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‘Coco,’ ‘Loving Vincent’ Lead 26 Films Submitted for 2018 Animated Feature Film Oscar

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‘Coco,’ ‘Loving Vincent’ Lead 26 Films Submitted for 2018 Animated Feature Film Oscar
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 26 films submitted this year for consideration for the Animated Feature Film Oscar this morning and there were few surprises on this list.

Notably absent, however, was “Leap!” a animated film produced in France where it was known as “Ballerina” but released in the U.S. this August with vocal performances by Elle Fanning, Carly Rae Jepsen and Dane DeHaan, among others.

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Industry Players Weigh on Weinstein Company’s MIA Status at AFM: ‘Nobody Cares’

Industry Players Weigh on Weinstein Company’s MIA Status at AFM: ‘Nobody Cares’
Kicking off less than a month after bombshell reports accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault, this year’s Afm is the first in which the Weinstein Company will play no role — beyond fueling lively discussions of the scandal that brought down the disgraced mogul.

Local and foreign sales agents, producers, and financiers express elation, disappointment, and indifference over TWC’s troubles, depending on their experiences working with the 12-year-old company. Many note that TWC’s heyday had already appeared to be over by the time the scandal erupted, as the financially struggling company shrank its film slate in the last couple of years to focus on TV and animation.

“The absence of TWC will make almost no difference to Afm. For a few years now, the company has been scaling back as a film producer/seller. It has focused more on TV and on just a handful of prestige film titles for the Oscar race,” said
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Leap! Movie Review – Ballerina Hopeful Is Your New Heroine For The Ages

There’s something about a film focusing on a young, aspiring ballerina in the late 1800s that makes it easy to understand why this animated effort didn’t have the marketing push normally associated with the ventures that come out of the animation behemoths. Leap! is a movie focusing on the struggle of dreams, highlighted by picturesque (and/or dark) scenes of gaslit Paris with the incomplete Eiffel Tower in the background. There aren’t a lot of toys to sell here.

It makes you wish for a different world, like that recent commercial that imagines the day when we celebrate scientists and have their pictures on trading cards.

Felicie (Elle Fanning) is an orphan who lives out her days in a dreary orphanage with her best friend, Victor (Dane DeHaan). She dances the days away while plotting with Victor to escape. She dreams of joining a ballet company in Paris,
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‘Downsizing’ Review: Alexander Payne and Matt Damon’s Big-Thinking Social Satire Offers Uneven Charms — Venice

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‘Downsizing’ Review: Alexander Payne and Matt Damon’s Big-Thinking Social Satire Offers Uneven Charms — Venice
With a sneaky comic tone swerving between earnest compassion and snarky derision, a middle-aged protagonist chewed up by ennui, and a colorful array of character actors populating a kitsch-Americana setting, “Downsizing” has all the hallmarks of an Alexander Payne film. And yet, his latest work plays just as much like a blown-up, fun home image of Mike Judge’s “Idiocracy,” as it too uses the conventions of science fiction to mount a caustic social satire. And like Judge’s 2006 dystopian comedy (which feels less and far fetched each passing day, as the meme goes), “Downsizing” is rife with witty visual touches and inspired comic premises but never quite comes together as fully successful whole.

The premise itself is a gem. In some not-so-far-off future, forward-thinking Norwegians have discovered a way shrink objects down to 1/12th scale and have embarked on a global campaign to convince us that it’s time to “get small.
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Why the Weekend Box Office Sank to Historic Lows

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Why the Weekend Box Office Sank to Historic Lows
Talk about the dog days of summer. This weekend marked the worst box office in this century.

If “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” (Lionsgate) holds on to the top position for a third time next week, it would mark the lowest gross in memory to repeat again. The actioner dropped a ho-hum 53 per cent, boosted by the absence of any real competition. Count stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson among rare winners at the moment.

Domestic theaters grossed around $65 million in movie ticket sales this weekend. (That doesn’t count the revenue for closed circuit live showings of the Mayweather/McGregor fight which would have placed it in the Top Ten.)

That’s about seven million tickets sold total. The number is easily a record low for this century. And you have to reach back to World War II to match the attendance numbers. More people went the movies the
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'Hitman's Bodyguard' Repeats at #1 During Worst Box Office Weekend in Over 15 Years

'Hitman's Bodyguard' Repeats at #1 During Worst Box Office Weekend in Over 15 Years
No need to sugar coat it, this was a miserable weekend. The combined gross of the top twelve failed to total over $50 million, something that hasn't happened in an August weekend in over 20 years. In fact, the combined $49 million for the top twelve is the worst since the top twelve combined for $43.5 million in late September 2001. Making matters worse, with next weekend seeing no major, new wide releases things aren't going to improve until It arrives on September 8. Keeping things to this weekend, The Hitman's Bodyguard finished in the top spot for a second weekend in a row with an estimated $10 million. That gross, however, appears a bit precarious. It wouldn't be at all surprising to see actuals dip below the double-digit mark. Should that happen this would be the first weekend in two years to not have a film break double digits over the three-day. The last time was
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Box Office Disaster: Lackluster Releases, Mayweather-McGregor, Hurricane Harvey Create Slowest Weekend in Over 15 Years

Box Office Disaster: Lackluster Releases, Mayweather-McGregor, Hurricane Harvey Create Slowest Weekend in Over 15 Years
There’s no getting around it: this weekend’s domestic box office is a catastrophe.

In the grand scheme, it can seem like a small issue when compared with Hurricane Harvey — the deadly natural disaster that tore through the Gulf Coast of Texas on Friday, dumping more than 20 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service. But Harvey also had at least some impact on the business, forcing theater closures in South Texas. Still, the degree to which the storm hurt the bottom line of moviegoing is up for debate.

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Mayweather-McGregor Fight Delayed Due to Pay-Per-View Technical Problems

Another factor under inspection is Saturday evening’s Ufc match which saw Floyd Mayweather beat Conor McGregor with a 10th-round Tko. The fight was estimated to reap as much as $1 billion in revenues, and among the biggest pay-per-view draws in history. Numbers regarding the amount of viewers will be released later in the week
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‘Leap!’ Review: Take The Chance

The new animated film Leap! has a strange, and storied background -- and we're not even talking about the film's story. Leap! was originally released last year in Europe under the title Ballerina, to great critical acclaim. It opened in Canada earlier this year, but didn't get an American release until after it was purchased by The Weinstein Company and certain roles were recast (or, in the case, re-recorded). Now, after almost a year, Leap! is finally in theaters and American audiences get the chance to jump into a charming and fun tale of girl chasing her dreams on the streets of 19th century Paris.

Leap! stars Elle Fanning as the voice of Felicie, an orphan who loves to dance, and Nat Wolff as the voice of Victor, a budding inventor who dreams of going to Paris to invent a better world. Felicie and Victor run away from the orphanage
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Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Barely Beating ‘Annabelle: Creation’ to Win Slowest Weekend of 2017

Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Barely Beating ‘Annabelle: Creation’ to Win Slowest Weekend of 2017
The Hitman’s Bodyguard” and “Annabelle: Creation” may technically be leading the domestic box office at the moment, but this weekend is all about Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather — even at the movies. The televised boxing match will be taking center stage from films in what will go down as the slowest weekend of the year.

The weekend will cap what’s been a catastrophic summer for the movie business. As of Aug. 23, the summer domestic box office was down 13.4 percent to $3.63 billion, lowering the year-to-date total by 5.4 percent to $7.38 billion. This month is running 34 percent behind August of last year.

In its second frame, the Ryan Reynolds-Samuel L. Jackson vehicle “Hitman’s Bodyguard” from Lionsgate is expected to win the weekend despite an unseasonably weak showing from a No. 1 film. The buddy cop action-comedy took in just over $3 million from 3,377 marks on Friday, setting the picture up for a $10 million weekend. That
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Mayweather-McGregor, Hurricane Harvey to Pummel Box Office

Mayweather-McGregor, Hurricane Harvey to Pummel Box Office
With the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight and Hurricane Harvey hurting moviegoing, holdovers “The Hitman's Bodyguard” and “Annabelle: Creation” are leading a disastrous weekend at the U.S. box office.

In fact, the Friday to Sunday frame in shaping up to be the worst of the year. According to early Friday estimates, both titles should finish in the $7 million range — by far the lowest gross for a weekend winner this year. The previous low mark was set during Super Bowl weekend on Feb. 3 to Feb. 5, when the third frame of “Split” led with $14.4 million.

Texas theaters are closing as the hurricane approaches, but one studio exec said the overall impact on the nation’s moviegoing business will be “minimal.” The Category 3 storm has already closed theaters in Corpus Christi, Texas City, Victoria, Lake Jackson, and Bay City.

“Regionally, the storm will have an impact, but the fight is a bigger threat to the overall box
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‘Red Christmas’ Review: Australia’s Latest Horror Export Isn’t Much of a Present

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‘Red Christmas’ Review: Australia’s Latest Horror Export Isn’t Much of a Present
You know you’re in trouble when the matriarch of a horror movie is determined to make this “the best Christmas ever.” Australia’s latest genre export is in keeping with the country’s cinematic tradition of brutality, if not necessarily the quality— Craig Anderson’s “Red Christmas” isn’t exactly a lump of coal in your stocking, but neither is it worth waking up early for on the big day.

Read More:The Best Version of a Joker Movie Already Happened, With Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy

Suffice to say this isn’t actually the best Christmas ever. Already off to a rocky start due to the fact that mom is planning to sell the family home, the day takes a dark turn when a robed man with bandages covering his face and limbs knocks on the door intending to deliver a letter to his own mother. The children are all adults now,
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Box Office: ‘Birth of the Dragon’ Kicks Off With $200,000 on Thursday Night

Box Office: ‘Birth of the Dragon’ Kicks Off With $200,000 on Thursday Night
Martial-arts actioner “Birth of the Dragon” has opened with a moderate $200,000 at 1,350 North American locations on Thursday night.

Sony’s faith-based drama “All Saints” launched softly with $70,000 during preview screenings at 773 sites in what’s expected to be a mild weekend at the box office. Preview numbers for The Weinstein Company’s “Leap!” were not immediately available, but the animated comedy is also opening amid muted expectations of about $5 million at 2,575 locations.

The second weekend of Liosngate’s “Hitman’s Bodyguard” has been forecast to win again with about $10 million, followed by the third frame of New Line’s “Annabelle: Creation” at around $7 million. Overall business is expected to be one of the slowest within memory due to marginal buzz for the new releases. Saturday night’s boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is also expected to hold down moviegoing.

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Box Office: Will ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Protect No. 1 From Newcomers?
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Summer Staggers to a Close as Mayweather and McGregor Fight Takes Center Stage

Summer Staggers to a Close as Mayweather and McGregor Fight Takes Center Stage
We are looking at what may be the worst August weekend in over 20 years with a top twelve that could struggle to reach a combined $50 million, something that hasn't happened in August since 1993. In fact, while this will undoubtedly be the worst weekend of 2017 thus far, it could be the worst weekend for the top twelve since early September 2014 should Mojo's current forecast hold. For more context, August is currently pacing 36% behind last year and expected to be the first August since 2000 not to have a new release top $100 million domestically. That said, this weekend features a trio of new wide releases and several films expanding (or returning to theaters), but beyond that a lot of attention goes to Saturday night's Mayweather-McGregor fight, which must be taken into account. Current projections anticipate nearly 50 million people will be watching the fight in the U.S. alone, and while this weekend doesn't
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Box Office: Will ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Protect No. 1 From Newcomers?

Box Office: Will ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Protect No. 1 From Newcomers?
A sluggish summer at the box office appears to have almost reached a standstill.

Last weekend, “Hitman's Bodyguard” won the domestic box office with $21.4 million. That was a solid opening for a film without a superhero, well-known source material, or a franchise to back it up. But now, in week two, it seems the movie could retain its spot on top, even if it sees a 50% to 60% drop.

The fresh releases don’t post much of a threat, starting with “Leap!” from the Weinstein Company. The animated film, which has already picked up $58.2 million from foreign markets, is looking at an opening around $5 million from 2,500 locations. Éric Summer and Éric Warin directed the movie, titled “Ballerina” in all territories outside the U.S. It’s billed as a musical adventure comedy about an orphan girl who aspires to become a dancer. The voice cast is led by Elle Fanning, and also includes Maddie Ziegler,
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Why Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Cut to the Feeling’ Proves the Oscars Need to Rewrite their Rules

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Why Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Cut to the Feeling’ Proves the Oscars Need to Rewrite their Rules
Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Cut to the Feeling” may be the song of this never-ending summer, but audiences in France and the UK have been grooving to this irresistible pop masterpiece since last December (about six months before it was available for digital download). Recorded during the creation of Jepsen’s monumental “E•Mo•Tion” LP, “Cut to the Feeling” was deemed “too cinematic” for inclusion on the record, and set aside for future use. For mere mortals, this euphoric jam would have been a career-defining milestone; for Jepsen, it was merely a B-side.

Fortunately, it wouldn’t be long before the song found a home, as its singer — one of post-Gretzky Canada’s finest cultural exports — offered it to a Montreal animation studio when she agreed to voice one of the characters in their animated feature, “Ballerina.”

Retitled “Leap!” for its impending U.S. release, the harmlessly inspirational kids
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Ballerina (aka Leap!) movie review: lowering the barre

MaryAnn’s quick take… Cheesy Euro ballerina-porn cartoon is full of dated animation, cringeworthy attempts at humor, bizarre anachronisms, and a terrible message for little kids. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about girls and women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Ballet. It’s not that difficult, Anyone can dance ballet — I’m talking world-class ballet, not gradeschoolers twirling in tutus — as long as they really really want to. Everyone knows this.

That’s why it’s so easy for Felicie (the voice of Elle Fanning: The Beguiled, Live by Night), a tween orphan in late 1880s France who runs away to a Disney-esque Parisland, to lie and cheat her way into a ballet school at the prestigious Paris Opera, get cast in a production of The Nutcracker, and perform without benefit of a single rehearsal.
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Exclusive: Carly Rae Jepsen Takes Et Behind the Scenes of Her New 'Cut to the Feeling' Music Video

Exclusive: Carly Rae Jepsen Takes Et Behind the Scenes of Her New 'Cut to the Feeling' Music Video
Carly Rae Jepsen is excited for fans to see her new projects!

The 31-year-old singer invited Et to the Los Angeles set of her new music video, "Cut to the Feeling," where she gave us the exclusive first look ahead of its release next week.

Watch: 'Leap!' Trailer: Elle Fanning and Carly Rae Jepsen Lend Their Voices to Ballerina Tale

"[It's] a very casual, fun, silly rehearsal day," Jepsen gushed as Et's Sophie Schillaci arrived to set. "You're getting to actually [see] my fake band as well. My real band boys couldn't make it down, so it's all my friends."

Although she has yet to debut the music video, Jepsen says she's already received so much love from fans on social media since the track dropped in May. Many of them have created their own versions of what the music video should look like.

"I love that creativity can spread like that," she says. "There
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The Weinstein Company Launches New Animation Division Called ‘Mizchief’

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The Weinstein Company Launches New Animation Division Called ‘Mizchief’
The Weinstein Company is taking a flying leap into the world of animation, announcing today the formation of their brand new animation label “Mizchief,” which will roll out later this summer with the release of their film “Leap!” The company has also announced the second film set to bear the Mizchief label, the Gary Wang and Life Chaser Animation Studios’ feature “The Guardian Brothers.”

Of the news, TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein commented in an official statement, “I named the label Mizchief because that’s how my son pronounces mischief. Animation is a playful new direction for us and I’m thrilled to expand the TWC repertoire into a whole new category of films for our kids to enjoy and for us to enjoy with them. All of these films will share incredible stories that most importantly both inspire and entertain our kids.”

Read More:‘Leap!’ Trailer: Elle Fanning Voices Ballet-Obsessed
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One More Official Us Trailer for Animated 'Leap!' About a Ballerina

"What if she's good, mother?" The Weinstein Company has revealed a new trailer for animated film Leap!, also known as Ballerina, telling the story of a young ballerina in Paris. The film already opened in theaters in most of Europe, and was scheduled for release in the Us in March until TWC pushed it back to August. So this is another reminder that it's still not out yet, but will (finally) be soon. This is originally from France, but has been redubbed with English voices: Elle Fanning as Félicie Milliner, Dane DeHaan, Maddie Ziegler and Carly Rae Jepsen. The story is about an orphan girl who dreams of being a ballerina. She ends up in Paris where she tries her best to make her dreams come true. I'm tired of waiting for this already. Here's the second official Us trailer for Eric Summer & Éric Warin's Leap!, direct from YouTube:
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DVD Review – Ballerina (2016)

Ballerina, 2016.

Directed by Éric Summer and Éric Warin

Featuring the voice talents of Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Maddie Ziegler, Carly Rae Jepsen, Terrence Scammell, and Julie Khaner.

Synopsis:

An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera House.

Ballerina is an unabashed wish-fulfillment fantasy that works as the antithesis to the bleak, psycho-thriller Black Swan 7 years prior. French orphans Felicie (Elle Fanning) and Victor (Dane DeHaan) escape the dreary, rural Catholic orphanage to pursue their dreams in the big city of Paris. Felicie wishes to be a ballet dancer and Victor wishes to be an inventor. Victor tells Felicie that he kinda-yet-totally-doesn’t know where the top ballet school is and he will kinda-yet-totally-won’t take her there. In a contrived ploy involving violent pigeons to separate our two protagonists,
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