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Norika Fujiwara to voice Tokyo-bound 'Green Porno Live'

25 August 2015 7:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Norika Fujiwara to narrate and provide voiceover for the Japanese version of Isabella Rossellini’s series.

Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno Live has been selected to screen in the inaugural Panoramic Section of the Tokyo International Film Festival (Oct 22-31).

Japanese pay-tv broadcaster Wowow partnered with Sundance Productions on the film, documenting the stage version of Rossellini’s award-winning Green Porno series, which dramatizes the sex life and mating habits of home and garden creatures.

It has also been revealed that Japanese actress and former model Norika Fujiwara will narrate and provide voiceover for Rossellini for the Japanese audience.

Fujiwara is known to local audiences as the voice of Princess Fiona, originally played by Cameron Diaz, in the Japanese-dubbed versions of all four Shrek films.

Kayo Washio, who runs Wowow’s Los Angeles office, executive produced the film with Sundance ProductionsLaura Michalchyshyn.

Director is Jody Shapiro and producer is Sundance Productions’ Molly O’Keefe.

Wowow retains »

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

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Raman Hui: The Man Behind Chinese Mega-Hit ‘Monster Hunt’

14 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“All the Hollywood studios want to screen my movie now. They want to see what all the fuss is about,” chuckles animator and director Raman Hui, who is clearly enjoying the success of his debut Asian feature, “Monster Hunt,” which delivered the biggest ever opening at the box office for a 3D Chinese movie.

The live action-cgi hybrid — in which evil humans have driven cute monsters from their homeland — has taken in almost $300 million since its July 16 release, and is still going strong. Hui says he expects to make a sequel. “The audience will be angry if I don’t,” he says. “But they want it next month.”

Hui, who was born in Hong Kong, is no stranger in Hollywood. He spent 20 years as an animator with Pacific Data Images and DreamWorks Animation, where, among his many accomplishments, he designed the titular ogre for “Shrek.” He counts Dwa CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg as a close friend. »

- Patrick Frater

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China's Original Force opens Us animation hub

12 August 2015 8:39 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Chinese animation studio has launched a Los Angeles-based production office and brought on industry veterans and longtime producing partners Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox.

Original Force president and founder Harley Zhao (pictured, centre) told guests at a party in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday evening that the company has started production on three features and will aim produce at least one CG film approximately every 18 months.

Rabins (pictured at far left) and Finkelman Cox (pictured at far right) will serve as co-presidents of Original Force Animation and are partners with Zhao on the newly launched animated feature division.

The new arrivals launched Sony Pictures Animation in 2002 and have deep ties to DreamWorks Animation. They have overseen such titles as Shrek, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and Open Season and have begun to assemble their team for the inaugural slate.

Meanwhile Peter Adee, formerly president of marketing at Universal Pictures and MGM, is consulting »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Original Force opens Us hub

12 August 2015 8:39 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Chinese animation studio has launched a Los Angeles-based production office and brought on industry veterans and longtime producing partners Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox.

Original Force president and founder Harley Zhao (pictured, centre) told guests at a party in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday evening that the company has started production on three features and will aim produce at least one CG film approximately every 18 months.

Rabins (pictured at far left) and Finkelman Cox (pictured at far right) will serve as co-presidents of Original Force Animation and are partners with Zhao on the newly launched animated feature division.

The new arrivals launched Sony Pictures Animation in 2002 and have deep ties to DreamWorks Animation. They have overseen such titles as Shrek, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and Open Season and have begun to assemble their team for the inaugural slate.

Meanwhile Peter Adee, formerly president of marketing at Universal Pictures and MGM, is consulting »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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China’s Original Force Animation Pushes Into Feature Films With 2 Hollywood Vets

12 August 2015 5:30 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

China’s Original Force Animation is expanding into feature films, having named Hollywood veterans Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox co-presidents and opened a Los Angeles office, company founder and president Harley Zhao said Wednesday. Rabins and Finkelman Cox, who were instrumental in the launch of DreamWorks’ and Sony’s animation arms, yielding blockbusters “Shrek,” “Prince of Egypt” and “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” said Original Force’s goal is to deliver a computer-generated animated film every 18 months. The company’s foray into features is the latest example of China’s burgeoning film industry muscling into a sector dominated by American companies for decades, »

- Todd Cunningham

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China’s Original Force Expands to Hollywood With Three Animated Films in Production

12 August 2015 5:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chinese digital animation studio Original Force is expanding into Hollywood, opening a new motion picture division for its own projects and moving forward on the production of three animated films, Original Force founder Harley Zhao announced at a launch party at L.A. Live’s Triple8 China Bar & Grill on Aug. 12.

Original Force Animation has opened production offices in Culver City headed up by animation production veterans Penney Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins. Finkelman Cox and Rabins have worked together on such hit films as “Shrek,” “Prince of Egypt,” “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” “Open Season” and “Surf’s Up.”

“There is no one more talented, skilled or experienced in leading animated films than Sandy and Penney,” said Zhao. “Each has had an extraordinary career, and their track record co-running DreamWorks Animation and Sony Pictures Animation has given them a completely unique perspective on building a contemporary animation studio from the ground up. »

- Terry Flores

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The Week in Movies – New Batman Trilogy, Fantastic Four, Captain America: Civil War and Mad Max: The Wastleland

10 August 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – mainly the Fantastic Four dramas, rumours of a new Batman trilogy, picking sides for Captain America: Civil War and which huge cast member might not be returning for Max Max: The Wasteland?

“They said they’ll CGI the background in post.”

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There’s been a rumour going round this week that Warner Bros. want Ben Affleck to be part of a new trilogy of Batman movies. In the last half-decade, Hollywood has come to realise how complex comic book characters can be; that they encompass archetypes so deep, so open to interpretation and era, »

- Oli Davis

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Watch a story reel featuring Chris Farley as the titular voice in ‘Shrek’

7 August 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The untimely demise of numerous performers over the years have left a huge question of what projects would look like if they were still alive, projects that they were either involved in, rumoured for, or which fit into their previous body of work. The situation has been no different for the late comedian Chris Farley, whose legacy continues to bring up these questions 18 years after his death.

When Farley died in 1997, he was involved in a number of projects, including a third entry in the Ghostbusters franchise and a biopic of performer Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. One of the projects that was near completion, however, was the animated film Shrek, the work of which Farley had nearly completed, providing the voice of the main character. Farley’s death sent the movie into rewrites and recasting for numerous roles, with Mike Myers ultimately taking Farley’s place on the project, with the finished feature released in 2001. Now, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Revealed: Chris Farley's 'humble, bumbling' nice-guy Shrek

7 August 2015 8:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Audio of the late comic’s abandoned recordings for the 2001 animated smash has emerged, featuring a toned-down take on the angry green ogre

No one knows how Back to the Future might have turned out had Eric Stoltz not been replaced by Michael J Fox five weeks into shooting, though the odd snatch of video has emerged in recent years and there are rumours that Fox’s predecessor can still be spotted in some scenes from the final movie. That’s more than can be said for Stuart Townsend’s canned take on Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, but at least we can now get a tiny glimpse into how Chris Farley’s Shrek might have turned out had the actor not died as a result of a drug overdose, aged 33, in late 1997.

A Shrek storyboard video has emerged with a soundtrack from the original »

- Ben Child

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Chris Farley Was Originally Cast to Voice Shrek — Listen to Newly Surfaced Audio

7 August 2015 2:54 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Before Mike Myers took on the role of big green ogre Shrek, funnyman Chris Farley was set to voice the character. In newly surfaced audio tapes, the late comedian can be heard voicing the popular character prior to his 1997 death, along with Eddie Murphy, who voices Donkey. Farley’s Shrek resurfaced after it was featured in the new documentary I Am Chris Farley. According to Entertainment Weekly, the Tommy Boy star was attached to the DreamWorks feature and the role was written specifically for him. He recorded almost [...] »

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Watch: Chris Farley As the Original Voice of Shrek

6 August 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Chris Farley is back in the zeitgeist these days, partly because of a new documentary called I Am Chris Farley, about the life of the late comedian and Saturday Night Live veteran, and partly thanks to a recent viral video inserting Farley into the Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation trailer. Now here's more, a reminder that Farley was the original voice of Shrek, but he died suddenly in 1997 of a drug overdose before he finished recording his lines. DreamWorks nearly scrapped production on Shrek after the tragedy, but after reportedly trying John Lithgow in the role of the now-iconic ogre, they got Farley's old SNL colleague Mike Myers to redo the part. At that time, Cameron Diaz also replaced Jeneane Garofalo, who'd...

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Hear Chris Farley Voice Shrek in Rare Footage

6 August 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Audio of Chris Farley voicing Shrek, the titular ogre from the DreamWorks animated franchise, has surfaced on YouTube. The uploader, user "Bedhead Bernie," attributes its origins to John Garbett, a producer who briefly worked on the film.

The clip arrived not long after Farley's brother, Kevin, told Yahoo! that the comedian had recorded almost all of his dialogue for Shrek prior to his death from a drug overdose in 1997. "Originally, the Shrek character was a little bit more like Chris, like a humble, bumbling innocent guy," Kevin said.

The audio now available highlights Kevin's description, »

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Audio Emerges Of Chris Farley As Shrek

6 August 2015 12:10 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Before his death in December of 1997, comedian Chris Farley was cast in the titular ogre role in DreamWorks Animation's "Shrek".

The film was still in the early stages back then, years away from its release in 2001, but Farley had recorded the majority of his dialogue for the project before he died. Even so, the studio ultimately recast him with former SNL co-star Mike Meyers and of course that lead to one of the biggest animated film franchises there is with $3.5 billion at the global box office.

Today, producer John Garbett has uploaded a story reel from the early days of production on the film which includes storyboards with the original voice work done by Farley as Shrek in a scene with Eddie Murphy as Donkey. Gone is the angry Scottish accent Meyers opted to employ, replaced by something more akin to the late Farley's usual voice.

The clip comes »

- Garth Franklin

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Chris Farley Voices Shrek in Newly Surfaced Clip, Late Comedian Originally Cast as Beloved Ogre

6 August 2015 11:29 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Chris Farley lives on in the form of our favorite ogre.  A newly surfaced video features the iconic comedian, who tragically passed away at the age of 33, playing the voice of Shrek from the popular DreamWorks film.  Farley was originally cast as the beloved ogre in the animated flick, but he didn't finish recording before his untimely death in 1997.  The clip, which quickly began making the Internet rounds, features sketches of the film's animated artwork and contains audio from the original dialogue. Farley as Shrek and Eddie Murphy as Donkey can be heard recording one of the most memorable scenes of the movie as Shrek declares, "I want a home. And someone to share it »

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Hearing Chris Farley Voice Shrek Will Change How You See the Iconic Character

6 August 2015 11:20 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

We all associate Mike Myers's voice with Shrek now, but once upon a time, the role belonged to the late, great Chris Farley. Myers's Saturday Night Live costar and friend was originally cast in the film, and according to Farley's brother Kevin, he had recorded nearly all the audio for the part before he died in 1997. Audio of Farley's recordings surfaced on Reddit this week, and it gives us a really good idea of what his Shrek would have been like. Note: no Scottish accent. Watch the video, paired with storyboarded images of the film, above. »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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Watch: Early 'Shrek' Story Reels Feature Chris Farley's Voice Work

6 August 2015 11:04 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I don't think I'm the first to suggest the world lost a great comedian far too soon when Chris Farley passed away in 1997, but the world lost a great comedian far too soon when Chris Farley passed away in 1997. Farley's ability for physical comedy was tremendous and his timing impeccable, things I'm reminded of any time I see him in old episodes of "Saturday Night Live" or whenever I catch Tommy Boy on cable. I was reminded of something else about Farley today when Collider posted a story about the late actor, namely that he lent his voice to the titular ogre in Shrek before his passing. Mike Myers ultimately took over the role and took the character in a very different direction, but a video of an early story reel from the film has found its way online today featuring Farley as Shrek and Eddie Murphy as Donkey in »

- Jordan Benesh

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Cool Videos: Chris Farley voices Shrek in this early test reel

6 August 2015 10:22 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Shrek proved to be one of DreamWorks' flagship animated titles, paving the way for sequels, merchandise, and even a rides. The duo of Mike Meyers and Eddie Murphy seemed inevitable, but as most Shrek fans know, that wasn't always the case. Before succumbing to a drug overdose in 1997, Farley had been cast as the lead ogre. Chris' brother, Kevin, had stated that, "Originally the Shrek... Read More »

- Sean Wist

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Hear Chris Farley as 'Shrek' in Long Lost Footage

6 August 2015 8:57 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In 2001, Shrek became a phenomenon. It was a huge blockbuster that put DreamWorks Animation on the map. And it proved that animated family films could be just as fun for adults as children, if not more so. And Mike Myers was championed for his Scottish brogue as the title character. We almost can't image anyone else bringing this big green friendly monster to life. But it almost didn't happen that way. One of Mike Myers' Saturday Night Live co-stars was originally supposed to play the role. And now we get a taste of just how different it may have been.

Before his untimely death at the tender age of 33 years-old in December of 1997, comedian and movie star Chris Farley was chosen as the original voice of the Ogre Shrek in DreamWorks Animations upcoming family comedy adventure. The film was loosely based on William Steig's 1990 fairy tale picture book, »

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Watch Chris Farley’s Test Reel For Shrek

6 August 2015 8:23 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Way back in 1997, four years before Shrek was released and became the ground breaking animated hit it did, it was going down a vey different route with Chris Farley as the original voice for everybody’s favourite grumpy yet lovable ogre. After his untimely death laster that year, the comedian was replaced, despite completing the bulk of his voice duties, by his former Saturday Night Live co-star Mike Meyers, who took the role in a completely different direction that had a major impact on the character development and story going forward. Farley’s work on Shrek has been unseen until now, with an early story reel from 1997 coming online, showing us what Farley’s take on the character would have been like. His 'angry but still a sweetie deep down' version is certainly different from Meyer’s more cynical and acerbic character, but it’s certainly easy to see why »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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This is what Shrek would have been like with Chris Farley voicing the ogre

6 August 2015 7:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Fans have often wondered how Shrek would have been different had Chris Farley voiced the ogre.

An early storyreel has offered an insight into how things could have been had the comedian voiced the character instead of Mike Myers.

Farley's untimely death in 1997 led to Mike Myers taking over the role in the 2001 film and its subsequent sequels.

Myers has previously spoken of how he took Shrek in a completely different direction, but this will be the first time that many fans have had the chance to hear how Shrek sounded in the early stages of the film's development.

Last year, DreamWorks hinted that a fifth Shrek film could happen, despite many believing that Shrek Forever After would be the final outing for the character.

Earlier this year, a Shrek-themed attraction opened for fans in London.

Watch a trailer for Shrek Forever After below: »

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