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18 items from 2014


The Penguins Of Madagascar review

4 December 2014 10:10 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

DreamWorks Animation spins Madagascar's penguins out into a funny spy caper of their own. Comes with bonus Werner Herzog.

When it comes to the Madagascar series of films, there are the main characters, and then there are those scene-stealing penguins. They're the secret bedrock of the series, the funniest characters in the bunch, the consistent comic relief who both ground the films and heighten the craziness of the shenanigans and goings-on. It's not a surprise that the penguins have been the stars of most of the Madagascar spin-offs, including their own television series and a bunch of specials. It's not a surprise that, with the Madagascar gang having wrapped up a pretty solid trilogy of entertaining flicks, that the first spin-off be given to the comic relief.

The penguins are the most entertaining characters in Madagascar's animal kingdom, so it's not surprising that they've also got one of »

- simonbrew

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Penguins of Madagascar review: Mission Impossible meets Despicable Me

2 December 2014 8:28 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Directors: Simon J Smith and Eric Darnell; Screenwriters: Michael Colton and John Aboud; Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich; Running time: 92 mins; Certificate: U

The modern box office is filled with sequels and reboots, and now even animated franchises are getting their own spinoffs, but can they be just as funny?

The Madagascar series has proved to be hugely popular since its debut in 2005, with the four penguins - Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico - standing out as some of the most loved minor characters.

Following on from their own Nickelodeon spinoff TV series - which has a separate continuity from the films in case you were intrigued - the four heroes embark on their own adventure away from their Madagascar friends and, surprisingly, it works.

While one may feel that we don't need to discover the penguins' origin story, it is actually »

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New Penguins of Madagascar Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Critics

28 November 2014 1:37 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation released their new comedy/animation film, "Penguins of Madagascar," into theaters this past Wednesday and all the top,major critics have submitted their reviews. It turns out that about half the group liked it with mixed results. It got an overall 53 score out of a possible 100 across 30 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: John Malkovich, Chris Miller, Peter Stormare, Tom McGrath, Ken Jeong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Annet Mahendru and Christopher Knights. We've posted blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Michael O'Sullivan from the Washington Post, gave it a nice 88 score, stating: " The screenplay by John Aboud, Michael Colton and Brandon Sawyer has a fizzy, pop-culture pizazz, tempered by a distinctly vaudeville sensibility. It’s smart, but not brainy; dumb, but never inane." Walter Addiego over at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 78 grade. He stated: " There’s plenty here to tickle the kids, »

- Derek

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Film Review: ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ is Definitely No Turkey

27 November 2014 5:11 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The only thing rarer than a spinoff that soars over its inspiration is a DreamWorks Animation production without “Dragon” in the title, and one that’s actually worth watching. Improbably, “Penguins Of Madagascar” is both.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

To be honest, I’ve felt the “Madagascar” series to be typical of DreamWorks decidedly second-tier status in the field of animation. They lacked the imagination of Pixar’s best efforts, and settled for the usual collection of celebrity voices and overly hyperactive animation, topped off with a generic frenetic dance sequence that fades from memory before the beat even stops. While “Penguins” doesn’t exactly set itself apart per se, it does freshen up the formula and shows why it became popular in the first place.

This film sends the quartet of Skipper, Kowalski, Private, and Rico into their own secret agent spy adventure beginning with an inventive heist at Fort Knox. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Review: 'Penguins of Madagascar' lands some laughs but still feels cynical

25 November 2014 3:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

First, let's state the obvious and get it out of the way. This is a crass piece of corporate product, an animation studio working more as an IP farm than as a storytelling unit, and it exists so that Dreamworks Animation can continue to wring money out of the "Madagascar" franchise. It is a perfect example of marketing driving the machine. It's also a profoundly silly movie that really isn't even trying to play by the conventional rules of family animation. They nod to creating a sentimental arc between Private (Christopher Knights) and Skipper (Tom McGrath), but they don't dwell on it, and they handle it with a fairly deft touch. The main goal of the movie is just to be ridiculous, and it does that in spades. The film starts with the penguins in their natural habitat, being filmed by a documentary film crew complete with the actual Werner Herzog narrating. »

- Drew McWeeny

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‘Penguins Of Madagascar’ Review: Pete Hammond On Earthbound Spinoff

25 November 2014 2:32 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Penguins of Madagascar waddles onto screens this holiday week, a spinoff of DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar animated franchise. But as I say in my video review above, this film focuses on just one corner of that franchise’s winning collection of critters, the scheming pack of penguins. And it never quite takes flight, despite its manic pace and an evil octopus (!) voiced wonderfully by John Malkovich.

Other voice cast members include the seemingly omnipresent Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom McGrath (director of the three Madagascar films), Chris Miller (Puss in Boots director), Christopher Knights and Conrad Vernon (director of Shrek 2 and Monsters vs. Aliens).

The film was directed by Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith, from a script fashioned by McGrath, Brandon Sawyer, Eric Darnell, John Aboud and Michael Colton. Producers are Laura Breay and Mark Swift.

Penguins opens in the United States on Wednesday (it’s been in China and »

- Pete Hammond

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ With John Malkovich

19 November 2014 8:51 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new animated comedy “Penguins of Madagascar” starring John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch!

Penguins of Madagascar,” which opens on Nov. 26, 2014 and is rated “PG,” also stars Werner Herzog, Ken Jeong, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare and Conrad Vernon from directors Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith and writers John Aboud and Michael Colton.

To win your free “Penguins of Madagascar” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

Preferably, use your »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Final Trailer Hits for 'Penguins of Madagascar'

4 November 2014 11:54 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

DreamWorks Animation has released the new trailer for Penguins of Madagascar, starring the voice talents of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Knights, John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annett Mahendru, and Peter Stormare.

Simon Smith, and Eric Darnell directed the film from a screenplay written by Michael Colton, and John Aboud.

Super spy teams aren’t born…they’re hatched.  Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private.  These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind.  Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.  Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the world as we know it. 

Penguins of Madagascar is set to hit theaters on November 26, 2014.

Check out the final trailer below. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Watch: One More Trailer for 'Penguins of Madagascar' Rejects Nature

4 November 2014 10:36 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Tiny and helpless, the baby penguins are frozen with fear." Who would have ever thought that Werner Herzog would lend his voice to DreamWorks Animation film? It sounds like an impossible task, and yet here we are with the filmmaker seemingly parodying himself as a documentary director shooting footage of the Penguins of Madagascar as young ones. But then we're brought up to speed with the Arctic birds as top notch spies, and that's when a new adventure begins. There's some childish silliness, but there's also some clever writing here, and that's from someone who has never really enjoyed these characters. Watch! Here's the new trailer for Penguins of Madagascar from DreamWorks Animation: Don't forget about the teaser trailer and previous theatrical trailer for Penguins of Madagascar too. The Penguins of Madagascar is directed by Eric Darnell (Madagascar franchise) and Simon J. Smith (Bee Movie) and written by John Aboud »

- Ethan Anderton

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Holiday 2014 Forecast: 'Penguins of Madagascar'

3 November 2014 9:24 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastPenguins of MadagascarRelease Date: November 26th (3D)Studio: 20th Century FoxGenre: AnimationDirector: Eric Darnell, Simon J. SmithWriters: John Aboud, Michael Colton, Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Brandon SawyerCast: Voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Peter Stormare, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath, Chris MillerStudio Description: Super spy teams aren't born...they're hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then...you know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it.Analysis: DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar franchise has been its most reliable brand outside of the Shrek series: the third installment, 2012's Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, is also the highest-grossing with $216.4 million. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Watch: Birds on a Mission in New 'Penguins of Madagascar' Trailer

6 August 2014 10:12 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

As someone who hasn't really enjoyed the Madagascar films much, after seeing some footage from the DreamWorks Animation spin-off at Comic-Con a couple weeks ago, the Penguins of Madagascar doesn't actually look half bad. Now a new trailer shows off more of the action adventure that sees the titular Arctic birds leading a double life as spies, now forced to team up with a sect of agents known as North Wind (led by a wolf voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch). We also get some glimpses of John Malkovich as the octopus villain Dr. Octavius Brine. I might actually be looking forward to this one in the fall. Watch below! Here's the new trailer for DreamWorks Animation's Penguins of Madagascar from Apple: You can also watch the first teaser trailer for Penguins of Madagascar right here. The Penguins of Madagascar is directed by Eric Darnell (Madagascar franchise) and Simon J. Smith »

- Ethan Anderton

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New Trailer Hits for 'Penguins of Madagascar'

6 August 2014 9:36 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

DreamWorks Animation has released the new trailer for Penguins of Madagascar, starring the voice talents of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Knights, John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annett Mahendru, and Peter Stormare.

Simon Smith, and Eric Darnell directed the film from a screenplay written by Michael Colton, and John Aboud.

Super spy teams aren’t born…they’re hatched.  Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private.  These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind.  Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.  Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the world as we know it. 

Penguins of Madagascar is set to hit theaters on November 26, 2014.

Check out the trailer below. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Why Is The WGA All Hush-Hush About Which Incumbent Board Members Aren’t Seeking Re-Election?

20 June 2014 3:11 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

It’s election season again at the Writers Guild, and continuing in their secretive ways, WGA West officials are refusing to answer any questions beyond what they put in their press releases. Seventeen candidates – including five incumbents – have been nominated by the guild’s nominating committee to vie for the eight open seats on the 16-member board. Asked if there are any incumbents who are not seeking re-election, guild spokesman Gregg Mitchell said, “We’re not commenting beyond today’s release.” A review of those elected in 2012, cross-checked against the incumbents seeking re-election this time, shows that John Aboud, David Goodman, […] »

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Danger & Espionage in the First Trailer for 'Penguins of Madagascar'

11 June 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

With the release of How to Train Your Dragon 2 this weekend, DreamWorks Animation is ready to get the hype machine started on their spin-off The Penguins of Madagascar. The animation studio just decided to move up the release of the film to November, swapping dates with their original film Home, and now we finally get a taste of the comedic spy adventure. Benedict Cumberbatch teams up with the penguins as a wolf named Agent Classified as part of a spy sect called North Wind. There's no sign of John Malkovich as the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine yet. If you don't like Madagascar, this probably isn't for you. Watch now! Here's the first trailer for The Penguins of Madagascar, originally from Moviefone: The Penguins of Madagascar is directed by Eric Darnell (Madagascar franchise) and Simon J. Smith (Bee Movie) and written by John Aboud and Michael Colton ("Sit Down Shut Up, »

- Ethan Anderton

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First Trailer for DreamWorks’ The Penguins of Madagascar

11 June 2014 10:35 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The PWe’ve seen them in the trilogy of Madagascar films, we’ve seen them on their own TV show, and now the Penguins of Madagascar are about to have their big screen debut.

Previously due to be released next spring, DreamWorks recently announced that The Penguins of Madagascar and Home would be switching release dates, putting Skipper and co. in cinemas a full four months earlier.

There’s just over five months left on the clock now before the film’s arrival, and the studio has debuted a great first trailer online.

Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John Dimaggio, and Christopher Knights all reprise their roles as the leading quartet from the original Madagascar films, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private.

And joining them for the ride this time will be Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, and Peter Stormare.

Eric Darnell, who co-directed the first three Madagascar films, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Penguins Of Madagascar’

11 June 2014 10:34 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich lend their voices to DreamWorks’ animated spin-off The Penguins Of Madagascar, in which secret agent birds Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with chic spy Agent Classified (Cumberbatch) to save the world from Dr. Octavius Brine (Malkovich). Simon Smith (Bee Movie) co-directs with Madagascar series director Eric Darnell from a screenplay by John Aboud and Michael Colton. Pic flies into theaters in 3D on November 26 with the additional voices of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Knights, Ken Jeong, Annett Mahendru, and Peter Stormare: »

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Check Out The First Trailer For Penguins Of Madagascar

11 June 2014 10:33 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar has somehow spawned two sequels, a short film, two holiday specials and a spinoff Nickelodeon series called The Penguins of Madagascar since 2005. That Nickelodeon series, centered on the escapades of the four paramilitary-like penguins who became fan favorites after appearing in Madagascar, is now making the trip to the big screen in a movie called Penguins of Madagascar.

The first trailer for the animated caper, due out in November, has hit the web, and you can check it out right here:

The film apparently doesn’t have much to do with the animated series, which was set largely in the Central Park Zoo. In this feature-length outing, the Penguins (voiced by Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John Dimaggio and Christopher Knights) encounter an elite interspecies task force called the North Wind which is dedicated to helping animals in peril. The North Wind, led by a wolf named »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Writers Guild: New Deal Addresses TV Writer Problems

2 April 2014 6:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Leaders of the Writers Guild of America are touting their new contract as addressing key problems for TV writers — who are now seeing far shorter seasons.

“Importantly, we have now placed limits on the options and exclusivity requirements often imposed on episodic television writers,” said negotiating commmitte co-chairs Billy Ray and Chip Johannessen in a note to members.

“Our negotiations on these issues were complicated and protracted, but the companies worked with us to find solutions,” the duo said in the note. “As a result, the endless unpaid holds that have become more and more commonplace in television have now been addressed in the Mba (minimum basic agreement) for the first time ever.”

The tentative three-year deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers was reached late Tuesday following two days of talks over the options and exclusivity requirements. The other issues had been settled as of the first week of March. »

- Dave McNary

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