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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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It’s probably just a matter of time before someone gets the idea to make an NBC sitcom based on Dos Equis’ The Most Interesting Man in the World, but until then we’ll have Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Sherman (voiced by Max Charles), the human half of the classic cartoon duo, is an ordinary kid, but Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell) has a list of accomplishments that’d make Mr. Dos Equis himself raise a perfectly groomed eyebrow.

The newest trailer explains that this is a dog who earned a Ph.D and invented the fist bump, Autotune, and the time machine. The latest clip adds that he’s also a musical genius and a license chiropractor. The only thing he can’t do, apparently, is keep Sherman from traveling back in time and creating a rift in the space-time continuum. Which turns out to be kind of a problem. Watch the videos after the jump.

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Mr Peabody and Sherman

Roles are reversed in the upcoming Rocky and Bullwinkle spinoff, Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Mr. Peabody is the world’s smartest dog and Sherman is his adopted human boy. Together they’ll get into time traveling adventures, with characters voiced by the likes of Ty Burrell, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Lake Bell and Dennis Haysbert.

The 3D animated film, set for release March 7, is directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King) and the first trailer has just been released. Check it out below. Read More »

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If each human year is equivalent to seven dog years, that makes Mr. Peabody, who first appeared in the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show around the late ’50s, nearly 400 years old. Given that, he looks pretty damn great in these new stills from DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman. There’s nothing like a shiny CG makeover to make one feel young again, apparently.

The film sees the brilliant canine (voiced by Ty Burrell) and his kid companion (voiced by Max Charles) traveling through time in their WABAC (pronounced “way-back”) machine. Along for the ride is Penny (voiced by Burrell’s Modern Family co-star Ariel Winter), a classmate of Sherman’s who gets under his skin. Check out the first-look images after the jump.

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It’s going to be an arthouse-friendly summer. Following yesterday’s announcement that Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight would land in theaters Memorial Day weekend, Sony Classics has just set June and July openings for two more upcoming auteur releases, Pedro Almodovar‘s I’m So Excited and Woody Allen‘s Blue Jasmine.

The news is less positive for DreamWorks’ animation slate, as Mr. Peabody & Sherman has been pushed from late 2013 to early 2014, knocking Me and My Shadow off the schedule altogether. And finally, rounding out this batch of release date updates is Last Vegas, which is moving up to avoid the crowded Christmas slate. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Even as we anticipate this year’s big animated pictures, including Pixar’s Brave, we’re already getting curious about two projects that have been simmering for a while but won’t hit for another couple of years. After the jump, check out a fresh bit of concept art from Pinocchio, a 3D stop-motion project being directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson, and take a peek at the title characters from DreamWorks Animation’s 3D CG-animated Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

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Even his brief stint in rehab doesn’t seem to have slowed down Gerard Butler much at all. With Movie 43, Playing the Field, and Of Men and Mavericks all due out this year, and Hunter Killer, Thunder Run, Brilliant, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 already on his upcoming slate, the Scottish star has booked yet another role. Described as “Die Hard in the White House,” Olympus Has Fallen will see Butler starring as an ex-Secret Service agent who’s called upon to serve his country once more when terrorists take over 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Butler is also set to produce the action thriller from newbie writers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt, which is set up at Millennium. No director has been announced at this time, but with production scheduled for a September start we expect we’ll hear some news on that front soon. [THR]

After the jump, Phil Dunphy replaces Tony Stark, and that Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close kid gets two more jobs.

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Disney and Pixar have always been the undisputed champions of animation but a new contender has been rising in the ranks over the last several years: DreamWorks. The studio that brought us the Shrek films, Antz, Chicken Run, Madagascar, Bee Movie and many others has been fighting the good fight for the better part of a decade and while they have yet to over take Disney and Pixar, their upcoming slate sounds like they’re once again swinging for the fences. On Tuesday, DreamWorks Animation announced their upcoming slate all the way from this summer’s Kung Fu Panda 2 through 2014 when they’ll release How To Train Your Dragon 2 on June 20. In between, they’re preparing original films featuring the likes of Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone and many others. The films are as follows:

After the jump, read who is directing and writing each, plot descriptions of several films and more. Read More »

First Concept Art for ‘Mr. Peabody and Sherman’

Briefly: When we had the first announcement of the Rocky and Bullwinkle spin-off film Mr. Peabody and Sherman, which will feature Robert Downey, Jr. voicing the time-traveling dog Mr. Peabody, we mentioned that concept art of the canine would soon be coming down the line. Here it is and…yeah, that’s Mr. Peabody, all right. Same basic look, albeit with more detailed, expressive eyes. I suppose there’s a bit of Robert Downey, Jr. in there, but not too much.

Jeffrey Ventimilia and Joshua Sternin (The Simpsons, Yogi Bear) wrote the script, and as you’d expect it will feature Mr. Peabody and Sherman using the WABAC machine to travel through time, the better to introduce Mr. Peabody’s ‘pet boy’ Sherman to history. What historical figures will appear? We don’t know, but expect those details in the coming weeks. A telling of the starring characters’ origin story is reportedly part of the script. The film will be fully CGI, and 3D.

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