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A record 27 features have been submitted for consideration in the animated feature film category for the 89th Academy Awards. The number of Oscar-qualifying films has risen greatly over the past few years. For instance, last year there were just 16 films submitted. But with so many films submitted to the Academy, I wonder how many of these movies have you seen? Hit the jump to see the list of 2016 Oscar-Qualifying Animated Feature Films.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson in Ice Age

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has taken it upon himself to point out the scientific inaccuracy of some sci-fi movies, taking some of the fun out of the fiction part of the genre. However, it’ll be interesting to see if he goes out of his way to point out the inaccuracies in the forthcoming animated sequel Ice Age: Collision Course, especially since he’ll have a small role in the movie, appearing as an anthropomorphic animal version of himself.

Get a first look at Neil deGrasse Tyson in Ice Age Collision Course after the jump. Read More »

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In today’s Sequel Bits:

  • Crazy new footage from the set of Fast 8 arrives in official and unofficial forms.
  • Composter Thomas Newman on scoring Finding Dory.
  • Karl Urban almost didn’t return for Star Trek Beyond.
  • Producer Joel Silver talks up The Predator.
  • Independence Day: Resurgence reveals an IMAX poster.
  • Watch a new clip from Ice Age: Collision Course.
  • MacGruber 2 may still happen.

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Ice Age: Collision Course trailer

The Ice Age movies might not earn the fawning critical acclaim of the Pixar movies or the smashing box office numbers of the Minions / Despicable Me series, but they are hardy in their own way. The series has been chugging along for 14 years now, taking in $2.8 billion worldwide over four installments, and a fifth film is due out this summer. In Ice Age: Collision Course, Scrat’s pursuit of that elusive acorn sets off a chain of events that could spell the end of the Ice Age world as we know it… except it probably won’t, because as long as these movies keep making money, Sid, Manny, and Diego are going to keep doing their thing. Watch the latest Ice Age: Collision Course trailer below.  Read More »

Ice Age Collision Course Trailer

This year the Ice Age franchise will have been going on for 14 years. That means that some of the kids who grew up with the first movie may be having kids of their own now, which is a bit depressing. But that just means 20th Century Fox has a new round of kids to crack up at the silly prehistoric antics of their latest sequel, Ice Age: Collision Course.

As we’ve seen extensively before, Scrat is still chasing his acorn, but he ends up getting launched into space, creating a cosmic disaster, and ends up triggering a slew of meteors headed straight towards Earth. It’s up to Sid (John Leguizamo), Manny (Ray Romano) and Diego (Denis Leary) and the rest of their weird friends to figure out what’s going on in order to survive what could be a world-ending disaster. Read More »

Ice Age Collision Course trailer

Just as no one could have predicted back in 2001 that The Fast and the Furious would be the start of a box office juggernaut spanning ten installments across two decades, it seems doubtful anyone in 2002 would’ve guessed Ice Age would spawn a major movie franchise. And yet here we are in 2016, eyeballing a new trailer for the fifth film in the series, Ice Age: Collision Course.

While Ice Age has never been the buzziest of properties, these films are nothing if not reliable. They arrive every three or four years to tepid reviews, and then proceed to absolutely crush it at the box office. The four films so far have grossed a collective $2.8 billion worldwide; only a fool would bet against the fifth one becoming one of this year’s big commercial hits. So what do you and the children in your life have to look forward to this summer? Watch the new Ice Age: Collision Course trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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In this edition of Sequel Bits, Future puts a new spin on the Rocky theme for Creed, Dan Aykroyd praises Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters, and Daniel Craig continues to smile through the Spectre press tour. Also after the jump:

  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson joins Ice Age: Collision Course.
  • Kong: Skull Island adds up-and-comer Will Brittain.
  • There are no plans (yet) for a Peanuts sequel.
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 enters the sound mixing stage.
  • Get details on the Jurassic World game that never was.
  • What kind of Fantastic Beasts will Newt Scamander find?

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Ice Age Short

If you headed out to theaters this weekend to see The Peanuts Movie, then you got to see the latest Ice Age animated short Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe. The prehistoric squirrel Scrat has been chasing that acorn all over the place, but sooner or later he was going to run out of places to go on Earth, and that’s why he’s gone to space to chase his prize this time.

For those of you who happen to be Ice Age fans but don’t feel compelled to see The Peanuts Movie (or maybe you have kids who just love watching squirrels chase acorns), the full Ice Age short is now available online for your viewing pleasure. Read More »