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Penguins of Madagascar

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Penguins of Madagascar Movie

Super spy teams aren’t born…they’re hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it.

Penguins of Madagascar is an American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is a spin-off of the Madagascar film series, and takes place right after the events of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, following the penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private in their own adventure. Apart from the main characters, it is unrelated to the TV series of the same name.

The film was directed by Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell, and written by Michael Colton, John Aboud, and Brandon Sawyer. It stars the voices of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, and Ken Jeong. The film was released on November 26, 2014. It is the first film in the Madagascar franchise that is distributed by 20th Century Fox and the final film to be produced by Pacific Data Images before its closure in 2015.

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Penguins of Madagascar

Directed by: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Conrad Vernon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare, John Malkovich
Screenplay by: John Aboud, Michael Colton
Production Management: Philip M. Cohen
Music by: Lorne Balfe
MPAA Rating: PG for mild action and some rude humor.
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Release Date: November 26, 2014

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The Book of Life

The Book of Life Movie

From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy with a unique visual style. THE BOOK OF LIFE is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, THE BOOK OF LIFE encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.

The Book of Life is an American 3D computer-animated adventure musical comedy film produced by Reel FX Creative Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Co-written and directed by Jorge Gutierrez, the film stars the voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, and Channing Tatum with supporting roles by Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, and Kate del Castillo. The film was theatrically released on October 17, 2014.

The Book of Life Movie

About the Story

A bus full of children arrives at a museum, where they are taken on a secret tour by a tour guide named Mary Beth (Christina Applegate), who tells them about the famous legends and myths of Mexican folklore. She leads them to a hidden room, containing the Book of Life, which holds the story of how the ways of their world were shaped.

She shows them a story that focuses on the Mexican town of San Angel and on two gods, La Muerte: Ruler of the Land of the Remembered (Kate del Castillo) where the spirits live on with their memories kept by their loved ones and Xibalba: Ruler of the Land of the Forgotten (Ron Perlman) where the forgotten souls decay into oblivion. During the Day of the Dead festival, the two spot three young children playing – Manolo and Joaquín, who are both in love with the same, free-spirited girl, María. Manolo comes from a family of bullfighters, but his real passion lies in music. Joaquín is more adventurous, hoping to avenge his father, a soldier who was killed by the sinister bandit Chakal (Dan Navarro).

Disguised as peasants, the two go down into the celebration. La Muerte, as an old woman, comes to Manolo (Diego Luna) and his father Carlos (Héctor Elizondo) who are at the grave of Manolo’s mother Carmen and is given a loaf of bread by Manolo. Xibalba, as an old man trades the bread for a mystical medal that will make Joaquín (Channing Tatum) invulnerable to harm. Xibalba then bets La Muerte that María (Zoe Saldana) will end up marrying Joaquín while La Muerte bets on Manolo. The winner will be allowed to rule over the Land of the Remembered.

María later sets free a group of animals into the town after seeing a cute baby pig (Carlos Alazraqui) much to the chagrin of her father General Posada (Carlos Alazraqui). A wild boar comes into town and nearly gets Posada, but Manolo manages to lure the boar like a bullfighter and cause it to crash, but Posada believes it was Joaquín that saved him ignoring Manolo in favor of him. As punishment for her actions, Posada orders María to be sent to a private boarding school in Spain. Manolo gives her the baby pig that she wanted to save which Manolo names Chuy. María gives him a guitar after his old one is broken. On it is an engraving that says “Always play from your heart.”

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The Book of Life

Directed by: Jorge R. Gutierrez
Starring: Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Kate del Castillo
Screenplay by: Jorge R. Gutierrez, Douglas Langdale
Production Design by: Paul Sullivan, Simon Valdimir Varela
Film Editing by: Steven Liu, Ahren Shaw
Art Direction by: Paul Sullivan
Music by: Gustavo Santaolalla
MPAA Rating: PG for mild action, rude humor, some thematic elements and brief scary images.
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: October 17, 2014

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The Hero of Color City

The Hero of Color City

Each night, when Ben falls asleep, his Crayons jump into their magical Crayon Box that transports them to their home in Color City, a world of dazzling hues, soaring fantasy and the whimsy of childhood. This land is fed by an enchanted rainbow and waterfall that provides the City and its citizens with color.

When YELLOW, our timid heroine, is accidentally left behind in Ben’s room, she inadvertently awakens two Unfinished Drawings: KING SCRAWL, a huge, powerful, mute monster — and GNAT, Scrawl’s motor-mouthed, overactive sidekick. In search of color for themselves, they follow Yellow to Color City, causing panic and concern. If Scrawl and Gnat can claim the waterfall for themselves, Color City will fade, and along with it, our lovable crayon characters will disappear.

It’s up to Yellow and a motley crew of Crayons, bodacious and brave, BLUE, meticulous, fussy GREEN, satirical RED, pessimistic BLACK and overanxious WHITE to save the day. Meeting with fantastical creatures and fun adventures along the way, Yellow discovers she has more courage and strength than she knew and learns to believe in herself and to count on the support of her friends. Replete with valuable life lessons, this enchanting story will entertain and inspire in a stunningly rendered and utterly unique animated world.

The Hero of Color City

About the Production

The Hero of Color City is an original production by Exodus Film Group. Founded in 2001 by John D. Eraklis and Delbert Whetter, the Venice, CA based company started out doing VFX and work for hire engagements while searching for original IP to produce.

The Hero of Color City was brought to John by his college friend Mick McCormick. John and Mick were good friends in the theater department at the University of Rhode Island. Mick hounded John to read a script written by his brother about a box of crayons that came to life.

The script sat on the shelf unread for several months but Micks persistence finally convinced John to read the draft. To his pleasant surprise, it was fun and well-written with great characters and witty dialogue and a heartfelt message about the power of a child’s imagination.

It was about this time that John had partnered with seasoned animation veteran Max Howard on the animated feature, Igor. Max shared John’s enthusiasm for the film but felt it could use the benefit of some additional writers. After several different teams of writers, John felt the script was strong enough to begin to approach distributors. It was around this time that Magnolia began making waves in the motion picture distribution space with its groundbreaking day-and-date release model by releasing content in theaters and on VOD/home video simultaneously.

Considering The Hero of Color City is geared to a very young audience, Magnolia’s day-and-date release model was particularly appealing. Many of these younger kids aren’t ready to sit through a feature length film in the theaters and, even if they do, they want to watch the film again almost immediately. Exodus knew that by partnering with Magnolia they could allow parents to access the film on multiple platforms almost immediately.

John brought the project to Tom Quinn and Eamonn Bowles in Cannes of 2006 and they jumped onboard. It was on the flight home from that Cannes that John overheard a young actress talking to a fellow passenger and thought “that’s our Yellow!” It was Christina Ricci. Soon after arriving back in Los Angeles, she accepted the role.

After a false start with production in 2008, the film resumed in earnest in the fall of 2012. Exodus had partnered with an up and coming Indian based animation studio called Toonz. Although this was to be their first US theatrical feature, Toonz had demonstrated the ability to deliver high quality animation. This, coupled with the addition of animation veteran Frank Gladstone as director, assured the look of the film would be of the highest caliber for a movie geared towards a younger audience.

The next challenge would be the music. Original songs and score play and integral part in animation and The Hero of Color City is no exception. John’s close friend and world-renowned composer Basil Poledouris had passed away, leaving a void in the production. It was at this time that Exodus reached out to Basil’s daughter, Zoë Poledouris-Roché, and her husband Angel Roché Jr. Zoe had been working with her father since she was a child. At the age of 9, one of her melodies was featured in the film Conan the Barbarian. However this would be the first time that Zoë and Angel would be entrusted with a theatrical feature. They rose to the challenge, and the score and original songs for this film are nothing short of fantastic.

In keeping with Exodus’ tradition of partnering with philanthropic organizations and missions in connection with its animated films, John joined with Sheila Michail Morovati, founder of the Crayon Collection, to promote and raise awareness of the Crayon Collection’s global initiative to repurpose and donate gently used crayons to elementary schools and organizations that help children in need.

Owen Wilson and Jessica Capshaw, supporters of the Crayon Collection, lent their voices to characters in the film and appear in a special PSA that Exodus / Toonz produced to benefit the charity that will appear at the end of the film and in marketing initiatives, with the hopes of raising national awareness and to further expand the program across the country.

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The Hero of Color City

Directed by: Frank Gladstone
Starring: Christina Ricci, Owen Wilson, Rosie Perez, Elizabeth Daily, Jessica Capshaw, Tara Strong
Screenplay by: Jess Kedward, J.P. McCormick
Production Design by: Philip A. Cruden
Animation Department; Erin Humiston
Editorial Department: Josh Gladstone
Music Department: Erik Brena
Music by: Zoë Poledouris, Angel Roché Jr.
MPAA Rating: G for all audiences.
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Release Date: October 3, 2014

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Frank

Frank Movie

Acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage, and What Richard Did with an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

Written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Men Who Stare At Goats), FRANK is based on the memoir by Jon Ronson. It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.

About the Film

In the world of alternative music, The Soronprfbs are the ne plus ultra of outsiders. A brilliant, ramshackle, barely functioning band, they are built around the eponymous Frank (Michael Fassbender), an unstable yet charismatic musical savant, who at all times wears a large, round fake head with crudely painted-on features – like Daniel Johnston hidden behind a cartoon smile. His closest musical collaborator is the forbidding Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal); part caretaker, part jailer, Clara is the antithesis of all things mainstream. The band is completed by Nana (Carla Azar), a Moe Tucker-like drummer, and Baraque (Francois Civil), a beautiful Frenchman who plays bass.

Frank Movie

Into this mix comes replacement keyboard player, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), after the band’s original keyboardist is hospitalized following an attempt at drowning himself. In his head, Jon’s is a true creative, a maverick musical force; in reality he’s a very ordinary young man trying to escape his hum-drum, small-town life. For Jon, this is the break he’s been waiting for, his chance to climb through the looking glass and into the world of artistic collaboration, real music-making, and rock ‘n’ roll adventure that he’s always dreamed of. But he discovers (and perhaps has always suspected) that he lacks the one thing he needs to make his dream come true – genuine talent.

Desperate to belong, but hopelessly out of his depth, Jon becomes more and more infatuated with the enigmatic and talented Frank: if only he could understand him, what makes him tick, how he goes to those furthest, creative corners; if only he could ‘get inside that head inside that head’.

From a lakeside cabin, where the band spend 18 months – and all of Jon’s savings – recording their new album, to the stages of South by Southwest after the band becomes a viral internet sensation, FRANK tells the story of Jon’s struggle with Clara for control of Frank, his rise to power within the band, and how, ultimately, he comes close to destroying the thing he’s come to love.

About the Production

Acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage, and What Richard Did with an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender). Frank is a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and is always accompanied by his closest collaborator and fellow bandmate, the terrifying Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

Frank Movie

Written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Men Who Stare At Goats), FRANK is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart. The idea sprung from a memoir by Ronson, who was himself the keyboard player in Sidebottom’s band.

Ronson teamed up with his The Men Who Stare At Goats co-writer Peter Straughan and wrote a screenplay about an aspiring musician who gets caught up in the world of an oddball band fronted by an unconventional genius who hides behind an enormous fiberglass head.

The project was brought to Tessa Ross and Katherine Butler at Film4 by producers David Barron and Stevie Lee. They then brought on board director Lenny Abrahamson and his long-time producer Ed Guiney. Abrahamson worked closely with Ronson and Straughan, developing and honing the script.

Abrahamson has a track record in films about oddball characters who have the uncanny ability to engage audiences, so it was no surprise that he would be drawn to the character of Frank. But he was also very taken by the Jon character, through whose eyes the story is told.

“We laugh at Jon because he clings to an idea of himself which is so ridiculously at odds with the person we see in front of us,” says Abrahamson. “But we also recognize ourselves in him; wanting to have, maybe kidding ourselves we really do have, capacities and talents we deep down know we lack. Most of us are smart enough to avoid situations where we might have to put our fantasies to the test, but the film takes Jon on a journey where he has to do just that.”

“It’s a hard film to categorize,” continues the director. “It’s very playful in tone and has some sequences of out and out, broad slapstick. But it has subtle, darker, more moving aspects as well. Frank is both a real, complex person and a kind of cartoon character. The head, with its fixed expression becomes a sort of blank canvas on which Jon can project his clichéd ideas of what creativity is all about. Jon, himself starts as the butt of the joke but evolves into something much more than that. So tonally the film is pretty rich – funny, tender, broad in parts, quiet and moving in others.”

Producer Ed Guiney concurs: “One of the things that is really striking about the film is the way it seamlessly combines various different types of comedy. Lenny has a great facility for using humor to get to the core of the characters, and can do so in a wonderfully entertaining and often very affecting way. You can see his love of pure, old-fashioned slapstick in some of the scenes, which hark back to old-fashioned comedies. The film also has some wonderful, delicate character comedy as well as being very poignant and emotionally resonant.”

“Frank is someone who wants to hide away from the world” continues Guiney, “and the film is about how he moves away from his trusted allies and collaborators and takes a step onto a bigger stage, and what happens when he does that. The head is a barrier but it’s also a comfort and protection to him.”

After reluctantly accepting that there may be limits to his natural creativity, Jon appoints himself the band’s Svengali, hoping to give them the recognition he thinks they deserve. Jon initially believes either Clara, or else the band’s chaotic disorganization is holding the them back, but he discovers that there are other, more poignant reasons for their inability to achieve mainstream exposure.

“Jon disturbs the band’s perfect equilibrium,” explains Guiney. “He’s got more worldly ambitions – he wants to be a rock star. That desire rubs up against a group of artists who are happy making music for its own sake, so there are two opposing creative drives.”

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Frank

Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, Phil Kingston
Screenplay by: Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan
Production Design by: Richard Bullock
Cinematography by: James Mather
Film Editing by: Nathan Nugent
Costume Design by: Suzie Harman
Set Decoration by: Marcia Calosio, Jenny Oman
Music by: Stephen Rennicks
MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content.
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Release Date: May 9, 2014

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Megan Fox

Taglines: The city needs heroes.

Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil and her cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 2014 American science fiction action comedy film based on the franchise of the same name. A reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series, the film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman, and stars Megan Fox, Johnny Knoxville, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Alan Ritchson, Danny Woodburn, Tony Shalhoub, William Fichtner, and Will Arnett.

The film was announced shortly before Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird sold the rights to the franchise to Nickelodeon in 2009. It was produced by Nickelodeon Movies and Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film was released on August 8, 2014 and received generally negative reviews, but was a box office success, grossing over $353 million worldwide. A sequel is scheduled to be released on June 3, 2016.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

About the Story

April O’Neil is a reporter for Channel 6 news in New York who has been researching a gang called the Foot Clan which has been terrorizing the city. She questions a dock worker about shipments of chemicals that may be linked to the Foot Clan. April eventually learns that something is being brought in by the docks. That night, she returns and sees the Foot Clan unloading cargo. April tries to record footage using her phone, but a shadowy figure arrives and takes out the Foot Soldiers one by one. She tells her coworkers and her boss Bernadette Thompson, but no one believes her story.

The Foot Clan next attacks a subway station. April rushes to the scene, hoping to encounter the vigilante or find evidence confirming his existence. She sees four figures this time, who disappear after defeating the Foot Clan. She follows them to a rooftop and tries to photograph them. The Turtles Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael notice her and delete the camera’s images, warning her not to divulge their existence. She asks them who they are as they leave, and they say, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

April runs home and opens a box filled with documents, pictures, and July 1999 videos on “Project Renaissance”, which involved her now-deceased father. She notices that the turtles she cared for from her father’s laboratory fifteen years earlier seem similar to the Ninja Turtles. She recalls that her father was developing some type of mutagen. She continues researching and eventually realizes that the Ninja Turtles are the turtles from the laboratory.

Once again, she tries to convince Bernadette Thompson that the Turtles are real. Bernadette becomes so infuriated that she fires April. April tries telling her cameraman Vern Fenwick about them, but he does not believe her either. He does agree to take her to the old laboratory, though. There she finds her father’s lab partner Eric Sacks.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Tony Shalhoub, Madison Mason
Screenplay by: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec
Production Design by: Neil Spisak
Cinematography by: Lula Carvalho
Film Editing by: Joel Negron, Glen Scantlebury
Costume Design by: Sarah Edwards
Set Decoration by: Debra Schutt
Music by: Brian Tyler
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence.
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: August 8, 2014

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Planes: Fire and Rescue

Planes: Fire and Rescue

When others fly out, heroes fly in.

When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, a bunch of all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.

Planes: Fire & Rescue is an American 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film. It is a sequel to the 2013 film Planes, a spin-off of Pixar’s Cars franchise. Produced by DisneyToon Studios, it was theatrically released by Walt Disney Pictures on July 18, 2014. Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Danny Mann, and Cedric the Entertainer reprised their roles of Dusty Crophopper, Skipper, Chug, Dottie, Sparky, and Leadbottom, respectively. New cast members included Hal Holbrook, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Wes Studi, and Dale Dye.

According to director / co-writer Roberts “Bobs” Gannaway, “The first film [directed by Klay Hall] was a race film. I wanted to look at a different genre, in this case, an action-disaster film.” Production on Planes: Fire & Rescue began six months after the start of the previous film. “We’ve been working on this film for nearly four years.”

The filmmakers researched the world of air-attack teams and smokejumpers by working with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and sent a crew to the US Forest Services’ annual training exercises for smokejumpers. Gannaway explained “We actually hooked cameras onto their helmets and had them drop out of the airplane so we could catch it on film.” Nearly a year of research was done before the filmmakers started work on the story. The idea of Dusty becoming a fire and rescue plane was based on reality.

Gannaway stated that during their research they discovered that in 1955 cropdusters were among the first planes to be used in aerial fire-fighting, “There was a group of cropdusters who reworked their planes so they could drop water.” Gannaway also noted that in the first film “Dusty is doing things to his engine that should not be done to it—he is stressing the engine out and causing severe damage. It’s great that the first movie teed this up without intending to. We just built on it, and the results were remarkable.”

Producer Ferrell Barron stated “I think we’ve all experienced some kind of loss at some point in our lives—an end of an era, a lost love, a failed career. We’ve all had to recalibrate. In Planes: Fire & Rescue, Dusty can’t go back to being a crop duster, he left that behind. He has to move forward.”

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Planes: Fire and Rescue

Directed by: Roberts Gannaway
Starring: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Curtis Armstrong, John Michael Higgins, Teri Hatcher
Screenplay by: Jeffrey M. Howard
Production Design by: Toby Wilson
Film Editing by: Dan Molina
Art Direction by: Toby Wilson
Music by: Mark Mancina
MPAA Rating: PG for action and some peril.
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: July 18th, 2014

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How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2

The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy brings back the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years later. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

Five years after the Viking village of Berk has made peace with the dragons, dragons now live amongst the villagers as working animals and companions, and even take part in racing sports. Hiccup goes on adventures with his dragon, Toothless, as they discover and map unexplored lands and territories. Having come of age, he is being pressed by his father, Stoick the Vast, to succeed him as chieftain, although Hiccup remains unsure if he is ready for this responsibility.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

While investigating a wildfire, Hiccup and Astrid discover the remains of a fort encased in a colossal blue ice formation and encounter a dragon trapper named Eret, who blames them for the destruction of his fort and attempts to capture their dragons for an insane conqueror called Drago Bludvist. The two riders return to Berk to warn Stoick about the dragon army that Drago is amassing, and Stoick orders the villagers to fortify the island and prepare for battle. Stoick explains that he once met Drago at a gathering of chiefs and found him to be an unreasonable madman, but Hiccup refuses to believe that war is inevitable. After Stoick interrupts their plan to get Eret to take them to his master, Hiccup flies off with Toothless in search of Drago, to try and reason with him.

They are captured by a dragon rider named Valka, who is revealed to be Hiccup’s long lost mother. She explains that she, like her son, was unable to kill dragons, and so, after being carried off during a dragon raid, spent twenty years rescuing dragons from Drago’s traps and bringing them to an island haven created out of ice by a colossal Alpha dragon called a Bewilderbeast, to whom all dragons answer. Stoick tracks Hiccup to the island where he discovers that his wife is still alive. Simultaneously, Astrid and the other riders kidnap Eret to find Drago, but they are also captured and Drago learns of Berk’s dragons.

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How to Train Your Dragon 2

Directed by: Dean DeBlois
Starring: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Gerard Butler, Kit Harington
Screenplay by: Dean DeBlois, Cressida Cowell
Production Design by: Rebecca Huntley
Animation Department: J.C. Alvarez, Michael Amo, Julien Bocabeille
Music by: John Powell
MPAA Rating: PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor.
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Release Date: June 13, 2014

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Rio 2

Rio 2 Movie

Taglines: Tagliness: She’s exotic, he’s chaotic.

Rio 2 is an American 3D computer-animated musical adventure-comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and directed by Carlos Saldanha. It is the sequel to the 2011 computer-animated film Rio and the studio’s first film to have a sequel outside of their existing Ice Age franchise. The title refers to the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, where the first film was set and Rio 2 begins in the Amazon rainforest.

Featuring the returning voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, and Jake T. Austin, the film was released internationally on March 20, 2014, and on April 11, 2014, in American theaters. Rio 2 was Don Rhymer’s final film after he died on November 28, 2012. Despite receiving mixed reviews, the film was a box office success, earning over $496 million.

The entire cast of the animated smash RIO returns in RIO 2, and they are joined by a new flock of top actors and musical talents. Rich with grandeur, character, color and music, RIO 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. They encounter a menagerie of characters who are born to be wild, voiced by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Oscar / Emmy / Tony-winner Rita Moreno, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth.

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Rio 2

Directed by: Carlos Saldanha
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Rita Moreno, Rodrigo Santoro, Leslie Mann, Jesse Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx, Kristin Chenoweth, John Leguizamo, Amandla Stenberg
Screenplay by: Don Rhymer, Carlos Saldanha
Cinematography by: Renato Falcão
Film Editing by: Harry Hitner, Randy Trager
Set Decoration by: Isaac Holze
Music by: John Powell
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: April 11, 2014

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Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted Movie

Taglines: Taking the world by farce.

Taking place after their successful comeback in The Muppets, the entire Muppets gang go on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. However, mayhem follows the Muppets overseas as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine (the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit) and his dastardly sidekick Dominic (Ricky Gervais).

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” is directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who is also executive producer with John Scotti. Featuring music from Academy Award-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, “Muppets Most Wanted” hits the big screen March 21, 2014.

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Muppets Most Wanted

Directed by: James Bobin
Starring: Danny Trejo, Christoph Waltz, Tom Hiddleston, Ray Liotta, Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey
Screenplay by: James Bobin, Nick Stoller
Production Design by: Eve Stewart
Cinematography by: Don Burgess
Film Editing by: James Thomas
Set Decoration by: Anna Lynch-Robinson
Costume Design by: Rahel Afiley
Music by: Christophe Beck
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild action.
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: March 21, 2014

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Me and My Shadow

Me and My Shadow Movie

Me and My Shadow tells the story of Shadow Stan, an extremely frustrated shadow who yearns for a dynamic life but happens to be stuck with Stanley Grubb, the world’s most boring human. Finally pushed to the brink, Shadow Stan breaks the singular rule of the Shadow World – They lead, we follow – and takes control of Stanley.

The film features the world’s most boring person, Stanley Grubb, and his Shadow Stan. When a crime in the Shadow World puts both their lives in danger, Stan is forced to take control of Stanley, and stand up to a shadowy villain, who intends to lead a rebellion to take over the human world.

Revealed in December 2010, Mark Dindal was set to direct the film, with a schedule to be released in March 2013. In March 2011, the film was pushed to November 2013, and in June 2012, to March 14, 2014, replacing another DreamWorks Animation’s film, Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

In January 2012, it was announced that Josh Gad, Bill Hader and Kate Hudson have joined the cast, and that Alessandro Carloni, a head of story of How to Train Your Dragon, has replaced Dindal. It will be the first DreamWorks movie (aside from the 2D / flash scenes in The Croods and the Kung Fu Panda movies) to feature traditional animation since Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas in 2003. In February 2013, the film returned to development, with Mr. Peabody & Sherman taking its release date.

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Me and My Shadow

Directed by: Alessandro Carloni
Starring: Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Bill Hader
Screenplay by: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, Ron J. Friedman, Steve Bencich
Art Department: Guy Bar’ely, Brett Nystul, Elaine Bogan
Production Management: Jason Bertsch, Philip M. Cohen
MPAA Rating: None.
Studio: DreamWorks Animation
Release Date: March 14, 2014

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