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Review: 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Is A Satisfying, If Slightly Inferior Sequel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2014 2:59 PM
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How To Train Your Dragon 2
For most of their history, which has now lasted over 15 years ("Antz" and "The Prince Of Egypt" both debuted in 1998), DreamWorks Animation seemed to be content with making a quick buck and raising a cheap laugh. Some of their output was better than others (the original "Shrek" at one end of the scale, "Shark Tale" at the other), but even the better films paled in comparison to the output of arch-rivals Pixar, however profitable they are. These days, things have changed. For one, the company's films aren't all that profitable ("Rise Of The Guardians," "Turbo" and "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" all disappointed financially). But for another, the quality gap has closed, with Pixar hitting something of a creative rut, and DreamWorks putting out films that are as good as or better than their rivals. Well, one film, at least: 2010's "How To Train Your Dragon," which took an unpromising premise and turned it into something funny, exciting and emotionally satisfying in a way that relatively few of their films are.

Cannes Review: 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' With Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2014 10:37 AM
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How To Train Your Dragon 2
For most of their history, which has now lasted over 15 years ("Antz" and "The Prince Of Egypt" both debuted in 1998), DreamWorks Animation seemed to be content with making a quick buck and raising a cheap laugh. Some of their output was better than others (the original "Shrek" at one end of the scale, "Shark Tale" at the other), but even the better films paled in comparison to the output of arch-rivals Pixar, however profitable they are. These days, things have changed.

Adèle Exarchopoulos Celebrates 'Bastille Day,' Michael Shannon Joins 'Freeheld' With Ellen Page & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 15, 2014 10:26 AM
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Adèle Exarchopoulos
Despite roles in blockbusters like “Prometheus,” “Thor” and “Pacific Rim,” Idris Elba still hasn’t had that one role that would catapult him into a household name—sorry, “The Wire” doesn’t count—but he’ll be getting his shot at the spotlight with the previously-announced action vehicle “Bastille Day.”

Watch: Fly High With 2 Clips And Featurette From 'How To Train Your Dragon 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2014 2:43 PM
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How To Train Your Dragon 2
Sequels are hard enough, but animated sequels are arguably tougher. Why? Animation in general takes longer than live action film to make, which means that a lot of decisions about story, tone, character and more have to be made early. Do you change things up the second go-around or do you play to the formula that was already a success? There are dangers in both approaches, and in general, the genre has not always lent it self well to followups outside the Pixar realm (at least creatively; things like "Ice Age" continue to rack up money). So it will be interesting to see if "How To Train Your Dragon 2" can please the critics and audiences who loved the first movie.

Gerard Butler Drops Out Of 'Point Break' Remake & Channing Tatum Lines Up '70s Crime Thriller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2014 4:35 PM
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Channing Tatum
Go ahead and insert your own joke about Gerard Butler pointing a gun to the sky and screaming "Noooooooooooo!" But yes, the actor has dropped out of the "Point Break" remake that takes Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 classic and sets it in the world of extreme sports for some reason. So what's the deal?

Olympus Fell, Now Sequel ‘London Has Fallen’ Set For October 2015; Gerard Butler Returning

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 1, 2014 6:53 PM
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Olympus Has Fallen
You’ll remember in 2013 — with “Independence Day 2” still on the backburner — that Hollywood saw fit to pit two shit-goes-crazy-in-the-White-House movies against each other just a few months apart. Both “White House Down” and “Olympus Has Fallen” were released with pretty much the same storylines: bad guys/terrorists take over the White House and a “Die Hard”-like John McClane has to save the day (with a little help from the POTUS).

Chloë Moretz Rides 'The 5th Wave,' 'Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield Joins MLK Drama 'Selma' & More

  • By Joshua Encinias
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  • April 15, 2014 4:11 PM
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Helen Mirren is circling “Trumbo,” a biopic about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Bryan Cranston is already attached to star as Trumbo, one of the greatest screenwriters of the 20th century, whose career abruptly ended when he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during their investigation into Hollywood’s communist ties.

Zoe Saldana Will Deliver 'Rosemary's Baby' & Gerard Butler Will Hang Ten In 'Point Break'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 9, 2014 10:19 AM
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Zoe Saldana
After their live rendition of “The Sound of Music” proved to be a ratings hit last month, NBC hopes their next remake of a classic ‘60s Hollywood film can be just as successful. The network first announced a “Rosemary’s Baby” remake last July, but we hadn’t heard much about it until Agnieszka Holland (“Europa, Europa”) signed on as director a few weeks ago. Now, it seems they have found their Rosemary, and luckily, it’s not Carrie Underwood.

Watch: New Trailer For 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Takes To The Skies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2013 5:41 AM
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How To Train Your Dragon 2
In the age of quick turnaround sequels, the four year wait for "How To Train Your Dragon 2" seems like an eon. But now a bonafide franchise—not only with a big screen followup, but a small screen offshoot too on Cartoon Network—DreamWorks is ready to cash in the success of the first movie. But can movie magic erupt like so much fire from the dragon's belly twice?

Video Game Adaptation 'Kane & Lynch' Kicked Back To Life With Gerard Butler, Vin Diesel Sought To Co-Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2013 5:23 PM
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Do people still play "Kane & Lynch"? We have no idea, but Hollywood has been hellbent on making a movie out of the franchise for years. Way, way back in 2010 "The Cooler" and "Running Scared" helmer Wayne Kramer was going to direct the movie that had Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx attached, but it never materialized. Then F. Gary Gray ("The Italian Job") slid into the director's chair but still nothing happened and the project sorta faded away. But Gray has hung onto the job and now there's fresh life as an old pal of his is coming on board to star.

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