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Before the holiday weekend gets under way, Lionsgate set new release dates for a pair of its upcoming projects. First up, the studio has handed out an October 20, 2017 release date for Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, a follow-up to last year's Boo! A Madea Halloween, from star/writer/director Tyler Perry. The studio also slated the new Aardman Animation stop-motion film Early Man for release on February 16, 2018. Unfortunately for both of those projects, they land on very competitive weekends.
Over the last few years, the third weekend in October has become increasingly crowded, but last year, Boo! A Madea Halloween managed to come out on top with a box office win of $28.5 million, easily beating three more newcomers, 20th Century Fox's Keeping Up With the Joneses, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Ouija: Origins of Evil. However, it only earned $73.2 million domestically and just $1.6 million internationally for a worldwide total of $74.8 million, »
Directed by Nick Park from a script by Mark Burton and John O’Farrell, the stop-motion movie is co-financed by the U.K.’s Aardman and France’s Studiocanal. It’s a re-team of the companies following 2015’s “Shaun the Sheep.” Lionsgate also handled the domestic distribution for “Shaun the Sheep.”
Redmayne was the first cast member who boarded the toon, set at the dawn of time when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth. »
- Dave McNary
Aardman co-founder Peter Lord grabbed a ball of clay before his conversation last week at the Fmx International Conference on Animation, Effects, Vr, Games and Transmedia in Stuttgart, Germany, and slowly molded a puppet of Morph, Aardman’s first creation, while discussing 40 years of stop-motion glory at its animation studio in Bristol, England.
From “Wallace & Gromit” to “Creature Comforts” to “Shaun the Sheep,” Aardman will be firmly dedicated to the hand-crafted technique of stop-motion as long as audiences continue to embrace it. For Lord, who co-founded Aardman with school chum David Sproxton before adding animator-director Nick Park to the creative team, it’s all about the comedy of manners and empathy.
Here are Lord’s five rules for stop-motion animation:
- Bill Desowitz
To celebrate the DVD & Est release of Shaun The Sheep: Spoilsport on Monday 10th April, we are offering 2 lucky winners a chance to win a copy of the DVD!
Shaun persuades Bitzer to take part in his game of cricket, but Bitzer is more worried about the condition of the pitch than the game. The resident moles, unhappy at the game taking place above their head, get involved in a tit-for-tat with Bitzer, which soon escalates to full-scale war.
‘Shaun the Sheep’ is a firm family favourite with audiences all over the world and these episodes offer even more outrageous inventiveness, sheepish shenanigans and panic in the pasture. Don’t miss your appointment for more fun on the farm with Shaun the Sheep.
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New trailers for Despicable Me 3, Baby Driver and Life make our weekly round-upNew trailers for Despicable Me 3, Baby Driver and Life make our weekly round-upScott Goodyer3/17/2017 1:57:00 Pm Despicable Me 3
A second trailer dropped for the third film in our favourite franchise about minions. Steve Carell is taking on double duty as he not only returns as Gru, but we also get to meet his twin brother, Dru. The two team up for another heist, and they definitely look like they'll make one hilarious duo.
Check out the new trailer for Despicable Me 3 below and see the film when it hits Cineplex theatres on June 30th.
Have you heard of Baby Driver yet?!
- Scott Goodyer
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From the director of Wallace & Gromit: Curse Of The Were-Rabbit comes Early Man. Here's the first trailer...
We know of two films in the works at one of our favourite animation studios, Aardman, right now. There’s a sequel to the delightful Shaun The Sheep: The Movie. But before that, Nick Park is directing a feature for the first time since Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. This, chums, is mighty exciting news.
The feature in question is Early Man, that features the voice talents of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams. Furthermore, it’s now been confirmed that Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Mark Williams, Gina Yashere, Simon Greenall and Selina Griffiths are lending their tones to the film too.
A first trailer for the movie has been released as well, which gives us a fuller flavour as to what to expect. Take a mooch right here… »
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of courageous caveman hero Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City to save their home.
Currently in production in Bristol, Hiddleston and Maisie Williams (Goona) will be joined by Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Selina Griffiths, Johnny Vegas, Mark Williams, Gina Yashere, Simon Greenall and Richard Webber playing characters from the Bronze Age city.
From Aardman and StudioCanal, the new prehistoric caveman comedy by four-time Academy Award winning director Nick Park opens in cinemas 2018 A.D.
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- Michelle McCue
Well, it looks we have it with Early Man. A new teaser for the film dropped today, and its the latest from Nick Park, the man behind classics like Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. We don't know too much about this one, other than it being another claymation film that takes place at the dawn of time. We love these films and so we're super pumped for this. Check out the new teaser below!
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books were a total sensation, and the films truly capture the hilarity of the series. We're excited to see this new installment, »
- Adriana Floridia
Aardman and StudioCanal are excited to announce British comedy greats Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Selina Griffiths, Johnny Vegas, Mark Williams, Gina Yashere, Simon Greenall and Richard Webber have joined the cast of Early Man alongside international stars Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams. As the voice cast of the tribe, their talent will be showcased in Nick Park's new prehistoric comedy adventure as a new teaser trailer is released worldwide today. Here's what director Nick Park had to say in his statement.
"Today we get to meet Dug's tribe, a loveable bunch of misfits voiced by some exceptional British talent. They're essentially a group of inept cavemen and women including Treebor, played by Richard Ayoade, a gentle giant scared of his own shadow; Magma, Treebor's no nonsense mother voiced by Selena Griffiths and Mark Williams as Barry, whose best friend is a rock. Chief Bobnar, voiced by the brilliant Timothy Spall, »
Aardman Animations may have entered the crowded CG animation world with films like Flushed Away and Arthur Christmas, but the creators of Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep, and Wallace and Gromit will forever be known for their stop-motion movies. Their latest project, Early Man, looks to be very much in line with their most popular […]
The post ‘Early Man’ Trailer: Aardman Animations Takes Us Back to the Stone Age appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
Aardman Animation and StudioCanal have released the very first Early Man teaser trailer, the new film from director Nick Park. The film will open in cinemas on January 26th 2018, and features the voices of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Timothy Spall.
Early Man teaser trailer
Early Man is the new prehistoric comedy adventure from four-time Academy Award-winning director Nick Park and Aardman, the creators of Wallace And Gromit and Shaun The Sheep. Shot in Aardman’s own distinctive style, the film will take audiences on an extraordinary journey into an exciting new world unleashing an unforgettable tribe of unique and funny new characters voiced by an all-star British cast.
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of courageous caveman hero Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston »
- Paul Heath
With the first trailer set to arrive online tomorrow for Nick Park’s Early Man, Aardman Animations has released a brief sneak peek teaser for the hotly-anticipated prehistoric animated comedy. Take a look below, and be sure to check back here at Flickering Myth tomorrow for the full trailer…
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of how plucky caveman Dug, along with sidekick Hognob unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game.
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- Amie Cranswick
Paris — Vivendi, the media conglom helmed by French billionaire Vincent Bollore, had a tough year in 2016.
Due to losses at Canal Plus’ channels in France, Vivendi’s core operating profits fell to 724 million Euros ($766 million), a 23 percent year-on drop. Its revenues, meanwhile, remained stable at $11.4 billion.
A bright spot in Vivendi’s 2016 finances was Universal Music Group’s (Umg), which proves once again to be vector of growth for the company. Universal Music saw its revenues go up 4.4 percent to $5,5 billion, bolstered by a 57.9 percent spike in subscriptions and streaming revenues. Vivendi cited the success of new albums by Drake, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, and the Rolling Stones. Universal Music Group’s income from operations totaled $727 million, a 10.7 percent year-on increase.
- Elsa Keslassy
Former ArthurCox founder will oversee a new slate of Aardman projects.
Cox will oversee the development of a new slate of Aardman intellectual properties aimed at kids and family audiences across all platforms including digital and broadcast.
She will spearhead efforts to foster new creative talent and keep the company at the forefront of innovative content development.
Prior to joining the company, Cox was the owner and creative director of ArthurCox, an award-winning film and animation production company, which she launched in 2002 alongside Sally Arthur. During her tenure, she directed The Itch Of The Golden Nit, which was produced as part of Bafta’s Tate Movie Project.
Before establishing ArthurCox, Cox was at Picasso Pictures from 1994-2002, where she primarily worked on commercials.
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To mark the release of Shaun The Sheep: Pizza Party on 13th February, we’ve been given a bundle including a DVD copy, plush Shana and plush Blitzer to give away.
Shaun, Bitzer, Farmer and the rest of the gang are back for another 10 episodes and they’re joined by a multitude of visitors; lazy farmhands, rock stars, even escaped convicts as well as troublesome moles and hedgehogs in need of a good night’s sleep. We’re treated to Bitzer reconnecting with his inner-dog, the Pigs displaying their more sophisticated side and Shaun discovering the importance of a good hairstyle.
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Aardman and in advance of the newly announced and highly anticipated movie sequel; ‘Shaun the Sheep’ is a firm favourite to family audiences all over the world.
Series 5 promises even more outrageous inventiveness, sheepish shenanigans and panic in the pasture. Don »
Paris – Three seasoned French industry players have left their companies to help launch Charades, a new international and co-production sales outfit formed in time for the Berlin Film Festival.
Carole Baraton, Yohann Comte and Pierre Mazars packed up from Wild Bunch, Gaumont and Studiocanal, respectively, to join Constantin Briest’s investment company, Asuna, in forming Charades. Their goal is to compete for high-profile projects, with Asuna, which specializes in co-production and co-distribution, in charge of corporate financing. Asuna has already attracted several private investors.
Briest said Charades hopes to acquire between 10 to 15 films per year, with the aim of “becoming a boutique super-indie.” Comte said that the films would range widely in terms of budget, genre and nationalities.
The underlying idea of the company is to board projects at an early stage in order to be involved in the creative and financing process as much as possible, Mazars said.
- Elsa Keslassy
Paris – Studiocanal, one of Europe’s biggest film-tv companies, has acquired international rights to Benjamin Renner’s animated movie “Big Bad Fox and Other Tales,” from Didier Brunner’s Folivari, as well as live-action period drama “L’Ecole buissonnière,” the latest film from “Belle et Sebastien” director Nicolas Vanier.
The two titles join Studiocanal’s biggest French movie slate in recent years, which is to be presented to buyers Friday at the 2017 UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris.
Also on Studiocanal’s lineup are Vincent Cassel-starrer “Gauguin”; French vineyard-set “Back To Burgundy,” from Cedric Klapisch (“L’Auberge espagnole”); “Elementary,” toplining Sara Forestier (“The Name of Love”); and teen fantasy survival thriller “Alone,” from “It Boy’s” David Moreau, which will screen at the Rendez-Vous. »
- John Hopewell
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