Just in time for the debut of the PlayStation4, we’ve got a trailer for the CG animated film adaptation of a game that launched six years ago in the first year of the PlayStation3. The title is Heavenly Sword, and the film began as a trial development between Sony and Blockade Entertainment. The feature started to make noise at Cannes this year, and at the American Film Market it secured distribution for 2014.
The film features the voices of Anna Torv, as heroine Nariko, Alfred Molina as King Bohan, and Thomas Jane as Loki. Watch the trailer below. Read More »
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The Simpsons producers are starting to key in on what brings extra viewers to the show on Sunday nights of late: long couch gags that recruit famous contributors or parody notable films. The guest appearance for the couch gag is hardly new — Bansky’s crazy opening was done in 2010, for example. But this is the second big one we’ve seen in a month. Guillermo del Toro just did a great horror one, and now we’ve got an appropriately long extension of the Simpsons couch gag opening based around The Hobbit. Watch it below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
Even if you’re too old for trick-or-treating, you can count on getting at least one shiny new treat tomorrow. Warner Bros. has announced that they will release the second trailer for Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s The Lego Movie on Thursday, October 31, to follow up that delightful first trailer we got back in June.
And to prepare for that new promo, the marketing team has revealed five brief new teasers based on some of the film’s central characters: good guy Emmet (Chris Pratt), kickass Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), villainous President Business (Will Ferrell), pirate-y Metalbeard (Nick Offerman), and competitive Batman (Will Ferrell). Check ‘em out after the jump.
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In terms of classic Disney storytelling, I felt this summer’s animated film Planes was super solid. Sure it was predictable and a bit cheesy, but the Cars spinoff created by DisneyToons had all the energy, pacing and excitement you’d expect from your standard animated Disney film. To say that sentiment was not shared by my colleagues would be an understatement, however. Planes currently sits at 27% on Rotten Tomatoes. Still, audiences turned out, the film grossed almost $90 million domestic and the sequel, Planes: Fire and Rescue, was announced for a Summer 2014 release.
We saw some very cool footage from the sequel at the D23 Expo and now, thanks to teaser trailer, you can get your first glimpse too. Check it out below. Read More »
Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur may be delayed, but it isn’t shelved entirely. The first teaser poster has been released for the film, which is set for release in November 2015. That’s concept art from D23 above; see the poster below.
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Roles are reversed in the upcoming Rocky and Bullwinkle spinoff, Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Mr. Peabody is the world’s smartest dog and Sherman is his adopted human boy. Together they’ll get into time traveling adventures, with characters voiced by the likes of Ty Burrell, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Lake Bell and Dennis Haysbert.
The 3D animated film, set for release March 7, is directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King) and the first trailer has just been released. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
With direction by Phil Lord and Chris Miller and a voice cast that includes Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Will Ferrell – not to mention the timeless appeal of Legos themselves — The Lego Movie has the potential to become one of the highlights of next year’s lineup. But although the first trailer was released all the way back in June, plot specifics have been kept pretty vague. Until now.
A wealth of new information has just come out about the movie, including details about and new images of all the major characters. Check ‘em out and get all the latest details after the jump.
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When Studio Ghibli comes up in conversation, it is inevitably co-founder Hayao Miyazaki who dominates the talk. For good reason: he’s made more movies than any other director at the studio, and his films have helped change the face of animation.
That said, while another Ghibli co-founder, Isao Takahata, is less prolific, his films are no less effective. Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies, which officially launched Ghibli along with Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro, is a testament to the power of animation as a straight narrative form, free of genre-based embellishments. Films like Only Yesterday, My Neighbors the Yamadas, and Pom Poko (a personal favorite) tell stories of modern Japan that are unlike any other animation director’s work.
For his latest film, however, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Takahata has gone back to ancient Japanese folklore. The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter is the inpiration for this film, and in keeping with that starting point, Takahata’s animation is inspired by charcoal, watercolor, and sumi-e ink illustration techniques. If you think of Studio Ghibli as having a house style, footage from The Tale of Princess Kaguya will shatter that notion.
It’s gorgeous to see in motion; have a look at a trailer below.
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