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Hear Kelly Clarkson’s Sleek New Song ‘Broken & Beautiful’

Hear Kelly Clarkson’s Sleek New Song ‘Broken & Beautiful’
Kelly Clarkson declares herself a “superwoman” on her sleek new electro-pop song “Broken & Beautiful,” which appears on the upcoming soundtrack to animated film UglyDolls. The song was co-written by Pink and co-produced by Marshmello.

“I never held my hand out and asked for something free/I got pride I could roll out for miles in front of me,” the singer softly croons over a four-chord synth pulse. “I don’t need your help, and I don’t need sympathy/I don’t need you to lower the bar for me.
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John Stevenson Discusses ‘Sherlock Gnomes’ Revamp & Rare Case Of Gender Parity In Animation

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A lifelong fan of Sherlock Holmes, director John Stevenson had a set of specific conditions for taking on the Paramount animated sequel, Sherlock Gnomes. Coming off Kelly Asbury’s 2011 feature Gnomeo & Juliet, the follow-up would retain key elements—namely, a band of charming garden sculptures, who get into a series of comedic misadventures. At the same time, Stevenson’s take wouldn’t be overly goofy or broad. Set in contemporary London, it would show reverence for an iconic literary character, who would be “repositioned to work for a family film.” An interesting and unusual challenge for the director was to take a franchise that began in one genre—the musical romantic comedy—and recontextualize it for another. “That’s not a normal thing to do with any kind of movie, let alone an animated one,” Stevenson says. “But that was the condition for me to work on it, and
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‘UglyDolls’ Character Posters Reveal the Animated Musical; Full Trailer Drops This Week

Parents, brace yourselves. I detect the promise of the next animated musical your monster-loving kids won't be able to turn off. Stx Films has debuted a set of character posters for UglyDolls, offering the first look at the upcoming animated musical. Let's just say these adorable little oddball plushies got popular for a reason, and if the new film from Shrek 2 and Gnomeo & Juliet director Kelly Asbury can find something fun to do with those cuddly creature designs, they're sure to find a way into the hearts of a new generation of kids. The …
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Disney’s ‘Lady And The Tramp’ Reboot Sets First Cast With ‘Extras’ & ‘Sherlock Gnomes’ Actress Ashley Jensen

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Exclusive: Extras and Sherlock Gnomes actress Ashley Jensen is the first cast aboard for Disney’s Lady And The Tramp reboot, I understand.

Jensen has landed a supporting role in the anticipated pic voicing Scottish Terrier Jackie (in the original movie it was Jock), a loyal supporter to Lady. Disney is currently gathering lead and supporting cast on the movie, which could potentially go into production later this year.

Disney recently tapped The Lego Ninjago Movie director Charlie Bean to helm the live-action/CG hybrid update of the animated classic, which is a priority project for the studio’s as-yet-untitled streaming service slated to launch in late 2019.

The movie will be an exclusive to the service — which will include film and TV content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm — and it won’t have a theatrical run.

The 1955 original followed an upper-middle-class American cocker spaniel named Lady who meets a streetsmart,
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Sherlock Gnomes movie review: oh gnome they didn’t… (they did)

MaryAnn’s quick take… A flimsy treasure-hunt plot, a sexy song-and-dance number, and more of the same Elton John songs deployed with trite, lazy tedium. They mean to keep cranking out these dumb, dull movies, don’t they? I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): hated the first movie

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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What new spoof adventure shall we hear this time?” the living, breathing, talking, and somehow even farting garden gnomes returning from Gnomeo & Juliet ask us as their second cinematic adventure opens. “Game of Gnomes? Indiana Gnomes?” You laugh… and then you realize, Oh, crap, they mean to keep cranking out these dumb, dull movies.

Gnomeo & Juliet was tedious, obvious, humorless, and trite. Sherlock Gnomes is more of the pointless same. I half suspect that these lazy excuses
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Felicity Jones, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Patrick Stewart & Freddie Highmore Join Tomer Eshed’s Dragon Rider – Cannes

Felicity Jones, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Patrick Stewart & Freddie Highmore Join Tomer Eshed’s Dragon Rider – Cannes
Rogue One star Felicity Jones, Love Actually’s Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Star Trek’s Patrick Stewart and Bates Motel’s Freddie Highmore have joined Tomer Eshed’s Dragon Rider.

The quartet will work alongside previously announced actors Meera Syal (Doctor Strange), Sanjeev Bhaskar (Absolutely Anything) and Nonso Anozie (Cinderella) in the animated adaptation of Cornelia Funke’s novel.

It is being sold at Cannes by Timeless Films and is produced by Constantin Film’s Martin Moszkowicz and Oliver Berben together with the co-producers Cyborn and RiseFX along with the team of Lumatic. The film is due to be delivered fall 2019.

Written by Johnny Smith (Gnomeo & Juliet), Dragon Rider trails an unlikely trio of heroes; young silver dragon Firedrake (Brodie-Sangster), Sorrel (Jones) the mountain brownie and a boy called Ben (Highmore) as they embark on an epic adventure and battle against a vicious, dragon-killing machine called Nettlebrand (Stewart) to find the ‘Rim of Heaven’.

“Felicity,
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Felicity Jones Joins ‘Dragon Rider’ Animated Movie

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Felicity Jones Joins ‘Dragon Rider’ Animated Movie
Felicity Jones, the star of 2016’s “Rogue One,” has signed up for animated movie “Dragon Rider,” joining an impressive voice cast that includes Patrick Stewart. The film is one of the biggest animation projects out of Europe in recent times.

Based on Cornelia Funke’s bestselling novel of the same name, the family adventure will be produced by Constantin Film’s Martin Moszkowicz and Oliver Berben. It will be directed by Tomer Eshed. Cyborn, RiseFX and Lumatic are co-producers. Johnny Smith (“Gnomeo & Juliet) wrote the movie, which will launch in the fall of 2019.

Other cast members are Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Freddie Highmore, Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Nonso Anozie.

The film follows Firedrake, a young silver dragon; Sorrel, a mountain spirit; and Ben, an orphaned boy. The unlikely band searches in the Himalayas for the Rim of Heaven, which can offer sanctuary for Firedrake’s kin, whose valley is made uninhabitable by a dam.
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Felicity Jones, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Patrick Stewart to voice 'Dragon Rider'

Timeless Films selling project in Cannes.

Felicity Jones (Rogue One), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (The Maze Runner) and Patrick Stewart (Star Trek) have boarded the voice cast of feature animation Dragon Rider.

Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland), Meera Syal (Doctor Strange), Sanjeev Bhaskar (Absolutely Anything) and Nonso Anozie (Cinderella) are also in the cast of the film, which follows a trio of heroes: young silver dragon Firedrake (Brodie-Sangster), Sorrel (Jones) the mountain brownie and a boy called Ben (Highmore) as they embark on an adventure and battle against a dragon-killing machine called Nettlebrand (Stewart).

Based on Cornelia Funke’s novel of the same
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Sherlock Gnomes review – honeymoon's over for the garden ornaments

This chuckle-worthy sequel to the animated Gnomeo & Juliet is daft and charming, but creative inspiration is running low

Whatever could have led diminutive megastar Elton John to bankroll a series of digimations headlining humble garden gnomes? The fragile tchotchkes debuted in Rocket Pictures’ 2011 venture Gnomeo & Juliet, which offered Ozzy Osbourne voicing an ornamental faun, a soundtrack of childproofed Elton hits, and near-unsurpassable novelty value.

This flatly functional sequel relocates the trinkets from Stratford to London, where G&J’s honeymoon is almost over – she’s spending too much time in the garden – and a spate of gnome thefts attracts the interest of Baker Street’s finest, voiced here by Mortdecai star Johnny Depp as the same old supercilious pseud.
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Meet The Cast & Characters Of ‘Sherlock Gnomes’ – In UK Cinemas Friday

Family adventure Sherlock Gnomes hits cinemas this week, showcasing a star-studded voice cast from the world of film and television. Several big names return from 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet, as well as some exciting fresh faces…

Sherlock Gnomes – Johnny Depp

From pirate to detective – title character Sherlock Gnomes is played by a very familiar face Johnny Depp. No stranger to family films, Depp has starred as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise since 2003, as well as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland and Rango. Outside of children’s films, Depp’s broad filmography includes classics such as What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Edward Scissorhands and Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Juliet – Emily Blunt

She’s the heroine in one of the most famous love stories of all time…in gnome form. Returning to her role from Gnomeo & Juliet, Emily Blunt
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‘Sherlock Gnomes’ Review: Dir. John Stevenson (2018)

Sherlock Gnomes review: What happens when gnomes start disappearing from London’s gardens? Why it’s a job for Sherlock. Sherlock Gnomes that is, not Holmes.

Sherlock Gnomes review by Tina Baraga.

Gnomeo, Juliet, and the gang are back and this time they’re moving to London. With their new garden in shambles, our former star-crossed lovers are tasked with sprucing the place up before spring. In the midst of a lovers spat one day, Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) return to find their friends and family have been kidnapped.

Sherlock Gnomes review

In walks (literally) Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp), the sworn protector of all London garden gnomes. Hot off the heels of his latest case, in which he defeated his archenemy, a pie mascot named Moriarty (Jamie Demetriou), Sherlock and his very much taken-for-granted assistant Watson (Chiwetel Ejiofor) have already been racking up clues to crack the case of this latest disappearance.
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Sherlock Gnomes Cast Interviews – James McAvoy, Stephen Merchant, Jamie Demetriou & more

Yesterday as the capital bathed in some unseasonable sunshine giant garden gnomes invaded Leicester Square for a family gala screening of Sherlock Gnomes, the follow up to the most acclaimed clay-based Shakespeare adaptation Gnomeo and Juliet.

The film stars Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Mary J. Blige, Stephen Merchant, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine, Johnny Depp, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ashley Jensen, Matt Lucas and Dexter Fletcher. Sir Elton John also has contributed music and voice to the project, although in a slightly more family friendly take than his role in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

In this film two garden gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, recruit the renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments. The director John Stevenson talked passionately about respecting the characters from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as the number of Sherlockian Easter Eggs which are present in the film.

You can see his interview,
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‘Sherlock Gnomes’ Review: It’s No Mystery Why This Lazy Animated Sequel Is Just For Kids

‘Sherlock Gnomes’ Review: It’s No Mystery Why This Lazy Animated Sequel Is Just For Kids
Executive producer Elton John’s imprint is all over Sherlock Gnomes, the sequel to his 2011 animated effort, Gnomeo & Juliet, a cutesy toon take on Shakespeare that inevitably has sparked another literary-inspired sequel riffing on the legend on Britain’s most famous investigator, Sherlock Holmes. You can almost see the committee meeting to decide where to go next: "Hey, what rhymes with gnomes? Oh wait. Holmes! Let’s do it and just figure out some sort of story to go…
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The Preview Reel: Pacific Rim: Uprising and Sherlock Gnomes

Welcome to the “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide-release movies. Black Panther continued its record breaking run last weekend as it was the top movie for the fifth weekend in a row. The superhero’s streak is likely to end as another blockbuster opens this week in the form of Pacific Rim: Uprising, as does the animated Sherlock Gnomes.

Pacific Rim: Uprising

What we are excited about: The pitch for the original Pacific Rim (2013) was simple: robots vs. monsters. Guillermo del Toro’s big-budget blockbuster was mostly fun, even though the film had a lot of problems. The action scenes were entertaining (though poorly lit) and the world building was exciting enough to entertain the idea of the movie launching a franchise. Now, five years later, we get the next chapter in the Pacific Rim universe, and it doesn’t look terrible. There’s
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Examining Paramount Pictures' franchise slate

Mark Harrison Jan 30, 2018

Paramount Pictures has faced a tougher time than most studios of late. What, though, does it have planned next?

In any given year, the top ten highest grossing films at the worldwide box office are mostly made up of franchise films or adaptations of existing intellectual property. Around the world, the movie business is a franchise game right now, and of the traditional 'big six' studios, Paramount Pictures seems to be falling behind its rivals.

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After an almost unbroken string of box office flops and underperformers in 2017, the studio has recently been in the news after selling international distribution rights to Alex Garland's hotly anticipated second feature Annihilation to Netflix, and are reportedly looking to do the same on the long delayed third Cloverfield film.

To briefly take inventory of their competition's big hitters,
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Emily Blunt to join Dwayne Johnson on Disney’s Jungle Cruise

Dwayne Johnson will have a bit of company on his dangerous expedition through the jungles and forests of tropical lands, as Variety has confirmed that Emily Blunt will join him in Disney’s Jungle Cruise.

Blunt has collaborated with Disney quite a few times in the past, including on December’s much-anticipated sequel to Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns, which sees the actress taking on the title character. Reportedly, early footage of her in the film has left Disney executives supremely impressed and wanting to “keep her in the family”. She also had roles in such other Disney projects as The Muppets, Gnomeo & Juliet and Into the Woods.

According to Screen Rant, who reported yesterday that Disney wanted the actress for the film, Blunt will play the female lead, a “scientist who teams up with Johnson’s riverboat captain on the hunt for a magical cure.”

This year, she
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Video: Sherlock Gnomes – ‘Clues’ Trailer

There’s a new trailer for Sherlock Gnomes. The sequel to the charming Gnomeo & Juliet doesn’t have a release date yet, but the trailer above should get you excited.

Johnny Depp voices Sherlock with Chiwetel Ejiofor as his sidekick Watson along with returning voice cast James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine and Stephen Merchant. This time the gnomes find themselves targets of a kidnapper and there is only one gnome who can uncover the truth after Gnomeo (McAvoy) and Juliet (Blunt) find that everyone in their garden is missing.

Check out the trailer and let us know your thoughts below.
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Rocket Pictures Plots ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ Sequel, With New Tunes By Elton John

Rocket Pictures Plots ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ Sequel, With New Tunes By Elton John
Exclusive: Elton John’s Rocket Pictures has set up the 3D animated Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes, a sequel to the 2011 Disney hit that grossed $194 million worldwide. Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil, who wrote the original, are writing the sequel script. Elton John is currently composing new songs for the film. Rocket Pictures’ principals Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish are producing, and John is exec producer. The plan is to begin production in the fall, and they are talking to directors. Gnomeo & Juliet director Kelly Asbury will act as a creative consultant on the sequel. When gnomes start disappearing from the suburban gardens of England, Gnomeo, Juliet and friends enlist the help of Sherlock Gnomes, “the greatest ornamental detective,” to track the culprit. Unfortunately, Sherlock is neither as brilliant nor as insightful as his human counterpart, and as the crimes against gnomanity continue, the threat to their world becomes bigger than they ever imagined.
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The contenders for the Best Animated Feature Oscar are revealed

With 2011 rapidly drawing to a close, we're now just a few short months away from awards season and yesterday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the eighteen films that will duke it out for an Oscar nomination in the category of Best Animated Feature at the 84th Academy Awards in February.

Specifying that 'submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and meet all of the category's other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process', the Academy announced the potential nominees, which includes the Steven Spielberg / Peter Jackson collaboration The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Pixar sequel Cars 2, Aardman's Arthur Christmas and live-action/animation hybrids such as The Smurfs and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

Take a look at all of the contenders...

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (dir. Steven Spielberg)

Alois Nebel (dir. Tomáš
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Paradigm Signs 'Gnomeo And Juliet' Animators Arc Productions

Paradigm Signs 'Gnomeo And Juliet' Animators Arc Productions
Paradigm has signed Arc Productions, the Toronto-based animation house that was formerly called Starz Animation after it was bought by a group of Canadian investors. Arc Productions projects include Gnomeo and Juliet, but the plan is to extend its animation and vfx service business by developing its own animated intellectual property.
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