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‘Early Man’ Film Review: Aardman Scores a Rare Whiff With Caveman Soccer Story

Britain’s Aardman ranks alongside Pixar and Studio Ghibli as one of this generation’s greatest animation studios, from early shorts like “Creature Comforts” to the ongoing adventures of Shaun the Sheep and Wallace & Gromit to such beloved features as “Chicken Run” and “Arthur Christmas.” So it’s more than a little disappointing that Aardman’s latest, “Early Man,” is so crushingly mediocre. When a studio has made some of the finest animation in the history of cinema, it’s quite a letdown to describe their new movie as better than the “Ice Age” series but not quite up to “The Croods.” Like those other...
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Jack Black Will Return in Goosebumps 2, New Release Date Announced

Sony's Goosebumps 2 appears to finally be coming together as the sequel has just been given a new release date by the studio. The Goosebumps sequel is now set to arrive on October 12, 2018 as opposed to September 12, 2018. There are a few likely reasons for the move, but the movie coming out closer to Halloween will likely provide an advantage at the box office as a family-friendly option. It's also now being reported that Jack Black will return in the sequel, despite other reports stating that he may not be back at all.

The House With the Clocks on the Wall is set to arrive on September 12, which also stars Jack Black. If Goosebumps 2 had kept its original release date, Black would have been competing against himself at the box office. That wasn't a great option for Sony or Universal, so the release date move makes sense for that reason as well.
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"Alpha" - Brother Wolf

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Sneak Peek footage, plus images from the upcoming 'caveman' feature "Alpha", directed by Albert Hughes, starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela and Jens Hultén, opening March 2, 2018:

"..during the last great 'Ice Age', while on his first hunt with his tribe's most elite group, a young man is injured and left for dead. 

"Awakening to find himself broken and alone -- he must learn to survive and navigate the harsh and unforgiving wilderness.

"Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies...

"...enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before the deadly winter arrives..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Alpha"...
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Film Review: Delightful ‘Ferdinand’ Keeps it Simple & Funny

Chicago – Like the repeat tenets of real estate, good animated films come down to story, story, story. And ‘Ferdinand,’ an older children’s tale adapted to modern audiences, combines a gentle source narrative with palatable visual and cartoon jokes. It’s fun for the whole family!

Rating: 3.5/5.0

The story of Ferdinand the Bull has roots in 1936, when an old timey writer of children’s books, Munro Leaf (who also wrote “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”), chronicled the scenario of a physically-strong-yet-gentle bull, who would rather sniff flowers than fight in the bullring. Three screenwriters – usually a red flag – adapted the story for modern kid audiences, yet maintained the gentleness and humor associated with it (the film is produced by Blue Sky Animation, the creators of the Ice Age series). Strong voice characterizations also make it work, including ex-WWE wrestler John Cena as the title character. The antics in the film
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Ferdinand review – gently subversive animation

A flower-sniffing bull goes on a journey of self-discovery in this fun adaptation of a 30s children’s book

Based on Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson’s 1936 children’s book The Story of Ferdinand, this gently subversive Madrid-set feature from animation studio Blue Sky and frequent collaborator Carlos Saldanha (the Ice Age films, Rio) follows an adorable, flower-sniffing bull named Ferdinand. “Is it Ok if that’s not my dream?” the baby bull asks his father of fighting. When he discovers that he has no choice, Ferdinand scarpers, hoofing it to a flower farm, where he befriends a human girl and her shaggy sheepdog. Ferdinand’s passivity (and flower obsession) isn’t explicitly coded as queer, though the film hints that this might be the case.

Either way, Ferdinand celebrates his mild temperament and non-confrontational masculinity, which remain unchanged as his bull’s body grows resplendently large. The adult Ferdinand
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Return of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"

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As The Walt Disney Co. continues to buy up popular movie/TV content for the 'DisneyLife' streaming service, take a look at some of the brands the studio will now control and develop through their recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox entertainment assets, including "Buffy The Vampire Slayer":

Besides "Buffy", other brands for streaming and development include "Alien","Planet Of The Apes"...

..."The Simpsons", "Die Hard", Independence Day", "Kingsman", "Family Guy", "The X-Files", "Avatar", "Predator"...

..."Ice Age", "Wolverine"...

..."Goosebumps", "American Dad:, "American Horror Story", "Deadpool", "Fantastic Four"...

..."Fargo", "The Fly", "Futurama"...

..."Home Alone", "Homeland", "M*A*S*H.", "Night at the Museum:, "The Omen", "The Peanuts Movie", "Romancing the Stone", "X-Men"...

...and whole lot more...

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"Buffy The Vampire Slayer" Comic Books
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John Cena Talks Animated Role in 'Ferdinand' & 'Bumblebee' Movie

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John Cena takes the bull by the horns as the voice of Ferdinand the bull in Blue Sky Studios' (Ice Age) animated family film, FerdinandJohn Cena knows a thing or two about performing in the ring so the tough-looking guy was a perfect match to play kind-hearted bull who wants to smell the flowers instead of being in the bull fighting ring. The WWE wrestler and actor talked to CineMovie about his animated role, and his next role in the Transformers spinoff, Bumblebee.

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'Ferdinand': Meet the Voices Behind Each Animated Character

'Ferdinand': Meet the Voices Behind Each Animated Character
Ferdinand, from the creators of Ice Age and Rio, tells the story of a gentle bull who is taken from his human family and forced to join a Spanish bullfighting ring. Voiced by John Cena, Ferdinand goes on a journey to escape and return home with the help of a mix of bulls, hedgehogs and a goat. 

Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Anthony Anderson and more voice Ferdinand's animal friends in the film, along with original music from Nick Jonas

Below, read more about the cast of Ferdinand, which will hit theaters Dec. 15. 

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Fox Deal Gives Disney Princesses a Bunch of New Recruits

Fox Deal Gives Disney Princesses a Bunch of New Recruits
News of Disney acquiring 21st Century Fox has been sending shockwaves throughout the entertainment industry since reports began to surface nearly a month ago. And now it's official, which means that the Disney princesses have to make room in the castle for some brand-new princesses that are moving in from Fox. Many fans have focused more on the expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and whether or not Deadpool will retain his brutal verbal skills over at the House of Mouse, so the new princesses have flown under the radar. But the time is right to recognize the new Disney royalty recruits.

Though not a traditional princess, Alien's Ellen Ripley should be allowed in just for being a kick ass hero, a new kind of gritty princess that isn't scared to get her hands dirty or fire some blasters. She can hang out with Princess Leia and Captain Phasma when there's nothing pressing going on.
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Could Fox Acquisition Finally Make Disney an Awards Power Player?

Could Fox Acquisition Finally Make Disney an Awards Power Player?
Disney has been one of the least awards-focused studios in the game for decades. The Burbank-based company even made a concerted effort to eliminate the specialty side of its movie business, selling off Miramax Films for $660 million in 2010 and only deigning to dabble in awards season fare with a handful of recent prestige productions like “The Help” and “Lincoln” through its distribution pact with DreamWorks.

How ironic, then, that with an acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s film divisions, it could mark a whole new era for Disney on the circuit. Through “Big” Fox and subsidiary Fox Searchlight, the studio would have a whole other silo far more adept at the awards game…if that’s even of interest, that is.

As if to prove that point, Fox blasted out a press release Monday morning in the wake of this year’s Golden Globe nominations announcement, beaming over a field-leading 27 mentions for a slew of films including
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Disney Deal Could Redraw Fox's Animation Business

With Thursday's news that the Walt Disney Co. is acquiring 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets for $52.4 billion, the future of Fox's animation business is now in question.

Since Disney already houses Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, arguably the two biggest brands in feature animation, will the new mega-studio have room for Fox Animation and the Fox-owned Blue Sky Studios?

Based in Greenwich, Connecticut, Blue Sky launches its newest animated feature, Ferdinand, on Friday. But Blue Sky's most valuable property is its Ice Age franchise, which has earned more than $6 billion since the original 2002...
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Ferdinand (2017) – Review

With the big holiday school break fast approaching, parents may be looking for a way to keep the kiddies entertained. Maybe they can be dropped off at the mall’s multiplex while the folks do some last-minute shopping (or exchanging/returning a few weeks from now). Perhaps the pre-teen action of the Jumanji reboot may be a bit overwhelming, along with the new adventure in that “galaxy far, far away”. Well, hopefully they’ve been dazzled by the wonders of the new Disney/Pixar masterwork Coco (you parents and teens should see it, too). Like that recent flick, this one has a distinct Latin flavor, but it’s fairly mild rather than spicy. And it’s based (inspired really) by a 1938 Oscar-winning cartoon short from the “house of mouse”. However, those doing the “re-imagining” (stretching it from eight minutes to over one hundred) are the upstarts from Blue Sky, the
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Here’s Every Franchise That Disney Just Got From Fox

Even before Disney acquired Fox’s entertainment assets as part of its historic Hollywood merger, keeping track of those all-important film rights within the industry’s leading franchises was a difficult, and often confusing, gig. But now that the Disney-Fox merger is ostensibly signed, sealed and delivered, the Mouse House’s roster of characters and properties is about to expand quite drastically – and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

For Marvel Studios, in particular, this merger spells a long-rumored homecoming for the X-Men, and we understand head honcho Kevin Feige is keen to cross-pollinate those iconic mutants with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its roster of established characters – just don’t get your hopes up for Hugh Jackman to swing by for a cameo in Avengers 4. If anything, this merger leaves the door open for another actor to take Jackman’s place and reboot the Wolverine we know and love.
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Every Movie Franchise Disney Just Got from Fox

Every Movie Franchise Disney Just Got from Fox
It's now a done deal. After weeks of rumors and discussion, Disney has officially purchased the majority of 21st Century Fox, including the entirety of their movie studio 20th Century Fox, among many other valuable assets. The deal is valued at $66 billion and is quite possibly the biggest shake-up in Hollywood history. Disney has become an absolute franchise machine in recent years and, with this Fox deal, they're going to be untouchable as they've just purchased a ton of new franchises to mine for box office gold.

Starting with the big ones on everyone's mind, Fox is now in control of virtually every Marvel property under the sun, assuming the deal is allowed to go through. The deal still needs to be approved, legally speaking, and that could take a while. Assuming that all works out, Disney will officially be in control of the X-Men, Deadpool and (possibly) the Fantastic Four film rights.
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Ferdinand: creating the film’s visual style

Louisa Mellor Dec 18, 2017

Blue Sky Studios Art Director Tom Cardone talks us through how his team created the visual style of Ferdinand…

The Story Of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf is Spanish-set tale of a bull who refuses to fight in the ring and prefers the scent of flowers to that of blood. Blue Sky Studios, the creative team behind the Ice Age franchise and, recently, The Peanuts Movie, brings out its feature-length adaptation of Leaf’s story this weekend.

See related 35 big movies to watch in 2017

On a visit to Blue Sky’s Connecticut headquarters, art director Tom Cardone talked us through his team’s approach to Ferdinand’s visual style. As, unlike other animation studios, there’s no such thing as a Blue Sky house style, the first goal, says Tom, was to make the look of the film distinctive from what’s gone before.

The real-world location helped towards that aim.
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Disney’s Buy: What Happens to 21st Century Fox’s Leadership, Fox Searchlight, and ‘X-Men’?

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Now that Disney is purchasing 21st Century Fox, here’s what we know: $52.4 billion will change hands, the six-studio system will now be five, and Disney will have a serious arsenal for the 2019 launch of its over-the-top streaming services. Presuming that Disney convinces the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice that the union won’t violate existing antitrust laws, here’s a look at some of the merger’s biggest questions.

What Becomes of Fox’s Leadership?

The Disney/Fox merger comes on the same day that Disney/Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hits multiplexes. Who from the Fox motion picture side will go to Disney (vice-chairman Emma Watts?) and who will be free to look for a new job (Fox chairman Stacey Snider?). Disney is happy with studio steward Alan Horn and his team.

With Snider’s ex-Universal president Scott Stuber running movies at Netflix,
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Exclusive Interview – Ferdinand director Carlos Saldanha

Director Carlos Saldanha’s latest animation, Ferdinand, marks a shift in tone. After the vibrant colours of his two Rio movies and the comic action of Ice Age, we’re presented with the story of a gentle giant, a Spanish bull who doesn’t want to fight.

Based on a children’s book from the 1930s – one that was banned in Spain and ordered by Hitler to be burnt because of its pacifist stance – it tells the story of Ferdinand (voiced by John Cena), the bull who would rather smell the flowers than take his place in the bull ring. For Saldanha, it was a project that took a number of years to develop – or, as he told the family audience at a pre-release screening, longer than many of them had been alive!

Talking to Flickering Myth’s Freda Cooper, he revealed the screening was the first time he had
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review: Dir. Rian Johnson (2017)

Star Wars The Last Jedi review: Rian Johnson writes and directs the latest installment in the legendary space saga.

Star Wars The Last Jedi review by Luke Ryan Baldock.

Star Wars The Last Jedi review

Star Wars made a shock return in 2015 with a brand new start to a brand new trilogy. Disney had bought the rights to Star Wars, and like their Marvel Universe had every intention of milking the franchise. Yes, now we are receiving a Star Wars film every year for the foreseeable future, and with that it makes you wonder if the fanbase will get tired of constantly being bombarded by the thing they love. Although ‘The Force Awakens’ was a well-received return to the world of a galaxy far, far away, it also became more and more criticised for relying too much on the formula of the 1977 original. After the reception of the prequel trilogy,
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Ferdinand movie review: no bull, it’s wonderful

MaryAnn’s quick take… Goofy, charming, faithful to its sweet source material, and all while advancing the standard “Be yourself” message with fresh challenges to gender expectations. I’m “biast” (pro): love the book

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of Blue Sky’s movies

I have read the source material (and I love it)

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

When the now-beloved children’s book The Story of Ferdinand was first published in 1936, some grownups were worried that it might have a bad influence on children. Apparently its sweet, simple story — from writer Munro Leaf, with instantly iconic illustrations by Robert Lawson — was seen as promoting (take your pick) pacifism, fascism, communism, and/or anarchism. To be fair, its tale of a bull in Spain who wasn’t interested in bullfighting and only wanted to loll about in fields of flowers could
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Carlos Saldanha On Expanding The World Of ‘Ferdinand’

Carlos Saldanha On Expanding The World Of ‘Ferdinand’
The director of a number of films in the Ice Age and Rio series—the latter taking place in his native Brazil—Carlos Saldanha knows his animals. With his latest, Ferdinand, Saldanha gives his take on the classic story of a pacifist fighting bull, first told in Munro Leaf’s classic 1936 children’s book, and later, in an Oscar-winning Disney short. A 2004 Oscar nominee for his Gone Nutty animated short, Saldanha would take Blue Sky Studios to its fourth Oscar nomination if…
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