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Focus Features to release animated pic 'The Boxtrolls' with Tracy Morgan

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On the heels of ParaNorman’s success, Focus Features has just closed a deal to release their third animated feature: The Boxtrolls. The film will be a 3-D stop motion and CG hybrid feature and is currently in production at LAIKA (the studio behind ParaNorman and Coraline) with a high-profile voice cast including Tracy Morgan, Toni Collette, Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, and Elle Fanning.

Based on Here Be Monsters!, Alan Snow’s bestselling children’s novel, the film is set in the wealth, status, and cheese-obsessed town of Cheesebridge. The Boxtrolls are a group of trolls who live underground and come out at night to steal precious cheeses from the townspeople. When Archibald Snatcher (Kingsley) decides to eliminate the misunderstood creatures and it’s up to a young human girl (Fanning) to help the town and its underground dwellers find peace.

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Mark Wahlberg and CGI costar Ted to present at the Oscars

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The total Seth MacFarlanification of this year’s Academy Awards telecast is nearly complete. The Family Guy creator is hosting the ceremony Feb. 24, where Norah Jones will also perform “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” an Oscar-nominated original song MaFarlane co-wrote for his summer comedy hit Ted.

Now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed that Ted star (and two-time Oscar nominee) Mark Wahlberg will present an award on Oscar night — alongside the animated bear who gave that film its name, who is voiced, naturally, by MacFarlane. READ FULL STORY

'Paperman': Check out Disney's beautiful, Oscar-nominated short film -- VIDEO

Disney just posted its Oscar-nominated animated short Paperman online. The film, which played ahead of Wreck-It Ralph in theaters, is a unique blend of hand-drawn and digital animation. It’s also just a plain old eyepopping delight, with surprises I wouldn’t dare spoil for you, except to say you really need to take 6 and a half minutes to watch it now. It’s the first directorial outing for John Kahrs, who previously worked as an animator on Bolt, Ratatouille, The Incredibles, and Toy Story 2. Convinced? Now just watch it already: READ FULL STORY

2012 Annie Award nominees, honoring the best in animation, announced

Which of 2012’s animated films drew the most applause?

According to the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, the options include Pixar’s Brave, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, and DreamWorks’s Rise of the Guardians. All three — among others — were nominated for animation’s highest honor today when the group named the contenders for its 40th annual Annie Awards. The prizes will be distributed Saturday, Feb. 2 in Los Angeles.

See who else made the cartoon cut with this list of nominees for the Annie Awards’ biggest honors. A full list of nominees can be found at the awards’ website.

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Seth MacFarlane reveals Oscar contest, 'Family Guy' movie plans -- BREAKING

Oscar host Seth MacFarlane came to the basement classroom full of UCLA college kids to make one announcement — that they and other students across the country are eligible for a new contest that could bring them to the Academy Awards stage this year.

But MacFarlane (who’s also one of EW’s Entertainers of the Year) ended up making an even bigger revelation during a Q&A session with the wannabe film pros — he has a story in place for a Family Guy movie. READ FULL STORY

Disney's 'Frozen' adds 'Wreck-It Ralph' writer as director -- BREAKING

Disney is putting a screenwriter of Wreck-It Ralph on ice. But… that’s apparently a good thing.

Jennifer Lee, who co-wrote the studio’s blockbuster video-game adventure, has been hired to help direct Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming fantasy comedy Frozen, which is already in production and set to open Nov. 27 of next year. It features the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel as sisters battling in a mystical winter wonderland.

Lee will join Chris Buck, the project’s current director, whose past credits include Disney’s Tarzan and Fox’s penguin comedy Surf’s Up.

It’s fairly common for animated films to have two directors (Buck did those previous two projects with a filmmaking partner), though sometimes it happens when one director is relieved of duties — as with Pixar’s Brave, in which Mark Andrews was brought on to finish the job started by Brenda Chapman.

Frozen producer Peter Del Vecho (The Princess and the Frog) says that’s not the case this time, and that Buck remains an active part of the directing team.

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Box office report: 'Wreck-It Ralph' wins with $49.1M; 'Flight' takes off at No. 2; 'Skyfall' scores $156M overseas

Doom may have flopped, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World may have been all buzz and no buck, but Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph proved that there is a place for videogame-themed movies at the box office this weekend.

The $165 million animated film topped the chart with $49.1 million out of 3,752 theaters — the strongest debut ever for a Walt Disney Animation production (i.e. not including Pixar titles). Disney’s Tangled opened with a whopping $48.8 million over the more lucrative Thanksgiving weekend in 2010, so Wreck-It Ralph‘s slightly larger bow (and its hefty $13,086 per theater average) should be viewed as a major victory for the Mouse House.

Now the studio is looking ahead not only to Thanksgiving, but Christmas as well, both huge moviegoing seasons since kids are out of school and parents off of work. “There really are few things for families in the time between now and then,” says Dave Hollis, Disney’s Executive Vice President of Theatrical Distribution (global), who cites DreamWorks’ Rise of the Guardians and Disney’s own 3D re-release of Monsters, Inc. as the only animated competition for the rest of 2012. “[We] have great word-of-mouth and a story that resonates,” Hollis says, “we feel really good about where we’re headed for the rest of this run.”

Disney has every right to feel good. Wreck-It Ralph earned an “A” CinemaScore grade from polled audiences, and very positive reactions will help the film hold up even better than a typical family film would anyway. READ FULL STORY

'Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United' trailer: Marvel's next movie, kind of -- VIDEO

Marvel Studios is pursuing an aggressive strategy with their upcoming slate of superhero films, releasing two extended-universe spin-offs per year from next May’s Iron Man 3 to November 2015’s Ant-Man. But perhaps you feel like that simply isn’t enough. In that case, you’ll almost certainly enjoy Marvel’s Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United, a straight-to-DVD animated film that will apparently be about Iron Man and Hulk, who are heroes, uniting.

A new trailer for the project shows the two crimefighters battling a horde of superpowered mandroids. “Maybe I shouldn’t have built so many mandroids!” says Iron Man. “Ya think?!?!” says Hulk. (They’re such good friends!) Iron Man is voiced by Adrian Pasdar (Heroes Nathan Petrelli), while Fred Tatasciore will one again voice the big green guy. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY

'Iron Man 3' and 'Thor' 2 to be released in 3-D; 'Ant-Man' to follow 'Avengers 2' -- BREAKING

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Some big news for Marvel fans: Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World will be released in 3-D, and the studio’s Ant-Man has a new release date of Nov. 6, 2015 — well after the planned May 2015 debut of The Avengers 2.

The changes came with a scheduling announcement released this morning by Walt Disney Studios.

Among the other changes: the animated Phineas and Ferb movie is leaving its July 28 berth next summer for an unspecified release in 2014, and the live-action drama Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in the behind-the-scenes story of the making of Mary Poppins, has been set for Dec. 20, 2013.

There are some more changes in store, too. READ FULL STORY

Charlie Brown and Snoopy team with Fox for 2015 animated feature

You’re a Movie Star, Charlie Brown!

Peanuts, the beloved comic strip created by Charles Schulz 62 years ago, will be made into a feature animated film from Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios, the companies announced early Tuesday. The film will be directed by Steve Martino (Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!Ice Age: Continental Drift), from a screenplay by Craig Schulz (Charles Schulz’s son) and the writing team of Bryan Schulz (Charles Schulz’s grandson) and Cornelius Uliano. READ FULL STORY

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