A star-studded cast works wonderfully as a marketing gimmick, but as films like New Year’s Eve and Movie 43 have proven, it’s no guarantee of quality. Fortunately, Blue Sky Studios’ animated adventure Epic seems to have a little more going for it.

Amanda Seyfried voices Mary Katherine, a normal girl who gets caught up in an old and bitter battle between the protectors of the forest (voiced by Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, and others) and the destructive forces led by Mandrake (Christoph Waltz). Beyoncé, Pitbull, Steven Tyler, Judah Friedlander, Aziz Ansari, and Blake Anderson also star. Watch the second trailer after the jump.

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Just because Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) survived the 74th Hunger Games doesn’t mean they’re living happily ever after. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will reveal that they’ve left the frying pan only to jump into the, um, fire, as they’re forced to travel around Panem as smiling mascots for the Games.

Lionsgate has just unveiled two new posters for the pair’s Victory Tour, showing the pair in heroic poses. Unfortunately for them and the Captiol, though, it’s clear they don’t take to their new position easily. Hit the jump to check them out.

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As more filmmakers begin to follow the lead of Christopher Nolan and Brad Bird, with sequences in their action films shot on native IMAX stock, the question becomes: how best to use the extra detail and open frame that IMAX provides? Bird, for example, did a spectacular job with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, by using IMAX to convey the scale and imposing height of the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai. Nolan’s use of IMAX in the latter two Dark Knight films put audiences right in the middle of thrilling setpieces.

We know that scenes for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have been shot in native IMAX, and now actor Josh Hutcherson specifies some of what we’ll see.  Read More »

Robert Rodriguez‘s Machete has gotten himself into some hairy situations and lived to tell the tale, but now a lawsuit could shut him down for good. Also after the jump:

  • No, Mike Myers has not written Wayne’s World 3
  • Paranormal Activity 5 gets a fall 2013 release date
  • Josh Hutcherson confirms his return for Journey 3
  • See a goateed Mirror Spock from IDW’s Star Trek comics
  • The sequel to Bong Joon-ho’s The Host reveals footage

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A teaser trailer for next year’s sequel to The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, should be out soon. To hold us over, we’ve got a teaser logo. Fans unlocked the dynamic Flash image on Facebook and it’s pretty cool looking. (Some may have seen this playing before the most recent Twilight film, starting this past weekend.)

The film, directed by Francis Lawrence, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland and Woody Harrelson, opens November 22, 2013. They be joined by Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lynn Cohen, Alan Ritchson, Sam Claflin and Jeffrey Wright. Check out the logo below. Read More »

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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