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Warner Brothers is holding talks with state-backed China Media Capital with a view to Chinese-language movie production.
The talks may lead to the establishment of a joint venture company that invests in or produces films for the local Chinese audience.
“We confirm that Cmc is now in talks with WB to create a Jv. The talks have been going well, but we cannot disclose more details at this stage,” a spokesman for China Media Capital told Variety on Tuesday. Sources close to Warner Bros. in Los Angeles also confirmed the talks.
If the talks are successful, the move would be Warner’s second venture into the Chinese film production sector. It was previously involved in production and distribution in a joint venture with China Film Group.
The Chinese film market has boomed in recent years driven by a massive expansion of the multiplex circuits and a growing middle class with greater disposable income. »
- Patrick Frater
Star Wars parodies are nothing new, but you’ll be hard pressed to find one as funny as this new promo for Kung Fu Panda 3, with Bryan Cranston delivering an absolutely hilarious performance in under thirty seconds with just a few lines. Dreamwork’s Kung Fu Panda series has been my favourite of what the animation studio has put out, and everything we have seen of this new sequel so far points to the quality in no way dipping this time round. Released: 29th January 2016 (U.S.)/ 18th March 2016 (Irl/U.K.) Synopsis: In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, Kung Fu Panda 3. When Po's long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across »
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When Kung Fu Panda 3 debuts next January, the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens will most likely still be in theaters. Today, DreamWorks Animation debuted a new trailer for Kung Fu Panda 3, which pokes some fun at the Star Wars franchise, mocking the iconic villain Darth Vader. This sequel features Po, voiced by Jack Black, meeting his long-lost father Li, voiced by Bryan Cranston, but as we can see in this trailer, Li isn't in the best physical shape.
In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, Kung Fu Panda 3. When Po's long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn »
Sony Pictures has brought on Thor: Ragnarok screenwriter Christopher Yost to take a crack at the Masters of the Universe script, according to a new report at Variety. The project has been in development for years, but fans hoped that it may finally get off the ground earlier this year, when the studio released a new Masters of the Universe logo, and it was revealed that Jeff Wadlow's (Kick-Ass 2) script was complete. It seems the studio is going back to the drawing board with yet another writing coming on board.
The franchise is set on the planet Eternia, following a young man named Adam who has the power to turn himself into a mighty warrior named He-Man. Adam becomes the planet's last hope to defeat the evil Skeletor, who has devastated the entire planet on his quest to conquer castle Greyskull. It isn't known how much the plot »
A press release has confirmed that principal photography on the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has begun. With the start of production, it has also been announced that Oscar-nominated actress Samantha Morton (Minority Report, Sweet and Lowdown) will play the role of Mary Lou in the film.
The film, which is based on J.K. Rowling’s book of the same name, tells the story of a magizoologist named Newt Scamander (Redmayne), who embarks on many adventures in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards.
Warner Bros. has tapped the director of the final four Harry Potter films, David Yates, to direct, while Rowling will pen the script. The rest of the cast includes Colin Farrell (In Bruges) as Graves, Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) as Tina, Alison Sudol (Transparent) as Tina’s sister, Dan Fogler (Kung Fu Panda) as Jacob, Ezra Miller »
- Justin Cook
Hoping that its big franchises can help its fortunes after a recent run of bad luck, DreamWorks Animation is bringing the Kung Fu Panda team back to our screens next year. And here’s the new poster to prove it. The third film finds Jack Black’s Po confronting something he never thought possible – the return of his long-lost father, Li Shan (Bryan Cranston), though our hero doesn’t immediately twig that it’s his pops.Still, the happy family reunion means that he is able to visit a secret panda paradise where many of his species are still living happily, including Mei Mei (Rebel Wilson). But his joy is short-lived, as the supernatural villain Kai is soon sweeping across China, taking out the kung fu masters as he goes. Po is faced with the ultimate challenge: training up a village full of his laidback, clumsy, fun-loving panda brethren to »
My experience of Mexican wrestling movies is limited to Nacho Libre. That ‘comedy’ which proved to me Jack Black should stick to what he does best. By which I mean singing and Kung Fu Panda sequels. That The Strain opens on just such a B-movie without context, in which our masked hero fights supernatural foes caused issues for me. As a way of shoehorning in back story and relevance it felt contrived.
You see my problem with The Strain has always been simple. It felt like a collection of disparate story lines with no sense of cohesion. And this opening smacked of someone falling back on bad habits. Government characters, central protagonists and peripheral hangers-on doing their own thing. It felt like an AA group arguing over a bar tab. However one silver lining was the re-emergence of Augustin Elizade. »
- Gary Collinson
Following on from the casting of Colin Farrell (True Detective) earlier this week, it has now been revealed via The Wrap that Irish actress Jenn Murray (Brooklyn) has signed on for a key role in the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Fantastic Beasts is set to be directed by Potter veteran David Yates, and will see Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) leading the cast as Newt Scamander alongside Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Ezra Miller (Trainwreck), Alison Sudol (Dig) and Dan Fogler (Kung Fu Panda),
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is set for release on November 16th, 2016.
- Gary Collinson
The actor, who has most recently been seen in the second season of the hit HBO show, will join Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Ezra Miller (Trainwreck), Alison Sudol (Dig) and Dan Fogler (Kung Fu Panda) in the new film, produced by Harry Potter producer David Heyman.
Farrell will play Graves, a wizard that Newt Scamander (Redmayne) meets in New York. The story, written by J.K. Rowling, tells of Newt’s adventures in the secret community of witches and wizards as he attempts to document magical creatures.
- Scott J. Davis
The animation studio has undergone a series of deep staff cuts and the sales of its Glendale, Calif., headquarters as it tries to get out from under a number of film flops. “Home” helped reverse that downward trajectory when it stunned prognosticators last spring by racking up $386 million globally.
Fueled by those ticket sales, revenues for the three-month period ending in June hit $170.8 million, nearly a 40% increase from the year-ago period, when the company was reeling from the failure of “Mr. Peabody and Sherman.” Revenue results also beat analyst forecasts of $167 million.
In addition, the studio reported an operating loss of $21.8 million and net loss of $38.6 million, or 45 cents per share for the quarter. That’s deeper than the net loss of $15.4 million »
- Brent Lang
First published in 1943, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's much-loved children's tale Le Petit Prince has been adapted several times: including as a live-action version in 1974 and a recent French TV cartoon series. Now here's the trailer for the latest iteration, with Kung Fu Panda's Mark Osborne directing, and Jeff Bridges, James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, Mackenzie Foy, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks and Paul Giamatti leading the voice cast.Saint-Exupéry's plot sees a pilot crashing in the Sahara desert and meeting a young boy who claims to be a prince fallen to Earth from an asteroid. The Prince regales the Pilot with tales of other asteroids, narrow-minded adults, a fox, a rose and more.As you'll have seen, the trailer reveals another layer to that narrative in Osborne's version, with the Pilot recounting his strange tale to an audience of one: a young girl with a high-achieving mother. »
DreamWorks Animation will this week begin broadcasting its first TV linear TV channel, DreamWorks Channel following a deal with Cth in Thailand.
The channel represents Dwa’s first foray into operating its own TV network in any part of the world.
Transmission of the kids and family channel will begin in English on Saturday (Aug. 1), with a Thai dubbed version starting a month later on Sept. 1.
Content includes “All Hail King Julien,” “The Adventures of Puss in Boots,” “Casper’s Scare School” and “Dinotrux.” The channel will also present a daily morning preschool block, DreamWorks Junior, featuring all-new productions of such favorites as “Raa Raa The Noisy Lion” and “Guess with Jess.”
Until now, the cartoon studio’s TV efforts have largely focused on licensing its properties to kids cable channels Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network and producing original series for streaming service Netflix and its own digital platforms run by AwesomenessTV. »
- Patrick Frater
Last month, DreamWorks Animation released first look photos from their upcoming animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3, which showcased the Panda Village. Fans got their first look at this village in 2011's Kung Fu Panda 2, when the long-lost father of Po (Jack Black) realizes that his son is still alive, revealing the hidden village where several panda bears reside. Today, Entertainment Weekly has revealed new concept art images that give us a better look at the scope of Panda Village.
Our report from last month revealed that the filmmakers embarked on a 10-day trip to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan, China. This served as a reference point for their Panda Village, watching real-life pandas in this facility, set against the backdrop of Mount Qingcheng. Production designer Raymond Zibach says that trip inspired the village seen in Kung Fu Panda 2, but they kept expanding »
Jack Black returns as the voice of Po in the film along with Gary Oldman, Dustin Hoffman, David Cross, Angelina Jolie, Michelle Yeoh, Mads Mikkelsen, Danny McBride, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, James Hong, and Bryan Cranston. The new film opens in January.
- Garth Franklin
It was going to happen eventually, wasn't it? A Hollywood movie about emojis is in the works.
Sony Pictures Animation won a three-studio auction to produce an animated movie centring around the popular colourful emoticons. All of your favourites will be there, including smiley face, confused face, angry face and of course, the pile of poo.
Can you guess the 15 films from the emojis? Play our quiz
There is also another potential movie about emojis being shopped around studios, so be prepared for more than one.
Has Hollywood lost its marbles? An emoji film is in the works ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ http://t.co/5MvDxfXnRG
— Digital Spy Film (@digitalspyfilm) July 22, 2015
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Multiple records tumbled at the Chinese box office where local films grossed some $180 million over the weekend.
“Monster Hunt,” a live action – animation hybrid took top honors with $79.7 million between Friday and Sunday, according to data from Ent Group. And with Thursday’s record opening of $27.7 million, that added up to an astonishing $107 million four day gross for the Edko Films-distributed picture. It enjoyed 168,000 over three days and 230,000 over the four day session. Direction is by Raman Hui, whose previous credits include the “Shrek” movies.
Comedy spoof, “Pancake Man,” (aka “Jianbin Man”) opened Friday and enjoyed 179,000 screenings that allowed it to power to $69m million in three days. That total included the $22.4 million record on Friday for the biggest live action opening day by a Chinese movie. It beat the previous benchmark, set only a week before by “Tiny Times 4.0.”
In third place in the chart was “Monkey King: »
- Patrick Frater
See Also: Watch the latest trailer for The Little Prince
Rediscover one of the most beloved stories of all time. From Mark Osborne, Academy Award® nominated director of Kung Fu Panda, comes the first-ever animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic masterpiece, The Little Prince. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl (Mackenzie Foy), who’s being prepared by her mother (Rachel McAdams) for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator (Jeff Bridges). The Aviator introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince (newcomer Riley Osborne). It’s here that »
- Gary Collinson
Dan Fogler has been cast in Warner Bros’ upcoming adaptation of the J.K. Rowling book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” an individual with knowledge of the casting told TheWrap. Fogler will play Jacob, a muggle who befriends wizard Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he searches for mystical creatures in 1920s New York. Fogler most recently appeared in “Barely Lethal” alongside Hailee Steinfeld and also played Dave Lindsey in the ABC drama “Secrets and Lies.” He is known for his roles in comedies like “Balls of Fury,” “Kung Fu Panda,” and “Fanboys.” Also Read: Katherine Waterston Joins Eddie Redmayne in 'Fantastic Beasts and. »
- Joe Otterson
In the boldest move yet by a studio and exhibition partner to challenge the traditional distribution structure, Paramount has struck a revenue-share deal with AMC Theatres and Canada’s Cineplex Entertainment that will see it roll-out two autumn releases digitally 17 days after the films dip below 300 theatres.
In what Paramount executives called an unprecedented in-theatre and digital revenue-sharing deal two minor titles — Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse — will launch with a wide theatrical release supported by a “comprehensive marketing plan”.
Digital home entertainment purchase will become available 17 days after the films fall below the aforementioned theatre-count.
AMC and Cineplex and “other exhibitors” will receive a percentage of any of the studio’s digital revenue for the period of digital availability through 90 days from the initial Us theatrical release.
Each exhibitor’s share will be proportional to its theatrical gross market share. Paramount said it was in discussions with other exhibitors »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
It's understandable if Dustin Hoffman, whose recent films have included roles in "The Cobbler," "Little Fockers," and voice-acting in the "Kung Fu Panda" movies, has a dim view of the current state of cinema. And in fact, the seven time Oscar nominee (he's won twice) has a particularly grim assessment as such. However, he's much more bullish on the small screen. “I think right now television is the best that it’s ever been and I think that it’s the worst that film has ever been —in the 50 years that I’ve been doing it, it’s the worst,” he told The Independent. Zing. Read More: 5 Of Dustin Hoffman's Most Underrated Performances Certainly, Hoffman's recent roles perhaps suggest he hasn't had the choicest crop to choose from, and it is telling that the meatiest role he's had in recent memory was on Michael Mann's HBO series "Luck, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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