the bfg featurette

There’s a new Steven Spielberg movie in theaters in less than a month and that is a reason for celebration. Or it should be a reason for celebration. The BFG seems to be flying under the radar, lost in a sea of other big summer releases. And that’s a shame because it certainly looks lovely. Spielberg’s inherent humanity and author Roald Dahl‘s sly wit feel like perfect complements for one another. Plus, how can anyone with good taste not want to see another collaboration between the greatest populist director of all time and the wonderful Mark Rylance, who took home an Oscar earlier this year for Bridge of Spies?

A new featurette about the film focusing on the casting of Rylance as the titular “Big Friendly Giant” has arrived and it only confirms my suspicions that I could listen to Mr. Rylance talk all day long.

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fast and furious 8

In today’s Sequel Bits:

  • Crazy new footage from the set of Fast 8 arrives in official and unofficial forms.
  • Composter Thomas Newman on scoring Finding Dory.
  • Karl Urban almost didn’t return for Star Trek Beyond.
  • Producer Joel Silver talks up The Predator.
  • Independence Day: Resurgence reveals an IMAX poster.
  • Watch a new clip from Ice Age: Collision Course.
  • MacGruber 2 may still happen.

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Phantom Boy Teaser Trailer

Directors Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol previously collaborated on the Oscar-nominated animated film A Cat in Paris, and now they’re back with their latest cartoon effort, Phantom Boy. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, and while it would be easy to say this is just another superhero movie, this looks like something truly special.

The first Phantom Boy teaser trailer has just arrived online from GKIDS, and it shows off the gorgeous animation and unique story about a young boy with cancer who is able to leave his body and fly around New York City for short periods of time. With this power, he may be the only one who can help stop a criminal mastermind. Watch the Phantom Boy teaser trailer below. Read More »

Monster Trucks trailer

Monster Trucks‘ road to the screen has been a long and winding one. Originally put into development in 2013, it finished shooting in 2014 for release in summer 2015… only to be delayed to Christmas 2015, and then to spring 2016, and then all the way to early 2017. But Paramount is finally ready to offer us a little peek of what’s in store. And what’s in store is far weirder than we would have guessed.

Lucas Till, who can currently be seen playing a middle-aged man in X-Men: Apocalypse, stars as a teenager named Tripp, who befriends a squishy subterranean creature that lives in and powers his junky old car. Yup, turns out the title “Monster Trucks” is very, very literal. Jane LevyHolt McCallany, Thomas Lennon, and Danny Glover also star. Chris Wedge directed.  Read More »

the last knight

In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Transformers: The Last Knight heads to Cuba and Megatron gets a redesign.
  • Star Trek Beyond reveals new story points, photos, and posters.
  • New clips and featurettes from Independence Day: Resurgence arrive online.
  • Finding Dory would like you to talk like a whale on June 11.

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Cars 3 Concept Art

In case you’ve forgotten, Disney and Pixar Animation still have Cars 3 on the way to theaters. With Finding Dory coming to theaters in June, I wouldn’t be surprised if some kind of short teaser trailer debuted with that Pixar sequel in order to get families excited about the return of Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and his trusty tow truck sidekick Mater (Larry the Cable Guy).

But when Cars 3 arrives next summer, Mater won’t be the only friend that Lightning McQueen has on the road. Some new concept art and details about the animated sequel introduce us to a new character, one who will help Lightning McQueen adapt to the fast-changing world of racing that seems to be leaving him behind as newer, more high-tech cars start leaving him in the dust.

See the Cars 3 concept art and learn more about the new character after the jump. Read More »

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the little prince trailer

Despite being a critically well-regarded international hit with a recognizable line-up of voice talent that took home the Best Animated Feature Film trophy at the César Awards, earlier this year, The Little Prince has hit a few speed bumps on its way to American theaters. Originally scheduled for release on March 18, 2016, Paramount abruptly pulled the film from its schedule on March 11, with no explanation given. Netflix, with its seemingly bottomless bag of “Screw You, We’re Netflix” money, swooped in and rescued director Mark Osborne‘s film.

Now, the streaming service has unveiled a new The Little Prince trailer along with a release date.

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Finding Dory Clip

I was as hesitant about a sequel to Finding Nemo as anyone else, but the closer we get the release date of Finding Dory, the more optimistic I get regarding this whole film. It looks gorgeously animated, funny and charming. Most importantly, there are shreds of evidence in the various trailers that suggest this talking fish movie will reduce me to a blubbering mess in true Up and Inside Out fashion. Bring it on, Pixar. This wouldn’t be the first time you’ve brought a sledgehammer down upon my fragile emotions.

The first Finding Dory clip that has debuted online doesn’t feature any heartstring tugging, but it does feature the return of few familiar faces and it’s perfectly adorable.

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Sing Trailer

Illumination Entertainment has a couple of new animated movies hitting theaters this year. The first is the animal adventure The Secret Life of Pets, arriving this summer. But just before Christmas, Illumination will get musical with Sing. In what is basically Zootopia meets American Idol, one koala (Matthew McConaughey) decides to put on a huge singing competition to save his theater, and some average animals with incredible pipes look at it as their opportunity for a better life. Of course, it’s all fueled by an endless array of popular songs from yesterday and today.

Watch the new Sing trailer after the jump. Read More »