One of the more bemusing box office successes of 2019 is Dragon Ball Super: Broly. The 20th Dragon Ball film and the first to tie into the recently ended Dragon Ball Super anime, the film was the highest-grossing movie in America the day it opened and eventually racked up over $30 million at the U.S. box office. That’s an impressive feat, and a long time coming. Given that us Millennials are now in the prime of life as far as advertisers are concerned, and that the majority of them grew up watching anime — either on TV or fansubbed online — this sort of thing is a long time coming. And it’s a great moment. But to better enjoy the triumph, it’s worth reflecting on the long road it took to get here. How Dragon Ball came back Dragon Ball’s life in the West — specifically, America — is an odd one. For one thing, the series wasn’t even shopped around to American broadcasters until after the manga and Dragon Ball Z had already … [Read more...] about How Dragon Ball Super: Broly became a mega-success after two decades of Dragon Ball
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All the way back in January, Nintendo revealed that it was collaborating with Illumination Entertainment, the animation studio best known for the Despicable Me series, on a Super Mario Bros. movie. Almost nothing new has been heard about this animated movie since; fortunately, Illumination Entertainment Co-Founder Chris Meledandri shed a bit more light on the project today in an interview with Variety. While the movie’s premise and cast have still not been revealed, Chris Meledandri did voice that he was relieved by the fact that the original Super Mario Bros. is bad, infamously so. As you probably know, the Super Mario Bros. movie from the 1990s was riddled with production problems and ended up with a script so far-gone from the source material that it was laughable. Because the original Super Mario Bros. movie was so bad, Chris Meledandri says that the development of Illumination’s Super Mario Bros. is much more “exciting” and “worthy” because they … [Read more...] about Illumination Co-Founder Likes that the Original Super Mario Bros. Movie Wasn’t Good
Leia Organa is set to return in Star Wars: Episode 9 with the help of “previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens” of Carrie Fisher. On Friday, Lucasfilm announced the full cast of the trilogy-capper, along with more on the decision to bring Fisher’s beloved character back for the final movie. Fisher died in December 2016, but in a statement on Star Wars’ official website, director J.J. Abrams explained his decision to use previously shot footage of Fisher in Episode 9. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” Abrams said. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode 9 by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode 7.” Fisher’s appearance in the film was previously reported in … [Read more...] about Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will appear in Star Wars: Episode 9
Eighty-two women are set to walk the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday to highlight the limited number of female filmmakers who have been selected for the festival's competition lineup over its 71 years. Among those expected Saturday are Salma Hayek , Jane Fonda, "Wonder Woman" filmmaker Patty Jenkins and the French director Agnes Varda, a recipient of an honorary Palme d'Or prize. Also joining are the five female members of this year's Cannes jury: Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay , Lea Seydoux and Burundian singer Khadja Nin. The number 82 corresponds with the number of films directed by women to ever play in the festival's prestigious Palme d'Or competition — in contrast to the 1,645 films directed by men that have. The silent, symbolic protest will be held ahead of the premiere of French filmmaker Eva Husson's "Girls of the Sun," which is about a Kurdish battalion of entirely female soldiers. Husson is one of three female filmmakers out of … [Read more...] about 82 women to walk the red carpet in Cannes film fest protest
Game Developers Conference organizers are delighted to announce the films selected to be part of the inaugural GDC Film Festival, one of the first ever documentary & narrative film fests focused on the art and culture of video games! Sponsored by Steam, the 1st Annual GDC Film Festival will take place at the Yerba Buena Center For The Arts' Screening Room—directly adjacent to the Moscone Center—from Monday, March 19th to Wednesday, March 21st during Game Developers Conference 2018. Screenings will be open to all GDC 2018 pass holders, on a first-come, first-served basis. Across the three days, there will be a wide range of documentaries based around the video game medium, including world premieres and a selection of work-in-progress presentations from top documentary webseries creators. The Festival will include onstage Q&As with film-makers, and game producer/designer and journalist Mathew Kumar will be MC-ing the festival and has co-programmed the featured … [Read more...] about Here are the films you’ll see at the inaugural GDC Film Festival!