Saudi Arabia lifts 35-year cinema ban with a screening of…The Emoji Movie 

Back in December, we reported that Saudi Arabia had announced that it was putting an end to its 35-year ban on movie theaters, an indication of the declining influence of the country’s conservative religious leaders and an attempt to decrease Saudi Arabia’s economic dependence on oil. Now, Saudi Arabia has held its…

Sorry, but there are definitely going to be more movies about apps

We’re entering a new age of moviemaking. Or, rather, an extension of one in which we’ve already been living; as the New York Times notes in this illuminating new piece, only one of last year’s top 20 grossing movies was based on a wholly original screenplay. Contrast that to 1996, when nine of them were live-action…

The Emoji Movie is Inside Out crossed with a Sony commercial and dunked in toxic ooze

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Art can spring from many motivations. According to director Tony Leondis, The Emoji Movie is “personal.” Central character Gene (T.J. Miller), the inexplicably named “meh” emoji, must go on a journey of self-discovery and learn to accept himself, which chimes with Leondis’s own childhood, growing up gay in a…

T.J. Miller parasails into Emoji Movie press conference, intense awkwardness ensues

While some people might think of the Cannes Film Festival as a place where serious filmmakers come to shill while sipping champagne on glamorous patios, it’s also a place where, shall we say, less prestigious movies also come to nab attention. Case in point: The Emoji Movie, which is currently laying its adorable…

The writer of The Emoji Movie is making a movie about Nikola Tesla and Mark Twain

No matter what you think of Sony’s upcoming Emoji Movie, you have to give its screenwriter, Eric Siegel, at least a little credit for figuring out a way to make an actual narrative out of a bunch of static little doodles on your cell phone. Now there’s word of what his next script will entail, and it should be a…