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Just after the inventive and fun trailer for Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me spin-off Minions arrived at the beginning of the month, a special holiday greeting can be seen if you happen to be seeing movies at any AMC Theatres locations leading up to Christmas. Those lovable little henchman give their own rendition of a classic Christmas carol, but in that weird, gibberish language they all speak. You're bound to find kids cracking up to this in theaters, and maybe some adults too, but we've still got awhile before the actual movie hits theaters since it doesn't arrive until it gets much warmer in July. Watch now! Here's the special Minions holiday greeting playing at AMC Theatres from the chain's YouTube: Watch the teaser trailer for Universal & Illumination Entertainment's Minions right here. Minions is co-directed by Kyle Balda (The Lorax) and Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2). The story of »
- Ethan Anderton
Breaking: Adam Fogelson, the former chairman of Universal Pictures, has been hired as the Motion Picture Group chairman of Stx Entertainment, the mini TV and film studio created by Robert Simonds, Tpg Growth, Gigi Pritzker, and Hony Capital. Stx has yet to figure on a solid name. Fogelson will be responsible for overseeing eight-to-10 mid-range budgeted ($20M to $60M), star-driven features to be produced, marketed, and distributed in-house. Fogelson’s brother, Noah, currently works at Stx as Evp of corporate development and general counsel so it makes perfect sense why he would join the company. Fogelson started out working in marketing with his father Andrew and now gets the chance to work with his brother.
The key hire comes as Stx Entertainment has been ramping up at a rapid pace over the past few weeks. It hired former Disney and Fox marketing topper Oren Aviv to oversee motion picture development, »
- Anita Busch
Taylor Swift may not be a movie star (yet), but her talents are already known worldwide.
Since blowing up in 2008, Swift has been hard to miss, known as much for her acclaimed music as for her rather public relationships. With numerous Grammys and multi-platinum albums already under her belt, she's turning her attention to the big screen. This week, the renowned musician can be seen in the film adaptation of "The Giver," starring Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, and Meryl Streep.
From her early success as a poet to her first acting role, here are 27 things you probably don't know about Taylor Swift.
1. Taylor Alison Swift was born December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania to Andrea Finlay and Scott Swift.
2. She was born on a Christmas tree farm.
3. Her mother worked as a mutual fund marketing executive before becoming a homemaker, while her father is a financial adviser.
4. Swift has one sibling, Austin, »
- Jonny Black
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
“Mune,” which was presented by co-director Benoit Philippon and producer Aton Soumache (via Onyx) during a jam-packed work-in-progress session in Annecy, was picked up by Notorious Pictures (Italy), Smile Entertainment (South Korea), Gulf Films (Middle East), Domo Media (China), Zoom Entertainment (India), Volga Films (Cis), Monolith Films (Poland) and Blitz (Former Yugoslavia).
Deals were closed after showing a promo in Cannes. Melin, who is co-producing the movie with Onyx and Orange Studio, is in negotiations in remaining territories. Animation houses Norman Studios and Mikros Image will deliver “Mune” in November, said Melin, who added he and Soumache will debut a road show in early July to present the movie in territories that are still open, such as the U.S. and the U.K..
Based on an original concept by Philippon, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Funnier, cleverer, wittier, and snarkier than the first film. It is nonstop self-deprecation that doles out well-deserved smacks to about 817 Hollywood things that desperately deserve it. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film…
I’m “biast” (con): …but wasn’t expecting to love the sequel
I have seen the source material (and I love it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I am like Charlie Brown contemplating before me Lucy with the football, and wondering once again if I will let myself be suckered in… again.
And I did.
See, I loved the late 80-early 90s TV show 21 Jump Street. And I hate Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill with the power of a thousand dying brown dwarf stars (so, you know, not that much, but still). Also too: Hollywood please stop it with the reboots and the remakes and the updos and whatever and start telling some new stories. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Today we have the first teaser poster for the upcoming "Despicable Me" spin-off, "Minions," with a voice cast currently comprised of Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm. Check out the poster below. In the new movie, we discover that Minions have actually existed throughout history, always seeking out the most despicable master to serve. At a time before they met their current boss Gru, the Minions encountered Scarlet Overkill (Bullock), a stylish and bad-ass super-villain bent on world domination. "Minions" is directed by Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me) and Kyle Balda (The Lorax). It's set to hit theaters on July 10th, 2015. Poster: (click to enlarge) »
There’s scarcely an original thought to be found in That Awkward Moment, the self-proclaimed “modern” romantic comedy debut of Tom Gormican, and that won’t matter one bit to the majority of its target audience. With stars as ebullient and zeitgeisty as Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Imogen Poots, there was never much need for the film bring anything new to the table. Still, it would have been nice if Gormican, who both wrote and directed, could have relied a little less heavily on genre clichés.
Efron, Teller and Jordan star as a trio of successful, handsome twentysomethings sharing an apartment in New York City. Jason (Efron) is the perpetual player, devoted to one night stands and resolute in his determination to stay detached from all commitment. Daniel (Teller) shares Jason’s hedonistic outlook, though he clearly feels less strongly about staying single than his buddy. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Feature Simon Brew 18 Apr 2014 - 06:00
We don't often cover movie premieres at Den Of Geek, but on the flip side, movie premieres don't often come to the city of Birmingham. And as a resident of said city, I make it policy to pop along when someone dares to roll out the red carpet on Broad Street.
Such was the case on Wednesday night when the UK premiere of Locke took place, and Tom Hardy was guest of honour. Locke is written and directed by Steven Knight, who is currently working with Hardy on series two of Peaky Blinders. And the pair made up the list of three people I instantly recognised.
While you might not know Stephen Tobolowsky by name, you've certainly seen him in countless films like Groundhog Day (Ned! Ryerson!), Spaceballs, Sneakers, Radioland Murders, The Insider and Memento, and his voice is unmistakable in Robots, Buried and The Lorax. Plus, there's all the TV appearances on shows like "Glee" and "Heroes." Our friends as SlashFilm and writer David Chen have been host to the unique and fascinating podcast The Tobolowsky Files, and now they're trying to turn some of the actor's stories (now available in a book) into a concert documentary film, and they need help. SlashFilm and David Chen have taken to Kickstarter to help fund the film The Primary Instinct: If you donate the right amount, you can have the opportunity to meet Tobolowsky backstage at one of the live shows, or even have him perform a private show for you and 20 of your friends. Other rewards »
- Ethan Anderton
Holmes recently opened up to Extra about working with the 'Mean' singer.
The actress added of Swift: "She is awesome… I love that girl. I just think she is so smart. She's so young, really brilliant and works very, very hard."
Swift recently said that she "learned so much" while working with more experienced stars like Holmes, Bridges and Streep.
The Giver opens on August 15 in the Us. »
It was clear that The Lego Movie was going to be big, but ‘big’ in February usually means something different than at other times of the year. Most projections had the animated film opening between $45 and $60 million. Instead, the big screen debut of the classic toy brand earned an estimated $69.1 million from 3,775 locations. That counts as big in any month, and stands as one of the best openings ever for an original animated feature. The Monuments Men and Vampire Academy were also new this weekend, though only the former ended up successfully counterprogramming the Lego juggernaut. Title Weekend Total 1. The Lego Movie $69,110,000 $69.1 2. The Monuments Men $22,700,000 $22.7 3. Ride Along $9,400,000 $105.1 4. Frozen $6,914,000 $368.6 5. That Awkward Moment $5,400,000 $16.8 6. Lone Survivor $5,300,000 $112.5 7. Vampire Academy $4,100,000 $4.1 8. The Nut Job $3,809,000 $55 9. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $3,600,000 $44.4 10. Labor Day $3,230,000 $10.1 After a couple of slow weeks, the domestic box office was due for a big win, provided the right movie came along. By all accounts, The Lego Movie »
- Nicole Pedersen
We’ve got a big one on the way. “The Lego Movie” is due out in 3,775 theaters tomorrow and it’s going to put each and every one of them to good use. It’s an odd time for a new animated movie, but considering the franchise already has a well-established fan base, “The Lego Movie” should manage to split the difference between “The Croods” and “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” and kick off its run with about $55 million. Unfortunately, our other two wide releases could debut with disappointingly soft openings. Even though “The Monuments Men” is getting over 3,000 theaters and has George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and more on [ Read More ]
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- Perri Nemiroff
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Life stops when it's Super Bowl
There's really only one show in town come Super Bowl Sunday, which is why the weekend session is traditionally a slow one. As fans across the country settled in to watch the Seahawks clobber the Broncos, moviegoing took a back seat.
The top 12 pictures combined for an anaemic $72.4m (£44.2m), which actually gained around 5% on the same session last year, when the top 12 produced $68.9m.
Labor Day misses out
The writing was on the wall last September. It was the world premiere of Jason Reitman's new movie at »
- Jeremy Kay
Zac Efron is a heartbreaker!The "That Awkward Moment" star stopped by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" this week to give the talk show host a special gift for her birthday."Zac told me during the break that he actually doesn't play the guitar but he learned to play guitar and wrote a song for me for my birthday," Ellen told the audience. "And so I'm going to hear a song that he's gonna sing.""I kind of thought, like, what do you give somebody on their birthday that kind of has everything like you do," Zac explained of his gift.While the handsome actor didn't actually write the 56-year-old a song, he serenaded her with Stevie Wonder's version of "Happy Birthday." Check out the video above to hear Zac's special song. Ellen is one lucky lady!But, this isn't the first time Efron has showed off his singing skills on "Ellen. »
- tooFab Staff
Comedians Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart are having banner years in their careers, as both have recently been parts of big hit movies and have several interesting projects in the pipeline. Now the two are teaming up with Modern Family.s Eric Stonestreet for the next animated feature from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment, the currently-dubbed Untitled Pets Movie, which already has a release date set for February 12, 2016. The bound-to-be-3D film will be directed by Chris Renaud, who co-directed the studios. Despicable Me and its sequel, which earned a combined $1.4 billion at the box office. Creating even more Despicable connections, the studios have also tapped screenwriters Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul to pen the screenplay (they were also the scribes behind the $348 million-earning hit The Lorax). According to Deadline, C.K. will play a smarty pants terrier living in a Manhattan apartment building. When his pampering owners are »
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