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‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Helmer Genndy Tartakovsky Confronts Studio Notes, Striving To Break Out With Original Works

‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Helmer Genndy Tartakovsky Confronts Studio Notes, Striving To Break Out With Original Works
Asked to direct Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation—following his work on two prior installments of the franchise—the biggest obstacle Genndy Tartakovsky faced was that he didn’t want to make the film in the first place. Seeing installments one and two snowball to major commercial success, the director was nonetheless loathe to repeat himself, continuing the story of Dracula—played by Adam Sandler—and the castle to which he is bound.

Breaking out in television, through the creation of hit Cartoon Network series including Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack, Tartakovsky was used to the creative control that came with this arena, which presented an altogether different creative experience, still informing his work to this day. When he was approached by Sony Pictures Animation to make his feature debut with the original Hotel Transylvania, Tartakovsky couldn’t have anticipated the internal conflict that would result. Seeing major results
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Some Familiar Faces Miss Oscar Race as Toons Face Off

  • Variety
As the year winds down, it’s clear that 2018 was an atypical time for animated features vying for Oscars and other awards. Not all big-name studios fielded contenders: Pixar/Disney had the billion-dollar baby “Incredibles 2,” while Disney Animation’s holiday entry — “Ralph Breaks the Internet” — is poised to repeat the box office and critical success of its 2012 Oscar nominee “Wreck-It Ralph.” Sony cruised to strong B.O. with “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” and in December, Columbia/Sony will launch “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse.” But familiar competitors, including DreamWorks Animation, Laika and Blue Sky Studios sat the game out.

Universal’s Illumination Entertainment had no Minions scurrying around, though it will unveil a 3D-animated take on Dr. Seuss’ Christmas classic with “The Grinch.” Warner Animation Group built on the studio’s storied animation rep with the musical-comedy “Smallfoot” — a man-meets-bigfoot tale. Finally, Fox Searchlight is showcasing Wes Anderson’s
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Oscars 2019: Wes Anderson and Pixar Face Off as Academy Confirms the 25 Films in Best Animated Feature Race

Oscars 2019: Wes Anderson and Pixar Face Off as Academy Confirms the 25 Films in Best Animated Feature Race
Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” and Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” are two of the 25 movies that have been officially submitted this year for the Best Animated Feature Oscar. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the official submissions list, which includes titles from regulars of the category, such as Walt Disney Animation Studios (“Wreck-It Ralph 2”), GKids (“Mirai”), and Illumination Entertainment (“The Grinch”).

The Oscar for best animated feature includes five nominees. Both “Isle of Dogs” and “Incredibles 2” are frontrunners for a nomination at this point, with the Pixar superhero adventure being a likely candidate for a win thanks to its critical acclaim and its more than $1 billion at the global box office. “The Incredibles” won the category in 2004, when the award was in its fourth year. Recent winners of the Oscar include “Coco,” “Zootopia,” “Inside Out,” and “Big Hero 6.”

Nominations for the 91st Academy
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‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘Isle of Dogs’ Lead 25 Animated Feature Oscar Submissions

  • The Wrap
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced on Wednesday that 25 films have been submitted into the Oscars Animated Feature race, meaning there will be a full slate of five nominees in the category this year. Highlights among the group include “Incredibles 2,” “Isle of Dogs” and “Sherlock Gnomes.”

Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process. Sixteen or more films must qualify for the maximum of five nominees to be voted, meaning that this year the submitted films have crossed that threshold.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture.

Also Read: 'Roma,' 'Cold War' Lead Academy's List of 87 Films in the
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2019 Oscars: Best Animated Feature race at 91st Academy Awards has 25 entries

2019 Oscars: Best Animated Feature race at 91st Academy Awards has 25 entries
On Wednesday (October 24), the academy announced that 25 films qualified for consideration in this year’s Oscar race for Best Animated Feature. That is one shy of last year and two off the record number of entries in 2017, which in turn had eclipsed the 2014 record of 20 features. There could be up to five nominees depending on how they score with the screening committee. All of the major players in the animation field have at least one film in the running. (See the full list at the bottom of this post.)

Will Disney continue its Oscar winning streak and claim Best Animated Feature for the seventh year running? The mouse house has two films in the competition this year: “Incredibles 2” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” The studio’s most recent Oscar winners are “Brave” (2012), “Frozen” (2013), “Big Hero 6” (2014), “Inside Out” (2015), “Zootopia” (2016) and “Coco” (2017).

This marks the second year that the entire
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Oscars: 25 Films Officially Submitted For Animated Feature Race

  • Deadline
Oscar organizer the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday revealed a list of 25 films that have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 91st Oscars. The Academy said several of the films on the list have not yet made their required Los Angeles qualifying run.

Here’s the full list:

“Ana y Bruno”

“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

Early Man

Fireworks

Have a Nice Day

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

“The Laws of the Universe – Part I”

“Liz and the Blue Bird”

Lu over the Wall

Mfkz

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

Mirai

“The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl”

On Happiness Road

Ralph Breaks the Internet

“Ruben Brandt, Collector”

“Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero”

“Sherlock Gnomes”

“Smallfoot”

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

“Tall Tales”

“Teen Titans Go! To the Movies”

Tito and the Birds

According to Academy rules,
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Film Academy Reveals 25 Animated Features Submitted for 2018 Oscar Race

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Film Academy Reveals 25 Animated Features Submitted for 2018 Oscar Race
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 25 animated features submitted for consideration in this year’s Oscar race. Among the entries is Pixar’s box office hit “Incredibles 2,” Wes Anderson’s stop-motion “Isle of Dogs” and Sony’s upcoming “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

Also in play are a number of films from indie distributor Gkids, which has a strong record of landing nominations alongside the major Hollywood distributors. Among them are “Fireworks,” “Lu Over the Wall,” “Mfkz,” “Mirai of the Future” and “The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl.”

Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process. Sixteen or more films must qualify for the maximum of five nominees to be voted.
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Movie Ticket Prices Drop Slightly to $8.83 for Third Quarter

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Movie Ticket Prices Drop Slightly to $8.83 for Third Quarter
Average U.S. movie ticket prices fell slightly during the third quarter to $8.83 — down a dime from the same quarter a year ago and 55 cents below their all-time high of $9.38 during the second quarter.

The success of family-oriented films such as “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” “Christopher Robin,” “Smallfoot,” and “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” drove the price decline due to the increased numbers of children’s and matinee tickets for family films, Nato spokesman Patrick Corcoran said.

Monday’s release of third-quarter data by the National Association of Theatre Owners, the lobbying arm for the exhibition industry, also reinforced the success of the 2018 box office, which is up 9% over last year to $9.32 billion. Third-quarter admissions spiked 7.4% to 307.4 million and box office increased by 5.9% to $2.71 billion.

The summer box office, which included the hits “Incredibles 2” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” generated a 12.3% hike in admissions to 482.3 million and
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'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Dances Home, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, FandangoNOW, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Eighth Grade Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Skyscraper (action-thriller; Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland...
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'Venom' ensnares global box office with $207m record October global bow (updated)

'Venom' ensnares global box office with $207m record October global bow (updated)
Update: Hong Kong crime thriller Project Gutenberg within days of $100m following $38m weekend haul.

October 8 Update: Sony/Marvel’s Venom starring Tom Hardy smashed the opposition with a confirmed $207.1m global debut that set a new October high at the box office.

A Star Is Born grossed $14.2m from its first markets through Warner Bros, while Universal’s Johnny English Strikes Again debuted at number two in the UK on $5.4m.

Sony Pictures Releasing International

Comic book adaptation Venom ranked number one in 57 of its international 58 markets through Sony Pictures Releasing International (Spri) and dominated the international arena with
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'Venom' ensnares global box office with $205m record October global bow

'Venom' ensnares global box office with $205m record October global bow
Hong Kong crime thriller Project Gutenberg within days of $100m following $38m weekend haul.

Sony/Marvel’s Venom starring Tom Hardy smashed the opposition with an estimated $205m global debut that set a new October high at the box office.

A Star Is Born grossed $14m from its first markets through Warner Bros, while Universal’s Johnny English Strikes Again debuted at number two in the UK on $5.5m.

Sony Pictures Releasing International

Comic book adaptation Venom ranked number one in 57 of its international 58 markets through Sony Pictures Releasing International (Spri) and dominated the international arena with a bracing $125.2m haul from 20,800 screens.
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'Venom' to trap global box office in its web

A Star Is Born ventures into 31 markets through Warner Bros.

Venom should prove too potent for A Star Is Born at the global box office this weekend as the comic book adaptation swings into 59 markets through Sony Pictures Releasing International.

The UK, Australia, Germany, Russia, Mexico, South Korea, Italy, Brazil and Spain are the key markets where Venom opens day-and-date with North America.

Comps are tricky here, given the tentpole’s larger-than-life tone (even by comic book standards) and risky combination of horror, action, and comedy. 2017 release Spider-Man: Homecoming debuted on $139.5m internationally in July 2017 and went on to amass
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Summer 2018: The Winners & The Losers at The Us Box Office

  • HeyUGuys
Now that’s what I call a summer! Heat, actual heat. Weeks on end of prolonged sunshine and blue skies. This was the kind of summer that only used to exist in the movies. The irony of course is that baking sunshine and relentless barbecue conditions are the sworn enemy of the film industry, keeping its target audience outside drinking cold beers when they should be huddled in the cinema instead, eating unjustifiably expensive popcorn.

Miraculously, the twin threats of unexpected sunshine and the World Cup did not have the disastrous effect on box office takings one might have assumed, which suggests that 2018’s summer movie season was a bit of a decent vintage, offering up blockbusters interesting enough to tempt people off their deckchairs and into the darkened Multiplexes (or maybe they just needed two hours in a room with decent air-conditioning).

A slightly more cynical argument might be
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Wes Anderson’s New Film to Feature Songs by Mark Mothersbaugh, His ‘Rushmore’ and ‘Royal Tenenbaums’ Composer — Report

Wes Anderson’s New Film to Feature Songs by Mark Mothersbaugh, His ‘Rushmore’ and ‘Royal Tenenbaums’ Composer — Report
Wes Anderson is reportedly eyeing a major reunion for his 10th feature film. French publication Premiere reports the writer-director has tapped musician Mark Mothersbaugh to write the original songs for what is rumored to be a musical set in France during the 1950s. News broke in August that Anderson was scouting locations in Angoulême, France to film the movie in early 2019.

Anderson fans should easily recognize the name Mark Mothersbaugh. The musician was Anderson’s longtime film composer and contributed the scores to the director’s 1996 directorial debut “Bottle Rocket,” “Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbums,” and “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.” The two have not worked together since 2004’s “Zissou,” which means the French musical will be their first feature in 15 years. Anderson has worked with composer Alexandre Desplat in recent years.

Production on Anderson’s 10th feature is tentatively set to begin in February 2019 and is expected to last at least four months.
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'The Nun' aims to vanquish 'The Predator' a second time in international arena

Johnny English heads to Australia; big things expected of Incredibles 2 in Italy.

Entering its third weekend, New Line’s horror hit The Nun will be the one to beat although once again it could be a close contest with Fox’s action tentpole The Predator.

The Nun scraped past its rival last weekend to retain its crown and currently stands at $157m through Warner Bros Pictures International (Wbpi), with new debuts in France and South Korea on Wednesday, Russia and Italy on Thursday, and Japan on Friday.

The film is coasting now, and is expected to play well in
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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation passes $500 million at the global box office

Having already topped its predecessors to become both the highest-grossing instalment in the franchise, and the highest-grossing animated film from Sony Pictures Animation, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is celebrating another box office milestone after passing $500 million worldwide this past weekend.

The film, which is once again directed by Genndy Taratakovsky and features a voice cast that includes Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Selina Gomez, has grossed $165.3 million domestic, plus a further $337.8 million internationally, for a grand total of $503.1 million and counting.

Between its three instalments, the Hotel Transylvania franchise has grossed a combined $1.336 billion, and also spawned an animated spinoff series which has recently been renewed for a second season.

Hotel Transylvania 3 was one of two movies to hit the half billion dollar mark at the box office this weekend along with the Jason Statham prehistoric shark thriller The Meg.

In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3, join our
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‘The Nun’ Slashes ‘The Predator’ at International Box Office

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‘The Nun’ Slashes ‘The Predator’ at International Box Office
The Predator” sunk its teeth into the North American box office, but it wasn’t able to stick the landing overseas, where “The Nun” reigned supreme in international territories for the second weekend in a row.

Warner Bros.’ “The Nun” generated $33.1 million in 62 overseas markets, taking its international tally to $143.6 million. It picked up another $18 million in North American for a global total of $228.7 million.

It’s now the highest grossing film in the “Conjuring” universe in 18 markets, including Romania, Spain, Ukraine, and Brazil. “The Nun” is also the biggest Warner Bros. title of the year in 19 territories. The horror film saw the best holdover in Brazil, followed by Mexico, and the United Kingdom ($2.3 million on 637 screens). In Indonesia, it surpassed “Batman v Superman” to become Warner Bros.’ highest grossing film ever in that territory.

Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox’s “The Predator” earned $30.7 million when it launched in 72 overseas territories.
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Hotel Transylvania: The Series gets a season 2 renewal

After proving to be a solid hit for The Disney Channel, where it featured among the top three animated shows for kids aged between 6-11 and 6-14, it has been announced that Hotel Transylvania: The Series has been renewed for a second season.

Based on the Sony Pictures Animation movie franchise, the most recent of which – Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – just set a Spa box office record of $476 million worldwide, the animated series “follows the wild (mis)adventures of Dracula’s teen daughter Mavis and her pals Hank N Stein, Pedro, and Wendy Blob. Dracula’s older sister, and minder of Mavis, Aunt Lydia remains supremely evil, but this time the audience will see her bonding a bit more with her niece and revealing that she does have a soft spot for family.”

Hotel Transylvania: The Series is currently available on Disney Channels Worldwide, and also began a global
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'The Predator' sets sights on 'The Nun' at international box office

Ant-Man And The Wasp to zip past $400m.

Fresh from its world premiere at Tiff, The Predator launches day-and-date with North America in approximately 70 territories this weekend via Fox International and looks ready to scrap it out for the box office crown.

If Shane Black’s horror reboot is to overhaul last weekend’s champion The Nun, however, it will need to deliver in the key markets of the UK, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Russia, South Korea, and Spain.

The Predator also ventures into Indonesia and Malaysia, India, Thailand, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and Sweden and Holland, among others. Fox’s
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'The Predator' sets sights on 'The Nun' in international showdown

Ant-Man And The Wasp to zip past $400m.

Fresh from its world premiere at Tiff, The Predator launches day-and-date with North America in approximately 70 territories this weekend via Fox International and looks ready to scrap it out for the box office crown.

If Shane Black’s horror reboot is to overhaul last weekend’s champion The Nun, however, it will need to deliver in the key markets of the UK, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Russia, South Korea, and Spain.

The Predator also ventures into Indonesia and Malaysia, India, Thailand, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and Sweden and Holland, among others. Fox’s
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