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 »

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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 »

Universal just added one entry to the 2012 Oscar race and two to the 2013 Summer box office bonanza. They just announced that Oliver Stone‘s adaptation of the Don Winslow novel Savages, starring Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, Emile Hirsch, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Uma Thurman and John Travolta (wow), will bow on September 28, 2012, the sequel to the 2010 hit Despicable Me, cleverly called Despicable Me 2 for now, will hit theaters July 3, 2013 and the Joseph Kosinski-directed sci-fi epic Oblivion (which we’ve covered in excruciating detail) starring Tom Cruise will be released July 19, 2013.

Those last two are the first movies to get release dates in the July 2013. Get em while they’re hot!

Despicable Me Sequel in Development

Despicable Me Minions

Illumination Entertainment’s first feature Despicable Me earned 56.3 million domestically in its first weekend of release, nearly double what analysts had predicted. It seems like everyone got lured to the theater to catch a glimpse of those cute little yellow minions. Of course, a sequel is already in development.

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