NBC Plans Stop-Motion Animated ‘Elf’ TV Special

Elf Buddy's Musical Christmas

Buddy the Elf will be back this winter to spread holiday cheer. But he may look and sound a bit different than you remember.

NBC has set Jim Parsons to voice Santa’s not-so-little helper in Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, a stop-motion animated holiday special set to air next month. The character was played by Will Ferrell in the 2003 live-action movie. Hit the jump for more details on the Elf TV special.

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Home trailer

Jim Parsons and Rihanna don’t seem like the likeliest of besties, but in the new Home trailer, that’s kind of the point. He plays Oh, an alien who’s been exiled from his own kind; she’s Tip, a resourceful girl down here on Earth.

Their paths cross when Oh’s people, the Boov, try to conquer her planet. Tip is one of the few humans who’ve resisted capture, and she and Oh team up to save the day. Steve Martin also stars, as the self-important leader of the Boov. Watch the Home trailer after the jump.

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The Normal Heart trailer

With each new breakthrough, HIV/AIDS becomes more treatable. But it wasn’t so long ago that the disease was completely new and utterly terrifying. In the first full-length The Normal Heart trailer, Mark Ruffalo plays an activist who witnesses the start of the AIDS crisis in the early ’80s. He’s so outraged by the public’s clueless, callous response that he decides to do something about it.

Julia Roberts plays a doctor who treats many of the disease’s first victims, Matt Bomer plays Ruffalo’s journalist boyfriend, and Taylor Kitsch and Jim Parsons play other activists who get wrapped up in the cause. Watch the new The Normal Heart trailer after the jump.

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Wish I Was Here teaser trailer

Zach Braff‘s Wish I Was Here is now infamous because of the controversy surrounding Braff’s Kickstarter campaign. But the film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was a real crowd pleaser — earning a standing ovation at the Premiere screening (it was one of my favorites of this year’s fest). Focus Features snapped up the distribution rights, and the movie is being released on July 25th, 2014. The Wish I Was Here trailer was released this morning, and you can see it for yourself. Wish I Was Here is a dramedy about “a thirtysomething man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family.” The ensemble cast includes Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Joey King, Jim Parsons, Ashley Greene, and Donald Faison. Watch Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here teaser trailer embedded after the jump.

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star wars big bang theory

May 4th has become an unofficial Star Wars holiday. This year, two of the biggest sitcoms on television are officially celebrating. Lucasfilm has signed deals with CBS’s The Big Bang Theory and ABC’s The Goldbergs to air special Star Wars-centric advertisements, er, episodes around May 4.

With Star Wars Episode VII rumored to start shooting May 14 in Morocco, the fact Lucasfilm is acknowledging “May the Fourth Be With You” in such a public way suggests these episodes could be timed to a big announcement. Below, read about what the Star Wars Big Bang Theory and Goldbergs episodes will each hold. Read More »

home short film

Steve Martin voices the main character in Home, a DreamWorks Animation film opening this Thanksgiving. He’s Captain Smek, the leader of a race of aliens called the Boov who are searching for a new planet to call… you know. With a film like this, the studio surely hopes they’re sitting on a new animated franchise. But since Home isn’t based on a well-known property, how does one build buzz? How about releasing a Home short film that serves as a prequel to the movie?

Below, check out exactly that. A four minute short film called Almost Home which tells the amusing backstory to the Boov’s perilous journey. Read More »

Wish I Was Here

Zach Braff has released the poster for his second directorial effort Wish I Was Here, which like Garden State is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. Braff stars in the film alongside Josh Gad, Mandy Patinkin, Ashley Greene, Donald Faison, Jim Parsons and others. The movie is set to premiere this weekend. The LA /Film crew arrived in Park City last night and will be covering this and many other films over the next week. Hit the jump to see the full poster.

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Hating on Zach Braff has become the cool thing to do. The reason being the actor/director took to Kickstarter in April to fund his next movie, Wish I Was Here. It was a polarizing move because many people felt Braff had enough clout to get traditional funding. He agreed, but decided he’d rather make the movie outside the system. Support and money poured in, as did criticism of the plan. Braff has remained steadfast in his decision, and is lining up a fantastic cast for the film. So far he’s got Anna Kendrick, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Jim Parsons and Josh Gad.

Braff stopped by Sirius XM earlier this week and not only did a little defending, he revealed he off-handedly explained the entire crowd funding avenue to Woody Allen. Allen, whose last few films have all been set in Europe because it’s easier for him to get funding there, was apparently quite taken by the idea. Braff also revealed that Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell approached him to write a song for the film. Read more, and listen, to the segments below. Read More »

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