Through the Ice Age movies, Blue Sky Studios has become one of the premier CG animation houses for feature films, and the company’s new effort is a whimsical forest battle called Epic. Chris Wedge, who directed the first Ice Age film and has voiced the Scrat character throughout that franchise, is directing.
This one features Josh Hutcherson as the voice of the lead character, a diminutive forest warrior who rides a hummingbird, but all you’ll hear of him in the first trailer is a bunch of grunts and exclamations. Most of the audio in this trailer is Snow Patrol’s song ‘The Lightning Strike,’ though there is a bit of dialogue from Aziz Ansari (as a slug) and Amanda Seyfried as a teenage girl who finds herself in the midst of a strange forest war.
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Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
Having established himself as an in-demand actor, writer, and producer, Seth Rogen is now moving into directing. Or co-directing, to be more exact, with frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg. The pair recently began shooting their first directorial effort together, the apocalyptic comedy The End of the World. And while it remains to be seen just how they’ll do in their newfound role as co-helmers, it appears that their past work has allowed them to call in some favors and collect quite a cast.
Among the various stars set to populate the upcoming movie are Rogen himself, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Aziz Ansari, Rihanna, and many, many more.
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Adding to the big day over at 20th Century Fox, they’ve just announced the full voice cast for their latest CG 3D animated film called Epic. Created by Blue Sky Studios, Epic (formerly called Leafmen) “tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil. When a teen age girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world…and ours.”
The voice cast is impressive. It includes Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Knoxville, Aziz Ansari, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Blake Anderson and Judah Friedlander.
Directed by Chris Wedge, Epic is scheduled for release May 24, 2013. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
Seth Rogen has been a top comedy star, writer, and producer for several years now, so it’s not remotely surprising he’s been collecting an exceptionally funny cast for The Apocalypse. Still, the quality of the talent involved really is impressive. James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride have all been attached to Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s co-directorial debut for months, and now Parks & Recreation star Aziz Ansari has been added to the roster as well. I think I’m laughing a little already.
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Since the run-up to the release of Blue Sky Studios’ Ice Age in 2002, the best spokesman — spokesanimal? — for the film series has been a creature that can barely speak. The acorn-obsessed Scrat, a sabre-toothed squirrel, has starred in trailers and shorts and is one of the most consistently entertaining parts of the actual films. With the latest film in the series, Ice Age: Continental Drift, hitting theaters in July 2012, Fox and Blue Sky are way ahead of the curve in getting the word out. The first part of the short Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up showed up way back in January of this year, and now we’ve got the conclusion. Check it out below. Read More »
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Aziz Ansari, Emma Stone, Andy Samberg, Ed Helms, Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Jamie King and Samuel L. Jackson are all Star Wars fans just like us. Unlike us, they’re all big stars, some of whom are even part of the Star Wars universe itself. They also all appear in a brand new video to help promote a bunch of charitable ventures between Lucasfilm and Stand Up To Cancer. Fans can buy t-shirts, bid on super rare Star Wars collectibles and more with proceeds going to the charity.
Find all the appropriate links as well as the video – which is basically the above stars doing a comedic reenactment of the original trilogy in 3 minutes – after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Sad as I am to see summer go, there is something I’m really looking forward to about the coming months, and that is the advent of the television’s regular season. After a long summer away from my imaginary friends in Pawnee, Greendale, and Lima, I’m eager to check back in and see what the new premieres have to offer. Hit the jump to see:
- The beginnings of a triple-Tammy drink-off in a preview for Parks & Recreation Season 4
- Greendale Community College literally dancing for joy in the promo for Community Season 3
- Those crazy New Directions kids up to their usual tricks again in a spot for Glee Season 3
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The summer of 2011 is coming to a close and the final big studio comedy coming our way is 30 Minutes or Less, director Ruben Fleischer‘s post Zombieland/pre-Gangster Squad comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride and Nick Swardson. In the film, which is loosely based on a true story, a pizza delivery boy (Eisenberg) has a bomb strapped to him by two thugs (McBride and Swardson) and is forced to rob a bank. A simple premise that, when you watch this new, restricted footage reel, is obviously prime for a ton of jokes, most of which have to do with sexual gratification.
Watch the video after the jump. The footage is tame but the language is decidedly NSFW, so get those headphones out. Read More »
Sometimes there’s no way to make a casting roundup conform to any sort of sense. Such is the case here, as we’ve got info on a wild reality-based political thriller set in 1979, an animated sequel, and an indie family drama with a very unlikely cast. In other words, after the break you’ll find info on:
- Monsters star Scoot McNairy joining Ben Affleck’s Argo,
- Nick Frost and seven hundred other actors doing voices for the fourth theatrical Ice Age movie,
- and an indie called Little Boy, which has Kevin James and Emily Watson set to star.
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