TOOTHLESS ON TOP by Ryan Savas

Gallery Nucleus has once again teamed with Dreamworks Animation for an art show celebrating the company’s How To Train Your Dragon film series. The How To Train Your Dragon art was created as a tribute to the movies by artists on the film’s creative team, curated specifically for this art exhibit. While the show does have some beautiful original works of art, those are a bit pricey — so I wanted to showcase some of the more affordable limited edition prints they have released (available to purchase online). The piece above is my favorite from the series, TOOTHLESS ON TOP by Ryan Savas. Hit the jump to check out my favorite pieces from the How To Train Your Dragon art show.

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I saw How to Train Your Dragon seven times in theaters when it was released in 2010. For me, few other films have taken better advantage of the IMAX format, and few have done a better job at conveying the exhilaration of flight. But beyond being a technical marvel, it also had a lot of heart and introduced us to one of the most adorable, heart-melting animated characters ever conceived, Toothless.

This weekend, How to Train Your Dragon 2 hits theaters. Could it live up to my impossibly high expectations? Find my video review after the jump.

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The How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular just finished its first round of performances in Australia and New Zealand and is now poised to swoop onto U.S. shores this summer. It’s a massive, live-action production telling the story of the first film with 80 cast members and 24 life-size, animatronic dragons.

Previously, we’d seen some footage of those dragons but now that the show is up an running, a trailer has been released along with some actual footage. The show should be a good go-between to satisfy fans before How To Train Your Dragon 2 comes out in 2014. Check out the videos below. Read More »

By the time How to Train Your Dragon 2 hits theaters in mid-2014, it’ll have been four years since we were first introduced to hapless Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his trusty Night Fury sidekick Toothless. Thankfully, we’ll have some other Dragon-related entertainment to tide us over in the meantime.

Cartoon Network is set to launch a weekly animated series called Dragons later this year that sees Hiccup and his pals working with the fearsome but friendly creatures, including some new types of dragons not seen in the previous film. Watch the first trailers after the jump.

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How To Train Your Dragon fans won’t necessarily have to wait until 2014 to see their favorite characters again. Hiccup, Toothless and the whole crew could soon be flying into to an arena near you. DreamWorks and a live entertainment company named Global Creatures just announced that the How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular will premiere in Australia in March 2012 before hitting New Zealand and then landing in the United States by June 2012. The show will tell the story of the first film but in a live-action setting featuring 80 cast members and 24 unique animatronic dragons.

Read more about the show and watch a video of one of the dragons in action after the jump. Read More »

As you know, this week we launched a new registered user-only commenting section. I thought since the weekends are always slow here on /Film, why not take a look at the most liked comments of last week. Maybe we’ll continue to post this round-up every weekend and you might even see your comment on the /Film front page. The comments are voted on by you, the /film readers and commenters, but /film editors make the final cut. I hope that in coming weeks we’ll have more longer-form thought provoking points, alongside the quick one-liners. So here goes…

In response to “First Look: Henry Cavill as Superman in ‘Man of Steel’’”, SideshowRaheem commented:

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We won’t see the sequel to How to Train Your Dragon for another three years — the as-yet untitled film is set to release on June 20, 2014. But work on the movie is underway, and writer/director Dean DeBlois has issued a small update on the production. He confirms that work is underway on the storyboards, and seems to confirm Jay Baruchel‘s suggestion that the series is planned as a trilogy. Read More »

For an awards show that purports to honor outstanding achievements in film, the Academy Awards seem oddly drawn to the familiar. The movies with the most nominations at this year’s Oscar race, for example, are The King’s Speech and True Grit — two films with a great deal of critical acclaim backing them, but ones that are decidely lacking in any grand ambition beyond presenting a traditional, accessible story. The Oscars, it would appear, favor the classically good to the unconventionally good, leaving the latter out to be forgotten in a sea of mediocrity and predictability. This isn’t a shocking revelation; the Academy Awards have always favored films that adhere to a certain standard of genre filmmaking. A heart-rending, war-based drama about one man’s uplifting struggle against adversity will always win out over the truly innovative, progressive, subversive films of our times. Read More »

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