Posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Theme Park Bits:
- A new Ghostbusters ride is coming to Germany’s Heide Park.
- Universal Studios is developing an entire theme park land for the Minions.
- Season of the Force is finally heading to Disneyland Paris.
- Hong Kong Disneyland’s Iron Man Experience is approaching its opening date.
- Animal Kingdom’s Avatar-themed land is truly taking shape.
- Disneyland previews footage and costumes from Doctor Strange.
- Universal extends Halloween Horror Nights.
- And more!
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Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have announced that a new Minions short film will play before their summer release The Secret Life of Pets. Learn about the short film, titled Mower Minions, and see the first image, after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
There are years when the awards race feels all but locked in by early January, when even the most casual Oscar followers can rattle off a list of frontrunners and the ceremonies themselves promise few surprises. This is not one of those years. True, there are a few titles that you can safely bet on making it to the final cut, like Spotlight and The Revenant. But there are a great many films still on the bubble. Some of them got good news today, as the PGA announced their nominations for the 2016 awards, and others just saw their odds get a little bit longer. Read the full PGA Awards nominations 2016 list after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
Generally speaking, studios, filmmakers, and stars are happy to see their films land on awards shortlists or critics’ top 10s. But then there are the lists they’d probably rather not be on, like this one of the most pirated movies of 2015.
To be sure, most of these movies did just fine even without the pirates’ box-office dollars. This year’s #2, Furious 7, was a favorite of pirates basically from the moment it opened, and it still managed to set records. (Records which were later broken by Jurassic World and then Star Wars, but never mind that.) Still, it’s gotta be annoying to think of all the money they didn’t make because some people didn’t feel like paying. Especially since a couple of these titles could’ve used that extra boost. Find out what the most pirated movies of 2015 are after the jump.
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Kids have found plenty to enjoy about the slapstick, gibberish antics of the little yellow guys known as Minions, and at the end of the day, that means the Illumination Entertainment film accomplished what it set out to do. But these characters worked so well in small doses in Despicable Me that a movie focusing just on the Minions feels like nothing more than a marketing move.
And that’s exactly what the Minions Honest Trailer brings to the table, right down to accurately pointing out that a movie about young Gru and his Minions would have been a much better movie. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 by David Chen
David, Jeff, Peter Sciretta, and Germain reconvene to discuss the results of their 2015 box office summer movie wager results. Below, you’ll find the actual box office rankings for this summer, as well as Dave, Jeff, Peter, and Germain’s original rankings. Hit the jump to download and listen to the podcast.
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Pretty much everyone knows Minions is going to be a big hit. The wild, yellow characters are incredibly popular with kids and adults alike, so the fact they’ve got their own movie hitting theaters this summer is a slam dunk. At this point, it comes down to one thing: is the movie good? If it isn’t, the film will still be a success. But if it is good, it could be one of the biggest animated films of all time. The Minions are that well-liked.
A new 3-plus-minute trailer obviously can’t speak to the film’s quality, but it can speak to its scope (very big), its humor (silly, with an adult edge) and its voice cast (incredibly impressive). The film is set 42 years before the events of the first Despicable Me, which pretty much makes it a period piece, too. Minions opens July 10, watch the latest trailer below. Read More »
April isn’t even 48 hours old but at the movie theater, summer has already begun. With tonight’s opening of Furious 7, the trend of major blockbusters opening well before the first weekend in May continues. Fast Five, The Hunger Games and Captain America: The Winter Soldier are a few recent examples; next year, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will open over a month before the traditional first weekend of summer. Let’s face it. It might be Spring outside, but it’s Summer at the movies.
With that in mind, the /Film crew decided to rank our most anticipated films of the season. Everyone on staff (Peter, Russ, Angie, David, Devindra, Angie, Chris, and myself) ranked their 20 most anticipated movies of summer 2015, those rankings were given point values, and then an overall list was created.
Below, read /Film’s most anticipated movies of Summer 2015. Read More »
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So how do the Minions find their latest super villain to work for? We find out in the latest trailer for Minions, the animated prequel to the Despicable Me series, out July 10.
In the new Minions trailer, Kevin, Stuart and Bob are on the road to Orlando. Orlando is the location of the 1968 Villain-Con, an evil version of Comic-Con where everyone just wants to see Scarlet Overkill, played by Sandra Bullock. Before that though, a convention of villains is ripe for jokes and visual gags, which this latest Minions trailer is full of. Below, check it out along with a new one sheet. Read More »
The term “America’s Sweetheart” is too reductive to apply to someone like Sandra Bullock, but there’s no question that we see Bullock as a positive figure, even a hero. But she voices a villain in Minions, the film spun off from the Despicable Me franchise. We’ll see a trailer for the film tomorrow. For now, get your first look at Scarlet Overkill, the Sandra Bullock Minions character, along with some info about the role she plays. Read More »