‘Fifty Shades’ Dominant With $285M WW; ‘La La’ Lands $200M+ Overseas; ‘XXX’ Tops In China – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU, Wednesday AM PT, with actuals: Holdovers were the main attraction at the international box office this weekend as Universal Pictures' Fifty Shades Darker maintained its grip on the No. 1 spot with a better-than-projected $44.5M in 59 markets. That's a 51% drop from last week when the sequel cuffed 2017's biggest offshore debut — it's also a better hold than Fifty Shades Of Grey had in its first-to-second outing in 2015. The original film opened smack… Read
Harold Lloyd Pics To Be Animated; INTV Adds Li Ruigang Keynote – Global Briefs
Cinesite Studios has entered into a partnership with the Harold Lloyd Estate and Comic Animations to adapt Lloyd's films into a series of animated features. The legendary actor and filmmaker made nearly 200 movies between 1914 and 1947, pioneering thrill sequences and stunts, and ranking with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton as one of the most enduring figures of early cinema. Cinesite, which has facilities in London, Montreal and Vancouver, makes animated and family… Read
CAS Awards: ‘La La Land’, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Among Winners – Full List
The 53rd annual Cinema Audio Society Awards honoring outstanding achievement in sound mixing have wrapped, with La La Land taking home the top live action motion picture trophy, beating out other nominees Doctor Strange, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Sully. Pixar’s Finding Dory was the big winner in the animated film category. And for the first time this year, CAS honored outstanding sound mixing for a motion picture documentary. The Music of Strangers: Y… Read
‘Zootopia’s Jason Bateman On Pic’s “Medicine Goes Down Easy” Approach To Conveying A Pertinent Message
An Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor, with two feature directing credits to his name, Jason Bateman checked off another item on his career wish list this year, lending his voice to the critical and box office smash Zootopia—the first Disney animated film he has ever worked on. The actor brings his dry wit and spot-on delivery to the role of Nick Wilde, a con-artist fox dragged into a buddy cop mystery, experiencing the burden of prejudice and stereotyping in… Read
Encore: ‘Trolls’ Star Justin Timberlake Talks Inclusive Art And Composing “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
Editors Note: This story originally ran on December 8, 2016.
If you happen to have come within earshot of a speaker over the last six months, there's a fair chance you'll have heard Justin Timberlake's joyous summer song, "Can't Stop the Feeling!", which must surely be one of the most regularly-played tracks of the year. It's the flagship anthem on the soundtrack to DreamWorks Animation's Trolls, in which Timberlake plays Branch, a curmudgeonly paranoiac for whom the… Read
Oscars: A Look At Contenders In Competitive Best Animated Feature Race
Has the Animated Feature race ever been more competitive? With the nomination ballots tallied, Walt Disney Animation Studios, LAIKA, GKIDS and Sony Pictures Classics will duke it out in phase two, each of them offering standout work ranging stylistically from the 3D formats that have ruled the day in recent years to the equally painstaking, hand-drawn 2D and stop-motion processes.
The films selected include a Pacific Islander adventure, with original songs by Hamilton's… Read
‘Lego Batman’ Will Tie Down Christian Grey In U.S., But ‘Fifty Shades’ Will Smack DC Hero Around The World: Box Office Preview
Checking outside the window in some parts of the world, it looks a lot like winter with the Northeast about to get dumped on again later this week. But by box office standards, it might as well be summer with big grosses in the forecast for this weekend’s crop of Pre-Valentine’s Day entries: Warner Bros.’ The Lego Batman Movie, Universal’s Fifty Shades Darker and Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 2.
Leading up to this weekend, much has been made about how much Fifty Shades D… Read
Annie Awards: ‘Zootopia’ Takes Best Animated Feature & 5 Others: Complete Winners List
Zootopia was the big winner tonight at this year's Annie Awards with six wins including a Best Animated Feature victory that seems to position the Disney pic for Oscar glory later this month.
Coming into the 44th Annies with a leading 11 nominations, the film also won for Directing (Bryon Howard and Rich Moore) and a tie for star Jason Bateman with Auli’i Cravalho in fellow Disney release Moana for best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature. Adding to the Golden Globe win Zo… Read
BFI To Honor Peter Morgan; Altitude Brews ‘Mary And The Witch’s Flower’ – Global Briefs
Prolific British screenwriter and producer Peter Morgan is being awarded the BFI Fellowship, the org’s highest honor, for his contribution to the industry. With more than 30 awards to his name, Morgan is one of the UK's most influential screenwriters, who often uses the British establishment — its leadership and politics — for inspiration in his work. His credits include The Queen, Frost/Nixon, The Last King Of Scotland, Rush and, more recently, Netflix's The Crown, which… Read
Dane DeHaan Joins Voice Cast Of ‘The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island’
EXCLUSIVE: Dane DeHaan, who has the title role in Luc Besson’s Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets and stars in the upcoming A Cure For Wellness, has just joined Martin Sheen and J.K. Simmons in the voice cast for animated feature The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island from Legacy Classics and Shout! Factory Kids. He will play the role of Joe, a handyman with a mysterious past.
The film, directed by Dan Chuba, Mark Dippé and Anna Chi, also stars Joey King (Independe… Read
Open Road Films Acquires ‘Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad’ For 2018 Release
Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the 3D CGI animated film Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad which is voiced by an impressive ensemble of talent: Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Heidi Klum, John Cleese, James Franco, Anjelica Huston and Omar Sy. Directed by Aaron Woodley, the family film hails from Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi's AMBI Media Group. The film will be released in 2018. Open Road has released animated films previously, most notably The Nut Job in… Read
Animatsu’s ‘In This Corner Of The World’ To Be Released By Shout! Factory
EXCLUSIVE: Animatsu Entertainment’s new animated feature In This Corner of the World, based on the award-winning manga by Fumiyo Kouno and written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi, will be released in North America by Shout! Factory.
The award-winning story follows a young lady named Suzu Urano who, in 1944, moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima to live with her husband's family. Suzu's life is thrown into chaos when her town is bombed during World War II. Her… Read