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'Rango' Takes Best Animated Film At The Annie Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2012 9:57 AM
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While it's pretty much an inevitability that "Rango" will take Best Animated Film at the Oscars in a few weeks, the film received another boost this weekend at the Annie Awards.

Weekend Box-Office: Is 'Green Lantern' The End Of The Superhero Gravy Train?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 19, 2011 5:34 AM
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Perspective is necessary. $53 million is a whole lotta money. $53 million could buy several houses, it could feed many people, it could save lives. $53 million is also a pretty good opening for a somewhat higher-budgeted film, provided advertising isn’t through the roof and there aren’t a massive amount of back-end benefactors involved. But for “Green Lantern,” which cost upwards of $200 million before a massive ad campaign even by superhero standards, this is not a strong opening.

Weekend Box Office: 'Super 8' Is A Super Performer For Paramount, 'Judy Moody' Has A Bummer Summer

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 12, 2011 6:53 AM
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Call this one a victory for Paramount, and a big one at that. “Super 8,” which opened to $37 million, was advertised with only the slightest of peekaboos, an ad campaign that played less coy and more stubbornly mysterious. While the film was pitched on the name of Steven Spielberg, the filmmaker has his name on a lot of projects annually, and the wealth of offerings has become so consistent that it no longer tilts the needle.

Weekend Box Office: $56 Million 'First Class' Opening Isn't X-actly What Fox Had In Mind

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 5, 2011 5:16 AM
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As the only major opening of the week, it was not a surprise to see “X-Men: First Class” reign with a $56 million total. For those keeping track at home (why are you doing this?), this is the lowest-scoring opening weekend for any of the four films in the “X-Men” series save for the eleven-year old first entry, and not a particularly impressive start for the only new wide release in town. This isn’t even taking into account a summer that has seen the fifth and fourth installments of the “Fast And The Furious” and “Pirates Of The Caribbean” achieve great success.

Tim Burton Won't Use 3D For 'Dark Shadows'; Is The Format Falling Out Of Favor?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2011 8:18 AM
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But Confirms 'Frankenweenie' Will Be In 3D As PlannedIf anyone knows how to wring a buck out of 3D it's Disney and Tim Burton. The pair combined and brought in $1 billion fucking dollars with "Alice In Wonderland" last year, a post-converted abomination that even in 2D would have been painful. Regardless, audiences around the world lined up to watch. However, it looks like will abandon the format at least temporarily for his next effort, "Dark Shadows."

Weekend Box Office: Despite All Warnings, Everybody Sees 'The Hangover Part II'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 29, 2011 6:58 AM
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In the future, sequels to all our popular films will not require writers, directors, or even new talent. Sure, they might re-hire some of the people responsible for the first film, but by and large, the leading users of Xerox technology will be Hollywood executives. At least, that’s if the mammoth opening for “The Hangover Part II” is any indication, as the film took advantage of the holiday weekend to score an expected $137 million over this five day period. Critics seemed to do everything short of design spreadsheets to illustrate just how Todd Phillips and company were replicating the exact story of the first film (arguably, the marketing campaign did the same), but audiences, who loved the earlier installment enough to make it a massive word-of-mouth hit, were apparently happy enough to indulge the funnymen (not women, though -- sorry, ladies!) behind the picture one more time.

Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger Talk 'Kung Fu Panda 2' & Their Plans For 'King Lear'-Like 'Candyland'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 28, 2011 3:13 AM
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Unlike another sequel opening in theaters nationwide this weekend (which, come to think of it, does feature a humanistic animal as one of its characters), "Kung Fu Panda 2" actually delivers on the chop-socky fun of the original. With an even more epic scope and a darker sensibility, both thematically and visually, "Kung Fu Panda 2" is a really enjoyable animated treat. In our review of the film, we commended the use of 3D as it's one of the rare instances where it adds pizazz to the picture and we liked the deeper notes found within the story .

In Theaters: Finish Him! 'Kung Fu Panda 2' Karate Chops 'The Hangover Part II'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • May 27, 2011 5:09 AM
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The summer of sequels begins in earnest as two box office behemoths of years past hope that audience goodwill and fond memories translate into ticket sales. "The Hangover Part II" does its 'Hangover' thing, this time in Bangkok! And "Kung Fu Panda 2" hi-yahs onto screens with a stacked roster of all-star voice talent. Annnnd, oh my god, talk about burying the lede! Fuckin' "The Tree of Life" starts its roll out! Terry Malick! Brad Pitt! Sean Penn! Dinosaurs! At least 15 of you just wet yourselves. I know you. I know you Playlist readers, and your love of T. Malick. With good reason. Will it be everything you dreamed of and more? I really hope so!

Review: 'Kung Fu Panda 2' Is A Fast & Furry Action Adventure

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 27, 2011 2:01 AM
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Brad Bird, genius director of "The Iron Giant," "Ratatouille," and "The Incredibles," is fond of saying that animation isn't a genre, it's an art form. His point is that there can be animated versions of a wide array of cinematic genres – thrillers, say, or maybe westerns or even romantic comedies. He's right, of course; it's just that most animated movies that aren't made by Bird's compatriots at Pixar aim for that broad, middle-of-the-road buddy comedy bulls-eye. Which is why, when DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda" was released in 2008, it was sort of shocking. Not because it was particularly revolutionary looking, and not because its narrative pushed any kind of boundaries. No, it felt genuinely fresh because "Kung Fu Panda" actually attempted to be a full-on, balls-to-the-walls martial arts action movie. And it mostly succeeded.

Which Summer Films Won't Make You Feel Like You've Been Lobotomized? The May-August Movies: Part 1

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 3, 2011 6:03 AM
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Something's in the air. The days are getting longer. The weather's getting warmer. Your IQ is dropping by the day. That's right, it's the start of the summer movie season! The critical darlings that get you through the winter moments are a thing of the past, replaced by CGI-packed blockbusters, comedies and the occasional kids' flick, designed principally as a way of tempting you into an air conditioned theater to spend money on ice cream and nachos.

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