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Unlike live-action Hollywood films, animation isn’t star-driven. Stories are the stars in animation and, if you don’t believe it, look at the biggest animated film of all time: Frozen. Talented actors and singers in every role, none of which can yet sell a movie wholly on their own. Still, having big stars in your animated film doesn’t mean it’s bad. Pixar regularly gets some of the biggest names in the world to voice their characters.

Which is to say, the newly announced cast members for the animated film Animal Crackers are a mixed bag. But it’s a great cast none the less. Produced by Blue Dream Studios, Animal Crackers will feature the voices of Sylvester Stallone, Danny DeVito, Ian McKellen, Patrick Warburton, Gilbert Gottfried, Raven-Symoné, Harvey Fierstein and others. Read more about the Animal Crackers movie below. Read More »

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In 1992 Danny DeVito released his third directorial effort, Hoffa. That summer, he also appeared in Tim Burton‘s Batman Returns as a sludgy, grotesque version of the Penguin. What many people don’t realize is that the films connect through a talent beyond DeVito, as Burton was recruited for a very small cameo in Hoffa. Appropriately, DeVito had his Batman Returns director play a corpse.

Check out video below featuring Burton’s prep for the scene, and an alternate take of the cameo. Read More »

Two comic book movies and two long-in-the-making comedy sequels make their appearance in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Ivan Reitman will return for Twins 2, says Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Dumb and Dumber 2 could get rolling by fall, says Bobby Farrelly
  • Check out pics and video of stunt performers on the Iron Man 3 set
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse will probably murder a dog in Kick-Ass 2

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A pre-April Fools’ day story that wasn’t actually a joke contained the announcement that Universal is developing Triplets as a sequel to Ivan Reitman‘s 1988 film Twins. The original comedy starred Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger as genetically-engineered brothers who learn of one anothers existence when they’re both adults.

Triplets doesn’t have a director at this point, or even a screenwriter, and the cast isn’t yet signed. But the idea is for DeVito and Schwarzenegger to return, with Eddie Murphy stepping in as a third long-lost brother.

Danny DeVito has spoken in general terms about doing a Twins sequel in the past, and now we’ve got some enthusiastic quotes from Schwarzenegger. He seems wildly confident about the prospects for the film. Read More »

Rumors have flown for the past year of a possible sequel to Twins, the 1988 comedy in which Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger starred as genetically engineered but not quite identical brothers. And now that second film is really happening: Universal and Montecito Picture Co. are developing a film that will follow Twins. But Twins 2 isn’t quite going to cut it; this film will be called Triplets. And if things work out the way the companies want, Eddie Murphy will be the third brother. Read More »

Seeing as everything else from the ’80s has been dragged back to the movie theater, it probably really is just a matter of time before we get another Twins. Also after the jump:

  • We now know who won’t be writing Scream 5
  • Paramount’s Jack Ryan film hits money trouble
  • Angelina Jolie rejects the script for Salt 2
  • Ice Cube’s working on the Friday 4 script
  • Iron Man 3 starts set work, code name revealed
  • MIB3‘s massive, ballooning budget partially explained

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WTF: Environment-Focused ‘The Lorax’ Pushes SUVs

So much for that liberal, pro-environment, anti-industrialist agenda Fox News accused The Lorax of pushing. In a truly WTF bit of cross-promotion, the title character of Dr. Seuss‘ nature-friendly fable is shilling for the 2013 Mazda CX-5. That’s right: The feisty Lorax, who famously “speaks for the trees,” is promoting an SUV, and not even a hybrid at that. This makes even less sense than the time China Glaze encouraged us to identify with the dangerously frivolous Capitol folks by buying Hunger Games-themed nail polish. Watch the Lorax-themed Mazda commercial after the jump.

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If last month’s trailer for The Lorax seemed surprisingly cutesy and sweet for an urgent environmental fable, perhaps the new Australian trailer will balance it out. Where the last one really played up the colorful setting and playful tone, the new video offers a much better look at the destruction the greedy Once-ler (voiced by Ed Helms) hath wrought. Seriously, the Once-ler seems to live in some Seuss-ified version of the bleak post-apocalyptic landscape from The Road.

Based on a classic children’s book by Dr. Seuss, the film sees a young boy named Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) who sets out to learn the true story of how the Once-ler came to trash the Truffula trees over the warnings of the righteous, if slightly annoying, Lorax (Danny DeVito). Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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