Illumination-Universal’s ‘The Grinch’ Steals $2.2M On Thursday Night

Illumination-Universal’s animated feature The Grinch lifted $2.2M last night from Thursday previews at 3,200 locations that started at 6PM. That’s higher than the $1.7M Tuesday night preview they had for their animated musical Sing which op…

Illumination-Universal’s animated feature The Grinch lifted $2.2M last night from Thursday previews at 3,200 locations that started at 6PM. That’s higher than the $1.7M Tuesday night preview they had for their animated musical Sing which opened before Christmas in 2016. The Dr. Seuss classic, Universal’s second go-round with the property after a 2000 Ron-Howard-directed live action version that was the highest grossing film of that year with $260M stateside, is expected…

Studio behind the Super Mario movie makes absurd claim that the games have a “thin” plot

At the very beginning of this year, Nintendo confirmed that it was working with Illumination Entertainment—the animation studio responsible for Despicable Me and the Minions—to develop an animated Super Mario movie, with Illumination founder Chris Mele…

At the very beginning of this year, Nintendo confirmed that it was working with Illumination Entertainment—the animation studio responsible for Despicable Me and the Minions—to develop an animated Super Mario movie, with Illumination founder Chris Meledandri and Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto on board as…

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‘Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch’ Trailer: First Look At Benedict Cumberbatch’s Who-Hating Holiday Grouch From Illumination

Reality check: Chuck Jones’ holiday classic Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is more than half a century old. Time for a Hollywood feature reboot, right? Yes, but it’s also only 26 minutes long. How to make it killer without just obvious filler? Cast Benedict Cumberbatch as your anti-hero.
“Today we will do mean things, and we will do them in style,” the Grinch tells his trusty dog Max in the first trailer for Illumination’s Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch. Eschewing the…

Reality check: Chuck Jones’ holiday classic Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is more than half a century old. Time for a Hollywood feature reboot, right? Yes, but it’s also only 26 minutes long. How to make it killer without just obvious filler? Cast Benedict Cumberbatch as your anti-hero. “Today we will do mean things, and we will do them in style,” the Grinch tells his trusty dog Max in the first trailer for Illumination’s Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch. Eschewing the…

‘The Grinch’ Trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Mean, Green and Ready to Take Down Christmas (Video)

The first trailer for “The Grinch” has arrived to ruin Christmas well ahead of schedule.

Benedict Cumberbatch is voicing the nasty (yet beloved) Dr. Seuss character in Illumination and Universal Pictures’ upcoming animated feature and the struggle is real for the anti-hero as he works to get through his daily routine with the help of his dog Max in the clip, released on Thursday.

The Grinch then spends some time bullying the Whos down in Whoville at a supermarket. But he does get a taste of his own medicine when he’s punched in the face by an inflatable snowman.

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The film follows the same story told in Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday children’s book, following the cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit.

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Directors Scott Mosier (producer of “Free Birds”) and Yarrow Cheney (“The Secret Life of Pets”) are adapting the film for the big screen.

Watch the trailer above.

“The Grinch” hits theaters on Nov. 9.

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The first trailer for “The Grinch” has arrived to ruin Christmas well ahead of schedule.

Benedict Cumberbatch is voicing the nasty (yet beloved) Dr. Seuss character in Illumination and Universal Pictures’ upcoming animated feature and the struggle is real for the anti-hero as he works to get through his daily routine with the help of his dog Max in the clip, released on Thursday.

The Grinch then spends some time bullying the Whos down in Whoville at a supermarket. But he does get a taste of his own medicine when he’s punched in the face by an inflatable snowman.

The film follows the same story told in Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday children’s book, following the cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit.

Directors Scott Mosier (producer of “Free Birds”) and Yarrow Cheney (“The Secret Life of Pets”) are adapting the film for the big screen.

Watch the trailer above.

“The Grinch” hits theaters on Nov. 9.

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Animated Mario Movie in The Works From Illumination, Nintendo

An animated movie based on the iconic Mario video game franchise about plumbers Mario and Luigi is in early stages after Illumination Entertainment reached an agreement with Nintendo to produce the film. Nintendo of America confirmed the news Wednesday in a tweet: “Nintendo and Illumination are partnering on a movie starring Mario, co-produced by Shigeru […]

An animated movie based on the iconic Mario video game franchise about plumbers Mario and Luigi is in early stages after Illumination Entertainment reached an agreement with Nintendo to produce the film. Nintendo of America confirmed the news Wednesday in a tweet: “Nintendo and Illumination are partnering on a movie starring Mario, co-produced by Shigeru […]

Nintendo officially announces a Super Mario movie from the Minions studio 

In November, we reported on a rumor that Nintendo was in talks with Universal about making an animated Super Mario movie with Illumination Entertainment (the studio behind Despicable Me and the Minions). Tonight, Nintendo officially announced on Twitter that the movie is indeed happening, with iconic Nintendo…

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In November, we reported on a rumor that Nintendo was in talks with Universal about making an animated Super Mario movie with Illumination Entertainment (the studio behind Despicable Me and the Minions). Tonight, Nintendo officially announced on Twitter that the movie is indeed happening, with iconic Nintendo…

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Mamma Mia: The studio behind Minions might make a Super Mario Bros. movie

Nearly 25 years after Hollywood’s first baffling attempt at bringing video games’ most iconic figure to the big screen, Universal is reportedly in talks with Nintendo to give this whole “Super Mario Bros. movie” thing another shot. Today, The Wall Street Journal published a story claiming Universal’s Illumination…

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Nearly 25 years after Hollywood’s first baffling attempt at bringing video games’ most iconic figure to the big screen, Universal is reportedly in talks with Nintendo to give this whole “Super Mario Bros. movie” thing another shot. Today, The Wall Street Journal published a story claiming Universal’s Illumination…

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‘The Secret Life Of Pets 2’ Will Be Unleashed A Month Earlier

The sequel to Illumination’s $875M worldwide-grossing animated pic from last summer will continue its tale on June 7, 2019, Universal announced today. On its new date, The Secret Life of Pets 2 will rival Sony’s reboot of Charlie’s Angels and 20th Century Fox’s untitled Marvel release.
The pic’s previous release date was the holiday weekend of July 3, 2019. It had been pushed back in January from July 13, 2018.
Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his…

The sequel to Illumination’s $875M worldwide-grossing animated pic from last summer will continue its tale on June 7, 2019, Universal announced today. On its new date, The Secret Life of Pets 2 will rival Sony’s reboot of Charlie’s Angels and 20th Century Fox’s untitled Marvel release. The pic’s previous release date was the holiday weekend of July 3, 2019. It had been pushed back in January from July 13, 2018. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his…

‘Despicable Me’ Becomes Top-Grossing Animated Film Franchise Ever Worldwide

Illumination’s Despicable Me series of films has surpassed the Shrek movies to become the highest-grossing animated franchise of all time worldwide. A $21.2M international weekend on Despicable Me 3 has pushed the franchise to a $3.528B global total for Gru and the Minions. That tops the Shrek stable of five pics (including Puss In Boots) at $3.51B global.
The DM series includes the three Steve Carell-starring films, along with 2015’s spinoff about the little yellow…

Illumination’s Despicable Me series of films has surpassed the Shrek movies to become the highest-grossing animated franchise of all time worldwide. A $21.2M international weekend on Despicable Me 3 has pushed the franchise to a $3.528B global total for Gru and the Minions. That tops the Shrek stable of five pics (including Puss In Boots) at $3.51B global. The DM series includes the three Steve Carell-starring films, along with 2015's spinoff about the little yellow…

‘Despicable Me 3’ Grooving To $112M+ Overseas, $196M WW Through Sunday

Illumination/Universal‘s Despicable Me 3 dipped its toe into offshore waters beginning earlier in June and this weekend is expanding widely at the international box office. Adding 46 markets for a total 52 in release, the threequel from directors Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin is seen crossing $112M through tomorrow. Globally, it’s expected to be just a touch under $200M at $196.2M including an estimated $83.5M

Illumination/Universal's Despicable Me 3 dipped its toe into offshore waters beginning earlier in June and this weekend is expanding widely at the international box office. Adding 46 markets for a total 52 in release, the threequel from directors Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin is seen crossing $112M through tomorrow. Globally, it’s expected to be just a touch under $200M at $196.2M including an estimated $83.5M

‘Despicable Me 3′: Gru and His Twin Get Back Into Super-Villainy in Newest Trailer (Video)

Gru learns for the first time that he has a long-lost twin, putting him back in touch with his childlike side in the latest “Despicable Me 3” trailer.

In the upcoming film, Gru (Steve Carrell) meets his blonde twin Dru (also Steve Carrell), who convinces him to get back into the villain business. This comes after the events of the second film, which saw Gru settling down and getting married to Lucy (Kristen Wiig).

“Villainy is in your blood,” Dru tells him as he shows him statues of his ancestors, who all look oddly like the brothers.

Also Read: ‘Despicable Me 3’ Trailer: Gru Meets His Twin Brother Dru (Video)

Meanwhile, Gru’s daughters and minions (because what would a “Despicable Me” movie be without minions?) learn more about Gru’s family and past. At one point, the minions see a statue of a woman and laugh because it looks like Gru with boobs.

This is the first trailer for the upcoming film that really focuses on Gru’s familial relationships, which have always been a cornerstone of these movies. Past trailers have highlighted his rivalry with Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) a former child star turned supervillain who wants to dominate the world with his 1980s shtick. In the last trailer, we met Dru, but really only got to see how different Dru is from his more dour brother.

“Despicable Me 3” is set to be released on  June 30. Watch the full trailer above.

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Gru learns for the first time that he has a long-lost twin, putting him back in touch with his childlike side in the latest “Despicable Me 3” trailer.

In the upcoming film, Gru (Steve Carrell) meets his blonde twin Dru (also Steve Carrell), who convinces him to get back into the villain business. This comes after the events of the second film, which saw Gru settling down and getting married to Lucy (Kristen Wiig).

“Villainy is in your blood,” Dru tells him as he shows him statues of his ancestors, who all look oddly like the brothers.

Meanwhile, Gru’s daughters and minions (because what would a “Despicable Me” movie be without minions?) learn more about Gru’s family and past. At one point, the minions see a statue of a woman and laugh because it looks like Gru with boobs.

This is the first trailer for the upcoming film that really focuses on Gru’s familial relationships, which have always been a cornerstone of these movies. Past trailers have highlighted his rivalry with Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) a former child star turned supervillain who wants to dominate the world with his 1980s shtick. In the last trailer, we met Dru, but really only got to see how different Dru is from his more dour brother.

“Despicable Me 3” is set to be released on  June 30. Watch the full trailer above.

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No. 1 ‘The Secret Life Of Pets’ Box Office Profits – 2016 Most Valuable Movie Blockbuster Tournament

When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn’t about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources.
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When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn't about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources. THE SECRET LIFE O…

‘Sing’ Gives Voice To $600M At Worldwide Box Office

Illumination and Universal Pictures’ animated let’s-put-on-a-show show Sing has reached the $600M mark at global turnstiles. The current split on the Garth Jennings-directed charmer is $269.7M domestic with $330.3M at the international box office. That makes for a nice round milestone through Sunday. Sing had passed $500M last month.
The movie, featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson, world premiered at last…

Illumination and Universal Pictures’ animated let’s-put-on-a-show show Sing has reached the $600M mark at global turnstiles. The current split on the Garth Jennings-directed charmer is $269.7M domestic with $330.3M at the international box office. That makes for a nice round milestone through Sunday. Sing had passed $500M last month. The movie, featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson, world premiered at last…

Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri Named CinemaCon Producer of the Year

Illumination Founder and CEO Chris Meledandri is CinemaCon’s Producer of the Year.

The annual convention of the National Association of Theater Owners will honor the “Minions” mastermind at the end of March, CinemaCon Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser announced this week.

Illumination, which is set up at Universal Pictures for financing and distribution, is the creator of the Kristen Wiig-Steve Carrell franchise “Despicable Me” franchise, whose third installment releases this summer.

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“Chris and his team at Illumination have brought to life some of the most creative and whimsical worlds for audiences of all ages,” Neuhauser said.

Meledandri will take the prize at a March 30 ceremony in Las Vegas, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Illumination franchises include two of the top-six animated films of all time and its films, which include 2016 hits “Sing” and “The Secret Life of Pets,” have grossed more than $4.5 billion worldwide. Upcoming releases include “Dr. Seuss‘ How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” “Sing 2” and “Minions 2”.

Meledandri also handles Illumination’s footprint in mobile games, consumer products and digital media. “Despicable Me: Minion Rush” has become the fifth-most popular game ever, while Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, soon opens at several global locations.

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Illumination Founder and CEO Chris Meledandri is CinemaCon’s Producer of the Year.

The annual convention of the National Association of Theater Owners will honor the “Minions” mastermind at the end of March, CinemaCon Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser announced this week.

Illumination, which is set up at Universal Pictures for financing and distribution, is the creator of the Kristen Wiig-Steve Carrell franchise “Despicable Me” franchise, whose third installment releases this summer.

“Chris and his team at Illumination have brought to life some of the most creative and whimsical worlds for audiences of all ages,” Neuhauser said.

Meledandri will take the prize at a March 30 ceremony in Las Vegas, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Illumination franchises include two of the top-six animated films of all time and its films, which include 2016 hits “Sing” and “The Secret Life of Pets,” have grossed more than $4.5 billion worldwide. Upcoming releases include “Dr. Seuss‘ How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” “Sing 2” and “Minions 2”.

Meledandri also handles Illumination’s footprint in mobile games, consumer products and digital media. “Despicable Me: Minion Rush” has become the fifth-most popular game ever, while Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, soon opens at several global locations.

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Illumination Names Peter Schube to Chief Operating Officer

Illumination announced Thursday that it has appointed Peter Schube as Chief Operating Officer, Scott Broock as Executive Vice President of Digital Strategy and Innovation, and Latifa Ouaou as Executive Producer.

Schube will work alongside the animation studio’s founder and CEO, Chris Meledandri, and oversee all core business operations. Schube was previously the COO at The Jim Henson Company.

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“We are fortunate to have someone as experienced as Peter, who led The Jim Henson Company brand for more than a decade, join the team as our new COO. The addition of Scott and Latifa, each a leader in their field, will enable us to creatively innovate in both the theatrical and digital-first environments,” Meledandri said in a statement.

Schube is replacing Natalie Fischer, who became the studio’s first COO when it was founded in 2007. Illumination announced that Fischer is scaling back her role in the company after the release of their next film, “Despicable Me 3,” this June. She will remain with the company as a strategic advisor to Meledandri.

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“From our inception, Natalie has played a crucial role in shaping our identity and building our brand,” said Meledandri. “We are so fortunate she has agreed to stay in the extended Illumination family.”

Broock is joining Illumination from YouTube, where he helped oversee the development of original VR programming for the site. Ouaou is moving to Illumination from Dreamworks, where she produced films like “Puss In Boots” and “Monsters vs. Aliens”

In 2016, Illumination released two films, “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Sing,” which combined to gross $1.4 billion worldwide. Their upcoming slate includes sequels to those films, as well as an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

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Illumination announced Thursday that it has appointed Peter Schube as Chief Operating Officer, Scott Broock as Executive Vice President of Digital Strategy and Innovation, and Latifa Ouaou as Executive Producer.

Schube will work alongside the animation studio’s founder and CEO, Chris Meledandri, and oversee all core business operations. Schube was previously the COO at The Jim Henson Company.

“We are fortunate to have someone as experienced as Peter, who led The Jim Henson Company brand for more than a decade, join the team as our new COO. The addition of Scott and Latifa, each a leader in their field, will enable us to creatively innovate in both the theatrical and digital-first environments,” Meledandri said in a statement.

Schube is replacing Natalie Fischer, who became the studio’s first COO when it was founded in 2007. Illumination announced that Fischer is scaling back her role in the company after the release of their next film, “Despicable Me 3,” this June. She will remain with the company as a strategic advisor to Meledandri.

“From our inception, Natalie has played a crucial role in shaping our identity and building our brand,” said Meledandri. “We are so fortunate she has agreed to stay in the extended Illumination family.”

Broock is joining Illumination from YouTube, where he helped oversee the development of original VR programming for the site. Ouaou is moving to Illumination from Dreamworks, where she produced films like “Puss In Boots” and “Monsters vs. Aliens”

In 2016, Illumination released two films, “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Sing,” which combined to gross $1.4 billion worldwide. Their upcoming slate includes sequels to those films, as well as an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

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Illumination and Universal Pictures have announced four new animated films over the next five years. Three of the yet-untitled movies will be released during the summer, and the fourth during the holidays. The release dates are: Friday, July 2, 2021; Friday, July 1, 2022; Wednesday, December 21, 2022; and Friday, June 30, 2023. It’s unclear whether the upcoming pictures… Read more »

Illumination and Universal Pictures have announced four new animated films over the next five years. Three of the yet-untitled movies will be released during the summer, and the fourth during the holidays. The release dates are: Friday, July 2, 2021; Friday, July 1, 2022; Wednesday, December 21, 2022; and Friday, June 30, 2023. It’s unclear whether the upcoming pictures... Read more »

Universal, Illumination Book 5 Straight July 4 Weekends Through 2023

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment has booked five straight July 4th weekends through 2023.

From 2019 to 2023, the two companies will release a film on the weekend before Independence Day. In 2019, an untitled film will be released on July 3; In 2020, “Minions 2” will hit theaters on July 3; In 2021, Universal dated a film on July 2, and for 2022, Universal slated a movie for July 1. An Untitled Illumination film will be released on June 30, 2023.

Illumination Entertainment was founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007 and has produced films in the “Despicable Me” franchise as well as the hit “Minions,” which has grossed $1.16 billion worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing animated film of all time.

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Other films include “The Secret Life of Pets” and the most recent animated flick, “Sing” featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. The former is the 12th highest-grossing animated film ever and had the largest opening ever for an original film, animated or otherwise. “Sing 2” is also set for a release in 2020.

Universal and Illumination will also release the upcoming “Despicable Me 3,” starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Trey Parker, this coming June.

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The Friday before 2o18’s Independence Day weekend marks the opening of “Barbie” and an Untitled Fox/Marvel project, while “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” will open on July 6, 2018.

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Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment has booked five straight July 4th weekends through 2023.

From 2019 to 2023, the two companies will release a film on the weekend before Independence Day. In 2019, an untitled film will be released on July 3; In 2020, “Minions 2” will hit theaters on July 3; In 2021, Universal dated a film on July 2, and for 2022, Universal slated a movie for July 1. An Untitled Illumination film will be released on June 30, 2023.

Illumination Entertainment was founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007 and has produced films in the “Despicable Me” franchise as well as the hit “Minions,” which has grossed $1.16 billion worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing animated film of all time.

Other films include “The Secret Life of Pets” and the most recent animated flick, “Sing” featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. The former is the 12th highest-grossing animated film ever and had the largest opening ever for an original film, animated or otherwise. “Sing 2” is also set for a release in 2020.

Universal and Illumination will also release the upcoming “Despicable Me 3,” starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Trey Parker, this coming June.

The Friday before 2o18’s Independence Day weekend marks the opening of “Barbie” and an Untitled Fox/Marvel project, while “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” will open on July 6, 2018.

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Director Garth Jennings Switches to a New Beat With ‘Sing’

Every filmmaker needs two things to discover their path into the movies: inspiration and access to the equipment. For Garth Jennings, helmer of the animated feature “Sing,” which comes out Dec. 21, those two things arrived in his life in the form of “Star Wars” and a yard sale. “When I was 11, a friend of… Read more »

Every filmmaker needs two things to discover their path into the movies: inspiration and access to the equipment. For Garth Jennings, helmer of the animated feature “Sing,” which comes out Dec. 21, those two things arrived in his life in the form of “Star Wars” and a yard sale. “When I was 11, a friend of... Read more »

‘Sing’ Trailer Stars Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon & More

“You know what great about hitting rock bottom, there only one way left to go and that’s up.” From the newly released trailer for Illumination/Universal’s forthcoming animated film Sing, that follows group of animals with dreams of making it in the music industry. Written and directed by Garth Jennings, the film stars Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and pop singer Tori Kelly.
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“You know what great about hitting rock bottom, there only one way left to go and that’s up.” From the newly released trailer for Illumination/Universal’s forthcoming animated film Sing, that follows group of animals with dreams of making it in the music industry. Written and directed by Garth Jennings, the film stars Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and pop singer Tori Kelly. Set in a…