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Whatever happened to Hollywood's really evil villains?

28 July 2016 5:52 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The release of Suicide Squad confirms a cinematic trend: all of our heroes are antiheroes and all of our baddies have been humanised. It’s time for the return of some proper bogeymen

Peter Bradshaw’s 10 favourite screen baddies

Time was when the movie villain was stuck in second fiddle. Their primary role: to devise over-elaborate – and ultimately unsuccessful – ways to kill the hero. But then, somewhere along the line, the bad guys won. Last Christmas, Vader fanboy Kylo Ren erased memories of the Star Wars prequels’ drippy Anakin Skywalker by topping the franchise’s most-beloved character. The cackling nemesis has been given full celebration in the likes of Despicable Me, Megamind and Hotel Transylvania. And now comes Suicide Squad, DC’s party-pack of supervillains – including a certain Clown Prince of Crime – given Dirty Dozen-style licence to run amok with Bohemian Rhapsody cranked up to 11.

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- Phil Hoad

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Should Sony risk a Ghostbusters sequel?

26 July 2016 12:46 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Luke Owen looks at the franchise potential of Ghostbusters

The second week numbers are in, and it’s what most people expected (at least it’s what I predicted on last week’s podcast). After a fairly decent (but not all that great) $46 million opening weekend, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot dropped 54% to earn $21 million in its second week. Which, in fairness to it, held up pretty well against great openings for Star Trek Beyond and Lights Out, and the animated behemoth The Secret Life of Pets (which continues to make baffling big money).

Who is to blame for the mediocre performance? Was it all the pre-release negativity from misogynistic Twitter and Reddit users? Did the over-bearing Ghostbusters defenders put off potential other movie goers? Is America not ready for an all-female horror comedy? Or are we just sick of cash-grab reboots in general?

All are valid questions, but only »

- Luke Owen

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T.J. Miller to voice a character in The Emoji Movie

18 July 2016 1:16 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A recent video posted online by Sony Pictures Animation, the production company behind such kid-friendly animated mega-hits as The Smurfs and Hotel Transylvania, has revealed that T.J. Miller is the first to join the cast of Emojimovie: Express Yourself. In the video, Miller auditions for a role in the movie by testing out his best emoji impressions on the casting director, but eventually realizes that he may have been fed some false details about the project. See it below…

The actor and comedian will be lending his voice to play “Gene, who was supposed to be a “meh” emoji like his parents. However, the optimistic character has a glitch that causes him to have multiple expressions outside of his control.” From there, in his quest to be a single emotion emoji, it sounds like he will learn to accept his abnormality as more of a blessing than a curse.

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- Justin Cook

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Comics: Cage! #1 – Coming This October From Marvel & Genndy Tartakovsky!

8 July 2016 2:37 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Animation Superstar Takes on Luke Cage for New Series!

Sweet Christmas, the wait is finally over! Award-winning animator Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Hotel Transylvania) comes to Marvel to bring his long-awaited Luke Cage tale to life! Written by Tartakovsky with art by Tartakovsky & inker Stephen DeStefano, Marvel is pleased to announce the hard-hitting, action-packed Cage! #1 is due to be published this October!

Welcome to the mean streets of New York City – shoes are big, bottoms are belled and crime is rampant! But in the heart of the city, the world’s hardest-working, smack-talking, chain-wearing, tiara-sporting super hero is hitting the streets hard and hitting the bad guys harder. This Hero for Hire is on the case, and his rates are reasonable! He’s Luke Cage, and he’ll save your behind. Dig it!

“Growing up with those [Power Man and Iron Fist] comics in the 70’s and 80’s I have a very »

- Michael Connally

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Sweet Christmas! Genndy Tartakovsky and Marvel teaming up for Cage

8 July 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Marvel has announced that it is teaming up with award-winning animator Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Hotel Transylvania) as he brings his long-awaited Luke Cage tale to life with the four-issue limited series Cage, set to get underway this October.

“Growing up with those [Power Man and Iron Fist] comics in the 70’s and 80’s I have a very strong fondness of that version of Power Man so my version is very rooted in that time, but I think it’s totally fun and feels new,” says Tartakovsky, in an interview with Birth.Movies.Death. “It was about making something entertaining with a character that I really liked. So I think it can appeal to young and old readers.”

Welcome to the mean streets of New York City – shoes are big, bottoms are belled and crime is rampant! But in the heart of the city, the world’s hardest-working, smack-talking, chain-wearing, tiara-sporting super »

- Gary Collinson

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Genndy Tartakovsky returning for Hotel Transylvania 3

27 June 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last October, director Genndy Tartakovsky revealed that he had no plans to return for Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 3, stating that “two is enough” and he was looking to move on to other projects, including the revived Samurai Jack, which is set to return to Cartoon Network this year.

Well, it seems he has now had a change of heart, as the director has told The Hollywood Reporter that he’ll be reuniting with voice actors Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg for the third entry in the animated franchise.

I thought I was done exploring the world of Hotel Transylvania after the first two films but while I was away from the franchise finishing my TV show Samurai Jack, an idea sparked that I got really excited about and made it irresistible to return and helm myself this third adventure..”

The first two Hotel Transylvania movies grossed over $820 million between them, »

- Gary Collinson

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Becky G, Josh Peck to Star in Animated ‘Gnome Alone’ (Exclusive)

23 June 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Singer-songwriter Becky G and Josh Peck have come on board as the lead voice talents for 3Qu Media’s animated comedy “Gnome Alone.”

Directed by Peter Lepeniotis (“The Nut Job”) and produced by 3Qu co-founder John H. Williams (“Shrek”), “Gnome Alone” is being animated at Cinesite and is slated for completion in the spring of 2017.

Becky G will also sing in “Gnome Alone” as part of the role of a high schooler named Chloe. She was cast in October as the Yellow Ranger for Lionsgate’s upcoming “Power Rangers” movie and has a recurring role on the Fox series “Empire” as the fiery Valentina.

“Gnome Alone” is the second of four feature-length animated films to be produced and financed by 3Qu Media following “Charming,” currently in production with a voice cast including Demi Lovato, Wilmer Valderrama, Sia, Gem, Ashley Tisdale, Steve Aoki and John Cleese. The “Gnome Alone” announcement was »

- Dave McNary

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Sony Pictures Animation Announces New Ghostbusters and Hotel Transylvania TV Series

23 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Sony Pictures Animation has announced its lineup for 2017-18, and it includes two very intriguing pieces of information. Firstly, and we all saw this coming, there’s a new Ghostbusters animated series in the works, in addition to the already announced… Continue Reading →

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- David Gelmini

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Hotel Transylvania: Disney Channel Animated Sequel Series Coming in 2017

21 June 2016 5:26 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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Holy rabies! Sony Pictures Animation has announced its new, animated Hotel Transylvania: The Television Series is underway, with an eye toward a 2017 premiere date on Disney Channel, worldwide. The animated Hotel Transylvania TV show, produced in partnership with Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana, will focus on the teenage years of Mavis, Dracula’s daughter, and her friends.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Genndy Tartakovsky Returning For ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’; TV Series to Air on Disney Channel in 2017

21 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Hotel Transylvania 2 was another hit for Sony Animation, raking in over $100M more than the first film. Despite the success of the sequel, director Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack) wasn’t interested in making another installment. Tartakovsky was ready to move on from the series, to try new things. But it looks like the director has had a change […]

The post Genndy Tartakovsky Returning For ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’; TV Series to Air on Disney Channel in 2017 appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Sony Pushes Animation Slate With Hotel Transylvania 3 Update

21 June 2016 6:45 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sony Animation is pulling out all the stops to boost its output for 2017 and 2018, and the result is some fairly wide-ranging news regarding both the television and film side of the operation. With its animated Spider-Man feature already moving full-speed ahead – with Phil Lord and Chris Miller on board – and television series of both Ghostbusters and Cloudy With a Chance Of Meatballs in development, the biggest titles currently under discussion are Hotel Transylvania 3, that film’s overall franchise, and EmojiMovie: Express Yourself.

The Hotel Transylvania franchise

Recently, Sony announced that the director of the first two instalments of the highly successful franchise – Genndy Tartakovsky – had opted not to return for the third movie. This was widely acknowledged to be the result of his return to the Samurai Jack fold, since he was that show’s creator, and he just headed up a brand new season. However, having performed a rather nifty about-face, »

- Sarah Myles

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New Ghostbusters Animated TV Show Is Coming in 2018

20 June 2016 6:36 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Depending on your perspective, it is either a very good or a very bad time to be a Ghostbusters fan. The all-female reboot which is directed by Paul Feig is dropping next month and, despite your feelings about that specifically, it does mean there is a lot of other Ghostbusters goodness on the way. To that point, today, Sony Animation confirmed that they have a new animated series based on the movie coming in 2018.

Sony announced in a press release today that they are creating a new Ghostbusters animated series that takes place in the future. The show, which will be called Ghostbusters: Ecto Force, is an extension of what Sony has planned on the film side of things, which Sony has officially dubbed the "Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe." Here is how Sony described the new series in their press release.

"(The new series) will further expand the Ghostbusters cinematic »

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Hotel Transylvania: The Television Series Arrives on Disney in 2017

20 June 2016 6:19 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Hotel Transylvania: The Television Series licensed by Disney Channel. Sony Pictures Animation‘s Hotel Transylvania (2012) and Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) have spawned a television show, entitled Hotel Transylvania: The Television Series, which is due to premiere on Disney Channel in 2017. Hotel Transylvania (2012) chronicles the famous Count Dracula (Adam Sandler), monster hotel owner and father of the young Mavis Dracula (Selena Gomez). […] »

- Leah Singerman

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Emoji Movie and Spider-Man Headline Sony's 2017-2018 Animation Slate

20 June 2016 5:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In a move signaling an expansion of its output and increased year-round production across multiple platforms, Sony Pictures Animation announced today its slate through 2018 which includes five theatrical features, three television series and one direct-to-video movie. These projects include the previously-announced Spider-Man Animated Movie and the new Emoji movie, which is now entitled EmojiMovie: Express Yourself. Here's what Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation, had to say in her statement.

"We are meaningfully stepping up our level of production, while creating an environment that fosters the best talent. Our goal is to enlarge our presence in the animation landscape with a uniquely diverse slate, and our strategy to get there is to let artists drive the movies creatively."

Sony Pictures Animation's slate includes a diverse mix of originals and franchises, some previously announced, each with its own unique style and tone, underscoring the Studio's pledge to develop projects aimed »

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'Spider-Man' and 'Ghostbusters' loom large in the plans of Sony Pictures Animation

20 June 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sony Pictures Animation has always been the red-headed stepchild of studio animation arms. They’ve had a few big hits, a few mid-sized hits, and they’ve done a very good job of squeezing every possible penny out of the direct-to-video market with sequels to some of their titles. In the press release they sent out today, Sony made it clear that they’re doubling down on animation. Kristine Belson is the president of Sony Animation, answering directly to Tom Rothman, and she talked about letting artists drive the films they’re planning to make. It’s a pretty safe list overall, with an emphasis on pre-existing properties, and I have a hard time getting my head around how anyone is even remotely artistically moved by the idea of an Emoji movie. Some of the titles had already been announced, but there are new details on those, and some of the announcements were brand-new. »

- Drew McWeeny

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‘Ghostbusters: Ecto Force’ Animated Series in the Works; Fan Backlash Imminent

20 June 2016 3:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you just can’t with this female-led “Ghostbusters” reboot, then perhaps today’s news that Sony Pictures Animation is creating a new animated installment in the franchise will be more to your liking. The studio has made its plans for 2017-18, with the animated series “Ghostbusters: Ecto Force” among its forthcoming offerings.

Read More: ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Cast Says Internet Trolls Are ‘Crazy People’ & ‘The Minority’

“We are meaningfully stepping up our level of production, while creating an environment that fosters the best talent,” said Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation. “Our goal is to enlarge our presence in the animation landscape with a uniquely diverse slate, and our strategy to get there is to let artists drive the movies creatively.” Spa also has “Hotel Transylvania” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” TV shows in the works.

Read More: ‘Ghostbusters’ Releases Catchy New Song From G-Eazy & Jeremih, »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Ghostbusters: Ecto Force’ Animated Series in the Works; Fan Backlash Imminent

20 June 2016 3:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

If you just can’t with this female-led “Ghostbusters” reboot, then perhaps today’s news that Sony Pictures Animation is creating a new animated installment in the franchise will be more to your liking. The studio has made its plans for 2017-18, with the animated series “Ghostbusters: Ecto Force” among its forthcoming offerings.

Read More: ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Cast Says Internet Trolls Are ‘Crazy People’ & ‘The Minority’

“We are meaningfully stepping up our level of production, while creating an environment that fosters the best talent,” said Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation. “Our goal is to enlarge our presence in the animation landscape with a uniquely diverse slate, and our strategy to get there is to let artists drive the movies creatively.” Spa also has “Hotel Transylvania” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” TV shows in the works.

Read More: ‘Ghostbusters’ Releases Catchy New Song From G-Eazy & Jeremih, »

- Michael Nordine

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Sony Pictures Animation Announces 2017 & 2018 Slate, Plus Animated 'Spider-man' Finds A Director

20 June 2016 2:33 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

In a move signaling an expansion of its output and increased year-round production across multiple platforms, Sony Pictures Animation announced today its slate through 2018 which includes five theatrical features, three television series and one direct-to-video movie.

Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation, says:

"We are meaningfully stepping up our level of production, while creating an environment that fosters the best talent. Our goal is to enlarge our presence in the animation landscape with a uniquely diverse slate, and our strategy to get there is to let artists drive the movies creatively."

Tom Rothman, Chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, adds:

"I could not be more proud of the way Kristine Belson has rebuilt Sony Pictures Animation into the boldest home for animation in the industry."

Sony Pictures Animation's slate includes a diverse mix of originals and franchises, some previously announced, each with its own unique style and tone, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Sony Plans Animated ‘Ghostbusters’ TV Show

20 June 2016 2:06 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A rebooted version of “Ghostbusters” doesn’t hit theaters until next month, but Sony Pictures is already plunging ahead with other ways to keep the paranormal investigators busy.

The studio’s animation division is planning a television series entitled “Ghostbuster: Ecto Force.” The show is being spearheaded by Ivan Reitman, the director of the original 1984 blockbuster, and will focus on a new generation of Ghostbusters. It will be set in the year 2050. The show is eyeing an early 2018 debut.

This isn’t the first time the Ghostbusters have gotten the animated treatment. In the mid-1980’s, there was an animated spin-off, “The Real Ghostbusters,” which featured big screen characters such as  Peter Venkman and Egon Spengler, as well as tie-ins to the movies thanks to appearances by the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

In addition, Sony Animation announced that Bob Persichetti will direct an animated Spider-Man film. Persichetti previously oversaw the story on “Puss in Boots” and “The Little Prince »

- Brent Lang

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Sony Plans Animated ‘Ghostbusters’ TV Show

20 June 2016 2:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A rebooted version of “Ghostbusters” doesn’t hit theaters until next month, but Sony Pictures is already plunging ahead with other ways to keep the paranormal investigators busy.

The studio’s animation division is planning a television series entitled “Ghostbuster: Ecto Force.” The show is being spearheaded by Ivan Reitman, the director of the original 1984 blockbuster, and will focus on a new generation of Ghostbusters. It will be set in the year 2050. The show is eyeing an early 2018 debut.

This isn’t the first time the Ghostbusters have gotten the animated treatment. In the mid-1980’s, there was an animated spin-off, “The Real Ghostbusters,” which featured big screen characters such as  Peter Venkman and Egon Spengler, as well as tie-ins to the movies thanks to appearances by the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

In addition, Sony Animation announced that Bob Persichetti will direct an animated Spider-Man film. Persichetti previously oversaw the »

- Brent Lang

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