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John Legend boards Tribeca Vr project 'Rainbow Crow'

11 April 2017 8:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Native American series to premiere at Tribeca next week.

Ten-time Grammy winner John Legend will voice the lead in Rainbow Crow 9pictured below), Baobab Studios’ Vr follow-up to Invasion! and Asteroids!

Legend will also serve as executive producer on the story of how the crow sacrifices his multi-coloured plumage and becomes charcoal black in order to return light to the world.

The performer and his longtime partner and collaborator Ty Stiklorius are among the creative team on Rainbow Crow, whose first episode will premiere at Tribeca.

“Rainbow Crow brings storytelling and music together in a way no one else has yet in virtual reality,” Legend said. “It’s an incredible medium for inspiring a journey of self-discovery and finding your way in times to darkness.

“In light of what’s going on in today’s world, it’s a message of deep meaning that people from all walks of life can embrace.” 

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John Legend boards Baobab Studios’ 'Rainbow Crow' Vr project

11 April 2017 8:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Native American series to premiere at Tribeca next week.

Ten-time Grammy winner John Legend will voice the lead in Rainbow Crow, Baobab Studios’ Vr follow-up to Invasion! and Asteroids!

Legend will also serve as executive producer on the story of how the crow sacrifices his multi-coloured plumage and becomes charcoal black in order to return light to the world.

The performer and his longtime partner and collaborator Ty Stiklorius are among the creative team on Rainbow Crow, whose first episode will premiere at Tribeca.

“Rainbow Crow brings storytelling and music together in a way no one else has yet in virtual reality,” Legend said. “It’s an incredible medium for inspiring a journey of self-discovery and finding your way in times to darkness.

“In light of what’s going on in today’s world, it’s a message of deep meaning that people from all walks of life can embrace.” 

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Tribeca: John Legend to Voice, Executive Produce Virtual Reality Animated Series

11 April 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

John Legend is making his foray into virtual reality with Rainbow Crow, an animated series from Vr startup Baobab Studios.

In teaming up with Baobab, Legend executive produces and provides the voice of the title character in the series, which is directed by the Vr studio’s co-founder (and Madagascar director) Eric Darnell. Legend's longtime partner and collaborator, Ty Stiklorius, has also boarded the creative team.

Inspired by Lenape folklore, Rainbow Crow tells the story of a bird with the most dazzling plumage and mellifluous voice, who, after the planet turns dark and cold, must journey far from home to bring light back to the world. Its themes include diversity, self-acceptance »

- Carolyn Giardina

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Weekend Box Office Report: April 7-9, 2017

9 April 2017 11:58 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

The Boss Baby stays on top! For a second weekend, Alec Baldwin's animated infant alter-ego was in charge at the box office as The Boss Baby remained in first place with an estimated $26.3 million! The Dreamworks family feature (from Madagascar series director Tom McGrath) dropped 47% from its opening last weekend, and has a ten-day domestic total of $89.3 million. The suit-wearing toddler... Read More »

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The Boss Baby – overcomplicated animated comedy

9 April 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Set in a world in which babies are made, not born, this is saddled with a plot that doesn’t bear repeating, but there are some laughs

Either a metaphor for how all bosses are babies or why babies shouldn’t be bosses, The Boss Baby’s eponymous infant bears more than a passing resemblance to a another big-headed blond with tiny hands. But this is less an indictment of big corporations than the self-satisfied suggestion that the traditional nuclear family can somehow solve the ills of capitalism. The jokes are decidedly one-note, but still, I admit: I laughed.

Based on Marla Frazee’s slender picture book and directed by Tom McGrath (of DreamWorks’ Madagascar series), its world is one in which babies are manufactured, not born. At “Baby Corp”, newborns are sorted into a life destined for either “family” or – wait for it – “management”. An only child with an overactive imagination, »

- Simran Hans

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The Boss Baby review

6 April 2017 4:42 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Alec Baldwin voices the title role in DreamWorks' latest animated feature, The Boss Baby. Here's our review...

In the midst of a host of projects that DreamWorks Animation has cancelled or shuffled around its schedules these part few years – the likes of B.O.O., The Croods 2, Me & My Shadow and Mumbai Musical have all been quietly shelved – one film that has remained pretty much bulletproof is The Boss Baby. Based on the short book by Marla Frazee, it’s the fifth feature from director Tom McGrath, and I think the clue for its endurance lies there. Across his previous four movies – the Madagascar films, and Megamind – McGrath has demonstrated a very able touch for comedy, and I suspect that were he working in live action, he’d be far more known that he is.

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Exclusive Interview – Director Tom McGrath on The Boss Baby

5 April 2017 4:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A suited and nearly-booted baby throws a household into chaos in The Boss Baby, the latest animation from DreamWorks, which arrives in UK cinemas this Friday.  Its director, Tom McGrath, talked to Flickering Myth’s Freda Cooper about why he wanted to make the film – and why the “micro manager” doesn’t intentionally look like the current occupant of The White House.

Best known to animation fans as the voice of the penguin Skipper in the Madagascar movies, Tom McGrath has stepped away from the microphone to what he now describes as his “day job”, directing.  Despite that background, he wasn’t in the least tempted to voice the main character in his debut as a director, The Boss Baby.  He was more than happy to leave that to Alec Baldwin who, as one of four brothers, had an affinity with the script.

McGrath also puts all the speculation about »

- Freda Cooper

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Tom McGrath interview: Boss Baby, animation, George Lucas

4 April 2017 2:54 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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We chat with Boss Baby director Tom McGrath about animation, changes at DreamWorks, Boss Baby 2, advice from Ron Howard and more...

Tom McGrath is one of Hollywood’s most underappreciated comedy directors. Megamind was a hoot, I found myself guffawing heavily through the Madagascar trilogy and now, with The Boss Baby, he’s brought yet more animated mischief to the screen.

We got the chance to have a chat with about the movie, about the big behind the scenes changes at DreamWorks Animation, and the invaluable advice of Ron Howard and George Lucas

I remember watching the Oscars one year, and Jim Carrey came on to present an award just as Liar Liar had opened to massive numbers. He walked up and said “how was your weekend, mine was good!”. So, Tom McGrath: how was your weekend?

It was great! It was good! [Laughs] You know, I don’t have children myself, »

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The Boss Baby Review

4 April 2017 6:31 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Guest

Fans of 30 Rock rejoice – Jack Donagee is back in the boardroom. Well, sort of. In The Boss Baby, Alec Baldwin lends his voice to a tiny tyrant in diapers, dispatched to take on the one thing that threatens babies’ place as the kingpins of cuteness: puppies. It’s a pretty zany concept for a kids’ movie, but coming from director Tom McGrath (Madagascar, Megamind) we wouldn’t really expect anything less.

If you’ve seen the trailer you’ll probably have a good idea of what to expect – this is a film that really does exactly what it says on the tin. That’s not necessarily a criticism of The Boss Baby; it’s a charming kid’s film with a couple of adult jokes thrown into the mix, and fans of Baldwin in particular will enjoy his no-nonsense performance as the titular character, who bears a strong »

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Exclusive: Director Tom McGrath confirms Madagascar 4 is in the works

3 April 2017 10:36 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

When you think of Tom McGrath you instantly think of the Madagascar movies. So when Tom was in town to promote his new venture, The Boss Baby, we couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to find out whether, after five years of waiting, there was a Madagascar 4 in the works. We can jubilantly confirm there certainly is.

Related: Madagascar related news and reviews

Madagascar first hit our screens back in 2005 with Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath at the helm. The cute, funny furry animals were voiced by Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sacha Baron Cohen.  It became an instant hit grossing over $532 million, that’s more than a little loose change.

2012 saw the release of Madagascar: Europe’s Most Wanted, the last time we had the chance to see the crew altogether. The film saw Alex, Marty, Gloria, and »

- Zehra Phelan

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The Boss Baby – Review

30 March 2017 10:20 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

 

Sibling rivalry can really put a family through the ole’ ringer, really it can be “H-e-double hockey sticks. But for writers it’s heaven sent, a ready to order formula for drama with a conflict going way, way back to Cain and Abel. It certainly works for all movie genres and formats, even the animated feature films. While a great majority of cartoon heroes and heroines are solo offspring from single parent homes (like Belle and Jasmine) and others are orphans (Aladdin and Mowgli), there have been some siblings mixed in there. There were 99 dalmatians, Ariel had several sisters, and both Wendy Darling and Princess Merida had rambunctious brothers. Oh, and we can’t forget the sister superstars, Elsa and Anna of Frozen (although many parents may want to after hearing “Let it Go” on a near continuous loop). Now comes an animated tale of two brothers with the rivalry ramped to a fever pitch, »

- Jim Batts

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Film Review: Alec Baldwin Puts the Funny in ‘The Boss Baby’

30 March 2017 4:54 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The young Alec Baldwin (think “Prelude to a Kiss”) never seemed as prevalent as the today’s Alec Baldwin. Taking his “30 Rock” persona to a different level, he voices the title character of ‘The Boss Baby,” the latest from Dreamworks Animation and director Tom McGrath.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The film works well on a couple levels – as a warm story on family dynamics when a new baby comes into a sibling’s territory, and as a hilarious satire on American business, especially during the 1960s Mad-Men era. Baldwin’s interpretation of Michael McCullers’ screenplay adaptation (of a children’s book by Marla Frazee) is the highlight of a conventional we-gotta-save-the-world type story. Riffing on crass businessmen is a Baldwin specialty, and he takes the Boss Baby and lifts it to a height where the mere presence of the character elicits laughs. Director Tom McGrath (“Madagascar” series, “Megamind”) uses a familiar animation »

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How DreamWorks Animation Went Retro with ‘The Boss Baby’ 2D Fantasies

30 March 2017 11:45 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For DreamWorks director Tom McGrath (the “Madagascar” franchise), “The Boss Baby” not only provided a personal story about sibling rivalry and corporate displacement, with Alec Baldwin voicing a Trump-like corporate bully, but also the opportunity to create a separate 2D graphic design for several fantasy sequences.

“I think we’ve forgotten our roots a little bit [with CG],” McGrath told IndieWire. “But since we were doing a movie about a 7-year-old’s imagination, we could be very stylized, very abstract, and very colorful. And we had our heroes of animation from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s to drawn on: Maurice Noble, Mary Blair, Ward Kimball, and Chuck Jones.”

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After dabbling in a 2D sequence for “Madagascar 3,” McGrath experimented further with 2D environments inside the mind of his protagonist, Tim Templeton (voiced by »

- Bill Desowitz

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Interview: Director Tom McGrath is Boss of ‘The Boss Baby’

29 March 2017 1:43 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In one of the most natural pieces of voice casting in cartoon history, Alec Baldwin portrays the title character in Dreamworks Animation’s “The Boss Baby.” The director is animation veteran Tom McGrath (“Madagascar”), and the producer is Ramsey Ann Naito, and they were both in Chicago to promote the film.

The Boss Baby” is fast, loose, funny and full of heart. Based on a children’s book by Marla Frazee, the animated version combines baby brother jealousy with Mad Men-era business self help, in a crazy visual landscape. Alec Baldwin is at his “30 Rock” best as the Boss Baby, delivering lines like the parody of his famous movie quote, “cookies are for closers.” There are many layers in the film, but mostly it is a hilarious metaphor on how families adjust when new siblings are added to the mix.

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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How Alec Baldwin, ‘30 Rock’ and ‘Megamind’ Inspired ‘The Boss Baby’

21 March 2017 10:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alec Baldwin brought his own boss babies to DreamWorks Animation’s blue carpet on Monday for the premiere of “The Boss Baby.” The star, his wife, and their three-year-old daughter and one-year-old son smiled for the cameras before the AMC Loews Lincoln Square screening in New York City.

It’s been three years since Baldwin first signed on to voice the lead role in the film about a new baby’s arrival and his impact on a family. In that time Comcast acquired DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion and Jeffrey Katzenberg stepped down as the company’s CEO. Tom McGrath’s “The Boss Baby” marked Katzenberg’s final film with the company.

“I wasn’t worried because I was sure Jeffrey wouldn’t just bail out of there without making sure everything was the way it ought to be for the health of the company,” Baldwin said. “I don’t think »

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Annapurna TV developing 'Amberville' at Amazon Studios

20 March 2017 1:54 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Megan Ellison’s fledgling division teams up with creator Chris McCoy and Sausage Party co-director Conrad Vernon on adult CG-animated series.

Annapurna TV is developing Amberville based on Tim Davys’ ‘Mollisan Town’ book series for Amazon Studios’ Prime Video platform.

Amberville is set in a city populated by living stuffed animals. The dark comedy centres on a reformed Teddy Bear who is pulled back into the criminal underworld when his former boss enlists him for an impossible new job. 

McCoy wrote the pilot based on a story he co-wrote with Vernon, whose directing credits include Shrek 2 and Madagascar 3 and is attached to direct the pilot. 

The project reunites Vernon with Annapurna who produced his film Sausage Party, which Sony Pictures released last year. McCoy wrote and directed last year’s Good Kids and has authored two novels.

Annapurna founder Megan Ellison serves as executive producer with Annapurna TV head Sue Naegle, David Distenfeld, McCoy »

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The Boss Baby trailer offers ‘A Tale Not as Old as Time’

20 March 2017 8:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its Us release next week, a new trailer has arrived online for the upcoming animated comedy The Boss Baby entitled ‘A Tale Not as Old as Time’; check it out below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Read our review of The Boss Baby here

DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby.  He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks’ The Boss BabyThe Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim.  With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.  

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Film Review: ‘The Boss Baby’

12 March 2017 12:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s a routine feeling to want a movie to be smarter. Every so often, though, you may want a movie to be a little dumber — to be true to what it actually is. “The Boss Baby,” the jokey new 3D animated lark from DreamWorks Animation (it’s being distributed by 20th Century Fox), is a visually brisk, occasionally clever low-concept comedy that’s also trying, half-heartedly, to be some sort of Pixarish masterpiece. You may wind up wishing that it had been one or the other.

The title character is an insanely precocious, arrogant, walking-and-talking infant who dresses in a black business suit, carries a briefcase, has big marble eyes that narrow down to devious slits, and snaps out observations and demands in the mellifluous cutthroat voice of Alec Baldwin, who has a peerless gift for making bombs-away statements that don’t raise his pulse by a beat. The character, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Review: ‘The Boss Baby’ Might Pacify Kids, But This Dirty Diaper of a Movie Is Further Proof Hollywood Animation Needs a Change

12 March 2017 11:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Milan Kundera once wrote that “a single metaphor can give birth to love.” But, for all his genius, what the great Czech novelist failed to foresee is that a single metaphor can also give birth to a mildly tolerable kids movie in which Alec Baldwin voices a business-minded newborn. For you see, Dreamworks Animation’s “The Boss Baby” isn’t — as the unenlightened masses might understandably assume — just a disposable cartoon about a hyper-intelligent infant who becomes the CEO of a major corporation. I mean, it is definitely that, don’t get me wrong, but it isn’t only that. No, “The Boss Baby” is also, like, one of those movies that’s about something, ya know?

It’s about how babies (wait for it) are like (here it comes) the (buckle up!) Boss of the family, forcing everyone else in the house to adjust to their schedule and whims. »

- David Ehrlich

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Tribeca 2017 Lineup: The Obamas’ Virtual Reality White House Tour Leads Experimental Storytelling Program

3 March 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival announced today its lineup of immersive films, including 29 Vr and interactive projects in its Storyscapes and Virtual Arcade exhibits. Tribeca was one of the first U.S. festivals to showcase experimental storytelling projects, and as such the festival attracts world premieres from some of the vastly growing industry’s leading creators and studios.

Highlights include a virtual reality tour of the White House led by Barack and Michelle Obama; a new Vr collaboration from Chris Milk and by Pharell Williams; a mystery starring Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola from interactive studio Eko; and a multidisciplinary exploration of women of color’s experience through the lens of technology, society and culture, titled “NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism.”

Read More: Tribeca 2017 Lineup: New Films From Alex Gibney, Azazel Jacobs and Laurie Simmons Lead the Eclectic Mix

“As Vr has continued to evolve technologically, so has the storytelling. Our mission »

- Jude Dry

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