16 items from 2017
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Jennifer Saunders, Peter Serafinowicz, Nick Kroll, Beck Bennett, Nick Offerman | Written by Garth Jennings | Directed by Christophe Lourdelet, Garth Jennings
Whilst Disney seem to be raiding their animated back-catalogue in the hopes of finding their next big cinema hit, abandoning the joyous nature of the animated movie for more dour live-action versions, it’s left to other studios – like Dreamworks, Illumination etc. – to keep the slew of animated kids film coming. Current kings of the CG-animated movie Illumination Entertainment, who also have Despicable Me 3 out later this year, hit cinemas early with Sing, a truly family-orientated film that takes it’s story from the current popularity of the TV talent show.
Sing tells the story of Buster Moon (McConaughey) a koala who grew up with a passion for theatre. However that passion does not »
- Phil Wheat
The writer/director of Son of Rambow on surviving his first animation, using his sons as piglets, and the French view of Brexit
As half of producer-director duo Hammer & Tongs, Essex-born Garth Jennings started out making music videos for the likes of Blur, Fatboy Slim, Rem and Radiohead, before moving into films with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Son of Rambow. He has now written and directed animated musical comedy Sing. He lives in Paris with his wife, four sons and a “bloody lazy” French bulldog.
Is it true the idea for Sing started over a cup of tea?
It genuinely did. How very British. The boss of Illumination studios, Chris Meledandri, had seen Son of Rambow and had this idea for a musical based around a singing contest for animals. Like me, Chris loves The Commitments – and Sing Street more recently – where you follow multiple characters »
- Michael Hogan
Hammer and Tongs was the pseudonym of two British director and producing legends, and you’re a bigger fan of them than you thought you were.
I was lucky enough to meet and interview British filmmaker Garth Jennings in London late last week. The director was in town to discuss his latest film Sing, the animated extravaganza featuring the vocal talents of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton and many more of Hollywood’s current A-list. The film is Jennings’ first for nearly nine years, and is really worth checking out this weekend – whatever your age or musical/ film tastes.
Before the ambitious, five-year long journey ofbringing Sing to screens, Jennings was bashing out content with his production outfit ‘Hammer and Tongs’. In 2007, Jennings and producing partner, »
- Paul Heath
This tale of cute warbling creatures aimed at a family audience is impossible to dislike but hardly memorable
Here’s a bright, breezily sweet-tempered animation written and directed by the talented Brit Garth Jennings, who made The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Son of Rambow. His movie features the regulation array of talking animals and star vocals; it’s impossible to dislike and impossible to love.
Sing is designed and built to the highest standards of professionalism; it’s a Volkswagen Passat of a family animation and there’s nothing wrong with that. But somehow the flash of creative anarchy or inspiration that we once remembered from the Pixar or DreamWorks meisterwerks seem as far away as ever.
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- Peter Bradshaw
Brendon Connelly Jan 27, 2017
I’m a huge fan of Garth Jennings’ work, from his milk-carton music videos to funny monkey TV ads, and into his feature films, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy and Son Of Rambow. It’s been a long time coming but, after five years of work, Jennings’ third feature, Sing, is about to get its UK cinema release. When we caught up to chat last week, we talked about those five long years of hard work, about the projects that didn’t come together beforehand, and just a little of the plans that Jennings has for now. Here’s how our conversation went.
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Before you got Sing started, »
Author: Stefan Pape
Jennings, renowned primarily for Son of Rambow (not to mention the excellent Blur music video for Coffee and TV), has made his first deviation into the world of the animation, presenting this all singing, all dancing extravaganza, featuring the vocal talents of Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson amongst many others.
We asked whether the animation genre was one he had always intended to try his hand in, and how he initially envisaged the characters, and why he choose specific personality traits for specific animals. He also tells us about working with this dream ensemble cast, and what his favourite karaoke song is…
Sing is released on January 27th.
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- Stefan Pape
Sing is much more than the animated X-Factor-style film it appears. Here's our review...
Sing is just the third film to be directed by Garth Jennings, the man bold enough to try and bring The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy to the big screen in 2005, and responsible for the sublime Son Of Rambow in 2007. Off the back of the box office numbers his new animated feature, Sing, notched up in America over Christmas, it’s unlikely to be long before he’s at work on Sing 2. And, pleasantly, that’s a welcome proposition.
Cards on the table: I’ve had grumbles in the past about some of the work of Illumination Entertainment to date, and in particular, its continued struggle to find narratives to marry up to its quite excellent work in creating characters, and in on-screen comedy. As much as I chuckle through the Despicable Me movies, when »
We first caught the latest feature animation from Illumination and Universal Pictures Sing at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and immediately fell in love with it. Well, this week the film opens in UK cinemas after a very successful run in the Unites States over the Christmas period. Well, this week we caught up with the film’s very talented writer/ director Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Son Of Rambow) in London to chat about working on the film, his choice to take on a big animation, moving to Paris for five years to make it, and much more. Check out our Garth Jennings interview below.
Sing is essentially a movie musical full of modern jukebox classics as sung by zoo animals – continuously. »
- Paul Heath
I like unconventional superhero stories and Adam Randall's new movie certainly looks like it fits the bill - I just wish it had a better title.
iBoy, yes, that's *actually* what it's called, is based on a book of the same name and stars Bill Milner (Son of Rambow, X-Men: First Class) as an awkward teenage boy who has a crush on a girl played by Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones).
She invites him over to hang out and in a case of wrong-place-wrong-time, is shot by a group of thugs. He survives the ordeal but fragments of his cell phone lodged in his brain have tweaked something and now he seems to have some sort of x-ray vision along with some other extrasensory abilities so of course, he tries to use his powers for good - with mixed results.
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Netflix has released the official trailer for its original film “iBoy,” starring “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams and Bill Milner (“X-Men: First Class,” “Son of Rambow”). Watch the trailer below.
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The film follows Tom (Milner), an average 16-year-old whose world is turned on its head after a violent encounter with local thugs who try to attack his best friend and high school crush, Lucy (Williams). During the attack, Tom gets shot and ends up in a coma. He awakens to discover that fragments of his smartphone have embedded in his brain, giving him super powers; now, returning to normal teenage life is impossible. With these new abilities, Tom sets out to seek revenge on the gang who attacked him and his dear friend.
- Yoselin Acevedo
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams stars opposite Son Of Rambow's Bill Milner in young adult scifi thriller iBoy and while the premise of the feature film adaptation of Kevin Brooks' acclaimed novel - in which a working class teen interrupts a home invasion and is shot in the head for his troubles, the gun shot embedding fragments of his mobile phone into his brain thereby giving him the ability to manipulate electricity and information technology - may sound a little bit goofy on the surface it is played dead serious here. Tom is an average teenager whose world is turned on its head when a violent encounter with local thugs leaves fragments of his shattered smartphone embedded in his brain. He wakes from a...
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Netflix has released the first official trailer from its original movie iBoy starring Bill Milner (X-Men: First Class, Son of Rambow) and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones). Directed by Adam Randall, story follows an average teenager whose world is turned on its head when a violent encounter with local thugs leaves fragments of his shattered smartphone embedded in his brain. He wakes from a coma to discover that returning to normal teenage life is impossible because he has… »
Author: David Sztypuljak
Following on from the first images for the movie yesterday, here’s the brand new first look at present day sci-fi movie iBoy. The film is the first to come from the UK wing of streaming service Netflix and from what we’ve heard and now seen looks fabulous.
The idea comes from the mind of novelist Kevin Brooks and has been turned into a movie by Adam Randall. Yesterday while writing the images piece, I stumbled upon a concept video piece created a few years ago which showed X-Men star Will Poulter in the lead role as a teenager who after getting assaulted by some thugs, ends up with shards of smartphone inserted into his brain. After waking up from hospital, it’s clear that the incident has left him rather a different young man than he used to be.
Poulter doesn’t appear in the »
- David Sztypuljak
Author: David Sztypuljak
Here’s the first look at this new Netflix original feature film called iBoy. The movie sees a wonderful cast which includes Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams, Son of Rambow star Bill Millner who more recently starred in Anthropoid and the brilliant veterans Miranda Richardson and Rory Kinnear.
iBoy tells the story of a young teenager (Millner) who is assaulted by a gang of local bullies. During one of the violent attacks, his phone shatters lodging pieces of the phone in his brain. When he awakes in hospital he has developed a rather strange set of superpowers and uses those powers to plot revenge on those who beat him and his best friend played by Maisie Williams.
- David Sztypuljak
Mark Harrison Jan 6, 2017
Nobody is likely to look back on 2016 fondly, whether because of global political instability, celebrity deaths or the rejection of Boaty McBoatface as a suitable name for a research vessel. In the world of film, we note that a lot of the contenders in this year's awards season haven't even been released in UK cinemas yet, and it was hardly a banner year for blockbuster cinema either.
On the plus side, there were some exemplary smaller films, of the kind that awards bodies tend to overlook, released in the last 12 months. Without any apparent genre contenders, like The Martian or Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, this is a year in which performers are more likely »
The year closed with a very uneven holiday period.”Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Sing” were the standouts, contributing most of the $160 million that comprises the Top 10 total. (“Sing” is a particular surprise, coming within $9 million of “Rogue One.”) Wider, more-expensive holiday studio releases were mixed at best, with only “Passengers” showing above-average life. However, awards contenders “Fences,” “Manchester by the Sea,” and “La La Land” are thriving.
(Note: the estimates below are for the Friday-Sunday numbers, including projections for Sunday. Disney and Sony failed to provide their numbers at deadline, so the estimates come from other sources.)
The Top 10
$49.8 million (-22%) in 4,157 theaters (no change); PTA (per theater average): $11,978; Cumulative: $425.179 million
$41.45 million (+18%) in 4,029 theaters »
- Tom Brueggemann
16 items from 2017
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