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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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Your Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Marathons on TV

Your Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Marathons on TV
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

Thanksgiving has arrived and with it comes bingeing of all kinds — but mainly food, shopping and TV. We’ve rounded up all the movie and TV show marathons airing over the long holiday weekend so you can watch your favorite while digesting on the couch.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re a Parks and Recreation fan and just want to spend time with your favorite Pawnee residents or a horror fan looking for a scare-fest like those on IFC and Syfy. Perhaps you’d prefer to
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You Have Less Than a Month to Watch These Movies on Netflix

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The time has come. Well, almost. Netflix has released its list of films and TV shows that are leaving the streaming service in November. The majority of movies are expiring on the first day of the month, but there are a few that are slowly trickling out, as well. Take a look, and make sure you've caught all the new stuff from October! Related:25 New November Additions to Netflix That Will Complement the Cozy Weather Expiring Nov. 1 The Addams Family Almost Famous Angel Heart Barnyard Bratz: The Movie The 'Burbs Can't Hardly Wait Chuck, seasons one to five The Core Deliverance E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Echelon Conspiracy Eight Crazy Nights Empire State Equilibrium Escape to Witch Mountain The Family Man Fatal Attraction Fresh Get Rich or Die Tryin' The Holiday Into the Wild Kangaroo Jack Legally Blonde Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Major League Mansfield Park Meet Joe Black Mel Brooks
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Exclusive: Director David Feiss Talks Open Season: Scared Silly And More

Cbm: Tell us a little bit about Open Season: Scared Silly? David: It’s a Continuation of Open Season One. It doesn’t refer much to Open Season 2 or 3, but it is a continuation of where Open Season 1 stopped. In Open Season 4 Elliot tells a campfire story about a werewolf. Boog believes it’s true and Elliot has to try and get Boog to get over his fear of this werewolf. They see something that they believe is an actual werewolf. Shaw the hunter reappears in this film and he finds out that there is a werewolf lose that means it’s his ticket to get hunting season open again. He convinces the town and the sheriff to reopen open season again. Cbm: The Werewolf is such a big part of the story in Open Season: Scared Silly. How did that character come about? David: That was something that was presented to me.
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New Trailer and Poster for Free Birds voiced by Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson & More

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Landing in Us cinemas in just over a month’s time, Free Birds marks Relativity Media’s entrance into the world of animation.

The comedy, previously titled Turkeys, boasts a fantastic voice cast, led by Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, and Amy Poehler. And that, alone, should be encouragement enough.

With just a few more weeks before it touches down across the Atlantic, the studio has launched the new trailer and poster over on Fandango, giving a new look at the adventurous little birds.

In this hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy for audiences of all ages, directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!), two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good.

Joining the leading trio in the voice cast are Dan Fogler, Lesley Nicol,
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First Trailer for Free Birds with Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson & Amy Poehler

Previously titled Turkeys, Free Birds is set to hit theatres this November, in plenty of time for Thanksgiving across the pond.

The animated comedy-adventure movie sees Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson lend their voices as the leading duo, starring as two turkeys who are determined get their kind off the menu for the Thanksgiving festivities for good.

We’ve got four and a half months left on the clock before Relativity put the film into theatres, and they’ve launched the first trailer over on Apple.

In this hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy for audiences of all ages, directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!), two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good.

Wilson and Harrelson are joined by a fantastic voice cast,
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Free Birds Trailer Pairs An Interesting Plot With Generic Humor

When you think about all the children.s movies out there, animated or live action, Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that just doesn.t get that much play (though Chinese New Year also gets a similar cold shoulder). But Relativity Media.s Free Birds - formerly known by the less-than-clever name Turkeys - is here to change that. In fact, it.s here to change Thanksgiving forever. The film.s first trailer, courtesy of Apple, is actually funnier than I thought it would be, but not by much. That said, I.m still pretty into the premise, and I think it could allow for a wide range of clever storytelling, though I.m not entirely sure I trust the writers involved - including John J. Strauss (The Wild) and David I. Stern (Open Season 2), who did the story, and writers Jimmy Hayward and Scott Mosier. If they completely
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'9' Director Shane Acker Set to Direct 'Beasts of Burden' for Reel FX

Good news for fans of Shane Acker, director of the acclaimed animated film 9 from a few years back, he's lined up another animation project. Deadline/Variety report that Reel FX Creative Studios (of Open Season 2 & 3, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, Turkeys) has signed on Shane Acker to direct their new CG animated feature Beasts Of Burden, based on the Dark Horse comics of the same name. The comics are about a team of investigative animals — five dogs and a cat named Orphan. Ever since first seeing 9 I've been keeping a close watch on Acker, who has lined up a few projects, none of which have hit the screen yet. Beasts of Burden is a Dark Horse Comics team of animals, created by writer Evan Dorkin and artist Jill Thompson, that investigate different paranormal events that occur in their small neighborhood of Burden Hill. The screenplay for the big screen
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Zooey Deschanel and Joel McHale co-host the Wgaw’s 2012 Writers Guild Awards

HollywoodNews.com: The Writers Guild of America, West has tapped Zooey Deschanel (New Girl, [500] Days of Summer) and Joel McHale (Community, The Soup) to co-host the Wgaw’s 2012 Writers Guild Awards L.A. show on Sunday, February 19, 2012, at the Hollywood Palladium.

“I am excited to host the WGA awards. It should be a lot of fun! I am very honored to be included,” said Deschanel.

“I’m deeply excited to co-host the WGA Awards with Zooey Deschanel. She has that rare combination in that she’s beautiful, funny, and smells good. Without writers, movies and TV would be worse than untreated syphilis, so I’m thrilled to hand these fine people awards for their great work,” said McHale.

“I love that I’m working with the stars of New Girl and Community. As Abed might say on Community, ‘This is going to be the greatest sitcom crossover since The Jeffersons
See full article at Hollywoodnews.com »

New 3D Looney Toons Short to Premiere in Theaters with Happy Feet 2

Starring Sylvester, Tweety Bird and Granny, the new animated short film "I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat" will play in theaters with Warner Bros' Happy Feet Two beginning November 18th, 2011. Matthew O’Callaghan (Open Season 2) directed the short which will feature the return of actress June Foray as the voice of Granny. Foray has voiced the famous Looney Tunes character who is always trying to keep Sylvester the cat away from her precious Tweety Bird. Mel Blanc -- who is acknowledged as the longtime backbone of Looney Tunes animation as he provided the voice of many of it's iconic characters -- will also be featured in the film by way of his song, also titled “I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat."
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New Images from Short I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat; Debuts with Happy Feet Two on November 18th

For more than fifty years, June Foray has been the voice behind Granny, the Looney Tunes’ character tasked with taming Sylvester and Tweety Bird. Warner Bros. Animation celebrated the actor’s historic career at a private reception last night, along with a screening of the new Looney Tunes 3D short I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat. The short, obviously featuring Foray as Granny, will debut ahead of Happy Feet Two in theaters on November 18th. Hit the jump for images from the new short. Iconic voice actor Mel Blanc will also star in the short via an original song he recorded in the late 1940s. The song, “I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat” has sold over three million copies worldwide. The short by the same name features the classic cat-and-bird plot as Sylvester the Cat chases Tweety Bird around Granny’s place. In attendance at the event honoring
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Miley Cyrus To Voice Dracula’s Daughter In Hotel Transylvania!

Miley Cyrus joined Adam Sandler in director Genndy Tartakovsky's Sony Pictures Animation (Spa) comedy Hotel Transylvania. Deadline reported Friday that Cyrus signed on to voice Mavis, the teenage daughter of Dracula, voiced by Sandler. David I. Stern (Open Season 2), Dan Hageman and sib Kevin Hageman co-wrote the script about Dracula, the Mummy and the Werewolf hiding out in a hotel on the outskirts of present-day Transylvania convinced that modern technology has made them irrelevant. Sandler, soon to be in theaters with his comedy Jack and Jill, was the first star to join the cast of Hotel Transylvania.
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Miley Cyrus To Voice Dracula’s Daughter In Hotel Transylvania!

Miley Cyrus joined Adam Sandler in director Genndy Tartakovsky's Sony Pictures Animation (Spa) comedy Hotel Transylvania. Deadline reported Friday that Cyrus signed on to voice Mavis, the teenage daughter of Dracula, voiced by Sandler. David I. Stern (Open Season 2), Dan Hageman and sib Kevin Hageman co-wrote the script about Dracula, the Mummy and the Werewolf hiding out in a hotel on the outskirts of present-day Transylvania convinced that modern technology has made them irrelevant. Sandler, soon to be in theaters with his comedy Jack and Jill, was the first star to join the cast of Hotel Transylvania.

Miley Cyrus To Voice Dracula’s Daughter In Hotel Transylvania!

Miley Cyrus joined Adam Sandler in director Genndy Tartakovsky's Sony Pictures Animation (Spa) comedy Hotel Transylvania. Deadline reported Friday that Cyrus signed on to voice Mavis, the teenage daughter of Dracula, voiced by Sandler. David I. Stern (Open Season 2), Dan Hageman and sib Kevin Hageman co-wrote the script about Dracula, the Mummy and the Werewolf hiding out in a hotel on the outskirts of present-day Transylvania convinced that modern technology has made them irrelevant. Sandler, soon to be in theaters with his comedy Jack and Jill, was the first star to join the cast of Hotel Transylvania.
See full article at Upcoming-Movies.com »

Adam Sandler To Voice Dracula In Hotel Transylvania!

Adam Sandler joined Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman and, of course, Bela Lugosi as one of the few actors to receive the chance to play the famous movie monster Count Dracula. According to Variety, Sandler signed on to voice the blood-sucking Count in director Genndy Tartakovsky’s animated comedy Hotel Transylvania. David I. Stern (Open Season 2), Dan Hageman and sib Kevin Hageman co-wrote the script about Dracula, the Mummy and the Werewolf hiding out in a hotel on the outskirts of present-day Transylvania convinced that modern technology has made them irrelevant. Sandler, last seen in Just Go with It and Grown Ups, was the first star to join the cast of Hotel Transylvania.
See full article at Upcoming-Movies.com »

Adam Sandler To Voice Dracula In Hotel Transylvania!

Adam Sandler joined Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman and, of course, Bela Lugosi as one of the few actors to receive the chance to play the famous movie monster Count Dracula. According to Variety, Sandler signed on to voice the blood-sucking Count in director Genndy Tartakovsky’s animated comedy Hotel Transylvania. David I. Stern (Open Season 2), Dan Hageman and sib Kevin Hageman co-wrote the script about Dracula, the Mummy and the Werewolf hiding out in a hotel on the outskirts of present-day Transylvania convinced that modern technology has made them irrelevant. Sandler, last seen in Just Go with It and Grown Ups, was the first star to join the cast of Hotel Transylvania.
See full article at Upcoming-Movies.com »

Adam Sandler To Voice Dracula In Hotel Transylvania!

Adam Sandler joined Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman and, of course, Bela Lugosi as one of the few actors to receive the chance to play the famous movie monster Count Dracula. According to Variety, Sandler signed on to voice the blood-sucking Count in director Genndy Tartakovsky’s animated comedy Hotel Transylvania. David I. Stern (Open Season 2), Dan Hageman and sib Kevin Hageman co-wrote the script about Dracula, the Mummy and the Werewolf hiding out in a hotel on the outskirts of present-day Transylvania convinced that modern technology has made them irrelevant. Sandler, last seen in Just Go with It and Grown Ups, was the first star to join the cast of Hotel Transylvania.
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MGM Returns to Animated Features with Punk Farm

More than two decades removed from its last animated feature (the ever-nostalgic All Dogs Go to Heaven), MGM is reentering the animated game with director David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie and co-director Monsters, Inc.). According to Variety, the studio and Silverman will go to bat with an adaptation of the Jarrett Krosoczka children's book Punk Farm. Per the report, the pic was originally penned by Jim Hecht (Ice Age: The Meltdown) with Silverman waiting to direct a rewrite by David Stern (Open Season 2 & 3). Krosoczka's book follows a quintet of barnyard animals with a fondness for underground punk rock (I'm thinking Sex Pistols meets Selena Gomez).  There is no word on the project's production timeline although it's worthy of mentioning that the film is only the second major project taken on by the studio since its financial woes came to a head last December. The other project is the Vin Diesel producer/star vehicle,
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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray: Jackass 3, The Walking Dead (Season 1), The Next Three Days, Morning Glory, Four Lions, and More

This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s. Four Lions For at least half of its runtime, Four Lions is a relatively good-natured comedy, foremost because its characters seem like relatively good-natured people. This is obviously in spite of the film's subject matter, which focuses on a group of young Muslim men aspiring to become Jihadi Islamist terrorists. Like 2009's In the Loop, the film aims to highlight the absurdity of contentious political issues, making light of a dark topic with some smartly observed satire. But there are two major differences between In the Loop and Four Lions. The first is that Four Lions is a sillier film. Its committed to the realism of its semi-documentary style, but only as much as, say, This Is Spinal Tap.
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Owf Film Diary 11th-23rd February

Here we go with the first Film Diary post in its new weekly slot. It’s been pretty quiet so far, but from here on in it’s going to get a lot more bumpy. Remember, if you’re willing to offer me suggestions for what to watch, I’m more than willing to take them on board- if I don’t own them, I’ll even go and source them so I can share the love.

For anyone who missed it, here’s the skinny. Basically, what I’m presenting here is my attempt to chart a whole year’s worth of film-watching – something I have wanted to do for some time now. The aim is to post frequently, chronicling every film I watch this year – both offering reviews and setting myself the ultimate goal of watching (and writing about) as many films as humanly possible, without abandoning the necessary functions of normal existence…
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