Trailer Released for Eugenio Derbez’s “The Angry Birds Movie 2”

Eugenio Derbezwill be flying high this August…

The trailer for The Angry Birds Movie 2, with the 57-year-old Mexican actor as part of the voice cast, has been released.

Eugenio Derbez

Here’s what’s on the bill: When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride) and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) recruit Chuck’s sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) and team up with pigs Leonard (Bill Hader), his assistant Courtney (Awkwafina) and techpig Garry (Sterling K. Brown) to forge an unsteady truce and form an unlikely superteam to save their homes.

In addition to Derbez, who voices the character of Glenn, Bloom, Brown and Awkwafina, the newbie birds for Round 2 are Leslie JonesZach Woods, Lil Rel HoweryPete DavidsonBeck Bennett, Nicki MinajBrooklynn Princeand Dove Cameron.

First-time feature director Thurop Van Ormanfeathers the nest from a script bIce Age franchise veteran Peter Ackerman

Sony Picturesopens the toon in 2- and 3D on August 16.

2016’s The Angry Birds Movie earned $352.3 million worldwide.

Carlos Saldanha Receives Variety’s Creative Impact in Animation Award

Carlos Saldanha is being heralded for his creative impact

The 52-year-old Brazilian director, producer and animator has been recognized with Variety’s Creative Impact in Animation award.

Carlos Saldanha

Saldanha has become one of the most successful tellers of animated stories of all time. His credits include Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Rio and Rio 2, while he co-directed Ice Age and Robots. He’s Blue Sky Animation Studio’s secret weapon, having unleashed a string of worldwide blockbusters that have grossed more than $3 billion.

Saldanha even has Oscar cred with a nomimation for 2003’s animated short Gone Nutty, and an exclusive deal at Fox, where his BottleCap Productions calls home.

Growing up in Rio de Janeiro afforded Saldanha with a unique perspective of the world, and in particular, how it would come to shape his animation and filmmaking instincts and aesthetic.

“I was always a film buff,” Saldanha recalls. “Movies were always very special to me, but I never knew how to accomplish my goals. Blade Runner is my favorite film and I’ve seen it 20 times at least. I find it inspiring. So I went to college for computer science, but I was always very artistic. A friend showed me one of John Lasseter’s early CGI-animated shorts, and I was hooked, because this was how to bridge the elements together.”

The Ice Age franchise has cemented itself as one of the most popular in the medium, and Saldanha knows that he’s crossed over into something larger, capturing the imaginations of children (and adults) around the world, especially with the saber-toothed squirrel Scrat, which has become the official mascot of Blue Sky Studios.

“When you’re a part of something that becomes that big for so many people, especially children, you can’t help but feel proud. Scrat was something unique to the creative process, in that he wasn’t originally defined in the script. He was an organic character who took shape as a result of creative group think. So it’s very special that he’s become so embraced, and it felt very natural for Scrat to become an integral part of Blue Sky,” Saldanha says. “We all loved those little noises he makes!”

Saldanha’s relationship with fellow filmmaker and Blue Sky head Chris Wedge has been instrumental to his career. “Chris is a visionary and working with him has been a tremendous experience,” Saldanha says. “We’re interested in telling relatable stories in an exciting and fresh way, and Chris brings a great attitude to the creative process.”

Following up the huge success of 2002’s Ice Age would prove to be interesting for Saldanha, who helped to craft 2005’s Robots, calling it a “transitional film for me, moving out of the Ice Age’world, and getting involved in something new. And that’s what we love to do, we love building worlds within our films. And with Robots, we got to do something a bit unique with the characters and setting.”

The two Rio films clearly mean a lot to Saldanha, who says he was “thrilled to infuse my Brazilian heritage into the film, and it was a big goal for me to show the city of Rio de Janeiro in a very colorful and bright fashion. These were projects that were very close to me on a personal level, so to be able to craft them in the way that we did, it was a joyous experience. It was very important for worldwide audiences to embrace these films. I wanted to create a mood and tone with no boundaries and a free spirit approach to the storytelling. This was a true passion project.”

Saldanha’s newest project, the animated adventure Ferdinand, hits screens December 15. It’s based on the classic children’s book The Story of Ferdinand, about a Spanish bull that would rather stop and smell the roses than participate in bullish activities. John Cena voices the title character, with Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez and Daveed Diggs among the other voice-over artists.

“We’re currently halfway through animation and it’s coming along fantastic. We’re so thrilled for people to see it as we’re having so much fun working on this particular story,” Saldanha says. He adds there will be a “wonderful musical component to the film,” as he’s again collaborating with favored film composer John Powell. “We really wanted to capture the richness of Spain, with vibrant and bold colors, so that the audience can really feel the atmosphere. And with John doing the score again for us, we’ll have something really special for the audience. We extended the original book but we retained what’s essential to the core story of a big bull with a really big heart.”

Saldanha was also asked to participate in the 2014 anthology film Rio, I Love You, with other celebrated filmmakers including Jose Padilha, Fernando Meirelles, Paolo Sorrentino and Guillermo Arriaga. “I had such a great time doing my short for Rio, I Love You,” Saldanha says. “I did it to test the waters, and I’m excited about tackling a live-action project in the future. I’m not sure what it’ll be exactly, but I love to challenge myself and keep things fresh. But I’ll never leave animation behind. That’s where my heart is.”

Leguizamo to Star in the Six-Part Branch Davidians-Themed Event Series “Waco”

John Leguizamo is ready to crash and learn…

The 52-year-old actor/comedian will star opposite Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch in Waco, a six-part event series produced by Weinstein Television.

John Leguizamo

Written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle and directed by John Erick Dowdle, Waco tells the story of the 51-day 1993 standoff between the FBI, ATF and David Koresh’s spiritual sect, The Branch Davidians, in Waco, Texas, that resulted in a deadly fire. It explores the true life details leading up to and chronicling the standoff told from several perspectives of those most intimately involved in both sides of the conflict.

Leguizamo will play ATF agent Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez was sent into Koresh’s Mount Carmel to gather evidence and build a federal case against the Branch Davidians but forged a bond with the people inside.

Set to air on Paramount Network in 2018, production will begin on Waco next month in Santa Fe, NM.

Leguizamo was most recently cast in a co-starring role opposite Allison Miller in ABC’s drama pilot Salamander. He also recently co-starred on the Netflix drama series Bloodline and reprised his roles in the latest installments of the John Wick and Ice Age movie franchises.

“We are thrilled to have John in this part. He brings phenomenal range and authenticity to everything he does,” says Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series for Paramount. “The role of Robert Rodriguez is little known, but utterly fascinating as he was the only undercover agent to infiltrate David Koresh’s compound.”

Leguizamo to Star in ABC’s Drama Pilot “Salamander”

John Leguizamo is pouring over a new script…

The 52-year-old Colombian actor/comedian will co-star opposite Allison Miller in Salamander, ABC’s drama pilot based on a Belgian format.

John Leguizamo

Written by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg and directed by Gary Fleder, Salamander centers on Ethan, a brilliant but misanthropic engineer who recruits a skeptical Homeland Security psychiatrist, Nora (Miller) to help him track a mysterious bank robber whose theft of 66 specific safety deposit boxes, belonging to the elite and powerful, sets in motion a series of blackmails that might be linked to a greater conspiracy.

Leguizamo will play David Vargas, an ex-cop — now a bartender at a 10th Avenue dive bar — and one of Ethan’s best friends.

The actor-comedian recently co-starred on the Netflix drama series Bloodline and reprised his roles in the latest installments of the John Wick and Ice Age movie franchises.

Leguizamo’s Latest Ice Age Film, “Ice Age: Collision Course,” to be Released in July 2016

John Leguizamo is on a new collision course

20th Century Fox has officially titled the 51-year-old Colombian actor’s latest installment of the Ice Age animated franchise Ice Age: Collision Course.

Sid in Ice Age

The studio has also pushed back the release of the newly christened fifth chapter of its Blue Sky animated franchise , from July 15 to July 22, 2016.

This will shift Sid, Manny, Ellie and company off their previous collision course with Sony PicturesGhostbusters and two other films, the musical La La Land from Lionsgate and The Lake from EuropaCorp.

For the time being, Ice Age: Collision Course is sharing its new date with one other title, Warner BrosKing Arthur.

Leguizamo, who voices the clumsy character Sid The Sloth, Denis Leary, Ray Romano, Queen Latifah and the rest of the gang are back for this go-round.

Collision Course is directed by Mike Thurmeier and Galen T. Chu.

Saldanha to Receive CinemaCon’s International Filmmaker of the Year Award

Carlos Saldanha will be getting plenty of love at this year’s CinemaCon

The 49-year-old Brazilian director of animated films will receive the international filmmaker of the year award at this year’s edition of CinemaCon, the annual gathering of theater owners in Las Vegas.

Carlos Saldanha

This year’s convention will take place March 24-27 at Caesars Palace.

Saldanha, an Academy Award nominated filmmaker who works with Blue Sky Studios, is currently wrapping production on Rio 2, his follow up to 20th Century Fox‘s animated hit Rio.

The sequel opens in theaters April 11 and features the return of voice leads Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jermaine Clement, Leslie Mann, George Lopez, will.i.am and Jamie Foxx.

New voice additions include Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth and Rita Moreno.

The Rio franchise is from Fox Animation Studios and Blue Sky Studios.

Saldanha’s other credits include Ice Age, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Robots.

Leguizamo Joins Voice Cast of BBC Earth’s “Walking with Dinosaurs”

John Leguizamo is set to walk with the dinosaurs

The 49-year-old Colombian American actor/comedian has been added to the voice cast of Fox’s Walking with Dinosaurs 3D.

John Leguizamo

Leguizamo joins the BBC Earth production as the Alexomis bird Alex, with Justin Long portraying a Pachyrhinosauruses named Patchi, Alex’s symbiotic host pal.

Tiya Sircar will voice Juniper and Skyler Stone will voice Scowler.

Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale are helming the CG/live-action December 20 release based on the 1999 BBC miniseries.

It’s the latest prehistoric project for Leguizamo…

Since 2002, he’s voiced the character of Sid the sloth in the Ice Age animated films.

Saldanha Forms BottleCap Productions

There’s a new feather in Carlos Saldanha’s (bottle) cap…

The 44-year-old Brazilian animated film director, who co-helmed Ice Age and then directed two Ice Age sequels, as well as Robots and Rio, has formed BottleCap Productions.

Carlos Saldanha

The label is Fox-based, where Saldanha made an exclusive five-year deal with 20th Century Fox and Fox International to develop live-action and animated projects.

BottleCap Productions will percolate new projects while Saldanha wraps up his directing work on Rio 2,  which is slated for release next spring for Blue Sky Studios and Fox.

After serving as catalyst for the massively successful Ice Age and Rio franchises, Saldanha is one of the most important director relationships for Fox.

His most recent, Rio, grossed more than $500 million worldwide.

The Latest Trailer for “Epic,” Featuring Pitbull, Released

He’s already considered a lively performer… But now Pitbull is getting really animated!

The 31-year-old Cuban American rap superstar, as previously reported, is lending his voice to the animated 3D film Epic. And, now 20thCentury Fox has released the second trailer for the film, directed by Ice Age’s Chris Wedge.

Pitbull voices the character of Bufo in the film, which centers on a girl who finds herself magically transported into a secret universe deep in the forest where there’s a major battle brewing between the forces of good and evil. She bands together with a rag-tag group of characters in order to save their world – and ours.

Epic

Along with Pitbull, the voice cast includes Amanda Seyfried, Beyonce, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Jason Sudeikis and Steven Tyler.

Epic will be released on May 24, 2013.

Pitbull to Lend His Voice to the Animated Film “Epic”

He’s already conquered the music world… And, now Pitbull is preparing to take on Hollywood.

The 31-year-old Cuban American singer—who sings the theme song to Men In Black III, entitled “Back in Time—has been cast in Epic, a new 3D CG-animated film by the makers of Ice Age and Rio.

Pitbull

Pitbull is set to lend his voice to one of the animated film’s characters, Bufo.

The film, which had been developed under the title Leafmen, will star Beyonce Knowles as Queen Tara, Colin Farrell as Ronin, The Hunger GamesJosh Hutcherson as Nod, Amanda Seyfried as Mary Katherine, Johnny Knoxville as Mandrake and Aziz Ansari as Mub.

Epic is described as a battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and evil. When a teenaged girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters to save that world, which in turn saves the real world.

Epic is slated for release on May 24, 2013.