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Ratchet & Clank Feature Film And HD Remake Coming In 2015

9 June 2014 8:11 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Originally announced back in 2013, Sony has revealed that the Ratchet & Clank animated feature will be released in the first half of 2015. Featuring heavy input from series developer Insomniac Games, the film will focus on the gun-toting Ratchet’s quest to become the next big galactic hero, much like his hero, Captain Qwark. It will come to us courtesy of Rainmaker Entertainment, who’s only theatrically released film to date has been the 2013 animated feature Escape from Planet Earth.

In addition to the news about the film, Sony also announced that an HD remake of the original Ratchet & Clank will release alongside the film for the PlayStation 4. Originally released in 2002, the 3D platformer provided gamers with an assortment of creative weapons and unique planets to explore on the titular pair’s quest to save the galaxy.

We will have more information on both the film Ratchet & Clank and the HD re-release in the coming months. »

- Eric Hall

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Briefs: A College Football Player Comes Out, The “Drag Race” Controversy Grows, And Why Are There No Gay Men On “The Walking Dead?”

31 March 2014 2:44 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Ewan McGregor (above), who is 43, Richard Chamberlain is 80, Shirley Jones is 80, and Christopher Walken is 71.

This Movie Is Rated PG-13 for Tasteless Gay Jokes. The movie in question is Escape From Planet Earth. Has anyone seen it, and what did you think?

Congrats to Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry, who got married over the weekend.

The Drag Race Fiasco: A Battle For GLAAD’s Soul?

Why are there no gay men on The Walking Dead?

What moms say to gay sons.

Idina Menzel and Darren Criss attend the opening night party for If/Then on Broadway.

Big congrats to college football defensive end Mitch Eby, who has come out to his teammates and to Outsports.

Here he is reporting on a basketball game.

And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. »

- snicks

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Need for Speed takes pole position at the UK box office

19 March 2014 5:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 14th - Sunday 16th March 2014....

The Aaron Paul-headlined video game adaptation Need for Speed has taken first place at the UK box office, dethroning 300: Rise of an Empire with an opening weekend haul of £2,011,249, while Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel climbed one place to second, giving Anderson his best UK return with a total of £4.1 million to date.

Elsewhere, the only other newcomer to manage to crack the top ten was Under the Skin, which stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien seductress looking for men in the Scottish highlands. The film pulled in £238,694 to claim tenth place. 

Number one this time last year: Oz the Great and Powerful

1. Need for Speed, £2,011,249 weekend (New)

2. The Grand Budapest Hotel, £1,309,103 weekend; £4,115,618 total (2 weeks)

3. 300: Rise of an Empire, £1,223,370 weekend; £5,351,262 total (2 weeks)

4. The Lego Movie, £998,176 weekend; £30,063,416 total (5 weeks)

5. Non-Stop, »

- Gary Collinson

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Need for Speed in pole position at UK box office but Under the Skin infectious

19 March 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Video game adaptation takes top spot, Grand Budapest Hotel gives Wes Anderson his best live-action gross ever and Jonathan Glazer's sci-fi horror vindicates slow roll-out

• Full week-by-week UK box office analysis

The winner

Arriving with £2.01m including previews of £469,000, Need for Speed dethrones 300: Rise of an Empire to occupy the chart summit, in the process becoming the lowest-grossing chart-topper of 2014. In fact, Need for Speed has delivered the lowest weekend takings for a top title since last October. Sunny skies at the weekend are likely to have reduced box-office, although with temperatures cooling just in time for the crucial evening showtimes, warm spring weather is usually less detrimental to a film's success than hot sunshine at the start of the summer.

Need for Speed is the first lead role in a wide release for Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul. The 34-year-old was last seen on the big screen in Smashed, »

- Charles Gant

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Need for Speed claims pole position at UK box office - top 10 in full

18 March 2014 5:36 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Need for Speed has topped the UK box office on its first weekend on release.

The Aaron Paul-led action film, based on the long-running EA video game franchise, earned north of £2 million to see off competition from The Grand Budapest Hotel and secure the top spot.

Need for Speed fared better with UK audiences than it did in the Us, where it charted at number three over the weekend.

Back in this weekend's UK chart, 300: Rise of an Empire fell down to number three, while The Lego Movie and Liam Neeson's Non-Stop round out the top five.

Elsewhere, the only other new release to make it into the top ten is Scarlett Johansson's Under the Skin. The Jonathan Glazer-directed drama earned £238,694 to land at number ten.

The UK box office figures in full from Friday, March 14-Sunday, March 16:

1. (-) Need for Speed - £2,011,249

2. (3) The Grand Budapest Hotel »

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William Shatner | My family values

14 March 2014 5:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor who made his mark as Star Trek's Captain James T Kirk talks about growing up in Montreal and his belief that what's on the mantelpiece reveals a lot about a marriage

My father, Joseph, had a small company making men's clothing in Montreal, where I grew up. He was lower-middle class. He struggled and worked very hard. He was gone a lot of the time and when he came home he was tired, so he would read the paper and on the weekends he'd rest. My mother, Anne, kept the house, but she was interested in doing more and always had a higher ambition than just being in the house. But there was no way for her to make that work. She would try to do small things – work as an actress, and she gave elocution lessons.

Neither of my parents really influenced me, although I suppose »

- Elaine Lipworth

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William Shatner | My family values

14 March 2014 5:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The actor who made his mark as Star Trek's Captain James T Kirk talks about growing up in Montreal and his belief that what's on the mantelpiece reveals a lot about a marriage

My father, Joseph, had a small company making men's clothing in Montreal, where I grew up. He was lower-middle class. He struggled and worked very hard. He was gone a lot of the time and when he came home he was tired, so he would read the paper and on the weekends he'd rest. My mother, Anne, kept the house, but she was interested in doing more and always had a higher ambition than just being in the house. But there was no way for her to make that work. She would try to do small things – work as an actress, and she gave elocution lessons.

Neither of my parents really influenced me, although I suppose »

- Elaine Lipworth

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Sarah Jessica Parker: 'I want to start each day with you'

13 March 2014 5:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Has Sjp's role as Kira Supernova in Escape From Planet Earth fostered a belief in aliens? Is it the best-named character she has ever played? And is she sick of being asked about Sex and the City 3?

Hello Sarah. Is Escape From Planet Earth your first animated movie?

I think it's the first full-length theatrical release. I don't recall any more, to be honest. I've probably done short-form voice stuff before. (1)

And this is your third space-themed movie.

It is? Remind me.

Well, there was Flight of the Navigator, and then Mars Attacks!

Ah, yes, you're right. I seem to be drawn to the genre, even though I don't even remember that I am.

In some ways, would you see this as the completion of a trilogy?

Oh my God, I love that you're looking at it with such a scholarly approach. Yes! Let's pretend that that's exactly why I did it. »

- Stuart Heritage

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300: Rise of an Empire knocks The Lego Movie from the top of the UK box office

12 March 2014 11:27 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 7th - Sunday 9th March 2014....

After three weeks atop the UK box office, The Lego Movie has fallen to second place, with the sword and sandals prequel/sequel 300: Rise of an Empire seizing its glory and claiming top spot with an opening weekend of £2,761,612. While that was enough for first place, its debut is down considerably from Zack Snyder's original, which pulled in £4.75 million back in 2006.

Joining 300: Rise of an Empire in the top ten were a further two newcomers, with Wes Anderson's latest star-studded offering The Grand Budapest Hotel pulling in £1,532,239 and giving the director his best ever UK debut in third place, while CG-animation Escape from Planet Earth opened down in seventh with £395,392. 

Number one this time last year: Oz the Great and Powerful

1. 300: Rise of an Empire, £2,761,612 weekend (New)

2. The Lego Movie, »

- Gary Collinson

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300: Rise of an Empire smashes The Lego Movie off top UK spot

11 March 2014 8:55 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Togas-to-go and abs to die for atop the UK box office, while Grand Budapest Hotel books in a surprise third

• More from UK box office

The winner

Seven years after the original 300 film, and with Gerard Butler's slain character missing this time around, it was by no means certain that audiences had an appetite for second helpings. But backers Warners and Legendary Pictures will be plenty happy with the opening numbers for 300: Rise of an Empire in the Us and internationally. In the UK, the film, from director Noam Murro (Smart People) and starring Australian actor Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom), achieved a robust £2.76m debut. While that's well down on 300's opening salvo – £4.75m including previews of £784,000 – it's not bad for a film that seemed short of marketable elements other than the 300 brand name.

Rise of an Empire knocked The Lego Movie off the top spot after a three-week run. »

- Charles Gant

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300: Rise of an Empire seizes glory at UK box office - top 10 in full

11 March 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

300: Rise of an Empire has topped the UK box office on its debut weekend on release.

The action blockbuster, a sequel to 2007's Zack Snyder hit 300, earned £2.7 million to end The Lego Movie's three-week reign at the chart summit.

Rise of an Empire's opening haul represents a significant drop from its predecessor, which debuted to £9 million in April 2007. The film eventually went on to make $450 million (£270 million) at the worldwide box office.

Back in this week's chart, Wes Anderson's latest The Grand Budapest Hotel debuted at number three with £1.5 million, up significantly from the £250,000 earned by Moonrise Kingdom in 2012.

Non-Stop, the latest Liam Neeson action-thriller, and comedy Ride Along complete the top five.

Elsewhere, the only other new release to make it into the top ten is animated film Escape from Planet Earth, landing at number seven with £395,392.

The UK box office figures in full from Friday, »

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The Grand Budapest Hotel, 300: Rise Of An Empire, Paranoia: this week's new films

7 March 2014 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Grand Budapest Hotel | 300: Rise Of An Empire | Wake In Fright | Paranoia | The Stag | Escape From Planet Earth

The Grand Budapest Hotel (15)

(Wes Anderson, 2014, UK/Ger) Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F Murray Abraham, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan. 100 mins

You wonder how long Anderson can keep accumulating star actors and creating ever more elaborate microcosms but, judging by this, he's a long way from running out of steam. It's a witty caper-within-a-reminiscence-within-a-flashback set in interwar Europe, through which Fiennes's debonair concierge must flee, protege lobby boy in tow, after an heiress's murder. It's breathlessly paced and breathtakingly designed, but with a solid core – like a fancy cake with an iron file concealed inside.

300: Rise Of An Empire (15)

(Noam Murro, 2014, Us) Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro. 102 mins

With the bar for violent historical silliness raised by Game Of Thrones, this sequel pitches recklessly into another orgy of fetishised classical warfare with comic-book effects. »

- Steve Rose

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Brendan Fraser talks Escape from Planet Earth

7 March 2014 3:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This weekend sees the release of Escape from Planet Earth, a family film that follows a hapless alien who’s trapped on the dangerous Planet Earth, and his attempt to escape a horrible fate at the hands of the humans. Brendan Fraser provides the voice of Scorch Supernova, the blue-skinned extraterrestrial hero, in a role that sees the loveable actor continue his run of family-friendly movies after Furry Vengeance and Inkheart, and as an aside to his more independent, serious fare such as Gimme Shelter and Breakout.

When we spoke with the actor we expected a straight-forward interview. How very wrong we were; the following conversation includes some singing, a bit of ice cream tasting, and a dash of Charlie Chaplin, proving why Fraser is the go-to guy if you’re looking to give your movie some spark. Read on on and enjoy.

Hi Brendan, how are you doing?

I »

- Gary Green

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Lego Movie edifice growing for third week, with Non-Stop static at No 2

4 March 2014 9:10 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Oscars buzz boosts UK box office and whether growling on a plane or voicing an animation, it's Liam Neeson's moment

• Review of The Lego Movie

• Review of Non-Stop

• More on the UK box office

The winner

Adding another £4.79m in the past seven days, The Lego Movie now stands at a sturdy £26.67m after three weeks of play. That puts it level with the lifetime tallies of blockbusters including Spider-Man 2 (£26.72m) and Ocean's Eleven (£26.47m), and ahead of fellow animations including Ratatouille (£24.80m) and Wall-e (£22.91m). The Lego Movie will pretty soon overtake the likes of Shrek (£29m) and A Bug's Life (£29.45m) and is clearly headed into the mid-30s (£m).

Although box office for The Lego Movie is certainly skewed to the weekend, its decent performance in the Monday-to-Thursday period suggests that it is picking up a true adult audience, rather than merely adult chaperones of children. »

- Charles Gant

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Jessica Alba loved starring in 'Escape From Planet Earth'

1 March 2014 11:38 PM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, Mar.2: Jessica Alba has revealed that she loved every minute of starring in the movie, 'Escape from Planet Earth'.

The 32-year-old actress is content with the fact that she has worked in a family film that she could finally watch with her children, the Daily Express reported.

'The Fantastic Four' star said that seeing her kids every morning and evening was a novel experience for the actress.

Alba further asserted that since she is a mother now, and the hardest part for her was having to spend time away from her family, adding that she will think twice before she agrees for films that might take eight. »

- Abhijeet Sen

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Harvey Weinstein interview: 'I discovered I was a teddy bear instead of a grizzly bear'

1 March 2014 11:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The movie mogul on why he loves the Brits, making films for his children and how giving up M&Ms made him a better person

How are you and what are you doing?

I'm in New York City, it's snowing, freezing cold and for some unfathomable reason, I'm about to walk down the street to my office. Other than that, I'm fabulous.

Your new film, Escape from Planet Earth, is the Weinstein Company's first animation, right?

The first one we've made from scratch, yeah. Funnily enough, it's about two brothers who squabble all the time. I wouldn't know anything about that, of course [Harvey runs the Weinstein Company with his brother Bob]. One of the brothers is a larger-than-life alien hero who gets sent to Area 51, where he's imprisoned, so the quieter brother has to go and rescue him. Every weekend, my four daughters insist I drive them to the movie theatre and watch the latest animated film. So »

- Michael Hogan

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We Are What We Are, The Book Thief, Non-Stop: this week's new films

28 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

We Are What We Are | The Book Thief | Non-Stop | Ride Along | As The Palaces Burn | Unforgiven | Funny Face

We Are What We Are (18)

(Jim Mickle, 2013, Us) Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner. 103 mins

The story of an archaic backwoods family with very good reasons for their insularity, this spends such a long time laying out its twisted domestic set-up, it's almost as if it's in denial about being a horror movie (remade from a Mexican original). It's a wise decision. If you don't know the family's Big Secret already, it would be a shame to spoil it; let's just say it pulls the story into real shock and gore territory.

The Book Thief (12A)

(Brian Percival, 2013, Us/Ger) Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson. 131 mins

A smart but syrupy wartime tale that traverses well-trodden territory – from The Reader to Life Is Beautiful – as a young girl is adopted by goodly Germans, »

- Steve Rose

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Don't Mess With Sofia Vergara & Reese Witherspoon

10 February 2014 2:15 PM, PST | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

"Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara is so funny and she's just been edging into funny movies like playing the villain in The Smurfs, and playing smaller roles in The Three StoogesNew Year's Eve and Escape from Planet Earth. But finally, she's going to do a female buddy comedy with another of our faves, Reese Witherspoon (Monsters vs Aliens). In Don't Mess with Texas, Reese will play a cop and Sofia will play a prisoner who have to go on the lam together (you know, this would be even funnier if it were Mf's Gloria who was a prisoner on the run!). In talks to direct the film is Anne Fletcher, who made her mark putting comedic duos together with The Proposal.  »

- tara@kidspickflicks.com (Tara the Mom)

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The Nut Job Gets a Sequel!

24 January 2014 12:00 AM, PST | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Update: The Nut Job is a Huge success, making more money in its opening weekend than any other indie animated film. So, of course, the companies behind the nutty film will make a sequel! Nothing else is secured, like if director Peter Lepeniotis or any of the stars will be back. When a movie is expected to be a success, usually they have the stars sign a contract promising to come back but with a small film made out of South Korea, I feel pretty certain they did Not make a deal for future films with the film's key voices, Katherine Heigl or Will Arnett.

April 11, 2013 - The Nut Job isn't looking so squirrley anymore. Open Road Films, the folks behind The Host, has picked up the 3D animated film about a squirrel and a rat who plan to steal the nuts from a nut store. It will be in theaters Jan. »

- tara@kidspickflicks.com (Tara the Mom)

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Could a Viral Video Give ‘Devil’s Due’ a Box Office Boost?

17 January 2014 2:25 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.

Devil’s Due

“Devil’s Due” will look to attract the January horror audience that “Mama” and “The Devil Inside” have both thrived on in recent years. Taking a cue from the “Carrie” viral video back in October, “Devil’s Due” released their own Devil-baby viral video on Tuesday. The video, both hysterical and a little horrifying, has already reached an astounding 29 million views – boosting the overall view count to over 35 million, making up for an initial below-average trailer count. Smartly revealed only three days before the release date (versus »

- Tobias Bauckhage

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