DreamWorks Animation has released the first official poster for the upcoming sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2. The movie picks up five years after the first installment, and has Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless exploring new territories while the rest of his friends are enjoying dragon races. During one of Hiccup and Toothless’ journeys, they discover a secret ice cave, hundreds of new wild dragons, and the mysterious Dragon Rider. Due to its high quantity of features, DreamWorks Animation is a bit of a hit and miss studio, but they hit big with 2010’s excellent How to Train Your Dragon. It’s great to see the evolved character design of Hiccup in this first poster for the follow-up, and a proper theatrical trailer will probably be heading our way soon.
Hit the jump to take a closer look at the poster, and click here to see what Jay Baruchel had to say about seeing a rough cut of the film. The pic also features the voices of Gerard Butler, Kit Harington, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Djimon Hounsou, and Kristen Wiig. How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 13, 2014.
The romantic comedy Baggage Claim follows Montana Moore (Paula Patton), a successful flight attendant and a devoted daughter, sister and friend, who just can’t manage to get her love life together. With the help of her two best friends, Gail (Jill Scott) and Sam (Adam Brody), they devise a plan to have Montana conveniently meet up with eligible ex-boyfriends to see if any of them have since become the perfect guy. Directed by David E. Talbert, the film also stars Derek Luke, Djimon Hounsou, Taye Diggs, Boris Kodjoe, Terrence J, Jenifer Lewis, Christina Milian, La La Anthony and Affion Crockett.
At the film’s press day, actor Djimon Hounsou (who plays the wealthy and exotic Quinton Jamison) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why this project appealed to him, the opportunity he had to create his own backstory for the character, that he believes people should get to know and enjoy each other before considering marriage, and how much he enjoyed working with co-star Paula Patton. He also talked about how important it was for him to show some diversity in a superhero movie like Guardians of the Galaxy, how fun and entertaining Marvel movies are to watch, and how he hopes to get some of his own projects into production soon. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Jonathan Sobol‘s The Art of the Steal. Loaded with a great cast featuring Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, Jason Jones, and Chris Diamantopoulos, the film is about a small group that teams up to steal one of the most valuable books in the world. While I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, I had a blast watching The Art of the Steal. The pic is a fresh take on the heist genre, and it’s loaded with great dialogue and fun set pieces. While I’m not sure when it’s going to be released in America, it’s definitely worth checking out down the road.
Shortly after the premiere, I landed an extended video interview with Jay Baruchel. During our wide-ranging conversation we talked about being at TIFF, what The Art of the Steal is about, what it was like for Baruchel to work with Kurt Russell and Terence Stamp, what he collects, the reception to This Is the End, the Goon sequel (and what it’s about), and more. In addition, he talked about how he’d just seen the rough cut of How to Train Your Dragon 2, who he plays in the Robocop remake, and future projects like his pilot for ABC, and his comic book adaptation, Random Acts of Violence, which is in development. Hit the jump to watch.
At this weekend’s press junket for the romantic comedy Baggage Claim, Collider got the opportunity to chat with actor Djimon Hounsou about his role as the wealthy and exotic businessman, Quinton Jamison, who is one of the exes that flight attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton) decides to track down and reconnect with. While we will run the full interview and what he had to say about working on the film closer to its September 27th release date, we did what to share what he had to say about what he’s currently shooting – the latest Marvel action-adventure epic Guardians of the Galaxy, in which he plays Korath the Pursuer.
During the interview, Hounsou talked about how important it was for him to show some diversity in a superhero movie, how fun and entertaining Marvel movies are to watch, how alive the creative process is with the film, how he feels like he’s in a different part of the galaxy when he’s on set, working on a combination of both soundstages and outdoor sets, and why he wanted to voice Black Panther for an animated series. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Check out Disney’s adjusted release date schedule, along with an earlier release for an anticipated DreamWorks Animation sequel below:
- The Avengers: Age of Ultron is final title of previous “Marvel’s The Avengers Untitled Sequel” (previously announced 5/1/15 wide playdate is unchanged)
- Inside Out is final title of previous “The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside The Mind” (previously announced 6/19/15 wide playdate in 3D is unchanged)
- Phineas and Ferb is removed from Disney release schedule (from “2014 Undated”)
- How to Train Your Dragon 2* will open on June 13, 2014, moved up a week from June 20, 2014; Friday the 13th be damned!
- Warner Bros. sets Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale, starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint and Russell Crowe, for February 14, 2014.
With director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2 opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with some of the cast in New York City. The sequel takes place a few years after the first film and finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). For more on the film, watch five clips, a red-band featurette, video interviews with Wadlow and Mark Millar, or click here for all our previous coverage.
During the interview with Mintz-Plasse (who is awesome in the film), he talked about making the sequel, what it was like to run around the streets of Toronto in costume with people watching, changes on set, his reaction to the script, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Nicholas Stoller‘s Townies (talks about how the film has a lot of male nudity and his fake flaccid prosthetic penis), and much more. Hit the jump to watch.
I know that I’ve been poking fun at various Comic-Con exclusive posters and the rampage to get them simply because they look neat and they’re free. I haven’t even been that blown away by the Mondo posters, but that’s more sour grapes than anything else. But today, How to Train Your Dragon 2 director Dean Deblois announced that there would be a limited edition Comic-Con poster for the film by legendary poster artist Drew Struzan. Struzan also has a Mondo poster for The Dark Tower at Comic-Con, but that doesn’t do anything for me since I’ve never read those books. I adore How to Train Your Dragon, I can’t wait for the sequel, and I will be the one shoving you to the ground as I try to get my hands on this bad boy. There are currently no details on when and where at the Con the poster will be available, but DreamWorks Animation will be having its “Filmmaker Focus Panel” on Thursday at 11:45am in Room 6A.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. The film features the voices of Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Kit Harrington, and Gerard Butler. How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 20, 2014.
DreamWorks Animation has released the first teaser trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2. The movie picks up five years after the first installment, and has Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless exploring new territories while the rest of his friends are enjoying dragon races. During one of Hiccup and Toothless’ journeys, they discover “a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, and the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.” None of that plot is conveyed in this teaser trailer. Instead, it throws us back to the joy of the flying sequences in the first movie, and then ups the ante. We see a confident (and hot) Hiccup pulling daredevil stunts, and for a teaser trailer, it’s a perfect announcement that the sequel is on the way. I can’t wait for this movie.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also features the voices of Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Kit Harrington, and Gerard Butler. How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 20, 2014.
Now playing is DreamWorks Animations’ The Croods. Directed by Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps) and Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon), The Croods centers on a prehistoric family embarking on the world’s first road trip through an uncharted, fantastical and dangerous world. The film features the voice talents of Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage, Clark Duke, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman. For more on The Croods, you can watch 8 clips here.
At the New York City press junket, I was able to speak with De Micco and Sanders. We talked about how they started working together, how the film changed during the development process, how The Croods was originally set up at Aardman as a stop-motion animated movie, casting, technical challenges, whether Guillermo del Toro had any involvement with the film, their working relationship with Jeffrey Katzenberg, the film’s use of 3D, and updates on Hong Kong Phooey and How to Train Your Dragon 2. Hit the jump to watch.
Opening this weekend is director Antoine Fuqua’s White House actioner Olympus Has Fallen. The film stars Gerard Butler as a disgraced Secret Service agent called back to duty when terrorists take over the White House and capture the President (Aaron Eckhart). The film also stars Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo, Robert Forster, Dylan McDermott, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Rick Yune. If you’ve been waiting for Butler to return to action, you’re going to be very happy watching Olympus Has Fallen. Not only is the film a hard R for graphic violence, it features Butler kicking ass in some great action set pieces. Watch some clips here.
A few days ago I landed an exclusive interview with Butler here in Los Angeles. During our wide-ranging conversation, we talked about making Olympus Has Fallen, what it means to him, the great supporting cast, why he took a break from action films, the byproduct of being a celebrity, future projects, and more. In addition, he also talked about How to Train Your Dragon 2, what it’s about, having a script this time, recording his dialogue, redoing about 70% of the first film after seeing the finished film, and a lot more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.
With Rise of the Guardians opening this week, I recently got to see the finished film at DreamWorks Animation and it’s really well done. Not only is the animation great to look at, it’s got a strong story that’s character driven and it doesn’t rely on stupid jokes. In addition, unlike most superhero films that spend half the time introducing characters by explaining their origin and showing off their powers, what’s fantastic about Rise of the Guardians is we join almost everyone in the middle of the story. If you’re not familiar with the story, it revolves around the rebellious Jack Frost (Chris Pine) teaming up with other mythical figures North aka Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), E. Aster Bunnyman aka Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), Tooth aka The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and the Sandman to battle the evil Pitch (Jude Law). Here’s my video blog review and all our previous coverage.
To help promote the film, last week I got on the phone with Rise of the Guardians director Peter Ramsey. We talked about how they didn’t tell a typical origin story, the tone, how many times he re-storyboard the film and whether there were any dramatic changes along the way, the test screening process, collaborating with Roger Deakins, other DreamWorks Animation projects like How to Train Your Dragon 2, Kung Fu Panda 3, Trolls (which he said is “kind of partially based on a Terry Pratchett novel”) and more. In addition, Ramsey got his start as a storyboard artist working for David Fincher on Fight Club and Steven Spielberg on A.I., so we talked about those projects and a few others. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
DreamWorks Animation is known for being prolific, but the studio has just announced a massive 12-picture slate that runs through 2016. Here’s a brief look:
- The Croods – March 22nd, 2013
- Turbo – July 19th, 2013
- Mr. Peabody & Sherman – November 1st, 2013
- Me and My Shadow – March 14th, 2014
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 – June 20th, 2014
- Happy Smekday! – November 26th, 2014
- The Penguins of Madagascar – March 27th, 2015
- Trolls (working title) – June 5th, 2015
- B.O.O: Bureau of Otherworldy Operations – November 6th, 2015
- Mumbai Musical (working title) – December 19th, 2015
- Kung Fu Panda 3 – March 16th, 2016
- How to Train Your Dragon 3 – June 18th, 2016
Hit the jump for more details on this ambitious line-up of animated films.
While at Comic-Con for a panel presentation, actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Kick-Ass) spoke to the press about the stop-motion animated feature ParaNorman. Set in the town of Blithe Hollow, 11-year-old Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee) unexpectedly learns that a centuries-old witch’s curse is real and about to come true, and that only he can save the world from zombies.
During the interview, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (who plays an obnoxious and insecure bully named Alvin) talked about creating a voice for this character, getting to work with the other voice actors during the recording process, how nervous he gets every time he does a voice-over project, and how well done the anti-bullying message of the film is. He also talked about how he is currently doing voice work for How to Train Your Dragon 2, that he has the script for Kick-Ass 2 but has not officially signed on for it yet, how he hopes to shoot from September to December of this year, and how happy he is not to have the rape scene with his character from the comic. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
We all know him as the lovable bastard on Game of Thrones (who should have taken a roll in the snow with Ygritte (Rose Leslie)), but Kit Harington may soon lend his voice to a more villainous character. Harington is up for a role in DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2. The sequel to the 2010 hit features the return of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig, Craig Ferguson, T.J. Miller, Jonah Hill and more in the vocal cast, in addition to the fine assortment of scaly beasts on screen. Hit the jump for more on this potential casting addition.
Inspired by the book Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey Into a Minor Hockey League, the hockey comedy Goon follows Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott), a bouncer at a local bar who ends up in a bloody fist fight that catches the eye of the Halifax Highlanders. Hampered by his lack of hockey playing ability, Doug joins the minor league team at the encouragement of his hockey-obsessed best friend (Jay Baruchel) and quickly becomes its mammoth-sized star.
At the film’s press day, actor Seann William Scott talked about being new to the game of hockey, how lucky they were not to get hurt with more than a few bruises, playing the earnest guy and the training he had to go through to bulk up, while producer/writer/actor/lifelong hockey fan Jay Baruchel talked about how terrible he is at hockey even though he’s such a big fan of the sport, getting to meet the real guy that the film was inspired by, the influence of Slap Shot, starting Seth Rogen’s feature directorial debut, The Apocalypse, at the end of April, and voicing Hiccup for both How to Train Your Dragon 2 and the Cartoon Network TV series. Check out what they had to say after the jump: