New Pink Panther movie

There’s a new Pink Panther movie on the way, but it won’t feature yet another character related to or inspired by Peter Sellers’ bumbling Inspector Clouseau.

The original series of caper comedy films opened with animated title sequences featuring a quirky pink panther… and those openings spawned a series of cartoon shorts by Friz Freleng and David De Patie that were funny and sometimes strange and impressionistic. (There was also a Saturday morning cartoon series, and in 2010 the Pink Panther and Pals series, but it may be best to avoid talking about that latter show too much.)

Now there’ll be a new hybrid live-action/CG Pink Panther film, derived from those animated title sequences and cartoons.  Read More »

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The latest addition to the cast of Dexter‘s sixth season is a great one: Edward James Olmos has signed on to play “a brilliant, charismatic professor of religious studies.” Colin Hanks and Mos Def are other recent additions to the core cast of the show, which begins shooting on May 25 and will premiere in the fall, likely in mid to late September. Being the definition of a good sport, Mr. Olmos tweeted right after the news broke: “It’s true… I’m coming for you Dexter….” [Deadline]

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Despicable Me Teaser Trailer #3

Despicable Me

In July we posted the teaser trailer for Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me. And while the computer animated film is supposedly about a trio of orphan girls cause the normally deplorable Gru to rethink his plan to steal the moon, the trailer focused on something else entirely: a world which has had famous landmarks stolen and completely replaced by giant blow-up replicas. The main character of the movie – Gru, who is voiced by Steve Carell, made a little more than a cameo appearance. It wasn’t even clear if the footage or characters from the trailer was even part of the movie at all.

Last month they released a second teaser trailer which focused more on the world’s #2 super-villain character Gru, and his attempts to break into a secret lair of the world’s #1 super-villain Vector. Today a third teaser trailer dropped, and I’m more confused than ever. What is this movie about again? A studio press release informs me that the creates in the trailer (and pictured on the movie poster, seen after the jump) are part of Gru’s army of not-so-bright Minions which help him carry out his diabolical plans… unless of course, they get their hands on a Moo Cow Toy!

Hardworking and devoted to their leader and his mad exploits, the Minions are content to serve as his crash test dummies along the way. After all, Gru is planning the biggest heist in the history of the world…to steal the moon!

The voice cast line-up is pretty impressive, with a handful of Judd Apatow regulars with a couple nice surprises: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett, Danny McBride, Jemaine Clement, Miranda Cosgrove and Julie Andrews. However, you don’t really get to hear any of these voices in action in the new trailer. Watch the trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Despicable Me Movie Trailer

Despicable Me

Earlier today I posted a complete listing of all the major 3D movie releases being developed for the next 4 years. One of the films was Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me, a computer animated film about a trio of orphan girls cause the normally deplorable Gru to rethink his plan to steal the moon.

I kind of like the stylized character design. The voice cast line-up is pretty nice, with a handful of Judd Apatow regulars with a couple nice surprises: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett, Danny McBride, Jemaine Clement, Miranda Cosgrove and Julie Andrews. However, I’m not that impressed with the plot of the film, an unfortunately the two and a half minute trailer doesn’t even really show the film’s despicable main character Gru. Watch the trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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