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Award season is ready to get into full swing, and one of the early stages of the runup to the Academy Awards is the submission of Best Animated Feature options.

This year there are nineteen submitted features, including big studio fare (Cloudy 2, The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Monsters University), one from Studio Ghibli (The Wind Rises), a European effort we’ve covered a good bit (Ernest and Celestine) and a good few films that US audiences haven’t had much chance to see yet. One pleasant side effect of the animated Oscar list is that it draws attention to films that are new to many viewers.

That said, of the studio fare there are only a couple of compelling submissions, and enough of the rest are going to be new enough to Oscar voters that this might not be much of a race. The 86th Annual Academy Award nominations will be announced on January 16, 2014, and we’ll be curious to see how many films actually make the nomination cut. The awards will be held on March 2, 2014.

Read the submission list below.

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When Disney realized the potential behind the world of Cars, we got Cars 2 and this summer’s spin-off Planes. Next summer even brings a sequel Planes: Fire and Rescue. But where can it go from there? The team at Gritty Reboots on YouTube have an idea. It’s called Warplanes, and the video is as sick and twisted as it is funny. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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When Disney took a long look at the DisneyToon studios film Planes, which acts as a spin-off from Pixar’s Cars films, the decision was made to give it a theatrical run of its own. Once intended as a direct-to-disc moneymaker, the movie once knocked as a cash-in knockoff of Pixar’s work hit the big time.

That probably won’t happen with Wings. This release from LionsGate’s home department appears to be a gloriously egregious example of exploitation of a young audience’s interest in anything that looks like Pixar. (And of course kids can tell the difference; it’s the distracted adult that might be fooled for a moment.)

While some advance word on Planes says that it is actually fairly decent, Wings looks like what The Asylum would make if it used Pixar movies as a jumping-off point. Watch the trailer below.  Read More »

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We’re sure to have tons of sequel-related news coming up later this week from Comic-Con, but in the meantime we have a bunch of other, non-SDCC news to share with you. After the jump:

  • Troy Duffy is cooking up more Boondock Saints
  • Joseph Kosinski offers a minor update on Tron 3
  • Chinese superstar Han Geng joins Transformers 4
  • The Veronica Mars movie is getting book sequels
  • Dumb and Dumber To gets embroiled in a lawsuit
  • Mel Gibson is in Expendables 3, says Sly Stallone
  • Watch another trailer for Disney’s Cars spinoff Planes

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Feast your eyes on posters for Riddick, Planes, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in today’s Sequel Bits. Also after the jump:

  • Brad Pitt thinks a World War Z sequel has potential
  • Jerry Bruckheimer talks Pirates 5 and Top Gun 2
  • Don’t believe those Transformers 4 title rumors, says Michael Bay
  • Jason Statham is “really excited” about Fast & Furious 7
  • Stephen King is too scared to write an It sequel
  • … but you can see the book trailer for The Shining sequel now

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Planes

The Formula One rivals of Ron Howard’s Rush won’t be the only racers speeding toward possible death this year. Disney’s Planes features an aerial race contender so inexperienced and unqualified that his very participation prompts one character to shrug, “Well, he’s going to die.”

In most other respects, though, we can probably expect Planes to be a much different affair from Howard’s historical drama. For one thing, the racer in question is an anthropomorphic crop duster named Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook). For another, Planes is set in the same colorful, kid-friendly universe as Pixar’s Cars. Don’t expect any solemn meditations on mortality and the competitive spirit from this one, in other words. To find out what you can expect, see the new trailer after the jump.

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2013 Summer Movie Preview

Trailers! Who has time to watch them all? There are something like forty wide releases due out this summer alone. If you assume each trailer runs about two minutes, that’s about an hour and half of your life you’ll never get back. That’s time you could’ve spent actually watching one of these movies.

If you only watch one trailer this spring, then, you’ll want to make it this one. This three-minute supercut teases most of the season’s biggest releases, from Iron Man 3 to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. It’s surprisingly coherent, which may suggest that these titles aren’t as different as the filmmakers would like us to think. Or maybe it just proves that with the right music and some skillful editing, you can totally change the meaning of any scene. In any case, watch it after the jump.

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With Disney’s announcement earlier today of a Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory, set for 2015, it’s extremely interesting that they’d also choose today release a brand new glimpse of Planes. The Dory reveal started a lot of conversation, both on this site and Twitter, about Pixar’s recent penchant for sequels. Planes isn’t a sequel, nor is it a Pixar film, but many fans are going to assume both things when it’s released this Summer. So let’s set the record straight.

Planes is a spin-off of Pixar’s Cars, created by Disney Toons Studios. They’re the company that primarily does Direct-To-DVD films, and this film was originally intended as a video-only release. When John Lasseter (who created and directed both Cars films) got his hands on Planes, he decided it was bigger than that and it’ll get a full theatrical release August 9 under the Disney banner.

What you’ll see below is your first footage from the finished film, which recently announced Dane Cook as the main voice. It looks…incredibly exciting. Visually impressive, lots of speed and action. But it does bring up the issue of Disney going back to the well time and again.

Check out the footage and continue the discussion below. Read More »

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