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50 bizarre examples of movie tie-ins and merchandise

25 September 2014 12:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Movie merchandise is big business. But some people will try and slap the name of The Avengers or Batman on anything...

Cool film stuff can be almost as fun as actually going to the movies. Think of a Batman cape, an Arnold Schwarzenegger action figure, or Goldeneye on the N64. Hell, the merchandising can often be more enjoyable than the actual film – remember how much fun the first few months of 1999 were before Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was actually released?

Yet, in the chase to make a quick buck out of devoted fans, some... let's just say less relevant, movie merchandise is churned out and flogged to the public.

Here then are 50 of the strangest (not ranked in order!) – expect action figures of obscure henchmen, 16-carat gold Twilight jewellery and some truly vomit-inducing burgers…

1. Spider-Man 3 / The Dark Knight – Burger King’s Dark Whopper

In Spider-Man 3, Peter »

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Aubrey Plaza to Voice Grumpy Cat

18 September 2014 7:33 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Can Grumpy Cat do an epic eyeroll?

Parks and Recreation snarkmaster Aubrey Plaza has been tapped to voice the Internet’s purrfectly sour feline in Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, a Lifetime original premiering Nov. 29.

Related Parks and Rec to Bring Back Megan Mullally, Revive Lost ‘Jammy’ Plot

In the holiday season telepic, Grumpy Cat (real name: Tardar Sauce) lives in a mall pet shop, where having never been chosen by a customer she has developed a lousy outlook on life. But one day, a 12-year-old girl named Chyrstal warms up to the feline upon realizing she is the »

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First Look At Dreamworks’ ‘B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations’

14 September 2014 11:34 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Dreamworks’ B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations is over a year away for us in the UK and won’t hit the Us until June 2015, but we can now take a look at some of the lead characters thanks to, of all things, a ‘Learn To Draw’ book currently available to pre-order on Amazon. The film sees 2 ghosts joining the titular organisation, a group who go around investigating and preventing hauntings. Seth Rogen and Melissa McCarthy take on the roles of the two new ghosts hoping to stop an evil haunter by the name of Addison Drake, played by former Ghostbuster, Bill Murray. Funnily enough, Seth Rogen was once tipped to be one of the replacement Ghostbusters in Ghostbusters 3, while more recently, Murray suggested McCarthy as part of a female ensemble for the long-awaited threequel.

The film was first announced in 2009 and what is now B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations, was once known as Boo U, »

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Pixar Movie Supercut Explores the Use of Color

9 September 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

This is a one-minute movie supercut called "Roygbiv" that explores the use of color in the films of Pixar. Those movies include footage from Toy StoryA Bug's LifeToy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Up, Toy Story 3Cars 2, Brave, and Monsters University. The video was created by Rishi Kaneria, and it's really interesting to see how the color design of these films work with each other. Also the title of the video corresponds with the colors presented, which of course are the colors of the rainbow. Thanks to /Film for the tip!

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Pixar's Precise Color Palettes Shine in 'Roygbiv: A Pixar Supercut'

9 September 2014 12:25 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

For those who don't know, part of the long process to make an animated film at Pixar Animation involves the use of color scripts? What is a color script? Well, like a normal script uses text to explain what happens on-screen in a motion picture, the color script is a visual companion showing the color palette, keys and tones that will be in each scene. And that's done for the entire film. Now a Pixar fan and Vimeo user Rishi Kaneria has decided to showcase just how precise and wonderful the use of color can be in Pixar's movies, from Toy Story all the way through Monsters University. It's short, sweet, and gorgeous. Here's Rishi Kaneria's Roygbiv: A Pixar Supercut from Vimeo (via SlashFilm): For an example of the color scripts Pixar uses, here's one for The Incredibles: If you're really interested in how Pixar puts their color scripts »

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Votd: The Colorful Worlds of Pixar

9 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Vimeo user Rishi Kaneria has created a supercut celebrating the colorful worlds seen in Pixar movies. The short one minute and a half video features scenes from Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave and Monsters University. I […]

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'Roygbiv' makes your favorite Pixar movies even prettier

8 September 2014 5:14 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Roygbiv (noun)

1) An acronym that stands for the color order of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.

2) A short video, edited by Rishi Kaneria with music by Moderat, that brings various Pixar clips together, demonstrating how the animation studio uses said color spectrum, visually and narratively.

For our purposes, we’ll be discussing the latter…Roygbiv, the video, begins strong with bold red and orange hues (i.e. Merida’s fiery red hair in Brave), mellows out a bit with relaxing yellows and greens (i.e. the pastel house from Up), and really cools off with blues, »

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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 1

8 September 2014 4:11 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best. 

On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »

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Update: Int’l Box Office: ‘Apes’ Dawns In China With $47M; ‘Into The Storm’ Whips Up Korea #1; ‘Lucy’ Crosses $150M; More

31 August 2014 9:02 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

3Rd Update, 9:02 Pm Pt: International box office was even with last weekend across the Top 10 studio releases with Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes the big gorilla thanks to a strong China opening. Lucy was also in on the action again this frame with a cumulative $31.2M in Universal and EuropaCorp territories. Compared to last year, the session was up 39%. Players at that time included Elysium, One Direction: This Is Us and The Conjuring, with Monsters University adding another $10M in China.

Along with Apes this weekend in China, How To Train Your Dragon 2 was a strong performer and is expected to take the No. 2 spot with $6.3M in frame 3. After a period that saw a focus on boosting local movies, the market is now getting a steady influx of Hollywood titles – Expendables 3 opens there tomorrow (Monday) and Into The Storm blows in on Sept 12. Also in Asia, »

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Summer box office: Why didn't 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' fly higher?

29 August 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

It was a rough summer at the box office, with the industry trailing 2013’s record-breaking season by nearly 15 percent and selling the fewest tickets in more than 20 years. There were winners and losers, pleasant surprises and stinkers, but as the analysts push films in one column or the other, what to make of How to Train Your Dragon 2? It’s the year’s second-biggest animated hit (behind The Lego Movie) and a likely Oscar nominee for Best Animated Film. And yet DreamWorks Animation sequel, distributed by 20th Century Fox, is the rare critical success to gross $172 million and feel like a disappointment. »

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Disney classics heading back to the big screen

29 August 2014 4:11 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Your Disney and Pixar favourites like The Lion King and The Incredibles are heading back to the big screen exclusivly at Vue Cinemas.

Here’s the press release:

Disney fans can rejoice as Vue Entertainment International has announced the launch of Disney Days at Vue, which will see classic and much-loved Disney movies such as The Lion King and The Incredibles back on the big screen.

Guaranteed to create a buzz of excitement with children and adults alike, Vue is kicking off the season with everyone’s favourites, including The Lion King, Toy Story 3, The Incredibles, Tangled, Monsters University, Wreck-it Ralph and Up. Fans can also enjoy classic Disney princess screenings such as Cinderella and Aladdin, as well as the ever-popular Fantasia and Mary Poppins, from 5th October.

Cinema goers will also receive a free £5 Disney Store voucher to spend on selected Disney DVD and Blu-Ray titles with every »

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Disney Fans Get a First Look at Pixar's Next Female Hero

27 August 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

What if the seven dwarfs had lived inside of Snow White's head? The next Pixar animated feature will kind of play on that idea, as Inside Out will focus on a little girl whose emotions are personified and put on display for the viewer. Her name is Riley, and the studio has given us our first look at the 11-year-old by way of a brief behind-the-scenes feature available on the Disney Movies Anywhere site (it's almost sort of hidden within a video labeled "1 Fact About Monsters University + a Peek at Inside Out"). In addition to the four seconds of Riley reading a book, looking unsure of something and then finally beaming with a joyous smile of apparent enlightenment, we also get more of those "dwarfs," as director Pete Docter (Up) likens the emotions to...

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Here's a First Look at Pixar's Newest Female Hero

27 August 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

What if the seven dwarfs had lived inside of Snow White's head? The next Pixar animated feature will kind of play on that idea, as Inside Out (in theaters June 19, 2015) will focus on a little girl whose emotions are personified and put on display for the viewer. Her name is Riley, and the studio has given us our first look at the 11-year-old by way of a brief behind-the-scenes feature available on the Disney Movies Anywhere site (it's almost sort of hidden within a video labeled "1 Fact About Monsters University + a Peek at Inside Out"). In addition to the four seconds of Riley reading a book, looking unsure of something and then finally beaming with a joyous smile of apparent enlightenment, we also get more of those "dwarfs," as director Pete Docter...

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Intl Box Office Update: ‘Lucy’ Crosses $100M Overseas; ‘Sin City 2′ Drops In Russia; More

25 August 2014 2:33 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

4th Update, 2:33 Pm Pt: Universal, Sony and Lionsgate have weighed in, so we have nine more titles reporting (see below for final numbers on all films).

3Rd Update, 12:45 Pm Pt: Actuals are coming in for the international weekend with Disney, Paramount, Fox and Warner Bros reporting. There were no major discrepancies, although Guardians Of The Galaxy jumped from an estimated $20.7M to $21.3M for the weekend. In the reverse, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For was less sexy than predicted in Russia with $3.35M versus an initial estimate of $4.7M. Fox is releasing there on behalf of A Company Russia. Figures have been updated for the films above as well as How To Train Your Dragon 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Into The Storm, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Hercules, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, The Fault In Our Stars, Relatos Salvajes, Let’s Be Cops, »

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Theme Park Bits: Frozen, Big Hero 6, Ratatouille, Monsters University and Indiana Jones

14 August 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In this Disney centric edition of Theme Park Bits, read about the following: The stars of Big Hero 6 will do meet and greets at Disney parks. Check out a possible photo of the castle at Shanghai Disneyland, which you can access via high speed train. See some concepts for a potential Dubai Disneyland. Check […]

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Guardians of the Galaxy topples Dawn of the Planet of the Apes at the UK box office

6 August 2014 3:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd August 2014….

Marvel’s latest franchise Guardians of the Galaxy enjoyed a stellar opening at the UK box office, with the film pulling in £6,363,110 over the Thursday – Sunday period to claim first place in the chart in its opening weekend, helping it to a global haul of $160.4 million.

Guardians’ UK debut was one of the biggest ever original Marvel openings in the UK, taking more in its first four days than the first instalments of Iron Man (£5.6m – 4 day opening), Thor (£5.46m – 6 day opening), Captain America (£3.3m – 3 day opening) and X-Men (£4.8m – 4 day opening).

Along with Guardians, three other newcomers managed to crack the top ten this week, with The Nut Job pulling in £666,966 to claim sixth, followed by Secret Cinema Presents Back to the Future in seventh with £720,479 and Step Up All In in »

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Hercules fails to topple Dawn of the Planet of the Apes at the UK box office

30 July 2014 1:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July 2014….

Despite competition from Dwayne Johnson’s latest film Hercules, Fox’s simian sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes retained top spot at the UK box office, pulling in a solid second weekend haul of £3,752,511, with Hercules having to settle for second after mustering a less-than-impressive opening of £1,449,120.

Hot on the heels of Hercules in third place was horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy, which debuted with £1,165,143, while two other newcomers managed to crack the top ten, with Earth to Echo earning £618,379 in sixth and The House of Magic propping up the chart in tenth place with £223,047.

Number one this time last year: Monsters University

1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – £3,752,511 weekend (2 weeks)

2. Hercules – £1,449,120 weekend (New)

3. The Purge: Anarchy – £1,165,143 weekend (New)

4. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – £990,959 weekend (5 weeks)

5. Transformers: Age of Extinction »

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Animation is the UK's favourite film genre

25 July 2014 6:51 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Animation has become the UK's favourite film genre for the first time.

British Film Institute figures show that animated films accounted for 20% of box office takings in 2013.

They accounted for £247 million in sales - £100 million more than in 2012.

The success of films including Despicable Me 2, Disney's Frozen, Monsters University and The Croods account for animation's domination.

The genre outstripped comedy, despite only 33 animations released last year compared to 153 comedy movies.

"Part of the recent success of animated films is that they are becoming more sophisticated and appealing to a broader audience," said Oliver Hyatt, the chairman of Animation UK.

"There is no longer the feeling that they are just for a young audience and adults don't feel strange going to see them any more.

"I would say that within the film industry, animation has been playing catch-up for years but the medium is maturing quite fast and there's more of these films, »

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes topples Transformers: Age of Extinction at the UK box office

22 July 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 18th to Sunday 20th July 2014….

20th Century Fox’s simian sequel Dawn of  the Planet of the Apes enjoyed a solid UK opening this past weekend, claiming first place with £8,705,995, which included £1.6 million in previews. That was up on Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ £5.83 million debut, and excluding preview takings, it’s the second-biggest opening of the year here in the UK behind another Fox sequel in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

After opening big with a haul inflated by six days of previews, Transformers: Age of Extinction slipped down into third in its second week behind How to Train Your Dragon 2, and was followed by two live events in Monty Python Live (mostly) and Andre Rieu’s 2014 Maastricht Concert in fourth and fifth, with the broadcasts pulling in an impressive £1,178,091 and £830,586 repesctively.

Finally, the »

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Why ‘Apes’ Won’t Be Enough to Turn Around the Summer Box Office

16 July 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Where have all the blockbusters gone?

That’s the question on Hollywood’s lips as the summer box office pants its way past midpoint. With less than two months to go, this season’s crop of tentpole films look shaky, despite a gorilla-sized $73 million opening weekend for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

Overall, there have been more raunchy comedies and fewer family films — and, in fact, fewer tentpoles packed the season vs. last year. China’s box office is surging, while the domestic market shrinks. And the endless stream of sequels and reboots has failed to lure away crowds from the World Cup, barbecues and the beach.

Box office revenue from the first week of May through the most recent weekend is down nearly 20%, as “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” failed to match the massive grosses of such 2013 popcorn films as “Iron Man 3, »

- Brent Lang

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