Oscars: 20 Films Submitted for Best Animated Feature Consideration

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A total of 20 films have been submitted for consideration for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, with titles ranging from The LEGO Movie to The Boxtrolls to The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.  This is an odd year in that there’s really no clear frontrunner yet.  Pixar didn’t release anything, and response to Walt Disney Animation’s sole offering, Big Hero 6, isn’t coming close to the near universal praise of Frozen last year.  DreamWorks Animation has a strong film in How to Train Your Dragon 2, but the sequel suffered a somewhat disappointing box office performance domestically.  Princess Kaguya comes from the revered folks at Studio Ghibli and studio co-founder Isao Takahata, so it could be a formidable force in the race, and I’d say The LEGO Movie is a strong contender to take home the trophy as well given its wildly positive response from critics and audiences alike.

Check out the full list and more commentary on the contenders after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, FARGO Season 1, Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include one of the biggest superhero movies of the year, two very popular—and very different—cable TV series, a collection of Steven Spielberg films, a Ben Stiller comedy classic, and more.  Briefly:

Friday Box Office: NEED FOR SPEED Slows into Top Spot with Soft Opening; MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN Holds Strong with Eye on the Prize

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DreamWorks Pictures’ Need for Speed took the trophy for the Friday box office, but it’s not exactly a Daytona 500 performance.  The 3D racing film had been projected to win the weekend box office with a total take of $25 million to $30 million, but its Friday number is a soft $6.6 million, on track for a weekend take of $21 million or less.  The streak of subpar video game adaptations continues with director Scott Waugh’s racing pic, which has suffered brutal reviews (it’s both dumb and boring) and failed to muster up enthusiasm from general audiences.  Hot on Need for Speed’s tail is a film in its second week of release, DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman.  While the film was bested by 300: Rise of an Empire last weekend, it brought in $5.4 million this Friday and should enjoy a nice family boost today, topping off at around $22 million for a photo-finish with Need for Speed.  The 300 sequel came in second on Friday with $5.8 million and should gross a solid $18 or $19 million this weekend, while Veronica Mars opened to just over $1 million for the number 9 spot.

Title Friday Total
1. Need for Speed $6,642,000 $6,642,000
2. 300: Rise of an Empire $5,800,000 $65,006,000
3. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $5,450,000 $47,430,000
4. Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club $3,200,000 $3,200,000
5. Non-Stop $3,200,000 $61,390,000

Friday Box Office: 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Slays Competition with Solid Debut

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While many wondered whether the opportune time had passed to capitalize on the massive success of 2006’s 300 with a sequel, it appears that a sizable audience for the franchise still exists.  300: Rise of an Empire earned an impressive $17.7 million on Friday, and while that won’t come close to 300’s insane $70 million weekend, it should be enough to hit a solid $40-$45 million for the weekend.  Again, that’s a notable feat given the large time gap in between the original film and the pic’s R-rating, but it was no doubt given a boost by 3D ticket prices.  The other new wide release of the weekend was DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which debuted with $8 million on Friday and is on track for a modest $30 million weekend.  DreamWorks has been pretty hit and miss at the box office lately, but Peabody and Sherman looks to fall somewhere in between.

On the returning films front, Non-Stop dipped 54% in its second week and took in $4.6 million on Friday, while the Biblical saga Son of God saw a large 70% drop from its opening weekend to a $3.2 million take on Friday.

Title Friday Total
1. 300: Rise of an Empire $17,705,000 $17,705,000
2. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $8,000,000 $8,000,000
3. Non-Stop $4,700,000 $41,439,000
4. Son of God $2,700,000 $34,195,000
5. The LEGO Movie $2,660,000 $216,627,000

Director Rob Minkoff Talks MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN, Living Up to THE LION KING, Animators Acting Out Their Work, the New and Improved WABAC, and More

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It doesn’t get much better than going down in history as the guy responsible for directing The Lion King, but Rob Minkoff is out to hit home with families yet again with his latest animated feature, Mr. Peabody & Sherman.  Based on the characters from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, the 3D CGI feature hones in on the smartest dog in the world, Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell), and his adopted human son, Sherman (Max Charles).  When Sherman gets into an argument with a classmate at school, Mr. Peabody invites Penny Peterson (Ariel Winter) and her family over for dinner to smooth things over.  His impeccable cooking, drink-mixing and musical skills seem to be doing the trick, but that’s only until Sherman and Penny hop into his time machine, the WABAC, and run the risk of destroying the space-time continuum.

Just ahead of Mr. Peabody & Sherman’s release, Collider sat down with Minkoff to discuss the opportunities that The Lion King afforded him, why he chose to making his Peabody & Sherman movie using 3D CGI versus other animation formats, requiring his animators to perform their work, and more.  Hit the jump to check out the full interview.

MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN Review

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DreamWorks Animation has established a brand, and it’s a mediocre one.  Their goal is to turn out as much product as possible, and turn the hits into franchises.  With the exception of How to Train Your Dragon, their movies feature lukewarm emotions, serviceable animation, a dearth of style, and humor that’s clearly delineated between jokes for kids and jokes for adults.  Kids tend to eat these movies up, and they’re tolerable enough for parents.  The studio’s latest, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, is yet another movie adults will have to tolerate as a smattering of weird, fun, and inspired moments occasionally break into a rote, forgettable family film.

Ty Burrell and Max Charles Talk MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN, Bill Scott, Honoring the Original, Recording with Cookies, FINDING DORY and More

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Based on the characters Mr. Peabody and Sherman from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman tells the story of a boy who’s adopted by the smartest dog in the world.  However, much unlike the original 1960s material, this 3D CG-animated version doesn’t just feature the pair exploring the past courtesy of Mr. Peabody’s time travel machine, the WABAC; it also chronicles the evolution of their relationship as father and son.

With Mr. Peabody and Sherman making its way into theaters on Friday, March 7th, Collider got the opportunity to sit down with the duo responsible for bringing these characters back to life, Ty Burrell and Max Charles.  Catch what Burrell had to say about paying homage to the man responsible for voicing the original Mr. Peabody, Bill Scott, the tricks Charles used to put himself in Sherman’s shoes while in the sparse sound booth, an update on Finding Dory and loads more after the jump.

New Posters for THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB, COOTIES, MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN, THE DOUBLE, WISH I WAS HERE and NEED FOR SPEED

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Check out new posters from the following films:

  • The Single Moms Club – Writer-director Tyler Perry’s dramedy starring Nia Long, Amy Smart, Terry Crews, and Wendi McLendon-Covey opens March 14th.
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman – DreamWorks Animation’s feature film directed by Rob Minkoff and featuring the voices of Ty Burrell and Max Charles for the title characters opens March 7th.
  • Cooties – Directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Millott; starring Elijah WoodRainn WilsonAlison PillJack McBrayerLeigh Whannell, and Nasim Pedrad, opening October 10th.
  • The DoubleRichard Ayoade‘s dark comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Robertsand Paddy Considine opens April 4th in the U.K.
  • Wish I Was HereZach Braff’s Kickstarted movie starring Adam Braff, Kate HudsonMandy PatinkinJosh GadAshley Greene, and Joey King, opening in September.
  • Need for SpeedScott Waugh’s video game adaptation starring Aaron Paul, Dakota Johnson, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi, and Michael Keaton opens March 14th.

Hit the jump to check out the new posters.

New Trailer and Clip for MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN Featuring the Voices of Ty Burrell and Max Charles

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A new trailer and clip are now available from the DreamWorks Animation picture, Mr. Peabody & Sherman.  Ty Burrell (Modern Family) voices the brilliant canine while Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man) voices his adopted son Sherman.  The two trek across space and time thanks to the Wabac machine, which malfunctions and throws the whole universe out of whack.  Today’s new looks at the film highlight Peabody’s many and varied talents alongside some snippets of the dubious duo’s historical adventures.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer and clip.  The film also features the voices of Stephen ColbertAriel WinterLeslie MannStanley TucciAllison JanneyPatrick Warburton, and Mel Brooks.  Mr. Peabody & Sherman opens on March 7, 2014.

First Trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN

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DreamWorks Animation has released the first trailer for director Rob Minkoff‘s (The Lion King) new film Mr. Peabody & Sherman have been released online.  Based on the titular characters from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, the film features the voices of Ty Burrell as the genius dog Mr. Peabody and Max Charles as his adopted son Sherman. Sadly, this trailer did absolutely nothing for me other than one kind of funny joke at the end.  It’s different footage than the Spanish-language version we posted yesterday, but even in English this feels incredibly forgettable.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also features the voices of Stephen Colbert, Ariel Winter, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Allison Janney, Patrick Warburton, and Mel BrooksMr. Peabody & Sherman opens on March 7, 2014.

First Footage from DreamWorks Animation’s MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN

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Last week, we got the first images from DreamWorks Animation’s adaptation of the classic cartoon, Mr. Peabody & Sherman.  For those who never watched the series of animated shorts, they centered on a genius dog named Mr. Peabody (voiced in the new movie by Ty Burrell) and his golly-gee companion Sherman (Max Charles) as they traveled through time using the WABAC (pronounced “way back”) machine.  A U.S. trailer should be due out soon, but in the meantime, the first footage has arrived albeit in a Spanish-language trailer.  While the trailer isn’t dubbed, it’s easy to make out the beats of Peabody adopting Sherman, having a father-son relationship with the boy, Sherman having a rivalry with a female classmate, and this leads to Peabody and Sherman having to travel through time to presumably fix the mistakes created by Sherman and the girl’s unapproved time travel.  From a visual standpoint, it’s nothing special, and of course because this is a DreamWorks Animation movie, there’s a requisite fart joke.  Hopefully, the English-language version will have better jokes.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also features the voices of Stephen Colbert, Ariel Winter, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Allison Janney, Patrick Warburton, and Mel BrooksMr. Peabody & Sherman opens in 3D on March 7, 2014.

First Images from DreamWorks Animation’s MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN

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The first official images from DreamWorks Animation’s new film Mr. Peabody & Sherman have been released online.  Based on the titular characters from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, the film features the voices of Ty Burrell as the genius dog Mr. Peabody and Max Charles as his adopted son Sherman.  They use a time travel machine called the WABAC to go on various adventures and learn about history, and as glimpsed in these images we can see that Peabody & Sherman will find themselves in the time of Leonardo da Vinci and in ancient Egypt.  The Lion King helmer Rob Minkoff directs, and we should see a first trailer very soon.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  The film also features the voices of Stephen Colbert, Ariel Winter, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Allison Janney, Patrick Warburton, and Mel BrooksMr. Peabody & Sherman opens on March 7, 2014.

New Posters for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, EDGE OF TOMORROW, ELYSIUM, SAVING MR. BANKS, VAMPIRE ACADEMY, and More

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We’ve got a large number of new posters to share today.  Briefly:

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past – Fresh off yesterday’s excellent first character posters for the Bryan Singer sequel comes hi-res versions of the propaganda posters that were handed out at Comic-Con.  Click here for our panel recap.  The film opens on May 16, 2014.
  • Edge of Tomorrow – A couple of character posters for Doug Liman’s sci-fi film feature Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in mech suits.  Click here for our Comic-Con panel recap.  The film opens on June 6, 2014.
  • Elysium – A new poster for Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming film features a very bald Matt Damon.  The film opens on August 9th.
  • Saving Mr. Banks – The first poster for the story about the making of Mary Poppins boasts a Mickey Mouse shadow for Tom Hanks’ Walt Disney.  The film opens on Christmas Day.
  • Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters – A teaser poster for the upcoming YA adaptation, which opens on February 14, 2014.
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman – A teaser poster for the DreamWorks Animation film, opening on March 7, 2014.
  • The Canyons – A debut poster for the Lindsay Lohan/James Deen cheesefest.  The film opens in theaters and is available VOD on August 2nd.

Hit the jump to check out all of the posters.

DreamWorks Animation Pushes MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN Back to March 7, 2014 and Returns ME & MY SHADOW to Development

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We’ve got a bit of a release date shuffle concerning two of DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming pictures.  Check out the information in brief below:

  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman, featuring the voices of Ty Burrell (Modern Family) and Max Charles (The Three Stooges), has been pushed back from November 1, 2013 to March 7, 2014. 
  • Me & My Shadow, which was intended to open on March 14, 2014, has now returned to development at the studio.

Hit the jump for more on both pictures, as well as the rest of the DreamWorks Animation line-up through 2016.

DreamWorks Presents Sneak Peeks at THE CROODS, TURBO and MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN

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Today, DreamWorks Animation presented a sneak peek at the three films set for release in 2013: The Croods, Turbo and Mr. Peabody & Sherman. While the films are in varying stages of completeness, clips from each movie were screened to give the audience a sense of tone, story and aesthetics. Not familiar with the movies in question? Here’s a look at the relevant directors and voice casts:

  • The Croods – Directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, and featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke, The Croods opens March 22, 2013 in 3D.
  • Turbo – Directed by David Soren and featuring a voice cast including Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Dogg and Samuel L. JacksonTurbo opens July 19, 2013 in 3D.
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman – Directed by Rob Minkoff and featuring the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Stephen Tobolowsky, Mel Brooks, Leslie Mann and Stanley Tucci, Mr. Peabody & Sherman opens November 1, 2013 in 3D.

Hit the jump for a recap of the sneak peeks.

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