FINDING DORY BREAKS RECORDS
The Pixar sequel far surpassed its already ocean-sized expectations to take in $136.2 million in North American theatres, making it the highest-grossing animated debut of all time, not adjusting for inflation, according to comScore estimates Sunday.
The 2007 film “” was the previous record-holder, with a $121.6 million debut.
“,” which comes 13 years after “ ,” is also the second-largest June opening of all time, with “ ” at No. 1. The well-reviewed film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks.
It had the biggest opening of all time for a Disney/Pixar film in Australia ($7.7 million)
More info: News.com.au
Since it was such a big hit, here are some Fun Facts:
- The director Andrew Stanton never thought it would happen. “The last thing I ever thought I was going to do was a sequel to Finding Nemo,” said writer/director Andrew Stanton. “I thought it was a closed circuit. I thought that’s everything I wanted to say. But the brain works in mysterious ways. Around 2010 I was starting to think about Dory. I couldn’t stop thinking about how I didn’t believe she’d be able to get back if she got lost again. She didn’t have the ability to find her way home again now that she found this wonderful family. I knew she was a tragic figure when I created her and I couldn’t drop it. And that’s usually the kind of stuff, when it keeps coming back without me trying, you realise there’s something worth digging for.”
- When breaking the story of Finding Dory, the team did about 103,000 storyboards over the course of three and a half years.
- When they were casting the movie, Andrew Stanton was always wondering how people would sound opposite Ellen. So off to YouTube he went, because, thankfully, Ellen has interviewed almost every celebrity ever on her daytime talk show. By watching those videos, he could test to see the chemistry she had with new cast members like Ed O’Neill and Ty Burrell.
- Hank’s introduction is one of the most complicated shots in Finding Dory. In the end 146 total versions from 18 different artists, not including riggers, shaders and modelers, completed it of the course of 13 months. However, the good news is, once many of those problems were solved, things got easier.
ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE ✪✪✪½
Opens JUNE 23 Most cinemas
This has always been a great series for adults and kids. The in-jokes are quite funny and the voice actors have been so well cast. Starring Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott, Simon Pegg, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jessie J, this, according to the studio is the last of the series. So they’ve wound it up pretty well. I hope they don’t decide to go back when they can’t come up with any more ideas. Five is good; six would be a little long in the sabre-tooth. Recommended for the whole family. Good for the littlies.
Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters. Stars: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott, Simon Pegg, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jessie J
INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE ✪✪✪½
Opens JUNE 23 Most cinemas
Twenty years later, the aliens have returned. What surprises me is that the studio didn’t bring them back any sooner. Director Roland Emmerich said he didn’t want to go back to the ID world unless he had something new to say. He hates sequels, but he felt twenty years later it would work with newly rebuilt landmarks. Noticeably absent is Will Smith, who apparently after his film After Earth didn’t want to star in another film worked around a father-son duo, and he was a little tired of science-fiction films.
Jeff Goldblum is back; he’s always good at the saying-something-oblique role and delivering the rather nonsensical explanations for the science things. I found the first half very entertaining. The build-up to the arrival of the aliens, along with the new tech created since they’ve adopted the alien technology, is very cool. However, once they start to do battle, it becomes oh so ridiculous. Mind you, the first film was pretty ridiculous and that didn’t stop it from doing big box office.
I think it does miss the wit of Will Smith. Gorgeous as he is to look at, Liam Hemsworth doesn’t quite have the charisma. When they say summer blockbuster popcorn film, this is it! Take it for what it is, sci-fi silliness that doesn’t take itself seriously, and I’m sure you will enjoy.
We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global catastrophe on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens' advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction. Stars: Liam Hemsworth, Joey King, Maika Monroe, William Fichtner, Jeff Goldblum
Film Festivals Coming to Perth
So many great festivals coming to Perth, I thought I’d give you a heads up on some great ones in the next two months. For more details click on the links below.
Revelation Film Festival 2016 7th July to 17th July
Revelation Perth International Film Festival is Western Australia’s premier showcase for the new, confronting, edgy, experimental, funny, dramatic and downright clever from the international independent film scene. Screening daily from 7-17 July, 2016 marks Rev’s 19th birthday.
The festival will include over 100 films, special guests, an academic conference and other unique events such as Revel-8, an animation showcase, a mini Iranian film festival and the WA Screen Awards.
2016 Scandinavian Film Festival 21 July – 3 August
Now a much anticipated fixture on the festival calendar, the third Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival, presented by Palace, Luna Palace Cinemas and The West Australian will see some of the most exciting and fresh movies from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland grace screens at Cinema Paradiso in Northbridge from 21 July – 3 August.
ALFRED HITCHCOCK FILM CLASSICS July 28-10th August
THE CLASSIC FESTIVAL PROGRAM COVERS THE YEARS 1940-1960. ALL FILMS PRESENTED IN RESTORED DIGITAL.
REBECCA (1940); SPELLBOUND (1945); NOTORIOUS (1946); STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951); 3D DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954); REAR WINDOW (1954); VERTIGO (1958); NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959); PSYCHO (1960) and THE BIRDS (1963)
The 2016 Polish Film Festival
Date: Opens June 16 – July 3
Time: Various Times
Location: Cinema Paradiso, Northbridge Details and Booking
After the success of the inaugural Polish Film Festival in Perth last year, the 2016 event brings another exciting program full of recent releases that will make you laugh, thrill, surprise and reflect.
Highlights of this year’s program include THESE DAUGHTERS OF MINE, a heart-warming drama about the strength of family ties, PLANET SINGLE, a spectacularly good rom-com and a smash hit of 2016, and WALPURGIS NIGHT, an outstanding feature debut that will remind you of the works of the greatest film masters. Screening alongside them are an award-wining thriller THE RED SPIDER, the box office stand out LETTERS TO SANTA 2 and a drama with Poland’s favourite actor, Tomasz Kot, LIFE MUST GO ON.
Each film will screen only once, so don’t miss your chance and book tickets today!
Date: Thursday June 23
Time: 6:00pm (check Luna Cinemas site for exact details)
Location: Cinema Paradiso Details and Booking
Come join us for this night of Turkish delights! Pre-show Turkish treats and entertainment from 6pm. Screening starts at 6.30pm.
Enjoy some authentic Turkish baklava* from Eastern Gold Sweet, tastings of Brown Brothers' Mosacato Gold and Moscato Rose Gold, pre-show belly dancing from Belyssa Academy of Danse Orientale and the chance to win a piece of jewellery from Park Lane Jewellery and skin care vouchers from Jacquie Berkhout Facing Facts before being one of the first to catch Turkish-French film director Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, MUSTANG tells the story of five orphaned sisters who, in a remote, seaside village in northern Turkey, innocently celebrate the end of the school year at the beach with some boys. The supposed debauchery of their actions causes their home to progressively transform into a prison; classes on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages are arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed upon them.
THE BEETHOVEN PROJECT
Date: Saturday 25.6 & Sunday 26.6
Time: 1:00pm (check Luna Cinemas site for exact details)
Location: Cinema Paradiso Details and Booking
One of the world greatest conductors of all time, (BBC Music Magazine), Sir Simon Rattle leads the Berlin Philharmonic presenting Beethoven’s masterful brilliance in two tremendously expressive works: the inspired Symphony No. 4 and the impassioned Symphony No. 7.
The journey of the symphonies is paralleled by the journey of the composer’s life not only creating works that are renowned and beloved the world over, but forming the framework for more than a century of musical expression and experience. The unique musical program uses the juxtaposition between the more classical, sunny and cheerful Symphony No. 4 and the powerful, almost ecstatic, Symphony No. 7 to create a not-to-be-missed event exploring a musical rollercoaster led by one of today’s most outstanding conductors.