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News Simon Brew 23 May 2013 - 06:35
Before The Expendables 2 and Kung Fu Panda 2 came along, the highest grossing film of Jean-Claude Van Damme's career at the Us box office was Timecop. Comfortably one of his best movies, Timecop was originally based on a story published by Dark Horse Comics, and The Hollywood Reporter has now broken the news that a fresh take on the material is in the works.
The project is in the early stages, and thus far there's no writer attached to the film. It's being produced by Marc Shmuger and Tom McNulty, though. It's also already clear that Jean-Claude Van Damme is not involved in the project. Whether they eventually sneak in a cameo for him if this one makes it to fruition remains to be seen.
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<< Continued from #1-1112. World War Z (June 21): With the success of AMC's The Walking Dead and February's Warm Bodies ($66.2 million), it's safe to say that zombies are very popular right now. World War Z is the first big-budget aspiring blockbuster featuring the creatures, though casual audiences may have a tough time associating the movie's fast-moving swarms of CGI zombies with the slow-moving ones they are used to. With star Brad Pitt and what's sure to be a hefty marketing effort from Paramount, World War Z will likely do fine, but opening right after Man of Steel is going to keep this down. (Domestic: $135 million, Foreign: $285 million)13. Epic (May 24): Action-oriented animated movies (as opposed to comedic ones) aren't historically all that successful, and Epic's story calls to mind notorious animated bomb The Ant Bully ($28.1 million). Still, from a scheduling perspective, Epic is in great shape: Memorial Day weekend »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
The co-production of Fox Star Studios and DreamWorks has earned Rs.4.31 crore since its release April 19.
"We are delighted with the fantastic weekend opening of 'The Croods'. With stunning visual content and power packed entertainment, it is the perfect holiday film for the entire family, and we expect the numbers to increase further during the week,". »
- Diksha Singh
Jack Black is getting some new company in DreamWorks Animation's upcoming threequel "Kung Fu Panda." "Breaking Bad's" Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen ("Casino Royale") and Rebel Wilson ("Pitch Perfect") will be lending their voices to the film, according to Deadline. They'll join Black and Angelina Jolie in the film, which is also expected to include the voices of returning cast members David Cross, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, and others. "Kung Fu Panda 2" director Jennifer Yuh Nelson is also returning. The film is produced by Melissa Cobb and co-produced by Jeffrey Hermann, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. Guillermo del Toro ("Pacific Rim") continues on as executive producer. The film »
- HitFix Staff
Let us all give a solemn but heartfelt two-thumbs up for one of the greatest and most influential careers in critical film thinking. (But please be careful Gene and Roger have it trademarked, can’t escape royalties anywhere these days…)
On April 4th, 2013 legendary writer/journalist/critic/Chicagoan/film-nut Roger Ebert passed away quietly and peacefully. As the disheartening news trickled into the media ether, the true impact of the loss could start to be felt. In the coming days and weeks epitaphs, stories and accolades will be passed around by the people he helped inspired, warmly and graciously, about this most humble and deserving of a man. It would be an honor of great prestige to be one of the first to start that trend here.
I feel that this was the time to get back to writing. I haven’t written an article or review in months for »
- Jeffrey Stewart
It's been two years since the release of Kung Fu Panda 2, but fans eager to see Kung Fu Panda 3 will still have to wait a couple years for the next installment since it's not hitting theaters until late 2015. But the good news is that some great new voice actors are joining cast members Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross Jackie Chan and Dustin Hoffman. Heat Vision has word that "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston, Casino Royale villain Mads Mikkelsen and Pitch Perfect scene stealer Rebel Wilson all have roles in the sequel from DreamWorks Animation, but there's no details yet. As the end of the second film seemed to indicate (spoiler alert if you have seen it yet), the sequel will likely follow Po (Black) as he learns more about his past and his father who is still alive, living with a whole community of other pandas. »
- Ethan Anderton
Hey guys, remember "Kung Fu Panda"? It seems like an eternity ago, but it's actually only been two years since "Kung Fu Panda 2" hit theaters. But even though it made a pretty tidy sum at the box office ($165.2 million domestically, thank you), the movie more or less vanished from public consciousness, getting lost somewhere between the fourth "Ice Age" and the third "Madagascar." They all kind of blend together after awhile, right?
Well, that's about to change, as according to Variety, DreamWorks Animation has decided to make sure "Kung Fu Panda 3" is the most memorable entry in the franchise yet by signing on a star you can't possibly forget or overlook: Rebel Wilson.
Wilson isn't the only big name joining the cast of "Kung Fu Panda 3," which is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 23, 2015. Besides returning stars Jack Black and Angelina Jolie, "Kung Fu Panda" has »
- Scott Harris
Bryan Cranston (Argo), Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royal) and Rebel Wilson (Pain and Gain) have joined the cast of the upcoming "Kung Fu Panda 3," which is being produced by Guillermo Del Toro. Very little is known about the story, except that the new film will continue the adventures of Po (Jack Black). In addition to Black, the movie will also bring back Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Michelle Yeoh and Danny McBride. "Kung Fu Panda 3" will be directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2) and is set to hit theaters on Christmas on December 23rd, 2015. The original film was released in 2008 and went on to gross $632 million worldwide on a $130 million budget. The sequel was released three years later and grossed $665 million on a $150 million budget. »
The Hollywood Reporter says that Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) and Rebel Wilson (Pain & Gain) are joining Jack Black, Lucy Liu, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen and others for Kung Fu Panda 3!
The only known plot details are that it “follows Po, the chosen one, as he continues on his journey mastering the art of Kung Fu … and noodle slurping.” This is according to DreamWorks Animation.
The first Kung Fu Panda made $631 million worldwide against a budget of $130 million. Kung Fu Panda 2 made $665 million worldwide against a budget of $150 million. It’s worth noting that the second film made less domestically (about $50 million less) which meant a heavier reliance on foreign box offices.
The biggest foreign box office return for the second film was China. Whereas China accounted for only $26 million for the first Kung Fu Panda, the country accounted for $92 million for the second Kung Fu Panda. »
- Alex Corey
CGI family films — still attracting great talent! Kung Fu Panda 3, part of DreamWorks Animation's packed schedule for the next few years, has landed Breaking Bad badass Bryan Cranston, Hannibal badass Mads Mikkelsen, and general badass Rebel Wilson (all your 6-year-old kid's favorite actors, basically) for voice-over roles. Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, and Seth Rogen are all set to return. Kung Fu Panda and its sequel, Kung Fu Panda 2, earned Oscar nods for Best Animated Feature. »
- Zach Dionne
Kung Fu Panda 3 will open in Us theaters on December 25, 2015 with a UK release date yet to be announced.
Cranston recently starred in the Oscar-winning film Argo, and is also busy developing new projects for television.
The voice cast for DreamWorks Animation’s sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 is starting to fill out quite nicely. Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, and other unspecified actors are reprising their roles from the first two animated films, but Heat Vision reports that Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen, and Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) have also been set as new additions to the film. Kung Fu Panda 2 director Jennifer Yuh Nelson returns to helm the follow-up, which also sees the return of executive producer Guillermo del Toro, producer Melissa Cobb, co-producer Jeffrey Hermann, and writers/co-producers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. Story details are firmly under wraps, but the ending of Kung Fu Panda 2 provides a strong hint that the third film will involve Black’s Po meeting his real father. Del Toro previously told us that Kung Fu Panda 3 has “the most formidable villain in the series, »
- Adam Chitwood
“Pandamonium” is back for a triple kick with a trio of new cast members in DreamWorks Animation Skg, Inc.’s Kung Fu Panda 3 which will be distributed by 20th Century Fox. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted), Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, Casino Royale) and Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids) join Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and other original cast members in the third installment of the beloved action-packed franchise.
The film, slated for December 23, 2015, marks the first planned co-production with Chinabased Oriental DreamWorks and follows Po, the chosen one, as he continues on his journey mastering the art of Kung Fu… and noodle slurping.
Continuing on his now legendary adventures of awesomeness, Po must face two hugely epic, but very different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to home.
- Melissa Thompson
Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen and Rebel Wilson are joining Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen and other original voice stars in DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3. Jennifer Yuh Nelson , who directed Kung Fu Panda 2, is back as helmer. Also returning are producer Melissa Cobb, executive producer Guillermo del Toro, co-producer Jeffrey Hermann and writers/co-producers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. Plot details or character details were not revealed other than Dwa saying it “follows Po, the chosen one, as he continues on his journey mastering the art of Kung Fu ... and noodle slurping.” Photos: It's
- Borys Kit
In 2010, DreamWorks Animation boss Jeffrey Katzenberg told us of the company’s expansive plans for sequels to films including How To Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda. Now the third Panda pic is leaping into action, with Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen and Rebel Wilson all aboard to lend their tonsil talents.They’ll join returning Panda veterans Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Seth Rogen in the film, which Kung Fu Panda 2’s Jennifer Yuh Nelson is back to direct.Beyond the basic concept carried through the movies – Black’s warrior Po, the chosen one, continues his quest to master martial arts and fight evil, all while eating as much as he can – nothing is known about the movie just yet. We don’t even know which characters the three newcomers will be playing, though here's hoping Cranston plays a fellow panda called Heisenbear. The film is set to hit cinemas, »
Exclusive: Resolution has signed actress Michelle Yeoh. One of Asia’s biggest stars, Yeoh will figure in Resolution’s international strategy, which is a priority for Jeff Berg’s upstart agency. Yeoh who starred as Aung San Suu Kyi in Luc Besson’s critically acclaimed The Lady and recently voiced a role in Dreamworks animated hit Kung Fu Panda 2. The former Bond girl is best known for her roles in Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Rob Marshall’s Memoirs Of A Geisha, Roger Spotiswoode’s Tomorrow Never Dies and Danny Boyle’s Sunshine. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The Bible is getting animated. Noah's Ark will tell the Musical story of the animals who are saved by a giant flood from the point of view of a meerkat. Yes, it's a musical, which sounds weird until you realize The Lion King is a musical. In fact, a guy who has written his share of animated musicals Philip Lazebnik, is writing this story as well - he also wrote Mulan, Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt (which was about Moses). Sharing the director's chair (which is common in animated movies) are John Stevenson, the director of Kung Fu Panda, and Cameron Hood, who was an animator on Prince of Egypt as well as Kung Fu Panda 2 and How to Train Your Dragon.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Feature Mark Harrison 25 Mar 2013 - 07:09
Arch your left eyebrow, for a moment. Good. Now, tilt your head to the side. I'll leave the smile up to you, but you must either smirk or give a big cheesy grin. You're now on your way to looking a lot like the DreamWorks Face, the expression that used to appear in pretty much every DreamWorks Animation film, usually on a talking animal of some description.
The thing is, in the past, all of DreamWorks' movies were comedies. It's since the studio has branched out into other genres, while retaining their sense of humour, that we've started sitting up and taking notice again.
For a while there, it looked like DreamWorks Animation had turned into the very corporate machine that it set out to lampoon: Disney. »
Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, and Emma Stone voice the first prehistoric family as they take a road trip to an uncharted world in The Croods, opening March 22nd. Louis is one of hundreds of artists who worked on the 3D animated Dreamworks film directed by Kirk De Micco (Space Chimp) and Chris Sanders (How To Train Your Dragon). Watch trailer.
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Sometimes fiction is more true than truth. And then there are those stories that can only work because they are true, because whatever unsettling human realities they have to share would be difficult to take in a fictional story: you simply couldn’t set up an invented tale that takes the same twists and turns and be plausible at the same time. But when it all really happened, who are we to argue with reality? We can only shake our heads at it, and how human beings actual behave in their natural environments. This is true. In rural east Texas in the 1990s, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was the most beloved man in the town of Carthage. All the “dear little old ladies” had crushes on him, we learn. “Bernie was a very loving man, a charismatic person.” We hear these things via documentary-style talking-head interviews that open the film, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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