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Get Your First Look At Benedict Cumberbatch’s Grinch From Universal’s Adaptation

26 May 2017 12:33 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Everyone loves the Grinch, right? Dr. Seuss’ 1957 children’s book How the Grinch Stole Christmas, famously adapted into a 1966 animated film, is a stone cold holiday classic. Even the 2000 live-action adaptation starring Jim Carrey as the green grouch has aged surprisingly well, and is a strikingly strange and ambitious Christmas movie. But, we’ve had 17 Grinchless years since, so Universal has decided to remedy that with The Grinch.

Apart from the title character being voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, we don’t really know too much about what the studio has in store for us here. What little we can tell you, however, comes courtesy of Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri, who spoke to Deadline in April 2016, when he laid out how they’re differentiating themselves from previous adaptations:

“I think that the essence of this film is the notion of this cynicism comedically expressed in the Grinch and this absolute innocence represented in Cindy Lou, »

- David James

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The Grinch: first pic from new CG reboot

23 May 2017 9:54 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Brendon Connelly May 24, 2017

Benedict Cumberbatch is voicing The Grinch. And here's what he'll look like...

Illumination - the folks behind the Despicable Me films, of course - have been showing off some of their key characters to licensors over the past week, the better to encourage the continued manufacture, distribution, sale, enjoyment and, eventually, landfill-clogging destruction of their merchandise. And in a new piece of artwork - that you can see at the top there, and in full down at the bottom - that's been placed as an advert in Global License, we get our first look at the studio's CG take on The Grinch, from next year's The Grinch Who Stole Christmas do-over.

Following Boris Karloff, sort-of-Tim Curry, Jim Carrey and Seth Green, the latest actor to play (well, voice in this instance) Dr. Seuss' immortal, Christmas-derailing hermit, will be Benedict Cumberbatch. Seems only natural. Shame that »

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First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch's The Grinch

18 May 2017 4:50 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's been over a year since Benedict Cumberbatch was confirmed to be voicing the title role in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a feature length animated reboot of the classic holiday tale. Today, we get a first look at the grumpy green Grinch intent on taking over Christmas. And word that the title has been greatly reduced to just two short words, better for fitting on a marquee.

Now simply called The Grinch, this first look at the CG-animated family holiday comedy comes courtesy of License Global magazine via Coming Soon. The movie will be directed by Peter Candeland and Yarrow Cheney and now has a release date of November 9, 2018. The tag line simply reads as such.

"Stealing Christmas 2018."

Jim Carrey starred in the original live-action movie adaptation of The Grinch way back in 2000, with the new take coming 18 years after the comedian nearly walked off the set »

- MovieWeb

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Double Daddy Duty! Jensen Ackles Masterfully Feeds His Adorable Twins Simultaneously

12 April 2017 7:55 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Jensen Ackles is nailing bottle time — even times two!

The Supernatural star melted hearts when his wife Danneel Harris Ackles shared a sweet photo on Instagram dubbing him her #ManCrushMonday.

The snap showed the actor with his 4-month-old twins — son Zeppelin Bram and daughter Arrow Rhodes — on either side of him as he fed them on the couch, a bottle in each hand.

Ackles also shared the photo, joking about his inability to watch TV during the feeding session.

“When the remote control is right between your legs and you can’t change the channel,” he captioned the image.

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- Stephanie Petit

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Julian Lennon Teaches Eco Awareness in New Children’s Book – with a Tender Nod to His Rock-Legend Dad

11 April 2017 8:05 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Julian Lennon is teaching children how to “Imagine” a better world — and build it themselves.

Like his rock-icon father John Lennon, the 54-year-old musician, photographer, film producer and activist is using his art as a rallying cry.

With a little help from his friends, New York Times bestselling author Bart Davis and Croatian illustrator Smiljana Coh, he’s written Touch the Earth, the first in a planned trilogy of illustrated books designed to educate children on the fragile beauty of the planet — and what they can do to protect it.

Out Tuesday (just ahead of Earth Day on April 22), a »

- Jordan Runtagh

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Fox’s Blue Sky Studios Staying in Connecticut Through 2025

7 April 2017 12:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox’s Blue Sky Studios and Tishman Speyer have reached a new lease agreement that will keep the animation studio in Connecticut’s Greenwich American Center through 2025.

Blue Sky, a division of Twentieth Century Fox Film, is home to the franchises “Ice Age” and “Rio” as well as the upcoming “Ferdinand.” Blue Sky currently employs more than 450 artists, engineers and scientists from a variety of educational backgrounds and 23 countries. The studio and state officials, who cited Connecticut’s new media tax credit as an incentive for companies to remain, made the announcement Friday.


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“Blue Sky Studios is one of the world’s leading digital animation movie studios and we are proud of their commitment to stay and grow in Connecticut,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “Blue Sky Studios has doubled its staff over the last eight years, »

- Dave McNary

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'It' Trailer Gets Reimagined With Mike Myers' 'Cat in the Hat'

4 April 2017 8:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

If Dr. Seuss had written horror, this would be an excellent representation of his work. 

Last week, the first trailer for the remake of It dropped and the new Pennywise did a good job of making skin crawl with his creepiness, getting fans hyped for the classic Stephen King story. 

Then something else awesome happened. YouTube user "But Without" remixed the It trailer, using Mike Myers' version of Cat in the Hat to replace the terrifying clown. 

The trailer, which includes a few frames of the kids from the 2003 Myers live-action adaptation, is well done and completely seamless. So far, the fan-made video »

- Ryan Parker

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How ‘The Boss Baby’ Became Top Dog at the Box Office

3 April 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Release dates are sometimes more interesting than their movies.

The simple answer for how a movie like The Boss Baby opens at number one is that it’s a major studio animated feature debuting in late March. Specific to this movie, however, there are certain special circumstances, like Beauty and the Beast finally dropping enough to give something else a shot and Ghost in the Shell being a flop, possibly due to its whitewashing casting controversy and possibly just due to its just not being very good.

March is a tricky month for movie releases. With Easter having an unfixed date falling either in March or April, there’s sometimes a holiday weekend, albeit not one typically known for moviegoing. Also, much of America’s children have a spring break, yet there’s no uniformity from county to county within any given state let alone across the country (many states and school districts also wait until April »

- Christopher Campbell

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It Trailer Gets a Very Scary Cat in the Hat Mashup Video

3 April 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Didn't think that It trailer could get any more unsettling? Think again, because somebody has found a way to ruin your childhood by mashing up that terrifying first It teaser with a Dr. Seuss classic. A YouTuber has swapped out Pennywise the clown for Mike Myers' version of The Cat in the Hat and, as silly as it may sound, it is at least as creepy as it is silly. If not more so.

This totally unnecessary mashup was posted to the But Without YouTube channel and is appropriately titled, The Cat in the Hat But it's a Horror Movie. The video uses all of the same beats and flow that the first It trailer did, but every time Pennywise would have shown up, we instead see The Cat in the Hat. Pennywise may be scarier, but there is something very creepy and unsettling about seeing the Dr. Seuss creation presented in this way. »

- MovieWeb

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Comedy and Tragedy! Jensen Ackles Shares Theater-Inspired Photo of Twins: ‘Those Are My Kids Alright’

8 March 2017 9:15 AM, PST | | See recent news »

They may have shared close quarters for nine months, but Jensen Ackles‘ twins are as different as can be.

In a Tuesday snap on the Supernatural star’s Instagram account, the father of three shared a bit of detail about daughter Arrow Rhodes and son Zeppelin Bram — specifically, how the 3-month-olds remind him of the theater.

“Comedy&Tragedy. Those are My kids alright. #dadlife,” Ackles, 39, captioned a snap of his twins where one is smiling widely and the other sports an unmistakable pouting expression.

For emphasis, the actor hilariously spliced a drawing of laughing and frowning theater masks at the bottom of the photo, »

- Jen Juneau

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Princess Beatrice on How Her Parents Helped Her Overcome Dyslexia: ‘Reading Was Really Hard Work’

2 March 2017 2:55 PM, PST | | See recent news »

As a child, Princess Beatrice felt insecure at school because her reading skills lagged behind her classmates — and before long she was diagnosed with dyslexia, which offered an explanation for her difficulties.

In honor of World Book Day on Thursday (which coincides with Dr. Seuss’s birthday), and her new role as patron of Oscar’s Book Prize, which recognizes children’s book authors, Beatrice opened up to The Evening Standard about the learning disorder, and how her parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, helped her learn to read.

“Reading was really hard work, even trying to get through the »

- Diana Pearl

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Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss! 6 Things You Didn’t Know About Beloved Author

2 March 2017 1:44 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Dr. Seuss’ books are beloved by children, but did you know the author never had biological children of his own? Also, he invented the word “nerd.” Born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904, the future children’s hero adopted his pen name while studying at Dartmouth College and the University of Oxford. He went on to write over 60 books and create his own simplified-vocabulary to help combat childhood illiteracy, before passing away to oral cancer in September 1991 at age 87. Also Read: 'The Grinch' and His Pea-Sized Heart Turn 50 (Video) Dr. Seuss’ work has since been immortalized in countless books, »

- Ashley Boucher

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Watch: Children Line Up to Read Shelter Dogs ‘Cat in the Hat’

2 March 2017 10:46 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Today is Read Across America Day, and not only the literate are celebrating.

Shelter dogs and cats at the Humane Society of Missouri were treated to a Dr. Seuss story time this week, as patient pups listened on as children involved in the Shelter Buddies Reading Program read aloud their favorite Seuss stories, Cat in the Hat included.

The Shelter Buddies Reading Program is a win-win for everyone involved: The adoptable animals are exposed to positive social experiences that will help them be more relaxed when prospective pet parents come by their cages, while the children get a chance to »

- Kelli Bender

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Readers Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday & Read Across America Day

2 March 2017 10:40 AM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

March 2 marks both the birthday of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day. Here are some ways you can celebrate. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’S 113Th Birthday Today Read Across America Day was begun in 1997 by the National Education Association to encourage reading awareness initiatives. Classrooms and libraries put on various activities to inspire a […]

  Source: uInterview

The post Readers Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday & Read Across America Day appeared first on uInterview. »

- Hillary Luehring-Jones

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Illumination Topper Chris Meledandri Tapped for CinemaCon Honor

28 February 2017 7:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination, has been tapped for the CinemaCon Producer of the Year Award.

The award will be presented on March 30 at the closing night of Cinemacon at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Illumination — the production company behind “Minions,” “Sing,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and the “Despicable Me” franchise — is owned by NBCUniversal. Its films have grossed more than $4.5 billion at the worldwide box office, led by “Minions” at $1.16 billion.

Illumination’s upcoming titles include “Dr. SeussHow the Grinch Stole Christmas,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and set for November of 2018; “The Secret Life of Pets 2” in July of 2019; “Minions 2” in July of 2020; and “Sing 2” in December of 2020.

Chris and his team at Illumination have brought to life some of the most creative and whimsical worlds for audiences of all ages,” said managing director Mitch Neuhauser. “With its astonishing box-office success, his company continues »

- Dave McNary

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CinemaCon to honour Chris Meledandri

28 February 2017 1:52 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Animation leading light is brains behind Despicable Me, Ice Age, Sing franchises.

The Illumination Entertainment founder and CEO will receive the CinemaCon Producer of the Year Award at the show in Las Vegas.

Meledandri, whose films have generated more than $7bn at the global box office, will receive the honour on March 30.

Illumination’s Despicable Me 3 opens on June 30, while Dr. SeussHow The Grinch Stole Christmas is scheduled for November 2018, and Minions 2 and Sing 2 are on the runaway for 2020.

“Chris and his team at Illumination have brought to life some of the most creative and whimsical worlds for audiences of all ages,’” said CinemaCon managing director Mitch Neuhauser.

“With its astonishing box-office success, his company continues to move animation forward with consistently wonderful films and we are thrilled to honour him with this year’s CinemaCon Producer of the Year Award.”

CinemaCon is scheduled to take place from March 27-30. »

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‘Little Prince’ Producer On Animation Partners With Pgs on ‘Tall Tales’ (Exclusive)

27 February 2017 10:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – Rolling off “The Little Prince” and the upcoming “Playmobil,” Paris-based On Animation Studios is teaming with Pgs on “Tall Tales: The Magical Garden of Antoon Krings.”

Pgs, the investment and sales company launched by Philippe and Guillaume Soutter, is co-financing and handling sales on “Tall Tales.” The movie will mark the directorial debut of French-Danish children’s author and illustrator Antoon Krings and is based on his bestselling book series, “Droles de petites betes” (“Funny Little Bugs”).

Published by Gallimard, and with more than 20 million copies sold worldwide, Krings’ series features more than 200 characters (crickets, beetles, ladybugs, bees and other friendly insects) living in an enchanted woodland setting.

“Tall Tales,” which has an estimated budget of $22 million, turns on Apollo, a vagabond cricket who is a singer. The movie follows Apollo as he sets off to start a new life in the magical garden and gets involved with the wrong people. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Illumination Taps Peter Schube as Chief Operating Officer

23 February 2017 4:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment has appointed former Jim Henson Company exec Peter Schube to replace Natalie Fischer as chief operating officer.

Illumination — the production company behind “Minions,” “Sing,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and the “Despicable Me” franchise — also announced Thursday that it’s appointed Scott Broock as exec VP of digital strategy and innovation, and Latifa Ouaou as executive producer.

Schube will work alongside Meledandri on business strategy and will oversee all core business operations, including finance, business development, and administrative functions. Schube was the president and chief operating officer at Henson before leaving last year.

Fischer helped devise the original business plan for 10-year-old Illumination with Meledandri and was its first COO. She’ll scale back her role at the company after its release of “Despicable Me 3” this summer, but will continue serving as a close strategic adviser to Meledandri and Illumination.

Broock was global virtual reality evangelist at YouTube, »

- Dave McNary

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Exclusive: 'Property Brothers' Star Drew Scott Talks Romantic Proposal and Wedding Plans

15 February 2017 9:44 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Property Brothers star Drew Scott got engaged over the holidays, and the Hgtv star is opening up about his romantic proposal.

For the big moment, Scott made sure to plan ahead, coming up with a super-romantic evening designed around girlfriend Linda Phan's favorite things. From recording a cover of Train's "Marry Me," to designing a custom Dr. Seuss cake, Scott planned the proposal dinner to a tee.

"I recorded that song in the studio and the whole plan was that, in the restaurant when it comes [time for] dessert, I wanted that to play over the speakers," Scott recently told Et's Cameron Mathison.

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"She's also a Dr. Seuss freak, and her favorite book is Oh The Places You'll Go," the 38-year-old reality star explained. "So I made that as a big cake and on the top was a Dr. Seuss character holding the ring. She had ordered »

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Illumination, Universal Add Four More Animated Films to Slate

2 February 2017 10:46 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures have announced four new animated films over the next five years.

Three of the yet-untitled movies will be released during the summer, and the fourth during the holidays. The release dates are: July 2, 2021; July 1, 2022; December 21, 2022; and June 30, 2023.

It’s unclear whether the upcoming pictures are original films or sequels to the popular franchises, which include “Despicable Me” and “Minions.”

The news follows the announcement last week of a “Sing” sequel slated for 2020.

Sing” has been a smash hit for Illumination, having already grossed $467 million worldwide, including $258 million domestically. The pic features the voices of Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon as animals competing in an “American Idol”-like singing competition.

Sing” earned a best animated feature film nomination at the 2017 Golden Globes, untimely losing to “Zootopia.”

In the same announcement, the studio said that “Secret Life of Pets 2” will be pushed back a year from July »

- Lawrence Yee

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