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Chicago – In an incredibly weak time for feature animation (since the glory of 2010, it’s been pretty dark out there), Pixar’s “Monsters University” has enough personality and genuine humor to stand out from its generic competition. It also helps the film’s quest for another Pixar Oscar for Best Animated Film that the recently-released Blu-ray is a gem, loaded with special features and including a spectacula HD transfer. It falls between the amazing “Toy Story 3” and the awful “Cars 2” on the Pixar spectrum but it’s still a good time and will make a lovely holiday season gift.
“Monsters University” cleverly plays with what parents will already know and love about the college movie genre. The underdogs who overcome all odds — it’s an animated “Revenge of the Nerds” in a lot of ways. Overall, the film has a remarkable momentum, never succumbing to pacing problems »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The Academy released the following list of nineteen films that have been submitted for consideration at the 2014 Oscars for Best Animated Feature. Of the nineteen, I have 12 listed in my Oscar predictions for the category, which I just updated yesterday after several positive reviews for Disney's Frozen hit the Internet. Those submitted for consideration that I don't currently have on the list include The Fake, Khumba, The Legend of Sarila, A Letter to Momo, O Ap?stolo, Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie - Rebellion and Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury. Interestingly enough, one film I previously had on the list that is not included is the Weinstein's Escape from Planet Earth. I have no idea what it was left off, but it's simply possible Harvey et. al simply decided it wasn't worth it, or it had to do with some sour grapes after the studio settled a »
- Brad Brevet
"Free Birds" is more proof, as if 2013 needed it, that Hollywood has almost killed the animated goose that laid the golden egg.
No matter that in this case, the goose is a turkey. You didn't need to be told that. But a year that has produced the clever and heartfelt "The Croods" and the passably amusing "Despicable Me 2" has also had a healthy dose of sausage factory about it. "Epic," "Monsters University," "Planes," "Escape from Planet Earth," "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" and "Turbo" -- all major pictures that hint at a talent pool spread absurdly thin and an industry with sneering contempt for its audience. ("Animate it, charge 3-D prices and their parents will grit their teeth and bear it!")
A start-up division called Reflex Animation did "Free Birds." Relativity is releasing it. They make the same mistakes that generations of animators made before them, having »
Cambodian-set surreal love story Ruin has won another international festival award.
The film collected the prize for best concept and cinematography at the International 2morrow film festival in Moscow. Michael Cody, who co-directed the film with Amiel Courtin-Wilson, was on hand to accept the award.
Ruin won the special Orizzonti Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. It.s screening this week in Chile.s Festival Internacional de Cine Valdivia and in November will participate in Ireland's Cork International Film Festival. Courtin-Wilson tells If the film will be released in Australia by Madman Entertainment after it plays at Oz festivals next year.
Mark Hartley.s Patrick is competing at the Sitges horror/thriller festival in Spain alongside films such as Robert Rodriguez.s Machete Kills, Nicolas Winding Refn.s Only God Forgives and Eli Roth.s The Green Inferno.
- Don Groves
For the last few Summers we’ve come to expect a brand new animated feature from the fine folks at Pixar, and a couple of months ago filmgoers took a tour of the campus of Monsters University. But what’s this? A second flick out of Emoryville? Well yes and no. Planes was originally produced (mostly animated in India, not California) for the home video market, bypassing theatres. This sort of thing has happened before. Toy Story 2 was intended to go right to DVD (more like VHS then), but the studio thought it turned out so well that it should be released theatrically (and they were absolutely correct!). Planes is also a sequel, in a roundabout way. We’re not getting a further adventure with Lightning and Mater, but this is set in the same movie universe, or as the ads say, “from the world of Cars”. No humans here, »
- Jim Batts
Emerging Video-on-Demand and download-to-own service EzyFlix.tv has sealed licensing deals with all the Hollywood studios and Roadshow ahead of its official launch in August.
The deals cover current films and TV shows and library product from the past five years, according to the online retailer's founder, Access Digital Entertainment CEO Craig White.
The service had a soft launch in May, offering This Is 40 and Gangster Squad. White has not specified the precise date for the official launch, indicating only that it will be in early August. There will be 2,000 titles available at launch.
EzyFlix.tv will compete with VoD services such as iTunes, BigPond Movies, Foxtel On-Demand, Quickflix and Fetch TV, none of which offers download-to-own. Also unlike its rivals, the service enables consumers to buy and redeem UltraViolet-enabled titles, which are stored in each user's digital cloud from where they can be downloaded to any connected device »
- Don Groves
Fresh from her time away from our screens Jessica Alba is busy filling up her schedule with new projects. Her latest role comes in upcoming action thriller Stretch, directed by Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-team) and produced by Jason Blum (The Purge, Insidious).
The character she will be playing is not yet known but it looks to be a supporting role alongside stars Chris Pine and Patrick Wilson. Wilson, star of Insidious and Morning Glory, will play a limo driver named Stretch trying to clean up his act once and for all. That’s all well and good until Pine steps into the picture as a customer from hell with some pretty freaky requests on Stretch’s last shift. Ed Helms is also in line to play a fellow limo driver trying to keep Stretch on the straight and narrow.
Alba had a small role this year in Sundance Festival favourite A. »
- Victoria Bull
Patrick Wilson stars as a downtrodden man who takes a job as a limo driver to pay off his gambling debts. His first client is an eccentric billionaire (Chris Pine), whose bizarre requests take a toll on the driver's sanity throughout one crazy night. Ed Helms, Brooklyn Decker, James Badge Dale, David Hasselhoff, Ray Liotta, and Shaun Toub also star.
The British Columbia-based studio will begin production in autumn on the CGI feature.
Adam Wood makes his feature directorial debut from a screenplay by Jay D Waxman about two low ranking thugs who must find their inner hero after they stumble upon a super villain’s ultimate weapon.
Wood recently served as animation director on Escape From Planet Earth and is a former CG animator at Pixar. He is currently directing Bron Animation’s Mighty Mighty Monsters specials Halloween Havoc, New Fears Eve and Pranks For The Memories.
Bron is ramping up its recruiting efforts, and will send a team to computer animation festival Siggraph in Anaheim this month. Bron’s chief technical officer Terry Bates, visual effects supervisor Teunis De Raat, lead pipeline technical director Kirk Chantraine and technical director Dimitry Kachkovski will attend with Bron partner Brenda Gilbert. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Check out a badass new character poster featuring Charlie Sheen in the upcoming film “Machete Kills” by director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Machete) ands starring Amber Heard (Paranoia, Syrup, The Rum Diary, The Playboy Club), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family, Fading Gigolo, The Smurfs), Mel Gibson (Get The Gringo, The Beaver, Paparazzi), Alexa Vega (The Devil’s Carnival, The Mine, 23 Blast), Charlie Sheen (Anger Management, A Glimps Inside The Mind of Charles Swan III), Jessica Alba (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, A.C.O.D., Escape From Planet Earth) and Vanessa Hudgens (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island). Synopsis: In Machete Kills, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent Machete, who is recruited by [ Read More ]
- Brian Corder
It’s that time of year again, folks. We’re turning three years old this week and to celebrate, we’re hosting a Massive, and we do mean massive, contest. Thanks to our friends in the industry (listed at the end of this post) we’ve amassed a nice collection of prizes to give away to some lucky readers.
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- Matt Joseph
It seems that this day and age, voice-acting attracts the cream of the Hollywood crop. In the past decade or so, many notable actors have lent their oratory talent to animated feature films, and in so doing their status as actors is no longer limited to what they look like but to what they sound like as well. Escape from Planet Earth is a recent 3D computer-animated adventure film which contains a pretty impressive roster of voice actors. That is perhaps the film’s only strength. Well, that and the lovely animation because the story is somewhat lacking.
- Randall Unger
Chicago – Not only have I been a longtime fan of great children’s films like those produced by Disney and Studio Ghibli over the years but I’m now a parent and absolutely adore the feeling of passing along my favorite films like “Spirited Away,” “Dumbo,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Toy Story” along to my little ones. My children will never see “Escape From Planet Earth.” As someone who not only sees nearly every animated film in his profession but has a new appreciation for them given my being a parent, I feel qualified to say this is one of the worst children’s films of the last decade. It’s aggressively annoying with awful character design and a screenplay that is clearly trying to teach children a lesson about boredom.
Why is it so hard for the non-major studios to break into CGI animation? Why is it mostly »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pre-theatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Warm Bodies (zombie rom-com; Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich; rated PG-13) A Good Day to Die Hard (action sequel; Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney; rated R) Identity Thief (comedy; Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy; unrated) Escape from Planet Earth (animated adventure; voices of Jessica Alba, Brenda Fraser; rated PG) Broken (drama; Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy; pretheatrical release; not yet rated) V/H/S/2 (found-footage horror sequel; Kelsy Abbott, Hannah Al Rashid...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
This week the more interesting titles are in the "Even More" section as Universal is releasing some of its Classic Monster movies on Blu-ray along with more individual Blu-ray releases of some Hitchcock titles as well as his "Essentials" Collection. It also reveals the fifth season of "Breaking Bad" and the Blu-ray release of the Mad Max Trilogy. Warm Bodies At home and DVD and Blu-ray is where Warm Bodies is going to find its extended life. I wasn't a huge fan of the way director Jonathan Levine substituted storytelling with familiar music, but I know a lot of people really liked this film and I get that. It's a perfectly sweet little story with some rather comical moments and at home, where standards are even lower, it's going to flourish. You can read my review from earlier this year right here.
A Good Day to Die Hard It's funny, »
- Brad Brevet
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- Natasha Young
Also new this week is Bruce Willis back as John McClane (in theory) in "A Good Day to Die Hard," Jason Bateman tracking down Melissa McCarthy in the comedy "Identity Thief" and a new Blu-ray collection of the "Mad Max" trilogy.
Box Office: $66 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 80% Fresh
Storyline: After a zombie epidemic decimates the population, the unusual zombie R (Nicholas Hoult) rescues human Julie (Teresa Palmer) from a zombie attack and keeps her safe in his makeshift house at the airport. As the two fall for each other, R becomes increasingly human and the duo tries to convince Julie's military-officer father (John Malkovich) that there might be a way for humans and zombies to peacefully co-exist. »
- Robert DeSalvo
On Demand DVD New Releases June 3-9: Bruce Willis is back as John McClane in A Good Day to Die Hard — this time, he’s on a mission to help his son. Zombies are looking for love in Warm Bodies and Jason Bateman seeks an Identity Thief (Melissa McCarthy). Escape From Planet Earth (3-D) In this animated adventure, astronaut Scorch Supernova (voice of Brendan Fraser) answers an Sos from a notoriously dangerous planet only to find himself caught in a fiendish trap. It’s up to his quiet, by-the-book brother Gary (voice of Rob Corddry) to save him. Also features the voice of William Shatner [...]
The post On Demand DVD New Releases June 3-9 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
The studio sent us this killer new movie poster featuring Michelle Rodriguez in the upcoming film “Machete Kills” by director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Machete) ands starring Amber Heard (Paranoia, Syrup, The Rum Diary, The Playboy Club), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family, Fading Gigolo, The Smurfs), Mel Gibson (Get The Gringo, The Beaver, Paparazzi), Alexa Vega (The Devil’s Carnival, The Mine, 23 Blast), Charlie Sheen (Anger Management, A Glimps Inside The Mind of Charles Swan III), Jessica Alba (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, A.C.O.D., Escape From Planet Earth) and Vanessa Hudgens (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island). Synopsis: In Machete Kills, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent Machete, who is [ Read More ]
- Brian Corder
Summer is almost upon us, which means lots of sun, beach-going, and movie-viewing (of course). The traditional movie-going experience can have you couped up in a theater for hours, which means you'll miss the beautiful weather outside. Luckily, Moviefone is taking you out of the theater, and into the sunshine (and under the stars) with this year's Street Food Cinema. The annual outdoor movie festival gives Los Angeles-area residents (or anyone visiting L.A. this summer) the chance to watch a full and diverse line-up of films in the fresh summer air of Exposition Park. The event also features gourmet food trucks and music from emerging L.A. musicians. Tickets to the event are $10, which includes access to the food, music, and live entertainment. Check out the full schedule below, and find out more information at the official Street Food Cinema website. Schedule May 25th - Stand By Me w »
- Dana Taddeo
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