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Unkrich has been collecting memorabilia for years and decided to share it with other devotees, via TheOverlookHotel.com. Since the website’s debut several years ago, other admirers have shared things with him. There are now about 700 pieces online, including photos and notes on the film’s production, as well as work inspired by the movie: paintings, sculptures, songs, perfume, clothing, vinyl figures, a skateboard, even a gingerbread house re-creating the Overlook Hotel. The site also offers a few short films, such as “Wes Anderson’s The Shining, »
- Tim Gray
Family movie night is a staple of bonding time in the modern day household. It's where kids go to learn about classics like "Beauty and the Beast" or the brilliance that is "Finding Nemo" or a classic for the sports-inclined like "The Sandlot." But, let's be real here, sometimes getting together as a family just isn't enough to capture the attention of your kids ... or your partner.
You're asking yourself, how can I keep family movie night light and interesting? Well, there are loads of ways to do that and no, we're not talking implementing a "Hunger Games" themed competition with your kids Or inviting Great Aunt Edna. (Seriously, don't do that, she eats All the popcorn and leaves nothing for anyone else). Here are some real tips to help keep the fun alive on family movie night.
1. Make It a Movie-Themed Night
Spicing up your weekly, monthly, yearly family »
- Chelsea Perrotty
It comes as a surprise, and from out of the blue, but Disney has officially cancelled its Disney Infinity video game series. The once successful toys-to-life franchise is no more, and the same is unfortunately true of its main developer, Disney’s own Avalanche Software.
The news was first reported on Twitter and has since received validation from Disney’s chairman of consumer products and interactive media, Jimmy Pitaro. His words confirm that the House that Mickey Built has decided against continuing on with its Disney Infinity toy and video game line, and will transition to a “licensing model” instead.
With no internal development to worry about anymore, Disney has also decided to shutter Disney Infinity‘s primary developer, Avalanche Software. The studio — which was owned by Disney itself, and employed approximately 300 people — was undoubtedly talented, and our hope is that its employees will land back on their feet in the near future. »
- Chad Goodmurphy
Sean Wilson explores the difficulties writers face when their opinion flies in the face of the popular consensus…
Film journalists such as myself frequently get slammed for daring to criticise a movie we hated: we didn’t make it, we had no idea of the stress involved in organising a small army of cast and technicians and are catastrophically wrong in every way.
This is a perfectly valid point – but to assume that it’s easy putting one’s opinion to paper (or, more pertinently nowadays, to web) is certainly not always the case, especially if the opinion in question dares to be different. In fact, defying popular consensus and arguing a point-of-view that many might see as utterly bizarre takes a sheer act of will and bravery.
This issue has been on my mind of late. After all, is what constitutes a ‘proper’ movie critic the ability to think »
- Sean Wilson
Universal Pictures kicked off its presentation for CinemaCon with a sizzle reel featuring more titles than most will even remember. These quick cuts played to the biggest franchises, showing off the best action the studio has to offer. The video also went onto thank the exhibitors for Universal's best year in motion picture history.
Universal President of Domestic Distribution Nick Carpou took the stage. He thanked his team and the exhibitors, giving a shout out to the folks at Nato that produce CinemaCon. Nick then brought to the stage Donna Langley, Chairman of Universal Pictures, to discuss how Universal sees the development of their slate. Langley said she wouldn't be showing us All of their great stuff, but promised that all footage released would be exclusive new footage, not previously shown anywhere else. This was actually a first at the convention, as most of the studios were showing trailers and »
From a ten-minute preview of Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets” to a 27-minute deep dive into Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” this year’s CinemaCon is laying the groundwork for a very competitive animated feature awards race in 2016.
Warner Bros. got the ball rolling Tuesday by presenting a look at “Storks,” from writer-director Nicholas Stoller. The film, co-directed by Doug Sweetland, tells the story of, well, storks, who have transitioned from delivering babies to delivering packages. Complications ensue when an order for a baby appears. Andy Samberg stars alongside Keegan-Michael Key, Kelsey Grammer and Katie Crown.
(WB also touted the Warner Animation Group, which could land future consideration for everything from “The Lego Batman Movie” and “The Lego Movie 2” to a new spin on the world of Scooby Doo and friends.)
Sticking with avian themes, Sony Pictures Animation will be releasing “The Angry Birds Movie” later this year. On Tuesday, »
- Kristopher Tapley
From Gregory Poirier, the writer of The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride and National Treasure: Book of Secrets comes A Warrior’s Tail. Starring Milla Jovovich (the Resident Evil series, The Fifth Element) alongside an all-star cast of voice talent that also features Whoopi Goldberg (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Toy Story 3), Sharon Stone (Alpha Dog, Casino), and the legendary Joe Pesci (Home Alone, The Good Shepherd), the film is an inspiration story about one young boy’s heart-warming bravery and imagination.
Living in a small village in a forest with his mum, nine-year old Savva (Jovovich) lives a relatively normal life. That is until the village’s protectors, a pack of regal white wolves, suddenly go missing in mysterious circumstances. Without the protection of the wolves the town’s people are left at risk of attack from savage hyenas.
Deciding to seek help from a powerful magician, Savva »
- Dan Powell
When was the last time you went into the final act of a big blockbuster and didn't have any idea how things would turn out?
This article contains spoilers for:
Super 8 (middling)
Back To The Future (mild)
Next week’s National Lottery numbers * (mild)
Toy Story 3 (mild)
The Fugitive (middling)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (middling)
* Just seeing if anyone reads this bit
It’s an oft-quoted example, granted, but in the midst of Back To The Future’s time travel, and the rush to get the DeLorean up to 88mph and to put the world right, the motivation of the lead character was a simple one: to make sure his parents stayed together.
No matter what Doc Brown said, it wasn’t about the end of the world or a paradox bringing everything crashing down. »
Arriving in cinemas on April 1st and following on DVD come April 11th is A Warrior’s Tail, an epic adventure story for the entire family.
Nine-year old Savva (Jovovich) lives with his mum in a small village in a forest once protected by a pack of regal white wolves. When the wolves leave under mysterious circumstances the village is left at constant risk of attack from ruthless hyenas and only a powerful magician can help. Escaping the hyenas in search of the magician, Savva finds himself in a magical world he had only heard stories of, meeting a host of new friends who are also seeking the magician, including the white wolf Angee, the hilarious Puffy (Stone) and a very odd mosquito (Pesci); all of whom must evade a treacherous simian army led by the evil Mum JoZee (Goldberg) on their path overcoming the forces of evil and reclaiming Savva’s village. »
After three weeks at number one Deadpool finally ran out of steam, making way for another movie to have an exceptional opening weekend. Zootopia made a huge splash in theaters this weekend landing an easy number on. Its $73 million opening is the highest ever for a Disney animated feature, vaulting over Big Hero 6's $56 million debut in 2014. This marks the first time since the arrival of Pixar that Disney animation studios has cranked out an animated movie capable of competing with its sister studio's top openers. It falls short of major hitters like Toy Story 3 ($110 million, 2010) and Inside Out ($90 million, 2015) but bests the likes of Brave ($66 million, 2012) and Cars 2 ($66 million, 2011). Zootopia also tops the likes of The Incredibles ($70 million, 2004) and Finding Nemo ($70 million, 2003) on opening weekend cash haul, but compared with ticket prices from ten years ago Zootopia's total sales can't compete. London Has Fallen banked a »
Disney's Zootopia scored the largest three-day opening for Walt Disney Animation Studios ever as audiences flocked to see the new animated feature. London Has Fallen and Tina Fey's war comedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot served as the weekend's other new wide releases and both largely scored as expected. Additionally, Deadpool has joined a small group of films, becoming only the third R-rated movie to gross over $300 million at the domestic box office. Zootopia scored an estimated $73.7 million this weekend from 3,827 theaters ($19,258 PTA), which tops the previous March animated opening record set by The Lorax ($70.2m) and makes it the ninth largest animated opening ever. It also gives Disney four of the top three slots on the March chart, a worthy achievement though all three remain a long way from the $152.5 million opening of The Hunger Games back in 2012. In IMAX the film brought in $5.2 million from 366 screens, the second best »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
“Zootopia,” the latest animated feature from Disney, opened to a huge $73.7 million this weekend, easily beating competition from fellow freshman flicks “London Has Fallen” and “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” and scoring a sweet record in the process, according to Sunday’s estimates. That sum was enough to give “Zootopia” the best debut gross in the history of Disney Animation, topping the $67.4 million that “Frozen” banked on its initial wide weekend in November 2013. (“Toy Story 3,” from Disney’s Pixar unit, remains the company’s top animated opener; it premiered with $110.3 million in 2010.) The talking-animal film’s huge total was also enough. »
- Joshua Rich
“Zootopia,” Disney Animation’s latest feature, is looking to roar to a $70 million-plus opening weekend following an impressive $19.4 million haul at the Friday box office. That would give the PG-rated movie the biggest debut in the history of Disney Animation, after the blockbuster “Frozen,” which raked in $67.4 million over the three-day weekend at Thanksgiving 2013. (Disney’s Pixar unit still holds the record for the company’s biggest animated opener, set in 2010 with the $110.3 million bow for “Toy Story 3.”) “Zootopia” has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 98 percent based on 126 reviews. It also received a CinemaScore of »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Happy March, dear readers! The Oscars are behind us now, and Disney’s Zootopia comes out this Friday. Speaking of which, this week’s Trailer Trashin’ takes a look at the second trailer for Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory.
Premise: Six months after the events of Finding Nemo, Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres) suddenly recalls her childhood memories. Remembering something about “the jewel of Monterey, California,” she sets out to find her family, accompanied by Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks). She arrives at the Monterey Marine Life Institute, where she meets Bailey the beluga whale (voice of Ty Burrell), Destiny the whale shark (voice of Kaitlin Olson), and Hank the octopus (voice of Ed O’Neill), who becomes her guide.
My take: Like most living human beings, I love Pixar movies. And after two original films last year, the next offering from the good »
- Timothy Monforton
We may have another record-breaking weekend on our hands as Disney's Zootopia looks as if it will topple 2012's The Lorax to claim the largest March opening weekend for an animated feature. Additional new releases include Gerard Butler's second straight weekend with a new release as he stars in the Olympus Has Fallen sequel, London Has Fallen, and Tina Fey delivers the war comedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. And once the numbers are tallied, this year's top twelve may come close to doubling last year's top twelve total over the same weekend. Getting a head start on its domestic release, Zootopia has already brought in more than $93 million internationally from 31 territories. That said, not only is it opening in the U.S. this week, it's expanding into 14 additional territories including Germany, Russia (where it had $1.3 million in previews last weekend) and China. These international releases obviously upped the film's online footprint worldwide, »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
“We are all so lucky, regardless of a gold man, because we get to make stuff,” an elated Docter said in his acceptance speech.
He added that “Inside Out” had been inspired by his own children growing up and concluded by urging the audience to embrace creativity: “You can make stuff. Make films, draw, write. It will make a world of difference.”
Docter even made use of the show’s new thank you scroll to announce a special treat for his kids. The scroll, which was introduced to provide extra space for thanking a winner’s family and collaborators, read, “I love you Amanda, Nick & Elie — okay yes, let’s get a dog.”
It’s the eighth animated Oscar for Pixar, »
- Dave McNary
While the perfect sheen of Pixar has been a bit muddied with recent middling successes like The Good Dinosaur, Monster University, Brave, and Cars 2, there is still no denying that the studio is comprised of master storytellers. From Toy Story 3 to Wall-e, Pixar has proven time and again that not only can they match unreasonably high expectations, but they can surpass them.
This fact couldn't be more important than now, as we approach the release of Finding Dory a sequel Finding Nemo, the film that arguably cemented their domination of the animation medium. In anticipation of the movie, they've just released a little 30-second video that teases the upcoming trailer, which is set to air on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on March 2.
Check out the teaser below!
"Disney•Pixar's Finding Dory reunites everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. »
- Joseph Medina
The reason Hollywood keeps making sequels? They make the most profit, on the whole...
A new piece of research by Forbes has concluded that if you want to make serious cash from a blockbuseter movie then you need to be in the sequel business.
Taking figures provided by The Numbers, it analysed a list of what it reckoned to be the most profitable films ever – albeit by a fairly crude formula, that we’ll come to in a second – and discovered that 15 of the 20 films concerned were sequels.
The crude formula? It took the estimated cost of production of the film concerned, a figure that in truth is impossible to gleam at the best of times, and took away the worldwide income to the studio. Income, though, isn’t the same as profit. $1 taken at the box office in the Us returns more money to a movie »
The Academy Awards are this weekend - but how do you actually go about winning one? Plus: some Oscar predictions.
Whether or not you believe they’re still relevant, the Oscars are undeniably the biggest event in the Hollywood calendar. I am fascinated by them, what intrigues me most is the general consensus that this process is a game of strategy and if you want to win, you have to know the rules. But actors and directors don’t have time to work this out for themselves, they’re far too busy and important. I however am not.
Therefore I have poured over lists of Oscar winners for more time than is healthy in order to determine exactly what it takes to win one of these much desired awards. I’m going to give you the tried and tested formulai for how to win Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Picture. »
Manuel here to talk Oscar nominated screenplays. We first greeted them by looking at their first lines of dialogue, we crunched the numbers about how 2015 was a good year for female scribes, ranked them by quotability, and this week we’re taking a more playful approach. Think of it as a way to find some levity as we near the Big Day.
Now, we know there are frontrunners (and some dark horses) but I put all of that aside and imagined a world where every screenplay nominee has a shot and offered some records that could be broken Sunday night.
If Bridge of Spies wins
Joel & Ethan Coen would join the ranks of most awarded screenwriters of all time, tying Woody Allen, Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, Francis Ford Coppola, and Paddy Chayefsky, all of whom have three wins, though Allen holds the distinction of winning all three for Original screenplays. »
- Manuel Betancourt
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