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Box Office Report: The Equalizer Explodes At #1

28 September 2014 4:53 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Denzel Washington retained his position as one of the biggest box office draws around (and one of the most consistent hit makers in the business) as The Equalizer grabbed an estimated $35 million to take the top spot at the North American box office. His R-rated thriller was the third-biggest opening of his career, after American Gangster ($43.6 million) and Safe House ($40.2 million), but those titles also had more bankable co-stars sharing the marquee with Washington. The newest team-up between the A-lister and his Training Day director, Antoine Fuqua, opened at the high end of industry expectations. It was also the fourth-biggest opening in September history (after Hotel Transylvania, Insidious Chapter 2 and Sweet Home Alabama), but the largest unadjusted gross for an R-rated opener in this month.

With an aggressive marketing campaign, which included a premiere at the Toronto film festival, and few options for adults (viewers 30 and over counted as 65% of »

- Jordan Adler

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Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: September 28th, 2014

28 September 2014 4:11 PM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Denzel Washington returned to top form at the box office this weekend with the fourth highest September opening ever.

In at number 1 is The Equalizer (read our review) with $35 million. For all intents and purposes, The Equalizer is a solid hit for Denzel Washington and ranks as the actor’s third best opening.

The Equalizer‘s opening also ranks fourth best among all September new releases, behind Hotel Transylvania, Insidious Chapter 2, and, strangely, the Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama. The film should hold well, as most Denzel Washington films do, but will face some stiff competition from Gone Girl next weekend.

Coming in at number 2 is The Maze Runner with ...

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- Anthony Taormina

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'The Equalizer' Scores Fourth-Highest September Debut Ever

28 September 2014 12:50 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Featuring superstar Denzel Washington operating well within his wheelhouse, R-rated action movie The Equalizer had one of the biggest September openings ever this weekend.Meanwhile, The Boxtrolls had an above-average debut for a stop-motion animated movie, though it still wound up slightly behind The Maze Runner's second weekend.Playing at 3,236 theaters, The Equalizer opened to $34.1 million this weekend. That ranks fourth all-time in September behind Hotel Transylvania, Insidious Chapter 2 and Sweet Home Alabama. Among Denzel's movies, The Equalizer's debut ranks third behind American Gangster and Safe House. Lots of factors contributed to this strong debut*a well-managed marketing effort, outreach to Eminem's massive fanbase, etc.*though the real key to the movie's success is the name above the title. Denzel Washington is one of the few bonafide movie stars at the domestic box office; excluding The Great Debaters (in which he played a supporting role), The Equalizer is »

- Ray Subers <>

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A First Look at the New Popeye Animated Movie

21 September 2014 11:48 AM, PDT | | See recent Filmonic news »

Sony Pictures Animation and Genndy Tartakovksy, the director of Hotel Transylvania, are bringing Popeye back to the big screen in 2016. This video goes into what they are aiming for with the animation as well as giving us a first look at some test footage for the flick. No pipe and no tattoos, those might […]

Read A First Look at the New Popeye Animated Movie on Filmonic.


- Alex

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

20 September 2014 11:47 AM, PDT | 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.


- Maane Khatchatourian

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Sony Unveils Animation Test For Popeye Movie

18 September 2014 7:10 PM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Back in 2012, Sony announced that it hired Genndry Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania, "Dexter's Laboratory") to direct its upcoming 3D animated "Popeye" movie. Then earlier this year, we got our first look at what the character will look like thanks to the 2014 Licensing Expo. And now, the studio has unveiled a new video, showing Tartakovsky working on the "Popeye" movie. Check it out below to see an animation test that gives us an even better idea of what to expect. A release date has yet to be announced. Video: »

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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 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 <>

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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 - 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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Animation Test for Genndy Tartakovsky's Popeye

18 September 2014 4:15 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Samurai Jack creator and director of Hotel Transylvania, Genndy Tartakovsky, has been developing a CGI animated version of Popeye for a few years now for Sony Animation. He's finally revealed a little taste of what he is planning for the movie in an animation test that was released today. It's just a little something to show us what they are looking at doing, and the director made sure to point out, “it’s not a clip, it’s not a trailer, it’s nothing from the actual movie, the voices are all temp.”

The video also features some concept art from the film, and the director talks about why he's making the project:

"From a young child, I was really destined to make one movie, and that movie was Popeye. Even so much, that when I first started animation, my very first teacher was a 90-year-old Popeye animator from the Fleischer studios, »

- Joey Paur

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Genndy Tartakovsky’s Popeye Animation Test (Video)

18 September 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Director Genndy Tartakovsky is back in the animator’s chair with the new video test from his upcoming film, Popeye.

Popeye the Sailor Man was created by Elzie Crisler Segar and first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929 and hit the silver screen first in 1934 in a series of Paramount animated shorts produced by the Fleischer Brothers  and later with a live-action feature film, Popeye, directed by Robert Altman with Robin Williams in the lead role in 1980.

Sony Pictures Animation’s film is the CG adaptation of the famous sailor man’s origin story.

In addition to Popeye, Tartakovsky is also returning to the director’s chair for Hotel Transylvania 2, scheduled for September 2015, which will bring back Adam Sandler’s Dracula.

Tartakovsky himself says, “It’s good to be back at the Hotel Transylvania, and I’m very excited to work on Popeye, »

- Jim Batts

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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 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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First Look at New CG-Animated 'Popeye' Movie

18 September 2014 2:02 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Sony Animation is currently at work on a new CG-animated Popeye from director Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania) and today we get a first look at an animation test for the film based on E.C. Segar's character. Popeye first appeared in the already established "Thimble Theater" comic strip in 1929. Introduced as a walk-on character, Popeye eventually became the strip's star. In 1933, The Fleischers produced animated Popeye cartoons through the 1940s. The film adaptation will be released in 3D and while no plot details are available, Olive Oyl, Bluto, Sea Hag and Pappy will all have an appearance while Swee'Pea will not be showing up in this film. Give the first look a peek below. yt id="M1lzJuwJD9k" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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

18 September 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | | See recent 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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