Move over Wonderwoman and Spiderman, Captain Underpants is the superhero for summer 2017. And forget the Vulture when you have Doctor Diaper, the Turbo Toilet 2000, and Professor Pippy Pee-Pee Poopypants. Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants made reading fun for many kids and now the toilet humor-filled children's book is making it to the big screen. Kevin Hart and Jordan Peele are voicing characters. Fox and DreamWorks Animation is turning the 90’s tightey-whitey, red-caped wearing superhero into a movie expected to hit theaters June 2, 2017. Tighty-whitey up.
If you thought Inside Out was emotional, Borrowed Time explores death, serious mistakes, and guilt — all set in the Wild West and in under seven minutes. Finally off the film festival circuit, the animated short is publically available for a limited time on Vimeo. Created by two Pixar animators, the emotional animation took writer-directors Lou Hamou- Lhadj and Andrew Coat five years to create. Borrowed Time from Borrowed Time on Vimeo.
Hollywood under fire for gender discrimination
1. In 2015, Hollywood had a diversity problem. This year, however, it seems as if gender discrimination is the controversy du jour. Federal investigators are conducting a "wide-ranging and well-resourced investigation into the entertainment industry's hiring practices." The investigation was spurred by complaints from the ACLU concerning the lack of female directors in the entertainment industry.
2. Considering that just one woman — The Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow — has nabbed an Academy Award for Best Director, Hollywood's gender bias is easy to pinpoint. Even more so, Hollywood's wage gap isn't looking too promising either.
3. Do you think a federal investigation is needed to point out Hollywood's gender divide?
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DreamWorks Animation, the movie studio responsible for box-office juggernauts like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon sold to NBCUniversal for a cool $3.8 billion. At the center of the deal is Jeffrey Katzenberg, the former Walt Disney executive who, in 1994, left the ears behind to start DreamWorks Animation alongside Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. Katzenberg personally pockets an estimated $420 million from the sale. For NBCUniversal, which is owned by media giant Comcast, the sale means it will better compete against rival animation house Walt Disney Pictures. Disney's 2016 is off to a great start with hits like The Jungle Book and Zootopia.
Are audiences over young adult movies?
1. From The Hunger Games to The Maze Runner, it seems as if each year brings another set of young adult movies adapted from dystopian books. But why? Simply put, these types of movies are big business for Hollywood. The Hunger Games series alone brought in almost $1.5 billion at the box office.
2. The Divergent Series: Allegiant, the industry's latest continuance of the trend, all but bombed at this weekend's box office, taking in just under $30 million. Some point to Allegiant's poor performance as the beginning of the end for the YA dystopian genre. "Audience fatigue" is real and Allegiant seems to be its latest victim.
3. What do you say? Is it the end of YA movies as we know it?
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At the Sundance Film Festival, a standing ovation from a crowd of critics and industry colleagues is the best reaction one can hope for, especially if you're a first-time filmmaker like Nate Parker. Parker recieved not one, not two, but three standing ovations during the premiere of his film The Birth of a Nation, a biopic that tells the story of Nat Turner, the man behind one of the most successful slave rebellions in American history. As soon as the credits rolled, companies like Netflix, Amazon and Fox Searchlight Pictures entered a bidding war for the movie's rights. $17.5 million later, a Sundance record, Fox Searchlight Pictures won the bid.
If this year's Oscar race wasn't already muddled enough, leave it up to Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Golden Globes to make the Best Picture competition even more unclear. The Martian and The Revenant were last night's big winners at the Globes, taking home the trophy for Best Comedy or Musical and Best Drama, where Oscar front runners The Big Short and Spotlight were expected to win. The surprises didn't stop there as Amazon Studios' Mozart in the Jungle nabbed two trophies, including Best TV Series Musical or Comedy. The night's host, comedian Rick Gervais, performed as expected, taking jabs at everyone from Mel Gibson to Harvey Weinstein.