19 items from 2016
Just a few weeks before Deadpool opened in theaters, en route to being one of the biggest movies of the year, DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 3 pulled in some impressive numbers for its late-January debut. The animated sequel earned $41.2 million that weekend, before taking in $142.4 million domestically and $516.5 million worldwide. Earlier this week, this beloved adventure was made available on Digital HD, and to celebrate this release, we have an exclusive interview with Bryan Cranston, one of the new additions to the all-star voice cast.
Bryan Cranston lends his voice to Li, Po's long lost dad (Jack Black) in this animated sequel, with the actor revealing just how committed this team was on Kung Fu Panda 3, in regards to crafting a story everyone in the family can enjoy. He also talks about how animated films can be both intelligent and fun, and how proud he is of the film's storyline, »
Happy Monday! Here is the most awkward video of all time! Oh, you think you've seen the most awkward video ever created? Then obviously you haven't seen the little ditty that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard recorded to publicly apologize for failing to declare the couple's pet Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, when the actress entered Australia in 2015. It is, without a doubt, the most painful 42 seconds you'll ever experience. Yes, even worse than the time you accidentally watched 40 seconds of Mortdecai while flipping through the movie channels trying to get to Kung Fu Panda 2. The video, released on Monday, April 18, 2016, features the married couple reading a prepared »
As promised, the Academy Board of Governors voted—again— to put through changes intended to diversify the voting body. They're adding three new members, who unlike the other 51 governors, are not elected by the individual branches. Director Reginald Hudlin, who co-produced this year's Oscars, writer Gregory Nava ("Frida") and animator Jennifer Yuh Nelson ("Kung Fu Panda 2") were confirmed by the current Board members for three-year terms, effective immediately. On Tuesday the Academy also apologized, after receiving a protest letter from 25 members of Asian descent including Oscar-winning directors Frieda Lee Mock ("Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision") and director Ang Lee ("Life of Pi"), for Chris Rock's "tone-deaf," "tasteless and offensive" Asian joke on the February 28th Oscar telecast: “The Academy appreciates the concerns stated, and regrets that any aspect of the Oscar telecast was offensive. »
- Anne Thompson
Kung Fu Panda 3, 2016.
Third instalment of the animated series, in which Po, the titular panda, finally meets his real father, and also has to do battle with Kai, a supernatural villain who drains the chi from every Kung Fu Master he encounters.
The quality of Dreamworks’ animated films has always varied greatly – from poor (Shark Tale) to great (Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon) with a whole lot of mediocre in between (Bee Movie, Rise of the Guardians, Over the Hedge). Their track record with sequels has been likewise uneven – although they were financially successful, each Shrek was weaker than the last, and I’d personally rather watch the new Ghostbusters trailer on an endless »
- Amie Cranswick
Kung Fu Panda 3 review by Paul Heath. Dreamworks Animation assembles the team once again for another big-screen adventure for the lovable Po (Jack Black) and co. in the third film in the lucrative and most awesome Kung Fu Panda series.
The last two films in the Kung Fu Panda series have grossed over $600 million each in worldwide box-office receipts, so a third film was a bit of a no brainer. With Kung Fu Panda 3, the studio are already classing the movie as an all-out success with a whopping $300 million already in the bank, with some big international markets, including the UK, to still to see a release.
In the first film in the series, we saw the high-kicking, plump-panda Po become the famous Dragon Warrior, »
- Paul Heath
On Tuesday evening, The Academy kicked off Oscar Week. In the final days leading up to Oscar Sunday, movie fans will be offered throughout the week a up-close look with a series of public programs celebrating this year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Animated and Live Action Short Film categories.
The “Oscar Week: Shorts” event, held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, featured a screening of all 10 nominated shorts in their entirety, as well as discussions with all of the nominated filmmakers.
On the heels of breaking box office records for this year’s Oscar nominated short films in theaters across the country, »
- Michelle McCue
The much sought-after calendar event—Valentine's Day on the same weekend as President's Day—pushed box office totals to strong results. Credit Marvel's sleeper box office breakout "Deadpool" (20th Century Fox) starring a perfectly cast Ryan Reynolds in an R-Rated franchise. And resurgent 20th Century Fox is enjoying happy days that studios only dream about. The more conventional two openers ("How to Be Single" and "Zoolander") combined did only a quarter as much business as "Deadpool," as several holdovers are still thriving. The Top Ten 1. Deadpool (20th Century Fox) New - Cinemascore: A ; Criticwire: A-; Metacritic: 65; Est. budget: $58 million $135,050,000 in 3,558 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $37,957; Cumulative: $135,050,000 2. Kung Fu Panda 2 (20th Century Fox) - Week 3; Last weekend #1 $19,650,000 (-7%) in 3,844 theaters (-143); PTA: $5,112; Cumulative: $93,912,000 3. How to Be Single (Warner Bros.) New - Cinemascore: B; »
- Tom Brueggemann
A somewhat quiet week for moviegoing as all eyes turn towards the Superbowl. Well, not all eyes. I don't know who's playing other than Beyoncé. Kung Fu Panda had no trouble fending off newcomers. Star Wars recently crossed the $2 billion mark worldwide (though it's still behind Titanic and Avatar globally) but the new movies didn't make enough of an impression for ticket buyers. Unfortunately Hail, Caesar! opened significantly below the gross of the last widescreen comedy from the Coen brothers Burn After Reading.
01 Kung Fu Panda 2 $21 (cum. $69)
02 Hail, Caesar! $11.4 new Coen Brothers - 17 Films, Interview: Score
03 The Revenant $7.1 (cum. $149.7) Interview: Costumes, Interview: Production Design
04 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $6.9 (cum. $905.9) Review, Podcast
05 The Choice $6 new
06 Pride & Prejudice & Zombies $5.2 new Review
07 The Finest Hours $4.7 (cum. $18.3)
08 Ride Along 2 $4.5 (cum. $77.2)
09 The Boy $4 (cum $26.8)
10 Dirty Grandpa $4 (cum $29.3)
What did you see this weekend?
I rewatched Silence of the Lambs (for »
- NATHANIEL R
When it comes to this year’s Academy Awards, no word is more buzzworthy than “diversity”. For the second year in a row the Oscars have nominated only white actors in their four main acting categories, sparking backlash and, as a result, inciting the Academy to announce new changes to tackle its “diversity problem”.
Amidst another year of #OscarsSoWhite trending on Twitter, however, the fact that 2015 has been an exceptionally strong year for women has been largely overlooked. Three of this year’s best picture nominees (Brooklyn, Room, Mad Max: Fury Road) are female-centric and feature strong female protagonists in the center of the action. In fact, even outside of those films and their performances, a number of women are nominated for best picture as producers, as well. Kristie Macosko Krieger is nominated for Bridge of Spies, Blye Pagon Faust is nominated for Spotlight, Dede Gardner »
- Patrick Shanley
If you’re in the Southern California area during the days leading up the 88th Oscars on February 28th, there are great events at the Academy that no movie fan will wants to miss.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a series of public programs celebrating this year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Animated and Live Action Short Film categories. All events will be held at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The Oscar Week schedule is as follows:
Oscar Week: Shorts
Tuesday, February 23, 7 p.m.
Hosted by director Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Yuh Nelson received an Oscar nomination in the Animated Feature Film category for “Kung Fu Panda 2” and is the director of the sequel “Kung Fu Panda 3,” currently in theaters. The program will delve into the »
- Michelle McCue
“Kung Fu Panda 3,” distributed by Cj Entertainment, brushed aside “The Revenant” and debuted on top of the the Korean box office.
It scored $10.5 million from 1.6 million admissions between Thursday and Sunday. Opening on 1,364 screens nationwide, the animated comedy accounted for 68% of the total weekend box office revenue.
The opening score is below “Kung Fu Panda 2,” which made $12.5 million over four days ahead of a cumulative $36.6 million. But both “Panda” episodes had stronger openings than the biggest animated film in Korea, Disney’s “Frozen” which debuted with $7.68 million.
Lotte Entertainment’s sci-fi drama “Sori: Voice from the Heart” debuted in second, earning $1.82 million between Wednesday and Sunday. “Sori” is the story of a bond between a human father and a robot who helps him search for his missing daughter.
New’s war drama “A Melody to Remember” slipped to third in its second weekend. It made $1.14 million between Friday and Sunday, »
- Sonia Kil
January is a notoriously awful time for movies, but don't tell that to Kung Fu Panda 3, because it may just kick you in the face and go break some box-office records. The Jack Black–starring sequel to Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 made $41 million, crushing the previous January animated movie opening-weekend record of $19.4 million held by The Nut Job. It also broke the record for largest animated movie opening ever in China, where it made $57 million. It may also become the second-largest January opening of all time in America, behind Ride Along's $41.5 million from 2014. (Remember, January is a really, really awful month for movies.)The Revenant, for which Leonardo DiCaprio ate raw bison liver, brought in $12.4 million while Star Wars: The Force Awakens added another $10.7 million to its cume, which is just $5 million shy of $900 million. Internationally, it's now up »
- Greg Cwik
The box office closed out one of its strongest Januarys ever with another sequel in the number one spot, only the second new release this month managing to take top honors. Kung Fu Panda 3 landed in first with a $41 million opening take. That's down from the $47 million of Kung Fu Panda 2, but not bad considering it's been almost five years since the last movie was released. Both movies have fallen well short of the original Kung Fu Panda's strong $60 million opening weekend in the summer of 2008, but given that both sequels have opened above the $40 million mark shows some staying power for the franchise. Thanks to a hold over of strong performers from 2015, new movies have had a hard time breaking into the top three, much less the number on spot. Kung Fu Panda 3 is only the second new movie of the month to land number »
January is never a great time at the box office, and this year, the month went out with a whimper. Four new films went into wide release this weekend, but only one of them made any kind of waves, while the others ingloriously tanked. 20th Century Fox showed the "Kung Fu Panda" franchise is still a strong one, with "Kung Fu Panda 3" kicking its way to the top of the box office with $41 million. It's five million short of what "Kung Fu Panda 2" posted in 2011, but domestic dollars are only a fraction of the story with this franchise. 'Panda 2' scored $500 million globally versus $165 million domestic, and Fox really pushed the promo in China for 'Panda 3,' sending the stars to wave and smile at the press. And it paid off. 'Panda 3' is looking to finish the weekend with $40 million plus from China alone, making it the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Kung Fu Panda 3 reigns atop the weekend box office, bringing in more than enough to become the largest January animated opening of all-time. Meanwhile, fellow newcomers The Finest Hours, Fifty Shades of Black and Jane Got a Gun didn't fair so well as holdovers from last weekend make up for dollars lost due to last weekend's snowstorm. Not a single film in the top ten dropped more than 34% and the overall top twelve was up nearly 25% compared to last weekend, which is also a 46% improvement over the same weekend last year. With an estimated $41 million, Kung Fu Panda 3 crushed the previous January, animated opening weekend record of $19.4 million held by The Nut Job (2014). It's also bordering on a enough to become the second largest January opening of all-time, just shy of Ride Along's $41.5 million from 2014. Compared to the first two Panda films, the opening does signify yet another »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Po’s latest awesome adventure, Kung Fu Panda 3, is unleashed today in theaters and so here are a few clips as well as as look behind the scenes of the new animation. Kung Fu Panda 2 went into Po’s origin story and the end of that movie teased the secret panda village. Well enough teasing, here […]
Read A Few Awesome Clips from Kung Fu Panda 3 on Filmonic.
Unsuspecting Panda Gets Hit on the Head: The Franchise returns after 5 years in hibernation to serve up its popular platter of exquisitely crafted visual aesthetics and minimally involving story beats (author’s note: giant pandas do not hibernate). Kung Fu Panda 3 once again follows Po (voiced by Jack Black) on his legendary “Skadooshing” adventures, as he faces down threats to his kingdom, his species and his concept of fatherhood.
Not entirely unlike the recent viral video of Smithsonian’s National Zoo panda, Tian Tian, rolling through the snow, this installment in the Kung Fu Panda franchise provides a fleeting but fairly adorable diversion. The film – co-helmed by Oscar-nominated Kung Fu Panda 2 director Jennifer Yuh as well as Kung Fu Panda story artist Alessandro Carloni (his feature debut) – is rich with stylized sequences that heighten the experience from moment to moment when the movie isn’t bogged down by its all too familiar plot. »
- Zachary Shevich
Maybe it’s just the “Star Wars” overload talking, but in hindsight, it’s hard not to see “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011) as “The Empire Strikes Back” of animated mammals-and-martial-arts epics: Darker and scarier than the 2008 original, it took the winsome tale of a bouncy black-and-white furball, added traumatic layers of backstory, and climaxed with a startling revelation of parental identity. Despite a long-overdue family reunion that at times nudges the story into borderline-Ewok territory, it’s a pleasure to report that “Kung Fu Panda 3” is much more than the mere franchise equivalent of “Return of the Jedi.” Emotionally, dramatically and perhaps most of all visually (it’s worth seeing in 3D), this delightful trilogy capper is almost as generously proportioned as its cuddly warrior hero, restoring a winning lightness of touch to the saga while bringing its long-running themes of perseverance and self-knowledge to satisfying fruition.
The “Star Wars” comparisons, »
- Justin Chang
What are Shrek and Donkey doing in Kung Fu Panda 3? They have a cute little cameo that spoofs the recent Snicker ads. Po and Monkey just aren't themselves when they are hungry. This delightful teases gives us a few jokes, but we don't get to see much more from the actual movie itself, which is in theaters in just a few short weeks.
In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, Kung Fu Panda 3. When Po's long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters.  But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas! »
19 items from 2016
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