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The latest production from Blue Sky Studios draws inspiration from The Incredible Shrinking Man, A Bug's Life, Antz, Avatar and others to tell a family-friendly tale of environmental harmony. I need to expand my critical vocabulary, though, because "clever and amusing" were the first adjectives that came to mind after watching Epic, and that's what I tweeted, and that's how I intended to begin this review. And then those words started to sound familiar to me, as though I'd read them before, and I checked our archive and was abashed to realize that I used those exact same adjectives to begin a lengthy article about 2012's Ice Age: Continental Drift and Blue Sky Studios. Indeed, Epic is not only cut from same cloth as the...
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Viva Pictures announced today the acquisition for all U.S. rights to Top Cat: The Movie, based on the popular 1960s prime time cartoon character of the same name. Top Cat: The Movie features the voices of Jason Harris (Ice Age: Continental Drift), Chris Edgerly (Happy Feet), and Bill Lobley (Ice Age: Continental Drift). The company is planning a theatrical roll-out this summer followed by VOD, home entertainment and digital offerings.
“We are honored to be a part of this piece of cartoon history,” commented Victor Elizalde, president of Viva Pictures. “I have extremely fond memories of watching with my brothers the original television show, ‘Top Cat’ and am looking forward to sharing the big screen version with a new generation of U.S. audiences.”
- Philip Sticco
There’s a thing that makes me very sad about Star Trek Into Darkness. Clearly, it’s not the perfect geek storm of an opening gambit that evokes not only the old-school boldly-going adventures of the crew of the starship Enterprise but also -- hilariously -- Raiders of the Lost Ark. Yeah, in a Star Trek movie. Tee-hee! Obviously, it’s not how Zachary Quinto (What's Your Number?, Margin Call) somehow manages to make Spock more plausibly divided in his half-human, half-Vulcan skin than Leonard Nimoy ever did, with the judicious use of under-the-radar snark and a face that gets more expressive the stiller he becomes. Just as obviously, it’s not the sheer joy that Simon Pegg (Ice Age: Continental Drift, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) exudes in every nanosecond that he gets to be Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott. In a Star Trek movie. Somehow, he shares his dork-dream-come-true with all of us. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Film, television and cable operations boosted News Corp.’s third quarter profit to $2.85 billion, up from $937 million for the same period last year.
Earnings per share rose to $1.22 from 38 cents off of $9.54 billion in revenue, a 14% increase from 2012. That beat average analyst expectations of 35 cents per share.
Operating income increased to $1.36 billion, up from $1.31 billion last year, including charges.
Those increases helped offset profit declines in News Corp.’s publishing arm, which sank to $85 million from $130 million last year. Company reported a $25 million charge relating to the spinoff of its publishing division, which execs expect to complete at the end of June. News Corp. also reported a $42 million charge relating to the ongoing U.K. hacking scandal and ensuing investigation.
Cable network programming increased »
- Rachel Abrams
The country is ready for its closeup with a bright new identity, after centuries of sending mixed signals to the world. The name conjured up images of Vlad the Impaler, Dracula and dictator Nicolae Ceausescu (who was executed in 1989) — negative images countered by classical Romanian composers such as George Enescu, mountain greenery, perky gymnasts and hard-nosed tennis players (a recent influx of female players might change that adjective to “graceful”). Over the past decade, the nation has made a push for a greater connection to showbiz, hosting such productions as “Cold Mountain,” “Hatfields & McCoys” and Terry Gilliam’s upcoming “The Zero Theorem.” Bucharest aspires to be the next Prague in attracting runaway productions, but so far lacks top tax incentives. As the economy grows, so does box office, which climbed 28% last year. Moreover, the country is growing a bumper crop of talented filmmakers, who are making an impact on the festival scene, »
- Leo Barraclough
Today’s film is the 2009 short Bargain!. The film is written and directed by Rachel Givney, and stars Andrew Steel, Shannon Dooley, and Rebel Wilson. Following a series of television roles, Wilson first gained the attention of filmgoers in the 2011 feature Bridesmaids, following that up with major supporting roles in movies such as Bachelorette, Ice Age: Continental Drift, and Pitch Perfect. Her newest feature, Pain & Gain, opens in North American theatres this weekend.
- Deepayan Sengupta
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the performer is in final talks to join the cast of the revenge comedy.
The Nick Cassavetes-directed movie follows Diaz as she realises she is 'the other woman'. She then teams up with the wife, portrayed by Mann, to take revenge on the cheating husband (Coster-Waldau).
Upton will play another one of Coster-Waldau's mistresses, while Minaj is lined up to play Diaz's "opinionated assistant", who is on her third marriage.
Minaj previously voiced a character in Ice Age: Continental Drift. »
Movie news - American idol judge Nicki Minaj has landed an acting role in the upcoming movie 'The Other Woman'. The 'Pound the Alarm' rapper is in final negotiations to make her big screen debut alongside Cameron Diaz in the revenge comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Minaj, who previously lent her voice to animated film 'Ice Age: Continental Drift', has been tapped to play the outspoken assistant of Diaz's character, who has been married three times. The Nick Cassavetes-directed comedy centres on a woman (Diaz) who finds out she is the 'other woman' in an affair and teams up with her lover's wife to exact revenge. However, the unlikely duo soon discover that the philandering spouse has been cheating on them with other women as well. 'Game of Thrones' star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has been cast as the cheating husband, and 'This is 40 »
Guess starships are meant to a-a-a-act.
The record-setting songstress will star as the know-it-all assistant of a woman (Cameron Diaz) who discovers her main man friend (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) has a wifey (Leslie Mann) back home and another mistress (Kate Upton) on call as well. The scorned threesome of ladies then team up to scheme up a revenge plot against the man ho. Filming is expected to begin in New York in late spring or early summer.
Minaj, born Onika Tanya Maraj, has been hinting at an interest in thespianism for quite a spell, having »
- Amanda Bell
If Minaj signs on she will join Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Kate Upton in the film about “a woman (Diaz) who finds out that she is ‘the other woman’ in an affair. She teams up with the wife (Mann) to get revenge on the cheating cad of a husband (Coster-Waldau).”
Source: THR »
- Philip Sticco
Cameron Diaz stars as a mistress who realizes that her married boyfriend (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is seeing yet another woman on the side. She teams up with her beau's wife (Leslie Mann) to get revenge. Kate Upton stars as the title character. Nicki Minaj is playing Cameron Diaz's outspoken assistant, who is on her third marriage.
Director Nick Cassavetes is taking some curious risks in casting with his upcoming comedy The Other Woman. Just last week he cast model Kate Upton in the revenge comedy penned by Melissa Stack, and now THR reports outrageous rapper Nicki Minaj is in final talks for a role that would mark her live-action film debut. Notably, Minaj's only previous acting role was a lending her voice to an animated character in 2012's Ice Age: Continental Drift. The Other Woman stars Cameron Diaz as a single lady who plots revenge when she discovers her boyfriend (Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is married. But here's the twist: she doesn't do so alone. She introduces herself to his spurned wife (Leslie Mann), and the two team up to get back at him even better. Upton will play another of this smooth operator's other lovers (the other other woman, if you will), and »
Rapper and “American Idol” judge Nicki Minaj is set to trade music for the movies: she's in final negotiations to star alongside Cameron Diaz in the upcoming revenge comedy “The Other Woman.” Diaz stars as the titular other woman who discovers her boyfriend (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is married. She teams up with his wife (Leslie Mann) to concoct a payback scheme, and the pair bring another mistress (Kate Upton) into the fold along the way. Minaj would play the assistant to Diaz's character at a law firm. The assistant – who's on her third marriage – is described as opinionated and brutally honest, traits Minaj embodies at her “Idol” judging job, which will come in handy for the role. The film will be Minaj's first foray into live action, after she voiced a character in last year's “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” The movie sounds fun and has a promising cast, leading us to »
- Katie Roberts
Here are today’s casting updates: Kevin Macdonald’s (The Last King of Scotland) new feature Black Sea, a hot ticket item coming up for Cannes, has Jude Law set to star. Focus Features has snapped up worldwide rights to the film. Nicki Minaj will jump from her American Idol hosting duties to the big screen, making her live-action debut opposite Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, and Nickolaj Coster-Waldau in the Nick Cassavetes-directed The Other Woman. Julia Stiles (The Bourne Ultimatum), Scott Speedman (Last Resort), and Stephen Rea (V for Vendetta) will star in the supernatural thriller Out of the Dark, from Spanish director Lluis Quilez. Hit the jump for more on each project. Black Sea will definitely have buyers interested during the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, especially with Law attached. Via Deadline, the film tells the story of a submarine captain who enters into a shady deal »
- Bryce Fallon
"The Other Woman" has stacks on deck like it's saving up. On the heels of casting Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton in the revenge comedy, 20th Century Fox has hired Nicki Minaj for the film. According to THR, Minaj will play Diaz's "opinionated assistant." (Is there any other kind?) "The Other Woman" will mark Minaj's big-screen debut as an actress. She previously lent her voice to the Fox animated film "Ice Age: Continental Drift."
"I've been fortunate enough to continue my acting teachings even with my music," Minaj said during press rounds for "Ice Age" last year. "So even when I'm not acting, I'm still kind of utilizing all my acting training in my music. [...] How can my voice, »
- Christopher Rosen
Nicki Minaj is set to make her full big screen debut. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the entertainer has joined the cast of Nick Cassavetes' The Other Woman as an assistant to Cameron Diaz's lead. The film, written by Melissa Stack, is about a woman (Diaz) who realizes she is not her boyfriend's (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) primary lover and plots with the man's wife (Leslie Mann) for revenge. Kate Upton is also attached to star. Although The Other Woman marks Minaj's first time fully appearing on the big screen, she previously provided a voice for last year's Ice Age: Continental Drift . (Photo Credit: Nikki Nelson / WENN.com) »
Fox has unveiled plans to release a Charlie Brown movie.
The studio will debut the 3D animation in 2015.
Fox formally announced plans for a movie starring the iconic Peanuts character during a panel discussion on Thursday (April 18) at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
Upon showing attendees the first picture from the film, Fox Chairman Jim Gianopulos said: "This will forever change the face of animation. Prepare to have your minds blown."
Fox and Blue Sky were granted permission by creator Charles M Schulz's family to produce the Charlie Brown animation.
Watch the Peanuts TV special 'You're The Greatest, Charlie Brown' below: »
Charlie Brown in 3-D? Good grief!
In an unexpected move, it turns out the big-screen "Charlie Brown" adaptation that was announced in October is the latest to join the never-ending slate of 3-D movies on tap. Everyone's favorite yellow and black-clad comic-book character is slated for a 2015 theatrical release.
Twentieth Century Fox announced the news Thursday at CinemaCon. Very few details were revealed about the production, and the announcement came only with a 3-D image of Charlie Brown projected onto the screen at the convention, according to The Wrap. Blue Sky Studios, the Fox animation company responsible for "Horton Hears a Who!" and the "Ice Age" series, will create the movie.
Steve Martino ("Horton," "Ice Age: Continental Drift") has been recruited to direct. It took two years to obtain the rights to the beloved story, as creator Charles Schultz, who died in 2000, has kept a tight lock on his material. »
- Matthew Jacobs
The previously announced big-screen adaptation of Charles Schulz's beloved “Peanuts” comic is already getting a facelift: 20th Century Fox announced that the animated film will be released in 3D. Fox chairman Jim Gianopulos made the announcement at CinemaCon on Thursday, unveiling a 3D image of Charlie Brown's blockhead face. “This will forever change the face of animation,” Gianopulos said. “Prepare to have your minds blown.” That pronouncement is sure to rouse excitement among the iconic comic's diehard fans, who've gone more than three decades without a “Peanuts” feature in theaters. (The last movie outing for the Peanuts gang was 1980's “Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!!)”) Schulz, who died in 2000, was notoriously hesitant to release the film rights to the long-running comic, but his heirs believe that his vision can now be properly carried out. “We have been working on this project for years,” said Craig Schulz, »
- Katie Roberts
One of the rising stars of emerging-market economies, Turkey is a sprawling territory that spans Europe, Asia and the Middle East, nicknamed both the New Tiger and China of Europe. A young and highly wired demographic, an increasing middle-class and a low screen count give the country plenty of room for growth in the theatrical and digital arenas. That said, Turkish pop culture has a strong national component, both in film and TV, characterized by a mix of secular and Muslim influences. Turkish soaps are a booming business, exported to some 76 countries. Another export is “Desperate Women,” a popular local adaptation of “Desperate Housewives.” Growth of the TV ad market is double-digit, and digital marketing is a major phenomenon. Argo recently shot in Istanbul, where the filmmakers used the Turkish capital’s Golden Horn bay, its Sultanahmet Old-City area, the Grand Bazaar, and the magnificently exotic Hagia Sophia mosque. So »
- Nick Vivarelli
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