Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast is getting closer and closer with the release just over a couple months away. A bunch of TV spots are hitting the small screen to remind everyone that it’s coming out, but with all the record-breaking trailer views the live-action remake of Disney’s animated classic has racked up, I think it’s safe to say everyone knows about it.

Disney loves to have as big of a crowd as possible though, so it should come as no surprise that they debuted a new Beauty and the Beast TV spot during the Golden Globes tonight. There’s a good amount of new footage for those looking to see every bit of Belle (Emma Watson) and The Beast (Dan Stevens, covered in visual effects) of this new spin on the classic tale, and we also have a new poster to check out as well.

See the new Beauty and the Beast TV spot and poster after the jump. Read More »

cars 3 story

The first Cars 3 trailer that arrived a little while back was almost hilariously cryptic, showcasing a dark and dreary scene where series star Lightning McQueen wrecks on the racetrack. Children cried. Grown adults made wisecracks about whether or not this will be the anthropomorphized car version of Million Dollar Baby. I’ll say this much: it was jarring enough that even I, someone who would place the Cars movies last on a personal ranking of Pixar movies, was interested in what was going on with this one.

The first hard story details, including the introduction of two new characters, have arrived to add context to that dramatic accident seen in the preview.

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Hulu Disney Movies Deal - The Mighty Ducks

If you’re a Hulu subscriber, get ready to ring in the new year with a bunch of movies from Walt Disney Studios.

The House of Mouse has just signed a new mutli-year deal with Hulu that gives the streaming service the exclusive subscription streaming rights to a bunch of movies from Disney’s library. This includes animated favorites such as The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mulan, Tarzan, Pocahontas and Lilo & Stitch, as well as live-action movies from Disney’s Touchstone Pictures banner such as Gone in 60 Seconds, Pearl Harbor, Con-Air and more.

Find out more about the new Hulu Disney movies deal after the jump. Read More »

VOTD: Have You Heard Of These Awful Pixar Ripoffs?

Pixar Ripoffs

Movie goes have gotten used to seeing competing movies about the same concept hit theaters in the same year. Back in the 1990s there was Volcano and Dante’s Peak, Babe and Gordy, Armageddon and Deep Impact and more. In recent years, we’ve had the likes of Jobs and Steve Jobs, Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down, Hercules and The Legend of Hercules. But there are even more that you’ve probably never heard of.

Outside of Hollywood, there are production companies who specialize in creating straight-to-video movies that are blatant rip-offs of popular blockbusters hitting theaters at the same time. The Asylum has been behind several of these movies that are either trying to trick clueless movie goers or attempting to coax viewers into watching a movie simply because they think it will be so bad that it’s entertaining. But there are several animation houses who have done the same thing by ripping off Pixar movies with much worse results.

Find out about some truly terrible Pixar ripoffs after the jump. Read More »

Monster Trucks early buzz

Nearly three years after it started shooting, Monster Trucks is finally getting ready to pull into theaters. And while we’d normally say something hopeful here about the possibility of it being worth the wait, the truth is that expectations for this movie couldn’t be lower. Not only is Paramount Pictures dumping it in the doldrums of January here in the U.S., it’s already taken a $115 million writedown on the film. So the question here isn’t so much “is Monster Trucks any good?” as “okay, but how bad is it really?”

Well, the first reviews are rolling in, and the answer seems to be… well, find out for yourself. Get the Monster Trucks early buzz below.  Read More »

Pixar's Coco Photo

This year we’ll be getting two films from Pixar Animation. One is the surprisingly grim and provocative Cars 3, which got everyone’s attention with that dark teaser trailer. But the other is thankfully an original idea, one that allows Pixar to dive into cultural territory they’ve yet to explore.

Coco follows a 12-year old Mexican boy named Miguel Rivera (voiced by newcomer Anthony Gonzalez). He is part of a family who makes shoes to get by, but has one unbreakable rule: no music allowed in the house. However, a new first look photo from Coco has surfaced showing that Miguel is directly defying that rule, giving into a passion for music that cannot be bottled up.

Check out the new Pixar’s Coco photo after the jump. Read More »

Emojimovie: Express Yourself

Sometime last year, Sony announced plans to make The Emoji Movie, which is exactly what it sounds like — an entire feature film about the bubbly little faces that live in your phone. It was described in rough terms as “Wreck-It Ralph meets Inside Out,” which, despite the fact that we really like both of those movies, didn’t do much to make us feel better about The Emoji Movie. But hey, we’ve been wrong before. Sometimes terrible-on-paper ideas yield incredible movies. Maybe, just maybe, The Emoji Movie is one of those times.

… Or, you know, maybe not. It seems like a bad sign that the first Emoji Movie trailer does not seem all that excited about The Emoji Movie. I guess the marketing team thought they were being ironic, but really all I see is a reflection of my own lack of interest in this film. Watch the first The Emoji Movie trailer below.  Read More »

Sing Review

Note: With Sing out this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the TIFF.

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 »

Peter Rabbit First Look Photo

Back in the fall, we learned that Sony Pictures was reaching back into literary history for a new live-action and computer generated hybrid film by adapting Beatrix Potter‘s classic character Peter Rabbit for his own movie. The film has late night sensation James Corden voicing the titular bunny, and now we have our first look at the updated version of the character in his photorealistic animated form.

Check out the Peter Rabbit first look photo after the jump. Read More »

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DuckTales voice cast

I’ve been very curious about Disney XD’s upcoming revival of DuckTales for close to a year now, ever since they revealed the show’s terrific art style and teased imagery that suggests an adventurous tone. While I enjoyed the original cartoon as a youngster, it’s Carl Banks’ original Donald Duck comics that shine brightly for me these days – if the new show can capture the spirit of those stories, it may count me among its fans.

We still don’t know what this series will truly feel like, but we now know who will be providing the voices of the core cast and it’s a whole bunch of very funny, very talented people.

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