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Jack Black talks 'Goosebumps' movie

In the upcoming Goosebumps movie, comedian Jack Black stars as spooky storyteller R. L. Stine, whose ghoulish creatures—previously confined to his bestselling children’s books—are unexpectedly brought to life by a teen neighbor (Scandal first kid Dylan Minnette). With the help of Stine’s daughter, Hannah (Israeli actress Odeya Rush), a race ensues to capture the author’s manic monsters from wrecking havoc on their small town. It’s a comedy-fueled horror (due Aug. 7, 2015) that promises to channel Goosebumps’ kid-approved brand of scary while pleasing grownup loyalists of the 1990s franchise.

The School of Rock star—who reunited on Goosebumps with Gulliver’s Travels director Rob Letterman—talked to Entertainment Weekly about getting into character as Stine in the live-action reboot and his own love of scary films. READ FULL STORY

Pixar reveals plot details of 'Inside Out,' starring Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, and more

If you thought you were excited before

Pixar just revealed plot details of its latest animated tale, Inside Out, which will take viewers inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley.

Pixar writes: “Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions — Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.”

First of all, a round of applause for a voice cast that is a comedy fan’s dream. Secondly, anyone else think the characters in this Pete Docter-directed tale sound a bit like the muses from 1997’s Hercules?

Inside Out will be released June 19, 2015.

Disney releases trailer for Marvel's first animated film 'Big Hero 6' -- VIDEO

These days, Marvel seems to be smashing its Hulk fist into every entertainment medium: movies (Captain America 2 broke April box office records), television (ABC will be premiering Agent Carter this fall, along with a second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), even amusement parks (visit Disneyland’s Tomorrowland and you can see Iron Man, Captain America and Thor.) Oh yeah, and there are also those Netflix shows. So it should come as no surprise that Disney Animation is now stepping into the world with the trailer debut for its futuristic film, Big Hero 6.

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'Lego Movie' spinoff 'Ninjago' gets release date

Warner Bros. Pictures is putting together the pieces for the next installment in the Lego franchise.

Ninjago, a spinoff of the hit The Lego Movie, has been given a Sept. 23, 2016 release date. Warner Bros. previously announced that The Lego Movie 2 will hit theaters May 26, 2017.

The animated 3-D action-adventure is inspired by the popular ninja line of Lego building sets and minifigures. The characters previously starred in Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, an animated series on Cartoon Network, and the first Lego film. READ FULL STORY

Jane Goodall Q&A: Scientist talks Disneynature Ambassador role, future birthday plans

Dr. Jane Goodall is known the world over as a chimps expert. but over the course of many decades, the British scientist’s extensive research has made her a prominent environmentalist and humanitarian as well. Among her many distinctions and titles is being named the first-ever ambassador for Disneynature, the Walt Disney Label behind the upcoming nature documentary Bears.

“The Disneynature team is honored to have Dr. Jane Goodall as our official ambassador, inspiring others to take part in the world of Bears – which is our shared world – and to make a difference,” Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios, said. “Jane has had an impact on countless lives—human and animals alike.  She speaks from her heart for all living things, championing the next generation’s pursuit in protecting our planet.”

Between promoting her Roots & Shoots environmental outreach program, traveling, fundraising, and celebrating her 80th birthday on April 3, Goodall spoke to EW about her secret to aging gracefully, her experience traveling to Alaska for the filming of Bears, and details for next year’s birthday plans. READ FULL STORY

Disney launches digital service Disney Movies Anywhere

Fans will now be able to watch Frozen on any device.

Coinciding with the digital release of the company’s latest hit, Disney has launched a movie streaming service called Disney Movies Anywhere. The multiplatform service — which is available for iPad, iPhone,  iPod touch, and the web — lets people purchase and watch more than 400 titles from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel.

“Disney Movies Anywhere is an adaptable digital ecosystem designed to help consumers consolidate their Disney movie collections and enjoy them for years to come,” said Jamie Voris, Chief Technology Officer, The Walt Disney Studios, in a release. “The beauty of this technology is that it enables us to work with iTunes and future provider partners to ensure movie lovers have streamlined access to all of their favorite Disney titles no matter which device they are on. The intuitive layout of the website and app creates an easy and enjoyable browsing environment for the whole family.”

The service is powered by iTunes. For a limited time, fans will receive a free digital copy of The Incredibles when they sign up and connect their iTunes account. The digital codes Disney has included with DVD/Blu-rays since 2008 will also be redeemable with the service.

'Lego Movie' stars fall to pieces in adorable blooper reel -- VIDEO

If you’ve already seen The Lego Movie once (or twice, or three times — no judgement here, we understand), we have something new for you: A blooper reel from the film. In the video, Chris Pratt’s character botches a seafood/see-food joke, Batman accidentally dates himself, and the two banter about ways to make standing more comfortable.

These staged, animated bloopers may actually be funnier than candid human ones — so basically, Legos are winning at everything. Watch the reel below: READ FULL STORY

Disney to showcase new Pixar short 'Party Central' in front of 'Muppets Most Wanted' - EXCLUSIVE

As any Jim Henson fan could tell you, Muppets and monsters are an ideal match, like chocolate and peanut butter or Cookie Monster and sugary baked treats. It’s only fitting, then, that Disney is set to unveil the latest Pixar short film — a Monsters University spinoff titled Party Central — in front of Muppets Most Wanted when that movie hits theaters on March 21.

In the six-minute short, which Disney first debuted at last year’s D23 Expo, Mike and Sulley and their Oozma Kappa frat brothers try to throw a monster blowout party but are dismayed to find that no one is showing up. Fortunately, they have some extra inter-dimensional doors handy, which they put to creative use (we won’t spoil how here) to get the party rocking.

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'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:
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'Monsters University' Blu-ray: See the fourth-grade Mike/Sulley meeting that never happened -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Even before Monsters University opened in theaters in June, a few devout fans of the original 2001 movie expressed irritation that the prequel seemed to violate one aspect of Monster history. In Monsters, Inc., Mike playfully responds to an insult from Sulley with, “You’ve been jealous of my good looks since the fourth grade, pal.”

In Monsters University, however, the entire premise is built around the two monsters meeting for the first time in college. It was initially a problem for director and co-writer Dan Scanlon, who was determined to resolve the two storylines. “As much as we could, we wanted to be totally respectful of the continuity of the first film,” says Scanlon. “Our first inclination was to try to make it work, to do versions where they became friends in fourth grade. Basically, after trying it a lot, we felt like it was robbing the audience of the experience of really watching a relationship grow. And we realized we were going through all these hoops for this one line that doesn’t affect the story in a negative way. It was really [Monsters, Inc. director] Pete Docter and John Lasseter who said, ‘It’s not as important as you think. You’re not hurting the movie to ignore that line.'”

That Docter himself made the suggestion was crucial, since Monsters had been his baby and he remained involved as executive producer of the prequel. “I think Pete really pushed us to make big changes,” says Scanlon. “He was really good at standing back and going, ‘Oh, you want to make Sulley a jerk? Great.’ Nothing was precious. Pete was really a reminder of, ‘No, for characters to be interesting, they have to go through these changes.’ He really empowered us.”

But before the filmmakers decided that the fourth-grade zinger from Monsters, Inc. had to be ignored or simply written off as a flippant retort, playground scenes were written and artwork was commissioned. In the Monsters University Blu-ray, which comes out Oct. 29, one of the extras includes what could have been Mike and Sulley’s first childhood meeting. If you don’t want to wait until then, click below to see an exclusive video clip.
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