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Watch: Another Chucklesome Trailer For Aardman Animations's 'The Pirates! Band Of Misfits'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 25, 2011 1:42 AM
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In the era of Disney's multi-billion dollar "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, it's easy to forget that, for most of the 20th century, the idea of a film revolving around swashbucklers and sea dogs was pretty much box office poison. Sure, Errol Flynn might have brought them in in droves in the early years of the talkies in "Captain Blood," but since then, disaster followed disaster, with the likes of Roman Polanski's "Pirates" and Renny Harlin's "Cutthroat Island" entering the all-time hall of train wrecks.

New Images Of ‘The Lorax’ Revealed Including First Look At The Once-ler

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 21, 2011 4:04 AM
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Unfortunately for legendary author Theodor Geisel, or Dr. Suess, as he is so lovingly known, his classic children’s books have never properly been adapted to film. With two live action blockbusters, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Cat and the Hat,” ruining both the message and ambiguity of Suess’ best work, it looks as if animation was the only way to turn in order for Hollywood studios to continually plunder the author’s goldmine of an imagination.

John Lasseter Says 'Cars 2' Not About Selling Toys By Making Comparison To Lightning McQueen Luggage

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 18, 2011 9:20 AM
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"Cars 2" was misery. Not only was it a pretty lousy movie, but it showed that Pixar, a studio that has had a nearly peerless streak of hit movies that were smart, entertaining and deeply thoughtful, was creatively fallible. At the time of its release, a handful of critics got behind the film but most found it to be loud, excessive, and driven only by the massive merchandising opportunities (since "Cars"-related junk brings in billions of dollars for the Walt Disney Company annually).

Javier Bardem Will Scare Your Children As The Villain In 'Despicable Me 2'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 6, 2011 1:26 AM
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While the trailers leading up to the release of Universal's 2010 CGI fest "Despicable Me" felt far more cryptic than they should have for a kid's animated movie featuring historical monuments being stolen by an unknown evil genius, the film turned out to be a surprise hit for the studio that summer and seemingly won over critics with its brand of offbeat humor. Not surprisingly, sequel talks were underway almost immediately with cast members like Steve Carell and Jason Segel set to rejoin, and now "Despicable Me 2" looks to be adding some Oscar-winning prestige to the ensemble.

Watch: Charming 'Arthur Christmas' Trailer Courts Hipsters With Use Of Vampire Weekend

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 5, 2011 9:20 AM
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Hey, there Ivy League student. Going home for the holidays and have to do something with your younger brother or sister? If you like Vampire Weekend, then "Arthur Christmas" might be the movie you can both enjoy! Jokes.

Weekend Box Office: 'Dolphin Tale' Flips Over Another Batch Of Weak New Releases To Score #1

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 2, 2011 4:38 AM
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Break it down however you want, but its simple economics. The last month has been absolutely saturated with product, so few of it appealing to mainstream America. These movies aren’t bad. And, in most cases, the marketing isn’t all that faulty. It’s pure numbers. The market can’t withstand this over-saturation. In September, eighteen films entered wide release of 1500 or more theaters, and only six crossed $30 million domestic, two of them benefiting from inflated 3D prices. That’s a poor record of success, even as we keep the bar exactly that low.

Teaser Poster For 'The Lorax' Arrives

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 4:10 AM
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Update: The footage has been removed, but below you can check out the teaser poster for the film debuted on Yahoo.

Alan Tudyk Says He's Lending His Voice To An Upcoming Pixar Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 26, 2011 1:43 AM
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Plus Actor Reveals Details Of His Character In 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterThe words "terminally undersung" and "Alan Tudyk" are almost inseparable. The actor has been a familiar presence on screen for a decade, cropping in the likes of "28 Days" and "Wonder Boys," before going on to geek stardom with a big role in "Firefly." Since then, he's developed a deeply eclectic career, mixing comedy like "Dodgeball" and "Knocked Up" with more serious performances like "3:10 to Yuma" or his surprisingly badass villain in "Dollhouse," and even playing a performance-capture android in "I, Robot." He's someone that we're always happy to see on screen, and we're delighted that he's about to be seen in theates in a rare lead role, in the surprisingly enjoyable horror-comedy "Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil" (a film that has quietly managed to get a rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes).

Weekend Box Office: 'Lion King' Beats Back 'Moneyball,' Boy Brawler 'Abduction' To Keep #1 Slot

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 25, 2011 4:35 AM
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"Hakuna Matata!" proclaims Disney, discovering what amounts to an entirely new revenue stream. “The Lion King 3D” has taken the crown decisively for the second straight weekend with $22 million, amidst some otherwise heavy fall competition that was a lot buzzier and, without a doubt, more expensive. The original plan was to play the film for two weeks, but after ten days, it’s been far and away the biggest movie attraction, and the film will be extending its stay at the multiplexes which could add nearly $40 million to the coffers.

Review: 'Lion King 3D' Maintains All of the Majesty of the Original, With Added Dimensional Sparkle

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 14, 2011 7:03 AM
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A few years ago, Disney planned a theatrical release for a 3D version of "Beauty & the Beast," using the cutting edge, post-"Avatar" technology that we've all come to know so well (and sometimes dread just as much). The conversion took place, at great expense, but the theatrical engagement (originally set for February, 2010) never materialized. Still, the studio pressed ahead (Walt always said that good ideas never die), and this week the studio's traditionally animated crown jewel "The Lion King," in a shiny new 3D format, will get a proper release – in 2,000 3D screens across the country. But what does a 3D version of a traditionally animated movie look like, exactly? And is it worth seeing again, with a 3D ticket surcharge no less?

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