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Watch: ‘Popeye’ Is Pipe-Less, Tattoo-Less in Sony Animation Test

11 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony has given audiences an early look at Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Popeye.”

CGI-animated test footage, which won’t appear in the film, shows a pipe-less, tattoo-less Popeye fighting Bluto to save his beloved Olive Oyl. The clip follows a behind-the-scenes video of Tartakovsky at work adapting “Popeye” for the bigscreen and discussing why he was “destined” to make the film.

The cast hasn’t been announced yet so Tartakovsky used temp voices for the test footage.

After starting his career in TV animation with “Dexter’s Laboratory” and “Samurai Jack,” Tartakovsky made his feature film directorial debut in 2012 with “Hotel Transylvania.” He’s also directing a sequel for the film (also from Sony Pictures Animation), which will bow on Sept. 25, 2015.

Meanwhile, “Popeye” hits theaters in 2016.

The animation test starts two minutes into the video.

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- Maane Khatchatourian

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Forecast: 'Maze Runner' on Track for Big First Place Debut... >

18 September 2014 5:28 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

After a few quiet weeks, business should pick up substantially this weekend. Three major new releases hit theaters, and young-adult adaptation The Maze Runner will likely finish at the front of the pack.Opening at 3,604 theaters, The Maze Runner is the latest attempt to cash in on the young-adult craze that's led to successful franchises like Twilight, The Hunger Games and Divergent.For every hit, though, there's at least two misses: in the past two years, the young-adult graveyard includes Beautiful Creatures, The Host, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Vampire Academy.Ahead of the weekend, it's pretty clear that The Maze Runner is going to avoid falling in to the latter category. While the existing fanbase is more-or-less on par with other would-be franchises*and much lower than The Hunger Games or Divergent*20th Century Fox has done a good job campaigning to non-readers.Marketing has nicely established the movie's mysterious premise, »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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See 'Popeye' like you've never seen him before in this CGI-animated footage

18 September 2014 5:03 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Genndy Tartakovsky is a heroic figure for a few different generations of animation obsessives, having created the all-time-great Cartoon Network series Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack before crafting maybe the best Star Wars thing of the last decade. Tartakovsky moved to feature films with 2012’s Hotel Transylvania, a slight but fun kid-horror romp. Tartavkosky’s currently directing a Hotel Transylvania sequel for next year–but he’s also working on a CGI-animated Popeye.

Although that film doesn’t have an official release date yet, Sony just released a video that includes thrilling test footage intended to show how Tartakovsky »

- Darren Franich

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Sony Animation Gives Fans a Spinach-Free Taste of ‘Popeye’ Movie (Video)

18 September 2014 3:33 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sony Pictures Animation has released test footage from Genndy Tartakovsky's “Popeye,” which won't flex its muscles in theaters until 2016. The studio is giving impatient fans a spinach-free taste of the CGI sailor, who must save his beloved Olive Oyl from the villainous Bluto. Also read: Sony Overhauls ‘Smurfs’ Franchise, Plans ‘Popeye’ Movie Tartakovsky directed “Hotel Transylvania” for Sony Animation and has been fascinated by “Popeye” since he was a boy. David Ronn and Jay Scherick wrote the script based on E.C. Segar's popular comic strip, which first debuted in 1929. Also read: Sony Pictures Animation Developing Faith-Based Movie About »

- Jeff Sneider

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This Is What A CGI 'Popeye' Looks Like: Test Footage From Genndy Tartakovsky's Take On The Character

18 September 2014 2:31 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In the realm of beloved animated characters that span generations of Americans, "Popeye" is right up near the top. And just like his buddies over at "Peanuts," he's getting updated for the modern era. Perhaps cognizant that audiences may not want to see changes to the hero they've loved and recognized in a certain form for ages, Sony Pictures Animation is getting way ahead of the curve to assure everyone this will be okay. The studio has dropped test footage—with temp voices and the caveat this sequence will not be used in the finished movie—to allow fans to get a taste of what Genndy Tartakovsky ("Hotel Transylvania") is putting together for his movie. But first, the filmmaker shares his enthusiasm for the project and character, and his desire to update it and be respectful and....you get the idea. As for the footage? It's....fine. It's about what »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Sony's New 'Popeye' CG Animation Test

18 September 2014 2:27 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The beloved spinach-chomping sailor will return in "Hotel Transylvania" director Tartakovsky's in-the-works animated feature. The nifty animation test below offers a sneak peek at how Sony animators are resurrecting Popeye, who was last on the big screen in Robert Altman's admirably daffy live-action effort in 1980. Tartakovsky was inspired by the iconic black-and-white Fleischer shorts for Paramount in the 1930s. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Well blow me down, Sony Animation has some 'Popeye' test footage for you

18 September 2014 2:04 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We still need to tell you what's up with this year's Best Animated Feature Film Oscar race, which we'll get to in due time. But for now, here's a sneak peek at a probable contender for 2016's race: Sony Pictures Animation's "Popeye." The studio has released a new featurette of sorts presenting an animation test for the film with director Genndy Tartakovsky. You might recall Tartakovsky's last film, "Hotel Transylvania," which was kinda/sorta in the Oscar hunt two years ago. That film was mostly dismissed by critics but I actually found it a charming diversion during the fall season. The featurette plays up Tartakovsky's personal connections to this well-known source material. "From a young child I was already destined to make one movie, and that movie was 'Popeye,'" he says. "Even so much that when I first started animation, my very first teacher was a 90-year-old ' »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Watch: Popeye Footage Offers First Look at CG Character in Action

18 September 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Sony Pictures Animation has unveiled some test footage from its upcoming Popeye CG movie, giving us our first look at the computer generated character in action.  Hotel Transylvania helmer Genndy Tartakovsky directs this feature film adaptation of the popular comics strip character, and while we still don’t necessarily know what the story will entail, this test footage gives us a strong idea of how the character moves in the 3D realm.  I’m happy to see that the character designs are quite stylized, refraining from becoming generic CG transfers of these classic characters.  While this isn’t footage from the actual film, it is very slapstick-heavy and shows Olive Oyl defying any and all laws of both physics and biology with her movements.  It’s too early to say how the actual film will stack up, but this first footage is certainly interesting. Hit the jump to watch the Popeye CG movie footage, »

- Adam Chitwood

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The 10 Most Amazing Things About Laika, the Studio Behind 'The Boxtrolls'

10 September 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

A few weeks ago, we were whisked away to the magical land of Portland, Oregon, for the sole purpose of visiting Laika, the animation studio whose dazzling new stop motion confection "The Boxtrolls," opens later this month. As you can imagine, it was downright magical and while we were there, for a few short hours, we tried to soak up all we could from the place - the sets, the people, the vibe - so we relay that special feeling to you. It was certainly a once-in-a-lifetime treat, to the point that we had to actively wonder if we had come down with some incurable disease and they were whisking us there as a dying wish.

While we tried to cram as many anecdotes and notes as we could into our trip, but we were also working (see our adorable interview with Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who voices Eggs, a small child »

- Drew Taylor

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Coraline and the value of scary family films

9 September 2014 1:20 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As Laika prepares to release The Boxtrolls, we look back at its earlier stop-motion masterpiece, the horror-tinged Coraline...

When it comes to the “behind the sofa” entertainment of their youth, older readers will have plenty to talk about, from the Child Catcher to the Daleks. For kids, the splashes of horror in otherwise family friendly films are what teach them how not to be scared. In recent years, we've seen an even greater resurgence of the horror genre in animated movies.

Features like Frankenweenie and Hotel Transylvania evoked the tropes of classic horror to either pastiche or parody expectations, but we'd go so far as to say that Laika has been stridently leading the charge for horror movies aimed explicitly at a family audience. The Boxtrolls is the third stop-motion feature from the studio, following 2012's zombie movie ParaNorman and 2009's Coraline, which is probably the scariest family film of this century. »

- ryanlambie

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8 Stars Toronto Could Do Without at Tiff

2 September 2014 2:10 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's no secret that stars aren't always on their best behaviour at all times. After all, when the whole world worships you, it can pretty easily go straight to your head. It can make you believe that the same rules of etiquette (and even the law) don't apply to you. You're above it.

We've all heard whispers of Mariah's demands for white furniture, Beyonce's insistence on brand-new toilet seats and Britney's strict orders for Cheetos and cheeseburgers. But diva behavior isn't limited to divas. A handful of actors have infamously worn out their welcome on the Toronto Film Festival's red carpet with their diva antics and entitled behaviour. And hey, we're Canadian; that kind of attitude doesn't really fly at the film festival renowned for bringing stars and regular folks together to bask in a mutual love of cinema.

While most stars are nothing but gracious at Tiff, there are a few whose ridiculous demands, »

- Moviefone Staff

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‘Looney Tunes’ spinoff ‘Acme’ adds ‘X-Men: First Class’ writers

27 August 2014 3:27 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) Warner Bros. is at last ready to open its order from the Acme Corporation. According to Variety, the studio has hired "X-Men: First Class" writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz to pen its "Looney Tunes" spinoff "Acme." Steve Carell is attached to star, while Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, directors of "Crazy Stupid Love" and the upcoming "Focus," are in early talks to helm. As longtime viewers of "Looney Tunes" well know, Acme is a fictional mail-order company that features prominently in the Road Runner cartoons, supplying Wile E. Coyote with all kinds of improbable products, from a rocket sled to dehydrated boulders to earthquake pills. Acme also played a role in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and "Tiny Toon Adventures." Warner Bros. bought the "Acme" pitch in 2010 from "Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu" writers Kevin and Dan Hageman, who had a hand in developing the stories for "Hotel Transylvania" and "The Lego Movie. »

- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources

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'Robot Chicken' Team to Direct Stop-Motion Adventure 'Superbago'

9 July 2014 1:18 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures Animation is teaming up with Robot Chicken producers/animators John Harvatine and Eric Towner for the stop motion animated project Superbago.

John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner are set to direct this tale centering on a pair of superhero wannabes. While Sony Pictures Animation is best known for family-friendly fare such as The Smurfs, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Hotel Transylvania, this project will cater to a different audience.

Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) is producing alongside Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson. Jared Hess is also co-writing the script alongside Ricky Blitt, Hubbel Palmer and Chris Bowman.

Here's what Michelle Raimo Kouyate, Sony Pictures Animation's production president, had to say about Superbago.

"Superbago is a unique new project for Sony Pictures Animation. I love that our studio has the luxury of not being tied down to one specific type of movie. Superbago will skew older than »

- MovieWeb

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Filmax Invites You into their Sweet Home

9 July 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

After spending the last several years working in the marketing and creative services departments for films like Hotel Transylvania, [Rec] 3: Genesis and Open Windows, Rafa Martinez strikes out on his own with his directorial debut Sweet Home. Read on for all the details!

Bloody Disgusting reports that Filmax is looking to start principal photography on the film, which they describe as a realistic and claustrophobic thriller, on July 16th.

Written by Martinez, Angel Agudo and Teresa de Rosendo, Sweet Home stars Ingrid Garcia Jonsson and Bruno Sevilla.

Check out the early poster art below, and keep your eyes peeled for more soon!

Synopsis

A couple decide to spend a romantic evening on a floor of a semi-abandoned building. During the evening they discover that a hooded murderer is the only tenant left in the building… and they have become the new target.

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- John Squires

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Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels

2 July 2014 3:51 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We all from time to time enjoy a comfortable stay when vacationing anywhere in the world. So why should movie characters not appreciate a great place to stay as well? Interestingly, big screen hotels and motels almost play an important part as an extra movie character in addition to serving as a backdrop to the proceedings.

In Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels let’s look at some special selections where hotels and motels in film are featured and play a primary role in plot and theme. Cinematic room service has never been so accommodating.

The Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels selections are (in alphabetical order):

1.) The Best Exotic Manigold Hotel (2011)

Director John Madden’s The Best Exotic Manigold Hotel juggles various topical matters at hand: the aging process, deception in advertising, exotic travel and cultural clashing. Madden assembles a notable cast »

- Frank Ochieng

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Samurai Jack thrilling, international TV that doesn't involve a football

24 June 2014 4:54 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Looking for something else to watch during the World Cup? Try an American cartoon created by a Russian animator about a time-travelling Japanese samurai

If you're looking for some alternative TV during the World Cup, how about watching something that's just as international in spirit?

Samurai Jack is an American cartoon about a Japanese samurai written by Genndy Tartakovsky, a Russian emigre who grew up on a diet of Saturday-morning cartoons, cut his teeth with Dexter's Laboratory and went on to make Star Wars: Clone Wars (this version not the CGI-style Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and more recently Hotel Transylvania.

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- Richard Vine

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First Look: Promo Image Shows Off Genndy Tartakovsky's 'Popeye'

18 June 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Some time ago, Sony Pictures decided to push back their animated adaptation of the classic sailor Popeye to an unknown release. But thanks to the 2014 Licensing Expo that is currently underway in Las Vegas, we have our first look at the film from Hotel Transylvania director Genndy Tartakovsky by way of a promotional image picked up by Collider. The quality isn’t very good, but it doesn give off the vibe of an animation style not entirely unlike what we’ve seen in the Peanuts movie or the Oscar-nominated short film Get a Horse! The style of the characters stays true to the drawings, but gives them another dimension. Look! Here's the first look at Genndy Tartakovsky's animated Popeye from Collider: Popeye is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania, “Dexter’s Laboratory” and "Clone Wars") and written by David Ronn & Jay Scherick (The Smurfs). The Sony Pictures Animation film »

- Ethan Anderton

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Forecast: 'Dragon,' 'Jump Street' Set for Sequel Showdown This Weekend

12 June 2014 5:34 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Friday Update: 22 Jump Street earned an awesome $5.5 million from late Thursday shows beginning at 7 p.m. The comedy sequel, starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, was playing at 2,746 locations. 22 Jump Street earned over twice as much as R-rated hits Ted ($2.63 million at midnight) and Neighbors ($2.56 million at 8 p.m.). It also compares favorably to last June's The Heat, which earned $1 million at late Thursday shows. Before assuming 22 Jump Street is on its way to $80 million this weekend, it's worth keeping in mind that this is an R-rated comedy sequel primarily targeting 17-34 year-olds opening at 8 p.m. after nearly all schools have dismissed for the Summer. That's to say there's a good chance that Thursday night accounts for a disproportionately high amount of the movie's overall business this weekend. Still, this virtually guarantees an opening of at least $50 million, which would make this one of the biggest R-rated comedy debuts ever. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ Tops ’22 Jump Street’ in Weekend Pre-Sales

12 June 2014 10:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

How to Train Your Dragon 2″ is leading “22 Jump Street” in pre-sales as the two sequels barrel toward what is shaping up to be a fiercely competitive weekend at the box office.

The DreamWorks Animation film about a Viking and his fire-breathing pal is the top-selling film on both Fandango and MovieTickets.com.

Fandango reports that “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ is currently outselling “Rio 2,” “The Croods” and “Hotel Transylvania” at similar points in their sales cycle.

The animated sequel accounted for 20% of all tickets sold on MovieTickets.com on Wednesday, while “22 Jump Street” comprised 18% of all tickets sold.

“22 Jump Street,” which sees Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s undercover cops matriculate to college, is in second place on Fandango’s sales charts heading into the weekend. The R-rated comedy is outselling previous adult-oriented comedies “Ted” and “Neighbors.”

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- Brent Lang

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Kinology’s Ambitious Toon Feature ‘Mune’ Sparks Flurry of Pre-Sales (Exclusive)

10 June 2014 9:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy— Gregoire Melin’s Kinology has closed a raft of territories on “Mune,” one of Europe’s most anticipated toon features slated for 2015.

“Mune,” which was presented by co-director Benoit Philippon and producer Aton Soumache (via Onyx) during a jam-packed work-in-progress session in Annecy, was picked up by Notorious Pictures (Italy), Smile Entertainment (South Korea), Gulf Films (Middle East), Domo Media (China), Zoom Entertainment (India), Volga Films (Cis), Monolith Films (Poland) and Blitz (Former Yugoslavia).

Deals were closed after showing a promo in Cannes. Melin, who is co-producing the movie with Onyx and Orange Studio, is in negotiations in remaining territories. Animation houses Norman Studios and Mikros Image will deliver “Mune” in November, said Melin, who added he and Soumache will debut a road show in early July to present the movie in territories that are still open, such as the U.S. and the U.K..

Based on an original concept by Philippon, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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