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July sits right in the middle of the Summer movie season and as such, it’s packed with a cornucopia of high profile releases. As we’ve done with the months of May and June, we’re here to help you sort through all of the releases with another Summer Preview Guide. Inside you’ll find information, posters, trailers, and our thoughts on all the major (and some smaller ones too) releases this month so you can decide which films to see and which to wait on.
Be sure to also check out our May and June preview guides to get caught up, and follow all of our Summer 2013 movie coverage for the latest in news and reviews!
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Sony's eagerly-anticipated animated sequel opens in theaters on July 31st, 2013, and actually looks like it could be quite a blast with the Naughties now in the mix. Raja Gosnell returns to the helm, directing from the screenplay by Karey Kirkpatrick, David Ronn, Jay Scherick, J. David Stem and David N. Weiss. This latest poster has the Smurfs and Naughties together in front of the Eiffel Tower, and can be seen below. The cast includes Neil Patrick Harris (Patrick Winslow), Brendan Gleeson (Victor Doyle), Jayma Mays (Grace Winslow), Sofia Vergara (Odile) and Hank Azaria (Gargamel). Voice actors: Katy Perry (Smurfette), Jonathan Winters (Papa), Christina Ricci (Vexy), Jb Smoove (Hackus), George Lopez (Grouchy), Anton Yelchin (Clumsy), John Oliver (Vanity). »
See Smurfette in this colorful latest poster for Sony's The Smurfs 2 which opens in theaters on July 31st, 2013. Raja Gosnell directs from the writing by Karey Kirkpatrick, David Ronn, Jay Scherick, J. David Stem and David N. Weiss. The cast includes Neil Patrick Harris (Patrick Winslow), Brendan Gleeson (Victor Doyle), Jayma Mays (Grace Winslow), Sofia Vergara (Odile) and Hank Azaria (Gargamel). The beloved animated characters are powered by Katy Perry (Smurfette), Jonathan Winters (Papa), Christina Ricci (Vexy), Jb Smoove (Hackus), George Lopez (Grouchy), Anton Yelchin (Clumsy) and John Oliver (Vanity). In this sequel to the hybrid live action/animated family blockbuster comedy The Smurfs, the evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful »
Alright, now that all of that Man of Steel business is over with, we can get to the real news. That guilty pleasure news. Many of you will (secretly) be excited to hear that Britney Spears will release her new song “Ooh La La” with The Smurfs 2, according to Sony.
Britney Spears told Sony that she wanted to surprise her kids with a song in the film. Spears said:
I am very excited that Britney is joining our smurfy adventure. ‘Ooh La La’ is the perfect Smurf-party song, and the perfect button on the film for audiences around the world. »
- Alex Corey
The 2005 film adaption of Douglas Adams’ beloved novel was the very definition of modest success. Despite pleasing the majority of fans, it got mixed critical reviews and decent box office returns. However, the film was not enough of a success for anyone to commission a sequel, citing primarily the fact the movie had not earned enough money.
Nonetheless, many people still demand a movie based off the original novel’s sequel, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. In fact, there are many different reasons we need a sequel based off the book. Let’s review a few of these, shall we?
5. It Can Learn From Past Mistakes
The original film (abbreviated H2G2) had some tepid reviews, but not really anything outright negative. It would be an easy matter for the producers and writers of a sequel to learn from these reviews, find what went wrong the first time around, »
- J.D. Westfall
I really don't put much stock in the International Animated Film Society's 2013 Annie Awards, which is why I didn't rush to report on their results on Saturday. One year Disney and Pixar boycott the event, feeling there was an unfair advantage paid to larger contributing sponsors, DreamWorks being the primary example. So with such a nasty stench over the event what good does it do to pay it much mind? That said, I'll be brief in mentioning Wreck-It Ralph topped Saturday night's winners with five awards, including Best Animated Picture. The awards have something like a 75% streak when it comes to helping predict the eventual Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature and as the days have gone on, it's looking more and more like Ralph will be this year's winner (see my predictions here). Pixar's Brave, Laika's ParaNorman and DreamWorks' Rise of the Guardians each took home two awards in lesser, »
- Brad Brevet
Disney's "Wreck-It-Ralph" was the big winner at the 40th Annie Awards held Saturday taking home the Best Animated Feature award. It is now officially the Oscar frontrunner in the Best Animated Film category.
Here's the complete list of winners/nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies this season, click here:
"Brave" . Pixar Animation Studios
"Frankenweenie" . Walt Disney Studios
"Hotel Transylvania" . Sony Pictures Animation
"Rise of the Guardians" . DreamWorks Animation
"The Pirates! Band of Misfits" . Aardman Animations
"The Rabbi.s Cat ". Gkids
Winner "Wreck-It Ralph" . Walt Disney Animation Studios
Animated Special Production
"Before Orel" . Trust . Starburns Industries, Inc.
Winner "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem" . Illumination Entertainment
"Disney Tron: Uprising . Beck.s Beginning" . Disney TV Animation
"Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury" . DreamWorks Animation
Animated Short Subject
"Brad and Gary" . Illumination »
The level of faith the Walt Disney Company places in its own products never ceases to be amazing if inexplicable. Each era at this massive corporation is so categorically different from what came before, well back into when Disney was still a struggling film studio desperately trying to pay the bills with its shorts or, at the time, a handful of massively ambitious feature-length animated films. Thus, the faith placed in the product has always shifted. However, the Mouse House’s modern era, beginning in 1984, when Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and the late Frank Wells began their tenure in various high-level positions, has been concurrently maddening and glorious to behold. Whether we like it or not, Disney fans are something of »
- Josh Spiegel
8 items from 2013
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