it must be said, are not among them. They’re no strangers to CBeebies, far from it – nor averse to seven minutes spent in the duo’s company. But next to the manifest delights of Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig (my wee boy) or Horrid Henry and Let’s Play (my bigger girl), Sarah and Duck seldom gets a look-in.
“Recommended for ages three to six,” says the blurb for this stage adaptation by writer Peter Glanville and director Roman Stefanski, but my son is two and my daughter is pushing seven. So I was braced for them »
- Brian Logan
Author: Emily Breen
Anyone who has spent more than five minutes in the company of a preschooler has cursed Peppa Pig. Flipping the pig the bird is pretty much a parental right of passage. Along with indelibly imprinting every word of The Gruffalo on your long term memory and continuing to prefix farm animal names with the sound they make, irrespective of whether children are in earshot. Happily, for the former at least, revenge is within your grasp…
Illustrator Ted Sieger’s Molly Monster comes to the big screen this weekend with a monstrously sweet and refreshingly simple story to tell. Molly’s primary coloured, clockwork world is about to be rocked by the arrival of a brand new sibling. The sensible sister-to-be sets to work knitting a cosy hat to help her process the big news and welcome the new baby. Her wind-up pal Edison is not to be so easily won over. »
- Emily Breen
The bumper Peppa Pig omnibus currently in cinemas might win over new big-screen converts – if you can get them to sit still through 25 minutes of Volkswagen adverts first
Until this morning, I had never seen a single episode of Peppa Pig. Sure, it’s on in my house all the time because I have a two-year-old, but that doesn’t mean I’ve actually seen any of it. When I’m lying on the sofa with my son and Peppa Pig is on, I’m usually looking at my phone or thinking about food or just rolling my eyes back into the top of my head and waiting for the merciful hand of death to gently escort me away from this miserable joke of a life.
But that has changed, because Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience was released today, and I have gone and seen it. With my kid. »
- Stuart Heritage
Brendon Connelly Apr 7, 2017
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Ridings' is a beautifully well-judged performance; just one of a number on his varied resume. I was delighted to chat with him recently about the new Peppa Pig cinematic experience, while also making time to speak a little about Who Framed Roger Rabbit, his motion capture work with Andy Serkis and Ninja Theory and, best of all, the after-dinner exorcism of Terry Gilliam.
How much of a time commitment has it been for you, so far, for all of the Peppa Pig to date? »
That bonanza, coming on top of overall revenues for the indie studio having doubled for the year to March 31, were touted as eOne released a trading report in the U.K., where its shares trade on the London Stock Exchange, ahead of its full-year results being released on May 23.
Peppa Pig airs on Nick Jr. in the U.S., and has 65 licensing partners. Year-on-year TV revenues were boosted by the acquisition of The Mark Gordon Company, which brought the ABC »
- Etan Vlessing
New releases dominated the box office last weekend, but the standout was easily Disney.s Beauty and The Beast.
The live-action remake of the 1991 animation all but crushed its competition, taking $13.1 million. The Emma Watson-starrer earned a whopping $18,619 average from 706 screens. With previews, it has taken $14.9 million overall.
In second place was The Boss Baby, debuting on $2.7 million from 259 screens; a $10,592 average. With previews, the Fox/Dreamworks title — which sees Alec Baldwin voice a baby executive — has made $5.3 million.
Sony.s sci-fi horror Life debuted in third on $1.5 million, while Roadshow.s Power Rangers opened just behind on $1.3 million. However, Power Rangers had the better screen average — $5,811 to Life.s $5,078.
Last week.s number one, Kong: Skull Island, was pushed down to fifth position with takings of $1.1 million — a fall of 65 per cent. The Warner Bros. title has grossed $11.4 million over three weeks. »
- Jackie Keast
As more and more advertisers are boycotting YouTube amid concerns that their campaigns are running against hate-filled content, the BBC has uncovered a similar controversy within the realm of children’s content.
There are thousands of YouTube videos that look like they come from popular cartoon franchises like Disney’s Frozen, Minions, and Thomas The Tank Engine, according to the BBC, but in actuality contain disturbing content that’s not suitable for children. The journalist Laura June, for instance, assumed that her three-year-old daughter was watching a Peppa Pig video only to see a sadistic dentist with a huge syringe appear and start yanking out Peppa's teeth amid screams and cries.
Visit Tubefilter for more great stories. »
- Geoff Weiss
Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience: Peppa's Australian Holiday..
Kong: Skull Island has maintained its hold on the Aussie box office, earning $3.2 million over its second weekend.
Despite losing 128 screens — the film is now showing on 395 — the Warner Bros release only dropped 34 per cent. It's made $9.5 million so far.
Not far behind was Fox.s Logan, which took $2.9 million in its third week. Wolverine's final outing has now made $19.5 million overall..
Hidden Figures.continues to hold third position, ringing up just under $1.1 million. The Fox title has made just over $15.4 million after five weeks.
Debuting in fourth position was eOne.s Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience: Peppa.s Australian Holiday. The animated pig.s foray onto the big screen earned $814,782. With previews, that takes its cume to $1.1 million.
Lion is still in the top five after nine weeks, earning $553,091. The Transmission title has made $28.6 million so far and has »
- Jackie Keast
Princess Kate is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in true Irish fashion: with a pint of Guinness!
Just hours before traveling to France for a two-day tour, Kate and Prince William kicked off the morning honoring soldiers from the Irish Guards in London.
Wearing a gorgeous dark green Catherine Walker coat with green velvet details, a shamrock brooch and her $155 green onyx earrings from Monica Vinader, Kate got into the festive spirit by sipping on the iconic Irish stout as she and William were given a raucous toast by the 1st Battalion Irish Guards.
Watch: William and Kate (sipping Guinness »
- Simon Perry
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