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November just started, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is already getting their Oscar nominations all in order. First up, AMPAS has revealed the 20 animated films that have been submitted and will be eligible for up to five nominations for Best Animated Feature Film at the 87th annual Academy Awards on February 22. Check out the possible 2015 Best Animated Feature film nominees below. Read More »

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Laika isn’t making a sequel to The Boxtrolls, because it just doesn’t want to. Which is not something we hear a lot around these parts. Also after the jump:

  • Check out concept art from the Maze Runner follow-up
  • The Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 script is in…
  • … but no one’s called Jeremy Renner about it yet
  • Michael K. Williams plans to return for The Purge 3
  • Night at the Museum 3 gets an Escher-inspired poster
  • Here’s how you can win a spot in Magic Mike XXL
  • Robert Forster will be back for Better Call Saul
  • The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle reveals more pics
  • The original I Spit On Your Grave is getting a sequel

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‘The Boxtrolls’ Trailer and Poster: Meet the Family

The Boxtrolls trailer

New York City may have Ninja Turtles roaming around beneath its streets, but Cheesebridge has Boxtrolls lingering under theirs. And it’s time we got to know them with Laika’s latest teaser for The Boxtrolls.

While orphaned human Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) is the hero of the tale, the new Boxtrolls trailer focuses more on the quirky creatures who raised him. Ooh and ahh at their adorableness after the jump.

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Laika, the animation studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman, has a new film coming this fall: The Boxtrolls. The story adapts Alan Snow‘s book Here Be Monsters, and features a fantasized town in which box-wearing trolls comb the streets at night. A young boy, nicknamed Eggs, falls into the clutches of the trolls… and they proceed to raise him as one of their own. A new Boxtrolls trailer shows what happens when Eggs is drawn back towards human life.

Because this is Laika, the animation here is all stop-motion. While there is some CG used to smooth over seams and in a few cases fill out the backgrounds with extras, everything else seen on screen is something built by hand. The town streets are miniature sets, the villain’s big monster machine is built in sections; even the glowing ripples of water seen in a shot when Eggs stands at the bottom of a ladder were created with old-school light refraction techniques. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

The Boxtrolls trailer

Laika’s The Boxtrolls doesn’t open for another six months, but the marketing team is already working hard getting the word out there. Today brings yet another new Boxtrolls trailer — the fourth so far — which explains a bit more about the titular tribe of misunderstood monsters. Watch it after the jump.

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‘The Boxtrolls’ Trailer: Laika Is So Square

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It’s too soon to say how 2014 as a whole will pan out for cinema, but any year that includes a new release by Laika can’t be all that bad. The animation studio has given us two excellent family films already in Coraline and ParaNorman, and the latest The Boxtrolls trailer suggests that their next feature will be every bit as winning. Watch the video after the jump.

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Angie’s Most Anticipated Films of 2014

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2013′s given us all it has to offer at this point, but 2014 is just around the corner with a whole new slate of promising films. The movies I’m most looking forward to are all over the map, running the gamut from provocative arthouse flicks to big-budget superhero movies. After the jump, check out the ten titles that have me giddy with anticipation for the next twelve months.

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The Boxtrolls

Laika’s The Boxtrolls may celebrate a pretty unconventional family, but it’s brought to life using some classic, time-tested methods. Focus Features has just unveiled a behind-the-scenes video from the stop-motion feature, which shows off the painstaking work that went into creating this intricate universe. Check it out after the jump.

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