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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 in the forest where there is a battle between the forces of good and evil. The voice cast includes Amanda Seyfried, Beyonce, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Jason Sudeikis and Steven Tyler.

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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 Studios president Vanessa Morrison has renewed her deal with Fox Filmed Entertainment, the studio announced today. Additionally Brian Keane, EVP and COO at Fox Animation’s Blue Sky Studios, has re-upped with the company. Keane continues to report to Morrison, who most recently oversaw Ice Age 4. Morrison oversaw Rio, which grossed more than $486 million worldwide. Next up for Fox Animation is Epic, a 3D CGI action-adventure comedy directed by Chris Wedge. Voice cast includes Beyoncé Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson and Amanda Seyrfried. Morrison was named president of Fox Animation Studios in 2007 after serving as EVP at 20th Century Fox. Keane joined Greenwich, Conn.-based Blue Sky in 1999 as the CFO and in 2002 was promoted to general manager. In 2007, he became the studio’s COO.

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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 $520.9M

3. Ted (Universal) Week 3 [3,303 Theaters] R
Friday $6.9M, Saturday $8.7M, Sunday $6.8M Weekend $22.4M (-30%), Cume $159.3M International Cume $31.3M (5 territories), Global Cume #190.6M

4. Brave 3D (Pixar/Disney) Week 4 [3,392 Theaters] PG
Friday $3.3M, Saturday $4.4M, Sunday $3.5M Weekend $11.2M, Cume $196.1M
International Cume $46.8M (18 territories), Global Cume $242.9M

5. Savages (Universal) Week 2 [2,635 Theaters] R
Friday $2.7M, Saturday $3.6M, Sunday $3.1M Weekend $9.4M (-41%), Cume $32.1M
International Cume $1M (4 territories), Global Cume $33.1M

6. Magic Mike (Warner Bros) Week 3 [3,090 Theaters] R
Friday $3.4M, Saturday $3.3M, Sunday $2.3M, Weekend $9.0M (-42%), Cume $91.8M
International Cume $6.4M (5 territories), Global Cume $98.2M

7. Madea’s Witness Protection (TPerry/Lgate) Week 3 [2,004 Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.8M, Saturday $2.3M, Sunday $1.4M, Weekend $5.6M (-45%), Cume $55.6M

8. Katy Perry 3D (Insurge/Paramount) Week 2 [2,732 Theaters] PG
Friday $1.3M, Saturday $1.3M, Sunday $1.1M, Weekend $3.8M (-47%), Cume $18.7M
International Cume $4.1M (5 territories), Global Cume $22.8M

9. Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features) Week 8 [924 Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.0M, Saturday $1.5M, Sunday $1.2M, Weekend $3.7M (-18%), Cume $32.5M
International Cume $12.3M (8 territories), Global Cume $44.8M

10. Madasgascar 3 3D (DWA/Par) Week 6 [2,285 Theaters] PG
Friday $1.1M, Saturday $1.5M, Sunday $1.1M, Weekend $3.7M, Cume $203.9M
International Cume $270.1M (43 territories), Global Cume $474M

SUNDAY AM, 3RD UPDATE: Moviegoing this mid-July weekend was $161M, -38% compared to last year when the Harry Potter finale opened to $169.2M … Read More »

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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 this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of characters to save that world — which in turn saves the real world. The voice cast includes Beyonce, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried and Steven Tyler. Ice Age helmer Chris Wedge directed a script by Dan Shere that was developed under the title Leafmen. Here’s the trailer that debuted today.

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

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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 Leafmen, will star Beyonce Knowles as Queen Tara, Colin Farrell as Ronin, The Hunger Games‘ Josh Hutcherson as Nod, Amanda Seyfried as Mary Katherine, Johnny Knoxville as Mandrake, Aziz Ansari as Mub, rapper Pitbull as Bufo, Jason Sudeikis as Bomba, and Aerosmith and American Idol frontman Steven Tyler as Nim Galuu. Blake Anderson and Judah Friedlander are also in the cast.

The film is directed by Ice Age helmer Chris Wedge, with Lori Forte and Jerry Davis producing. It is described as a battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and evil. When a teenaged girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters to save that world, which in turn saves the real world. Epic will be released May 24, 2013.

This becomes the first movie project for Beyonce since she took time off for maternity leave. She is also attached to star in the Clint Eastwood-directed remake of A Star Is Born for Warner Bros.

Related: Beyoncé Pregnancy Affects ‘A Star Is Born’

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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, Ice Age: Continental Drift, opens July 13, 2012. For the fourth outing Jeremy Renner, Wanda Sykes, Aziz Ansari, Keke Palmer, Drake and Jennifer Lopez have joined returnees Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Dennis Leary, John Leguizamo, Seann William Scott and Josh Peck.

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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 passed $305M. Darren Aronofsky’s drama helped Fox International cross $1 billion box office at the start of this month for calendar 2011 for the eight year in a row and the third straight year it reached that mark first. Fox’s Blue Sky Studios toon Rio also passed $300M international cume this week and $413M global.

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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 is around $134 million, 11.7% ahead of last year’s $119M. Meanwhile, this weekend Twentieth Century Fox’s Rio 3D posted the best G-rated family pic opening since Toy Story 3, The Weinstein Co’s Scream 4 whimpered, Warner Bros’ Arthur slipped still more, FilmDistrict’s Insidious and Soul Surfer stayed strong, and Robert Redford’s The Conspirator debuted #9 in the Top 10 despite playing in only 707 theaters:

1. Rio 3D (Fox) NEW [3,826 Theaters]
Friday $10.2M, Saturday $17.1M, Weekend $40M, Global $168M

Twentieth Century Fox’s Latin-flavored toon Rio 3D already is #1 internationally with after opening in 92 territories and a premiere in Rio De Janeiro. With this weekend’s $53.5M earned overseas from 20 territories adding to its already $79.2M from 72 territories last week, plus domestic tally of $40M, its worldwide cume is now $168M. It finally opened in the U.S. and Canada Friday and earned a top “A” CinemaScore as well as the top spot. Made by Brazilian director Carlos Saldanha as a tribute to his hometown’s natural beauty and upbeat lifestyle, the bird flew past the studio’s mid-$30s target and even Hollywood’s $38M projections. With not many schools out Friday, Saturday’s kiddie matinees overperformed. Made for just a $90M budget because of tax breaks in Connecticut where Blue Sky Studios is based, the pic is playing … Read More »

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