HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 Review

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2010′s How to Train Your Dragon is a wonderful movie.  In addition to being beautifully animated, it’s a story about understanding, ingenuity, and compassion wrapped in the almost-always-endearing child-and-his/her-pet tale.  Dean DeBloisHow to Train Your Dragon 2 physically expands the canvas of the original by bringing in new characters, new locations, and new dragons, but in his attempt to make the sequel bigger, he’s also spread it thin.  Although it still keeps the central focus on the relationship between Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless, the pacing is erratic as the story tries to hop between plotlines, themes, and scattered characters.  The movie is still sprinkled with charm, humor, and warmth, but it never holds together as tightly as the original.

5 Clips from HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

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Following its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, DreamWorks Animation has released a batch of How to Train Your Dragon 2 clips.  The film picks up five years after the events of the first film, as Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless are exploring new territories while the rest of their 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.  This continues to be one of my most anticipated films of the year, and these latest clips only serve to make the wait seem that much longer.

Hit the jump to watch the How to Train Your Dragon 2 clips.  The film also features the voices of Cate BlanchettGerard ButlerKit HaringtonCraig FergusonAmerica FerreraJonah HillChristopher Mintz-PlasseT.J. MillerDjimon Hounsou, and Kristen WiigHow to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 13th.

Hero Complex Film Festival Lineup Announced; Will Include Interviews with James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Joe Dante, and More

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The Los Angeles Times 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival lineup has been announced.  There will be a mix of classics films screening such as The Terminator, Terminator 2, Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Alien, Aliens, and Gremlins as well as a 10th anniversary presentation of the 2003 Battlestar Galactica miniseries and an advance screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2.  Almost all of these screenings will be accompanied by live Q&As with the films’ creators and stars including James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Joe Dante, Ronald D. Moore, Dean DeBlois, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and more.  While the advanced screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2 is cool, I’m glad there’s a heavy emphasis on classic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror movies.  That being said, I’m sure Cameron will get a bunch of questions of the Avatar sequels.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, April 30th, starring at 10am.  Hit the jump to check out the press release and to find out how you can get tickets.  The 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival will run from May 30 – June 1st.

See How Berk Has Changed in New HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 Featurette

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DreamWorks Animation has released a new behind-the-scenes How to Train Your Dragon 2 featurette.  The sequel takes place five years after the events of the first film, and in this featurette writer/director Dean Deblois discusses how the How to Train Your Dragon world has changed since then.  The biggest difference is that now all of the inhabitants of Berk have a dragon; as Jay Baruchel points out, if you don’t have a dragon, you are in the minority.  Moreover, Baruchel’s Hiccup and Toothless are now working to fill out their Viking map by exploring more territories.  The follow-up continues to look great, and with no new Pixar movie this year, HTTYD2 has this summer all to itself (save for the very young skewing Planes: Fire and Rescue), so it should clean up quite nicely.

Hit the jump to watch the How to Train Your Dragon 2 featurette.  The film also features the voices of  Cate Blanchett, Gerard ButlerKit HaringtonCraig FergusonAmerica FerreraJonah HillChristopher Mintz-PlasseT.J. MillerDjimon Hounsou, and Kristen WiigHow to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 13th.

Jay Baruchel and Dean DeBlois Talk HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, New Characters and Dragons, Plans for the Franchise, and More

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In How to Train Your Dragon 2, it’s been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and Vikings on the island of Berk, and the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds.  When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a home to hundreds of new wild dragons, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace because only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.  For more on the film, watch the first five minutes of the movie.

While at WonderCon to promote the upcoming release of the sequel, actor Jay Baruchel, who voices Hiccup in both the films and the TV show, and writer/director Dean DeBlois talked about how things have changed since the first movie, how the voice recording works for these films, how many different types of new dragons there will be, the characters new to this film, and the plan for the franchise, going forward.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Watch the First 5 Minutes of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

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DreamWorks Animation has released the first five minutes from How to Train Your Dragon 2 online.  The long-awaited DreamWorks Animation sequel picks up five years after the events of the first film, as Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless are exploring new territories while the rest of their 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.  I assume this clip is for one of two groups: 1) People who can’t stand the four-year wait for the sequel any longer, and just need to get another glimpse right now (two clips have already been released); or 2) People who plan on being super late to the movie.

Hit the jump to check out the new How to Train Your Dragon 2 clip.  The film opens in 3D on June 13th, and features the voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard ButlerKit HaringtonCraig FergusonAmerica FerreraJonah HillChristopher Mintz-PlasseT.J. MillerDjimon Hounsou, and Kristen Wiig.

Sheep Are Used as Game Pawns in New HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 Clip; Plus New High-Resolution Images

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A new How to Train Your Dragon 2 clip has been released online, and it should bring to mind another recent fantasy franchise.  The long-awaited DreamWorks Animation sequel picks up five years after the events of the first film, as Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless are exploring new territories while the rest of their 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.  This new clip provides a look at the aforementioned dragon races, as the main characters take part in a Quidditch-esque game that involves picking up sheep and dropping them into baskets.  It highlights the film’s great sense of humor, gorgeously colorful animation, and soaring score, making the wait for its release that much harder.

Hit the jump to watch the new How to Train Your Dragon 2 clip and to check out a batch of new high-resolution images.  The film also features the voices of Cate Blanchett, Gerard ButlerKit HaringtonCraig FergusonAmerica FerreraJonah HillChristopher Mintz-PlasseT.J. MillerDjimon Hounsou, and Kristen WiigHow to Train Your Dragon 2 will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May and opens in theaters everywhere on June 13th.

New Trailer and Poster for HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

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DreamWorks Animation has released a new How to Train Your Dragon 2 trailer and poster.  Director Dean Deblois’ animated sequel takes place five years after the first installment, as Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless are exploring new territories while the rest of their 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.  This trailer has the blend of humor and drama I was hoping the movie would provide, and I’m surprised and encouraged that they’re leaning more heavily on the emotional side than the comedy even though the jokes are still funny.  The first How to Train Your Dragon set a high bar.  The sequel could very well meet it.

Hit the jump to watch the new How to Train Your Dragon 2 trailer and to check out the new poster.  The film opens in 3D on June 13th and also features the voices of Cate Blanchett, Gerard ButlerKit HaringtonCraig FergusonAmerica FerreraJonah HillChristopher Mintz-PlasseT.J. MillerDjimon Hounsou, and Kristen Wiig

Hiccup and Toothless Name a Mountain in First Clip from HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

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DreamWorks Animation has released the first clip from the highly anticipated sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2, and it’ll make you want to revisit the first movie ASAP.  The follow-up takes place five years after the first installment, as Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless are exploring new territories while the rest of their 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.  This debut clip is brief, but the gorgeous animation coupled with the character humor and reprisal of composer John Powell’s theme is a wonderful reminder of just how lovely the first film is, and I cannot wait to see what the sequel has in store for us.

Hit the jump to watch the clip. The film also features the voices of Cate Blanchett, Gerard ButlerKit HaringtonCraig FergusonAmerica FerreraJonah HillChristopher Mintz-PlasseT.J. MillerDjimon Hounsou, and Kristen Wiig.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 13th.

11 New Images from HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

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One of the most anticipated films of 2014 doesn’t involve superheroes or giant robots, but instead is an animated film focusing on (mostly) friendly dragons.  DreamWorks Animation will finally release the long-awaited sequel to 2010’s excellent How to Train Your Dragon this summer, and now a batch of new images from How to Train Your Dragon 2 has been released online.  The story 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.  These new images highlight the older versions of the characters from the first film, as well as a peek at the aforementioned Dragon Rider.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  The film also features the voices of Cate Blanchett, Gerard ButlerKit HaringtonCraig FergusonAmerica FerreraJonah HillChristopher Mintz-PlasseT.J. MillerDjimon Hounsou, and Kristen Wiig.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 13th.

Russell Brand & More Join Herzog’s VERNON GOD LITTLE, Saoirse Ronan Books STOCKHOLM, PENNSYLVANIA, Jay Baruchel Leads TEN O’CLOCK PEOPLE

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Fresh from the Berlin Film Festival, we’ve got a number of casting announcements to address this afternoon.  Briefly:

Hit the jump for details regarding the aforementioned casting.

TV Casting: Jay Baruchel to Lead FX Comedy Pilot; Linda Cardellini, Sissy Spacek, and Ben Mendelsohn Join Kyle Chandler in Netflix Series

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We’ve got a couple of TV casting stories to report on today.  First up, Jay Baruchel has been tapped to lead a new FX comedy pilot called Man Seeking Woman, based on author Simon Rich’s book The Last Girlfriend on EarthTHR reports that Baruchel will play “a naïve romantic on a desperate quest for love” in the potential half-hour comedy series, which is described as a sweet and absurd look at the life-and-death stakes of dating.  Jonathan Krisel (SNL) will executive produce and direct the pilot, with Lorne Michaels also acting as executive producer.  The show returns Baruchel to television after the actor shined on Judd Apatow’s short-lived Undeclared, and the pilot will be filmed in Toronto this spring.

Additionally, a trio of very talented actors have joined Kyle Chandler in the new Netflix series from the creators of Damages.  Hit the jump for more.

Three TV Spots for ROBOCOP Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, and Michael Keaton

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Three new TV spots have popped up online for the remake of RoboCop.  The film takes place in 2028 and finds the sleazy OminiCorp putting its drone technology to use on domestic grounds by way of taking blown-apart cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) and turning him into a cyborg police officer.  The experiment on Murphy is meant to be the first of many RoboCops the company hopes to put in every U.S. city, but things don’t go as planned.  After watching these TV spots, I’m still not excited for this movie.  I’m trying to hold out some hope, but I have to keep reminding myself that the film is coming out in February.

Hit the jump to check out the TV spots.  The film also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. JacksonRoboCop opens February 12, 2014.

5 New Images from the Remake of ROBOCOP Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, and Michael Keaton

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MGM and Sony Pictures have released five new images from RoboCop.  The film takes place in 2028 and finds the sleazy OminiCorp putting its drone technology to use on domestic grounds by way of taking blown-apart cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) and turning him into a cyborg police officer.  The experiment on Murphy is meant to be the first of many RoboCops the company hopes to put in every U.S. city, but things don’t go as planned.  In addition to giving us more images of the cast, the most noteworthy image shows us a suit that looks highly reminiscent of the iconic one from Paul Verhoeven‘s 1987 original.  This version looks pretty crappy, and that’s probably intentional since Murphy is presumably meant to evolve from this fat, clunky suit to the sleek black one.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. JacksonRoboCop opens February 12, 2014.

First Trailer for THE ART OF THE STEAL Starring Kurt Russell, Jay Baruchel, and Matt Dillon

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Radius-TWC has released the first trailer for director Jonathan Sobol new film The Art of the Steal.  Led by Kurt Russell, the comedy tells the story of a small group of crooks who team up to steal one of the most valuable books in the world.  The trailer teases a fun Ocean’s Eleven-style caper with plenty of comedic interplay between the ensemble cast, which also includes Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon, and Jason Jones.  Steve was a big fan of the film when he caught it at the Toronto International Film Festival, and if you missed them, be sure to watch his video interviews with Sobol and Baruchel.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, and Chris DiamantopoulosThe Art of the Steal will be available on VOD February 7, 2014 and opens in theaters March 14, 2014.

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