6 items from 2015
There are people you expect to be announced as joining the cast of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. And then there’s Laura Linney. Imagine our surprise, then, when The Hollywood Reporter brought word that Linney is aboard the sequel. Usually found in indie and dramatic fare such as Kinsey, You Can Count On Me, Mystic River and The Truman Show, the closest she has come to a big superhero project is voicing the computer in Arthur Christmas. Yet, next year, she’ll be on screen in some unspecified role. Though the plot is still mostly unknown, the sequel will see the turtles – performance captured and voiced by Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek and Jeremy Howard – tackling threats new and old in New York City. Megan Fox and Will Arnett are back as April O’Neill and scuzzy cameraman Vernon Fenwick respectively, with Danny Woodburn once more »
There’s not much of a story, just a chance to spend more time with the gang of classy sexy randy oldsters. And that’s just fine. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Well, what else were they going to call the sequel? At least there is an actual “second best” iteration of Sonny Kapoor’s (Dev Patel: The Last Airbender) residential hotel in the works: he is ready to expand into a new location in Jaipur, thanks in part to the steady business hand of his partner and one-time first guest (back in the previous film, that is), Muriel (Maggie Smith: My Old Lady). There actually isn’t much of the way of story this time around, just some gentle dramedy, as everyone is prodded to settle into the ex-pat retirements they chose in »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Paris– Hot off the runaway success of “Paddington,” Studiocanal is once again demonstrating the strength of its family entertainment biz with its latest franchise-based animation feature “Shaun The Sheep Movie.”
Penned and helmed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak for Aardman Animation, “Shaun,” which has just opened in Asia, has already scored $21 million ($18.8 million) from 2.5 million admissions worldwide. The movie has yet to open in approximately 40 markets, with the next raft of releases set to take place this week in South Africa, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and Vietnam.
Based on the hit stop-motion TV series, “Shaun” marks the first collaboration between Studiocanal and Aardman Animation. The Paris-based company told Variety that it is eager to partner again with the U.K. shingle.
“Shaun,” a non-verbal, gag-ladden comedy following the adventures of a brave and endearing sheep, world-premiered at Sundance to warm reviews. It will be released in the U.S. »
- Elsa Keslassy
He might have had a small cold when he spoke to us, and he might have been reaching for a box of Lemsip, but Aardman co-founder Peter Lord was on fine form when we got to chat to him last week. He was chatting about Aardman's latest feature, the lovely Shaun The Sheep: The Movie. But we talked about a lot more than that...
My favourite Tweet on your Twitter feed of late. Can we start there? Someone sent you a picture from China. And it showed the lift in her apartment complex, that had Shaun The Sheep imagery on the hotel's posters. I think many of us in the UK aren't aware of just how huge Shaun The Sheep has become outside of the UK, and how he's »
A new Aardman movie is always something of a treat. And today, Shaun The Sheep: The Movie lands in UK cinemas. It's just the fourth stop motion feature the company has made since 2000's Chicken Run, and what's more, there's barely a word of dialogue in this one. We got to chat with its directors, Richard Starzak and Mark Burton, about what on earth they were up to.
And here's how it went...
I'm a long-time fan of Aardman stuff. Not just for the craft side - I think at the heart of the best of Aardman is very, very strong storytelling. Here, you've given yourself a sizeable challenge by telling a story without dialogue. Can you take us through that, and give us an idea of how that makes the screenplay itself look? »
The biggest Oscar shocker yesterday morning, bar none, was "The Lego Movie" missing out on a nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. For many, it was the frontrunner to win the Oscar, and indeed, its absence has everyone still in the category thinking they might have a play on this thing. My bet would be on "How to Train Your Dragon 2," which won the Golden Globe last weekend. But there are those on the Disney campaign who are making everything they can of the statistic that no film that wasn't nominated by BAFTA has ever won this particular Oscar. So the "Big Hero 6" fire will surely get a lot of kindling next week. There was a bit of a silver lining Thursday night, however, as "The Lego Movie" won the animated prize at the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. Director Christopher Miller called the day a "roller coaster of emotions, »
- Kristopher Tapley
6 items from 2015
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