Poster Revealed For The ‘Monsters University’ Short ‘Party Central’; Will Play In Front Of ‘Muppets Most Wanted’
“The Party Must Go On.” In January it was announced that a new ‘Monsters University’ short film, ‘Party Central,’ will play in front of ’Muppets Most Wanted’ when it hits cinemas in March. With the release of that eagerly awaited sequel closing in, Disney have sent over this new poster for the short film. ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ opens on March 21st in North America and March 28th in the UK and Ireland.
‘Party Central’ will feature the return of Billy Crystal and John Goodman as the respective voices of Mike and Sulley along with a number of other familiar voice talents from the world of ‘Monsters University.’ In the six-minute short, which Disney first debuted at last year’s D23 Expo, Mike and Sulley and their Oozma Kappa frat brothers try to throw a monster blowout party but are dismayed to find that no one is showing up. Fortunately, they have some extra inter-dimensional doors handy, which they put to creative use to get the party rocking.
With the release of ‘Divergent’ closing in, IMAX have let out the hatch the latest entry in their Fanfix poster design series, centering on Neil Burger’s much anticipated film. The above poster, designed by award-winning artist and illustrator Victo Ngai, will be given away at IMAX theaters during the first screenings of ‘Divergent’ in the US on March 20th. Ngai had the following the say about his ‘Divergent’ Fanfix poster, “I wanted to capture the scene of Tris and Four jumping off a moving train, as it not only represents the courage required to become a Dauntless, it also symbolized the leap from their old faction and life, a decision they cannot go back on.” For more information about the poster and Ngai head on over to IMAX’s official website.
‘Divergent’ is the first installment of the futuristic action-adventure trilogy based on Veronica Roth’s The New York Times bestselling novels. Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer and Amy Newbold, ‘Divergent’ is set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. The film is helmed by Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist) from a script by Vanessa Taylor. The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty. Summit will release the film theatrically on March 21st. The can give the film’s synopsis a peep below.
River Road Entertainment, Participant Media, Lionsgate International and Focus Features have teamed to finance and distribute Juan Antonio Bayona’s next film ‘A Monster Calls,’ which is based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel by Patrick Ness (the “Chaos Walking” trilogy). The film will be produced by Belen Atienza (The Impossible, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Orphanage) and is slated for a fall 2016 release.
Juan Antonio Bayona won Spain’s equivalent of the Academy Award, The Goya, for his last film, ‘The Impossible,’ which was distributed by Lionsgate’s Summit label and grossed more than $180 million at the worldwide box office. ‘The Impossible’ is the second highest-grossing film of all time in Spain. He also directed the critically acclaimed horror film ’The Orphanage.’
Variety are reporting that Daniel Espinosa is in talks to direct the Warner Bros. Pictures thriller ‘Blood on Snow,’ which will be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and is being developed as a starring vehicle for the actor. DiCaprio will produce along with his producing partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran through their Appian Way banner along with Kevin McCormick’s Langley Park. Espinosa previously directed ‘Easy Money’ (Snabba Cash), and the Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds-starring ‘Safe House.’ His next film ‘Child 44,’ starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Vincent Cassel, opens this coming September.
‘Blood on Snow’ is an adaptation of crime fiction author Joe Nesbo’s upcoming novel, written under his pseudonym, Tom Johansen. The book follows a hitman who is tasked with offing his boss’ wife only to find that he’s fallen in love with her. Two literary sequels are already planned and, in the third, Johansen himself becomes a character.
Lionsgate Pick Up Marjane Satrapi’s ‘The Voices’ – Starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick….
Lionsgate send word that they’ve acquired the US distribution rights to the 2014 Sundance Premiere Section entry ‘The Voices,’ directed by Marjane Satrapi and written by Michael R. Perry. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver. Satrapi previously directed ‘Persepolis,’ based on her best-selling graphic novel, which was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Jury Prize in Cannes. Her film ‘Chicken with Plums’ premiered at the Venice Film Festival. ‘The Voices’ marks her first English language film.
‘The Voices’ is a genre-bending film which centers around Jerry, a lovable but disturbed factory worker who yearns for the attention of a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden turn, we follow Jerry’s perspective as his talking pets, a sinister cat and benevolent dog, lead him down a fantastical, murderous path.
Shout! Factory has signed a deal with distributor Cinevox to release the action-crime-drama ‘Brazilian Western’ (Faroeste Caboclo) for cross-platform distribution in the US and Canada. The deals takes in theatrical, exclusive digital and broadcast distribution and home entertainment. The feature debut of Rene Sampaio, ‘Brazilian Western’ is a big-screen makeover of one of the most celebrated rock ballads of Renato Russo, relating how a country boy moves to the big city in Brasilia, gets involved in organized crime, begins a love-affair with the daughter of a senator, but spins ever more out of control in his descent into crime and violence. There is a star-crossed love.
Released to expectation in Brazil by Europa Filmes, ‘Brazilian Western’ grossed $7.4 million, making it the seventh highest-grossing Brazilian release of the year. Fabrício Boliveira, Isis Valverde, Felipe Abib, Antônio Calloni, César Troncoso, Marcos Paulo and Flavio Bauraqui star. Expect more release details shortly. The TIFF trailer for ‘Brazilian Western’ can be viewed below.