‘Rio 2′ Trailer: To Grandfather’s House We Go

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2011′s Rio was entirely founded on the premise that Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) were the only blue macaws left in the entire world. The whole reason Blu left his comfy Minnesota home was to meet and mate with Jewel, lest their species die out altogether.

But maybe Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro) isn’t such a great ornithologist after all, because in Rio 2 it turns out that there are others of their kind out there in the jungle. A whole flock of ‘em, in fact. And unfortunately for Blu, that crowd includes Jewel’s dad Eduardo (Andy Garcia) and her handsome ex-boyfriend Roberto (Bruno Mars). Watch the newest full-length trailer after the jump.

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‘Rio 2′ Trailer: Meet the Parents

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The first Rio saw Blu, the Jesse Eisenberg-iest tropical parrot of all time, thrown completely out of his element when he was moved from Moose Lake, Minnesota to the colorful streets of Rio de Janeiro. He eventually managed to acclimate to his new surroundings (um, spoiler alert, I guess), but the second will see him feeling like a fish out of water once again as he heads into the jungle.

At least he’s starting out with more friends this time around. Anne Hathaway returns to voice Blu’s love Jewel, George Lopez, Jamie Foxx, and will.i.am their avian buddies, and Tracy Morgan the friendly canine Luiz. Unfortunately for the gang, Jemaine Clement is also set to reprise his role as the villainous Nigel. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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‘Rio 2′ Cast and Plot Details Announced

After Anne Hathaway picks up her statue for Best Supporting Actress (Nate Silver said it would happen, so it must be true), she’ll be heading to the sunny beaches of Brazil. Or at least, she’ll be heading to a recording booth where she’ll pretend to be on the sunny beaches of Brazil.

Fox announced today that Hathaway will reprise her role for Rio 2, along with most of her Rio co-stars including Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement, will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, and George Lopez. They’ll joined by several new cast members as well, including Andy GarciaKristin ChenowethBruno Mars, and Janelle Monáe. Learn more about the casting and plot details after the jump.

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Morgan Spurlock has never been one to take a break. You’d think after releasing the awesome Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (now available in your home) he might take some time off. But no. He’s got Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope premiering at Toronto later this month, the TV show 50 Documentaries To See Before You Die on Current TV as well as the Hulu sponsored A Day in the Life where he spends a day with famous people giving us a glimpse into their lives. You might have heard about this one when he was shooting with Mr. Brainwash but now, after the jump, you can watch the first three episodes of the show which follow billionaire Richard Branson, musician Will.i.am and comedian Russell Peters. Read More »

‘Rio’ Character Posters

If a film studio can’t bring in audiences to a slick-looking, 3D animated film starring animals with famous voices, they might as well hand over their keys. Making kids movies is like printing money; even the bad ones are usually successful in some way. That makes it tough to gauge just how big a role the marketing played in it.

For example, on April 15 Blue Sky is releasing Rio directed by Carlos Saldanha, who has done Ice Age, Robots, Ice Age: Meltdown, and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs for the CG animation house. It features characters voiced by Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Mann, Jemaine Clement, George Lopez, Jake T. Austin, Will.I.Am and is about a rare bird (Eisenberg) who finds out there’s one other bird in the world like him, and she’s female (Hathaway), so he travels to Rio de Janeiro to win her heart.

While the main characters are important, side characters regularly make these movies and that’s what these new character posters focus on. The question remains, will posters like this make much of a difference? Check them out and let us know. Read More »

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UPDATE: The son of Cameron producer Jon Landau told CHUD this story is false. Which is both relieving and, in a way, sort of a shame. Original article follows.

Is it April first? Because I can’t figure out any other reason that will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas would be claiming that James Cameron is directing a concert film for the plastic pop band. Unless Cameron actually is doing the film, in which case…what? Read More »

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20th Century Fox has released six new character photos and the final movie trailer from X-Men Origins: Wolverine on USA Today. The photos include Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed/Sabretooth, Lynn Collins as Kayla Silverfox, Taylor Kitsch as Gambit, Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Will.i.am as Kestrel.

The new trailer concentrates a lot on the story bits shown in the Fox 3-minute preview, with a lot more action from the additional mutants, and nearly every effects shot from the film cut into a fast montage. I think I even saw some footage from the recently filmed reshoots. Check out the trailer after the jump and tell me what you think in the comments!
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In Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Budd has to clean up a particularly fouled strip club restroom, and right now I have to write a Black Eyed Peas casting post. Night capping the last few days of X-Men Origins: Wolverine news, BEP member will.i.am (the one who looks like Wyclef) will star as John Wraith aka Wraith aka Kestrel, a mutant with teleportation powers and a thing for explosives who, in comic canon, belonged to Team X alongside Wolverine, Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber), Maverick, Mastodon and Silverfox (Lynn Collins). This casting news arrives via IESB. The musician-actor, real name William James Abrams, Jr., previously starred on the TV show Cane, and the big budget film marks his feature debut. No word if he’ll contribute to the soundtrack or will have a scene teaching Gambit how to rap obnoxiously.

In a flick more befitting a BEP, rapper Taboo (the one who looks like he has a crystal skull), will star in 2009′s Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, the second big screen incarnation of Capcom’s classic video game series. Taboo’s role has not been officially announced, but First Showing speculates he might be up for the still unfilled roles of Ryu, Ken, or Guile. If so, total hilarity. Also joining the film, which is directed by Doom‘s Andrzej Bartkowiak, are American Pie‘s Chris Klein (as Nash), the formidable Michael Clark Duncan (as Balrog), Korean American actor Rick Yune (Gen), and others. Smallville‘s Kristin Kreuk is in the title role. Did Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia teach our society nothing in 1994?

Discuss: What is the point of casting the Black Eyed Peas in genre movies? Also, anyone want to be /Film’s BEP movie news-gathering intern?

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