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Chicago Critics Film Festival 2018 Review – Eighth Grade (2018)

Eighth Grade, 2018.

Written and Directed by Bo Burnham.

Starring Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan, Daniel Zolghadri, Fred Hechinger, Imani Lewis, Catherine Oliviere, Luke Prael, Nora Mullins, Missy Yager, Shacha Temirov, Greg Crowe, Thomas J O’Reilly, Frank Deal, Tiffany Grossfeld, Natalie Carter, Kevin R. Free, and Deborah Unger.


A teenager tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth-grade year before leaving to start high school.

I may have never been a socially awkward eighth-grade girl, I may not know what the hell “Gucci” means, and I’m clearly not the target audience for comedian Bo Burnham’s writing and directorial debut Eighth Grade, but that didn’t stop its authenticity and charm from working wonders on me. As a quick warning, if the details appear fuzzy in this review, it is because I’m just now getting around to reviewing it the week before
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Festive New Trailer For The Grinch Stars Benedict Cumberbatch As The Grumpy Grouch

He’s the grumpiest grouch in all of Who-ville, but this festive season, The Grinch plans to steal Christmas and all of the joy it brings.

Benedict Cumberbatch calls upon his American accent for the animated role – more Doctor Strange, less Sherlock – which is coming by way of Illumination, the industry powerhouse responsible for Despicable Me, Sing, and the inescapable Minions movies. And to drum up excitement ahead of its release in November, the studio has summoned forth a new and suitably festive trailer for The Grinch.

Directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier, this is simply the latest spin on Dr. Seuss’ famous yarn from 1957, with previous adaptations including Ron Howard’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which featured Jim Carrey in the title role. Now, it’s Benedict Cumberbatch’s turn to curse Who-ville with his unbearable cynicism.

The Grinch Is (Still) Grouchy In New Poster For Animated
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‘Eighth Grade’: How a Twentysomething Dude Made the Year’s Best Film About Female Coming-of-Age

‘Eighth Grade’: How a Twentysomething Dude Made the Year’s Best Film About Female Coming-of-Age
Nearly six months after premiering his feature directorial debut at Sundance, Bo Burnham still remembers exactly how he felt before screening it for the first time: terrified. For the 27-year-old standup comedian and musician, that terror didn’t stem from the quality of the film, its writing, its performances; it came from being a dude telling a story that, on its surface, is very much about the coming-of-age of a young woman. Who was he to tell it?

“I was so terrified going there, specifically of being a guy,” he said. “I was so worried at the time, like ‘I am in trouble.'”

Read More: ‘Eighth Grade’ Review: Bo Burnham’s Directorial Debut Is An Achingly Real Modern Coming-of-Age Story — Sundance 2018

Burnham didn’t need to worry, because his film — a charming dramedy about the waning days of eighth grade, told from the perspective of shy 13-year-old Kayla (breakout
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‘Eighth Grade’ Review: Tender Take on Teen Angst Is Flat-Out Triumph

‘Eighth Grade’ Review: Tender Take on Teen Angst Is Flat-Out Triumph
I’ve been talking and thinking about this fun-to-decode, impossible-to-forget gift from the cinema gods since I saw it at Sundance in January. Now Eighth Grade is going into wide release – and no excuses will be accepted for you missing it. First-time filmmaker Bo Burnham – the 27-year-old, comedy-and-music dude from YouTube – has taken the tiniest details in the life of a 13-year-old girl moving through the digital age, filtered them through his own madly inventive headspace, and created the kind of movie that leaves you laughing hysterically or fighting back tears,
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‘Incredibles 2’ Sets Animation Box Office Record, Will Cross $500 Million Domestic

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Superheroes from Disney could have a 1-2 finish at the box office this weekend, as “Ant-Man and the Wasp” takes No. 1 while “Incredibles 2” makes box office history by becoming the first animated film to cross $500 million in North America.

Incredibles 2,” is expected to make $31 million in its fourth weekend, and on Saturday it will break the domestic animation record set by “Finding Dory” two years ago at $486 million. It will also become only the twelfth film to gross over $500 million domestically, and will pass “Rogue One” to join the top ten all-time domestic list in the coming week.

Also Read: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Roars to $1 Billion at Global Box Office

Incredibles 2” has exploded beyond anyone’s expectations, starting with its animation record $182 million opening. If it were a Marvel film, “Incredibles 2” would have an opening weekend and domestic total higher than every Marvel Studios
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'Fallen Kingdom' hits $1bn global box office as 'Ant-Man And The Wasp' flies into action (update)

McU’s 20th release chases 2015 original’s $339.1m final international gross.

July 6: Universal Pictures on Friday confirmed that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom crossed $1bn worldwide on Thursday as it became the studio’s seventh film to accomplish the feat.

As of Friday the tentpole stood at $700.7m at the international box office and $304.8m from North America. The Jurassic franchise has amassed $4.7bn, and is one of three Universal franchises including The Fast And The Furious and Despicable Me/Minions to have two films cross the $1bn threshold. Disney is the only other studio to have achieved this.

Top markets include China on $245.2m,
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Universal’s International Chief Duncan Clark on Bond, Grinch, Dolittle, Pokemon

Universal’s International Chief Duncan Clark on Bond, Grinch, Dolittle, Pokemon
Following the stellar overseas opening for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Universal’s international chief Duncan Clark is confident about an upcoming release slate that includes Bond 25, “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,” “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle,” Pokemon movie “Detective Pikachu,” and potential awards contenders like “First Man.”

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” opened recently in international markets with a monster opening weekend of $150 million. Its release shortly before the start of the FIFA World Cup could have raised eyebrows, but Clark, president of distribution at Universal Pictures Intl., is confident that the movie will continue to thrive, despite the competition from soccer.

“In many parts of the world the timeline of the World Cup will not really interfere with [the film’s performance, such as] in Asia and Latin America,” he says. “In the first two weeks of the World Cup, there is less drama and less potent matches because they are in group matches. On days when the countries play,
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The Grinch Trailer #2 Goes on a Mission to Steal Christmas

Following the second poster that debuted yesterday, Universal Pictures has unveiled the second trailer for The Grinch, slated to arrive in theaters November 9. Unlike the live-action adaptation entitled How the Grinch Stole Christmas in 2000, which starred Jim Carrey as the title character, Universal has teamed up with Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me franchise) to turn this classic story into a new animated movie, with Benedict Cumberbatch providing the voice of the title character. The first trailer and poster debuted back in March, but this second trailer features plenty of new footage.

This story dates back to 1957, when Theodor Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, published it as a book through the publishing company Random House, and it was also published as an issue of Redbook as well, shortly thereafter. The 69-page book, which follows The Grinch as he tries to sabotage the annual Whoville Christmas celebration below him, so he can
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Benedict Cumberbatch Takes On Dr. Seuss In New Grinch Trailer

Following a few promo posters and that first trailer, fans have been eager to see more of The Grinch – starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the green meanie – and today, they’ve got their wish, as a brand new preview has debuted.

A co-production between Universal and Illumination Entertainment, most well known for creating the Despicable Me franchise, this animated effort is a far cry from 2000’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, instead choosing to make the titular character oddly relatable. Which is something we saw both in the first trailer and this one.

Not only that, but his motivations for stealing everyone’s favorite holiday are also a bit different here than they’ve been in the past, with the Grinch not being fueled just by spite. Rather, he takes issue with all the noise the folks of Who-ville make during the holiday season. All the guy wants is some peace and quiet,
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New The Grinch Poster Revealed, Trailer #2 Arrives Tomorrow

Universal Pictures has released a new poster for The Grinch, while revealing that the second trailer will be released tomorrow. The poster introduces fans to the concept of the "Resting Grinch Face," while the studio has also released a brief new video on The Grinch Twitter. The video encourages fans to tag their friends who often put their resting grinch face (#Rgf) on display. The video also features a few bits of new footage, including a tiny scene where The Grinch seemingly reacts to people tagging their friends with #Rgf, stating, "That's hurtful."

The first trailer was released back in March, and if Universal and Illumination keep following the same pattern of releasing a trailer every three months, we could get a third and/or final trailer in September, to get fans ready for the November 8 release. The first trailer offered a glimpse at The Grinch's (Benedict Cumberbatch) solitary life,
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What’s Next for Disney as John Lasseter’s Exit Looms?

On June 5, Disney hosted a lavish premiere bash for “Incredibles 2” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. There were jugglers and acrobats, balloon-making stations, performers on stilts and waiters circulating with snow cones and candy apples. Disney chief Bob Iger was there, as were director Brad Bird and voice stars Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter. But one powerhouse figure was conspicuously missing in action — John Lasseter, the creative guru credited with making Pixar a household name and reinvigorating Disney’s animation division.

Three days later, in a classic Friday-afternoon news dump, Disney announced that Lasseter would be leaving the company at the end of the year. He had been exiled for months in the wake of complaints of sexual harassment, including claims of kissing female employees on the lips and drunkenly pursuing them at wrap parties.

Lasseter’s forced departure had a feeling of inevitability. In the #MeToo/Time’s Up era,
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French Animation Industry Gets Big Boost From International Tax Rebate (Exclusive)

France’s thriving animation industry has been getting the biggest boost from the international tax rebate since 2013.

Each year on average, animated films and series represent a third of the productions accessing the international tax rebate and 50% of the expenditure of foreign productions in France, according to Xavier Lardoux, head of films at the Cnc National Film Board.

Since the international tax rebate was revamped in 2016, allowing for a rate increase which grew from 20% to 30%, several French studios such as Mikros Animation, Dwarf Labs or Fortiche Production have followed the footsteps of Illuminated MacGuff and have started working on American projects that have brought nearly 30 million euros ($35 million) in expendirure in France, according to the Cnc.

Dwarf Labs, for instance, began working for Cirrina Studios on William Joyce’s animated feature “The Extincts” (pictured), an adaptation of British writer Veronica Cossanteli’s popular children novel.

France’s technical industries, which include animation services,
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12 Takes on Annecy 2018

Annecy, France — France’s Annecy Festival, the world’s biggest animation meet, opens its doors June 11. Here are 12 takes on this year’s edition, and the state of the animation business:

1.Annecy Breaks Attendance Records, Again

This will be the largest Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival ever. One week out, accreditations for its Intl. Animation Film Market (Mifa) were tracking 16% up vs. 2017, at 3,500. That’s the biggest attendance, and the biggest’s growth in attendance, on record, said Mifa head Mikaël Marin. Total Annecy attendance – festival guests, students and Mifa participants – was 10% up on last year’s 10,000, another historical record. Quaint, fairy-tale-like town it may be. But in numbers, Annecy is not much smaller than, say, MipTV, thanks of course to a much larger festival.

2. Animation Biz Drivers

So what else is new? Annecy has grown every single year since at least the turn of the decade, said Marin. Various
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Japan's Skip City festival introduces competition for local features

The Japanese Feature Film Competition will screen four titles from young Japanese filmmakers.

Japan’s Skip City International D-Cinema Festival has unveiled the line-up for its 15th anniversary edition (July 13-22), including a new competition section for Japanese features.

The Japanese Feature Film Competition will screen four titles from young Japanese filmmakers, including two world premieres – Kenichiro Hiro’s coming-of-age drama Beyond The Blue and Shinzo Katayama’s Siblings Of The Cave, starring Yuya Matsuura and Misa Wada.

The remaining two films in this section are Hiroyuki Takebayashi’s High Sentiments Family and Norichika Oba’s Cyclops. In previous editions of the festival,
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Eighth Grade Review – Sundance London 2018

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Very rarely does a film come along that is such a sheer delight all you want to do is watch it over and over again. Eighth Grade is one of these extraordinary gems, a film that is overflowing with insight, wit and humanity. Coming-of-age dramas are a well traversed genre and can so often fall into cliché especially for first-time filmmakers who are yet to find their voice. Yet Bo Burnham’s first feature Eighth Grade feels utterly fresh, relevant and self-assured. Burnham’s 12-year comedy career has no doubt helped refine his particular brand of humour, but it’s still a staggering achievement to create such an accomplished first film.

Eighth Grade opens on Kayla (Elsie Fisher) filming a YouTube video for her almost non-existent subscriber base. She dishes out life advice and gives a monologue on “being yourself” then signs off with her“Gucci!” catchphrase. However, like many kids,
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Horror Highlights: Silver Volume 4 Kickstarter Campaign, Speak Of The Devil Vr Experience, Ghost Source Zero Digital Release Details

Stephan Franck (The Iron Giant), who has worked on everything from animated films to graphic novels, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Volume 4 of Silver, a graphic novel series featuring action, adventure, Dracula, Van Helsing, and so much more, and it headlines today's Horror Highlights. We also have details on a virtual reality experience for Speak of the Devil and Ghost Source Zero digital release details.

Silver Volume 4 Kickstarter Details: Press Release: "May 29, 2018) Stephan Franck has worked on some of the most beloved animated films of all time, including The Iron Giant, How to Train Your Dragon, and Despicable Me —and his passion for storytelling extends from the silver screen to comic books and graphic novels. Over the course of the last four years, Franck has been writing, illustrate self-publishing Silver, a globe-trotting graphic novel series that mashes up the world of Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula with action,
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Video: Top 5 Spin-Off Movies

The upcoming release of Solo: A Star Wars Story has reignited the usual disputes over whether you are Team Rogue One or Team Force Awakens and there are many who would argue a spin-off film can be better than the core franchise feature. However, the best spin offs pay homage to their original content whilst marking themselves as a great stand-alone feature. Whether it is adventure or comedy, family-friendly or hard-core action – a sign of a great franchise is the ability to produce a great spin-off. So here are our ‘Top 5 Spin-Off Movies’ that have successfully levelled with their original counterparts…

5. Minions (2015)

The success of Despicable Me (2010) and Despicable Me 2 (2013) saw a growing obsession with the films’ adorable yellow henchmen. And when endless stuffed toys and fluffy backpacks didn’t seem to be enough to feed our Minion obsession, there was a decision to bring out a film of their very own.
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20 Animated Movies Currently In Development

The five highest-grossing animated films of all time are from this decade – 2013’s <em>Frozen</em>, 2015’s <em>Minions</em>, 2010’s <em>Toy Story 3</em>, 2017’s <em>Despicable Me 3</em>, and 2016’s <em>Finding Dory</em> – which means that Hollywood is not slowing down on its production of movies in this genre. On the contrary, it is only inscreasing.

With that said, 2019 and beyond is shaping up to become one of the busiest periods in the history of animated movies. There are dozens of animated films currently in development, including projects from Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, and other studios. Despite the various sequels, reboots, and spin-offs to already established franchises, there is also a fair share of original stories coming soon to theaters.

Fans of the genre are in for quite a ride, as the current lineup of animated projects in development are going to revisit old and beloved characters as well as introduce brand-new ones.
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Spain’s Animation Industry Flexes Its Muscle

Spain’s Animation Industry Flexes Its Muscle
Two months ago at Bordeaux’s Cartoon Movie, Europe’s biggest animated movie showcase, no country made a larger impact than Spain.

A sneak peek of footage from Raul de la Fuente’s “Another Day of Life,” capturing war correspondent Ryszard Kapuściński’s life-haunting experience in Angola’s civil war, dazzled Cartoon Movie with the verve of its animation/live-action mix. The $20 million “Dragonkeeper,” about a feisty washer-girl slave turned dragon protector, sparked enthusiasm for its story and Western-Chinese animation meld. Alberto Vázquez (“Birdboy: The Forgotten Children”) drew the showcase’s second-biggest audience for in-the-works “Unicorn Wars,” about an ancestral battle between Teddy bears and unicorns. And Madrid-based Latido Films won Distributor of the Year for “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles,” about Luis Buñuel’s shooting of 1933’s “Land Without Bread.”

Spanish animation’s strong showing at Cartoon Movie was no fluke. Animation accounted for the highest-grossing Spanish hit
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Harrison Ford, Patton Oswalt and more join The Secret Life of Pets 2

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have announced the voice cast of the upcoming sequel to the 2016 animated smash hit The Secret Life of Pets 2.

Patton Oswalt will take over the role of lead dog Max, replacing C.K. who voiced the character in the first film before becoming embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal last year. Meanwhile, Harrison Ford has also been cast in what will be his first ever voice role in a studio animated family film.

Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Eric Stonestreet, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress and Bobby Moynihan will all reprise their roles from the original film, while Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip), Nick Kroll (Sing) and Pete Holmes (Crashing) will voice new characters.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 is once again directed by Despicable Me’s Chris Renaud, from a script by Minions scribe Brian Lynch. The film is set for release
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