‘The Grinch’ has never looked so adorable. Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have released the first poster for Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch. The film won’t hit theaters until next year, but the studio decided now would be the perfect time to promote it.
The poster you see below features an adorable kid version of The Grinch, which means we might get some sort of origin story. Benedict Cumberbatch will voice the titular character. Pete Candeland and The Secret Life of Pets co-director Yarrow Cheney are directing the film.
“Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Doctor Strange) lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Who-ville when he runs out of food.”
Obviously, this is not the first adaptation of The Grinch. There have been several throughout the years. One of the more memorable adaptations was the live-action film in 2000 starring Jim Carrey. The film received mixed reviews from critics, but it had/has a lot of staying power. When people mention The Grinch, they are mostly likely talking about that movie.
We’ll see how this animated version stands against the classics. It’s set to hit theaters November 9, 2018.
We have been teased with little bits of information about the pets inside the movie for a few months now. And while we have enjoyed the appetizers, we are ready for a little taste of the main dish.
And thankfully, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have finally delivered. The first full length trailer for The Secret Life of Pets has been released. We are now getting our first look at the actual story, and it honestly looks freaking adorable.
You will probably recognize almost every voice in the trailer. Louis C.K. is the voice of the sweet lead dog Max, Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) plays his owner, Katie. And Eric Stonestreet will voice a shaggy mutt named Duke, oh and we can’t forget about Kevin Hart playing a bunny named Snowball.
They have managed to land some serious talent for this film. It’s scheduled to be released July 8, 2016, and you can bet it will be a hit at the box office. It’s basically being described as “Toy Story with animals,” which is all I need to know.
Check out the synopsis and full trailer below!
“For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.”
Universal Pictures is having a historic year at the box office. Thanks to global hits like Furious 7, Jurassic World, Minions and Fifty Shades of Grey. They have smashed several records this year, and they just passed another record at the international box office.
The studio has grossed a record-breaking $3.78 billion at the international box office. That makes it the highest-grossing year ever. And if you have been following the box office results, you shouldn’t be surprised by this. Universal has four of the top five highest-grossing films of the year internationally.
Furious 7 ($1.162 billion)
Jurassic World (983.5 million)
Minions ($670.2 million)
Fifty Shades of Grey ($404.1 million)
Disney’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is the only film getting in the way of a clean sweep for Universal. If you combine everything with the domestic sales, grosses have already passed the $5 billion mark. It’s only the 4th studio to reach that impressive mark, and we must remind everyone that it’s only August!
Duncan Clark, President of Distribution for Universal Pictures International told THR the following…
“We are very proud of the overwhelming success we have had at the international box office. There are countless people who contribute to this level of success. First and foremost our studio executive ranks, led by Jeff Shell and Donna Langley, then of course our filmmakers and talent.”
Of course, the studio isn’t finished yet. They still have the international release of Straight Outta Compton, Danny Boyle‘s Steve Jobs and Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak.
Universal Pictures has owned the 2015 box office. It’s not even close right now. The only studio that could possibly take over the top spot is Disney, and that’s only because they have the new Star Wars film being released in December. No other studio has a chance, including Warner Bros.
As it stands right now, it looks like the studio will come in a distant third on the year, which is a bit disappointing after taking the top spot back in 2013. As most of you know, the studio’s biggest film, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, was originally scheduled for a July 2015 release. Obviously, their box office numbers would be significantly higher if they had released it last month.
But they decided to push the film back to March 2016. It was a decision that confused a lot of people. So what happened? Why did they do it? Well, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara talked to THR to discuss the studio’s plans for the future, and to explain the Batman delay.
“It was a tough decision at the time because it was going to create a hole in 2015. But it was absolutely the right decision for the franchise, for DC and the movie. Having seen the movie multiple times, and again last night, I’m extremely confident it was the right decision to make the movie better. And it’s so important for the studio to get the foundation right on DC.”
You have to respect that. You won’t find many studios showing patience like that. They knew they were going to take a hit this summer, but they wanted to make sure they were putting out the best movie possible. It’s hard to argue with that as a fan.
We’ll see how the decision works out for the studio when the film is released March 25, 2016. Suicide Squad follows up with a scheduled August 5, 2016 release date.
Unfortunately, dinosaurs no longer exist in the world we live in, but do you know what does exist? Teasers for trailers, because apparently teasing the movie with a full trailer just isn’t good enough anymore. We have now added another layer of seduction.
Universal Pictures decided to show a bit of leg over the weekend with the release of the teaser trailer down below. The clip is only 20 seconds long, so try not to blink while you watch it.
The full trailer for the film will be released Thursday, which works out perfect for me. Pumpkin pie and dinosaurs? Count me in.
Jurassic World will be released in 2D, 3D and IMAX theaters on June 12, 2015. Chris Pratt will star in the film as a scientist who is conducting research on Velociraptors. Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson and Ty Simpkins will also star in the film.
Why does Hollywood love making sequels/prequels? Because the majority of people love watching them. This means there is a decent chance the movie will make a ridiculous amount of money. If no one cared about sequels, Hollywood would stop shoving them down our throats, because they would no longer be profitable.
But sadly, that’s never going to happen, which is why writer/director James DeMonaco is teaming up with Universal Pictures for a third installment to The Purge franchise. Due to the success of the first two films, development has now started on the third film. It makes sense, considering the first two films had a combined budget of $12 million, and together have brought in over $200 million worldwide.
As we mentioned, DeMonaco will be back. He was the writer and director behind the first two films. It will be interesting to see where he takes the franchise now. The first film followed a single family inside their house, and then we saw The Purge world open up in the second film, which followed multiple groups of people and gave us a better idea of what the Purge is all about.
There are rumors floating around that DeMonaco wants the third film to be a prequel. Jason Blum, the producer behind the movies, reportedly said the film might focus on the Revolutionaries and the very first purge.
We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available. Be safe out there, folks.