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Oscar Race 2018: Animated Features Capture the Zeitgeist and Female Empowerment

When the Academy opened up voting for animated features to the membership at large and implementing preferential balloting, the balance of power shifted from indies to the big studios the first time in four years. This resulted in the final five nods for Pixar frontrunner “Coco,” GKids’ politically powerful “The Breadwinner,” the hand-painted “Loving Vincent,” and two surprising mainstream studio entries: “The Boss Baby” from DreamWorks and Blue Sky’s “Ferdinand.”

Indeed, one could argue that without the new rule changes and a Disney release last year, there likely would’ve been four indies joining “Coco.” Still, there were several positive takeaways: All five movies captured the zeitgeist in one way or another, and this marked the first time that two female directors were nominated in the same year: Nora Twomey for “The Breadwinner” and Dorota Kobiela for “Loving Vincent.” They joined previous nominees Marjane Satrap (“Persepolis”), Jennifer Yuh Nelson
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Dave Bautista Joins Jamie Foxx In Animated Film Groove Tails

Fresh off of Blade Runner 2049, Dave Bautista will now lend his voice in multiple roles on the animated action-comedy Groove Tails, about an underground world where mice engage in competitive street dancing. Deadline reports that Bautista will join Jamie Foxx in the movie that will be directed by How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda 2 animator Cameron Hood.

Johnny Mack developed the story and wrote the first draft of the script with rewrites coming from Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow.

Right now, Bautista is shooting Marvel’s Avengers 4 and can next be seen in Infinity War. The former professional wrestler and bodybuilder has stayed busy as he currently is developing an action-comedy franchise that he will star in and produce.
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Croods 2 Finds Its Director, Brings in Leslie Mann

DreamWorks Animation's The Croods 2 is finally back on the right track after the studio set a new release date for the animated sequel last month. Today the studio has set Joel Crawford to make his feature directorial debut with The Croods 2, after serving as head of story on the studio's Trolls and directing the new TV special DreamWorks Trolls Holiday, which was announced this week and will debut on NBC Wednesday, November 24. Here's what Chris deFaria, president of DreamWorks Animation Film Group, had to say in a statement about the filmmaker.

"Joel has done masterful work in his career and has proven himself to be an artist with a keen eye for character and story. His wonderful work at the helm of the DreamWorks Trolls Holiday as the director demonstrates his ability to expand his talents, and we think he's the perfect choice to bring the Croods
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Dave Bautista joins animated action-comedy Groove Tails

Deadline is reporting that Dave Bautista has signed on to join Jamie Foxx in the animated action comedy Groove Tails.

The film is being directed by Cameron Hood, animator on How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda 2, and takes place in a world where mice engage in a competitive street dance competition. Bautista will voice multiple characters, while Foxx is also on board as a producer and Jingle Punks (The Lego Ninjago Movie, Step Up) is developing the music.

Former WWE Superstar Bautista is currently shooting Marvel’s Avengers 4, and has numerous projects on the horizon, including Avengers: Infinity War, Hotel Artemis, Escape Plan 2: Hades, Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station, and the Ip Man spinoff Ip Man Side Story: Cheung Tin Chi. He also recently signed on to star in his own action comedy franchise, which is being developed by Stx Entertainment.
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Actor Dave Bautista Joins Jaime Foxx In Animated Film ‘Groove Tails’

‘Blade Runner 2049’ Actor Dave Bautista Joins Jaime Foxx In Animated Film ‘Groove Tails’
Exclusive: Dave Bautista, of Blade Runner 2049 and Guardians of the Galaxy, will lend his voice in multiple roles on the animated action-comedy Groove Tails, which has Jamie Foxx starring and producing. It’s set in a world where mice engage in a competitive street dance competition. How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda 2 animator Cameron Hood is attached to direct the project. Johnny Mack developed the story and wrote the first draft of the script with the most…
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Jennifer Yuh Nelson to Helm “Bittersweet Life” Remake

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As we previously reported, “Kung Fu Panda 2” director Jennifer Yuh Nelson has begun to direct live-action work alongside her already-prestigious animation career. Now, per Deadline, Nelson will join forces with “Creed” star Michael B. Jordan, Fox, and production company 21 Laps to remake “A Bittersweet Life.”

Originally a Korean cult action flick, “The Bittersweet Life” follows a longtime mobster who becomes emotionally torn between his boss and the mistress he’s been ordered to kill. The newly Americanized version, which will star Jordan, will be a “high-concept, character-driven genre film with franchise potential.”

Nelson’s background is predominantly in animation as both a storyboard artist and director. Her directorial debut, “Kung Fu Panda 2,” and its successor, “Kung Fu Panda 3,” received Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Picture.

Alongside “Frozen” co-director Jennifer Lee, Nelson is one of very few women directors in animation. Even though women make up roughly 60 percent of college animation programs, they represent only about 20 percent of the creative workforce.

Nelson’s live-action adaptation of “The Darkest Minds” is still in production. Featuring Mandy Moore (“This is Us,” “Tangled”), Amandla Stenberg (“Everything, Everything”), and Gwendoline Christie (“Game of Thrones”), the sci-fi thriller follows a group of supernatural children on the run from the government. It is expected to hit theaters in 2018.

Jennifer Yuh Nelson to Helm “Bittersweet Life” Remake was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Jennifer Yuh Nelson to direct Michael B. Jordan in A Bittersweet Life remake

Deadline is reporting that Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2, The Darkest Minds) is set to direct Michael B. Jordan in a remake of the 2005 Korean film A Bittersweet Life.

The action-thriller will see Jordan playing a mobster whose longtime loyalties to his crime family are challenged when his boss orders him to kill a mistress he’s recently grown close to. Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps are producing the film, which they view as a high-concept, character-driven piece with franchise potential.

Jordan will next be seen in HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 and Marvel’s Black Panther, while he is also set to reprise the role of Adonis Creed alongside Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa in the sequel to 2015’s Creed.
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Movie News: Michael B. Jordan to Star in 'A Bittersweet Life'; Glenn Close Touted for 'Sunset Boulevard' Musical

A Bittersweet Life: Michael B. Jordan (Creed, above) will star in A Bittersweet Life. It's a remake of a Korean action thriller about a gangster whose loyalties are tested when he is ordered to kill a woman he's fallen for. Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2; Kung Fu Panda 3) will direct. [Deadline]   Sunset Boulevard: Glenn Close is in "advanced talks" to star in a big-screen musical version of Sunset Boulevard. Close originated the role on stage in 1994 and recently starred again in a revival of the musical (above). It's inspired by Billy Wilder's 1950 classic drama about a faded silent film star who develops a strange relationship with a young screenwriter. [The Wrap]   Mary, Queen of Scots: Our first look at Saoirse Ronan in...

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Movie News: Michael B. Jordan to Star in 'A Bittersweet Life'

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A Bittersweet Life: Michael B. Jordan (Creed, above) will star in A Bittersweet Life. It's a remake of a Korean action thriller about a gangster whose loyalties are tested when he is ordered to kill a woman he's fallen for. Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2; Kung Fu Panda 3) will direct. [Deadline]   Sunset Boulevard: Glenn Close is in "advanced talks" to star in a big-screen musical version of Sunset Boulevard. Close originated the role on stage in 1994...

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Michael B Jordan to star in A Bittersweet Life remake

Nick Harley Aug 18, 2017

Creed and Blank Panther star Michael B Jordan will lead the remake of A Bittersweet Life...

The 2005 Korean action-thriller A Bittersweet Life is getting an American remake courtesy of Fox, and Micheal B Jordan is attached to lead the picture. Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2) will direct.

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The original version of the gangster film centers on a mob enforcer who is ordered to kill the mistress of his boss. After he develops for an affinity for her, he decides to spare the mistress’ life, causing dire complications in his relationship with his dangerous employer. The remake is being described as “high-concept,” “character-driven,” and having “franchise potential.” Jordan will star as the conflicted enforcer.

After directing the animated blockbusters Kung Fu Panda 2 and its sequel,
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Michael B. Jordan Eyed to Play Mobster in ‘A Bittersweet Life’

Michael B. Jordan Eyed to Play Mobster in ‘A Bittersweet Life’
Michael B. Jordan is circling Fox’s remake of the South Korean action-thriller “A Bittersweet Life.”

If Jordan’s deal closes, he will portray a mobster in the movie. “Kung Fu Panda” helmer Jennifer Yuh Nelson will direct.

Producers are 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, and Dan Cohen, along with Korea’s Cj Entertainment, which made the original film. Jason Young will oversee the movie for Fox.

In the 2005 film, Lee Byung-hun played a loyal enforcer for a crime boss, who assigned him to kill his young mistress if she turned out to be having an affair with another man.

Jordan is starring with Michael Shannon in “Fahrenheit 451” for HBO. He will be seen next in Disney-Marvel’s superhero movie “Black Panther,” in which he re-teamed with “Creed” director Ryan Coogler.

Nelson, who directed “Kung Fu Panda 2” and co-directed “Kung Fu Panda 3,” is making her live-action directorial debut with “Darkest Minds” — a potential franchise starter
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“Wonder Woman” Is Now the Top Female-Helmed Film at the Domestic Box Office

Wonder Woman”: Warner Bros.

Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” can add another accomplishment to its ever-growing list of milestones. As you might have heard, the superheroine pic surpassed the $400 million mark at the domestic global box office last week. As of yesterday, that number climbed to $402.2 million, per Box Office Mojo. In domestic earnings, that makes “Wonder Woman” the highest-earning film from a female director. “Frozen,” co-directed by Jennifer Lee, previously held the title with its $400.7 million domestic take.

Internationally, “Wonder Woman” has earned $797 million so far, trailing “Frozen’s” $1.28 billion. However, the film has surpassed “Kung Fu Panda 2's” $665.7 million global earnings. That means that Jenkins is now the top-grossing solo female director at the international box office, ousting “Kung Fu Panda 2's” Jennifer Yuh Nelson.

All this is in addition to the film’s numerous other achievements. Only a few weeks after its June 2 opening, “Wonder Woman” became the highest-grossing live-action film from a female director. Before that, Jenkins became the record-holder for the highest domestic opening for a woman director — topping the $85.1 million opening of Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” in 2015 and the $69.6 million debut of Catherine Hardwicke’s “Twilight” in 2008.

Ten weeks into its theatrical run, “Wonder Woman” is still in the top 2o domestic films. It was the top-earner during its first two weekends in theaters and placed second in its two subsequent weekends. One of the reasons for its box office longevity? Women and moviegoers over age 50.

Wonder Woman’s” latest win can only bolster Warner Bros.’ Oscar campaign for the Gal Gadot-starrer. The studio has its sights set on “Wonder Woman” becoming the first comic-book film to receive a nod for Best Picture. Warner Bros. is also pushing for Jenkins to become the first director of a comic book movie to receive a nomination. No female directors have been nominated for Best Director since Kathryn Bigelow won for “The Hurt Locker” in 2010. She’s the first and only woman to ever take home the prize.

Wonder Woman” Is Now the Top Female-Helmed Film at the Domestic Box Office was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Kovert Creative Hires DreamWorks Animation’s David Hail, ID PR’s Amanda Dykema

Entertainment and marketing agency Kovert Creative has hired David Hail and Amanda Dykema to work out of the company’s Santa Monica office, Variety has learned.

Hail, a veteran film publicist and awards strategist, will focus on film and television clients, including the upcoming launch of Steve Harvey’s new daytime talk show. Additionally, Hail will offer his expertise on animated and visual effects-driven feature film projects for both release and awards campaigns. He joins Kovert from DreamWorks Animation, where he spent the past ten years developing and executing dozens of film campaigns, awards campaigns, and publicity initiatives for the studio. He previously worked on “Kung Fu Panda” and “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “Shrek Forever After,” “Trolls,” and most recently, “The Boss Baby.” Prior to his role at DreamWorks, Hail worked at Sony Pictures Animation.

“Having recently worked with David on Kung Fu Panda 3, I
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Kovert Creative Hires DreamWorks Animation’s David Hail, ID PR’s Amanda Dykema

Entertainment and marketing agency Kovert Creative has hired David Hail and Amanda Dykema to work out of the company’s Santa Monica office, Variety has learned.

Hail, a veteran film publicist and awards strategist, will focus on film and television clients, including the upcoming launch of Steve Harvey’s new daytime talk show. Additionally, Hail will offer his expertise on animated and visual effects-driven feature film projects for both release and awards campaigns. He joins Kovert from DreamWorks Animation, where he spent the past ten years developing and executing dozens of film campaigns, awards campaigns, and publicity initiatives for the studio. He previously worked on “Kung Fu Panda” and “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “Shrek Forever After,” “Trolls,” and most recently, “The Boss Baby.” Prior to his role at DreamWorks, Hail worked at Sony Pictures Animation.

“Having recently worked with David on Kung Fu Panda 3, I
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Wonder Woman becomes highest-grossing live-action movie from a female director

Having become the first female filmmaker to direct a movie with a budget of $100 million, and the first to have a movie debut with a domestic opening weekend of $100 million, Patty Jenkins has now added another feather to her cap with Wonder Woman’s latest box office milestone.

The DC blockbuster has now reached $615 million worldwide, meaning it has overtaken 2009’s Mamma Mia! to become the highest-grossing live-action movie from a female director. The overall record is currently held by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and the animated film Kung Fu Panda 2 on $665 million, which Wonder Woman will likely overtake in the coming weeks (it should also be pointed out that Jennifer Lee co-directed Frozen with Chris Buck, and then went on to gross $1.2 billion).

Domestically, Wonder Woman has already surpassed Man of Steel’s $291 million, and is looking to finish the weekend with around $319 million, meaning it is fast approaching
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'Wonder Woman' Is the Top-Grossing Female-Directed Film

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2017-06-23T07:31:07-07:00'Wonder Woman' Is the Top-Grossing Female-Directed Film

Director Patty JenkinsWonder Woman continues to make history in its box-office run.

Sometime Thursday or Friday, the Warner Bros. and DC superhero tentpole will eclipse the $609.8 million earned worldwide by Phyllida Lloyd's Mamma Mia! (2008) to become the top-grossing live-action film of all time from a female director, not accounting for inflation.

Wonder Woman also has a strong shot of passing up Kung Fu Panda 2's $665.7 million to become the top-grossing film of all time from a female filmmaker with solo directing duties. Jennifer Yuh Nelson helmed the 2011 animated sequel.

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Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot and Chris Pine.
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Wonder Woman Is About To Cross Another Huge Milestone

Wonder Woman is a film that started off by hitting some huge milestones, and it looks like there’s no stopping it. THR is reporting that the Patty Jenkins-directed DC flick is set to break $609.8 million worldwide either this Thursday or Friday. You might be thinking that to be an incredibly random number. Why $609.8 million?

Well, that’s how much Phyllida Lloyd’s Mamma Mia! grossed back in 2008, going down in history to become the highest grossing live-action film from a female director of all time. Either today or tomorrow, that number will be surpassed by Wonder Woman.

Notice the caveat we have by saying “live-action.” That’s because Wonder Woman will have one more obstacle in the form of Kung Fu Panda 2, which was directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson. That film made $665.7 million worldwide, and will likely get overtaken by Wonder Woman in the weeks to come.
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'Wonder Woman' Set to Become Top-Grossing Live-Action Film Directed by a Woman

'Wonder Woman' Set to Become Top-Grossing Live-Action Film Directed by a Woman
Director Patty JenkinsWonder Woman continues to make history in its box-office run.

Sometime Thursday or Friday, the Warner Bros. and DC superhero tentpole will eclipse the $609.8 million earned worldwide by Phyllida Lloyd's Mamma Mia! (2008) to become the top-grossing live-action film of all time from a female director, not accounting for inflation.

Wonder Woman also has a strong shot of passing up Kung Fu Panda 2's $665.7 million to become the top-grossing film of all time from a female filmmaker with solo directing duties. Jennifer Yuh Nelson helmed the 2011 animated sequel.

Starring Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman passed the...
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“Wonder Woman” Director Patty Jenkins Makes History

Patty Jenkins: THR News/YouTube

By now you know that “Wonder Woman” kicked ass at the box office. But here’s the cherry on top of the sundae: “Wonder Woman” helmer Patty Jenkins now holds the record for highest domestic opening for a female director. Diana Prince’s origin story raked in $100.5 million this weekend, topping the $85.1 million opening of Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” in 2015 and the $69.6 million debut of Catherine Hardwicke’s “Twilight” in 2008.

Jenkins’ film also out-performed the highest-opening animated films helmed by women. “Frozen,” Jennifer Lee’s retelling of “The Snow Queen,” opened to $67.3 million in 2013. Brenda Chapman’s “Brave” opened with $66.3 million and Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s “Kung Fu Panda 2” debuted to $47.6 million. The latter two both hit theaters in 2011.

While Jenkins is only the second woman to helm a live-action film with a budget of $100 million or more — Kathryn Bigelow was the first with 2002’s “K:19: The Widowmaker” — the success of “Wonder Woman” sets an optimistic precedent for upcoming big budget projects from women. Two projects with $100 million budgets will open in 2018: Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time” and Niki Caro’s “Mulan.” In fact, as the first film of its size to be directed by a woman of color, “A Wrinkle in Time” has already cemented itself as a milestone for female filmmakers. Brie Larson-starrer “Captain Marvel,” co-directed by Anna Boden, will open in 2019. And news recently broke that Gina Prince-Bythewood will helm Marvel’s “Silver Sable and Black Cat.”

It’s likely that Jenkins and “Wonder Woman” will only continue to break records throughout the movie’s theatrical run. It is sure to be 2017's top-grossing movie directed by a woman. And, considering the opening numbers and the positive critical response, a sequel revolving around Diana Prince is all but guaranteed. Jenkins and star Gal Gadot are contractually bound to a second “Wonder Woman” film and the director “is more than ready to return to the character for a contemporary-set” installment, The Hollywood Reporter writes. It’s probable that Jenkins will best herself and make history again in the next few years as the first woman to direct a sequel (to her own movie) with a budget of over $100 million.

Wonder Woman” Director Patty Jenkins Makes History was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Weekend Box Office Report: March 31-April 2, 2017

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The Boss Baby takes charge! Animated infant Alec Baldwin seized control of the box office this weekend as The Boss Baby opened with an estimated $49 million! The PG-rated family comedy (adapted from the childrens' book of the same name) was about average for the first weekend of a non-shrek Dreamworks effort, right between the $47.6 million start of Kung Fu Panda 2 and the $49.4 million... Read More...
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