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'Wreck-it Ralph' Blu-ray: Jane Lynch on her curves, stealing the guys' roles, and working with Harrison Ford on 'The Fugitive' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

After four seasons as Sue Sylvester on Glee, Jane Lynch has gone from sitcom guest-star extraordinaire and comic dynamite in films like Best in Show and The 40-Year-Old Virgin to one of television’s most recognizable and celebrated actors, hosting the Emmys and Saturday Night Live. But way back when, she paid the bills with her clipped Midwestern voice, in numerous commercials and animated cartoons. “I made my living doing voiceovers, and getting an animated film was always the brass ring of being a celebrity,” says Lynch. “So now I’m just really grateful that I’m a celebrity and I get to do it. I’ve always loved it.”

In Wreck-it Ralph, the Disney animated blockbuster that mashes together worlds of familiar-looking arcade classics, Lynch voices Sergeant Calhoun, the voluptuous battlefield leader from the Halo-type game, Hero’s Duty. Sue Sylvester would be proud — judging by her gruff demeanor, Calhoun might just be related to R. Lee Ermey’s sergeant from Full Metal Jacket — but she’s not dressed in anything from Sylvester’s wardrobe. Calhoun’s leather and armor outfit shields a body that makes Lara Croft look like Peter Pan.

It’s no wonder that goody-two-shoes Fix-it Felix (Jack McBrayer) falls for her. When big-lug Ralph (John C. Reilly) grows weary of his villainous role in his video-game and sneaks into Hero’s Duty to earn a medal, he threatens to unplug both games forever. Calhoun and Felix team up to bring Ralph back home before their worlds are officially Game Over.

With Wreck-it Ralph already available as a digital download and due on Blu-ray and DVD on March 5, Lynch spoke to EW about her resemblance to Calhoun, her hopes to reunite with Christopher Guest, and how much she was paid to act opposite Harrison Ford 20 years ago. Then view an exclusive behind-the-scenes extra that explains the inspiration for Calhoun’s terrifying alien world.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congratulations on the Best Animated Film Oscar nomination for Wreck-it Ralph. Do voice actors get to attend the Oscar ceremony?
JANE LYNCH: They do not, sadly.

That doesn’t seem fair. I was really looking forward to seeing you walk the red carpet dressed as Sgt. Calhoun.
I did that on Ellen. You’ll have to check that out. I went as Sgt. Calhoun for Halloween and I wore it on Ellen. READ FULL STORY

'Wreck-It Ralph' wins big at Annie Awards

Walt Disney’s video-game romp Wreck-It Ralph has won top animation honors at the Annie Awards.

The comedy hit about a video-game villain who wants to turn hero was named best animated feature at Saturday night’s Annies, which are presented by the International Animated Film Society. Wreck-It Ralph won out over a field that included Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman and Hotel Transylvania.

With a voice cast led by John C. Reilly, Wreck-It Ralph dominated the film categories, also winning Annies for director Rich Moore, voice co-star Alan Tudyk and for its music and screenplay.

Among live-action films, The Avengers won the Annie for animated effects and Life of Pi won for character animation.

On the TV side, an episode of Robot Chicken won for best general audience animated show.

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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.


Box office report: Audiences gobble up 'Breaking Dawn,' 'Skyfall,' and 'Lincoln' over record Thanksgiving weekend

Hollywood has reason to give thanks this year. Boosted by a trio of new releases and a veritable cornucopia of well-performing holdovers, the Thanksgiving box office reached an all-time high this year. Theaters sold an estimated $295 million worth of tickets in five days, outdoing the Thanksgiving record of $273 million set in 2009.

As expected, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 led the way with $43.1 million over the regular weekend frame (a 70 percent drop from its $141.1 million debut), and a huge $64.0 million over the Wednesday-to-Sunday period. After ten days, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 has earned $227.0 million — slightly more than the $220.8 million that Breaking Dawn – Part 1 had earned at the same point in its run, but slightly behind New Moon‘s $230.9 million take at the 10-day mark. Internationally, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 has already earned $350.8 million, which brings its worldwide total to $577.7 million. Like its predecessor, the $120 million Summit production should finish just below $300 million domestically and between $700 and $800 million worldwide when all is said and done.  READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Breaking Dawn' headed for Thanksgiving win, while newcomers hope to avoid turkey status

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Not only did the vampire franchise’s finale earn a terrific $141.1 million in its opening weekend, but it’s headed to an easy second weekend win at the box office — despite the arrival of three big-budget newcomers: Rise of the Guardians, Life of Pi, and Red Dawn.

Here’s how the lucrative five-day weekend (new releases hit theaters on Wednesday, not Friday, this week) might play out: READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Breaking Dawn -- Part 2' just misses 'Twilight' record with $141.3M, 'Lincoln' expands successfully

Say what you will about the Twilight series, but you can’t fault it for being inconsistent.

The popular vampire franchise’s final installment, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, scored the eighth biggest opening weekend of all time with a $141.3 million debut. If Summit’s estimates hold up, that’s just a touch ahead of Breaking Dawn – Part 1, which started with $138.1 million last year, and just a touch behind New Moon, which opened with $142.8 million in 2009.

Impressively, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 also earned $199.6 million in its international debut this weekend, giving it an early global total of $340.9 million. When all is said and done, the film will likely finish just above $700 million. After all, the last three Twilight films — Breaking Dawn – Part 1, Eclipse, and New Moon — earned $712.2 million, $709.8 million, and $698.5 million, respectively. Like I said, it’s a remarkably consistent franchise. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' earns $71.2 million on Friday

The final Twilight film got off to an expectedly huge start at the box office on Friday.

In its first 24 hours (well, really it’s first 26 hours including Thursday night shows) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 grossed a massive $71.2 million — just a touch behind the $71.6 million earned on Breaking Dawn – Part 1‘s opening day and a bit further behind the $72.7 million found by New Moon. Due to the up-front rush of Twihards on opening day, the film will fall hard over the rest of the weekend, but it should still finish the frame in the same range as its predecessors, taking in about $135-140 million.

Last weekend’s champ, Skyfall, stuck around in second place with $12.4 million, which puts it on pace for a $42 million weekend. That figure would represent a 53 percent decline from Skyfall‘s robust $88.4 million debut and give the Bond entry a ten day total of about $162 million. For perspective, consider this: At the ten-day mark of its run, Quantum of Solace had earned $108.8 million. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: Will 'Breaking Dawn -- Part 2' be the biggest 'Twilight' yet?

The final installment of the franchise that changed the face of pop culture — remember those days when no one knew that YA meant “young adult” and vampires were only popular on Halloween? — is set to reach incredible heights at the box office at this weekend.

Just as Skyfall became the highest-opening Bond film last weekend, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will likely become the highest grossing of all the Twilight films. In their first three days, the last three Twilight films (New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn – Part 1) have earned $142.8 million, $120.9 million, and $138.1 million, respectively — very consistent figures (especially for New Moon and Part 1, each of which, like Part 2, opened on the weekend before Thanksgiving). While the Twilight movies aren’t recruiting any new fans these days, pent-up excitement for the finale from super-fans will likely push Part 2 a bit higher than its predecessors. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Skyfall' has the biggest Bond opening ever with $87.8 million

After four years off of the silver screen, James Bond made his triumphant return this weekend in Skyfall — and the British spy’s appeal was bigger than ever.

The action thriller grossed a truly massive $87.8 million in its first three days (and an additional $2.2 million during Thursday night previews), making its debut the very best in the Bond series’ 23-film history — by a huge margin. Skyfall shattered the previous opening weekend record for a Bond film, which was set in 2008 when Quantum of Solace bowed with $67.5 million. With the lucrative Thanksgiving holiday on the horizon and a straight “A” CinemaScore grade, it’s likely that Skyfall will also become the first Bond movie to ever pass the $200 million mark at the domestic box office. (Of course, this is not accounting for inflation.)  READ FULL STORY

'Skyfall' soars with $30.8 million Friday, headed for best Bond debut ever: Box office update

After 23 movies, the James Bond franchise is still growing, and Skyfall is on pace to clobber the domestic opening weekend record for the spy series.

On Friday, Skyfall rocketed away with $30.8 million (that’s not including the $2.2 million earned in Thursday night previews), which is the highest Friday gross ever for a Bond film. The previous franchise record was set by Quantum of Solace, which earned $27 million on Friday on the way to its $67.5 million opening weekend (also a franchise high). After one day, Skyfall is outperforming Quantum by 14 percent.

If it maintains that pace over Saturday and Sunday, the Daniel Craig feature will finish the weekend with a tremendous $77 million. Positive word-of-mouth could help the movie hold up better than expected, and a debut weekend above $80 million is not out of the question. Either way, Skyfall‘s debut will be the fourth best opening weekend in 2012 behind The Avengers ($207.4 million), The Dark Knight Rises ($160.9 million), and The Hunger Games ($152.5 million). More importantly, it will be the best in James Bond history. READ FULL STORY

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