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Wild opens this weekend, heralding the triumphant return (and likely second Oscar nomination) of Reese Witherspoon. It’s actually only the highest profile of three performances by the actress this fall. She’s also in The Good Lie, which opened in October, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming Inherent Vice. As if that weren’t enough, she also produced Gone Girl. It’s a fortuitous few months, especially given what many consider a years-long fallow period. We’re only now emerging from the unfortunate wake of How Do You Know, This Means War, and smaller failures like Devil’s Knot. It’s about time. And, as every American knows, a good year for Witherspoon is a good year for us all. So, to celebrate, let’s watch a cartoon! Monsters vs. Aliens opened just over two years after the star won her Oscar for Walk the Line. It was her only feature film in 2009, stuck between 2008’s »
- Daniel Walber
Gloriously bonkers. Like, Looney Tunes levels of cartoon madness. You will laugh your homo sapiens head off. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly love the Madagascar movies, really love the penguins
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The hilarious paramilitary penguins of the Madagascar flicks have their own movie, and it is gloriously bonkers. Like, Looney Tunes levels of cartoon madness. You will laugh your homo sapiens head off. Penguins of Madagascar is closest in tone to what I called the “animated anarchy” of the third film, Europe’s Most Wanted… about which, I said two years ago, it felt as if the “cool, smooth nonsense of the penguins’ outrageous schemes… was allowed to take over the entire film.” Now this has actually happened, and there was much rejoicing. The plot is entirely superfluous. All you need to know is that »
- MaryAnn Johanson
R.L. Stine's bestselling children's book series Goosebumps is headed to the big screen, and below are ten of the scary monsters that will appear in the live-action film. Let's see, we got a pumpkin-headed monster, a pirate, a vampire, a mummy, a scarecrow, a nightmarish clown, a gypsy woman, a zombie and a dummy. The dummy is a fan-favorite, who is named 'Slappy.' He'll be the film's main villain, controlling the other monsters. He first appeared in R.L. Stine's Night of the Living Dummy. My favorite is the pumpkin-headed monster. I'll have to duck for cover when that scary clown appears. Ugh, clowns. The film will star Jack Black ("School of Rock"), and is being directed by Rob Letterman ("Monsters Vs. Aliens"). Letterman previously worked with Black on Gulliver's Travels and Shark Tale. Goosebumps was previously adapted into a live-action television show for four seasons on Fox Kids Network, »
Penguins of Madagascar waddles onto screens this holiday week, a spinoff of DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar animated franchise. But as I say in my video review above, this film focuses on just one corner of that franchise’s winning collection of critters, the scheming pack of penguins. And it never quite takes flight, despite its manic pace and an evil octopus (!) voiced wonderfully by John Malkovich.
Other voice cast members include the seemingly omnipresent Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom McGrath (director of the three Madagascar films), Chris Miller (Puss in Boots director), Christopher Knights and Conrad Vernon (director of Shrek 2 and Monsters vs. Aliens).
Penguins opens in the United States on Wednesday (it’s been in China and »
- Pete Hammond
In a hardly surprising move, it has been announced that a Playmobil movie is currently in the works. Clearly a genius over at Playmobil noticed just how successful The Lego Movie was earlier this summer, added 2 + 2 together and realized that they could probably profit off of its success too. The German toy company Playmobil couldn.t just let its Danish rivals dominate the toy figurine movie market without a fight. On Entertainment, Wild Bunch and Pathe have now combined to invest $80 million in an animated Playmobil feature film, which they hope will benefit from the financial triumph of the awesome 2014 animated comedy extravaganza. According to Variety, Bob Persichetti, a Dreamworks veteran who has previously worked on Shrek 2 and Monsters vs. Aliens, has been placed in charge of developing the project. We can likely expect the finished product to have at least some similarity to the upcoming 2015 feature film adaptation »
On Entertainment, Wild Bunch and Pathe are planning an $80 million animated movie based on the Playmobil toys, which are popular worldwide.
On Entertainment acquired the film rights to the Playmobil Movie, which is being co-developed by Pathe and Wild Bunch. They have brought on Bob Persichetti to spearhead the project. He previously worked as head of story on DreamWorks Animation's Monsters Vs. Aliens, Shrek 2 and Puss in Boots. He most recently worked on a reboot of the popular French novella The Little Prince, which has previously been adapted into a 1974 live-action movie and various animated series throughout the years. On Entertainment is also producing The Little Prince, and will bring back the same creative team.
Production on the Playmobil Movie is currently being set up in Montreal with On Entertainment's animation division. No story details have been released for this ambitious cartoon. The toys have sold over 2.7 billion figures since their creation. »
When The Lego Movie came out, I cracked a joke on Twitter saying that The Asylum—the company you can count on for mockbusters—should handle a Playmobil movie. It turns out there actually will be an animated Playmobil movie, but it will be coming from On Entertainment and Wild Bunch. For those who don't know, Playmobil are like Lego minus the fun of building and adorable minifigures. To put it another way, it's what a child gets for their birthday when their grandparents can't tell the difference between Lego and Playmobil at the toy store. Hit the jump for more. According to Variety, Bob Persichetti, who worked as head of story on Monsters vs. Aliens, Shrek 2, and Puss in Boots, is spearheading the development. And to be fair to Playmobil (and as a Lego fan, it's so very difficult even though they're not competing brands except in my »
- Matt Goldberg
After the smash hit "The Lego Movie" landed earlier this year, earning $468 million worldwide, Warner Bros. wasted no time putting the wheels in motion for more. "Ninjago," "Lego Batman," and "The Lego Movie 2" are all in the works, and so of course, it wasn't going to be long until another building block company tried their hand at big screen success. And no, it's not Tinkertoys. Playmobil, that other company that made childhood figurines and action playsets, managed to get On Entertainment, Wild Bunch and Pathe to throw $80 million towards a feature film. Bob Persichetti (“Monsters vs. Aliens,” “Shrek 2,” “Puss in Boots,” "The Little Prince") is going to guide the project, bringing in the production team of the latter to get this moving. Production will take place in Montreal, and the movie will hit in 2017. Everything is awesome, we suppose, at least if you're a toy company right now. It »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If for some ridiculous reason The Lego Movie just didn't do anything for you, then maybe you'll be more interested in seeing what can be done with a different toy line. The Paris-based production banner On Entertainment is teaming with Wild Bunch and Pathe to develop an animated film based on the iconic Playmobil toys. Variety reports the film's development is being spearheaded by Bob Persichetti, who was head of story on hits like Monsters vs. Aliens, Puss in Boots and Shrek 2 at DreamWorks Animation. The film will have the same creative team that just worked on an animated film called The Little Prince. As for the story, we're not sure what it will be about. But much like the Lego brand, Playmobil has over 30 different worlds in which various figures and playsets exists, so the narrative possibilities are endless. The toy is an international favorite in over 100 countries worldwide, »
- Ethan Anderton
It has been announced that On Entertainment, Wild Bunch and Pathe are looking to replicate the success of The Lego Movie by developing an animated feature film based upon the hugely popular German toy line Playmobil. According to Variety, the Playmobil movie is being developed by Bob Persichetti, head of story on Monsters vs. Aliens, […]
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- Gary Collinson
Paris-based On Entertainment, one of Europe’s leading production companies, is partnering up with Wild Bunch and Pathe on an $80 million animated feature based on the iconic Playmobil toys’ brand.
Bob Persichetti, who worked as head of story on “Monsters vs. Aliens,” “Shrek 2” and “Puss in Boots” is spearheading the development. Persichetti most recently worked on Mark Osborne’s (“Kung Fu Panda”) “The Little Prince,” which On Entertainment is also producing.
Rassam told Variety the Playmobil toon will bring back the same creative team as “The Little Prince.”
The production will be set up in Montreal, at On Entertainment’s animation division.
- Elsa Keslassy
<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastBig Hero 6Release Date: November 7thStudio: DisneyGenre: AnimationDirector: Don Hall, Chris WilliamsWriters: Don Hall, Jordan RobertsCast: Voices of Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Genesis Rodriguez, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., Maya RudolphStudio Description: From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Big Hero 6, an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.Forecast: Big Hero 6 is the latest movie from Disney Animation Studios, which has had a resurgence in recent years thanks to the success of Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and, of course, last year's Frozen.Frozen earned an exceptional $400.7 million, which is around twice as much as Tangled ($200.8 million) and Wreck-It Ralph ($189.4 million). While Frozen likely elevated the Disney Animation brand to another level, it's hard to imagine »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
By Anjelica Oswald
Reese Witherspoon has had a bumpy nine years since her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line (2005) led to a best actress win at the 2006 Academy Awards. Despite a few pitfalls, Witherspoon is on an uphill climb that could possibly lead straight to her second Oscar nomination for her role in Wild, director Jean-Marc Vallee’s adaption of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir.
Critics have praised Witherspoon’s performance of Strayed, a woman determined to overcome her personal challenges — drug use, divorce and grief — by hiking more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone. Her gritty performance paired with Vallee’s directorial prowess (Dallas Buyers Club won Academy Awards for best actor and best supporting actor) may be the right recipe for Oscar success.
- Anjelica Oswald
The world loves actors — we follow them on Twitter, tune in to award shows to watch them out of character, and follow their everyday lives in magazines and on the Internet — but not all actors get the attention they deserve. Take voice actors for example, and we’re not talking about the likes of Tom Hanks in Toy Story or Nicolas Cage in The Croods, who are hired primarily for their star appeal more so than their ability to bring a character to life. No, we’re talking about actual full time voice actors, most of whom have voiced a character in the animated shows and video games we watch and play on a daily basis, and who most of us aren’t really aware of.
- Ian McCabe
This year at San Diego Comic-Con, Sony, a company that controls the rights to the "Amazing Spider-Man" (and all of its off-shoots, like the forthcoming "Sinister Six" movie), instead chose a more low-key approach. Instead of the cavernous Hall H, they rented out a ballroom at the Hilton down the street, and instead of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, funnyman Jack Black was the star of the show. Black is the star of the new "Goosebumps" movie -- a movie that looks like a ton of spooky-funny fun!
In the "Goosebumps" movie, Black actually plays the author of the original books, R.L. Stine. The basic plot, as outlined in the first trailer that we were shown, is that all of the creepy monsters and ghouls that populate his beloved novels (novels that typified the Ya craze before there was even a Ya craze). Honestly, it seems like the perfect way to »
- Drew Taylor
For those growing up in the mid-1990s, Goosebumps was the quintessential children’s book series. In 62 books about dummies, mummies, gnomes and various other monsters hiding in the most unlikely of places, author R. L. Stine took readers to strange new worlds where any number of crazy things could happen.
Stine has pretty much laid low since the series ended in 1997, though he has continued to write plenty of books, many even in the same universe. At Sdcc 2014, he appeared onscreen momentarily to promote the new Goosebumps movie releasing next year.
- Araceli Roach
The Sony Pictures panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 could more appropriately have been titled “Goosebumps.” After a super-short mention of the upcoming Chris Columbus film Pixels, author R.L. Stine popped on screen to tell fans about Goosebumps, which opens in Summer 2015. Director Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens) showed up for the panel, along with […]
- Germain Lussier
“Mune,” which was presented by co-director Benoit Philippon and producer Aton Soumache (via Onyx) during a jam-packed work-in-progress session in Annecy, was picked up by Notorious Pictures (Italy), Smile Entertainment (South Korea), Gulf Films (Middle East), Domo Media (China), Zoom Entertainment (India), Volga Films (Cis), Monolith Films (Poland) and Blitz (Former Yugoslavia).
Deals were closed after showing a promo in Cannes. Melin, who is co-producing the movie with Onyx and Orange Studio, is in negotiations in remaining territories. Animation houses Norman Studios and Mikros Image will deliver “Mune” in November, said Melin, who added he and Soumache will debut a road show in early July to present the movie in territories that are still open, such as the U.S. and the U.K..
Based on an original concept by Philippon, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Feature Simon Brew 31 Mar 2014 - 05:42
Blockbuster season is almost upon us, but what will next summer's big hitters be? Here's a roundup
Once upon a time, summer blockbuster season 2015 was set to be packed with the biggest collision of big franchises we'd ever seen together. However, one by one, lots of these films moved away to other dates. As such, you won't be seeing Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, Independence Day 2, Batman Vs Superman or Finding Dory in a cinema next summer.
But even with those films gone, there's still no shortage of huge movies battling for your cash in a year's time. And as is traditional for us at the start of summer blockbuster season, we've taken a look at what's coming up in 12 months' time.
Inside Llewyn Davis Inside Llewyn Davis was a hair away from being my #1 Movie of 2013 so, yeah, it's the highest recommendation of the week by a long shot. Here's a snippet from my Top Ten of 2013 write-up: The storytelling in this movie is just so lovely, soft and subtle. It's a film guided by characters that turn left when in most films the story would demand they turn right. As a result they go off on tangents that many will believe unnecessary such as the biggest complaint with this film, the John Goodman sequence. But these are the moments that make up our lives, these are the moments people want to hear about. Our lives aren't made up merely of milestones, but the little things in-between are just as responsible for making us who we are.
Out of The Furnace This isn't a great film, but it's a fascinating one if you look deep enough. »
- Brad Brevet
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