Angry Birds movie cast

Much as an infuriated avian might send its own body crashing into a structure to get to some evil swine, Sony is throwing a very funny voice cast at its Angry Birds movie to win over the skeptics.

Jason Sudeikis has just been announced for the lead part of Red, with Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, and Peter Dinklage all set for co-starring roles. And those are just the major players — there about ten more notable names in smaller roles as well. Get details on the Angry Birds movie cast, and see the first photo, after the jump.

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Joseph Kosinski Destiny ad

Bungie and Activision are teaming for the “living game world” of the next-gen game title Destiny, and now Joseph Kosinski has directed a live-action ad/trailer for the game. While “live-action” might at first seem a bit generous in this context, as so much of the ad is CG, eventually you’ll see stunning environments pulled from real life. And there are definitely real human actors in there, wearing actual costumes — at least one of which looks like it might have been borrowed from Star-Lord’s wardrobe.

You’ll hear the voice of Peter Dinklage as Ghost, the game’s helper AI, and the stuff heard here has been nicely chosen, as it sounds a lot better than the early snippets of his voice work that drew criticism for a flat affect. The improved audio, together with Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song,’ keeps things moving here. Read More »

‘Pixels’ Bumped Back to July 2015

pixels release delayed

Those four above have a longer walk than they originally thought. Earlier today we had word of one Sony film hitting theaters earlier than planned, as Fury moved from mid-November up to October 17 2014. Now the video game-influenced action/comedy Pixels, based on the short film from Patrick Jean, has been pushed back from May 15, 2015 to July 24, 2015.

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Pixels Arcade

Sony Pictures has opened up shop across from the San Diego Convention Center at the Had Rock Hotel. Inside is the Pixels arcade, a small retro arcade that will be open for the remainder of the 2014 San Diego Comic Con International. The mini arcade will feature retro video game tournaments with next generation video game prizes (Playstation 4, or course). But more importantly, the arcade offers us some insight into the world of Pixels, the high-concept sci-fi action comedy coming from director Chris Columbus. Hit the jump to see some photos and video from the arcade, see the heroes Ghostbusters-like car, learn about a arcade game that we found inside and a strange encounter with Peter Dinklage‘s Billy Mitchell-looking felon character.

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Pixels Adam Sandler

After the year he’s had on Game of Thrones, it’s tough to blame Peter Dinklage for wanting to take on some lighter fare in the off season. And it doesn’t get much lighter than Pixels, a Happy Madison movie in which Kevin James plays the President.

Directed by Chris Columbus, Pixels sees classic video game characters descending upon New York City. Dinklage, Adam Sandler, and Josh Gad play the elite gamers recruited by the government to fight back, with Michelle Monaghan‘s military officer helping them out.

The first Pixels image has just been released, and it’s worth a look if only for the sight of Dinklage’s truly terrible mullet. See it after the jump.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past review

X-Men: Days of Future Past is not only the latest chapter in the cinematic life of the X-Men. It is an attempt to rectify some mistakes made in previous films, particularly X-Men: The Last Stand. It is a Charles Xavier origin story of sorts, and also a Wolverine movie; no matter how many mutants Fox splashes on the posters, this is the continuation of Wolverine’s evolution from animal to man. And for a film that ranges from 1973 to future decades hence, it is also a rather contained, character-oriented story.

As Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) travels into the past to help Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) realize his potential, Wolverine also truly comes into his own. As a character piece, there’s a bit of a cheat, as Wolverine has the benefit of tremendous foresight. But while he knows where he has to go, he doesn’t know how to get there. Despite the myriad ways in which Days of Future Past is unlike the X-Men comics, it plays out as a solid special issue, a rip-roaring tale of power and old-fashioned good versus evil. It is an unusual summer “blockbuster,” and stands among the better X-Men movies. Read More »

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When an Aussie unknown named Hugh Jackman was cast as Wolverine back in the late ’90s, it was doubtful that anyone would’ve predicted he’d still be playing the nearly ageless mutant a decade and a half later. For that matter, some would not likely have guessed that the X-Men franchise itself would last this long. But seven films later, both the series and its star are still going strong.

Which isn’t to say there haven’t been some changes. Fox’s X-Men universe has expanded over the years to include more heroes, more villains, and more versions of already established characters. One of the most exciting additions in the new X-Men: Days of Future Past is Peter Dinklage‘s Bolivar Trask, a scientist obsessed with mutants — and the threat they pose to humanity.

At a recent X-Men: Days of Future Past junket in New York City, I took the opportunity to sit down with Jackman, the series’ longest-running hero, and Dinklage, its newest villain — as well as Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker, the producers who’ve made it all happen. Watch the video interviews after the jump.

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pixels release date

The short film Pixels, about a city attacked by classic video game characters, hit the internet in 2010. Almost immediately, a feature version of the short was put into development. That process took quite a while, but finally a cast and crew came together. Chris Columbus (Harry Potter, The Goonies, Home Alone) is directing with Adam Sandler, Michelle MonaghanKevin JamesJosh Gad, and Peter Dinklage in the cast.

Now Pixels is set for release on May 15, 2015. Read More »

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