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20th (or is it 21st?) Century Fox went on a release date rampage over the weekend, planting a stake in the ground for a few upcoming tentpoles as well as animated films through 2018. Ridley Scott‘s star-studded The Counselor has been moved up to October 25, a non-Pixar Day of the Dead animated film called Book Of Life will be released October 3, 2014, Frankenstein, starring Daniel Radcliffe and directed by Paul McGuigan, is now set for October 17, 2014 and a fourth Alvin and the Chipmunks film will be released December 11, 2015.

Fox Animation, DreamWorks Animation and Blue Sky Animation will then have five films between them released in 2017 and five more in 2018. That’s in addition to the previously announced dates through 2014. See the full rundown below. Read More »

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BrieflyGuillermo del Toro has been plotting an animated film based on the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration for the past year. Provisionally titled Day of the Dead, it has Jorge R. Gutierrez, co-creator of the Nickelodeon showEl Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, set to direct with the company ReelFX backing the film. Gutierrez and ReelFX took the project to del Toro, who saw enough potential in it to come on board as producer.

Now Fox Animation has come on board, too, and Fox will release the movie in a prime Halloween frame, on October 10, 2014. But with Pixar also set to make an animated Day of the Dead movie, del Toro & Co. are moving to separate the two just a bit. And so this film is now called Book of Life. We don’t have more details at this point, and it will be a while, most likely, before we learn much more. But we’ll be curious to see how this and the Pixar film explore the same basic spirit from what we have to assume will be very different angles. [THR]

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