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Behar, Minaj, Frost warm to ‘Ice Age’

JB Smoove, Tudyk, Chabat also join 3D toon

Joy Behar, Nicki Minaj, Nick Frost and JB Smoove are among the new names to join “Ice Age: Continental Drift” at 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios.

Heather Morris, Josh Gad, Alan Tudyk, Kunal Nayyar and Alain Chabat will also join previously-announced cast of Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Denis Leary, Jeremy Renner, John Leguizamo, Sean William Scott, Aziz Ansari, Wanda Sykes, Keke Palmer, Jennifer Lopez, Drake and Josh Peck.

Chris Wedge, who helmed the first pic in the “Ice Age” franchise, will reprise his role as Scrat, whose pursuit of an acorn has world-changing consequences that help Sid (Leguizamo) reunite with his long lost family. The rest of the gang, meanwhile, tries to make their way home despite roadblocks from a determined menagerie of colorful characters.

Steve Martino and Michael Thurmeier will direct “Continental” with Lori Forte and John Donkin producing.

3D pic is slated for release July 13, 2012.

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