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Legendary's "King Kong" prequel/spin-off/reboot or whatever it is, "Skull Island," has scored both a new title and release date. The Tom Hiddleston-led project follows a team of explorers who venture deep inside the treacherous, primordial island that Kong calls home. The film is now going by the name "Kong: Skull Island" and has been pushed back four months from November 4th 2016 to March 10th 2017.
To take over the hole left by Skull's departure, Legendary has slotted in its untitled film about China's Great Wall for a November 23rd 2016 release. Zhang Yimou will helm the historical action meets supernatural feature.
Fox has pushed back the third "Kung Fu Panda" movie by three months, getting it out the line of fire created by "Star Wars: Episode VII". The Dreamworks Animation-produced sequel will open March 18th 2016.
New Line has moved up the horror project "Gallows" by three months, with »
- Garth Franklin
The release date for Kung Fu Panda 3 has been moved to 2016.
Originally scheduled for December 23, 2015 in the Us, the Jack Black animation feature will now launch on March 18, 2016, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
20th Century Fox stated that the decision was made to avoid directly competing with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens on December 18, 2015.
Domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson said: "This is part of our constantly re-evaluating the competitive landscape, as we do with all of our films."
DreamWorks Animation's schedule has been a little bit erratic over the past year or two, as the firm has switched dates, delayed films, and in at least one case - Me & My Shadow - dropped a film from its announced line-up altogether.
The studio had planned a couple of years' back to release up to three films a year, but since it revealed that, 2014 is the only year it's done so. Even then, it involved a switcheroo between Home and The Penguins Of Madagascar.
It's 2015 slate originally had three films on it. Home is the next one, having been moved to March 2015. But it also had B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherwordly Operations in there. That, however, has now been delayed, with no new release date given. »
Whether we liked it or not, 2014 became the year of staking your claim to release dates way ahead of time. Considering both Marvel and DC staked out a lot of prime real estate for their franchise efforts, there's been a more limited amount of breathing room for major studios without superhero projects. One studio that hasn't had the best of luck with release dates is Dreamworks Animation, which has recently dealt with two other release date moves, and now is looking into a third one. It pains us to say this, but you Kung Fu Panda fans are going to have to wait a little longer for Po's next big adventure. Variety announced that Kung Fu Panda 3's original release date of December 23, 2015 is going to be replaced by a supposedly cozier March 18, 2016 spot. The reasoning behind this change has not been made official, but if you're wide awake you »
Po has taken down lots of opponents is his day, but this is one battle he’s skipping. DreamWorks Animation said today that it has pushed the release of Kung Fu Panda 3 from December 23, 2015, to the following March 18. It was to have opened five days after a little film called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The move leaves Home (March 27) as Dwa’s lone pic officially scheduled for 2015. The studio, whose films are distributed by Fox, said last month that it is likely to move B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldy Operations from its June 5 slot, but no new release date has been announced.
“Kung Fu Panda is one of Dwa’s most treasured properties, and we want to make sure it is positioned where it has the best chance to reach the broadest audience,” Fox President of Domestic Distribution Chris Aronson told Deadline. “In reviewing the competitive landscape, »
- The Deadline Team
Disney will release “The Force Awakens,” directed by J.J. Abrams, on Dec. 18, 2015.
Twentieth Century Fox releases Dwa’s toons.
So far, Dwa also has “”Home,” dated for March 27, followed by “B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherwordly Operations,” out that summer. The latter film is also expected to find a new home to scare up audiences, because of Marvel’s “The Avengers” sequel.
The new date for “Kung Fu Panda 3″ means that Dwa will need to find a new birth for “Boss Baby,” also dated for March 18, 2016.
Dwa had previously said it would rethink its release strategy shortly after Marvel introduced plans and release dates for 10 new movies through 2019.
At the time, titles from the toon studio that were thought to be especially impacted were “B. »
- Marc Graser
Nearly a year and a half after the English voice cast was announced, the first trailer has been released for The Little Prince, an adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's literary classic of the same name. The footage is completely in French, so we'll have to wait for a domestic trailer to hear voice cast members such as Rachel McAdams, Mackenzie Foy, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, Jeff Bridges, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Albert Brooks and Ricky Gervais, but the international trailer gives us a glimpse at the visual style that blends stop motion and CGI animation.
The original novel centers on an airplane pilot, who crash-lands in the Sahara Desert. He comes across a young boy that claims to be a prince from his home on an asteroid. During his time repairing the downed aircraft, the young boy tells stories about the foolish inhabitants surrounding his asteroid. In the adaptation, »
Mon dieu! The international trailer for "The Little Prince" has landed, and it is just lovely. Sure, it's completely in French, but if you remember the book, you can get the gist of it from watching. Or, you can just enjoy the dazzling animation that brings to life the beloved story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Plus, thanks to Vulture, you don't even need to fire up Google Translate if your French is a little rusty.
Old man: Oh, oh! I'm here! Up here! [He waves.] Good evening!
Little girl: [Reading] Once upon a time, a little prince who needed a friend?
Old man: I've flown almost everywhere in the world, until something miraculous happened.
Little Prince: Please, draw me a sheep.
Old man: I've always wanted to find someone to share my story with, but I think this world has become too grown-up ... It's only the beginning of the story!
- Jenni Miller
There are few books as beloved around the world as The Little Prince. Published in 1943, it has been sold over 140 million times worldwide in over 100 different languages. Often voted as one of the best books of the 20th Century, The Little Prince is now becoming an animated film from Kung Fu Panda director Mark Osborne. The domestic trailer has yet to be released, but Paramount's French language version is now online and it looks poised to be one of the most beautiful animated films »
- Alex Maidy
Is it sexist to call “Wild” a macho film?
The Fox Searchlight movie, which opens in Los Angeles and New York on Dec. 3, has made some men understandably wary. The protagonist is a woman, her key relationship is with her mother, and the nonfiction source material was in Oprah’s Book Club. So under the three-strikes law, this would seem like a chick pic.
That’s short-sighted: Audiences and awards voters of both sexes should find “Wild” both entertaining and emotional. In her autobiographical book, Cheryl Strayed is down-to-earth and gritty, and the film maintains that tone.
The film, like Strayed’s work, may be about a pretty woman hiking through pretty scenery, but her life is messy, the trail is tough and, as we are told, she often smells bad. The movie is sometimes exhilarating, sometimes painful, and emotionally touching.
The animation world has long been aware that girls »
- Tim Gray
It's been 20 years since DreamWorks Animation set up its stall, originally as part of the broader DreamWorks Skg project, but since splintering out on its own. One of the constants in that time has been the man heading it up: Jeffrey Katzenberg. Having overseen animation at Disney from the mid-1980s through the second golden era for the studio in the early 1990s, his company has made 30 animated films.
Here, he chats to us about film 30, The Penguins Of Madagascar, as well as the state of the business, the changing face of animation, and his fears for 2016...
CW is on a roll when it comes to releasing their holiday schedule, as they released the holiday schedule for the week of December 15th. This includes mid season finales and the return of Hart of Dixie. It is also sprinkled with a few holiday specials for those who miss the classics that we grew up watching. Now they get a chance to share less popular shows. Here is the official listing for that week.
“Kablang” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. Et) (Content Rating Tbd) (HDTV)
Second Chances — Zoe (Rachel Bilson) is excited that Wade (Wilson Bethel) has decided to stay in BlueBell. However, she is struggling with getting him to notice her attempts at romantic gestures. Brick (Tim Matheson) is surprised when he gets a knock on his door from someone from his past. Meanwhile, George (Scott Porter) and Lavon (Cress Williams) are on »
- Sarah Peel
As CEO of DreamWorks Animation, Jeffrey Katzenberg has seen a huge upheaval in the Hollywood landscape over the past 20 years. The carefully-crafted 2D animations have fallen by the wayside, as souped-up digital blockbusters like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar have taken their place.
Katzenberg, who oversaw an animation renaissance during his tenure as Walt Disney Studios chairman (which spanned from The Little Mermaid to Tarzan), isn't wistful for those heady days. "I don't have a nostalgic gene in me," he told Digital Spy. "What I find most valuable focusing on are my mistakes and on the things that went badly because I find my best lessons come from the things I did wrong, not the things I did right."
The studio boss addressed latest offering Penguins of Madagascar, what's in store for DreamWorks and why the industry has let the public down with its approach to 3D.
There's a »
Paramount Pictures started rolling out new posters for The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water yesterday, unveiling new looks for Plankton (Mr. Lawrence) and Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown). Today, the studio has unveiled the latest character poster, showcasing Squidward's (Rodger Bumpass) new massive alter-ego "Sour Note." As you can see in the one-sheet, this isn't the same Squidward fans are used to on the SpongeBob SquarePants TV series.
The story follows Spongebob (Tom Kenny) and his friends leaving Bikini Bottom, entering our world for the first time. The encounter a nefarious pirate known as Burger-Beard (Antonio Banderas). This evil character is searching for the final page of a mysterious book. We saw in the first two trailers that Spongebob and his Bikini Bottom crew all "transform" into much larger versions of themselves, as you can see in this poster for Squidward, who dwarfs the massive Mount Rushmore.
DreamWorks Animation’s stock tumbled nearly 13% in pre-market trading Monday as Wall Street reacted to news that the company’s merger talks with Hasbro were over.
Shares of the Glendale, Calif. based animation studio were trading at $22.66, close to their value on Wednesday when news broke that Hasbro was considering purchasing the company behind “Shrek” and “Kung Fu Panda.”
Hasbro investors appeared pleased that the talks had fizzled. Shares of the Pawtucket, Rhode Island based toymaker climbed 4.4% in pre-market trading to $56.40. Analysts questioned the wisdom of Hasbro’s plans to purchase DreamWorks Animation, noting that the movie studio has endured three write-downs from its past four films. Hasbro’s stock plunged as a result, falling 4% on Thursday to $54.98 and slipping an additional 1.7% on Friday to $54.02.
DreamWorks Animation had been looking for a deal that was a mixture of cash and stock. It wanted Hasbro to pay more than $30 a share for rights to the studio. »
- Brent Lang
After courting and being snubbed by several deep-pocketed investors including a Japanese tech giant, Hollywood’s major studios and now Hasbro, Jeffrey Katzenberg may continue to struggle to find a buyer for his DreamWorks Animation Studios.
With each miss, the executive appears to look more desperate. Those who know him well say it will be tough for Katzenberg to restrain his controlling nature and secure the kind of pact that works for both buyer and seller.
Katzenberg’s desire to lock down an ultra-rich deal for the toon studio he built from the ground up and took public in 2004 is considered one obstacle. But so is his desire to take the top spot at the table of any company that buys his firm.
Analysts have begun voicing concern, saying that Dwa’s attempts to sell itself for years with no success is starting to ding the company’s reputation. Not »
- Marc Graser
There have been many movies about the infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in the starting blocks for years but it took a Frenchman, Rassam, to deliver the first narrative feature about him in “Escobar: Paradise Lost.” Starring Benicio Del Toro and Josh Hutcherson, the film earned critical kudos at its Toronto festival preem in September.
In the past eight years, Rassam has succeeded in raising the financing for some of France’s biggest-budgeted English-language movies, such as “Upside Down” (estimated budget: $40 million) and the upcoming animated feature “The Little Prince” (budget: $77 million), directed by “Kung Fu Panda” co-helmer Mark Osborne with a voice cast that includes James Franco, Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams.
Rassam, who launched On Entertainment with his longtime associate Aton Soumache in January, is prepping a move to L.A. in March. “I already travel there 10 to 12 times a year, and I’m now really looking »
- Elsa Keslassy
CW has big plans for the Thanksgiving holiday week later on this month. The network released their holiday line up regarding what shows they will air between November 24th-28th. The network is preparing some of their big holiday episodes, as well as special one off offerings to boost their viewership right at the end in time for sweeps calculations. Here is the list they recent of published for the special week.
Monday, November 24
“The Brothers That Care Forgot” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. Et) (Content Rating Tbd) (HDTV)
Guest Star Claire Holt Returns As Rebekah Mikaelson — Rebekah (guest star Claire Holt), who has spent months away living a normal life with baby Hope, finds herself on the run when she realizes Esther (guest star Sonja Sohn) has uncovered her whereabouts. Convinced that Vincent (guest star Yusuf Gatewood) and Kaleb (guest star Daniel Sharman) would be powerful allies »
- Sarah Peel
Paris-based On Entertainment, one of Europe’s leading production companies, is partnering up with Wild Bunch and Pathe on an $80 million animated feature based on the iconic Playmobil toys’ brand.
Bob Persichetti, who worked as head of story on “Monsters vs. Aliens,” “Shrek 2” and “Puss in Boots” is spearheading the development. Persichetti most recently worked on Mark Osborne’s (“Kung Fu Panda”) “The Little Prince,” which On Entertainment is also producing.
Rassam told Variety the Playmobil toon will bring back the same creative team as “The Little Prince.”
The production will be set up in Montreal, at On Entertainment’s animation division.
- Elsa Keslassy
DreamWorks Animation has long been the Pepsi to the Coke that is Pixar. While Pixar has long been the benchmark for animation quality, DreamWorks has been stepping up their game in recent years. Both the Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon franchises are pretty damn good and movies like The Croods have proven to be fun. But, the Madagascar franchise has long been their lowest common denominator series. The spin-off Penguins Of Madagascar hopes to change all that. This new clip from »
- Alex Maidy
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