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The bear is back.

Ted, the talking teddy bear who touched America's heart and fondled America's butt a few years ago, is returning in Ted 2 this summer.

The first teaser poster declares Ted's return with – what else? – an ejaculation joke.

The long-awaited trailer for The Fantastic Four has arrived, providing a first look at the reboot of Marvel's First Family.

Love, anybody will tell you, can be odd.  Straight up strange, even.

It's only fitting, then, that the new animated family film Strange Magic is really all about love.

Produced by George Lucas (Star Wars), who also conjured up the story, Strange Magic is a wild musical fantasy that draws inspiration from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and features popular songs of the last six decades rearranged by Grammy-nominated music director Marius De Vries (Moulin Rouge!).  Gary Rydstrom, who directed the Pixar shorts Lifted and Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation oversees Strange Magic, a collaboration between Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic.

The story concerns the Fairy Kingdom and the Dark Forest, rival realms that couldn't be more different.  When Fairy Kingdom princess Marianne (voice of Rachel Evan Wood, The Ides of March) cancels her wedding, her philandering suitor Roland (Sam Palladio, Nashville) conspires to obtain the Sugarplum Fairy's (Kristin Chenowith, The Boy Next Door) love potion from deep in the heart of the Dark Forest.

Also vying for the potion is Sunny, an elf who is desperately in love with Dawn, Marianne's sister.  Together, they're right at the center of a fantastical, boisterous, and, well, weird love story. 

Elijah Kelley (Lee Daniels' The Butler, Red Tails) provides Sunny's voice, while newcomer Meredith Anne Bull voices Dawn.  The two talented actors recently chatted with IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick in an iamROGUE-exclusive interview about Strange MagicKelley and Bull enthusiastically discussed their legendary producer, auditioning, singing the film's big musical numbers, songs that didn't make the cut, providing reference for animators, working with Rydstrom, and which songs they feel sum up their characters.

After years trapped in development hell, Deadpool is finally happening, with production kicking off this March.

Ryan Reynolds, who kept the dream alive even when it looked thoroughly hopeless, has talked a wee bit about his passion project, saying that a smaller budget means more creative freedom and clarifying that he did not, in fact, leak Deadpool test footage over the summer.

Big, big changes are afoot at DreamWorks Animation, which is cutting jobs and scaling back from three to two theatrical releases a year after a series of commercial disappointments.

Is the Oscar curve bending in Birdman's favor?

After being steamrolled by Boyhood for much of this awards season, Birdman scored a major victory at the Producers Guild Awards this weekend, then followed that up last night with the Best Ensemble prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Look, there she goes! Emma Watson is set to star as a girl so peculiar in Beauty and the Beast.

Watson will play Belle in Disney's big budget live action take on Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s beloved fairy tale.

The Producers Guild of America produced some winners for the PGA Awards this weekend.

Birdman won the top prize, which has seriously upset this awards season apple cart.

After breaking records aplenty a week ago, American Sniper is well on its way to becoming the biggest war movie of all time.

Rubber baby or not, Clint Eastwood's military hagiography hauled in another $64.3 million this weekend, according to current estimates.  That brings American Sniper's domestic total to a staggering $200.1 million after just ten days in wide release.

Neil Marshall is truly a visionary writer and director!

Marshall first gained attention for his work on the horror film Dog Soldiers, but it was the surprise hit The Descent that earned him acclaim as a filmmaker. He went on to helm the unfairly underrated sci-fi hybrid Doomsday, as well as the sword-and-sandal movie Centurion. Not to mention his work on the popular TV shows Game of Thrones and Constantine. He’s also still working on his long rumored Camelot follow up The Sword and the Fury, and the WWII spy thriller The Eagle’s Nest. But first, the writer/director has just finished production on the anthology project Tales of Halloween, which is scheduled for release this Halloween.

Tales of Halloween tells ten stories that are woven together by their shared theme of a Halloween night in an American suburb. Ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents. Marshall wrote and directed the segment of the movie entitled Bad Seed, while other portions are written and directed by such filmmakers as Axele Carolyn (Soulmate), Lucky McKee (The Woman), and Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!). The film’s cast includes an impressive list of genre actors and directors including Sam Witwer (Justice League: Throne of Atlantis), Adrienne Barbeau (Escape from New York), Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Lin Shaye (The Signal), Barry Bostwick (The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power), Greg Grunberg (TV's Heroes), Pat Healy (The Innkeepers), Dana Gould (TV’s The Simpsons), and directors Adam Green (Hatchet III), Joe Dante (The Hole), and John Landis (An American Werewolf in London). 

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with writer/director Neil Marshall about his work on Tales of Halloween, as well as Constantine, The Sword and the Fury, and The Eagle’s Nest. The acclaimed filmmaker discussed Tales of Halloween, finishing principal photography, being part of an anthology movie, the plot and actors in his segment - Bad Seed, making his first Halloween themed film, directing the pilot of Constantine, dealing with network restrictions, and the status on his two long rumored projects. 

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