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What the earlier Despicable Me 2 teaser trailers lacked in information, they made up for in cuteness. The puffy yellow minions were all over those, performing “Barbara Ann” and investigating otherworldly visitors. Now a full-length trailer has arrived, and while it’s not quite as adorable (that’s just what happens when you shift focus away from the minions), it tells us far more about what this movie actually is.

Steve Carell is back as the voice of supervillain Gru, who’s recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help defeat a powerful new baddie. Al Pacino, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Russell Brand, and Ken Jeong also lend their voices. Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud return as directors. Check out the new trailer and poster after the jump.

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While it was anyone’s guess who’d win the Super Bowl last night, the movie awards ceremonies this weekend were more predictable. Argo continued its steamroll through awards season, picking up a DGA award for Ben Affleck to go with the film’s earlier PGA, SAG, and Globes victories, while PGA winner Wreck-It Ralph took the top prize at the Annies.

Oscar favorites Searching for Sugar Man and Paperman also proved popular on the movie front, as did Jay RoachRian Johnson, and Lena Dunham in the small-screen world. Hit the jump to read the winners.

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Fake superheroes, spin-offs and Leonidas are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • Mark Millar is teasing some of the fights and costumes in Kick-Ass 2.
  • Universal has set a December 19, 2014 release date for a Despicable Me spin-off centered on the Minions.
  • See a high-res version of the Red 2 teaser poster.
  • Gerard Butler will not be returning for 300: The Battle of Artemisia.

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It’s still the middle of winter now, but it’s never too soon to start planning ahead for vacation time — and with Universal Orlando’s announcement of new and updated attractions to debut in 2012, the theme park is looking better than ever. After the jump, find details on such rides as Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, as well as updates on the Blue Man Group show and more.

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By now you’ve probably seen dozens of critics’ best-of-2011 lists (including ours!), and noticed some amount of overlap on films like Hugo, Drive, and Tree of Life. But there’s more than one way to gauge a movie’s success, and when it comes to what general audiences are actually watching, a whole different set of titles come out on top.

According to a report just released by Redbox, the Adam Sandler vehicle Just Go With It was the most rented title at its bright red kiosks in 2011, ahead of several other comedies including No Strings Attached, Rango, and The Dilemma. Meanwhile, Fast Five leads the list of the most pirated movies of the year, followed by The Hangover Part II, Thor, and Source Code. Read both lists after the jump.

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Don’t expect to see popular Marvel comics characters like Spider-Man at the Disney theme parks any time soon. That seems to be the core take-away from today’s announcements from Universal Studios. The company made two announcements this morning:

  • A Despicable Me 3D experience will replace the Jimmy Neutron attraction at Universal Studios Florida in 2012.
  • The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal’s Islands of Adventure will be fitted with all-new digital animation done in 4K high definition.

By investing money to completely reanimate the Spider-Man ride, Universal is sending a clear message to theme park visitors: “we still own the rights to attractions based on some of the popular Marvel characters and you won’t see these characters at the Disneyland theme parks any time soon.” Read the full press release after the jump, which includes a bunch of details about the new Despicable Me ride.
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50 Movie Spoilers of 2010 in 3 Minutes

Our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series — 50 Movie Spoilers of 2010 in 3 Minutes, in one take. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes, 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes and 50 Comedy Spoilers in 3 Minutes.  Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.

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Following in the footsteps of Pixar, Illumination Entertainment has released a DVD exclusive short film (or what they’re calling a “mini movie”) on their first DVD/Blu-ray release, Despicable Me (released this week, available on Amazon for $19.99 on DVD, $21.99 on blu-ray/dvd combo + digital copy). Actually, they’ve included not just one mini movie, but three new short films in total. Titled “Banana”, “Home Makeover” and “Orientation Day”, the mini movies all feature the cute lovable yellow minion creatures. You can watch all three short films embedded after the jump.

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

Buy It

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP
Describing the engrossing, frequently hilarious Banksy-directed Exit Through the Gift Shop as one of the best story-driven documentaries I’ve ever seen would almost certainly be misleading, as its veracity has been a point of contention since its Sundance premiere. To delve into the topic further would require detailing plot details that I’d be remiss to give away, so I’ll just say this: The strength of the film is that whether or not it’s authentic doesn’t matter. The ultimate take-away from the picture comes from a place of complete truth, and that truth only resonates in the way that it does because the story was told in this form. Not only does the picture provide fascinating insight into the world of graffiti art, but it tackles the nebulous subject of the nature of art and people’s perception of it in a way that appalled and fascinated me. Give it a chance, and I’m sure it will do the same to you.
Available on Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: B Movie film about the ‘Art’ of Banksy, a Life Remote Control (Lawyer’s Edit) movie that started it all, deleted scenes, and limited edition inserts designed by Banksy.

DVD PRICE
Amazon – $11.99

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Twitter’s Top 10 Tweeted Movies of 2010

Twitter has released their 2010 Top Twitter Trends Analytics which includes a list og the top 10 tweeted about movies of the last year. The most talked about film of 2010 on Twitter? Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Hit the jump to see the full list.
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