‘Ferdinand’ Takes Bull By The Blu-Ray Horns With March Release

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Aside from being an action star and wrestling icon, John Cena is now part of the animated universe. as he lent his voice to titular character in Ferdinand. From the creators of Ice Age and Rio, Ferdinand heads to Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and DVD on March 13.

The story centers on Ferdinand (Cena), a giant yet kind bull who is torn from his home after being mistaken for a dangerous beast. Banding together with a group of misfit friends, Ferdinand goes on a quest to clear his name and return to his family. The flick, which also features the voices of Anthony Anderson, Jeremy Sisto, and Kate McKinnon, had a worldwide gross of over $238 million.

Each version contains the “Home” music video, a photo gallery and a plethora of featurettes (including “Ferdinand’s Guide to Healthy Living” with John Cena, “A Goat’s Guide to Life,” “Ferdinand’s Team Supreme,” “Spain Through Ferdinand’s Eyes,” and “Confessions of a Bull-loving Horse”).


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That’s a Wrap: The Week in Movies

The Martin Scorsese-directed film The Irishman will start production in August. According to IndieWire, the film stars Robert DeNiro in the titular role as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a mob hitman who was supposedly involved in the death of Jimmy Hoffa. The all-star cast includes Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Bobby Cannavale and Harvey Keitel.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal are in talks to star in Rio. Variety reports that the movie centers on a financial reporter (Gyllenhaal), who travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit his wealthy friend (Cumberbatch), only to get sucked into a plot to fake his friend’s death.

Action superstars unite! Though he bowed out of more Expendables movies, Sylvester Stallone is set to star opposite another longtime action star – Jackie Chan – in the new movie Ex-Baghdad. Deadline reports that the film centers on a private security contractor (Chan) who is called in to extract the workers of an oil refinery that has been attacked in Iraq. When he discovers the true goal of the attackers, he’s forced to team up with a former American marine (Stallone) to stop them.

Edge of Tomorrow will reportedly get a sequel, but according to Doug Liman, it is a bit of a prequel. Speaking with Collider, Liman revealed that the current title is Edge of Tomorro: Live Die Repeat and Repeat. According to the director, both Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are excited about the movie, but at present scheduling remains the hold up.

Acclaimed director Steve McQueen has signed on to direct a full-length feature documentary on the life of hip hop icon and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Tupac Shakur. “I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist. I attended NYU film school in 1993 and can remember the unfolding hip-hop world and mine overlapping with Tupac’s through a mutual friend in a small way. Few, if any shined brighter than Tupac Shakur. I look forward to working closely with his family to tell the unvarnished story of this talented man,” stated McQueen about the project.

Julia Roberts will star in and produce The Bookseller, based on Cynthia Swanson’s debut novel of the same name. The film centers on an unmarried woman in the ’60s who runs a bookstore with her best friend who dreams of being a mother and wife and must reconcile her daily life with her dreams.

Johnny Depp has signed on for the dramedy Richard Says Goodbye. Wayne Roberts is writing and directing the film, which sees Depp in the titular role as a world-weary college professor who decides to live life as freely as possible after receiving a life-changing diagnosis.

Cliff Curtis, currently seen in Fear the Walking Dead, has reportedly landed a key role in all four of the new Avatar sequels. Curtis will play Tonowari, the leader of the Metkavina, a clan of reef people. The first of the four Avatar sequels is expected to arrive on Dec. 18, 2020.

Liam Neeson has signed on to star in Retribution, the remake of the Spanish thriller El Desconocido. According to Deadline, the film follows a successful Wall Street exec who discovers on his way to work that a bomb has been planted on his car by an unknown assailant. He is tasked with performing a series of orders or else the bomb will be detonated, and making his decisions more difficult is the fact that his family is in the car with him.

According to Deadline, Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard have joined the cast of The Hummingbird Project. The film centers on a pair of cousins from New York who enter a high stakes game of High Frequency Trading, pushing themselves to the brink to build a fiber-optic cable between Kanas and New Jersey that will net them millions, while their former boss attempts to thwart their progress.

Walton Goggins has joined the cast for the third installment in the Maze Runner series. In Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Goggins co-stars as Lawrence, a danger character who is part-revolutionary, part-anarchist who is a voice for the voiceless people. The film finds Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) embarking on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease. Look for Maze Runner: The Death Cure on the big screen Feb. 9, 2018.

Margot Robbie remains one of the most active actresses in Hollywood, signing on to star in and produce the thriller Dreamland. The movie centers on a 15-year-old youth during the Dust Bowl era who decides to try to save his family’s farm by hunting a fugitive bank robber (Robbie) and collecting the bounty on her head.

Jeff Bridges and Diane Lane have signed on to star in an untitled film from director Reed Moreno and penned by The Kids Are All Right‘s Stuart Blumberg. The movie centers on an obsesses violinist (Bridges) who is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and is forced to move back in with his estranged wife (Lane) during his treatment. But during the process, he experiences profound change which allows him to connect with people and music in unexpected ways.

Jack O’Connell, Chloe Grace Moretz and Josh Gad have come on board the new film Party of the Century. Deadline reports that the film is based around the events at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball.

Channing Tatum, Gina Rodriguez and Zendaya have landed voice roles in Smallfoot, a new animated feature due in 2018. The Tracking Board reports that the movie centers on a Yeti who believes that humans really do exist.

Tim Blake Nelson will play the lead role in the new film The True Don Quixote. Deadline reports that the indie film just started shooting in New Orleans and follows the story of a lonely man who goes made and embarks on a quest for love, valor and glory in the neighborhood around his house.

Alfre Woodard has joined the cast of the indie film Saint Judy, which centers on a landmark immigration case that affected how women are treated around the world. The film also stars Alfred Molina and Michelle Monaghan.

Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman have all joined the cast for The Strangers 2. In this Johannes Roberts-directed sequel of sorts, a family road trip takes a turn when their vehicle breaks down at a secluded mobile home park and three masked assailants are ready to pay them a visit.

With Dr. Ken getting canceled, Ken Jeong is returning to the big screen. The actor has joined the cast of the comedy Crazy Rich Asians, which follows a native New Yorker (Constance Wu) as joins her boyfriend (Henry Golding) at his best friend’s wedding in Singapore.

ANNE HATHAWAY: MUSIC PLAYS ITS OWN CHARACTER IN RIO

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The movie Rio has won over audiences all over the world. The film is beautiful to watch, and the characters in the film are funny and charming.  One of the unseen characters in this film is the music. Anne Hathaway, who sings in the film, agrees that the music is its own character, and told us who worked on the music.  (Click on the audio player to hear Anne Hathaway)
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MOVIEGOERS TRAVELED TO “RIO” – “ELEPHANTS” ARE PARCHED

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The animated pic Rio took the top spot for the second week in a row bringing in an additional estimated $26.8 million between Friday and Sunday and dropping just 31.7 percent.

Tyler Perry’s latest gender-bender, Madea’s Big Happy Family debuted in second place with a $25.7 mil take over the weekend.

And Water for Elephants, despite its big-named stars, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz, struggled with $17.5 million in estimated revenue. It’s not surprising considering the movie received mostly lukewarm reviews. However, the good news is that the film only cost $38 mil to produce so it could easily recoup its budget over the next few weeks.

Hop, actually gained ground by 16.3 percent, though it still dropped from third to fourth place between Friday and Sunday. The live action-animated mash-up still brought in an additional estimated $12.4 mil this weekend.

Scream 4 dropped 61.7 percent and slide from second to fifth place raising $7.1 million more. That brings its total to $31.1 mil to date.

African Cats, Disney’s nature doc landed in sixth place for its debut and brought in $6.4 million. Not a bad take for a documentary film that was only in 1220 theaters.

Rounding out the top 10:

7.    Soul Surfer $5.6 million

8.    Insidious $5.3 million

9.    Hanna $5.2 million

10.  Source Code $5 million

‘RIO’ TAKES THE #1 BOX-OFFICE SPOT, BEATS ‘SCREAM 4’

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The 3D animated film Rio, featuring voice actors Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg, claimed the #1 spot at the box-office, grossing $40 million. Rio also holds the distinction of having the biggest box-office opening (domestically) this year.    Coming in a distant second was Scream 4, with a take of $19.3 million.  Plummeting in its second week of release was the James Franco/Danny McBride/Natalie Portman comedy Your Highness, which limped to 10th place and earned a meager $3.89 million (a 58% drop from its first week).   Here’s a list of the top 10 films:

1. Rio – $40 million.  The picture also made $53.9 million in foreign markets.

2. Scream 4$19.3 million.  In comparison, Scream 3’s debuted at #1 back in 2000 and made $34.7 million.

3.  Hop – $11.3 million.

4.  Soul Surfer – $7.4 million.

5. Hanna – $7.3 million.

6.  Arthur$6.9 million.

7.  Insidious – $6.86 million.  The horror film, which stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, has made $36 million domestically, and the film’s budget was estimated at just $1 million!!

8.  Source Code – $6.3 million.

9.  The Conspirator – $3.9 million.  Although the Robert Redford directed film played in just 707 theaters, the picture still took in more business than Your Highness.

10.  Your Highness – $3.89 million.

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