This Christmas, while adults might be excited about Bilbo Baggins or the return of Ron Burgundy, all the kids will likely be walking with dinosaurs. Based on a traveling performance that features incredibly realistic animatronic dinosaurs, Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie is set for release December 20 from directors Barry Cook (Arthur Christmas) and Neil Nightingale (Enchanted Kingdom 3D). It tells the story of a young dinosaur who grows up to be the hero of his people. Think Jurassic Park meets The Lion King, if the dinosaurs looked slightly less real but were way more plentiful.
The first trailer has just come online, which will give you an idea of what the film looks like and how it translates from an arena to the big screen. Frankly, it looks like it’s going to work fine. Check it out. Read More »
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Last year at CinemaCon, 20th Century Fox previewed very early footage for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. Attendees at the presentation were floored, and the buzz on all the blogs was that Pi was an Oscar contender. Some argued that April was too early to be calling for possible Oscar contenders, and they were probably right. We all know how that turned out.
This year Fox arrived in Vegas bearing another special preview: between fifteen and twenty minutes of the Ben Stiller-directed The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. (Stiller also stars.) Again, it’s April, it’s too early to make such claims, but the Oscar buzz has begun.
After the jump you can read my thoughts on the footage screened from Mitty, or watch a video blog I recorded with Alex from Firstshowing talking about presentations of footage from The Wolverine, Epic, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Walking With Dinosaurs: The Movie.
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A bevy of major release date announcments and shifts were just revealed. Here goes.
- The Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel is now called Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and has been dated May 23, 2014.
- A 3D re-release of Independence Day will hit July 3, 2013.
- The untitled sequel to X-Men First Class will hit on July 18, 2014 with Matthew Vaughn directing.
- Steven Spielberg‘s Robopocalypse has been pushed from 2013 to April 25, 2014
- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, directed by and starring Ben Stiller, has been dated for Christmas 2013 along with Walking With Dinosaurs.
- Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters hits August 16, 2013
- Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy‘s untitled Paul Feig-directed comedy lands April 5, 2013.
Lots to digest here. We’ve got it after the jump. Read More »
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Along with Fox’s reveal of the name and release date for the fifth, mostly unwanted Die Hard movie, the studio today added a bunch of other films to the calendar for 2012 and 2013. We begin with Olivier Megaton‘s sequel to Taken. The Liam Neeson action movie is currently called Taken 2, and it will open just under a year from now, on October 5, 2012.
The following month is busy for Fox: Curtis Hanson‘s surfing dram about real-life surfer Jay Moriarty, formerly called Mavericks, will co out on October 26 2012 as Of Men and Mavericks. And Parental Guidance, starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, and Marisa Tomei, will open on November 21, 2012.
Then a couple dates have hit for 2013: the second Percy Jackson film, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters will now hit on March 27 2013. And the BBC co-production Walking with Dinosaurs, which brings the popular show and traveling animatronic dinosaur exhibit to screens in 3D, moves up to October 11, 2013, from December 20, 2013. [BoxOfficeMojo]