Page 2: Weekend Edition

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 31 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Watch The First Two Minutes of ‘Rio’

20th Century Fox has released the first two minutes of their upcoming computer animated feature Rio online.

Directed by Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age, Robots, Ice Age: Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Neil Patrick Harris, Rodrigo Santoro, George Lopez and Jake T. Austin, the story follows “a nerdy macaw who leaves the comforts of his cage in small town Minnesota and heads to Rio de Janeiro. He embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, learning to open himself up to all that life has to offer along the way.”

The first two minutes features an elaborate musical dancing sequence, which is sure to look amazing in 3D. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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Movie Trailer #2: Rio

In May, 20th Century Fox released the first teaser trailer for Blue Sky Studios’ computer animated film Rio. The teaser showed promise, introducing us to a few cute little bird creatures, but it gave us little idea about the larger journey of the film. Now Fox has released a new movie trailer for the film, which shows us a lot more about the film’s plot.

Directed by Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age, Robots, Ice Age: Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), and starring Anne Hathaway, Neil Patrick Harris, Rodrigo Santoro, George Lopez and Jake T. Austin, the story follows “a nerdy macaw who leaves the comforts of his cage in small town Minnesota and heads to Rio de Janeiro. He embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, learning to open himself up to all that life has to offer along the way.”

Watch the two and a half minute trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Movie Trailer: ‘Beastly’

If /Film is anything, it’s a breeding ground for High School Musical fans. So we were all very understanding when Beastly, which stars HSM alum Vanessa Hudgens, was bumped from its original Summer 2010 release date to make way for Charlie St. Cloud, which stars Hudgens’ boyfriend, and fellow HSM alum, Zac Efron. Inside, we all breathed a sigh of relief that we wouldn’t have to let our box office dollar reveal our true alliance to either Team Gabriella or Team Troy (which, in case you don’t know, are their High School Musical character names).

Well Charlie St. Cloud came and gone and now it’s Beastly’s chance to shine. The film is a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast, if it was influenced by She’s All That and The Craft. Written and directed by Daniel Barnz, it stars Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer, Mary-Kate Olsen, Neil Patrick Harris and Peter Krause and opens March 18. Check out the trailer below and official plot description below. Read More »

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David O. Russell, the I Heart Huckabees and Three Kings director who recently signed on to adapt the video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, has had his name attached to Aaron and Sarah for over a year now. It’s one of the many films he’s been linked to over the years, most of which have failed to materialize.

Well here’s one more you can write off for Russell, as the project has now moved on to… Neil Patrick Harris? Read More »

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On the off chance that an appearance by Patton Oswalt isn’t enough to get you pre-rolling for the third Harold & Kumar movie, now there is some confirmation that Neil Patrick Harris will appear in A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, making him three for three in the series. We’ve already had reports that he was in the script, and so figured that this was coming down the pipe. But now it is, like, totally official. Or close to it. Read More »

The Smurfs Teaser Trailer

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Sony Pictures Animation/Columbia Pictures has released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming big screen CGI/live action hybrid 3D adaptation of The Smurfs. It is exactly what you might expect. Watch it now after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Rio Movie Trailer

Rio

20th Century Fox has released the first teaser trailer for Blue Sky Studios’ computer animated film Rio. Directed by Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age, Robots, Ice Age: Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), and starring Anne Hathaway, Neil Patrick Harris, Rodrigo Santoro, George Lopez and Jake T. Austin, the story follows “a nerdy macaw who leaves the comforts of his cage in small town Minnesota and heads to Rio de Janeiro. He embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, learning to open himself up to all that life has to offer along the way.”

I love the design of the birds (the human character not so much), and you can definitely tell this trailer was edited to appeal to the 3D audiences seeing Shrek Forever After. Blue Sku Studios has always been good at creating cute little creatures, but they have suffered finding good stories. The most interesting character in the Ice Age sequels was the cute squirrel Scrat, who would always relegated to the sidelines. That said, I really liked Horton Hears a Who.

Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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