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Penguins of Madagascar movie review: it’s cheezey-dibble-icious

5 December 2014 9:00 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Gloriously bonkers. Like, Looney Tunes levels of cartoon madness. You will laugh your homo sapiens head off. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly love the Madagascar movies, really love the penguins

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The hilarious paramilitary penguins of the Madagascar flicks have their own movie, and it is gloriously bonkers. Like, Looney Tunes levels of cartoon madness. You will laugh your homo sapiens head off. Penguins of Madagascar is closest in tone to what I called the “animated anarchy” of the third film, Europe’s Most Wanted… about which, I said two years ago, it felt as if the “cool, smooth nonsense of the penguins’ outrageous schemes… was allowed to take over the entire film.” Now this has actually happened, and there was much rejoicing. The plot is entirely superfluous. All you need to know is that »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Holiday 2014 Forecast: 'Penguins of Madagascar'

3 November 2014 9:24 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastPenguins of MadagascarRelease Date: November 26th (3D)Studio: 20th Century FoxGenre: AnimationDirector: Eric Darnell, Simon J. SmithWriters: John Aboud, Michael Colton, Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Brandon SawyerCast: Voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Peter Stormare, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath, Chris MillerStudio Description: Super spy teams aren't born...they're hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then...you know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it.Analysis: DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar franchise has been its most reliable brand outside of the Shrek series: the third installment, 2012's Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, is also the highest-grossing with $216.4 million. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Seismic Productions: 25 Years of Shaking Up the Business

30 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It was a saturday in 1992, and Seismic Productions co-owner David Schneiderman was sweeping his porch in preparation for his birthday party when the phone rang with a call from Bob Weinstein, asking for changes on the trailer for his Miramax political satire “Bob Roberts.” Schneiderman told him he’d tackle it when he got back to the office on Monday. Weinstein told him he needed to do it right away.

“I said, ‘But Bob it’s my birthday and I’m having a party or 50 people in a few hours,’ ” Schneiderman remembers. “And he said ‘Well, what better way to celebrate your birthday.’ and I hightailed it into the office!”

At the time of Weinstein’s call, Seismic was a scrappy boutique trailer house, competing with big companies like Kaleidoscope, Intralink and the Cimarron Group, and ascendant Miramax was a key client.

Today, Seismic has 40 employees and a reputation as »

- Todd Longwell

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Seismic Productions: 25 Years of Shaking Up the Business

30 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It was a saturday in 1992, and Seismic Productions co-owner David Schneiderman was sweeping his porch in preparation for his birthday party when the phone rang with a call from Bob Weinstein, asking for changes on the trailer for his Miramax political satire “Bob Roberts.” Schneiderman told him he’d tackle it when he got back to the office on Monday. Weinstein told him he needed to do it right away.

“I said, ‘But Bob it’s my birthday and I’m having a party or 50 people in a few hours,’ ” Schneiderman remembers. “And he said ‘Well, what better way to celebrate your birthday.’ and I hightailed it into the office!”

At the time of Weinstein’s call, Seismic was a scrappy boutique trailer house, competing with big companies like Kaleidoscope, Intralink and the Cimarron Group, and ascendant Miramax was a key client.

Today, Seismic has 40 employees and a reputation as »

- Todd Longwell

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Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey to voice Boss Baby animated film

1 October 2014 6:48 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey have joined the voice cast for Boss Baby.

The pair will star in DreamWorks Animation's family comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Madagascar and Megamind director Tom McGrath is helming the project.

The film will centre around a fast-talking, briefcase-carrying baby (Baldwin) and his jealous older brother.

In a bid to win his parents' respect, the brother stumbles upon a villainous plot by the CEO of Puppy Co (Spacey).

Baldwin previously voiced characters in DreamWorks' Rise of the Guardians and Madagascar 2: Escape From Africa.

Boss Baby will be Spacey's first animated project since 1998's A Bug's Life. »

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Alec Baldwin And Kevin Spacey To Voice DreamWorks' 'Boss Baby'

30 September 2014 8:24 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey will go head-to-head in the animated feature Boss Baby, from DreamWorks. The two will voice the movie, with Baldwin playing the boss baby and Spacey taking on the role of his nemesis, Francis E. Francis.

The movie was inspired by Marla Frazee's award-winning picture book of the same name. Directed by Tom McGrath (Madagascar franchise, Megamind), Boss Baby is tells the story of the bossiest member in every family – the new guy.  Here's an official synopses:

"From the day his baby brother arrived (in a cab…wearing a suit), seven-year-old Tim knew this fast-talking briefcase-carrying baby (voiced by Baldwin) was trouble – after all, there's only so much love to go around, right?  But as Tim embarks on a mission to win back the sole affection of his parents, he stumbles upon a secret plot by the CEO of Puppy Co. (voiced by Spacey) that threatens »

- Laura Frances

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Alec Baldwin And Kevin Spacey Starring In DreamWorks Animation’s Boss Baby

30 September 2014 4:14 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Academy Award nominee Alec Baldwin suits up to play the boss (who Fyi, is a total baby) in DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming comedy feature Boss Baby. Joined by two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey who will take on the role of corporate uber-villain (and baby nemesis) Francis E. Francis, the two will duke it out for the proverbial “World’s Best Boss” mug.

Inspired by Marla Frazee’s award-winning picture book of the same name (Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Picture Book of the Year in 2010), the CG film will be released by 20th Century Fox on March 18, 2016.

The film is directed by Tom McGrath (Madagascar franchise, Megamind), produced by Ramsey Naito (The Spongebob Squarepants Movie) and Denise Cascino (Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Megamind) and written by Michael McCullers (Austin Powers films).

Boss Baby is a fantastical family comedy about the bossiest member in every family – the new guy. From the »

- Melissa Thompson

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Alec Baldwin And Kevin Spacey Will Voice Boss Baby For Dreamworks

30 September 2014 2:02 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Remember that 30 Rock episode when the writers discover that Jack (Alec Baldwin) once recorded himself reciting the dictionary for cash? All of which then wound up on a type-n-speak website? The entire episode’s biggest laughs emanate from the writers’ plugging words into the site which then recites them in his unmistakable voice. That instance alone was enough to land Baldwin some serious voice work all those years back, and he’s certainly Capital One’d the crap out of his marketable tones. So, it only makes sense that he’s now joining forces with another unique vocal talent, Kevin Spacey, for Dreamworks Animation’s next venture: Boss Baby.

The pair are slated to “voice star” in the animated feature, under the direction of Madagascar and Megamind director Tom McGrath. Inspired by the popular children’s book by Marla Frazee, the story sounds like a perfect fit for Baldwin. He »

- Gem Seddon

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Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey to voice star in 'Boss Baby'

30 September 2014 1:40 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey have signed on to voice star in DreamWorks Animation’s Boss Baby, EW has confirmed.

Tom McGrath (Madagascar, Megamind) will direct the film from a script by Michael McCullers (Austin Powers). The film was inspired by Marla Frazee’s picture book of the same name.

Baldwin will voice the titular character, a briefcase-carrying baby who sparks jealousy in his 7-year-old brother, Tim. Threatened by the new arrival, Tim attempts to win his parents’ sole affection. In the process, he uncovers a secret plot by the CEO of Puppy Co. (voiced by Spacey) that could ruin »

- C. Molly Smith

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Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey to Voice DreamWorks Animation’s Boss Baby; Quvenzhane Wallis Will Lead Counting By 7S

30 September 2014 1:16 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

DreamWorks Animation is putting together the voice cast for one of its upcoming films.  Heat Vision reports that Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey will lead the voice cast for Boss Baby, which is described as a fantastical comedy revolving around a “fast-talking briefcase-carrying baby (Baldwin) and his seven-year-old brother, who is jealous of the new arrival.”  The brother sets out on a mission to win back the sole affection of his parents and ends up stumbling upon a secret plot by the CEO of Puppy Co. (Spacey).  The two brothers are then forced to come together in order to stop the dastardly scheme.  Megamind director Tom McGrath is set to helm the pic, which is slated for release on March 18, 2016. Hit the jump for news concerning an adaptation of Counting by 7s that is being developed as a star vehicle for young Quvenzhane Wallis. Additionally, Deadline reports that author Holly Goldberg Sloan »

- Adam Chitwood

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Alec Baldwin to Voice DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Boss Baby’

30 September 2014 12:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alec Baldwin will voice the lead character of DreamWorks Animation’s “Boss Baby,” with Kevin Spacey set to show off his sinister side yet again to play uber corporate villain Francis E. Francis in the family comedy to be released on March 18, 2016.

Inspired by Marla Frazee’s picture book of the same name, the film revolves around a fast-talking suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby who must pair up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co. (Spacey) and restore order in the world. (See a sketch of Baldwin’s character above).

Madagascar”-franchise helmer Tom McGrath will direct the toon, that Michael McCullers (the “Austin Powers” films) is writing.

Ramsey Naito (“The Spongebob Squarepants Movie”) and Denise Cascino (“Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” “Megamind”) are producing the film.

Dwa’s next releases include “The Penguins of Madagascar,” on Nov. 26; “Home,” on March 27, 2015; “B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, »

- Marc Graser

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Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey to Voice Star in DreamWorks Animation's 'Boss Baby'

30 September 2014 10:48 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey will voice star in Boss Baby, the latest feature from DreamWorks Animation. The movie, which has a release date of March 18, 2016, is being directed by Tom McGrath, one of Dwa’s go-to helmers with such credits as the Madagascar movies as well as Megamind. Ramsey Naito (The Spongebob Squarepants Movie) and Denise Cascino (Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Megamind) are producing with Michael McCullers (Austin Powers films) handling script duties. Read more DreamWorks Animation Inks Collaboration Deal With Makers of 'The Legend of Korra' Boss Baby is described as a fantastical family comedy centering

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- Borys Kit

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10 Voice Actors You Probably Didn’t Notice In Live Action Roles

24 August 2014 4:05 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The world loves actors — we follow them on Twitter, tune in to award shows to watch them out of character, and follow their everyday lives in magazines and on the Internet — but not all actors get the attention they deserve. Take voice actors for example, and we’re not talking about the likes of Tom Hanks in Toy Story or Nicolas Cage in The Croods, who are hired primarily for their star appeal more so than their ability to bring a character to life. No, we’re talking about actual full time voice actors, most of whom have voiced a character in the animated shows and video games we watch and play on a daily basis, and who most of us aren’t really aware of.

When we hear Woody in Toy Story, we hear Tom Hanks (no matter how good his performance is), it’s obvious that it’s Seth Rogen as B. »

- Ian McCabe

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Super-Villain Comedy Short ‘Henchmen: Ill-Suited’ Gets Feature Treatment

14 August 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The lives of super-villains have been explored in animated films such as The Incredibles, Despicable Me, and MegaMind. Now Adam McKay, Will Ferrell (who voiced MegaMind), and their company Gary Sanchez are guiding the feature adaptation of a short film set in a city of super-villains. Henchmen will expand and revamp the story from the Bron […]

The post Super-Villain Comedy Short ‘Henchmen: Ill-Suited’ Gets Feature Treatment appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Will Ferrell And Adam McKay Team Up For Animated Superhero Comedy Henchmen

13 August 2014 4:35 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Bron Studios has an animated short film premiering at Siggraph 2014 (an annual conference on computer graphics and techniques) called Henchmen: Ill Suited, which has apparently already captured the attention of Gary Sanchez Productions heads Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and Chris Henchy. According to Deadline, the trio have signed on to produce a feature film adaptation of the short, titled Henchmen

Targeted for release in 2016, the film will be directed by Adam Wood, the director of the short film. Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live writer Dennis McNicholas has been brought on to write the script.

Henchmen: Ill Suited tells the tale of a dreamy janitor working in the “bad guy museum” of Supervillain City, and ends up in an out-of-control super-suit that causes havoc and mayhem. The feature-length version will tell a similar story, but focus on a “fallen henchmen” named Hank, who oversees a “motley crew of blue-collar workers” in the Union of Evil. »

- James Garcia

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Adam McKay & Will Ferrell Team Up Again for Animated 'Henchmen'

13 August 2014 1:40 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

An animated short film called Henchmen: Ill Suited will premiere this week at the computer graphics and animation convention, Siggraph 2014, in Vancouver. And now Deadline reports Adam McKay, Will Ferrell & Chris Henchy will act as creative collaborators and executive producers on a feature film version, simply called Henchmen, from Bron Studios. The original film follows a lowly janitor working in the bad guy museum of Supervillain City ends up inside a somewhat out-of-control super-powered space suit, and causes all kinds of mayhem. However, the feature length version will change things a bit. Read on! Here's the teaser for the animated short premiering at Siggraph 2014 this week: The feature film adaptation will also feature some kind of twerp in a super suit, but there will also be the added element of a fallen henchman named Hank who rounds up a motley crew of blue-collar workers in the Union of Evil. But much like Megamind before this, »

- Ethan Anderton

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No 'Mockingjay' or 'Jurassic World' top Comic-Con 2014 schedule surprises

14 July 2014 2:05 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Comic-Con has become a strange bird to Hollywood studios.  Bringing talent and previewing footage can give tremendous hype and word of mouth to eventual blockbusters ("Django Unchained," "Gravity," "Iron Man") or it can end up providing false hope for genre films hope will be smash hits ("Cowboys and Aliens," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World").  That means it can be an expensive endeavor if things don't go well and, moreover, you might not realize that until six months later on your opening weekend. 2013 had few outright failures though besides "I, Frankenstein" and the under-performing box office of Edgar Wright's "The World's End." Outside of that? It might have been the most successful Comic-Con on the movie side ever (granted, the embarrassingly delayed "Seventh Son" won't hit theaters until Feb. 2015). This year's run of movie panels on Thursday, Friday and Saturday have some impressive selections from Daniel Radcliffe's first appearance »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Comic-Con Thursday: Will Chris Nolan's 'Interstellar' show?

10 July 2014 2:05 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Comic-Con International announced the Thursday schedule for 2014's San Diego Comic-Con and after a few years of slow movie days to kick off the event, this year looks much more intriguing. Thursday actually features a number of studios that haven't always been regulars at the annual pop culture event. The last time DreamWorks Animation came to Comic-Con was in 2010 when HitFix's own Drew McWeeny moderated a panel for "Megamind" with Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill and Tina Fey. This year they have a full hour in Hall H, but what they are promoting remains to be seen. The Weinstein Company made a rare appearance at the convention in 2012 for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." They return this year with a panel for their summer release "The Giver." Paramount Pictures used to be a mainstay at the convention, but took last year off. They return with a panel with scant details outside of a time and location. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

26 June 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »

- Brad Brevet

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271 Invited To Join The Academy

26 June 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The 2014 invitees are:

Actors

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine, »

- Michelle McCue

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