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Film Review: John Cena in ‘Ferdinand’

Film Review: John Cena in ‘Ferdinand’
Children’s picture-book classic “The Story of Ferdinand” may not be quite the literary phenomenon it was 79 years ago, when Walt Disney adapted Munro Leaf’s pacifist parable into an Oscar-winning animated short, but that doesn’t make the character — a Spanish bull who simply refuses to fight in the ring — any less relevant or endearing today. In fact, while the news cycle may have momentarily shifted away from the serious issue of bullying, what better way to address it with kids than via the story of an actual bull who’s picked on by his peers?

Of course, there’s a world of difference between a seven-minute short and a 108-minute feature, and Fox’s “Ferdinand” — which has been vibrantly brought to life by director Carlos Sandanha (“Rio”) and the team at Blue Sky, the company behind “Ice Age,” “Robots” and the recent Peanuts feature — strains at times, but in what’s been an underwhelming year for
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American Film Market: Hudson Boards Fun Academy’s ‘Sgt. Stubby – An American Hero’ (Exclusive)

U.S.-based sales agent Paul Hudson is handling world sales on CGI feature “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” inspired by the true story of an Wwi American soldier’s bonding with a stray dog that became a war hero.

Budgeted at $25 million, animated by Technicolor’s Mikros Animation in Montreal and the official movie of the 2018 Wwi Centennial Commission, “Sgt. Stubby” marks the maiden feature from Georgia-based Fun Academy Motion Pictures.

Fun Academy will release “Sgt. Stubby” in April on 3,000 screens, said Fun Academy CEO Richard Lanni, also the film’s writer-director.

Bibo Bergeron (“Shark Tale”) serves as head of story, while Patrick Doyle (“Brave”) is the film’s composer.

Hudson, who also runs L.A distribution-sales house Outsider Pictures, is introducing “Sgt. Stubby” to buyers at this week’s American Film Market. He is in negotiations to sell rights for Poland, Hungary, Latin America, China and the Middle East and has closed South Korea.

“Sgt
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Angelina Jolie Is Stella the Elephant in Disney's One and Only Ivan

Angelina Jolie Is Stella the Elephant in Disney's One and Only Ivan
Angelina Jolie has signed on to provide the voice of Stella in Disney's long-gestating adaptation The One and Only Ivan, becoming the first voice cast member to come aboard. The actress was already attached to produce this adaptation, alongside Allison Shearmur, who has helped produce Disney hits such as Cinderella and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but now she is lending her voice to the project as well. Now that Angelina Jolie has been cast, the studio is searching for an actress who will play the key role of a janitor's daughter, who is instrumental in the rescue of both Stella the elephant and Ivan the silverback gorilla.

The project is based on the Newbery Medal-winning book of the same name, written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao, which was published in 2012. The story centers on Ivan the silverback gorilla, Stella the baby elephant and a stray dog named Bob,
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Will Smith, Tom Holland Starring in ‘Spies in Disguise’ (Exclusive)

Will Smith, Tom Holland Starring in ‘Spies in Disguise’ (Exclusive)
Will Smith and Tom Holland will star in “Spies in Disguise,” Variety has learned.

The project is based on “Pigeon: Impossible,” a 2009 original animated short film by Lucas Martell that followed a secret agent who nearly triggers a global conflict when a pigeon gets stuck in a government-issued nuclear briefcase. The feature-length film is a Fox Animation production, with Blue Sky Studios and Chernin Entertainment overseeing the project.

Nick Bruno, who previously worked on “Epic” and “The Peanuts Movie,” and Troy Quane, who worked on “Ice Age: Collision Course” and the upcoming “Ferdinand,” will co-direct the film.

Smith is best known for his work in “Men in Black” and “Independence Day.” He previously leant his vocal talents to “Shark Tale.” Smith’s upcoming films include “Bright,” a sci-fi adventure for Netflix, and “Aladdin,” a live action version of the Disney classic that will play the Genie.

Holland hit the A-list playing Spider-Man in “Captain America: Civil War” and
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‘It’ is a Box Office Sensation — But ‘It’ is Not the Record Breaker Everyone Thinks

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‘It’ is a Box Office Sensation — But ‘It’ is Not the Record Breaker Everyone Thinks
Full credit where “It” is due: Currently standing at $266 million through its third weekend, “It” is a stunning success and boosted a domestic box office in serious crisis. A reasonable estimate, if somewhat conservative, is a domestic gross around $325 million.

All this, from a September horror film made for $35 million? That’s a stunning performance. And it’s by far the best-performing Stephen King adaptation. But it’s far from the top horror movie in history.

At $325 million, here’s where “It” will stand in adjusted totals:

Horror films The Exorcist (1973) – $983 million The Sixth Sense (1999) – $512 million House of Wax (1953) – $449 million Psycho (1960) – $379 million Signs (2002) – $345 million It (2017) – $325 million (projected)

House of Wax” was by far the biggest 3D hit in that technique’s first wave. “The Exorcist” is the ninth biggest-grossing of the post-silent era and a social phenomenon in its time. M. Night Shyamalan’s films both had high-end casts and
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Frank Vincent, ‘Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas’ Actor, Dies at 78

Frank Vincent, ‘Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas’ Actor, Dies at 78
Frank Vincent, known for portraying Phil Leotardo on “The Sopranos,” has died, his “Sopranos” co-star Vincent Pastore announced on Facebook. He was 78.

TMZ reports that he died due to complications of heart surgery after a heart attack. John Gallagher, who directed Vincent in “Street Hunter” and “The Deli,” also posted the news on Facebook.

Vincent began acting in 1976 when he co-starred in the low-budget crime film “The Death Collector” alongside Joe Pesci. Vincent then acted in Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull,” which sparked the first of many collaborations between Vincent, Pesci, and Robert De Niro, including “Goodfellas” and “Casino.”‘

His “Sopranos” character was killed on orders from his on-screen nemesis Tony Soprano is the final episode of the HBO series.

Born in North Adams, Mass., and raised in Jersey City, N.J., Vincent often portrayed gangsters. He delivered the iconic line, “Go home and get your shine box!” as mobster Billy Batts in “Goodfellas,” and
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‘Shrek,’ ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Directors Tapped for Animated Movies From Skydance

‘Shrek,’ ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Directors Tapped for Animated Movies From Skydance
Skydance Media has hired directors for its first animated movies with “Shrek” helmer Vicky Jenson attached to “Split” and “Kung Fu Panda 3” co-director Alessandro Carloni on “Luck.”

Monday’s announcement comes four months after Skydance disclosed it had launched an animated division and formed a multi-year partnership with Madrid-based Ilion Animation Studios to develop and produce a slate of animated feature films and TV series. It had announced at that point that Linda Woolverton would write “Split” and Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger would write “Luck.”

Skydance said it plans to release both films in partnership with Ilion.

“Vicky and Alessandro have played instrumental roles in bringing to life some of the most beloved animated franchises of all time and it is my pleasure to welcome them both into the Skydance family,” said Skydance’s Chief Executive Officer, David Ellison. “We are fortunate that – together with Linda Woolverton on ‘Split’ and Aibel & Berger on ‘Luck’ – we now
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'Shark Tale' director readies $10m animation 'Charlotte'

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'Shark Tale' director readies $10m animation 'Charlotte'
Film tells the story of Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon.

French animator and director Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale, A Monster In Paris) and his producer Julia Rosenberg are at Jerusalem Film Festival this week to check out the city’s budding animation scene and discuss potential partnerships, as the pair gear up for their ambitious feature animation project about German-Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon.

Bergeron is also taking part in Jerusalem Film Festival’s animation development event The Hop, Skip & A Jump II today (July 19), where he will deliver a masterclass.

The pair’s $10m production Charlotte, which has been supported in development by Telefilm Canada, is a Canada-France-Belgium co-production between Rosenberg’s January Films, Jérôme Doppfer of Balthazar Productions, Eric Goossens and Anton Roebben of A Monster In Paris production company Walking the Dog, and My Life Of A Zucchini outfit Blue Spirit Animation.

The screenplay has been written by Erik Rutherford and Miriam Toews. François Moret is the
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Grangel Studio Boards ‘Dinogames’ From Moonbite Games and Dream Team Concept (Exclusive)

Grangel Studio Boards ‘Dinogames’ From Moonbite Games and Dream Team Concept (Exclusive)
Annecy, France – – Barcelona-based Grangel Studio will assume the character design on transmedia project “Dino Games,” set to be pitched Friday at an Annecy Mifa market Transmedia showcase, DinoGames director Carlos Fernández de Vigo (“Memoirs of a Man in Pajamas”) announced at Annecy.

Founded by brothers Carlos and Jordi Grangel, this multimedia studio has worked on character design for movies such as Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Hotel Transylvania,” Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders’ “How to Train Your Dragon,” Mark Osborne and John Stevenson’s “Kung Fu Panda” and Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath’s “Madagascar.”

Carlos Grangel took an Annie Prize for outstanding character sesign in an animated feature production for Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook’ “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.” He has received other nominations for Tim Burton and Mike Johnson’s “Corpse Bride” and Bibo Bergeron, Vicky Jenso and Rob Letterman’ “Shark Tale.”

DinoGames” includes a 3D animated TV series,
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7 Movies Your Shark-Obsessed Kids Will Get a Kick Out of This Summer

Why is that we want to watch shark movies over the Summer, right before we're about to go on vacation? While adults might be able to kick back and watch Jaws or The Shallows and still be able to go back into the water afterward, it's a little more complicated when it comes to kids. If you have an aspiring marine biologist on your hands and would rather not scar them for life, we've rounded up everything from Finding Nemo to Shark Tale so they can get their shark fix, sans nightmares.
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Will Smith Circling Role of Genie in Guy Ritchie’s ‘Aladdin’

Will Smith Circling Role of Genie in Guy Ritchie’s ‘Aladdin’
Will Smith is in early talks to voice the Genie in Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” reboot from director Guy Ritchie.

The role was famously voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 classic and would mark Smith’s first voice-over work since DreamWorks Animation’s 2004 comedy “Shark Tale.”

Following a string of adult dramas and action movies like “Collateral Beauty” and “Suicide Squad,” Smith has been eyeing a family-friendly film as his next project. He was circling the lead role in “Dumbo,” but walked away from a deal due to scheduling conflicts.

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Disney and Smith were still interested in working together though so the studio shortlisted him when this opportunity arose.

The studio plans to cast newcomers as Aladdin and Jasmine.

John August, whose credits include “Big Fish,” wrote the new “Aladdin” script. Dan Lin, who produced Ritchie’s
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How ‘The Boss Baby’ Became Top Dog at the Box Office

Release dates are sometimes more interesting than their movies.

The simple answer for how a movie like The Boss Baby opens at number one is that it’s a major studio animated feature debuting in late March. Specific to this movie, however, there are certain special circumstances, like Beauty and the Beast finally dropping enough to give something else a shot and Ghost in the Shell being a flop, possibly due to its whitewashing casting controversy and possibly just due to its just not being very good.

March is a tricky month for movie releases. With Easter having an unfixed date falling either in March or April, there’s sometimes a holiday weekend, albeit not one typically known for moviegoing. Also, much of America’s children have a spring break, yet there’s no uniformity from county to county within any given state let alone across the country (many states and school districts also wait until April
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Netflix Cartoons to Get Drunk on History

Streaming overlords sign Channing Tatum to teach us something.

Ever since animation has been targeted at children, adults have thought it would be really cool if it was aimed at them instead. Once regulated to a late-night programming block of the Cartoon Network and a sub-genre of pornography, adult animated series are everywhere and chock full of the kinds of celebrities who were once called upon only to phone in performances on things like Shark Tale every so often. Adam Reed’s Archer has become a sweet moneymaker on FX and Raphael Bob-Waksberg Bojack Horseman has done massive inroads to make Netflix seem hip and with it. Which is probably why Netflix, per Deadline, has just signed on the voice of Channing Tatum to star in an animated movie penned by Dave Callaham, proud writer of “Untitled Zombieland Sequel,” which has yet to hit theaters. His feature-length movie for Netflix will be called America: The Motion Picture
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Exclusive: Paul Feig Mentors Female Filmmakers at 'Dinner With Dames' Event

Exclusive: Paul Feig Mentors Female Filmmakers at 'Dinner With Dames' Event
Dapper as usual in a tartan-print suit, Paul Feig entered the Scottish-themed Tam O’Shanter’s in Hollywood's Los Feliz neighborhood Tuesday evening to a dim room full of bright women.

The Ghostbusters director volunteered his Tuesday night to mentor eight women in the film industry, each hailing from a different discipline. The woman are members of the non-profit Cinefemme – a group of key creatives that work to connect female filmmakers and foster opportunities to greenlight their films.

Watch Feig talk about the organization in the video below.

The Dinner with Dames event is one such opportunity. Writer/director and program director Jenna Payne and writer/director and Cinefemme Executive Director Michelle Kantor started the intimate gatherings last September and has been able to snag mentors like Simon Barrett (The Guest, You're Next), Zoe Bell (Camino, The Hateful Eight), Dean Cundey (Jurassic Park, Back to the Future), Vicky Jenson (Shrek, Shark Tale), [link
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Logan Lerman enlists for animated movie Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

Fun Academy Motion Pictures today announced that Logan Lerman has enlisted for the upcoming animated feature Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, which tells the incredible true story of the United States Army’s most decorated dog.

Lerman will voice Robert Conroy, a Wwi “doughboy” whose life is forever changed when a little dog with a stubby tail wanders into training camp. Conroy gives his new friend a name, a family, and a chance to embark on the adventure that would define a century. The stray goes on to become a hero of the First World War, and the first canine promoted to the rank of Sergeant in American history.

“We are very fortunate to find a young man like Logan Lerman who can breathe such life into the story of an ordinary man and his ordinary dog who, together, perform extraordinary feats of valor,” said Richard Lanni, co-writer and executive producer.
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Sundance ’17: The Horizon Award Supports Emerging Women Filmmakers

The Horizon Award Co-Founders — Christine Vachon, Lynette Howell Tayler, Cassian Elwes, and CEO of ShivHans PicturesShivani Rawat

(Photo by: Dan Campbell / Horizon Award)The Horizon Award heads back to Sundance Film Festival for its third year and cofounders Cassien Elwes, Lynette Howell Taylor and Christine Vachon bring new and returning sponsors.

The Wme Lounge in Park City, Utah during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival hosted the crowded celebratory event where everyone freely mixed and met each other.

Six directors judged the final 53 films to select the two winners. Catherine Hardwicke (“Thirteen”, “Twilight”), Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”, “Carrie”), Jamie Babbit (“But I’m a Cheerleader”, “Addicted to Fresno”), Karyn Kusama (“Jennifer’s Body”, “Æon Flux”), Tina Mabry (“Mississippi Damned”, “Queen Sugar”), and Vicky Jenson (“Shrek”, “Shark Tale”) chose. Brittany “B Monét” Fennell and Andy Villanueva whose self-directed short films of two minutes or less were submitted through the website (www.
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‘Goosebumps 2’ is on the way! Sony sets release date

Sony Pictures have announced a release date for a sequel to their 2015 adaptation of the Goosebumps book series. The next film will release Stateside on January 26th, 2018 – in just over a year’s time.

The film will see the return of director Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens) and screenwriter Darren Lemke (Turbo) . The word is that Jack Black is yet to sign for Goosebumps 2.

The original film revolved around a teenager who teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware.

The first film grossed a huge $150 million from a budget of around $58 million, so was quite a hit for the studio – hence plans for that big sequel.

More news as and when.

The post ‘Goosebumps 2’ is on the way! Sony sets release date appeared first on The Hollywood News.
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Goosebumps 2 Gets Winter 2018 Release Date

Goosebumps 2 Gets Winter 2018 Release Date
Sony Pictures has set a January 26, 2018 release date for their family-friendly adventure sequel Goosebumps 2. As of now, the sequel has no direct competition on its new release date, but it will be sandwiched between a few heavy hitters in the early months of 2018. Opening a few weeks earlier on January 12, 2018 is Sony's Bad Boys For Life, 20th Century Fox's The Maze Runner: Death Cure and Paramount's Sherlock Gnomes. Opening on February 2, 2018 is Sony's Slenderman, with Universal's Fifty Shades Freed and 20th Century Fox's Predator following on February 9, 2018.

Exhibitor Relations broke the release date news but no further details have been released at this time. Back in April, we reported that Rob Letterman, who directed the original Goosebumps, is returning to the helm, with original writer Darren Lemke coming aboard to write the sequel script. Jack Black, who starred as author R.L. Stine in the original Goosebumps adaptation, is expected to reprise his role,
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First-look image from the Captain Underpants movie

2017 is a pretty big year for superhero movies. We’ve got The Lego Batman Movie, Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League. However, that’s not all as June will also see the big screen debut of another costumed crime-fighter in Captain Underpants, and EW has unveiled the first official image from the animated movie featuring the titular superhero (voiced by Ed Helms) alongside Harold (Thomas Middleditch) and George (Kevin Hart); check it out here…

See Also: First poster for the animated Captain Underpants movie

Based on Dav Pilkey’s children’s book series, Captain Underpants is being directed by Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens) and features a voice cast that includes Kevin Hart (Grudge Match), Thomas Middleditch (The Campaign), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Nick Kroll (Kroll Show), Jordan Peele (Keanu) and Kristen Schaal (Bob’s Burgers). It is
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Pokemon: Rob Letterman to Direct Live-Action Detective Pikachu Movie

Pikachu is on the case. The Wrap reports Rob Letterman (Shark Tale) is set to direct the upcoming live-action Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu.Created by Satoshi Tajiri, Pokemon began as a game in Japan and soon developed into a sprawling media franchise that now includes trading cards, feature films, toys, comic books, and a long-running animated TV series.Read More…
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