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Things have been a little quiet on the James Bond front as of late after a flurry of rumors over the last month or so surrounding who may be taking over for Daniel Craig as 007. Things are still uncertain as to whether or not Craig is going to return, but if he doesn't, Thor star Tom Hiddleston is still regarded as the frontrunner. Unless you have been sleeping under a rock or simply don't care, you might know that Hiddleston just so happens to be dating Taylor Swift. What does that have to do with James Bond 25? We're glad you asked.
What is about to be said needs to be taken with a massive grain of salt, but it isn't completely inconceivable, so let's dig in. A new rumor that comes from an unnamed source by way of TMZ claims that Taylor Swift is dating Tom Hiddleston because she »
Since the first Despicable Me movie landed in cinemas back in 2010, Illumination Entertainment – the company behind the films – has enjoyed a staggering level of box office success. Two Despicable Mes, one Minions, one The Lorax and even the live action-animation hybrid Hop have all hit to various degrees. Minions, its 2015 venture, grossed $1.159bn. Only Frozen, in animated movies, has ever done better.
So important is Illumnation’s animated output to Universal Pictures’ slate that, with DreamWorks Animation now also part of the Universal empire, Illumination boss Chris Meladandri is to creatively oversee both firms’ animated output. Not bad, considering Illumination is under a decade old.
Watching The Secret Life Of Pets, the new film from the firm, couldn’t help but ring an alarm bell or two though. For me, it’s »
All of Whoville will have to wait till 2018 to see the remake of the Dr. Seuss classic...
Universal has just announced that the animated remake of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, in which it has partnered with Illumination Entertainment, has been delayed by a year. It was originally set to release on November 10th 2017, but has been shunted back to November 9th 2018. No reason has been given, but we'd wager it just wouldn't be ready in time.
Benedict Cumberbatch, who showed us just how irredeemably evil he can sound as the voice of Smaug in The Hobbit trilogy, will voice the eponymous green grouch who is bent on making Christmas vanish by stealing every last candy cane. Pete Candeland and Yarrow Cheney will co-direct, with Michael LeSieur adapting the screenplay, Audrey Geisel (the wife of the late Dr Seuss) and Chris Renaud executive producing, and Chris Meledandri, »
Of course we're as excited as anyone else about the arrival of summer! Warmer temps mean more time to enjoy the great outdoors. That is, until the thermometer climbs over 30 with the humidex and the kids start to wilt, droop, and worst of all, whine "It's tooooo hot!" Some summer days are just too humid to send the kids outside, especially at midday when the sun is beating down. What to do when there's a heat advisory in effect? Cineplex has your back. Every month there are classic family-friendly features playing on Saturday mornings at 11am. Admission is only $2.99 and a portion of the proceeds goes towards Free the Children. This Saturday, treat the family to an old favourite (and discover a new favourite) on the big screen! Here's our June lineup: June 4: The Lorax Anyone who grew up with the stories of fabled Dr. Seuss will find lots »
- Jenny Bullough
When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar.
A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy »
It’s been so long since singing competitions took over television, that it isn’t surprising that many have become jaded about their existence. This is undoubtedly part of the reason for American Idol‘s demise, something that only a few years ago seemed all but impossible. While other singing competitions are doing their best to pick up the ratings, and spin things in a slightly different way, the theory itself may have reached a point where it becomes too difficult to watch for too many.
The last two seasons of American Idol featured less and less talent, and more and more praise from judges, who were eager to convince audiences that every next set of singers were the best the show had ever seen simply by repeating the statement.
This all makes you wonder if this is the worst possible time for an animated showcase of a singing competition with cutesy animals… »
- Marc Eastman
Adam Sandler and Happy Madison Productions have signed an overall deal to write, produce and star in a new Untitled Adam Sandler Animated Movie for Stx Entertainment, it was announced today by Adam Fogelson, Chairman of the Stx Entertainment Motion Picture Group. As part of the 12-15 motion pictures the studio will release each year, Stx is focused on creating multi-platform family franchises across film, television and digital. The company is currently developing a major animated motion picture based on the beloved Uglydoll toy brand.
The deal with Adam Sandler and Happy Madison will add another major animated project to Stx's growing portfolio of family targeted IP. Adam Sandler's last two animated blockbusters, Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2, have generated more than $825 million worldwide. Fogelson, who worked closely with Chris Meledandri's Illumination Entertainment on blockbusters including Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, Minions, The Lorax and more, had »
There is a definite trend in the marketing of animated films. First they tend to have a trailer that gives very little away in terms of plot, character, or motivations, and focuses solely on the jokes meant to get kids in the theaters. Earlier this year, with the release of the first Sing trailer, that's exactly what we got. A bunch of one-off jokes and pop culture references. Given the trend, I'm usually not one to judge so harshly early on. It's usually the second trailer that has more weight to it.
This is exactly the case with Sing. With its second trailer, we get into the motivations of the characters, and the struggles they face. While the jokes from the first trailer are mostly here, this particular trailer does a much better job at getting me to care about what's going on, and given that, I certainly hope the film delivers on that front. »
- Joseph Medina
The new take on Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas is currently in production at Illumination Entertainment. Illumination is the firm behind the Despicable Me and Minions movies, and its Grinch film will be animated, with Pete Candleland and Yarrow Cheney directing the movie. The studio previously got a big hit from its not-very-good adaptation of Dr Seuss' The Lorax.
Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas is currently earmarked for release in November 2017, and news has now broken that Benedict Cumberbatch is to lend his voice to the title character. Cumberbatch has done no shortage of voice work to date, of course, and he's currently in the midst of filming Sherlock series 4.
The Grinch will be back to steal Christmas once again and when he does, he'll do so with the dulcet tones of Benedict Cumberbatch. Illumination Entertainment (The Lorax) has had a animated remake of the Dr. Seuss classic in development for several years now and they finally announced who will be supplying the voice of the green curmudgeon at CinemaCon. Bendict Cumberbatch (Doctor... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Benedict Cumberbatch is The Grinch! And this time, he doesn't have to wear those painful contact lenses that almost made Jim Carrey walk off the set of the live-action adaptation back in 2000. Because this reboot of the popular Dr. Seuss story is going to be a fully animated feature film. Chris Meledandri of Illumination Entertainment, the company behind this new take on Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, made the announcement from CinemaCon 2016.
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be directed by Pete Candeland. The movie will arrive in theaters next year just in time for the Holiday season, debuting on November 10, 2017. Some footage was shown off to those in attendance for this massive Las Vegas convention. And it's said to be quite stellar. During the presentation, Chris Meledandri also showed off the first ten minutes of The Secret Life of Pets and the first 20 minutes of animated animal musical Sing. »
The fifth season of the red-hot HBO TV series “The Game of Thrones” topped the national home video sales charts the week ended March 20, with the complete-season set narrowly beating the live-action “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” movie from 20th Century Fox.
“Game of Thrones” and “The Road Chip” debuted at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on both the VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, and VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray sales chart.
The latest “Chipmunks” film, the fourth since 2007’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” was released right before Christmas, just like the others, and earned $85.5 million in U.S. theaters – about $50 million less than its predecessor, “Chipwrecked,” released theatrically in December 2011.
But its home video performance was once again formidable, with the film selling 94% as many units as “Game of Thrones” overall, according to VideoScan research. On Blu-ray the gap was a »
- Thomas K. Arnold
The latest “Rocky” movie topped the national home video sales charts its first week stores, bumping last week’s top seller, Walt Disney Studios’ “The Good Dinosaur,” to the No. 2 spot, also on both charts.
“Creed,” a spinoff of MGM’s “Rocky franchise” in which Sly Stallone reprises his role as the title character (now a trainer, his fighting days long behind him), earned nearly $110 million in U.S. theaters and easily outsold the animated Disney movie, which in its second week of release sold about 66% as many copies as the Warner Bros. boxing movie.
Another new release, Sony Pictures’ “The Night Before,” a Seth Rogen comedy that grossed just over $43 million at the domestic box office, debuted at No. 3 on both the VideoScan overall disc and Blu-ray Disc sales charts for the week ended March 6.
MGM’s “Spectre,” the latest James Bond movie (distributed on home video by 20th Century Fox), slipped to No. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
10 Cloverfield Lane is the latest mystery box thriller from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot and it's looking to top a list of four new wide releases this weekend. Additional new releases include Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy The Brothers Grimsby, the new faith-based feature The Young Messiah and the romantic-comedy The Perfect Match. All four will be competing with some strong holdovers, most notably Disney's Zootopia, which will be holding on to the top spot for a second week in a row, and Deadpool, which could top $10 million in its fifth weekend in release. Zootopia enters its second weekend in release after breaking the The Lorax's March opening weekend record for an animated film. As such, it seems appropriate to use The Lorax's 44.7% second weekend drop as a basis for comparison this weekend. On a daily basis Zootopia has performed well when compared to The Lorax, suggesting the smart money »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Disney's Zootopia managed to dethrone 20th Century Fox's Deadpool at the box office last weekend, by setting a few records of its own. It topped Dr. Seuss' the Lorax for the highest animated movie opening in March, and became the biggest debut ever for Walt Disney Animation Studios. This weekend, it will go up against four wildly different newcomers, Paramount's low-budget thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane, Sony's R-rated comedy The Brothers Grimsby, Focus Features' historical drama The Young Messiah and Lionsgate's The Perfect Match, none of which are expected to best Zootopia, according to the projections at Pro.BoxOffice.com
Zootopia is expected to drop roughly 50% this weekend, taking in a projected $37.5 million, but since animated movies have tendencies to drop less from week to week, it's possible it could debut just north of $40 million. After all, the movie is a huge hit with critics, scoring a 99% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, »
20th Century Fox's Deadpool has become a bigger hit than anyone imagined, passing the $300 million milestone domestically this weekend with $311.1 and $328.8 million internationally for a global box office total of $639.9 million. While it has dominated its competition over the past three weeks, its reign came to an end this weekend, according to the estimates at Box Office Mojo. The superhero adaptation will be going up against three newcomers, Disney's Zootopia, Focus Features London Has Fallen and Paramount's Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. As expected, Zootopia came out on top with a whopping $73.7 million, the biggest opening ever for Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Zootopia's $73.7 million mark bested the $70.2 million debut of Dr. Seuss' the Lorax, for the biggest animated opening weekend in March. London Has Fallen debuted in second place with $21.7 million, followed by Deadpool, slipping to third place with $16.4 million and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot debuting in fourth place with $7.6 million. Gods of Egypt »
Disney's Zootopia scored the largest three-day opening for Walt Disney Animation Studios ever as audiences flocked to see the new animated feature. London Has Fallen and Tina Fey's war comedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot served as the weekend's other new wide releases and both largely scored as expected. Additionally, Deadpool has joined a small group of films, becoming only the third R-rated movie to gross over $300 million at the domestic box office. Zootopia scored an estimated $73.7 million this weekend from 3,827 theaters ($19,258 PTA), which tops the previous March animated opening record set by The Lorax ($70.2m) and makes it the ninth largest animated opening ever. It also gives Disney four of the top three slots on the March chart, a worthy achievement though all three remain a long way from the $152.5 million opening of The Hunger Games back in 2012. In IMAX the film brought in $5.2 million from 366 screens, the second best »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
We may have another record-breaking weekend on our hands as Disney's Zootopia looks as if it will topple 2012's The Lorax to claim the largest March opening weekend for an animated feature. Additional new releases include Gerard Butler's second straight weekend with a new release as he stars in the Olympus Has Fallen sequel, London Has Fallen, and Tina Fey delivers the war comedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. And once the numbers are tallied, this year's top twelve may come close to doubling last year's top twelve total over the same weekend. Getting a head start on its domestic release, Zootopia has already brought in more than $93 million internationally from 31 territories. That said, not only is it opening in the U.S. this week, it's expanding into 14 additional territories including Germany, Russia (where it had $1.3 million in previews last weekend) and China. These international releases obviously upped the film's online footprint worldwide, »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Now this looks a hoot. We rewatched director Garth Jennings' terrific Son Of Rambow just this past weekend, and if you've not had the pleasure, it's very much worth seeking out. But for Jennings' next project - and he previously helmed The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - he's got an animated film for us.
It's from Illumination Entertainment, the outfit behind the Despicable Me and Minions films. And this new venture is called Sing. Jennings also penned the script for this one, about a music competition with talking animals. It's due in cinemas at Christmas, and we've got the first trailer, the poster, and the official synopsis.
As tradition dictates, let's do them in that order...
Here's the trailer...
Here's the poster...
And here's the synopsis. »
The first trailer for the upcoming animated movie Sing, which is produced by the same folks as Despicable Me and Minions, has been released to the internet. The film has quite the cast in Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll, Jennifer Saunders, Peter Serafinowicz, Leslie Jones, Jay Pharoah, Nick Offerman, and Beck Bennett, and arrives in cinemas next January.
Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history. Following the release ofThe Secret Life of Pets in summer 2016, Illumination presents Sing at the holidays. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly star in a musical comedy about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.
Set in »
- Paul Heath
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