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Extended clip from Penguins of Madagascar features the great Werner Herzog

13 October 2014 10:19 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

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 »

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Mipcom Briefs: Viacom Pacts with Amazon Prime U.K.; Shine Goes to ‘School’ in China

13 October 2014 7:20 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Viacom has cut a multi-year pact with Amazon Prime in the U.K. for rights to “Awkward,” “Kung Fu Panda” and four other shows from MTV and Nickelodeon.

Deal gives Amazon Prime exclusive U.K. access to the shows, which include “Legend of Awesomeness,” “Penguins of Madagascar,” “Winx Club,” “Legend of Korra” and “The Hard Times of Rj Berger.” The pact also gives Amazon Prime a non-exclusive renewal of a host of older Viacom shows, including “Dora the Explorer.”

 

Content licensing deals and production pacts are pouring out of the Croisette today as the Mipcom international sales market kicks off in Cannes. Among the notable announcements:

FremantleMedia has nabbed global format rights, excluding France, to the hypnotism reality show “Stars Under Hypnosis,” from Satisfaction. Shine Intl. has set a co-production pact with China’s Hunan TV for an adaptation of its docu-series format “The School,” which has spawned three series in the U. »

- Variety Staff

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Britain's Got Talent Star Has His Story Told in One Chance

7 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Underdog achievement stories, from Breaking Away to Rudy and Kung Fu Panda, are practically defined by the multitude of voices telling the hero that he's not good enough. Such was the real-life case of Paul Potts, the Welsh opera singer with a blue-collar background who blew away the judges of Britain's Got Talent in 2007. In David Frankel's One Chance, Paul is played by James Corden, the comic charmer who portrayed Craig Owens in two funny Doctor Who episodes, now set to take over Craig Ferguson's late-night spot on CBS. The film shoehorns Potts's life story into a familiar underdog template, populating the world with near-mythological threshold guardians who exist to assure the hero that he isn't good enough, including his dad, his teachers, »

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DreamWorks Animation’s Stock Soars on Sale Talk

29 September 2014 7:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Softbank’s $3.4 billion play for DreamWorks Animation has sent the entertainment company’s stock soaring.

Shares of the film and television studio were up more than 20% in pre-market trading and were up 17.44% to $26.26 T 10:20.

Softbank is a Japanese telecommunications and Internet giant with investments in such companies as Sprint, Yahoo Japan and Alibaba. DreamWorks boasts a film library that includes “Kung Fu Panda,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Shrek,” as well as investments in the television and digital space through its acquisition of AwesomenessTV and pact with Netflix. It also has made inroads into China through its Oriental DreamWorks joint venture, which is engaged in everything from Internet content to theme parks.

Most analysts think a deal makes strategic sense.

“Unlike other consumer technology platform/distribution companies (Google, Yahoo!, Netflix), which have deliberately chosen to remain open platforms with no ties to any particular content companies, SoftBank’s »

- Brent Lang

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Why Japan’s Softbank Needs to Buy DreamWorks Animation (Analysis)

28 September 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With its former focus on software wholesaling and its makeover as a technology investment holding company, Japan’s Softbank has rarely been sexy enough to make the front pages of the entertainment press.

Now the company’s mooted bid for DreamWorks Animation has changed that overnight.

The company’s expansion over the past decade into telephony and broadband Internet provision – both in Japan and in the U.S. – gives it the physical infrastructure from which to expand massively into entertainment software.

That’s a classic case of having a pipeline and then seeking the content to deliver through it.

Owning a mini-studio with big brand name content that can be propagated into millions of homes, and onto tens of millions of handheld devices, is not a difficult stretch of the imagination. Asian conglomerates love that kind of logic. And Softbank has over 100 million subscribers worldwide.

Plus, for a group of Softbank’s size and inclination, »

- Patrick Frater

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DreamWorks Showcases Supernatural Animation B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations

15 September 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When DreamWorks first unveiled its kid-friendly animation B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, the all-new IP seemed to echo the comic tones of other genre pieces like Men In Black and Ghostbusters — particularly the latter, with Bill Murray himself on board to voice the film’s overarching big bad.

And while we’re a ways away from seeing any footage from the upcoming action comedy, we now know the style of DreamWorks’ latest project thanks to a pre-emptive marketing image courtesy of Amazon.

Going off of face value, the art style of B.O.O. is reminiscent of Nickelodeon’s Jimmy Neutron combined with a dollop of the studio’s other franchises, such as Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon.

Perhaps what’s most promising about B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations at this early stage is its eye-catching ensemble cast. Joining the aforementioned Bill Murray are Seth Rogen »

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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 1

8 September 2014 4:11 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best. 

On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »

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'Resident Evil 6' Delayed, Warburton Back for 'Ted 2' and Stewart Took 'Rosewater' to Abrams and Howard

20 August 2014 4:19 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Resident Evil 6 has been postponed due to the fact star Milla Jovovich is pregnant. Jovovich, who's married to Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson, revealed the news on her Facebook page while also confirming the film's title will be Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Filming is expected to take place next year on what will likely be the last film in the franchise. Facebook Patrick Warburton is returning for Seth MacFarlane's Ted 2 reprising his role as Guy, the co-worker of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg). Mila Kunis is also expected to be back along with Amanda Seyfried signing on to star. The film is set to hit theaters on June 26, 2015. Deadline Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson is set to direct a CG-animated feature inspired by the Biblical story for Unified Pictures. The press release says the film will tell the story from the point of view of the animals, »

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John Stevenson to direct animated comedy inspired by Noah's Ark

20 August 2014 3:55 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

John Stevenson, the Academy Award-nominated director behind Kung Fu Panda, has found his next project.

Stevenson will direct Unified Pictures’ first CG-animated feature, which is inspired by the story of Noah’s Ark. According to a press release, “The animated comedy adventure is inspired by the classic tale, but tells the story from the point of view of the animals. The story follows an outcast aardvark by the name of Gilbert, who becomes the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of misfit animals that need to be led to the mighty ark before the impending flood. Along their journey, they »

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Kung Fu Panda director to helm animated Noah's Ark from the animals' Pov

20 August 2014 12:45 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Academy Award-nominated director John Stevenson of Kung Fu Panda fame will direct Unified Pictures first CG-animated feature, inspired by the story of Noah's Ark. The catch this time around is that tells the story from the point of view of the animals because of course it does. I suppose the Darren Aronofsky take on Noah this year may not have satisfied everyone’s hunger for more "great flood" storytelling. Here’s the synopsis: The story »

- Graham McMorrow

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"Panda" Director Tackles Animated "Noah's Ark"

20 August 2014 12:27 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

John Stevenson ("Kung Fu Panda") has been hired to direct the CG animated feature "Noah's Ark" for Unified Pictures.

Philip Lazebnik ("The Prince Of Egypt," "Mulan") pens the script which tells the Biblical tale from the point of view of the animals. In particular it focuses on an outcast aardvark who becomes the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of misfit animals that need to be led to the mighty ark before the impending flood.

Along their journey, they band together to conquer unforeseen obstacles, and the aardvark discovers inner strength and ingenuity within him.

Cecil Kramer and Stevenson will executive produce the project which is in pre-production ahead of a 2016 release.

Source: Screen »

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'Kung Fu Panda' Director Takes on 'Noah's Ark' Animated Comedy

20 August 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Unified Pictures announced today that Academy Award-nominated director John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) will direct the company's first CG-animated feature inspired by Noah's Ark, which is slated for completion in 2016.

The animated comedy adventure is inspired by the classic tale, but tells the story from the point of view of the animals. The story follows an outcast aardvark by the name of Gilbert, who becomes the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of misfit animals that need to be led to the mighty ark before the impending flood. Along their journey, they band together to conquer unforeseen obstacles, and ultimately, Gilbert discovers within himself the inner strength and ingenuity to prove that in a world of "twos," he was truly destined to be "the one."

Here's what Unified Pictures President Keith Kjarval had to say in a statement.

"John Stevenson is among the finest storytellers and animation filmmakers in the »

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'Kung Fu Panda' Director Takes on 'Noah's Ark' Animated Comedy

20 August 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Unified Pictures announced today that Academy Award-nominated director John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) will direct the company's first CG-animated feature inspired by Noah's Ark, which is slated for completion in 2016.

The animated comedy adventure is inspired by the classic tale, but tells the story from the point of view of the animals. The story follows an outcast aardvark by the name of Gilbert, who becomes the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of misfit animals that need to be led to the mighty ark before the impending flood. Along their journey, they band together to conquer unforeseen obstacles, and ultimately, Gilbert discovers within himself the inner strength and ingenuity to prove that in a world of "twos," he was truly destined to be "the one."

Here's what Unified Pictures President Keith Kjarval had to say in a statement.

"John Stevenson is among the finest storytellers and animation filmmakers in the »

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‘Noah’s Ark’ Animated Movie Draws ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Director

20 August 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Unified Pictures has tapped John Stevenson (“Kung Fu Panda”) to direct its CG-animated feature inspired by “Noah’s Ark,” slated for completion in 2016.

The animated comedy adventure tells the story from the point of view of the animals and follows an outcast aardvark who becomes the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of misfit animals.

John Stevenson is among the finest storytellers and animation filmmakers in the business and brings with him a wealth of experiences,” said Unified Pictures president Keith Kjarval. “His unique ability to personalize this global story with tremendous heart and humor is sure to make this an inspiring film for all ages.”

The film’s script was written by Philip Lazebnik (Disney’s “Mulan” and “Pocahontas”) and Glen Dolman.

Executive producers are Cecil Kramer (“Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit”) and Stevenson with Unified Pictures’ Kjarval and Kurt Rauer.

Stevenson worked with Jim Henson on “The Great Muppet Caper, »

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‘The Legend of Kung-Fu Rabbit’ DVD Review

25 July 2014 3:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Jon Heder, Tom Arnold, Rebecca Black, Michael Clarke Duncan, Claire Geare | Written by Melanie Simka, Mychal Simka | Directed by Lijun Sun

You only have to walk into the home entertainment section of any supermarket in the UK to see the shelves clogged up with numerous straight to DVD animated movies – many of which walk the fine line between “based on the same fairy tale” to “complete rip-off of a recent theatrical release”. In the case of The Legend of Kung-Fu Rabbit we’re sitting squarely in the latter camp. Only it’s arrived on DVD a mere three years too late…

Originally released in 2011 but only now seeing the light of day here in the UK, The Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit is actually a Chinese animated movie, Tu Xia Chuan Qi, which has been re-titled and re-voiced for Western audiences. The film tells the story of Fu, an overweight rabbit chef, »

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First Look: Jack Black as R.L. Stine in 'Goosebumps' Horror Adventure

17 July 2014 1:24 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

With the exception of Kung Fu Panda, there hasn't been much to enjoy about the more family friendly work of Jack Black lately. Therefore we're hopeful but skeptical about him starring in Goosebumps, a film inspired by the R.L. Stine horror book series for kids of the same name from the actor's Gulliver's Travels director Rob Letterman. However, the meta storyline sees Black playing Stine himself, a monster whisperer of sorts who uses his books to keep these terrors locked up. Now we have two first look photos from the film featuring Black with Dylan Minnette (Prisoners) and Odeya Rush (We Are What We Are). Here's the first look photos from Rob Letterman's Goosebumps from EW: Black elaborates on his take on the Goosebumps author: "This is obviously a fictionalized version of his life and nothing that happens in this movie actually happened to him, other than him writing all the books. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Jack Black talks 'Goosebumps' movie

17 July 2014 7:04 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

In the upcoming Goosebumps movie, comedian Jack Black stars as spooky storyteller R. L. Stine, whose ghoulish creatures—previously confined to his bestselling children’s books—are unexpectedly brought to life by a teen neighbor (Scandal first kid Dylan Minnette). With the help of Stine’s daughter, Hannah (Israeli actress Odeya Rush), a race ensues to capture the author’s manic monsters from wrecking havoc on their small town. It’s a comedy-fueled horror (due Aug. 7, 2015) that promises to channel Goosebumps’ kid-approved brand of scary while pleasing grownup loyalists of the 1990s franchise.

The School of Rock star—who reunited »

- Nina Terrero

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Zurich Film Festival to Honor Composer Hans Zimmer

1 July 2014 5:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Munich — The Zurich Film Festival is to honor composer Hans Zimmer with a special lifetime award.

The award will be presented on Oct. 1 at the Tonhalle Zurich at a ceremony that will feature excerpts from some of Zimmer’s scores, such as those for “The Lion King” and “Gladiator.”

German-born Zimmer has scored more than 100 films, which have, combined, grossed over $22 billion at the box office. He has won an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, three Grammys and a Tony. He received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.

Some of his most recent works include “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “12 Years a Slave,” Ron Howard’s “Rush,” Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” the Christopher Nolan-directed films “Inception,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” and Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.”

Some of Zimmer’s most notable works include “Rain Main,” “Driving Miss Daisy, »

- Leo Barraclough

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'Transformers 4' Delivers Year's First $100-Million Weekend, Jolie's 'Maleficent' Passes $200 Million Domestic, 'Fault' Woodley's Second $100-Million Grosser

29 June 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"Transformers: Age of Extinction" overcame the worst reviews of Michael Bay's career to deliver the summer's first $100 million weekend. The rest of the world came in just over double that at $201 million. With the World Cup having finished its intense initial round and little competition from new films either stateside or abroad, Paramount picked the ideal weekend for the return of the mighty Hasbro franchise. Going into the summer, anticipation was high for sequels and series films. But some surprisingly robust originals have made up for the relative softness of some of the more touted films (which did not sustain long runs). But this weekend the focus was on proven entities (regarded as far more viable worldwide), with a rare Top Four sweep. This isn't unusual: early June 2011 saw "X-Men," "Hangover," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequels lead the way. Over the last three weeks, four of the five. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Breck Eisner exits Karate Kid 2, new writers hired

26 June 2014 1:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It was only back in April when Breck Eisner (The Crazies) had signed on to direct a sequel to the reboot of The Karate Kid, but it looks like he has already parted ways according to Deadline. Although it’s not what you’d think, it’s just because of scheduling difficulties. No new director has been announced nor has a shortlist.

In other Karate Kid news, the studio have also hired two new writers to punch up the script. Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer (neither of whom have writing credits to their names) have been brought on to re-write the Karate Kid 2 script which was originally penned by Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Ethan Reiff (Kung Fu Panda) and Cyrus Voris (Bulletproof Monk).

Original stars Jackie Chan (Rush Hour) and Jaden Smith (After Earth) are set to reprise their roles for the sequel, although no plot details have been announced. »

- Luke Owen

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