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Watch: Matthew A. Cherry's Beloved Animated Short Film 'Hair Love'

"Just took a little bit of work, and a whole lotta love." Sony Pictures Animations has released the short film Hair Love for everyone to watch. This initially premiered in front of The Angry Birds Movie 2 in theaters, but I don't think many people saw that - luckily it's on the web now. It's up to Daddy to give his daughter an extra-special hair style in this ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers & daughters, by former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry. He also wrote a book also titled "Hair Love", which you can find at bookstores everywhere. I love how honest and pure and beautiful this short is, especially without dialogue. There's a lovely score by Daniel D. Crawford & Paul Mounsey that compliments the story. Watch below. The short film was posted officially on Sony Pictures Animation's YouTube. Original description: "Hair Love tells the heartfelt story
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‘Ted Lasso': Jason Sudeikis’ Bumbling Football Coach Gets His Own Apple TV+ Series

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‘Ted Lasso': Jason Sudeikis’ Bumbling Football Coach Gets His Own Apple TV+ Series
Jason Sudeikis is bringing back his clueless football coach character Ted Lasso for a new series at Apple TV+, the streamer announced on Monday.

“Ted Lasso” — named for the character Sudeikis first originated on NBC during the networks Premier League coverage — stars the “Saturday Night Live” alum as an idealistic all-American football coach hired to manage an English football club, despite having no soccer coaching experience at all.

In addition to starring, Sudeikis will serve writer and executive producer on the comedy, which has been given a series order by the upcoming streaming service. He co-wrote the pilot with “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence, who also serves as executive producer.

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Sudeikis first appeared as the character — then the fictional new head coach for the very real Tottenham Hotspurs — in 2013. He returned the following year for a six-minute
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Jason Sudeikis Sets Ted Lasso Comedy Series at Apple

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Jason Sudeikis Sets Ted Lasso Comedy Series at Apple
Jason Sudeikis is bringing his Ted Lasso character to Apple’s upcoming streaming service.

Variety has learned that Apple TV Plus has given a series order to “Ted Lasso,” on which Sudeikis will star in addition to writing and executive producing. In the series, Sudeikis plays Lasso, an idealistic all-American football coach hired to manage an English football club despite having no soccer coaching experience at all. This marks Sudeikis’ first regular onscreen television role since he left “Saturday Night Live” in 2013. He previously voiced the main character in the Fox live-action/animation hybrid series “Son of Zorn” in 2016.

The character originally appeared in an NBC Sports video in 2013 to help promote the fact that NBC Sports would begin broadcasting English Premier League games. It proved so successful that NBC brought the character back the following year to serve as an analyst.

Sudeikis co-wrote the pilot along with Bill Lawrence,
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The Angry Birds movie 2 review : Critics Review, Rating, Cast and Crew

The Angry Birds Movie 2 review is here. The computer-animated comedy film based on Rovio Entertainment's Angry Birds video game series is a sequel to The Angry Birds Movie (2016).

Released today ? August 23, 2019 in India, the movie is directed by Thurop Van Orman and co-directed by John Rice in their directorial debuts.

Written by Peter Ackerman, Eyal Podell, and Jonathon E. Stewart, the film stars an ensemble cast including Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader and Peter Dinklage reprising their roles from the first film, with newcomers Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, and Eugenio Derbez joining the cast. Does it gets better than the 2016 disappointment?. Let?s find out in the movie review of The Angry Birds Movie 2

Immediate reaction when the end credits roll

Give me a reason other than the $350 million loot three years ago by The Angry Birds Movie ? an unnecessary
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Friday Man says its Hollywood calling this week

Your friend from the movies is back with the list of attractions this week. A horror, an animation, a classic and an action, the slate is full of choices but only from Hollywood. Yes, Its Hollywood calling this week as Bollywood decides to take a cool relaxing breath this week.

Crawl

A disaster horror directed by Alexandre Aja and written by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen. The movie stars Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper as a daughter and father, who along with their dog are hunted by alligators after becoming trapped in their home during a Category 5 hurricane.

Major Highlights :?A disaster horror from Alexandre Aja ? the man behind The Hills Have Eyes (2006), Mirrors (2008), Piranha 3D (2010), and Horns (2013).

Yomeddine

The 2018 Egyptian drama film directed by Abu Bakr Shawky based on friendship relations was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. It won the Fran?ois Chalais Prize.
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‘Hobbs & Shaw’ battles Quentin Tarantino, ‘Nezha’ for international box office crown

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ battles Quentin Tarantino, ‘Nezha’ for international box office crown
The Angry Birds Movie 2 flies into Russia, China.

Universal’s Hobbs & Shaw is expected to coast past $400m at the worldwide box office this weekend, although the action saga faces a battle royal for the international crown against current champion Nezha from China, and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood via Sony.

All three films appeal to different demographics, and all three are expected to prosper in the coming days in a rare session when Disney does not have a release that threatens to dominate the competition. There could even be a challenge from Sony’s The
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Angry Birds 2 Is Now Highest-Rated Video Game Movie, Did It Crack the Curse?

Angry Birds 2 Is Now Highest-Rated Video Game Movie, Did It Crack the Curse?
In a bit of unexpected news, The Angry Birds Movie 2 has just become the highest-rated video game movie ever on Rotten Tomatoes. For years, Hollywood has had more than a little trouble adapting video games for the big screen, but it hasn't been for a lack of trying. However, in recent years major strides in the right direction have been made. Yet, it's a sequel to a movie based on a mobile game about birds being at war with pigs that has come out on top. By a surprisingly wide margin, we might add.

Critics have started to weigh in on the sequel and, as of this writing, The Angry Birds Movie 2 has an 82 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with 28 reviews counted. That puts it miles above its predecessor, 2016's The Angry Birds Movie, which holds a measly 44 percent rating. The next closest video game movie on
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Movie Review – The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019)

The Angry Birds Movie 2, 2019.

Directed by Thurop Van Orman.

Starring Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Rachel Bloom, Bill Hader, Leslie Jones, Awkwafina, Sterling K Brown, Peter Dinklage and Tiffany Haddish.

Synopsis:

The birds and pigs put their differences aside in order to take on the threat posed by an icy third island, which plays host to a society of eagles.

The Angry Birds cinema franchise has a lot to thank The Emoji Movie for. A movie based on a smartphone game always sounded like an odd proposition but, once Sony released a film about actual chat icons 12 months later, it seemed perfectly logical. Despite mixed reviews and an alarming subtext in which fear of immigrants was proved to be sensible and even heroic, The Angry Birds Movie was a box office hit, making a sequel a certainty. The Angry Birds Movie 2 leaves the structure of the app behind,
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The Angry Birds Movie 2 review – another fun-filled flutter

Sworn animal enemies must team up as the smartphone game adaptation catapults towards another minor triumph

Sony Animation’s The Angry Birds Movie surprised many three years ago by a) not being terrible, and b) actually being quite fun in a disposable way: the zappiest attempt at brand extension this side of The Lego Movie. The sequel tempts fate by pausing the innately funny war between birds and pigs in order to pit both factions against new predators from the neighbouring Eagle Island. Incoming director Thurop van Orman approaches this expanded universe with something of the visual ambition of Pixar’s Brad Bird and a restless, playful spirit reminiscent of the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films. The birds are no longer as irate as they once were, but the franchise appears to have levelled up.

The original itched to get past its origin story and on to pixelating the game’s parrot-slinging.
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‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ Review: Dir. Thurop Van Orman (2019)

It’s been 3 years since The Angry Birds Movie flew into cinemas with a surprisingly entertaining film. Based on the simple but addictive mobile game, it saw Red (Jason Sudeikis), take on a group of pigs lead by Leonard (Bill Hader), after the swines stole all the eggs on Bird Island. Fast forward 3 years and the The Angry Birds Movie 2 takes on that cinematic sequel trope of having the heroes and villains from the first film unite to take on a much larger threat. It’s a safe story, and one that allows for the film to focus more on funny set pieces and visual humour that constantly raises a smile, even if there are few belly laughs to be had.

Red is now hailed as a hero on Bird Island, where his actions are taught in school and he is the face of many different products. The battle
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Hear Kesha get Optimistic on ‘Best Day (Angry Birds 2 Remix)’

Hear Kesha get Optimistic on ‘Best Day (Angry Birds 2 Remix)’
Kesha is all about the positive vibes on her latest track, “Best Day (Angry Birds 2 Remix),” which comes off the soundtrack of the upcoming The Angry Birds Movie 2. Produced by Ryan Lewis and co-written with Lewis and Scott Harris, the upbeat song is presumably a remix of a number called “Best Day,” although Kesha hasn’t dropped that one yet.

On the buoyant song she sings, “Hey you, this is gonna be the best day of your life, of your life, of your life.” The verses underscore this sentiment:
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Exclusive Interview – The Angry Birds Movie 2 producer John Cohen on smartphone games, Thanos and Baby Shark

Tom Beasley sits down with John Cohen, producer of The Angry Birds Movie 2, to discuss a film that tries to step away from its smartphone game subject matter…

There was a great deal of cynicism around the release of The Angry Birds Movie in 2016 but, with more than $350m at the global box office, it’s one of the highest-grossing video game adaptations of all time. It’s therefore no surprise that a sequel is on its way to cinemas, with the birds and the pigs joining forces against a common enemy – an eagle with an evil masterplan.

John Cohen, producer on both of the Angry Birds films flew into London a little while ago and he sat down with Flickering Myth to talk all about the new movie, the smartphone games he’s obsessed with and his unlikely Marvel Cinematic Universe inspirations.

The flightless angry birds and the
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'The Angry Birds Movie 2' Final Trailer Offers Closer Look at Birds and Pigs' Plan to Take on New Threat

'The Angry Birds Movie 2' Final Trailer Offers Closer Look at Birds and Pigs' Plan to Take on New Threat
The final trailer for The Angry Birds Movie sequel was released by Sony Pictures and Rovio on Thursday, June 20. In the animated film, viewers can expect more adventures between the pigs and the angry birds as these frenemies unite to take down a new threat: the isolated Zeta (Leslie Jones), who fired an ice ball at their island and is intent on destroying them.

In this trailer, the audience gets a closer look at the plan to take down Zeta as well as the struggles they face while attempting to work together. It also introduces a character, Chuck's ...
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'Detective Pikachu' Delivers Record Opening for a Video Game Adaptation as 'Endgame' Tops $700M

'Detective Pikachu' Delivers Record Opening for a Video Game Adaptation as 'Endgame' Tops $700M
Disney's Avengers: Endgame dipped a little more than expected for the three-day, but it was still able to capture the weekend's top spot, holding off a record start for a video game adaptation from WB's Pokemon: Detective Pikachu. Meanwhile, UA Releasing's The Hustle lived up to expectations, but Stx and eOne's Poms and Disney's release of the Fox Searchlight drama Tolkien both struggled in their debuts over this Mother's Day weekend. With an estimated $63 million, Avengers: Endgame topped the weekend box office for the third straight weekend in a row for a domestic cume that now stands at $723.5 million. Endgame is only the third film ever to top $700 million domestically as it topped Black Panther to become the third highest grossing domestic release of all-time. Internationally, Endgame added another $102.3 million for an international cume that now stands at $1.76 billion and a global tally reaching $2.485 billion. The film remains
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'Detective Pikachu' Looks for Strong Opening While 'Avengers: Endgame' Set to Top $700M

'Detective Pikachu' Looks for Strong Opening While 'Avengers: Endgame' Set to Top $700M
Mother's Day weekend is looking as if it will be yet another Avengers-led weekend at the box office as Avengers: Endgame will become only the fourth film ever to top $700 million at the domestic box office this weekend, but this holiday weekend won't only be about Avengers. Warner Bros. is releasing the highly anticipated video game adaptation Pokemon: Detective Pikachu in just over 4,200 locations while Stx and Uar will be vying for Mother's Day audiences with Poms and The Hustle respectively. Additionally, Disney has changed things up with Fox Searchlight's Tolkien, which was originally scheduled to begin its limited run this weekend, but instead the Mouse House will give the film a wide berth in nearly 1,500 locations. Entering its third weekend in domestic release, Disney's Avengers: Endgame is looking to top $700 million this weekend and, in fact, should push over $730 million which will make it the third highest grossing
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All the Video Game Adaptations Currently in the Works

All the Video Game Adaptations Currently in the Works
Among the sea of video game adaptations that have released in the last few decades, some are totally watchable and whimsically fun (Mortal Kombat, The Angry Birds Movie) while plenty of others are questionable at best (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Super Mario Bros.), so the pressure is raging hot for the next crop of game re-imaginings set to debut on the big and small screen. 

Given how tricky it can be to keep track of the immeasurable amount of content being produced, The Hollywood Reporter has compiled this handy list of upcoming video game adaptations. Some already ...
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‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’ To Uncover $160M+ Around The World; ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Far From Over

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At a time when Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame is still the boss at the box office with a running global total of $2.27 billion, Legendary Entertainment/Warner BrosPokémon Detective Pikachu is looking to push his way in and grab as much as he can with a $50 million–$55 million domestic opening weekend at 4,200-plus theaters, and another $90M-$120M offshore for an average global launch near $160M-plus.

In the U.S. and Canada, Pikachu will have to settle for second as Endgame‘s third weekend eyes $75M-$85M, which would be the second best haul for a third weekend after Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ $90.2M.

The tracking for Pikachu in the U.S. and abroad has raised the eyebrows of many rival distribution executives, with many bracing for a surprise. While it skews family, the hope is that it plays broader, à la Shazam! However, there is a fanbase
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‘UglyDolls’ Review: Charli Xcx and Lizzo Are Best Part of Kids’ Movie Too Comfortable With Its Own Mediocrity

For a disposable piece of children’s entertainment that features Pit Bull as the voice of a one-eyed, party-mad puppy named Ugly Dog, there’s something refreshingly straightforward about how “UglyDolls” goes about its agenda. At no point in its mercifully brief running time does this colorful pop confection pretend that it’s anything more than an 88-minute commercial for an innocuous brand of plush toys, and for that we should be grateful. Sure, it’s not as psychedelic as “Trolls,” nor as impressive a monument to the mediocrity of late capitalism as “The Angry Birds Movie,” but at a time when the typical animated movie spends $100 million trying to exhaust its young audience into submission, it’s kinda nice to see one that costs half that much, and tries half as hard.

Written by Alison Peck and Erica Rivinoja with an assist from Vivian Wang, the script doesn’t have much to go on,
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New Angry Birds Movie 2 Trailer Unites Pigs and Birds for the Ultimate Fight

New Angry Birds Movie 2 Trailer Unites Pigs and Birds for the Ultimate Fight
We have a brand new trailer for Angry Birds 2. Video game movies are a difficult egg to crack. They're rarely good and virtually never great. With The Angry Birds Movie, while many adult moviegoers probably didn't walk out loving it, Sony was able to make a decent, or at the very least harmless, video game adaptation that wound up being rather successful. As such, we're getting a sequel later this summer and we've got a new look at what's coming our way in the form of this new trailer, which looks to be more of the same.

The trailer kicks off with a slight recap of what came previously, while showcasing what our core cast of characters is up to these days, which includes milking cows very quickly and speed dating. We then get to the crux of the whole thing, which involves the birds and the pigs having to
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‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ Trailer: An Existential Threat & An Unholy Alliance

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‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ Trailer: An Existential Threat & An Unholy Alliance
The birds are back in town, and this time it’s personal. Well, that also was the case in 2016’s The Angry Birds Movie, which slingshotted to $352.3 million worldwide, but the sequel has the irked avians and the scheming hogs taking their pork, er, beef to the next level. Check out the trailer for The Angry Birds Movie 2 above and the poster below.

Here’s what’s on the bill: When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride) and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) recruit Chuck’s sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) and team up with pigs Leonard (Bill Hader), his assistant Courtney (Awkwafina) and techpig Garry (Sterling K. Brown) to forge an unsteady truce and form an unlikely superteam to save their homes.

Among the newbie birds for Round 2 are Bloom, Brown, Awkwafina, Leslie Jones,
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