Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
Deadline reported last Thursday that Handler’s new show would begin in 2016 and would include a traditional format of Handler’s topical commentary and guest interviews, but no details have yet been revealed about the show’s format.
If you’re Netflix and your goal is to be a major player in TV, your programming has to run the gamut of all TV has to offer. So far Netflix has done a remarkable job of attracting talent and buzz, be it in the sheer cultural significance of shows like House of Cards or Orange is the New Black and the enormous hype, »
- Brian Welk
Both Laremy and I have been quite sick, but at the last minute my antibiotics kicked in just enough for us to record an 81-minute podcast for you on this Friday as we didn't want to leave you hanging for one full week without our ridiculous ranting and raving. So, you're getting a horror story from our Jersey Boys screening, our reviews of Jersey Boys and Think Like a Man Too and my thoughts after watching the second season of "Hannibal" as well as the first three episodes of HBO's "The Leftovers". We then answer some of your questions, check out new DVD and Blu-rays this week, play some games and get out a little early as our voices began to fade. Hope you enjoy! Like Janet said, it's all for you... If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us »
- Brad Brevet
Game Of Thrones' fourth season was a typically bloodthirsty affair. Michael pays a spoiler-filled tribute to the newly fallen...
As you might expect, this contains season four spoilers.
Earlier this month it was announced that an employee of Facebook had donated $20,000 to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in return for George R.R. Martin including him in the next A Song Of Ice And Fire novel, and then killing him with extreme brutality. In the novel, that is.
That lucky Dave Goldblatt’s cameo should end in his bloody death is hardly surprising, given the frequency and violence with which characters of Martin’s creation meet their doom. Indeed, such is Westeros’ mortality rate that it’s difficult to keep up and, at the end of any given series of Game Of Thrones, it can be tricky to remember which characters have found themselves staring helplessly at the pointy end. »
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
DreamWorks Animation updated their schedule of upcoming features and they’ll have three animations every year, some of those being sequels you maybe didn’t know were coming, like Puss in Boots 2 or Madagascar 4. DreamWorks Animation has already released Mr. Peabody and Sherman and How to Train Your Dragon 2 in 2014. Left is only […]
Read DreamWorks Animation’s Schedule for the Next Four Years on Filmonic.
We recently heard that Netflix was planning on resuscitating The Magic School Bus for a new set of modernized episodes, and now news has broken that the streaming giant is further expanding its programming for children with a new original series by the name of Dinotrux.
Based on Chris Gall’s award-winning book series, Dinotrux follows “the adventures of two unlikely best friends as they navigate the mechanical domain ruled by creatures including Tyrannosaurus Trux, Scraptors and Tow-a-constrictors.” It’s set to feature hybrid dinosaur-construction characters who will work to build with and battle one another for three seasons.
Dinotrux is just the latest show that’s part of Netflix’s huge deal with DreamWorks Animation for 300 hours of original programming inspired by characters from the studio’s most successful properties. DreamWorks’ Turbo Fast launched last year on the streaming service, and future collaborations between Netflix and the animation studio »
- Isaac Feldberg
DreamWorks Animation has been putting some meat on the bones of its schedule, with the reveal of a bunch of new release dates.
Three sequels lead the way, with the previously-announced The Croods 2 now set to arrive on November 3rd 2017. Madagascar 4, meanwhile, will be unleashed on May 18th 2018, and Puss In Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves has been scheduled for November 2nd 2018.
You can also expect DreamWorks' film of Captain Underpants on January 13th 2017, the firm's delayed Bollywood musical movie on March 10th 2017, and Larrikins - which Tim Minchin is working on - is due on February 16th 2018.
Sadly, the promising Me And My Shadow has yet to reappear on the DreamWorks schedule. It was original due in March 2014, but has been indefinitely delayed. We fear, by the looks of things, »
DreamWorks Animation has announced the release dates for four upcoming family films, including Captain Underpants, a Rob Letterman-directed and Nicholas Stoller-penned adaptation of Dav Pilkey’s children’s novel series, and sequels to Madagascar, The Croods and Puss In Boots, all of which were critical and commercial successes for the animation studio. The dates are as follows:
Captain Underpants – January 13th, 2017
The Croods 2 - November 3rd, 2017
Madagascar 4 - May 18th, 2018
The four films join previously announced DreamWorks Animation sequels Kung Fu Panda 3, out December 23th, 2015, and How to Train Your Dragon 3, out June 17th, 2016.
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- Isaac Feldberg
Briefly: DreamWorks Animations just gave release dates to four future animated films, three of which are sequels. First is the new one Captain Underpants. Directed by Rob Letterman, it already has a voice cast and has already started recording. It’ll be released January 13, 2017. Then there’s The Croods 2, which will hit theaters November 3, 2017, Madagascar […]
- Germain Lussier
DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox issued a slew of new release dates today for upcoming projects, including the just announced Madagascar 4 (May 18, 2018), Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives and 40 Thieves (November 2, 2018), along with previously-announced projects such as The Croods 2 (November 3, 2017), Larrikins (February 16, 2018), Boss Baby (March 18, 2016) and the Hitman reboot Agent 47 (February 27, 2015).
Madagascar 4 currently doesn't have any competition in the May 18, 2018 release date, but it will come just two weeks after Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 4 on May 4, 2018. It isn't known who is writing or directing the follow-up, or if voice cast members Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith will reprise their roles.
Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives and 40 Thieves currently has its release date all to itself as well, although it isn't known if any filmmakers are attached, or if Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek will return for the animated sequel.
DreamWorks Animation has shaken up its release schedule, announcing a bunch of new films through to 2018.
Dreamworks Animation is in need of hits following the failures of "Turbo" and "Mr. Peabody & Sherman". In fact, it has been suggested that "How to Train Your Dragon 2" needs to gross over $700 million worldwide to be considered a genuine hit.
New additions to their schedule start in 2016 with "Boss Baby" on March 18th, joining the already announced "How to Train Your Dragon 3" on June 17th and "Trolls" on November 4th.
In 2017 there's "Captain Underpants" on January 13th, "Mumbai Musical" on March 10th, and "The Croods 2" on November 3rd.
The line-up joins "The Penguins of Madagascar" this Thanksgiving and three films opening next year including "Home" on March 27th, "B.O.O.: »
- Garth Franklin
With How to Train Your Dragon 2 hitting theaters this weekend, DreamWorks Animation is staying busy by keeping their name alive on the movie news front. We've already seen brand new trailers for The Penguins of Madagascar and Home, and now the animation studio has just dated four more animated projects that will hit theaters much further down the road. For better or worse, 75% of these forthcoming movies are sequels with The Croods 2 arriving on November 3rd, 2017, followed by Madagascar 4 hitting theaters on May 18th, 2018 and the Shrek spin-off sequel Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves debuting on November 2nd, 2018. That's a lot of numbers in that last title there. More below! The only non-sequel title is the adaptation of the popular childrens' book series Captain Underpants, which arrives on January 13th, 2017. The film has already been confirmed to feature the voices of Ed Helms, Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll, »
- Ethan Anderton
DreamWorks' Animation has a slew of films in store, including a few sequels to their more successful endeavors, and now they've revealed when moviegoers will be able to check them out in theaters. We've now got release dates for the second Puss in Boots movie, the fourth Madagascar, and more. Come inside to check it all out!
Looks like Dreamworks is planning on keeping the balll rolling on their animation projects and sequels. As revealed by Exhibitor Relations, they've set release dates for a few of them:
The Croods 2 – The first film featured the voices of Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, and Clark Duke, who might all return for the sequel opening November 3, 2017.
Madagascar 4 - The fourth installment in the animated »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Here's a look at the latest new release dates: Hitman: Agent 47 - Aleksander Bach’s Hitman sequel starring Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto is set to open February 27, 2015. Captain Underpants - Rob Letterman's adaptation featuring the voices of Ed Helms, Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele, and Thomas Middleditch will open January 13, 2017. The Croods 2 - The first film featured the voices of Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, and Clark Duke, who might all return for the sequel opening November 3, 2017. Madagascar 4 - The fourth installment in the animated animal sequel featuring the voices of Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Cedric the Entertainer opens May 18, 2018. Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves - The sequel to Chris Miller's animated adventure comedy that featured the voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, and Zach Galifianakis opens November »
- Dave Trumbore
After Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith announced they have "thoughtfully and consensually" decided to end their marriage, the actors now face the task of divvying up their assets after almost 20 years together. With a combined fortune rumored to be around $50 million, the couple is "worth more than you think," a longtime friend tells People in this week's issue. Banderas "is a shrewd businessman; he has a lot of investments and business interests," the friend adds. "Melanie's no slouch either; they don't spend money they don't have. They are very proud of that." Both stars continue to act: Griffith just guest-starred »
- Julie Jordan
The 56-year-old actress filed for divorce citing "irreconcilable differences." She is asking for child support and sole physical and joint legal custody of their 17-year-old daughter Stella, who turns 18 in September.
The estranged couple gave a joint statement to Et, saying, "We have thoughtfully and consensually decided to finalize our almost twenty years marriage in a loving and friendly manner honoring and respecting each other, our family and friends and the beautiful time we have spent together."
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This will be Griffith's fourth divorce and Banderas' second. The Milk Money actress was married to Miami Vice star Don Johnson twice (1976; 1989–1996) and to Steve Bauer (1982-1987). Griffith has two children from her previous marriages. She and Johnson »
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