‘The Boxtrolls’ Trailer: Laika Is So Square

Boxtrolls Trailer

It’s too soon to say how 2014 as a whole will pan out for cinema, but any year that includes a new release by Laika can’t be all that bad. The animation studio has given us two excellent family films already in Coraline and ParaNorman, and the latest The Boxtrolls trailer suggests that their next feature will be every bit as winning. Watch the video after the jump.

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Paddington trailer

Seth MacFarlane is still working on that sequel to Ted, but in the meantime our screens will be filled with a kinder, gentler breed of stuffed animated animal. While the first Paddington trailer doesn’t reveal much, it does set the tone for a sweetly fantastical family adventure — basically, everything Ted was not. 

At the center of the story is the titular bear (voiced by Colin Firth), an unfailingly polite Anglophile who arrives in London from Peru to start a new life. He’s lost and alone until he’s taken in by the generous Brown family (led by Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins). Watch the cute new trailer after the jump.

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This Roger Rabbit deleted scene explains so much. A video has been brought to our attention from the DVD of Robert Zemeckis‘ 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. In it, Zemeckis and his crew discuss a deleted scene they refer to as “The Pig Head Sequence” which was the first completed scene in the film, but was later cut out. The scene explains why Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) awkwardly comes into in his office to meet Jessica Rabbit with his shirt off in the final film. He was washing off a giant ‘toon pig head.

Below, watch the Roger Rabbit deleted scene as well as some behind the scenes looks at how it was created. Read More »

‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return’ Trailer

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2014 marks the 75th anniversary of MGM’s The Wizard of Oz, and the folks behind a new animated sequel are hoping you’ll want to celebrate with a return trip. The new Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return trailer promises more action and adventure, as the plucky Kansan heroine (voiced by Lea Michele) is whisked back to the Emerald City once more.

When she arrives, she learns that the land is being taken over by the cruel Jester (Martin Short), and that she is Oz’s only hope for salvation. So she joins forces with her old pals — including the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer), and the Lion (Jim Belushi) — to fight back, making some new friends along the way. Watch the video after the jump.

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‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Sequel Song Trailer

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2011′s The Muppets was a rousing success, earning big box office returns and strong reviews to completely reinvigorate the flagging Muppets brand. So naturally, Disney’s now following it up with a sequel. Because “that’s what we do in Hollywood,” as Kermit sings in the latest trailer. So cue the Muppets sequel song…

The newest promo for Muppets Most Wanted features tons of new footage along with our first listen at the charming opening number, “We’re Doing a Sequel.” The lyrics claim that “everybody knows the sequel is never quite as good,” but they could’ve fooled me — so far, Muppets Most Wanted looks every bit as lovable as its predecessor. Hit the jump to check it out. 

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‘Space Jam 2′ in Development [Updated]

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When Michael Jordan was at the top of his game in the NBA, no one was bigger. He was everywhere: TV, commercials and even the movies. In 1996, Jordan starred in Space Jam, a blockbuster family comedy where he was recruited by the Looney Tunes to help them beat a bunch of bad guys in a basketball game. It blended live action, animation and featured cameos from dozens of prominent NBA players as well as stars like Bill Murray and Wayne Knight.

These days, the closest thing we have to Michael Jordan is the two-time reigning NBA Champion Lebron James. He’s just started to dip his toes into films and now he’s lining up his own battle with the Looney Tunes. This isn’t a joke, the sons of legendary sportscaster Dick Ebersol have just come onboard to develop a sequel to Space Jam as a starring vehicle for James. Willie Ebersol will write the screenplay and his brother, Charlie Ebersol, will produce.

Update: After Deadline published its story, Brian Windhorst at ESPN reported that reps for James denied that any project is in development. A film could still be in development at Warner Bros., but not with James. James also commented.

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Watch Two Deleted Scenes From Disney’s ‘Frozen’

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When Disney released Frozen at Thanksgiving last year, it was met with generally good reviews and solid buzz. But no one could have been prepared for what happened next. The snowball of excitement and box office just kept rolling and now, coming up on its fourth (?!?!) month in release, it’s still in the top ten. Quietly, Frozen became 2013′s highest grossing animated film. It was nominated for multiple Oscars, and was instantly accepted into pop culture. With the Blu-ray set for release March 18, there’s no guessing how many times your kids (and, let’s face it, probably you) will be singing “Let It Go.”

To help promote the Blu-ray, Disney has begun to release deleted scenes from the hugely popular film, and you can watch not one, but two below. Read More »

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If Kanan is the “Han Solo” and Ezra is the “Luke,” Zeb is the Chewbacca of Star Wars Rebels.

The team at Lucasfilm has been slowly revealing new characters from the upcoming Disney XD animated series, which will be the first product of the new Disney Star Wars universe. Next up is Zeb, a muscle-bound, but smart and articulate alien ally of the Rebellion who flies in the Ghost with the rest of the crew. Below, check out a video introduction to our first alien – and a new one at that – of the new Star Wars universe. Read More »

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