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See the life of a royal dog in trailer for ‘The Queen’s Corgi’

  • HeyUGuys
Ever wondered what the life of a Royal Corgi would be like? Why not find out with a new trailer from Lionsgate UK for ‘The Queen’s Corgi’.

Directed by Ben Stassen (A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures, Thunder and the House of Magic) and Vincent Kesteloot (The Wild Life), written by Rob Sprackling and John R. Smith (Gnomeo and Juliet), and produced by nWave Pictures.

Voice cast includes Jack Whitehall is Rex, Ray Winstone is Tyson, Julie Walters is The Queen, Sheridan Smith is Wanda, Matt Lucas is Charlie and Tom Courtenay as The Duke of Edinburgh.

Also in trailers – Sophie Turner loses control in trailer for ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’

The film is released on July 5th

The Queen’s Corgi Synopsis

Rex is the Queen’s Top Dog – a spoilt little corgi who lives a life of luxury in Buckingham Palace. But when Rex winds up in a London Dog’s Home,
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Teaser trailer released for Royal animation The Queen’s Corgi

  • HeyUGuys
Ever wondered what the life of one of the Queen’s Corgis would be like? Why not find out with a new teaser trailer from Lionsgate UK for the upcoming animation.

Directed by Ben Stassen (A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures, Thunder and the House of Magic) and Vincent Kesteloot (The Wild Life), written by Rob Sprackling and John R. Smith (Gnomeo and Juliet), and produced by nWave Pictures.

Also in trailers – Magical first look trailer arrives for Disney’s Aladdin

The film will be released in the UK in 2019.

The Queen’s Corgi Official Synopsis

Rex is the Queen’s Top Dog – a spoilt little corgi who lives a life of luxury in Buckingham Palace. But when Rex winds up in a London Dog’s Home, surrounded by tough strays, he must learn that to become a true Top Dog, you have to earn it!

The post Teaser
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Animation studio nWave finalises separation from Studiocanal

  • ScreenDaily
Animation studio nWave finalises separation from Studiocanal
Companies part ways after seven-year partnership.

Belgian 3D animation studio nWave Pictures has ended its seven-year relationship with Studiocanal.

It was announced during the Cannes Film Festival that nWave would buy back Studiocanal’s shares in the company. This agreement is now complete, nWave has confirmed.

The transaction was jointly negotiated between Studiocanal and nWave, ending the partnership formed in 2010 for the development, co-financing and distribution of nWave Studios’ feature films.

These included A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures (2010), The House Of Magic (2013) and The Wild Life (2016).

The statement adds that nWave Studios will explore new long-term partnership opportunities to expand its development, production and distribution efforts.

A source told Screen in May that Studiocanal has been slow to give the go-ahead to nWave’s projects.

“It just became impossible to work together and so we decided to part ways,” nWave CEO Ben Stassen told Screen

The final collaboration between nWave and Studiocanal is the upcoming
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nWave ends long-standing Studiocanal pact

  • ScreenDaily
Animation outfit to buy back its shares from Studiocanal.

Belgian 3D animation specialist nWave Pictures is set to end its longstanding relationship with Studiocanal.

The news was confirmed this week by company CEO Ben Stassen. The Son Of Bigfoot (aka Bigfoot Junior) is the final film that nWave is partnering on with Studiocanal. It will be released in August across Europe, including in Studiocanal’s direct-distribution territories, France, UK and Germany.

Over the last seven years, nWave and Studiocanal have partnered on projects such as A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures (2010) and The House Of Magic (2013) – European-originated animated features with budgets in excess of $20m that have sold around the world. However, nWave’s next feature, The Queen’s Corgi, will be made without Studiocanal support.

nWave’s model relies on greenlighting one film every year in order to keep the pipeline running and ensuring continuing work for the company’s 120 staff. The hitch, according
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Movie Review: Robinson Crusoe gets a cruddy animated makeover with The Wild Life

  • The AV Club
There have been several attempts to revisit Robinson Crusoe from the point of view of loyal sidekick Friday, but up until now, no one has tried to tell the story from the perspective of Crusoe’s parrot, dog, and goat. In comes Belgian animation studio NWave Pictures (previously behind Fly Me To The Moon, which depicted the Apollo 11 mission from the perspective of… some houseflies) with The Wild Life, the sort of uninspired international pre-sales item that usually goes straight from a basement booth at the Cannes film market to a Netflix parent’s peripheral vision. The sole interesting thing about NWave’s animation is its use of the camera, which plays to 3-D’s pop-out factor; otherwise, its movies (like Thunder And The House Of Magic and A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures, both directed or co-directed by founder Ben Stassen) are pap, cranked out on an
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Win ‘Robinson Crusoe’ movie merchandise

Robinson Crusoe sailed into cinemas on the 6th May, and to celebrate the release we are giving away some Robinson Crusoe merchandise to three lucky winners!

From the makers of A Turtle’s Tale and The House of Magic comes a fun-filled adventure in eye-popping 3D for the whole family to enjoy.

When Robinson Crusoe is washed up onto a tiny island after a violent storm, he realises that his only chance of survival is through the help of the exotic island animals. It isn’t easy at first, as the animals don’t speak “human.” But slowly but surely, they all start living together in harmony, until one day, when their comfortable life is overturned by two savage cats, who wish to take control of the island…

Watch the trailer here:

To be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question:

What type of animal is Robinson’s friend,
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Studiocanal adds production exec, expands role of UK CEO Danny Perkins

One World Films exec joins Studiocanal, which announces expanded production role for UK CEO Danny Perkins.

Studiocanal has expanded its international film production activities with the appointment of producer Matthew Gledhill [pictured] as senior vice president, international production, and by assigning a broader production remit to UK CEO Danny Perkins.

The Paris-based film and high-end TV division of the Vivendi-owned Canal+ Group said Gledhill’s arrival on March 31 was part of the ongoing development of its international film production activities.

Gledhill, who joins from One World Films, will act as an executive producer on international feature films produced in-house by Studiocanal.

He will also oversee titles produced by Ben Stassen’s Belgian-based 3D/4D animation studio nWave Pictures, which is a subsidiary of Studiocanal. Past features by the company include Robinson Crusoe and The House Of Magic.

Gledhill produced Viggo Mortensen drama Far From Men and worked with Studiocanal chairman and CEO Didier Lupfer before, serving as a supervising
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StudioCanal, Impuls Pictures strike output deal

  • ScreenDaily
Agreement includes We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron.

StudioCanal and Swiss independent distributor Impuls Pictures have closed an output deal securing distribution rights to all StudioCanal International Productions in Switzerland.

Impuls Pictures, a unit of Impuls Media Group, will be granted with distribution rights in Switzerland to StudioCanal Films including Aardman’s animated Early Man as well as Bastille Day, The Program, We Are Your Friends, nWave’s Robinson Crusoe and James Marsh’s next feature starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, the Untitled Donald Crowhurst Project currently shooting in the UK.

The deal was negotiated for StudioCanal by Anna Marsh, head of international sales, and Pierre Mazars, vp international sales, and for Impuls Pictures by the CEO’s Peter and Patrick Schaumlechner and Daniel Guckau.

Impuls Pictures co-ceo Patrick Schaumlechner said the output deal “would provide a constant pipeline of some of the most commercial and outstanding films in the world”.

Impuls has been a
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Fabula secures ten from Afm

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Fabula secures ten from Afm
Exclusive: New films from Pathe, StudioCanal, Gaumont among haul.

Fledgling Turkish distributor Fabula Films has finalised deals for ten films from the Afm, including Nicolas Winding Refn’s next film The Neon Demon from Gaumont and StudioCanal’s 3D animation Robinson.

After securing 20 films at Toronto the outfit has bolstered its slate with Stephen FrearsFlorence Foster Jenkins biopic, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, and awards contender Selma, both from Pathe.

The latter is set for a February 2015 release.

From StudioCanal, the company acquired English-language 3D animation Robinson, produced by nWave, Zac Efron drama We are Your Friends, and Stephen FrearsLance Armstrong drama starring Ben Foster.

Post-World War II drama Labyrinth of Lies was bought from Beta Cinema, while the new film by Patrice Leconte Do Not Disturb was picked up from Wild Bunch. The company also acquired Bankside’s crowdpleaser X+Y, starring Asa Butterfield as a socially awkward teenage maths prodigy.

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Marital war ignites ticket sales

It.s hardly the ideal date movie but David Fincher.s lacerating portrait of a marriage gone sour drove ticket sales at Australian cinemas last weekend.

Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike and based on Gillian Flynn.s best-selling novel, Gone Girl grabbed $4.7 million from Thursday to Sunday according to Rentrak.s estimates and $5 million with previews.

Pro-rata, that.s more potent than the Us 3-day bow of $US37.5 million, where the Fox film had to fight off a strong challenge from fellow debutante Annabelle.

The horror movie produced by James Wan, who directed the 2013 hit The Conjuring, fetched $US37.1 million in the Us, an unusually big opening for the genre, and a solid $1.9 million in Australia.

Here The Maze Runner continued to run hard, taking nearly $2 million in its third weekend (off 34%), propelling its takings to $12.8 million.

Despite mostly withering reviews, Dracula Untold, the origin story of the man who became Dracula,
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Superstar Denzel outrun by maze runners

  • IF.com.au
Denzel Washington.s films have raked in more than $4 billion at cinemas worldwide but the superstar.s latest movie was beaten in Australia last weekend by a bunch of barely known youngsters.

The Equalizer, a violent big-screen version of the 1985 TV series, which re-teamed Washington with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, rang up $2.3 million from Thursday through Sunday.

Pro-rata that was well below the Us weekend debut of $US35.1 million, which ranks as the biggest September launch for an R-rated film, eclipsing Jackass: Number Two, which pulled in $29 million in 2006.

In Oz the action movie, which casts Washington as a former member of the special forces who comes out of retirement after Russian gangsters ensare a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), trailed the second outing of sci-fi action/adventure The Maze Runner.

A clear favourite with vacationing teenagers, The Maze Runner, which features Dylan O.Brien, Aml Ameen, Will Poulter and Kaya Scodelario,
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The Maze Runner wins in Oz

  • IF.com.au
In the end it was no contest: doomsday action- thriller The Maze Runner easily took line honours at Australian cinemas last weekend.

The adaptation of James Dashner's young adult novel starring Teen Wolf.s Dylan O'Brien as a young man whose memory is erased before being dropped into a post-apocalyptic maze, grabbed $3.7 million including previews.

Pro-rata, that.s even stronger than the Us debut of $US32.5 million and it positions the Fox film to clean up during the school vacation.

Paramount.s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a distant second, conjuring up $2.3 million in its second weekend, bringing the tally to $9.9 million. With a total of three weeks. vacation ahead around Australia, the Turtles could end up with as much as $20 million.

However business fell away badly beneath the top 10 as nationwide takings inched up by 1% to $10.7 million according to Rentrak.s estimates.

Disney.s Planes: Fire & Rescue fetched
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Thunder and the House of Magic is That Touching Cat Chase Cartoon You've Been Looking For

Jeremy Degruson and Ben Stassen's animated Thunder and the House of Magic kicks off with an unconscionable act of cruelty: A family abandons a cat on the street, leaving him to desperately dodge traffic. We know the orange tabby Thunder (Murray Blue) isn't going to get run over — not even a family film produced through Belgian tax shelters would get so dark so quickly — but it sets a jarring tone, particularly since the scene is an excuse for the first of the film's many Pov-heavy chase sequences.

The story is serviceable enough: Thunder finds his way into the spooky home of a kindly old children's magician (Doug Stone), and must band together with the distrustful resident animals to prevent the magician's evil real-estate agent nephew (Grant George) f...
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'Thunder and the House of Magic' Clip | Exclusive

'Thunder and the House of Magic' Clip | Exclusive
An aging magician impresses a group of children with his tricks in our exclusive clip from Thunder and The House of Magic, which arrives in limited theaters and VOD formats September 5 through Shout! Factory.

The story centers on Thunder (voiced by Murray Blue), a stray cat who wanders into an old mansion owned by a retired magician. When his nephew puts his home up for sale, Thunder and his new friends must find a way to stop him. Take a look at our exclusive scene that you can't see anywhere else, where the magician Lawrence (voiced by Doug Stone) introduces Thunder to his young friends.

Thunder and the House of Magic: Movie Pictures Gallery

The House of Magic is a whimsical animated family adventure, bringing to life a unique story with a great sense of humor, positive values and universal appeal. Brimming with spectacular animation and endearing characters, this
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Animated family film 'Thunder and the House of Magic' coming to DVD September 30

  • Cinelinx
Here's your first look at the animated film 'Thunder and the House of Magic' coming to DVD and Blu-ray on September 30!

This fall, venture inside an intriguing mansion full of endearing animals and a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos, and spellbound by the exciting animated adventure of Thunder And The House Of Magic. Already a great box-office success in much of the world, this highly entertaining family movie is directed by renowned 3D filmmakers Ben Stassen (Fly Me to the Moon, Sammy's Adventures: Escape from Paradise) and Jeremie Degruson (A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventure), with original music by Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones). The film also features the music of Selena Gomez.

On September 30, 2014, Shout! Factory is proud to present Thunder And The House Of Magic on DVD and on two-disc Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D and 2D, DVD and digital), available exclusively at Walmart stores everywhere.
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Animated family film 'Thunder and the House of Magic' coming to DVD September 30

  • Cinelinx
Here's your first look at the animated film 'Thunder and the House of Magic' coming to DVD and Blu-ray on September 30!

This fall, venture inside an intriguing mansion full of endearing animals and a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos, and spellbound by the exciting animated adventure of Thunder And The House Of Magic. Already a great box-office success in much of the world, this highly entertaining family movie is directed by renowned 3D filmmakers Ben Stassen (Fly Me to the Moon, Sammy's Adventures: Escape from Paradise) and Jeremie Degruson (A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventure), with original music by Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones). The film also features the music of Selena Gomez.

On September 30, 2014, Shout! Factory is proud to present Thunder And The House Of Magic on DVD and on two-disc Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D and 2D, DVD and digital), available exclusively at Walmart stores everywhere.
See full article at Cinelinx »

Hercules fails to topple Dawn of the Planet of the Apes at the UK box office

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July 2014….

Despite competition from Dwayne Johnson’s latest film Hercules, Fox’s simian sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes retained top spot at the UK box office, pulling in a solid second weekend haul of £3,752,511, with Hercules having to settle for second after mustering a less-than-impressive opening of £1,449,120.

Hot on the heels of Hercules in third place was horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy, which debuted with £1,165,143, while two other newcomers managed to crack the top ten, with Earth to Echo earning £618,379 in sixth and The House of Magic propping up the chart in tenth place with £223,047.

Number one this time last year: Monsters University

1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – £3,752,511 weekend (2 weeks)

2. Hercules – £1,449,120 weekend (New)

3. The Purge: Anarchy – £1,165,143 weekend (New)

4. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – £990,959 weekend (5 weeks)

5. Transformers: Age of Extinction
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes beats Hercules at UK box office

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes beats Hercules at UK box office
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has held off competition from Hercules to top the UK box office for the second consecutive weekend.

The Matt Reeves-directed Apes sequel earned £3.7 million to secure the top spot ahead of Dwayne Johnson's latest release and horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 sits at number four after five weeks on release, while Transformers: Age of Extinction rounds out the top five.

The only chart climber is Boyhood, now on its third weekend on release, which moves up a place to number seven.

Elsewhere, the chart sees new entries from family adventure Earth to Echo, Bollywood movie Kick and The House of Magic.

The UK box office top ten in full:

1. (1) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - £3,752,511

2. (-) Hercules - £1,449,120

3. (-) The Purge: Anarchy - £1,165,143

4. (2) How to Train Your Dragon 2 - £990,959

5. (3) Transformers: Age of Extinction
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Film Review: 'The House of Magic'

  • CineVue
★★★☆☆With the likes of Disney Pixar and DreamWorks Animation already riding high on a wave of critical acclaim, box office success and Academy Awards, European animation houses are starting to emerge with increasingly strong output. The House of Magic (2013), the latest 3D animated adventure from Belgium's nWave Pictures, illustrates this well. Unfortunately, for all the inventive visuals flourishes and distinctive characters it boasts, there's not much underneath. Abandoned by his owners on the sidewalk, Thunder (Murray Blue) takes shelter in a mysterious house, which turns out to be owned by Lawrence (Doug Stone), an old magician and his striking array of animals and lifelike contraptions.
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The House of Magic Review

Within the past few years a variety of hard-hitting, somewhat bleak dramas have hailed out of Belgium. From Our Children, to The Kid with a Bike, to the recently Academy Award nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown – it’s a nation currently going through something of a bright patch. However, sadly that doesn’t seem to extend to films made for a younger crowd, as filmmakers Jeremy Degruson and Ben Stassen present the underwhelming, albeit enchanting, children’s animation The House of Magic.

Murray Blue voices Thunder, an abandoned kitten who seeks shelter at the home of veteran magician Lawrence (Doug Stone), much to the displeasure of his other pets Maggie the Mouse (Shanelle Gray) and Jack the Rabbit (George Babbit), who are jealous of the affection shown towards him. Finally feeling settled and at home in this fantastical, outlandish new environment, living amongst a host of magical creations, it could be a short-lived stay,
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