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Sky Cinema To Launch UK’s First Animation Channel

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Sky Cinema is bringing the excitement of animation to the whole family this October, offering both classic and new animation titles on a bespoke channel for the first time.

Launching on Saturday 14 October, and on-air for three weeks, Sky Cinema customers can enjoy the very best family-friendly animations on a dedicated Sky service. Sky Cinema Animation, found on channel 306, is the ideal destination for film lovers this October half term, with movies to be enjoyed at no extra cost to Sky Cinema customers.

Over the past 12 months, animated films have proved a real hit at the box office and Sky Cinema Animation will have over 60 titles to choose from, including The Secret Life of Pets which was one of the highest grossing movies of 2016. Also available to viewers On Demand and on Now TV, the animation collection includes hit new releases such as Sing and Oscar-nominated Trolls, as well
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Would you Bullieve it! Ferdinand gets a brand new poster and trailer

Author: Zehra Phelan

Coming from the studios that gave us the likes of Rio and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a brand new poster and trailer for the new animation focusing on a big-hearted bull, Ferdinand.

Directed by the director of “RioCarlos 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
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Variety’s Creative Impact in Animation Award: Nothing but Blue Sky Ahead for Director Carlos Saldanha

Variety’s Creative Impact in Animation Award: Nothing but Blue Sky Ahead for Director Carlos Saldanha
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.
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'Logan' Finishes Jackman's Wolverine and Kick-Starts March

'Logan' Finishes Jackman's Wolverine and Kick-Starts March
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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Watch: If Pixar Made a Movie for Adults, It'd Look Like This

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Pixar movies aren't necessarily kids' movies, but they do all cater to audiences of all ages, so they have to be appropriate for children in particular. Animated films that are just for grown ups are rare, though not impossible to find (see this year's hit Sausage Party). If only the animation for adults looked and felt like Pixar, though, right? Well, now one does. Borrowed Time is a six-minute gem from co-directors Andrew Coats, who worked as an animator on Inside OutBrave and Cars 2 (as well as Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, a "character modeler and articulation artist" for BraveWall-eToy Story 3 and The Good Dinosaur. It's a Western and a bit too bloody and...

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Match the highest-grossing summer blockbuster to the year – quiz

This week sees yet another big-budget superhero caper hit cinemas in the shape of DC’s Suicide Squad and analysts are predicting it’ll be one of the season’s biggest hits. But can you guess the biggest global money-maker of these summers?

1997

Batman and Robin

Con Air

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Men in Black

2009

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Angels & Demons

2002

Spider-Man

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Men in Black II

Minority Report

2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Guardians of the Galaxy

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Maleficent

1995

Batman Forever

Apollo 13

Die Hard with a Vengeance

Waterworld

2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

1990

Ghost

Die Hard 2: Die Harder

Total Recall

Back to the Future Part III
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‘Batman v Superman’ Shoots to Top of Disc Charts

‘Batman v Superman’ Shoots to Top of Disc Charts
Warner Bros.’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” fought its way to an easy No. 1 debut on the Npd VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended July 24.

The superhero epic arrived in the home video market following a $330.4 million haul at the domestic box office, which presented the first big-screen live-action meeting of iconic comic book characters Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot).

Upon its release, “BvS” was plagued by bad reviews that may have hampered audience enthusiasm for the film, but fans were generally more receptive of director Zack Snyder’s efforts to create a sprawling conflict between the legendary characters. On RottenTomatoes.com, just 27% of critics recorded a positive review, compared with 65% of audience voters who liked the film.

To counter some of the backlash, almost immediately
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‘Star Wars’ Opens in France, Expected to Break Attendance Records

‘Star Wars’ Opens in France, Expected to Break Attendance Records
Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has electrified the French box office in its first few showings of opening day Wednesday and is on track to gross approximately 1.5 million Euros from about 200,000 admissions across 759 theaters in the country even before nightfall, when the bulk of cinema goers will be able to get to theaters after work. Insiders are saying France could top the 1 million mark (approximately 7.5 million Euros) in ticket sales by day’s end.

In Paris and its suburbs, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has seen the best opening for a “Star Wars” movie ever. It grossed over $500K from 36,360 tickets by 2 p.m., ranking fifth behind Roland Emmerich’s “2012” ( 41,804 tickets), “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (50,782 tickets), “Spectre” (58,780 tickets) and “Spider-Man 3” (83,126 tickets). “Spectre’s” performance was boosted by the fact that it opened on a holiday.

“A very strong opening in Paris, and the film seems to attract
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Posterized November 2015: ‘Spectre,’ ‘Carol’, ‘Creed,’ and More

“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.

We’ve entered awards season territory as November sees a bunch of critical darlings making their way across the country fresh off festival circuit bows. I’m talking the likes of Brooklyn (limited November 4) and Trumbo (limited November 6), whose posters I couldn’t fit in here. But don’t think you can’t also catch some counter-programming like Heist (limited November 13) (poster) and Love the Coopers (November 13) (poster), two films whose posters make them look like direct-to-dvd fare and lame holiday rehash respectively.

The first grouping comes with
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Ice Age 5 gets new title, release date

Ice Age 5 is now called Ice Age: Collision Course. Expect it next summer...

One of the biggest animated movie franchises on the planet is Blue Sky Studios' Ice Age series of films. Whilst the movies tend to settle at around $160-195m of box office takings in the Us, outside of America, for some time now Ice Age films have brought in sizeable sums for 20th Century Fox.

For instance, the fourth and most recent Ice Age adventure thus far, Ice Age: Continental Drift, brought in a global total of $877m. The one before, 2009's Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs, made $886m.

It came as a surprise to nobody then that Fox greenlit Ice Age 5, and now we know what it's going to be called. The movie will go by the name of Ice Age: Collision Course, and the studio has also moved the planned release date forward by a week.
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'Ice Age 5' Gets New Title and Release Date

'Ice Age 5' Gets New Title and Release Date
Raise your hand if you're excited for Ice Age 5. Well, we've got some good news for you! The 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios sequel has been given an official title and a new release date. Now known as &#160Ice Age: Collision Course, this animated adventure will be moving from July 15, 2016 to July 22. This will ensure it's safe passage through the movie theaters of America!

What had 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios scared enough to move it's big tentpole animated release by a week? Ghosts, which they are definitely afraid of. On July 15, Sony will finally be releasing it's Ghostbusters reboot. The title is certainly appealing to children and adults alike. Though director Paul Feig, who has made some of the top grossing R rated comedies of this past decade, has made it clear that this will be a lot more scary than the original 1984 Ghostbusters.
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Friday Report: Box Office Do-'Minion'

Friday Report: Box Office Do-'Minion'
Minions, the 3-D prequel to Universal's Despicable Me franchise, opened to $6.2M last night in a reported 2,985 venues for a per-theater take of $2,077. The CG animated flick from Illumination Entertainment marches into 4,301 venues today, the most North American venues in Universal's history. Thus Minions looks on track to replicate the domestic success of its predecessor Despicable Me 2, which opened to $83.5M in 3,997 theaters on the Fourth of July weekend in 2013. Actually, if this third installment can keep Despicable Me 2's same per theater take of $20,895, Minions will leave the weekend closer to the $90M mark, if not higher. It's particularly feasible considering Inside Out opened to $3.7M on its Thursday preview showings putting it on the path to a smashing $91M weekend.Also opening, but not a competitive threat to the little, yellow, pill-shaped creatures, is Focus Features' Self/Less, which is opening in 2,353 venues. The film
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The Jurassic World Effect: Rio Director to Helm Live-Action Monster Movie for Fox

As Universal's Jurassic World continues to break records all over the planet, competing studios are working quickly to capitalize on the film’s success. The giant shark movie Meg just came out of development hell with Eli Roth in talks to direct, and now 20th Century Fox has paid big bucks for a monster movie pitch. Per THR, the studio has acquired a live-action/CG project called Shadows from writer Jason Micallef (Butter) for $750,000 against $1.5 million. The film takes place in the world of cryptozoology, a pseudoscience that involves the study of animals whose existence has not been proven. Brazillian filmmaker Carlos Saldanha is set to direct Shadows, which will be his first splash into live-action territory after helming Rio and Rio 2 as well as Ice Age: The Meltdown and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Saldanha got his start as co-director of animated films like Ice Age and
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The Top 9 Dinosaur Movies of All Time, Ranked

The Top 9 Dinosaur Movies of All Time, Ranked
This one's for you, aspiring paleontologists!  From the groundbreaking visual effects seen in Disney's Dinosaur to the cute and cuddly baby dino's featured in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (for a hot second we seriously wanted a pint-size pet T-Rex after this one), prehistoric reptiles have long been a mainstay in Hollywood cinema. Who could forget the 1995 classic Theodore Rex, where Whoopi Goldberg plays a police officer paired up with a talking dinosaur to save the world? We know, we know...why was a sequel never made?  But it wasn't until the terrifyingly awesome first Jurassic Park installment hit theaters in 1993 did dinosaurs and popcorn become one of our favorite movie-night...
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Top 20 Most Profitable Movies That Are Terrible

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Movies that make money don’t always do so because they’re good. Here’s our list of underwhelming movies that happened to overwhelm the box office.

While the box office is a good, general representation of the popularity of a film, it is not necessarily an indicator of quality. Yes, it is true that most of the highest grossing movies have also received favorable reviews from critics and audiences alike, that’s often what makes them a hit, but there are some exceptions. This is a list of those exceptions. This is a list of those movies that did spectacularly well at the box office, but ended up being an inferior product.

So why would so many people want to see a terrible film? Why would they waste their hard-earned money and fleeting free time? The answer is actually pretty simple. Many of these films share a lot of common traits.
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'The Bfg': Steven Spielberg Casts Bill Hader as a Giant

'The Bfg': Steven Spielberg Casts Bill Hader as a Giant
Bill Hader has signed on to join the growing cast of director Steven Spielberg's The Bfg. The actor will play one of the giants in this adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved 1982 novel, joining a cast that includes Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill. Production will take place in Vancouver, but it isn't known when shooting is scheduled to start.

The story centers on a young girl (Ruby Barnhill) who meets a Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) and is taken inside their world, known as Giant Country. She teams up with this Bfg and the Queen of England to stop a group of mean giants from invading the rest of the planet. No specific details were given for Bill Hader's character, except that he will play one of the not-so-friendly giants.

Steven Spielberg is directing from an adapted screenplay by Melissa Mathison (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial). The director is
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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 1

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Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.

On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production
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Watch: Two Trailers For ‘Rio, I Love You’

Missing the World Cup already? Well, you can get your Brazilian fix with two new trailers for upcoming anthology film Rio, I Love You (Rio, EU Te Amo).

The movie has an ensemble cast from around the globe, as well as a medley of directors, including Fernando Meirelles (City Of God, The Constant Gardener), Stephan Elliott (The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert) and Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs, Rio, Rio 2). Each director’s segment follows a love story in a different part of the city.

It’s the third instalment of Emmanuel Benbihy’s Cities Of Love franchise, which also includes Paris, Je T’Aime and New York, I Love You.

Rio, I Love You is released in selected Brazilian cinemas later this year. More when we hear about Us and UK release dates.

Source: TheFilmStage
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Exclusive: Talking ‘Rio 2′ With Director Carlos Saldanha

Director Carlos Saldanha has been one of the principal creative forces at Blue Sky Studios since 1993. Saldanha was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and left his hometown in 1991 to follow his artistic instinct and passion for animation. With a background in computer science and a natural artistic sensibility, he found New York City the perfect locale to merge these skills and become an animator.

After the success of “Ice Age,” which got nominated for an Oscar in 2003, Saldanha took the directorial reins on “Ice Age: The Meltdown” (2006), the third computer-animated feature film from Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, which was the most profitable animated movie of the year. Next came the even more successful “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” which became one of biggest grossing animated films of all time, grossing over $887 million worldwide.

In 2011, Saldanha created and directed “Rio”, a love letter to his hometown,
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Win A Family Four Pack of Tickets To The Advance Screening of Rio 2 in St. Louis

Have any plans this Saturday for you and your flock? Wamg has got the morning set for you and 3 of your little birdies with a Family Four-Pack of passes to see Rio 2 in St. Louis.

Plus, we’ll even give you a cereal breakfast prior to the screening!!

10 lucky Wamg readers will win 4 tickets to the Saturday (April 5) 10 Am screening.

Enter to win here:

http://l.gofobo.us/1Y5CJTQB

(Winners will be notified on 4/4)

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be In The St. Louis Area The Day Of The Screening.

3. No Purchase Necessary.

This film has been rated G by the MPAA.

In April 2011, Twentieth Century Fox released Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studio’s CG animated feature Rio.

The film was born from the imagination of Carlos Saldanha, who co-directed or directed the global blockbusters “Ice Age,” “Ice Age: The Meltdown” and “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
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