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Third 'How To Train Your Dragon' Movie Being Eyed, While DVD Short Gets Holiday Airing At Christmas

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 3:31 PM
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As Disney showed earlier this week with the purchase Lucasfilm, it's all about branding, merchandising and leveraging properties so they keep generating revenue as long as possible. And that's no less true at the other major studios that continue to pursue tentpoles that can be sequelized, spun off, packaged in Happy Meals and more. All of which brings us to "How To Train Your Dragon."

Trailer For 'Game Of Thrones' Season 2, 'Mad Men' Season 5 Poster & More TV Updates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2012 5:07 PM
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With the Oscars now over, and putting a cap on the year in movies (for 2011 anyway) it seems now is as good a time as any to see what's happening on the small screen.

'How To Train Your Dragon' Director Dean DeBlois Confirms Gerard Butler Back For Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2011 6:04 AM
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Roger Deakins Will Also Return As A Visual Consultant For The SequelIt looks like one of the last holdouts for the returning cast of "How To Train Your Dragon" has finally come on board.

First Details On Sequel To 'How To Train Your Dragon' Emerge

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 8, 2011 2:29 AM
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Much to our surprise, we flat-out loved last year's "How To Train Your Dragon," easily the best film so far to emerge from DreamWorks Animation. Indeed, this writer put the film -- a thrilling, moving, beautifully crafted piece of entertainment -- on his Top 10 list for 2010. With the picture taking a handsome $500 million worldwide, it's no surprise that sequel-happy DreamWorks swiftly green-lit a follow-up, to be helmed by the co-director of the original, Dean DeBlois.

2011 Oscar Nominations: 'The King's Speech' Leads The Pack With 12 Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 1:50 AM
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"The King's Speech" sits on the throne this morning, earning 12 Oscar nominations and looking like the film to beat at the 83rd Academy Awards, while "True Grit" follows with 10 nods and "The Social Network" with 8. Not much in the way of shockers this year, but some pleasant surprises in the mix as well as few snubs.

ACE Eddies Nominations Round Up The Usual Suspects, 'Scott Pilgrim' & 'Easy A' Get Some Comedy Love

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2011 3:10 AM
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Yes, we know, it's another guild with more nominations for what seems to be an endless array of industry circle jerking but there is a reason to pay attention to the ACE Eddies awards put together by The American Cinema Editors. It's a very strong augur for the Oscar race with a win here usually indicating a win for the director associated with the film at the Academy Awards. And if the nominations are anything to go by, the sure thing contenders everyone has been talking about for the past few months, remain solidly at the front of pack.

My Favorite Films Of 2010: Oli Lyttelton

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 4, 2011 3:20 AM
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Once a year, The Playlist team stick their heads above the defensive parapet that is the first-person plural, and put our necks on the line. While there's a certain kinship between all the writers here -- we wouldn't be here if there wasn't -- there's also a real diversity of voices and taste, and we want our year end lists to reflect that. If you missed them, you can check out Kevin's here, Gabe's here and RP's picks here.

Watch: Official Video For Jonsi's "Sticks And Stones" From 'How To Train Your Dragon'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2011 3:43 AM
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If there is any real competition to "Toy Story 3" in the Best Animated Feature race at this year's Oscars it will be from DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon." While it was certainly a box office success, the film also won over audiences and critics with the kind of praise that is usually only reserved for films from the Pixar braintrust. One of nicest touches in the film was the hiring of Sigur Rós frontman Jonsi to pen a tune for the film, marking a nice deviation from the standard practice of hiring a pop-star-of-the-movement, though upon further inspection, the move wasn't totally out of left field. Dean DeBlois, co-director of "How to Train Your Dragon," also directed the Sigur Rós tour documentary "Heima" (must watch if you're a fan).

Campaign Begins For Best Original Song Nomination For Sigur Rós Frontman Jónsi's 'Sticks & Stones'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 11, 2010 3:33 AM
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It looks like Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi would like to have an Oscar on his mantle.

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