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Comic-Con: 'Trolls' footage charms Hall H

21 July 2016 7:22 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Dreamworks Animation chiefs previewed 16 minutes of year-end release Trolls to the San Diego convention as stars Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake charmed the crowd.

Comic-Con has proved before that a loud response from Hall H attendees is no guarantee of commercial success (t wit, Snakes On A Plane and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), yet the musicality of Trolls and the infectious feel-good spirit that pervaded the room appered to bode well.

Kendrick voices Poppy, a colourful, cheerful troll who befriends a more sombre, grey iteration voiced by Timberlake.

Both performers, who sing in the film, took care not to render their characters into grating 2D stereotypes.

“She’s got layers,” Kendrick insisted. “She’s messed up. She’s the kind of little troll I like.”

For his part Timberlake worked hard not to make his character Branch “too cantankerous.”

Producer Gina Shay spoke of an important message in the film that was aimed squarely at young »

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Shrek 5 Is Coming in 2019

20 July 2016 1:15 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It has been 6 long years since Shrek Forever After debuted in theaters, and it will be another three before the next installment debuts. But it has been comforted today that Shrek 5 will be in theaters sometime in 2019. An exact date hasn't been announced, and it isn't known if this will be a big summer release or if it will be saved for the holidays.

It was reported earlier today by The Hollywood Reporter that Universal and DreamWorks plan to start releasing two DreamWorks Animation movies a year, every year, for the foreseeable future. And the Shrek franchise has been one of the studio's most lucrative. So it makes sense that after some time away from this colorful fairy tale land, they'd want to return to catch up with Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Puss N Boots and all their friends. The original movie, which arrived in 2001, was an instant smash, and spawned »

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Rapid Round: Alexandre Desplat Names Favorite Director, Predicts Beatles' Place in History

12 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

For his latest film, Alexandre Desplat, the Oscar-winning composer of 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (whose other credits include 2010’s The King’s Speech and 2011’s Carnage), has turned his attention to mainstream studio animation. He’s the musical wizard behind the blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets — and, he says, he’s a huge fan of animation, going all the way back to Tex Avery. He previously composed the scores for DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians and Wes Anderson’s stop-motion Fantastic Mr. Fox. A native of France who lives in the Montparnasse section of Paris, Desplat, 54, spoke to

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Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters Voice Cast Includes Anton Yelchin & Ron Perlman

15 June 2016 10:39 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Based on Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus’ young adult novel of the same name, Trollhunters will premiere as a DreamWorks Animation series on Netflix this December, and key members of the voice cast have now been revealed, including Anton YelchinKelsey Grammer, and Ron Perlman:

Press Release (via Collider): Annecy, France, June 15, 2016 – Creator and executive producer Guillermo del Toro has announced initial casting on Trollhunters, his epic family event series premiering in December 2016 on Netflix. The announcement was made today at the Annecy Animation Festival in Annecy, France during a career retrospective discussion with del Toro.

Trollhunters features a tale of two fantastical worlds set to collide in an epic saga. Set in the fictional suburb of Arcadia, our unlikely hero, Jim, and his two best friends make a startling discovery that beneath their hometown lies a hidden battle between good trolls and bad, the outcome of which will impact their lives forever.

The cast includes Anton Yelchin as “Jim,” an ordinary teenage boy whose discovery of a mystical amulet sets his life on a course filled with high-stakes adventure; Kelsey Grammer as “Blinky,” a kind-hearted troll who befriends Jim; and Ron Perlman provides the voice of “Bular,” a sinister troll who targets Jim and his friends for battle. Featuring stunning visuals and ambitious, complex storytelling from the rich and creative mind of Guillermo del Toro, Trollhunters raises the bar for family series as a global must-see viewing event for the entire family.

Trollhunters is produced by DreamWorks Animation for Netflix. Guillermo del Toro, Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow) and Christina Steinberg (Rise of the Guardians, National Treasure) serve as executive producers. Dan Hageman (The Lego Movie) and Kevin Hageman (The Lego Movie) are co-executive producers, and Chad Hammes (Dragons: Race to the Edge) serves as producer.

Trollhunters will premiere on Netflix in December 2016.

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Grammar, Perlman Set For "Trollhunters"

15 June 2016 10:05 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Creator and executive producer Guillermo del Toro has announced the initial cast for his upcoming epic family event series "Trollhunters" which is premiering in December on Netflix.

Set in the fictional suburb of Arcadia, our unlikely hero, Jim (Anton Yelchin), and his two best friends make a startling discovery that beneath their hometown lies a hidden battle between good trolls and bad, the outcome of which will impact their lives forever.

Also onboard are Kelsey Grammer as a kind-hearted troll named Blinky, Ron Perlman is a sinister troll named Bular. The announcement was made today at the Annecy Animation Festival in France during a career retrospective discussion with del Toro.

del Toro, Marc Guggenheim ("Arrow") and Christina Steinberg ("Rise of the Guardians") serve as executive producers on the series.

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Guillermo Del Toro Reveals Cast For 'Trollhunters'

15 June 2016 8:32 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Guillermo del Toro is currently getting a new series for Netflix together, and today he made a big splash with an announcement regarding its cast. The series is called Trollhunters, and it's a family-friendly venture that brings Del Toro and DreamWorks Animation together for an event series slated to come out later this year on the streaming giant.

"Creator and executive producer Guillermo del Toro has announced initial casting on Trollhunters, his epic family event series premiering in December 2016 on Netflix. The announcement was made today at the Annecy Animation Festival in Annecy, France during a career retrospective discussion with del Toro.Trollhunters features a tale of two fantastical worlds set to collide in an epic saga.  Set in the fictional suburb of Arcadia, our unlikely hero, Jim, and his two best friends make a startling discovery that beneath their hometown lies a hidden battle between good trolls and bad, the outcome of which will impact their lives forever.The cast includes Anton Yelchin as “Jim,” an ordinary teenage boy whose discovery of a mystical amulet sets his life on a course filled with high-stakes adventure; Kelsey Grammer as “Blinky,” a kind-hearted troll who befriends Jim; and Ron Perlman provides the voice of “Bular,” a sinister troll who targets Jim and his friends for battle. Featuring stunning visuals and ambitious, complex storytelling from the rich and creative mind of Guillermo del ToroTrollhunters raises the bar for family series as a global must-see viewing event for the entire family.Trollhunters is produced by DreamWorks Animation for Netflix. Guillermo del Toro, Marc Guggenheim (ArrowLegends of Tomorrow) and Christina Steinberg (Rise of the GuardiansNational Treasure) serve as executive producers. Dan Hageman (The Lego Movie) and Kevin Hageman (The Lego Movie) are co-executive producers, and Chad Hammes (Dragons: Race to the Edge) serves as producer."

So it looks like Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman and Anton Yelchin will top line this thing. Not bad! And maybe if this thing hits, it'll give Del Toro and Perlman the ammo they need to get Hellboy 3 off the ground. Who knows?

Trollhunters will premiere on Netflix in December 2016.

Source: Netflix/Dreamworks

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Annecy: Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman To Star in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Trollhunters’

15 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy — Kelsey Grammer (“Boss,” “Frasier”) and Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Hand of God”) are attached to star in Guillermo del Toro’s “Trollhunters,” his upcoming and much-awaited animated TV series produced by DreamWorks Animation Television for Netflix.

The announcement was made June 15 at France’s Annecy Festival, the Cannes of animation, as Del Toro delivers a masterclass on his career which is expected to feature a two minute sizzle-reel from “Trollhunters,” plus some 10 minutes of clips and scenes from the series.

Billed as an epic family event series, and indeed marking Del Toro’s first work for kids and families, “Trollhunters” will bow on Netflix in December 2016. Created and executive-produced by Del Toro, Trollhunters is “set in the fictional suburb of Arcadia,” where Jim, and his two best friends “make a startling discovery that beneath their hometown lies a hidden battle between good trolls and bad, the outcome of which will impact their lives forever,” DreamWorks Animation and Netflix said in a statement on Wednesday.

Anton Yeltsin, Chekov in “Star Trek,” voices Jim, who discovers a mysterious amulet; Grammar limns a kindly troll who helps Jim; and Perlman will provide the voice of Bular, which the series makers describe as “a sinister troll who targets Jim and his friends for battle.”

The cast renews the collaboration between Del Toro and Perlman, maybe the most iconic of the director’s regular actors, having played the lead in 2002’s “Hellboy” and 2008’s “Hellboy II: the Golden Army,” two early mid-career Del Toro movies which consolidated the Mexican helmer’s reputation for spectacle, an empathy with outcasts, and a desire to mix genre, physical effects and ancient mythology with complex ethical fables.

Expectation is high to see the scope and scale which Del Toro brings to a near obsession – he is the author of a novel, “Trollhunters” – in a limited series format, having tackled vampires in the FX Network-aired “The Strain.”

DreamWorks and Netflix, for their part, promise “stunning visuals and ambitious, complex storytelling” which “raises the bar for family series as a global must-see viewing event for the entire family.”

Another large question is how Del Toro will have tackled the animation. “Trollhunters” is produced by DreamWorks Animation for Netflix. Guillermo del Toro, Marc Guggenheim (“Arrow,” “Legends of Tomorrow”) and Christina Steinberg (“Rise of the Guardians,” “National Treasure”) serve as executive producers. Dan Hageman (“The Lego Movie”) and Kevin Hageman (“The Lego Movie”) are co-executive producers; Chad Hammes (“Dragons: Race to the Edge”) is another producer.

More details of “Trollhunters” are expected to be revealed during Del Toro’s June 15 masterclass which has rapidly acquired the status of a must-attend event. Such has been the demand from journalists at Annecy for interviews with Del Toro that the Festival has scheduled a Del Toro press conference for June 16.

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25 underappreciated family movies of the last 20 years

26 May 2016 8:09 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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From Flushed Away and Hunchback to Titan A.E. and Sky High - the family movies that don't get the love they deserve...

When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar. 

A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy »

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Comcast said to be eyeing DreamWorks Animation

26 April 2016 10:48 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A Universal spokesperson declined to comment on Tuesday evening following a report in the Wall Street Journal that parent company Comcast was lining up as the latest suitor to woo Jeffrey Katzenberg in a possible acquisition worth more than $3bn.

Katzenberg has sought a buyer for some years for his DreamWorks Animation stable, which created the Shrek, Madagascar, How To Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda franchises.

However the studio is in the process of a restructure after laying off roughly one-fifth of its workforce in Janaury 2015 following a string of flops with Penguins Of Madagascar, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Rise Of The Guardians, and Turbo.

Last month the mogul told the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco that he fantasised about a merger with Paramount Pictures.

Now the suitor of the month is Comcast, which according to the report values DreamWorks Animation considerably higher than its current market value of $2.3bn.

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Comcast in Talks to Buy DreamWorks Animation for $3 Billion

26 April 2016 6:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Comcast is in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation a deal worth more than $3 billion, sources confirm to Variety.

Dwa has been on the block for more than three years, drawing overtures but no suitors that went all the way to a deal. Comcast could be a good fit for the indie animation studio that has a deep well of content, from its library of film and TV production to classic toon characters to the millennial-friendly content engine in Brian RobbinsAwesomenessTV digital hub.

Comcast could make use of DreamWorks’ IP-rich vault in its theme parks as well as to feed its global film and TV pipelines. It’s understood that the deal on the table envisions bringing Dwa into the Universal Pictures fold.

Sources cautioned that the negotiations are still in the early stage and that a deal may not come to fruition. A source familiar with the situation said »

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How much should movie critics know about movies?

17 April 2016 2:07 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Should there be a 'ground zero' of knowledge for movie criticism? And what makes a critic effective at their job?

When I sat down to watch It Follows for the first time at the start of last year, I had no idea what I was getting. I'm increasingly an avoider of trailers, and try as much as possible to see films cold. It doesn't always work, but in the case of It Follows, it very much did.

As I’ve written before, the film had a very primal effect on me, in that it had me backing further and further into my seat, genuinely unnerved and more than a little scared by what was happening on screen. I hadn't felt like that watching a film for a long time, and my eventual write-up reflected that. Aside from the subtexts of the movie, which I, in truth, only came to later, »

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Tim's Toons: Easter animation

27 March 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tim here. Easter is upon us, and with it comes the realization that, for a holiday with such prominent iconography and a pre-made adorable talking animal, the movies haven't been able to do much with it. The go-to classic Easter film for generations of TV audiences has been The Ten Commandments, a religious epic that isn't even about the life of Jesus; meanwhile, the secular side of the date has been horribly mangled. Recent attempts at minting new holiday classics include Rise of the Guardians, which devoted all of its energy to pretending to be a Christmas movie instead, and the deeply execrable Hop, a live-action/animation hybrid with James Marsden as the perpetually horrified human companion to an abominable CGI rabbit voiced by Russell Brand.

Dig a little, however, and you can still find some reasonably charming Easter Bunny pictures out in the world. As a public service, may »

- Tim Brayton

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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 »

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Why Kung Fu Panda 3 Could Be A Bigger Hit Than We Imagined

27 January 2016 11:40 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Kung Fu Panda 3 looks as though it’s going to be the first mega hit of 2016, with tracking figures suggesting that it’s going to make a fortune when released at the end of the week. This will be music to the ears of Dreamworks Animation executives too, as the studio has been in need of a box office smash, after Home, Penguins Of Madagascar, Mr Peabody & Sherman, Turbo, and Rise Of The Guardians performed poorer than expected.  Fandango have confirmed that Kung Fu Panda 3’s ticket sales are tracking extremely high, and they’ve even provided a reason for the animated flick’s appeal. In fact, they explained that it should do well because family audiences are “starved” for entertainment in the multiplexes. The website explained: With its dazzling animation, all-star voice cast and moving story, some critics are calling »

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First Poster For Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg Arrives

22 January 2016 7:36 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The first poster for Disney’s The Bfg is here.

The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The Bfg” to life.

Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s The Bfg tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.

The Bfg (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the Bfg prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. »

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