Ouch. Though it seemed likely after Friday’s figures were announced, the fact that Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules so easily topped the flashier Sucker Punch has still got to hurt the folks at Warners this morning.
||Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2
||The Lincoln Lawyer
||Battle: Los Angeles
||Red Riding Hood
||The Adjustment Bureau
||Mars Needs Moms
Mondo recently launched a new “Director’s Series” line of posters where almost every film in a director’s body of work would get its own specially-designed, gorgeous Mondo poster. The series kicked off with posters for Guillermo del Toro (and we’re still waiting to see what Mondo has in store for Pan’s Labyrinth, Cronos, and The Devil’s Backbone) and followed up with Olly Moss posters for Duncan Jones’ Moon and Source Code. Now director Zack Snyder is getting the business and the series begins with his newest film, Sucker Punch. The poster was designed by Ken Taylor and comes in a regular edition and a variant. The regular edition is limited to 285 prints and costs $45 while the orange variant is limited to 105 prints and costs $70. Both posters measure 24″x36″ and are hand-numbered. The posters go on sale tomorrow at a random time so be sure you’re following @MondoNews for the announcement.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. Mondo will also be producing posters for Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead, 300, Watchmen, and Legend of the Guardians. I wish them the best of luck in selling the Guardians posters.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the fifteen animated feature films that have been accepted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category at the 83rd Academy Awards. The list includes the obvious blockbusters such as Toy Story 3, How to Train Your Dragon, and Shrek Forever After, as well as less traditional but no less critically praised fair such as My Dog Tulip, Summer Wars, and the French film The Illusionist.
Under Academy rules, any year in which 8 to 15 animated features are released, a maximum of 3 motion pictures may be nominated. If 16 or more animated features are submitted and accepted in the category, a maximum of 5 motion pictures may be nominated. Since the Academy only deemed 15 animated feature films from this year worthy of being considered, there will only be 3 nominations in the Best Animated Feature Film category at the Oscars in February. However, films submitted in the Animated Film category are also eligible for Academy Awards in other categories, such as Best Picture, so fear not Toy Story 3 fans, it’s still got a shot at the top prize. Hit the jump to check out the full list of films under consideration, as well as speculation as to which three films are most likely to be nominated.
John Orloff is an acclaimed screenwriter who is quickly proving how adept he is at creating worlds that audiences can lose themselves in. He has the Zack Snyder-directed 3D animated feature Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole in theaters on September 24th, and then Anonymous, a period drama centered on the Shakespeare authorship question, directed by Roland Emmerich, out in the fall of 2011.
Although I spoke to him in an exclusive phone interview for Collider to promote the release of Legend of the Guardians, Orloff also talked in-depth about Anonymous and the approach in making it, as he is also an executive producer on that film. Because there was so much detail on what sounds like a very intricate, multi-layered story, I decided to split the interview in two, starting with what he had to say about Anonymous. Check out what he had to say about that film after the jump, and then check back later this week to read about how he got involved with Legend of the Guardians.
The Harry Potter franchise is nearing the end of its tremendously successful run at Warner Brothers as the kickoff to the finale begins with the first of the two-part conclusion to the final chapter of the series this November. To date, the franchise has brought in over $5.4 billion in worldwide box office gross, which easily cements its place as the biggest film franchise in overall gross, and we still have two films left. So it’s clear that WB cannot sit around and wait until the guaranteed bread winner is gone; they have to take action, and they aim to begin planning ahead by getting DC Comics more involved. Join me after the break for full quotes from CEO Barry Meyer on the future of WB and why I think they aren’t in a terrible position.
Warner Bros. has released a new clip from director Zack Snyder’s Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. I’ve seen some people make fun of Snyder’s upcoming CGI owl adventure because it looks “silly,” but I think the film looks ridiculously epic. In this new clip, we see the young owl Soren (voiced by Jim Sturgess) learning to fly while in a rainstorm — once the slow-mo kicks in with some Enya-sounding music playing in the background, you really get a sense of how awesome this film will hopefully be. You can watch the clip after the jump.
A new Russian poster for Zack Snyder’s Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole has just been released and when I said “the best way I can describe the movie is it’s Lord of the Rings with Owls,” I didn’t think they’d make a poster about it. Because when I look at this poster, all I see is Mordor in the background. But maybe I’m reaching. Either way, the poster is cool, so click the image above for high res. Thanks to IMPA for the poster.
Warner Bros. has released their Fall/Holiday 2010 Preview and included are some new and previously released images from The Town, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Yogi Bear, Due Date, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Hit the jump for high resolution versions along with updated cast lists and synopses:
Tonight, Warner Brothers and director Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) welcomed members of the press to the studio’s lot for a screening of new footage from Snyder’s first animated film, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole which features the voices of Emily Barclay, Abbie Cornish, Ryan Kwanten, Anthony LaPaglia, Miriam Margolyes, Helen Mirren, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, Richard Roxburgh, and David Wenham. For those new to the program, the film is based upon “Guardians of Ga’Hoole,” the series of children’s fantasy books written by author Kathryn Lasky. The story revolves around brothers Soren (Sturgess) and Kludd (Kwanten) as the two take opposite paths when a fall from their treetop home results in their being captured by a collection of evil owls known as the Pure Ones.
In case you’re not completely sold on an animated owl adventure from the ultra-stylized Snyder, I might suggest easing your inhibitions. To be concise, the footage of the film screened tonight looked incredible. That said, for a general breakdown of the footage shown tonight, hit the jump. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole opens in beautiful 3D (no sales pitch here, it truly is incredible to look at) on September 24th.
Warner Bros. has released eight character posters for Zack Snyder’s animated 3D fantasy-adventure film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. The story is about a brave young owl named Soren and his quest to save all owlkind from the evil owls known as the “Pure Ones”. The film stars the voice talents of Emily Barclay, Abbie Cornish, Ryan Kwanten, Anthony LaPaglia, Miriam Margolyes, Helen Mirren, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving and David Wenham.
Hit the jump to see all the posters along with the official synopsis. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole in 3D on September 24th.
Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Zack Snyder’s Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and I think it looks amazing. What’s great about the movie is how every frame looks like a painting and I think this is going to be something special in 3D. What I also love about the trailer is how it looks like Zack Snyder took his style and vision and applied it perfectly to an animated film. Watch the trailer for yourself and tell me it doesn’t look awesome.
In case you haven’t heard, Warner Bros. is launching a new Looney Toons animated series on Cartoon Network along with new 3D shorts that are slated for theaters. According to the press release, Cartoon Network will air The Looney Tunes Show a half-hour animated television featuring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck living together in the suburbs. Also in the neighborhood will be Yosemite Sam, Granny, Tweety and Sylvester. I wouldn’t be surprised if other Looney Tunes characters pop up along the way.
They’re also doing 3D shorts out later this year are three 3-minute 3D CG short films starring Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner. Each film will screen before a major WB family film. Coyote Falls will be attached to Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (July 30th); Fur of Flying will be with Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (September 24th); and Rabid Rider will show in front of Yogi Bear (December 17th).
Hit the jump to read the press release and see images from the new series and the 3D shorts.
Steve is on the Warner Bros. red carpet at ShoWest and snapped a photo of the banner for Zack Snyder’s upcoming animated movie Legends of the Guardians, except it doesn’t look like that’s the full title anymore. Now it looks like it’s Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. When the project was first announced, the title was The Guardians of Ga’Hoole. The added subtitle makes me think that maybe there’s a franchise consideration, but it could also just be that people like owls and silly names.
Hit the jump for the full image and the plot synopsis.