Annie

Nearly two years after she took Sundance by storm with Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quvenzhané Wallis is back this winter with Annie. The films are pretty different in most respects — one is a scrappy indie drama, the other a big-budget studio musical — but both are about irresistibly plucky young girls, and that’s where Wallis seems to shine.

She brings the same energy and enthusiasm that made her the youngest-ever Best Actress nominee, and the results so far look totally charming. See one last Annie trailer after the jump.

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Penguins of Madagascar

It’s been a big 24 hours for animated spinoffs about adorable groups of tiny, often incompetent helpers. Last night we got our first Minions trailer, and today we have the last Penguins of Madagascar trailer.

The action adventure sees Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (John DiMaggio), and Private (Christopher Knights) facing a threat from Dr. Octavius Brine (voiced by John Malkovich), an octopus with ties to the penguins’ past. In order to take him down, they join forces with an elite organization called the North Wind, led by the cranky, no-nonsense Agent Classified (voiced by notable penguin mispronouncer Benedict Cumberbatch).

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Minions trailer

Go into any kids store and you don’t see the main character of Despicable Me on t-shirts. You see his minions. So it was not a surprise when Universal announced a few years back that those crazy yellow guys would get their own movie.

Fast forward to today and the first Minions trailer is here. The film, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, features the voices of Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm and doesn’t open until July 10, 2015. So, it’s a little surprising but you can already watch the Minions trailer and see some new images below. Read More »

live action spongebob squarepants movie SPONGEBOB: SPONGE OUT OF WATER

Here’s a superhero movie that’s a little different from the rest: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, out next year, sees the underwater gang heading to our shores in search of more Krabby Patties. But when they cross paths with a pirate supervillain played by Antonio Banderas, they must turn themselves into superheroes to save their beloved Bikini Bottom.

It’s exactly as bonkers as it sounds, but that’s the fun. Watch the new SpongeBob Movie Sponge Out of Water trailer after the jump.

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Paddington

Paddington hit a snag this summer when lead voice actor Colin Firth dropped out, with both sides mutually agreeing that he “didn’t seem to fit.” After a few weeks of searching, Ben Whishaw was brought on as his replacement. Today, we finally have our first listen at Whishaw’s take on the beloved Brit bear thanks to a new Paddington trailer. Check it out after the jump.

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NBC Plans Stop-Motion Animated ‘Elf’ TV Special

Elf Buddy's Musical Christmas

Buddy the Elf will be back this winter to spread holiday cheer. But he may look and sound a bit different than you remember.

NBC has set Jim Parsons to voice Santa’s not-so-little helper in Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, a stop-motion animated holiday special set to air next month. The character was played by Will Ferrell in the 2003 live-action movie. Hit the jump for more details on the Elf TV special.

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Big Hero 6 easter eggs

While lots of the early November movie buzz has been about Interstellar, definitely start looking forward to Big Hero 6. It’s an action-packed delight. A wonderful blend of superhero origin story and buddy movie with a big giant heart.

In the film, Hiro and his brother’s robot Baymax, form a superhero team to try and stop a rising super-villain. And while most of the marketing and hype has been about the admittedly awesome Baymax, the other four characters are really fantastic too. In particular, TJ Miller as Fred, a stoner comic book geek with a Bruce Wayne-sized secret, is one film fans are sure to latch onto.

During one scene in particular, the whole team visits Fred’s room and it’s geek nirvana. Shelves and shelves of toys, books, collectibles and more. And when I asked directors Don Hall and Chris Williams about it, they confirmed this is one scene fans are really going to want to keep an eye on because it’s filled with Disney and Marvel references.

Below, read our conversation about Fred’s Easter Egg filled room and why you need to stay through the credits starting on November 7. Read More »

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Disney Animation is on a roll. The legendary home of Mickey Mouse was living under the shadow of Pixar for a few years, but they’ve since come back incredibly strong. Big Hero 6, out next month, is a winner. 2012′s Wreck-It Ralph is really great and, of course 2013′s Frozen is the biggest animated film in history. After that, the only official news we have about what’s coming next is Zootopia, which will be out in early 2016.

Now, Disney has official announced its 56th animated film. The movie is called Moana, and you can read more about it below. Read More »

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