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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
Jack Black attended a photocall for the forthcoming animated flick Kung Fu Panda 3 in London on Thursday. Jack Black Promotes ‘Kung Fu Panda 3′ Black enthusiastically promoted the latest installment in the Kung Fu Panda franchise in England Thursday afternoon. The actor posed alongside a group of pandas, showing off his kung fu skills with […]
- Chelsea Regan
Sequels are never easy, especially in animation. Even with all the success Pixar has enjoyed with the “Toy Story” franchise there are few who felt the follow ups to “Cars” and “Monsters, Inc” lived up to even the conceptual charm of the originals. DreamWorks Animation pulled off rare successes with “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” but let’s avoid diving into the unnecessary chapters of the “Madagascar” universe, shall we? And as for 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky’s “Ice Age” series, those three sequels are almost the textbooks for fashioning strict consumer product just to sell tickets. The pitfalls of making a spin-off without creative justification is what Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment hoped to avoid with their new “Despicable Me” prequel, “Minions,” and they mostly succeeded. Yes, those adorable little yellow Minions who became the secret stars of both 2010’s “Despicable Me »
- Gregory Ellwood
"I hope you find your son..." He's back! DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox have premiered the first teaser trailer for Kung Fu Panda 3, the next sequel in the Kung Fu Panda series started in 2008. Jack Black returns to voice Po, the chubby panda who became a Kung Fu master. This time he encounters his long-lost father Li, voiced by Bryan Cranston, and ends up teaming with him to take on another villain - Kai, voiced by J.K. Simmons. This teaser is an early reminder that this movie is coming, without much footage beyond one introductory scene where we get to meet Po's father. I'm a very big fan of the first Kung Fu Panda, and I enjoyed the second one, I just really hope this third one hasn't lost its charm. Take a look. Here's the first official trailer for DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 3, in »
- Alex Billington
I completely forgot this was a thing that’s coming out in six months, so here’s the debut trailer for Kung Fu Panda 3. Po is back and this time he’s not the only panda. I absolutely adored the original Kung Fu Panda, now the sequel was more of the same and I liked it a […]
Read Po Meets His Dad in Kung Fu Panda 3 on Filmonic.
In the realm of computer animated films, the Kung Fu Panda series fares better than most, and now we have the first trailer for the third installment. Kung Fu Panda 3 will follow Po when his long-lost father suddenly reappears. The reunited duo travel to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of new panda characters, but when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Kung Fu Panda 3 Trailer. Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh‘s Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) movie trailer stars Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, and Jackie Chan. Kung Fu Panda‘s synopsis: “Continuing his “legendary adventures of awesomeness”, Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.”
I’ve never seen a Kung Fu Panda film, but I have seen the McDonald’s cups and toys branded after this DreamWorks CGI franchise, so I feel like I’m in touch with the state of PG pop-culture. In any case, this looks enjoyable, in as much as one of these copies of copies of copies of animated kid’s films can be enjoyable. The gag at the end of the trailer works fairly well, and I have no doubt that this will look awesome, and kick enough ass to be a cathartic, »
- Marco Margaritoff
Everyone’s favorite panda Po is back for the third film in the Kung Fu Panda franchise. The first trailer for Kung Fu Panda 3 was released today by DreamWorks Animation and showcases Jack Black as the voice of the lovable panda and Bryan Cranston as his father. The actors are also joined by Gary Oldman, Angelina Jolie, Rebel Wilson, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Dustin Hoffman, David Cross, Mads Mikkelsen, Lucy Liu, James Hong, Michelle Yeoh, and Danny McBride. Jennifer Yuh (Kung Fu Panda 2) directs this one along with Alessandro Carloni and is written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Burger, who both wrote the previous two. Here’s the synopsis:
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 leaps back into the action in the fast and funny first trailer for Kung Fu Panda 3.
The latest instalment in the blockbuster animated series will see the beloved black and white hero tasked with training a host of Kung Fu Pandas to face down a supernatural villain sweeping across China.
The Kung Fu Panda franchise continues with the third instalment, coming our way next year, and the first trailer has now arrived. It may not give us a great sense of what to expect (though business as usual would be a safe bet), and basically is the set up for one joke, with Bryan Cranston in great form, but it has one hell of a pay off, that won’t fail to make you chuckle. 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 China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
The narrative of recent months: DreamWorks Animation, which has gone through restructuring, has been hemorrhaging money. They posted a $247.7 million loss for Q4 2014 and generally things have been looking dismal. But one has to wonder who is mismanaging the company. They have the “Shrek” series which is the highest grossing animated franchise of all time ($3.5 billion and counting presuming they’ll make more spin-offs), the “Madagascar” series ($2.2 billion), and “How To Train Your Dragon” ($1.1 billion). They’ve just had too many pricey flops in the interim, “The Penguins Of Madagascar” being one of them. But with the modest success of “Home” and a third “Kung Fu Panda” film on the way, they’re hoping to turn their ship around. Here’s the official synopsis for “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. »
- Edward Davis
It’s hard not to immediately fall in love with a donkey named Duffy who just wants to be a military horse. That’s the premise of James Cunningham’s “The Unlikeliest Hero,” an animated film pitched at the Feature Film Pitches of the Annecy’s Fest’s Mifa market. Although the Australian story’s endearing pitch sounds like a typical story for children, its roots go much deeper, showing a new side to real-life World War I solider John Simpson Kirkpatrick’s heroics with his own donkey. Cunningham talked to Variety about the story’s historical roots and the horseplay involved in keeping a consistent visual design.
“The Unlikeliest Hero” is about a donkey who wants to be a horse. Tell me more about the story.
This donkey’s growing up on a farm and lives in Australia and is not really that happy with being a donkey. He »
- Reece Ristau
Po knows kung fu, but he doesn't know his dad.
But that all changes in "Kung Fu Panda 3," which just dropped its first trailer today. In the DreamWorks Animation sequel, Po (Jack Black) continues his training with friends Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Mantis (Seth Rogen), and Viper (Lucy Liu). But he faces a very different sort of challenge - meeting his long-lost father (Bryan Cranston).
Reunited, father and son travel to a secret panda paradise, where Po discovers he doesn't really belong. There, he meets Mei Mei (Rebel Wilson), an overly eager female panda who's been promised to him in an arrange marriage.
The trailer looks much the same as the previous two "Kung Fu Panda" movies - cute, gently funny, a little shticky. We're sure the kids will love it.
"Kung Fu Panda 3" opens in theaters on Jan. 29, 2016.
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- Kelly Woo
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
“The Bravest” marks the producers’ second animated film after “Ballerina” (pictured) which is being presented at Annecy in the Work In Progress section.
The English-language feature is currently in development. The animation will be created out at L’Atelier Animation in Montreal.
Set in the 1920’s, against the backdrop of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory disaster, “The Bravest” turns on a 15-year old girl who desperately wants to make her father proud. After finding out that her dad used to be a firefighter, she sets out to become one and enrolls into a fire station.
Zeitoun told Variety that “The Bravest” will be in the same artistic vein as “Ballerina,” the 1884-set film charting the journey of Felice, an 11-year-old orphan girl from Brittany »
- Elsa Keslassy
What “Tangled” and “Frozen” did for animated fairy tales, “Zootopia” aims to do for talking-animal toons — at least, that’s the take-away from Disney’s side-splitting Tuesday afternoon presentation at the Annecy Intl. Animated Film Festival.
After an oddly timed walk-through of the creative thinking that went into “Frozen” from director Chris Buck (odd considering the fact the film opened more than 18 months earlier), followed by a screening of already-seen spinoff short “Frozen Fever” (which screened theatrically attached to “Cinderella” last spring), the Mouse House delighted the crowd with a forward-looking glimpse of its first-quarter 2016 release “Zootopia.”
Co-directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph”) — who ran out on stage dressed in furry rabbit and fox costumes — the film recalls the anthropomorphic style of Disney’s 1973 hand-drawn “Robin Hood,” taking place in an elaborate society where humans don’t exist, but all the different creatures speak, wear clothes »
- Peter Debruge
Annecy, France — Brb Internacional, one of Spain’s biggest kids TV producers, is moving into movie production, with a spinoff feature of one of the most successful Spanish TV series ever, “Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds.”
“Dogtanian” is produced by Brb and Screen21 and is co-produced with Chinese animation firm Mili Pictures, producer of Annecy out-of-competition player “Dragon Nest: Warriors’ Dawn.” The Chinese linkup ensures entrance into China’s market and a link to a building producer: Mili Pictures opened a division in Los Angeles last year.
Series and now feature film are based on Alexandre Dumas’ 17th century classic adventure “The Three Musketeers,” but with dogs embodying the swashbucklers. Loyal to the spirit, plot will be significantly different from the book and series in order to increase the surprise factor, said Carlos Biern, CEO of Brb Internacional.
Jose Javier Martinez, a children and young adult literature writer (“The Author »
- Emilio Mayorga
While it might not have hit the stratospheric heights of Alice In Wonderland, last year’s live-action fairy-tale origin story Maleficent was certainly a winner at the box office, with more than $758 million accrued globally. Practice your surprised face, then, ready for the news that Disney is planning a sequel. It’s early days for the follow-up, and the Mouse House has only gone so far as to engage the services of Maleficent/ Alice In Wonderland screenwriter Linda Woolverton to come up with the script for this one. And naturally, the studio is staying in contact with Angelina Jolie, whose presence would almost certainly be required (what with her being, you know, Maleficent), but she doesn’t have a deal yet. Aside from the Kung Fu Panda and Tomb Raider films, she’s not really one for sequels, but Disney will no doubt be able to offer a good deal. »
Kung Fu Panda 3's First (International) Trailer Reveals Villain Kung Fu Panda 3 will arrive in theaters on January 29, 2016 and features the all-star voice cast of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim, Bryan Cranston and Rebel Wilson. Kung Fu Panda 3 is a Dreamworks film that will be distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film was co-directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni. Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Beger wrote the script. Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg has previously stated that the Kung Fu Panda franchise has six chapters. Hans Zimmer is providing the score for the film. 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, »
Following on from our first look a few days back, more images from Kung Fu Panda have come our way, giving us a better look at Bryan Cranston’s as Li, Po’s real father. Kung Fu Panda is a franchise from Dreamworks Animation I genuinely love (I personally think it easily matches How to Train Your Dragon for humour and heart. Controversial, I know), and the announcement of the second sequel has me really excited. We also get our first look at the full synopsis, which sheds light on the plot, and promises us an entire army of Kung Fu Panda’s!! Read it below: 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. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
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