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The summer movie season isn't just sequels and reboots. Okay, well, it mostly is. But there are originals trying to squeak through, too.
Here are 10 to look for this summer including Aloha, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Trainwreck, Spy, and more!
Inside Out (June 19)
By June, it will have been two years since the last Pixar release (Monsters University). They have been missed. The pressure will be on Pixar's latest, about the voices inside the mind of a young girl, to rekindle absolute faith in the animation studio. But with one of Pixar's top talents, Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.), directing, hopes are deservedly high for Inside Out. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
It’s been nearly two years since Pixar last had a film in theaters, but given the strong reaction that “Inside Out” enjoyed from exhibitors Wednesday at CinemaCon, the wait was worth it.
The animated family comedy received enthusiastic applause — and a few tears from the crowd.
“Inside Out’s” concept is a heady one. It offers up a colorful story of the inner emotional workings of an 11-year-old girl whose family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco. A running joke about the jingle for Triple-dent gum proved especially popular, while the poignancy of a little girl becoming so sad that she starts running away from home turned on the tear ducts for more than a few exhibitors.
Nearly all of the film is set within the brain of Riley Andersonn with five emotions — Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness — trying to lead her through life.
Some audience members wondered »
- Dave McNary
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
A deeply moving and very satisfying piece of entertainment that knits up seemingly disparate elements in a tapestry of family pain and pride. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Maria Altmann just wants back that portrait of her aunt, the pretty one that used to hang in her family’s home when she was a child, and which reminds her of her aunt, who died far too young. Problem is, that home was in Vienna in the 1930s, and when the Nazis swooped in, they confiscated the painting and all her family’s other belongings. And despite Austria’s new spirit of reconciliation in the late 90s, including efforts toward art restitution, this painting is different. It’s Gustav Klimt’s famous “Woman in Gold” — now known as “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” — and it »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Brad Bird has one of the more anticipated films of the summer movie season in Tomorrowland and he's coming fresh off the success of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, but it appears he may be ready to return to his animated roots. Speaking with NPR (via The Playlist), he tells this site, "I'm just staring to write The Incredibles 2, so we'll see what happens." As Pixar has continued to release sequels to their features including the Toy Story trilogy and Monsters University, the fact they haven't made a sequel to 2004's The Incredibles, which Bird wrote and directed, has always confused fans. After all, it's a superhero movie and superhero movies are not made to simply be one film. Bird's first animated feature was The Iron Giant back in 1999 and his last one was 2007's Ratatouille so should Incredibles 2 come to fruition it would most likely come at least »
- Brad Brevet
Bill Hader has signed on to join the growing cast of director Steven Spielberg's The Bfg. The actor will play one of the giants in this adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved 1982 novel, joining a cast that includes Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill. Production will take place in Vancouver, but it isn't known when shooting is scheduled to start.
The story centers on a young girl (Ruby Barnhill) who meets a Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) and is taken inside their world, known as Giant Country. She teams up with this Bfg and the Queen of England to stop a group of mean giants from invading the rest of the planet. No specific details were given for Bill Hader's character, except that he will play one of the not-so-friendly giants.
By the end of 2014, the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey was the most viewed trailer of the year with a reported 93 million total views. Second was the trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens with 81 million after it was reported earlier in the year the Star Wars trailer had amassed 58.2 million views in its first four days, besting the current record (at the time) held by Avengers: Age of Ultron, which finished 2014 with an estimated 78 million online views. What does all this meanc Well, one thing is for certain, it means if your movie gets a lot of trailer views it's likely to make a lot of money. This is good news for the likes of Jurassic World and Furious 7, but what of the recent press release from Sony announcing the trailer for Pixels was the studio's #1 trailer launch of all timec Sony announced the »
- Brad Brevet
Science fiction dream team Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Frozen, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, 42, I, Robot) and Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle, Monsters University, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog) are blasting off once again to bring a sci-fi show to life. This time, the former captain and pilot duo are launching a campaign on Indiegogo, the world's largest crowdfunding platform, for a brand new web series titled Con Man. The series is a lighthearted take on the personalities, luminaries, comic book stores, and characters they have run into during their years in the sci-fi community and convention circuit, while telling the story of a guy learning to love and embrace his fans. Fans can contribute to Con Man now on Indiegogo here: Indiegogo.com/Projects/Con-Man. Here's what Alan Tudyk had to say about the project in a statement.
"If you've gone to a sci-fi convention, you've only seen half of it. Con Man »
If you didn’t think those two names together was already awesome, well get ready to get even more excited because the science-fiction dream team Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion are back together and, quite literally, they want you!
The pair who’ve worked on a huge range of fantastic films and series including; Firefly, Serenity, Frozen, I Robot, Monsters University and Dodgeball have now launched their Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for a brand new series Con Man which gives fans an all –access look behind the scenes of the sci-fi community and conference world.
Tudyk and Fillion both had something to say, let’s begin with the latter:
“I’m here to say, ‘Woooo!’ and you can quote me. Let me explain: Alan has, for the entire time that I’ve known him, never failed to impress me with his talent. Don’t think I’m blowing smoke here, »
- Dan Bullock
Ahead of Disney's Cinderella arriving in theaters this weekend, we're getting a new look at Pixar's Inside Out that will, quite literally, give you all the feels. The film, due in theaters on June 19 (and Pixar's first since 2013's Monsters University), has dropped its biggest trailer yet, expanding upon the universe of emotions (Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness) set up in previous trailers by teasing what looks like a wildly imaginative adventure story that revolves around the emotions and memories of a little girl named Riley. Watch the trailer below. After accidentally messing with some of Riley's core memories, Sadness (Phyllis Smith) and Joy (Amy Poehler) find themselves lost inside the fantastical active mind of a little girl, forcing them...
- Erik Davis
Ahead of Disney's Cinderella arriving in theaters this weekend, we're getting a new look at Pixar's Inside Out that will, quite literally, give you all the feels. The biggest trailer yet for the film, due in theaters on June 19 (and Pixar's first since 2013's Monsters University), expands upon the universe of emotions (Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness) set up in previous trailers by teasing what looks like a wildly imaginative adventure story that involves the emotions...
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Tokyo – The latest installment in the “Doraemon” animated series for kids, “Doraemon: Nobita’s Space Heroes,” bowed atop the Japanese box office for the March 7-8 weekend.
Released on 365 screens, the film earned $5.3 million on 557,000 admissions from 365 screens. This was 7% better than the opening frame of the previous “Doraemon” entry, which went on to earn $29.5 million last year.
Also debuting was “Solomon’s Perjury (Part 1).” The first element of a two-part mystery based on a bestselling novel by Miyuki Miyabe that begins with a 14-year-old boy’s death in a schoolyard, earned $991,000 on 91,900 admissions from 311 screens. The concluding part, also directed by Izuru Narushima, will open on April 11.
Last week’s number one, “American Sniper,” slipped to number two in its third week on release.
“Big Hero 6” fell from number two to number four in its 12th week in the theaters. As of March 8 the animated feature’s cume was $79 million from 7.05 million admissions, »
- Mark Schilling
Sequels. A few years back, Pixar found themselves heavily involved in the sequels game. Toy Story 2 wasn.t the exception anymore. Cars begat Cars 2. Monsters Inc. gave way to Monsters University. A third and fourth Toy Story became realities. And now, Finding Nemo is getting a sequel. or, at least, a spinoff. Pixar.s summer release in 2016 will take audiences back into the water with everyone.s favorite forgetful fish. Finding Dory will reach theaters 12 years (!!) after 2003.s Finding Nemo introduced us to a nervous clown fish, his suffocated son, and the amnesic blue tang fish that helped them on their rescue mission. But what has changed between now and then? A lot, both on the screen, and off. Let.s dive in to Pixar.s latest sequel with our What We Know So Far guide to Pixar.s Finding Dory. Ellen Degeneres When Pixar decided to go »
News: DuckTales is Coming Back to TV!
Here's seven animated series we're starting to feel nostalgia for that could give joy to a new generation.
2. Rocko's Modern Life: The humor of this show was pretty sophisticated for a cartoon, giving it an appeal to kids and parents alike.
3. Dexter's Laboratory: If The Powerpuff Girls could get a reboot, surely we should get the chance to see Dexter back in his lab. The brother-sister/odd couple comedy duo of a mad scientist child and his annoying sister Dee Dee is one of the best of all time.
4. Johnny Bravo: »
Making the animated short “The Dam Keeper” started out as a three-month experiment for former Pixar art directors Robert Kondo and Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi that has turned into a whirlwind of film festivals, awards season mania and, ultimately, a new independent animation studio. Kondo and Tsutsumi now find themselves nominated for an Academy Award for that experiment, the emotional tale of a bullied and misunderstood pig who protects an unappreciative community from disaster, and the newcomer who changes his perspective on the world.
Kondo and Tsutsumi have struck out on their own, leaving Pixar to open Tonko House, an independent animation studio with a staff of two — Kondo and Tsutsumi. And finding themselves without the financial backing to fund an Oscar “for your consideration” campaign, they have recently struck up a grassroots social media effort to bring attention to their film, which has scored several festival laurels along the way. »
- Terry Flores
It’s hard to argue that Pixar not only revolutionized the world of animation by creating the first feature completely generated by computers, they also dominated their field during the entirety of the last decade. In terms of technical achievement and original, heartfelt storytelling, they raised the bar so high with their hat trick of three back-to-back-to-back masterpieces, “Ratatouille”, “Wall-e,” and “Up”, that even when they release perfectly fine and entertaining films that fall short of being greatness, we make ourselves believe that they’re in a slump. “Toy Story 3” was arguably the best in the series, “Brave” was underwhelming but fun, “Monsters University” was an excellent remake of “Revenge of the Nerds” for kids, and “Cars 2”, well, it wasn’t that bad, was it? Apart from their revolutionary technical prowess, one of the most important reasons Pixar’s work is so beloved across cultures and generations is »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
This year’s nominees for animated short film encompass a wide spectrum of techniques, from traditional hand-drawn figures to state-of-the-art computer animation. It’s one of the most diverse slates in recent years, offering Academy voters clear choices about look, tone and medium.
As she did in the Oscar-winning “The Danish Poet” (Canada, 2006), Torill Kove uses simple, drawn figures and a bright palette to present a charming faux-memoir in “Me and My Moulton” (Canada). Three young sisters growing up in a pleasant Norwegian town ask their eccentric parents for a bicycle, like the ordinary ones their friends have. The girls are surprised and slightly dismayed when their parents buy an odd bike they would want instead. Like “The Danish Poet,” “Me and My Moulton” feels so genuine, it’s a little disappointing to discover it’s fiction.
- Charles Solomon
After finishing strong in 2014, the Walt Disney Co. started off its first fiscal quarter of 2015 with more record-breaking results, with revenue up 9% to nearly $13.4 billion, while net income rose 19% to around $2.2 billion.
Nearly every division at Disney reported double-digit profit gains during the three-month period that ended Dec. 27., with the exception of the media networks group, which reported a 3% gain in operating income on Tuesday.
“This was yet another incredibly strong quarter for our company, with diluted Eps up 23% driven by record revenue as well as significant growth in segment operating income,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO, the Walt Disney Co. “Our results once again reflect the strength of our brands and high quality content and demonstrate that our proven franchise strategy creates long-term value across all of our businesses.”
Given that the quarter’s timing came during the peak holiday shopping season, Disney’s consumer products arm saw the biggest gains, »
- Marc Graser
Any good news for DreamWorks Animation at the 2014 global box office came at an exorbitant cost. While the toon studio’s slate was up 36% over last year at the global B.O. with $1.18B across three movies — Mr. Peabody & Sherman, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Penguins Of Madagascar, productions costs for DreamWorks Animation surged 56% over 2013 with an estimated $422M, the second highest in the studio’s history since 2010, when it shelled out $460M for a three pic-slate that included Shrek Forever After, How To Train Your Dragon and Mega Mind (total global B.O. $1.57B) under its distribution deal with Paramount. And not only were budgets up, but the three of the five titles that Dwa delivered to its distrib partner 20th Century Fox during the past two years haven’t been the mass-appealing, humorous titles that the animation studio has built its brand upon — How to Train Your Dragon 2 »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
“They have a very risky business model,” one consultant tells TheWrap about the animation company’s restructuring plan
DreamWorks Animation’s announcement that it will slash its workforce by nearly 20 percent and its film output by a third underscores a struggling genre and the company’s desperation to survive after merger talks failed.
An SEC filing Thursday details Dwa’s reduction strategy, a plan some analysts say is a risky model that at best will keep the struggling animation studio afloat, but is not a long-term solution.
“It’s a company in a dire situation,” Rich Greenfield, Media & Tech Analyst at Btig & Angel Investor, »
- Linda Ge and Matt Donnelly
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