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Robert De Niro’s Comedy ‘War With Grandpa’ Gets February Release

TWC-Dimension Films has set a Feb. 23 release date for its family comedy “The War with Grandpa,” starring Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken.

Tim Hill directed the movie, which also stars Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, Oakes Fegley, Jane Seymour, and Faizon Love. The film was written by Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, and Dave Johnson and produced by Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart, and Rosa Morris Peart of Marro Films.

The film was shot over six weeks in Atlanta. It was originally slated to be shot in Toronto for an Oct. 20 release date.

Fegley portrays the grandson of De Niro’s recently widowed character, who moves into the house and takes over the grandson’s bedroom. The grandson schemes with friends to devise a series of pranks to drive him out, but finds that his grandfather isn’t going to give up easily — leading to an all-out war.

The
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‘Home’ Review: Jim Parsons & Rihanna Team For Fun Frenetic Family Ride

Move over, E.T.: There’s a new lovable alien on Earth and ironically he’s in a movie called Home. This new DreamWorks Animation confection is the company’s only planned release this year, and as I say in my video review above it is out-of-this-world fun for the whole family. The movie skews very, very young, but adults should be happy to go along for the ride on this road trip, though, because of the zippy dialogue in Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember’s screenplay and a fine…
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘Home’ With Jim Parsons, Rihanna

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new animated comedy “Home” starring Jim Parsons and Rihanna!

“Home,” which opens on March 27, 2015 and is rated “PG,” also stars Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin, Matt Jones, Derek Blankenship, Brian Stepanek, Nigel W. Tierney and April Winchell from director Tim Johnson and writers Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember.

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Film Review: ‘Home’

Film Review: ‘Home’
Hey “Home,” E.T. called — he wants his huggable-alien concept back. Introduced in the film’s opening seconds, when he bumps that little boy with the fishing rod from the DreamWorks Animation logo, over-eager alien invader Oh represents Jeffrey Katzenberg’s best hope at harnessing some of his old pal Steven Spielberg’s intergalactic buddy-movie mojo. Unimaginative and downright predictable by grownup standards, but bursting with elements sure to appeal to younger auds — including cutesy character design, quotable alien catchphrases and solid musical/vocal contributions from Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, who add a dose of diversity to the human cast — Dwa’s lone 2015 feature release should manage to squeak past the $100 million mark during a relatively competition-free spring, while reinforcing the studio’s recent standing as the Pepsi of the animation world: It’s potable, but a distant second to the real thing.

Still smarting from the dual blows of a
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Jim Parsons Hides on Earth in Second Full Trailer for Animated 'Home'

Originally slated for release this week, DreamWorks Animation opted to send their sci-fi adventure Home to theaters next spring. And since Penguins of Madagascar gets the prime holiday release slot this weekend, that means we get a new trailer for the film featuring the voice of Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") as the unfortunately nicknamed Oh, a clumsy alien in hiding on Earth. Speaking in a dialect that seems lifted from cat memes (you'll see what I mean), this guy seems to be a lovable walking accident, but there are more of his race (including Steve Martin as their leader) coming to our planet, looking for a new home. Watch! Here's the new trailer for DreamWorks Animation's Home, originally from Yahoo: Watch the original animated short film over here along with the first theatrical trailer right here. Home is directed by Tim Johnson (Shrek, Over the Hedge) and written
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Watch: Jim Parsons, Rihanna Team Up in Animated ‘Home’ Trailer

Watch: Jim Parsons, Rihanna Team Up in Animated ‘Home’ Trailer
DreamWorks Animation has released the trailer for “Home,” which shows Jim Parsons and Rihanna voicing an unlikely pair.

Parsons is the alien Oh — a named taken from the annoyed groans of his peers whenever he shows up — and Rihanna provides the voice of a teenage girl named Tip. The two team up to save Earth in the animated pic.

“Home” also features the voices of Jennifer Lopez, who plays Tip’s mother, and Steve Martin as the leader of the Boov, Oh’s alien race. The film is based on Adam Rex’s novel “The True Meaning of Smekday.”

The trailer comes as DreamWorks releases “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ this weekend. The movie has seen widely positive reviews.

Tim Johnson directed “Home,” with Matt Ember and Tom J. Astle (“Epic,” “Get Smart”) co-writing the adaptation.

“Home” will be released March 27, 2015, via Fox.
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Check Out The First Trailer For DreamWorks Animation’s Home

It looks like DreamWorks Animation finally has another hit on its hands with sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2, which opens in theaters tonight. If Dragon does indeed breathe fire at the box office, the company’s executives will finally be able to relax a little, considering that three out of four of the studio’s last efforts - Rise of the Guardians, The Croods, Turbo and Mr. Peabody and Sherman – have been financial disappointments. Next up, the studio has Home, about a girl (voiced by Rihanna) who befriends an alien (Jim Parsons) on the run from his race.

Based on the first trailer, Home is a bit more risky than some of DreamWorks’ other ventures, but hopefully kids will show up in droves to see the cute aliens, called Boovs, at the movie’s center. The studio is clearly putting a lot of trust in director Chris Johnson (Antz,
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First Trailer for DreamWorks’ Home with Jim Parsons & Rihanna

In recent years, DreamWorks has been upping their output significantly, and though the studio has had some icy patches, the future is looking very, very good. Home, the studio’s 3D animated buddy comedy, kicks off a trio of movies for next year, with the hugely anticipated Kung Fu Panda 3 closing the year over the Christmas weekend.

2015 is pretty much guaranteed to be an awesome year for animation lovers everywhere.

The studio is continuing the How to Train Your Dragon franchise this year with the second instalment in the upcoming trilogy, with talk of expanding it into a quadrilogy, and they’ve used the family-friendly sequel to introduce Home to the masses.

When the galaxy’s most annoyingly optimistic alien finds himself on the run from his own alien race, he’s forced to team up with a fiercely stubborn teenage girl. Together they become the most unlikely fugitives ever to save the planet.
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DreamWorks Animation's Sci-Fi Comedy Short - Almost Home

DreamWorks Animation has released their fun sci-fi comedy short Almost Home online for everyone to see. You can see the short on the big screen as well. It's attached to the studio's feature film Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which was actually a really fun kids flick. 

Almost Home is an adaptation of the children's book by Adam Rex, and the story follows an alien race on a search for a planet to hide from a mortal enemy. The leader of the alien race is actually voiced by Steve Martin. The movie was directed by Tim Johnson (Shrek, Over the Hedge) and it was written by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember (Get Smart, Epic). Here is the synopsis:

An overly optimistic, yet inept, alien race named Boov, led by Captain Smek (Martin), invades Earth to hide from their mortal enemy and make it a new home. Convinced they are doing a favor,
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Watch: DreamWorks Animation Short Introduces Aliens from 'Home'

This fall, DreamWorks Animation has their film Home hitting theaters. Formerly known as Happy Smekday!, the film is an adaptation of Adam Rex's children's book, The True Meaning of Smekday. The film follows an alien race invading Earth as their new home to hide form a mortal enemy. But when one lowly alien (Jim Parsons) accidentally notifies the enemies of his whereabouts, he is forced to go on the run with a stubborn teenage girl (Rihanna) to right all of his wrongs. Now an animated short film introduces us to the alien characters trying to find a new home planet, including the leader voiced by Steve Martin. Watch! Here's the DreamWorks Animation short film Almost Home from the studio's YouTube: Home is directed by Tim Johnson (Shrek, Over the Hedge) and written by Tom J. Astle & Matt Ember (Get Smart, Epic). An overly optimistic, yet inept, alien race named Boov,
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Steve Martin Goes Home

Back in the middle of last year, DreamWorks Animation announced that it would be adapting Adam Rex’s book The True Meaning Of Smekday into Happy Smekday! with Jim Parsons and Rihanna nabbing the first two lead voice roles. Now Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez are also aboard, and the film has been retitled to the less quirky (and a little more bland) Home.The buddy comedy, adapted by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember, finds Martin as Captain Smek, the leader of an optimistic alien race known as the Boov. When they arrive on Earth, they decide they like the place and begin to relocate humanity, somehow convinced that we’ll be eternally grateful. Clearly, they haven’t watched Independence Day or Mars Attacks!Among those standing against this seemingly peaceful invasion is a young girl (Rihanna) who avoids capture and must try to free her mother (Lopez) with
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Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez Go "Home"

Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez will join Jim Parsons and Rihanna in Tim Johnson's "Home" at DreamWorks Animation.

Based on Adam Rex's book "The True Meaning of Smekday," the story follows a friendly alien race which invades Earth and begins to efficiently reorganize the planet.

One resourceful girl (Rihanna) teams a banished alien named Oh (Parsons) and find themselves on a post-apocalyptic road trip

Martin will voice the very brave and never-wrong leader Captain Smek. Lopez will play the girl’s mother.

Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember ("Get Smart") are penning the script with a November 2014 release planned.

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'Epic' review: Beyonce Knowles and Amanda Seyfried lend their voices to a film that doesn't live up to its title

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Derivative as all get out and plainly concocted by a committee, "Epic" is a children's animated film that is more entertaining and emotional than it has any right to be. 

Characters make sacrifices and die, miss their parents and mourn. And we're touched. At least a little. Hard (if over-familiar) lessons are learned and laughs land on queue. Throw in some truly gorgeous animation and Blue Sky, the studio that made it, delivers more proof that it's moved on from the junky cash-machine "Ice Age" movies, even if this one doesn't rise to the charms and wit of "Rio."

Taking characters from William Joyce children's novel about "Leaf Men" and "Brave Good Bugs," a team of writers has borrowed from "Antz" and "A Bug's Life," and even "Spiderwicke Chronicles," for a story about the fairy forces of life in a forest, the Leaf Men (and women) and their allies, in
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‘Epic’ a decidedly derivative, if colorful, new animated film

Epic

Directed by Chris Wedge

Written by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember

USA, 2013

We are living in a golden age of animation, yet so many people working at Hollywood’s studio-funded animation companies are content working in the realm of the familiar. Too frequently, new mainstream animated films are like a big bowl of soup, with countless flavors that you’ve tasted before tweaked only slightly to not be total carbon copies of something bigger and often better. Blue Sky’s latest, distributed by 20th Century Fox, is no different: Epic is pleasingly colorful and well animated. Unfortunately, it is immensely derivative and thus, only moderately charming some of the time.

It would take as much space to review this movie as it would to catalog its many inspirations (the word we’ll use in the spirit of being charitable) and describe exactly how Epic echoes them. Like FernGully: The Last Rainforest,
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 30 Family 4-Packs to ‘Epic’ From ‘Ice Age’ Creators

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 30 family movie 4-packs (a total of 120 tickets!) up for grabs to the advance screening of the highly anticipated new film “Epic”!

Epic,” which opens on May 24, 2013 and is rated “PG,” stars Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz, Beyoncé Knowles, Aziz Ansari, Chris O’Dowd, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Judah Friedlander and Blake Anderson from director Chris Wedge and writers Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember. The film comes from the creators of “Ice Age” and “Rio”.

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New Epic movie clips: Videos from the Fox animated fantasy adventure!

Additions for the upcoming Epic animation from Fox keep rolling in, and we now have new, high quality clips in for your viewing pleasure. The film from director Chris Wedge, opens on May 17th and is scripted by Tom J. Astle, Daniel Shere, William Joyce, Matt Ember and James V. Hart. Produced by Jerry Davis, Lori Forte, James V. Hart and Joyce, Epic is a 3D CG adventure comedy that reveals a fantastical world unlike any other. The story tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, who wish to destroy it. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she teams up with an elite band of warriors and a crew of comical, larger-than-life figures, to save their world…and ours.
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Epic looks gorgeous in movie poster 20

It's unreal how 2013 has really kicked it up a notch poster-count-wise. It seems that every major, and soon minor distributor, will be adding 50 posters per movie at this rate. We now have 20 posters for Epic which is helmed by Chris Wedge, with the voice talents of Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, Aziz Ansari, Beyoncé Knowles, Johnny Knoxville, Judah Friedlander, Steven Tyler, Pitbull and Blake Anderson. Still, it really is a beautiful, eye-catching poster and welcome addition to the recent character-to-actor cast cards we added, as well as interview soundbites. The 20th Century Fox release from Blue Sky Studios opens May 17th, and is scripted by Tom J. Astle, Daniel Shere, William Joyce, Matt Ember and James V. Hart. See more images below the latest poster.
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Epic Cast Cards Matched with Characters!

Fox Epic animation has added new cast cards which show who voices which character in the upcoming release which opens in theaters on May 17th. Chris Wedge directs from the writing by Tom J. Astle, Daniel Shere, William Joyce, Matt Ember and James V. Hart. Epic is a 3D CG adventure comedy that reveals a fantastical world unlike any other. The story tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, who wish to destroy it. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she teams up with an elite band of warriors and a crew of comical, larger-than-life figures, to save their world…and ours. We have: Amanda Seyfried as Mk Josh Hutcherson as Nod Christoph Waltz as Mandrake Colin Farrell as Ronin Pitbull as Bufo Chris O'Dowd as Grub Aziz Ansari
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4 New Character Spots for Blue Sky Studios’ Epic with Amanda Seyfried & Josh Hutcherson

After almost a decade away from the director’s chair, Chris Wedge finally returns to the big screen next month with the anticipated animated blockbuster, Epic.

We’ve seen nothing but good things so far from the film, which is the latest animated adventure from Blue Sky Studios (Ice Age, Rio). And it’s definitely one I’m looking forward to seeing next month.

With its release just under a month away now, we’ve got four new character spots to share, giving us a look at the characters of Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Pitbull, and Steven Tyler.

Epic is a 3D CG action-adventure comedy that reveals a hidden world unlike any other. From the creators of Ice Age and Rio, Epic tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good who keep the natural world alive and the forces of evil who wish to destroy it.
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2013 Summer Movie Preview Guide: May

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We are midway through the month of April, and we’re starting to get bombarded with trailers and TV spots from some of the hottest upcoming films. This means only one thing: the Summer movie season is almost upon us. With the wealth of films (both big and not so big), it’s easy for moviegoers to be overwhelmed when it comes to choosing, thus, as we have in years past, we present our Summer Movie Guide. We’re bringing all the details on the upcoming films (trailers, synopsis’, and more) so you know what’s hitting, when, and decide for yourself if it’s worth your time.

Hard to believe that we’re on the cusp of yet another Summer movie season, one of the most active and exciting times of movie buffs. There’s no shortage of blockbuster style films this year, along with several that some have
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