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Fox, Locksmith Animation Ink Multi-Year Production, Development Deal (Exclusive)

Fox, Locksmith Animation Ink Multi-Year Production, Development Deal (Exclusive)
20th Century Fox and Locksmith Animation have entered into a long-term co-production and development deal, Variety has learned.

It comes as Fox is ramping up the number of family films it makes. Stacey Snider, who took over as the sole head of the studio a year ago, wants Fox to release an animated picture annually. The studio had been distributing pictures from DreamWorks Animation, but that deal is ending after Comcast bought the company. Fox owns Blue Sky, the makers of the “Ice Age” films. Locksmith will create a new film every 18 months, which will augment Blue Sky’s slate.

“We don’t want to miss a season when it comes to animated films,” said Snider.

The animation studio will enter the pact with three projects that are far along in their development — one has been greenlit. Locksmith’s first film with Fox will hit theaters in the autumn of 2020. Founder Sarah Smith won’t announce the
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'Brave,' 'Rise of the Guardians,' 'Wreck-It Ralph' Top Annie Award Nominations

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'Brave,' 'Rise of the Guardians,' 'Wreck-It Ralph' Top Annie Award Nominations
Pixar's "Brave," Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph" and DreamWorks Animation's "Rise of the Guardians" were the top nominees for the 40th Annual Annie Awards, the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood, announced on Monday. The three films each received 10 nominations. Laika/Focus' "ParaNorman" and Sony Animation's "Hotel Transylvania" each received eight, while "Frankenweenie" and "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" received five. In the top feature-film category, Best Animated Feature, those seven films were joined by Gkids' "The Rabbi's Cat." Annie Awards results often differ from Oscar results in the Best Animated Feature category, but the nominations
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The Five-Year Engagement Flops?!

The Five-Year Engagement Flops?!
On second thought, maybe it's a good thing The Avengers hasn't opened here yet. If it had, a batch of new movies, including Jason Segel and Emily Blunt's The Five-Year Engagement, would've been buried worse than they were at the box office.  The surprise romantic-comedy hit Think Like a Man was a surprise No. 1 for a second weekend. The Five-Year Engagement, pegged by some to rule the rankings, managed only a fifth-place debut. The Jason Statham action movie Safe and the costume-drama thriller The Raven fared even worse. The animated The Pirates! Band of Misfits bowed in second place, but really wasn't any bigger than those other films. For all its theaters, 3-D...
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'Think Like a Man' Tops Quiet Weekend Box Office With $18M

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'Think Like a Man' Tops Quiet Weekend Box Office With $18M
Sony Screen Gems' "Think Like a Man" is the repeat box office champ. It was relatively quiet weekend, the last before next week's arrival of Disney and Marvel's "The Avengers," the first in what is expected to be a string of summer blockbusters. The African-American ensemble film, based on an advice book by comedian Steve Harvey, took in $18 million from 2,015 locations, lifting its overall gross to $60.8 million, according to Rentrak. Surprising in the No. 2 spot was Sony's animated family film "Pirates! Band of Misfits," propelled by a strong Saturday showing with a projected $11.5 million from 3,358 locations. It just beat out last week's No. 2 film "The Lucky One." The Warner Bros. movie, based on a Nicholas Sparks romance novel and starring Zac Efron, took in $11.3 million from 3,175 locations. That edged Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games," which took in $11.2 million at 3,572 locations. "The Five-Year Engagement," an R-rated comedy from Universal, was a disappointing fifth. Co-written by Jason Segel and Nick Stoller, it took in $11.1 million from 2,936 locations. The film, with a production budget of $30 million, received a B- Cinemascore from an audience that skewed female (64 percent to 36 percent male) and older (57 percent over 30 vs. 43 percent under). The weekend's two other new movies, "Safe" from Lionsgate and "The Raven" from Relativity, finished sixth and seventh, with $7.7 million and $7.2 million respectively.
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Hugh Grant to return to the big screen alongside all-star cast of 'Cloud Atlas'

Hugh Grant to return to the big screen alongside all-star cast of 'Cloud Atlas'
It’s been two years since Hugh Grant was last seen on the big screen, as the actor has, most notably, been leading the crusade against News of the World and their phone tapping scandal. Grant, who last appeared in 2009′s Did You Hear About the Morgans? and is slated to voice a character for the upcoming The Pirates! Band of Misfits, will also appear in the all-star adaptation of David Mitchell’s 2004 novel Cloud Atlas.

Warner Bros. confirmed Grant will join the likes of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, and Ben Whishaw for the film.
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