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It’s been over five years since audiences first fell in love with scene-stealer Amandla Stenberg in “The Hunger Games,” but the actress is officially ready for her own starring role. That’s because Stenberg’s new film “Everything, Everything” just released this weekend.
The film — based on the 2015 novel by Nicola Yoon — stars Stenberg as Maddy, a young woman who has been diagnosed with the genetic disorder Scid and is forced to spend her life indoors in a sterilized and controlled environment. But after falling in love with the neighbor boy (Nick Robinson, “Melissa & Joey), Maddy begins to question the veracity of her disease, only to discover her mother (Anika Noni Rose) may have some secrets of her own.
In her time since the first “Hunger Games,” Stenberg lent her voice to “Rio 2” and also »
- Variety Staff
Brazilian Carlos Saldanha has become one of the most successful tellers of animated stories of all time, with credits including “Ice Age: The Meltdown,” “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” “Rio” and “Rio 2,” while he co-directed “Ice Age” and “Robots.” He’s Blue Sky Animation Studio’s secret weapon, having unleashed a string of worldwide blockbusters that have grossed more than $3 billion.
Variety’s Creative Impact in Animation honoree’s got Oscar cred with a nom for 2003’s animated short “Gone Nutty,” and an exclusive deal at Fox, where his BottleCap Prods. calls home.
Growing up in Rio de Janeiro afforded Saldanha with a unique perspective of the world, and in particular, how it would come to shape his animation and filmmaking instincts and aesthetic. “I was always a film buff,” Saldanha recalls. “Movies were always very special to me, but I never knew how to accomplish my goals. »
- Nick Clement
Friday a.m. update: Last night, Paramount's Ghost in the Shell brought in $1.8 million from Thursday night previews in 2,229 locations starting at 7 p.m. This isn't an uncommon result and actually matches one of our comparisons from our weekend preview below as Edge of Tomorrow also brought in $1.8 million and went on to open with $28.7 million in June of 2014. A closer comparison is also from Paramount as 10 Cloverfield Lane also brought in $1.8m in Thursday previews before opening with $24.7 million last March. Other comparisons used in our weekend preview are listed below: Lucy - $2.74m Thursday / $43.9m Opening Weekend Now You See Me - $1.5m Thursday / $29.3m Opening Weekend The Maze Runner - $1.1m Thursday / $32.5m Opening Weekend Fox and Dreamworks' The Boss Baby wasn't too far behind, grossing a strong $1.5 million from ~2,700 theaters on Thursday evening with screenings beginning at 5Pm. As always with animated titles, it isn't easy to draw »
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Don Kaye Mar 31, 2017
From Blue Sky Studios comes the animated feature, Ferdinand. Here's the first trailer...
Ferdinand is the latest film from 20th Century Fox’s animation company, Blue Sky Studios, which has been behind hit franchises like Ice Age and Rio as well as acclaimed standalone films like The Peanuts Movie. Based on Munro Leaf’s children’s book The Story Of Ferdinand, the movie tells the story of a giant but gentle bull who is mistaken for a dangerous animal and taken from his home, but rallies to return to his family with the help of a team of misfits.
After bouncing around several release dates, Ferdinand has finally settled on December 15 - against Star Wars: The Last Jedi - and has released a first trailer. The film stars John Cena as the voice of Ferdinand, while the impressive supporting cast includes Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, »
Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox have debuted the first trailer for Ferdinand, directed by Carlos Saldanha (Rio) and starring the voice of John Cena! This animated adventure is based on the classic 1936 children's tale The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, with illustrations by Robert Lawson. The studio has also released the full poster, along with new photos that showcase the voice cast members alongside their animated characters.
Ferdinand tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. Ferdinand, a little bull, prefers sitting quietly under a cork tree just smelling the flowers versus jumping around, snorting, and butting heads with other bulls. As Ferdinand grows big and strong, his temperament remains mellow, but one day five men come to choose the "biggest, fastest, roughest bull" for the bullfights in Madrid and Ferdinand is mistakenly chosen. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. »
Fans of Deadpool have had reason to be very encouraged about the future of the franchise recently. The very first teaser for Deadpool 2 debuted alongside Logan in theaters, which Fox quickly released online, and the reaction has been insanely positive. This Deadpool 2 sneak peek, which is essentially a short film containing no actual footage from the sequel, hints at the arrival of Cable. But there was no mention of Domino, who we know will be in the movie as well. Despite the character's lack of presence over the weekend, we now hear that Janelle Monae is the frontrunner for the role.
On a recent episode of The Hashtag Show, it was reported that Moonlight and Hidden Figures star Janelle Monae is wanted as Domino. It was previously reported that Scandal star Kerry Washington was in the running, and it isn't clear if things didn't work out with her »
Disney’s Moana hit Digital HD this week and we have some special bonus clips to share with you.
Helmed by Clements and Musker, the directing team behind The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and The Princess and the Frog, and co-directed by Chris Williams & Don Hall (Oscar®-winning Big Hero 6 -Best Animated Feature Film in 2015), Moana” is produced by Osnat Shurer (Lifted, One Man Band), and executive produced by John Lasseter. Jared Bush (Zootopia) wrote the screenplay. Moana features original songs from a diverse and dynamic team that includes Tony®-, Emmy®- and Grammy®-winning lyricist/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and multiple Tony-winning Hamilton, Tony-winning In the Heights), Mark Mancina (Speed, Tarzan The Lion King) and Opetaia Foaʻi (founder and lead singer of the award-winning world music band Te Vaka). Mancina composed the original score.
Writing “We Know the Way”
Moana stars Auli‘i »
- ComicMix Staff
Janelle Monáe is shooting for the stars.
After carving out her own unique corner of the pop world, the six-time Grammy nominee has ascended to Hollywood stardom with memorable performances in two of the year’s hottest films, Moonlight and Hidden Figures.
“I allow the universe to rearrange and reinvent me,” she said in American Way magazine’s February issue. “I have had a gathering phase.”
- Mike Miller
John Cho and Leslie Mann will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Wilshire. Together, they will present 18 awards to 34 individuals and five organizations.
“We’re so excited to have John and Leslie join us as hosts for this year’s Scientific and Technical Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “It’s one of our favorite and most talked about events each Oscar season, and John and Leslie’s humor and refreshing take on the honorees will be a perfect addition to a night where we celebrate our colleagues’ groundbreaking scientific and technical achievements.”
Mann recently starred in “How to Be Single” and can currently be seen in Taylor Hackford’s “The Comedian” alongside Robert De Niro. Her other credits include “The Other Woman,” “This Is 40,” and “Knocked Up,” as well as the animated features “Rio 2” and the Oscar-nominated “ParaNorman. »
- Dani Levy
Christina Ricci and Miguel Ferrer are the two latest additions to the upcoming Teen Titans: The Judas Contract direct-to-video feature from WB Animation (per THR). They'll join Sean Maher (Nightwing), Kari Wahlgren (Starfire), Jake T. Austin (Blue Beetle), Taissa Farmiga (Raven), Brandon Soo Hoo (Beast Boy) and Stuart Allan (Damian Wayne) who are all reprising roles from previous Dcau releases. WB Animation veteran director (and Dceu storyboard artist) Jay Oliva directs from a script penned by comic scribe J.M. DeMatteis and Green Lantern: Tas writer, Ernie Altbacker. As seen in the images below and above, we have our first look at Terra and Deathstroke, the two characters Ricci and Ferrer are likely playing. Update: It is with sad hearts that we report that Judas Contract will be one of Miguel Ferrer's final roles, as the 61-year-old actor passed away moments ago. He was best known for roles in the original RoboCop film, »
Christina Ricci and Miguel Ferrer are the two latest additions to the upcoming Teen Titans: The Judas Contract direct-to-video feature from WB Animation (per THR). They'll join Sean Maher (Nightwing), Kari Wahlgren (Starfire), Jake T. Austin (Blue Beetle), Taissa Farmiga (Raven), Brandon Soo Hoo (Beast Boy) and Stuart Allan (Damian Wayne) who are all reprising roles from previous Dcau releases. WB Animation veteran director (and Dceu storyboard artist) Jay Oliva directs from a script penned by comic scribe J.M. DeMatteis and Green Lantern: Tas writer, Ernie Altbacker. As seen in the images below and above, we have our first look at Terra and Deathstroke, the two characters Ricci and Ferrer are likely playing. Update: It is with sad news that we report that Judas Contract will be one of Miguel Ferrer's final roles as the 61-year-old actor has passed away, moments ago. He was best known for roles in the original RoboCop film, »
On Wednesday, Sony Pictures Animation gave further details about their slate of upcoming movies and unveiled the star-studded voice cast for The Star, their animated nativity film. The project centers around a Donkey named Bo who teams up with a slew of stable animals to save the very first Christmas.
Steve Yeun has signed on to lead the voice cast and take on the role of Bo, while his closest animal friends will be played by Keegan-Michael Key (Dave the dove) and Aidy Bryant (Ruth the sheep). The rest of the cast includes Kelly Clarkson as Leah the horse, Kristin Chenoweth as Mouse, Anthony Anderson as Zach the goat, Gabriel Iglesias as Rufus the dog, Ving Rhames as Thaddeus the dog, Delilah Rene as Elizabeth, Kris Kristofferson as Old Donkey, Gina Rodriguez as Mary, Zachary Levi as Joseph and Christopher Plummer as King Herod.
- Justin Cook
Burbank, Calif., Jan. 13, 2017 — Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana, the sweeping story of a spirited teenager who sets sail on a daring adventure to save her people, starring newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of brave and tenacious Moana and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (HBO’s Ballers, Central Intelligence) as the larger-than-life demigod Maui, has dazzled both critics and audiences. The film earned a 95% critics’ consensus on Rotten Tomatoes and the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office opening weekend. Now, Moana sets a new course, arriving to homes on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere (Dma) on Feb. 21, and on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on March 7.
Continuing the fun-filled adventure, families can continue their journey filled with hours of extensive and entertaining bonus offerings including: a new, hilarious mini-movie featuring Moana and Maui; an in-depth look at how the people, cultures and heritage of »
- ComicMix Staff
13 items from 2017
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