Posted on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 by Fred Topel
The Simpsons is entering its 28th year, yet I still have new questions every time I see showrunner Al Jean at the Fox Television Critics Association party. Jean has been the show runner for 26 of the 28 years. He took two years to do the short-lived animated series The Critic, and may be the only other person besides myself who has watched every single episode of The Simpsons.
This year, Fox made some announcements during their TCA executive session. Amy Schumer is doing a voice role on all of their Sunday night animated shows, and The Simpsons will do their first ever one-hour episode. Read our interview with Al Jean below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
After nearly six months of waiting, we are now just two days away from the season 3 premiere of Star Wars Rebels. But if patience isn’t your strong suit (and who could blame you, given all the exciting stuff about to go down next season?), Disney XD has dropped a couple new clips for you to pore over while you wait. In one, Ezra (Taylor Gray) consults a Sith Holocron, while in another, Ezra and Hera (Vanessa Marshall) go undercover and find themselves face-to-face with Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen).
Watch the Star Wars Rebels season 3 clips below. Read More »
All the major studios are having conference calls and meetings with their investors this week to talk about the upcoming fourth quarter of the fiscal year. Disney downplayed the expectations of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story a bit; Netflix talked about eventually having 50% of their library made up of original programming, and now Paramount Pictures has delivered some troubling but unsurprising news about one of their upcoming projects.
The family friendly action adventure movie Monster Trucks is projected to lose Paramount Pictures around $115 million. The movie doesn’t even hit theaters until January 13, 2017 and the studio is already expecting it to hit the box office below initial expectations. Find out more about Monster Trucks box office predictions after the jump. Read More »
Earlier this month, we got the sad news that comedy icon Gene Wilder had passed away. Since then, there have been honorary screenings around the country of movies such as Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Now you can remember Gene Wilder with some gorgeous new artwork as well.
Laurent Durieux is one of our favorite pop culture artists, having just recently delivered a fantastic print for Raiders of the Lost Ark, and now he’s giving Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory his artistic touch with a gorgeous new print going on sale Friday. Check out the Laurent Durieux Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory print after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 by Angie Han
The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 were box office hits, if not exactly critical darlings, but the tiny blue creatures are headed in a different direction for their next big screen outing. Smurfs: The Lost Village is ditching the live-action component of the last two films, and instead will be a fully animated CG adventure about Smurfette (voiced by Demi Lovato) setting out to find her purpose in life.
Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, and Danny Pudi voice three of the boy Smurfs who join Smurfette on her adventure, Rainn Wilson voices the evil Gargamel, and Mandy Patinkin is Papa Smurf. Watch the Smurfs: The Lost Village teaser trailer, plus an international teaser trailer, below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
We first learned that DuckTales was being revived as a new Disney XD series back in early 2015, but it took over a year for our first look at the show to arrive. And that single preview image (sampled on the top of this article) left quite an impression. While some purists and fans of the original animated series may scoff, I instantly fell in love with the new arty style, which looks to blend classic Disney character design with plenty of stylized, modern touches. It feels familiar while also feeling fresh. That’s a tricky combination.
However, those looking for one aspect of this series to match the show they grew up with can take comfort in the new logo, which has arrived looking pretty much the same as ever.
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Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
When I first sat down to watch A Town Called Panic a few years ago, I knew that it was the feature film adaptation of a well-liked series of Belgian stop-motion animated comedy shorts and nothing more. So I spent the next 75 minutes being blown away by this endlessly inventive, hilarious, and surreal thing that honestly felt like it had to right to exist. Here was a feature film starring a crudely animated plastic horse (named Horse) and his crudely animated buddies (Cowboy and Indian) that managed to squeeze a dozen charming and/or crazy gags into each minute of screen time, using stream-of-consciousness storytelling to barrel from one subplot to another at such a pace that you never realize that there’s not plot to speak of. A Town Called Panic begins as one movie and ends as a completely different movie and you have no idea how you got there. It’s sublime.
Now, seven years later, a sequel-of-sorts is here in the form of A Town Called Panic: Double Fun, which has unveiled a new trailer.
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Mean Girls director Mark Waters has signed on to direct a Disney live-action family comedy called Magic Camp with comedian Steve Martin in talks to star in the film.
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Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Disney’s next new animated adventure is preparing to set sail, and to help us all get ready for the journey they’ve released a brand-new full-length trailer. Moana stars Auli’i Cravalho as a young Polynesian princess who sets out on a daring voyage to save her people. Also along for the ride are her rooster Heihei (Alan Tudyk) and the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson). Watch the Moana trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
Since Despicable Me, Illumination Entertainment has established itself as a go-to source for sturdy family entertainment. Their films may not reach the artistic heights of Pixar or Disney, but you can generally count on them to be perfectly pleasant and inoffensive, able to entertain the kids without annoying the parents.
Sing is Illumination’s first musical, but otherwise it’s cut from the same cloth as the company’s other films. While not especially deep, the combination of a star-studded cast and an equally star-studded music catalogue make for a fun time. It’s light and sweet and pretty as cotton candy, and it dissolves from memory just as quickly. Read More »