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‘Shrek’ and ‘Puss in Boots’ to get minor reboots

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Universal and Illumination founder and CEO, Chris Meledandri are taking a nostalgic walk down memory with a plan to give ‘Shrek’ and the ‘Puss in Boots’ spin-off a minor reboot.

Whilst the aim is to reboot the franchise to appeal to a whole new generation, Meledandri hopes to bring back some of the original voice cast. It was the cast of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas that made the green ogre and friends so palatable.

In hoping to bring the band back together, Meledandri told Variety

“When you look back on those vocal performances they’re awesome, and while you certainly could make a case for a complete reinvention, I find myself responding to my own nostalgic feelings of wanting to go back to those characterizations,” explains Meledandri. “The challenge for us has been to find something that really does feel like it’s not simply
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‘Puss In Boots’ Director Chris Miller To Helm Reel FX’s Next Animated Pic

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‘Puss In Boots’ Director Chris Miller To Helm Reel FX’s Next Animated Pic
Chris Miller, the longtime DreamWorks Animation filmmaker who co-wrote and co-directed Shrek the Third and directed the Oscar-nominated Puss in Boots, has been set to helm the next animated film from Book of Life producer Reel FX Animation Studios.

Details of the untitled Wish project, as it is being called, is mostly under wraps, but the film will take place in the real world as well as a world of mythical creatures where human wishes are heard and dealt with.

The forward movement comes as Reel FX is in production on Monster on the Hill, the adaptation of the graphic novel that it is producing with Paramount Animation and Walden Media. It is aimed at a 2020 release. The company’s The Book of Life (2014) scored a Golden Globe nomination.

Miller, whose Shrek spinoff Puss in Boots earned an Animated Feature Oscar nomination in 2012, is repped by Verve and Weintraub Tobin.
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Reel FX Taps 'Puss in Boots' Director to Helm Untitled Fantasy Project

Reel FX Animation Studios has brought on Oscar-nominated director Chris Miller to helm its upcoming original feature, the currently Untitled "Wish" Project.

Miller is a DreamWorks Animation vet who wrote and directed the studio's Puss in Boots, for which he earned an Oscar nomination for best animated feature, and Shrek the Third, the third installment in the popular franchise. The titles generated a combined gross of nearly $1.4 billion. 

The storyline for the Reel FX project is being kept under wraps, but the studio revealed that it will take place in both "the real world and a world ...
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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’: Dinosaurs Roar at Summer Box Office

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’: Dinosaurs Roar at Summer Box Office
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (Universal) shows there’s plenty of life in the dinosaur franchise, which also lifted box office around the world. This weekend may notch peak numbers for the summer season. It’s the fourth in a string of $150-million openings since late April: spring-summer 2018 marks a strong period.

Coming after Disney/Pixar’s even bigger showing for “Incredibles 2” (Disney) last weekend, the weak performance for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (Disney) is not a harbinger of sequel and franchise fatigue on a broader scale.

This is how impressive recent weeks have been: the year-to-date numbers are up nearly nine per cent, the highest uptick since early in the year. More impressively, the weekend overall total of $280 million is exactly double the same late June prime weekend last year. 2017 in the same period saw only $140 million — thanks to weak domestic sequels from Pixar (“Cars 3”) and Paramount
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'Jurassic World 2' Delivers $150M Debut; 'Incredibles 2' Reaches $350M Domestic

'Jurassic World 2' Delivers $150M Debut; 'Incredibles 2' Reaches $350M Domestic
Surpassing expectations, Universal and Amblin Entertainment's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom got off to a strong start. With an estimated $150 million for Fallen Kingdom, this is only the second time ever two different films have brought in over $100 million over two consecutive weekends. The first time was in 2007 when Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End opened with $114.7 million following Shrek the Third's $121.6 million opening the weekend prior. Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 followed up its monster debut weekend last week with a second place finish this weekend as its domestic cume has already topped $350 million in just ten days. With an estimated $150 million, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's opening is down ~28% compared to the $208.8 million debut for its 2015 predecessor. However, given the fact the film was competing with Incredibles 2 for a lot of the same audience, this is a solid start, especially when coupled with an "A-" CinemaScore,
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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Charges Toward $133 Million Opening Weekend

  • Variety
‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Charges Toward $133 Million Opening Weekend
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is heading for a sturdy $133 million opening weekend at 4,475 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.

The Universal-Amblin Entertainment release is performing in line with recent expectations, which have ranged between $130 million and $140 million. Thursday night previews generated a solid $15.3 million, which is counted as contributing to a $54 million opening day on Friday.

Disney-Pixar’s second weekend of “Incredibles 2” is pegged to finish the frame with about $80 million, which would give the animated comedy a blockbuster 10-day total of around $350 million — a domestic milestone crossed by only 46 other films.

The fifth film in the “Jurassic” franchise carries a production budget of $170 million. The tentople began its overseas rollout two weeks ago and has already pocketed $466 million from 51 international markets, led by $170 million in China. Reviews have been mixed for “Fallen Kingdom,” which currently holds a 53% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Set four years after the events of “Jurassic World,
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'Jurassic World 2' Roars into Domestic Theaters as 'Incredibles 2' Looks to Hold Strong

'Jurassic World 2' Roars into Domestic Theaters as 'Incredibles 2' Looks to Hold Strong
While it may not appear out of the ordinary, this weekend's release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and its anticipated $100+ million opening will mark only the second time ever that two different films have opened with over $100 million back-to-back at the box office.

The first and last time this happened was in 2007 when Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End opened with $114.7 million following Shrek the Third's $121.6 million opening the weekend prior. In fact, the rarity of what will take place this weekend doesn't end there as only eight times following a $100+ million performance at the weekend box office has a film not repeated at #1 the following weekend. Even more rare, two films have never brought in more than $100 million over the same weekend.

Should Incredibles 2 drop 45.26% or less this weekend we'll have yet another piece of history to discuss come Sunday morning.

After debuting internationally just over two weeks ago,
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‘Deadpool 2’ Heads for Heroic $130 Million Opening Weekend

  • Variety
‘Deadpool 2’ Heads for Heroic $130 Million Opening Weekend
Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool 2” is heading for a heroic opening weekend of $130 million in North America, early estimates showed Friday.

First Friday estimates ranged from $128 million to $137 million. “Deadpool 2” started its run by smashing the record for a Thursday night preview gross for an R-rated film with $18.6 million, topping the previous mark of $13.5 million set by “It” in September. Twentieth Century Fox’s superhero sequel will end “Avengers: Infinity War’s” three-week rule, with forecasts in the $130 million to $150 million range on 4,349 screens for its opening weekend — the widest launch ever for a Fox title.

The movie should gross at least $50 million on Friday, including the Thursday night previews.

Paramount’s comedy “Book Club” is outperforming forecasts for a $16 million launch this weekend, and Global Road’s “Show Dogs” should fetch about $6 million, in line with earlier estimates.

Deadpool 2” will also set a record for the top gross
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‘Shrek’ Producer John Williams Partners With Riverstone Pictures

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‘Shrek’ Producer John Williams Partners With Riverstone Pictures
Veteran animation producer John Williams (“Shrek”) is partnering with Riverstone Pictures on a slate of animated films to be budgeted in the $15 million to $20 million range, the company announced Wednesday in Cannes. The first two projects have already been greenlit.

The slate will be co-produced by Riverstone co-founder Deepak Nayar’s Kintop Pictures and WilliamsVanguard Entertainment. The first two projects under the new partnership will be “Goose Chase” and “The Silk Road Rally,” both directed by “Charming” helmer Ross Venokur. Venokur also handled Vanguard’s 2015 title “Get Squirrely.”

Williams produced DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek,” which received the first Oscar awarded for animated film as its own category in 2001. He went on to produce sequel “Shrek 2,” and executive produce later sequels “Shrek the Third” and “Shrek Forever After,” as well as co-executive-producing spinoff “Puss in Boots” for DreamWorks.

He has since gone on to produce independent animated projects including “Valiant,
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China box office: 'Detective Chinatown 2', 'Operation Red Sea' power record-breaking week

China box office: 'Detective Chinatown 2', 'Operation Red Sea' power record-breaking week
February box office reaches historic $1.5bn.

Following an auspicious start to the new year, the Chinese box office continued to explode in the week of Feb 19-25 with $782m, turning it into the highest grossing week ever in China.

As of yesterday (Feb 25), February’s monthly box office has reached a historic RMB9b ($1.5bn), setting another world record for this Chinese New Year.

The festive titles played out an intense battle, shifting all of their positions. Detective Chinatown 2 moved up to the top, only marginally ahead of Operation Red Sea, while former champion Monster Hunt 2 was relegated to the third and Boonie Bears: The Big Shrink climbed ahead of The Monkey King 3: Kingdom Of Women.

Action comedy Detective Chinatown 2 became a runaway success with $276m. Standing at $440.6m after 10 days, it has propelled itself to the fourth highest grossing film ever in China, surpassing the first Monster Hunt and Furious 7. It has more than
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China box office: 'Monster Hunt 2' powers weekend to global record

China box office: 'Monster Hunt 2' powers weekend to global record
Six major Chinese-language titles deliver $535m, the biggest three-day weekend in a single market ever.

To welcome the Year of the Dog, the Chinese blockbusters lit up the box office like firecrackers this weekend.

Friday, the start of the week-long holidays, saw the roll out of no less than six major Chinese-language titles. By Sunday, China has delivered a series of box office records over three days (Feb 16-18), including the world record for the biggest three-day weekend in a single market with $535m.

About 40% of the opening weekend receipts, or $281m, came from Friday alone. This represented another world record of the biggest single day performance in a single market, beating North America’s record led by Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.

Monster Hunt 2 easily stood out as the best performer, with new records including the single biggest day and the biggest opening day in Chinese history with $85.26m from Friday, overtaking Furious 8 and Wolf
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From 'Nsync to Woody Allen: How Justin Timberlake Went from Pop Star to In-Demand Actor

From 'Nsync to Woody Allen: How Justin Timberlake Went from Pop Star to In-Demand Actor
Justin Timberlake is that rare superstar combo: a celebrated singer who’s also a popular actor. Hot off of the heels of being announced as next year’s Super Bowl Halftime performer, he’ll soon be seen going up against Oscar winner Kate Winslet in Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel.

How did a former ‘Nsync boy band member end up in a film with mounting Oscar buzz? Here’s a look at the 36-year-old’s evolution from singer to thespian.

From the Mickey Mouse Club to ‘Nsync

As a kid in 1983, the Memphis-native sang country songs on the singing competition show Star Search.
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Cars 3 review – a franchise that's running out of road

Well-intentioned and amiable, this latest instalment in Pixar’s animated auto series is the threequel no one was crying out for

When Shrek the Third came out in 2007, many pundits commented on the strange phenomenon of cartoon characters who appeared to be going through the motions. That’s really what is going on here. Cars 3 is the threequel that no one was crying out for. It is well-intentioned and amiable, but basically running on empty. It seeks to replicate the rookie-mentor dynamic of the first film, only this time making Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) face up to his dawning oldster status. He is still racing, but losing his speed and losing his touch.

Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) is a smug newbie who is outpacing him on the track and patronising him off it; Lightning must submit to a new motivation regime run by Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo
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Transformers 5 Wins the Weekend Box Office with $45.3M

Transformers 5 Wins the Weekend Box Office with $45.3M
Paramount rolled out its fifth Transformers movie this weekend, and while it came out on top at the box office, it did so with the lowest opening in franchise history. Transformers: The Last Knight won its first box office weekend with an estimated $45.3 million. Its five-day opening, after debuting on Wednesday, June 21, comes in at $69 million, which itself is just below the $70.5 million three day opening for the first Transformers movie, which opened in theaters almost exactly 10 years ago.

Box Office Mojo reports that the fifth Transformers movie earned a solid $11,133 per-screen average from 4,069 theaters, but much like its predecessors, the movie suffered with critics, earning just a 15% rating from the critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Still, this entire franchise has proven to be "critic-proof, with each movie earning a "Rotten" rating, while it has also proven its mettle in the overseas market. The movie has performed much better in international markets,
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Can The Last Knight Reclaim Transformers Box Office Glory?

Can The Last Knight Reclaim Transformers Box Office Glory?
After dethroning Wonder Woman, while taking down three other newcomers, the Disney Pixar animated sequel Cars 3 will have a short one-weekend reign atop the box office, going up against the action-packed live-action sequel Transformers: The Last Knight, which opens on Wednesday, June 21, and has no direct competition in wide release either on Wednesday, or throughout the weekend, although there are a slew of indie titles opening in limited release. This final Transformers franchise movie from director Michael Bay should have no trouble taking the top spot, with a projected three-day opening weekend of $84.7 million, with a five-day total from Wednesday through Sunday reaching $157.2 million. If these projections are accurate, it will continue the Transformers franchise's unpredictable track record when it comes to opening weekends.

This franchise shows not only how unpredictable audiences can be, but how front-loaded the industry has become in the past decade. The Transformers franchise kicked
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Wamg Giveaway – Win Monster Hunt on DVD

Monster Hunt, one of China’s highest-grossing movies of all time is currently available on DVD in the Us via FilmRise and Mvd Entertainment Group.

Now you can own the Monster Hunt DVD. We Are Movie Geeks has Two copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie with the word ‘Monster’ in the title? (mine is Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell!). It’s so easy!

Good Luck!

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. No P.O. Boxes. No Duplicate Addresses.

2. Winners Will Be Chosen From All Qualifying Entries.

Made for around $50 million, Monster Hunt has grossed over $390 million to set China’s all-time box office record. It beat out several foreign titles to get there, including Furious 7, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Avatar. Directed by
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Horror Highlights: Terror Films Teams Up with iflix, Monster Hunt DVD, The Passing, The Thing In The Woods, Philip K. Dick Sci-Fi Film Fest

Terror Films and iflix recently forged a partnership to distribute films digitally in multiple global markets, including Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary. Also: Monster Hunt DVD release details, The Passing clips, Matthew Quinn's The Thing in the Woods, and the winners recap for the 5th Annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival.

Terror Films and iflix's Global Distribution Digital Deal: Press Release: "Los Angeles, California (Friday, May 26th, 2017): Genre distributor Terror Films has teamed up with the world’s leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service, for emerging markets, iflix. This newly formed partnership will allow the distributor to expand their digital reach into multiple territories within iflix’s footprint including South East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, with future territories to be announced.

The films set to launch under the deal will include a wide variety from the label. They will include: the post- apocalyptic film,
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Monster Hunt – China’s Highest-Grossing Movie of All Time, Comes to DVD June 13th

One of China’s highest-grossing movies of all time comes to DVD in the Us via FilmRise and Mvd Entertainment Group on June 13th Check out the Monster Hunt trailer:

Made for around $50 million, Monster Hunt has grossed over $390 million to set China’s all-time box office record. It beat out several foreign titles to get there, including Furious 7, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Avatar. Directed by Shrek the Third co-director Raman Hui, the live-action / CG fantasy epic centers on a war between monsters and humans. At the center of the story is Wuba, a baby monster born to a human man. Yes, a man.In a mythical ancient world, monsters rule their land while humans keep to their own kingdom. But when adorable baby monster Wuba is born to a human father and the monster queen, mortals and creatures alike set out to capture the newborn, and Wuba’s epic adventure begins.
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Ian McShane Reflects on Long Days Filming ‘American Gods': ‘That’s What Makes It All the Sweeter’ (Video)

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Ian McShane Reflects on Long Days Filming ‘American Gods': ‘That’s What Makes It All the Sweeter’ (Video)
Ian McShane’s career has spanned decades, with dozens of film and TV credits as diverse as “Lovejoy,” “Dallas,” “Deadwood,” “Roots” and “Babylon 5: The River of Souls,” and as high-profile as “Game of Thrones,” “The West Wing,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and the animated fare “Shrek the Third.” Now, McShane stars as the mysterious Mr. Wednesday in Bryan Fuller and Michael Green’s Starz adaptation of the bestselling Neil Gaiman novel “American Gods.” And even with all those years of experience, McShane says it’s not always easy. Also Read: Every 'American Gods' Character, Ranked by How
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Shrek 5 Screenwriter Teases A Franchise Reinvention For The Beloved Ogre

All the way back in 2001, DreamWorks Animation hit a perfect home run with Shrek. The loose adaptation of William Steig’s picture book of the same name caught the imagination of a generation of children and adults alike, and spawned a multi-billion dollar, multimedia franchise spanning 16 years and counting. The Shrek universe now comprises of four feature films, one spinoff film, six short films, two television specials, one television series, one stage musical, 12 video games, and a range of themed attractions around the world. Now, after a number of years of teasing, we finally have a solid update on the status of Shrek 5.

The screenwriter of the movie, Michael McCullers (Saturday Night Live), was recently talking to The Hollywood Reporter about his current release, The Boss Baby. During that conversation, he explained that his script for Shrek 5 is complete, and the film is in development following some corporate-level re-shuffling.
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