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'Monsters University' debuts four new trailers -- each with a slight mutation -- VIDEO

How did Mike and Sulley end up working on the scare floor in Monsters, Inc.?

As the trailer for the new prequel Monsters University suggests, well … maybe they would have landed better jobs if they’d studied more and pranked each other less in college. But hey, who can’t say the same?

Check out some new photos and the trailer(s). Yes, that’s plural … sort of.

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Watch animation of Walt Disney's earliest character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit -- VIDEO

Only hardcore Disney fans, animation history die-hards, and some observant videogamers likely know about Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The floppy-eared black-and-white character was a young Walt Disney’s first major success as an animator-for-hire at Universal. Disney created 26 cartoons featuring Oswald, before parting ways with the studio after realizing his contract meant he could not control the character. This year, Disney is celebrating the 85th anniversary of the character, releasing the earliest known animation by Walt Disney of Oswald to Yahoo! News.

After leaving Universal, the 27-year-old Disney went on to create Mickey Mouse, but it wasn’t until some crafty negotiation by Disney CEO Bob Iger in 2006 that Oswald was able to come back into the warm embrace of Disney’s corporate bosom. The character first popped up in a significant way as an antagonist in the 2010 videogame Disney Epic Mickey, but he figures as Mickey’s buddy in the sequel, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, out Nov. 18.

Check out the birth of Oswald below in a rough cartoon called “Harem Scarem,” and watch the seeds of one of the biggest and most successful media empires in the world:  READ FULL STORY

'Brave' premiere debuts Dolby Atmos system: Is '3-D sound' better than 3-D cinema?

When Dolby took on the theater naming rights to the famed Hollywood venue that was once known as the Kodak, the audio technology company understood that it had a golden opportunity to showcase its brand new “Atmos” acoustic system. Currently employed in 14 theaters in North America, the state-of-the-art system can pump up to 128 separate channels into a single theater, creating a soundscape of unprecedented detail.

So how do bagpipes sound on it?

That was the question hovering in the air (literally!) at Monday night’s premiere of Disney-Pixar’s distaff Celtic animated adventure Brave in the Dolby Theater, the first time Dolby Atmos was put into practical use. READ FULL STORY

Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, and more in 'Rise of the Guardians' character posters

Santa Claus has graced the silver screen in countless holiday movies, and this November, he’s back again. But this time, in DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians, he’s joined by a crew of other creatures that accompany the visions of sugar plums in children’s heads. Today Paramount, which is distributing the film, released a series of character posters featuring a formidable Easter Bunny, a birdlike Tooth Fairy and four other characters. In the film, these classic characters are all known by nicknames — Santa is North, the Easter Bunny is E. Aster Bunnymund — but on the posters, they went with the better-known names, with the exception of Pitch, the Boogeyman-inspired nightmare-bringer antagonist of the film.

The movie comes from the mind of the man who won this year’s Oscar for best animated short, William Joyce (The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore). He penned the Guardians screenplay and the children’s book series from which it is adapted.

See more of Santa — and all the character posters — below:  READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Chris Hemsworth boarding 'In the Heart of the Sea.' Plus: Stephen Colbert, Ray Winstone, Anton Yelchin

• Speaking of fact-based films set in the 19th century, Alfre Woodard has joined the formidable cast of Twelve Years a Slave, director Steve McQueen‘s follow-up to Shame about a free man (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who is dragooned into slavery. The film costars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, and Sarah Paulson. See what I mean about formidable? Yowsah! [THR]

• Stephen ColbertAllison Janney, Ellie Kemper (Bridesmaids), Ariel Winter (Modern Family), and Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day) will lend their voices to Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the DreamWorks Animation adaptation of the beloved animated shorts from the Rocky and Bullwinkle family. Colbert will take on the role of Paul Peterson, archrival of Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell); Janney will play Peterson’s wife Paula, and Winter his daughter Penny. Young actor Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man) is voicing Sherman. Rob Minkoff (The Lion King) is directing. [THR]

• Ray Winstone (Sexy BeastSnow White and the Huntsman) is in talks to play the heavy opposite Russell Crowe in NoahDarren Aronofsky‘s big-screen take on the Old Testament story. Emma WatsonLogan Lerman, and Douglas Booth round out the cast. [Deadline]

• Anton Yelchin (Star TrekLike Crazy) is joining Tilda SwintonTom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and John Hurt in Jim Jarmusch‘s vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive. Because why not a Jim Jarmusch vampire romance? [Deadline]

Alessandro Nivola (Jurassic Park III) has joined the West Memphis Three feature film Devil’s Knot. He’ll play Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of the three murdered boys at the heart of the internationally famous case; recent documentaries West of Memphis and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory both allege Hobbs was responsible for the murders, but he has denied any involvement. Reese Witherspoon will play Hobbs’ wife Pam. [Deadline]

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Tonka trucks to get animated, thanks to Adam Sandler and Sony Pictures Animation

TONKA-TRUCK

So what substance is going to end up in the dump truck?

Sony Pictures Animation and Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions announced today that they are partnering with Hasbro on a feature animated film based on Tonka, the yellow metal toy truck brand known for its virtual indestructibility. Fred Wolf (Grown Ups) will be penning the script.

The project marks Happy Madison’s second project with Hasbro and Sony, after the live-action production of the board game Candy Land.

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Disney's 'Frozen': Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel to voice animated tale

The Wicked Witch of Oz might be turning green with envy (if she wasn’t already, obviously).

Idina Menzel, who won a Tony Award for originating the role of misunderstood Elphaba in Broadway’s Wicked, will be playing a different type of sorceress in Walt Disney Animation’s upcoming Frozen, loosely based on 1845’s The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.

Kristen Bell will costar as Anna, a young girl who ventures to find Menzel’s Snow Queen and end the perpetual winter that has fallen over their mythical kingdom, the studio announced today.

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Man of Steel meets murdering anti-heroes in 'Superman vs. The Elite' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Most superhero movies try so hard to be the “definitive” story  for the broadest possible audience that a lot of great, strange, and nuanced story arcs from the character’s life in print get ignored.

Thankfully, they sometimes turn up in animation, such as DC Comics upcoming Superman vs. The Elite, a PG-13 rated adaptation of a 2001 comic tale in which the Man of Steel finds himself fighting alongside — and then against — a quartet of young superpowered upstarts who are famous not just for stopping their foes, but killing them.

In EW’s exclusive clip from the direct-to-video film, out tomorrow, we see Kal-El encountering this team of rivals for the first time. As testament to the fact that this isn’t just a kiddie cartoon, one of them immediately puts the moves on ol’ Supes — who looks like he just swallowed some kryptonite. READ FULL STORY

Moviemakers of tomorrow: Check out the winners of the Student Academy Awards

They don’t get an Oscar just yet, but the winners of the Student Academy Awards certainly get a boost as they set out to tell their stories on the big screen.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors a wide selection of student films each year, and this 39th class includes tales both harrowing, heartbreaking and hilarious — from a man placing a desperate bet on a horse to save his dog, to a border patrol agent robbing a cartel to save her own life. The winners in each category will be honored Saturday night, where gold, silver, and bronze rankings will be announced.

Have a look for yourself after the jump — you could  these names again soon at a theater near you.

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Guillermo del Toro talks about his 'intense' vision for 'Pinocchio'

Over the past five years, Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has spent a lot of time and expended a lot of effort not making films. First, he spent a couple of years working on the The Hobbit before finally leaving the project because of its many delays. Then he lost another nine months prepping an adaptation of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft’s novella At the Mountains of Madness, which Universal ultimately balked at pursuing because of del Toro’s insistence that the expensive period project needed an R rating to do justice to Lovecraft’s vision. The result? Del Toro hasn’t directed a movie since 2008’s Hellboy II.

Now the auteur is making up for lost time. Del Toro is currently hard at work on his sci-fi epic Pacific Rim, but he is also prepping a 3-D stop-motion version of the Pinocchio story, which he is set to co-direct with Fantastic Mr. Fox animation director Mark Gustafson. In the current issue of Entertainment Weekly you can see exclusive Pinocchio concept art and read why del Toro is not trying to “top” the beloved Disney version. But the director had much, much more to say about his take on Carlo Collodi’s wooden-boy fable, as you’ll see below.

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