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'Darkest Hour' nudges out 'Coco' at UK box office

The Greatest Showman and Call Me By Your Name post impressive holds.

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Darkest Hour

UK Top Five Rank Film / Distributor Weekend Gross (Fri-Sun) Running Total Week 1 Darkest Hour (Universal) £2.64m £15.19m 3 2 Coco (Disney) £2.33m £8.18m 2 3 Maze Runner: The Death Cure (Fox) £2.24m £2.24m 1 4 The Greatest Shownman (Fox) £2.04m £19.6m 5 5 Early Man (Studiocanal) £2.02m £2.02m 1

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate – 1.41

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In its third week, awards contender Darkest Hour returned to top of the UK box office with another strong hold, dropping a slim 19% with Fri-Sun takings of £2.64m. The film has now crossed the £15m mark, currently sitting on £15.19m, making it director Joe Wright’s highest grossing release in the UK.

Disney

Pixar animation Coco dropped marginally behind table-topper Darkest Hour in its second week, posting £2.33m. Looking at the Fri-Sun from its opening weekend, that’s a moderate drop of 30%. The film now sits on £8.18m.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi added £325,000 this
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Video: Top 6 Aardman Movie Characters

Aardman have been producing lovable characters with their distinctive stop-motion animation utilising clay for nearly 50 years now. Whether it be the old-school days of the original Wallace and Gromit TV shorts or even the cheeky Morph character from the 70s, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t fallen for one of their characters. With the upcoming release of their latest instalment Early Man, we have decided to look at some of the best characters Aardman have created since their clay creations hit the big screen…

6. Mr Bobo – The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012)

The studio clearly has a soft spot for animated animals as in all of their feature films they are depicted with human levels of intelligence. In fact, as with Mr Bobo in The Pirates!, our furry friends are often given a superior level of wits and capability than their human counterparts. As the
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Tom, Maisie, and Eddie Make the Perfect Trio at the Early Man Premiere

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Tom, Maisie, and Eddie Make the Perfect Trio at the Early Man Premiere
Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, and Eddie Redmayne stepped out on Sunday night for the premiere of Aardman's Early Man, solidifying their statuses as our favorite new trio. The animation company, responsible for Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and Arthur Christmas, takes on the Bronze Age in its latest feature film, with the British threesome lending their voices as leads. Eddie Redmayne plays caveman Dug in the film, befriended by Maisie Williams's Goona, a resident of the Bronze Age, which is ruled by none other than Lord Nooth, better known as Tom Hiddleston. On the night of the premiere, Hiddleston stayed true to his character, ruling the red carpet as suavely as ever, while Williams sported another undeniably cool ensemble and Redmayne kept his wife, Hannah Bagshawe, close. Early Man hits theaters on Feb. 16. While your Bronze-Aged anticipation grows until release, read on for the best pictures from the premiere.
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Elf Is the Top Christmas Movie of the 21st Century

With Christmas just a few days away, many will be breaking out their favorite Christmas movies to watch with their family and friends. FandangoNow, Fandango's premium digital video service, got into the holiday spirit by surveying more than 1,000 movie fans, asking what their favorite Christmas movies were, which were made in the 21st Century, from 2000 and on, and the winner was the 2003 holiday classic Elf. Here's what Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis had to say about this beloved Christmas movie in a brief statement.

"Elf is the most beloved holiday movie in my household because it's a film that makes you feel warm, happy and silly, and everyone needs some of that come the holidays. That, plus Will Ferrell's elf antics will never get old!"

The top 5 holiday movies are rounded out by The Polar Express, Love Actually, which actually got a Love Actually 2 sequel of sorts on
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25 Extreme Santa Scenes From Your Favorite Holiday Movies

<p>Santa Claus is supposed to be jolly and happy soul, but movies have not always portrayed him this way. In many films, Santa resorts to violence instead of caring and it happens in some pretty shocking ways. </p> <p>Take a stroll down memory lane to relive some of these crazy scenes from all your favorite Christmas films. The Santa Clause trilogy features a lot of crazy moments including multiple Santa deaths and some shovel action. In Elf, a department store Santa gets a little crazy when Buddy accuses him of being a fake. In Bad Santa, Santa teaches some pretty dirty boxing lessons and in Bad Santa 2 he gets into a fight with another street Santa. In the film Fred Claus, Fred takes on a number of Santas in the middle of a toy store. Santa’s Slay features an evil Kris Kringle who even attacks a puppy. Rise of
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‘Early Man’: 25 Things to Know about Aardman’s Stop-Motion Sports Comedy

I’ve always been utterly charmed by the films of Aardman Animation, and I’m always eager to see what they’ll do next. From the Wallace & Gromit films to the sly Chicken Run to even their CGI stuff like Flushed Away and Arthur Christmas, their movies feature a warm blend of comedy and heart that always make for a memorable experience. Their latest film, Early Man, seems to follow in that line, and earlier this year, I got to visit Aardman to see the development of the movie. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Early Man, …
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Best Santa Claus Movies of All Time

Who doesn't love Santa Claus? This jolly, rotund individual with the big white beard is loved and revered by all. In fact, he is the ultimate uniter. I defy you to tell me any religion that doesn't at least smile somewhat (regardless of how they feel about Christmas) when they see this iconic being. Santa Claus has been portrayed by people of all walks of life. Some looking like the Jolly Ole Saint Nick we see in Norman Rockwell paintings, and other's looking like Don Knotts. Santa is a symbol and that symbol has found no better home (no pun intended) than on the silver screen.

For years this character has been portrayed in movies. He has appeared in cameos and starring roles. In fact, it seems that just adding Santa Claus (and the holiday season) to a film can make it have a longer life. People love nostalgia. They
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The Death of Stalin movie review: the great dictator

MaryAnn’s quick take… Audacious, outrageous, bleakly funny. Not since Charlie Chaplin sent up Hitler and invited us to laugh at terrible reality has there been a movie like this. I’m “biast” (pro): love Armando Iannucci’s work

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

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

Presenting… Monty Python’s production of George Orwell’s 1984. Or damn close to it. So The Death of Stalin is akin to Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, then? Well, sort of. (I definitely scribbled “Brazil” in my notes while watching.) But Brazil was fiction; clearly inspired by actual totalitarian regimes, but entirely fictional. Stalin, however, is based on terrible reality. Perhaps not since Charlie Chaplin’s 1940 satire The Great Dictator has a filmmaker taken on such awful personalities and events and attempted to make us laugh about it all.
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First Look at Will Smith and Tom Holland's Spies in Disguise

First Look at Will Smith and Tom Holland's Spies in Disguise
Fox Animation, Chernin Entertainment and Blue Sky Studios have announced the voice casting for their upcoming animated film Spies In Disguise. The studio has brought on Will Smith and Tom Holland to lead the voice cast as Lance and Walter in this animated comedy, while also releasing the first two photos featuring each of these characters. It's unclear at this time if the studio will be announcing any further voice cast members for this new project in the near future.

Spies In Disguise is a buddy comedy set in the high octane globe-trotting world of international espionage. Will Smith (Men in Black) voices Lance Sterling, the world's most awesome spy. Cool, charming and super-skilled, saving the world is his occupation. And nobody does it better. Almost the exact opposite of Lance is Walter, voiced by Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming). Walter is a great mind but perhaps not a great socializer.
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New British animation studio inks major 20th Century Fox deal

Simon Brew Sep 21, 2017

Locksmith Animation will be making animated movies for 20th Century Fox in London...

We’ve been following the story of Locksmith Animation for some time now. The company was set up in 2014 to make high end CG animated features in the UK. The people behind it are long-time Aardman producer Julie Lockhart, Arthur Christmas writer/director Sarah Smith and Elisabeth Murdoch.

Previously, it looked as if Locksmith was going to making its film for Paramount Pictures. But yesterday, it was announced that the studio had entered into a deal with 20th Century Fox. This makes sense, too. Fox’s agreement to distribute DreamWorks Animation movies came to an end with the wonderful Captain Underpants, and whilst it still has a pipeline of films through Blue Sky Studios – Ferdinand is next – it has capacity for more movies on its slate.

Locksmith Animation will thus be aiming to release
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Fox, Locksmith Animation Ink Multi-Year Production, Development Deal (Exclusive)

Fox, Locksmith Animation Ink Multi-Year Production, Development Deal (Exclusive)
20th Century Fox and Locksmith Animation have entered into a long-term co-production and development deal, Variety has learned.

It comes as Fox is ramping up the number of family films it makes. Stacey Snider, who took over as the sole head of the studio a year ago, wants Fox to release an animated picture annually. The studio had been distributing pictures from DreamWorks Animation, but that deal is ending after Comcast bought the company. Fox owns Blue Sky, the makers of the “Ice Age” films. Locksmith will create a new film every 18 months, which will augment Blue Sky’s slate.

“We don’t want to miss a season when it comes to animated films,” said Snider.

The animation studio will enter the pact with three projects that are far along in their development — one has been greenlit. Locksmith’s first film with Fox will hit theaters in the autumn of 2020. Founder Sarah Smith won’t announce the
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31 underrated movies well worth a look

Simon Brew Aug 18, 2017

Looking for a film to watch, that you might not have considered before? Try some of these...

Sometimes, we figure, you come to a site like this just to find out about a film you didn’t know about. That you want recommendations of movies that you might not otherwise have uncovered. This list, then, has no theme, save that the films on it are really good, and didn’t get much of an audience first time around. That, or they seem to have been forgotten. It’s a real mix, but hopefully, there’s something on here that appeals..

The Brady Bunch Movie

The Brady Bunch films never really seemed to do much business in the UK, and that’s a real pity. No foreknowledge of the series is required, and the first movie takes the Brady film and transplants them into 1990s America, with no
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Martin Short, Maya Rudolph Join Ricky Gervais in Animated Film ‘Willoughbys’

Martin Short, Maya Rudolph Join Ricky Gervais in Animated Film ‘Willoughbys’
Martin Short, Maya Rudolph, Jane Krakowski, Terry Crews, and Sean Cullen will voice Bron Animation’s movie “The Willoughbys.”

The project is based on the Lois Lowry children’s book of the same name. Rudolph will be the voice of Nanny, who looks after the Willoughby children. Crews is voicing candy mogul Commander Melanoff, and Short and Krakowski will voice Father and Mother Willoughby, parents so in love with each other that they forget they even have children. Cullen voices the twin boys Barnaby A and B.

Ricky Gervais was previously announced as the narrator of the film, which follows the four Willoughby children. When abandoned by their selfish parents, they embark on an adventure through the modern world, colliding with a cat, an orphan, a nanny, and a candy mogul, to reunite with the “family they were born into.”

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Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews join Ricky Gervais in ‘The Willoughbys’

Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews join Ricky Gervais in ‘The Willoughbys’
Bron Animation title based on 2010 Lois Lowry novel of same name.

Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski and Sean Cullen have joined the cast of Bron Animation’s The Willoughbys.

Kris Pearn writes and directs and Cory Evans co-directs the story of the four Willoughby children, abandoned by their selfish parents, who embark on an adventure through the modern world. They encounter a cat, an orphan, a nanny and a confection mogul on their quest to reunite with the family they were born into.

Rudolph will voice Nanny, who looks after the Willoughby children. Crews is voicing the confection mogul Commander Melanoff, and Short and Krakowski give voice to Father and Mother Willoughby, parents so in love with each other they forget they even have children. Cullen voices the twin boys Barnaby A and B.

Gervais was previously announced as the narrator of the film, which is currently in pre-production at Bron’s studio in Burnaby
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Aardman are looking to bring back Wallace and Gromit, but not in feature films

Author: Jon Lyus

Fans of incorrect lower limb attire, facial decortication and enormous Lycan-Lapine crossbreeds will be pleased this morning. Aardman’s Co-founder Peter Lord (and Master) has told a German VFX conference that he ‘absolutely assumes’ that Nick Park will bring back Wallace and Gromit to your screens soon.

According to THR Lord told the Fmx VFX and animation audience in Stuttgart, Germany recently,

“When Nick’s not drawing cavemen, he’s drawing Wallace & Gromit…I absolutely assume he will do another, but not a feature. I think he found it was too much. I think he liked the half-hour format.”

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit was a stretch for our old pals W&C, though the relentless invention and visual accuity was as mesmerising as ever. That we’ll see more Wallace and Gromit on the small screen is a reassuring sign that Aardman, no matter how far they travel,
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Lowriders movie review: slow and furious

MaryAnn’s quick take… This melodrama about men unable to express themselves emotionally except through heavy machinery isn’t only clichéd: it doubles down on the clichés. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

A lowrider is a kind of customized car most associated with the Mexican-American community in Los Angeles. Customization features hydraulics that raise, lower, and bounce the chassis; paint jobs that gleam almost supernaturally topped by spectacular painted murals on the hood, sides, and other surfaces; a surfeit of chrome and other bling; and much more. Lowriders are highly personal works of art for their dude creators — pretty much always a dude — in which a dude also looks supercool slow-cruising the southern California boulevards.

If you do not already know all of this, Lowriders is not for you. There’s no onramp for
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‘Early Man’ Trailer: Aardman Animations Takes Us Back to the Stone Age

Aardman Animations may have entered the crowded CG animation world with films like Flushed Away and Arthur Christmas, but the creators of Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep, and Wallace and Gromit will forever be known for their stop-motion movies. Their latest project, Early Man, looks to be very much in line with their most popular […]

The post ‘Early Man’ Trailer: Aardman Animations Takes Us Back to the Stone Age appeared first on /Film.
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Anna Kendrick to play female Santa Claus for Disney

Simon Brew Jan 12, 2017

Anna Kendrick is set to move from Pitch Perfect 3 to Nicole, the story of the daughter of Santa Claus...

The festive season is finally over. The decorations are down, the lights are in storage, and you don't have to start thinking about Christmas shopping again for a good few months. But rest assured that the production line of Yuletide movies continues as the year trundles on, with the latest being Nicole.

Nicole is a movie that Disney is making, about a female Santa Claus. More specifically, with a slight Arthur Christmas twinge here, it's about the daughter of Santa Claus, who has to take over when her father retires, and her brother bottles it.

And now we learn that Anna Kendrick is in negotiations to take the title role in the movie. The film is being directed by Marc Lawrence (who made the really good fun
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‘My Life as a Zucchini’ Exclusive Featurette: British Animator Peter Lord Discusses The Stop-Motion Animated Film

‘My Life as a Zucchini’ Exclusive Featurette: British Animator Peter Lord Discusses The Stop-Motion Animated Film
Claude Barras’ stop-motion animated film “My Life as a Zucchini” (alternatively titled “My Life as a Courgette” in France) premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight section. The film follows the orphan Zucchini and his struggles in a new foster home after his mother’s sudden death. It is currently nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Film and was acquired by Gkids for U.S. distribution in August.

Read More: ‘My Life as a Zucchini’: Ellen Page, Will Forte and More Join English Voice Cast

Soon, an English-language version of the film starring Will Forte (“MacGruber”), Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”), Ellen Page (“Juno”) and Amy Sedaris (“BoJack Horseman”) will premiere at Sundance in January. Ahead of that, watch an exclusive featurette with Aardman Animations’ co-founder Peter Lord praising the film.

Lord’s Aardman Animations is responsible for the internationally acclaimed “Wallace & Gromit” shorts and films,
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Storks review

Mark Harrison Published Date Friday, October 14, 2016 - 05:57

Going by the trailers alone, Storks might look like a bit of an anachronism in 2016, taking its comedic kick start from the folkloric image of the white stork delivering babies to expectant parents that was popularised by Hans Christian Anderson and latterly in Disney's Dumbo. Happily, writer and co-director Nicholas Stoller has thought this through more than we have.

In Warner Animation Group's second feature, storks delivered infants from their baby factory on Stork Mountain in the past, but a pioneering boss has changed all of that, “because there are lots of other ways to get a baby.” Now the mountain is crowned with a great big warehouse from which Amazon-a-like online retailer Cornerstore.com dispatches electrical goods and other doo-dads so that storks don't have to deal with the hassle of carrying newborns any more.

One weekend, top flier Junior (voiced
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