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Pharrell's Happy to play on loop for 13 days for charity

March 19th, 2014 4:10am EDT
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Pharrell's hit song Happy will be played on an endless loop for 13 days via streaming music service iHeartRadio to promote the United Nation Foundation's International Day of Happiness on 20 March (14).

The Oscar nominated track from Despicable Me 2 has already topped the charts in 20 countries, and now Pharrell is using his song for good through a new United Nations initiative.

Starting on Tuesday (18Mar14), Happy will be played non-stop on a dedicated iHeartRadio station online, and will continue until 31 March (14).

Pharrell has been named this year's (14) celebrity brand ambassador f...

Eric Church Gets It Done At No. 1 Once More

February 20th, 2014 5:00am EST
Eric Church
Let the “Church” say yes… Corny, I know. But one of country’s rising stars, Eric Church, just continues to rise. The Outsiders gives Church his second no. 1 album, selling a healthy 288,000 copies. Sub 100K weeks are done, at least this week. How does The Outsiders’ numbers compare to the numbers that greeted Chief? Well ole boy “Doubled Up”… or nearly doubled up (145,000 copies). In a slow weak for new releases, well, Church was the bright spot. Compilations continue to do soundly though, as Frozen Soundtrack sold another 100,000 (no. 2) and Now 49 sold 77,000 copies after a no. 1 de...

'Gravity' Leads BAFTA Nominations

January 8th, 2014 4:20am EST
Sandra Bullock
'Gravity' leads the BAFTA Film nominations with 11 nods.

The space drama is up for a string of accolades, including the coveted Best Film and Outstanding British Film, while its star Sandra Bullock is also nominated for Best Actress and filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron is nominated for Best Director.

'American Hustle' and '12 Years a Slave' received nominations in 10 categories, while 'Captain Phillips' is up for nine awards.

All four of the top nominated movies will contest for Best Film, along with 'Philomena'.

'Gravity' will contest for Outstanding British Film along with 'Mandela: Long Walk...

The Most Anticipated Films Of 2014, Part One

January 1st, 2014 9:03am EST
Dumb and Dumber
No more new films will be released in 2013 - but there's no need to fret! Check out why we're hyped (and why we're worried) for these highly-anticipated 2014 films:

Dumb And Dumber To

Why We’re Hyped: The Farrelly Brothers, Jim Carey, and Jeff Daniels would only do the film if everyone was involved.

Why We’re Worried: When’s the last time the Farrelly Brothers made a good movie? Will Jim Carrey alienate half of his audience on Twitter – again?

The Expendables 3

Why We’re Hyped: Antonio Banderas, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and Kelsey Grammer join the ridiculous cast for another go at...

Pharrell Williams is Happy atop U.K. singles chart

December 29th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Pharrell Williams
Hip-hop star Pharrell Williams has topped off a hugely successful 2013 with a new number one - Happy has climbed to the top of the U.K. singles chart.

The song, from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, swapped places with Christmas chart-topper and The X Factor winner Sam Bailey, whose Skyscraper slipped to two, just ahead of dance star Avicii's Hey Brother at three.

Happy is Williams' third U.K. number one of the year - collaborations with Daft Punk on Get Lucky and Robin Thicke for Blurred Lines also hit the top spot over the summer (13).

In the U.K. albums chart, Robbie Williams continues...

Check Out 'Despicable Me 2' On DVD, Blu-ray & More Nov. 26

November 23rd, 2013 7:24am EST
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Gru, Dr. Nefario and the Minions have some free time on their hands to raise Margo, Edith and Agnes now that the ever-entrepreneurial Gru has left behind a life of super-crime.

But as he starts to adjust to his role as a suburban family man, an ultra-secret organization dedicated to fighting evil around the globe comes knocking.

Now, it's up to Gru and his new partner Lucy Wilde to discover who is responsible for a spectacular crime and bring him to justice. After all, it takes the world's greatest ex-villain to catch the one vying to take his place.

The voice cast includes Steve Carell...

Pharrell Williams creates first 24 hour long music video

November 21st, 2013 8:30pm EST
Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams has created the very first 24-hour long music video, which features fans and celebrities lip-syncing to his new track, Happy.

The innovative hip-hop superproducer has released a day long video for his four-minute song, which is featured on the soundtrack to the animated hit film, Despicable Me 2.

Viewers can log on to and create their own version of the Happy video by switching between channels which showcase different people dancing and singing along to the song.

Not only does Williams appear in the video, but there are cameos by Despicable Me 2 star...

Jurassic Park 3D does monster business in China to land at the top of global box office

August 25th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg's revamped dinosaur movie Jurassic Park 3D has shot to the top of the global box office thanks in part to a monster interest in China.

The film picked up another $30 million (£20 million) in ticket sales over the weekend - almost all of that coming from China, where the movie opened last week (ends23Aug13).

The new Jurassic Park made $45.4 million (£30.2 million) when it was released in America earlier this year (13) and it has since gone on to rake in $44.5 million (£29.7 million) overseas.

Meanwhile, animated hit Despicable Me 2 has crossed the $800 million (£533.3 mil...

'The Conjuring' Tops The Weekend Box Office, 'R.I.P.D.' Bombs As Predicted

July 22nd, 2013 11:10am EDT
The Conjuring
For the first time in over a month an animated film isn't on top at the weekend box office. After four weekends dominated by Monsters University and Despicable Me 2, live-action thriller The Conjuring has earned the top spot with $41.3 million in ticket sales.

The film, which stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as real life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, raked in more than twice what the movie cost to make during it's first weekend.

"Despicable Me 2" dropped from number-one to second place with $21.5 million, bringing its total gross to $276 million in jus three weeks,...

'Despicable Me 2' Tops Weekend Box Office For Second Straight Week

July 15th, 2013 11:31am EDT
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The giant robots of Pacific Rim were no match for the Despicable Me 2 Minions this weekend, as the family feature topped the box office for a second straight week.

The sequel to 2010's Despicable Me raked in another $44.8 million, bringing its two week total to just shy of $230 million.

Another sequel, Adam Sandler's Grown Ups 2 came in second despite being the summer's worst-reviewed movie, according to Rotten

Guillermo del Toro's robots vs. monsters movie came in well under expectations, making just $38.3 million for a third place finish.

The Heat, starring Sandra Bulloc...

'Despicable Me 2' Makes History In Mexico

July 7th, 2013 7:50am EDT
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Animated sequel Despicable Me 2 has made history in Mexico by becoming the first film to be distributed to cinemas digitally via satellite.

Distributors at Contenido Alternativo worked with Universal executives and boffins to place the hit new film in 281 Cinepolis theatres ahead of the movie's release on Friday.

The cost-cutting measure took "a few hours to deliver, compared to three or four days that it usually takes to copy and distribute hard drives to all the theatres", according to Contenido Alternativo CEO Juan Manuel Borbolla.

The film, featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Krist...

Benjamin Bratt signed up for Despicable Me 2 film to impress kids

July 4th, 2013 11:22pm EDT
Benjamin Bratt
Actor Benjamin Bratt jumped at the chance to join the cast of animated family film Despicable Me 2 in a bid to impress his children.

The former Law & Order star, who has also recently appeared in TV comedy Modern Family and medical drama Private Practice, stepped in at late notice to replace Al Pacino after the veteran quit the film in May (13), and Bratt admits the opportunity to make his daughter Sophia and son Mateo proud of dad was his main motivation for signing up for the project.

And his efforts voicing the loveable Eduardo and villainous El Macho have paid off.

He tells Los Angel...

Predictions Favor 'Despicable Me 2' Over 'The Lone Ranger' This Holiday Weekend

July 3rd, 2013 5:56pm EDT
Despicable Me 2 - Lone Ranger
Bad news continues to mount for "The Lone Ranger" as overseas box office numbers and early North American data show "Despicable Me 2" is out pacing the Disney western/action production.

Critics continue to blast "The Lone Ranger" in their appraisal of the film. Rotten Tomatoes at the moment shows negative reviews in at 76% out of 116 reviews so far.

"I mean, no wonder Depp's in disguise. No wonder Hammer wears a mask. Wouldn't you?" said Stephen Whitty of Newark Star-Ledger. "The Lone Ranger is a pounding headache of a movie - loud, dumb, overlong and pointless" reported Tom Long of Detro...

'Despicable Me 2' Producers Race To Complete Film After Al Pacino Drops Out

May 7th, 2013 12:29pm EDT
Al Pacino
Al Pacino has pulled out of his voiceover role in Despicable Me 2, prompting the film's producers to scramble to get the film ready for its July 3 release.

Pacino, who replaced Javier Bardem as new villain Eduardo in the sequel to 2010's hit Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment production, left the production over a "last-minute creative difference," according to

Since Pacino's exit last week, actor Benjamin Bratt has stepped in to fill the role, and he'll have to re-record all the dialog for the film before its release. Deadline was told there is plenty of time to ...

Jon Hamm Joins 'Despicable Me' Spin-Off 'Minions'

May 1st, 2013 2:14pm EDT
Jon Hamm
Anyone with an operable pair of eyes knows that Jon Hamm is one hunky hunk-o-man meat, but does the Mad Men star still drive the ladies wild when that dapper mug of his isn't in the frame?

We'll find out soon enough!

Hamm has now signed on to star, as it were, opposite Sandra Bullock in Illumination Entertainment's Minions, a follow-up to the wildly successful animated flick Despicable Me which puts focus on those hilarious little scuttle bugs.

The Minion-centric spin-off prequel will journey back in time to a point when the energetic little monsters served another super horrible and w...

Gru & His Minions Are Back With Cool Cars, Gadgets And More In New 'Despicable Me 2' Trailer

March 19th, 2013 9:27pm EDT
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It's almost time for Minion madness again as super-villain Gru (Steve Carell) and his three adopted daughters get set to embark on a whole new adventure in Despicable Me 2.

"Gru's back in the game with cool cars, gadgets and weapons!" Gru exclaims in the new trailer, released Tuesday.

This time around Gru is recruited by the 'Anti-Villain League' to use his expertise as a villain to help stop a new bad guy (Al Pacino) from taking over the world.

"Despicable Me 2" hits theaters July 3. Miranda Cosgrove, Kristen Wiig, Ken Jeong, Steve Coogan, Moises Arias, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher and Russ...

The Minions Are Back In An All-New Trailer For 'Despicable Me 2'

October 31st, 2012 7:47pm EDT
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Gru and his minions are back! The second trailer for Despicable Me 2 was released on Wednesday; and, much like the first teaser that arrived in March, this one focuses on the minions once again, as two of them appear to get abducted by aliens.

Director Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team have created an all-new animated adventure featuring the return of Gru (Steve Carell), the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions... and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.

Despicable Me raked in more than $540 million at the box office, becoming the 10th biggest animated m...

'Despicable Me' Minions Are Getting Their Own Film

July 24th, 2012 2:18pm EDT
Despicable Me
Minions: Everybody wants some. Seriously, how cool would it be to have a bunch of minions at your beck and call, ready and waiting to carry out your every whim? It's like having the world's best personal assistant, only better.

Well, you might not have minions, but luckily for everyone, Universal is happy to share theirs, as according to Deadline, the studio is teaming with Illumination Entertainment to create a spinoff from "Despicable Me" featuring those loveable little yellow goofballs.

Of course, it's also true that sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. And that certainly ...

Al Pacino To Play Villain In 'Despicable Me 2'

February 4th, 2012 7:00pm EST
Al Pacino
Al Pacino has signed on to replace fellow Oscar winner Javier Bardem as the villain in the "Despicable Me" sequel.

The star will join Steve Carell and Russell Brand, who are reprising their animated roles for "Despicable Me 2."

Kristen Wiig and "iCarly" actress Miranda Cosgrove will also offer up their voices for supporting characters.

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