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The Grinch Teaser Trailer Takes the Mean One to the Winter Olympics

Universal Pictures and Illumination have unveiled a new preview for The Grinch, and while it may not showcase any actual footage from the movie, it offers our first look at the title character in action, so to speak. Unfortunately, The Grinch doesn't speak at all in this brief preview, so we don't get to hear the new voice, provided by Benedict Cumberbatch. However, this Olympic-themed preview may hint that the first trailer is just around the corner.

This preview features the Grinch and his dog Max settling in to watch the Winter Olympics, shutting the blinds when a noisy bird tries to watch the festivities with them. Upon seeing one of the Olympic figure skaters, The Grinch falls into a dream sequence where he's putting on a figure skating show of his own in his custom green suit, with the crowd cheering his every move. Of course, it's only a daydream,
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Robert Kirkman is Producing a Film Adaptation of the Fantasy Comic Series Birthright

Universal Pictures is set to produce a feature film adaptation of Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan’s fantasy comic book series, Birthright. The creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman is set to produce the film and they've hired Despicable Me writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio to write the script of the film. This is a brief description of the comic:

For the Rhodes family, losing their son was the most devastating thing that could have occurred…but it couldn’t prepare them for what happened when he returned.

Here's a more detailed description of the story thanks to Adventures in Poor Taste:

One day while playing ball with his dad, a young boy named Mikey disappeared in the woods. Nothing could be found of him and the family became fractured as a result: The father, Aaron, became suspected of killing his son and fell into a deep depression.
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Film News Roundup: Brandon Routh Boards Live-Action ‘Anastasia’ Movie (Exclusive)

Film News Roundup: Brandon Routh Boards Live-Action ‘Anastasia’ Movie (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, Brandon Routh will star in “Anastasia,” a Chuck Berry documentary is in production, and “Birthright” is in the works as a feature film.

Casting

Brandon Routh has been set to star as Czar Nicholas in the upcoming live-action family film “Anastasia.”

He’ll portray the father of Anastasia in the re-imagining of the classic story in which Anastasia Romanov escapes through a portal when her family is threatened by Vladimir Lenin and finds herself in the year 1988.

Routh, who appeared in “Superman Returns,” currently has a recurring role on “Arrow” and stars in “Legends of Tomorrow.”

Production began last summer in Lexington, Ky., with filming the 1988 portion of the film with Emily Carey and Amiah Miller co-starring. Shooting resumes in April on the 1917 portion of the film.

Producers on “Anastasia” are Armando Gutierrez, Eli Lipnik, Peter Lees, and Bret Jones. Blake Harris is directing from his own screenplay, based on the
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'Despicable Me' Writers, Robert Kirkman Team for Fantasy 'Birthright' (Exclusive)

Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, the writers behind the Despicable Me movies, are teaming up with Robert Kirkman and his Skybound Entertainment to adapt fantasy epic comic book Birthright.

The project just got set up at Universal via Skybound’s first-look deal with the studio. Kirkman, who is also the creator of The Walking Dead, will produce along with the company’s David Alpert, Bryan Furst and Sean Furst. Jeb Brody (The Mummy, Fifty Shades of Grey) will also produce.

Written by Joshua Williamson and drawn by Andrei Bressan, the comic centers on the Rhodes family, whose young son disappears while playing outside. A...
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Despicable Me 3 Blu-ray

Illumination and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment present Despicable Me 3 on Digital and Digital 3D November 21, 2017 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand December 5, 2017. The characters beloved by everyone – Gru, his wife Lucy, their three adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions provide hours of family fun in this heartwarmingly subversive comedy from Academy Award®-nominated producer Chris Meledandri (Despicable Me Franchise) and directors Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me Franchise) and Kyle Balda (Minions 1 & 2, The Lorax). Hailed as “the best Despicable Me movie yet,” by Ali Plumb of BBC Radio 1, with over $949 million in global ticket sales, Despicable Me 3 is the ultimate holiday gift, with almost an entire hour of exclusive bonus features including an all-new mini-movie, a never-before-released deleted scene, and much more!

Now you can own Despicable Me 3 on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has 4 copies to give away. All you have
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Despicable Me 3 Available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD December 5th

Illumination and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment present Despicable Me 3 on Digital and Digital 3D November 21, 2017 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand December 5, 2017. The characters beloved by everyone – Gru, his wife Lucy, their three adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions provide hours of family fun in this heartwarmingly subversive comedy from Academy Award®-nominated producer Chris Meledandri (Despicable Me Franchise) and directors Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me Franchise) and Kyle Balda (Minions 1 & 2, The Lorax). Hailed as “the best Despicable Me movie yet,” by Ali Plumb of BBC Radio 1, with over $949 million in global ticket sales, Despicable Me 3 is the ultimate holiday gift, with almost an entire hour of exclusive bonus features including an all-new mini-movie, a never-before-released deleted scene, and much more!

Illumination, the studio that brought you Sing, The Secret Life of Pets and the Despicable Me franchise, continues the adventures of
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Despicable Me becomes highest-grossing animated franchise of all time

With its fourth entry – Despicable Me 3 – edging towards $950 million at the box office, making it the biggest film of the summer, Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me franchise has now topped Shrek to become the highest-grossing animated franchise of all time.

The series, which launched in 2010, has grossed a combined $3.622 billion around the globe, with its last three instalments all surpassing $900 million. Leading the way is the spinoff Minions, which earned $1.159 billion back in 2015. For comparison, the five Shrek movies earned $3.511 billion between 2001 and 2011.

Both series do have further instalments planned, with Minions 2 slated for release in 2020 and Shrek 5 planned for either 2019 or 2020. Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves was also originally due to hit cinemas in 2018, but has been removed from DreamWorks’ release schedule and is yet to receive a new date.

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions,
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Film Review: ‘Despicable Me 3’ Reemerges as Despicably Dull

Chicago – This is it. The point where Gru and his Minions went from mildly irritating to excruciating. The series will undoubtedly entertain the children it’s intended for, my twins probably would have liked it if they had been able to come. But pity the poor parents who have to sit through another film full of Minion fart noises… which seems to last for roughly three whole days.

Rating: 1.5/5.0

The movie starts off with Gru (voice of Steve Carrell) and his now wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) being drummed out of the anti-villains league after letting a super villain named Evil Bratt (Trey Parker) slip through their fingers. Bratt was the child star of an 1980s sitcom who let his mischievous TV alter-ego go to his head after he hit puberty.

Now I happen to love the 80’s, but every joke here is of the worn out seen it a thousand
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Despicable Me 3 Review

As the Despicable Me franchise continues to evolve, 2010’s dastardly Gru is but a distant memory. The former recluse is now a tamed father figure. His ambitions now steer towards righteousness. All the gadgets and gizmos still tinker with zaniness – and yes, your minions are safe – but Despicable Me 3 if a family reunion better avoided. Writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio establish these tangential arcs meant to develop each singular character, which means less time for “hero” versus villain looniness. Unicorn obsessions are sweet and motherly duties fight for acceptance, yet 90 minutes just isn’t enough time to dignify each aside. Which is a shame, because Trey Parker’s Balthazar Bratt is one of the greatest supervillains ever introduced, only to be pushed aside for weaker material.

Steve Carell is back once again as the voice of Gru, now a field agent for the Anti-Villain League. Gru rids the
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Despicable Me 3 Review

Author: Emily Breen

Hold onto your priceless treasures, life is about to get a whole lot more dastardly. Gru and his despicable crew are back and this time they’re…working for the good guys???

Yes. We can assure you it’s true, the events of DM2 were no aberration, Gru has officially left his life of villainy to accept a regular paycheque from the Anti-Villain League. Life as an Avl agent plays well to Gru’s very particular skillset and has one irresistible perk: he fights crime daily beside the woman he loves. Gru (Steve Carell) and Lucy (Kristen Wiig) are as head over heels as ever, thriving on the adrenalin rush of the chase before returning home to the girls and a life of domestic bliss. Everyone in the family is delighted with the curious turn life has taken. Well, everyone bar a few thousand heist-hungry yellow Minions.
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Win A Family Four Pack Of Passes To The Advance Screening Of Despicable Me 3 In St. Louis

Illumination and Universal PicturesDespicable Me 3 opens in theaters nationwide on June 30, 2017.

Illumination, who brought moviegoers Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother—a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps—one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.

Steve Carell (The Big Short, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) not only reprises his role as Gru, but also takes on a second part—that of Dru,
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Film Review: ‘Despicable Me 3’

Film Review: ‘Despicable Me 3’
On the surface, the “Despicable Me” cartoons appear to be sendups of the James Bond franchise, but beneath that slick, spoofy exterior, they’re really marshmallow-centered affirmations of good old-fashioned family values. In the original, reformed super-villain Gru (Steve Carell) agrees to reprioritize his life around his three newly adopted daughters. Then, in the sequel, Gru met soul mate Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) and got hitched. And now, in what might have been titled “Predictable Me 3,” Gru discovers his long-lost twin brother, Dru, giving the superficially surly character even more reasons for group hugs.

The fact that Gru has lost his job with the Anti-Villain League and that Dru desperately wants to get into the villainy racket is mostly just incidental in a series that’s starting to feel less like 007 and more like “The Brady Bunch” with every outing. And lest you assume that “Despicable Me 3” somehow marks
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Watch two new featurettes for Despicable Me 3

With Despicable Me 3 set to arrive in cinemas in just three weeks, Universal Pictures and Illumination have released two featurettes for the upcoming animated comedy sequel, the first of which sees voice actors Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig discussing the relationship between brothers Gru and Dru, the second with Carell reflecting on his character Gru; check them out below…

See Also: New trailer and Minions character posters for Despicable Me 3

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell
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Check out a brief new featurette for Despicable Me 3

Universal Pictures have released a very brief, though brand new featurette for their upcoming animated release Despicable Me 3.

The film is once again brought to the screen by Illuminaton, the folks behind the likes of the first two Despicable Me movies, the spin-off Minions, and of course the more recent Sing.

The new film continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions. Despicable Me 3, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon, and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, will be released in UK cinemas on 30th June 2017.

The animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the
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New trailer and Minions character posters for Despicable Me 3

With a little over a month to go until Despicable Me 3 arrives in cinemas, the final trailer has been released for the upcoming animated threequel, along with six Minion character posters; check them out here…

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt,
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Celebrate National Brother’s Day With New Despicable Me 3 Trailer

Observed every year on May 24, Brother’s Day honors the brothers in our lives. Of course, they’ve been known to put toads on your head or gum in your hair. They may have been too cool for you once, too. Whether we have one or many, our brothers hold a special place in our hearts.

What better way to celebrate the day than with a new trailer for Despicable Me 3.

The Minions, Gru, along with his long-lost twin brother, Dru, are back in this delightfully funny new preview for the upcoming film.

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio,
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Despicable Me 3 Final Trailer Locks the Minions in Prison

Despicable Me 3 Final Trailer Locks the Minions in Prison
Gru remembers that it's good to be bad again in the third trailer for Universal and Illumination's highly-anticipated sequel Despicable Me 3. This trailer comes just days after we got our first look at the brand new Minion named Mutiny Mel, who leads a revolt among the Minions, which we can see in this new trailer has landed them all in jail. One particularly interesting scene in the trailer shows all of these minions making a run for it and trying to escape from (or break into) what looks like the Universal Studios lot, since we can see a poster for Sing in the background and the security guards' hats have logos that look quite similar to the Universal Studios log.

Regardless of what the Minions are doing at this studio, their mutiny leads to them being locked in the state prison, where they've seemed to take over the joint,
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The Minions take to the stage in Despicable Me 3 clip

Ahead of its release next month, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have debuted a new clip from the upcoming animated sequel Despicable Me 3 which sees the Minions taking to the stage to perform on a talent show; check it out here…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Despicable Me 3 here

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy
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Watch a new clip from ‘Despicable Me 3’ featuring the Minions

Universal Pictures have released a new clip from their upcoming release Despicable Me 3, the third film in the series which lands in cinemas next month.

The team who brought you Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions. Despicable Me 3, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon, and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017.

The animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt,
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New footage in latest TV spots for Despicable Me 3

Two new TV spots have arrived online for Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming animated sequel Despicable Me 3 featuring some previously unseen footage; take a look below…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Despicable Me 3 here

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon.
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