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With $35 Million 'Magnificent Seven' Tops Another Lackluster September Weekend

25 September 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

It wasn't quite the weekend we forecasted on Thursday afternoon as Sony's The Magnificent Seven remake and WB's animated Storks both fell short of Mojo's lofty expectations. The weekend overall didn't look much better as the top twelve failed to combine for $100 million for the fifth weekend in a row and the weekend itself was down 25% compared to the same weekend last year. At the top, Sony and MGM's The Magnificent Seven turned in an estimated $35 million opening from 3,674 theaters, just a few thousand behind the opening of Sully two weeks ago and just ahead of Denzel Washington's The Equalizer from 2014, which was also directed by Antoine Fuqua. It's tough to say exactly where this one will go from here as Westerns aren't your typical blockbuster for the modern era and films such as The Lone Ranger and Django Unchained began their runs on Wednesday and Tuesday respectively. One »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Weekend Box Office Preview: Western ‘The Magnificent Seven’ Duels Animated ‘Storks’

22 September 2016 10:47 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Western remake “The Magnificent Seven” (Sony) faces off against animated “Storks” (Warner Bros.) for #1 this weekend. But ranking is less important than how much the two movies pull in audiences. This fight pits the latest iteration of the venerable Hollywood western against a new example of the dominant genre ruling the 2016 box office.

Last weekend’s three duds and a big drop in Top Ten box office can be explained by retread projects that lacked appeal. However after a quick start to the season where six out of seven initial wide releases disappointed (Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” will end up grossing more than the other six combined), this week sees only two new wide releases.

That’s actually a sign of strength, since both look appealing enough to boost numbers. It’s an interesting combo, with both films having potential but neither guaranteed to open as well as “Sully” ($35 million), although both cost more. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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'Magnificent Seven' and 'Storks' Look to Turn Around Box Office Fortunes

22 September 2016 9:44 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

On the heels of the worst weekend of the year so far (based on cumulative gross for all titles) this weekend should perk things up a bit as MGM and Sony's The Magnificent Seven remake and WB's animated feature Storks are looking at strong openings. Projecting just how well this weekend's newcomers will perform, however, is something that's raising a few eyebrows in the wake of recent weeks and last week's box office bloodbath where not one, but two of the week's three new wide releases came in well below expectations, and all three failed to open over $10 million. Industry expectations for Magnificent Seven and Storks have both films opening around $30+ million. For Storks this number appears to be about right on target, but for Magnificent Seven it seems grossly conservative. Sony is projecting a $30-32 million weekend, but if it doesn't top $40 million it would be a bit of a surprise. »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘Storks’: How Looney Tunes Animation Meets the Coen Brothers’ ‘Raising Arizona’

21 September 2016 1:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Storks,” the brainchild of the new Warner Animation Group screenwriting “think tank,” stretches the Looney Tunes ethos for CG in terms of both comedy and animation style.

First-time animation director Nicholas Stoller (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”), who wrote the script, teamed up with another directorial newbie, former Pixar animator Doug Sweetland (the “Presto” short), and they paid tribute to the Coen brothers’ “Raising Arizona,” a live-action Looney Tune of sorts.

Storks now deliver packages instead of babies for retail giant, Cornerstore.com, run by the greedy Hunter (Kelsey Grammer). That is, until Junior (Andy Stamberg) and human sidekick Tulip (Katie Crown) inadvertently unleash the long-dormant Baby Machine. They’re forced to deliver an adorable girl to her family, while warding off a Wolf Pack that’s also fallen in love with the baby.

But without its own in-house animation team, Warner Bros. turned to Sony Pictures Imageworks (now headquartered in Vancouver »

- Bill Desowitz

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The Weekend Warrior 9/23/16: The Magnificent Seven, Storks

21 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out. 

This Past Weekend:

 Yikes. What a terrible weekend we just had, not only for the new movies released but also for the Weekend Warrior’s predictions. Clint Eastwood and Tom HanksSully won its second weekend in a row with just under $22 million, but as far as the new movies, neither Lionsgate’s Blair Witch nor Universal’s Bridget Jones’s Baby did very well, putting the last nail in the coffin (hopefully) for sequels/remakes trying to play upon nostalgia that just isn’t there. (Good luck to the Rings movie opening next month!) Blair Witch ended up with $9.6 million to take second place and both Bridget Jones’s Baby and Oliver Stone’s Snowden ended up with around $8 million, so »

- Edward Douglas

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‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ Teaser Trailer: The Little Blue Creatures Face Hungry Plants

21 September 2016 8:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty Star face off against plants in the Forbidden Forest in the first teaser trailer for Sony Animation’s “Smurfs: The Lost Village.”

The blue quartet start by looking out into the audience for the village before a large yellow flower grabs Brainy, then expels him covered in yellow goo and has a good laughs — followed by the strains of Ludacris’ song “Get Back.”

In the upcoming film, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Demi Lovato voices Smurfette while Joe Manganiello plays Hefty, Jack McBrayer is Clumsy, Danny Pudi is Brainy, Mandy Patinkin is Papa Smurf and Rainn Wilson is Gargamel.

This marks the third movie about the blue creatures for Sony Animation. The studio has opted to do without mixing in live-action scenes »

- Dave McNary

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Smurfs: The Lost Village Trailer Has Arrived

21 September 2016 8:50 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Exciting news this morning! The first trailer and poster for Smurfs: The Lost Village has arrived. In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.&#160 Embarking on a roller coaster journey full of&#160action and danger, the Smurfs are on&#160a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest&#160secret in Smurf history!

Smurfs: The Lost Village features the voices of&#160Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as the evil Gargamel, Joe&#160Manganiello as Hefty, Jack McBrayer as Clumsy, Danny Pudi as Brainy, and&#160Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf. Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) directs from a script written by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon. The all-new animated adventure »

- MovieWeb

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Kevin Can Wait Season 1 Review

20 September 2016 11:25 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

One episode was provided prior to broadcast.

Kevin James is a simple entertainer. His blue collar-friendly brand is designed to appeal to undemanding middle-aged schlubs, or at the very least, easy-to-please hard-working people who just want to kick their feet back, gulp down a couple beers and enjoy themselves for a few hours. The kind of people who don’t expect more than the familiar pleasures they’ve been given before. And there’s nothing particularly wrong with that either. James’ style might be boring and repetitive to some of us (well, maybe most of us), but he’s a smart businessman. He knows what his fans expect from him, and he tries to meet their modest demands. That logic drives Kevin Can Wait, James’ return to CBS and broadcast television.

It’s been nine years since James stepped away from King of Queens, pursing a career on the big »

- Will Ashton

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Box Office: ‘Sully’ Flies High to $35.5 Million U.S. Opening

11 September 2016 7:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tom Hanks’ “Sully” has taken off with a stellar $35.5 million at 3,525 North American locations, marking a solid start to the fall box office season.

Directed by Clint Eastwood, “Sully” handily outperformed recent expectations, which had been in the $25 million range. The action-adventure, which recreates 2009’s “Miracle on the Hudson” emergency landing, generated an A CinemaScore in a strong signal that “Sully” should continue to draw well in coming weeks.

Sony-Screen Gems drama “When the Bough Breaks” opened respectably in second with $15 million at 2,246 sites. Lionsgate’s launch of European animated comedy “The Wild Life” generated only modest interest in fifth place with $3.4 million at 2,493 locations while Relativity’s horror film “The Disappointments Room” was nearly invisible with $1.4 million at 1,554 screens for a dismal $901 per-screen average.

Sully” stars Hanks as Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the career pilot who successfully landed a damaged U.S. Airways jet in the Hudson River after »

- Dave McNary

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Genndy Tartakovsky Brings Cage! #1 to Marvel Now! This October!

6 September 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Animation Superstar Takes on Luke Cage for New Series!

   The wait is finally over! Award-winning animator Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Hotel Transylvania) charges headlong into Marvel Now! to bring his long-awaited Luke Cage tale to life! Written by Tartakovsky with art by Tartakovsky & inker Stephen DeStefano, Marvel is pleased present a new look at the hard-hitting, action-packed Cage! #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices 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 ass. Dig it! 

  At long last, the eagerly anticipated series returns! Be there when Cage! »

- Michael Connally

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First look preview of Genndy Tartakovsky’s Cage #1

6 September 2016 8:43 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Award-winning animator Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Hotel Transylvania) charges headlong into Marvel Now! next month as he brings his long-awaited Luke Cage tale to life with Cage #1, and we’ve got a first look preview of the issue for you here…

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 ass. Dig it!

Cage #1 is set for release on October 5th.

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- Gary Collinson

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The Lego Movie Composer Mark Mothersbaugh Set To Score Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok

26 August 2016 5:14 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

A few days back, news broke that Mark Mothersbaugh had signed on to score Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok, which is currently filming in Australia with Taika Waititi (Hunt For The Wilderpeople) at the helm. Chris Hemsworth & Tom Hiddleston are set to return as Thor & Loki and they'll be joined by 3x Academy Award-nominee Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk and 2x Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett as the villainous Hela. He'll be the latest composer to tackle the God of Thunder, following Patrick Doyle & Brian Tyler, who composed the scores for the first two installments, respectively.  Mothersbaugh is of course best known as the lead singer, co-founder, & keyboardist of the New Wave band Devo. His prominent film scores include Happy Gilmore, The Rugrats Movie (and sequels), Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (1 & 2), 21 Jump Street (1 & 2), Hotel Transylvania (1 & 2), The Lego Movie, Pitch Perfect 2, and Vacation. So, what do you guys think? Sound off with your thoughts below! »

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‘Angry Birds’ sequel is (supposedly) happening

26 August 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

AnimationFix: Your regular round-up of the latest animation news, from HitFix reporter Emily Rome Red and his fellow irate pals will fly again (or get slingshot again). “We have started planning the sequel to The Angry Birds Movie,” said Kati Levoranta, Chief Executive at Rovio, the Finnish company that made the popular Angry Birds game and also produced The Angry Birds Movie that Sony’s Columbia Pictures released this May. The Wall Street Journal reported Levoranta’s announcement of work on a sequel. A source with knowledge of Sony’s development slate tells HitFix that “this is premature.” There has been no official word from Sony about an Angry Birds Movie sequel yet. In a year when animation is dominating the box office — three of the ten highest-grossing animated films of all time came out this year — The Angry Birds Movie hasn’t had the most impressive haul. It’s »

- Emily Rome

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Concept art for Genndy Tartakovsky’s abandoned Superman short

24 August 2016 6:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Artist Scott Wills has posted a couple of pieces of concept art for an abandoned Superman short from Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars, and director of Sony Animation’s Hotel Transylvania films, which was in development as part of Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network’s DC Nation line.

Genndy Tartakovsky, Justin Thompson and I were very excited to do our take on an animated Superman,” states Wills on his blog. “But unfortunately it was pulled from us just as we were starting.”

Tartakovsky may not have got to create his Superman shorts, but he will be bringing his long-gestating Luke Cage tale to life with the four-part Marvel comic book series Cage, which gets underway in October.

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- Gary Collinson

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Concept art for Genndy Tartakovsky’s abandoned Superman short

24 August 2016 6:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Artist Scott Wills has posted a couple of pieces of concept art for an abandoned Superman short from Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars, and director of Sony Animation’s Hotel Transylvania films, which was in development as part of Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network’s DC Nation line.

Genndy Tartakovsky, Justin Thompson and I were very excited to do our take on an animated Superman,” states Wills on his blog. “But unfortunately it was pulled from us just as we were starting.”

Tartakovsky may not have got to create his Superman shorts, but he will be bringing his long-gestating Luke Cage tale to life with the four-part Marvel comic book series Cage, which gets underway in October.

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- Gary Collinson

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‘Surf’s Up 2’ teaser trailer arrives from Sony Pictures Animation and WWE Studios

17 August 2016 11:45 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Surf’s Up 2 trailer: Watch the fist teaser for the new animated effort from WWE Studios.

The Surf’s Up 2 trailer can be viewed below. The film arrives in 2017.

If you weren’t aware Sony Pictures Animation and WWE Studios have teamed up for a sequel to the 2007 Oscar-nominated comedy Surf’s Up. Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania, to give it its full title, will debut in early 2017, and the first teaser trailer has just hit the web.

The film will feature the voices of WWE Superstars John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, WWE Diva Paige and Mr. Vince McMahon.

Here’s the official blurb from the studio.

Cody Maverick, hungry for a new challenge, convinces an infamous big-wave-riding crew known as The Hang 5, voiced by WWE Superstars John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, WWE Diva Paige and Mr. McMahon, to let him join them on their journey to a »

- Paul Heath

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WWE Superstars Catch Wavemania in Surfs Up 2 Trailer

17 August 2016 4:49 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Next year, Sony Pictures Animation will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of its animated hit Surf's Up. What better way to kick off the celebration than with the release of a brand new sequel, Surf's Up 2: WaveMania. Earlier today, Sony and WWE Studios debuted the brand new trailer for this animated sequel, offering our first look at The Hang 5.

Cody Maverick, hungry for a new challenge, convinces an infamous big wave riding crew known as The Hang 5, voiced by WWE Superstars John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, WWE Diva Paige and Mr. McMahon, to let him join them on their journey to a mysterious surf spot known as The Trenches, where legend has it, they'll find the biggest waves in the world. Cody soon discovers that the life he left behind might be more heroic than what any death-defying wave has to offer. Surf's Up 2: WaveMania will be released »

- MovieWeb

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The Best Bingo References from TV and Cinema

3 August 2016 10:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The game of bingo is a pass-time known and loved the world over, that’s why it has made many starring appearances in the world of Television and film over the years.

Far from the stereotypical representation of old ladies in a community hall, today’s bingo players come from all ages and backgrounds, thanks to the range of online bingo games available on sites such https://www.bingosites.uk/, although granted, showing someone playing bingo on their mobile device is a little dull for the silver screen.

Perhaps not as glamorous as the casino scenes from James Bond, bingo has featured on screen many times. So from some of the most funny to the most memorable, here are the best bingo references from TV and Cinema:

Hotel Transylvania

The popular animated film about Dracula running his monster getaway, Hotel Transylvania paid tribute to the game of bingo in its own inimitable style. »

- The Hollywood News

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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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