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Casting: Neil LaBute Enlists Ethan Hawke, Vera Farmiga For New Thriller; Logan Lerman Joins Brad Pitt For ‘Fury’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 6, 2013 7:06 PM
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Logan Lerman might be known for the forgettable “Percy Jackson” films (a sequel arrives this summer), but he almost scored the coveted lead in “The Amazing Spider-Man” a few years ago and he impressed with his acting chops in “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.” Casting directors and filmmakers have noticed. He’s getting called up into the big leagues and will join Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf in the WWII tank thriller “Fury” that “End of Watch” filmmaker David Ayer is writing and directing for Sony Pictures. The movie is already set for a Fall 2014 release and it’s an interesting one because it will be Ayer’s first non police-centered movie. Let’s hope unlike the almost great “End Of Watch,” the visual material doesn’t stand in the way of a good story and strong dynamic.

Summer Movie Photos: 'Before Midnight,' 'The Heat,' 'Prince Avalanche,' 'Bling Ring' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 1, 2013 10:36 AM
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Summer preview photos
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, so here’s 28,000 (not really) courtesy of stills from movies that run the gamut from highly anticipated sequels to smaller indie fare. Head on down below and get yr eyeballs ready.

Watch: Gru & The Minions Are Back To Fight Evil In New Trailer For 'Despicable Me 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2013 1:39 PM
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Here's an honest question: when you put song by Eminem that's over a decade old in the trailer for a kids movie, who exactly are you trying to appeal to? Parents, who have a suddenly nostalgia for Slim Shady? It certainly can't be kids who probably have no idea who or what a Marshall Mathers is. More importantly, their parents wouldn't likely let them listen to the rapper in the first place. Anyway, long story short, the new trailer for "Despicable Me 2" has arrived, and outside the bizarre soundtrack choice, it's not too bad.

Watch: More Minions In First Trailer For 'Despicable Me 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2012 12:24 PM
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After somewhat oddly announcing "Despicable Me 2" by having the minions "sing" The Beach Boys earlier this year, Universal has returned with the first official trailer for the sequel to their hit 2010 movie. And they are keeping those yellow creatures -- arguably, the key to the success of the whole thing -- right up front and center.

The Weirdly Enjoyable Minions From 'Despicable Me' To Get Their Own Feature

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 24, 2012 10:44 AM
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Pretty soon, the Minions are going to be everywhere. The weird little goggle-wearing, pill-shaped, yellow henchmen of super-villain Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) in 2010's surprise smash "Despicable Me," who speak in a bizarre made-up language and were, largely, the best part of that movie, are about to get their own spin-off. Deadline is reporting that Universal and Chris Meledandri's Illumination will make "The Minions" their fifth collaboration, opening in the summer of 2014.

Abigail Spencer To Climb 'Kilimanjaro' With Brian Geraghty; Steve Coogan Lends His Voice For 'Despicable Me 2'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 2, 2012 9:25 AM
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It seems we hear more about rising talent Abigail Spencer than we actually see of her onscreen but, as fans of "Mad Men" may attest to, she's certainly someone to keep an eye out for. In the near future, the actress will feature in Curtis Hanson's surfing drama "Of Men And Mavericks," appear in the upcoming 'Oz The Great And Powerful," and will star in and co-produce (with James Franco) the drama "Wrong Number."

Watch: The Minions Return To Announce 'Despicable Me 2' By Singing The Beach Boys

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2012 1:28 PM
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Universal had a surprise smash hit in the summer of 2010 with "Despicable Me." Surely, the studio thought the film would do well, but it bowled over critics, won the hearts of audiences and climbed its way to over $540 million, thus making a sequel an inevitability.

Al Pacino Get Animated, Replaces Javier Bardem As Villain Of 'Despicable Me 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 6, 2012 11:22 AM
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At this point, it's easier to name the actors who haven't lent their voices to a big CGI animated film than it is to name the ones who have. Ever since Robin Williams played the genie in "Aladdin" back in 1992, stars have been a key part of bringing audiences into big-screen cartoons, while Pixar have given rare lead roles to character actors like Craig T Nelson and Patton Oswalt in their admirable policy of going with the right person for the voice first, and a name second. As such, there's only a few holdouts, A-list or otherwise, to hit the recording booth, and their ranks just got a little smaller, as a man who's been a star for forty years is about to make his animation debut.

Demi Moore Out, Chloë Sevigny In For 'Lovelace'; Javier Bardem Bails On 'Despicable Me 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2012 3:45 PM
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With all the buzz going on up in Park City, it's easy to forget that stuff is still happening in good ol' Hollywood, and the past day or so has brought some changes to some brewing films.

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.

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