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Although this year’s Siggraph theme,”Render the Possibilities,” offers a nice catchphrase for all of the cutting-edge CG eye candy on display next week at the Anaheim Convention Center, there’s also a timely sub-theme revolving around empathy in Vr, which can be witnessed in other presentations as well.
Given the tragic racial violence and anger that has swept the country, Carnegie Mellon University’s Vr experience, “Injustice,” couldn’t be timelier — or more educational. It’s built around racially motivated police brutality. Participants witness an act of racial discrimination, forcing them to make moral and ethical decisions on the spot. They can actively engage with, and alter, the storyline by selecting a variety of dialogue choices.
Similarly, “Invasion!,” explores ideas around character empathy and immersive Vr “presence” with a close alien encounter. Presented in real-time and directed by “Madagascar’s” Eric Darnell, the animated short features narration by Ethan Hawke. »
- Bill Desowitz
Pixar recently announced a moratorium on sequels, and while it’s still hard to judge anything they do harshly, you can easily see their struggle. This is especially true of a company that now needs to continue the interest in things that are part of theme parks. That’s just the reality.
The news, especially with things like The Incredibles 2 already in production, may seem a little strange, but you have to respect the idea. We all love the characters Pixar has given us over the years, and there’s a lot of love for titles like Toy Story 3. But, when you think about Monsters University, or Cars 2, there’s just something different going on in your mind than when you think about Brave, Up, Wall-e, Ratatouille, or Inside Out.
Sure, the sequels they have given us still outshine most animated efforts we get, and it’s always »
- Marc Eastman
For a fifth straight weekend in a row an animated film has taken the #1 spot at the box office as Illumination and Universal's The Secret Life of Pets followed up its record-breaking opening with a chart-topping sophomore session, pushing the launch of Sony's Ghostbusters reboot to second. Meanwhile, Finding Dory has now become the highest grossing animated release of all-time domestically as Warner Bros. adds two new films to 2016's century club with The Legend of Tarzan and The Conjuring 2. The weekend was down 26% from last week and ~17% compared to last year, yet there is still plenty to highlight. The Secret Life of Pets finished #1 for a second weekend in a row with an estimated $50.5 million (51.5% drop), bringing its domestic cume to an impressive $203.1 million after just ten days in release. This already places the animated hit higher than Disney's Tangled and just behind Pixar's Ratatouille on the all-time animated chart. »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Can studios really expect theater audiences to keep coming back to old franchises decades after their original release? Looking at data over the last couple decades, the answer has become a resounding yes. This is an in-depth look at why that is.
We all know that sequels are rarely better than the original film. And sequels of sequels tend to be even worse. Audiences are aware of this fact, which is why traditionally sequels usually gross less in theaters than the original film. If audiences don’t respond to the sequel as well as the original film, they are less inclined to see it more than once, or tell their friends to go see it.
It becomes a matter of diminishing returns; studios try to eke out as much business from one franchise before it no longer makes financial sense to release another sequel. And with each sequel making less money, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
David Crow Jul 13, 2016
Marvel fans might still be scratching their heads about who Zendaya is really playing in next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming movie, but the actress already looks poised to truly break out into bigger and better things in the filmmaking arena after first making waves on the Disney Channel. Indeed, THR is reporting that Zendaya is in talks to join Hugh Jackman and 20th Century Fox for The Greatest Showman on Earth, the first live-action studio musical with original songs in over decades. And it’s sure to be a three-ringed circus.
Jackman will be playing P T Barnum, one of the founders of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. As Jackman’s first film after he hangs up the claws for good in next year’s »
Word of Zendaya’s potential casting comes only one week after My Week with Marilyn alum Michelle Williams closed a deal to star, rounding out a cast that currently comprises both Jackman and Zac Efron.
Chronicling the legendary story of one P.T. Barnum, founder of the modern circus who made a name for himself across Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Greatest Showman has already appointed director Michael Gracey at the helm, working from a script penned by esteemed screenwriter Michael Arndt, best known for his work on Toy Story 3.
Hugh Jackman, who has remained attached to the project for years at this point, is set to lead the charge as Barnum, while THR notes that Disney starlet Zendaya is in contention for the role of a trapeze artist. »
- Michael Briers
Michelle Williams and Zac Efron are also in talks to join the film as his love interest and a playwright who becomes Barnum's right-hand man respectively. Zendaya will play a trapeze artist Efron's character falls for.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
“The Secret Life of Pets” dominated the weekend box office, racking up a massive $103.2 million and launching the first new franchise of the summer.
Its success is a feather in the cap for Illumination chief Chris Meledandri, confirming his status among the ranks of animation giants. The family film, which explores what dogs, cats, and other animal companions do while their owners are busy at work, cost an economical $75 million to produce, roughly half of what most studios spend making animated films. Universal is backing the film, which launched across 4,370 locations.
“The Secret Life of Pets” easily supplanted Disney and Pixar’s “Finding Dory” from first place on the box office charts — it has topped rankings for the three prior weeks. The sequel to “Finding Nemo” slid to second place with north of $20 million, having made more than $422 million to become the highest grossing film of the year on a domestic basis, »
- Brent Lang
Ahead of the release of Café Society, Woody Allen is already casting his next feature. With Kate Winslet taking the lead role in the film, Jim Belushi, Juno Temple, and Justin Timberlake have now joined the project, Variety and Deadline report. The film is a period drama set the late ’50s and potentially at an amusement park, likely Coney Island as it will be set in New York. Production is aiming to kick off this fall, not long before Allen’s Amazon TV show will debut.
In other news, 45 Years director Andrew Haigh has found a leading man for his next project in Steve Buscemi. Lean on Pete is a tale of “lost Americana,” an adaptation of Willy Vlautin‘s novel about Charley, a 15-year-old boy who sets off with the titular stolen race to find his long lost aunt on a perilous journey. Deadline reports most casting is currently underway, »
- Mike Mazzanti
Per Deadline, Michelle Williams is in talks to star alongside Hugh Jackman in “The Greatest Showman.” Jackman will play P.T. Barnum in the musical biopic, which charts the rise of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Zac Efron may be joining the project as well in an as-yet unspecified role.
Though silver-screen musicals aren’t too uncommon in and of themselves, “The Greatest Showman” purports to be Hollywood’s first not based on an existing property since 1992’s “Newsies.” Michael Arndt — who won an Academy Award for his “Little Miss Sunshine” screenplay and has also written or co-written “Toy Story 3,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “The Force Awakens” — is on script duty. Veteran commercial director Michael Gracey will helm the project, which will feature original songs by the Tony-nominated duo of Justin Paul & Benj Pasek (“The »
- Michael Nordine
Zendaya is in negotiations to join the high-wattage cast of The Greatest Showman, Fox’s musical focusing on P.T. Barnum, the founder of the circus that became the famous traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Michael Gracey is directing the project, which has Zac Efron and Michelle Williams in negotiations to join Hugh Jackman, who has spent years developing the project. Michael Arndt, who wrote the screenplay for Toy Story 3, is penning the script. Jackman is playing Barnum while Efron will portray a playwright who becomes Barnum’s right-hand man. Williams will play Jackman’s love interest.
- Borys Kit
With $381 million in the bank after just three weeks of release, Disney-Pixar's Finding Dory is not only on track to be the summer's highest-grossing film in North America but the animation studio's highest-grossing title of all time domestically (the current record holder, Toy Story 3, finished with $415 million in the U.S. and Canada). So does that mean we can expect Pixar to keep pumping out sequels to their old hits at the expense of original properties? Studio president Jim Morris says no. “Most studios jump on doing a sequel as soon as they have a successful film, but our business model is a filmmaker model, and we don’t make a sequel unless the director of the original film has an idea that they like and are willing to go forward on,” Morris told Entertainment Weekly (via Polygon) in an interview. “A sequel in some regards is even harder »
- Chris Eggertsen
Pet-loving moviegoers are expected to show strong support for the opening of Illumination-Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets” with more than $70 million this weekend at the U.S. box office.
The animated comedy should dethrone Disney-Pixar’s blockbuster “Finding Dory,” which has won three consecutive weekends and dominated at multiplexes with $381 million in 18 days. Fox is also opening the raunchy comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” starring Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza, amid expectations in the $15 million range.
“The Secret Life of Pets” has grossed $31 million in six international markets and is already the second-highest animated grosser this year in the U.K.
Universal will open “Pets” at approximately 4,300 North American theaters on Friday. The film is based on the simple premise of the lives led by pets after their owners leave for work or school each day.
Expectations have been elevated by strong »
- Dave McNary
Evidentially, Pixar has comfortably settled into the sequel/prequel phase of their career. They’ve spent more time of late harkening back on their previous films rather than producing anything original, beyond the occasional “Inside Out,” “The Good Dinosaur” or “Brave.” The results, expectedly, have varied: “Toy Story 3” was great, but “Cars 2” didn’t quite live […]
The post Pixar’s Sequel Machine Will Take A Break Starting In 2019 appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Will Ashton
Many predicted massive success for Pixar's latest film, Finding Dory, but few predicted the film would do as well as it's been doing. For the third weekend in a row, the animated flick finds itself at the top of both the worldwide and domestic box office. As of this writing, the film is just short of $550 million worldwide. In addition, the movie has grossed over $380 domestically, making the second highest domestic film in Pixar's history, behind only Toy Story 3, which I expect it will surpass before its theatrical run is up. Needless to say, Dory is certainly living up to the success of the first film.
While Dory may have had a strong third weekend, that doesn't mean the films coming in at number two and three domestically aren't experiencing success of their own. Legend Of Tarzan and The Purge: Election Year both exceeded expectations for their premiere weekends as well, »
- Joseph Medina
Simon Brew Jul 4, 2016
Three out of Pixar's next four films are sequels - but after that, more standalone films are coming...
Since 2010, over half of the films that Pixar has made have been sequels. Granted, that includes the wonderful Toy Story 3, yet for an animation studio that has prided itself on so many original, standalone movies, it’s still a commercial-sounding shift.
Furthermore, three of Pixar’s next four films are sequels too, although again, that includes the likes of Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles 2. Neither sounds to us like they're killing the proverbial golden goose, a la DreamWorks with the Shrek series. Still, there have been growing murmurings about Pixar’s reliance on sequels for its slate.
The firm had been set to work on of a sequel every other year, with an original movie annually. And Pixar president Jim Morris has revealed that following 2019’s eagerly-awaited Incredibles sequel, »
The fireworks at the North America box office this holiday weekend were on the mild side as for a third straight week, Disney/Pixar’s animated smash Finding Dory remained the top choice for movie goers. The family comedy topped a crowded multiplex field that included newcomers The Purge: Election Year, The Legend of Tarzan and The Bfg.
Dropping 43%, Finding Dory swam its way to a solid $42 million third round on 4,305 screens, bringing its overall domestic total to $372.2 million. The film should hit the $400 million mark by the end of this upcoming week. By next weekend, it will overtake Toy Story 3 to become the highest-grossing Pixar Studios release to date. It should overtake The Lion King to become Disney’s highest-grossing animated feature within two weeks and shortly thereafter that, it will push Shrek 2 aside to become the biggest-grossing animated feature ever, pre-inflation (naturally).
The first direct challenge »
The Pixar release swam to the top of the charts for the third consecutive weekend, picking up $41.9 million to bring its domestic total to $372.2 million. The follow-up to “Finding Nemo” should end the four-day holiday with another $50.5 million in receipts. It is on pace to surpass “Toy Story 3” and its $415 million haul as the highest grossing Pixar film in history on a domestic basis.
“It’s showing no signs of slowing down,” said Dave Hollis, distribution chief at Disney, Pixar’s parent company. “As people are weighing what to see, it stands out as the only option that’s going to entertain everyone.”
The July 4th weekend is traditionally one of the movie business’ biggest, but this national holiday suffered from a weak crop of new releases, as »
- Brent Lang
My guest for this month is Herb van der Poll, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1992 American-British satirical mockumentary film Bob Roberts. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.
The cast is seriously insane, with Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Ray Wise, Gore Vidal, John Cusack, Peter Gallagher, Alan Rickman, and Susan Sarandon Oh and also James Spader, Helen Hunt, Jack Black, Jeremy Piven and his sister Shira, and Bob Balaban Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know we have an election happening The film shows some strong parallels to the presidency of George W. Bush Ray Wise, of course, was famously Laura Palmer’s dad on one of my all time favorite shows, Twin Peaks In this film, he and Alan Rickman play Dick Cheney and Karl Rove type figures Folk music is often in the service of liberal causes, »
- Arik Devens
Plus: MGM secures new $1bn credit facility; Digimon Adventure gets Us release; and more…
Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory has become the fastest animated feature to pass $300m in North American box office, according to Disney.
The Finding Nemo sequel, released in the Us on June 17, passed the box office benchmark in 12 days, reaching $311.2m by the end of Tuesday (June 28). That made the film the eleventh animated feature to pass $300m domestically and beat the 18 days that Shrek 2 and Toy Story 3 took to reach the mark.
Globally, Finding Dory has taken $433m, including $121.8m from international markets. It opens in Brazil and the Netherlands this weekend and has openings in Korea, Mexico, Japan, the UK, Italy and Germany still to come.
• MGM has secured a new $1bn five-year revolving credit facility arranged by J P Morgan Chase with a syndicate of lenders. The new facility replaces MGM’s existing $665m facility.
• Eleven Arts and [link »
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