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"Scary Movie 5" opened in theaters this past weekend and if you're like most human beings, you're probably wondering just one thing: Why?
But the fact that Hollywood made yet another "Scary Movie" is really no surprise. After all, most studios believe that while you may not be able to beat a dead horse, you can certainly continue to milk a dead cash cow ... which explains why so many franchises continue to get sequels long after any they've stopped being interesting, fresh or creative. Why make something new when you can make something cheap and derivative instead?
So with that in mind, here's a look at nine more franchises that need to end right now. Because the scariest thing we can think of is the possibility of a "Scary Movie 6."
Okay, so the chances of Paramount ending the "Transformers" franchise any time soon — or ever — is pretty »
- Scott Harris
Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) is joining Jack Black ("Po") and Angelina Jolie ("Tigress") as part of the voice cast of Kung Fu Panda 3. Other newcomers include Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") and Mads Mikkelson (The Three Musketeers, Clash of the Titans). Jennifer Yuh Nelson is returning to helm the third filim in the Kung Fu Panda trilogy, which has grossed $1.3 billion so far. Wilson and Cranston are not new to voicing animated characters: Wilson voiced Raz in Ice Age: Continental Drift; Cranston is a regular voice on "The Cleveland Show" as Dr. Fist and other characters, and is the voice of characters in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, "Archer," "Robot Chicken," and "The Simpsons," among many others.
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"Pandamonium" is back for a triple kick with a trio of new cast members in DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 3 , which will be distributed by 20th Century Fox. Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad," Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted ), Mads Mikkelsen ("Hannibal," Casino Royale ) and Rebel Wilson ( Pitch Perfect , Bridesmaids ) join Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and other original cast members in the third installment of the beloved action-packed franchise. The film, slated for December 23, 2015, marks the first planned co-production with China based Oriental DreamWorks and follows Po, the chosen one, as he continues on his journey mastering the art of Kung Fu. and noodle slurping. Continuing on his now legendary adventures of awesomeness, Po must face two »
Go beyond the supernatural in A Haunted House, the hilarious comedy starring Marlon Wayans (White Chicks, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and Cedric the Entertainer (Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Ice Age) that pokes no-holds-barred fun at our deepest fears. A Haunted House will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack with UltraViolet, on DVD and On Demand on April 23, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Also available on Digital Download beginning April 9, 2013.
When a young couple moves in to their dream place, they soon discover they're not alone. Now, Malcolm will go to hilarious extremes - including hiring a priest, a psychic, and a team of modern-day Ghostbusters to get his place and his sex life back to normal. Co-starring Essence Atkins (Smart Guy), Nick Swardson (Just Go with It) and David Koechner (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy), the film is demonically good fun that critics are calling "the »
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- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Jada Pinkett Smith keeps her children grounded with charity work. The 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' star's kids Jaden, 14, and Willow, 12, have forged showbiz careers in their own right but she and their father, 'Men in Black' actor Will Smith, always keep their feet on the ground by making them help those in need. Jada explained: 'One of the things we do is a lot of charity work. Willow and I are very involved with an organisation that takes care of victims of human trafficking. When you expose your kids to that it gives them a sense of reality and a sense of purpose outside of themselves. Put them in circumstances where their efforts are needed to make »
The nominees for the Nickelodeon's 26th Kids Choice Awards were announced withThe Avengers leading the movie category with six nods. As usual, overlap does exist between the KidsPickFlicks Pick Awards - where kids vote for the movies and performances from kids they deem the Best - and the KCAs which are not limited to kids and more about what's popular. Nominees which are also nominated for a Pick Award have an asterik next to them.
Kudos to Zachary Gordon, the only kid movie actor to get a nomination in the KCAs (and also a Pick Actor nominee and past Pick Actor winner)!
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The nominees have been announced for the 2013 Kids' Choice Awards. Beginning Feb. 14, kids can cast their votes in 22 Categories on Nick.com. Nickelodeon's 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, hosted by Josh Duhamel, airs live Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m. Et/Pt.
Favorite TV Show
Favorite Reality Show
Tom and Jerry
Favorite TV Actor
Ross Lynch (Austin & Ally)
Favorite TV Actress
Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly)
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Director Benh Zeitlin's debut feature is set in a fictional Louisiana community called "the Bathtub", an area south of the levee, cut off from the rest of the world both geographically and socially. But rather than feel disconnected, the Bathtub's inhabitants feel far closer to the earth and to each other than the rest of the Us – "the dry world" – can claim.
To the eyes of outsiders and adults the area looks desperate, barely hanging on with houses and boats made from whatever junk has drifted past on its way to the sea. But we don't see this from the Pov of someone mature and removed, we experience it through the eyes of Hushpuppy, a six-year-old girl who views the place as something altogether more magical. Played by Quvenzhané Wallis (a local newcomer, »
- Phelim O'Neill
I really don't put much stock in the International Animated Film Society's 2013 Annie Awards, which is why I didn't rush to report on their results on Saturday. One year Disney and Pixar boycott the event, feeling there was an unfair advantage paid to larger contributing sponsors, DreamWorks being the primary example. So with such a nasty stench over the event what good does it do to pay it much mind? That said, I'll be brief in mentioning Wreck-It Ralph topped Saturday night's winners with five awards, including Best Animated Picture. The awards have something like a 75% streak when it comes to helping predict the eventual Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature and as the days have gone on, it's looking more and more like Ralph will be this year's winner (see my predictions here). Pixar's Brave, Laika's ParaNorman and DreamWorks' Rise of the Guardians each took home two awards in lesser, »
- Brad Brevet
Disney's "Wreck-It-Ralph" was the big winner at the 40th Annie Awards held Saturday taking home the Best Animated Feature award. It is now officially the Oscar frontrunner in the Best Animated Film category.
Here's the complete list of winners/nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies this season, click here:
"Brave" . Pixar Animation Studios
"Frankenweenie" . Walt Disney Studios
"Hotel Transylvania" . Sony Pictures Animation
"Rise of the Guardians" . DreamWorks Animation
"The Pirates! Band of Misfits" . Aardman Animations
"The Rabbi.s Cat ". Gkids
Winner "Wreck-It Ralph" . Walt Disney Animation Studios
Animated Special Production
"Before Orel" . Trust . Starburns Industries, Inc.
Winner "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem" . Illumination Entertainment
"Disney Tron: Uprising . Beck.s Beginning" . Disney TV Animation
"Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury" . DreamWorks Animation
Animated Short Subject
"Brad and Gary" . Illumination »
It took only two years for Jessica Chastain to completely dominate Hollywood. In that time she has starred in critical and box office hits ranging from The Help to Zero Dark Thirty to The Tree of Life to Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, and has already collected two Oscar nominations (with the end result of the second to be determined next month). From this point she could likely choose any project that she wants to do - and her latest choice is a new adaptation of the August Strindberg play Miss Julie. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Chastain and Colin Farrell have both signed on for the new project, which is set to be directed by Liv Ullmann, who is directing a feature for the first time since 200's Faithless. Featuring themes of "sexuality, class and gender," the story is set over the course of one night and centers »
You don't have to wait another two years for another adventure with the Madagascar gang. Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman were last seen last summer in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, and now the wild bunch are back for a mini-movie on DVD.
Coming to DVD January 29th, Madly Madascar, the television series from Dreamworks Animation, focuses on Valentine's Day in the animal kingdom. All your favorite Madagascar pals return in an all-new adventure! Alex’s favorite holiday, Valentine’s Day, brings hilarious surprises and excitement for the entire gang. Melman plans a big surprise for Gloria, Marty tries to impress a new friend and everyone wants to get their hands on King Julien’s love potion.
The whole family will especially enjoy the suggested retail price of $14.98 for Madly Madagascar available Tuesday, January 29th.
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Suddenly, Jessica Chastain has become Hollywood's "It" girl, a performer who can tackle any role in any genre and not only demand attention but, in most cases, own every frame.
In the past three years, the ethereal, California-born beauty has given powerhouse performances in sophisticated pictures that gently push the envelope of the mainstream (Take Shelter, The Tree of Life), in blockbusters (a bubbly social outcast in The Help), tightly wound thrillers (the young Helen Mirren in The Debt) and family films (Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted). Along the way she amassed accolades, including a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for The Help, and used each success as another brick in the foundation of what is shaping up to be a major cinematic legacy.
This month the 35-year-old redhead has two radically different movies hitting screens. The first is the slow-burning, atmospheric Canadian/Spanish horror movie Mama from producer Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, »
- Chris Alexander
Some alarmists might consider the seemingly mandatory media coverage of weekend box office to be the true death of vital film culture, more money meaning nothing other than, well, more money. (See: Cosmopolis). Even for the sites that do it well, the figures are only good for so much. Generally speaking the most gargantuan hits of any year cost a lot to make so even when they're as big as everyone involves hopes they'll be (like Bond or the superhero epics they generally only return $4 bucks or so for every $1 they cost -- at least in their original window of money-making opportunity. Merchandising and sequels are obviously a reason for the gamble and will make you much much more later on). So I read through all the charts on Thompson in Hollywood's blockbuster box office wrap specifically with profit in mind. So here's what I've gleaned as the most profitable »
- NATHANIEL R
With official results in, overall 2012 domestic box office came in at a record $10.83 billion. That's up six-and-a-half percent from last year and two percent from 2009, which previously held the record with $10.596 billion. More importantly, there were approximately 1.36 billion tickets sold, which is higher than 2011 (1.28 billion) and 2010 (1.34 billion). While it isn't anywhere near the 2002 high of 1.58 billion, it still confirms that, even with the ever-increasing options for home entertainment, people will head out to movie theaters if the product is appealing enough. As always, though, there were both winners and losers at the box office this year. Instead of breaking it down by title, we've decided to highlight a few trends in both the positive and negative column. WinnersSuperheros: Two of the most-anticipated superhero movies ever were released in 2012, and from a box office perspective they didn't disappoint. After five lead-ins, Marvel team-up movie The Avengers set an incredible new opening »
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With 2012 now closed, the year's box-office winners have been revealed. Domestically, twenty-six films crossed the $100 million mark and eleven made it past the $200 million mark.
On a global scale, three films crossed the billion dollar mark and twelve made it past the half billion total. The Top 20 of each were:
Domestic Box-Office For 2012
Marvel's The Avengers - $623.4m
The Dark Knight Rises - $448.1m
The Hunger Games - $408.0m
Skyfall - $289.6m
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 - $286.4m
The Amazing Spider-Man - $262.0m
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - $238.1m
Brave - $237.3m
Ted - $218.7m
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - $216.4m
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax - $214.0m
Men in Black 3 - $179.0m
Wreck-It Ralph - $175.5m
Ice Age: Continental Drift - $161.1m
Snow White and the Huntsman - $155.1m
Hotel Transylvania - $143.9m
Taken 2 - $138.9m
21 Jump Street - $138.4m
Lincoln - $131.9m
- Garth Franklin
17 items from 2013
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