The year has just begun, but that means we’re a mere five months from the opening of blockbuster season in May, and so it’s time for studios to make sure that we know all about the films they’ve spent millions upon millions of dollars making, and possibly even more to promote.

So here are new images from Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel, Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion, Marc Forster‘s delayed World War Z, one more from Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful, to complement the few we presented yesterday, and a cute shot from Despicable Me 2 to round things out.

None of these will reveal much new about any of the films in question, but each is a good reminder of what’s to come this summer. Read More »


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Last seen delivering an entertainingly absurd a cappella rendition of “Barbara Ann,” the minions are back in a second trailer for Despicable Me 2. And appropriately for the holiday, it’s a spooky one. Someone, or something, seems intent on picking off the cute little creatures one by one, presumably for some nefarious purpose. Said entity seems somewhat less interested, however, in alley cats.

Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) hardly makes an appearance, and we don’t get to see any of the villain (voiced by Al Pacino) either, but the paranormal happenings could be a hint as to the direction the story will go when the animated sequel hits next year. Watch it after the jump.

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The film Despicable Me turned into a decent-sized hit and merchandizing bonanza for Illumination Entertainment and Universal, with a sequel already heading towards completion. Now the film’s little yellow bean Minions, already the stars of a theme park, have been set to play the lead roles in a new spin-off feature film. Read More »

There’s a lot of sequel casting and development to report today, and so after the break you’ll find:

  • Michelle Rodriguez will return for Machete Kills and Fast and Furious 6
  • Vin Diesel is teasing further Riddick sequel news
  • Steve Coogan is cast in Despicable Me 2
  • Eddie Izzard suggests there could be more Treasure Island in his future
  • Eva Green talks about her role in the 300 prequel
  • Wrong Turn 5 begins shooting

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The first teaser trailer for Despicable Me 2, which doesn’t hit theaters for over a year, takes the approach used for so many ads for the first film: it trades on the simple appeal of the series’ little yellow minions. And, damn it, this is a funny teaser. Three of the tiny guys do a completely absurd a capella rendition of ‘Barbara Ann’ by The Regents (and made famous when covered by The Beach Boys) as a fourth adds his own little accent to the song.

This teaser is also does a good job of porting a 3D video to 2D, though admittedly the gag in question is a pretty simple one to make work. Check it out below. Read More »

Lots of Star Trek 2 and even a few other films are all part of the latest Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following:

  • What did J.J. Abrams think of the Star Trek 2 photo leaks and what did Zachary Quinto have to say about the scene?
  • Michael Giacchino confirms he’ll be back to score Star Trek 2.
  • Even more set photos from the set of the sci-fi sequel.
  • Zoe Saldana comments on the status of Avatar 2.
  • Director Chris Renaud discusses what we can expect in Despicable Me 2.
  • Two new photos of Vin Diesel on the set of Riddick.

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While one could argue that Al Pacino‘s acting has gotten overly animated in the last few years, he’s never actually been animated. Until now. The Oscar-winning actor just signed to voice his first animated character: the villain in Despicable Me 2, which is scheduled for release on July 3, 2013. It’s the role Javier Bardem was originally rumored for — a rumor which was later found to be untrue. Read more after the jump. Read More »

There’s been a very steady stream of casting updates lately, thanks in a large part to the Sundance Film Festival, but today we have news of two roles that didn’t quite work out as planned. Demi Moore, who was slated to play Gloria Steinem in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman‘s porn biopic Lovelace, has since pulled out of the project, while Javier Bardem has dropped out of negotiations to voice the villain of Universal’s Despicable Me 2. More details after the jump.

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An Oscar-winner known for calling people “Friend-O” could soon be playing an animated character name “El Macho.” Javier Bardem, best known for his villainous turn in the Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men is in negotiations to voice the bad guy in Despicable Me 2, the 3D animated sequel to the 2010 hit starring Steve Carell. That first film was about a wannabe super-villain named Cru who became a hero because bonded with three little kids and this one will continue the adventure as Cru and his family go up against El Macho and his son, Machito. It’s scheduled for release on July 3, 2013. More after the break. Read More »