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A Bad Moms Christmas movie review: cruel coal in the stocking

MaryAnn’s quick take… This rushed sequel is an insult to its progenitor movie. A cheap knockoff that doesn’t understand what made Bad Moms so smart, funny, and feminist-wise. I’m “biast” (pro): love the first movie

I’m “biast” (con): the trailer looked awful

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a sequel throw its progenitor movie under a bus the way that A Bad Moms Christmas does. If I hadn’t just rewatched Bad Moms, I would have been doubting what I remembered as a very positive reaction to it last year as I sat through this barrage of nasty, cruel, antiwoman, even antimom garbage. But no: as I had just reminded myself, Bad Moms truly is a terrifically smart and wise movie — and also a very funny one — about the impossible job that modern
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Becky G, Josh Peck to Star in Animated ‘Gnome Alone’ (Exclusive)

Becky G, Josh Peck to Star in Animated ‘Gnome Alone’ (Exclusive)
Singer-songwriter Becky G and Josh Peck have come on board as the lead voice talents for 3Qu Media’s animated comedy “Gnome Alone.”

Directed by Peter Lepeniotis (“The Nut Job”) and produced by 3Qu co-founder John H. Williams (“Shrek”), “Gnome Alone” is being animated at Cinesite and is slated for completion in the spring of 2017.

Becky G will also sing in “Gnome Alone” as part of the role of a high schooler named Chloe. She was cast in October as the Yellow Ranger for Lionsgate’s upcoming “Power Rangers” movie and has a recurring role on the Fox series “Empire” as the fiery Valentina.

“Gnome Alone” is the second of four feature-length animated films to be produced and financed by 3Qu Media following “Charming,” currently in production with a voice cast including Demi Lovato, Wilmer Valderrama, Sia, Gem, Ashley Tisdale, Steve Aoki and John Cleese. The “Gnome Alone” announcement was
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‘Shrek’ Producer John Williams Launching Animated Production Company (Exclusive)

‘Shrek’ Producer John Williams Launching Animated Production Company (Exclusive)
Shrek” producer John H. Williams and Henry Skelsey, managing partner of Fulton Capital Management LLC, have formed 3Qu Media as a specialist in CG-animated feature films for the international marketplace.

3Qu Media has completed funding from a group of investors for its initial slate of four films with budgets under $20 million, starting with animated comedy “Charming.”

Ross Venokur will direct from his script, which re-imagines the tales of Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty after they discover they are all engaged to the same Prince Charming.

“Our purpose is to produce mainstream and commercially successful CG-animated family films with elements of comedy, adventure, romance and personal inspiration for the global market,” Williams said.

3Qu Media is producing in association with Wv Enterprises. Williams is producing and Sc Films International is handling foreign sales.

Production has started at Cinesite’s new animation studio in Montreal.

Williams has a producing credit on
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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 1

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Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.

On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production
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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as
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271 Invited To Join The Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The 2014 invitees are:

Actors

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine,
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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years.
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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn.
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Academy Invites 271 New Members

Academy Invites 271 New Members
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.

Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy.
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Kristin Chenoweth Covers Women’s Running Magazine: “I Don’t Like Drinking Water”

With a long list of accomplishments from television, movies and the stage, it’s increasingly important for Kristin Chenoweth to stay in top form.

The “Space Chimps” cutie covers the June 2014 issue of Women's Running magazine and in her interview she admits she hasn’t always been so health-conscious.

Kristin confesses, “I was pretty late to the party in realizing that you can’t put garbage in your body and expect it to run like a Ferrari. When I hit 40, it really became more about how I feel than how I look. When I’m 60, I want to feel 50. I want to be able to enjoy life.”

Ms. Chenoweth also notes that running is her favorite way to stay active. “It keeps my heart healthy! A lot of people find inspiration through running and I’m definitely among them . . . If I have a concert coming up, I love to put
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Rio 2 review: jungle feeble

This is what passes for a children’s movie these days: a 1950s sitcom drawn in pretty tropical CGI colors with a few mostly forgettable songs tossed in. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): was not a fan of the first film

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Why the hell anyone thinks kids would be interested in the marital happiness of a bird boy is beyond me. But this is what passes for a children’s movie these days: a 1950s sitcom drawn in pretty tropical CGI colors with a few mostly forgettable songs tossed in. Nerd bird Blu (the voice of Jesse Eisenberg: Now You See Me, The Social Network) was happy when last we saw him, at the end of the stridently mediocre Rio, and clearly that could not stand. So here, in the oh-so-creatively entitled Rio 2,
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Win The Croods on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of The Croods on DVD and Blu-ray 9th December, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Written and directed by Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch) and Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimps), The Croods is the must-see animated film of the year. When their cave is destroyed, the Croods set out to explore a spectacular landscape filled with fantastic creatures, strange surprises…and a whole new world of adventure! Led by an outstanding voice cast featuring Oscar®-winner Nicolas Cage, Golden Globe®-nominee Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Oscar®-nominee Catherine Keener, the Croods invite your whole family to travel back in time and discover their world.

Families who purchase the Deluxe Edition or Blu-ray™ can join Guy, Eep and Belt as they introduce the crazy “Croodaceous Creatures” – the striking and unique animals from the film – and much more. The Croods Coloring App unlocks additional content
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The Croods Digital HD Review

You may recall that when we reviewed The Croods in our podcast, we were somewhat lukewarm about it. Looking back, it seems that was largely a result of the hope and expectations it managed to bring in the first 30 minutes, that never seemed to completely come together.

Strictly as a family effort though, this one has a lot going for it, including massive appeal to the actual target audience.

The hit film about a family of cavemen, which rather awesomely gives over the reigns of bravery to daughter Eep (Emma Stone), has as its best feature a complexity that rewards repeated viewings. Anything but a simple, wild romp with bizarre creatures, dangers, and the requisite amount of slapstick, The Croods is a layered conversation about growing up, parenthood, and family in general that is easily superimposed over any family… ever.

Eep quickly introduces us to her family, and patriarch Grug
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Interview: The Croods Directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco

Having grossed more than $585 million at the worldwide box office, DreamWorks Animation's prehistoric family adventure The Croods is coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week and ComingSoon.net had the opportunity to sit down with directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco to discuss the long road they traveled to bring Grug and his family to the big screen. Featuring the voice work of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman, The Croods follows the adventures of a primitive family learning to survive in a fantastic (but dangerous) stone age world. Sanders (with Dean DeBlois) directed Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon while DeMicco helmed the animated adventure Space Chimps . In the below interview, the pair talk...
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Blu-ray, 3D, DVD Release: The Croods

Digital Release Date: Sept. 15, 2013, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D & DVD Release Date: Oct. 1, 2013

Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $38.99, Blu-ray 3D $48.99

Studio: DreamWorks Animation/20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Chris Sanders, the co-director of How to Train Your Dragon, and Kirk De Micco, the director of Space Chimps, go back in time for DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods.

The comedy adventure film tells the story of the world’s first family as they’re forced to step out from the safety of their cave and travel across a new landscape, discovering a world filled with fantastic creatures.

Nicolas Cage (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man), Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern), Catherine Keener (Please Give), Cloris Leachman (TV’s Raising Hope) and Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine) lend their voices to the PG-rated movie, which grossed a tidy $187 million in theaters.

Although critics weren’t enamored with The Croods, with NPR
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The Croods Blu-Ray Hits On October 1st With Belt Plush, Digital on Sept. 15

Mark your calendars, The Croods Blu-Ray is set to hit on October 1st, and if you thought there wouldn’t be snazzy marketing promos, you thought wrong. How about a nice plush with your film?

Somewhat less than we were hoping for back when we did our podcast review, The Croods is nevertheless a solid bit of family fare that has a lot going for it from the kid perspective.

It doesn’t look overloaded with bonuses, but at least it has a lot more kid-friendly ideas at work than most of the recent animated films.

Take a look at what’s coming your way, and don’t forget the date.

Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition and DVD are Packed with Croodaceous Content!

Get The Croods on Digital HD™ Two Weeks Early!

Dun Dun Dahhh! Lauded by critics as “the first great animated film of 2013” (Pete Hammond, Movieline), Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announces the blockbuster hit,
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The Croods Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD Arrive October 1st

The Croods Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD Arrive October 1st
Dun Dun Dahhh! Lauded by critics as "the first great animated film of 2013" (Pete Hammond, Movieline), Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announces the blockbuster hit, DreamWorks Animation's The Croods, will debut on Digital HD on September 15 and Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on October 1. "An instant animated classic," (Jake Hamilton, Fox-tv), The Croods promises to bring the whole family together "from 4 to 104" (Sam Rubin, Ktla), to delight in "stunning visuals, humor and heart," (Jim Hill, Huffington Post) as the world's first family embark on an unforgettable adventure. The Blu-ray and DVD are chock full of fun bonus material that will bring the vibrant, amazing world of The Croods home for the whole family to enjoy. The perfect treat for kids of all ages, The Croods Blu-ray and DVD comes with a lovable Belt plush toy for a limited time only.

Join The Croods on the journey of a lifetime
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'A.N.T. Farm,' 'Lab Rats' Stars to Topline Disney Channel TV Movie

'A.N.T. Farm,' 'Lab Rats' Stars to Topline Disney Channel TV Movie
A.N.T. Farm star China Anne McClain has landed a starring role in a new Disney Channel original movie. The actress, along with Lab Rats regular Kelli Berglund, will topline How to Build a Better Boy, which recently began production in Toronto and is slated for a 2014 premiere on Disney Channel. Joining McClain and Berglund in the cast are Noah Centineo (Austin & Ally), Ashley Argota (True Jackson, VP), Marshall Williams (Canada's Got Talent), Matt Shively (True Jackson, VP) and Roger Bart (Revenge). Written by Jason Mayland (Space Chimps) and directed by Paul Hoen (Camp Rock 2: The

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Directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco Give Dallas, TX Press and Children Sneak Peek of The Croods

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DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox chose a unique way to promote their newest animated family film. The studios sent directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco out on a tour of several different target markets to host question and answer sessions with reporters and their children about the making of "The Croods." The interactive sessions lasted about 35 minutes and utilized scenes from the film to keep even the youngest attendee interested.

"The Croods" tells the tale of the first family of humans. The group finds themselves forced into a brave new world after their cave home is destroyed. They run into many dangers and exotic creatures in their journeys. Can they re-locate and find their place in this new domain or will they just go extinct?

You could feel the excitement in the air as directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco entered the meeting room of the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine,
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Directors Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders Talk The Croods, the 3D, Technical Challenges, How it Was Originally an Aardman Stop-Motion Movie, and More

Now playing is DreamWorks Animations’ The Croods. Directed by Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps) and Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon), The Croods centers on a prehistoric family embarking on the world’s first road trip through an uncharted, fantastical and dangerous world. The film features the voice talents of Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage, Clark Duke, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman. For more on The Croods, you can watch 8 clips here. At the New York City press junket, I was able to speak with De Micco and Sanders. We talked about how they started working together, how the film changed during the development process, how The Croods was originally set up at Aardman as a stop-motion animated movie, casting, technical challenges, whether Guillermo del Toro had any involvement with the film, their working relationship with Jeffrey Katzenberg, the film's use of 3D, and updates on Hong Kong Phooey
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