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Paramount Pictures Mexico exec to oversee Latin America for Sony Pictures Releasing International.
Michael Horn has joined Sony Pictures Releasing International (Spri) as a senior vice president supervising the region of Latin America. Horn will report to Steven O’Dell, president of Spri, beginning Oct 1.
In his new role, Horn will oversee Latin American distribution operations for the studio, which will also include overseeing local production activity in the region.
Horn has served as vp and managing director of Paramount Pictures Mexico since 2007.
Prior to that, Horn was the managing director for United International Pictures in both Chile and Mexico from 1997-2007, handling the combined film slates from Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Dreamworks Skg, Focus Features and Paramount Classics.
Over his 17 years in international distribution in Latin America, Horn has overseen the release of blockbusters and franchises such as Transformers, The Fast and the Furious, Madagascar, Shrek, Mission: Impossible, G.I. Joe, Paranormal Activity, [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Fear of commitment is one of those topics that pops up a lot in the world of romantic comedies. Jerry Maguire (1996) shows Tom Cruise struggling to say "I love you" in a convincing fashion, and in When Harry Met Sally (1989) Billy Crystal makes terrible excuses to leave early in the morning after each date. Failure To Launch (2006) spelled it out more bluntly than perhaps we needed – in Hollywood, men are afraid of love. Love is a scary business. Even so, it rarely comes with a health warning.
So I Married An Axe Murderer is that rare film. It suggests that the lead character is right to be terrified of commitment. In fact, running away might just save his life. This is a tricky idea to get right, because the audience »
The first ever film composer documentary Chasing Notes will debut film on September 6th at the United Film Festival (7Pm, Los Feliz 3 Cinemas, 1822 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA). After the screening of the film there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers and some of the composers featured in the documentary. Though music is the focal point in Chasing Notes, the overarching motif is the chase we all embark on to make our dreams a reality. By seeing a year-in-the life of emerging composer, Jaymee Carpenter (who also scored the film), we get to witness an inspiring message come to life through his resilience and artistry. Jaymee interviews many of today’s top working film and television composers, including Nathan Barr (True Blood), Marco Beltrami (Snowpiercer), Harry Gregson-Williams (Shrek), John Ottman (X-men Days Of Future Past), Christopher Young (The Rum Diary), Christophe Beck (Frozen), Theodore Shapiro (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty »
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One good thing about the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards — an expedient way to remove the time-consuming presentation of the (nearly) annual Honorary Oscar from the TV ratings-obsessed, increasingly youth-oriented Oscar show — is that each year up to four individuals can be named Honorary Oscar recipients, thus giving a better chance for the Academy to honor film industry veterans while they’re still on Planet Earth. (See at the bottom of this post a partial list of those who have gone to the Great Beyond, without having ever received a single Oscar statuette.) In 2014, the Academy’s Board of Governors has selected a formidable trio of honorees: Japanese artist and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, 73; French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, 82; and Irish-born Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara, »
- Andre Soares
How cute are Mike Myers' kids?! The actor shared the first pictures of his children, Spike and Sunday, on The Late Show With David Letterman Thursday. Myers named his 3-year-old son after his father, explaining, "Spike is very common Liverpool nickname is your name is Eric." He's also a fan of Spike Milligan, the poet and comic. Why did Myers and his wife Kelly Tisdale choose the name Sunday? "Me and my wife Kelly hate Sundays—I'm not even kidding—and we wanted to turn it around and make it a good thing." Regarding the 4-month-old's middle name, the Shrek star said, "Molly is because of my auntie Molly in Liverpool, England, who was my dad's sister but more like my »
Amazon Studios has announced it has ordered three animated and two live-action pilots of kids shows for the third installment of its kids pilot season, which will debut in early 2015 on Amazon Instant Video.
The shows will debut alongside a new version of the previously announced “Sara Solves It” pilot. Keeping with the Amazon business model, these first episodes go live for customers to watch and provide feedback to help execs decide which pilots become full series.
“We’re very excited to be working with such talented creative minds in kids entertainment to bring these five new pilots to life,” said Tara Sorensen, head of kids programming at Amazon Studios. “At Amazon, we’re focused on great characters and storytelling to create engaging programming for children. We’ve been overwhelmed with the positive reaction to our first three children’s series that debuted this summer — “Tumble Leaf,” “Creative Galaxy” and »
- Shelli Weinstein
James Clayton argues the case for spending more time with some supporting characters, crying out for a movie of their own...
Moviemakers and film studios produce movies. Said movies are then shipped to theatres around the globe. Paying audiences then turn up to watch these movies and some of them are very popular and take in a lot of money at the box office. Some of them, in fact, take in obscene amounts of money at the box office.
Moviemakers and film studios like it when the pictures they've produced turn out to be box office hits and bring in obscene amounts of money. The next natural step is obvious - milk the cult cashcow for all its worth to give cinemagoers more of what they like and simultaneously yield the inevitable enormous profits.
Sequels - and threequels and prequels and obliquels - are the standard, most obvious means of achieving this. »
Mike Myers looks are nothing to laugh at!Here's the then 27-year-old "Saturday Night Live" comedian at a party back in 1990 (left) and 24 years later -- the now 51-year-old "Shrek" star at a movie in New York City earlier this year (right).Yeah Baby!The question is... Read more »
- TMZ Staff
The move marks DreamWorks Animation’s first foray into the retail space.
“DreamPlace reimagines one of the signature moments of childhood – meeting Santa Claus,” the company said. “Prior to their mall visit, families can make appointments by app, negating the familiar long lines for Santa before embarking on an unforgettable adventure, which includes an immersive, eye-popping journey with Shrek and his friends as they guide children and families to the North Pole.”
The company is planning a 2,000 square foot “holiday cottage” at locations owned by General Growth Properties and Forest City Enterprises at locations in or around New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and Las Vegas.
CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg first revealed plans for the attraction last month at the Licensing Expo as part of a strategy to expand the company’s brands. »
- Dave McNary
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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.
- email@example.com (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
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