The cheeseburger rainstorms may have ceased for now, but Flint Lockwood’s battles with food are far from over. In this fall’s Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs sequel, Flint (Bill Hader) continues to deal with the consequences of his malfunctioning FLDSMDFR device when he discovers that it’s created a new race of food-animal hybrids — or “food-imals,” in the first of many groanworthy (but secretly hilarious… or not? Just me?) puns.

Initially, Flint and his girlfriend Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) are in awe of the lush, colorful creatures. But then, so were the characters in Jurassic Park with their dinosaurs, and we all know how that ended. Before long, the food-imals are threatening to take over entirely, and it’s up to Flint and Sam to save the town again. See the first images from the film after the jump.

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‘The Smurfs 2’ Trailer: Smurfs Gone Wild

Unless you’re still in grade school, odds are you weren’t dying for another installment of The Smurfs. But the first film was a runaway hit worldwide, grossing an impressive $563 million worldwide, so now we have The Smurfs 2 to contend with next summer.

Directed once again by Raja Gosnell, the CG sequel sees Gargamel (Hank Azaria) hatching a new plan to get that Smurf juice he so desperately needs. It involves the invention of the Naughties, a pair of small creatures (voiced by Christina Ricci and JB Smoove) that appear to be like the Smurfs in every way besides having gray skin and more ‘tude. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Is minimal design in teasers now the go-to for kids animation franchises? Despicable Me 2 used the approach to pretty cute effect not long ago, and here an international teaser for The Smurfs 2 (which is likely almost exactly the same as the forthcoming US teaser) relies on little but a Smurf, a white backdrop, and an insistent bit of text. It’s gentle and a little bit silly, like the Smurfs, if not all that memorable.

The real audience for a Smurfs movie won’t care much, I imagine, but the parents buying the tickets might not be all that excited to pony up just yet. Check out the teaser below. Read More »

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was a great surprise, a fun and very well-animated film that stands as one of the better kids’ films released in the last few years. (And therefore is also a good watch for adults.) While Cloudy directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are only producing the sequel Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers, they’ve handed off directorial duties to Cody Cameron (story artist on Cloudy) and Kris Pearn (head of story on the first film), who are working from a script by John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein and Erica Rivinoja.

The directorial change isn’t the only big one happening, however, as Mr. T, who voiced the intense, enthusiastic town cop Earl, will not be heard this time. The character does return, however, voiced by Terry Crews. We’ve got some more cast info and a lot of story details below. Read More »

For years and years we’ve been featuring Scott C‘s artwork on the site. I’m a big fan of his watercolor paintings, and my girlfriend even commissioned Scott to do a painting for my last birthday (see it here – how awesome!?). Scott has been working on his Great Showdowns series for as long as I can remember, creating artwork showcasing some of cinema’s greatest (and sometimes lesser known, cult) rivalries. Scott’s Showdowns art has been showcased/sold at many different art shows across the country, and last year Gallery1988 finally held a solo “Great Showdowns” gallery show. This year, Titan Books and Gallery 1988 will publish a book of Scott’s work titled “The Great Showdowns”. I’m very happy to exclusively premiere the cover art. More information after the jump.

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We’ve got a lot of the usual news bits about casting, renewals, and so on in today’s TV Bits, but first, don’t you want to read about a possible racial slur in a decades-old episode of Fraggle Rock?

After the jump:

  • A Texas man reports an offensive slur in a 1984 episode of Fraggle Rock
  • Fox’s J.J. Abrams-produced Alcatraz changes showrunners
  • NBC picks up Bryan Fuller’s The Munsters pilot
  • Comedy Central renews South Park for like the next million* seasons
  • Becki Newton heads to CBS’ How I Met Your Mother
  • Lone Star actor James Wolk lands on ABC’s Happy Endings

* And by “million,” I mean “five.”

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Todd Strauss-Schulson, the director of A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, is pumping out the behind the scenes videos. Recently we posted the half embarrassing, all funny lip dub he and his crew did of a Miley Cyrus song and now he’s released something slightly more serious. I say “slightly” because while the below video was obvious made in service of the film, it’s still absolutely ridiculous.

It’s no spoiler to say Neil Patrick Harris, better known as NPH in the H&K world, has been resurrected in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. As seen in the trailers, NPH has an elaborate Christmas musical number in the middle of the film and Strauss-Schulson created this pre-viz video storyboard breaking down the scene. Just like yesterday’s video, and the movie itself, the video was done with a sly sense of humor that’s very enjoyable. Read More »

The two existing Harold & Kumar movies have gone a long way towards keeping raunchy, healthy R-rated humor alive over the past few years. The third one, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, seems to be operating on the principle that you can get away with just about anything, so long as it is all wrapped up in a big holiday bow.

The first trailer made the third film look mildly manic and possibly funny. This new red-band trailer (which is very NSFW) makes it look straight-up wrong. Which is as it should be. Read More »

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