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The Must-Have Movie Toys of Summer 2013

toystoysHalf the fun of summer blockbusters is going to see them. The other half is getting to own pieces of them. With many fan favorites in circulation and still more to come, you better start divvying up your resources and figuring out which summer movie toys are the must-haves. You don’t want your kid stuck with the EpicRonin glider while his or her buddy next door has an Iron Man 3 disc blaster, right?

Iron Man 3

As the biggest opener of summer 2013, Iron Man 3 toys are an absolute must. As someone with a soft spot for hurling harmless foam discs at friends and family, the Iron Man 3 Gauntlet Disc Blaster is a winner. Then, to ramp up your innocent assault, slip on the Iron Man 3 Mission Mask, which not only packs the power to fire four missiles, but let’s you aim them using a targeting light beam, too.

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Movies to Inspire Your Kids to Go Outside Before School Starts

the-sandlotAs someone who has willingly spent a chunk of the summer inside a movie theater, there’s no denying the appeal of indoor activities, but what if you could get the best of both worlds? We’ve pinpointed an assortment of movies that’ll ensure your kids feel the need to get up and go outside after enjoying some couch time– like Disney’s Planes in theaters this week!

The Sandlot

Unless there’s a 300-pound English Mastiff roaming the neighborhood, motivate your kid to play some baseball withThe Sandlot. Your kid thinks he or she isn’t good at anything and is just an egghead? Remind them where Scotty Smalls started off. Couldn’t catch or throw a ball to save his life one day, but is wailing Babe Ruth-signed baseballs out of the sandlot and into the clutches of the Beast the next.

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Chris Wedge Talks EPIC, FERNGULLY Comparison, Picking His Voice Cast, New Blue Sky Logo, Possibility of More ICE AGE

Chris-Wedge-EpicFernGully 2.0? Perhaps a little, but director Chris Wedge’s Epic is really much more than that. After kicking off the Ice Age franchise, directing the 2005 release, Robots, and voicing Ice Age’s Scrat in between, Wedge moved on to Epic, a film inspired by William Joyce and his book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good BugsEpic features the voice of Amanda Seyfried as Mary Katherine, a human non-believer who shrinks down to the forest floor and is shocked to find herself face-to-face with a brigade of Leaf Men soldiers, a snail, a slug, and more creatures that should be a fraction of her size.

During my interview with Wedge, we discussed the FernGully association, how to decide between giving a character a noticeably famous voice or a famous yet less obvious one, and how an animated character may come to look like his or her real life counterpart. We also touched on Wedge’s hopes to direct again and the possible continuation of the Ice Age franchise. Hit the jump to watch the interview.

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Interview: Epic’s Chris O’Dowd & Aziz Ansari

Chris-ODowd-Aziz-Ansari-EpicFor the record, Chris O’Dowd and Aziz Ansari, I was totally onto you.  Appropriately, the comedy duo serves as Epic’s comedic relief, Grub (O’Dowd) the snail and Mub (Ansari) the slug. When Grub isn’t dreaming of joining the ranks of the Leaf Men and Mub isn’t hitting on Mary Katherine (voice byAmanda Seyfried), the pair is in charge of keeping a very special little pod moist. It sounds like a silly job, but if that pod doesn’t bloom in the moonlight, the entire forest could wilt at the hands of the leader of the Boggans, Mandrake (voiced by Christoph Waltz).

When Ansari wasn’t rising to the challenge and seeing how many times he could squeeze Ice Age 4: Continental Drift into a single interview, we discussed how they fleshed out their characters while the animators put the world of Epic together, to Ansari’s amusement, how working on Epic compared to Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, a Michele Bachmann namedrop, and whether or not they got the opportunity to improvise. Moving on to their upcoming films, O’Dowd was cryptic or perhaps honestly uninformed about his Thor: The Dark World cameo and Ansari touched on the difficultly of getting his own scripts into production.

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Interview: Epic’s Amanda Seyfried

Amanda-Seyfried-EpicThe moment you’re famous enough that your voice becomes recognizable, the animated movie offers must come pouring in, but even after years of being in the spotlight, Epic only marks Amanda Seyfried’s very first foray into the world of voice work. She plays Mary Katherine, the daughter of Professor Bomba (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) who’s essentially given up everything for an obsessive pursuit to prove that there are tiny warriors living in the forest. Like everyone else, MK isn’t buying it, but when Queen Tara (voiced by Beyonce Knowles) has no choice but to shrink MK down to Leaf Man size so she can help save the forest, MK realizes her father’s been right all along.

With Epic on its way to a May 24th release, Seyfried sat down in New York City to talk about making the film and more. We ran through what drew her to the project, her love of the forest, the challenge of tapping into her imagination while in a sound booth, the physicality involved in doing voice work, how voicing an animated character compares to singing live on set, and the awkwardness of non-dialogue voice work. Seyfried also offered an update on her upcoming projects including Lovelace and Z for Zachariah.

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Interview: Epic’s Colin Farrell

Colin-Farrell-EpicAfter all these years, it’s surprising Colin Farrell has yet to lend his voice to an animated character, but turns out, waiting served him well because his character, Ronan, is featured in the “achingly beautiful” world that drew Farrell to Epic to begin with. Ronan is the leader of the Leaf Men and when Mandrake (voiced by Christoph Waltz) and the Boggans threaten to destroy the forest, he joins forces with the formerly human-sized Mary Katherine (voice by Amanda Seyfried), a renegade young Leaf Man, Nod (voiced by Josh Hutcherson), and a slug and a snail, Mub and Grub (voiced by Aziz Ansari and Chris O’Dowd), to ensure a very special little pod stays safe, giving them a chance to keep the terrain lush with greenery and life.

While in New York City celebrating Epic’s May 24th release, Farrell sat down to talk about how directorChris Wedge and his team of animators first reeled him in, the challenge of working in a sound booth for the first time, Ronan’s backstory, and about how he felt seeing his voice coming out of a completely different body. And before wrapping up, Farrell also spoke a bit about Saving Mr. Banks and Winter’s TaleCatch it all in the video interview after the jump.

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Here are the Best and Worst Movie Promos of the Week

In preparation for the box office spike that’s sure to accompany the holiday weekend, we’ve got a ton of new trailers for a number of big upcoming films to note (click on the links to watch).

Total Recall unleashed a new one, honing in on some plot details and highlighting Colin Farrell’s relationships in the movie. Also in the action department is the very first trailer for the book-to-film adaptation, Alex Cross. While Tyler Perry does make an impression playing a character who doesn’t require him to don a fat suit, it’s Matthew Fox that steals the show as the disturbingly sadistic villain. Need even more brutality and carnage in your life? Check out some wicked action in the red-band trailer for RZA’s directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists. Veering towards the tamer and more dramatic side is the Richard Geer-starrer Arbitrage, which hints at a notably powerful lead performance.

While animated movies are generally kid-friendly, this is Tim Burton we’re talking about and the new Frankenweenie trailer shows off some pretty disconcerting looking characters. As a big baby when it comes to anything remotely sad happening to animals, Frankenweenielooks as though it’ll have no trouble making this 25-year-old cry. In the silly teen comedy section we’ve got the first trailer for Fun Size, a movie that looks to straddle the line between purely juvenile and a piece that might have something to offer to adults. Speaking of childish adults, Kevin James is back in Here Comes the Boom. Based on the new trailer, the film will boast James’ typical absurdities, but also quite a bit of heart à la cheesy sports/troubled school movies.

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