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‘Wolfwalkers’ Trailer: Is The ‘Secrets Of Kells’ Followup Another Animated Oscar Player?

We’ve seen the Best Picture race slowly come into view thanks to a pandemic delayed deadline, but other categories are also coming into play. Best Animated Feature film already has a number of contenders that found audiences on PVOD with “Onward,” “Trolls World Tour” and “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run” while “Over the […]

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‘The High Note’ Starts Strong on VOD as Netflix’s ‘Lovebirds’ Drops Fast

Almost four months after indoor theaters shut down, a small fraction are reopening around the country. Drive-ins continue to lead grosses: IFC Films’ “The Wretched” is a standout success. That’s because IFC reports those drive-in numbers. Universal does not: they had the real #1 grosser for the eighth straight weekMeanwhile, at-home movie-watching habits are evolving […]

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Critics’ Dialogue: Should the Oscars Recognize Films That Are Streaming Only?

As Hollywood adjusts to the coronavirus pandemic, a number of film distributors have chosen to scrap their theatrical release plans and launch certain titles on streaming services instead. That raised the question of whether those movies, such as “Trolls World Tour” or “Capone” or “The King of Staten Island,” would be eligible for Academy Awards. […]

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‘Trolls World Tour’ Honest Trailer: From the Director of ‘Shrek’s Yule Log’ Comes the Death Movie Theaters

Since no one had anything else to watch while quarantining at home, Trolls World Tour became a VOD sensation that might usher in the death of movie theaters. At least that’s what the National Association of Theater Owners wants you to think. But when you see what the Trolls World Tour Honest Trailer has to […]

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‘Scoob!’ Review: A Silly, High-Energy Introduction to the Wacky World of Hanna-Barbera

Ignore the weird Simon Cowell gags. Despite its rocky start, Tony Cervone’s “Scoob!,” eventually moves past squeezing in gags about modern tastemakers (do kids even know who Simon Cowell is?) to become a Part origin story of the Mystery, Inc. team, part Hanna-Barbera homage, the animated feature is a charming enough diversion that adds to […]

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‘Scoob!’: Could a New Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe Emerge from This Riff on Cartoon Classics?

With “Scoob!,” Warner Bros. Animation launches a new Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe built around the crime-fighting Mystery Inc. teenage gang and its lovable Great Dane. The plan was to release the franchise’s first CG-animated feature theatrically on May 15, but, of course, the pandemic intervened, so it’s going straight to VOD instead.Whether or not “Scoob!” taps […]

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European Cinema Owners: ‘Trolls’ Success Not a Greenlight to ‘Redesign’ Release Model

The International Union of Cinemas (Unic) has said the lucrative Pvod release of “Trolls World Tour” should not be used a reference point to “redesign” the business model around releasing.The Brussels-based organization, which represents European cinema operators, spoke out in response to growing tensions between exhibitors and Universal over the straight-to-vod release of “Trolls World […]

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AMC Theatres Refusing to Play Universal Movies in Wake of ‘Trolls World Tour’ Dispute

AMC Theatres has hit hard at Universal Pictures, announcing it will no longer play any of the studio’s films in the wake of NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell’s promise to use premium VOD while films are still in theaters.Universal used the Pvod format to release “Trolls World Tour” on April 10 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic […]

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