‘The Art of Rio:’ Exclusive Concept Images

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Every year, animated movies are released that fly under the radar and end up being big hits. One of those in recent years was Rio. A sequel, Rio 2, hits theaters next month. Leading up to that release, Titan Books is releasing The Art of Rio, a collection over 300 pieces of concept art, character sketches, storyboards and digital paintings from Rio as well as the upcoming sequel Rio 2.

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Ever wanted to spend an afternoon visiting the museum of Night at the Museum or grappling with the xenomorphs from Alien? You may be able to soon, provided you’re willing to travel to Malaysia.

20th Century Fox is partnering with property conglomerate Genting Malaysia to open its first theme park, featuring attractions based on the aforementioned Night at the Museum and Alien along with several other Fox titles. The park is expected to open doors in 2016. Hit the jump for the details.

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It’s been a rough awards season for the Oscars’ Best Original Song contenders. Not only did the complicated new rules lead to just two out of thirty-nine eligible songs getting nominated, we’re now learning that the songs that did get acknowledged — “Real in Rio” from Rio and “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets — will play a smaller role than usual at this year’s ceremony. In past years, the event has featured live performances of the Best Original Song nominees. However, according to a new report, this year’s Awards will likely skip the performances altogether. More details after the jump.

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Sequels! Everyone loves them. That is, if we define ‘everyone’ as studio and production executives who don’t like to take risks, and so are prone to throwing money at new projects that are recognizably related to old projects that have already made money. That particular ‘everyone’ really, really likes sequels. 2012 won’t be any different from most of the last ten years, in that a great many sequels will go before cameras during the coming months.

So, just like the title says, after the break you’ll find some minor updates on:

  • Captain America 2
  • Iron Man 3
  • Terminator 5
  • J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel,
  • and a sequel to the 2011 animated film Rio.

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Maybe it’s just because I got a cat this year — the first living, breathing creature I’ve owned since I failed to keep a hamster alive circa 1995 — but I couldn’t help noticing that the films of 2011 featured some damn great animals. Some were the stars of their films, like Rango (Johnny Depp) in Rango, while others played second fiddle to less interesting, or at least less adorable, human stars, like Rosie (Tai) in Water for Elephants, but all deserve special mention in my book.

And yeah, okay, the fact that they also serve as a convenient excuse to post cute animal photos during a slow news week happens to a nice little bonus as well. Read on after the jump.

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In 2010, only 15 films were eligible for the Best Animated Film Oscar. Under the current rules, at least 16 films have to be eligible to have more than three nominees and this year that’s looking likely. Eighteen films have been deemed eligible to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 84rd Annual Academy Awards and it’s a very crowded field. Pixar usually is a sure thing but as their film, Cars 2, underperformed – at least in Pixar terms – that leaves the door open for movies like The Smurfs, Rango, Puss in Boots and Mars Needs Moms. Well, maybe not that last one, but it’s eligible.

After the jump see the full list of eligible animated films and predict which five will get the nomination come January 24, 2012. Read More »

We thought global warming was heating up the planet, but really it’s Hollywood. They’re making it summer all year long. The first weekend of May is generally considered the beginning of the summer movie season but, as those three months got more and more crowded, that date slowly crept into late April. Now, 2011 changes that like never before.

So many potential blockbusters staked their claim on prime May, June and July 2011 release dates, in some cases, years in advance, Hollywood was forced to change its thinking more than usual. For the next two months, each and every weekend has at least one or two films that, in the past, would have easily been considered summer blockbusters and it all begins this Friday, March 4. So, is it crazy to say that the summer of 2011 begins in March? We don’t think so. Look at the list of films opening between this week and Thor on May 6 and tell us that, in almost any other year, these movies would not be considered summer blockbusters. Read More »

International ‘Rio’ Trailer

20th Century Fox has released a new international movie 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 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.”

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

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