Hot Trailer: ‘Epic’

By | Tuesday November 20, 2012 @ 1:52pm PST

Here’s a second trailer for Blue Sky StudiosEpic, the animated 3D film 20th Century Fox will release May 24, 2013. Ice Age‘s Chris Wedge directed the Tom J. Astle & Matt Ember script about a girl who finds herself magically transported into a secret universe deep … Read More »

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Charles Schulz’s ‘Peanuts’ In Feature Deal With Fox Animation And Blue Sky Studios

By | Tuesday October 9, 2012 @ 7:46am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: 20th Century Fox Animation and Ice Age makers Blue Sky Studios will turn Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock and the whole Peanuts gang into an animated feature film franchise. Fox has closed a deal for rights to turn the strip by the late Charles Schulz into a film that has already been set for release on November 25, 2015. That date commemorates the 65th anniversary of the comic strip and the 50th anniversary of the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Fox Animation has set director Steve Martino, who co-directed the Fox/Blue Sky hit Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who! and Fox Animation’s latest blockbuster, Ice Age: Continental Drift. The screenplay is by Craig Schulz and the writing team of Bryan Schulz & Cornelius Uliano. Craig Schulz and Bryan Schulz, who are Schulz’s son and grandson, will produce with Uliano.

Deal came after two years of rights negotiations with the Schulz family, culminating in a agreement announced by Fox Animation president Vanessa Morrison. So much of the family film game is built around branded properties, and few family brands are as well known globally as Peanuts. Read More »

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Vanessa Morrison Re-Ups With Fox, Brian Keane With Blue Sky After ‘Ice Age 4′

By | Wednesday July 18, 2012 @ 3:46pm PDT

On the heels of Ice Age: Continental Drift‘s worldwide box office tally of $419.3 million, Fox Animation Read More »

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‘Ice Age 4′ Lukewarm Domestic $46M Weekend; Hot $339M Global By Monday; ‘Spider-Man’ Holds -44%, Now $521M Global

July 13-15 Weekend Actuals

1. Ice Age 4 3D (Blue Sky/Fox) NEW [3,881 Theaters] PG
Friday $16.7M, Saturday $17.0M, Sunday $12.9M, Weekend $46.6M
International Cume $339M (65 territories), Global Cume $385.6M

2. Amazing Spider-Man 3D (Col/Sony) Week 2 [4,318 Theaters] PG13
Friday $10.2M, Saturday $13.9M, Sunday $10.5M, Weekend $34.6M (-44%), Cume $200.5M International Cume $320.4M (88 territories), Global Cume

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Hot Trailer: ‘Epic’

By | Tuesday June 26, 2012 @ 1:03pm PDT

The 3D animated film from 20th Century Fox and Ice Age producer Blue Sky Studios is slated to open May 24, 2013. Epic is described as a battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and evil. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into … Read More »

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Beyonce, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Steven Tyler Lead Voice Cast For Fox Animated Film ‘Epic’

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 10:32am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios have set its voice cast for Epic, the new 3D CG-animated film by the makers of Ice Age and Rio. The Dan Shere-scripted film, which had been developed under the title Read More »

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Hot Short: ‘Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up Part 2′

By | Thursday November 17, 2011 @ 9:33pm PST

Here’s a follow-up to another short featuring Scrat the saber-toothed squirrel that Fox posted at the beginning of the year. Fox and Blue Sky Studios certainly aren’t the first to get impressive mileage out of a funny-looking rodent. This one’s called Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up Part 2. The movie it’s promoting, … Read More »

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$12M-Budgeted ‘Black Swan’ Passes $300M

Fox just told me that Black Swan just debuted in Japan and earned $6.1M including previews for the biggest Fox Searchlight film opening ever there. The $12M-budgeted film is now on the verge of crossing $200M internationally, but its worldwide cume has now … Read More »

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‘Rio 3D’ #1 In US And Foreign With $168M; ‘Scream 4′ Whimpers; Weekend Up Overall

SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM, 3RD UPDATE: After some initial uncertainty, this was indeed the comeback weekend that finally ended Hollywood’s extended 2011 slump at the North American box office. Because after a weak Friday, most of these pics grossed stronger on Saturday. The overall total … Read More »

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