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Kung Fu Panda’s Jennifer Yuh Will Direct Live-Action ‘Darkest Minds’ Movie Adaptation

12 July 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Following the lead of other animation directors like Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton, Kung Fu Panda series filmmaker Jennifer Yuh Nelson will attempt to make the transition to live-action films. Nelson, the Oscar-nominated director of Kung Fu Panda 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3, is set to make her live-action directorial debut with Darkest Minds, […]

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“Kung Fu Panda 2” Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson to Make Her Live Action Debut

12 July 2016 2:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Kung Fu Panda 2” director Jennifer Yuh Nelson will make her live-action directorial debut with an adaptation of Ya hit “The Darkest Minds…

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‘Darkest Minds’: Jennifer Yuh Nelson of ‘Kung Fu Panda’ to Make Live-Action Directorial Debut with Ya Adaptation

12 July 2016 12:13 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After directing the last two “Kung Fu Panda” movies, Jennifer Yuh Nelson is set to make her live-action debut with “Darkest Minds.” Fox is developing the project, which is based on Alexandra Bracken’s trilogy of young-adult novels. The series centers around a telekinetic 16 year old in a postapocalyptic America ravaged by a pandemic known as Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration (Iaan).

Read More: Immersed in Movies: How DreamWorks Made Two Versions of ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

With “Kung Fu Panda 2,” Yuh Nelson became the first woman to direct an animated feature for a major studio without a co-director. Prior to that she had worked on “Dark City,” “Madagascar” and the first “Kung Fu Panda.” In the series, some survivors of Iaan have developed superpowers and been consigned to internment camps by the government.

Read More: Immersed in Movies: Jennifer Yuh Nelson Lifts Kung Fu Panda 2

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- Michael Nordine

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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson to Helm ‘Darkest Minds’

12 July 2016 11:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kung Fu Panda 3” director Jennifer Yuh Nelson is attached to make her live-action directorial debut with “Darkest Minds” in a potential franchise starter for Fox.

The movie is an adaptation of the YA trilogy by Alexandra Bracken in which a pandemic kills most of America’s children and teenagers. When some of the survivors develop superpowers, they are imprisoned.

Fox-based Shawn Levy is producing through his 21 Laps company.

The first book of the trilogy centers on a 16-year-old with telekinetic powers who escapes from an interment camp and joins a group of teens on the run from the government.

Nelson made her directorial debut with 2011’s “Kung Fu Panda 2,” which received an Oscar nomination for best animated feature. She directed “Kung Fu Panda 3,” which was released in January.

Nelson is repped by Wme and Hansen Jacobson.

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- Dave McNary

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How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites

29 June 2016 2:54 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

“Introducing the Academy class of 2016,” reads the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences website announcement of its invited new members Wednesday. And while joining that august organization is a singular honor, many say they were surprised to learn of their inclusion — mainly because they hadn’t applied for membership. Traditionally, that’s a laborious process that can take years before you get recommended by peers, vetted by your branch, and finally invited. Every year it’s a shock that someone like, say Tina Fey, IFC’s Arianna Bocco, last year’s Oscar-winner Margaret Sixel (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), or Oscar marketer Lisa Taback, wasn’t already a member.

Read More: Oscars So White: 8 Ways to Solve the Academy’s Diversity Problem 

At the heart of the Academy’s complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. Believe me, they were horrified when, »

- Anne Thompson

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How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites

29 June 2016 2:54 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Introducing the Academy class of 2016,” reads the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences website announcement of its invited new members Wednesday. And while joining that august organization is a singular honor, many say they were surprised to learn of their inclusion — mainly because they hadn’t applied for membership. Traditionally, that’s a laborious process that can take years before you get recommended by peers, vetted by your branch, and finally invited. Every year it’s a shock that someone like, say Tina Fey, IFC’s Arianna Bocco, last year’s Oscar-winner Margaret Sixel (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), or Oscar marketer Lisa Taback, wasn’t already a member.

Read More: Oscars So White: 8 Ways to Solve the Academy’s Diversity Problem 

At the heart of the Academy’s complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. Believe me, they were horrified when, »

- Anne Thompson

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Box Office: ‘Finding Dory’ Drowns Out Disappointing ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

26 June 2016 8:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Finding Dory” showed plenty of box office staying power with $73.2 million in an otherwise modest weekend at the North America box office as “Independence Day: Resurgence” invaded with a disappointing $41.6 million.

A week after energizing the summer season, Disney/Pixar’s “Finding Dory” declined only 46% and generated the eighth-highest second weekend of all time, edging “Captain America: Civil War.” It’s also the best second weekend for an animated title.

Finding Dory,” the sequel to 2003’s “Finding Nemo,” is already the sixth-highest domestic grosser of 2016 after ten days with $285.6 million — less than $100 million short of the final total for “Nemo.”

Fox’s “Independence Day: Resurgence” finished about 20% below recent forecasts, which had pegged the sequel to match the $50 million opening weekend from the 1996 original. It edged “Kung Fu Panda 2” as the eighth-largest opening of 2016.

“Resurgence” brought back the same fearsome aliens from the original, again bent on destroying the Earth. »

- Dave McNary

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‘The Strain’ Season 3 Trailer: Corey Stoll Fights For Survival In Insane, Violent Trailer

21 June 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

FX’s horror thriller series “The Strain” follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the New York City head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team, who are initially called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak that contains ancient, evil strains of vampirism. Soon, Ephraim and his team wage war against these vampires for the fate of humanity. The series also stars David Bradley (“Harry Potter”), Mía Maestro (“Frida”), Kevin Durand (“Smoking Aces”), Jonathan Hyde (“Titanic”), Richard Sammel (“Inglourious Basterds”), Sean Astin (“The Lord of the Rings”), Natalie Brown (“Sophie”), Miguel Gomez (“Louie”), and more. Watch a trailer for the series’ third season below as Ephraim and his team fight for survival to the tune of Marilyn Manson’s “Warship My Wreck.”

Read More: Review: Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’ Lacks Originality, But Brings ‘Game of Thrones’-Level Gore to FX

The series was co-created by director Guillermo del Toro, »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘The Strain’ Season 3 Trailer: Corey Stoll Fights For Survival In Insane, Violent Trailer

21 June 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

FX’s horror thriller series “The Strain” follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the New York City head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team, who are initially called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak that contains ancient, evil strains of vampirism. Soon, Ephraim and his team wage war against these vampires for the fate of humanity. The series also stars David Bradley (“Harry Potter”), Mía Maestro (“Frida”), Kevin Durand (“Smoking Aces”), Jonathan Hyde (“Titanic”), Richard Sammel (“Inglourious Basterds”), Sean Astin (“The Lord of the Rings”), Natalie Brown (“Sophie”), Miguel Gomez (“Louie”), and more. Watch a trailer for the series’ third season below as Ephraim and his team fight for survival to the tune of Marilyn Manson’s “Warship My Wreck.”

Read More: Review: Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’ Lacks Originality, But Brings ‘Game of Thrones’-Level Gore to FX

The series was co-created by director Guillermo del Toro, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Guillermo Del Toro and Jeffrey Katzenberg talk animation in Annecy

17 June 2016 6:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Netflix and DreamWorks have 16 TV series in development, says DreamWorks CEO.

Director Guillermo Del Toro was joined by DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg during an Annecy Film Festival masterclass this week in which the two men revealed some insider titbits on projects they have worked on and more general thoughts on animation.

“In my early days at DreamWorks, Jeffrey said I increased the murder rate at the company by 100%,” Pan’s Labyrinth director Del Toro joked.

The colourful Mexican director has been a consultant and executive producer on a handful of DreamWorks titles, and the audience heard how he was responsible for significant edits to 2010 feature Megamind and for some of the more exuberant action scenes in Kung Fu Panda 2.

Del Toro and Katzenberg have most recently collaborated on animated series Trollhunters, of which they showed several clips.

The recent Netflix acquisition about a school kid who takes possession of a magical amulet that transforms him into »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Kung Fu Panda 3 Interview with Bryan Cranston | Exclusive

19 May 2016 10:18 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just a few weeks before Deadpool opened in theaters, en route to being one of the biggest movies of the year, DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 3 pulled in some impressive numbers for its late-January debut. The animated sequel earned $41.2 million that weekend, before taking in $142.4 million domestically and $516.5 million worldwide. Earlier this week, this beloved adventure was made available on Digital HD, and to celebrate this release, we have an exclusive interview with Bryan Cranston, one of the new additions to the all-star voice cast.

Bryan Cranston lends his voice to Li, Po's long lost dad (Jack Black) in this animated sequel, with the actor revealing just how committed this team was on Kung Fu Panda 3, in regards to crafting a story everyone in the family can enjoy. He also talks about how animated films can be both intelligent and fun, and how proud he is of the film's storyline, »

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An Official Investigation Into the Levels of Awkwardness in the Johnny Depp Apology Video

18 April 2016 10:21 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Happy Monday! Here is the most awkward video of all time! Oh, you think you've seen the most awkward video ever created? Then obviously you haven't seen the little ditty that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard recorded to publicly apologize for failing to declare the couple's pet Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, when the actress entered Australia in 2015. It is, without a doubt, the most painful 42 seconds you'll ever experience. Yes, even worse than the time you accidentally watched 40 seconds of Mortdecai while flipping through the movie channels trying to get to Kung Fu Panda 2. The video, released on Monday, April 18, 2016, features the married couple reading a prepared »

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Academy, Under Fire Over Diversity, Backtracks on Voting Eligibility

15 March 2016 9:25 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As promised, the Academy Board of Governors voted—again— to put through changes intended to diversify the voting body. They're adding three new members, who unlike the other 51 governors, are not elected by the individual branches. Director Reginald Hudlin, who co-produced this year's Oscars, writer Gregory Nava ("Frida") and animator Jennifer Yuh Nelson ("Kung Fu Panda 2") were confirmed by the current Board members for three-year terms, effective immediately.   On Tuesday the Academy also apologized, after receiving a protest letter from 25 members of Asian descent including Oscar-winning directors Frieda Lee Mock ("Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision") and director Ang Lee ("Life of Pi"), for Chris Rock's "tone-deaf," "tasteless and offensive" Asian joke on the February 28th Oscar telecast:  “The Academy appreciates the concerns stated, and regrets that any aspect of the Oscar telecast was offensive. »

- Anne Thompson

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Second Opinion – Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

15 March 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Kung Fu Panda 3, 2016.

Directed by Jennifer Yuh & Alessandro Carloni.

Starring Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Bryan Cranston, J.K. Simmons, Kate Hudson, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Lucy Liu and Jackie Chan.

Synopsis:

Third instalment of the animated series, in which Po, the titular panda, finally meets his real father, and also has to do battle with Kai, a supernatural villain who drains the chi from every Kung Fu Master he encounters.

The quality of Dreamworks’ animated films has always varied greatly – from poor (Shark Tale) to great (Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon) with a whole lot of mediocre in between (Bee Movie, Rise of the Guardians, Over the Hedge). Their track record with sequels has been likewise uneven – although they were financially successful, each Shrek was weaker than the last, and I’d personally rather watch the new Ghostbusters trailer on an endless »

- Amie Cranswick

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Kung Fu Panda 3 review; “Another enjoyable outing from the Kung Fu crew”

8 March 2016 7:53 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Kung Fu Panda 3 review: A case of more of the same, though a visually superb, enjoyable outing with Po and his Kung Fu crew.

Kung Fu Panda 3 review by Paul HeathDreamworks Animation assembles the team once again for another big-screen adventure for the lovable Po (Jack Black) and co. in the third film in the lucrative and most awesome Kung Fu Panda series.

The last two films in the Kung Fu Panda series have grossed over $600 million each in worldwide box-office receipts, so a third film was a bit of a no brainer. With Kung Fu Panda 3, the studio are already classing the movie as an all-out success with a whopping $300 million already in the bank, with some big international markets, including the UK, to still to see a release.

In the first film in the series, we saw the high-kicking, plump-panda Po become the famous Dragon Warrior, »

- Paul Heath

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Oscar Week: The Shorts – The Academy Celebrates The Live Action And Animated Films

24 February 2016 5:02 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On Tuesday evening, The Academy kicked off Oscar Week. In the final days leading up to Oscar Sunday, movie fans will be offered throughout the week a up-close look with a series of public programs celebrating this year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Animated and Live Action Short Film categories.

Hosted by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Oscar Nominated for Kung Fu Panda 2, and director of Kung Fu Panda 3, the evening spotlighted the Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film categories.

The “Oscar Week: Shorts” event, held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, featured a screening of all 10 nominated shorts in their entirety, as well as discussions with all of the nominated filmmakers.

On the heels of breaking box office records for this year’s Oscar nominated short films in theaters across the country, »

- Michelle McCue

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Top 10 Takeaways: How R-Rated Marvel Action Comedy 'Deadpool' Rewrote February Box Office History

14 February 2016 2:07 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The much sought-after calendar event—Valentine's Day on the same weekend as President's Day—pushed box office totals to strong results. Credit Marvel's sleeper box office breakout "Deadpool" (20th Century Fox) starring a perfectly cast Ryan Reynolds in an R-Rated franchise. And resurgent 20th Century Fox is enjoying happy days that studios only dream about. The more conventional two openers ("How to Be Single" and "Zoolander") combined did only a quarter as much business as "Deadpool," as several holdovers are still thriving. The Top Ten 1. Deadpool (20th Century Fox) New - Cinemascore: A ; Criticwire: A-; Metacritic: 65; Est. budget: $58 million $135,050,000 in 3,558 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $37,957; Cumulative: $135,050,000 2. Kung Fu Panda 2 (20th Century Fox) - Week 3; Last weekend #1 $19,650,000 (-7%) in 3,844 theaters (-143); PTA: $5,112; Cumulative: $93,912,000 3. How to Be Single (Warner Bros.) New - Cinemascore: B; »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Box Office: Caesar wasn't quite hailed

7 February 2016 1:48 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

A somewhat quiet week for moviegoing as all eyes turn towards the Superbowl. Well, not all eyes. I don't know who's playing other than Beyoncé. Kung Fu Panda had no trouble fending off newcomers. Star Wars recently crossed the $2 billion mark worldwide (though it's still behind Titanic and Avatar globally) but the new movies didn't make enough of an impression for ticket buyers. Unfortunately Hail, Caesar! opened significantly below the gross of the last widescreen comedy from the Coen brothers Burn After Reading.

Box Office

01 Kung Fu Panda 2 $21 (cum. $69)

02 Hail, Caesar! $11.4 new Coen Brothers - 17 Films, Interview: Score

03 The Revenant $7.1 (cum. $149.7) Interview: Costumes, Interview: Production Design 

04 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $6.9 (cum. $905.9) Review, Podcast

05 The Choice $6 new

06 Pride & Prejudice & Zombies $5.2 new Review

07 The Finest Hours  $4.7 (cum. $18.3)

08 Ride Along 2  $4.5 (cum. $77.2) 

09 The Boy $4 (cum $26.8)

10 Dirty Grandpa  $4 (cum $29.3)

What did you see this weekend? 

I rewatched Silence of the Lambs (for »

- NATHANIEL R

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Diversity Scandal Overlooks Historic Year for Women at Oscars

4 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

When it comes to this year’s Academy Awards, no word is more buzzworthy than “diversity”. For the second year in a row the Oscars have nominated only white actors in their four main acting categories, sparking backlash and, as a result, inciting the Academy to announce new changes to tackle its “diversity problem”.

Amidst another year of #OscarsSoWhite trending on Twitter, however, the fact that 2015 has been an exceptionally strong year for women has been largely overlooked. Three of this year’s best picture nominees (BrooklynRoomMad Max: Fury Road) are female-centric and feature strong female protagonists in the center of the action. In fact, even outside of those films and their performances, a number of women are nominated for best picture as producers, as well. Kristie Macosko Krieger is nominated for Bridge of Spies, Blye Pagon Faust is nominated for Spotlight, Dede Gardner »

- Patrick Shanley

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The Academy Announces Oscar Week Events Leading Up To 88th Oscars

2 February 2016 12:55 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

If you’re in the Southern California area during the days leading up the 88th Oscars on February 28th, there are great events at the Academy that no movie fan will wants to miss.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a series of public programs celebrating this year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Animated and Live Action Short Film categories.  All events will be held at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The Oscar Week schedule is as follows:

Oscar Week: Shorts

Tuesday, February 23, 7 p.m.

Hosted by director Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Yuh Nelson received an Oscar nomination in the Animated Feature Film category for “Kung Fu Panda 2” and is the director of the sequel “Kung Fu Panda 3,” currently in theaters.  The program will delve into the »

- Michelle McCue

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