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Frozen Becomes The Top Animated Film Of All Time

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Move over Woody and Buzz Lightyear, there’s a new head bitch in charge. Elsa and her frosty pals have taken Frozen all the way to the top.

The Disney film passed Toy Story 3‘s worldwide gross of $1.063 billion as the top-grossing animated film of all time. The Oscar Best Animated film currently stands at No. 10 on the list of the biggest global blockbusters and looks to pass The Dark Knight Rises‘ total of $1.084 billion worldwide in the coming weeks.

Do you have Frozen fever? How many times have you seen it? Sound off below.

Watch Red Band Trailer For A Haunted House 2

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Didn’t get your fill from A Haunted House? Today’s your lucky day. Marlon Wayans is back with his brand of raunchy humor for the sequel. Cleverly titled (not), A Haunted House 2, the 41-year-old comedian returns with Cedric the Entertainer, Jamie Pressley and Essence Atkins for another ghoulish romp.

After losing his possessed girlfriend Kisha (Essence Atkins) in a car crash, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) meets and falls for Megan (Jamie Pressley), a single white mother of two. As he moves into a new home with the family, Malcolm discovers bizarre paranormal events surrounding the children and the property. To complicate matters, a back-from-the-dead Kisha moves in across the street, and there’s nothing worse than the scorn of a demonic ex-girlfriend.

Check out the red band trailer below. A Haunted House Too hits theaters on April 16, 2014.

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Steven Soderbergh directed Magic Mike but is stepping down from the sequel but will remain an executive producer. After months of speculation, his successor has been uncovered. Greg Jacobs has been bestowed the enviable task of directing oiled-up buff men for the highly-anticipated sequel.

Jacobs has been Soderbergh’s right-hand man for many projects. He’s been the first assistant director on such films as Solaris, Traffic, Erin Brockovich and all the Ocean’s Eleven films. The last film he directed was Wind Chill released in 2007 starring Emily Blunt. Indiewire was the first to break the news, along with the official title of the sequel. Find out below.

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Originally titled Can A Song Save Your Life?, an upcoming musical rom-com starring Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley and Adam Levine has been renamed to Begin Again. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. This Summer, it finally hits theaters on July 4, 2014.

The John Carney-directed film features Knightley and Levine as college sweethearts and songwriting partners. When Levine’s character lands a deal with a major label, he soon succumbs to his new-found fame and dumps Knightley.

Enter Ruffalo, who’s also down on his luck. He’s a record label exec who’s recently been let go. When he stumbles upon Knightley performing on an East Village stage, he realizes he’s found his second chance. Hailee Steinfeld, James Corden, Catherine Keener and Levine’s fellow Voice judge Cee Lo Green round out the cast. Check out the trailer below.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Debuts First Trailer

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These aren’t your father’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In true Michael Bay fashion, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello have been souped up and bigger than ever. The foursome look like they’ve done numerous steroid cycles. They’re seriously jacked. However, they still seem to maintain their loveable personalities. At least from the brief glimpse we hear them talk in the first trailer.

Paramount Pictures just released the first look at the upcoming film. With a lackluster career on her hands, Megan Fox came crawling back to Bay and apologized for her unkind words in the past. I’m glad she did because I totally buy her as April O’Neil.

Rounding out the cast are Alan Ritchson, Will Arnett and William Fichtner who plays the evil Shredder. Check out the trailer below. The film is scheduled to be released on August 8, 2014.

Movie Synopsis

The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.

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Kellan Lutz’s turn as the demi-god in The Legend of Hercules didn’t exactly break box office records. In actuality it was a huge bomb. The $70 million film earned only $18 million domestically and another $25.6 million internationally. With a reported $100 million budget, Dwayne Johnson better hope his fans come out in droves to watch Hercules: The Thracian Wars. It’s a little odd seeing The Rock sporting flowing locks, but I will say, the beard suits him nicely.

In this version, Brett Ratner takes over directing duties. Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

Based on first impression Ratner’s revisionist take already looks better than the one directed by Renny Harlin. Rounding out the cast are Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, Irina Shayk and John Hurt. In addition to portraying Hercules, Johnson also plays Zeus and Achilles. I guess with such a huge budget, producers had to cut corners in some areas. Check out the trailer below. The film opens July 25, 2014.

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When Rio hit theaters in 2011, it grossed $143.6 million. It’s accompanying soundtrack didn’t fare as well and only moved 148,000 copies. With the Frozen soundtrack doing phenomenal business, spending six weeks atop the Billboard Top 200 and selling 1.4 million units, future animated films have a lot to live up to. With a star-studded cast, Rio 2 is definitely poised to do much better than its predecessor. However, I don’t think any of the tracks will reach “Let It Go” heights.

“This is almost a traditional musical,” says Kevin Weaver, president of film and television music at Atlantic Records Group. “Many of the characters perform on camera. I think there is definitely more of an appetite for animated films that are music-heavy and are very good. Everyone should keep an eye on them.”

Among the highlights of the 14 Brazil-inspired tracks are Ester Dean and B.o.B’s collaboration, “Rio Rio,” and Janelle Monae’s “What Is Love.” The soundtrack also features duets and ensemble songs by the film’s voice cast, including Kristen Chenoweth, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jermain Clement, Rita Moreno, Jesse Eisenberg, Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars, X Factor finalist Rachel Crow and more. Give the soundtrack a spin below.

“As the film progresses and the Blue Macaws make their way into the Amazon, the music’s rhythms increasingly become tribal and rooted in the folk music of northern Brazil. “We wanted to show the diversity of Brazilian music,” producer Sergio Mendes tells Billboard.

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X-Men Days Of Future Past Debuts New Trailer

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Recently, rumors surfaced that Halle Berry was going to meet a fate similar to Anna Paquin and end up on the editing room floor. Quickly, the powers-that-be including Berry squashed that speculation. It appears they were telling the truth. Berry as Storm appears in the new X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer alongside all the other mutants. The second trailer fuels my excitement for the flick even more than the first one. Check it out below.

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters everywhere on May 23! The film features a star-studded cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Evan Peters, Lucas Till Evan Jonigkeit and Berry.

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