‘The Secret Life of Pets’ Sequel Coming in 2018

the secret life of pets sequel

One of the few unqualified success stories to emerge from the barren wasteland that was this summer’s box office was The Secret Life of Pets. The animated adventure by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment has earned over $400 worldwide, with several big markets still to go, and was even warmly received by critics to boot. (Well, our own Ethan Anderton excepted.)

Naturally, that means the companies want to cuddle up to Duke and Max and Gidget again. As we’ve basically assumed all along, Universal and Illumination are planning a Secret Life of Pets sequel, and now they’ve even set a date.  Read More »

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Pete's Dragon Trailer

It’s been a great year for Walt Disney Pictures with success in both live-action and animation. Zootopia is one of the most successful movies of the year, Finding Dory was a huge box office hit, and the live-action remake of The Jungle Book may be the best revision of their classic animated movies yet. But the studio isn’t done bringing magic to movie theaters just yet.

Pete’s Dragon is yet another remake of a classic Disney movie. However, as we’ve seen in the trailers so far, this new take on the 1977 live-action and animated hybrid could not be more different from the original. Basically, the only thing they share is a camaraderie between a young boy and a dragon in the woods. And the more we see from Pete’s Dragon, the more excited I am to see it, and you just might feel the same way after watching a new trailer from across the pond.

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mary poppins returns meryl streep

There are few hard and fast rules in the world of filmmaking, many of them technical. However, there is one that is more important than just about any other: any movie that features the presence of Meryl Streep has an instant leg up on every other movie in existence. The three-time Oscar winner has made bad movies watchable and has consistently turned in one magnificent performance after another in more than her fair share of great movies. Even when she’s goofing off and having a lark on screen, she’s still making the whole “being one of the greatest actors of all time” thing look effortless.

The latest movie to become instantly more interesting by adding Streep to the cast is Mary Poppins Returns, which has cast her as Topsy, the cousin of Emily Blunt‘s Mary Poppins.

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Fuller House

Netflix did not present a session for Fuller House for the Television Critics Association, as they have not decided when the second season of the show will premiere on the streaming service. However, Candace Cameron Bure was at a TCA party for Hallmark Channel, where she stars in The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, and was happy to preview the second season of Fuller House.

“We have some really, really fun guest cast on this season,” Bure said. “Guest cast that are brand new and very current today and then some that are throwback guest cast that people will love. The legacy cast, Bob [Saget], John [Stamos], Dave [Coulier], Lori [Loughlin], they’re all back for a handful of episodes as well.”  Read More »

moana love interest

The original Disney princess characters were crafted in a traditional fairy tale mold. They were damsels in distress, beautiful young women who are terrorized by villains for 90 minutes before getting rescued by a bland but resourceful hero. That has started to slowly change over the years, but even tougher-than-usual Disney heroines like Jasmine still needed an Aladdin to rescue them from certain doom.

If recent Disney animated movies have started to bend the princess mold, it certainly sounds like Moana is going to try to shatter it. Directors John Musker and Ron Clements, who previously helmed The Little Mermaid and The Princess and Frog, have revealed that that the titular princess in their movie won’t have a love interest at all.

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making of kubo and the two strings

The magic of stop-motion animation is that it still conjures a “How the hell did they do that?” reaction. I’ve enjoyed my fair share of films from Pixar, Disney Animation, and DreamWorks Animation, but the filmmaking process on CG-animated films doesn’t fill me with awe and wonder. At the end of the day, most modern animation is all about talented people sitting around computers and watching files render for hours on end. The end result can be impressive, but it doesn’t exactly light a fire under my imagination.

So bless Laika, the production company that has spent the past decade making stop-motion movies that dazzle the senses while telling offbeat and unique stories that push the boundaries of the medium. And as much as I have enjoyed their finished work, I often find myself enjoying behind-the-scenes looks at their process even more. This new featurette on the making of Kubo and the Two Strings kind of blows my mind.

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Boss Baby Comic-Con

Following the panel for DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, the animation studio decided to surprise the audience with the first footage from their forthcoming comedy The Boss Baby, starring Alec Baldwin, making his first appearance at Comic-Con.

The Boss Baby is inspired by the idea that when a new baby arrives at home, he’s basically the boss of the household with everyone’s schedule adjusting to what the baby wants whenever they want it. But the story takes that concept to a fantastical extreme as the baby acts like a no-nonsense, abrasive corporate executive, made all the better by the voice of Alec Baldwin, essentially bringing his 30 Rock character Jack Donaghy, mixed with his Glengarry Glen Ross character, to life as an animated baby.

So how was the footage shown during The Boss Baby Comic-Con panel? Find out after the jump along with an interesting detail about how the filmmakers decided to have Alec Baldwin take the titular role. Read More »

fast 8 set photo

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Dwayne Johnson promises an epic prison action scene in Fast 8.
  • Kristen Bell offers a quick update on Frozen 2.
  • A deluge of new Star Trek Beyond clips and featurettes.
  • Transformers: The Last Knight is filming a big highway action scene.
  • A certain billionaire CEO will show up in Star Trek Beyond.
  • Danny Boyle makes a fan’s day on the set of Trainspotting 2.
  • No, Sylvester Stallone is not involved in that Expendables spin-off.

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pete's dragon clips

Director David Lowery is probably doing something right with his upcoming remake of Pete’s Dragon because I’m not a fan of the 1977 original in the slightest but I fully intend to see the new version in its opening weekend. Maybe my soft spot for tales of isolated youngsters finding families is showing, or maybe I’m just a sucker for dragons, but everything we’ve seen from this movie looks charming and sweet and the right shade of adventurous.

Two new clips from the film have arrived online and they haven’t changed my mind. This looks like it could be one of 2016’s better family movies.

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