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Avatar 2, 3, 4
"Avatar 2" was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, "Avatar 3" was written by Josh Friedman, "Avatar 4" was written by Shane Salerno. James Cameron will score a co-writing credit on all three. Writer Steven Gould has also been involved with the process and has been tasked with writing the novelizations for each movie. [Source: The New York Times]
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Fox Animation is moving again on animated adaptation Cardboard. I’m hearing Dance of the Dead‘s Joe Ballarini has been tapped to adapt the graphic novel written by Earthworm Jim creator Doug TenNapel, which the studio optioned in 2012 with Epic‘s Chris Wedge attached to direct. Story tracks a young boy and his father who must battle cardboard monsters that magically come to life. Gotham Group and Tobey Maguire’s Material Pictures are producing. Ballarini previously scripted Atlantis 7 for Walden Media, Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps, and Gotham Group. He also sold spec Lockdown at Franklin High to Sony with Michael […] »
Parsons is the alien Oh — a named taken from the annoyed groans of his peers whenever he shows up — and Rihanna provides the voice of a teenage girl named Tip. The two team up to save Earth in the animated pic.
“Home” also features the voices of Jennifer Lopez, who plays Tip’s mother, and Steve Martin as the leader of the Boov, Oh’s alien race. The film is based on Adam Rex’s novel “The True Meaning of Smekday.”
The trailer comes as DreamWorks releases “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ this weekend. The movie has seen widely positive reviews.
“Home” will be released March 27, 2015, via Fox.
- Alex Stedman
It looks like DreamWorks Animation finally has another hit on its hands with sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2, which opens in theaters tonight. If Dragon does indeed breathe fire at the box office, the company’s executives will finally be able to relax a little, considering that three out of four of the studio’s last efforts - Rise of the Guardians, The Croods, Turbo and Mr. Peabody and Sherman – have been financial disappointments. Next up, the studio has Home, about a girl (voiced by Rihanna) who befriends an alien (Jim Parsons) on the run from his race.
Based on the first trailer, Home is a bit more risky than some of DreamWorks’ other ventures, but hopefully kids will show up in droves to see the cute aliens, called Boovs, at the movie’s center. The studio is clearly putting a lot of trust in director Chris Johnson (Antz, »
- Isaac Feldberg
In recent years, DreamWorks has been upping their output significantly, and though the studio has had some icy patches, the future is looking very, very good. Home, the studio’s 3D animated buddy comedy, kicks off a trio of movies for next year, with the hugely anticipated Kung Fu Panda 3 closing the year over the Christmas weekend.
2015 is pretty much guaranteed to be an awesome year for animation lovers everywhere.
The studio is continuing the How to Train Your Dragon franchise this year with the second instalment in the upcoming trilogy, with talk of expanding it into a quadrilogy, and they’ve used the family-friendly sequel to introduce Home to the masses.
When the galaxy’s most annoyingly optimistic alien finds himself on the run from his own alien race, he’s forced to team up with a fiercely stubborn teenage girl. Together they become the most unlikely fugitives ever to save the planet. »
- Kenji Lloyd
I’m “biast” (con): the “funny” bits in the trailer were not funny
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I’m not talking about the comic timing of the alleged jokes in this overlong, underfunny, and shamelessly self-indulgent flick. No amount of tinkering with timing could repair the cesspool collection of done-to-death comedy clichés that range from “might have been funny the first time they were deployed in cinema, in 1912” to “might be hilarious to those not quite finished with potty training” to “oh my god, dude, not funny ever.” For »
- MaryAnn Johanson
We've banged on in the past about how 'silent film' was never really silent. But when we finally cracked the challenge of joining sound and pictures, live accompaniment naturally fell by the wayside.
It's made something of a niche comeback for revivals of silent movies - from the Pet Shop Boys doing Battleship Potemkin to Minima taking on Nosferatu - and in recent years there's also been an increasing amount of live accompaniment to the talkies.
Asian Dub Foundation made a splash with their 2001 live score for La Haine and the Royal Albert Hall has become the venue of choice for full orchestral concerts alongside a screening. There can be few better examples of how wonderfully this can work than Gladiator, Ridley Scott's 2000 epic.
We're not here to review the film. You know the (ahem) score. But to quickly summarise: They don't make 'em like they used to, except »
Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna Wintour were on "Seth Meyers" together, did you hear? Yes, the two most relatable women in New York City showed up on the late night talker to dish about their humble fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which hosted a slew of their famous friends including Beyonce, Johnny Depp, Kristen Stewart and Gisele Bundchen's boyfriend Tom Brady's hair transplants. So what did we learn from the angular duo's appearance on the show? Here are six prevalent things I am now a richer person for knowing. 1. Sarah Jessica Parker is too polite and talks too much. While talking about greeting celebrities on the receiving line at the event, Sjp says she got "reprimanded" by the chilly Vogue empress when she started, you know, being all nice to everybody, yuck. "She's so polite?" puzzles Anna at one point, her face curling into a vague but unmistakable look of distaste. »
- Chris Eggertsen
When the distribution contract that Paramount Pictures had enjoyed with Dreamworks Animation came to an end in 2012, the studio took the bold step of forming their own, new animation division – Paramount Animations – for the first time since 1967. Jumping straight in, the studio are stomping their foot on the gas with Monster Trucks, which has now added Rob Lowe to its cast list.
But this is not just a Cars imitator with bigger tires – not at all. Plot details are being kept a closely guarded secret, but we do know that this will be a combination of live-action and animation. What this means for the cast – which currently also includes Jane Levy, Barry Pepper, Thomas Lennon, Amy Ryan, Danny Glover and Frank Whaley – is unclear, but with a release date set for May 29, 2015, we will soon find out who will be onscreen, and who will be there in voice only.
Though not yet officially confirmed, »
- Sarah Myles
Geoffrey Blake (Forrest Gump) and Dillon Lane (Bucket And Skinner’s Epic Adventures) have joined the cast of History’s miniseries Texas Rising (working title) from A+E Studios and ITV Studios America. Leslie Greif (Hatfields & McCoys) is exec producing the project which will detail the Texas Revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. Blake, repped by Michael Levine of Levine Management, will play Colonel George Hockley, Sam Houston’s most trusted confidant and adviser, who senses the unrest among the men before the Alamo, but supports Houston even as others question his leadership. Lane will play Yancey Burns, one of the youngest Rangers who goes on a dangerous mission to help rescue his friend Truett Fincham’s family. Tessa Ferrer (Grey’s Anatomy) has landed a recurring role in CBS‘ upcoming summer drama series Extant, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS Television Studios. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
This year’s list of nominees for Webby awards celebrating Internet achievement range from celebrities such as Beyoncé and Ellen DeGeneres to Google and GoPro, the maker of popular mountable video cameras.
The organizations with the most nominations are Vice Media with 11, The New York Times with 10, and Google Inc. with nine. Among the online videos nominated is “24 Hours of Happy,” a 24-hour music video starring Pharrell Williams.
The winners of the 18th annual awards will be announced April 29. The Webbys are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a group of about 1,000 Internet experts and professionals. »
- Associated Press
Some casting news you can use... First, for the big screen, Danny Glover has booked a role in the live-action debut of Chris Wedge, best known for Ice Age and last year's Epic. Glover joins Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Frank Whaley, Amy Ryan and Holt McCallany in what is said to be a tent-pole project for Paramount titled Monster Trucks. Plot details are being kept underwraps, but, given the title, one can only speculate that it's maybe a Transformers rip-off? Its budget is listed at $125 million. Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) is penning the script. Glover plays a man who runs a junkyard. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Paramount Pictures is gearing up for production of Monster Trucks . The Hollywood Reporter says that Frank Whaley, Danny Glover, Amy Ryan and Holt McCallany have joined Lucas Till and Jane Levy in the May 29, 2015 release. To be directed by Chris Wedge ( Epic , Ice Age ), the film will reportedly be about a young man (Till) who befriends a monster truck and is described as having a Transformers -meets- Gremlins vibe by the trade. They add that Whaley will play Till's father, a man who's been drifting from job to job since leaving his son a decade earlier. Glover is a man who runs a junkyard. Derek Connolly, who penned the upcoming Jurassic World , wrote the most recent draft of the script for the $125 million production. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) »
Feature Simon Brew 31 Mar 2014 - 05:42
Blockbuster season is almost upon us, but what will next summer's big hitters be? Here's a roundup
Once upon a time, summer blockbuster season 2015 was set to be packed with the biggest collision of big franchises we'd ever seen together. However, one by one, lots of these films moved away to other dates. As such, you won't be seeing Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, Independence Day 2, Batman Vs Superman or Finding Dory in a cinema next summer.
But even with those films gone, there's still no shortage of huge movies battling for your cash in a year's time. And as is traditional for us at the start of summer blockbuster season, we've taken a look at what's coming up in 12 months' time.
20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios are teaming up for a Peanuts movie due November 2015. Craig Schulz, son of the late Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, remarked, "It's long overdue. The fans have been asking for a long time, but we held off until the time was right." Schulz will produce the first Peanuts feature adaptation since 1980 with son Bryan Schulz, Paul Feig (The Heat), Michael J. Travers (Epic), and Cornelius Uliano. Steve Martino (Ice Age: Continental Drift) will direct from a script by Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, and Uliano. Check out the first two images from the production after the jump plus comments from the filmmakers on protecting the legacy, embracing 3D CGI, and visiting Snoopy's fantasy world. Following up on the belief that now is the right time for a new Peanuts movie, Craig Schulz hopes to put any doubts to rest in the USA Today »
- Brendan Bettinger
DreamWorks Animation has released their fun sci-fi comedy short Almost Home online for everyone to see. You can see the short on the big screen as well. It's attached to the studio's feature film Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which was actually a really fun kids flick.
Almost Home is an adaptation of the children's book by Adam Rex, and the story follows an alien race on a search for a planet to hide from a mortal enemy. The leader of the alien race is actually voiced by Steve Martin. The movie was directed by Tim Johnson (Shrek, Over the Hedge) and it was written by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember (Get Smart, Epic). Here is the synopsis:
An overly optimistic, yet inept, alien race named Boov, led by Captain Smek (Martin), invades Earth to hide from their mortal enemy and make it a new home. Convinced they are doing a favor, »
- Joey Paur
This fall, DreamWorks Animation has their film Home hitting theaters. Formerly known as Happy Smekday!, the film is an adaptation of Adam Rex's children's book, The True Meaning of Smekday. The film follows an alien race invading Earth as their new home to hide form a mortal enemy. But when one lowly alien (Jim Parsons) accidentally notifies the enemies of his whereabouts, he is forced to go on the run with a stubborn teenage girl (Rihanna) to right all of his wrongs. Now an animated short film introduces us to the alien characters trying to find a new home planet, including the leader voiced by Steve Martin. Watch! Here's the DreamWorks Animation short film Almost Home from the studio's YouTube: Home is directed by Tim Johnson (Shrek, Over the Hedge) and written by Tom J. Astle & Matt Ember (Get Smart, Epic). An overly optimistic, yet inept, alien race named Boov, »
- Ethan Anderton
After weeks of ironing out budgetary concerns, Paramount is pulling the trigger on its next franchise hopeful, Monster Trucks, and is in deep casting mode. Photos: 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' 'Mockingjay,' 'Spider-Man 2' The latest: actor-director Frank Whaley and Danny Glover are boarding the production, joining Amy Ryan and Holt McCallany in the tentpole, which is acting as the live-action debut of Chris Wedge, best known for his work Ice Age and last year's Epic. The studio already has deals in place with Lucas Till, the up-
- Borys Kit
Ajobe - who was unable to take part in the Judges' Houses stage of the competition because of visa issues - will not perform in any of the future X Factor dates, leaving Sterling Ramsay and Joey James to continue as a duo.
Reports have suggested that Ajobe was forced out of the tour after a heated argument backstage.
"The remaining Rough Copy members Sterling and Joey will continue to perform on the tour as a duo."
CAA has signed actor, writer, and comedian Aziz Ansari, who co-stars in NBC’s Parks And Recreation. The actor, who had been at UTA, just opened his third Netflix hourlong stand-up special Buried Alive, and resumes touring next month. Anzari most recently voiced the Fox animated film Epic and made a short cameo until he fell into the pits of hell in This is The End. Before that he appeared in 30 Minutes Or Less and Funny People. Ansari separately is writing a book for Penguin Press about how modern dating has been complicated by the Internet and other technological innovations. The book comes out next year. Ansari continues to be repped by Apa for books and comedy touring, managed by Apa Dave Becky and David Miner of 3 Arts Entertainment, and lawyered by Jared Levine. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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