oscars 2020 best animated feature submissions

Academy voters rarely take animation seriously, but they’re going to seriously narrow the field of contenders for Best Animated Feature. The field for the Oscars 2020 best animated features submissions reached a record high this year, with a whopping 32 films submitted for the category.

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weekend box office how to train your dragon

Last weekend, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was at the top of the charts. Now, another weekend has come and gone, and the third Dragon movie is still number one. The animated sequel held fast, just beating A Madea Family Funeral, which is supposedly the final Madea film from Tyler Perry. Dragon‘s days owning the box office are likely numbered, as Captain Marvel flies into theaters this weekend. More on the weekend box office below.

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bad boys 3 camera test

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Ghostbusters 3 is gearing up to film in Calgary, Alberta.
  • Speaking of Ghostbusters 3: Melissa McCarthy is fine with it.
  • How to Train Your Dragon 3 director Dean DeBlois would be fine with the franchise continuing (with new characters).
  • Kevin Smith shares a pic of a familiar location, and a familiar face, from the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot set.
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse directors offer their thoughts on what a potential sequel might look like.
  • Will Smith shares a “censored” look at a Bad Boys 3 script read.

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weekend box office how to train your dragon 3

It’s official: people really want to learn how to train their dragons. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third and final entry in the animated franchise, won the weekend box office, hauling in $55.5 million. This is the best debut of any film in the series, probably because audiences couldn’t resist seeing hot older Hiccup and his CGI beard. Meanwhile, Alita: Battle Angel dropped to second place, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part came in third, and Fighting With My Family wrestled its way to fourth place.

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dean deblois and how to train your draon
A couple of weeks back, I was able to visit the DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale California, an oasis hidden amongst the Los Angeles concrete. There, I had a chance to visit Dean DeBlois‘ new office and talk to the filmmaker about How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. As you may know, DeBlois wrote and directed the modern Disney Animation classic Lilo & Stitch with Chris Sanders, before moving to DreamWorks to direct all three installments of the now completed How to Train Your Dragon trilogy.

In our interview, we talk about the evolution of the story from the beginning of the trilogy to the conclusion, comparisons to Star Wars, the trouble with sequels, an animation franchise where the characters physically grow and age, the original idea for the second movie that was abandoned, how he feels about making audiences cry, what it was like to work with Guillermo Del Toro and Drew Struzan, his hopes to make a live-action film next, a possible Dragons theme park ride, and the challenge of making a mythical based franchise in the age of Avatar.

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how to train your dragon the hidden world review

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World feels like the end. And that is a blessing for the film, which wraps up its narrative threads so neatly that it is as smooth as the scales on the backs of the DreamWorks franchise’s titular dragons. While it’s not quite the swan song that the franchise — which started with the near-perfect 2009 film How to Train Your Dragon — could have had, The Hidden World never falters in delivering the raw, emotional power and arresting visuals (and yes, the tears) that the series is known for.

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how to train your dragon 2 original ending

The How to Train Your Dragon series has become one of the most beloved and critically lauded animated franchises today, and its third film, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, is set to bring the fantasy series to an end (and bring us to tears). But in another timeline, the final two films of the series could have looked drastically different.

Director Dean DeBlois revealed in an interview with /Film’s Peter Sciretta that he had a different villain in mind in the How to Train Your Dragon 2 original plans. And that villain would have had repercussions leading into The Hidden World.

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how to train your dragon the hidden world box office

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is flying high at the box office, and it hasn’t even hit U.S. theaters yet. But while Glass holds strong at the domestic box office for a third weekend in a row, it better prepare to deal with a fiery competitor, as How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World rakes in millions at the overseas box office and at early access screenings.

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how to train your dragon the hidden world posters

Drew Struzan has left behind a legacy of some of the most iconic movie posters of all time, with his posters for films like the Star Wars saga, the Back to the Future trilogy, the Indiana Jones series, The Thing, Blade Runner, and more, cementing his status as one of today’s the most influential pop artists. But the movie poster legend is effectively retired, making his last poster for 2015’s The Force Awakens. But one animated franchise has brought Struzan out of retirement.

Struzan has emerged from his four-year retirement to create the new How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World posters, which embody that classic muralistic style that he is famous for.

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how to train your dragon the hidden world early screenings

Fandango is inviting How to Train Your Dragon fans to its hidden world three weeks early. The ticketing company is teaming up with DreamWorks Animation to offer How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World early screenings on February 2, nearly a month before the film is set to hit theaters, with tickets going on sale today.

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