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T.J. Miller and Emoji Movie Director Talk Poop Jokes and Hard Laughs | Exclusive

A few months ago, Sony Pictures had an early press presentation for The Emoji Movie. Tony Leondis (Igor, Lilo and Stitch 2), the film's writer and director, introduced the characters, explained the basic premise, and showed us several extended clips of the film. The Emoji Movie stars comedian T.J. Miller as Gene. He's supposed to be a "meh" Emoji, but can't control himself to be just one thing. Gene lives in the smartphone of Alex (Jake Austen), a fifteen year old teenager. When Gene has issues being just "meh", he's forced to go on the run with Jailbreak (Anna Faris). They navigate the wild and varied world of apps to find Gene's true personality.

From Sony Pictures, The Emoji Movie is packed with symbolism and wicked double entendres. Each Emoji has a distinct personality that fuels their dialogue. Patrick Stewart costars as Poop, everything he says and does has a scatalogical bend.
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Sir Patrick Stewart Is Poop Emoji in The Emoji Movie

Sir Patrick Stewart Is Poop Emoji in The Emoji Movie
Sony recently released the first teaser trailer for The Emoji Movie, which is slated to come out later this year. While the reaction from many people online seemed to be that the movie is largely unnecessary, perhaps the cast may be able to change everyone's minds. As hard as it may be to believe, the studio has tapped Sir Patrick Stewart to voice the poop emoji in The Emoji Movie.

Sony made the announcement during a big event they held today called Sony Animation Day. The official Sony Pictures Twitter account made the news public, saying that Patrick Stewart would be voicing the character, simply named Poop. That may not make the prospect of The Emoji Movie as a whole seem more appealing, but the idea of hearing such a distinguished actor voicing an expressive pile of poop is definitely something to grab onto. Aside from his work as Professor
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The Emoji Movie Teaser Trailer Introduces Meh

Chances are, when you heard that Sony Pictures Animation was making The Emoji Movie, you assumed that it would be a shameless marketing strategy for various mobile phone applications. While the first teaser trailer doesn’t exactly confirm this, it does nothing to dispel that expectation, either.

Written and directed by Anthony Leondis (Igor), and co-written by Eric Siegel (Men At Work), The Emoji Movie promises an adventurous ride through your favourite digital landscapes – but whether the finished product will deliver on that promise is not clear from this promotional footage.

For more on what to expect, you can consult the official plot summary below:

The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial
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First teaser trailer for The Emoji Movie

Sony Pictures Animation has released the first teaser trailer for The Emoji Movie (formerly titled Emojimovie: Express Yourself), which you can watch below after the official synopsis…

The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Ilana Glazer). Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene.
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Sony Pushes Animation Slate With Hotel Transylvania 3 Update

Sony Animation is pulling out all the stops to boost its output for 2017 and 2018, and the result is some fairly wide-ranging news regarding both the television and film side of the operation. With its animated Spider-Man feature already moving full-speed ahead – with Phil Lord and Chris Miller on board – and television series of both Ghostbusters and Cloudy With a Chance Of Meatballs in development, the biggest titles currently under discussion are Hotel Transylvania 3, that film’s overall franchise, and EmojiMovie: Express Yourself.

The Hotel Transylvania franchise

Recently, Sony announced that the director of the first two instalments of the highly successful franchise – Genndy Tartakovsky – had opted not to return for the third movie. This was widely acknowledged to be the result of his return to the Samurai Jack fold, since he was that show’s creator, and he just headed up a brand new season. However, having performed a rather nifty about-face,
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Meet Piper in the First Clip from Pixar's New Animated Short

Meet Piper in the First Clip from Pixar's New Animated Short
Back in April, we got our first look at the new Pixar animated short Piper, which will be attached to theatrical prints of the studio's animated sequel Finding Dory when it hits theaters this weekend. With just a few more days left until this short is unveiled, the first clip has surfaced, featuring the title character in action. This brief scene shows how tough it is for a young sandpiper to find food along a crowded beach.

The story centers on a baby sandpiper who is trying to both find food, and overcome hydrophobia, the fear of water. Longtime Pixar animator Alan Barillaro makes his directorial debut with this short film, which was inspired by the numerous birds he used to observe while running along the shoreline, just a mile from Pixar's Emeryville, California headquarters. While this short marks Alan Barillaro's directorial debut, he has worked as a Pixar animator for nearly two decades.

Alan Barillaro first joined Pixar to work on 1998's A Bug's Life. He also worked on Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Brave and Monsters University, along with the shorts Jack-Jack Attack, Igor and Lifted. The first-time director revealed in April that he originally started toying with the character as a test, but he was encouraged to keep working on the project by his mentor, Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton. Here's what Alan Barillaro had to say about working with his mentor back in April.

"You always want to show directors, 'Hey, are these cool tools you'd like to use to make films?' So I showed Andrew the Piper tests thinking I was very much just showing him a test, but he kept poking at me, like, 'It's a cool test, but keep working on that story.' And then John [Lasseter] did the same. There's remarkable encouragement at Pixar that when you think of an innovative idea, don't forget the story. It was their encouragement or else I would have stopped at the test phase."

Since the short film is just six minutes long, and it hits theaters in just a few short days, it seems unlikely we'll get any more footage from Piper. The short film will most likely be included on the Finding Dory home video release later next year. While we wait for both Finding Dory and Piper to hit theaters in just a few short days, take a look at this clip below courtesy of Youtube.
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First Look at New Pixar Short 'Piper'

First Look at New Pixar Short 'Piper'
This summer, Pixar fans will get to reunite with their favorite fish in the long-awaited animated sequel Finding Dory, arriving in theaters June 17. Pixar has a long tradition of introducing new animated shorts in front of every project, and Finding Dory will be no different, with the new short Piper debuting alongside the sequel. Entertainment Weekly has our first look at the title character, a diminutive sandpiper exploring the beach.

The story centers on a baby sandpiper who is trying to both find food, and overcome hydrophobia, the fear of water. Longtime Pixar animator Alan Barillaro makes his directorial debut with this short film, which was inspired by the numerous birds he used to observe while running along the shoreline, just a mile from Pixar's Emeryville, California headquarters. Here's what the director had to say about this young bird who was afraid of the water but had to go near it to eat.
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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: February 22-28

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Spotlight"

Not-so-bold prediction: "Spotlight" will win Best Picture at the Oscars this Sunday. Maybe. Maybe not. The story of the Boston Globe reporters who exposed widespread child abuse by Catholic priests is a frontrunner to win the top honor. Whether it does win or not, it's out on Blu-ray and DVD on February 23. The discs include "Uncovering the Truth: A Spotlight Team Roundtable," with the real-life Spotlight team reuniting 14 years later for a roundtable discussion about the challenges they faced, and how the shocking story continues to impact the world. You can also watch the bonus featurettes "Spotlight: A Look Inside" and "The State of Journalism."

"The Good Dinosaur"

What if dinosaurs never became extinct and lived at the same time as humans?
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Sony Animation Rolls Out New Dates For Animated Spider-Man, The Emoji Movie And More

Though many balked at its announcement, Sony Pictures Animation has reminded us all that its Emoji Movie is still very much in development, and it has a new release date to call its own: August 11, 2017.

It was just one of a number of animated features that the studio dated, with the other notable reshuffling arriving in the form of Chris Lord and Phil Miller’s animated Spider-Man movie, which has shied away from its tentative 2017 window – logical, given that Marvel’s live-action feature is due in 2017 – and taken up residence at December 21, 2018.

Lord and Miller are currently pitching a treatment for the animated film and are set to go on to produce. They’ll stop short of directing, though, with a certain Han Solo spinoff movie looming on the horizon as the creative pair begin to make tracks for the Star Wars universe.

This is by no means the first
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Round-Up: Condemned Q&A with Director Eli Morgan Gesner, Buffy The Vampire Slayer Comic, Franken-Friend Maker

Condemned director Eli Morgan Gesner spoke with Daily Dead about the film and the Q&A is featured after the jump. Also in this round-up: preview pages from Dark Horse's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Vol. 3 hardcover comic and a cool monster creator website from the team behind 20th Century Fox's Victor Frankenstein.

Condemned: "Fed up with her parents’ bickering, poor-little-rich-girl Maya (Dylan Penn) moves in with her boyfriend, who is squatting in an old condemned building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With neighbors that are meth heads, junkies and degenerates, this depraved hell hole is even more toxic than it appears: After a virus born from their combined noxious waste and garbage infects the building’s residents, one by one, they succumb to a terrifying pathogen that turns them into bloodthirsty, rampaging killers and transforms their building into a savage slaughterhouse.

Rlj Entertainment will release Condemned
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Daniel Radcliffe Talks Victor Frankenstein On Jimmy Fallon; Create Your Own Franken-Friend

Actor Daniel Radcliffe and Jimmy Fallon discussed on Tuesday evening’s show Victor Frankenstein and the special effects in the upcoming film.

Have a listen below.

Mad scientist, Victor Frankenstein, has unleashed his most monstrous and horrifying experiment to date.

He’s created Franken-Friend.com, giving fans the power to create their own monster by stitching together pieces of their Facebook friends’ photos.

Check out the Franken-Friend creation below featuring the Victor Frankenstein cast, Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, and Jessica Brown Findlay.

Create your very own Franken-Friend Here: www.Franken-Friend.com

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality.

But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences.
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Movie News: See 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Behind the Scenes; Watch Chris Evans in First Romantic 'Before We Go' Trailer

X-Men: Apocalypse: A new photo from X-Men: Apocalypse gives a behind-the-scenes, rubble-filled peek at Cairo, the city where Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) first discovered Storm (Alexandra Shipp) in the Uncanny X-Men comic book series, and a continuing refuge for Storm over the years. Look for the movie in theaters on May 27, 2016. [The Hollywood Reporter]   Emoji: Sony Pictures Animation will develop an animated movie starring Emoji, the small digital images or figures often used in social media communications. Eric Siegel and Anthony Leondis will write the screenplay, and Leondis is set to direct. Leondis is an animation veteran whose credits include the 2008 family comedy Igor. [Deadline]   6000: Japanese comic book 6000: Rokusen is heading to the big...

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Wait! Whatc Sony Has Greenlit an Emoji Moviec

Sony Pictures Animation must certainly be enjoying how people are taking in the Pac-Man-heavy marketing for this weeks' Pixels (and, to the film's mild credit, he is the best part of it), because the suits in charge have ponied up the near seven figures to have some other yellow-faced friends transition to the big screen. In a heated three-studio audition, Sony won the right to have their banner placed in front of an Emoji movie. With Warner Bros and Paramount reported to be the other two studios vying to get the expressive, social media/text message-based personalities their cinematic due, it's apparently a ripe opportunity to take this property (c) to the next level, as the Japan-hatched ideograms don't subside themselves to any pesky rights, making them essentially free-reign when it comes to marketing, promoting and all that jazz. Does it matter that they'll have to take the extra route
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Kung Fu Panda Director Making Emoji Movie

Sony Pictures Animation won an auction between three studios for an animated movie pitch centering on the Emoji, which are icons often used in social media to express emotions and objects. The project will be co-written by Eric Siegel and Anthony Leondis. It will be directed by Leondis (Igor, Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters), who initially pitched the project to studios (Sony, Warner Bros, Paramount), with storyboards highlighting details of the story. The attractive thing about an "Emoji" movie is that there are no rights to purchase. Because of that, there is already another similar project being shopped around.
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An Emoji Movie? Really!!??

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Proving that Hollywood thinks anything is a good idea (even when it is absolutely terrible), Emoji’s are headed to the big screen. Yes, those cute winky faces that you send to your friends are getting their own movie. And whats more, Deadline is reporting there was even a heated bidding war between Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., and Paramount over Eric Siegel (Men at Work) and Anthony Leondis' (Igor, and slated to direct this project) pitch for an Emoji centric movie, which Sony won with a reported seven figure pay out. So apparently, this license is something people actually want to make, but will anybody actually want to see it? Sure, The Lego Movie proved there is a market to make something genuinely compelling out of the most unlikely of sources, as evidenced by the the upcoming Pixels, but it’s a big jump from iconic characters from multiple
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There's an Emoji movie on the way

You read that right: Emoji The Movie is in the works at Sony Pictures Animation...

And you thought some of the remake stories we've been running have been odd.

Still, we suppose it was inevitable, really. The rise of the Emoji - those little pictures designed to get across messages that used to be conveyed by things such as words - has been quick and brutal. The Emoji first came to prominence in Japan in the late 1990s, and we now learn that there's going to be an Emoji movie.

The film has come about courtesy of a pitch from Eric Siegel (the TV show Men At Work) and Anthony Leondis (who made Igor, and DreamWorks' unreleased B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations). Leondis reportedly storyboarded the film in detail, leading to a bidding war breaking out between Sony Pictures animation, Warner Bros and Paramount.

Sony has won the battle for the film,
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'Fantastic Four', 'Victor Frankenstein' and 'Adderall Diaries' in Today's MPAA Ratings

I learned something with today's ratings bulletin beyond the actual ratings for a trio of upcoming films. I learned Amber Heard and Johnny Depp got married, and not necessarily all that recently... back in February. On top of that, she is apparently going by Amber Heard Depp now, or at least that's how IMDb is referring to her. Yeah, pretty exciting stuff. I found this out because Heard stars in Pamela Romanowsky's upcoming film The Adderall Diaries (as Amber Heard) alongside a large list of names including James Franco, Christian Slater, Wilmer Valderrama, Ed Harris, Jim Parrack, Cynthia Nixon and Timothee Chalamet. The pic played the Tribeca Film Festival and will be released by A24 later this year, but no official date has yet been set. Next we have a PG-13 rating for a couple of upcoming 20th Century Fox features, first off there's Fantastic Four and its "sci-fi
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Emoji Animated Movie Happening at Sony

Sony Pictures Animation has emerged victorious in a bidding war for a project based on the social media icons known as Emoji. Warner Bros. and Paramount were also vying for the project, but Deadline reports that Sony Pictures Animation was much more aggressive in their pursuit of the animated movie. Anthony Leondis (B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations) is attached to direct and he is co-writing the screenplay with Eric Siegel.

What makes this project unique is there are no underlying rights to purchase, because the Emoji icons are in public domain. There is reportedly another pitch that will be shopped to the studios soon centering on Emoji, but it isn't clear who is behind that project quite yet. No details were given about how the story will be brought to life, but director Anthony Leondis pitched the studios using storyboards that explained how the movie would play out.

Emoji icons
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Ready For An Emoji Film?

How you react to news that Sony – already in production on one film based on a modern tech trend with Angry Birds – is planning one based around Emoji might depend on your age and your ‘net-savviness. So prepare to consider this Omg awesomesauce or another sign of the end times…According to Deadline, Sony Pictures Animation won a bidding war for a pitch by director Anthony Leondis, who travelled between the studios with a batch of storyboards showing how the basic plot will play out. Sony nabbed the project and Eric Siegel is aboard to turn the idea into a script for an animated adventure.Quite what that will be remains to be seen: at least in the case of something like Lego or the Angry Birds, you had narrative plans, characters and worlds built up. Emoji, the Japan-spawned graphical representations of faces, pets, objects and, yes, poop, wouldn’t
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Movie News: See 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Behind the Scenes; Watch Chris Evans in First, Romantic 'Before We Go' Trailer

X-Men: Apocalypse: A new photo from X-Men: Apocalypse gives a behind-the-scenes, rubble-filled peek at Cairo, the city where Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) first discovered Storm (Alexandra Shipp) in the Uncanny X-Men comic book series, and a continuing refuge for Storm over the years. Look for the movie in theaters on May 27, 2016. [The Hollywood Reporter]   Emoji: Sony Pictures Animation will develop an animated movie starring Emoji, the small digital images or figures often used in social media communications. Eric Siegel and Anthony Leondis will write the screenplay, and Leondis is set to direct. Leondis is an animation veteran whose credits include the 2008 family comedy Igor. [Deadline]   6000: Japanese comic book 6000: Rokusen is heading to the big...

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