Following in the footsteps of Pixar, Illumination Entertainment has released a DVD exclusive short film (or what they’re calling a “mini movie”) on their first DVD/Blu-ray release, Despicable Me (released this week, available on Amazon for $19.99 on DVD, $21.99 on blu-ray/dvd combo + digital copy). Actually, they’ve included not just one mini movie, but three new short films in total. Titled “Banana”, “Home Makeover” and “Orientation Day”, the mini movies all feature the cute lovable yellow minion creatures. You can watch all three short films embedded after the jump.
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EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP
Describing the engrossing, frequently hilarious Banksy-directed Exit Through the Gift Shop as one of the best story-driven documentaries I’ve ever seen would almost certainly be misleading, as its veracity has been a point of contention since its Sundance premiere. To delve into the topic further would require detailing plot details that I’d be remiss to give away, so I’ll just say this: The strength of the film is that whether or not it’s authentic doesn’t matter. The ultimate take-away from the picture comes from a place of complete truth, and that truth only resonates in the way that it does because the story was told in this form. Not only does the picture provide fascinating insight into the world of graffiti art, but it tackles the nebulous subject of the nature of art and people’s perception of it in a way that appalled and fascinated me. Give it a chance, and I’m sure it will do the same to you.
Available on Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: B Movie film about the ‘Art’ of Banksy, a Life Remote Control (Lawyer’s Edit) movie that started it all, deleted scenes, and limited edition inserts designed by Banksy.
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Twitter has released their 2010 Top Twitter Trends Analytics which includes a list og the top 10 tweeted about movies of the last year. The most talked about film of 2010 on Twitter? Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Hit the jump to see the full list.
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The nominations for the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning, with announcements by Blair Underwood, Josh Duhamel, and Katie Holmes. The Social Network, The King’s Speech and The Fighter scored a handful of nods each. But where’s True Grit, which came up with nothing? If nothing else, walk away from this nomination list with the knowledge that The Fighter is a far stronger awards contender than anyone credited it with being just a couple weeks ago. The full list is after the break. Read More »
It’s award season, and The Hollywood Reporter has begun posting their series of roundtable discussions with the contenders. Earlier this month they posted an one-hour discussion between screenwriters Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours), Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), John Wells (The Company Men), Todd Phillips (Due Date) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole).
Today we get to watch/listen to the Animators roundtable, which includes Bonnie Arnold (producer, How to Train Your Dragon), Roy Conli (producer, Tangled), Bob Last (producer, The Illusionist), Tom McGrath (director, Megamind), Chris Meledandri (producer, Despicable Me) and Lee Unkrich (director, Toy Story 3).
Unfortunately, unlike the screenwriters roundtable, THR has decided not to put the entire video online. Instead they have given us three clips and have a full transcript of the roundtable online only for subscribers. You can still watch over ten minutes of the roundtable in selected clips embedded after the jump.
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Let the battle for second and third Best Animated Feature of the year begin. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just announced their short list of 15 features that are eligible to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards and right out of the gate, competition is fierce. Due to Academy rules, if up to 15 films qualify for the nomination, there will be only three nominees. If there are 16 or more films eligible, five films get nominated. So this year only three films, out of a very strong group, will get to call themselves Oscar nominees. But, really, we know there’s already a clear cut favorite.
Of the nine years this award has existed, Pixar films have won five Oscars (Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-E and Up) against only two losses (Monsters Inc., Cars). And with the unprecedented critical and financial success of Toy Story 3, chances are everyone else is just vying for a nomination. Check out the full list, which includes several films that have yet to be released, as well as our detailed analysis/predictions, after the jump. Read More »
This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss the dickishness of Kevin Feige, praise the sublime The Kids Are Alright, and try to figure out why Despicable Me isn’t as good as a Pixar film. Special guest C. Robert Cargill (AKA Massawyrm) joins us from Ain’t It Cool News.
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Illumination Entertainment’s first feature Despicable Me earned 56.3 million domestically in its first weekend of release, nearly double what analysts had predicted. It seems like everyone got lured to the theater to catch a glimpse of those cute little yellow minions. Of course, a sequel is already in development.
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Hollywood is in a dark place right now. The world is changing around it, and movie studios are struggling to adapt. We’ve already seen how studios have been trying to incorporate current technology-based trends and developments into everyday practice—whether it be through harnessing the power of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, or combating piracy with digital downloads—but so far none of these attempts have been met with much success or enthusiasm.
I doubt this latest experiment is going to change that.
In partnership with Universal, Best Buy has recently unveiled a movie app that encourages using your cell phone while watching Despicable Me. Find out more after the break. Read More »
Universal Pictures has released yet-another new movie trailer for Illumination Entertainment‘s computer animated feature Despicable Me (you can also see the previously released trailers here: one, two, three, and four). The movie will hit theaters in only a few weeks (July 9th) but with Toy Story 3 hitting theaters today, Universal is trying their best to keep the film in the audience’s mind. They are also trying to keep the cute yellow minions front and center, as they are clearly the most marketable/entertaining part of the movie. Watch it now, embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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