The moment you’re famous enough that your voice becomes recognizable, the animated movie offers must come pouring in, but even after years of being in the spotlight, Epic only marks Amanda Seyfried’s very first foray into the world of voice work. She plays Mary Katherine, the daughter of Professor Bomba (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) who’s essentially given up everything for an obsessive pursuit to prove that there are tiny warriors living in the forest. Like everyone else, MK isn’t buying it, but when Queen Tara (voiced by Beyonce Knowles) has no choice but to shrink MK down to Leaf Man size so she can help save the forest, MK realizes her father’s been right all along.
With Epic on its way to a May 24th release, Seyfried sat down in New York City to talk about making the film and more. We ran through what drew her to the project, her love of the forest, the challenge of tapping into her imagination while in a sound booth, the physicality involved in doing voice work, how voicing an animated character compares to singing live on set, and the awkwardness of non-dialogue voice work. Seyfried also offered an update on her upcoming projects including Lovelace and Z for Zachariah. Hit the jump to watch.
After all these years, it’s surprising Colin Farrell has yet to lend his voice to an animated character, but turns out, waiting served him well because his character, Ronan, is featured in the “achingly beautiful” world that drew Farrell to Epic to begin with. Ronan is the leader of the Leaf Men and when Mandrake (voiced by Christoph Waltz) and the Boggans threaten to destroy the forest, he joins forces with the formerly human-sized Mary Katherine (voice by Amanda Seyfried), a renegade young Leaf Man, Nod (voiced by Josh Hutcherson), and a slug and a snail, Mub and Grub (voiced by Aziz Ansari and Chris O’Dowd), to ensure a very special little pod stays safe, giving them a chance to keep the terrain lush with greenery and life.
While in New York City celebrating Epic’s May 24th release, Farrell sat down to talk about how director Chris Wedge and his team of animators first reeled him in, the challenge of working in a sound booth for the first time, Ronan’s backstory, and about how he felt seeing his voice coming out of a completely different body. And before wrapping up, Farrell also spoke a bit about Saving Mr. Banks and Winter’s Tale. Catch it all in the video interview after the jump.
You might have noticed that just a few hours ago, the Resident Evil: Retribution trailer made its big debut, but for some lucky fans in New York City, the experience entailed much more than an Internet viewing. ScreenCrush.com’s Jordan Hoffman moderated an event that featured a showing of the new trailer on the big screen as well as a clip from the film and a Q&A session with none other than Alice herself, Milla Jovovich.
When you’ve got a franchise rocking five installments, it’s undoubtedly a monumental success. While directors Paul W.S. Anderson, Alexander Witt and Russell Mulcahy have all effectively maintained the world created by Anderson in the first film back in 2002, inspired by the Capcom video games, now it’s time to push the envelope more so than ever. Alice is turning her battle against the Umbrella Corporation into an international effort, traveling from Tokyo to New York to Washington D.C. and Moscow during which she’ll uncover information that sheds new light on her expansive endeavor. Hit the jump to read all about the exclusive footage and Jovovich’s experience working on the film.
So maybe the Saw franchise took a turn for the ludicrous and flat out confusing towards the latter end of its run, but there’s still no denying that series creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell turned Jigsaw into a horror icon. What happens when a villain achieves icon status? He amasses a following of course, and now Twisted Pictures, Carnival and Rabin Management are letting that following celebrate the beloved franchise on a cruise.
The Carnival Glory will be outfitted to host the ultimate Saw fan experience. Leaving New York City on Saturday, August 11th, docking in Saint John, NB, Canada on the 13th, in Halifax, NS, on the 14th, and returning to New York on the 16th, the event boasts a slew of Saw-centric events. Hoffman himself, Costas Mandylor, will be on board as well as a few other familiar faces including Mark Rolston of Saw 5 and 6 and Ned Bellamy of the original film. You know, the guy who took a pair of drills to the neck! Hit the jump for more details.
Passover is my springtime holiday, but who doesn’t indulge in some Peeps come Easter? The Washington Post celebrates that yummy time of year packed with sugary chicks and bunnies with a Peeps Diorama Contest. This year was the sixth installment and while the big winner was “OccuPeep D.C.,” of the hundreds of entries, quite a few were movie related, and pretty impressive looking, too!
Of the 34 dioramas featured in their “Peeps in Movies” slideshow, naturally, a few hit Panem for some Hunger Games inspired designs, one of which is actually kind of bloody. There’s also a couple of Titanic entries in there and even one dedicated to The Help called “Sometimes Peep Happens.” However, had I had the opportunity to crown a winning movie Peep, it’d undoubtedly be the recreation of the Bridesmaids poster, “Brides Peeps.” Enjoy the holidays this weekend and check out some of the Peeps dioramas after the jump.
Game of Thrones can get quite intense – if you caught the season 2 premiere this past Sunday night, a specific scene might come to mind that was particularly gut-wrenching. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun with the material and that’s exactly what the folks at TV.com have been up to. As a huge sucker for puzzles, I totally feel for their Jumble edition of Game of Thrones and now they’re back with more with their show-themed coloring book.
The pages have just what you’d expect from any kiddie coloring book, G-rated games. They even manage to tame the infamous “crown for a king” scene, swapping Viserys’ liquid gold for a porkpie, doo rag and other far less harmful headwear. I doubt you’d find a beheaded [spoiler] in any coloring book for toddlers, but in the case of Arya’s maze to boy clothes and freedom, it’s wholly necessary. Hit the jump to check out excerpts from the book. Beware, the images contain spoilers for season one of Game of Thrones.
Sure, the whole Google Maps 8-bit for NES thing might haven been an April Fool’s gag, but there’s something wonderfully timeless about the 8-bit era, when there was a limited color palette and characters moved around realms without bending their knees. Not only is it still quite fun to pop in a Nintendo cartridge (in my case, with a Game Genie still attached), but 8-bit gaming has evolved into an art form and artist Eric Palmer is embracing it, using the 8-bit style to put a new spin on some iconic films. Some examples are Jurassic Park, 300, Harry Potter, Office Space, Star Wars and The Matrix. Hit the jump to check them out.