Let the battle for second and third Best Animated Feature of the year begin. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just announced their short list of 15 features that are eligible to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards and right out of the gate, competition is fierce. Due to Academy rules, if up to 15 films qualify for the nomination, there will be only three nominees. If there are 16 or more films eligible, five films get nominated. So this year only three films, out of a very strong group, will get to call themselves Oscar nominees. But, really, we know there’s already a clear cut favorite.

Of the nine years this award has existed, Pixar films have won five Oscars (Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-E and Up) against only two losses (Monsters Inc., Cars). And with the unprecedented critical and financial success of Toy Story 3, chances are everyone else is just vying for a nomination. Check out the full list, which includes several films that have yet to be released, as well as our detailed analysis/predictions, after the jump. Read More »


Predators posterThis week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss the dickishness of Kevin Feige, praise the sublime The Kids Are Alright, and try to figure out why Despicable Me isn’t as good as a Pixar film. Special guest C. Robert Cargill (AKA Massawyrm) joins us from Ain’t It Cool News.

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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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Hollywood is in a dark place right now. The world is changing around it, and movie studios are struggling to adapt. We’ve already seen how studios have been trying to incorporate current technology-based trends and developments into everyday practice—whether it be through harnessing the power of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, or combating piracy with digital downloads—but so far none of these attempts have been met with much success or enthusiasm.

I doubt this latest experiment is going to change that.

In partnership with Universal, Best Buy has recently unveiled a movie app that encourages using your cell phone while watching Despicable Me. Find out more after the break. Read More »

Despicable Me Movie Trailer #6

Universal Pictures has released yet-another new movie trailer for Illumination Entertainment‘s computer animated feature Despicable Me (you can also see the previously released trailers here: one, two, three, and four). The movie will hit theaters in only a few weeks (July 9th) but with Toy Story 3 hitting theaters today, Universal is trying their best to keep the film in the audience’s mind. They are also trying to keep the cute yellow minions front and center, as they are clearly the most marketable/entertaining part of the movie. Watch it now, embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Despicable Me

It’s been a few days since our last movie poster roundup. Today we bring you new one-sheets for Anton Corbijn’s The American, Middle Men, Knight and Day, and Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D. Check them out, after the jump.

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Despicable Me Minions at the Grove

After the jump you can find a few videos I was hoping to run today on the site, including:

  • A featurette taking us into composer James Horner‘s recording of the score for The Karate Kid.
  • Four minutes of The A-Team
  • The Minions from Despicable Me invade LA’s The Grove, an interested marketing experiment with a studio-sponsored flash mob

Watch all three clips, after the jump.
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Despicable Me

Universal Pictures has released a new “NCM First Look” featurette for Illumination Entertainment‘s computer animated feature Despicable Me (you can also see the previously released trailers here: one, two, three, and four). Watch it now, embedded after the jump.

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Three New Movie Posters: Despicable Me

Despicable Me

Universal has released three new movie posters for Illumination Entertainment‘s computer animated feature Despicable Me. Check them out now, after the jump.

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Iron Man 2

Okay, so we took a day off from the Poster round-up and it seems like the one-sheets have really stacked up fast. Today we bring you two Iron Man 2 IMAX movie posters, the one-sheet for The Disappearance of Alice Creed, A Nightmare on Elm Street Motion Poster, an Italian one-sheet for Despicable Me, Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric, and posters/promo images for two television shows: True Blood and Lost. Check them out now, after the jump.

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