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'Chico & Rita': Check out an exclusive clip of the jazzy Oscar-nominated animated love story – VIDEO

Bright splashy colors, bright smiles, a love story soaked in summer-y jazz, set in Cuba, Hollywood and New York.

That’s Chico & Rita, nominated this past year for a best animated feature Oscar, and set for digital release on iTunes next Tuesday by Cinedigm Entertainment Group. A standard DVD and limited edition collector’s set on DVD and Blu-ray come out Sept. 18.

Directed by Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) and artist Javier Mariscal, the movie is like a vibrant, beautifully drawn postcard come to life. Chico, a piano player, and Rita, a knock-em dead Christina Hendricks curvy singer, fall in love and lust in1948, and deal with heartbreak and separation.

Check out the exclusive clip below, a dream sequence filled with New York big band pizazz, and Chico imagining Rita with her hips going ba-da-bum down a staircase like a Cuban Marilyn Monroe.

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'Brave' director Brenda Chapman breaks silence: Getting taken off film 'heartbreaking... devastating... distressing'

When Pixar’s Brave arrived in theaters in June, two directors shared full credit for the film: Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman. The project had originated with Chapman — who’d previously directed DreamWorks Animation’s The Prince of Egypt — but at the beginning of 2011, the studio took the reins from her completely and handed them to Andrews, who’d worked on The Incredibles and Ratatouille.

It was a surprising development to say the least, given that Chapman had been Pixar’s first female director of a feature length film, not to mention that Brave featured the studio’s first female protagonist, a fiery Scottish archer-princess named Merida (Kelly Macdonald). But other than a brief comment to the Los Angeles Times in 2011 that the split was due to “creative differences,” Chapman has remained silent on the matter. Until now.

In an essay for a larger New York Times feature about women’s perpetual underrepresentation in all corners of Hollywood, Chapman wrote that the past year and a half had been “a heartbreakingly hard road” for her. “When Pixar took me off of Brave — a story that came from my heart, inspired by my relationship with my daughter — it was devastating,” she writes.  READ FULL STORY

'Despicable Me' minions spin-off gets 2014 release date

Breaking bold new ground in mainstream dada-esque filmmaking, the bright yellow, pill-shaped Minions that stole so much of the 2010 animated hit Despicable Me are getting their own spin-off film, aiming for a 2014 release, EW has confirmed.

Some of you may be thinking “Whaaaa?” — the Minions have no discernible language, and their adorably antic behavior doesn’t immediately seem suited to sustain a 90-minute feature. READ FULL STORY

'The Lorax' mini-movie shows Bar-ba-loots in love -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Anyone who has read Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, or seen this spring’s blockbuster animated movie, knows that the truffula forest was critical to the survival of many peculiar species.

In “Serenade,” one of three bonus mini-films on the upcoming Blu-ray release, we see just how the bear-like Brown Bar-ba-loots use those colorful tufts to keep the species going — with a little help from Auto-Tune.

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DreamWorks buys rights to 'He-Man,' 'Fat Albert,' 'Gumby,' 'Casper the Friendly Ghost' and other Classic titles

There are dozens of pop culture references that could be used to start this story.

We could go with a Fat Albert-esque question: “Hey, hey, hey… guess who just bought a huge portfolio of classic kids’ titles?”

And answer it He-Man and She-Ra style: “DreamWorks Animation… has… THE POWER!”

Or there’s the Lassie route: “What’s that, girl…? A company called Classic Media found a bunch of family entertainment characters down in a well? And now they’ve all been scooped up by Jeffrey Katzenberg?” READ FULL STORY

'Wreck-It Ralph' adds voice actors from 'Modern Family,' 'The Office' and classic video games

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The animated arcade adventure Wreck-It Ralph has already added characters from Q*bert, Paperboy, Pac-Man, Street Fighter, and Sonic the Hedgehog to its cast.

Now the feature film from Walt Disney Studios Animation has added stars from Modern Family, The Office, 24, and the Disney Channel to fill-out the list of supporting players.

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'Finding Nemo 2' in the works with director Andrew Stanton -- REPORT

After the surface of Mars proved inhospitable, Deadline is reporting that John Carter director Andrew Stanton is returning to the lush and lively oceans on our own planet for a sequel to his 2003 animated blockbuster Finding Nemo. The project remains in development at Pixar Animation Studios, which has been Stanton’s primary filmmaking home for two decades.

Finding Nemo, meanwhile, will be re-released in 3-D on Sept. 14. To date, it’s earned $867 million in worldwide box office; adjusted for inflation, it still ranks as Pixar’s highest grossing film in the U.S.

Reps for Pixar and Disney declined to comment when reached by EW.

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DreamWorks Animation Comic-Con panel: Caveman families and penguin movies!

The Projects: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted; Rise of the Guardians; and The Croods

The Panel: Bill Damaschke, chief creative officer of DreamWorks Animation; James Baxter, supervising animator for The Croods; Tom McGrath, director of Madagascar 3; and Patrick Hanenberger, production designer for Rise of the Guardians. EW’s Anthony Breznican moderated the panel.

The Big Revelations: At the very end of the panel, Madagascar 3 director McGrath (who also voices Skipper the penguin) confirmed that the penguins of Madagascar will be getting their own feature film, out in 2015. It will be titled, appropriately enough, The Penguins of Madagascar (the same title as an animated TV Nickelodeon series from DreamWorks Animation).  READ FULL STORY

'ParaNorman' star Kodi Smit-McPhee on the scariest part of playing the role -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

As the title hero of the stop-motion animated film ParaNorman (out Aug. 17), Kodi Smit-McPhee gives voice to an 11-year-old kid who is capable of seeing, and speaking, to the dead. It’s certainly familiar territory for the young Australian actor, best known for the bleak post-apocalyptic film The Road and the grim vampire tale Let Me In. “Actually, my favorite genre is comedy,” he says with a laugh. “It’s pretty ironic and funny that I always get these kind of dramatic, sad, kind of low-down movies that are really intense, I guess. But I don’t mind. I think it’s good to get those types of movies, ’cause they’re the ones that stick with you.”

As you can see in the exclusive photo from ParaNorman below, the character of Norman Babcock has to deal with some very spooky business. Smit-McPhee says never really got that scared himself doing the role, but acting the non-verbal noises that come with being chased by petrifying zombies was definitely a challenge. “An example would be when [Norman’s] on the toilet and it starts to shake, I would have to actually sit in the chair and shake myself,” he says. “That’s probably the hardest part, just all those weird noises. We went from like little [heavy breathing] pants, and worked our way up even bigger, bigger, bigger, to terrified stuff. It was actually pretty draining.”

Check out this first look from the film to get a sense of what’s causing Smit-McPhee’s Norman all this consternation (click on the image for a larger version):  READ FULL STORY

Jack Frost joins ragtag team of Santa and Co. in new 'Rise of the Guardians' trailer

We met Rise of the Guardians‘ new takes on classic characters like Santa and the Tooth Fairy in the animated movie’s first trailer. Now the latest preview is spotlighting Jack Frost, voiced by Chris Pine, who looks to be troublemaker-turned-reluctant hero (not such a far cry from Pine’s turn as Captain Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek).

The tone of mystical wonder that pervaded the first trailer is still here, along with a few peeks at the movie’s more comic moments — including a revelation about which of Santa’s famed lists Jack Frost is on.

Rise of the Guardians hits theaters Thanksgiving weekend, November 21. Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

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