When you say "animated films," which studios come to mind? Disney and DreamWorks, of course. But Fox? Darn tootin'. The studio's 'Ice Age' franchise has pulled in more than $2 billion at the worldwide box office, making the series one of the most profitable around. Fox is forging ahead with the next outing, 'Ice Age: Continental Drift,' and announced on Tuesday that Jeremy Renner, Wanda Sykes, Keke Palmer and Jennifer Lopez are joining the voice cast along with Aziz Ansari and hip hop star Drake. Returning are 'Ice Age' franchise stars Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Seann William Scott and Josh Peck. 'Ice Age: Continental Drift' will hit theaters on July 13, 2012. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Zac Efron has been trying to change his teen heartthrob image by looking for adult fare and he's found it in the just-finished 'The Lucky One' and 'The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman,' which is in preproduction. Add to that list 'Die in a Gunfight,' which has just picked up a director: photographer and music video/commercial director Anthony Mandler. Efron is attached to play a fight-prone and death-obsessed young society man who pursues a romance with the daughter of his father's enemy. Mandler has directed videos for Rihanna, Drake, Usher, Jay-Z, The Killers, John Legend, T.I., One Republic and Muse. For you writers out there, the film was written by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, right out of NYU; the script made it to the 2010 Black List and was acquired by Media Rights Capital, who are producing the film. [Deadline/Playlist]
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