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Guillermo Del Toro's 'Crimson Peak,' 'Pitch Perfect 2' & 'Everest' Set 2015 Dates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 5:56 PM
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Because there aren't enough movies coming in 2015, Universal has announced a brace of new release dates, so get ready to add a handful of new movies to already huge year in movies, along with a few 2014 bows to keep an eye out.

Universal Announces Release Dates For 'Despicable Me 3,' A New 'Grinch' & An Untitled Garth Jennings Animated Project

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 15, 2014 5:56 PM
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In a press release issued today about Universal's slate of upcoming animated movies produced by Illumination Entertainment, we got word on when the already announced "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and the properly assumed "Despicable Me 3" would hit theaters nationwide. But they also announced an untitled project for 2016, one that is infinitely more interesting than either of these projects—an animated feature written and directed by Garth Jennings, who was responsible (alongside frequent creative partner Nick Goldsmith) for some of the more unforgettable videos in recent memory—bands such as Radiohead, Blur, Pulp, Badly Drawn Boy, Beck, Hot Chip, Supergrass, R.E.M.—as well as big-screen vehicles "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and "Son of Rambow." Color us intrigued.

Discuss: Would You Pay Premium VOD Prices To Watch 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' In The Naughty Privacy Of Your Own Home?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2013 9:41 AM
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It's no secret that Hollywood wants you to pay more to watch their movies. You might recall that Paramount recently tested selling $50 tickets to "World War Z" in select theaters, giving buyers the chance to see the movie two days early, and walk away with a bunch of swag including a digital download of the film. And though Universal's plan to make "Tower Heist" available on premium VOD three weeks after release for the bargain price of $59.99 was kiboshed after Cinemark threatened to boycott the movie, overseas studio are testing those waters. Variety recently reported that in South Korea, Disney and Sony have put movies online or on VOD between three and five weeks after theatrical release, with “Django Unchained,” “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Brave,” among the titles testing the waters. And now rumors of that approach coming stateside are cropping up again.

Universal Plans To Remake Jean-Claude Van Damme Hit 'Timecop'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 23, 2013 10:16 AM
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Hollywood sequels, remakes, and reboots have become so commonplace these days that it should no longer register any surprise when you hear news that a studio is developing yet another one. Still, there are those cases where Hollywood announces a remake and it’s a little perplexing. Was anyone really asking for a “Total Recall” remake, for example? The answer, as it turned out last year, was no. That doesn’t faze the studio heads, especially not Universal who are planning on doing a reboot of their own.

Universal Planning 'Pitch Perfect 2' For 2015 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2013 2:17 PM
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It really wasn't a matter of if, but when. Late last year, it was revealed that Universal was already planning on a "Pitch Perfect" sequel, with Rebel Wilson among those eyed to return (because, duh) and it's really quite simple why they want a follow-up: the first movie was a smash hit. Not only did the movie earn over a $110 million worldwide (not bad for a movie about a cappela singing groups featuring no A-list stars) the soundtrack is still topping the Billboard charts, placing for 28 weeks and counting.

Universal Wants 'Mama' Franchise, But Director Andrés Muschietti Isn't Interested

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2013 11:26 AM
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The success of horror movies in the early part of the year can be deceiving. For example, last year "The Devil Inside" shocked everyone by taking over $30 million on its opening weekend (even though it quickly tapered off, with audiences giving it a rare F CinemaScore thanks to its "go-to-the-website" ending). And this year, we're seeing the same similar unlikely stories play out. "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" has quietly inched its way to over $50 million domestic, and over $100 million worldwide (seriously), while the Guillermo Del Toro produced, Jessica Chastain starring "Mama" is approaching $70 million at home with more to come from overseas. And wouldn't you know it, Universal is smelling franchise.

You're A Mean One: Animated Remake Of 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas' In The Works From Team Behind 'Despicable Me'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 8, 2013 8:57 AM
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It’s hard to be angry or surprised anymore about any project greenlit in Hollywood these days, especially after getting a “Spider-Man” reboot five years after the very financially successful (if not critically) third Sam Raimi film. Nothing is sacred or above reproach to the studios, not if there’s money to be made. And so this is how end up in a world where someone is developing a CG-animated take on Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

'The Adjustment Bureau' Director George Nolfi Lines Up New Sci-Fi Project Penned By 'The Last Stand' Writer Andrew Knauer

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 18, 2013 4:42 PM
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After doing some writing work on films like “Ocean’s Twelve” and “The Bourne Ultimatum,” George Nolfi finally made his directorial debut with 2011’s Matt Damon-starring sleeper hit “The Adjustment Bureau.” According to THR, that film’s studio, Universal, is looking to work with Nolfi again with another sci-fi film.

F. Gary Gray's N.W.A. Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' Might Land At Universal

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2012 5:32 PM
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In the works since 2009, and moving at a snail's pace, the long developing N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton" is one of the musical biopic projects -- like movies about James Brown, Frank Sinatra or Tupac Shakur -- that get a bit of heat every now and then, only to go back to the sidelines. Having to snag music rights, life rights and more, all while pleasing various estates and family members, is a complicated business, so excuse us if we're taking this coolly.

Commercials Director Adam Berg To Helm 'Videodrome' Remake That No One Wants

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 22, 2012 4:45 PM
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Given that it was just a couple of weeks ago that the $125 million remake of "Total Recall" opened to only a few million dollars more than what Paul Verhoeven's original made in 1990, one would have thought that studios might be shying away from the idea of redos, especially of auteur-driven sci-fi movies from the 1980s and 1990s. Have they actually learned anything? Don't be ridiculous. The next one to through the remake sausage grinder is, of all things, a new take on David Cronenberg's "Videodrome," a film recently named by critics as the 202nd best of all time in the Sight & Sound poll.

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