Star Wars Rebels

The first step to Episode VII takes place Friday night when Star Wars Rebels debuts on The Disney Channel. Set between Episodes III and IV, the cartoon is the first piece of new content being released under the Disneyfied Star Wars umbrella, which boasts a fully connected universe. Rebels is 100% part of the Star Wars canon and will not only set the tone for Episode VII next year, it will have teases toward it too. Plus, on it’s own, it’s a fantastic thrill-ride seeped in what makes Star Wars great. That doesn’t hurt.

For those reasons, Disney has the utmost confidence in the show and, the day before the first season premieres, they’ve already renewed Star Wars Rebels for Season 2. Read More »

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Shaun of the Dead Animated

The Disney Channel is quickly becoming something geeks need to keep an eye on. If having a brand new Star Wars series on it this week wasn’t enough, their long running hit Phineas & Ferb continues to attract in A-List geek talent. They’ve already done Star Wars episodes, Marvel episodes, Damon Lindelof wrote an recent Lost-themed episode, and soon Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will appear as their Shaun of the Dead characters Ed and Shaun. What could bring those two iconic character to the show? You can watch the Shaun of the Dead animated clip below and find out. Read More »

Joshua Budich anime art

If you’re in the continental US, it’s hard to get closer to Japan than San Francisco. That makes the Bay City the perfect place for artist Joshua Budich‘s first solo show Otaku Obscura, a tribute to the art of Japanese animation. Opening October 4 at Spoke Art in San Francisco, Budich has created 28 brand new prints based on some of the most famous and popular anime of all time. Films like Akira, My Neighbor Totoro, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell, Princess Mononoke and Cowboy Bebop.

Below, we’ve got just some of the gorgeous pieces of Joshua Budich anime art that’ll appear in the show including a /Film exclusive. Check them out below. Read More »

Justice League Throne of Atlantis Trailer Aquaman

Warner Bros. live action superhero film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, doesn’t hit theaters until March 2016 but the animated equivalent will be here a year earlier. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis will hit Blu-ray and DVD in early 2015 and serves as a sequel to the film Justice League: War. All of the WB Animation DC films share the same universe and, in this latest film, Aquaman teams up with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Shazam and others to battle a threat from under the sea. Check out the first full Justice League Throne of Atlantis trailer here. Read More »

Angry Birds movie cast

Much as an infuriated avian might send its own body crashing into a structure to get to some evil swine, Sony is throwing a very funny voice cast at its Angry Birds movie to win over the skeptics.

Jason Sudeikis has just been announced for the lead part of Red, with Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, and Peter Dinklage all set for co-starring roles. And those are just the major players — there about ten more notable names in smaller roles as well. Get details on the Angry Birds movie cast, and see the first photo, after the jump.

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C-3PO

One of the most iconic Star Wars actors has finished his work on the new film, plus a new actor has some thoughts for the old guard and more in this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Details on the Star Wars Episode VII shoot in the Forest of Dean have been revealed.
  • Anthony Daniels has finished his shooting on Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Oscar Isaac wishes George Lucas had left the original trilogy alone.
  • What does Ron Burgundy dressed as Han Solo look like?
  • David Oyelowo confirms there will be exciting cameos in Star Wars Rebels.
  • Learn the secrets of The Phantom, part of The Ghost, in Star Wars Rebels.
  • John Boyega is adding his voice to a cartoon.

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Pixar theory

The films of Pixar seem as if they are primarily separate stories. (With the exception of the obvious relationship between sequels.) One theory, however, posits an elaborate timeline in which the advanced technology seen in Wall-E is developed over the course of hundreds of years, with a starting point seen in Up and the Toy Story films, and which explains the stars of Cars and the ever-evolving intelligence of animals. And Boo, the young heroine of Monsters Inc., has a surprising role in the whole cycle. Watch the Pixar Theory video below. Read More »

Don Hertzfeldt Simpsons

In the past couple years the producers of The Simpsons have allowed a few different filmmakers and artists to go wild in revamping the show’s opening “couch gag.” Banksy envisioned a mine in which slave labor animates the show and grinds up kittens to stuff Bart Simpsons dolls; Guillermo del Toro scripted kaiju battles and cameos from Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen King, and a legion of other horror characters from his own films and others. This week, Oscar-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt got his shot, and the Don Hertzfeldt Simpsons couch gag has got to be the most bonkers animation that will run on mainstream TV this year. Read More »

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