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Despicable Me 2 was one of this summer's biggest box-office hits. Now, before the animated comedy hits Blu-ray and DVD on December 10th, you can check out one of the bonus features: a mini-documentary in which the filmmakers and stars Miranda Cosgrove and Kristen Wiig talk about the love story in the film.
Away from the controversy over whether the International Press Society members actually saw Wolf Of Wall Street before voting (hello tick box theory…), this year’s Satellite Award noms read as little more than the Ips’ Oscar predictions – give or take an extra three or four names in each category for comfort. Naturally resulting in a very uninteresting list, 12 Years A Slave leads the pack with ten nominations, followed narrowly by Gravity and American Hustle’s eight.
With strong turnouts in the acting categories, it’s surprising to see Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska not contending for the big prize, and the Ips will surely find themselves in the minority for omitting Will Forte for his turn in the latter, even if it is rewarded for Best Ensemble. Though not appearing in the acting, directing or Best Picture categories, Fruitvale Station is still very much a focal point, »
- Emma Thrower
This is starting to get ridiculous. The summer of 2015 was already gearing up to be the most crowded summer for cinema in recent memory, but major studios just keep adding more films to the pile. Bourne 5, a currently untitled sequel to last year’s The Bourne Legacy as well as a second spin-off from the successful Bourne trilogy, has been scheduled by Universal Pictures to debut on August 14th, 2015.
The upcoming film, officially identified by Universal as Untitled Next ‘Bourne’ Chapter, will continue the story of Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), a super-soldier in the top-secret Operation Outcome (a sister program to Bourne’s Operation Treadstone) who goes on the run after the CIA honchos responsible for his training order him killed. In The Bourne Legacy, he rescued comely doctor Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz), also marked for assassination, and barely survived various attempts on his life, sailing off into the sunset on a Philippines junk ship. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Bing has released its annual report of the most-searched celebrities for the year, and the results may surprise you. Beyoncé Knowles beat out Kim Kardashian to become the top-searched person of 2013. Rihanna was a close third, while Madonna and Taylor Swift rounded out the top five. The results were mostly dominated by female musicians; the only men who made the list were Justin Bieber and President Barack Obama, at Nos. 6 and 10, respectively. Top Searched Celebrities of 20131. Beyoncé2. Kim Kardashian 3. Rihanna 4. Taylor Swift 5. Madonna 6. Justin Bieber 7. Nicki Minaj 8. Amanda Bynes 9. Miley Cyrus 10. Barack Obama In the battle for the hearts and »
- Alex Heigl
★★★☆☆You could be forgiven for thinking, if you hadn't seen the first Despicable Me (2010), that the subtler nuances of Despicable Me 2 (2013) might be lost on you. Well worry not. This animated follow-up from directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, featuring the voice talents of Steve Carell, Jason Segel and Russell Brand, makes little pretence at delicacy, going instead for a hyper-slapstick comedy laced with nostalgic wit, which should appeal to younger and older audiences alike. Gru (Carell), the evil supervillain, has put his old ways behind him and now devotes his life to looking after his three adopted daughters.
- CineVue UK
Stars: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Ken Jeong, Russell Brand, Elsie Fisher, Moises Arias, Dana Gaier, Benjamin Bratt, Steve Coogan | Written by Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul | Directed by Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
I liked Despicable Me and I won’t hide that fact. The thing is though I can say that I liked the film because I could tolerate the Minions and actually found their humour amusing. It is easy to work our really that much of the success of Despicable Me came down to Minions and kids, something that can be very annoying. When Despicable 2 was released it was known why people liked the first film, and the rule is simple: Prepare for more Minions.
Gru (Steve Carell) is now an ex-supervillain and trying to fit into modern society by running a jam business. When a secret Artic laboratory is stolen the Anti-Villain League decides to enlist him »
- Paul Metcalf
Ang Lee’s tale of survival at sea beats three animated features to win best film.
BAFTA announced the winners of the British Academy Children’s Awards at a ceremony in London last night.
The results were also announced for the BAFTA Kids’ Vote. Hundreds of thousands of votes were cast by 7-14 year-olds who had their say in a nationwide poll to choose their favourite film, television programme, website and game.
The winners included Despicable Me 2, which beat the likes of Monsters University, Twilight and The Hobbit to win best feature film; and game Despicable Me: Minion Rush, which proved more popular than entries including Angry Birds Star Wars and Lego Lord of the Rings.
Best comedy in the main competition was won by BBC series [link=tt »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Thanksgiving is just days away and along with the family get-togethers and kick off of holiday shopping is the annual tradition that is the Macy's Day Parade. Now in its 87th year, the annual parade makes its way down Central Park West and Sixth Avenue in New York City and features a number of bands, performers and one-of-a-kind giant balloons. During the past few years, Despicable Me's ubiquitous Minions have been one of the fan-favorite floats to makes its way through the parade route and with Despicable Me 2 arriving on DVD and Blu-ray December 10, the Minions are taking over Manhattan. The Despicable Me 2 Blu-ray will also feature three new Minion shorts including Panic in the Mailroom. Check out a brief teaser below. To celebrate the...
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Variety has chosen its 10 Screenwriters to Watch for 2013.
The group will be profiled in the Nov. 26 issue of Variety and honored with a panel and banquet at the Whistler Film Festival in Whistler, Canada, on Dec. 7.
The 10 to Watch series spotlights emerging writers, actors, producers, directors, comics and cinematographers. The honorees are selected by a team of Variety editors, critics and reporters.
Writers who have appeared on the 10 to Watch list in years past include Oscar winners Geoffrey Fletcher (“Precious”), Charlie Kaufman (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) and Julian Fellowes (“Gosford Park”); Emmy winner Lena Dunham (“Girls”), Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen (“This Is the End”), Ken Daurio & Cinco Paul (“Despicable Me” 1 & 2), Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (“Star Trek”) and Danny Strong (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”).
- Variety Staff
“Despicable Me” had all the makings of a hit. It possessed a great voice cast, led by Steve Carell, a producer with an impeccable track record, Chris Meledandri, and a reasonable budget — at least compared to other animated films. Meledandri, the CEO and founder of Illumination Entertainment, still deemed his new company’s first film a risk at the time of its release. Its protagonist, Gru, is “a sarcastic, sometimes nasty, curmudgeonly super villain” – a far cry from your run-of-the-mill Disney princess. Yet the movie went on to be a major hit, spawning a sequel, “Despicable Me 2,” that is. »
- Josh Dickey
Gotta love Gru’s Minions, those goggle-eyed scene-stealers from Despicable Me, and the little yellow critters were back in the thousands, performing musical numbers no less in the gut-busting sequel Despicable Me 2. Those guys are so popular they’re getting their own spin-off film, and were even a trendy Halloween costume this year. Also returning for Despicable Me 2 were the same writers, directors, and French animation house responsible for the original, who stuck closely to its winning formula, even recycling some of its jokes such as the fart gun, Nefario’s comically slow scooter, and the twisted interaction between Gru and his three adopted girls. There was nothing particularly inventive in the new film’s plot but it had enough twists and turns to keep things interesting and was so relentlessly hilarious that it made for a great time if you were dragged to it by your kids. »
- Tom Stockman
Comcast has begun selling movies on TV and online, less than a week after reports that the cable giant was considering opening such a digital storefront. The country's largest pay TV provider now is letting subscribers purchase movies several "weeks before they are available on DVD or for rental," according to its xfinitypurchases.com. Reports: Comcast to Start Selling Movies, TV Episodes Among the new titles on offer are Red 2 (available before its Tuesday DVD release), 2 Guns and Fast & Furious 6. Recent hits like Despicable Me, The Hunger Games, Bridesmaids, Ted, The Expendables and the Twilight
- Hilary Lewis
Eddie Egan is leaving Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment after almost two decades at the studio, where his successes have included “Bridesmaids” and the “Despicable Me” and “Fast” franchises.
NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer made the disclosure Tuesday in an email to employees, called Egan “one of the most uniformly respected and admired executives in our company.”
The studio did not indicate whether Egan’s slot as head of marketing at Universal’s Illumination Entertainment would be filled.
“His passion and dedication have played a critical role in building Universal’s marketing organization, which is one of the best in the business,” Meyer said. “He’s also been a huge leader in the effort to grow and expand our family entertainment brand, Illumination Entertainment.”
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Eddie Egan, who in May 2011 moved from his post as domestic marketing president to take a senior post at Chris Meledandri’s Universal-based Illumination Entertainment, is leaving the studio where he has worked for nearly the past two decades. I’m told it was a mutual decision to move on. Egan made the move after overseeing the marketing of such Universal hits as Fast Five and Bridesmaids; after moving over, the Illumination films he worked on included Despicable Me 2, which is the bridesmaid behind Jurassic Park in the title of the studio’s biggest-grossing film ever with a worldwide tally of more than $916 million. Egan also worked closely on such Illumination product as Despicable Me and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. Ron Meyer just sent out an internal note confirming the exit. While it usually takes awhile to get the full story of what happened when any exec departs, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
“Despicable Me 2″ collaborators Chris Meledandri, Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud and Pharrell Williams shared some of their creative processes following a showing of their toon Nov. 14 at the Variety Screening Series.
Williams couldn’t stop gushing about animation and working with Illumination, in particular. “I love cartoons. I’ve loved them all my life and still, to this day — I’m 40,” and he wanted to be involved with them in some way. Writing the score for the first film and songs for the second, “It’s like the gift that just keeps on giving,” he said. “To see what ‘Despicable Me’ has done and what ‘Despicable Me 2′ is doing right now is just an incredible ride. I’m the luckiest one up here, Ok?”
- Terry Flores
Hollywood needs to cool it on the summer tentpoles. 2015 is possibly the most jam-packed year for sequels, adaptations and high-budget blockbusters on record by this point, but studios are showing no signs of slowing down. 2oth Century Fox just slotted an August 2015 release date for Assassin’s Creed, a feature film adaptation of Ubisoft’s mega-successful video-game franchise.
Fox has one major reason to feel optimistic about Assassin’s Creed‘s prospects: Michael Fassbender. The X-Men: First Class actor became a household name in 2011, and his star is still burning bright with a Terrence Malick project, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Macbeth in the pipeline. He’s also considered a strong contender for Best Supporting Actor this year after his turn in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. Fassbender quite clearly believes in the Assassin’s Creed project, as he has committed to both star in and co-produce the film. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Update: Only minutes after posting this article Fox bumped Roland Emmerich's Independence Day 2 from July 2015 to July 1, 2016. Update #2 Focus has set a February 13, 2015 release date for Fifty Shades of Grey. Update #3 Paramount has now set a Christmas Day release for Mission: Impossible 5. Back in July I took a look at the mess of franchises and sequels hitting theaters in 2015 (find that here), but things have picked up a little since then. A few films such as Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and Finding Dory have moved out of the 12 month timeframe, but the studios have found plenty to fill in. I felt it was worth a little update as Fox recently shuffled their deck and moved their Fantastic Four reboot back three months and it's always good to make sure our 36 month calendars are up to date. 2015 won't waste anytime getting into familiar territory when Fox releases yet another »
- Brad Brevet
Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada, recently seen in The Wolverine, is set to co-star opposite Halle Berry in CBS’ upcoming summer drama series Extant, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS Studios. Created by Mickey Fisher, it centers on an astronaut (Berry) who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history. Sanada will play a wealthy technological genius who put his wealth to work privatizing the world’s space programs into a single entity. The actor — repped by CAA, Axon Entertainment, Lighthouse Entertainment and Sheppard, Mullin — just finished voicing a character in Universal’s Despicable Me Minions spinoff and will next be seen as the chief Samurai Oishi in Universal Pictures’ 47 Ronin and the Weinstein Co’s The Railway Man. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
It's traditionally one of the most competitive categories, but the longlist for 2014's animated film Oscar looks weak
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Over the past decade, the winner of the best animated film Oscar has often been a better-reviewed movie than the best picture winner. Is The Hurt Locker, victor in 2010, really a superior movie to Up? Will future generations hold 2009's Slumdog Millionaire in greater regard than the beguiling Wall-e? There's often been a sense that the very existence of the animation category serves to restrict the genre come awards season, limiting its potential to challenge for other prizes.
Disney-owned Pixar, which made both Up and Wall-e, carried off the animation Academy award six times between 2003 and 2010. But the pioneering studio has suffered a slow descent into relative mediocrity since the halcyon years of Ratatouille and The Incredibles. Now it looks like »
- Ben Child
19 animated feature films have been submitted for consideration for the 86th Annual Academy Awards, and it’s clear that this is a very thin year for the Best Animated Feature race. Monsters University and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 feel like the biggest standouts, and while Mu is certainly a strong effort from Pixar, it’s tough to imagine those two rousing the same kind of passion that previous nominees like How to Train Your Dragon, Toy Story 3, or even ParaNorman instilled. DreamWorks Animation has two contenders in the bunch with The Croods and Turbo, while Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2, Blue Sky’s Epic, and Disney’s Planes and Frozen are also eligible for nominations. Hayao Miyazaki’s latest feature The Wind Rises is also among the submitted films. Hit the jump to check out the full list of submitted features and for my early »
- Adam Chitwood
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