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Falling DVD & Blu-ray sales, and an era passing

21 March 2017 2:58 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Mar 23, 2017

As DVD and Blu-ray sales fall, it's no longer certain that films will get a disc release. So what's happening?

Let’s start with a statistic.

In 2013, Hotel Transylvania shifted 1,029,614 copies on Blu-ray disc in the Us alone. A hefty number, yet the animated hit – which has thus far spawned one sequel, with another on the way – was only the 23rd best-selling Blu-ray release of the year in America that year, just trailing titles such as Turbo, Rise Of The Guardians, Django Unchained and Life Of Pi.

2013 was arguably the peak year for Blu-ray sales, with 23 individual titles selling a million copies or more in the Us. The best-selling of all, Despicable Me 2, shifted 4.6m copies alone, and many more overseas. On the DVD format, meanwhile, 45 different films sold a million units in America in 2013, including another 2.7m copies of Hotel Transylvania.

In recent years, however, »

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'Samurai Jack': How the Cult Animated Series Finally Returned to TV

13 March 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Think back to 2001, when SpongeBob SquarePants reigned supreme on Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network was deep in the age of Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory and Johnny Bravo — clever, talky animated shows who trafficked in wackiness and often took their storytelling cues from live-action sitcoms. Then along came a samurai named Jack: a laconic lone-wolf hero who uttered fewer words in a whole season than most toon characters spoke in a single episode. The creation of animator (and Dex-Lab veteran) Genndy Tartakovsky, this feudal-era Japanese prince was sucked into a »

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‘Samurai Jack’ Creator Genndy Tartakovsky Returned for Closure, and to Tell a More Complex Story

9 March 2017 10:25 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The cult series “Samurai Jack” returns after a nearly 13-year absence with a final story that’s darker, bloodier, and more intense.

That explains why “Jack” has moved from Cartoon Network to Adult Swim as its 10-episode Season 5 premieres this Saturday. The series picks up 50 years later, but the eponymous hero (now sporting a flowing beard and armor and driving a motorcycle) hasn’t aged as a result of being hurled into the dystopian future.

As Jack journeys home, he’s lost in a psychological purgatory and losing his mind. He’s haunted by memories of the past and filled with guilt about abandoning his family. He even has ego-crushing,”Birdman”-like dialogues with himself.

That’s not to suggest that the series has lost its humor. For creator Genndy Tartakovsky, “Jack” continues to incorporate a Hanna-Barbera (where he began his career) influence.

And it’s been a redemptive experience for Tartakovsky, »

- Bill Desowitz

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‘Samurai Jack’ Creator Genndy Tartakovsky Returned for Closure, and to Tell a More Complex Story

9 March 2017 10:25 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The cult series “Samurai Jack” returns after a nearly 13-year absence with a final story that’s darker, bloodier, and more intense.

That explains why “Jack” has moved from Cartoon Network to Adult Swim as its 10-episode Season 5 premieres this Saturday. The series picks up 50 years later, but the eponymous hero (now sporting a flowing beard and armor and driving a motorcycle) hasn’t aged as a result of being hurled into the dystopian future.

As Jack journeys home, he’s lost in a psychological purgatory and losing his mind. He’s haunted by memories of the past and filled with guilt about abandoning his family. He even has ego-crushing,”Birdman”-like dialogues with himself.

That’s not to suggest that the series has lost its humor. For creator Genndy Tartakovsky, “Jack” continues to incorporate a Hanna-Barbera (where he began his career) influence.

And it’s been a redemptive experience for Tartakovsky, »

- Bill Desowitz

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‘Samurai Jack’ Review: Adult Swim Resurrects the Best Samurai of the 21st Century, and It’s Already an Action-Packed Masterpiece

1 March 2017 10:54 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Decades ago, the samurai warrior created a template for the modern action hero, inspiring silent western heroes and gunslinging detectives alike. So it follows that any modern take on the samurai really needs to prove its worth. Quentin Tarantino’s two-part “Kill Bill” charts the history of stylized action from the East to the West, but Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Samurai Jack” fuses them into a spectacular whole. The animated series originally aired on Cartoon Network between 2001 and 2004, but returns as a miniseries this March to conclude the story — and so far, it remains some of the best action-based storytelling out there. Exploiting the pliability of animation to its greatest potential, Tartakovsky transforms his influences into a hugely satisfying formula of his own making, delivering an action-packed masterpiece on par with the best of the genre.

For the uninitiated, the premise of “Samurai Jack” is relatively straightforward: In feudal Japan, a »

- Eric Kohn

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‘Samurai Jack’ Review: Adult Swim Resurrects the Best Samurai of the 21st Century, and It’s Already an Action-Packed Masterpiece

1 March 2017 10:54 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Decades ago, the samurai warrior created a template for the modern action hero, inspiring silent western heroes and gunslinging detectives alike. So it follows that any modern take on the samurai really needs to prove its worth. Quentin Tarantino’s two-part “Kill Bill” charts the history of stylized action from the East to the West, but Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Samurai Jack” fuses them into a spectacular whole. The animated series originally aired on Cartoon Network between 2001 and 2004, but returns as a miniseries this March to conclude the story — and so far, it remains some of the best action-based storytelling out there. Exploiting the pliability of animation to its greatest potential, Tartakovsky transforms his influences into a hugely satisfying formula of his own making, delivering an action-packed masterpiece on par with the best of the genre.

For the uninitiated, the premise of “Samurai Jack” is relatively straightforward: In feudal Japan, a »

- Eric Kohn

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Jeffrey Godsick to Head Sony Pictures New Branding Division

9 February 2017 11:29 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment has formed a new brand management division and promoted Jeffrey Godsick to lead the unit — a move to try to exploit the “long-term branding initiatives” for franchise films like “Hotel Transylvania,” “Jumanji,” “Spider-Man,” and “Smurfs.”

Sony’s global marketing and distribution boss, Josh Greenstein, announced the move in an email to employees Thursday morning. Godsick’s title will be executive vice president of worldwide partnerships and brand management.

The new division is charged with giving movies from Sony Pictures “new life beyond the screen,” Greenstein told workers. The memo continued: “These strategies will enhance our collaboration across other Sony Corporation businesses, expand our IP into cross-media opportunities beyond film, and develop new revenue streams. The new structure will offer more concentrated resources to support our growing global infrastructure, and further our ongoing commitment to leverage films for added value.”

Sony has been struggling to get traction with »

- James Rainey

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‘Samurai Jack’ Season 5 Trailer: The Warrior Is Back on March 11th

7 February 2017 10:30 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania) is returning to the world of Samurai Jack. The original series ran on Cartoon Network from 2001-2004 for a total of four seasons. Before the show was even finished, there was talk of a Samurai Jack movie, which continued for a few more years. That film adaptation never came to fruition, but Tartakovsky’s beloved character is […]

The post ‘Samurai Jack’ Season 5 Trailer: The Warrior Is Back on March 11th appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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New July 2018 Release Date Revealed for Hotel Transylvania 3

6 February 2017 6:41 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Sony Pictures Animation is moving their next monster mash from the fall to the summer, as Hotel Transylvania 3 has switched to a summer release date.

Deadline reports that Hotel Transylvania 3 will now hit theaters on July 13th, 2018. The sequel was previously scheduled for a September 21st release, which is the same month the first two films in the franchise came out.

The franchise’s director Genndy Tartakovsky will return to helm the third Hotel Transylvania film that will take Dracula and friends on a Monster Cruise Ship. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more details and check out the official synopsis below.

From the Press Release: “Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship so he can take a vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. The rest of Drac’s Pack cannot resist going along and once they leave port, »

- Derek Anderson

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Miles Morales as Spider-Man Headlines Sony Animation Lineup

20 January 2017 10:55 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Hacker emoji Jailbreak (Ilana Glazer), exuberant Gene (T.J. Miller) and his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) embark on the app-venture of a lifetime in Sony Pictures Animation’s Emojimovie: Express Yourself, in theaters summer 2017.

Making good on the commitment to increase overall output while continuing to offer its distinctive mix of family films, Sony Pictures Animation today released the project details on its upcoming roster of titles through 2018, along with additional highly anticipated future feature film projects, including one from Pulitzer Prize-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation, says, “We are proud of the artist-driven titles we have coming to the marketplace.  The abundance, variety and quality of the features are a testament to the wealth of creative talents who call Sony Pictures Animation their home.”

Smurfs: The Lost Village (April 7, 2017 release)

Newly announced voice cast includes:  Michelle Rodriguez (SmurfStorm), Ellie Kemper (SmurfBlossom), Ariel Winter (SmurfLily »

- ComicMix Staff

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Julia Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez join 'Smurfs: The Lost Village'

18 January 2017 1:05 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sony Pictures Animation unveiled its slate through 2018 on Wednesday including new voice cast on previously announced features.

Kicking off the roster on April 7 is Smurfs: The Lost Village with new voice cast members Julia Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper and Ariel Winter.

Gordon Ramsay is among a line-up of cameo performers alongside Gabriel Iglesias, Tituss BurgessJeff DunhamJake Johnson and director Kelly Asbury

Previously announced voice cast includes Demi LovatoRainn WilsonJoe ManganielloJack McBrayerDanny Pudi and Mandy Patinkin.

The Emoji Movie is scheduled to open on August 4 and features new voice cast members Jennifer Coolidge, Maya Rudolph, Jake T. Austin and  Patrick Stewart.

Previously announced voice cast includes T.J. Miller (pictured), James Corden, Ilana Glazer and Steven Wright. Tony Leondis directs. 

The Star is due to arrive on November 10 and includes voice talent by Steven YeunKelly Clarkson, Aidy Bryant, Keegan-Michael KeyKristin Chenoweth, Anthony AndersonGabriel Iglesias, [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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