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Have a Merry Arthur Chirstmas in theaters

Have a Merry Arthur Chirstmas in theaters

Santa Claus isn’t just a legend, he’s also a man – a family man. Most of us have, by now, heard of his wife, Mrs. Claus. However, lesser known in the stories are the extended family beyond the married couple: their two sons Arthur and Steve, as well as the elder of the household, Arthur and Steve’s grandfather, Grandsanta. After 70 years of delivering Christmas gifts, Santa is getting up there in age. When one present is left undelivered, Santa and Steve, in line to be the next Claus, figure a 99.99999% delivery run was good enough for them. But not Arthur, who remains determined that all good little girls and boys get their Christmas present.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits set sail for Aardman

The Pirates! Band of Misfits set sail for Aardman

Seems like there’s a lot of pirating going on. Rango’s Johnny Depp is returning as Captain Jack Sparrow in a few weeks. Jake and the Neverland Pirates are ruling over Disney’s new Disney Jr. network. Monkey D. Luffy and crew are still hunting One Piece. And now Aardman Animation is working with Pathe and Sony Pictures Animation on a new animated tale, The Pirates! Band of Misfits. The 3D, stop-motion film is based on Gideon Defoe’s series of The Pirates! books, about a Pirate Captain and his loyal crew fighting for the Pirate of the Year Award. The movie will follow the same quest, encountering Queen Victoria, Charles Darwin, Black Bellamy, Cutlass Liz, and others along the way. Hugh Grant recently joined the cast of the Columbia Pictures story, set to debut March 30th, 2012, meeting up with other stars lending their voice; Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, Ashley Jenson, and more.

Columbia Pictures looks to revive He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Columbia Pictures looks to revive He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Just a few days after learning He-Man has a video game revival on the way, we’re now told we could see a cinematic adventure following the Masters of the Universe. Though we’re still working with early announcements and rumors, Columbia Pictures has said they tasked Mike Finch and Alex Litvak to write a Masters of the Universe reboot based on a Justin Marks script. Recreating the 1980s Filmation cartoon and Mattel toyline wont be an easy process, as a failed Warner Brothers pitch and a unpopular Cartoon Network toon can attest. He-Man’s success in theaters is also up for grabs, as Dolph Lundgren’s 1987 attempt as the Most Powerful Man in the Universe fell short, even before Frank Langella’s Skeletor showed up. Let’s hope for better things this time!

Marvel picks a new Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield thwips for Disney and Columbia

Marvel picks a new Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield thwips for Disney and Columbia

Spider-Man has found a new face to wear beneath the mask! Andrew Garfield has been cast as the new Peter Parker and Spidey in the next installment of the Marvel super franchise. Along with Disney and Columbia Pictures, Marvel welcomes in the twenty-six year old, who replaces the former title-holder, Tobey Maguire. It’s been 5 months since Tobey got the boot (the web?) with reportedly just 2 years until “A.G.” makes his debut in theaters, with the latest Spider-Man film to launch July 3rd, 2012 – in Spidey-Sense 3D, of course. Filming begins later this year, written by James Vanderbilt and directed by the appropriately named Marc Webb.

The Smurfs take Manhattan

The Smurfs take Manhattan

Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation have begun shooting principle photography in New York City for their upcoming live action and CG hybrid film, the Smurfs. The film, which is set to hit theaters on August 3rd of 2011, is based on the popular Peyo characters which dominated Saturday Morning cartons in the early 1980s. The film is written by J. David Stem, David N. Weiss, Jay Scherick, David Ronn, and features the on-screen talents of Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, and Hank Azaria as Gargamel. The voice cast includes Anton Yelchin as Clumsy Smurf, Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf, Katy Perry as Smurfette, Alan Cumming as Gutsy Smurf, Fred Armisen as Brainy Smurf, and George Lopez as Grouchy Smurf filling the roles of the little blue characters, rendered by Sony Pictures Imageworks.

This year’s Best Animated Feature nominees

This year's Best Animated Feature nominees

The Best Animated Feature for the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be boosted to 5 contenders this year, 2 more than in previous years. Why? Because toons are awesome and we are taking over!! Well, that, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association decided it’d be so. But I like my reasoning better. The films must be 70 minutes or longer, and at least 75% digital, so Transformers wouldn’t count. The Golden Globe Award will be handed out on Sunday, January 17th at 8pm to one of the following 5 finalists:

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