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Slow Box-Office Finds ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ In First Place; ‘Need For Speed’ Stalls In 3rd

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 16, 2014 1:09 PM
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Need For Speed
Well, this was unexpected (that is if you’re not attentively looking at Friday and Saturday numbers with a sniper’s eyes). You might think, considering the success of “The Fast & Furious” series, that something similarly adrenaline-focused like the vroom-fast “Need For Speed” film would be critic-proof, and that audiences—who have to wait an extra year for a new ‘Fast & Furious’ film—might check into the junior series starring Aaron Paul. But it was not to be. While Disney was already projecting low (at least low for a would-be car franchise) $20 million numbers for “Need For Speed,” the film (which was roasted by critics; here’s our review) sputtered to the finish line with $17.8 million at the box office, stalling at the number 3 position for its opening weekend debut.

Box Office: ‘300: Rise Of An Empire’ Defends The Kingdom; 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Smashes Per-Screen Average Records

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 9, 2014 2:12 PM
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300: Rise Of An Empire
It arrived much too late, some seven years after the fact. It was met with most middling reviews, and it featured no real stars to speak of. But that could not stop “300: Rise Of An Empire,” the slightly less-ripped, less-sweaty, otherwise pretty-much-the-same sequel from dominating the box office (our review here). The Warner Bros. sequel might not have been in vogue with the blogosphere, but the rest of the country was more than happy to attend.

Review: 'Mr. Peabody And Sherman,' Featuring The Voices of Ty Burrell, Stanley Tucci, Stephen Colbert & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 5, 2014 4:25 PM
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Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Before our very early screening of "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," the new 3D adaptation of the Jay Ward characters that originated on "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show," director Rob Minkoff addressed the audience (comprised mostly of children). He told us that we were one of the first audiences to see the movie, then told a rambling story about the time he met Billy Wilder in the airport. At some point he revealed that this was his first animated feature since directing "The Lion King" for Disney in the early nineties. It was about the only time in his intro that the kids in the audience actually reacted. And once the movie started, one thing became very clear: "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" is no "Lion King."

Watch: New Trailer & Clip For 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' Rewrites History To Save The Universe

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2014 10:07 PM
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Mr. Peabody & Sherman
For a whole generation of people who are probably now too old for this movie, Mr. Peabody was a welcome staple as part of "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show." And as with all things from your childhood, Hollywood has come knocking and made a big movie out of your memories, and this spring, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" are coming to a theater near you.

First Look: Melissa McCarthy In 'Tammy,' Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys,' New Photos Of 'Divergent' & 'Edge Of Tomorrow'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 7, 2014 10:45 AM
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Tammy, Melisa McCarthy
In case you missed it, Redbox revealed their top 10 most rented titles of 2013 on Christmas Eve, and two films from comedian Melissa McCarthy, "The Heat" and "Identity Thief," nabbed the top two slots. Not too shabby. Plus now you know what the rest of the country does when they rent movies. Suffice to say the "Bridesmaids" breakout actress has become a bona fide star in her own right.

Watch: New Trailer For DreamWorks Animations' 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman,' Plus A Bunch Of New Posters

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 25, 2013 12:54 PM
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Mr. Peabody & Sherman
When it comes to commercially viable properties that appeal to modern children, we can't help but think that "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," based on characters from the "Peabody's Improbably History" segments of "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show," might be a little dusty for today's young audiences. Then again, DreamWorks Animation, a studio that knows how to hip anything up, is reviving the time-traveling characters. And just in time for Halloween, a new set posters for the movie shows Mr. Peabody, the talking day, entrepreneur, and Olympic medalist (dog), in the guise of various historical figures.

Danny Elfman Scoring 'American Hustle,' Alessandro Nivola Talks David O. Russell's "Spur Of The Moment" Style

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2013 9:18 AM
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David O. Russell didn't tinker too much with what already worked in establishing the talent for his forthcoming "American Hustle." The picture finds him tag-teaming with "Silver Linings Playbook" and "The Fighter" stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Robert De Niro once again and his desire to continue previously satisfying collaborations extends to the score as well. 'Playbook' found Russell working for the first time with Danny Elfman, and once again, he's tasked the composer with the job of tuning up his film.

DreamWorks Animation Bumps 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' To 2014, Shelves 'Me And My Shadow' & Fires An Unspecified Number Of Employees

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 7, 2013 5:35 PM
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In the crush of new releases that slammed the multiplexes in the fourth quarter of 2012, it was easy to forget what a heavily hyped and disastrously received movie DreamWorks Animation's "Rise of the Guardians" was. The last film released under DreamWorks Animation's distribution pact with Paramount (who is planning to ramp up its own animation production after the financial and critical success of "Rango"), it should have been kids movie catnip – a team of super-heroic mythological creatures team up to fight evil, like "The Avengers" of bedtime stories. But, the failure of "Rise of the Guardians," while an adequate hit overseas, still cost DreamWorks Animation north of $100 million. And now the fallout: "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" moves from fall 2013 to spring 2014 (getting the fuck out of the way of Disney's "Frozen"), "Me and My Shadow" gets shelved, and an unspecified number of layoffs will soon sweep through the studio. Gulp.

Stephen Colbert & More Voice 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman'; Legendary Debbie Reynolds Goes 'Behind The Candelabra' & Ian McShane Has 'Cuban Fury'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 12, 2012 4:56 PM
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DreamWorks' animated feature "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," based on the popular cartoon series, has announced more names for its voice cast with Stephen Colbert, Allison Janney, Ellie Kemper, Ariel Winter and Stephen Tobolowsky all joining Ty Burrell and Max Charles, who'll voice the titular characters respectively. Colbert plays Mr. Peabody's nemesis, Paul Peterson; Janney as his wife, Paula; and Winter their daughter. A November 8, 2013 release has also been set for theRob Minkoff ("The Lion King") film.

Get Animated: New Pics From 'Mr. Peabody And Sherman,' Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pinocchio' & The Latest Trailer For 'Ice Age: Continental Drift'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • June 8, 2012 10:41 AM
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Either that exciting-looking “Wreck-It Ralph” trailer has suddenly got us all interested in animation again, or it’s made rival animators sit up and up their marketing game. Either way, we’ve got new looks at three upcoming animated flicks as a result.

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