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I had the opportunity to speak with director Steve Martino about a film that is out in theaters, The Peanuts Movie, the first feature-length outing for Charles Schulz’s iconic characters. In 2008, Martino was one of the duo who directed Blue Sky Studios’ Horton Hears A Who!, a theatrical CGI adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ picture book. And in 2012 he also co-directed Ice Age: Continental Drift.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved "Peanuts" gang make their big-screen debut, like they've never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Charlie Brown, the world's most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron.
Here is what Martino had to say about the film. And below is our exclusive image from the film.
I wanted to »
- Kellvin Chavez
Earlier this month, fans celebrated the 65th Anniversary of Charles M. Schulz' beloved Peanuts comic strip. Between October 1950 and February 2000, 17,897 comic strips were published, with the final strip released just one day after Charles M. Schulz died. Since the creator and his family didn't want anyone else taking over the comic strip, it's been 15 long years since the last strip was published, but now we'll get to see these beloved characters finally take over the big screen in The Peanuts Movie. With just over one week until The Peanuts Movie hits theaters, 20th Century Fox has released a new trailer, which honors the Peanuts legacy
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved "Peanuts" gang make their big-screen debut, like they've never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world's most lovable beagle - and flying ace - embarks upon his »
An embarrassingly empty pastiche of numerous beloved action blockbusters, all frenetic action and soulless mishmashes of fantasy imagery. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There are pastiches of beloved fantasy action blockbusters, and then there’s Pan, which is a pastiche of every beloved fantasy action blockbuster ever, with a few favorite musicals thrown in for variety, perhaps. Previously actually inventive director Joe Wright (Anna Karenina, Hanna) decided, for reasons unknown, that his best bet for telling a Peter Pan origin story was to toss bits of Return of the Jedi, the Indiana Jones trilogy, Oliver!, Pirates of the Caribbean, Moulin Rouge!, Jurassic Park, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Matrix, and many other films you already love into a blender and hit Crush. Shockingly, this does not translate into a movie to love. Poor Garret Hedlund (Unbroken, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Every once in a while, life hands you an unexpected treat. In this particular case that treat is the new family adventure film Pan. You likely did not know you were even missing something in your children’s fairy tale catalog. That is, you probably never stopped to think, even after seeing Peter Pan in full on Disney style so many times, about how Peter became Peter in the first place. This movie answers that unasked question for us.
The film was directed by Joe Wright who is better know for more adult fare like Atonement (2007) and Pride and Prejudice (2005). The screenplay was written by Jason Fuchs who has only one kid’s film under his belt, Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012). How does this pairing of writer and director fare whilst trying to deliver a Peter Pan prequel? Quite well indeed.
Pan is the story of an orphan boy, named »
- Steven Gahm
The as-yet-untitled series will be based on Minaj's pre-superstar life in Queens, New York. The Nineties-set show will explore the Trinidad and Tobago-born artist's "vibrant immigrant family and the personal and musical evolution that lead to her eventual rise to stardom," reports Deadline.
"This is one of the more unique adventures I've ever embarked on," Minaj told Deadline. "I »
20th Century Fox has unveiled a new trailer for its upcoming "The Peanuts Movie," which is a big screen adaptation of the classic Charles Schulz comic strip. Check it out below. Plot: Snoopy, the world's most lovable beagle - and flying ace - embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home. "The Peanuts Movie" is directed by Steve Martino (Ice Age: Continental Drift, Horton Hears a Who) and is set to hit conventional and 3D theaters on November 6th. Trailer: »
If you thought Hollywood couldn’t possibly turn a small-scale mobile game into a feature film, then you’ve underestimated their powers for cash-grabbing. The Angry Birds Movie will arrive next year, courtesy of directors Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly, and today brings the first trailer.
While we’re not quite sure what to make of it, the adaptation features a massive voice cast, including Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Hale, Ike Barinholtz, Hannibal Buress, Jillian Bell, Danielle Brooks, Romeo Santos, and Smosh.
We also have a new trailer for an update on Charles Schulz‘s classic comic Peanuts. Directed by Steve Martino (Ice Age: Continental Drift), and produced by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), the story will follow Snoopy as he imagines what’s going on in his owner’s life, including boarding his doghouse-turned-Sopwith Camel plane and »
- Jordan Raup
Add as much pop music as possible! Kids love that!
The second trailer the upcoming revival, The Peanuts Movie, was released on Tuesday and pumped the classic Charles Schwartz characters with a dose of popular music and gags. Ghostbusters director Paul Feig serves as a producer with Ice Age: Continental Drift director Steve Martino helming the picture.
The official synopsis is as follows:
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the Ice Age films, The Peanuts Movie »
- Zach Dennis
Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox have debuted a new trailer for The Peanuts Movie. Watch the trailer below and get ready to "Dream Big" with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved "Peanuts" gang as they make their big-screen debut, in state of the art 3D animation! Charlie Brown kicks things off by wishing on his very own star. A star that will always be there for him. Like a comforting voice saying, 'Don't give up, kid!' Of course that star quickly falls from the sky.
Charlie Brown & Snoopy are back together like they've never been seen before, in one of this year's grandest animated adventures.  Charlie Brown, the world's most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron.  From the imagination of »
"Okay Snoopy - let's do this!" 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Animation have debuted the newest official trailer for The Peanuts Movie, one final push before this movie hits theaters in just over two months. The Peanuts Movie brings all your favorite Charles Schulz characters to the big screen: Charlie Brown, Sally, Peppermint Patty, Schroeder, Woodstock, Linus, Lucy, Pig-Pen and Patty. I love the animation style on this, it looks like a sleek mix of classic old school cartoons and new school computer animation, and it fits this story so well. Plus, this looks like so much fun. You won't stop smiling during this! Take one last look below. Here's the final official trailer for Blue Sky Animation's The Peanuts Movie, direct from Fox's YouTube: Peanuts is directed bey Steve Martino (Ice Age: Continental Drift, Horton Hears a Who!) and written by Craig & Bryan Schulz (sons of comic creator »
- Alex Billington
The dreaded Blackbeard is the villain of “Pan,” but the real piracy comes from director Joe Wright (“Anna Karenina”) and screenwriter Jason Fuchs (“Ice Age: Continental Drift“) who plunder ideas and visuals from better filmmakers, including Terry Gilliam (the frigates reach Neverland by traveling through the void of space), Baz Luhrmann (characters en masse sing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” in an otherwise non-musical film set in the 1940s) and George Lucas (one of Han Solo’s best moments is so flagrantly plagiarized here that Disney should sue). Imitation, however, is the least of this movie’s problems. »
- Alonso Duralde
“Pitch Perfect 2 is a sweet, funny bit of fluff that never hits a sour note!” said Jim Batts in his review for one of the best movies of 2015.
The high-spirited sequel to the movie that sparked a worldwide phenomenon is coming to Digital HD on September 1st and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand September 22 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Pitch Perfect 2 is packed with more original musical arrangements, memorable one-liners and offbeat romance as the original’s most beloved characters fight to regain their former glory on a worldwide stage facing off against the toughest competition on the planet. Hysterical behind-the-scenes bonus features, never-before-seen deleted footage, all-new musical performances and a hilarious gag reel make Pitch Perfect 2 a must own on Blu-ray™ and DVD. »
- Movie Geeks
A behind-the-scenes look at The Peanuts Movie reveals what Charlie Brown and Snoopy mean to an entire generation of kids.
20th Century Fox's inside look at the animated movie includes testimonial from the film's international crew - spanning from Germany to South Korea - about how beloved Charles Schulz''s creations are.
The Peanuts Movie is aiming to introduce Charlie Brown and Snoopy to a whole new generation of children.
The Peanuts Movie opens on November 6 in the Us and December 21 in the UK. »
Ice Age 5 is now called Ice Age: Collision Course. Expect it next summer...
One of the biggest animated movie franchises on the planet is Blue Sky Studios' Ice Age series of films. Whilst the movies tend to settle at around $160-195m of box office takings in the Us, outside of America, for some time now Ice Age films have brought in sizeable sums for 20th Century Fox.
It came as a surprise to nobody then that Fox greenlit Ice Age 5, and now we know what it's going to be called. The movie will go by the name of Ice Age: Collision Course, and the studio has also moved the planned release date forward by a week. »
Raise your hand if you're excited for Ice Age 5. Well, we've got some good news for you! The 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios sequel has been given an official title and a new release date. Now known as  Ice Age: Collision Course, this animated adventure will be moving from July 15, 2016 to July 22. This will ensure it's safe passage through the movie theaters of America!
What had 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios scared enough to move it's big tentpole animated release by a week? Ghosts, which they are definitely afraid of. On July 15, Sony will finally be releasing it's Ghostbusters reboot. The title is certainly appealing to children and adults alike. Though director Paul Feig, who has made some of the top grossing R rated comedies of this past decade, has made it clear that this will be a lot more scary than the original 1984 Ghostbusters. »
To celebrate the occasion, Meghan’s fans can check out her social sites for a Peanuts-inspired image of the pop star in true-to-style round headed glory.
According to Lucy van Pelt, the song, “Better When I’m Dancin’,” promises to knock your block off. Music enthusiasts Snoopy and Woodstock could not be reached for comment, but did release this statement, “’/’’!’”/’/’!/’!’” The Peanuts own virtuoso Schroeder added, “Please don’t touch my piano.”
Meghan Trainor commented: “I was thrilled to be offered the chance to see an early version of The Peanuts Movie – and to then be inspired to write a song that captured the film’s spirit, energy and sense of joy. It was a pleasure to work with director Steve Martino to make sure the song did right by the incredible characters that the »
- Michelle McCue
You Can Pre-order Pitch Perfect 2 Via Amazon Here
The sequel sees the return of the Barden Bellas who have to compete in the A Cappella World Championships after scandals threaten to disband their legacy. The film, which was released in May, has made over $280 million worldwide including its huge $69 million opening weekend.
See Also: Read out review of Pitch Perfect 2
Pitch Perfect 2 is packed with more original musical arrangements, memorable one-liners and offbeat romance as the original’s most beloved characters fight to regain their former glory on a worldwide stage facing off against the toughest competition on the planet. Hysterical behind-the-scenes bonus features, never-before-seen deleted footage, all-new musical performances and a hilarious gag reel make »
- Scott J. Davis
The fabulous Bellas of Barden University are back to compete in the World Championships of A Cappella after a scandal threatens their legacy in Pitch Perfect 2. The high-spirited sequel to the movie that sparked a worldwide phenomenon is coming to Digital HD on September 1st and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand September 22 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Pitch Perfect 2 is packed with more original musical arrangements, memorable one-liners and offbeat romance as the original's most beloved characters fight to regain their former glory on a worldwide stage facing off against the toughest competition on the planet. Hysterical behind-the-scenes bonus features, never-before-seen deleted footage, all-new musical performances and a hilarious gag reel make Pitch Perfect 2 a must own on Blu-ray and DVD.
While Comic-Con audiences were last weekend treated to a visually lush trailer for Pan and a clip showcasing Hugh Jackman’s hammy performance as Blackbeard in the Joe Wright-directed blockbuster, neither preview has surfaced online yet. Today, though, Warner Bros. has unveiled an extended look at the October pic, heavy on both fantasy and exposition.
This time around, Levi Miller portrays the titular Boy Who Never Grew Up, whose miserable life in a London orphanage is upended when he (and others) are captured and enslaved by the villainous pirate Blackbeard (Jackman), who spirits them away to Neverland in the belly of a flying pirate ship. There, Peter begins to realize that he may hold the key to breaking Blackbeard’s hold over the fantastical island.
The trailer promises visual splendor and imaginative action in equal measure, and given the huge budget Wright had to play with, there’s reason »
- Isaac Feldberg
Minions, the 3-D prequel to Universal's Despicable Me franchise, opened to $6.2M last night in a reported 2,985 venues for a per-theater take of $2,077. The CG animated flick from Illumination Entertainment marches into 4,301 venues today, the most North American venues in Universal's history. Thus Minions looks on track to replicate the domestic success of its predecessor Despicable Me 2, which opened to $83.5M in 3,997 theaters on the Fourth of July weekend in 2013. Actually, if this third installment can keep Despicable Me 2's same per theater take of $20,895, Minions will leave the weekend closer to the $90M mark, if not higher. It's particularly feasible considering Inside Out opened to $3.7M on its Thursday preview showings putting it on the path to a smashing $91M weekend.Also opening, but not a competitive threat to the little, yellow, pill-shaped creatures, is Focus Features' Self/Less, which is opening in 2,353 venues. The film »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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