Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
Since Despicable Me, Illumination Entertainment has established itself as a go-to source for sturdy family entertainment. Their films may not reach the artistic heights of Pixar or Disney, but you can generally count on them to be perfectly pleasant and inoffensive, able to entertain the kids without annoying the parents.
Sing is Illumination’s first musical, but otherwise it’s cut from the same cloth as the company’s other films. While not especially deep, the combination of a star-studded cast and an equally star-studded music catalogue make for a fun time. It’s light and sweet and pretty as cotton candy, and it dissolves from memory just as quickly. Read More »
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Starting this Fall, Ava DuVernay (Selma) will start shooting her biggest film to date. The filmmaker’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle‘s classic fantasy novel already has Oprah Winfrey on board to play Mrs. Which, and Winfrey may soon be accompanied by Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) and Reese Witherspoon (Wild).
Below, learn more about the A Wrinkle in Time cast.
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Illumination Entertainment has a couple of new animated movies hitting theaters this year. The first is the animal adventure The Secret Life of Pets, arriving this summer. But just before Christmas, Illumination will get musical with Sing. In what is basically Zootopia meets American Idol, one koala (Matthew McConaughey) decides to put on a huge singing competition to save his theater, and some average animals with incredible pipes look at it as their opportunity for a better life. Of course, it’s all fueled by an endless array of popular songs from yesterday and today.
Watch the new Sing trailer after the jump. Read More »
If the Minions aren’t your cup of tea, then maybe you’ll be more interested in one of Illumination Entertainment’s other projects coming this year. The Secret Life of Pets is the next one from the animation studio arriving this summer, but just before Christmas this year, they also have the musically charged Sing.
Like many animated movies, this one takes place in a world where animals live like humans, and one koala has fallen on hard times, unable to keep his theaters up and running. So in a last ditch effort to keep the place alive, he decides to throw an epic singing competition, and some clips of the animals auditioning for the show have just debuted before the official teaser trailer arrives next week. Watch the Sing audition clips after the jump and prepare to tap your feet. Read More »
There’s already a live-action Barbie movie in development at Sony Pictures with a script from Jenny Bicks (What A Girl Wants, Rio 2), rewritten by Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult), and slated for release on June 2nd, 2017. But now a movie about Barbie’s origins is in the works, focusing on how the creator came up with the idea for the iconic doll.
Reese Witherspoon and her producing partner Bruna Papandrea are developing a film based on Robin Gerber’s book Barbie and Ruth: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Doll and the Woman Who Created Her, chronicling “how one visionary woman and her product changed an industry and sparked a lasting debate about women’s roles.” Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
Is Elle Woods gunning for the White House? We haven’t seen the preternaturally perky lawyer/activist since 2003’s fairly terrible Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, but actress Reese Witherspoon says the time is right for a Legally Blonde 3. And as far as she’s concerned, the sky’s the limit for the character. Watch Witherspoon comment on the possibility of a Legally Blonde 3 after the jump.
Update: Luke Wilson is also up for a Legally Blonde 3. “Apparently, [the sequel] wasn’t as highly thought of as the first one,” he told James Corden. “That’s why we need to do [a third film], to win everybody back.” Watch him talk Legally Blonde below. Read More »
Those of us who watch Portlandia know that the dream of the ’90s is alive in Portland, and now a new HBO series will be alive in the hipster paradise as well.
Wild stars Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern are reteaming with Cheryl Strayed, the author of the book on which the Fox Searchlight film is based, for a series adaptation of her 2012 book Tiny Beautiful Things, a collection of essays compiled from the author’s Dear Sugar advice column. So with such a broad range of potential subjects, what will the series be about? Read More »
Any name actor probably wants to work with Jean-Marc Vallée right now. With Dallas Buyers Club, the director helped land Oscar wins for both Jared Leto (The Suicide Squad) and Matthew McConaughey (Mud). His followup film, Wild, scored Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern Oscar nominations and plenty of acclaim. Jean-Marc Vallée might direct Big Little Lies next for HBO, reuniting with Witherspoon. Learn more after the jump.
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Director Alexander Payne carved out his niche as a chronicler of the mundane, a filmmaker who mines comedy and drama from high school elections and road trips across the midwest. So the fact that his next movie, Downsizing, is a high-concept science fiction comedy should come as a bit of a surprise. Yet he’s the kind of guy whose low-key films rack up the Oscar nods and attract big-name talent. So, left turn genre hop or not, Downsizing has already attracted some movie stars… and the attention of a major studio.
Learn all of the details of the Downsizing Paramount acquisition after the jump.
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