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Title of Disney's 'Wreck-It Ralph' Sequel Revealed
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 has been unveiled as title of the upcoming sequel to Walt Disney Animation Studios' Oscar-nominated Wreck-It Ralph, Disney announced Tuesday during its slate presentation at CinemaCon.
Directed by Rich Moore (who recently won an Oscar for Zootopia) and Phil Johnston and produced by Oscar-winning Zootopia producer Clark Spencer, the movie is scheduled to open March 9, 2018 and has a returning voice cast that includes John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch.
While Disney Animation doesn't have a release in 2017, its sister company Pixar has two films this year. They include the Nov. 22 release Coco, which centers »
- Carolyn Giardina
Elle Fanning’s Animated Film ‘Leap!’ Moves to Labor Day Weekend
“Leap!” is making the jump to Labor Day weekend.
The release date for Elle Fanning’s animated film is moving from April 21 to Sept. 4, The Weinstein Company announced on Tuesday.
TWC acquired U.S. rights to the film back in May of last year.
The Weinstein Company Schedules ‘Mary Magdalene,’ ‘The Current War’ for Awards Season
“Leap!” follows 11-year-old orphan Felicie (voiced by Fanning) and her best friend, Victor (Wolff), who dream of moving to Paris to become a dancer and inventor, respectively. The two run away together, and quickly learn that talent alone is not enough to overcome the obstacles in their way.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Matt Damon’s ‘Downsizing’ First Footage Puts American Life Literally Under a Microscope
Paramount surprised CinemaCon audiences on Tuesday with 10 minutes of Alexander Payne’s new drama “Downsizing,” a surprisingly high-concept movie from a filmmaker known for more grounded, down-to-earth moviemaking. How high-concept? Think a Payne-like version of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” In the clip, which got a very warm reception from the crowd in Vegas, Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig play a married couple who attend a presentation about literally shrinking themselves. The pitch is made by Neil Patrick Harris’ character, who has already shrunk himself and now lives in a stunning home, bigger than he could’ve ever dreamed of in the. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Robert Rodriguez To Direct ‘Ugly Dolls’ For STX For May 2019 Bow – CinemaCon
Robert Rodriguez will direct STX Entertainment’s animated Ugly Dolls, based on the kids toys, which the company has long planned as the film to launch its family and animation division. The movie will come out May 10, 2019.
The dolls were created by David Horvath via his company Pretty Ugly LLC and have taken off in popularity in Asia. The film version will be produced by STX with Gigi Pritzker and OddLot co-producing. Horvath and business partner Drew Matilsky will… »
Anne Hathaway’s ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ Remake Finds Director
The movie marks Addison’s big-screen directorial debut. Jac Schaeffer will write the screenplay.
Cave 76 Productions’ Roger Birnbaum and Wilson’s Camp Sugar Productions are producing.
The film gender-reverses the 1988 Frank Oz-directed comedy classic that starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine as con men who try to swindle an heiress. The ’80s film was itself a reboot of Ralph Levy’s 1964 movie “Bedtime Story,” starring Marlon Brando, David Niven, and Shirley Jones.
“Nasty Women” follows two female scam artists, one low-rent and the other high-class, who compete to swindle a naive tech prodigy out of his fortune. The title calls to mind Donald Trump’s insult to Hillary Clinton during the final presidential debate, a »
- Justin Kroll
‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ Star Darlene Cates Dies at 69
Cates’ daughter, Sheri Cates Morgan, announced in a Facebook post that her mother died “peacefully in her sleep” on Sunday morning.
“We take comfort in knowing that she is no longer in pain and is in the arms of our Heavenly Father, breaking away only to dance with our Savior, Jesus,” the daughter wrote. “(Dancing was something she talked about loving to do ‘back in the day’!)” »
- Seth Kelley
WGA to Send Strike Authorization Vote to Membership
Writers Guild of America’s two boards voted unanimously to send a vote to its membership, raising the stakes in the contract wrangling with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
The board of the WGA West and council of the WGA East have approved the recommendation from the WGA negotiating committee to conduct a strike authorization vote among the 12,000 members of both guilds. The negotiating committee took that step on Friday after ending two weeks of contract talks with the AMPTP. The current Minimum Basic Agreement, jointly negotiated by West and East, expires on May 1.
The strike authorization vote does not mean the writers will automatically walk. But a vote by the membership is necessary before the governing bodies of both guilds can call a strike against the studios. The turnout and vote on the authorization question will also be a bellwether of how strongly the membership feels about a work stoppage if the sides »
- Cynthia Littleton
Cinemacon: Disney Plays Hold ‘Em in Vegas, Announces ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ Details
Las Vegas — Disney can be forgiven for phoning it in.
Fresh off a $7 billion year at the global box office, the studio raced through its upcoming releases at a sprinter’s pace during a 12 and a half minute presentation at Cinemacon on Tuesday. There was no footage from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” or “Thor Ragnarok.” Nor did Disney use the gathering of theater owners to debut a preview for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the mere mention of which was enough to have the crowd at Caesar’s Palace whooping and clapping.
Most studios come to Cinemacon, the annual exhibition industry trade show unfolding this week in Las Vegas, armed with A-list actors, new trailers, and promotional art. Their presentations can stretch on for hours. Not so Disney, which likes to unveil that sort of thing at D23, its in-house fan event.
Despite the cursory effort, Disney distribution chief »
- Brent Lang
Andrei Konchalovsky's 'Paradise' Wins Best Film at Russia's Nika Awards
The Holocaust-themed drama also won Konchalovsky the best director award, while the film's star Yulia Vysotskaya was awarded best actress.
Last year, the film collected the best director Silver Lion at the Venice International Film Festival and was later Russia's entry in for the Academy Awards best foreign-language film long list, but failed to make the final nominations.
- Vladimir Kozlov
‘New Girl’ Finally Reveals Schmidt’s First Name (Watch)
After six seasons and more than 130 episodes, Schmidt’s full name was finally revealed on Fox’s “New Girl” tonight.
But on Tuesday night’s episode, that all changed. The character revealed his first name to his best friend Winston (Lamorne Morris), telling him that from now on he wants to go by his full name, Winston Schmidt.
If you’re following closely, you’ll notice that now “New Girl” will have two Winstons. And the original Winston, played by Morris, was not pleased in tonight’s episode when Schmidt told him that he’d like to start going by his first name.
For what it’s worth, if his first name isn’t enough for you, Fox issued a press release tonight that specified Schmidt’s cumbersome full name is actually “Winston Saint-Marie Schmidt.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
CinemaCon: Anthony Hopkins, Mark Wahlberg Dominate ‘Transformers’ Footage
Paramount opted to highlight its most successful franchise Tuesday at CimemaCon, concluding its presentation by offering a well-received 15-minute sneak peak at”Transformers: The Last Knight.”
Aside from the usual barrage of mechanized transformers — both good and bad — battling each other, the action-packed footage was dominated by Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Moner and newcomer Anthony Hopkins. To introduce the footage, the studio offered comment from Michael Bay, who is directing his final “Transformers.” A lively Bay touted the film as being the first to be shot entirely in Imax 3D.
“The scale of the ‘Transformers’ is meant to be seen on the big screen,” Bay asserted.
Moner’s portrayal of a street kid who’s wise beyond her years included a tearful goodbye to one of the Bots who had been trying to protect her. And Hopkins was particularly well-liked by the crowd in the key role of Sir Edmund Burton, »
- Dave McNary
‘Bones’ Series Finale Postmortem: Showrunner Michael Peterson on How This May Not Be the End (Spoilers)
Read no further if you haven’t seen the series finale (for now) of “Bones.” Spoilers ahead!
There are any number of ways to end a series. There’s the flat cut to black; the reveal that this has all been a dream. Most of them involve some level of controversy after the fact. But when it came time to end “Bones” after 12 seasons on Fox, showrunners Michael Peterson and Jonathan Collier wanted to send their characters riding off into the sunset fully intact. And so we ended not with a bang or a whimper, but with Booth and Brennan bantering into the black. Peterson called up Variety to discuss the very last episode of “Bones” — and why it may not be the very last episode of “Bones.”
Unlike some finales, we don’t get a special last line of dialogue — it’s more akin to the end of a regular episode. When »
- Oriana Schwindt
‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ to Open NY Indian Film Festival
Hindi indie “Lipstick Under My Burkha,” which has been banned by the Indian film censor board, is continuing its march through film festivals around the country. After opening the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Alankrita Shrivastava’s women-centric movie will launch the New York Indian Film Festival on April 30 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian followed by a fundraising gala.
44 docs, features and shorts will unspool at the fest in not only Hindi and English but also Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Marathi, Bengali and Gujarati languages. The films come from four South Asian countries: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangla Desh.
Other highlights of the festival include siblings Deepa and Dilip Mehta presenting »
- Shalini Dore
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Producer Hints at End of Sony-Marvel Collaboration After Next Movie
Spider-Man fans excited about the webslinger’s second outing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — this summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” — might be in for a rude awakening. Co-producer Amy Pascal said at CinemaCon Tuesday that the titular character may not be part of the McU for much longer. Speaking with Cosmic Book News, Pascal — who was formerly Sony’s studio chief — speculated that after the already agreed-upon “Homecoming” sequel, Spider-Man might be restricted to appearing only in films from Sony, which holds the rights to the character. Also Read: 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' New Trailer: Vulture Wreaks Havoc on Staten Island »
- Matt Pressberg
Donald Trump, Fan of Libel Suits, Says He’s Immune From Them as President
Donald Trump likes libel lawsuits. He has filed seven in his lifetime (losing or settling six) and said as a candidate that he wants to “open up” libel laws to make news outlets easier to sue. But now that he’s in the White House, he claims he’s protected from defamation lawsuits filed against him, at least for the length of his presidency. In court papers filed in New York late Monday, Trump’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, argued that a defamation lawsuit filed against Trump by a former contestant from NBC’s “The Apprentice” reality television show must be »
- Susan Seager
Leonardo DiCaprio Remembers ‘Gilbert Grape’ Co-Star Darlene Cates as His ‘Best Acting Mom’
Leonardo DiCaprio took to Facebook on Tuesday to honor his deceased “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” co-star Darlene Cates, calling her “the best acting mom I ever had the privilege of working alongside.” “Darlene was the best acting mom I ever had the privilege of working alongside,” he wrote. “Her endearing personality and incredible talent will live on in the memories of those who knew her, and those who loved her work.” The actor concluded, “My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.” Also Read: 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' Mom Darlene Cates Dies at 69 News broke Monday night that. »
- Tim Kenneally
Matt Damon Shrinks in ‘Downsizing’ Footage Presented at CinemaCon
The director of “The Descendants” and “Nebraska” specializes in small-scale portraits of Midwesterners. He chronicles their daily lives, peeling back the curtain to show, usually humorously, the quiet desperation that lies behind their stoic facade.
“Downsizing” is something different entirely. It’s funny, to be sure, but it’s also Payne’s first foray into science-fiction. Think of it as “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” with a deeper social message. Payne brought 10 minutes of footage from the film to CinemaCon on Tuesday, flanked by star Matt Damon. It was screened as part of Paramount Pictures’ annual presentation of its film slate to theater owners.
Paramount Marketing Chief: Jim Gianopulos Appointment ‘Marks a New Moment’
The Oscar-winning writer and director cut an incongruous figure — looking downright professorial in a sports coat and sweater. The dress code at »
- Brent Lang
‘Survivor: Game Changers’ elimination odds: Will J.T. Thomas have to pay for his ‘Dirty Deed’?
Last week’s shocking tribal council on “Survivor: Game Changers” ended with Malcolm Freberg‘s elimination, unintentionally caused by a power play from one of his closest allies, J.T. Thomas. On this week’s episode, titled “Dirty Deed,” J.T. will have to explain his actions to his tribe mates, but his chances of remaining in their good graces are slim. […] »
Natalie Portman's 'Annihilation' Shows Off Creepy First Footage at CinemaCon
Annihilation made its way to CinemaCon on Tuesday, where moody footage debuted.
Portman's character gets emotional when her husband (Oscar Isaac) returns home after 12 months, but he's impassive, barely responding to her when she kisses him.
Readers of the adaptation of the acclaimed sci-fi novel from Jeff VanderMeer will know that when a person returns from their missions … they aren't quite themselves.
She presses him for details of his mission.
"I don't know where it was, or what it was," he says.
He drinks from water, and she sees blood on his glass. Soon, he's in an ambulance, »
- Aaron Couch
Paramount’s ‘Amusement Park’ Movie to Become Nickelodeon TV Show After Theatrical Release
Paramount’s Motion Picture Group President Marc Evans announced that the studio’s 2018 animated release “Amusement Park” is headed to Nickelodeon as a TV series. The TV series is aiming to launch in 2019, said Nickelodeon Chief Marketing Officer Pam Kaufman, who joined Evans on stage at CinemaCon 2017 in Las Vegas Tuesday. The project is a Ilion Animation Studios production that Paramount will distribute, and has a voice cast that includes Mila Kunis, Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Ken Jeong and Jeffrey Tambor. Also Read: Dwayne Johnson Calls 'Baywatch' Cast the 'Avengers of the Beach' Viacom CEO Bob Bakish gave »
- Matt Donnelly
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