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As far as I can tell, no one was begging for a sequel to 2004′s The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, but next year we’ll be getting one weirder and probably far worse than we ever could have imagined. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, an uneasy blend of traditional animation, CGI and live-action, spent Comic-Con weirding people out with new footage. And today, the first trailer for the film has hit the web, so that you can feel just as confused, unsettled and oddly repulsed as those con-goers.
Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Smurfs, Hop. What do all those CGI/live-action movies have in common? Firstly, they’re absolutely awful. Secondly, they made serious money at the box office. So before you ask why the team behind The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water decided to incorporate the hybrid format, the answer lies above.
Sadly, this film looks like »
- Isaac Feldberg
People come from all over to see specific panels at the San Diego Comic-Con, but I seriously doubt many, if any, attendees were there especially to see the first look at next February’s SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water, a live-action/CGI hybrid that takes the cartoon sponge and other denizens of Bikini Bottom to our world, à la The Smurfs and Alvin and the Chipmunks. It seems pretty clear that this latest attempt to breathe new life into the long-running Nicktoon is going to be very, very strange and probably awful – and the movie’s appearance at Comic-Con did nothing to change anyone’s mind about that.
In the first look above, we can see SpongeBob and his friends in superhero get-up, complete with six-pack abs. In the Sponge Out Of Water movie, SpongeBob and his team begin in Bikini Bottom, as per usual, but turn into CGI »
- Isaac Feldberg
It took a few years and was very expensive to defend, but 20th Century Fox has largely come out on top in a lengthy battle over the Alvin and the Chipmunks property. When Bagdasarian Prods., the family company that licensed the Chipmunk characters, sued Fox in 2010, an incredible amount of money was on the line. A year earlier, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel came out and grossed more than $443 million in worldwide box office. The Bagdasarians demanded half of the profits. The lawsuit would feature several claims. List THR Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Janice Karman, wife
- Eriq Gardner
This winter’s Paddington has received our attention for all the wrong reasons so far. First, there was that terrifying image of the film’s stuffed bear that sparked the hilarious Creepy Paddington meme. Then, The Weinstein Company released a disappointing first trailer for the movie that made it appear to be a spiritual – albeit less gratingly non-musical – cousin to Alvin and the Chipmunks, of all things. Finally, we learned that Colin Firth, who had previously been set to voice Paddington, had dropped out of the project mid-way through production. Luckily for TWC though, it doesn’t appear that the film will be delayed, as Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw has just been set to lend his voice to the animated bear.
Though the British actor is certainly less of a household name than Firth, Whishaw’s star has been steadily rising over the past few years. He’s won fans »
- Isaac Feldberg
Update: Paddington Bear has a new voice. The filmmakers determined the voice of Colin Firth (Mamma Mia!, Nanny McPhee) sounded too grown up for such a young stuffed bear. So, they searched for a new voice for the traveler from Peru and landed on Ben Whishaw, who plays Q in the new James Bond movies and played doomed poet John Keats in Bright Star. Luckily, Paddington is still on track to charm us, scheduled to open now on Christmas Day.Nov. 15, 2013 - Paddington will be in theaters next Christmas, the release date is set for Dec. 12, 2014.
Sept. 13, 2013 - Paddington Bear, the polite and proper stuffed animal from Peru, will get his chance at movie stardom thanks to David Heyman, the producer of the Harry Potter movies. Colin Firth, who won an Academy Award for playing King George VI in The King's Speech, will be the voice of Paddington in this »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Animated horror films are few and far between, but occasionally someone gets a great idea for one – see Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust - that makes us remember the genre can be more than just Alvin And the Chipmunks Meet whichever movie monster happens to need a paycheck at the time. It’s too early to say whether Malevolent is going to be one of those diamonds in the rough – but initial information about the pic is promising.
Today, we’ve learned that Homeland actress Morena Baccarin has signed on to lend her voice to the lead villain in the film. Malevolent centers on a “young woman (Dani Lennon) who must defeat her powerful, evil father in order to save herself and her siblings.” It was scripted by Jim Cirile and Tanya C. Klein (Liberator), and directed by Jason Axinn (Bite Me).
Baccarin will lend her voice to the role of Gamemaster, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Director Tim Story’s Think Like A Man Too opens in theaters this weekend on June 20. The film is the follow-up to the hit ensemble comedy Think Like A Man and reunites the original cast, including Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union and Taraji P. Henson.
Story teamed up again with composer Christopher Lennertz for the film’s score.
He first made a splash with his breakout score for Alvin And The Chipmunks, which has grossed over $360 million worldwide. Since then he’s proven his steadfast talent with films like the star-studded Horrible Bosses, and Universal’s box office smash Ride Along.
While his knack for comedy is undeniable in films like Think Like A Man, he’s also contributed his unique »
- Michelle McCue
When I first heard that Paddington Bear, a beloved figure of children’s literature, was being brought to the big screen in Paddington, I wasn’t entirely opposed to the concept. After all, Michael Bond’s Paddington books don’t hold the same sway that they used to, and introducing the adorable bear of the title to a new generation seemed like a promising idea. Then, on the heels of two images for the film (and the hilarious Creepy Paddington meme that quickly followed), the first trailer hit the web.
The results, I’m afraid, are quite disheartening. Instead of the cute and adventurous character I remember from Bond’s book, this Paddington sticks toothbrushes in his ears, begins to eat the earwax that he pulls out of them, dunks his head in a toilet, floods a bathroom and then gets stuck in a turnstile. Paddington is beginning to look »
- Isaac Feldberg
Annecy– Bibo Bergeron, the director of DreamWorks’ “The Road to El Dorado” and “Shark Tale,” and Mike de Seve, a story consultant for many DreamWorks films, including “Shrek 2″ and “Madagascar,” are launching Monkey’s Uncle, a new venture aiming to develop and create a slate of original animated films’ IP’s.
An alliance of pedigree Hollywood talents who are well-connected, Monkey’s Uncle will also be joined by two more animation experts: Buck Lewis, who worked as character designer on such high profile toon pics as “Ratatouille,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Kung Fu Panda,” and Jurgen Gross, whose story artist credits include “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas” and “Rango” (as storyboard artist).
“With Monkey’s Uncle, we’ll be able to provide high-end creative skills such as writing, directing, storyboarding, production design and character design to production companies and financiers globally,” said de Seve, who is also »
- Elsa Keslassy
In a bid to launch the next big family film franchise, Sony Pictures and Sega are teaming up to bring Sonic the Hedgehog to the big screen in a movie which would feature a mixture of live-action setting and actors as well as CG animated characters similar to movies like The Smurfs and Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Little known writers Evan Susser and Van Robichaux will adapt the once incredibly popular video game series for Sony and Sega, while 22 Jump Street’s Neal H. Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner, with Marza’s Takeshi Ito and Mie Onishi.
They have big plans for the franchise and will apparently release a movie per year.
The first will focus on Sonic the Hedgehog’s rivalry with the same characters he feuded with in the video games, including his nemesis Dr. Eggman. Over the last two decades, the franchise has sold »
- Josh Wilding
It has been almost ten years since the release of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, a feature-length adaptation of the beloved Nickelodeon cartoon that grossed an impressive $140 million at the box office and received strong reviews. In some ways, it’s surprising that this long has passed without a cinematic follow-up, seeing as the show is still going strong and is now in fact gearing up for its tenth season. Regardless, at last, fans of the franchise can look forward to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, which is set for release next February.
No one really knows what exactly to expect from the sequel, seeing as the plot has not been announced. However, a new poster for the film has been unveiled, featuring a CGI SpongeBob on a beach with a live-action crab. Going by that poster, it looks like Sponge Out of Water is going to follow in »
- Isaac Feldberg
The title is usually one of, if not the most important ways of marketing a movie to general audiences. A short, snappy, memorable title can do wonders in building up awareness for the product whether it be through print advertisements, viral marketing or video content. However, when it comes to summer blockbusters simple brand recognition is arguably more important than the title itself.
Big-budget studio franchises tend to follow the same several templates when it comes to their titles. There is the standard number or numeral system (Iron Man, Toy Story, Spider-Man), the franchise name followed by a subtitle (Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers, Resident Evil), or the name of the title character with a quick summation of the plot (Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Austin Powers). Sometimes, a franchise movie can break from the mold and deliver something different but still memorable (The Dark Knight, The Wolverine, Rise of the Planet of the Apes »
- Scott Campbell
For the first time, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Walking With Dinosaurs The Movie is the ultimate immersive, big screen adventure for families. Meet dinosaurs more real than you’ve ever seen as you take off on a thrilling prehistoric adventure, where Patchi, an underdog dinosaur, triumphs against all odds to become a hero for the ages.
Experience the spectacular story that brings dinosaurs to life and the viewer back in time. Directed by Barry Cook (Mulan) and Neil Nightingale (Meerkats: The Movie) Walking With Dinosaurs The Movie features heart-warming performances from an incredible ensemble of Hollywood’s biggest stars including John Leguizamo (Ice Age, Rio 2) and Justin Long (Alvin And The Chipmunks).
Dino fans of all ages will be “herding” to get their own copy that is filled with immersive special features including “The Ultimate Dino Guide”, “Match »
- David Agnew
"The Pink Panther" franchise already has eleven films that have spanned over five decades and accumulated two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and a Grammy for its theme song. And now comes word that MGM is developing a new installment with director David Silverman (The Simpson Movie) on board. The plan this time is not to focus the story on Inspector Clouseau, but on the title character. To do this, the new movie will be live-action, but The Pink Panther will be animated, similar to what "Alvin and the Chipmunks," "The Smurfs" and many other movies have done. "We are incredibly proud to re-introduce the 'Pink Panther' to a brand new generation in such a fresh way," said MGM CEO Jonathan Glickman. »
There is good news and bad news regarding the next big screen incarnation of The Pink Panther. The good news is that the painfully bad series starring Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau will not be continuing. The bad news is that the next movie will be a CGI/live action movie along the lines of Alvin And The Chipmunks, Scooby Doo, and The Smurfs. The new caper film will focus on the Pink Panther character, rather than Inspector Clouseau, and will harken back to the tone shared by the »
- Alex Maidy
Are you ready for some news that’s truly outrageous? Jem and the Holograms, everybody’s favorite show about a normal teenage girl with a double life as a pop sensation that didn’t star Miley Cyrus, is making its way to the big screen. The eighties cartoon slash Hasbro toy line slash catchiest fictional band around has been the subject of speculation for quite some time when it comes to picking nostalgic animated properties and turning them into live-action films. With cartoons like Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Flintstones already making the leap, and Johnny Quest and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coming down the pipeline, it’s only inevitable that Jem would join their ranks sooner or later. The film is being produced by noted budget-lover Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions, along with Scooter Braun, who besides sounding like a Captain America villain is also Justin Bieber’s manager. He »
- Samantha Wilson
As Hollywood continues on its quest to squeeze millions out of our childhoods, one of the most divisive and risky cinematic ventures being undertaken is a cinematic update of the seminal comic-strip Peanuts. The last time that the comic, which follows Charlie Brown and his loyal canine companion Snoopy, graced cinemas was in 1980, so there’s a lot riding on the success of this feature-length update.
Today, we get our first look at the unique animation style being employed by Blue Sky Studios for the upcoming film with two images (one above and one below) and a teaser trailer. The CGI on display is sure to divide fans, but I’m on board with what Blue Sky is showing us so far.
Producer Craig Shulz (the son of comic creator Charles Shulz, who died in 2000) doesn’t have a problem with the new animation style and believes that Charles himself »
- Isaac Feldberg
Alvin and his musical rodent brothers are back. Nickelodeon has picked up two seasons of Alvinnn!!! and The Chipmunks with a commitment for 104 episodes. It will roll it out across the world in early 2015.
Jules Borkent, Nickelodeon’s senior VP of global acquisitions and international programming, said, “The new franchise will feature the fun-filled adventures of the Chipmunks and complement Nickelodeon’s existing line-up of funny, smart and entertaining kids’ content airing internationally.”
The new show marks the return of Alvin and the Chipmunks to series television after 20 years away. It will follow the mis-adventures of Alvin, Theodore, Simon and the female Chipettes. Each episode will feature an original song, produced by Bagdasarian.
What do you think? Do you like »
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and BBC Earth Films invite you to bring home Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie, an awe-inspiring adventure 70 million years in the making, now stomping in just in time for Easter.
Dino fans of all ages will be 'herding" to get their own copy of Walking With Dinosaurs The Movie, releasing on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD March 25. Hailed by viewers for its explosive visual achievements, Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie is "Jurassic Park meets The Lion King" (The Today Show) and "...too good a visual treat to miss" (Philadelphia Inquirer).
Experience the spectacular story that brings dinosaurs to life and the viewer back in time. Directed by Barry Cook (Mulan, Arthur Christmas) and Neil Nightingale (The Meerkats) and the writer behind the hit film Happy Feet, Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie features heart-warming performances from an incredible ensemble of Hollywood's biggest stars including: John Leguizamo (Ice Age, »
Coming to VOD February 18th and then limited theatrical release on February 21st is the latest from director Mitchell Altieri and writer Phil Flores, the duo formally known as "The Butcher Brothers" ('The Hamiltons,' 'The Violent Kind') 'Holy Ghost People.' And we've got an exclusive clip from the film just for you devoted Fearnet followers. Quick set-up, 'Holy Ghost People' is a Southern Gothic thriller about a teenager searching for her lost sister in the Appalachian Mountains, where she encounters a snake-handling religious cult and eventually learns the truth about her sister's fate. It stars Emma Greenwell (Showtime’s "Shameless"), Brendan McCarthy (HBO’s "True Blood", FX’s "Justified"), Joe Egender (Hunger, The Frankenstein Theory), Cameron Richardson (CBS’ "Harper’s Island," Alvin and the Chipmunks). Below the clip, you can also find the full trailer. Fearnet's own Scott Weinberg reviewed the 'Holy Ghost People »
- Rob Galluzzo
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