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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 of The 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 an animated feature about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above »
- Kellvin Chavez
If you’re not already excited for an animated adventure about a stork’s quest to deliver a baby, perhaps the promise of a new song by Jason Derulo can entice you. Warner Bros. has released the new trailer for Storks, featuring Derulo’s new song “Kiss the Sky.” Will it prove as ubiquitous as Despicable Me 2‘s “Happy” or as frustratingly […]
The post Latest ‘Storks’ Trailer Gets an Assist From Jason Derulo’s New Single appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Pixar’s sequel enjoyed a heady start to the school holiday season, as Spielberg’s Bfg continues to stand tall and indie hits are few and far between
With Finding Dory now the most successful animated movie of all time at the Us box-office ($469m so far), the pressure was on the UK division of Disney – which has always performed well with Pixar movies – to come up with a similar result. And the Finding Nemo sequel has certainly gotten off to a flying start, with debut weekend takings of £8.12m. That’s the second biggest three-day opening for a Disney or Pixar animated film, behind only Toy Story 3, which began in July 2010 with £11.49m, plus previews of £9.69m. In terms of the whole animation sector, including companies such as DreamWorks Animation and Illumination Entertainment, Finding Dory has delivered the seventh-biggest three-day opening, behind Minions, Toy Story 3, Shrek 2, »
- Charles Gant
This week sees yet another big-budget superhero caper hit cinemas in the shape of DC’s Suicide Squad and analysts are predicting it’ll be one of the season’s biggest hits. But can you guess the biggest global money-maker of these summers?
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- Benjamin Lee
This year’s Venice Film Festival (Aug 31 - Sept 10) will pay tribute to Us producer Chris Melendandri for his contribution to the field of animated films.
Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment and Oscar-nominee for Despicable Me 2, will be feted on September 5 at the Sala Giardino with a screening of The Secret Life of Pets ahead of the film’s Italian opening in October.
The tribute will also feature an in conversation event with Meledandri, as well as footage from his next film Sing, which will premiere at Toronto.
Festival director Alberto Barbera commented: “Chris Meledandri has revolutionised our way of understanding and making animated film with his more than excellent achievements, both in terms of quality and box office, thanks to careful and skilfully-targeted investments.
“Under his leadership »
Many believed that the cast list for the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe installment had already been released in its entirety, but Bratt’s involvement, which was revealed when his name was spotted at the bottom of the newest Doctor Strange Comic-Con poster, proves otherwise. Who knows, if this bit of casting news was kept secret until now, maybe other actors will pop up on screen and surprise audience members when the movie hit theaters. Currently, the actor’s character in the film is unknown.
See Also: Watch the new trailer for Marvel’s Doctor Strange
- Justin Cook
With Mads Mikkelsen playing Kaecilius and Chiwetel Ejiofor playing Baron Karl Mordo, all the early fan favorites to play Dormammu have assumed other roles. Unless he's being saved for the sequel, the film needs to cast someone to play the master of the Dark Dimension. Could that be who Benjamin Bratt is playing? Marvel has not made any announcements to alert the public that Bratt is in the film so either his role is minor or he's playing a character that they want to leave a surprise until opening night. Who do you think Bratt (52) could be playing? Recently, he's been doing a lot of voice over work (Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Despicable Me 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2) which is pretty much all the role of Dormammu would require. Of course, this is only speculation (and maybe wishful thinking) so until we hear something official »
For many humans and animals alike, there’s no greater or more alluring bond and connection than the one between a loving owner and their devoted pet. No matter how many other friends they have or adventures they go on during the day when they’re separated, often times the most important part of the humans and their pets’ day is when they’re reunited at home. That powerful relationship between the owners and their animals is endearingly and humorously showcased in Illumination Entertainment’s new animated family film, ‘The Secret Life of Pets.’ The comedy reunited directors Yarrow Cheney and Chris Renaud, who previously helmed ‘Despicable Me 2′ and ‘The Lorax’ together. ‘The [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Illumination Entertainment has been responsible for some of the biggest animated movies of the last couple years. They started with Despicable Me back in 2010, and have since released The Lorax (2012), Despicable Me 2 (2013), and Minions (2015). All of their films have been financially successful, with varying degrees of critical and audience reception, but their new film, The Secret Life of Pets, is the studio’s first attempt at an original property since Despicable Me. A few weeks ago, Pixar was able to tell a funny and fairly emotional story with Finding Dory, and while it might be unfair to compare Illumination to Pixar, The Secret Life of Pets is nowhere near the level of most things Pixar has done.
- Scott Davis
FRIDAY AM UPDATE: Thursday previews are in and both of this weekend's new releases are off to solid starts. Illumination and Universal's The Secret Life of Pets brought in a massive $5.33 million, the third largest Thursday preview session ever for an animated feature behind only Finding Dory ($9.2m) and Minions ($6.2m) and ahead of Illumination's own Despicable Me 2 ($4.7m) which opened with $83.5 million back in 2013. The film is looking at a massive weekend that could push even higher than Mojo's forecasted $85 million. Previews began at 6PM in 3,009 theaters, the film begins playing in a record-breaking 4,369 theaters today, the largest opening ever for an animated feature.Fox's Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates »
- Brad Brevet
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For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life Of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.
Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch.
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ABC's coverage of NBA Finals Game 7 (25.1 million/9.2 rating) pulled in huge ratings last night.
Before that, Jimmy Kimmel Live (11.9 million/4.0 rating) and NBA Countdown (12.7 million/4.6 rating) were solid.
CBS aired encores of BrainDead (3.6 million/0.4 rating), Madam Secretary (2.9 million/0.3 rating) and Elementary (2.6 million/0.4 rating).
Fox went with U.S. Open Golf Championship (7.3 million/1.7 rating), encores of Family Guy (1.3 million/0.5 rating) and Last Man on Earth (1.1 million/0.4 rating).
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- Paul Dailly
“Finding Dory” has opened with a record-breaking $9.2 million on Thursday night.
The Disney/Pixar sequel had the biggest Thursday debut of all time for an animated film, easily topping “Minions” ($6.2 million) and “Despicable Me 2” ($4.7 million) as well as Diseny-Pixar hits “Toy Story 3” ($4 million) and “Inside Out” ($3.7 million). It also more than double the Thursday night launch of Disney’s “The Jungle Book” at $4.2 million.
“Dory,” the sequel to “Finding Nemo,” will easily top $100 million, and may debut with more than $115 million in 4,305 North American theaters this weekend. That would establish a new opening record for a Disney/Pixar release, topping “Toy Story 3’s” $110 million launch in 2010.
“Dory” may even challenge 2007’s “Shrek the Third,” which currently holds the record for the largest North American opening weekend for an animated movie with $121.6 million. »
- Dave McNary
Annecy — Energised by the largest Hollywood presence ever, the 2016 Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival also looks set to the biggest ever, and a bellwether of the forces driving a now near global industry.
Six of the eight upcoming Hollywood studio animation releases for 2016 receive privileged play at Annecy, the Cannes of the animation industry, including one world premiere, a European premiere, a slew of never-seen sequences and a first-time Annecy presence from Warner Animation Group.
DreamWorks Animation look set for its biggest roll-out ever at Annecy: a Guillermo del Toro Masterclass, focusing on his career, then a showrunner reel and about 10 minutes-plus of clips or scenes from “Trollhunters”; a sneak peek of Mike Mitchell’s animated comedy musical “Trolls,” presented by production designer Kendal Cronkhite (“Madagascar” film series), who will preview about 20 minutes of final footage; 15-20 minutes of never-before screened footage from Alec Baldwin comedy “Boss Baby,” unveiled by movie’s director Tom McGrath.
From Blue Sky Studios, longtime producer Lori Forte and co-director Michael Thurmeier team to present the new characters, palette and worlds of Fox’s “Ice Age: Collision Course,” via multiple never-seen sequences.
Directorial duo Ron Clements and John Musker (“Aladdin,” “The Princess and the Frog”) will be in Annecy to show new artwork and work-in-progress sequences from“Moana,” Walt Disney Animation Studio’s big late 2016 bow. Slated for a Nov. 23 U.S. release, the comedy adventure turns on a teen girl who sets out on the Polynesian high seas to prove herself a master way finder.
Co-director Andrew Stanton introduces the European premiere of Pixar’s “Finding Dory” which opened at Los Angeles Theater on June 8, Variety calling it “ravishing.” It has scored a Rotten Tomatoes 93% approval rate, though some reviewers thought it just a notch below “Finding Nemo.
Genndy Tartakovsky will be on hand to talk about his reboot for Cartoon Network of cult TV series “Samourai Jack”
Producer Brad Lewis will introduce the Warner Animation Group and its upcoming “Storks,” set for a Sept 23 release. “This is exciting for us because it’s the first time in quite some time that Warner Bros. has a real presence at Annecy and we plan to make a statement there.” said Chris deFaria, president, animation, digital production, VFX, Warner Bros. Pictures.
In other highlights, Aardman Animations will be presented with the Mifa/Variety Animation Personality of the Year Award. The 2016 Annecy Festival kicks off June 13 with a screening of Michael Dudok de Wit’s “The Red Turtle.”
Total accreditations were running on June 10 at 7,800, including Mifa, and expected to end up 10%-15% above 2015, said Patrick Eveno, at event organiser City of Moving Images (Citia). Registered attendance at Annecy’s Intl. Animated Film market (Mifa) was at 2,460 last Friday, 6% up on the same day in 2015, said Mifa head Mickael Marin. Final Mifa attendee numbers could be near to 2,800. Figures are 120% up on 2004, with Annecy posting significant increases in 2015 and 2016.
Explanations for this hiked influx cut several ways.
At 27 for 2012 but 20 for 2014, according to a report, “Mapping the Animation Industry in Europe,” the number of animated features being released in the U.S in recent years may not have grown. With Sony, then Universal and now Warner Bros. driving into animation in the last 10 years, however, the number of Hollywood studios making them most certainly has.
Animation is a huge global box office driver, and not just when it comes to animated features, another argument runs. Factoring in spectacle films that are 90%-plus SFX, the majority of the top 10 global box office is has an animation base. It makes sense that Hollywood studios beyond Disney-Pixar and DreamWorks would want to get more and more involved in this world.
Also, animation, of what is understood as animation, is broadening its technological and artistic options. One example: Google Spotlight Stories will showcase from June 13 a sneak-peek of Felix Massie’s “Rain and Shine,” the Tribeca-screened “Pearl,” from Patrick Osborne, and Aardman’s “Special Delivery,” from Tim Ruffle, all made-for-smartphones 3D Vr animated shorts, allowing viewers to explore stories unspooling in real time in an immersive 360-degree space. “Pearl” was made in five different formats simultaneously, Jan Pinkava, Google Spotlight Stories creative director, told Variety at Annecy.
April’s CinemaCon, which targets exhibitors, and San Diego’s Comic-Con, held in July, both feature animated movies. But Annecy is unique in focus and size. “Annecy is solely focused on animation of different types. It’s the world’s biggest animation festival, pretty unique in its size,” said Mireille Soria, DreamWorks Animation’s co-president, feature animation.
Also building attendance and attracting big players is Annecy-s track record. Illumination Ent. head Chris Meledandri world premiered “Despicable Me,” “Despicable Me 2” and “Minions” there. “Minions” went on to rank as the second highest-grossing animated feature in history.
Over the last few years, Walt Disney Animation Studios bowed shorts “Feast” and “Paperman” in the small French Alps town. Both went on to win an Oscar. Little wonder it’s back this year with new short film, “Inner Workings,” presented by producer Sean Lurie and its director, Leo Matsuda, a story artist on “Big Hero 6” and “Wreck-It Ralph.”
“You’re really getting a worldwide audience this week, professionals, students, a rapt fanbase. It’s a good place to get good word-of-mouth started,” she added.
“Everybody’s in a good mood. It’s a very good place to work and introduce your company or film,” Marin concurred.
The U.S. presence, including some very-probable award season contenders, has had a knock-on effect.
“There are more and more companies, from more and more countries,” Eveno said.
If production numbers are swelling, it’s in smaller countries in Europe and in world cinema.
“It used to be near impossible to make a high-quality CGI feature for less than $100 million. Now it’s possible to make a beautiful CGI film for a fraction of the cost, at budgets that used to be reserved solely for 2D,” argued Dave Jesteadt at Gkids, the U.S. distributor of eight Oscar-nominated animated features.
For the first time, Canada will host a national pavilion at Annecy. Exhibition space sold has also increased to spill over onto an island on the lake adjoining Mifa’s Imperial Palace location.
“Annecy is now the annual gathering of an industry large enough to need one. “It’s the great meeting place for the animation world, and I literally mean world: The studios, the independents, feature films, experimental films , short films, it’s really representative of what’s going on in the world of animation,” said Arnold adding that the animation community rarely gets together in this kind of way.
In anticipated highlights from outside the U.S., of the deans of European animation, Didier Brunner will present a Work in Progress of “Big Bad Fox and Other Tales,” Benjamin Renner’s TV short series follow-up to “Ernest and Celestine.” Superprod will present classic reboot “White Fang,” Folimage will unveil a 15 short film series turning on France’s Chauvet-Pont d’Arc prehistoric caves, dazzling for their cave art.
Marking another sign of the explosive nature of the sector, 60-plus companies, and not just from the U.S will use Annecy to recruit new animators, Marin said.
Annecy bowed Monday cloudy with forecast of rain. Air and rail strikes may affect French industry access to Annecy, though the town is not much more than a five-hour car ride from Paris. Bused into the festival by its shuttle service from Switzerland’s Geneva, foreign guests should not be affected.
Whatever the weather, animators love Annecy. They’re treated like rock stars. Also, they enjoy its knowledgeable audiences who “have a sense of legacy in animation – the animation that’s come from the past – how what they’re seeing dovetails and differs from what’s come before – how it’s taking animation someplace new,” said “Moana” director John Musker.
He added: “It’s an amazingly discerning audience it’s like “New York, New York” – if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.”
- John Hopewell
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For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.
Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, »
- Tom Stockman
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
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