2016 annie awards nominees

The nominations for the 43rd Annual Annie Awards have been announced and, for the most part, they’re exactly what you’d expect. Organized by the Los Angeles branch of the International Animated Film Association, the Annies celebrate the year in animation, from theatrical releases to television program and everything in-between. With two new movies released in 2015, Pixar dominated the nominations, but there is a dark horse waiting in the wings, just waiting for an upset.

Check out the complete list of the 2016 Annie Award nominees after the jump.

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Zoolander 2 international trailer

It’s a bit surprising to realize now that the first Zoolander actually wasn’t a huge hit when it came out back in 2001. It was the 55th highest domestic grosser of the year, behind such gems as Rat Race and The Animal. Like most good comedies, however, it eventually found an audience, and over the past decade and a half, it’s become so beloved that it’s now spawned a sequel.

Zoolander 2 puts Derek (Ben Stiller), already an old-timer on his way out in the first film, back into the fashion game. This time, he’s wrapped up in a larger investigation of a mysterious killer targeting the world’s most beautiful people (of which Justin Bieber is apparently one). Fortunately, he’s got plenty of help beside him, including his rival-turned-BFF Hansel (Owen Wilson) and an impossibly gorgeous Interpol agent (Penélope Cruz). Watch the Zoolander 2 international trailer after the jump.

UPDATE: There’s also a new Zoolander 2 poster, which you can see after the jump. Read More »

zoolander death scene

Not enough modern comedies end with the demise of their characters. At least that’s what writer-director Adam McKay thinks. He’s been itching to kill off some of his characters for years now, including Baxter (Anchorman) and the horrific yet charming leads in Step Brothers, Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and Dale Doback (John C. Reilly). Another protagonist McKay would’ve enjoyed seeing perish in pure agony? Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller).

Read about the Zoolander death scene we never saw after the jump.

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The wait is almost over for Charlie Kaufman‘s sophomore directorial effort. Co-directed by Duke Johnson and written by Kaufman, Anomalisa is a gorgeous and moving love story about a man who can’t accept love. Oh, and it happens to be a stop-motion picture. After the jump, watch an Anomalisa featurette that shows how the filmmakers made it happen.

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khan in star trek into darkness

The Khan reveal landed with a thud in Star Trek Into Darkness. We all knew Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Khan going into director J.J. Abrams‘ sequel. The film was heavily criticized for its twist, and co-writer Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers), echoing Abrams’ thoughts, admits it was a mistake to hold off on revealing Khan.

Read Lindelof’s comments after the jump.

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Mission Impossible 6 director

UPDATE: McQuarrie has confirmed on Twitter he’ll return for Mission: Impossible 6.

Original story from 11/19/2015 follows.

Despite concerns about the film’s ending rumored to need some extensive work, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation turned out to be quite the excellent blockbuster to finish out the summer, and it appears Paramount Pictures and Skydance are anxious to keep director Christopher McQuarrie around to keep the franchise going with Mission: Impossible 6. Find out more after the jump!

Variety has word that McQuarrie has been hired to write Mission: Impossible 6, but it’s not clear if he will be back to direct as well. As of now McQuarrie is still in talks with the studio about the project, but they’re getting close to wrapping up negotiations because the hope is for the sequel to be in production by next August. Read More »

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The Little Prince Trailer

Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Paramount Pictures has finally released the domstic trailer for The Little Prince, you can watch The little Prince trailer embedded after the jump, alongside the previously released international trailer.

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Star Trek

Star Trek Beyond will be the first film in the rebooted sci-fi franchise that isn’t directed by J.J. Abrams. But that doesn’t mean the sequel is boldly going where the previous films haven’t gone before, at least when it comes to the release strategy.

Paramount Pictures, Skydance, Bad Robot and IMAX have announced that Star Trek Beyond will be digitally re-mastered for the giant screen format and will hit IMAX screens the same day it hits traditional screens on July 22nd, 2016. Read More »

scorsese evel knievel movie

Someone in Hollywood is going to make an Evel Knievel movie and one of our great living filmmakers is going to be sucked into the project. For awhile, it looked like that would be Darren Aronofksy, with Channing Tatum putting on that famous jacket for Sony. But Aronofksy then departed the project to make a movie with Jennifer Lawrence and an Arnold Schwarzenegger revenge film.

Now, Paramount is prepping a rival Evel Knievel biopic and they’re pulling out all the stops. They don’t have star with Tatum’s clout attached, but they do have Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan. Oh, and they have the attention of director Martin Scorsese.

Hit the jump for more on the Scorsese Evel Knievel movie.

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