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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

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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

First 'Wreck-It Ralph' clip: Meet Ralph and Sarah Silverman's Vanellope von Schweetz

Will Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph be a crossover success, appealing to both old-school video game nerds and today’s hyper-stimulated kids? We won’t know for sure until the movie’s release — but judging from this first clip, Ralph looks pretty darn charming.

The film follows the titular character (John C. Reilly), the villain of a retro Donkey Kong-esque game, as he embarks on a game-hopping quest to prove that he can be a hero. In the all-candy world of Sugar Rush, he meets pint-sized Vanellope von Schweetz — a go-kart racer with the mischievous, pinched voice of Sarah Silverman. Ralph and Vanellope’s sweet/tart meet-cute is the subject of the video below:

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'Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United': First Look at Marvel Animation's debut movie -- EXCLUSIVE

The big green guy and the big metal guy are having a post-Avengers reunion in animated form.

Marvel Animation Studios has exclusively revealed plans to EW for its debut feature, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United, which will team Tony Stark and Bruce Banner in a fight against the villain Zzzax, a creature formed out of pure energy who can absorb human minds.

As these first images show, the movie (which will debut on home video April 23) is a hybrid of computer-generated animation and hand-drawn art.

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Casting Net: Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale board animated 'Great Migration.' Plus: Rachel Griffiths, Melissa McCarthy, Adam Rodriguez

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• Vanessa HudgensAshley TisdaleAshley Benson (Pretty Little Liars), and Big Time Rush members Kendall Schmidt and Logan Henderson have all signed on to lend their voices to the indie animated feature The Great Migration, about a predator whose altered state proves to be a threat to the local ecosystem. If the project wasn’t already chockablock with teen dreaminess, all of the actors will also contribute to the film’s original soundtrack. No director was announced, but screenwriter Kevin G. Schmidt (Cheaper By the Dozen) will also perform in the film. [THR]

• Rachel Griffiths and Kathy Baker have signed onto Saving Mr. Banks, Disney studios announced today, joining Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in the film about the struggle between Walt Disney (Hanks) and author P.L. Travers (Thompson) to adapt her Mary Poppins series of books into a feature film. Griffiths will play Travers’ Aunt Ellie, the inspiration for Poppins, and Baker will play Tommie, who worked with Disney at his studio. Colin Farrell, Paul GiamattiJason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, and Bradley Whitford costar. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) is directing from a script by Kelly Marcel (who created Fox’s Terra Nova).

• Always up for a party, Melissa McCarthy is in talks to join The Hangover Part III in a small role. Current in production, the film costars Bradley CooperEd Helms, and Zach Galifianakis, with a script by Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II, and McCarthy’s upcoming comedy Identity Thief) and director Todd Phillips. [Variety]

• Adam Rodriguez has joined the remake of the ’80s romantic dramedy About Last Night, which follows two singletons (Michael EalyJoy Bryant) who turn a one night stand into a possible relationship. Rodriguez will play the ex-flame of Bryant’s character. The film is as-yet untitled, since screenwriter Leslye Headland (Bachelorette) drew more from the original source material, David Mamet’s play Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Kevin Hart and Regina Hall play the couple’s respective friends, who don’t approve of the relationship. Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) is directing. [Variety]

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Toronto Film Festival: Selena Gomez says young Biebers loved 'Hotel Transylvania' premiere, but lost shoes

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Selena Gomez knows just how to please her main squeeze Justin Bieber. Take his much younger brother and sister to her Hotel Transylvania premiere! But keep track of their shoes.

Over the weekend, Gomez took Bieber’s siblings Jaxon and Jazmyn to the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of her fun, musical, vampire girl-falls-for-human dude animated comedy romance, featuring Gomez as 118-year-old teen vamp Mavis, Andy Samberg as backpacking boy-crush Jonathan, Adam Sandler as Mavis’ overly protective pop Dracula, and a slew of others, including Steve Buscemi and Fran Drescher.

What were Jaxon and Jazmyn’s take on the film?

“They loved it. They enjoyed it. We lost some shoes, and they got really excited, but it was good,” Gomez, grinning, told EW.com at a press junket for the movie on Sunday. READ FULL STORY

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