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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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Miles Morales as Spider-Man Headlines Sony Animation Lineup

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Hacker emoji Jailbreak (Ilana Glazer), exuberant Gene (T.J. Miller) and his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) embark on the app-venture of a lifetime in Sony Pictures Animation’s Emojimovie: Express Yourself, in theaters summer 2017.

Making good on the commitment to increase overall output while continuing to offer its distinctive mix of family films, Sony Pictures Animation today released the project details on its upcoming roster of titles through 2018, along with additional highly anticipated future feature film projects, including one from Pulitzer Prize-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation, says, “We are proud of the artist-driven titles we have coming to the marketplace. The abundance, variety and quality of the features are a testament to the wealth of creative talents who call Sony Pictures Animation their home.”

Smurfs: The Lost Village (April 7, 2017 release)

Newly announced voice cast includes: Michelle Rodriguez (SmurfStorm), Ellie Kemper (SmurfBlossom), Ariel Winter (SmurfLily
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Sony Animation Goes Diverse with Miles Morales as Spider-Man and Lin-Manuel Miranda Musical ‘Vivo’

Sony Animation Goes Diverse with Miles Morales as Spider-Man and Lin-Manuel Miranda Musical ‘Vivo’
Sony Pictures Animation, which has fallen on hard times in recent years, highlighted diversity and female empowerment as part of its comeback at Wednesday’s slate preview in Culver City. The biggest news was confirmation that Miles Morales, the mixed race web-slinging teen (African-American and Hispanic), will star in the untitled “Spider-Man” feature coming December 21, 2018.

Morales, created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli to succeed the late Peter Parker in the comics, has already become a TV animation staple on Disney Xd’s “Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors” (initially voiced by Donald Glover).

The animated “Spider-Man” marks a return to Spa for Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”), who directed “The Lego Movie” and are currently making the “Han Solo” standalone “Star Wars” feature.

In a pre-recorded video message from London, Lord said, “What inspired us the most is that anyone can wear the mask.
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Julia Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez join 'Smurfs: The Lost Village'

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Sony Pictures Animation unveiled its slate through 2018 on Wednesday including new voice cast on previously announced features.

Kicking off the roster on April 7 is Smurfs: The Lost Village with new voice cast members Julia Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper and Ariel Winter.

Gordon Ramsay is among a line-up of cameo performers alongside Gabriel Iglesias, Tituss Burgess, Jeff Dunham, Jake Johnson and director Kelly Asbury.

Previously announced voice cast includes Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi and Mandy Patinkin.

The Emoji Movie is scheduled to open on August 4 and features new voice cast members Jennifer Coolidge, Maya Rudolph, Jake T. Austin and Patrick Stewart.

Previously announced voice cast includes T.J. Miller (pictured), James Corden, Ilana Glazer and Steven Wright. Tony Leondis directs.

The Star is due to arrive on November 10 and includes voice talent by Steven Yeun, Kelly Clarkson, Aidy Bryant, Keegan-Michael Key, Kristin Chenoweth, Anthony Anderson, Gabriel Iglesias, [link
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Lin-Manuel Miranda Brings Vivo To Sony Animation

There’s a reason why undeniably talented people like Lin-Manuel Miranda seem to suddenly burst into the social consciousness while being exceedingly prolific with the art they produce. It’s not that they unexpectedly hit the creative mother lode and quickly churn out a bunch of hits – it’s that one big success means that the projects studios have been turning down for years are suddenly very attractive, and potentially profitable. This is why Sony Animation has snapped up Vivo.

Vivo was happening at DreamWorks originally, but failed to find its feet there. Meanwhile, the actor, composer, playwright, rapper and writer delivered the music for the hit movie Moana, in addition to having created his wildly popular Broadway show, Hamilton – inspired by the biography of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow. These high profile successes mean that previously rejected projects are now finding themselves nestled in nurturing new homes.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda Teams Up With Sony For Animated Musical Called Vivo

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is hot off his recent success with Disney's Moana. He's working on several projects with Disney at the moment including The Return of Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, and a secret untitled animation project. 

Miranda is now teaming up with Sony Animation to develop an animated musical called Vivo. Sony doesn't really do musicals, but they are obviously looking to cash in on what makes Disney successful and also bring in the guy who is currently helping them with that. 

The story follows "a monkey who loves music and adventure, leading him to make a dangerous journey from Havana to Miami to fulfill his destiny."

Miranda has become a pretty busy guy, but this is a project that it seems like he could have fun with. He will write several songs for the movie, which is being scripted by playwright and Previous Miranda collaborator Quiara Alegría Hudes.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda's Animated Movie Vivo Gets 2020 Release Date

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Animated Movie Vivo Gets 2020 Release Date
It's been quite the week for Lin Manuel-Miranda, who has worked on not only the #1 movie in the country (Moana), but he also has the top Broadway play with his smash hit Hamilton, and the best-selling record in the country with the Hamilton Mixtape. The actor/writer/composer has been more sought-after than ever, signing on to star alongside Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns, and composing the music for The Little Mermaid remake alongside Alan Menken. Today we have word that he has added yet another project to his burgeoning slate, the animated musical Vivo for Sony Pictures Animation.

Deadline reports that Sony Pictures Animation has set a December 18, 2020 release date for Vivo, which is currently the only movie set for release on that date. Sony Pictures Animation had previously set an untitled project for release one week earlier, on December 11, 2020, but it's possible that date will be
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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Vivo’ Books 2020 Release for Sony Animation

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Vivo’ Books 2020 Release for Sony Animation
“Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda will continue his Hollywood takeover with Sony Pictures Animation’s “Vivo,” which the studio plans to hit theaters in 2020 — and for which Miranda has already written 11 original songs. Miranda, the Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning star and creator of the Broadway musical about America’s first Treasury Secretary, wrote the songs for Disney’s “Moana,” which has already made $146 million domestically and $242 million worldwide. Vivo follows an adventure-seeking capuchin monkey with a passion for music, as he sails from Cuba to Miami to fulfill his destiny. “The Croods'” Kirk De Micco is set to direct.
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Sony Animation Sets Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Vivo’ For 2020 Bow

Sony Animation Sets Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Vivo’ For 2020 Bow
Exclusive: In a week where Lin-Manuel Miranda had the number one movie in Moana, the number one album with The Hamilton Mixtape and the top Broadway show in Hamilton, he has set a big animated film project to follow Moana. Sony Pictures Animation chief Kristine Belson has fast tracked Vivo, a film that will be anchored by 11 songs written by Miranda. Quiara Alegría Hudes, Miranda’s collaborator on In The Heights, is writing the script. The Croods‘ helmer Kirk De Micco is…
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The Croods 2 has been cancelled

Simon Brew Nov 14, 2016

DreamWorks Animation has called time on its plans to make The Croods 2...

Pretty soon after The Croods hit big for DreamWorks Animation back in 2013, the studio put the wheels in motion for a sequel. The first film, that had Nicolas Cage leading the voice cast, banked a not insignificant $587m around the world, and original directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco were quickly back on board to develop The Croods 2.

See related Looking back at Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

The movie had originally been set for release next year, but had recently been put back to 2018. And now DreamWorks, under the stewardship of its new owners Universal Pictures, has cancelled the project outright. This isn’t said to be to do with corporate ownership, however. DreamWorks had already identified problems, and Variety reports that Universal effectively ratified a decision that had already
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The Croods 2 Is Dead At Dreamworks Animation

Last we’d heard about The Croods 2, DreamWorks Animation had brought in several new writers to re-work the script, and had nabbed Leslie Mann and Kat Dennings for supporting roles. Everything seemed set for the sequel to release in November of next year, until today that is, as Deadline is reporting that the studio has now pulled the plug on the project.

According to them, “things had been going south for a while,” and after DreamWorks Animation was sold to Comcast this year, the film wasn’t deemed a high enough priority for it to remain in development. That’s surprising, too, as The Croods mustered up an impressive $587 million at the worldwide box office and arrived with a star-studded cast that boasted names like Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds.

Granted, reviews were somewhat mixed, but with a 70% on Rotten Tomatoes, it certainly seems that most critics took to it alright,
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The Croods 2 hits new delay

Simon Brew Aug 11, 2016

Universal's takeover of DreamWorks Animation has led to a delay for The Croods 2...

DreamWorks Animation has been working on a sequel to its huge hit, The Croods, for some years now. The original came out in 2013, and has been one of the few standout commercial successes for the studio of the last few years. So much so that directors Chris Sanders and Kirk De Micco soon were set up and running on a sequel, that would bring back the voice cast, including Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds.

The Croods 2 had been earmarked for December 2017. However, a delay has hit the project, and it’s nothing to do with the film itself. Rather, it’s to do with the takeover of DreamWorks Animation by Universal.

As part and parcel of that, it’s expected that 20th Century Fox’s deal to distribute DreamWorks Animation
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Has the ‘Masters Of The Universe’ film finally found a director?

The long-planned Masters Of The Universe movie may have found its director over at Sony. Deadline report that none other than Charlie’s Angels director McG is circling the project at the studio.

The trade blog reports that Sony are pretty keen to get this going Asap and McG is set to start to rework the screenplay before potentially directing.

The story revolves around He-Man, ‘a prince who transforms into a warrior and becomes the last hope for a magical world that has been ravaged by the sinister Skeletor.’

The film will be based on the classic Mattel toy line that was famous turned into a movie starring Dolph Lundgren in 1987. Frank Langella, Jon Cypher, Chelsea Field, Billy Barty and Courteney Cox also appeared in the almost universally panned movie from Cannon Films. It was also the subject of a very famous cartoon series that ran from 1983.

Joe Cornish (Attack the Block
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139 movie sequels currently in the works

From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...

Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.

Without further ado...

23 Jump Street

Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back,
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The Croods 2 Added Two Hilarious Actresses To Its Voice Cast

Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders' The Croods had a rather impressive voice cast full of stars - but the sequel is evidently going even bigger. How do we know? Because all of the lead cast members will be back, and this time around joined by Leslie Mann and Kat Dennings. The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that the two very funny ladies will be joining the ensemble of The Croods 2. As things stand, the rest of the cast includes Nicolas Cage (as Grug), Emma Stone (as Eep), Ryan Reynolds (as Guy), Catherine Keener (as Ugga) and Clark Duke (as Thunk). Weirdly there still aren't any plot details available, but the trade does have word on the roles that Mann and Dennings will be playing. It seems that part of the plot of The Croods 2 will involve the titular family meeting another prehistoric clan, and competing in some fashion.
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Leslie Mann and Kat Dennings to voice new characters in The Croods 2

Leslie Mann and Kat Dennings to voice new characters in The Croods 2
Leslie Mann and Kat Dennings are going back to the Croodaceous era - the duo have joined the cast of The Croods 2.

The This Is 40 and Thor stars will lend their voices to DreamWorks Animation's sequel to the 2013 caveman adventure.

Mann will voice the matriarch of a rival family to the Croods, while Dennings will feature as the new family's daughter whose instinct to hunt is being suppressed, The Hollywood Reporter reveals.

The duo join returning cast members Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds, as well as Catherine Keener and Clark Duke.

In a statement, DreamWorks Animation's co-presidents of feature animation Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria shared their excitement for the new additions.

"Kat Dennings and Leslie Mann are both brilliant comedic actresses, and we're so excited to add them to the mix for The Croods 2, where they'll join an already stellar and hilarious returning cast.
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Leslie Mann, Kat Dennings Join The Croods 2

DreamWorks Animation is expanding the voice cast for The Croods 2, its upcoming sequel to the 2013 animated hit, with news that Leslie Mann (This is 40) and Kat Dennings (Thor: The Dark World) will lend their voices to new characters.

Mann will portray the matriarch of an upscale family that winds up in a rivalry with the titular caveman family and their human companion. Dennings, meanwhile, will play the frustrated daughter of that new family, who yearns to hunt but is consistently suppressed by her “civilized” parents.

The key players are all back for this follow-up, including Nicolas Cage as the Croods’ patriarch Grug, Catherine Kenner as mother Ugga, feisty daughter Eep (Emma Stone), luggish son Thunk (Clark Duke), ferocious grandma Gran (Cloris Leachman) and Ryan Reynolds as human companion Guy. Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders are once again writing and directing.

DreamWorks Animation’s Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria
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Kat Dennings Joins The Croods 2

DreamWorks Animation announced in April 2013 that it was working on a sequel to caveman family comedy The Croods, but given how long it takes to produce CG films generally, it’s not a shock to have to wait for updates. But we do at least now know that Kat Dennings and Leslie Mann will be part of the voice cast for the follow-up.The sequel, which is once more from writing/directing team Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders, picks up with the prehistoric family (including Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Clark Duke, Catherine Keener and Ryan Reynolds as human pal Guy), settling into life in a community. But this time, they’ll have to deal with snooty upscale neighbours who want to compete with them. Mann will play the matriarch of this new family, with Dennings as the daughter, who has had her hunting instincts suppressed.Mann, last seen in The Other Woman,
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The Croods 2 adds Leslie Mann and Kat Dennings

The Croods 2, the sequel to Dreamworks Animation’s 2013 hit, has added a few new members to its voice cast.

According to THR, Thor alum Kat Dennings and This is 40 star Leslie Mann have jumped on board the film, as members of a new upscale family that competes against the titular cro magnons. Mann will play the matriarch of the family, while Dennings will take on the role of her daughter, whose “instinct to hunt is being suppressed.”

Directed by Kirk Demicco and Chris Sanders, The Croods 2 will hit theaters on July 3, 2017 and stars returning cast members Nicholas Cage, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Ryan Reynolds.
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John Cleese interview: Clockwise, Muppets, writing, stand-up

Chatting about writing, The Muppets, DreamWorks, Clockwise and Charles Crichton, all with Mr John Cleese...

Now out in hardback is John Cleese's autobiography, So Anyway. It's a genuinely interesting read, very much written in his own voice, and he spared us some time to have a chat about it, and his career.

Here's how it went...

Can we start with the predictable stuff first, but I always wonder this when anyone writes an autobiography: why do it? Why put your life down in a book, who is it for, and did you enjoy it?

Well let's go backwards on that. Yes I enjoyed it very much. Who is it for me? In a funny kind of way it was for me, because some people seem to think that I've had a very interesting life, which compared with people who have fought in wars, and been spies, and discovered rivers in Africa,
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