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Addams Family Animated Movie Gets Sausage Party Director

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Addams Family Animated Movie Gets Sausage Party Director
After languishing in development for years, MGM is finally moving forward with its The Addams Family animated adaptation, bringing on director Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) to take the helm. The filmmaker has also been brought on to produce the movie, alongside The Jackal Group's Gail Berman and Alex Schwartz. CG animation work is already under way in Vancouver, but MGM hasn't announced a release date, so it may be quite some time before it hits theaters, but it looks like it's finally on the right track after several years in development.

MGM Studios announced this project back in 2013, setting writer Pamela Pettler (The Corpse Bride) to write the script. Andrew Mittman and Kevin Miserocchi were initially attached as producers at the time, but now they are executive producing, with MGM's executive director Tabitha Shick overseeing the project. Matt Lieberman (Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief) provided revisions on Pamela Pettler's screenplay,
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The Jetsons Movie Lands Sausage Party Director

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The Jetsons Movie Lands Sausage Party Director
After gestating in development for years as a live-action adaptation, Warner Bros.' animated adaptation of The Jetsons is now moving forward. The studio's Warner Animation Group has brought on Conrad Vernon, who most recently directed Sony's R-rated Sausage Party, to take the reins of this animated movie. The filmmaker has been brought on to develop the project, with an eye towards directing it himself. It isn't clear if he will be working with another writer or if he will write the script himself.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today, with the filmmaker coming aboard keeping this project firmly entrenched within the Warner Animation Group banner. That wasn't always the case, though, with the studio previously trying to put together a Jetsons live-action movie for many years, with directors such as Adam Shankman and Robert Rodriguez attached to the project, with the later working from a script by The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg.
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Netflix UK: 25 underappreciated comedies to watch now

Mark Harrison Jul 1, 2016

Need a laugh? Here's our guide to 25 comedies that are on Netflix UK now, and are well worth your time...

Putting aside all of the chunter about VPNs and rising subscription costs for a moment, there are more hidden gems to be discovered on Netflix UK than you might expect, and we've been combing through the streaming site's current catalogue to find some of the most underappreciated comedies on offer.

We've come up with this fairly broad selection of films that varies on several fronts. We've picked out a mix of belly laughers and dark comedies, with a couple of dramedies thrown in for good measure. They're not all big Hollywood comedies, but neither are they all films that you're hearing about for the first time, though we've tried to order them according to how well known they may or may not be. What they all have
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'SuperMansion' Trailer Introduces a Team of Aging Superheroes

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'SuperMansion' Trailer Introduces a Team of Aging Superheroes
After the massive success of Breaking Bad, which ended its run in 2013, Bryan Cranston returns to the small screen with a new animated TV series from Crackle entitled SuperMansion. Following the first photo released back in April, the streaming service has released a new trailer, before the show debuts Thursday, October 8. Fans will get to see the first three episodes on the premiere date, with new episodes debuting every Thursday thereafter until December 17.

From the studio that brought you Robot Chicken, comes a new animated Crackle Original Series, SuperMansion. Producer and star Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) voices Titanium Rex, leader of The League of Freedom, a motley band of super heroes that has seen better days. SuperMansion also stars the voices of Seth Green, Keegan Michael Key, Jillian Bell, Chris Pine, Tucker Gilmore, Tom Root, Heidi Lynn Gardner and Zeb Wells.

Cranston also serves as executive producer, alongside Seth Green,
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Home and Get Hard Perform Well at Box Office

DreamWorks' animated film "Home" easily took first place at the domestic box office by grossing $54 million, marking the best opening for a DreamWorks Animation film since "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" ($60 million) in 2012. "Home" added another $48 million from overseas for a worldwide debut of $102 million. The new movie cost $135 million to make, which means that it's now considered a hit. Unfortunately, "Home" has an unimpressive 47% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. The other new wide release of the weekend was the comedy "Get Hard," starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. It took second place with $34.6 million. A great result for a movie that cost $40 million. "Get Hard" has a 31% fresh rating. Meanwhile, "It Follows" horror film expanded to 1,218 location to take fifth place at the box office with $4 million. The new movie has now earned a total of $4.8 million and will likely get an even wider release next weekend. "It Follows" has an amazing 95% fresh rating.
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Box Office: Rihanna and J-Lo power 'Home' to no. 1 Friday over 'Get Hard'

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DreamWorks Animation only has one release in 2015, "Home."  Considering how much investors constantly scrutinize the studio that put a lot of pressure on the publicly traded company and its marketing and distribution partner, 20th Century Fox, to turn it into a hit.  After Friday's opening, CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg can take a huge sigh of relief. "Home" took the top spot on its opening day with $15.6 million.  Since pre-release polling indicated strong family interest (it's a CG animated movie) it should perform even better on Saturday and possibly even Sunday.  That means it could end up with $55-58 million over the three-day and become DreamWorks Animation's biggest opening since "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" earned $60 million in June 2012.  No matter where it falls, "Home's" opening takes some pressure off 20th Century Fox who consistently underperformed with Dwa Films domestically since "The Croods" was a surprise hit two years ago.  It's
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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Hobbit' Finale Opens to $122 Million Overseas

Around-the-World Roundup: 'Hobbit' Finale Opens to $122 Million Overseas
A week ahead of its U.S. debut, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies began its international victory lap this weekend.Playing in 37 markets*and only seven major ones*the finale of Peter Jackson's second Middle Earth trilogy earned a massive $122.2 million. Its top territory was Germany, where its $20.5 million debut was easily the biggest of the year.It also had huge openings in the U.K. ($15.2 million), France ($15.05 million), Russia ($13.75 million), Brazil ($6.8 million), Mexico ($6.3 million), and New Zealand ($1.8 million). It wasn't particularly impressive in Japan ($2.4 million), though it's rare for a live-action import to do much business there.Across all of these markets, The Battle of the Five Armies opened above the previous two installments in the Hobbit trilogy. Each of those movies wound up with over $700 million overseas; based on this opening, that seems like a likely outcome for Five Armies as well.Next weekend,
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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Interstellar' Scores in China, Adds $106 Million Overseas

Around-the-World Roundup: 'Interstellar' Scores in China, Adds $106 Million Overseas
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar had another fantastic weekend at the international box office. Playing in 63 markets, the movie added $107.9 million for an early total of $225.8 million.In China, Interstellar earned $41.7 million over its first five days. That's the second-biggest debut ever for Warner Bros. behind Pacific Rim (which received a boost from 3D pricing). The movie is now virtually guaranteed to earn over $100 million in this market.Interstellar's holdover markets dropped just 21 percent on average, which is a great hold for this kind of release. In South Korea, it was up 11 percent to $15.8 million, which brings its total to a stunning $35.9 million. Within a week, it will be the highest-grossing live-action import since Iron Man 3.The movie also held on to first place in the U.K. ($6 million), Russia ($5.5 million), France ($3.9 million), Germany ($3.8 million), Australia ($3.25 million), Italy ($3.1 million) and Spain ($2 million).So far, Interstellar is tracking 14 percent ahead
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Big Hero 6, and Interstellar soar at box office

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A team of animated Marvel characters rocketed past a group of wormhole-bound astronauts at the weekend box office.

Disney's animated adventure Big Hero 6, featuring the inflatable robot Baymax and his prodigy pal Hiro from the Marvel comic book, debuted in first place with $56.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Paramount's space saga Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway as astronauts, took off in second place with $50 million, estimates said.

Before launching in more than 3,500 theaters this weekend, writer-director Christopher Nolan's Interstellarplayed Wednesday and Thursday in about 250 theaters equipped to project the movie on film - The Dark Knightfilmmaker's preferred method of showcasing his creations.

Interstellar opened below Nolan's last film, the mind-bending thriller Inception, which conjured up $62.8 million when it debuted in 2010. Nolan's sci-fi odyssey also wasn't in the orbit of last year's $55.8 million opening for Paramount's previous space epic, Gravity.  Interstellar has a hefty running time of 169 minutes,
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Box Office: Sci-fi Rules the Day

Amir here, reporting to box office duty. Finally, the day cinephiles have been waiting for all year has arrived. America gets the chance to see one of our greatest working directors bring his epic vision to the screen. I speak, of course, of Frederick Wiseman's National Gallery, which opened on one screen to respectable returns. Others were too busy checking out Big Hero 6 and Interstellar. Disney's animated film actually topped the charts – I did not expect it to overcome Nolan's juggernaut, if I'm being honest – but both film finished with more than $50 in the bank. This is an incredibly rare feat: even though it's happened for the third year in a row now, it's only the fourth time that two films open with 50+ numbers. On all three previous occasions, an animated film beat a live action one: Wall-e and Wanted, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Prometheus, and
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Forecast: 'Interstellar,' 'Big Hero 6' to Achieve Liftoff This Weekend

Forecast: 'Interstellar,' 'Big Hero 6' to Achieve Liftoff This Weekend
The holiday movie season kicks off this weekend with a massive sci-fi showdown: Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and Disney Animation's Big Hero 6 each appear poised to open north of $50 million this weekend.If each movie does clear that threshold, it will be only the fourth time in history that this has happened: there was Wall-e and Wanted in 2008, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Prometheus in 2012 and Monsters University and World War Z in 2013. In each of those cases, the animated movie came out on top, which may be an indication about what's to come this weekend.After a two-day run in 249 theaters, Interstellar expands to around 3,500 locations on Friday. The sci-fi adventure finds Matthew McConaughey leading a team of Nasa explorers (including Anne Hathaway) across the universe in search of a new home for mankind.One of the movie's main selling points is the fact that it was directed by Christopher Nolan,
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Holiday 2014 Forecast: 'Penguins of Madagascar'

Holiday 2014 Forecast: 'Penguins of Madagascar'
<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastPenguins of MadagascarRelease Date: November 26th (3D)Studio: 20th Century FoxGenre: AnimationDirector: Eric Darnell, Simon J. SmithWriters: John Aboud, Michael Colton, Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Brandon SawyerCast: Voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Peter Stormare, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath, Chris MillerStudio Description: Super spy teams aren't born...they're hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then...you know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it.Analysis: DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar franchise has been its most reliable brand outside of the Shrek series: the third installment, 2012's Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, is also the highest-grossing with $216.4 million.
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'Boss Baby' Gets the Voice of Alec Baldwin

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'Boss Baby' Gets the Voice of Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey have signed on to lead the voice cast in DreamWorks Animation's Boss Baby, which was first announced back in June.

The story centers on a seven-year-old boy who becomes jealous of his infant brother, a fast-talking, briefcase-carrying baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin). The brother embarks on a mission to win back the love of his parents, when he discovers a secret plot hatched by the CEO of PuppyCo (voiced by Kevin Spacey), which centers on "this brash baby executive masquerading as his new brother." They must come together as true brothers and stop this evil plot to save their parents and the entire world.

Tom McGrath (Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Penguins of Madagascar) is directing from a screenplay by Michael McCullers (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me), based on the award-winning picture book by Maria Frazee. Ramsey Ann Naito (The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
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Penguins of Madagascar reveals first movie poster

Penguins of Madagascar reveals first movie poster
The first official poster for Penguins of Madagascar has been unveiled.

The DreamWorks animated movie focuses on the exploits of the original Madagascar films' coup-devising birds, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private, who since the events of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted have joined an elite undercover task-force.

The original voice cast from the previous Madagascar films are joined by Benedict Cumberbatch - who provides the voice of Classified the wolf, team leader of the heroic North Wind espionage group - and John Malkovich, who plays the animated picture's villain Dr Octavius Brine.

Described as a "spy thriller", Penguins of Madagascar was part of the DreamWorks preview offering at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

Yesterday (July 24), new teasers were unveiled at a panel featuring Cumberbatch and Malkovich, including a first look at the hi-tech North Wind HQ.

Cumberbatch also posed for photos with a penguin-suited friend in the event's press line.
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Friday Report: 'Think Like a Man Too' Tops Box Office with $12.2 Million

Friday Report: 'Think Like a Man Too' Tops Box Office with $12.2 Million
Comedy sequel Think Like a Man Too had a solid first place opening on Friday, while Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys failed to make much noise.Playing at 2,225 locations, Think Like a Man Too took the top spot with an estimated $12.2 million. That's almost identical to the first movie's $12.1 million. Considering it's a sequel opening during the Summer, it's likely to be more front-loaded; still, a weekend north of $30 million is likely.In second place, 22 Jump Street plummeted 63 percent to an estimated $9.4 million. Keeping in mind how big the movie's opening day was, that drop isn't entirely surprising. The comedy sequel has earned $91.9 million through eight days, and should pass $100 million sometime today.How to Train Your Dragon 2 fell 59 percent to an estimated $7.6 million. That's a rough drop for an animated movie: in comparison, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted fell 51 percent, while Monsters University fell 53 percent. For the weekend,
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'22 Jump Street' Schools 'Dragon' on Friday

'22 Jump Street' Schools 'Dragon' on Friday
22 Jump Street got off to a commanding lead in this weekend's battle of the sequels. How to Train Your Dragon 2 could make up ground throughout the weekend, though it will almost certainly fall short of $60 million.22 Jump Street opened to a massive $25 million on Friday. That's the second-biggest R-rated comedy debut ever behind The Hangover Part II ($31.6 million). It's also nearly double the first movie's $13.2 million start. The audience skewed younger (56 percent under 25), which suggests the movie will be very front-loaded this weekend. Still, it should wind up with at least $60 million.In second place, How to Train Your Dragon 2 earned an estimated $18.5 million on Friday. That's significantly higher than the first movie's $12.1 million start. Unfortunately, it's lower than Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted ($20.7 million), which was the last DreamWorks Animation sequel to open in June.It can be tough to predict how animated movies are going to play throughout the weekend,
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Forecast: 'Dragon,' 'Jump Street' Set for Sequel Showdown This Weekend

Forecast: 'Dragon,' 'Jump Street' Set for Sequel Showdown This Weekend
Friday Update: 22 Jump Street earned an awesome $5.5 million from late Thursday shows beginning at 7 p.m. The comedy sequel, starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, was playing at 2,746 locations. 22 Jump Street earned over twice as much as R-rated hits Ted ($2.63 million at midnight) and Neighbors ($2.56 million at 8 p.m.). It also compares favorably to last June's The Heat, which earned $1 million at late Thursday shows. Before assuming 22 Jump Street is on its way to $80 million this weekend, it's worth keeping in mind that this is an R-rated comedy sequel primarily targeting 17-34 year-olds opening at 8 p.m. after nearly all schools have dismissed for the Summer. That's to say there's a good chance that Thursday night accounts for a disproportionately high amount of the movie's overall business this weekend. Still, this virtually guarantees an opening of at least $50 million, which would make this one of the biggest R-rated comedy debuts ever.
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Salma Hayek Joins Seth Rogen and James Franco for 'Sausage Party'

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Salma Hayek Joins Seth Rogen and James Franco for 'Sausage Party'
Salma Hayek has signed on to join the voice cast of Sony's Sausage Party, alongside Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jonah Hill.

The actress will lend her voice to Teresa the Taco in this animated R-rated comedy, which centers on a sausage who falls out of his shopping cart, sending him on a journey with other lost food items as they try to get back to their aisles in the supermarket before the dreaded 4th of July sale. Edward Norton, Michael Cera, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz and Kristen Wiig round out the voice cast.

Conrad Vernon (Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted) and Greg Tiernan are directing from a script by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shafir, based on an original story by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Jonah Hill. Sony is eyeing a 2015 release date for the comedy, which Evan Goldberg revealed in October is an, "an
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Sausage Party Cast Announced with James Franco and Seth Rogen

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Sausage Party Cast Announced with James Franco and Seth Rogen
When we first reported on Sony Pictures' Sausage Party back in September, it wasn't immediately clear if co-writers Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill will also have voice roles in the R-rated animated comedy. Today, we have confirmation that both actors will be a part of the voice cast, along with their This Is the End co-stars James Franco, Michael Cera and David Krumholtz, with Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton and Nick Kroll also signing on for voice roles.

The story follows a sausage who falls out of his shopping cart, and goes on a journey with some new friends through the supermarket to find his way back home before the dreaded 4th of July sale. Back in October, co-writer Evan Goldberg revealed that the film is an "existential mock-Pixar movie," which attempts to take Pixar "down a notch," despite how much he loves their movies.

No details were given for which
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Now You See Me Director Louis Leterrier to Direct Grimsby Starring Sacha Baron Cohen

Paramount Pictures has found a director for its Grimsby spy comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen in Now You See Me director Louis Leterrier, reports Variety. Baron Cohen and Phil Johnston wrote the screenplay for the film which tells of a British black ops agent who goes on the run with his long-lost brother, who happens to be a northern English soccer hooligan. Paramount was pitched the project in August of 2012. Baron Cohen was last seen in Les Misérables as Thénardierm and prior to that reprised his voice role as Julien in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. He's up next in Paramount's eagerly-anticipated comedy Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Vince Vaughn, among others.
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