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: UNDER THE SKIN, RIO 2, SCANNERS Criterion, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a very different kind of Scarlett Johansson sci-fi film, a David Cronenberg addition to the Criterion Collection, an animated sequel, the second season of a beloved BBC America sci-fi series, and more.  Briefly:

Friday Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Battles RIO 2 for the Top Spot, While HEAVEN IS FOR REAL Trumps TRANSCENDENCE

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This Good Friday wasn’t so great for Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, the sci-fi drama Transcendence, as the film debuted in a sub-$5 million opening.  The film barely managed to stay ahead of this weekend’s other overlooked (and for good reason) debut, A Haunted House 2, and that’s only if current estimates hold.  The Johnny Depp-starrer received no help from critics as it currently holds a 19% rating on RT, and failed to impress our own Matt Goldberg.  What did impress audiences this week, or at least a certain subsection of them, was the religious-themed Wednesday debut, Heaven Is for Real, which claims Friday’s third spot (and reclaims its budget) leading into Easter weekend.

None of the new entries, however, proved to be a contest for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2, which repeat their box office rivalry from last week.  It’s still pretty close, as estimates only separate the top two spots by a paltry (to some) $300,000 or so.  Will Cap win the weekend, or will the family-friendlier animated sequel reap the holiday audience rewards?  Check back tomorrow to find out!

Title  Friday Total
1.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier  $9,566,000 $184.5
2.  Rio 2  $9,200,000 $62.1
3.  Heaven Is for Real  $7,850,000 $14.9
4.  Transcendence  $4,815,000 $4.8
5.  Haunted House 2  $4,030,000 $4.0

Weekend Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Fends Off RIO 2 for Second Frame on Top

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After setting a new April record with its $95 million debut last weekend, Captain America: The Winter Soldier scored a second week on top by flying ahead of Rio 2.  After coming in second on Friday, the superhero was not expected to top the debut of Fox’s animated sequel.  But with a better than expected Saturday hold, The Winter Soldier pulled out a win with an estimated $41.4 million.  In the end, Rio 2 took in a reported $39 million, while fellow new releases Oculus and Draft Day settled for more terrestrial launches.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Captain America 2 $41,398,000 $159
2.  Rio 2 $39,000,000 $39
3.  Oculus $12,000,000 $12
4.  Draft Day $9,750,000 $9.75
5.  Divergent $7,500,000 $124.8
6.  Noah $7,450,000 $84.8
7.  God’s Not Dead $4,485,000 $40.7
8.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $4,050,000 $39.4
9.  Muppets Most Wanted $2,193,000 $45.6
10.  Mr. Peabody & Sherman $1,825,000 $105.2

Friday Box Office: RIO 2 Edges Out CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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What looked like a close race for first this weekend between Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2, has slanted in favor of the animated sequel.  Both films were expected to come in around $40 million for the three day frame but, after Rio 2 took in an estimated $12 million yesterday, it looks like the Fox feature will wind up closer to $45 million through Sunday.  That’s better than the $39.2 million the original Rio earned on its opening weekend in 2011.  As for the First Avenger, Captain America 2 appears to be headed for about $42 million in its sophomore frame, or a drop of 58%.  Captain America was down 61% on its second frame in 2011, with Iron Man 3 declining 58% last summer.

As expected, this weekend’s two additional new releases were playing for smaller stakes.  Oculus, the latest supernatural horror pic from producer Jason Blum, earned an estimated $4.9 million from 2,648 locations on Friday and should hit $13 million this weekend – equal to the launch of Blum’s Insidious in April 2011.  Draft Day took in a reported $3.5 million from 2,781 venues yesterday.  The sports drama starring Kevin Costner is now expecting $11 million for its first weekend, or the lower end of the range that Lionsgate/Summit execs were hoping for.  We’ll have complete box office details tomorrow.

  Title Friday Total
1.   Rio 2 $12,000,000 $12
2.   Captain America 2 $11,900,000 $129.5
3.   Oculus $4,940,000 $4.94
4.   Draft Day $3,580,000 $3.58
5.   Divergent $2,300,000 $119.6

New Trailer for RIO 2 Invites Viewers to Sing Along

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While this winter has left many of us in the states feeling frozen, a new trailer for 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios’ Rio 2 turns the heat up.  During the film’s Miami premiere, the gathered fans broke the world record for the largest Samba.  In honor of that achievement (and in an attempt to drive some other songs for your head), this new cut invites viewers to sing along!

Directed by Carlos Saldanha, Rio 2 features the voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, will.i.am, Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Jamie Foxx, Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Bruno Mars, and Kristin Chenoweth.  The animated family-friendly sequel opens April 11th.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

15 Things to Know About RIO 2 from Director Carlos Saldanha’s Preview Presentation

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As a result of the success of the first film, Rio 2 is hitting theaters on April 11th, with Carlos Saldanha back at the helm.  This time around, Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (voiced by Anne Hathaway) and their three kids journey to the wilds of the Amazon to meet more of their kind, finding out that there aren’t just more blue Macaws out there, but that they’re actually family.  While still having to contend with the vengeful Nigel (voiced by Jemaine Clement), Blu must also figure out how to win over his father-in-law Eduardo (voiced by Andy Garcia).

Collider was invited over to the 20th Century Fox studio lot for a presentation from director Carlos Saldanha that previewed new footage, introduced the new characters and voice actors, showed off the new world that this story is set in, and showcased the new original music.  Hit the jump to find out what we thought about the footage, what you should know about the sequel, and a Q&A with Saldanha.

Andy Garcia Talks AT MIDDLETON, the Beautiful Script, His “Chopsticks” Duet with Vera Farmiga, and Future Projects

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Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia flexes his comedic chops with Vera Farmiga in At Middleton, a light-hearted romance directed by Adam Rodgers about two people who fall in love while taking a college tour with their kids.  When straight-laced George (Garcia) meets free-spirited Edith (Farmiga) at the idyllic Middleton College, the two unexpectedly hit it off and decide to ditch the official tour for a carefree adventure of their own.  What begins as an afternoon of fun soon becomes a revealing and enlightening experience for both of them.  Now in theaters, the film also stars Taissa Farmiga, Spencer Lofranco, Peter Riegert and Tom Skerritt.

In an exclusive interview backstage at the Queen Latifah Show where Garcia was promoting his new film, he talked about how he fell in love with the beautifully written script, his producing partnership with Glenn German, the film’s financing, being directed by Rodgers, working with Farmiga and their “Chopsticks” duet together, and why good writing is key to any new project he considers.  He also discussed his upcoming movies What About Love, Rob the Mob, Rio 2 and Kill the Messenger and his plans to direct and act in Hemingway & Fuentes which he co-wrote with Hilary Hemingway.  Check out the interview after the jump:

New Trailer for RIO 2 Featuring the Voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, and Andy Garcia

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A new trailer is now available for director Carlos Saldanha’s animated adventure film, Rio 2.  The sequel finds Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway), and their three kids leaving a domesticated life in the city for a journey into the Amazon, where they come across a variety of wacky characters.

Also featuring the voices of will.i.am, Andy Garcia, Jemaine ClementTracy MorganGeorge LopezLeslie MannRodrigo SantoroJamie Foxx, Rita MorenoBruno Mars, and Kristin Chenoweth,  Rio 2 opens in 3D on April 11, 2014.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

First Full Trailer for RIO 2

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20the Century Fox has released the full theatrical trailer for the animated sequel Rio 2.  Directed by Carlos Saldanha, the follow-up finds Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway), and their three kids leaving a domesticated life in the city for a journey into the Amazon, where they encounter a number of colorful characters including Anne’s father (Andy Garcia).  The film looks to put a spin on the “meet the parents” premise, but having not seen the first pic I can’t really judge how this appears to stack up to the original.  Regardless, the final gag in this trailer is pretty good.

Hit the jump to watch the full trailer.  The film also features the voices of will.i.am, Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Jamie Foxx, Rita Moreno, Bruno Mars, and Kristin ChenowethRio 2 opens in 3D on April 11, 2014.

RIO 2 Trailer Features More Animated Animal Hijinks

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A new trailer for director Carlos Saldanha’s animated sequel, Rio 2, has gone online.  Unfortunately, it teases the movie more than it gives any sense of the plot.  For fans of the original who are already sold on a second viewing, it’s a fun reminder that the birds will be back, though not until spring of next year.  It looks like this particular teaser is made for viewing in 3D, so chances are that you’ll see it play in front DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo this weekend.

Featuring the voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Rodrigo Santoro, Andy GarciaRita MorenoBruno Mars, and Kristin Chenoweth, Rio 2 opens in 3D on April 11, 2014.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

Teaser Trailer for RIO 2 Featuring the Voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, and Andy Garcia

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20th Century Fox has unveiled a teaser trailer for the animated sequel Rio 2, and if you’re a fan of dancing birds, then this clip is for you.  The film finds Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg reprising their voice roles as Jewel and Blu, with the couple packing up their three kids and leaving the city for a journey into the Amazon.  Naturally, they encounter a host of colorful characters both friendly and villainous, with Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Bruno Mars, and Kristin Chenoweth joining the voice cast.  The trailer doesn’t show any of the aforementioned plot at all, but instead focuses on bright colors, samba music, and dancing.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser.  Rio 2 opens in 3D on April 11, 2014.

RIO 2 Adds Kristin Chenoweth and Bruno Mars

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Twentieth Century Fox has announced their full voice cast list for Rio 2, the sequel to writer/director Carlos Saldanha’s 2011 film.  Saldanha returns for the sequel, as do Anne HathawayJesse EisenbergJamie Foxx and wil.i.am, who will each reprise their roles as the Brazilian birds, along with Rodrigo Santoro who will once again be voicing Tulio.  New additions to the cast include Andy GarciaKristin Chenoweth, singer Bruno Mars, NBC Today Show news anchor and South American native, Natalie Morales and Grammy-winner Janelle Monáe, who will provide original music for the film and also voice a character.  Heat Vision also reports that Rio 2 will incorporate Rio’s 2014 FIFA World Cup into its plot.  The animated sequel opens April 14, 2014.

Rodrigo Santoro Talks 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, RIO 2, HELENO and More

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Rodrigo Santoro (300) is set to star as a trouble maker-turned-town hero in director Kim Jee-woon’s The Last Stand.  Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the town sheriff who deputizes Santoro’s character, The Last Stand centers on the last ditch effort of a rag-tag bunch of local law enforcement attempting to stop a powerful drug lord from coming through their town to cross the border.  Also starring Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander, Forest Whitaker and Eduardo Noriega, The Last Stand opens January 18th.

During a recent interview for The Last Stand, Santoro gave us updates on the status of Sennaas well as positive feedback from the studio for 300: Rise of an Empirean update on his voice-work in Rio 2 and the status of his recent Brazilian picture, Heleno.  Hit the jump for the latest news. 

Jesse Eisenberg Talks WHY STOP NOW?, NOW YOU SEE ME, RIO 2, Richard Ayoade’s THE DOUBLE, and Being Mistaken for Mark Zuckerberg at the Olympics

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Why Stop Now? tells the bittersweet story of Eli Smith (Jesse Eisenberg), a piano prodigy who, on the day of his audition for a prestigious music program, plans to enter his loving mother (Melissa Leo) into rehab for drug addiction.  But, things don’t quite work out as planned and Eli soon finds himself having to work with her drug dealer Sprinkles (Tracy Morgan) while trying to make his own dream come true.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Jesse Eisenberg talked about why he was interested in being a part of Why Stop Now?, what made his character so relatable, preparing to do the piano playing himself, getting to work so closely with Melissa Leo, and what surprised him about Tracy Morgan, as a dramatic actor.  He also talked about what he’s looking forward to with the animated sequel Rio 2, working with Richard Ayoade on The Double (a comedy about a man who is driven insane by the appearance of his doppleganger), creating the unique world of Now You See Me (a thriller about FBI agents tracking a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances), getting ready to shoot Night Moves (in which he’ll play an eco-terrorist), and being mistaken for Mark Zuckerberg at the Olympics.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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