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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, »
- Phil Wheat
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
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
Munich — The Zurich Film Festival is to honor composer Hans Zimmer with a special lifetime award.
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
"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
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).
- Luke Owen
We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.
The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences, »
A year after paying Brian Robbins $33 million for AwesomenessTV, Jeffrey Katzenberg is entrusting Robbins with his company's most prized possession: its characters. “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda” and other beloved creatures from DreamWorks Animation movies will host their own shows on DreamWorksTV, a new YouTube channel overseen by Robbins. It launched officially Monday, though it has already picked up more than 200,000 subscribers since its soft launch in the spring. Robbins attributes that early success to his “friends Shrek, Donkey and Panda,” and he is relying on those characters to give the channel a competitive advantage in a crowded field. There »
- Lucas Shaw
DreamWorks Animation has its sights set on young viewers, and it has now launched a YouTube channel to reel them in. The film studio is behind DreamWorksTV, which will feature original live-action and animated shorts as well as recurring appearances from well-known DreamWorks characters. DreamWorksTV is built off an existing channel that highlights footage and bonus features from the studio's films. Included in the channel's archive are a number of vlogs from characters like Shrek, Puss In Boots, and Kung Fu Panda's Po. While those characters will continue to hone their respective YouTube personae, DreamWorks is now funneling its YouTube channel through AwesomenessTV, Brian Robbins' teen-focused YouTube network. DreamWorks acquired AwesomenessTV for a base price of $33 million. Robbins and his team have been put in charge of DreamWorksTV, and they have already populated it with a number of original series. For instance, YouTuber and AwesomenessTV partner JennxPenn hosts Record Setter Kids, »
- Sam Gutelle
Some of DreamWorks Animation's most beloved characters are headed to YouTube. Shrek, Puss in Boots and Kung Fu Panda will star as vloggers on the animation studio's new DreamWorksTV YouTube channel, which launches today. The channel was created in partnership with digital studio AwesomenessTV, which Dwa acquired last year for up to $150 million, with Awesomeness CEO Brian Robbins overseeing the project. It will feature a blend of original animated series, family-friendly reality TV programs and appearances from iconic Dwa-owned IP. "We're tapping into the invaluable knowledge that Brian has amassed from his success with AwesomenessTV to
- Natalie Jarvey
Within the oeuvre of DreamWorks Animation, “How to Train Your Dragon” was anything but typical. So when the film went on to earn nearly half a billion dollars, director Dean DeBlois asked himself why the sequel should be any different.
“Maybe it’s because I’m a ‘Star Wars’ kid,” says DeBlois. “‘The Empire Strikes Back’ always struck me as a movie that took everything about a world and made it deeper and richer tonally. That was what I was after — that sense of fun and increased scope and richer characters and larger stakes. Our film seemed as though it occupied a world where there is more story to be told and more questions to be answered.”
Who wouldn’t be on board with that kind of vision? Except, that hasn’t been the norm at Dwa, which has enormous success playing it safe with sequels, often seeing its followups »
- Peter Debruge
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is seriously one of the best movies this year. As much as I loved the first film, this sequel is so much better in every way. DreamWorks Animation has released a new featurette for the animated flick, and it focuses on the music that was created for the feature. The score was composed by John Powell (Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon) along with the help of Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi. What they created for this film is beautiful. The music really nails the emotion of the characters. When the score is done right it makes the movie that much better. How to Train Your Dragon 2 hits theaters on June 13th, and it's a must watch! Thanks to Time!
- Joey Paur
Annecy– Bibo Bergeron, the director of DreamWorks’ “The Road to El Dorado” and “Shark Tale,” and Mike de Seve, a story consultant for many DreamWorks films, including “Shrek 2″ and “Madagascar,” are launching Monkey’s Uncle, a new venture aiming to develop and create a slate of original animated films’ IP’s.
An alliance of pedigree Hollywood talents who are well-connected, Monkey’s Uncle will also be joined by two more animation experts: Buck Lewis, who worked as character designer on such high profile toon pics as “Ratatouille,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Kung Fu Panda,” and Jurgen Gross, whose story artist credits include “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas” and “Rango” (as storyboard artist).
“With Monkey’s Uncle, we’ll be able to provide high-end creative skills such as writing, directing, storyboarding, production design and character design to production companies and financiers globally,” said de Seve, who is also »
- Elsa Keslassy
The new animated feature adaptation of "The Little Prince," which has shaped up to be quite an international endeavor, is set to land in theaters in both France and the U.S. next year. Director Mark Osborne is American, while the animation studio working on the film is Montreal-base Mikros Image Canada. Onyx Films, Studio Orange and Chapter 2, the film's producers, are all French, as are the writers, Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière. The adapter, however, Irena Brignull, is English. Osborne's take on the beloved storybook written and illustrated by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry will include not only the narrative of the book but also a story about a small girl who discovers it in the present day. The book's material will be animated in stop motion, while 3D animation will be used for the present day sections. Osborne directed 2008's "Kung Fu Panda" for DreamWorks. The voice of »
- Jacob Combs
This weekend, in addition to the raucous comedy of 22 Jump Street, families will have some entertainment with another sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2. Early buzz on the film has been pretty great, and the last featurette for the animated film showed off some of the new dragons encountered by Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless. Now a new featurette focuses solely on the score, composed by John Powell (Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon) with the help of Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi. Powell comments on his task, "I believe it’s my job to be slightly behind your emotion as a viewer, never in front of it.” Watch! Here's the new featurette on the score for How to Train Your Dragon 2 from Time: The second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy brings back Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless five years later. While »
- Ethan Anderton
“Mune,” which was presented by co-director Benoit Philippon and producer Aton Soumache (via Onyx) during a jam-packed work-in-progress session in Annecy, was picked up by Notorious Pictures (Italy), Smile Entertainment (South Korea), Gulf Films (Middle East), Domo Media (China), Zoom Entertainment (India), Volga Films (Cis), Monolith Films (Poland) and Blitz (Former Yugoslavia).
Deals were closed after showing a promo in Cannes. Melin, who is co-producing the movie with Onyx and Orange Studio, is in negotiations in remaining territories. Animation houses Norman Studios and Mikros Image will deliver “Mune” in November, said Melin, who added he and Soumache will debut a road show in early July to present the movie in territories that are still open, such as the U.S. and the U.K..
Based on an original concept by Philippon, »
- Elsa Keslassy
It has been almost ten years since the release of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, a feature-length adaptation of the beloved Nickelodeon cartoon that grossed an impressive $140 million at the box office and received strong reviews. In some ways, it’s surprising that this long has passed without a cinematic follow-up, seeing as the show is still going strong and is now in fact gearing up for its tenth season. Regardless, at last, fans of the franchise can look forward to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, which is set for release next February.
No one really knows what exactly to expect from the sequel, seeing as the plot has not been announced. However, a new poster for the film has been unveiled, featuring a CGI SpongeBob on a beach with a live-action crab. Going by that poster, it looks like Sponge Out of Water is going to follow in »
- Isaac Feldberg
It's all Marvel all the time as that's one studio that needs to make sure we're always talking about their movies for fear we just might forget they exist. Today's latest rumor has Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy joining Jared Leto as possible contenders to take the lead role in Marvel's Dr. Strange for director Scott Derrickson (Sinister). Want more infoc Too bad, there isn't any. Beyond what I've just written, all we know right now is Kung Fu Panda scribes, Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger, and, at one time, Mads Mikkelsen ("Hannibal"), Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Johnny Depp were also rumored contenders for the lead role at one point. Additionally, the studio has two placeholder dates at July 8, 2016 and May 5, 2017, one of which, presumably the former, will most likely be occupied by Strange. The character in the comics is a surgeon that suffers a life-changing car accident and eventually heads to the Himalayas, »
- Brad Brevet
Earlier this week I wrote about the whole of DreamWorks Animation, which came after I — no joke — revisited all 28 features released by the studio so far and attended a screening of the studio's latest, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" (hitting theaters next week). That hotly anticipated sequel, which bowed at the Cannes Film Festival last month, comfortably took the top spot, with the 2010 original firmly at #2. Because these, to me, are the crowning achievements of DreamWorks so far. I imagine the campaigns behind such competitors as "The Lego Movie" (Warner Bros.) and the still unseen "Boxtrolls" (Focus Features) would cringe at reading something like what I'm about to write, but I'm going to write it anyway: the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar race seems all but over, and I really have to say, I think "Dragon 2" deserves to be in the Best Picture conversation later this year as well. »
- Kristopher Tapley
To celebrate Jolie's big day, no doubt spent with partner Brad Pitt and their brood of six, we take a look back at the beautiful star's style evolution in pictures. From a sombre gothic through to androgynous cool and glamorous gowns - view her fashion transition below:
Angelina's first Oscars
At the Wallace premiere in 1997
A forlorn-looking Angelina Jolie wears dark smoky make-up with a matching hair band and a camel-coloured strapless dress, which looks as sombre as her mood, as she arrives at the George Wallace premiere in '97.
The Gia screening in '98
Angelina Jolie goes for gothic-style dark eye make-up and a plunging black dress with »
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