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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 »
- email@example.com (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
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (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
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