Planes Fire Rescue

Removing racing from Disney’s Planes could be a risk, but the trailer for the sequel Planes: Fire and Rescue suggests it might have paid off. The new story picks up after the events of the first film, and Dusty (Dane Cook) realizes he might not be able to race again. He tries to turn his racing skills into a more noble cause, hoping to join a team of planes who put out forest fires. However, not everyone accepts that the world champion racer is changing his tune.

Without a Pixar movie out this year, Planes: Fire & Rescue is the closest thing to Pixar we’ll get. The new trailer certainly has that big, sweeping, emotional feel. Check it out below. Read More »

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The Formula One rivals of Ron Howard’s Rush won’t be the only racers speeding toward possible death this year. Disney’s Planes features an aerial race contender so inexperienced and unqualified that his very participation prompts one character to shrug, “Well, he’s going to die.”

In most other respects, though, we can probably expect Planes to be a much different affair from Howard’s historical drama. For one thing, the racer in question is an anthropomorphic crop duster named Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook). For another, Planes is set in the same colorful, kid-friendly universe as Pixar’s Cars. Don’t expect any solemn meditations on mortality and the competitive spirit from this one, in other words. To find out what you can expect, see the new trailer after the jump.

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With Disney’s announcement earlier today of a Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory, set for 2015, it’s extremely interesting that they’d also choose today release a brand new glimpse of Planes. The Dory reveal started a lot of conversation, both on this site and Twitter, about Pixar’s recent penchant for sequels. Planes isn’t a sequel, nor is it a Pixar film, but many fans are going to assume both things when it’s released this Summer. So let’s set the record straight.

Planes is a spin-off of Pixar’s Cars, created by Disney Toons Studios. They’re the company that primarily does Direct-To-DVD films, and this film was originally intended as a video-only release. When John Lasseter (who created and directed both Cars films) got his hands on Planes, he decided it was bigger than that and it’ll get a full theatrical release August 9 under the Disney banner.

What you’ll see below is your first footage from the finished film, which recently announced Dane Cook as the main voice. It looks…incredibly exciting. Visually impressive, lots of speed and action. But it does bring up the issue of Disney going back to the well time and again.

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Disney’s Cars spin-off Planes is getting a boost from a high-profile voice cast. Following Dane Cook‘s casting last month as protagonist Dusty, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Teri Hatcher, John Cleese, and many more have signed on to fill the supporting cast. There’s even a mini Top Gun reunion going on, with Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards. Get details on and images of their characters after the jump.

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Disney’s Planes, the former direct-to-DVD film that’s now been given the full-blown, 3D theatrical treatment, has just announced its star. Dane Cook, one of the world’s most famous and successful comedians, though paradoxically not necessarily the most popular comedian, will voice the lead character of Dusty (above), a plane who hopes to be a racer but is afraid of heights. Jon Crier was originally cast in the role. Read the full press release below. Read More »

Sneak peaks, new additions, premieres and premature cancellations are all in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • Check out a teaser trailer for the sixth season of Californication.
  • Deadwood and Pirates of the Caribbean star Ian McShane is joining American Horror Story: Asylum.
  • Scream-queen Neve Campbell is joining Grey’s Anatomy for a few episodes.
  • Eric Dane will star in a new, Platinum Dunes produced pilot called The Last Ship.
  • Watch a clip of Olympian Ryan Lochte‘s cameo on 30 Rock.
  • The HBO shows Girls and Enlightened will both return January 13.

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For better or for worse, networks are finally sorting out their schedules for the 2012-2013 season, which means renewals and cancellations are being announced left and right. Viewers of NBC and ABC’s comedy lineups will be happy to see most of their favorites safe for another year, but Awake fans should prepare to say goodbye. Hit the jump for the latest news on the two networks’ upcoming schedules.

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There comes a moment in many a comedy star’s life when he decides it’s time to try his luck with dramatic acting. Apparently, that point is now for comedian/actor Dane Cook. Though he’s made his name with mediocre comedies like Good Luck Chuck and Employee of the Month, Cook took on a more dramatic part in 2007′s Dan in Real Life, and now he’s doing his darkest turn yet inAnswers to Nothing.

Directed by Matthew Leutwyler, the drama follows a several “lost souls” in L.A. who are connected by a missing girl case. Cook plays one of those lonely people, a cheating husband to Lost‘s Elizabeth Mitchell and a frustrated son to Barbara Hershey. Julie Benz, Zach Gilford, and Eric Palladino also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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