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The first slate of projects to be produced under Fox’s multiplatform deal with “Burning Love” team Keith Quinn and Jonathan Stern’s Abominable Pictures includes at least one very search engine-friendly title: “Filthy Sexy Teen$,” which received an eight-episode order and will have its global premiere on YouTube multichannel network Fullscreen in North America.
The half-hour comedy centers on two wealthy teen siblings who return home after being thought lost at sea and attempt to reclimb the high school social ladder. It is created by Curtis Gwinn (“Ntsf:sd:suv::,” “The Walking Dead”), Paul Scheer (“Fresh Off the Boat,” “The League”) and Stern.
“We are pleased to announce this first slate of projects, which are a direct result of the unique creative freedom and flexibility of this venture,” said Quinn and Stern. “The talented creators we are working with see the benefit in being able to shoot something right away without a long development process. »
- Whitney Friedlander
There are all kinds of things that illustrate how big a cultural impact a movie has. Maybe dialogue weaves its way into our collective lexicon, perhaps The Simpsons spoofs a film in an episode, maybe it gets a porn parody. Now the Despicable Me movies have found a unique lasting imprint, as the mischievous Minions have inspired their very own color of paint. You may look at the naughty little buggers and think, "They look yellow," but now and forever more, that precise shade will be known as "Minion Yellow," according to the Pantone Color Institute. This particular hue is Pantone.s first ever character-branded color, and they worked with Illumination Entertainment to create a shade that is "illuminating, energetic, friendly and fun-loving yellow shade that immediately calls out to you. Pantone.s Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman says: Just as the sun.s rays enliven us, Pantone Minion Yellow is »
Fox Searchlight Pictures has just entered the race to make a movie about Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King's infamous 1973 tennis match, with Steve Carell and Emma Stone signing on to play the tennis pros in Battle of the Sexes. There are currently two other projects about this match in development, Chernin Entertainment's Match Maker, starring Will Ferrell as Riggs and an untitled project from Playtone that has Paul Giamatti and Elizabeth Banks set to star. Fox Searchlight is aiming to release Battle of the Sexes in 2016, with Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) directing from a script by Simon Beaufoy (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire).
The 1973 match between the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs, a former Wimbledon champ, and 29-year-old Billie Jean King, then the #2 ranked female tennis player in the world, became a nationwide sensation, drawing in the highest TV ratings since the Moon landing in »
Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!
1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1
Universal’s “Furious 7″ will cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office Friday, becoming the studio’s first film to reach that milestone in its initial release.
“Furious 7″ has grossed $735.2 million overseas in 17 days and $273.7 million in North America after 15 days — making it the fastest movie to reach $1 billion. “The Avengers,” “Avatar” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ had all crossed $1 billion in 19 days. Universal said the seven films in the franchise have totaled $3.392 billion in worldwide grosses.
It is the 20th film to take in $1 billion, with “Avatar” leading the list at $2.79 billion, followed by “Titanic” at $2.19 billion. Paramount’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” had been most recent addition to the list last year with a $1.09 billion worldwide gross, which leaves it in 10th place. »
- Dave McNary
Kevin Hart, Louis C.K. and Eric Stonestreet's upcoming animated project is headed for a summer release. Illumination and Universal Pictures revealed the previously announced project will be called The Secret Life of Pets. It will hit theaters July 8, 2016, moving from its original February 2016 date. The comedy centers on about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. The film also stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks. Chris Renaud, the director of Despicable Me and its sequel, is helming the project. Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio wrote the script. On its new date, the
- THR staff
The summer movie season is nigh upon us, and this year particular seems to be one that cinephiles have been waiting on for a while. The team here at Cinelinx are just as excited about the films slated to hit this summer and our contributors took the time to break down the films they’re most looking forward to seeing.
Summer 2015 looks like it will be a good one for movies. It seems like there is something for everyone to enjoy. As such, expectations are running high. These are the films that we're most excited to see.
Check back with us throughout the next few months to see if they make the grade.
Jurassic World - The original Jurassic Park film has had a tremendous impact on my life, helping to spark my love of the film industry, and one of the leading factors into me getting into post-production in school. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Titan Comics has announced a new line of Minions graphic novels.
The publisher will be releasing a series of comics and collections tying into the Despicable Me spinoff, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film tells the story of the Minions before they met Gru, and follows three of them as they go on a long journey to find a new master to serve.
Minions will arrive in UK cinemas on June 26 and on July 10 in the Us. The comics line will launch on June 17. »
Winners of animated edition of Viewster Online Film Fest (#Voff) revealed.
Online video series Viewster has announced the winners of the animation edition of its Viewster Online Film Fest, titled #VOFF5: Animated Worlds.
First place and the top prize of $30,000 was awarded to Ira Elshansky of Israel for Warm Snow, a surrealist claymation short about a father and daughter’s relationship, set in a domestic setting.
Ira said about making her film: “I’ve been working with clay since I was a child and for me it is the material where I can express myself the best. It is a very honest material and people have been using it for centuries. Warm Snow is a very personal movie; I’m sure many of us have this feeling of being not fair to our parents, and this was my way to apologise and to show them my love.“
Second place and $15,000 was awarded to Mehdi Alibeygi of Iran »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Star Sightings: Actor Steve Carell Joins His ‘Despicable’ Friends While Visiting Universal Orlando Resort in Florida!Academy Award nominated actor Steve Carell had some fun with his ‘despicable’ friends outside the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction during his visit to Universal Orlando Resort on Tuesday, March 31. Based on the blockbuster animated film, Despicable Me, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem combines an all-new storyline, incredible new animation and the latest 3-D technology to create a heart-warming, wildly hysterical theme park experience for the entire family. Universal Orlando Resort is the ultimate vacation destination and home to two incredible theme parks, four magnificently […] »
- April Neale
Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.
With the unveiling of Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection now exactly three weeks away buzz over the titles that Thierry Fremaux and his team will select for the 68th edition is hitting fever pitch.
Earlier the week, Cannes unveiled its poster featuring Ingrid Bergman to mark the centenary of the late big screen’s birth and it was announced that Stig Bjorkman’s documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words would show in Cannes Classics as part of the commemorations.
For the rest of the Official Selection, except perhaps the opening film which is traditionally revealed in advance, Cannes watchers will have to wait for the announcement press conference in Paris on April »
It’s that time of the year again, as another Flash Sale has arisen on the PlayStation Network and will run until 11:00 a.m. Pst on Monday. Focusing mostly on the PlayStation 3, this bundle of sales features games discounted to less than $1 and represents a multitude of genres, including the likes of Surgeon Simulator, Dino Crisis, Katamari Damacy, Gravity Rush, and more.
The complete list of titles on sale can be found below:
Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition — $0.90
Home: A Unique Horror Adventure (Cross-Buy: PlayStation Vita) — $0.95
Surgeon Simulator: A&E Anniversary Edition — $0.91
Tennis in the Face (Cross-Buy: Ps Vita and PlayStation 3) — $0.95
Babel Rising — $0.90
Back to the Future: The Game (Full Season) — $0.80
Bejeweled 3 — $0.95
Breath of Fire IV (Cross-Buy: Ps Vita and PlayStation Portable) — $0.96
Championship Bass (Cross-Buy: Ps Vita and PSP) — $0.96
Cloudberry Kingdom — $0.90
Dead Nation (Cross-Buy: Ps Vita) — $0.88
Dino Crisis (Cross-Buy: Ps Vita and PSP) — $0.96
Dino Crisis »
- Eric Hall
The hills are alive! As The Sound of Music turns 50, Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer share their memories of making the classic movie. Subscribe now for instant access behind-the-scenes, only in People.It's every singer's nightmare. In 1997, Julie Andrews underwent surgery to remove noncancerous nodules on her vocal chords. When she awoke, the angelic soprano that delighted audiences in The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and Victor/Victoria was gone. "If it had happened earlier, it would have been really devastating," Andrews tells People in the magazine's new issue. "As it was, it was devastating." Now, nearly 20 years after the botched surgery, »
- Alynda Wheat, @AlyndaWheat
Your next stop at the Universal Studios Hollywood tour is about to get a tune-up.
The "Fast & Furious - Supercharged" backlot tour will open on June 25, joining "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem," "Jurassic Park - The Ride," "Shrek 4-d," and other attractions. The tour experience will feature a new story that's not from any of the previous "Fast and Furious" movies, along with stars Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, and Luke Evans. It will be a three-dimensional ride with images projected in 3D on an enormous 360-degree screen, which sounds like a dizzying proposition indeed.
Check out a teaser for the attraction below. "Furious 7" opens on April 3.
[Via Variety] »
- Jenni Miller
Science fiction with training wheels, fine for sucking the kiddies into geekery but with little appeal for grownup fans of animated genre adventure. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It may well be the nicest alien invasion ever, when the blobby Boov come to planet Earth in their adorable bubble spaceships. They’re hiding out from a nasty, spiky predator and they mean us no harm, but we are thoughtlessly and inconveniently occupying their new cities, so the entire human race gets evacuated — in an involuntary way — to Australia, to a new settlement that looks rather like Truman Burbank’s hometown of Seahaven. Pleasant on the surface, perhaps, but definitely with an undercurrent of creepy, even apart from the whole alien-invasion thing.
How do seven billion humans feel about this? »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Pim Razenberg on the future of franchising…
Around the start of the new millennium a change occurred in Hollywood; a change that had been brewing for a while. The production of cinematic sequels to popular movies proved to warrant a strong outcome at the box office and studios were looking for ways to exploit their sequels in a more effective manner.
Without further warning, 2001’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring broke all box office conventions. Due to their immense success, the concept of “media franchises” dawned on the world, giving new meaning to the business term “franchise”. Hollywood’s adaptation of the term – their substitution for the then more common term “(film) series” – indicated a fusion between media and merchandise aimed for longevity. Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings proved that producing movies and sequels »
- Gary Collinson
Now that even Pixar are making more sequels than original films, it's encouraging to see DreamWorks attempt to launch a fresh franchise story, but is it good enough to rival the likes of Despicable Me and Toy Story?
Based on Adam Rex's 2007 children's book The True Meaning of Smekday, Home follows an alien race called the Boov who, despite being rather incompetent, manage to take over Earth in order to hide from their enemy.
To do this, the Boov move the entire human race in big pockets of desert space, thinking they are doing us a favour in the process. On paper, if this plot was taken by someone like Neil Blomkamp or James Cameron, it could have been transformed into a rather terrifying sci-fi horror film »
Hey “Home,” E.T. called — he wants his huggable-alien concept back. Introduced in the film’s opening seconds, when he bumps that little boy with the fishing rod from the DreamWorks Animation logo, over-eager alien invader Oh represents Jeffrey Katzenberg’s best hope at harnessing some of his old pal Steven Spielberg’s intergalactic buddy-movie mojo. Unimaginative and downright predictable by grownup standards, but bursting with elements sure to appeal to younger auds — including cutesy character design, quotable alien catchphrases and solid musical/vocal contributions from Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, who add a dose of diversity to the human cast — Dwa’s lone 2015 feature release should manage to squeak past the $100 million mark during a relatively competition-free spring, while reinforcing the studio’s recent standing as the Pepsi of the animation world: It’s potable, but a distant second to the real thing.
Still smarting from the dual blows of a »
- Peter Debruge
The hills are still alive with The Sound of Music, 50 years later.
Monday marks the official day The Sound of Music was released in 1965, and the heartwarming tale about the Von Trapp family singers still never gets old.
It's one of the most beloved classics with Julie Andrews playing the role of a governess, Maria, who brings love and music to the family of a widowed naval captain played by Christopher Plummer. So what are Andrews, Plummer, and the actors who plays their seven children up to now? ETonline breaks down what happened to one of our favorite casts.
Watch: Lady Gaga Worked with a Vocal Coach for 6 Months for Epic 'Sound of Music' Performance
Julie Andrews (Maria), 79, continued her acting career, but sadly she lost her singing voice after an operation in 1997. She still continued to act in lovable films like The Princess Diaries, Tooth Fairy and her voice is featured in films such as Shrek »
It's the "iCarly" reunion we've always dreamed of! Carly, Sam, Spencer, Gibby and Trevor are all together again in a snap that star of the series, Miranda Cosgrove, shared to her Instagram followers on Monday. "Got to see these guys tonight :), " she captioned the photo In the shot, the 21-year-old poses with former co-stars Jennette McCurdy, Noah Munck, Nathan Kress and Jerry Trainor. The cast has grown up so much since the show wrapped in 2012, after airing for seven seasons on Nickelodeon. So does this mean we can expect to see an "iCarly" reunion coming to a TV near us soon?! No word on that yet, but we do known that the "Despicable Me" star is totally down to reunite with her co-stars. "It’d be fun to do [a reunion movie] some day," she said in a recent interview with J-14 Magazine. "Because we’re all doing our own thing I »
- tooFab Staff
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