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Disney's Kim Possible Live-Action Movie Begins Casting

Disney's Kim Possible is making a comeback. Only this time, she's coming to the world of live-action. Disney Channel has announced that they're making a live-action Kim Possible movie and casting for the project is already underway. The animated series has been off the air for more than a decade, but it remains beloved by many and Disney sees an opportunity to revive the character for a new generation. It looks like Kimberly Ann Possible is going to be back at it in a big way.

Creators Mark McCorkle and Robert Schooley, whose other credits include Big Hero 6: The Series and The Penguins of Madagascar, are penning the screenplay for the live-action Kim Possible movie. They're also aboard the production team as executive producers. The Duff's Josh Cagan has been brought on board to help with scripting duties and will also be credited as an executive producer, along with Zanne Devine.
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Official Celebrity Big Brother USA Cast Finally Revealed By CBS

Hey, Big Brother Fans. First, we just want to apologize. We previously ran a supposed leak list of 6 houseguests from a source on Twitter, and it turns out that none of those houseguests are actually any of the people that will be participating in the upcoming Celebrity Big Brother edition. It was a shock to us. The good news is the real cast actually looks a whole lot better than any of these fake leaked houseguests. As promised, CBS and the Big Brother producers finally revealed who will officially be participating on the first ever Celebrity Big Brother edition when it finally debuts on Wednesday night, February 7, 2018 at approximately 7 pm central standard time. They revealed it during the huge 2018 Grammy Awards tonight. There's a total of 11 houseguests to go over here. So, get comfortable. With no further ado, let's get right into this pretty ok sounding houseguest list. The first
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Niko and the Sword of Light: Amazon Animated Series Launches in July

Amazon has something new in store for the summer. This week, the streaming service announced their new TV show Niko and the Sword of Light will premiere in July.The animated series " follows 10-year-old Niko, the last of his kind in a strange, fantastical world, as he embarks on an epic quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land." The voice cast includes Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Steve Blum (Star Wars: Rebels), Kevin Michael Richardson (The Penguins of Madagascar), Jim Cummings (Shrek), and Kari Wahlgren (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness).Read More…
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China’s Oriental DreamWorks Looks Set to Restructure (Exclusive)

China’s Oriental DreamWorks Looks Set to Restructure (Exclusive)
Oriental DreamWorks, the production joint venture between DreamWorks Animation and Chinese partners, may be restructured, according to well-placed sources in China.

The sources say that Comcast is in talks with Oriental DreamWorks’ Chinese backers, including China Media Capital and Shanghai Alliance Investment Ltd., about possibly giving up Dwa’s 45% stake in the venture. If that happens, it would mark the end of one of the highest-profile linkups between Hollywood and China.

The potential restructuring comes as Oriental DreamWorks struggles to maintain a foothold in the competitive animated-feature marketplace. Its last outing, “Kung Fu Panda 3,” failed to perform as well as expected at the box office, and its only film currently slated for release, the Himalayan tale “Everest,” is not due out until September 2019. Last week, the company laid off some 40 animators at its Shanghai base.

At the same time, Glendale-based Dwa has been re-evaluating the projects in its own pipeline,
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Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher: Their Parallel Lives

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher: Their Parallel Lives
They died within a day of one another — but that’s not the only parallel in the lives of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher.

The mother-daughter duo’s Hollywood careers were filled with coincidences. From their signature movies to their troubled marriages, here are a few instances where their lives lined up.

Both had breakout roles at 19

Reynolds had one of those classic Hollywood discovery stories. As a contestant in the Miss Burbank beauty pageant when she was 16, a talent scout from Warner Bros. discovered her and signed her to a contract with the powerhouse studio.

She made five films
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Comcast in Talks to Buy DreamWorks Animation for $3 Billion

Comcast in Talks to Buy DreamWorks Animation for $3 Billion
Comcast is in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation a deal worth more than $3 billion, sources confirm to Variety.

Dwa has been on the block for more than three years, drawing overtures but no suitors that went all the way to a deal. Comcast could be a good fit for the indie animation studio that has a deep well of content, from its library of film and TV production to classic toon characters to the millennial-friendly content engine in Brian RobbinsAwesomenessTV digital hub.

Comcast could make use of DreamWorks’ IP-rich vault in its theme parks as well as to feed its global film and TV pipelines. It’s understood that the deal on the table envisions bringing Dwa into the Universal Pictures fold.

Sources cautioned that the negotiations are still in the early stage and that a deal may not come to fruition. A source familiar with the situation said
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Preview of Penguins: The Elitest Of The Elite #2

The Penguins of Madagascar are back next week as Titan Comics releases Penguins: The Elitest Of The Elite #2, and we have a preview of the issue for you here…

Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private get their flippers in a flap – it’s the International Undercover Elite Interspecies Task Force Awards – and they’re not invited! Something must be wrong, and something most certainly is… but it’s not what the Penguins expect!

Penguins: The Elitest Of The Elite #2 is out on April 6th, priced $3.99.
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Preview of Penguins of Madagascar: The Elite-ist Of The Elite #1

The Penguins of Madagascar embark on a new adventure on Wednesday with the release of Penguins of Madagascar: The Elite-ist Of The Elite #1, and we have a preview of the issue for you here courtesy of Titan Comics; take a look below and click on any of the gallery images for hi-res versions…

It’s the start of a senses-shattering four-part Penguins of Madagascar epic story! An army of robots threatens to take over the world – and only our four feathered friends can stop them! Plus, bonus stories featuring the North Wind, the BabyPenguins and more!

Penguins of Madagascar: The Elite-ist Of The Elite #1 is out on March 2nd, priced $3.99.
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'Rocky Horror' TV Remake Gets Victoria Justice and Ryan McCarten

'Rocky Horror' TV Remake Gets Victoria Justice and Ryan McCarten
Actress and recording artist Victoria Justice (Victorious) and Ryan McCarten (Liv & Maddie, Heathers the Musical) have been cast as "Janet Weiss" and "Brad Majors" in The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event, which is set to shoot this winter and air Fall 2016 on Fox. The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event follows sweethearts Janet (Victoria Justice) and Brad (Ryan McCarten), who stumble upon Dr. Frank-n-Furter's (Emmy Award-nominated actress Laverne Cox) bizarre abode. Frank-n-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad-scientist, is holding an annual, Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of "Rocky Horror" - a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank's desires.

Actor and singer Staz Nair will star in the title role. Reeve Carney (Penny Dreadful, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark) has been cast as "Riff Raff," one of Dr. Frank-n-Furter's loyal servants. Reeve Carney originated the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the smash Broadway production Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Reboot Casting Update

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Dr. Frank-n-Furter just got some company in Fox's upcoming two-hour reboot of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It was revealed in October that Laverne Cox will play the role immortalized by Tim Curry, and now it's been announced that Victoria Justice (pictured above, right) and Ryan McCartan will portray Janet and Brad, respectively, with Penny Dreadful's Reeve Carney (shown above, left) cast as Riff Raff, and Staz Nair signed on to play Rocky Horror:

Press Release: Actress and recording artist Victoria Justice (“Victorious”) and Ryan McCartan (“Liv & Maddie,” “Heathers the Musical”) have been cast as “Janet Weiss” and “Brad Majors” in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which is set to shoot this winter and air Fall 2016 on Fox.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show follows sweethearts Janet (Justice) and Brad (McCartan), who stumble upon Dr. Frank-n-Furter’s (Emmy Award-nominated actress Laverne Cox) bizarre abode. Frank-n-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad-scientist,
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DreamWorks Animation Taps Katie O’Connell Marsh to Lead Live-Action TV Push

DreamWorks Animation has enlisted TV veteran Katie O’Connell Marsh to lead its push into live-action television production.

Dwa chief Jeffrey Katzenberg said the growing demand for kid- and family-friendly programming made the move a natural fit for the company, which has grown its TV animation activity significantly in the past few years.

Marsh, who mostly recently led production and development for Gaumont International Television, will work out of Dwa’s Glendale offices and begin in January.

“Television has quickly grown into one of our most successful businesses and, as the demand for kids and co-viewing content continues to rise, extending the DreamWorks Animation brand to live-action TV in a strategic and financially disciplined way will spur even further growth,” said Katzenberg. “Katie’s proven track record of developing hit live-action television programming, coupled with her success in quickly building television businesses from the ground up, makes her the perfect
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Imax, Fox Sign First Long-Term, Multi-Picture Deal

Imax Corporation and 20th Century Fox have signed their first long-term, multi-picture deal.

The agreement includes upcoming Fox tentpoles, such as “Deadpool,” “Independence Day Resurgence,” “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” and the untitled Wolverine project.

Their initial four-picture deal covered “The Penguins of Madagascar,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and “Taken 3.”

“We are very happy to announce this new global affiliation with Imax and look forward to offering our audiences another choice in their viewing of our movies,” said Paul Hanneman, president of worldwide marketing and distribution, and Chris Aronson, president of domestic theatrical distribution. “We look forward to working with our partners in what is sure to be an exciting and rewarding future.”

Imax is also releasing Fox’s “The Martian” in the U.S., China and select territories for a short theatrical run in late October and early November.

“We are extremely pleased to enter into this strategic alliance with Fox,
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Amazon Sets Six New Kids Pilots For Fall

Amazon Sets Six New Kids Pilots For Fall
Amazon has unveiled six new animated pilots for kids, set for debut November 5. They hail from creators including William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg (The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, Scarecrow), Bill Motz and Bob Roth (The Penguins of Madagascar), Mike Owens (Yo Gabba Gabba!), Shadi Petosky (Mad), John Rogers (The Player, The Librarians), Ken Scarborough (Arthur, Doug), and Niki Yang (Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors) Amazon’s slate includes a show…
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Blood Punch Review

What happens when two children’s entertainment scribes (boasting credits such as The Tigger Movie, The Penguins Of Madagascar, Peter Rabbit, and Kim Possible) collaborate on their first feature film? Obviously you get a kid friendly movie titled Blood Punch, filled with death, guts, murder, betrayal – wait, what? You heard right. Director Madellaine Paxson and writer Eddie Guzelian are ditching all that warm and fuzzy bullshit to bring you their own twisted fairy tale about three rowdy criminals forced to repeat the same deadly day over and over again. It’s like kind of like Groundhog Day – a vile, wicked, royally f#cked up Groundhog Day your mum certainly wouldn’t approve of.

It all starts when Milton (Milo Cawthorne), a shy chemistry wiz, meets Skyler (Olivia Tennet), a criminal looking for the best meth cook she can find. After meeting in Milton’s rehab clinic (where else would you find the best junkies?
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‘Inside Out’ Debut Exposes Absurdity of Box Office Horse Race

‘Inside Out’ Debut Exposes Absurdity of Box Office Horse Race
Box office reporting too often focuses on data and results that have nothing to do with whether or not a movie is a hit or a miss.

One of the great absurdities of this type of coverage is that it is dominated by a horse race mentality that studios both privately ignore and publicly encourage.

The folly of this approach was on full display this weekend when “Jurassic World” “won” the weekend with a $102 million take, edging by “Inside Out,” which had to settle for a measly $91 million. That happens to be the biggest-ever opening for an original film, crushing the $77 million high-water mark set by “Avatar” in 2009.

“‘Inside Out’ would have been number one in any other weekend,” notes Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. Being number one is overrated.”

Still, “Jurassic World” gets to
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Watch: The First Full Trailer For ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

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.
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139 movie sequels currently in the works

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,
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‘Hobbit’ Leads Pack of New Home Video Releases

‘Hobbit’ Leads Pack of New Home Video Releases
Once again, three new releases debuted in the top three spots on the national home video sales charts for the week ending March 29.

This time, the leader of the pack is Warner’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third installment in the adventure fantasy trilogy, which debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert overall disc sales chart and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The film earned $255.1 million in theaters and outsold Walt Disney Studios’ “Into the Woods,” which bowed at No. 2 on both charts, by a margin of more than 2 to 1.

Into the Woods” is a cinematic melting pot of several classic Grimm fairy tales, with a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Tracy Ullman, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine and Emily Blunt. The film was a box office success, earning $127.9 million in U.S. theaters.

The third new release, debuting at No.
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Review: DreamWorks Animation's 'Home' Starring Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez And Jim Parsons

DreamWorks Animation, as a company, is poised at a precarious juncture. The animation studio, founded by former Disney exec Jeffrey Katzenberg and, at one point, a genuine challenger to their throne, has been crippled by a string of financial disappointments which have led to a dramatic corporate restructuring, consolidation of efforts. There is talk that, if things continue like they have, insolvency by 2019 will ensue. Last year Dwa released three movies. This year, they're releasing one – "Home." This was a film that was supposed to open last fall, but at the last minute Katzenberg swapped its release with "The Penguins of Madagascar," hungry for a fourth quarter smash. That didn't happen and now, justly or not, "Home" carries the weight of an entire studio on its back. But if DreamWorks Animation is hoping to get back on track with this movie, a lavish sci-fi comedy based on a recent children's book,
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‘Penguins of Madagascar’ Debuts at No. 1 on Home Video Sales Chart

‘Penguins of Madagascar’ Debuts at No. 1 on Home Video Sales Chart
Three new releases debuted in the top three spots on the national home video sales charts for the week ending March 22, led by the 20th Century Fox-distributed “Penguins of Madagascar,” from DreamWorks Animation.

“Penguins” bowed at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. The film, which earned $83.2 million in U.S. theaters, is the fourth film in the “Madagascar” franchise, which launched in 2005 and has since generated more than $2.25 billion in worldwide ticket sales.

In a tight race, another 20th Century Fox film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” debuted at No. 2, also on both charts. According to Nielsen data, the Biblical epic, which stars Christian Bale as Moses and took in more than $65 million at the U.S. box office, sold nearly 97% as many units its first week in stores as
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