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‘Toy Story 4’: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Actress Madeleine McGraw Voices Key Character In Disney/Pixar Sequel

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‘Toy Story 4’: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Actress Madeleine McGraw Voices Key Character In Disney/Pixar Sequel
Exclusive: Young actress Madeleine McGraw is taking on the character of Bonnie in Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4, slated to hit theaters in June. The Josh Cooley-directed sequel sends Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), and the rest of the gang far from home to a town upstate, where they case a creepy antique shop, a colorful carnival, and faces both familiar and new.

Bonnie was first introduced in 2010’s Toy Story 3 (voiced by Emily Hahn) when she adopts the toy gang from Andy. The latest installment sees a new character to the Toy Story universe: Forky (voiced by Tony Hale), a plastic spork turned plaything created by little Bonnie in art class.

The first full-length trailer for the pic was released earlier this week.

McGraw, who was part of the voice cast of Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3, played the young version of Evangeline Lilly’s Hope character (a.
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'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Looks to End February on a High Note

'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Looks to End February on a High Note
The winter box office season is nearing an end, serving as good news for what has been a rather rough start to 2019. Fortunately, before all eyes turn to March and Captain Marvel and Us, it would appear one of the final new wide releases of the season is looking to close things out on a high note as Universal debuts How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, their first DreamWorks Animation release since acquiring the animation studio in 2016 for $3.8 billion. The film is already off to a strong start internationally since releasing overseas seven weeks ago and is now looking to keep the momentum domestically. Also going wide this weekend is MGM's Fighting with My Family, after a limited debut last weekend, and Roadside is debuting Run the Race in moderate release. At a reported $129 million, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World carries the lightest budget
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Toy Story 4’s New Super Bowl Trailer Brings The Laughs

Though it could be argued that the series ended on a perfect enough note back in 2010, it’s not like fans are going to hold back on seeing Toy Story 4 later this year, and if this latest TV spot for the film – which dropped right after the Super Bowl – is any indication of what’s to come, then it seems like Pixar may have yet another hit on their hands.

That’s a good thing, too, as this particular sequel has been a long time coming, with it originally scheduled to release in summer 2017 (before it was replaced with Cars 3), then summer 2018 (before it was replaced by Incredibles 2) and now, June of this year. Of course, part of the delay was due to writers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack departing the project due to “philosophical differences” – which was likely connected to Pixar founder John Lasseter’s sexual
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ABC Orders Drama Pilot ‘Heart of Life’ Based on John Mayer Song

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ABC has ordered a one-hour drama pilot based on the John Mayer song “Heart of Life.”

The show follows two sets of adult siblings from wildly different worlds who discover they’re related and must reassess everything they thought they knew about their shared father. As they explore the mystery of their separate childhoods, they’ll experience the difficulty in overcoming the sins of the past, and learn the joys of reuniting with long-lost family.

Ben Queen will serve as writer and executive producer. Mayer will also serve as executive producer along with Melvin Mar, Jake Kasdan, and Paul Weitz. 20th Century Fox Television will produce in association with ABC Studios.

This marks Mayer’s first outing as a TV producer. The celebrated musician has appeared in a limited number of acting roles and hosts the Instagram talk show “Current Mood.” He is repped by Wme and Azoff Msg Entertainment.
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All 8 Adam McKay Movies Ranked Worst to Best, From ‘Anchorman’ to ‘Vice’ (Photos)

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All 8 Adam McKay Movies Ranked Worst to Best, From ‘Anchorman’ to ‘Vice’ (Photos)
Adam McKay’s transition from silly comedies to serious social satire has made him one of the most fascinating directors working today. But if you reexamine his many broadly humorous hits, you’ll find that most of them already contain serious subtext that presaged his later career shift. But how do those early comedies compare with his more recent ambitious, complicated political commentaries? Let’s look at McKay’s entire feature directorial career and see how far he’s come, and how all his films hold up today:

8. “Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie” (2004)

Lots of movies have deleted scenes, but Adam McKay’s directorial debut “Anchorman” had so much extra material that McKay was able to make a feature-length movie out of it, released as a special feature on the DVD (exclusively at Best Buy). A lot of “Wake Up, Ron Burgundy” consists of alternate versions of scenes fans are already familiar with,
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Blu-ray Review – Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 3

Brad Cook reviews Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 3…

Synopsis:

Pixar has scooped up the shorts they’ve released since 2012 for a new Blu-ray release called Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 3. They’ve included 13 short films – a mix of theatrical releases and shorts issued elsewhere – along with a pair of brief featurettes and an introduction and a commentary track for each short. A DVD and a code for a digital copy are included too.

I’m glad Pixar resurrected that old tradition of showing short cartoons before the main feature. Over the years, they’ve been little several-minute bundles of delight that set the mood for the film, rather than dropping us straight from a trailer for Attack of the Giant CGI Monsters into the movie.

The shorts typically show up on the home video releases of the movies they’ve accompanied, but Pixar has been good over the years about
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Exclusive Interview – Dave and Jessica Torres on Incredibles 2

Tai Freligh interviews Dave and Jessica Torres on Incredibles 2

Flickering Myth’s Tai Freligh recently attended a press event at Pixar Studios and had the chance to interview animators Dave and Jessica Torres on the very successful Incredibles 2 film. Dave joined Pixar in 2015 and has worked on films like Finding Dory, Cars 3 and Incredibles 2 and is currently working on Toy Story 4. Jessica came on board Pixar in 2009 and has worked on such movies as Toy Story 3, Brave, Coco, Inside Out and Incredibles 2.

We asked them how they handle animation on later installments of series, how much the technology has changed in the 14 years between Incredibles films, what it’s like to work on their first film together, what opportunities there are for women at Pixar Studios as well as how they met and fell in love.

We thank animators David and Jessica Torres
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First Synopsis And Poster For Toy Story 4 Tease A Road Trip Adventure

On top of the first teaser trailer for Pixar’s hotly anticipated Toy Story 4 which arrived – and broke the internet – this morning, Disney has also served up the first synopsis for the movie as well as its first poster.

To begin with, much like the teaser, the poster for Toy Story 4 doesn’t reveal anything about the plot but rather, boasts a simple design featuring a solo Woody tipping his hat at us, which serves as an exciting reminder that the cowboy doll and his friends will be back on the big screen in just a few short months. Specifically, this coming June.

Meanwhile, the synopsis offers a little more for fans to chew on as we try and work out what the story of the fourth movie in this eternally-beloved franchise will be. As always, it seems that the heart of the film will focus on Woody
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Disney Smashes Earnings Expectations Ahead of Fox Acquisition

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In what is likely to be its last earnings report before it completes its acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s film and TV assets, The Walt Disney Company comfortably beat its fourth-quarter earnings expectations on Thursday.

After the bell, the entertainment giant posted revenue of $14.31 billion and earnings of $1.48 a share for the three months that ended Sept. 30. That compares with $12.78 billion and earnings of $1.07 cents a share for the same time period in 2017. On average, analysts anticipated Disney would report $13.72 billion in sales and earnings of $1.33 cents a share.

“We’re very pleased with our financial performance in fiscal 2018, delivering record revenue, net income and earnings per share,” said Bob Iger, Disney’s chairman and CEO. “We remain focused on the successful completion and integration of our 21st Century Fox acquisition and the further development of our direct-to-consumer business, including the highly anticipated launch of our Disney-branded streaming service late next year.
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‘Incredibles 2’ could be part of new Pixar winning streak at Oscars

In the course of its 30-year history, Pixar have done exceptionally well at the Academy Awards. The animation powerhouse has won 14 Oscars for their full-length films, including a record nine in Best Animated Feature, and a further four for their shorts. That’s 18 in total – and counting. At the most recent Oscars, “Coco” won both Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (“Remember Me”).

Now with “Incredibles 2,” Pixar will be looking for its first consecutive Best Animated Feature wins since they took home four in a row for “Ratatouille” (2007), “Wall-e” (2008), “Up” (2009), and “Toy Story 3” (2010). By consecutive, we don’t mean consecutive years, but rather consecutive films released.

Pixar’s first win for Best Animated Feature came when the category was only three years old and “Finding Nemo” took the trophy in 2003. “The Incredibles” won the following year. “Ratatouille” kicked off that four-film winning streak. Since then, Pixar claimed
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Oscar Winner Chris Cooper Boards Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ Adaptation

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Oscar Winner Chris Cooper Boards Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ Adaptation
Exclusive: More casting news on Sony’s Little Women remake: Chris Cooper, an Oscar winner for his performance in the 2002 film Adaptation., is the latest to join the list of A-lister set for the upcoming adaptation from Greta Gerwig.

Cooper’s recent credits include Live by Night, Cars 3, and Hulu’s 11.22.63 series. In addition, he was recently cast in Sony’s Untitled Mr. Rogers/ Tom Hanks project.

He joins fellow Oscar winner Meryl Streep, as well as Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlon, James Norton, Louis Garrel, and Bob Odenkirk in the film, based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel which has seen a slew of adaptations.

Amy Pascal, Denise Di Novi, and Robin Swicord are producing. Andrea Giannetti will oversee the production for Sony’s Columbia Pictures.

Cooper is repped by CAA and Untitled.
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‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Now Sony’s Biggest Animated Title; Franchise Tops $1.3B Ww

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‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Now Sony’s Biggest Animated Title; Franchise Tops $1.3B Ww
Exclusive: The Drac Pack has reached a new milestone as Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation becomes Sony’s biggest animated film of all time globally. At $476.3M worldwide, it sailed past Hotel Transylvania 2 ($474.8M) on Friday. Combined, the three Ht movies have now grossed in excess of $1.3B global.

Through Friday, HT3 cruised to $316M at the international box office, topping HT2. Domestically, it’s tallied $160.3M, about 6% off the previous movie.

The first two installments were released in the fall, so HT3 (efficiently budgeted at a reported $80M before P&A) was the first summer tryout for the series.

In Latin America, notably, HT3 is Sony’s 2nd biggest title of all time for the region behind Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. It is also the studio’s biggest grosser ever in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Slovakia, Lithuania and Ethiopia.

The Top 5 markets through Friday are China ($28.7M), Mexico
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Great Job, Summer! From ‘Avengers’ to ‘Incredibles,’ Better Movies Mean Better Box Office

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Great Job, Summer! From ‘Avengers’ to ‘Incredibles,’ Better Movies Mean Better Box Office
The official movie summer season ends Labor Day, but it’s already hailed as a winner and deservedly so, particularly in comparison to the anemic summer of 2017. Studios won by doubling down on the formulas they know best (aka sequels and franchises), but with enough tweaking to improve dramatically from the year prior — $4.3 billion vs.$3.7 billion.

Summer to summer saw an increase of about 16 percent at the box office, and nine percent in ticket sales. And that doesn’t even include the $338 million earned by “Avengers: Infinity War” in its first week, which fell outside the official summer start of the first Friday in May.

So: Best summer ever? Not even close. Reviewing the last 25 years, again adjusting grosses to 2018 ticket prices, it would rank in the bottom five. Most had totals above $5 billion. But that’s the new reality of domestic moviegoing, in which foreign theaters provide two thirds
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California Lagged Behind Canada, U.K., Georgia in 2017 Film Production

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California Lagged Behind Canada, U.K., Georgia in 2017 Film Production
California was the shooting location for 10 of the top 100 box office performers last year, trailing Canada, the U.K., and Georgia, a report by FilmL.A. showed on Wednesday.

Canada was by far the top-ranked location with 20 films, including 11 that were shot in British Columbia, with the report noting that Canada pioneered the use of production tax credits during the 1990s. Production spending on those films totaled $855 million, according to the report. The U.K. and Georgia followed with 15 movies each.

It’s the second year in a row that California has finished in fourth place in the report. Georgia was the top-ranked location in 2016 with 17, followed by the U.K. with 16, and Canada with 13. California finished as the leader in the FilmL.A. study of 2015’s top box office performers with 19 of the top 100.

The 10 California films were comprised of four animated titles — “Cars 3,” “Coco,” “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,
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China Sets ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’, ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ For August Release As Blackout Window Shrinks

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China Sets ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’, ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ For August Release As Blackout Window Shrinks
China has added a pair of Hollywood titles to its August release roster with Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation checking in on August 17 and Disney/Marvel’s Ant-Man And The Wasp making a beeline for August 24. As we wrote on Friday, Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout is going August 31, and as previously noted, Universal’s Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is tuned up for August 3. Along with Warner Bros/Gravity PicturesThe Meg on August 10, that sets up a month of Middle Kingdom Fridays with splashy fare attached.

Neither Sony nor Disney could be reached for comment regarding the HT3 and Am&Tw releases at the time of writing. However, local media and ticketing sites in China roundly cite the dates. There are also new posters for both films.

With the influx of studio movies next month, the July blackout is curtailed this year versus last. In
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‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Towers Over ‘Skyscraper’ and ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ at the Box Office

‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Towers Over ‘Skyscraper’ and ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ at the Box Office
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” was a surprisingly decisive #1 film this weekend with an estimated $44 million. It disappointed anyone who expected a tight, three-way race with “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Skyscraper.” While this is great news for Sony, these results present several troubling issues.

Overall, the results are fine. This weekend’s box office is about equal to last year, which saw two films gross more than anything this weekend. Even so, year-to-date grosses remain nearly nine percent above 2017.

Adjusted, the $44 million gross is the smallest in the “Hotel Transylvania” series; this the first released in summer. The first two debuted at the end of September, a position that signaled they were less competitive.

The best animated opening weekend last summer was “Despicable Me 3” at $72 million; at $53 million, “Cars 3” felt a bit disappointing. “Transylvania” is good enough, and set to make money: It cost $80 million, and opened to $54 million overseas.
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‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Sinks Teeth Into Box Office With $44 Million

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Sony Pictures Animation’s “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” matched the performance of its predecessors this weekend with a $44 million opening, sitting in between the $42 million start for 2012’s “Hotel Transylvania” and the $48 million made by its 2015 sequel.

While Disney and Pixar animated films tend to have budgets well-above $100 million, Sony kept the budget for this film to a relatively thrifty $80 million. Overseas, the film made $54.8 million from 42 markets, giving “Hotel Transylvania 3” the biggest global launch for a Sony Animated film, as it opens 31 percent ahead of last year’s July animated release, Pixar’s “Cars 3.”

The film is also on pace to top the global run of “Hotel Transylvania 2,” which made $473 million worldwide. Distribution officials at Sony note that with kids out of school, mid-week numbers should be significantly higher than the previous “Transylvania” installments, which came out in the fall.

Also Read: 'Hotel Transylvania 3' Film
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Incredibles 2 Flies Past $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office

Incredibles 2 Flies Past $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office
Incredibles 2, the highly anticipated sequel to The Incredibles from 2004, has truly rocked at the box office since its release two weeks ago. It has already earned over half of a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, which is a huge step up from the Disney / Pixar summer release last year.

The last Pixar sequel to release, Cars 3, did not fare well at the box office, barely managing to earn back its rather high budget. This hinted at a possible decline for Pixar, at least for Pixar sequels, which used to do well in the past. However, the reason for the low performance of Cars 3 was more than likely the negative outlook on the Cars franchise specifically than on Pixar as a whole, based on the impressive box office performance so far of The Incredibles 2. Despite Cars 3 actually having great reviews and carrying an emotional narrative,
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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’: Dinosaurs Roar at Summer Box Office

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’: Dinosaurs Roar at Summer Box Office
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (Universal) shows there’s plenty of life in the dinosaur franchise, which also lifted box office around the world. This weekend may notch peak numbers for the summer season. It’s the fourth in a string of $150-million openings since late April: spring-summer 2018 marks a strong period.

Coming after Disney/Pixar’s even bigger showing for “Incredibles 2” (Disney) last weekend, the weak performance for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (Disney) is not a harbinger of sequel and franchise fatigue on a broader scale.

This is how impressive recent weeks have been: the year-to-date numbers are up nearly nine per cent, the highest uptick since early in the year. More impressively, the weekend overall total of $280 million is exactly double the same late June prime weekend last year. 2017 in the same period saw only $140 million — thanks to weak domestic sequels from Pixar (“Cars 3”) and Paramount
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The Pixar Generation Just Helped ‘Incredibles 2’ Make Box Office History

  • The Wrap
Pixar movies have largely been surefire family hits for more than 20 years, but this past weekend “The Incredibles 2” took it even further with one of the top ten biggest movie openings of all time. And it’s all thanks to the generation that fawned over the first installment nearly 15 years ago.

“This weekend really shows that Pixar has entered the second generation in terms of its audience,” said BoxOffice analyst Shawn Robbins. “That long time gap in between sequels has made these films a must-see beyond the family crowd.”

Sure, the kids who just got out of school and their parents are still Pixar’s main moneymakers. However, those aged 17-24 counted for a total audience share of 16 percent, higher than that of teens’ 14 percent.

Forty percent of moviegoers polled by comScore’s PosTrak were in the 18-24 age group, tying “Finding Dory” for the age group’s highest audience
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