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Author: Zehra Phelan
Directed by the director of “Rio” Carlos Saldanha and has an all-star voice cast in Wrestler turned actor John Cena, Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters, SNL), David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch), Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones Diary, Miranda), Gina Rodriguez (Deepwater Horizon, Jane The Virgin) and Anthony Anderson (The Departed, Black-ish).
Inspired by the beloved book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, Ferdinand tells the story of a bull that is softer than Andrex toilet paper. The debut trailer included scenes of Ferdinand tiptoeing his way through a china shop trying not to knock over plates and cups with his large frame and spectacularly failing to giving mouth to mouth resuscitation »
- Zehra Phelan
Brazilian Carlos Saldanha has become one of the most successful tellers of animated stories of all time, with credits including “Ice Age: The Meltdown,” “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” “Rio” and “Rio 2,” while he co-directed “Ice Age” and “Robots.” He’s Blue Sky Animation Studio’s secret weapon, having unleashed a string of worldwide blockbusters that have grossed more than $3 billion.
Variety’s Creative Impact in Animation honoree’s got Oscar cred with a nom for 2003’s animated short “Gone Nutty,” and an exclusive deal at Fox, where his BottleCap Prods. calls home.
Growing up in Rio de Janeiro afforded Saldanha with a unique perspective of the world, and in particular, how it would come to shape his animation and filmmaking instincts and aesthetic. “I was always a film buff,” Saldanha recalls. “Movies were always very special to me, but I never knew how to accomplish my goals. »
- Nick Clement
Update: Monday, 3/6/17: Looks like Logan had more in him on Sunday than Fox was guess-timating. Actuals have come in at $88.4 million this last weekend (was $85.3 million), with the film easing off of Saturday only 23% and a stellar $21,717 per screen average. So Fox's predicted $21.3 million Sunday take was actually $24.1 million. That puts the James Mangold picture in 4th place for the biggest R-rated opening weekends of all time, now ahead of The Hangover, Part II at $86 million in 2011, and just behind American Sniper with $89.2 million in 2015.*End Update Fox's Logan may be about old age and winding things down but the film's potent $85.3 million take over the weekend proves there's life in the old Wolverine yet. While it wasn't the biggest R-rated opening weekend of all time, (Deadpool, who snuck into theaters in a preview/snippet with Logan, still claims that title) everyone involved has to be pleased with the results. »
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3 items from 2017
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