‘Book of Life’ Trailer #2: He’s Just a Friend

The Book of Life trailer

Following her latest out-of-this-world role in Guardians of the Galaxy, Zoe Saldana is allowed to get a little more grounded in the new Book of Life trailer. But just a little.

The Guillermo del Toro-produced epic starts out in our world, but then spills over into the land of the dead and the land of the forgotten. At the center of the tale is Manolo (Diego Luna), a young man who harbors dreams of becoming a musician.

Saldana plays Maria, the object of Manolo’s affections, and Channing Tatum rounds out the lead cast as Joaquin, Manolo’s friend and rival. Ice Cube and Christina Applegate also star. Watch the new Book of Life trailer after the jump.

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Two More ‘Lego’ Movies Get Release Dates

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Warner Bros. is on a release date reserving spree. Just hours after they unveiled a schedule for all of its DC movies through 2020, the studio has also snapped up spots for two more Lego movies in 2018 and 2019.

That’s in addition to Ninjago, already dated for 2016, and The Lego Movie 2, which is set for 2017. Hit the jump for more details.

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Star Wars Rebels

When Star Wars Rebels was first announced, I immediately had a ton of questions. How did the Jedi help start the Rebel Alliance? Does that make Luke Skywalker less significant? Who was this mysterious bad guy hunting down Jedi? Why do we need him if we have Darth Vader? How closely would the series link to the original trilogy? If anyone had the answers to those questions, it was going to be Dave Filoni.

Filoni is an executive producer on the show, which will debut on Disney XD in October, but was also the showrunner of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. As I said in a recent article, he’s the person primarily responsible for keeping the Star Wars franchise relevant for the past decade. So it was truly exciting to get a chance to sit down with him, one on one, at Comic-Con after seeing the series’ first two episodes. I got to ask him everything above and then some. And I don’t mean to brag, but I have yet to read anywhere else some of Filoni’s justifications for who the characters in Star Wars Rebels are, their significances, and more.

Below, read our full Star Wars Rebels interview with executive producer Dave Filoni. Read More »

new Penguins of Madagascar trailer

If you’ve got some secret agent stuff that needs doing, you could hire James Bond. But he has to put on a tux for formal work. Why not hire a crew that is always wearing tuxes? Penguins of Madagascar opens up the hidden backstory of the birds from the Madagascar films. They’re masters of disguise and espionage, these guys (well, birds) and willing to leap into danger at a moment’s notice. In this new Penguins of Madagascar trailer we see some more of their antics, and also get to hear a bit more of Benedict Cumberbatch, as the voice of a classy spy outfit. Read More »

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“A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi Knights. He betrayed and murdered your father. Now the Jedi are all but extinct.” Such are the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Those words ring in the minds of Star Wars fans who’ve long believed it was solely Darth Vader who hunted and murdered the Jedi.

But now there’s Star Wars Rebels, a Disney XD animated series that takes place between Episode III and IV. That’s the time period in which all that murder would have taken place. The main villain of the show isn’t Darth Vader, however. It’s the Inquisitor, a Jedi Hunter voiced by Jason Isaacs. Taking into account the aforementioned quote, plus the knowledge there can be only two Sith, this character’s existence seems very curious.

Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni disagrees. In our interview at Comic-Con, Filoni described the unique relationship between Vader and the Inquisitor and the need for both of the characters in this world. His justification is the kind of logical, mind-opening twist we’re probably going to have to get used to with Star Wars in the coming years. There was a great big world outside those six movies and one TV show. Read about the Star Wars Rebels Inquisitor below. Read More »

Simon Kinberg Star Wars Rebels

Simon Kinberg has just about the best and busiest job in Hollywood. He’s the shephard of the entire 20th Century Fox Marvel universe, co-writing and producing all the new X-Men movies. He co-wrote Fantastic Four. He’s developing other films at the studio, such as Magic the Gathering and The Martian. He’s a producer on Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie. He’s a consultant on Star Wars Episode VII and he’s writing and producing a Star Wars spin-off. Basically, Kinberg has his hands in a huge collection of awesome geek properties.

And if you learn one thing from our interview, which took place at Comic-Con, it’s warranted. Kinberg is a geek just like you and I. He reads Internet rumors, watches a lot of movies, and takes fan anticipation into consideration when developing his huge body of work.

Adding another massive job to the list, the next Kinberg project we’ll see is Star Wars Rebels. He’s an executive producer on the upcoming Disney XD show, which is set between Episodes III and IV, and he wrote multiple episodes. In our interview, we talked about how Kinberg balances his time, writing for the Star Wars canon, how his role on Episode VII differs from Rebels, potential connections between the two, Star Wars synergy and much more. Read our full Simon Kinberg Star Wars Rebels interview below. Read More »

Watch 7 Minutes of ‘Star Wars Rebels’

Star Wars Rebels extended preview

Tonight Disney xD premiered seven minutes of the pilot of Star Wars Rebels, and if you missed the broadcast, you can watch the scenes here. The footage takes place on Lothal as the Empire arrives on the planet. As Imperial officers and stormtroopers set up the Empire’s authority, a young boy named Ezra “discovers that a mysterious group is attempting to steal cargo from the Empire.” Ezra comes up with his own plan that puts him squarely in the crosshairs of both the Empire and those that oppose it.

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Studio Ghibli closed

The rumors of Studio Ghibli‘s demise have been flying for a couple years, and intensified when co-founder Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement from directing feature films. And while the Gibli documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness hasn’t been officially released in the US, one sequence from the film has been floating around over the past week. In that sequence Miyazaki says “the future is clear. It’s going to fall apart. I can already feel it.” But has Studio Ghibli closed already? Nope!

No matter what a badly-translated quote said as it did the internet rounds on Sunday, the studio is still moving forward. Precisely how it will move forward is the question.

Ghibli co-founder and current general manager Toshio Suzuki has appeared on Japanese television program Jonetsu Tairiku on Sunday to talk about what the studio may do in the wake of Miyazaki’s retirement. While he said that one option would be to shut down the production department, the takeaway is that Studio Ghibli is looking into “housecleaning” or “restructuring” as it prepares for the future.

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