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Demi Lovato Joins Animated ‘Charming’ Movie

19 February 2015 11:33 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Demi Lovato has come on board to voice the female lead and exec produce the music score for 3Qu Media’s animated feature “Charming.”

Variety reported in September that “Shrek” producer John H. Williams had announced “Charming” as the first title in a slate of four films from 3Qu Media with budgets under $20 million.

Ross Venokur will direct from his script, which re-imagines the tales of Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty after they discover they are all engaged to the same Prince Charming.

“3Qu Media’s goal is to produce mainstream animated family films with elements of comedy, adventure, romance and personal inspiration,” Williams said. “Demi’s contributions will help make ‘Charming’ a cross-platform hit film.”

Lovato’s latest album “Demi” has been the No. 1 seller on iTunes in over 50 countries around the world and the lead single “Heart Attack” was certified Platinum 10 weeks after its launch.

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- Dave McNary

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Eddie Murphy Lied To An Old Southern Woman To Get The Rights To His New Movie

17 February 2015 9:01 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

As Eddie Murphy gears up for a possible return to his star-making vehicle with Beverly Hills Cop 4, the comedic icon is also preparing his money-making voice for what could be another successful family friendly animated adventure based on the story of a real-life, brutal, but celebrated rodeo bull called Bodacious. Besides voicing the titular taurus, Murphy, also serving on the film as a producer, recently recalled the story of how he was able to wrangle the film rights from an old southern lady. By lying to her. about bull balls! (Do I have your attention?) In a recent interview with Playboy, which also yielded updates on Beverly Hills Cop 4, Murphy would broach the subject of the Bodacious project, which looks to get him back to his Shrek wheelhouse. It seems that Murphy had to go through a bit of a negotiation process with the owners of Bodacious the Bull, »

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Eddie Murphy Announced As Presenter At 87th Oscars

13 February 2015 6:45 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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Eddie Murphy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Evans, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Lopez, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Margot Robbie will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced on Thursday. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

Murphy received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in the 2006 film “Dreamgirls.” He has starred in such features as “Bowfinger” (1999), “The Nutty Professor” (1996), “Coming to America” (1988), “Beverly Hills Cop” (1984) and “48 Hrs.” (1982), and has lent his voice talents to all four of the “Shrek” animated features to date. He will next be seen in the independent drama “Cook.”

Ejiofor received his first Oscar nomination last year for his lead performance in “12 Years a Slave.” He previously appeared in such features as “Salt” (2010), “American Gangster” (2007), “Children of Men” (2006) and “Dirty Pretty Things” (2003). His upcoming films include “Z for Zachariah” and “Triple Nine. »

- Michelle McCue

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Acad’s Sci-Tech Oscars Raise the Bar On ‘Wow’

12 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From finding new ways to shoot the most adrenaline-infused car chases to taking exhibition audio into new frontiers, this year’s recipients of the Academy Scientific & Technical Awards are pushing the limits of cinema in every way they can.

These awards are sometimes called the Sci-Tech Oscars, but most honorees are given plaques or certificates, as opposed to the fabled statuettes. Only two of the awards come with actual Oscars and those nods aren’t given every year, though this year both will be presented.

The highest Sci-Tech Award — and one that comes with an Oscar — is the Academy Award of Merit. The award is designed to single out game-changing technology. This year Larry Hornbeck will receive the citation for his digital micromirror technology that powers Dlp cinema projectors, now the standard throughout the industry. These micromirrors, 37 years in development, are used for “intelligently steering light” in order to help deliver bright, »

- Karen Idelson

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9 female movie characters who upstaged male heroes, from Speed to Skyfall

7 February 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The nominations of both Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) established a trend in this year's selection of Best Actress at the Oscars.

Both roles initially seem secondary to the male hero in their respective films (Ben Affleck's Nick in the former, Eddie Redmayne's Stephen Hawking in the latter), but gradually come to take over the story in their own right. Here's our pick of nine further films where a heroine usurps her male counterpart.

M, Skyfall

Women usually get a raw deal in Bond films, so much so that the leads are dismissively referred to as 'Bond girls'. But the casting of Judi Dench as M from 1995's GoldenEye onwards went some way to redressing the gender balance - and by her final outing in Skyfall, she had almost become the protagonist in her own right.

M had always been in a »

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41 A-List Actors Who Bombed as Hard as Johnny Depp in ‘Mortdecai’

28 January 2015 7:04 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

When Johnny Depp‘s mustache comedy “Mortdecai” brought in less than $5 million on opening weekend, it marked the A-list actor’s fifth straight box office bomb. But he’s far from the only top billed actor to endure a tanker or two.

The 51-year-old film star and his co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor and Olivia Munn are in fact in very good company.

Also Read: 19 Biggest Box-Office Bombs and Bummers in 2014: From ‘The Giver’ to ‘Winter’s Tale’ (Photos)

From Brad Pitt (“Fight Club”) to Cameron Diaz (“The Box”) to Jamie Foxx (“Stealth”), nearly every high-profile actor has suffered »

- Travis Reilly and Todd Cunningham

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DreamWorks Animation cutting 500 jobs; Pdi closing down

23 January 2015 7:30 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The news of DreamWorks Animation’s film How to Train Your Dragon 2 being nominated for an Academy Award is about the only good news to come out of the animation studio as of late. Variety is reporting that DreamWorks Animation (Dwa) is cutting 500 jobs and closing their Bay Area animation division Pacific Data Images (Pdi), which was acquired by Dwa in 2000.

Pdi’s first animated film was the 1998 film Antz. In 2001 Pdi came out with Shrek which won the Academy Award for Best Animated feature in 2002. Among Pdi/DreamWorks’s other animated work are the sequels to Shrek and the Madagascar films. Pdi/DreamWorks also has received six technical Academy Awards.

Several of Pdi/DreamWorks recent films have lost a considerable amount of money which explains both Pdi’s closure and Dwa’s need to reduce their workforce. Notably the How to Train Your Dragon films were not affiliated with Pdi. »

- Amy Richau

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DreamWorks Animation’s Road to Recovery Shaky, Analysts Say

22 January 2015 4:49 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“They have a very risky business model,” one consultant tells TheWrap about the animation company’s restructuring plan

DreamWorks Animation’s announcement that it will slash its workforce by nearly 20 percent and its film output by a third underscores a struggling genre and the company’s desperation to survive after merger talks failed.

An SEC filing Thursday details Dwa’s reduction strategy, a plan some analysts say is a risky model that at best will keep the struggling animation studio afloat, but is not a long-term solution.

“It’s a company in a dire situation,” Rich Greenfield, Media & Tech Analyst at Btig & Angel Investor, »

- Linda Ge and Matt Donnelly

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Jeffrey Katzenberg on Dwa’s Cutbacks: ‘3 Films a Year Was Too Ambitious’

22 January 2015 3:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

DreamWorks Animation’s goals may have been a little too lofty when it announced plans to start releasing three films a year, admits company chief Jeffrey Katzenberg.

“Making three films a year was too ambitious,” Katzenberg told analysts after announcing a major reorganization of the Glendale, Calif., toon studio that is resulting in layoffs of around 500 people, including its chief marketing officer, Dawn Taubin, and chief operating officer, Mark Zoradi. Chief creative officer Bill Damaschke already had stepped down, while vice chairman and former chief financial officer Lew Coleman is retiring.

After a string of box office misfires that have included “Rise of the Guardians,” “Turbo,” “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” and, more recently, “The Penguins of Madagascar” — forcing the company to write off more than $290 million in losses — Dwa was forced to make changes.

That included appointing Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria as co-presidents of Dwa’s feature division earlier this month. »

- Marc Graser

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Film Feature: The Top 10 Celebrity Photos of 2014, By Joe Arce

20 January 2015 1:41 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In a year where shoots with perpetual photo fashionistas like Cindy Crawford and Sarah Jessica Parker still failed to crack the Top Ten list of biggest celebrity photo-ops, you know 2014 was a very good year for HollywoodChicago.com and myself, Joe Arce, as Senior Staff Photographer.

Narrowing down the 182 celebrity subjects that posed for my lens last year to a mere ten favorite portraits is not an easy task. Nonetheless, here are my Top Ten picks for biggest celebrity shoots of 2014. I based this on a combination of star power wattage of the subjects, the artistic results and the degree of difficulty in landing the quarry – for those iPhone carrying budding celebrity stalkers who may wish to play along at home.

10. Anjelica Huston

Backstage at the Chicago Humanities Festival, November 14th, 2014

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Not only an Oscar winner, but the daughter »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Oscar Toon War? ‘Lego Movie’ Bricks Nomination, Rivals Spring Into Action

15 January 2015 12:28 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Although there were more than the usual number of snubs and surprises in this morning’s Oscar nominations, easily the most animated cries of shock came in, well, the Animated Feature category.

If ever there was a sure thing going into today’s nominations, it was that Warner Bros’ blockbuster toon The Lego Movie not only would be nominated but was the presumed front -runner for the win. It’s a real shame for talented director-writers Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, who also got screwed by the Academy animation voters when they were overlooked for 2009’s Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. But this snub was bigger, Huge.

This is not a tragedy. Congrats to incredible crew and cast of The Lego Movie, who made a classic.

— philip lord (@philiplord) January 15, 2015

Shockwaves not only hit the room but among those working on rival films — the ones that did get nominated. »

- Pete Hammond

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Mike Myers Signs Overall Deal With HBO

14 January 2015 12:09 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedian Mike Myers has signed a two-year overall deal with HBO. The pact makes Myers exclusive to HBO in television.

Mike Myers is one of the great comedy minds of this or any other era,” said Michael Lombardo, HBO’s head of original programming. “The opportunity to collaborate with a talent of his stature is tremendously exciting.”

Myers, best known for the widely successful franchises “Austin Powers,” “Shrek,” “Wayne’s World” and “Saturday Night Live,” said simply, “I’m thrilled to be at HBO.”

 

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Blackhat’ Composer Backs Down After Slamming Michael Mann Over Score

13 January 2015 2:40 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Controversy struck Michael Mann’s new cyberhacker actioner from within this week when composer Harry Gregson-Williams accused the director of “slicing and dicing” his work on the film. So who wants credit for Blackhat’s hacked-up score?

“I would like it to be known for what it’s worth that the ‘score’ for Blackhat maybe credited to me, but contains almost none of my compositions,” Gregson-Williams declared Monday on Facebook, four days after the Chris Hemsworth starrer premiered in Los Angeles. It was only during Thursday’s premiere, Gregson-Williams wrote, that he “discovered, to my horror, music that shocked and surprised me…quasi emotional (synth) string pieces that I’d never heard in my life before.

“I knew of at least one other composer, a good one at that(!), that had put in months of work on this movie just as I had, but this appeared to me to be »

- Jen Yamato

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Shrek director to helm Idw’s Zombies vs. Robots

10 January 2015 1:16 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After starting his directing career with Shrek and Shrek 2, before entering Narnia for The Chronicles of Narnia, director Andrew Adamson has now signed on to helm Inherit the Earth reports Variety.

A big screen adaptation of the Idw series Zombies vs. Robots, the film is to be produced by Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Dave Alpert and Rick Jacobs, and a co-production of Platinum Dunes, Circle of Confusion and Idw Publishing with Sony Pictures set to distribute.

Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) wrote the most recent draft of the script. The original stories from Ashley Wood and Chris Ryall, features a post-apocalyptic world in which humanity’s last survivor, a young girl, is protected from zombie hordes by a team of robots.

No word on a release date just yet, but don’t expect it anytime before 2016.

The post Shrek director to helm Idw’s Zombies vs. Robots appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Scott J. Davis

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Movie News: Michael Bay Produces 'Zombies vs. Robots'; Watch Liam Neeson in First 'Run All Night' Trailer

9 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Inherit the Earth: Michael Bay will serve as one of the producers for a live-action adaptation of the comic book series Zombies vs. Robots, retitled Inherit the Earth. The series was created by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood; the story revolves around the last human on Earth, a young girl who is protected by a group of robots against "a pack of intelligent zombies." Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) will direct [Variety]   Bandits: Bruce Wilis is taking another run at Elmore Leonard's Bandits. The actor optioned the crime book when it was first published back in 1987, a year before Die Hard, but things didn't work out, and neither did Quentin Tarantino's possible adaptation in the 1990s. Now Willis will star in...

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Movie News: Michael Bay Producing 'Zombies vs. Robots;' Watch Liam Neeson in First 'Run All Night' Trailer

9 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Inherit the Earth: Michael Bay will serve as one of the producers for a live-action adaptation of the comic book series Zombies vs. Robots, retitled Inherit the Earth. The series was created by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood; the story revolves around the last human on Earth, a young girl who is protected by a group of robots against "a pack of intelligent zombies." Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) will direct [Variety]   Bandits: Bruce Wilis is taking another run at Elmore Leonard's Bandits. The actor optioned the crime book when it was first published back in 1987, a year before Die Hard, but things didn't work out, and neither did Quentin Tarantino's possible adaptation in the 1990s. Now Willis will star in...

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We're Getting A Zombies Vs. Robots Movie Because Who Wouldn't Want To See That?

9 January 2015 11:38 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Andrew Adamson (who headed up projects like The Chronicles of Narnia and Shrek) has a pretty awesome project coming down the pike. Adamson will be directing a project called Inherit the Earth, which is based on the 2006 Idw comic book miniseries, Zombies vs. Robots by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood. Ryall and Wood.s comic is set in a post-apocalyptic universe, and it centers around a group of robots discovering the last human on earth--an infant. The robots protect this child from the hordes of zombies roaming free on the earth, and attempt to clone her to save the human race. I.d like to go ahead and buy my ticket now, thanks. As Variety reports, the film.s screenplay is written by Oren Uziel, and is going to be co-production of Michael Bay.s company Platinum Dunes, Circle of Confusion, and Idw Publishing. It will be produced by Michael »

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'Zombies Vs. Robots' Movie Gets 'Shrek' Director

9 January 2015 7:45 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Inherit the Earth, which is based on the popular Idw comic book Zombies Vs. Robots, has locked in director Andrew Adamson. He is best known for Shrek, Shrek 2 and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Inherit the Earth is coming from Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes and Sony.

Oren Uziel is behind the latest draft of the screenplay, which follows a group of robots set to protect the last human on earth, a young girl, from a ravenous pack of roving zombies. The original comic book was created by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood. Michael Bay will produce alongside Platinum Dunes' Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, the same team responsible for this past summer's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The film will be live-action.

Andrew Adamson most recently directed the movie Mr. Pip for Focus Features, starring Hugh Laurie. He also directed the James Cameron »

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Zombies Vs. Robots is Moving Forward But With a Title Change for Some Stupid Reason

9 January 2015 7:35 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

It’s been four years since we first heard that Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes were adapting the comic book “Zombies vs. Robots.” It seemed like a perfect combination for a studio that’s given us mostly horror remakes and the director of the Transformers movies. Finally, it’s now moving forward with an Oscar-nominated director: Andrew Adamson. His prestige comes in the form of the Academy’s recognition of Shrek 2, which he helmed with Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon (though Adamson was the only one credited for the honor), as one of the best animated features of 2004. He also co-directed the first Shrek, with Vicky Jenson, which won the first Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but that honor and statuette went only to producer Aron Warner. Since the sequel, damson has made two Chronicles of Narnia movies, the Cirque du Soleil film World’s Away and the New Zealand war drama called Mr. Pip, which »

- Christopher Campbell

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Adamson To Helm Zombies vs. Robots Tale

9 January 2015 5:13 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Shrek" and "Chronicles of Narnia" director Andrew Adamson is set to helm "Inherit the Earth" for Sony and Platinum Dunes.

Based on Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood's comic book series "Zombies vs. Robots," the story follows a group of robots who must protect the last human on Earth, a young girl, from a pack of intelligent zombies.

Jt Perry penned the script with Oren Uziel performing a recent re-write. Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Dave Alpert and Rick Jacobs will produce.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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