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Universal and Illumination's 'The Grinch' Set for $60+ Million Debut

Universal and Illumination's 'The Grinch' Set for $60+ Million Debut
Last weekend saw the month of November get off to a great start and this weekend should prove just as profitable as several holdovers look to continue their strong performance while Universal delivers the latest animated feature from Illumination in Dr. Seuss' The Grinch. Additionally, Paramount will release the World War II supernatural horror film Overlord and Sony is taking another stab at the Dragon Tattoo franchise with the release of The Girl in the Spider's Web. Expected to easily finish atop the weekend box office we begin with Universal and Illumination's release of The Grinch, debuting in 4,141 locations with the studio anticipating a domestic debut right around $50 million. Based on our analysis, you should expect a performance a bit higher, coming in at the lowest around $53 million with $65+ million serving as the higher end of our forecasted range. IMDb page view comparisons aren't necessarily painting a perfect picture in terms of expectations,
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Dr. Seuss Biopic Brings in Wonder Director Stephen Chbosky

Indie production company Paper Pictures is putting together a new biopic entitled Seuss, following the life of writer Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. Filmmaker Stephen Chbosky (Wonder) has been set to direct this biopic, with Eyal Podell and Jonathan Stewart writing the script. Producer Carla Hacken's Paper Pictures currently has the project out to actors and financiers at this time, although no production schedule or release date has been given quite yet.

The script will follow a young Theodor Geisel in the 1920s, as he struggles to find his voice as a writer, before meeting the woman who would become his muse and future wife, Helen Palmer. More than 30 years later, when she fell ill, it ultimately inspired him to create perhaps his most well-known work, The Cat in the Hat. Dr. Seuss would ultimately go on to write more than 60 childrens books throughout his storied career,
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Wonder director Stephen Chbosky to direct Dr. Seuss biopic

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At some point in our lives, it's a good bet that we'll come into contact with the world of Dr. Seuss, be it in books like "Horton Hears a Who!" or "The Cat in the Hat" or even in films adapted from his work such as How The Grinch Stole Christmas or The Lorax. Deadline reports that an upcoming biopic will dive into the life of the author himself, Theodor Seuss... Read More...
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'The Cat In The Hat' Will Get Animated Courtesy Of The Team Behind 'The Lorax'

'The Cat In The Hat' Will Get Animated Courtesy Of The Team Behind 'The Lorax'
"The Lorax": $132m domestic gross (to date). "Horton Hears a Who!": $297m worldwide gross. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas": $345m worldwide gross. Dr Seuss adaptations are a cinematic brand that audiences respond to. Or to put it another way: When Hollywood studios adapt Dr. Seuss books, it's pretty much certain they'll make them big bucks. Even the dreadful live-action "The Cat in the Hat" starring Mike Myers earned more than $100m domestic, so don't be surprised to hear about a "Green Eggs and Ham" movie in the works, sooner rather than later.

The next Dr. Seuss story to make its way to thatres, however, will be one we've already seen. Illumination Entertainment ("The Lorax," "Hop," "Despicable Me") will be trying their luck with "The Cat in the Hat" again, but this time they'll be turning it into a 3D CG-animated feature, rather than a Mike Myers clusterfuck.
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'Rio' trailer: Jesse Eisenberg voices the rare South American Jesse Eisenberg macaw

'Rio' trailer: Jesse Eisenberg voices the rare South American Jesse Eisenberg macaw
One thing that Blue Sky Studios does better than anyone is casting the perfect voice for its colorful characters. Horton Hears a Who! was a hoot, primarily because of the dynamic voice/character melds of Jim Carrey and Steve Carell. The company seems to have outdone themselves with its next feature, based on the trailer for Rio, which features Jesse Eisenberg as an over-domesticated blue macaw, the last male of his species on Earth. Anyone who’s seen Zombieland or The Social Network can imagine Eisenberg as Blu, a reserved creature of habit not fully ready for the wild or the ladies.
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Five

Hippie Hippie Shake

Opens: 2010

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Max Minghella, Emma Booth, Lee Ingleby

Director: Beeban Kidron

Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.

Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.

Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence
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Lorax Speaks For The Trees In 2012

Recent attempts to bring Dr Seuss to the screen (The Cat in the Hat, The Grinch, Horton Hears a Who) have been patchy at best, but we're optimistic that Universal's 3D animated The Lorax could break the trend.The forest-dwelling Lorax first appeared in print in 1971, but his eco-friendly message - "I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees!" - is as relevant today as ever. Kind of a bleak message though. The Lorax' forest is destroyed by big industry, leaving only a polluted wasteland, and the Lorax buggers off into the smog, never to be seen again. Although it's ultimately revealed that the narrator has a single seed left, with which to start the forest again and tempt the Lorax back, we can probably expect that ending to be substantially cheered up.The script will be written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio (who did Horton) according to Variety,
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Malkovich To Join Brolin On Hex

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Malkovich To Join Brolin On Hex
John Malkovich is set to go head-to-head with Josh Brolin - after joining the cast of the upcoming comic book movie Jonah Hex.

Milk star Brolin has already signed up to appear as anti-hero Hex - a badly-scarred American Civil War veteran - in the Warner Bros. big-screen adaptation of the DC Comics title.

And Malkovich has now agreed to take on the role of villain Turnbull, a wealthy Southern plantation owner who falsely blames Hex for the death of his son.

Horton Hears A Who!'s Jimmy Hayward is directing the film, which is slated to begin shooting in April.

Cyrus Dominates Kids' Choice Nominations

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Cyrus Dominates Kids' Choice Nominations
Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus is tipped to sweep the board at the upcoming Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards after garnering four nominations. The 16-year-old has received nods for Favourite Female Singer, Favourite TV Actress and Favourite Voice in an Animated Movie for her role in Bolt.

In addition, her hit teen programme is up for Favourite TV Show.

Cyrus will compete against Alicia Keys, Beyonce and Rihanna in the singing category, while the male award will be fought out by Chris Brown, Jesse McCartney, Kid Rock and T-Pain.

Cyrus will also go up against Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), and Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place) for the Favourite TV actress gong. Her show, Hannah Montana, is nominated for a Kcw blimp statuette along with iCarly, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and Jamie Lynn Spears' Zoey 101.

The star will face tough competition in the Animated Movie Voice category - squaring off against Hollywood stars Jack Black (Kung Fu Panda), Jim Carrey (Horton Hears a Who), and Ben Stiller (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa).

Elsewhere, Carrey is also up for Favourite Movie Actor for his role in Yes Man, along with Adam Sandler (Bedtime Stories), Will Smith (Hancock), and first-time nominee George Lopez (Beverly Hills Chihuahua).

Jennifer Aniston scored her seventh Kids' Choice nod with Marley & Me and will go up against Anne Hathaway (Get Smart), Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical 3: Senior Year), and Reese Witherspoon (Four Christmases).

Films in contention for the Favourite Movie award include The Dark Knight, Bedtime Stories, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, and Iron Man.

Favourite Music Group will be fought out between Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Linkin Park and Pussycat Dolls.

New DVD Releases: The Dark Knight, Horton Hears a Who!, and More

An obscure art-house movie called The Dark Knight, starring a pair of little-known actors named Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, arrives on DVD and Blu-ray today. Also debuting on DVD this week: The animated blockbuster Horton Hears a Who!, starring Jim Carrey as the titular elephant with microscopic friends; and Man on Wire, James Marsh's riveting documentary about acrobat Philippe Petit's 1974 attempt to perform a high-wire act between the World Trade Center's twin towers.

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The Dark Knight | Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who | Man on Wire
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On DVD Today: December 9, 2008

DVD Links: Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed The Dark Knight Is there any question what everyone is going to buy this week? I would say the only question will be how many units are going to be sold and at what time will Warner Bros. release a press statement saying The Dark Knight is the best selling Blu-ray and DVD of 2008? Speaking of the Blu-ray, if you haven't done so already you can read my review here, or I can just tell you the picture is phenomenal and the features are not. You are buying this one for the movie though, so enjoy. Lost - The Complete Fourth Season Ugh, I just added my Blu-ray review for the fourth season of "Lost" and it is beginning to look more and more like this will either be a TV series to love in its entirety or to absolutely loathe
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The Annie Award Nominees are Announced

Photo: DreamWorks Animation The International Animated Film Society announced the nominees for the 2008 Annie Awards and Kung Fu Panda is leading the way with 17 nominations followed by Disney's Bolt with 9 and the Disney/Pixar feature Wall-e earning 8. Panda picked up a healthy amount of noms in categories such as Character Animation, Character Design, Music, Production Design, Storyboarding, Voice Acting and Writing. In each of those categories it was either nominated while Bolt and Wall-e were not or secured multiple nominations giving it the outright nomination lead by 8. Could this be a sign of a Panda-over-wall-e Oscar upset? The nominees are listed below and you can check out the official award site here. Best Animated Feature Bolt (Walt Disney Animation Studios) Kung Fu Panda (DreamWorks Animation) $9.99 (Sherman Pictures/Lama Films) Wall-e (Pixar Animation Studios) Waltz With Bashir (Sony Pictures Classics/Bridgit Folman, Les Films D'ici, Razor Films) Best Animated Home Entertainment
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Hannah Montana + Wall-E Triumph At Children's BAFTAs

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Hannah Montana + Wall-E Triumph At Children's BAFTAs
Miley Cyrus' hit show Hannah Montana and animated movie Wall-E were the big winners at the British Academy Children's Awards in London.

The Children's BAFTAs ceremony, which took place on Sunday night, saw the hit Disney series named most popular feature in the Kids Vote category.

The winner was decided by a poll of children aged from seven to 14 and attracted a record number of votes - with over 200,000 fans registering their opinion.

Hit sci-fi move Wall-e saw off still competition from Ratatouille, Horton Hears a Who! and Stardust to be named Best Feature Film.

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who! on DVD 12/9! Win One Now!

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IESB has got your chance to win a copy of 20th Century Fox' Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who! on DVD!

The IESB has got a chance for two lucky readers to win the family favorite on DVD just in time for the holiday season!

Each Special Edition DVD also includes a set of Horton Ears pictured below!

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who! hits store shelves December 9!

Enter to win now!

On December 9th, Fox Home Entertainment will release the next hilarious and heartwarming animated tale Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who! on DVD!  Charming and eco-friendly, this fantastic film stars Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell, and the DVD is literally packed with special features for the whole family. Can you hear that? It's Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who stomping onto Read more
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Horton Flies for the First Time Ever in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Horton (From Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who) Gets Balloon In The MacY's Thanksgiving Day Parade For The First Time Ever!

On Thursday, November 27, 2008, Horton will make his world premiere as a brand new balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

For the first time ever, the lovable Dr. Seuss character comes to life as an enormous balloon to help celebrate Thanksgiving in one of the world's most exciting and colorful parades! 

Teaser pics are below!

   

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who will be released on DVD Tuesday, December 9 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment!! Read more
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New Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Poster

Another quick poster update coming your way for another 3D CG animation. While the first poster for the Ice Age sequel Dawn of the Dinosaurs introduced us to the idea of a giant, colorful, T-Rex-looking dinosaur, the film's second version reminds us the little rodent known as Scrat is still up to his hold hijinks.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Poster

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, to be fully produced in 3-D, is the latest installment to the hit Ice Age franchise, which has grossed more than $1.2 billion around the world. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs will be directed by Oscar-nominated Carlos Saldanha, who directed Ice Age: The Meltdown and co-directed Ice Age. The film is being produced by Academy Award-winning Blue Sky Studios, the creative force behind all the Ice Age films and Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who.
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Steve Carell Joins Despicable Cast

Steve Carell will take the lead character of Groo in new 3D CG animation Despicable Me, which will mark the first film from producer Chris Meledandri's Illumination Entertainment, a family film unit set up at Universal. Meledandri was previously head of Fox Animation, and was most recently responsible for Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who! which, of course, starred Carell. Like that film, Despicable Me boasts a cracking cast, with Judd Apatow favourite Jason Segel, Saturday Night Live stalwart Kristen Wiig, the notorious Russell BrandFlight Of The Conchords' Jermaine Clement, Jack McBrayer (Kenneth from 30 Rock), Arrested Development's Will Arnett and everyone's favourite musical matriarch Julie Andrews all lending their voices. Carell will play the detestable Groo, who, aided by his evil mother (Andrews), plans to steal the moon from the sky, until a trio of orphans land in his care and threaten to scupper the plot.
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Wall-E + Kung Fu Panda Lead Animated Oscars Shortlist

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Wall-E + Kung Fu Panda Lead Animated Oscars Shortlist
Box office hits Wall-E and Kung Fu Panda are already early frontrunners for next year's Academy Award nominations.

Both films have been shortlisted for the best animated feature Oscar, in a category that will see 14 pictures battle it out for three final slots to compete for the coveted award.

Other films shortlisted in the category include Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Dr Seuss' Horton Hears A Who!, Bolt, Igor, Fly Me to the Moon and animated documentary Waltz with Bashir.

This year's awards saw the honour go to Pixar's Ratatouille.

The award will be announced at the annual ceremony in Hollywood on 22 February.

The List of Potential Best Animated Feature Nominees

In 1992, Beauty and the Beast was an Academy Award nominee for Best Picture. Some people were upset that an animated movie could be eligible for movie's highest honor, when they really should've protested that The Prince of God Damn Tides was nominated that same year. Talk about taking a spot from a deserving movie (Fisher King, Cape Fear, Boyz N The Hood...).

Anyway, a few years later, there was an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, which would solve everything, right? Maybe. Probably. It seems that every year an animated film still gets pushed for Best Picture, though, and that's their right. Best Picture means exactly that.

But I suppose the Academy does need to honor animated films on their own, especially because they make the industry so much money. To that end, here are the fourteen movies submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the Best
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Hollywood News & Notes

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Repo!

Repo! the Genetic Opera just opened and has already been marketed by Lionsgate as the cult successor to the Rocky Horror Picture Show. The movie opened this weekend in just eight theaters and earned $51,000, averaging an impressive $6450 per screen.

Director Darren Lynn Bousman told Moviehole he’s already planning a sequel to the Paris Hilton, Alex Vega film.

''I want to start a sequel next year. But again, everything — I’ll end my whole thing on a soapbox, which I love to get on,” Bousman told the site. “This movie is all about support from the Internet, and support from fans. This is not a movie where you’ll see billboards or bus stop ads or trailers on TV. It’s a movie that exists in a grass roots kind of a fashion. It exists when fans go and see it, and they go on message boards and talk about it.
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