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Bonnie Arnold has had some career. As the latest film she's produced, How To Train Your Dragon 2, arrives in UK cinemas, she chatted to us about the movie, about the big problems making the first, and her earlier days helping to bring Dances With Wolves to light. And she didn't touch a drop of her tea while telling us all of this...
Digging into your background, from what I can tell you started as a writer? Can you fill in some of the blanks there?
Well, it wasn't really a writer as such. I studied journalism, but I actually started in publicity. I did unit publicity writing, so that's how I started really. Really it was in film, film production stuff. But I was writing press releases, »
Eddie Murphy's headed back to Detroit in the upcoming fourth installment of the Beverly Hills Cop franchise. According to the Associated Press, the state of Michigan approved $13.5 million in film incentives, based on an estimated $56.6 million of filmmaker spending in the state. The film will be shot in and around Detroit, creating jobs for an estimated 352 workers, the Michigan Film Office announced on Thursday.
Murphy Going Family Friendly and 9 More Annoying Movie Star Behaviors
Beverly Hills Cop 4 – the first in the series since 1994 – will find Murphy reprising his »
Not content with creating its own characters (or, more accurately, loosely adapting the likes of Shrek and the How To Train Your Dragon gang from books), DreamWorks Animation has been on the look out for other properties to snap up, targeting the Troll dolls most recently. But though the spiky haired ones already have a film in production, it appears the company’s latest acquisition, Felix the Cat, might have to wait a while before he hits screens again.Speaking at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, DreamWorks Animation boss Jeffrey Katzenberg talked up the purchase as part of the company’s presentation. “Today, DreamWorks has acquired all rights to Felix the Cat,” Katzenberg said according to Variety. “Felix really goes beyond evergreen status and rises to something even more uncommon, as he is a true icon. We plan to make him one of the most desired fashion brands in the world. »
A year after paying Brian Robbins $33 million for AwesomenessTV, Jeffrey Katzenberg is entrusting Robbins with his company's most prized possession: its characters. “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda” and other beloved creatures from DreamWorks Animation movies will host their own shows on DreamWorksTV, a new YouTube channel overseen by Robbins. It launched officially Monday, though it has already picked up more than 200,000 subscribers since its soft launch in the spring. Robbins attributes that early success to his “friends Shrek, Donkey and Panda,” and he is relying on those characters to give the channel a competitive advantage in a crowded field. There »
- Lucas Shaw
In a market where the turnaround for sequels is so quick, it feels like it's been a long time since Hiccup and Toothless first arrived on the big screen. How To Train Your Dragon was the film that really made people sit up and pay attention to DreamWorks Animation again after a string of Shrek sequels and tacky celebrity-led reference-paloozas.
By our reckoning, that makes How To Train Your Dragon 2 the most anticipated animated feature of the year by some distance. Young fans will have had the animated series Dragons: Riders Of Berk to tide them over, but assuming that many of us who loved the first film might not have got around to the series, we've been eager to see where the story goes next. »
Friday Update: 22 Jump Street earned an awesome $5.5 million from late Thursday shows beginning at 7 p.m. The comedy sequel, starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, was playing at 2,746 locations. 22 Jump Street earned over twice as much as R-rated hits Ted ($2.63 million at midnight) and Neighbors ($2.56 million at 8 p.m.). It also compares favorably to last June's The Heat, which earned $1 million at late Thursday shows. Before assuming 22 Jump Street is on its way to $80 million this weekend, it's worth keeping in mind that this is an R-rated comedy sequel primarily targeting 17-34 year-olds opening at 8 p.m. after nearly all schools have dismissed for the Summer. That's to say there's a good chance that Thursday night accounts for a disproportionately high amount of the movie's overall business this weekend. Still, this virtually guarantees an opening of at least $50 million, which would make this one of the biggest R-rated comedy debuts ever. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
You will soon be able to visit Hogwarts in Osaka, travel to the “Ice Age” in Kuala Lumpur and hang out with Shrek in Moscow. Taking over international multiplexes is not enough for Hollywood; it wants to dominate public amusement across the globe, too. And so, construction of theme parks, resorts and other attractions based on movie characters has accelerated to a blistering pace in the past few years, with much more on the way. >> Fox has licensed its characters for a theme park in Malaysia, and plans to announce similar ventures in China and potentially Brazil, according to Jeffrey. »
- Lucas Shaw and Jordan Zakarin
Lionsgate investors who presumed there was no more value to wring out of “The Hunger Games” beyond its final installment next year got a nice surprise last week. CEO Jon Feltheimer announced a new way to capitalize on the mega-franchise: A touring exhibition devoted to the movie will kick off next summer, the first element of a bigger plan aimed at putting the studio in the theme park business.
Indeed, blockbuster entertainment franchises are getting integrated into the parks with increasing frequency. Universal Studios Hollywood unveiled Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem in April, expanded with Super Silly Fun Land, the seaside carnival featured in the film. Up next: Universal is teaming with Warner Bros. to open Diagon Alley, a faithful re-creation of the London location from the “Harry Potter” films, on June 20.
As part of the massive expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Florida built a »
- Marc Graser
The $30m Chinese-language film will star Bai Baihe (Personal Tailor), Kai Ko (You Are The Apple Of My Eye) and Jiang Wu (A Touch of Sin).
Based on the supernatural classic Strange Tales From A Chinese Studio, the film will feature Woba, a CGI protagonist who is the last of the monster kings embroiled in a war with humans that has lasted generations. His quest is to bring unity to the two races with the help of characters played by Bai and Ko.
“We give this classic tale a new spin by reducing the horror element and reinventing it with family-friendly fantastical characters and settings in an epic style,” said Hui.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Noh)
Monster Hunt: Will this friendly looking creature be the next Shrek? Raman Hui certainly hopes so. Hui, the character designer for Shrek and codirector of Shrek the Third, unveiled the design for his latest creation, Woba, who will star in Monster Hunt, due out in Asia in February 2015. The live-action project is a family-friendly fantasy about Woba, who seeks to bring peace between monsters and humans; the character will be animated for the movie. [Variety] The Snowden Files: Oliver Stone, who has often tackled controversial subjects, plans to make a movie about Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor. Stone considers Snowden a "hero" and will adapt Luke Harding's book The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most...
- Peter Martin
From DreamWorks Animation, the studio that brought you “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “The Croods,” comes the highly anticipated sequel to the Academy Award®-nominated How To Train Your Dragon, based on the children’s book series by Cressida Cowell.
How To Train Your Dragon 2 opens on June 13th, but you can take the whole family to see it on Tuesday, June 10th.
Enter to win 4 tickets to the 7 Pm screening.
Winners will be notified on Monday, June 9th.
1. You Must Be In The St. Louis Area The Day Of The Screening.
2. No Purchase Necessary.
Check out the first five minutes of the film.
In the thrilling second chapter of the epic trilogy, five years have passed since the heroic young Viking Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) befriended an injured dragon and forever changed the way the residents of Berk interact with the fire-breathers. »
- Movie Geeks
Based on a story from supernatural collection “Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio,” the film is budgeted at $30 million and backed by Hong Kong’s Edko Films.
Set in a fictional world where humans have raged war against monster for generations, the story begins with the birth of Woba, the last royal bloodline of the monster king, and centers on his quest to bring unity to the two races. “We give this classic tale a new spin by reducing the horror element and reinventing it with family-friendly fantastical characters and settings in an epic style,” said Hui at a press event in Beijing.
While the central character Woba will be entirely CGI, the human cast includes Bai Baihe (“Personal Tailor”) and Kai »
- Patrick Frater
Not only has James Cameron got a slew of "Avatar" sequels on his long-term slate, he's also now taking his blue Na'vi to the circus. The director is set to develop an "Avatar" live production for Cirque du Soleil. The show is slated for a late 2015 bow -- this would be about a year before "Avatar 2" arrives in theaters, if IMDb's dates remain correct. Cameron is currently on pre-production for that film. Very few details have yet been revealed, other than the show being "inspired" by the 2009 blockbuster that amassed $2.7 billion worldwide. Twentieth Century Fox will act as a partner on the live production. This is the second collaboration between Cameron and Cirque du Soleil. Along with "Shrek" director Andrew Adamson he worked on 2012's "Worlds Away," which had a 3D theatrical release. »
- Beth Hanna
Cannes - Jeffrey Katzenberg had quite the Cannes. "How To Train Your Dragon 2" played out of competition with a standing ovation from the festival faithful and he found himself awarded Commander of the Order Of Arts And Letters by the French government. It all coincides with the 20th Anniversary of DreamWorks (although DreamWorks' first animated film didn't arrive until 1998) and was some welcome good news for Katzenberg and Dwa. One of the most influential and powerful entertainment executives in the world, Katzenberg took an hour over the weekend for an intimate sitdown with HitFix, Indiewire and Movie City News. It was a frank conversation touching on everything from the future of the global marketplace, the new competition for animated films, the future of his slate, the future of the "Dragon" franchise and just how and when Dwa will jump back into movie musicals. Directed and written once again by Dean DeBlois, »
- Gregory Ellwood
The most beloved birds on the global espionage scene, The Penguins of Madagascar, have been recruited for a super-secret mission to save the world from a cunning madman this Thanksgiving.
The #PenguinsOfMadagascar have been recruited to save the world this Thanksgiving! http://t.co/O9XtmpZ2g3pic.twitter.com/5KK3XkJEe6
— DreamWorks Animation (@DWAnimation) May 20, 2014
Here's what squad leader Skipper had to say about the news.
"As top-secret spies, we rarely send press releases. But yeah, we've been asked to save the world this Thanksgiving. Just once, can't a madman try to wreak havoc on a weekday between 9 and 5?"
Dawn Taubin, Chief Marketing Officer at DreamWorks Animation, had this to say in a statement, confirming The Penguins of Madagascar will hit theaters November 26, 2014 and Home will debut March 27, 2015.
"We will continue to be as flexible as necessary when it comes to our release dates. We see a unique opportunity »
Godzilla reigned supreme at the box office this weekend, scoring one of the biggest debuts of the year so far. Produced by Legendary Pictures and released by Warner Bros., the monster movie reboot earned an impressive $93.2 million at the domestic box office this weekend. It also opened in most overseas markets, which added up to over $103 million.Godzilla's domestic debut ranks second in 2014: it wound up in between Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($91.6 million). It also opened significantly higher than last Summer's World War Z ($66.4 million), and more-than-doubled Pacific Rim's $37.3 million.It's also worth noting that Godzilla earned more in its first three days than Star Trek Into Darkness earned in its first four ($83.7 million) on the same weekend last year. It was also above 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($90.2 million).Godzilla's success this weekend can be »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
On Thursday, Toothless and the cast of How To Train Your Dragon 2 stopped traffic at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
The film’s stars, Jay Baruchel, Djimon Honsou and America Ferrera, as well as DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, posed for the paparazzi on the Croisette, while Toothless roamed around through the crowd.
Check out the photos and watch the latest featurette from the film.
From DreamWorks Animation, the studio that brought you “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “The Croods,” comes the highly anticipated sequel to the Academy Award-nominated How To Train Your Dragon, based on the children’s book series by Cressida Cowell.
In the thrilling second chapter of the epic trilogy, five years have passed since the heroic young Viking Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) befriended an injured dragon and forever changed the way the residents of Berk interact with the fire-breathers. Now, Vikings and dragons live side-by-side in peace on »
- Melissa Thompson
Composer Hans Zimmer — the first creative to raise Variety’s Billion-Dollar milestone 20-fold since the series was introduced in 1993 — likes to take chances.
Who else would have:
» Recorded a London brass section, electronically processed their sounds, then played them back through speakers placed in the studio’s stairwells for an even stranger soundscape in “Inception”?
» Solicited choral contributions from fans via the Internet to create a 100,000-voice chant that would eventually appear in “The Dark Knight Rises”?
» Traveled to Eastern Europe to record Roma gypsy violinists and accordionists to incorporate into his music for “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”?
» Defied comicbook, heroic-music tradition by creating “drum circles” of renowned percussionists creating grooves that he could then employ in his “Man of Steel” score?
- Jon Burlingame
DreamWorks Animation is expanding its online video presence through a new destination. The film studio will launch DreamWorksTV, a YouTube channel that will host a collection of family-friendly short-form videos. DreamWorksTV will launch in the summer and will be headed up by Brian Robbins and his AwesomenessTV YouTube network (DreamWorks purchased AwesomenessTV last year for a base price of $33 million.) Robbins will bring to DreamWorksTV the same teen-friendly attitude that he has brought to AwesomenessTV. The channel's initial slate featuring titles like Prank Your Parents and sketch comedy series Omg; these shows represent an attempt to reach YouTube's coveted teenage demographic. DreamWorks' iconic characters will come to YouTube as well. Short, bite-sized videos catered to mobile videos will populate the channel, with the likes of Shrek and Puss In Boots making appearances (albeit without their original voice actors). The channel is DreamWorks boss Jeffrey Katzenberg's attempt to create a »
- Sam Gutelle
Those who watched on a "movie screen" would pay the most while those using smartphones would only pay a small fee, Katzenberg said.
He told a Us conference that this pricing model will be common in 10 years' time, the BBC reported.
The pricing model. »
- Machan Kumar
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