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Hollywood’s China Syndrome

22 October 2014 10:11 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Robert W. Welkos Hollywood’s pivot to Asia is hardly new but it seems nowadays that rarely a week goes by without some big multimillion-dollar deal being announced by U.S.-based entertainment companies with businesses based in the Far East. Universal Studios has announced plans to build a $3.3 billion theme park in Beijing with Hollywood director Steven Spielberg helping in the design efforts and the park, with Harry Potter and other attractions, opening possibly in 2019. Disney is already building a $4.4 billion theme park in China and DreamWorks has a $3.1 billion entertainment complex set to open in 2016 n Shanghai. At the same time, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment and global advertising agency Wpp are joining up with Shanghai Media Group and Cmc Capital Partners in a deal that Variety reports involves “films and television properties as well as live stage and theatrical events, including musicals, that »

- Robert W. Welkos

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Zombeavers & Other Great Movie Animals

20 October 2014 1:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Today sees the release of Zombeavers, in which a group of spring breakers are terrorized by a horde of killer beavers. It’s sounds ridiculous (because it is, of course) but these bloodthirsty little buggers continue a long tradition of awesome animals on the big screen. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a countdown of some of cinema’s greatest ever beasts.

10. Flying Monkeys – The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

What’s more terrifying than an evil pointy-nosed witch? Try an evil pointy-nosed witch with an army of flying monkeys! In the original Oz books, the winged simians were mischievous but intelligent creatures, but by the time they received their big screen debut they’d mutated into the stuff of nightmares.

As Dorothy and her gang find themselves in a darkened forest, the Wicked Witch of the West sends her sinister army to monkey-nap them, and they are returned to the Witch’s castle pronto. »

- David Agnew

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Examining the Spin-Off Trend as 'How to Train Your Dragon' Director Talks Franchise's Future

17 October 2014 12:40 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Spin-offs are the new sequels. Case in point, instead of continuing his overarching story with a How to Train Your Dragon 4 after the series' third installment, Collider reports director Dean DeBlois is keener on spinning off the How to Train Your Dragon franchise to include other tales. DeBlois gave no indication what those tales might, er, entail, but let's step back for a moment and examine the trend Hollywood is forging here. In an effort to expand the worlds created within their most popular blockbusters, studios aren't simply using the same characters to tell new stories, they are producing films and television shows to broaden those worlds' scopes and increase the amount of the stories that can be told within them. Aside from storytelling, and more importantly I'd argue, this is done to benefit the bottom line, because Hollywood is a business, first and foremost. Just look at Marvel's Cinematic Universe, »

- Jordan Benesh

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Dean DeBlois Talks How To Train Your Dragon 3 and Potential Spinoffs; Says He’s Talked Jeffrey Katzenberg Down from the Idea of Dragon 4

16 October 2014 10:11 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The How to Train Your Dragon franchise is a bit of an anomaly in the DreamWorks Animation filmography.  Jeffrey Katzenberg’s company carved out its signature style with Shrek, a sweet yet slightly cynical, self-aware family film with a handful of jokes that only the adults may understand.  But 2009’s How to Train Your Dragon was an unabashedly cynicism-free feature that was deeply compassionate in nature and epic in scope.  That tone continued in this summer’s How to Train Your Dragon 2, once again under the direction of Dean DeBlois, and the Dragon films have enjoyed not only critical but also commercial success at the box office. It was announced shortly after the first film’s release that there would be a trilogy of Dragon films, and when I spoke with composer John Powell this summer he said that Katzenberg had recently brought up the prospect of a How to Train Your Dragon »

- Adam Chitwood

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Jeffrey Katzenberg on DreamWorks China plans

15 October 2014 6:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Dreamworks Animation CEO also reflected on an infamous 1991 memo, getting fired from Disney and 3D at his BFI London Film Festival keynote.

Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, has said the studio’s “plans and ambitions” for China are “as big as the country”.

The firm behind the Shrek and How To Train Your Dragon franchises recently opened the Oriental DreamWorks facility in Shanghai, home to more than 200 artists, working on Kung Fu Panda 3 and two original films based on Chinese legends.

Delivering the BFI London Film Festival industry keynote, Katzenberg said of the original features: “These are movies that will be made in China, for China, as well as for export to the rest of the world.

“When we finally announce what these two stories are my guess is there will be a phenomenal sense of enthusiasm and pride from the public in China because these are their stories.”

Forecasting the opportunities »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Here's Young Mike Myers' Scottish-French Accent in 1986

2 October 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Second City has been regularly releasing old videos of notable alums, and this clip is just as good as Chris Farley's pre-"SNL" triumph. It's Mike Myers unleashing a Scottish take on the French language back in 1986 at Toronto's Sc club. This is 15 years before "Shrek" came to theaters and dazzled us with his brogue. Watch Myers kill in this quick moment with the crowd.    (Via Splitsider) »

- Louis Virtel

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Screen, British Council to present Stars of Tomorrow at Lff

1 October 2014 4:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen International has teamed with BFI London Film Festival and British Council to present the UK Stars of Tomorrow – one of several industry events unveiled today.

The first Screen International UK Stars of Tomorrow at Lff dinner is to be held on Oct 14 during the BFI London Film Festival (Oct 8-19).

The event will bring together a selection of this year’s Stars of Tomorrow, including Aimee Ffion-Edwards and Phoebe Walller-Bridge, with casting directors, packaging agents, festival programmers, producers and financiers.

It will be preceded by a masterclass led by Us casting agent Deborah Aquila, whose credits include The Shawshank Redemption and TV series Dexter and The Shield.

The event is supported by British Council and Casting Society of America (Csa), and will be held in association with We Are UK Film.

The dinner is by invitation only and is not an open event.

Lff industry events

The 58th edition of the festival has restructured its industry »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Screen to present UK Stars of Tomorrow at Lff

1 October 2014 4:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen International has teamed with BFI London Film Festival and British Council to present the UK Stars of Tomorrow – one of several industry events unveiled today.

The first Screen International UK Stars of Tomorrow at Lff dinner is to be held on Oct 14 during the BFI London Film Festival (Oct 8-19).

The event will bring together a selection of this year’s Stars of Tomorrow, including Aimee Ffion-Edwards and Phoebe Walller-Bridge, with casting directors, packaging agents, festival programmers, producers and financiers.

It will be preceded by a masterclass led by Us casting agent Deborah Aquila, whose credits include The Shawshank Redemption and TV series Dexter and The Shield.

The event is supported by British Council and Casting Society of America (Csa), and will be held in association with We Are UK Film.

The dinner is by invitation only and is not an open event.

Lff industry events

The 58th edition of the festival has restructured its industry »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Shrek's Andrew Adamson adapting Breath of Bones comic

24 September 2014 8:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Andrew Adamson will direct an adaptation of Steve Niles's Breath of Bones.

The Chronicles of Narnia director has signed on for a film based on the 30 Days of Night co-creator's comic.

The Dark Horse Comics series centres around a golem - the Jewish myth of a clay giant animated by magic - which is brought to life to fight Nazis in World War II.

"Telling a story can be tough," Niles told The Hollywood Reporter. "It's the one monster rooted in religion and mysticism, so I wanted to be respectful.

"I decided to tell it as a World War II fable. It's a story of a grandfather teaching his grandson how to make a monster to defend his village against a Nazi invasion."

Matt Santoro served as co-writer on the comic alongside artist Dave Watcher.

Adamson directed the first two Shrek films, as well as Narnia movies The Lion, »

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"Shrek" Director Helms "Breath of Bones"

23 September 2014 6:40 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Shrek" and "The Chronicles of Narnia" director Andrew Adamson is attached to helm the film adaptation of the acclaimed Dark Horse Comics three-issue mini-series "Breath of Bones".

Steve Niles ("30 Days of Night") and Matt Santoro penned the story which is set during WW2 and follows a British plane that crashes into a Jewish village.

The crash brings the village to the attention of the Nazis, forcing the locals to defend themselves. One rabbi and his grandson bring to life a Golem

Adamson, Aron Watner, Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg are producing.

Source: Heat Vision »

- Garth Franklin

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Dark Horse Comics' 'Breath of Bones' Lands 'Shrek' Director

23 September 2014 5:41 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Shrek director Andrew Adamson has signed on to helm an adaptation of the Dark Horse Comics title Breath of Bones.

Steve Niles and Matt Santoro wrote the three-issue Breath of Bones mini-series, with artwork by Dave Wachter, who received a 2012 Russ Manning Award nomination for his work. The story is set during World War II, centering on a Jewish community that is discovered by the Nazis after a British plane crashes into their village. As the Nazi soldiers advance on their land, a Rabbi and his grandson construct a massive Golem monster to help defend them from the Third Reich. In Jewish folklore, a Golem is a creature made of clay that is brought to life through the use of magic charms or sacred words.

Here's what Steve Niles had to say about Breath of Bones, which was published in 2012.

"Telling a story can be tough. It's the one monster »

- MovieWeb

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Shrek Helmer Targets Dark Horse Comics' Breath of Bones

23 September 2014 3:55 PM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Andrew Adamson, whose credits include the first two entries in both the Shrek and Chronicles of Narnia franchises, is set to helm the fantasy tale Breath of Bones, says a story today at The Hollywood Reporter. The film will adapt the three-issue Dark Horse comic book miniseries written by Steve Niles and Matt Santoro with art by Dave Watcher. Published in 2012, the first issue of the series is officially described as follows: »

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U.K.'s Cinesite Teams With 'Shrek' Producer John Williams to Make Animated Films

23 September 2014 2:55 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

British digital visual effects company Cinesite is getting into the CG feature animation business. Williams recently pacted with Henry Skelsy, managing partner of Fulton Capital Management LLC, to launch 3Qu Media. The first movie from Cinesite's animated feature slate is Charming, a comedy produced by Williams and directed by Ross Venokur (Animal Crackerz). Now London-based Cinesite is opening a feature animation division in Montreal with a deal to make family animated films for 3Qu Media, newly-launched by Shrek franchise producer John Williams, as its first gig. Read more 'Shrek' Attraction Coming to London Charming finds the iconic princesses

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- Etan Vlessing

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‘Shrek’ Producer John Williams Launching Animated Production Company (Exclusive)

18 September 2014 5:11 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Shrek” producer John H. Williams and Henry Skelsey, managing partner of Fulton Capital Management LLC, have formed 3Qu Media as a specialist in CG-animated feature films for the international marketplace.

3Qu Media has completed funding from a group of investors for its initial slate of four films with budgets under $20 million, starting with animated comedy “Charming.”

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.

“Our purpose is to produce mainstream and commercially successful CG-animated family films with elements of comedy, adventure, romance and personal inspiration for the global market,” Williams said.

3Qu Media is producing in association with Wv Enterprises. Williams is producing and Sc Films International is handling foreign sales.

Production has started at Cinesite’s new animation studio in Montreal.

Williams has  a producing credit on »

- Dave McNary

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Paramount's Michael Horn to join Sony

10 September 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Revisiting So I Married An Axe Murderer

8 September 2014 1:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

One of Mike Myers' lesser-known films, 1993's So I Married An Axe Murderer is well worth revisiting, Aliya writes...

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 »

- ryanlambie

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Chasing Notes Film Composer Documentary to debut in Los Angeles

2 September 2014 9:08 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

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 »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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Academy's Special 2014 Honorees: Veterans Belafonte, Carrière, Miyazaki and - Finally - O'Hara

29 August 2014 4:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Honorary Oscars 2014: Hayao Miyazaki, Jean-Claude Carrière, and Maureen O’Hara; Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award goes to Harry Belafonte 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

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Mike Myers Shares First Pics of Son Spike and Daughter Sunday on The Late Show With David Letterman!

29 August 2014 5:10 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

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 »

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Amazon Orders Pilots for Five Kids Shows

25 August 2014 9:58 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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

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