As of now, Illumination Entertainment’s animated comedy The Secret Life of Pets is sitting at #3 on the domestic list of the highest grossing movies of 2016. That’s not likely to last once Rogue One: A Star Wars Story storms the charts, but with a worldwide box office total over $874 million, the movie is still a hit. That’s a shame, because it’s not good.
I’ve already lamented in my full review just how disappointing this movie is, despite the fact that kids love it, and now Honest Trailers takes some jabs at the movie that are right on the money. They start by saying the movie is like Toy Story, but with out all the toys, heart, humor or story structure, and that’s being nice.
Watch the Secret Life of Pets Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
Legendary Pictures is wasting no time capitalizing on the Pokémon craze. Over the summer, they announced plans to make a live-action film based on Great Detective Pikachu, and a few weeks later they locked down a pair of screenwriters to get the ball rolling. Now they’ve caught themselves a director. Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) has just been hired to direct the film. Read More »
The return of Jason Bourne this past summer wasn’t anything to write home about, but Matt Damon will be back in action again soon enough. But this time, he’ll be in China, about 1,000 years in the past.
The Great Wall stars Matt Damon as one of a trio of mercenaries from the West who have come to steal gunpowder from the Chinese and maybe a rumored legendary weapon that they want to use to conquer their homeland. But when they arrive at the Great Wall, they find something they weren’t expecting, and we get to see much more than the previous trailers have shown us in a new trailer/featurette hybrid from China.
Watch the extended international The Great Wall trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Back in 2015, we first learned that Universal Studios was teaming up with Nintendo to bring the video game company’s iconic characters and games into their theme parks. Details were scarce – which parks would feature Nintendo characters and how they’d be utilized remained unknown.
Today, the first official details have been revealed. Entire Nintendo-themed lands are being planned for Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Orlando, and Universal Studios Japan and adjectives like “expansive,” “immersive” and “interactive are being tossed around. Hit the jump to learn about the Nintendo Worlds coming to Universal Studios theme parks.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
It took a while to get Matt Damon back into the Bourne franchise. But the wait paid off handsomely at the box office, as Jason Bourne took in $415 million worldwide. So the question now, of course, is what’s next for the series. Will Damon return again? Will he bring Jason Bourne director Paul Greengrass back with him? And what of Jeremy Renner‘s Aaron Cross — might Bourne Legacy finally get a sequel?
Producer Frank Marshall addressed these questions and more in a recent interview. Find out what he had to say below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
When Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt return for Jurassic World 2, they may find themselves joined by another familiar face. Producer Frank Marshall has hinted that B.D. Wong will be back as Dr. Henry Wu in the J.A. Bayona-directed sequel, which recently added new stars Toby Jones and Rafe Spall. Read More »
Legendary Entertainment has acquired the rights to Frank Herbert’s Dune. Learn the details about Legendary’s Dune movie, after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Sing may not have the brand-name recognition of a new Batman movie, or the critical pedigree of a Disney Animation project. But at this point, you’d be a fool to underestimate Illumination Entertainment’s knack for making lots and lots of money.
The animation studio behind Minions and Secret Life of Pets clearly expect to rake in the dough with their next big feature, which combines anthropomorphic animals with an American Idol-style singing competition. They’re so confident, in fact, that they’re going to let the first audiences see it for free. Universal has announced free preview screenings of Sing to take place Thanksgiving weekend, in AMC theaters across the country. Read More »
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While I don’t think anyone was chomping at a bit to see The Croods 2, there will undoubtedly be some animation fans disappointed by the news that arrived over the weekend.
DreamWorks Animation and their new parent comedy Universal Pictures have dropped an asteroid on the animated sequel to the 2013 prehistoric family comedy. But the good news is that this doesn’t mean the Croods will be put on ice forever. Read More »
Westworld is one of the most discussed shows on the air now, and even after the first season comes to an end in a few weeks, we’ll still be talking about this show for months to come. Last night’s episode brought a major revelation (which will be discussed in greater detail later this morning with our usual Westworld coverage), but there are still endless questions to be answered.
However, if you find parts of Westworld feeling a little familiar, aside from the obvious due to the fact that this is a remake of a feature film of the same name, but you just can’t put your finger on it, a new video lays it out pretty simply. Westworld is Jurassic Park and vice versa, and since both stories were written by Michael Crichton, that makes perfect sense. Read More »