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Just a few days after signing on to direct a remake of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York, Robert Rodriguez has also decided to direct an animated movie based on the Uglydoll line of children’s toys. That’s according to Variety, which says the movie will be Rodriguez’s first animated project and that it even has a release date already penciled in for May 10, 2019. We don’t have any details about the film other than that, but it will presumably be a weird and stylish kids’ movie like Rodriguez’s Spy Kids series, but with the added benefit of being based on a pre-existing toy (just like Trolls and The Lego Movie).
As for the Uglydoll toys themselves, they’re primarily plush monsters with pointy teeth and big, cartoony eyes. The idea is that they look kind of creepy, which helps teach kids to appreciate ...
- Sam Barsanti
“Netflix, my ass,” Sony Motion Picture chairman Tom Rothman said to the CinemaCon audience after screening a clip from “Blade Runner 2049” Monday night. As mighty oaths go, that disparagement of the streaming giant may not make the history books. However, it could serve as a battle cry for the struggling studio, which came in a distant fifth in studio market share last year.
A studio in transition is never a pretty picture, and Rothman knows his job is on the line. Although he’s attended this convention many times as co-chairman of Fox, Rothman is now tasked with moving this slow-moving studio ocean liner back into profitable waters.
Read More: ‘Blade Runner’ 2049: Sony Comes Out Swinging with New Footage
This has proved tricky, as disappointments such as “Passengers” didn’t deliver the audiences the studio banked on. Nonetheless, Rothman announced that dark sci-fi romance had just passed $300 million »
- Anne Thompson
Rob Leane Mar 28, 2017
Nightwing is getting his own movie as part of the DC extended universe. Here’s our primer...
The DC Extended Universe continues to add more movies to its slate, and one of the most intriguing prospects to join the big pile of in-development movies is Nightwing. An announcement was made recently that an impressive team was working on the project, which sent the internet into pure fan mode, with dream casting lists popping up all over the shop.
Since then, rumours have surfaced that Warner Bros and DC want to get something in front of cameras by the end of this year. Perhaps Nightwing will be put on this fast track, allowing Blüdhaven’s premier protector to swoop onto our screens speedily.
If the name Nightwing flew straight over your head, though, you’ve come to the right place. This is our primer on the character, to »
Last year, John Carney’s movie musical Sing Street introduced viewers to a slew of talented young actors, not the least of which being Ian Kenny. Despite having a fairly small role, the actor managed to bring a healthy dose of vulnerability and heart to his character of Barry, a bully with a hard exterior.
Disney has clearly taken notice of the Dublin-based actor, as Variety reports that Kenny has been cast in the studio’s upcoming Han Solo standalone film. Not unlike most Star Wars-related casting news, details regarding Kenny’s character are being kept under wraps.
The role is clearly a major opportunity for Kenny, who currently has so few acting credits to his name that you can count them on one hand. Han Solo will not only be his first blockbuster but his second acting gig in a feature film period.
As was announced yesterday by Disney CEO Bob Iger, »
- Justin Cook
Hedge fund manager and former Goldman Sachs Cio Steve Mnuchin is now Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Treasury. He’s also got plenty of investments in Hollywood — his company Ratpac-Dune Entertainment has helped fund quite a few movies over the last 13 years. Here are all the films for which Mnuchin has an executive producer credit. “The Lego Movie” (2014) “Winter’s Tale” (2014) “American Sniper” (2014) Also Read: All 18 Movies and Shows Steve Bannon Wrote, Directed or Produced (Photos) “Annabelle” (2014) “Edge of Tomorrow” (2014) “This is Where I Leave You” (2014) “Inherent Vice” (2014) Also Read: Steven Mnuchin Confirmed as Treasury Secretary “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015) “Run All Night” (2015) “Get. »
- Phil Hornshaw
Variety first reported in 2015 Stone was attached to the project. “Little Miss Sunshine” filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris directed from a script by Simon Beaufoy. Danny Boyle is producing under his Decibel Films banner along with Christian Colson and his company Cloud Eight.
Shooting began in April in Los Angeles. The competition between King and Riggs captured the public imagination in 1973, when the No. 2 ranked King — who was 29 — beat Riggs, a 55-year-old former Wimbledon champion.
- Dave McNary
Disney's yearly Star Wars releases are off to a fantastic start with The Force Awakens in 2015 and Rogue One, the first "Star Wars Story," just last Christmas. Though Star Wars: Episode VIII, now known as The Last Jedi, arrives December 15, 2017, the Untitled Han Solo: A Star Wars Story will not be far behind as it is currently slated for May 25, 2018.
The film already has a stellar cast including Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clark, and Woody Harrelson. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directing, hot of the 21 Jump St. franchise and The Lego Movie. The script is written by Lawewnce Kasdan and his son, Jon Kasdan, the former known for writing The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and even The Force Awakens. What sounded like a really risky and "groan-worthy" project when it was announced is therefore shaping up nicely »
- Nick Doll
With 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Gareth Edwards earned himself a place in history as the first filmmaker to deliver a Star Wars movie that exists outside of the main saga of that franchise, and succeeds as essentially a standalone story. This is a double-edged sword, however, as he’s now forever burdened with facing questions about further chapters in the franchise – in particular, new Anthology chapters.
Such a situation recently arose at the Empire Film Awards, where Edwards was questioned about the upcoming Untitled Han Solo Anthology Film, and his thoughts about the directors of that movie, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Here’s what he had to share:
“They’re amazing filmmakers. I’m very excited about what they do. It’ll be a completely different film to what we did. I think they’ve got the hardest task, I think, out of all the films »
- Sarah Myles
As the major studios tinker with photorealistic character designs, can Hollywood find the future of animation in its past?
This weekend, families with hit their local multiplex to relive the wonder of Beauty and the Beast in its new live-action format. And whether the film is a runaway hit or only a modest success, Disney shows no signs of plugging its pipeline of live-action remakes. According to this 2016 Time piece, Disney is currently working on no fewer than twelve (that’s one-two) remakes of their popular animated films, meaning twelve more movies featuring up-and-coming actresses, revamped musical numbers, and CGI creatures that take a deep, deep dive into the uncanny valley.
While this brand new surge of Disney movies are likely to each be a technical wonder, for my money, there’s something oddly pedestrian about converting the beautiful Disney animated character designs into a series of photorealistic CGI models. While »
- Matthew Monagle
Luke Owen praises the news of the Matrix reboot…
Back in 2014 I wrote an article titled Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters is everything wrong with reboots. In it I argued that the idea behind rebooting the classic 1980s comedy was good in principle (it’s an easy enough premise to adapt and update) but the execution was horrible. Rather than take it in a new direction with original ideas, Feig and his team simply made the same movie again but with their brand of humour. They made constant references to the original movie, they boasted cameos from the original cast and even used the same theme song. It was an utterly pointless exercise and a wasted opportunity.
- Luke Owen
If you’re one of the thousands of people who are forced to stay home on Tuesday due to Winter Storm Stella, there is a bright spot amidst all that snow —getting caught up on all the things you’ve been meaning to stream.
If you’re looking for ideas — or just don’t know where to start — we’ve put together a handy guide on the best TV and movies to stream on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and more. And we’ve broken them down by your moods — from wishing you were on a sunny beach somewhere (then-teenaged Lauren Conrad »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
If everything is "awesome" in The Lego Movie universe then over where DreamWorks crafted the Trolls movie starring Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick is where everything is simply "happy." Whereas The Lego Movie and most high profile animated films strike a balance between appeasing mature and adolescent audiences, Trolls tilts the needle toward the young end in obvious and not-so-obvious ways.
Timberlake's song is saved for the final act while new renditions of other songs like Lionel Richie's Hello and Cindi Lauper's True Colors help guide the story forward. You become so accustomed to song remakes that by the time Can't Stop The Feeling! arrives it feels like another remake built into the film. »
Mark Harrison Mar 15, 2017
Batman & Robin has a lot to answer for. Almost 20 years after its release, Joel Schumacher's brightly-coloured art nouveau confection is widely acknowledge as the nadir of the cinematic Bat-canon, even though that canon has very recently incorporated the DC Extended Universe entries, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and the Academy Award-winning* Suicide Squad.
But two decades on, it sometimes feels like the films have wound up going too far the other way. Warner Bros rightly ran in the opposite direction with the Dark Knight trilogy, which began eight years later with Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins. However, they haven't replicated the success of those films by doubling down on »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Logan, Deadpool 2, Alpha Flight, Exiles, Legion, Fantastic Four 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Inhumans, Iron Fist, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Runaways, Suicide Squad, Suicide Squad 2, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, Green Lantern Corps, Wonder Woman, Nightwing, Gotham City Sirens, Supergirl, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Black Lightning, Gotham, Powerless and more…
20th Century Fox unleashed its latest X-Men offering this week as Logan rolled out around the globe, with the film said to be tracking a worldwide opening weekend of between $170 and $200 million. It’s already off to a $32 million opening day in the States (the biggest for an R-rated movie in March), and should it manage to reach $200 million, it would give the Fox »
- Gary Collinson
Last month it was officially confirmed that Sony’s as-yet-untitled animated Spider-Man movie will revolve around the character of Miles Morales as opposed to Peter Parker, and now comes word that Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch has came on board the project as a story contributor.
Phil Lord (The Lego Movie, Han Solo: A Star Wars Story) has penned the script for the movie and will executive produce alongside his frequent collaborator Christopher Miller, while Bob Persichetti (The Little Prince) and Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians) are directing.
Hirsch’s hit show Gravity Falls came to an end last February with the conclusion of the second season.
Look for the animated Spider-Man movie to swing into cinemas on December 21st 2018.
Source: The Wrap »
- Gary Collinson
The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie were huge surprises to me, because I had written both of them off after initially hearing about them. While they are each corporate ploys to make money off of any recognizable IP available, that doesn't mean that the writers and artists behind them haven't worked hard to make good, fun films regardless. And they have! So even though that Lego... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
In case you haven't noticed, animated musicals are a hot thing right now. Ever since Frozen proved audiences were still hankering for a good old fashioned animated musical in a huge way, we've seen an influx of musicals -- from Moana to Sing to Trolls, and in live action with La La Land and even the upcoming adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Now the Lego Movie wants in on some of that musical love. In an interview with Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay, he mentioned that the sequel to The Lego Movie, currently titled The Lego Movie Sequel (in theaters February 8, 2019), is going to lean way more into music than its predecessor. "Lego 2 is going to be this big musical and space action movie," he told the Shanlian on Batman podcast. "They...
- Erik Davis
News has emerged as to the genre of the sequel to The Lego Movie, and it’s a little more out there than most – perhaps rather fittingly.
The Lego Movie was a crazy, erratic affair to be sure; the film certainly spread its wings in terms of artistic creativity. And it seems that its sequel won’t be any different as Chris McKay – animation co-director of The Lego Movie and director of The Lego Batman Movie – spoke about the sequel’s development during an interview on the Shanlian On Batman podcast.
“Lego 2 is going to be this big musical and space action movie. They need a lot of the writing, a lot of development, not only with script development, but development with songwriters. So it was very ambitious to get that movie out.”
Well, that’s certainly a genre mash up to get behind. It certainly sounds interesting and promises »
- Samuel Brace
It is a pretty good time to be a movie based on a line of toys. In recent years, movie studios have somehow been able to find popular toys such as Lego and Transformers and have managed to turn them into successful movie franchises. DreamWorks was able to get in on the action last year with Trolls and the movie did pretty well, so a sequel has officially been announced. Trolls 2 is now set to hit theaters in 2020.
Via the official Trolls Twitter account, it was announced that both Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick are going to be back for Trolls 2, reprising their roles as Branch and Poppy respectively. It isn't clear if Justin Timberlake is going to compose any original music for the sequel, but given the success of "Can't Stop the Feeling," it seems very likely that will be part of the plan. Here is what DreamWorks had to say about it. »
There are some concrete inevitabilities to the universe. What goes up must come down, the sun will rise in the east and any profitable animated film will get a sequel. So, to the surprise of precisely nobody, Universal and DreamWorks Animation have announced Trolls 2, the sequel to 2016’s mildly diverting CG animated Trolls, which brought to life the frizzy haired novelty toys via the voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberland, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden and Gwen Stefani.
Sadly, we’ll have to wait until April 10th, 2020 to see what the trolls have been up to, though you can at least be assured that Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake are back as cheery and optimistic Poppy and the amusingly grumpy Branch, respectively, on board for more of whatever it is that these things get up to. What’s not yet confirmed is the participation of director Mike Mitchell, who »
- David James
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