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'Frozen' hits $1 billion mark at worldwide box office

Last night, Frozen snagged two Oscars: One for best original song for “Let It Go,” and the other for best animated feature. Oh, and it also crossed the $1 billion mark for worldwide box office.

Six other Walt Disney Studios films have also hit the $1 billion mark, including The Avengers and Toy Story 3. So far, Frozen has earned an estimated $388.8 million domestically and $611.5 million internationally since its November 27, 2013 domestic release — and it still has one more international territory to go, debuting in Japan March 14.

“With Frozen, we knew we had something truly special on our hands, and it has connected with fans and filmgoers around the world in a way we only dreamed was possible,” said Alan Horn, chairman at Walt Disney Studios, in a statement.

The animated film is still in theaters and will come out on DVD March 18.

'Ernest & Celestine' trailer: A mouse and a bear form an unlikely friendship in Oscar-nominated film -- VIDEO

You may not be familiar with 2013 Best Animated Feature nominee Ernest & Celestine, but you might know its creators, who also happen to be the minds behind the 2004 Oscar-nominated animated film The Triplets of Belleville.

Directed by Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner, the hand-drawn animated feature tells the story of a mouse who lives underground and a bear who lives up above. The pair form an unlikely friendship despite their peers telling them a friendship between a mouse and a bear can never last.

Check out the official trailer for the dubbed U.S. version of Ernest & Celestine, which features the voices of Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, and more:

Oscars 2014: 'Frozen' directors, composers, and Idina Menzel react to their nominations

Disney’s record-breaking musical behemoth Frozen scored two Oscar nominations this morning — one for Best Animated Feature, and another for the film’s musical showstopper “Let It Go.” Both weren’t much of a surprise, given the huge popularity of the movie and its continued dominance both at the box office and on the Billboard charts. EW hopped on the phone with Frozen‘s happy directors and composers, as well as Tony winner Idina Menzel (who sang “Let It Go”), to chat about their blizzard of a morning. READ FULL STORY

'Despicable Me 2,' Monsters U' in Oscar mix for Best Animated Film nominations

Nineteen movies are in the running for this year’s Oscar nominations for Best Animated Film. The Academy today released its long list of submitted films, including box-office winners like Monsters University and Despicable Me 2, as well as movies that haven’t yet hit theaters, like Frozen and Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises.

In recent years, Pixar has dominated the competition, winning last year for Brave and taking five of the last six Oscar trophies. At least two and no more than five animated features will be nominated from the list below:

'Rango' big winner at the Annie Awards

Rango — the animated hit starring Johnny Depp as the eponymous ne’er-do-well chameleon — won the award for Best Animated Feature at the 2011 Annie Awards on Saturday night. Kung Fu Panda 2‘s Jennifer Yuh Nelson won Best Feature Director. Rango took home three additional awards at the ceremony, hosted by Patton Oswalt at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles. The Adventures of Tintin, Arthur Christmas, Rio, and Winnie the Pooh also earned some hardware.

Check out the feature film winners below:  READ FULL STORY

Best Animated Film nominee 'Rango' to be re-released in theaters for limited engagement

Missed Gore Verbinski’s dark and quirky Academy Award-nominated Rango when it was in theaters last March? No worries, partner. Paramount announced shortly after the wonderfully weird CGI Western was named a Best Animated Film nominee (it will square off against A Cat in Paris, Chico & Rita, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Puss in Boots) that it will be returning to theaters beginning this Friday, Jan. 27 for a limited week-long engagement. The throwback film — which features the voices of Johnny Depp (as the crime-fighting-chameleon-with-an-identity-crisis Rango), Isla Fisher, and Timothy Olyphant — has already pulled in over $245 million worldwide at the box office and won Best Animated Film at the Critics Choice Awards.

Read more:
‘Rango': A peek behind the scenes of Johnny Depp’s epic lizard western
Johnny Depp’s ‘Rango': Its top six riffs on classic movies
Oscars 2012 nominations list
EW’s Oscars 2012 Central

'MI:4' director on filming in IMAX and how Christopher Nolan is 'throwing down the showmanship' with 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Brad Bird wanted to be a filmmaker since the moment he learned to draw. “I didn’t realize this until later,” says the 54-year old director of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, “but the very first drawings I did when I was a kid at age 3 were sequential. They weren’t great drawings – they were just stick figures – but they were meant to be viewed in a certain order. So from the very beginning, I was trying to make films.”

The pictures have only gotten got more sophisticated — and larger — since then. Bird made a name for himself in animation with The Iron Giant, then won Oscars with two Pixar blockbusters, The Incredibles and Ratatouille, both of which he wrote and directed. His winning streak has continued with his first live-action effort: Ghost Protocol, the fourth installment in Tom Cruise’s signature spy-fi franchise — and the second to be shepherded by producer J.J. Abrams — has received rave reviews (EW’s Owen Gleiberman even has it on his 10 best of ’11 list) and is poised to be one of the biggest movies of the holiday season. (The film, which opened in theaters nationwide on Wednesday, grossed over $17 million during a 6-day run on 425 IMAX screens.) Bird took a few minutes to speak with EW about the animation-to-live-action-to-IMAX transition. READ FULL STORY

'Kung Fu Panda 2,' 'Puss in Boots,' 'Rango' lead Annie award nominations

DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2 picked up 12 nominations for the 39th Annual Annie Awards — announced today by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood — including Best Animated Feature and Best Director. DreamWorks’ Puss in Boots and Paramount’s Rango won nine nods, and Pixar’s Cars 2 earned seven. Steven Spielberg’s motion-capture The Adventures of Tintin won five nods, including Best Feature; the last animated film built from performances by live actors to earn a nod for the top prize at the Annies was 2006’s Monster House.

Curiously, Cars 2 did not earn nominations for director John Lasseter, the film’s screenplay, or any of its voice talent. Last year, Disney and Pixar boycotted the Annies over a dispute concerning its voting practices (although Disney and Pixar films were still eligible for nominations), but both companies rejoined the awards this year.

Winners will be announced on Feb. 4, 2012, at a ceremony held at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Check out a list of the top nominees below:  READ FULL STORY

New 'Arthur Christmas' trailer: Christmas, accomplished!

Take dozens of elves trained like Navy SEALs, throw them into a tricked-out Air Force One, and mix in some fancy Mission: Impossible-style rope maneuvers, and you’ve got Arthur Christmas. The latest 3-D holiday film spins Christmas as a military operation. Kris Kringle (Jim Broadbent) is the General, and his burly second-in-command (Hugh Laurie) is named… Steve? Well, I guess not every denizen of the North Pole can have a name like Dasher, Dancer, or Crumpet. Then there’s Arthur (James McAvoy)… Santa’s son is a lovable galoot who believes in Christmas more than anyone, and his heart-of-gold resolve comes in handy as he turns out to be — you guessed it! — the only one who can save the day. See how our unlikely hero is called into duty after the jump. READ FULL STORY

'Tintin,' 'Rango,' and 'Smurfs' to tangle for Best Animated Oscar


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 18 animated films have been submitted for consideration in the Best Animated Feature Film category at next February’s Oscars, including Steven Spielberg’s performance-capture based The Adventures of Tintin and the animation/live-action hybrid The Smurfs.

Academy rules state that as long as at least 16 films are submitted, then five will ultimately be nominated. (Last year, Toy Story 3 won the Oscar in a race of only three nominated movies.)

It’s also worth noting that an animation/live-action hybrid like The Smurfs has never been nominated in this category. A spokesperson for the Academy carefully explained that this is only a list of submitted films from the studios, and should not yet be interpreted as an endorsement that all the films have met the category’s criteria.

The 16 other films that were submitted include: READ FULL STORY

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