6 items from 2015
Any good news for DreamWorks Animation at the 2014 global box office came at an exorbitant cost. While the toon studio’s slate was up 36% over last year at the global B.O. with $1.18B across three movies — Mr. Peabody & Sherman, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Penguins Of Madagascar, productions costs for DreamWorks Animation surged 56% over 2013 with an estimated $422M, the second highest in the studio’s history since 2010, when it shelled out $460M for a three pic-slate that included Shrek Forever After, How To Train Your Dragon and Mega Mind (total global B.O. $1.57B) under its distribution deal with Paramount. And not only were budgets up, but the three of the five titles that Dwa delivered to its distrib partner 20th Century Fox during the past two years haven’t been the mass-appealing, humorous titles that the animation studio has built its brand upon — How to Train Your Dragon 2 »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
As part of its restructuring announced today, DreamWorks Animation will be shutting down Pdi/DreamWorks, its computer animation production company in Redwood City, CA. Half of Pdi’s 450 workers will lose their jobs; the others will be offered positions at the Dwa campus in Glendale.
DreamWorks Animation acquired a 40% stake in Pacific Data Images in 1995 and completed the buyout following the success of 1998’s Antz, renaming the company Pdi/DreamWorks. It would go on to produce Shrek, Shrek 2, Madagascar, Shrek The Third, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Penguins Of Madagascar. Shrek won the first Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2002, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 has been nominated this year.
- David Robb
Golden Globe winner guest stars on Season 3 as a billionaire movie producer who comes to Ray (Liev Schreiber) for help
The Golden Globe-winning actor will guest star as Malcolm Finney, a rich and famous movie producer who hires Ray (Liev Schreiber) to help his family out during a potentially catastrphoic situation, in a season-long arc on the pay-cable drama.
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- Travis Reilly
Hollywood will come alive with The Sound of Music (1965) this spring as the beloved, Oscar®-winning classic returns to the big screen to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a gala opening-night screening on Thursday, March 26 at the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival. Legendary stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer will join Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne at the world-famous Tcl Chinese Theater IMAX to introduce the beautifully restored film and kick off the sixth annual festival, which will run March 26-29, 2015, in Hollywood.
The film is being presented in collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox, in celebration of their Golden 50th Anniversary Blu-ray release arriving on March 10, 2015.
The Sound of Music is the story of the Von Trapp family, whose lives are forever changed by the arrival of Maria, the warmhearted young governess who brings joy and music to the Captain (Plummer) and his children. The film earned Andrews her second »
- Melissa Thompson
The new film will ditch the CG 'Smurfs in our contemporary world' setting in favor of a fully animated project that sticks closer to the original cartoon and designs by creator Peyo.
The project will also give a new origin story to the Smurfs. Though the wise paternal leader of the creatures, that will not always be the case with this Papa Smurf.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Sony Pictures Animation has brought on Homeland star Mandy Patinkin to voice Papa Smurf in their Untitled Smurfs Movie. Unlike 2011's The Smurfs and 2013's The Smurfs 2, which were live action/CGI animation hybrids, this Smurfs project will be fully animated, sticking closer to the original designs by creator Peyo. The project will give a new origin story to the Smurfs, and, while Papa Smurf is supposed to be "the wise paternal leader" of these tiny blue creatures, that will not always be the case.
Jonathan Winters voiced Papa Smurf in The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, with Don Messick voicing the character in the original Smurfs animated TV series. Kelly Asbury (Gnomeo and Juliet, Shrek the Third) is directing from a script by Karey Kirkpatrick (The Secret World of Arrietty, Over The Hedge) and Chris Poche (Over The Hedge). Jordan Kerner is producing with Mary Ellen Bauder serving as co-producer. »
6 items from 2015
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