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.

Weekend Box Office: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Repeats in First; THE PURGE: Anarchy in Second with $28.3 Million

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The Purge: Anarchy may have come in first on Friday but, as expected, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes won the weekend box office race.  In its second frame, the sequel earned an estimated $36 million, down just 50% from its debut.  Among this summer’s franchise pics only 22 Jump Street had a comparable sophomore hold (-52%), while Transformers 4, Spider-Man, X-Men and Godzilla all fell by 60% or more.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $36,000,000 $138.9
2.  The Purge: Anarchy $28,369,000 $28.3
3.  Planes: Fire & Rescue $18,000,000 $18
4.  Sex Tape $15,000,000 $15
5.  Transformers: Age of Extinction $10,000,000 $227.1
6.  Tammy $7,605,000 $71.2
7.  22 Jump Street $4,700,000 $180.5
8.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 $3,800,000 $160.6
9.  Maleficent $3,302,000 $228.3
10.  Earth to Echo $3,260,000 $31.9

 

More after the jump.

Friday Box Office: THE PURGE: ANARCHY Edges Out APES Sequel; SEX TAPE Struggles

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If the Friday box office is any indication, it’s going to be another meh weekend at the movies.  After pulling in an impressive $72.6 million in its debut, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes should remain on top for a second frame – although it was surpassed on Friday by newcomer The Purge: Anarchy.  The successor to last summer’s R-rated thriller earned an estimated $13 million and took first place on Friday.  For its first weekend, however, the sequel is expected to earn $28 million, and that means Apes 2 should overtake it in the three-day race.  In its sophomore frame, Apes is expected to bring in about $34 million, which would give it one of the best holds among this summer’s major releases.

Details on Sex Tape, Planes: Fire & Rescue and Friday’s top five are after the jump.

Dane Cook Talks PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE, Reprising His Role, Being Part of the Disney Family, Telling a Deeper Story, and the Theme of Second Chances

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Dane Cook returns as the voice of Dusty Crophopper, the crop duster turned world-famous air racer, in Planes:  Fire and Rescue.  After a successful racing season, Dusty comes home to his friends in Propwash Junction, but life takes an unexpected turn when a fateful training run leads to a new career with the elite Aerial Fire Fighters at Piston Peak Air Attack Base.  Opening July 18th, the animated adventure-comedy directed by Bobs Gannaway from a screenplay by Jeffrey Howard also features the voices of Curtis Armstrong, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Regina King, and Wes Studi.

At the film’s recent press day, Cook talked about reprising the role, what it means to be a part of the Disney family, how he wanted to tell a deeper story with Dusty this time around, why the theme of second chances resonated with him, the parallels in the story to his own life experiences, how G-rated animation brought back his R-rated stand-up comedy, why it’s cool having his own talking toy, which cartoons inspired him growing up, why he loves the peril inherent in The Incredibles, Bambi, The Lion King, Toy Story 3, and now Planes 2, his upcoming comedy special that he’s directing for Showtime, and the possibility of a Planes 3.  Hit the jump to read the interview.

D23 Recap: DisneyToon Studios Presentations for Tinkerbell Films LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST and THE PIRATE FAIRY, Plus PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE

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Finishing up our recaps from today’s D23 presentation, including a look at Disney/Pixar’s upcoming slate and new projects from Walt Disney Animation Studios, we have the direct-to-video production wing of Disney, DisneyToon Studios.  Their contributions to D23 include two new Tinkerbell pictures titled Legend of the NeverBeast and The Pirate Fairy, plus a new Planes sequel, Planes: Fire & Rescue.  While these DVD/Blu-ray films might not appeal to the broadest base, the D23 presentation did feature some fun guest surprises, including Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) and Dane Cook (Dan in Real Life).  Hit the jump for my recap.

New Images from Disney’s BIG HERO 6, FROZEN, PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE, THE PIRATE FAIRY, TOY STORY OF TERROR, and GET A HORSE!

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We’ve seen quite a bit of news out of Disney’s D23 panel today, having already shared the voice casts and first images from Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out, new voice casting for Finding Dory, and the announcement of Disney’s new animated film Zootopia, and now new images for a few other upcoming films have been released.  Briefly:

  • Big Hero 6 – A new image from Disney Animation’s adaptation of the Marvel comic.  The film opens on November 7, 2014.
  • Frozen – A new image from Disney’s animated musical, featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel.  The film opens this coming November 27th.
  • Planes: Fire & Rescue – The first concept art image from DisneyToon Studios’ next film in the Planes universe.  The film opens on July 18, 2014.
  • The Pirate Fairy – The first image from the direct-to-video DisneyToon animated film, featuring the voices of Tom Hiddleston and Christina Hendricks.  The film will be released in spring 2014.
  • Toy Story of TERROR! – A new image from Pixar’s upcoming half-hour Halloween TV special, premiering on ABC on October 16th.
  • Get a Horse! – A new image from the new Disney Animation short, playing in front of Frozen this November.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and check back here on Collider later for our full D23 coverage.

Disney Sets May 2016 and 2017 Release Dates for Untitled Marvel Films; INTO THE WOODS, ALEXANDER, PLANES 2, and More Dated

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Disney has announced a slew of release date debuts and shifts, along with a title for the Muppets sequel.  Briefly:

  • Two new untitled Marvel films have been set for release on May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017.
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner has been set for release on October 10, 2014.
  • The star-studded musical Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep, will open on December 25, 2014.
  • The Muppets sequel has been titled Muppets Most Wanted.
  • The bestseller adaptation The Hundred-Foot Journey, produced by Oprah Winfrey, opens on August 8, 2014.
  • A presumed animated sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue will hit theaters on July 18, 2014 in 3D.
  • Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, now opens in limited release on December 13th before expanding wide on December 20th.
  • Director Brad Bird’s mysterious new film Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, has been moved up to December 12, 2014 from its previously announced December 19th date.

Hit the jump for more on Marvel’s newly announced projects.

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