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Miramax Hires Sony Animation Alum Michael Lachance As Evp Of New Family & Animation Unit

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Exclusive: Industry veteran Michael Lachance has joined Miramax as Evp of its newly created Family & Animation division. He will oversee the creative direction of the unit, reporting to COO and general counsel Bob Osher.

Lachance had been Svp Creative Development at Sony Pictures Animation, where he developed such hits as Hotel Transylvania and its sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and the Smurfs franchise.

Lachance has more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Before his stint at Sony, Lachance was a senior development executive at DreamWorks Animation, where he conceived the original idea for Kung Fu Panda. He also spearheaded the development of such animated hits as Madagascar, Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens, Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third.

“We are very fortunate to have Mike join us and we look forward to his creative leadership to expand the Miramax content offering,” said Miramax CEO Bill Block,
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Miramax hires Michael Lachance to head new family and animation unit

Studio developed Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2, The Smurfs.

In a coup for Miramax, the company has hired Michael Lachance as executive vice-president of its newly created family & animation division.

Lachance, a studio executive and writer with more than 20 years of experience who most recently served as senior vice-president of creative development at Sony Pictures Animation (Spa), will oversee the creative direction of the division under Bob Osher.

During his tenure at Spa, Lachance developed the global animated hits Hotel Transylvania and its sequel, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 and The Smurfs franchise.

“We are
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17 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed by Women, From ‘Mamma Mia!’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Photos)

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17 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed by Women, From ‘Mamma Mia!’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Photos)
Take a look at which films directed by women are on this list, unadjusted for inflation.

1. “Frozen” (2013)

Directors: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck

Domestic gross: $400.7 million

2. “Wonder Woman” (2017)

Director: Patty Jenkins

Domestic gross: $285.3 million

3. “Shrek” (2001)

Directors: Vicky Jenson, Andrew Adamson

Domestic gross: $267.7 million

4. Brave” (2012”)

Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Domestic gross: $237.3 million

5. “Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (2009)

Director: Betty Thomas

Domestic gross: $219.6 million

6. “Twilight” (2008)

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Domestic gross: $192.8 million

7. “Pitch Perfect 2” (2015)

Director: Elizabeth Banks

Domestic gross: $183.8 million

8. “What Women Want” (2000)

Director: Nancy Meyers

Domestic gross: $182.8 million

9. “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015)

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson

Domestic gross: $166.1 million

10. “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011)

Director: Jennifer Yuh Helson

Domestic gross: $165.2 million

11. “The Proposal” (2009)

Director: Anne Fletcher

Domestic gross: $164 million

12. “Shark Tale” (2004)

Directors: Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron, Rob Letterman

Domestic gross: $160.9 million

13. “Dr. Dolittle” (1998)

Director: Betty Thomas

Domestic gross: $144.2 million

14. “Mamma Mia!” (2008)

Director: Phyllida Lloyd

Domestic gross: $144.1 million

15. “Deep Impact” (1998)

Director: Mimi Leder
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A New Trailer for Detective Pikachu Has Dropped and It's Filled with New Footage of Pokemon

Legendary Pictures has released a new trailer for Ryan Reynolds’s upcoming film Detective Pikachu, and it’s filled with all kinds of fun new footage and story details. Some of that footage includes lots of Pokemon characters that fans will be excited to see in action. In addition to Pikachu, we also get to see new shots of Psyduck, Mr. Mime, Bulbasaur, Charizard, Jigglypuff, and more.

I wasn’t completely sold on this movie at first, but after watching this trailer, it looks like it will be filled with some fun and entertainment moments. It’s definitely something that the kids will enjoy! Here’s the synopsis:

The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself.
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‘Detective Pikachu’ Official Trailer: Ryan Reynolds Brings Pokémon Mayhem

‘Detective Pikachu’ Official Trailer: Ryan Reynolds Brings Pokémon Mayhem
Ryan Reynolds is famous for playing the world’s most beloved R-rated superhero thanks to his massively successful “Deadpool” franchise, but he’s about to take on a beloved role of a different sort: Pikachu. The actor has teamed up with Warner Bros. and director Rob Letterman for the upcoming “Detective Pikachu,” a live-action/animated hybrid adventure in which he voices the adorable yellow Pokémon opposite “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and “The Get Down” star Justice Smith.

The official synopsis from Warner Bros. reads: “Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City — a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world — Pikachu and [a young man (Smith) investigating the disappearance of his father] encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.”

Letterman has experience in both the animated and live-action filmmaking worlds, having directed “Shark Tale,
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Sound Familiar? ‘A’ Listers In Voice Acting Roles

Sometimes you know who you’re listening to. For a handful of actors – Sam Elliott, Morgan Freeman and James Earl Jones in particular – their voice is their trademark, unmistakable and a nice little earner when they don’t feel like being in front of the camera. But sometimes you don’t. Recent years have seen a growing trend for big names providing the voices in major animations, but can we tell? The Lego Movie 2, released in cinemas on Friday, is packed with them – Chris Pratt on double duty, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill (who’s also in the third How To Train Your Dragon) and Ralph Fiennes, Jason Momoa and Bruce Willis are there as well, but there’s no prizes for recognising them. If you see the film, you’ll know why…

Here’s six top actors whose voices may have passed you by…..

Glenn Close

The award winning actress,
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Movie Review – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, 2019.

Directed by Dean DeBlois

Featuring the voice talents of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Justin Rupple, Kristen Wiig and F. Murray Abraham.

Synopsis:

When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn’t the only Night Fury, he must seek “The Hidden World”, a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.

By the end of the 2000s, DreamWorks had exhausted the pop-culture pit of puns and gags. Madagascar, Shark Tale, and their enduring golden goose the Shrek franchise saw them as one-note. The company needed a change. Kung-Fu Panda looked to be offering something of its ilk, but clearly, something more needed to be done. A risk. 2010s first How to Train Your Dragon appeared, and it critics and audiences alike that DreamWorks could produce something more. Celebrity voices weren’t used
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‘Pokemon Detective Pikachu’: Hear Ryan Reynolds Voice Pikachu in First Trailer

Warner Bros. released the first trailer for the Pokémon franchise’s debut live-action film, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, which stars Ryan Reynolds voicing the CGI-rendered Pikachu.

In a departure from the long-running animated series, this Pikachu speaks English, but character Tim Goodman, played by Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s Justice Smith, is the only human who can understand the creature. (Pokémon and humans have historically understood one another despite linguistic barriers; some Pokémon in prior installments of the franchise have communicated in human languages.)

The trailer introduces viewers to the live-action Pokémon world,
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‘Halloween’ Breaks Records, While ‘A Star Is Born’ Shows October Can Work for Box Office and Awards Play

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‘Halloween’ Breaks Records, While ‘A Star Is Born’ Shows October Can Work for Box Office and Awards Play
In another hit from a very strong October, “Halloween” is the month’s second-best opening weekend ever. Its $77.5 million total is just a little below what “Venom” debuted to two weeks ago, at 10 times the budget.

Meanwhile, “A Star Is Born” became the second release this month to reach $200 million — a first for October. Only four films total have done this — “Meet the Parents,” “Gravity,” “Shark Tale,” and “The Martian” (at 2018 prices).

That puts October 2018 in the hunt for the best ever. The only thing holding it back is the bulk of the revenue comes from these three hits; beyond them, there isn’t a lot that’s doing strong business.

The 11th entry has the biggest start of any film in the four-decade “Halloween” franchise, and already has topped the grosses of all but three (adjusted). It will easily be the biggest other than John Carpenter’s 1978 original.

Though
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Oscars flashback: ‘The Incredibles’ edged out ‘Shrek 2’ for Best Animated Feature

Oscars flashback: ‘The Incredibles’ edged out ‘Shrek 2’ for Best Animated Feature
It took 14 years after the smash success of “The Incredibles” for the sequel to appear but the wait was worth it. This continuation of the story was well-received by both critics (93 at Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences ($1.1 billion and counting). Can it parlay this success into an Oscar for Best Animated Feature?

The original film did just that, winning a tight race against “Shrek 2,” the sequel to the film that had won this award in its inaugural year (2001), and the box office smash “Shark Tale.” The latter was a surprise nominee, given that it merited a mere 35 score at Rotten Tomatoes. But it boasted an all-star voice cast including Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, Renee Zellweger and Martin Scorsese. And it’s jukebox musical style made it one of the catchiest flicks of the year.

Shrek 2” hit theaters just two years after the original film won the
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Box Office: 'The Meg' Swims Past $200M Globally

Box Office: 'The Meg' Swims Past $200M Globally
Talk about a sharp bite.

On Wednesday, Warner Bros.' The Meg swam past the $200 million buoy at the global box office to become the No. 3 shark pic of all time behind Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic Jaws and 2004's animated Shark Tale, not adjusted for inflation.

The Meg, directed by Jon Turteltaub and starring Jason Statham, has taken a far bigger bite out of the box office than anyone anticipated.

In North America, the movie finished Tuesday with a six-day total of $59.4 million, besting the entire lifetime runs of recent shark hits The Shallows ($55.1 million) ...
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Video: Sharks in Movies

You would be hard pressed to have missed the incredibly subtle advertising campaign for the latest shark movie – The Meg. This star-studded feature is anything but understated and yet this may be because The Meg comes from a long history of outrageous shark movies that capture the public imagination – from the sublime, to the ridiculous to the downright bonkers. But recently there have been some attempts to pacify the image of the shark as a man-eating monster… whilst films like The Meg suggest we prefer sharks when they have us screaming into our popcorn. So, we’re going to look at the rep of sharks in some of the most prolific shark movies to date…

Jaws (1975)

Undoubtedly the most iconic shark movie of all time, Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller Jaws kick-started the cinematic obsession with man-eating Great White’s. Following the escapades of this forever-hungry shark terrorizing the holiday makers of Amity Island,
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Tweetweek: Hathaway Tea, Princess Thor, Cooper Snatched, and More

The journey of this tweet. ❤️

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Ray Lewis (@RayLewis1997) June 5, 2018

After the jump, Barry Jenkins reacts to Steve McQueen's Widows, Marc Sneticker reminds us of the existence of Shark Tale, Thor is revealed to be a true Disney Princess, and lots of other pop culture quips and bits feat. Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Reese Witherspoon, Samuel L Jackson, Zhang Ziyi, and more...
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Hulu Climbs Above 20 Million Subscribers, Inks Major DreamWorks Animation Deal

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Hulu is trying to flex its muscles and prove it’s bulking up to be a top contender in the streaming TV ring.

The company has now surpassed 20 million U.S. subscribers, Hulu announced at its 2018 upfront event Tuesday in New York. The number, an 18% increase since the end of 2017, includes both Hulu’s live-tv package and standalone on-demand service.

In a coup in its battle with Netflix, Hulu announced a multiyear deal with DreamWorks Animation, giving it exclusive U.S. streaming rights for the studio’s library titles, new releases starting in 2019, and new original series to bow in 2020. The pact — Hulu’s largest deal for kids and family programming to date — means Dwa is ending its five-year relationship with Netflix, which had committed to spending $1.5 billion with the studio under their initial 2013 deal.

Also on the content front, Hulu clinched an exclusive streaming deal for “The Good Doctor,
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Hulu Renews ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, Inks Deal With DreamWorks Animation, Passes 20 Million Subscribers – Newfront

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Hulu said it has surpassed 20 million U.S. subscribers, a milestone that shows its commitment to original programming is paying dividends.

The video streaming service announced the latest subscriber numbers during today’s NewFront presentation at the newly christened Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, where executives also announced its flagship original series The Handmaid’s Tale has been renewed for a third season, in addition to unveiling new series and exclusive deals including its first multi-year pact with DreamWorks Animation.

The streaming service also said that under a new agreement with Sony Pictures Television, it secured exclusive on-demand streaming rights to ABC’s hit drama series The Good Doctor.

“Hulu is the complete TV experience for consumers, offering both live and on-demand programming and more consumer choice than ever before,” Hulu CEO Randy Freer said.

Following Handmaid’s Tale‘s record-breaking second-season premiere last week — which has already doubled
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Hulu Series Orders Include ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Adaptation From Mindy Kaling

Hulu Series Orders Include ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Adaptation From Mindy Kaling
Hulu has given a series order to Mindy Kaling’s new adaptation of “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” while the streaming service has also greenlit a sitcom from comedian Ramy Youssef, to be executive produced by Jerrod Carmichael.

The pickups were among the announcements made this morning at Hulu’s annual upfront presentation to advertisers, taking place at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Among other news: Hulu has sealed a new deal with DreamWorks Animation, which kicks into gear with new original series in 2020.

Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Ramy” are part of an upcoming Hulu slate that also includes newcomers “Castle Rock,” “Catch-22,” “The First” and “Little Fires Everywhere.”

Kaling and her “The Mindy Project” partner Matt Warburton are behind the limited series adaptation of “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” MGM Television is the lead studio on the project, which will also be produced by Universal TV
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‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Screenwriter Jennifer Lee Reveals Why a Classic Book Can’t Be Translated

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Screenwriter Jennifer Lee Reveals Why a Classic Book Can’t Be Translated
Jennifer Lee never expected to be this busy. She just flew in from previews on “Frozen: The Broadway Musical” (March 22) to promote “A Wrinkle in Time,” which she wrote after 2014 musical “Frozen” turned into the Oscar-winning, top-grossing worldwide animated blockbuster of all time.

She’s still writing the sequel to “Frozen,” too. “I was joking that if I have time, I have to write the climax for ‘Frozen 2’ for tomorrow morning,” said Lee. “It’s a Champagne problem, to have too much to do, when you love what you do.”

Lee wrote two animated features that grossed over $1 billion worldwide: She was on the Oscar-winning “Zootopia” writing team with college chum Phil Johnston, as she was on “Wreck-It-Ralph.” But after she and director Chris Buck wrote “Frozen,” Disney asked her to be co-director, having found out that she trained to be a director at Columbia film school.

With “Frozen,
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‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Screenwriter Jennifer Lee Reveals Why a Classic Book Can’t Be Translated

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Screenwriter Jennifer Lee Reveals Why a Classic Book Can’t Be Translated
Jennifer Lee never expected to be this busy. She just flew in from previews on “Frozen: The Broadway Musical” (March 22) to promote “A Wrinkle in Time,” which she wrote after 2014 musical “Frozen” turned into the Oscar-winning, top-grossing worldwide animated blockbuster of all time.

She’s still writing the sequel to “Frozen,” too. “I was joking that if I have time, I have to write the climax for ‘Frozen 2’ for tomorrow morning,” said Lee. “It’s a Champagne problem, to have too much to do, when you love what you do.”

Lee wrote two animated features that grossed over $1 billion worldwide: She was on the Oscar-winning “Zootopia” writing team with college chum Phil Johnston, as she was on “Wreck-It-Ralph.” But after she and director Chris Buck wrote “Frozen,” Disney asked her to be co-director, having found out that she trained to be a director at Columbia film school.

With “Frozen,
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10 Animated Movies With Surprisingly Racist Undertones

Animated movies are, as a general rule, typically created as innocent, harmless fun for children. However, it’s quite a well known fact that some of them are hiding some very dark secrets – and that can, frankly, sometimes include some quite racist content. In this video, we’ll run through ten movies that have some seemingly very racist undertones in them (not like, for example, Song of the South, which is Clearly very racist). Those include; 2016’s Sing having a group of gorilla characters who are like stereotypical black gangsters, Disney’s 1937 classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs having an abundance of Eurocentric and racist language in it, 2014’s sequel movie Rio 2 having its singing, dancing, comic-relief characters voiced by black and hispanic actors, 2013’s Epic having a very stereotypically black character voiced by rapper Pitbull, 2004’s Shark Tale having countless racial stereotypes amongst its cast of characters,
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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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