Sylvester Stallone

Unlike live-action Hollywood films, animation isn’t star-driven. Stories are the stars in animation and, if you don’t believe it, look at the biggest animated film of all time: Frozen. Talented actors and singers in every role, none of which can yet sell a movie wholly on their own. Still, having big stars in your animated film doesn’t mean it’s bad. Pixar regularly gets some of the biggest names in the world to voice their characters.

Which is to say, the newly announced cast members for the animated film Animal Crackers are a mixed bag. But it’s a great cast none the less. Produced by Blue Dream Studios, Animal Crackers will feature the voices of Sylvester Stallone, Danny DeVito, Ian McKellen, Patrick Warburton, Gilbert Gottfried, Raven-Symoné, Harvey Fierstein and others. Read more about the Animal Crackers movie below. Read More »

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Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes continues to be an incredibly popular screen character. Even with two television versions in play now, in Sherlock and Elementary, there’s room for another Holmes. And this new Holmes is, in fact, rather old. Sir Ian McKellen stars as the detective in Mr. Holmes, directed by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, The Fifth Estate) based on the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin. See the first look at McKellen’s Holmes, as provided by the actor himself. Read More »

Wolverine: The Musical?

Thursday, two new X-Men Days of Future Past posters were revealed. They were not very good. Today, nine more have hit the web. Nine. Unlike those two, these don’t appear to be theatrical. Instead these look like the $8 poster you’d purchase at Wal-Mart or Spencer’s Gifts and, surprise surprise, that actually makes them kind of cool. (Some of them at least.) Others are the same simple composition that plagued these two. Still, you’ll get some new glimpses at Ian Mckellen, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and others. Check out nine new X-Men Days of Future Past posters below.
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I’m not sure what it is about X-Men and movie posters, but apparently it’s really hard to make a good one. Remember these teaser posters for X-Men: First Class? They were terrible. And while the first posters for X-Men: Days of Future Past were actually pretty inspired, two new character posters featuring Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence and Hugh Jackman definitely take a step back. Check out the new X-Men Days of Future Past posters out below. Read More »

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Trailer and Poster

X-Men Days of Future Past trailer

It’s been quite a while since we got the last full-length trailer for Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past, but this new one is well worth the wait. It’s every bit as exciting and emotional as the last one was, with tons of new footage.

Plus, of course, it includes all your favorite mutants: Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), and two versions each of Professor X (James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen). Not to mention new mutants Blink (Fan Bingbing), Bishop (Omar Sy), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), and so many more.

See the X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer, plus a new poster, after the jump. Read More »

The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug

The second of Peter Jackson‘s trilogy of films adapting The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug, both improves on the previous film, and regresses from some of its achievements. In 2012′s An Unexpected Journey, Jackson stretched the story of The Hobbit to a breaking point. Sequences that were mere blips in the book became much longer, hurting the pacing immensely. At the start of this second film, Jackson picks up the pace considerably and, in just over an hour, our characters are at their final destination: The Lonely Mountain. Unfortunately, there’s still an hour and a half to go (plus another movie) which means that briefly improved, upbeat pace comes to a screeching halt. Plus that rushed first hour glosses over some of the most famous scenes in J.R.R. Tolkien‘s book.

Besides the major pacing problems, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has lots of good things going for it, including more rousing action, great performances by new characters, and several beautiful new settings. But all of those don’t save the film from being considerably divisive.

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Simon Pegg and Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol

Today’s action-packed Sequel Bits contains news about spies, martial artists, giant alien robots, tortured mutants, and so much more. After the jump:

  • Transformers 5 and 6 depend on Transformers 4
  • James Mangold offers a minor Wolverine 2 update
  • Winona Ryder is “sworn to secrecy” about Beetlejuice 2
  • Simon Pegg says he’ll return for Mission: Impossible 5
  • Ong-back star Tony Jaa joins Wu Jing in SPL 2
  • Dwayne Johnson shares a fiery Fast & Furious 7 pic
  • Somehow The Hobbit is not done putting out new posters

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The page has turned from October to November and that means the Fall movie season is really kicking into high gear. Besides all the Oscar-hopefuls, Hollywood releases a whole other block of potential blockbusters, and one of the biggest this year will be The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Peter Jackson‘s second part of The Hobbit opens December 13, and will continue the story of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and a team of dwarves on their way to reclaim the riches of the Lonely Mountain.

One new theatrical poster and seven character posters for the sequel have just been released showing the principal actors — including characters played by Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace and Luke Evans – ready for action. Check them out below. Read More »

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