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Sony Pictures Animation today announced the addition of three new cast for the lineup of talent in the next Smurf adventure Smurfs: The Lost Village. This all-new animated adventure is hitting theaters March 31, 2017. Joining the already announced Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel and Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf will be triple Emmy nominee Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Wreck-It Ralph) as the sweet, awkward and honest-to-a-fault Clumsy, who's forever trying his best and missing the mark; Danny Pudi (Community) as book smart and geek proud Brainy, who's long on knowledge, but short on inter-Smurf-onal skills; and Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike) as the strong and super-positive Hefty, a loyal dynamo struggling with his hero complex.
The newest entry in the Columbia Pictures movie franchise that has grossed more than $900 million globally, Smurfs: The Lost Village is set for a worldwide release on March 31, 2017. The fully-animated return »
Sony Pictures Animation today announced the addition of three new cast for the lineup of talent in the next Smurf adventure Smurfs: The Lost Village, hitting theaters March 31, 2017.
Joining the already announced Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel and Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf will be: triple Emmy nominee Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Wreck-It Ralph) as the sweet, awkward and honest-to-a-fault Clumsy, who’s forever trying his best and missing the mark; Danny Pudi (Community) as book smart and geek proud Brainy, who’s long on knowledge, but short on inter-Smurf-onal skills; and Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike) as the strong and super-positive Hefty, a loyal dynamo struggling with his hero complex.
- Michelle McCue
Update: Comcast reports that VOD viewing on the Xfinity platform spiked 23% on Jan. 23 compared to the previous Saturday, driven by big spikes in storm-affected regions. More detail below.
The blizzard that socked much of the northeastern U.S. this weekend created the perfect environment for TV binge-viewing as millions of people were left housebound by record-busting snowfall totals on Friday and Saturday.
And even with short notice, major TV and streaming services missed no opportunity to use Winter Storm Jonas as a marketing platform, particularly to encourage catch-up viewing.
Weekend whiteout. Don't blow it. #Narcos #Blizzard2016 https://t.co/SpqhFw7EAN
— Netflix Us (@netflix) January 23, 2016
Gotta stay inside all weekend? No better time to get started and binge watch Season 1 of #Quantico! https://t.co/UxDvOEH3vk
— ABC Network (@ABCNetwork) January 24, 2016
Snowed in? Now is the perfect time to catch up on all the #IdolAuditions: https://t.co/gb8JZyx0yZ pic. »
- Cynthia Littleton
David Ronn and Jay Scherick ("The Smurfs") previously worked on the script about the spinach-loving seaman who appeared in the classic 30's comic strip and was previously adapted for the big screen by Robert Altman in 1980.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The home video debut of 20th Century Fox’s brainy sci-fi epic “The Martian” blasted off the week ended Jan. 17, rocketing to the top spot on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Directed by Ridley Scott, “The Martian” has enjoyed both critical and commercial success, grossing $227.3 million at the domestic box office and earning one of the two recent Golden Globe awards for Best Picture.
Sony Pictures’ “Hotel Transylvania 2” debuted at No. 2 on both disc sales charts and topped Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week. The animated sequel earned $169.3 million domestically, $21 million more than the first movie, and sold 91.6% as »
- John Latchem
Urban Distribution International has acquired world sales rights to animator and illustrator Arthur de Pins’s debut feature Zombillénium, a 3D horror picture aimed at children.
The story – featuring a gallery of monsters, zombies, vampires and werewolves — is based on a trio of comic books by de Pins which have sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide and been translated into nine languages.
It is the director’s first feature-length work after a series of animation shorts including The Crab Revolution, which won the audience award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and Geraldine.
The series is set against the backdrop of an amusement/terror park in northern France where zombies, vampires, werewolves and other demons work scaring and thrilling visitors.
It is the only place the monsters can live on earth in plain sight of human »
With the January 12th release of Hotel Transylvania 2's Blu-Ray Combo Packs and DVD, the movie developers have special treat for Cbm viewers. Go behind the scenes as they discuss many aspects of the film that grossed more $430 million dollars worldwide. In the behind the scenes featurette, Genndy Tartakovsky (Star Wars: Clone Wars, Samurai Jack, Dexter's Laboratory) and his team chat about where they drew some of their inspirations for the film. Explore the different landscapes like forests, lakes, weddings and more with the Hotel Transylvania 2 team, whom used various hughs of color to make each scene pop for the audience. In this all-new monster comedy adventure, everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania! However, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is on vacation, things get batty as »
Sony Pictures Animation’s monster family box-office hit Hotel Transylvania 2, which grossed more than $430 million in theaters worldwide to date, comes to Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on Jan. 12 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment starring the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg. The record-breaking film, which scored the best September opening of all-time previously held by the original Hotel Transylvania and has now been the #1 family film internationally for eight consecutive weeks, also features Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2), David Spade (TV’s “Rules of Engagement”), Steve Buscemi (TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Keegan-Michael Key (TV’s “Key and Peele”), Molly Shannon (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”) and Fran Drescher (TV’s “The Nanny). Review the extra goodies that come with the new home release.
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At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Unfortunately, the poster on this one was misleading -- they never actually let us bring Matt Damon home after seeing the movie. (His wife would probably disapprove.) You can, however, take home Ridley Scott's acclaimed Mars mission movie "The Martian" on DVD and Blu-ray starting January 12. The Blu-ray editions include more than 90 minutes of special features, including five "in-world" pieces, and featurettes from the cast, director, and producers. There's also a gag reel, which should be fun.
Drac's Pack is back in the sequel to "Hotel Transylvania," as they put the son of Mavis and Johnny through a "monster-in-training" boot camp to bring out his vampire side. The DVD, out January 12, includes feature commentary with the director and vocal cast, »
- Gina Carbone
Cheer on local talent with these potentially great UK films from 2016, including drama, comedy, action, horror, fantasy & more…
While Batman Vs Superman, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men Apocalypse and other mega franchises are expected to dominate cinemas in 2016, let’s hear it for the films below. None are sequels, few have titanic budgets, all of them are British and each of them has the potential to be great.
2016 looks to be a particularly strong year for UK crime drama, with Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, Adam Smith’s Trespass Against Us and Michael Apted’s Unlocked on their way. Military thrillers are also well represented this year, with Gavin Hood’s Eye In The Sky, Fernando Coimbra’s Sand Castle, and Simon West’s Stratton incoming. There’s also comedy, fantasy, drama, horror and even a musical waiting for you below.
A Street Cat Named Bob (dir. »
10 items from 2016
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