Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson Interview for "Kung Fu Panda 2" 

Jennifer Yuh Nelson makes history by becoming the first solo female director of an animated film! The former Story Artist of the first "Kung Fu Panda" (she also directed the 2-D opening sequence of the original) quickly moved up the ranks to be the sequel's Dragon Warrior, the esteemed director.

She is soft-spoken, gentle, and sweet, how did she manage to run the "Kung Fu Panda 2" ship? In this interview, we talked about:

*** Her experience working on the franchise the second time around
*** The role of a director in an animated film
*** Shooting the sequel in 3D
*** What got her interested in entering the world of animation?
*** What did she think when she was invited to direct "Kung Fu Panda 2?"
*** What was the first order of the day?
*** Will we get a threequel?
*** The character-based cliffhanger of "Kung Fu Panda 2"

Here's more info on "Kung Fu Panda 2":

Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po's new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will Po be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed

Also Known As: Kung Fu Panda 2 3D

Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Kids/Family, Animation and Sequel

Running Time: 1 hr. 31 min.

Release Date: May 27th, 2011 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of martial arts action and mild violence.

Distributors: DreamWorks Animation

Cast and Credits

Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen

Directed by: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Produced by: Melissa Cobb

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"Kung Fu Panda 2" Movie Review! Why is Po's Dad a Goose? 

The first “Kung Fu Panda” was widely praised by audiences and critics alike when it was released in 2008. The action-packed family comedy grossed more than $633 million worldwide, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film, and won 10 Annie Awards, the animation industry’s highest honor.

So it’s no wonder that 3 years later, DreamWorks Animation is releasing the sequel in glorious 3D. This time around, “Kung Fu Panda 2” aims to answer the question that defies explanation: Why is Po’s dad a goose? Read More...

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"Super 8" is definitely one of the best movies this summer! J.J. Abrams crafted a Spielberg-esque film that recalls "E.T.," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," and even "Jurassic Park."

But the best part of the film is the chemistry between the child actors. Their relationship is closer to "Stand By Me" than "Goonies."

"Super 8" is funny, whimsical, and spooky -- all the necessary emotions needed to truly brand a film one of the best this season! I want to see "Super 8" again, and again, and again!

That's all I'm allowed to tell you, but I will post my interviews with the cast very soon! I will also have interviews for "Kung Fu Panda 2" and the raw, undeniably human film, "Beginners."

Very soon...I promise! :tongue

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"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" Sails Past Competition BUT Lower Than Third "Pirates!" 

Sure, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" opened big, very big, and was even a record-holder internationally with $256.3 million beating 2009's "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" which earned $236 million.

But domestically, the franchise's fourth film debuted with $90.1 million, much lower than the third movie "At World's End" which opened with $114.7 million in 2007. Prior to that, the second film, "Dead Man's Chest" opened with $135.6 million in 2006. You can tell that the debut numbers have been slipping film after film (the new one was even in 3D), is this a sign that audiences, perhaps, are getting tired of the "Pirates" films? ("Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" Movie Review)

But apparently, producer Jerry Bruckheimer already has a script in the works for a fifth "Pirates" so maybe not!

Meanwhile, "Bridesmaids" proved that it has longevity! The super-funny comedy starring Kristen Wiig placed No. 2 at the box-office with $21 million, a small slip of just 20 percent from last weekend's $26.2 million box-office take. (Melissa McCarthy Talks About "Bridesmaids," and "Bridesmaids" Movie Review)

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "Thor" fell to No. 3 with $15.5 million. So far, its domestic total was $145.4 million. ("Thor" interviews with Chris Hemsworth, director Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hiddleston, Kat Dennings, and Jaimie Alexander)

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office Films for Weekend of May 20:

1. "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," $90.1 million.

2. "Bridesmaids," $21 million.

3. "Thor," $15.5 million.

4. "Fast Five," $10.6 million.

5. "Rio," $4.7 million.

6. "Priest," $4.6 million.

7. "Jumping the Broom," $3.7 million.

8. "Something Borrowed," $3.4 million.

9. "Water For Elephants," $2.2 million.

10. "Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family," $990,000.

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See the New "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Trailer That's in 3D Theaters This Weekend! 

Here's more info on "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" from Yahoo:

When a mysterious event from Earth's past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us.

Also Known As: Transformers 3
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Genres: Action/Adventure and Sequel
Release Date: July 1st, 2011 (wide)
Distributors: Paramount Pictures
Production Co.: Di Bonaventura Pictures, Inc., Kurtzman/Orci
Studios: Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Studios
Filming Locations: Moscow, Russia
Los Angeles, California, USA
Texas, USA
Florida, USA
Chicago Film Studios, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Gary, Indiana, USA
Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong
Directed by: Michael Bay
Produced by: Don Murphy, Tom De Santo, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura

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