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You thought Trolls World Tour was done making headlines? Think again, chumps. The animated sequel, which may end up as one of the most significant films in Hollywood history, is still generating some controversy – not from theater chains, this time, but from its own stars.

A new report says that Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, and the sequel’s other “top voice stars” were not told ahead of time that the movie would be skipping theaters and premiering straight on VOD, and now their representatives are trying to secure the actors the bonuses they would have received had the movie opened theatrically.
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NBCUniversal Streaming Service

NBCUniversal has been shaking things up in the film industry this week by admitting that premium VOD releases would be part of their future release strategy even after movie theaters are open for business again. In response, AMC Theatres said they would ban Universal Pictures movies from playing in their multiplexes, and Regal Cinemas said they would not play any movies that break the standard theatrical window. Now NBCUniversal Jeff Shell has offered some clarification on Universal movies theatrical release strategy, where he considered premium VOD to be “a complementary element” to the theatrical model. Read More »

Trolls: World Tour Trailer

AMC Theatres has declared war against Universal Studios. And Trolls World Tour, of all films, is the inciting gunshot. AMC Theatres has announced that it will no longer screen Universal’s movies following comments by NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell that the studio plans to release more films day-and-date both theatrically and on VOD following the unprecedented digital success of Trolls World Tour. That’s a supremely dramatic movie that would result in AMC losing out on money from major upcoming tentpoles like F9 and Jurassic World: Dominion. But in a time of profound uncertainty, a petty standoff between studios and movie theater exhibitors is just the cherry on top.

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trolls world tour vod sales

Is the age of going to the movies officially dead? No, probably not. But studios are bound to start thinking differently about digital VOD releases now thanks to Trolls: World Tour. In the wake of the coronavirus shutting down movie theaters, Universal made the then-unprecedented decision to release the animated sequel directly to VOD – and it looks like it’s a decision that paid off. Because the film has made more money in three weeks on VOD than the first Trolls made in five months at domestic theaters.

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X-Files - Fake Cigarettes in Movies

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out why movies and TV shows from different studios and networks consistently used the same brand of fake cigarettes. Plus, learn how a pop medley scene in Trolls World Tour came together with songs from the likes of the Spice Girls and Baha Men, and Star Wars franchise legend Anthony Daniels reads a story out of the Star Wars: Galactic Adventures Storybook Collection. Read More »

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance VFX

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a look at The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance VFX work done by DNEG. Plus, take a look at how Justin Timberlake and composer Ludwig Göransson produced the Trolls World Tour soundtrack while being far away from each other, and listen as the successor to Chewbacca reads an adorable Star Wars children’s book. Read More »

Trolls World Tour breaks records

When NBCUniversal became the first major company to announce that some of its movies would be available online at the same time that they (would have) hit theaters, it marked an unprecedented break in long-established practices in Hollywood. As the industry paused to wait out the coronavirus, all eyes looked to April 10 and the opening of Trolls World Tour, the first significantly-budgeted studio movie to open directly on VOD instead of going to theaters as originally intended.

Now the film has opened, and it has performed incredibly well – according to Universal, the animated sequel has broken records and now stands as the biggest opening day and opening weekend release ever for a film released digitally.
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Trolls: World Tour Trailer

Because of the truly strange and incomprehensible moment we’re all battling through, the only major new release in the month of April 2020 is Trolls World Tour. It’s a weird sentence to type, just as Trolls World Tour is a weird film to watch. This sequel to the 2016 DreamWorks Animation film, based on the colorful dolls that have survived popular culture the way cockroaches survive a nuclear apocalypse, could be worse. Slap that pull-quote on the poster, Universal/DreamWorks. That’s the best praise I can hand out to a movie whose predecessor was visually unpleasant and creatively bankrupt. Trolls World Tour is neither as garish to watch nor as troubling to ponder. But to call this a good movie in the midst of a pandemic is to dub a drop of water in a desert an oasis.

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Modern Family Documentary Crew

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, after 11 seasons of watching the Dunphys in front of the camera on the ABC series Modern Family, it’s time to meet the documentary crew who has been following them the whole time. Plus, watch as the cast of Full House recreates the show’s opening credits sequence with some self-quarantine activities, Justin Timberlake tests his spicy tolerance on Hot Ones. Read More »

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trolls world tour clips

Sometimes the world seems like it’s relatively normal, and then you remember that Trolls World Tour might be the movie that will change moviegoing as we know it. Ahead of the DreamWorks animated film’s game-changing release in theaters and on VOD platforms next week, Universal has released two new Trolls World clips showing the characters played by Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, and James Corden in action. Watch the new Trolls World Tour clips below.

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