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Despicable Me Movie Review, Trailers & Pictures - Sky Movies

15 April 2014 12:34 PM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Steve Carell voices Gru, an arch-villain armed with an arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays and evil utility vehicles, whose lair is hidden beath a happy suburban neighborhood of white picket fences and flowering rose bushes. But while planning his greatest heist - stealing the moon - he doesn't count on becoming daddy to three orphaned cuties... Fantasticable animation from the brains behind Ice Age. »

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DVD Review: 'Walking with Dinosaurs - The Movie'

15 April 2014 2:33 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆Branded after the hugely successful six-part BBC documentary series which aired back in the late 1990s, Walking with Dinosaurs - The Movie (2013) is a live action/CGI hybrid from co-directors Neil Nightingale and Barry Cook, and is released this week on DVD and Blu-ray. It's without doubt technically impressive, featuring some of the most visually lifelike dinosaurs since Jurassic Park (1993). And yet it's botched spectacularly by a paper-thin script and some laughably silly voiceover work from actors as Justin Long and John Leguizamo (of Ice Age fame). We follow the story of the adorably named Patchi (Long), born at the end of the Cretaceous period as the runt of a Pachyrhinosaurus litter.

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- CineVue UK

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Barry Pepper Boards Monster Trucks

14 April 2014 5:13 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

An animation so secretive it could turn out to be the Interstellar of smashy-smashy car movies, Paramount's Monster Trucks doesn't even have a director formally attached yet. If, as seems likely, Blue Sky Studio co-founder Chris Wedge has taken the job, he'll be overseeing a cast that has just added Barry Pepper to its ranks. Paramount is putting the gears in motion on the movie, which has had Kung Fu Panda's (and its sequel) scribes Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger at work on the script. The pair are also working on the SpongeBob SquarePants film for the studio.Plot details are being kept under a giant truck's hood for now, but Amy Ryan will apparently be playing a single mother trying to make ends meet while raising her teenage son. Director-in-waiting Wedge is the man behind 2002′s Ice Age. He directed and voiced Scrat in the film and its following sequels, »

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Rio 3: The Cast Tells Us Where They Want To Go In A Sequel

14 April 2014 8:05 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The birds of Rio 2 almost knocked Captain America: The Winter Soldier off of his box-office perch over the weekend. Ultimately, the Marvel standalone adventure held on to the top slot, but the animated comedy still banked a healthy $39 million. That is exactly what the first Rio earned in 2011, and that film went on to bank $484 million worldwide. So far, Rio 2 has global grosses of $163 million. That.s an incredible start. Does this mean that Rio 3 is inevitable? Probably. Director Carlos Saldanha has dabbled in sequels over the years, having helmed three Ice Age movies and a second Rio film. During the recent world premiere in Miami, Florida, I sat down with the cast of Rio 2 to ask them where they.d want Rio 3 to go. The beautiful thing about animation is that there are no boundaries. The sky is the limit as to where (and even when »

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This Weekend At The Box Office: Captain America: The Winter Soldier Stands Tall

13 April 2014 9:08 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This weekend was a busy pre-Easter frame, with three new titles of varying genres debuting in the Spring – and it made no difference. The hero of the U.S. continued to dominate despite the crowded field, and overall theaters saw close to a $20 million increase over last year.

Here’s how this weekend’s box office played out:

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Gross $41.4 million (Cume $159 million; Week 2)

Marvel’s ongoing dominance is unsurprising, but the strong accolades for this entry might have still turned a few heads. The raves were large, and likewise the business. This will easily beat out the original, and should become a top-5 grosser all time for the studio.

2. Rio 2 — $39 mil ($39 mil)

This animated lark (damn, that’s clever!) benefitted from weak performances by other family films on the market. Blue Sky Studios, the animation company behind Ice Age, continues a second franchise with Rio 2. »

- Brad Slager

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Exclusive Clip: John Leguizamo Talks ‘Walking With Dinosaurs The Movie’

12 April 2014 6:55 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

For the first time, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Walking With Dinosaurs The Movie is the ultimate immersive, big screen adventure for families. Meet dinosaurs more real than you’ve ever seen as you take off on a thrilling prehistoric adventure, where Patchi, an underdog dinosaur, triumphs against all odds to become a hero for the ages.

Experience the spectacular story that brings dinosaurs to life and the viewer back in time. Directed by Barry Cook (Mulan) and Neil Nightingale (Meerkats: The Movie) Walking With Dinosaurs The Movie features heart-warming performances from an incredible ensemble of Hollywood’s biggest stars including John Leguizamo (Ice Age, Rio 2) and Justin Long (Alvin And The Chipmunks).

Dino fans of all ages will be “herding” to get their own copy that is filled with immersive special features including “The Ultimate Dino Guide”, “Match »

- David Agnew

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‘Rio 2' Review: A Zippy Musical Trapped Inside a Tedious Kiddie Movie

11 April 2014 11:31 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The best kids’ movies awaken a childlike sense of awe and wonder in us all. The not-so-great ones prompt a childlike sense of fidgeting, as you start squirming around in your seat and wondering if this thing is ever going to be over and can we go home, please? The latter is the presiding sentiment of “Rio 2,” a sequel to 2011's “Rio,” an animated film whose only real defining characteristic was that it was less crappy than the “Ice Age” movies. (Granted, its other memorable feature, in certain quarters, was the fact that it grossed nearly half a billion. »

- Alonso Duralde

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‘Rio 2′ Review: Now With More Birds!

11 April 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

These days animated films can go one of two ways: either you’re making something original and potentially interesting, or you’re making a sequel to that something original and potentially interesting you made previously because there’s a studio behind it that likes money. Such is the story of Blue Sky Studios and filmmaker Carlos Saldanha. Several times now Saldanha and the very talented animators at Blue Sky have given us something interesting. This includes Ice Age in 2002, Robots in 2005 and Rio in 2011. And with the exception of one (the sadly underrated and clever Robots), they’ve come back for more every single time. Four times in the case of Ice Age. Why? Because kids like it, parents will pay for it and these movies sell toys of prehistoric squirrels just trying to find a nut. Does the mere idea of a sequel discount a movie’s quality? No. Does »

- Neil Miller

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Exclusive: Talking ‘Rio 2′ With Director Carlos Saldanha

11 April 2014 6:07 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Director Carlos Saldanha has been one of the principal creative forces at Blue Sky Studios since 1993. Saldanha was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and left his hometown in 1991 to follow his artistic instinct and passion for animation. With a background in computer science and a natural artistic sensibility, he found New York City the perfect locale to merge these skills and become an animator.

After the success of “Ice Age,” which got nominated for an Oscar in 2003, Saldanha took the directorial reins on “Ice Age: The Meltdown” (2006), the third computer-animated feature film from Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, which was the most profitable animated movie of the year. Next came the even more successful “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” which became one of biggest grossing animated films of all time, grossing over $887 million worldwide.

In 2011, Saldanha created and directed “Rio”, a love letter to his hometown, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Rio 2 – The Review

11 April 2014 4:46 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

I was supposed to review the first Rio two years ago but on the way to the Saturday morning press screening, my daughters and I were involved in a car accident which caused us to miss it. We caught up with the movie a couple of weeks later but I fell asleep and can’t remember a thing about it. I don’t fall asleep at movies often and never at ones I’m planning on reviewing (I fall asleep in church a lot – my wife’s always elbowing me in the ribs since I snore). Other films I’ve slept through include The Score (w/ DeNiro), Yogi Bear, Winter’S Bone, and all eight Harry Potter movies. In 1992 I slept through most of Map Of The Human Heart at the Shady Oak Theater in Clayton. When I awoke, all the other patrons had moved to seats as far away from me as possible. »

- Tom Stockman

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Review: 'Rio 2' is fine for kids, but seems too familiar to really fly

9 April 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Rio 2" is a perfect example of franchise maintenance in place of storytelling, and the nicest thing I can say about it is that my kids found it to be an agreeable way to spend part of an afternoon. I know I saw the first "Rio." My review of it was published in the days before we started putting letter grades on films in our reviews, but I would have given it a B or a B-. I liked the way they used Rio as a setting, I thought the performances were spirited and fun, and I really liked the soundtrack that was put together by Sergio Mendes. The sequel, which is practically the definition of "more of the same," is less successful in the way it uses the rain forest as a setting, and it features performances that feel far more phoned in while still featuring a non-stop dynamic »

- Drew McWeeny

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Which Animated Film Would You Like To See Given A Live-Action Adaptation?

9 April 2014 8:01 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Walt Disney Pictures

The biggest mistake people tend to make with regards to animated movies is to call it a “genre.” This, of course, isn’t true: it’s just another means of telling a story. Lumping all animated movies into one genre does the format a disservice because it refuses to acknowledge that animated flicks, too, should be broken down into the same genres we would associated with live-action movies – Treasure Planet is sci-fi, Princess Mononoke is fantasy, Ice Age is comedy… you get the idea. Animation viewed as a “genre” of film is a common misconception we need to lose.

With Disney’s Maleficent – a live-action re-telling of Sleepy Beauty – on the cards, then, we’ve been thinking of other movies in the animated style that would benefit – or would be really cool – if they got their own live-action adaptations. One could argue that doing so would be ridiculous, »

- WhatCulture

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Are Pop Culture's Top 5 Squirrels Nut Jobs?

7 April 2014 8:24 PM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

The Nut Job centers around Surly The Squirrel, and his group of critter-friends as they try to keep their colony of animals from starving in the winter. While the story and characters in the film are unique, this is hardly the first time a squirrel has been in the spotlight. In support of the April 15th Blu-ray and DVD release of the film (click Here to win a copy!), we've compiled a list of the most famous squirrels to leave an impact on pop-culture.

Squirrels in Pop Culture

Rocky, "Rocky & Bullwinkle" – Rocket J. Squirrel was the first squirrel to reach national superstardom. From 1959-1964, he was one of the stars of the animated show, Rocky and His Friends, as well as the Bullwinkle Show. He and his friend Bullwinkle lived in the fictional town of Frostbite Falls, Minnesota - where they often embarked on various adventures.

Scrat, Ice Age – Scrat »

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Rio 2 review wild beasts turned cash cows

3 April 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

More converting of wild animals into cash cows in this sequel relocated to the Amazon but with an even blander script

The animators at Blue Sky Studios have form with converting wild beasts into domesticated cash cows: mammoths in their Ice Age series, now the macaws of 2011's rather ordinary Rio. This wing-spreading sequel dispatches its lovebirds to the Amazon where, between dodging loggers, they encounter enough of their own kind to make a lie of the first movie's premise. Jemaine Clement's perfidious parakeet Nigel rises above the bland scripting, but it's hard to ascribe much art or wit to a franchise that retains the services of will.i.am as comic relief and a thoroughly inorganic talent-show subplot feels like another attempt to groom youngsters for life in the Cowell jungle.

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- Mike McCahill

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Danny Glover Will Take On 'Monster Trucks' + Danielle Nicolet Will Have A 'Good Session'

3 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Some casting news you can use... First, for the big screen, Danny Glover has booked a role in the live-action debut of Chris Wedge, best known for Ice Age and last year's Epic. Glover joins Lucas TillJane LevyFrank Whaley, Amy Ryan and Holt McCallany in what is said to be a tent-pole project for Paramount titled Monster Trucks. Plot details are being kept underwraps, but, given the title, one can only speculate that it's maybe a Transformers rip-off? Its budget is listed at $125 million. Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) is penning the script. Glover plays a man who runs a junkyard. »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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The Making of "Spellbound": Q&A with Producer Kevin Bannerman

2 April 2014 12:03 PM, PDT | Hollywonk | See recent Hollywonk news »

Spellbound, an animated feature film story is the latest test movie released by Amazon Studios. Test movies are videos that help an audience imagine what a story will be like as a finished film. We asked producer Kevin Bannerman (Anastasia, Ice Age) how he approached Spellbound and the evolution of the story. 

How did you approach making the test movie?

The test movie allows us to see if audiences will respond to our “big picture” questions. Specifically, if the movie were to be produced as a full-animated feature, would our viewers be interested in going to a movie theater to see it?

We worked to get the script to a point where the story is clear; we are aware the story still needs further development. Character designs were created early in the process because seeing how the characters look and what their attitudes are help inspire both the screenwriters and the songwriters. »

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More Join Lucas Till and Jane Levy in Monster Trucks

2 April 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Paramount Pictures is gearing up for production of Monster Trucks . The Hollywood Reporter says that Frank Whaley, Danny Glover, Amy Ryan and Holt McCallany have joined Lucas Till and Jane Levy in the May 29, 2015 release. To be directed by Chris Wedge ( Epic , Ice Age ), the film will reportedly be about a young man (Till) who befriends a monster truck and is described as having a Transformers -meets- Gremlins vibe by the trade. They add that Whaley will play Till's father, a man who's been drifting from job to job since leaving his son a decade earlier. Glover is a man who runs a junkyard. Derek Connolly, who penned the upcoming Jurassic World , wrote the most recent draft of the script for the $125 million production. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) »

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 25 Pairs of Passes to ‘Rio 2’ with Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway

1 April 2014 7:06 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 25 pairs of advance-screening passes up for grabs to the animated sequel “Rio 2” from the creators of “Ice Age” starring Jesse Eisenberg!

Rio 2,” which is rated “G” and opens on April 11, 2014, also stars Anne Hathaway, Jemaine Clement, Kristin Chenoweth, Jamie Foxx, Andy Garcia, Jake T. Austin, Jim Conroy, Rachel Crow and Bernardo de Paula from writer and director Carlos Saldanha and writer Don Rhymer.

To win your free “Rio 2” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our unique Hookup technology below. That’s it! This screening is on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 11 a.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition! »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Lemurs are the New Penguins

1 April 2014 5:57 PM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Some animals just make for good characters in movies, for instance lions, meerkats and penguins all get plenty of love at the multiplex. But it seems that 2014 is the Year of the Lemur! And why not, with their big eyes, springy step and fuzziness that seems made for soft hugs? Here are films where lemurs* get their due:

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (in theaters April 4). Lemurs one-up monkeys in the awesome department because not only can they climb trees and walk on two legs, their legs are like pogo sticks! These little guys hop from place to place!

Muppets Most Wanted (in theaters now). Villains sometimes get names like "the wolf" or "the jackal," but in Muppets Most Wanted the No. 2 bad guy in the world is "The Lemur." Hey, if Constantine is the World's Most Dangerous Frog, why not have the World's Most Notorious Lemur?

Madagascar. King Julien is the lord of the lemurs, »

- tara@kidspickflicks.com (Tara the Mom)

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Lemurs are the new Penguins

1 April 2014 5:57 PM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Some animals just make for good characters in movies, for instance lions, meerkats and penguins all get plenty of love at the multiplex. But it seems that 2014 is the Year of the Lemur! And why not, with their big eyes, springy step and fuzziness that seems made for soft hugs? Here are films where lemurs* get their due:

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (in theaters April 4). Lemurs one-up monkeys in the awesome department because not only can they climb trees and walk on two legs, their legs are like pogo sticks! These little guys hop from place to place!

Muppets Most Wanted (in theaters now). Villains sometimes get names like "the wolf" or "the jackal," but in Muppets Most Wanted the No. 2 bad guy in the world is "The Lemur." Hey, if Constantine is the World's Most Dangerous Frog, why not have the World's Most Notorious Lemur?

Madagascar. King Julien is the lord of the lemurs, »

- tara@kidspickflicks.com (Tara the Mom)

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