Following on the heels of a bunch of character images, here’s the first full trailer for Blue Sky Studios’ Epic, directed by Chris Wedge (Ice AgeRobots) and featuring the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, and Aziz Ansari (in what seems to be essentially a parralel of Eddie Murphy’s gig in Shrek). Seyfried voices a girl who is pulled into a tiny forest battle between Leafmen and their enemies; naturally there’s a handsome little leaf dude (Hutcherson), a weird sidekick (Ansari) and a bunch of eye-candy creature-fairy-things.

Much like the Ice Age series from Blue Sky Studios, this is a beautifully-animated piece of work that looks like it will have more appeal for kids than big crossover success in the vein of Pixar.

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The first teaser trailer for Blue Sky’s CG-animated Epic was wonderful at showing off its fantastical forest setting, but not so much at introducing us to the characters. We heard more of Snow Patrol’s “The Lightning Strike” than we did dialogue from the cast, despite a star-studded lineup including Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz, Colin Farrell, Beyonce Knowles, Jason Sudeikis, Aziz Ansari, and Chris O’Dowd.

But now a fresh batch of images have cropped up to show us who’s who in the picture, and what they’re all doing there. Hit the jump to see images of Hutcherson and Farrell’s miniature Leafmen warriors, Knowles’ Mother Nature incarnate, Waltz’s villainous force of decay, Ansari’s rather Tom Haverford-esque slug, and more.

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We’ve got some odds and ends from Sequel-Land after the jump:

  • Warner Bros. is seeking writers for Contagion 2
  • Will Black Dynamite 2 be like Blazing Saddles?
  • Ian McKellan almost declined to do The Hobbit
  • See new photos from Catching Fire‘s Georgia set

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Whether or not you like the original Red Dawn, a product of Walter Sobchak inspiration and notable Hollywood conservative John Milius, it at least has a specific ideology beyond the basic concept of “blow shit up real good.” (Part of that ideology is a strong anti-gun control sentiment, as invading forces use firearm purchase records to find potential resistance, and of course the Wolverines triumph in part because they have weapons.)

Looking at the first trailer for the remake, which was shot a couple years ago but shelved in part because of MGM’s once-dire financial situation, I can’t tell if this wants to be anything but a crass commercial enterprise that trades on patriotism (an argument levied at the original, to be fair) or a subversive comedy masquerading as action movie.

Whatever this Red Dawn is, it features Chris Hemsworth in his pre-Thor days, as well as Josh PeckJosh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise (the younger Cruise, if you’re wondering), and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, most of whom band together to form a guerilla resistance group called the Wolverines, the better to fight off that North Korean invasion that no one has ever been afraid of. Read More »

Today’s Sequel Bits is full of fighters, whether they be well-meaning brutes, cuddly panda bears, starving teenagers, or ’80s action stars. After the jump:

  • Jennifer Lawrence will make a whole lot of money for Catching Fire
  • Mickey Rourke is in talks to reprise play Marv again for Sin City 2
  • DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 3 will be a Chinese co-production
  • Broken Lizard guy says Super Troopers 2 could shoot this year
  • Expendables 2 brings you a motorcycle crashing into a chopper
  • Frank Marshall still has no plans for more Back to the Future

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After months of high-intensity buzz, casting on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is finally nearing an end. One of the last remaining roles has just been filled by Sons of Anarchy actor Patrick St. Esprit, who’ll play District 12 Peacekeeper Romulus Thread. St. Esprit joins an impressive class of franchise newcomers that also includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Tony Shaloub, and Lynn Cohen. Read more after the jump.

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Four years ago, MGM started getting the pieces together for a remake of the 1984 war pic Red Dawn. The expectation was that the movie would come out sometime around 2010, but it then suffered massive setbacks including the studio’s financial woes and the realization that demonizing the Chinese isn’t cool anymore, now that Asia accounts for a huge chunk of the international box office. It was starting to look like the film might never get a theatrical release at all when FilmDistrict swooped in last fall, setting the shelved flick for a November 2012 release.

With that new opening date creeping closer, the distributor has released two new images from the movie showing stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, and Josh Peck. Though we’ve previously gotten a look at the cast in costume and glimpses of the set, these are some of the first official stills to hit the web. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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Through the Ice Age movies, Blue Sky Studios has become one of the premier CG animation houses for feature films, and the company’s new effort is a whimsical forest battle called Epic. Chris Wedge, who directed the first Ice Age film and has voiced the Scrat character throughout that franchise, is directing.

This one features Josh Hutcherson as the voice of the lead character, a diminutive forest warrior who rides a hummingbird, but all you’ll hear of him in the first trailer is a bunch of grunts and exclamations. Most of the audio in this trailer is Snow Patrol’s song ‘The Lightning Strike,’ though there is a bit of dialogue from Aziz Ansari (as a slug) and Amanda Seyfried as a teenage girl who finds herself in the midst of a strange forest war.

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