11 items from 2013
The Writers Guild of America, West and Writers Guild of America, East today named the members of the negotiating committee who will soon sit down with the Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers. With such heavy-hitting scribes as recently re-elected board members Billy Ray and David S. Goyer as well as Damon Lindelof among the group, the committee will serve under Wgaw Exec Director and Chief Negotiator David Young to hammer out a new contract. While the 29-member committee has been set, a date has yet to be announced for the negotiations with AMPTP to actually start. The guilds’ current contract expires May 1. The Directors Guild of America set its own contract talks with the AMPTP to begin early this month on November 4, over six months before their agreement runs out on June 30, 2014. Here are the members who’ll serve on the WGA negotiating committee: Chip Johannessen, Co-Chair Billy Ray, »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
The Writers Guild of America has selected Billy Ray (“The Hunger Games”) and Chip Johannessen as co-chairs of its negotiating committee with WGA West executive director David Young as chief negotiator.
The current agreement expires May 1, and no date has been set for a successor deal on its master contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
The WGA’s two branches, based in Los Angeles and New York, negotiate jointly on the deal. The guild had no further comment, and the AMPTP had no comment.
The committee includes several highly recognizable names includes “Batman” writer David S. Goyer, “Lost” exec producer Damon Lindelof and John Bowman, who chaired the negotiating committee during the bitter 2007-08 strike. Young was widely credited with effectively mobilizing the membership and gathering support from high-profile actors during the 100-day work stoppage.
- Dave McNary
DreamWorks Animation is currently developing a new animated film called Penguins of Madagascar, which, if you couldn't already tell, will focus on the penguins from the Madagascar franchise.
They've cast Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich to voice characters in the film. According to The Wrap, "Malkovich will voice the film's charming villain, while Cumberbatch will voice a high-ranking animal CIA agent hot on his trail."
- Joey Paur
It looks like DreamWorks Animation is milking those silly penguins for all that they’ve got as the studio will be releasing a new spinoff of their successful Madagascar franchise titled, The Penguins of Madagascar. Though no plot synopsis has been released just yet, we’re hearing today from The Wrap that John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch will lend their voices to the film.
As far as their roles go, we don’t have specifics but apparently, Malkovich will play the “charismatic bad guy” and Cumberbatch will take on the role of an important “non-human CIA agent” who is tasked with hunting down Malkovich’s character.
Personally, I think the penguin thing has gone on too far. Yes, they were entertaining and funny when they first appeared »
- Matt Joseph
As the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness, one of the most menacing aspects of the big screen performance from Benedict Cumberbatch was the actor's rich and intimidating voice. Now DreamWorks Animation wants to put his voice to use as a new character in their Madagascar caper spin-off, The Penguins of Madagascar. In addition, The Wrap reports John Malkovich will also be lending his unique voice to the animated film. Malkovich will play the film's supposedly charming villain while Cumberbatch will play a high-ranking animal CIA agent in hot pursuit of the mischievous little birds incapable of flight. Read on! The Arctic birds already have their own TV series and a straight-to-dvd film, but now it's time to get the penguins back on the big screen with this new film from Bee Movie director Simon J. Smith and a script from Megamind scribes Michael Colton and John Aboud. The Madagascar »
- Ethan Anderton
Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich have been signed on to voice new characters in the animated spin-off pic The Penguins of Madagascar. Cumberbatch is said to voice ‘a high-ranking animal CIA agent hot on his trail,’ while Malkovich is reportedly tapped to be the voice actor of the ‘charming villain’ in a spinoff of DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar franchise. The upcoming animation from Simon J. Smith (Bee Movie) is getting a script from Michael Colton and John Aboud. The source doesn’t mention who else from the rest of the Madagascar universe will be featured in the movie, which is currently in production and is slated to...
- Nick Martin
The pair will lend their vocal talents to DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar spinoff, reports The Wrap.
Malkovich will voice the film's charming villain, with Cumberbatch as a CIA agent hot on his trail.
Madagascar has already spawned several Penguins spinoffs, including a Nickelodeon TV show, a straight-to-dvd movie and a comic book written by David Server and Jackson Lanzing.
Cumberbatch has already leant his voice to Smaug and the Necromancer in The Hobbit trilogy. He will also be seen in the upcoming Julian Assange film The Fifth Estate, as well as 12 Years a Slave and August: Osage County.
Malkovich can currently be seen in Red 2.
The Penguins of Madagascar will be released on March 27, 2015. »
Plot details are few, but we do know that the film will focus on the penguins from the studio's popular Madagascar films. Benedict Cumberbatch is voicing the role of an animal working for the CIA, who is chasing down a villain portrayed by John Malkovich.
Cumberbatch and Malkovich will voice new characters in the spin-off "The Penguins of Madagascar" which is scheduled for a March 27th 2015 release.
Malkovich will voice a charming villain, while Cumberbatch plays a high-ranking animal CIA agent hot on his trail. Simon J. Smith ("Bee Movie") is directing from a script by Michael Colton and John Aboud.
Seth Rogen stars as a new ghost named Jackson Moss who works at a top-secret government agency that protects humans from evil hauntings. He and his partner Watts (Melissa McCarthy) uncover a plot to destroy the organization.
Jones will play Rogen's ex-wife, while Bomer will play her perfect new husband. »
- Garth Franklin
DreamWorks Animation is filling out the cast of its upcoming animated feature Penguins of Madagascar, and in doing so they have brought aboard two of the most gifted actors out there. Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich, according to The Wrap, are now set to lend their voices to characters in the new animated feature. The movie is being directed by Simon J. Smith, who last helmed 2007's Bee Movie, and is getting a script from Michael Colton and John Aboud. While there don't appear to be any plot details around, Malkovich is reportedly playing "the film's charming villain," while Cumberbatch will be "a high-ranking animal CIA agent hot on his trail." The article doesn't mention what species of animal either character will be, how the penguins fit into the conflict between the characters, or who else from the rest of the Madagascar universe will be featured in the movie (though »
A spinoff of DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar franchise, The Penguins of Madagascar has added Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich to its voice cast. Cumberbatch, who starred earlier this year in Star Trek Into Darkness , will voice an animal working for the CIA who is tracking the adventure's villain, to be voiced by Malkovich. Malkovich is in theaters now as part of the ensemble of Red 2 . To be directed by Simon J. Smith with a script by Michael Colton and John Aboud, The Penguins of Madagascar hits theaters March 27, 2015. (Photo Credit: Apega / Ivan Nikolov / WENN.com) »
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