8 items from 2013
Constantin Films has released a new UK trailer for their CG animated adaptation of Tarzan. Unfortunately, the movie doesn't look any better. I like the story of Tarzan, but this just doesn't look like a very good adaptation of the classic adventure.
While in a remote part of Africa exploring a mineral cache in a mysterious cave, entrepreneur John Greystoke and his wife Alice are killed in a tragic helicopter crash, leaving their three-year-old John, Jr. to fend for himself. Rescued by Kala, a gentle ape, the traumatized child is brought up by a band of mountain gorillas as one of their own, learning the ways of the wild as he grows into a strong and indepdendent young man known as Tarzan. At 14, Tarzan first encounters another human: Jane Porter, a pretty and intrepid teen visiting Africa with her naturalist father. His contact with a creature so like himself leaves »
- Joey Paur
It was over a year ago that we saw the first posters for the latest incarnation of Tarzan. This time we get to see a film both in 3D and shot completely using motion capture (the same effect that was achieved to create films like Avatar).
The latest iteration of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic story will be arriving on the big screen next summer, this time under the direction of Reinhard Klooss (Animals United). Kellan Lutz (Twilight, Immortals) leads the motion-capture cast, alongside Spencer Locke (Resident Evil: Afterlife) as Jane, and Jaime Ray Newman (A Town Called Eureka), Robert Capron (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Mark Deklin (Gcb), and Trevor St. John (One Life to Live).
One of the most classic and revered stories of all time, »
- David Sztypuljak
Update: John Leguizamo may becoming something of a dinosaur expert. In Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Leguizamo's character Sid "adopts" dino eggs and the baby dinos that hatch to the wrath of their real dino mom. Now, Leguizamo will voice Alex, an "Alexomis bird." (Anyone ever heard of an Alexomis dinosaur?) Also joining the cast is Justin Long (pictured right, he voices Alvin in the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies) as Patchi, a Pachyrhinosaurus. Tiya Sircar (The Internship, Hotel for Dogs) voices Juniper and Skylar Stone ("Max & Luther") voices Scowler, who round out the Pachyrhinosaurus trio.
Walking with Dinosaurs 3D opens on Dec. 20.
Jan. 28, 2013 - Brit Charlie Rowe (The Golden Compass) will star in Walking with Dinosaurs 3D. The 16-year old will play one of two brothers who set out to follow in their father's footsteps and find themselves in the Arctic facing off with dinosaurs. Arthur Christmas and »
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We've got a new full trailer for the 3D animated retelling of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic jungle tale, Tarzan. The movie was directed by Reinhard Klooss for Constantin Film, and unfortunately, it doesn't really look that good at all. The CG animation is pretty cheap looking. Video games are far superior to the stuff we are seeing in this trailer.
Tarzan 3D was adapted for the screen by Jessica Postigo (The Mortal Instruments) and Yoni Brenner (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), and stars Kellan Lutz (Twilight) as Tarzan and Spencer Locke (Resident Evil: Afterlife) as Jane.
There's no word on when the movie is being released. I won't be seeing it when it comes out, anyway.
Tarzan - Trailer #1 [Vo|HD] by addictomovie »
- Joey Paur
It was only two years ago that 20th Century Fox started taking consumer products a little more seriously, tapping Jeffrey Godsick to expand the way the company exploits its films and TV shows through theme park rides, live events, T-shirts, toys and other merchandise.
That’s not to say the consumer products arm, overseen by 20th Century Fox TV chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden, had done so badly in focusing largely on “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and other TV properties.
The hit animated show has easily been 20th’s biggest moneymaker, with the yellow characters minting a lot of green — more than $4.6 billion from the sale of consumer products alone during the series’ 25-year run. As Bart Simpson would say: Holy cash cow, man!
And 20th still feels there’s more coin to collect. This year, 20th has aggressively gone after a slew of new deals to make sure Homer, »
- Marc Graser
Over a very busy Fourth of July weekend, Despicable Me 2 had one of the best debuts ever for an animated movie, while The Lone Ranger got off to an underwhelming start. Meanwhile, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain crushed expectations and did fantastic business for a stand-up movie.For the three-day weekend, the Top 12 earned $221.6 million. That ranks 10th all-time, and is the third weekend in the last four to rank in the Top 15. Through its first five days, Despicable Me 2 earned $143.1 million. That's just ahead of Toy Story 3 ($141 million) for top five-day start ever for an animated movie; while the differing release patterns keeps that from being a true apples-to-apples comparison, it still does give a good idea how immensely popular the sequel was over the holiday weekend. For the three-day period, Despicable Me 2 earned $83.5 million, which is on par with Monsters University's debut a few weeks ago. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It will be a crime not to laugh when Kristen Wiig gets Simpsonized. The former Saturday Night Live lady gets animated for an upcoming Simpsons episode to air on Fox in the fall, according to the EW report. Speaking of SNL, Wiig returned to the familiar comedy set to host back on May 11. She may have played host then, for The Simpsons she’ll play an officer of the law. She’s an FBI agent! How interesting.
The episode, to be titled “Homerland,” reveals Homer acting out of character. He’s too nice after returning from a nuclear power plant convention. This is very suspicious behavior, suspicious enough for his daughter, Lisa to enlist the help of an “intense” FBI agent. That will be Wiig’s character. »
- Sasha Nova
While their English-language counterparts have struggled in the ratings so far this year, Univision and Telemundo are headed in the other direction.
The Spanish-language broadcasters recorded some historic highs in the first quarter, with Univision closing in on NBC in 18-49 and pulling ahead of it in the younger half of the demo. And for the 2012-13 season to date, Telemundo, Univision and its sister network UniMas are the only broadcasters showing any growth in the 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen.
From Dec. 31, 2012 to March 31, 2013, Univision averaged 1.94 million adults 18-49 to 2.17 million for NBC, with the former up 4% and the latter down a big 37% from last year when its first quarter included the Super Bowl. CBS, which benefited from the Super Bowl this season, was the easy winner with 4.11 million viewers in the demo.
Univision made history in the younger 18-34 demo, as its 897,000 viewers put it ahead of NBC »
- Rick Kissell
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