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Film News Roundup: ‘It’ Actor Jack Dylan Grazer Joins ‘Shazam!’

Film News Roundup: ‘It’ Actor Jack Dylan Grazer Joins ‘Shazam!’
In today’s film roundup, several films have adjusted their release dates, and “It’s” Jack Dylan Grazer has joined the cast of upcoming superhero film “Shazam!”


“It” star Jack Dylan Grazer has been added to the cast of Warner Bros.-DC Entertainment’s superhero movie “Shazam!”

Grazer will play Freddy, Billy Batson’s best friend. He joins Zachary Levi, who plays the titular Shazam superhero, and Asher Angel, who plays Billy Baston, a young boy who turns into Shazam when he utters the name. David F. Sandberg is directing from a script by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. Peter Safran is producing, with filming planned for early next year.

Grazer is best known as hypchondriac and Losers Club member Edward “Eddie” Kaspbrak in “It.” He’s repped by Innovative and managed by Tanguay Talent and Entertainment. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

Release Dates

Warner Bros. has moved its comedy-thriller “Game Night” forward
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‘Fast and Furious 9’ Moved Back a Year to 2020

‘Fast and Furious 9’ Moved Back a Year to 2020
Universal Pictures will move its ninth “Fast and Furious” movie back a year to April 10, 2020.

The studio did not disclose the reason for the shift, which was announced on Wednesday. “Fast and Furious 9” had been set for April 19, 2019. Both dates fall on Easter weekend.

Universal is freeing up the 2020 slot for the upcoming “Fast and Furious” by moving the animated “Trolls 2” forward by two months from April 10, 2020, to Feb. 14, 2020.

The eighth movie in the franchise, “The Fate of the Furious,” stunned earlier this year, grossing $1.2 billion worldwide. It was directed by F. Gary Gray and starred Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, and Charlize Theron.

The eight films in the franchise, launched in 2001, have collectively grossed more than $5 billion worldwide. “Furious 7,” which featured the late Paul Walker’s final appearance, is the top performer, having hauled $1.5 billion globally.
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What's going on at DreamWorks Animation?

Brendon Connelly Mar 23, 2017

Since DreamWorks Animation got snapped up by Universal, it seems several films have been cancelled. So what's actually happening?

If we imagine that the acquisition of Pixar by Disney was some kind of seismic shift for the Emeryville animation house, then Dreamworks Animation, by comparison, must be living in the red-hot cradle of a hyperactive volcano.

Animated films take so long, from concept to production to release, that recent Dreamworks titles are making their eventual escape from a corporate context which bears little relation to where they were conceived.

The Croods is a particularly good example. It was, originally, going to be a stop-motion film produced at Aardman with a screenplay by John Cleese. Without it ever being cancelled outright, this project continued to evolve, as Dreamworks twisted and turned like a kaleidoscope around it, in to the final product. The plot was different. The characters were different.
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Trolls 2 Gets 2020 Release Date, First Poster Arrives

Trolls 2 Gets 2020 Release Date, First Poster Arrives
It is a pretty good time to be a movie based on a line of toys. In recent years, movie studios have somehow been able to find popular toys such as Lego and Transformers and have managed to turn them into successful movie franchises. DreamWorks was able to get in on the action last year with Trolls and the movie did pretty well, so a sequel has officially been announced. Trolls 2 is now set to hit theaters in 2020.

Via the official Trolls Twitter account, it was announced that both Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick are going to be back for Trolls 2, reprising their roles as Branch and Poppy respectively. It isn't clear if Justin Timberlake is going to compose any original music for the sequel, but given the success of "Can't Stop the Feeling," it seems very likely that will be part of the plan. Here is what DreamWorks had to say about it.
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‘Trolls’ Sequel in Works With Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake

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‘Trolls’ Sequel in Works With Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake
Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation have announced a sequel to 2016’s “Trolls,” which will be released on April 10, 2020. Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake will reprise their roles as optimist Poppy and the curmudgeon Branch. The film was previously listed as an Untitled Universal Event Film on that date. “Trolls” earned $153 million domestically and $339 million worldwide when it opened late last year. It was produced for a reported $125 million and also featured the voices of James Corden, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel and Jeffrey Tambor. See Video: Watch Justin Timberlake's Booty-Shaking Oscars Opening Number Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell directed the first.
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Trolls Invades Your Home Digitally Jan. 24, Disc Feb. 7

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Los Angeles, CA (Jan. 10, 2016) – A hit with audiences and critics alike, DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, is the “feel-good” movie of the year receiving an outstanding audience reaction with a coveted “A” CinemaScore® and a Certified Fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com. DreamWorks Trolls, the fresh, music-filled adventure packed with humor and heart dances onto Digital HD on Jan. 24 and Blu-ray™ and DVD on Feb. 7 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The colorful, richly textured Troll Village is full of optimistic Trolls, who are always ready to sing, dance and party. When the comically pessimistic Bergens invade, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) set off on an epic journey to rescue her friends. Their mission is full of adventure and mishaps, as this mismatched duo try to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.

From Shrek franchise veterans Mike Mitchell
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Dreamworks Trolls Sings Into Your Home This February

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The bright and colorful world of Trolls is coming to blu-ray this February, Dreamworks and 20th Century Fox announced this morning, coming loaded with a slew of special features for audiences to enjoy. Come inside to check out all the details!

If your family enjoyed the animated musical Trolls, you'll soon be able to enjoy it in the comfort of your own home. This morning the studios have announced the film is hitting blu-ray on February 7th, but if you simply can't wait, it's coming to digital platforms on January 24th. It'll have quite a few bonus features to check out as well; you can get the full list below:

A hit with audiences and critics alike, DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, is the “feel-good” movie of the year receiving an outstanding audience reaction with a coveted “A” CinemaScore® and a Certified Fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com. DreamWorks Trolls, the fresh,
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‘Trolls’ Director Mike Mitchell On Making The Miyazaki-Influenced DreamWorks Fairy Tale

‘Trolls’ Director Mike Mitchell On Making The Miyazaki-Influenced DreamWorks Fairy Tale
Director Mike Mitchell had a ball with his latest DreamWorks endeavor, working alongside Walt Dohrn and a cast of musical virtuosos to bring the vibrantly colorful Trolls to the big screen. A musical animated adventure, pitting a community of colorful creatures against the unhappy, Troll-eating Bergens, Trolls has an unusual, tactile aesthetic, which comes down to the directors’ work alongside other DreamWorks artists, including Kendal Cronkhite, Tim Lamb and Priscilla…
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Video Movie Review: Trolls (2016): It Rather Wants To Be Happy Than To Be Good

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Trolls (2016) Video Movie Review In this video review, I delve into Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell’s Trolls and discuss the film’s story, animation, its characters, and how very vibrant and colourful animation may not be enough to make up for the tone that tries too hard to be so happy with modernized versions of popular songs Watch the Trolls video film […]
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Trolls Review

As far as animated films go, 2016 has offered a wild assortment of big-screen releases, ranging from exceptional (Zootopia, Kubo and the Two Strings) to downright awful (Ratchet & Clank). Trolls – the latest effort from Dreamworks Animation – sadly fits somewhere into the latter category, a studio product that feels like it was built in a focus group rather than a creative team with an imaginative story worth telling. Perhaps its basis on the popular line of Troll dolls should be a red flag.

The film follows Princess Poppy (voiced by Anna Kendrick) and reluctant ally Branch (voiced by Justin Timberlake) as they set off on a mission to rescue a group of kidnapped Trolls from the monstrous Bergens, ogre-like creatures who eat their kind on a holiday called “Trollstice” in order to achieve happiness. By now, everyone has heard Timberlake’s hit single “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” and for those viewers
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Box Office: ‘Doctor Strange’ Trounces ‘Trolls’ With $32.6 Million on Friday

Box Office: ‘Doctor Strange’ Trounces ‘Trolls’ With $32.6 Million on Friday
Doctor Strange” is doing its part to heal what has been a recent box office slump by earning $32.6 million on Friday at 3,882 locations, raising its estimated opening weekend total to about $84 million.

After earning $12.3 million on Friday at 4,060 locations, “Trolls” is toying with an opening of about $44 million, leading Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” which shot to $5.2 million on Friday at 2,886 theaters and should end up with about $14 million by the weekend’s end.

Doctor Strange,” from Marvel and Disney, follows neurosurgeon Stephen Strange who injures his hands in a car accident, and in the process of healing, gains mystical powers. Scott Derrickson directs the film with a $165 million price tag. In addition to Benedict Cumberbatch as “Strange,” Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton also star.

DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls” calls on the voices of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick to play characters who are complete opposites, but must
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'Trolls' Review: A-List Animated Musical Is Colorful, Forgettable

'Trolls' Review: A-List Animated Musical Is Colorful, Forgettable
They're small, squat and fuzzy, with ridiculous hair and a love of anonymous mischief-making ... but enough about folks who haunt comments sections and blow up Twitter feeds. This DreamWorks animation joint revolves around a different type of troll, specifically those vintage miniature dolls blessed with drunken-pug faces and gravity-defying 'dos. Having licensed the IP for the purposes of big-screen toysploitation, the company has come up with a story in which our furry little friends are pursued by giants known as Bergens; if these miserable, ogre-like creatures consume a troll on a holiday known as "Trollstice,
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Watch new Trolls interview with Director Mike Mitchell and Co-Director Walt Dohrn

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Watch new Trolls interview with Director Mike Mitchell and Co-Director Walt DohrnWatch new Trolls interview with Director Mike Mitchell and Co-Director Walt DohrnScott Goodyer11/4/2016 2:40:00 Pm

We confess, we never thought a Trolls movie was possible but it's here and it's great!

The animated musical/comedy movie tells the tale of Poppy (voiced by Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born and grouchy Branch (Justin Timberlake), who set off on a journey to rescue her friends after their village is invaded by the evil Bergens.

We sat down with Director Mike Mitchell and Co-director Walt Dohrn to discuss the making of the movie, their creative vision, and why this movie isn't just for kids!

Watch the fun interview below and check out Trolls now playing in Cineplex theatres!

For more Trolls information including showtimes - click here!
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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for November 2016

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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for November 2016
It’s November – a time for Thanksgiving, feasts, and the presence of relatives. If you have some time off (or are trying to grab some much-needed alone time), here is a list of films opening throughout the coming weeks, separated into categories of wide and limited runs. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)

Each week we will have more updates and information, so be sure to keep coming back. You can also check our calendar page, which has releases for the rest of the year. Eat well and keep watching!

Week of November 4 Wide


Director: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Gwen Stefani, Icona Pop, James Corden, Jeffrey Tambor, John Cleese, Justin Timberlake, Kunal Nayyar, Quvenzhané Wallis, Ron Funches, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel

Synopsis: After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious curmudgeonly Branch set off
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Trolls directors Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell on the power of happiness

When Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell started work on Trolls, the latest Dreamworks animated adventure, they envisioned a film all ages could enjoy. They had a great story — the good natured Trolls are under attack by the Bergens, the unhappy monsters who believe that eating Trolls will make them happy, if only for a short time. The Trolls must run for their lives. Filmmakers Dohrn and Mitchell knew they wanted their leader to be heroic and a woman, so they created Poppy who is bold, positive and unfettered by gender or body issues. Monsters and Critics spoke with Dohrn...read more
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Film Review: ‘Trolls’ is Catchier Than it Has a Right to Be

Chicago – “Trolls” isn’t the type of confection that I would normally subject myself to, but at least it didn’t make me want to stick knitting needles in my ears. That’s because “Trolls” aspires to be this season’s “Frozen,” a full blown animated musical jam packed with songs you can’t get out of your head as much as you might try.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

In the movie’s world, Trolls live peacefully in safe exile after escaping from the clutches of a people called the Bergens. There’s plentiful singing, dancing, and hugs at regular intervals. And they’re led by Princess Poppy (voice by Anna Kendrick), who in addition to being on the verge of perpetually breaking into song, has an almost pathological positivity in the face of obstacles. Naturally she’s paired up with Branch (Justin Timberlake), the one Troll who’s as sour as she is sweet.
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Interview: Directors Mike Mitchell & Walt Dohrn of ‘Trolls’

Chicago – The delightful new animated film “Trolls” takes the familiar doll to a new level of fun and heart. Behind this invention is the director team of Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn, who have worked together in various animation roles over the years before teaming up in their first collaboration for Dreamworks Studio.

Trolls” has familiar voice talent – Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Baranski and Russell Brand among them, and adds a splash of colorful psychedelia and musical joy. Mitchell and Dohrn has also worked on familiar animated films like “Shrek Forever After,” “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” “Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” and “Madagascar.”

The Animated Cast of ‘Trolls,’ Directed by Mike Mitchell & Walt Dohrn

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn – in his directorial debut – sat down with HollywoodChicago.com to talk the craft, energy and inspiration it took to create their wonderfully entertaining new film.
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Eligible Films in Oscars Animated Feature Race

Eligible Films in Oscars Animated Feature Race
Every year the field seems to get bigger for the Oscar animated feature race. Here’s a run-down of eligible features.

The Angry Birds Movie

Directors: Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly

Voices: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride

Studio: Sony Pictures Imageworks

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

If “Angry Birds” gets nominated, it will make history, becoming the first Oscar contender derived from a mobile gaming app. To its credit, the bright, high-energy CG toon struck many as far more delightful than such a provenance would suggest.

April and the Extraordinary World

Directors: Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci

Voices: Angela Galuppo, Susan Sarandon, J.K. Simmons, Paul Giamatti

Studio: Je Suis Bien Content

Distributor: GKids

Inspired by the steampunk-esque graphic novel by Jacques Tardi, this female-driven adventure story takes place in a world without electricity. One of the few hand-drawn movies in the mix, and the most classical.

Finding Dory

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Andrew MacLane

Voices: Ellen DeGeneres,
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‘Trolls’: How DreamWorks Embraced a Happy, Fuzzy Immersion

‘Trolls’: How DreamWorks Embraced a Happy, Fuzzy Immersion
Trolls,” the first musical comedy from DreamWorks Animation, reintroduces a ’70s New Age idealism to counter today’s snarky skepticism. That meant imbuing Thomas Dam’s iconic fuzzy dolls with a happiness mantra and creating a colorful, hand-crafted world of fiber and fabrics for them to thrive in (courtesy of production designer Kendal Cronkhite-Shaindlin).

Director Mike Mitchell and co-director Walt Dohrn (“Shrek Forever After”) call it “fuzzy immersion”: “Our Trolls are like gummy bears that have been flocked in velvet and it’s a world made of fiber art … carpeted floors, houses made of hair, even fire is made of hair,” Mitchell explained to IndieWire. “And it’s all about the hair as their superpower.”

Read More: ‘Trolls’ Sneak Peek: How DreamWorks Embraced Retro Happiness

For that, the DreamWorks hair department made the new Willow program for better hair manipulation. “They could stretch their hair, they could grow their hair,
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‘Trolls’ Directors Hope Film Will Be an Antidote to ‘the Very Strange Election’

‘Trolls’ Directors Hope Film Will Be an Antidote to ‘the Very Strange Election’
The streets of Westwood were lined with rainbows as stars walked the colorful carpet for the premiere of DreamWorks’ “Trolls” on Sunday afternoon.

Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick posed for cameras and eager fans outside the Regency Theater, as many of the stars used the premiere to emphasize the importance of the film’s message of happiness and togetherness, especially in the current political climate.

Trolls” came about after DreamWorks Animation acquired the intellectual property rights for the Troll doll in 2013. The studio then approached directors Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn about making a movie.

“We came along and said we’d love to make a whole world for these creatures,” Mitchell explained to Variety. Mitchell and Dohrn came up with the idea that the trolls would be permanently happy and hugging each other.

“I think the internet is very judgmental, not to mention the very strange election coming up and social unrest.
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