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Bronies rejoice! Hasbro has announced today that the award-winning My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and the spinoff series My Little Pony: Equestria Girls have both been renewed for 2017. Season seven of Friendship is Magic will get underway in Spring 2017 as the ‘Mane 6’ experience their most exciting adventures yet, while Equestria Girls will return for three 22-minute specials.
My Little Pony fans also have My Little Pony: The Movie to look forward to next year, with the film set to hit on October 6th, with a voice cast that includes Emily Blunt (Into the Woods, Gnomeo & Juliet), Kristen Chenoweth (Rio 2, The Peanuts Movie), Taye Diggs (Murder in the First, Best Man Holiday), Michael Pena (Ant-Man, The Martian), Liev Schrieber (Ray Donovan, Spotlight) and pop super star Sia.
“2017 will be the biggest year in the history of the My Little Pony franchise, including new and exciting stories that will air across television, »
- Gary Collinson
In 2014, actor Jamie Foxx appeared in five separate films: “Rio 2,” “”The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” “Horrible Bosses 2,” and “Annie.” Fox has not appeared in a film since but has instead released his fifth R&B album “Hollywood: A Story of Dozen Roses,” and provided the voice of Jackie Robinson in the Ken Burns’ documentary on the baseball legend released earlier this year. But soon, Foxx will return to the big screen in “Sleepless,” an action thriller about a police detective forced to recover his son after he’s been violently kidnapped. Watch a trailer for the film below, courtesy of AMC Theatres.
A remake of the French film “Nuit Blanche,” “Sleepless” follows the exploits of Vincent Downs (Foxx), an undercover »
- Vikram Murthi
If you happened to be tuned into the Olympics last night, you saw a new extended TV spot for the Dwayne Johnson-led Moana, and now Disney Animation has released it online. Their newest venture after the colossal success of Zootopia follows the titular Moana (Auli’i Cravalho), who sails with her hero and companion, the demi-god Maui (Johnson) to a legendary island using her navigational skills. Dwayne looks to play the sweet, goofy, shape-shifting Maui well, hitting a nice counter-note to the brave, venturous Moana to make the perfect pairing.
It promises to be a touching, rousing adventure that should continue Disney Animation’s winning streak, especially in the hands of long-time Disney writer-directors Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin). See the extended TV spot below, along with character photos, for the film that also stars Alan Tudyk, Jermaine Clement, and Nicole Scherzinger.
- Mike Mazzanti
We already know the Demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson) who is half god, half mortal, all awesome! Although, we haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting the rest of the characters in the gorgeous story of Disney's Moana! Let's find out more about them!
Jemaine Clement (“The Bfg,” “Despicable Me,” “Rio,” “Rio 2,” “What We Do in the Shadows,” Flight of the Conchords) provides the voice of Tamatoa, a self-absorbed, 50-foot crab who lives in Lalotai, the realm of monsters. The conceited crustacean wants to be more than a “bottom feeder” and overcompensates for this perceived shortcoming by covering himself in all things shiny.
- email@example.com (Matt Malliaros)
Dwayne Johnson and Auli’i Cravalho may anchor Disney’s upcoming coming-of-age tale as the mismatched leads – one, a wide-eyed explorer; the other, a flamboyant demi-god – but Moana‘s voice cast is packed to the rafters with eye-catching talent.
In the aftermath of Sdcc, the House of Mouse confirmed that Ron Clements and John Musker’s maritime adventure will also feature Jemaine Clement – hot off his turn in The Bfg – Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, singer-songwriter Nicole Scherzinger and the loveable Alan Tudyk, who holds a role in Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Below, you’ll find a comprehensive overview of those new additions and, more importantly, the characters they’re set to play in Moana, which includes everything from a dim-witted rooster to a 50-foot crab that enjoys nothing more than his own company.
- Michael Briers
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Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana, which opens in theaters nationwide on Nov. 23, 2016, features a dynamic roster of characters brought to life by a talented group of actors. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, who were behind “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin,” “Moana” showcases the life-changing journey of a tenacious 16-year-old who teams up with the mighty demigod Maui to fulfill an ancient quest.
The newly revealed characters and voice talent join the already announced duo that includes newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho, who lends her voice to the title character, Moana, a teenager who dreams of becoming a master wayfinder, and Dwayne Johnson (HBO’s “Ballers,” “Central Intelligence”), who voices Maui—half god, half mortal, all awesome.
“Our assembled voice cast for this film is beyond our wildest dreams,” said Musker. “We are so fortunate to have this group of talented actors, many from Oceania, breathing life into their characters. »
- Michelle McCue
We’ve just received the following press release which has announced the addition of Nicole Scherzinger, Jemaine Clement, Alan Tudyk, Temuera Morrison and Rachel House to he cast of Disney’s next big animated film, Moana, which will hit cinemas in December. They join the already cast Dwayne Johnson and Auli‘i Cravalho who will play the title character in the new movie from legendary Disney directors Ron Clements and John Musker.
The can find out who will be playing who in the following press release from the studio.
Burbank, Calif. (July 25, 2016) – Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana,” which opens in cinemas on 2 December, 2016, features a dynamic roster of characters brought to life by a talented group of actors. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, who were behind “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin,” “Moana” showcases the life-changing journey of a tenacious 16-year-old who teams up with the mighty demigod Maui to fulfill an ancient quest. »
- Paul Heath
Comic-Con is in full-swing right now, with San Diego being flooded by excited fans and members of the entertainment industry eager to get their latest big breaking news out. Today, Lionsgate is beyond estatic to let everyone know that pop sensation Sia is set to swing into Equestria for My Little Pony: The Movie. This long-awaited animated adventure also got a new release date, and will be in theaters around the world on October 6, 2017.
Playing the role of pony pop star Songbird Serenade, My Little Pony: The Movie, will be one of Sia's first forays into acting. She will contribute two brand new original songs to the film's soundtrack. Sia joins previously announced A-list talent alongside the Mane 6, including Emmy Award-winning, Golden Globe-nominated actress Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), Golden Globe-winning actress Emily Blunt (Into the Woods, Gnomeo & Juliet), Tony,  Emmy Award-winning actress Kristen Chenoweth (Rio 2, The Peanuts Movie »
The Ice Age flicks are the cinematic equivalent of drive-through nuggets of reconstituted chicken slurry served by a bored teenager in a cardboard hat. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): really hate this series
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Manny the Mammoth is back! In this Very Special Episode of Ice Age, Manny gets exasperated by the fact that his wife, Ellie, and daughter, Peaches, are independent creatures with minds of their own: “Women! I don’t get ’em!” he exclaims [insert laugh-track clip of a 1967 studio audience roaring]. Watch what happens when Manny forgets his wedding anniversary — he’s gonna be in trouble with the missus! [studio audience groans dramatically] And then there’s Peaches’ upcoming wedding to loveable doofus Julian. [studio audience: “awwwww!”] Is it the end of Manny’s world now that his little girl is officially all grown up? It just might be… what with that massive asteroid heading straight for planet Earth! »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Bfg (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the Bfg prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the Bfg is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The Bfg brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, »
- Movie Geeks
Hasbro, Inc. and Lionsgate are welcoming Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan and Spotlight) and Taye Diggs (Murder in the First and Best Man Holiday) to the official cast of My Little Pony: The Movie. The two are the latest additions to theA-List ensemble cast of the film, which is slated for theatrical release on October 6, 2017
Schreiber and Diggs will both voice characters that are brand new to the franchise, joining the established “Mane 6” from the award-winning My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic TV series on their first journey to the big screen. They will be joined by previously announcedGolden Globe®-winning actress Emily Blunt (Into the Woods, Gnomeo & Juliet), Tony® and Emmy Award®-winning actress Kristen Chenoweth (Rio 2, The Peanuts Movie), Emmy Award®-winning and Golden Globe®-nominated actress Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) and Michael Pena (Ant-Man, The Martian).
Fan-favorite writer and producer for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic »
- Kellvin Chavez
Developed by Ryan Crego (Sanjay and Craig, Shrek Forever After) and Thurop Van Orman (The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack), and executive produced by Ryan Crego, DreamWorks Animation’s Home: Adventures With Tip & Oh, an all-new Netflix Original Series, answers the question: What happens after a misfit alien conquers Earth, befriends an adventurous teen girl named Tip and together they save the day? Picking up where the hit 2015 animated film left off and building upon their enduring friendship, this animated buddy comedy follows fearless Tip and overenthusiastic alien Oh, as they navigate the combined human and alien culture they live in, finding adventure everywhere they go. The series will also include original music from pop singer Rachel Crow (Rio 2, X Factor) who voices Tip and a voice cast led by Mark Whitten (Rolling High) as the voice of Oh, along with Ana Ortiz (Devious Maids, Ugly Betty), Ron...
- Jerry Beck
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I really liked Man of Steel, Zack Snyder’s 2013 reboot of Superman: I liked how it gave him soul and tragedy and inner conflict like we had never quite seen before in the character. (At least onscreen. I cannot claim to have in-depth knowledge of the character’s long and varied history in print.) The son of Krypton we saw there didn’t enjoy the powers he possessed, and he hesitated to wield them. If it seemed as if he went overboard in the end, finally acquiescing to use his strength and abilities to fight Zod — laying waste to much of Metropolis in »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Classic cartoon lovers rejoice! That fantastic feline superstar returns to UK movie screens in just a few weeks. As the Hoyt Curtin TV theme proclaims, “…but above everything, he’s the most tip top…Top Cat!”. Tc, as close friends call him, did indeed debut on American TV screens on the then fledgling ABC network in September of 1961 (talk about your nine lives!). This show, along with “The Jetsons” and “Jonny Quest” was an attempt by animation studio Hanna-Barbera to replicate the prime time success of that “modern stone-age family “The Flintstones” just a year or so before. Unfortunately Tc was not the rating smash that Fred and company were, so only one season (30 half hour episodes) were produced. But the kitty con-artist and his pals endured as a Saturday morning staple,then a syndicated smash. As beloved as the show was in its native Us, “Top Cat” was an even bigger hit overseas, »
- Jim Batts
A tip of the hat to the original 60s cartoon in more ways than one, Jason Harris (Rio 2) lends his vocal chords to the titular feline, headlining a crew of alley cats comprised of Fancy-Fancy, Spook, Choo-Choo, along with Brain and Benny. It is, at its core, an origins story to Hanna-Barbera’s beloved trickster, shedding light on how Harris’ Top Cat crossed paths with Benny before forming their famous gang of felines.
First released in Mexico late last year, Top Cat Begins is also a prequel to 2011 animated flick Top Cat: The Movie, though early reviews for Couturier’s cheeky feature weren’t too kind.
Top Cat Begins slinks into theaters in the UK come May 27, and we’ll keep you updated as »
- Michael Briers
What's better than watching Pitch Perfect 2 in theaters? Watching it at home with all your buddies! The musical comedy is just one of the many movies coming to HBO Now and HBO Go this March. Vacation, Spy, and Ouija are all going to be available in the upcoming month, along with a bunch of other notable films like Friday Night Lights and The Birdcage. Unfortunately, some of the old titles have to be cleared out to make room for the new ones, so several films are also leaving for good. Check out the list below! Theatrical premieres: March 1: Ouija March 1: The Gallows March 1: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl March 5: Spy March 12: Max March 19: Pitch Perfect 2 March 26: Vacation Original programming highlights: March 12: Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill March 14: Ebola: The Doctors' Story March 14: Orphans of »
- Maggie Pehanick
Exclusive: UK deal for animation sold by Kaleidoscope.
Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (Kfd) has struck a deal with Warner Bros. Pictures for all UK rights to completed animation Top Cat Begins.
The deal was brokered by Anthony Buckner at Kfd for a summer 2016 release.
“The UK is a key territory for Top Cat Begins and we are extremely excited to be working with a company with the pedigree of Warner Bros,” said Buckner.
Top Cat: The Movie took $4.5m at the UK box office in 2011. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
It's Super Bowl weekend and some segments of the box office are likely to take a bigger hit than others. Last weekend's #1 film, Kung Fu Panda 3, won't be affected as much thanks to it being a family film, but adult-targeted features will be more susceptible. One such film is the new movie from the Coen brothers, Hail, Caesar!, which is hitting theaters alongside the period horror Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and The Choice, which looks to become the lowest grossing opener for a film based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. Overall, the top twelve is looking to finish around $100 million, down $36 million from the same weekend last year, though about $16 million ahead of 2015's Super Bowl weekend. Kung Fu Panda 3 will finish #1 for the second weekend in a row, dropping around 40-44%, bringing in around $23-25 million. Last year, after its $52.1 million opening, Home dropped 48.2% and »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
The satirical songwriter will provide the voice of the titular character Milo Murphy, the optimistic distant grandson of the famed Murphy’s Law namesake. In addition to voicing the main character, Yankovic will sing the show’s opening theme song and perform other songs throughout the duration of the series.
Also joining the voice cast are Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”), Vanessa Williams (“Desperate Housewives”), Sarah Chalke (“Scrubs”), Jemaine Clement (“Rio,” “Rio 2”) and “Phineas and Ferb” alums Vincent Martella, Diedrich Bader, Pamela Adlon and Dee Bradley Baker.
“Milo Murphy’s Law” will follow the adventures of Milo and his best friends Melissa and Zack as they attempt to embrace life’s catastrophes with positive attitudes and enthusiasm. Melissa and Zack will be voiced »
- Alyssa Sage
In the age of CG animation, Laika is creating what few studios dare to create in today's climate: stop-motion feature films. You may not recognize the name of the studio, but you've likely at least heard of some of the movies they've made, such Coraline, Paranorman, and Boxtrolls. Indeed to the average viewer, stop-motion films are a lot less polished and accessible than your standard CG fare, and that mindset shows in the box office returns of these films, which barely break $100 million, on a $60 million budget. For a comparison, a film like, say Rio 2, made over $500 million worldwide.
All the same there is no denying the beauty of these films, and there is something deeply personal about how tangible these stop-motion features feel. It seems like a dying art form, and yet without fail, we've been getting a consistent helping of these movies every couple years.
The next »
- Joseph Medina
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