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The distributor announced on Monday corporate acquisitions and a strategic alliance that builds its annual content flow to more than 1,300 films and 3,000 TV episodes.
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- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Independent distribution specialist Alchemy has announced a trio of deals to boost its profile as the largest non-studio aggregator for Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Sam’s Club.
Alchemy has formed a strategic alliance with Arc Entertainment to distribute Arc titles and provide financial support for the growth of Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival as well as provide a larger framework for distribution of all titles — both physical and digital — that are associated with the festival.
Founded by Arc, Davis and Walmart, the Bentonville Film Festival launched its first edition in May with the theme of championing women and diversity. TriStar’s faith-based drama “War Room” opened the festival May 5 and Universal’s comedy “Pitch Perfect 2″ closed the festival May 9.
The deals also included the acquisition of the film distribution assets of ANconnect, the physical distribution arm of Anderson Media Corporation; and the acquisition of Anderson Digital, a digital »
- Dave McNary
From rampaging dinosaurs to yellow henchman, Universal Pictures can't be stopped.
With "Minions" scoring a $115.2 million opening weekend -- the second highest for an animated film, behind 2007's "Shrek the Third" with $121.6 million -- it's not just another hit for Universal this summer, but for the industry in general.
The overall take is keeping up with 2013, the best year to date. It's also part of a stellar year for Universal, which boasted this week that it's reached the $3 billion mark overseas in record time, thanks largely to such hits as "Minions," "Jurassic World," "Pitch Perfect 2," "Furious 7," and "Fifty Shades of Grey."
But the big box office of these movies points to a larger issue. All of them, save "Fifty Shades," are spinoffs, sequels, and/or reboots of previously successful films. (And "Fifty Shades," of course, is based on a huge bestseller.) If Universal had a great first six months of the year, »
- Gary Susman
Fox 2000 just unveiled the trailer for the fourth "Alvin and the Chipmunks" movie, called "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip," which will once again be a mix of live-action and CGI. Check it out below. Plot: This time around, after a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York City... and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves from losing Dave. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip" is set to hit theaters on December 23rd. Trailer: »
It seems like everyone hates the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies. They’re critically reviled and have never received a Rotten Tomatoes score higher than 27%. Their titles are packed with deliberately terrible wordplay like “squeakquel” and “chipwrecked”. Even their stars outwardly hate the films: David Cross went out of his way to tell people not to watch the last one.
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- Stuart Heritage
Granted I don't exactly keep close tabs on the Alvin And The Chipmunks franchise, but I was slightly amazed to learn that the series has brought in over a billion dollars worldwide. For films which feature a quartet of cartoon chipmunks squeaking away for an hour and a half, that's a little surprising. What's not so surprising is that a fourth installment is on the way, but with... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Alvin and the Chipmunks isn’t a franchise that gets much love around here, but let’s give credit where it’s due. This series is still going strong after close to a decade, with the fourth film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip due out in theaters later this year. This time around, the trio engage in that […]
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- Angie Han
2oth Century Fox has released the first trailer for the next upcoming Alvin and the Chipmunk animated/live-action film, The Road Chip...and it's about what you expected. Come inside to check it out.
I grew up with the Alvin and the Chipmunks cartoon, and thoroughly loved it. I wasn't very impressed with it's transition to the big screen, however, and inexplicably two sequels followed it. Well folks, they're still not done and the first trailer for the new movie, The Road Chip is here:
The trailer doesn't do a whole lot to give you info on the plot, other than the fact they're on a road trip for some reason (which we gathered from the film's title). Plus the boys are still singing, and of course getting into trouble. That's about it. Frankly, I'm not all that excited, and somehow the animation looks worse than in the previous movies. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
The first trailer for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip has arrived online. Alvin (Justin Long), Theodore (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Simon (Jesse McCartney) are all back for the fourth installment in the Alvin and the Chipmunks film series, following 2011’s Chipwrecked.
Jason Lee, who will be reprising his role as Dave, will be joined by such newcomers to the series as Tony Hale and Bella Thorne. Wild Hogs director Walt Becker has helmed the film, while Mrs. Doubtfire writer Randi Mayem Singer has penned the script.
In The Road Chip, the trio of talking chipmunks set off on a road trip to New York City to stop their owner Dave from proposing to his girlfriend, as they think it means he will dump them. The trailer shows Alvin, Theodore and Simon singing the hit Bruno Mars song “Uptown Funk,” in their naturally high-pitched voices.
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- Justin Cook
If nothing else, this winter’s Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip could be seen as Hollywood’s most effective form of birth control yet – the prospect of being dragged by the young’uns into 20th Century Fox’s fourth movie about an obnoxious trio of shrill, childish rodents is likely more than enough to scare some people off parenthood for good.
The first trailer for The Road Chip is pretty much as awful as you’d expect, with an aggravatingly serious voice-over delivering the beyond-lame title pun and the chipmunks squeaking out the lines to “Uptown Funk” as nearby humans inexplicably throw their hands up in dance without covering their ears and howling in pain (I guess no one really cares about making this stuff believable). And then there’s a wearier-than-ever Jason Lee half-heartedly bellowing the closest thing this franchise has to a catchphrase. Ugh.
Regardless, the »
- Isaac Feldberg
20th Century Fox has made another Alvin and the Chipmunks movie and it's coming to theaters under the oh-so-clever name Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. I'm not sure if you get it, but they've replaced the word "trip" with "chip". They did this because they are chipmunks on a road trip. Still not getting itc Okay, so it's a way of being "funny", but associating the characters with the action in the film. Oh here, better yet, it would be the same as if the Magic Mike sequel had been titled Magic Mike: Road Strip instead of Magic Mike Xxl... Come to think of it, that might have made more money. Hey, WB, did you ever think about calling it Road Stripc I feel good saying I haven't seen a single one of these films and come Dec. 16, I'm quite confident I won't be seeing this one. Watch, »
- Brad Brevet
Will Ferrell is not in my good books lately, thanks to his horrifically racist, homophobic and misogynist “comedy” Get Hard, but some of the comedian’s more diehard fans may be willing to give him another chance this Christmas when he stars in Daddy’s Home, especially given that the pic will reteam him with Other Guys co-lead Mark Wahlberg.
In the first trailer for the comedy, it seems clear that the two are once again at odds, with Ferrell playing a good-natured step-dad to two unappreciative kids, who are overjoyed when their free-loading real father (Wahlberg) comes back into the picture. Linda Cardellini co-stars as the wife, though this definitely seems like more of a two-hander between the male stars, as their characters battle for control of the homestead.
Though there are a couple of laughs from the physical comedy in the trailer, what’s really shocking is how »
- Isaac Feldberg
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
The place to be in St. Louis this Friday June 19th, is the St. Louis Science Center where they will be honoring hometown native and star of Disney•Pixar’s upcoming feature Inside Out Phyllis Smith! And while you’re there, celebrate learning about the human mind and body. The festivities begin at Noon.
Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, June 19th. The movie is all about what’s going on in the head of an 11-year-old named Riley. Five emotions operate the control center of Riley’s mind, including Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust. On the film’s opening day native St. Louisan Phyllis Smith, the voice of Sadness in the movie, will be honored at the Saint Louis Science Center as part of “Inside Out Day” to celebrate the attention the film brings to learning about the human mind & body.
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- Tom Stockman
The new trailer for The Peanuts Movie is here, and to my great relief, it’s actually great. When this project was announced, I was really concerned that it would be an Alvin and the Chipmunks-style cash-grab, devoid of any of the original cartoon’s warmth. But the new trailer is charming beyond measure, centering on the arrival of a cute, new girl in town who immediately steals Charlie Brown’s heart.
The animation looks terrific and extremely reverent to the original Peanuts cartoons, while the stories – two quests, one undertaken by Charlie Brown and the other by his beloved beagle Snoopy – seem appropriately cute and good-natured.
The Peanuts Movie boasts a script penned by Schulz’s son Craig Schulz, grandson Bryan Schulz and co-writer Cornelius Uliano. Horton Hears A Who director Steve Martino sat behind the camera, with Bridesmaids‘ Paul Feig producing. The team behind this one seems »
- Isaac Feldberg
Fox 2000 just unveiled the first poster for the fourth "Alvin and the Chipmunks" movie, called "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip," which will once again be a mix of live-action and CGI. Check it out below. Plot: This time around, after a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York City... and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves from losing Dave. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip" is set to hit theaters on December 23rd. Poster: (click to enlarge) »
Jurassic World's box office performance is certainly impressive, but the bigger news is that it was the leader of Hollywood's all-time best domestic box office. Ever. As in, a record-breaking weekend at the movies that brought in north of $262 million. This breaks a nearly six-year record of $259.9 million set back in 2009, led by James Cameron's own record-breaking juggernaut, Avatar. Now it's important to keep in mind that Jurassic World's monster total accounted for almost 80% of this weekend record while Avatar (in its second week in theaters) tallied 29.1% of the Christmas 2009 weekend box office. The older record was helped in part by sizable debuts of three other movies - including Sherlock Holmes and the Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel - spreading the wealth out a bit. Avatar was still clearly drawing audiences in, but films like The Blind Side and Up in the Air broadened the holiday demographics. »
- Dave Trumbore
Licensing Expo gets underway in Las Vegas tomorrow, and thanks to Coming Soon we’ve got a look at some of the posters on display on the convention floor, including Independence Day 2, Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg, Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets, Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, a fourth Alvin and the Chipmunks film, Allegiant, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, and the long-rumoured Power Rangers reboot…
You can follow all of our coverage of Licensing Expo 2015 here.
- Scott J. Davis
Paramount Pictures has thrown its hat into the ring for the more-competitive-than-ever Christmas Day release date, setting Mark Wahlberg-Will Ferrell starrer Daddy’s Home for a wide release on December 25.
Horrible Bosses 2 team John Anders and Sean Morris wrote and directed the comedy, which was put on a fast track once the stars of 2010’s hit The Other Guys decided to team up once again (Ferrell was previously attached with Vince Vaughn, but that iteration of the pic, with Ferrell’s Get Hard director Etan Cohen, fell apart a while back).
The film centers on a radio executive (Ferrell) who wants to be the best stepdad in the world to his wife’s children. When the lazy, loudmouthed real father (Wahlberg) appears on their doorstep, though, the mild-mannered guy finds himself in a furious tug-of-war for his new family’s affections.
This year, the Christmas slot will »
- Isaac Feldberg
Ariana Grande and Niall Horan had a carefree Monday night in London. The stars linked up with a group of friends for an intimate get-together, which Ariana captured in a funny video she shared on Instagram. After inhaling helium from balloons, Ariana and Niall embraced their inner Alvin and the Chipmunks, letting out sounds higher than what you've heard in any Ariana or One Direction song. "new friends + old friends + helium balloons," she captioned the clip. new friends + old friends + helium balloons @lexie1225 @alfredoflores @niallhoran @chantelgonsalves A video posted by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on Jun 2, 2015 at 6:29am Pdt Ariana kicked off the night with her concert at the O2 Arena, which Niall reportedly attended. Both stars have been on world tours in recent months. Ariana launched her Honeymoon Tour in February, about two months before her breakup with Big Sean in April. Meanwhile, Niall has been busy with 1D's On the Road Again tour. »
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