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‘Coco,’ ‘Orient Express,’ Three Other Newcomers Among Top DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sellers

‘Coco,’ ‘Orient Express,’ Three Other Newcomers Among Top DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sellers
Just in time for the Oscars, the week that ended March 3 was a big one for new releases: Five newly issued DVD/Blu-ray Disc titles debuted among the top 10 home entertainment sellers in the week leading up to the Academy Awards ceremony.

Walt Disney’s “Coco,” the latest animated blockbuster produced by Pixar Animation Studios, easily took the No. 1 spot on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Finishing a distant second was 20th Century Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express” remake, which made roughly half as much as “Coco” in U.S. theaters ($103 million versus $209 million) but only sold 18% as many units its first week in stores.

Also debuting in the top five was Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp,” the 1955 animated classic that was pulled from the vault and polished
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2018 Canadian Screen Awards: Creative Fiction Storytelling Winners Include ‘Mary Kills People’, ‘Vikings’, ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs’

Canadian Screen Awards week continues with the Creative Fiction Storytelling category winners announced at Wednesday’s ceremony, hosted by “Kim’s Convenience” star Andrew Phung who won the Best Supporting Actor trophy for his comedy role. Among the night’s winners were Global’s “Mary Kills People”, Ytv’s “Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs” and History’s “Vikings”. And the #CdnScreenAward
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‘Daddy’s Home 2’ Debuts at No. 1 on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

Paramount Pictures’ “Daddy’s Home 2” debuted at No. 1 on the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, as well as the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Feb. 24.

The comedy sequel earned $104 million at the domestic box office, and would have had a bigger lead on the charts were it not available separately as part of a two-pack with the first “Daddy’s Home,” a combo tracked separately by VideoScan.

Lionsgate’s “Wonder” dropped to No. 2 on both charts. In its second week on shelves, “Wonder” sold 98% as many copies as the solo versions of “Daddy’s Home 2” in its first week. When accounting for the two-pack, “Wonder” sold 86% as many copies as “Daddy’s Home 2” overall.

The No. 3 spot on both sales charts went to Sony Pictures’ “The Star,” a faith-based animated comedy about the Nativity told from the
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Flashpoint Movie Gets Vacation Directors Daley and Goldstein

Warner Bros. has finally brought on new filmmakers for its long-awaited Flashpoint movie, with John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation, Game Night) entering negotiations to direct. The studio had previously been courting Ben Affleck to direct this movie, and while he ultimately passed, that may have explained the rumor from last month that the actor will return as Batman in the Flashpoint movie, but not in The Batman, with his involvement in that project still very much up in the air. Warner Bros. had no comment on the story, and while it may be some time before there's confirmation, it seems clear the Flashpoint movie is finally back on the right track.

The project has had more than its fair share of ups and downs, with The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller first tapped to direct this project a few years ago, but they ultimately
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“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” Had an Amazing Title for the Israeli Audience

Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs had a much different but somehow just as brilliant title for audiences in Israel. It’s Raining Falafel was how the Israeli people saw the popular kids film, since the Us title tends to get lost in translation. This is far from the first movie that has had to change its title to appeal to other countries and it likely won’t be the last. For those of you that don’t know, falafel is a dish that is made from ground chickpeas or fava beans, or both, and then deep fried before being served up. It’s

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” Had an Amazing Title for the Israeli Audience
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Why We Need More Benjamin Bratt Doing Voice Work

Benjamin Bratt is one of those brilliant actors who can help to bring a character to life whether he’s appearing in a movie or supplying the voice of a character. He has the unique ability to use his voice alone to move a story along. There is no mistaking it when you hear him speak, even if you can’t see his face. Here are some of the best Benjamin Bratt voiced characters to give you an idea of the talent that the actor possesses. Manny from “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” (2010) Bratt is the voice of the character

Why We Need More Benjamin Bratt Doing Voice Work
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The Best Movies and Marathons To Watch This Thanksgiving Weekend

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The Best Movies and Marathons To Watch This Thanksgiving Weekend
Television is arguably the saving grace for all successful Thanksgiving celebrations. After getting stuffed to the brim with cheese and feeling tipsy in the early evening, it’s natural to yearn for a nap, a television marathon, or both.

Gear up for the occasion by scouting out the best movies available during Thanksgiving day and all through the weekend. Whether it’s a favorite movie from childhood or a marathon of your favorite show, here’s the complete list of all the best Thanksgiving programming for 2017.

Throwback Thanksgiving Marathon, VH1

When: Thursday, Nov. 23 until Sunday, Nov. 26

What: Throughout Thanksgiving weekend, VH1 will be showing classic throwbacks like “Dazed and Confused” and “Coming to America,” and “Space Jam.” The network will be playing the nostalgia game hard, so you’re bound to catch one of your favorites. Save room in your schedule for “Grease,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Pretty Woman.
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The Lego Movie Franchise: The Marriage of Movies and Merchandising

Sarah Myles on The Lego Movie franchise and the marriage of movie merchandising…

Forty years ago, there was a seismic shift in the film industry, when Bernard Loomis of Kenner Toys decided that Star Wars was ‘toyetic.’ That shift, all those years ago, has led us on a journey of courtship between movies and merchandising, that has brought us to The Lego Movie franchise. There have been many diversions along way – perhaps, most notably, Hasbro and the Transformers film franchise – but Lego… well, Lego is different. Lego – with all its flexibility and trans-generational appeal – has created the ultimate marriage between movies and merchandise.

The rise of movie merchandising

Bernard Loomis was a toy development executive who had worked for Mattel during the introduction of its Hot Wheels line of toy cars in the late 1960s, and proposed the animated television show that subsequently went along with it. Such an endeavour proved problematic,
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Fired Star Wars Directors Finally Confirm Their Post-Han Solo Project

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Fired Star Wars Directors Finally Confirm Their Post-Han Solo Project
Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have signed to take on new sci-fi adaptation Artemis for 20th Century Fox. This marks their first project since getting fired from Han Solo back in June. While this adaptation doesn't take them to a galaxy far, far away, it does bring them back into the sci-fi realm. No writer has been set for this project as of yet, but it is based on the upcoming novel by celebrated author Andy Weir, whose debut novel The Martian was turned into the hit Ridley Scott and Matt Damon movie of the same city.

Variety broke the news today, reporting that 20th Century Fox picked up the film rights back in May, with the book set to be published Nov. 17 by Crown Publishing Group. The story centers on a woman named Jazz, described as a "directionless twentysomething" who lives in the small town of Artemis, the only town on the Moon.
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Lord & Miller Directing Sci-Fi Thriller From ‘The Martian’ Author

For a while, it felt like Phil Lord and Chris Miller could do no wrong. The directing duo broke into movies with the surprisingly wonderful animation “Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs,” followed it up with the genuinely hilarious “21 Jump Street” (and later, its equally hilarious sequel), and then made a massive, subversive, franchise-starting hit with “The Lego Movie.” Plus they produced a couple of acclaimed TV shows too, with “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Last Man On Earth.”

It led to Lord & Miller landing one of the most sought-after jobs in Hollywood — directing the Han Solo-centric “Star Wars” spin-off, with the pair beginning shooting earlier this year with a killer cast including Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Continue reading Lord & Miller Directing Sci-Fi Thriller From ‘The Martian’ Author at The Playlist.
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Phil Lord and Chris Miller developing new series We Can Do Better

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I've said it many times on this site, but I'll say it again: in my opinion writer/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will have a lifetime pass with me for creating Clone High, the cult animated series from the early '00s. Sure, they also directed Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, The Lego Movie, and the way better than it had any right to be 21 Jump Street movies, but they'll forever be the Clone High guys... Read More...
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Penney Finkelman Cox, Sandra Rabins Leave Original Force Animation (Exclusive)

Animation veterans Penney Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins are departing Original Force Animation, two years after helping the Chinese digital animation studio expand into Hollywood.

The duo announced their departure Friday, noting that they wish to return to producing after overseeing Original Force’s animated comedy “Duck Duck Goose,” starring Jim Gaffigan. Open Road will release the film on April 20.

“Launching Original Force Animation was a true global effort and we can’t wait for audiences to finally have the chance to see and appreciate the artistry behind ‘Duck Duck Goose,’ which is a very special film,” they said. “With Original Force up and running with a strong team in place, we chose to transition back to what we love most, which is producing high quality family projects.”

Finkelman Cox and Rabins have strong credentials within the animation world as key executives in launching Sony Pictures Animation and DreamWorks Animation. In a message to staff,
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Kong: Skull Island - the advice Phil Lord & Chris Miller had

David Crow Aug 25, 2017

Jordan Vogt-Roberts reveals what advice Phil Lord and Chris Miller had for Kong: Skull Island, and how they took that into Han Solo.

The community of directors and filmmakers jumping into the realm of mega-budgeted blockbusters is only growing. Still, it remains a pretty small and elite company, especially if they all relatively recently came up together from the world of independent moviemaking. That appears to be the case for Jordan Vogt-Roberts, director of Kong: Skull Island, and his relationship with filmmakers like Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

Prior to Kong, Vogt-Roberts had been primarily known for the playful and eccentric The Kings Of Summer. But when Den Of Geek Us sat down last month to chat with him, he was faintly wistful about saying goodbye to his first blockbuster. He describes the experience of making it - from pre-production all the way to the media tour
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Han Solo: Woody Harrelson Says The Film ‘Could Be One Of The Funnier Star Wars Movies’

Back when directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were hired to take on the standalone Han Solo film, it did raise a few eyebrows. While the two are very talented directors, they were mainly known for their work in comedy. All you need to do is look at their body of work: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, The Lego Movie, and the pilot for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Clearly, these are guys who know what they’re doing, but it’d be hard not to think of them as comedy directors, first and foremost.

More recently, the pair were fired as directors of Han Solo, and from everything we’ve heard, it was because they were turning the character of Han Solo into a much funnier one than he should have been. Taking the helm from this point forward is Ron Howard, but don’t think that
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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Review

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Author: Hannah Woodhead

Children’s movies are brilliant. They’re the first experiences of cinema that many kids have, introducing you to a world where anything’s possible. I fell in love with going to the cinema after I saw Chicken Run for the first time when I was six, and even now films aimed at younger audiences, from Moana to Ponyo and My Life as a Courgette continue to delight and inspire me. Captain Underpants, well, not so much.

Whilst the film features a who’s who of Hollywood comedy royalty, from Kevin Hart to Ed Helms, they’re wasted on this bland cash-in on the popular book franchise – you can hear them now in interviews, saying how nice it is to be in a movie their kids can watch. Only Nick Kroll really had a chance to shine as the nefarious Professor Poopypants, and he did ham it up magnificently,
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Best CGI Movies: Top 10 Sony Imageworks Visual Effects Movies Ranked

Best CGI Movies: Top 10 Sony Imageworks Visual Effects Movies Ranked
Sony Pictures Imageworks, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is unique in Hollywood as the only studio-run visual effects and animation division. Formed in 1992 (now headquartered in Vancouver), Imageworks alternates between live-action/CG hybrids and animation with its younger sister, Sony Pictures Animation, which was founded in 2002.

Imageworks has won two Oscars (“Spider-Man 2” VFX and “The ChubbChubbs!” animated short) along with an Academy Sci-Tech award this year for an advanced shading program. But Imageworks first cut its teeth on “Speed,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Jumanji,” “Starship Troopers,” and “Contact” before tackling “Stuart Little” in 1999, the first-cg-animated character to star in a live-action feature.

Since then, Imageworks spear-headed performance capture-based virtual production with director Robert Zemeckis (“Polar Express,” “Monster House”), and has continued to work on franchises including “Spider-Man” (“Homecoming” opens this week), “The Smurfs,” and “Hotel Transylvania.”

Here’s our ranking of the 10 best VFX moments from Imageworks:

10. Re-Inventing Invisibility
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‘Baby Driver’: 7 Reasons We All Should Hope Edgar Wright’s Movie Is a Hit

‘Baby Driver’: 7 Reasons We All Should Hope Edgar Wright’s Movie Is a Hit
Edgar Wright’s action comedy “Baby Driver” (Sony) opened Tuesday night to a strong $2.1 preview gross, a promising start with a shot at spreading word of mouth going into the pre-holiday weekend. All of that is standard operating procedure for an offbeat film, but that’s also reason to hope it could be one of most significant and gratifying results of the 2017 movie year. Here’s why.

It Could Be the Rare Original Film to Succeed

In a year full of franchises, sequels, and variations thereof, domestic audience reactions this summer range from lowered interest (“Transformers – The Last Knight”) to disdain (“The Mummy,” “Baywatch”). However, one of the year’s stellar hits has been Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” with its $175 million domestic gross on a production cost of just $5 million.

Read More: ‘Baby Driver’: How Edgar Wright Is Saving the Action Film

Similarly, “Baby Driver” has three strikes
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The Week in Star Wars – Everything you need to know about Lord and Miller, Ron Howard and Han Solo

It’s a special edition of The Week in Star Wars following the shock news from the Han Solo spin-off movie, along with some bits from The Last Jedi, Episode IX and more…

Before we kick things off, The Week in Star Wars celebrated it’s second birthday this week.

Thanks to everyone who has read any edition over the last two years

So, let’s talk about Han Solo. Although the event took place as early as Monday, it was revealed on Tuesday that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had been fired from the Han Solo spin-off movie. The films had been in production since February, and all reports suggest that there are still four or so weeks left of shooting, with five weeks of planned re-shoots. “Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that
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Ron Howard’s ‘Star Wars’: We Debate the New Choice For Lucasfilm’s Han Solo Movie

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Ron Howard’s ‘Star Wars’: We Debate the New Choice For Lucasfilm’s Han Solo Movie
With the news that Ron Howard is taking over the production of Lucasfilm’s young Han Solo movie, the IndieWire team traded emails about the shift.

Anne Thompson: Lucasfilm czar Kathleen Kennedy is siding with the writer — long-time “Star Wars” consigliere Lawrence Kasdan —over a carefully-selected director team with a strong voice. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, if you think about it, have become accustomed to running their own show. They have a little production studio humming along at Bricksburg in Hollywood, born from the blockbuster “The Lego Movie,” and they’re used to being in charge. They are stars. And they know it.

Whatever went wrong here, it’s clear who Lord and Miller are, what they can do. For one thing they are comedy directors — “21 Jump Street,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “The Lego Movie” — not to mention the upcoming “Lego Ninjago Movie,” “America: The Motion Picture,” “Mib 23,” the Untitled Spider-Man Project, and a gaggle of TV series. They’re running their own factory parallel to the Lucasfilm universe and ran headlong into the juggernaut that is “Star Wars.” Kennedy’s purpose is to stay on course — as Kevin Feige does with Marvel — and keep the “Star Wars” universe humming and intact as it spins into many orbits. She can take responsibility for miscasting in this case, because Lord and Miller are who they are and, once hired, should be able to do what they do.

Read More: ‘Star Wars’: The Han Solo Movie We Will Never Get to See

When less established indie hire Gareth Edwards went off track on “Rogue One,” he had to step aside as “Bourne” franchise writer-director Tony Gilroy helped to reshoot and reorganize the final product. The trick with Jj Abrams or Rian Johnson or Colin Trevorrow is selecting directors who are team players capable of keeping the larger goals in mind, and not drawing outside the lines. That, apparently, Lord and Miller did not do—running with a different interpretation of Han Solo than Kasdan. In this case, a reinvention of the Han Solo character for a new generation was not in the cards. Of course Ron Howard is a superb competent director (“Apollo 13,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Rush”) who can execute with the best of them. He knows what to do and will do it well. But like Edgar Wright’s “Ant Man,” I suspect the movie we will never see was more exciting and unexpected than the one that will hit global screens in 2018.

Kate Erbland: There’s no question that after the massive upheaval of Lord and Miller leaving the project with just a few weeks left to go in principal photography, Lucasfilm is desperate for anything resembling stability. Howard is a good guy for that, a seasoned professional with plenty of blockbuster experience and two Oscars to boot, and he’ll likely be able to soothe frazzled nerves and get the mechanics of the filmmaking process running smoothly in no time. That’s the draw here: He’s a safe choice, and what was so exciting about the initial hiring of Lord and Miller was that they weren’t.

Howard will surely make a perfectly serviceable feature, delivered on time and with a minimum of drama, but the fallout from this will always eclipse that final product. Not just in terms of the Han Solo movie we’ll never see — though that stings, too — but because it shows that Lucasfilm and “Star Wars” aren’t ready to take a real gamble on unique talents just yet, even when they seem so happy to keep telling us that they are.

Zack Sharf: It’s also worth pointing out that Howard’s a Hollywood veteran, so fans should rest assured this will remain a polished, maybe even elegant production. But he’s also an old-fashioned, traditional storyteller, which means anyone hoping for some narrative edge to this spinoff will most likely wind up disappointed.

But given all the news that has broken since Lord and Miller’s firing earlier this week, the real question isn’t whether or not Ron Howard is a good replacement, it’s whether or not his hiring even matters. It’s become apparent that Kennedy and Kasdan are the real directors at play here, even though their titles may not official indicate such a job. It’s why Lord and Miller were fired. It’s why Tony Gilroy was brought on to oversee Gareth Edwards’ massive “Star Wars: Rogue One” reshoots. The latter was no fluke, and the former is an alarming new wake up call to the real people calling the shots on these movies.

Directors often come and go from projects — just look what’s happening with “The Flash” over at Warner Bros. — but very rarely are they fired months into production. It makes you wonder how much these movies can have any real directorial signature. Whether it was Ron Howard or Guillermo del Toro, for instance, we might wind up with the same end product. Kennedy and Kasdan may have the perfect template for this movie, but that doesn’t mean it requires a talented filmmaker.

Chris O’Falt: I think the big thing with Howard is he can have a light touch when necessary. He’s the rare studio director who can do intense drama, action, but is more than capable of doing comedy or building in comedic elements. He’s the best choice for preserving — and salvaging — some element of Lord and Miller’s comedic elements and while delivering a component action-adventure film. Howard is congenial and beloved, in addition to being a component producer and respected presence on set.

Read More: Han Solo Upheaval: Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s ‘Star WarsExit

As Kate said, when this movie comes out, Lord and Miller will be part of the story. Who would you rather have out front with your “it all worked out” version of things? Who do you want sitting with Colbert or on the Today Show rehashing this awkward situation? Howard knows how to diffuse a bomb.

Eric Kohn: There’s a bigger question behind all this: What do we want from our “Star Wars” movies? Personally, I was satiated a long time ago (in a movie theater far, far away, on the other side of the country, watching the original trilogy in its late-nineties rerelease). This franchise has been with us for so long that we take its existence for granted. Say what you want about George Lucas’ prequels, but this former aspiring experimental filmmaker was constantly thinking outside the box. The latest “Star Wars” movies, while proficient as entertainment, have also shown a kind of conservatism with respect to mainstream entertainment. Give the audience what they want — a big, slick space opera that’s easy to consume and loaded with relatable characters. The only thing truly daring about “Rogue One” was its grim finale – and I bet the Lucasfilm execs won’t let the franchise go that direction ever again.

I love the idea of hiring visionary filmmakers to play around with studio dollars, but frankly am more intrigued by the wacky possibilities of Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” than Han Solo’s backstory. (For what it’s worth: The “Star Wars” comics, which are canon, already do a fine job of filling in some of those details.) The more I consider the possibilities of a Han Solo prequel, the less exciting they become; this character has become such a fully-formed pop culture icon that the very idea of more cinematic adventures strikes me as redundant.

Here’s an idea: Take Han Solo’s name out of the script and let Ron Howard make a fast, fun space western about characters who have barely received much attention in the past. Why not give Lando Calrissian top billing? Donald Glover’s overdue for action stardom. Or, for that matter, maybe Howard could channel his penchant for music films into a concert film about Mos Eisely cantina fixtures Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes. I’d be first in line.

Wishful thinking, I know. We’re getting a Ron Howard movie about young Han Solo. As others have said, it’s a safer bet, and not the least bit surprising. Maybe it’ll be fine. But I have a strong feeling that will also be familiar.

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