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Paramount Names Mireille Soria Animation President

Paramount Pictures has named Mireille Soria president of Paramount Animation, where she will report to Marc Evans, president of the Motion Picture Group. Soria previously served as co-president of feature animation at DreamWorks Animation until last December.

At Dwa, Soria oversaw the animated movies Trolls and Boss Baby and recently produced Captain Underpants. She also produced the movies in the Madagascar franchise, which grossed nearly $1.9 billion worldwide, as well as earlier films such as Home, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.

At Paramount, Soria will be responsible for all operations of the animation...
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Game of Thrones’ Miguel Sapochnik to direct Sinbad movie

Sinbad the Sailor looks set for a return to the big screen, with THR reporting that Studio 8 has won a bidding war for a new live-action fantasy, which is being scripted by Kyle Killen (Lone Star) and has Game of Thrones helmer Miguel Sapochnik (Battle of the Bastards, The Winds of Winter) attached to direct.

“Sinbad was a rare comprehensive and engaging pitch which lends itself to an international audience and big visual set pieces but also distinct and unique actor roles for a diverse cast of characters,” said Studio 8 in an official statement. “This project is part of Studio 8’s ongoing commitment to working closely with filmmakers on the re-imagination of genres.”

Sinbad’s tale feature as part of One Thousand and One Nights, and follow the Baghdad sailor as he embarks on fantastic adventures and quests across seven fantastic voyages. The stories have spawned numerous film, TV and animated adaptations,
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Jennifer Yuh Nelson: Creative Impact in Animation Honoree Thrives on Action

Jennifer Yuh Nelson: Creative Impact in Animation Honoree Thrives on Action
Like the hero of the “Kung Fu Panda” franchise to which she has dedicated the last 12 years of her life, Jennifer Yuh Nelson believes in destiny.

Born in South Korea, the star DreamWorks Animation director moved to California when she was 4 years old. Raised by a family of artists, Yuh Nelson and her sisters sketched constantly, telling stories with pictures and holding competitive “draw-offs” around the coffee table. A quick learner, she picked up English — and a lifelong appetite for kung fu — in three months by watching TV, mostly cartoons and action movies.

“I’ve been watching things like ‘Master of the Flying Guillotine’ since I was 5,” says Yuh Nelson, referring to the bloody wuxia classic — not at all suitable for young viewers — in which an assassin roams the countryside decapitating his victims with a boomerang-style blade.

Now, nearly four decades later, Yuh Nelson is the custodian of the most
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Exclusive 1:1 Interview: Home director Tim Johnson!

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Talk about a character! Home director Tim Johnson is as bright and energetic as one of his animated creations. A nice surprise when the majority of Hollywood helmers can't exactly be considered the lives of the party. Johnson, who previously co-directed Antz, Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas and Over The Hedge, goes solo for the first time on Home, Dreamworks' adventure about the friendship between an awkward extraterrestrial (Jim Parsons) and a teenage human (Rihanna). A genuinely good guy,...
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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 1

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Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.

On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production
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DreamWorks Alumni Bibo Bergeron and Mike de Seve Launch Monkey’s Uncle

Annecy– Bibo Bergeron, the director of DreamWorks’ “The Road to El Dorado” and “Shark Tale,” and Mike de Seve, a story consultant for many DreamWorks films, including “Shrek 2″ and “Madagascar,” are launching Monkey’s Uncle, a new venture aiming to develop and create a slate of original animated films’ IP’s.

An alliance of pedigree Hollywood talents who are well-connected, Monkey’s Uncle will also be joined by two more animation experts: Buck Lewis, who worked as character designer on such high profile toon pics as “Ratatouille,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Kung Fu Panda,” and Jurgen Gross, whose story artist credits include “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas” and “Rango” (as storyboard artist).

“With Monkey’s Uncle, we’ll be able to provide high-end creative skills such as writing, directing, storyboarding, production design and character design to production companies and financiers globally,” said de Seve, who is also
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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl'

The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl'
A movie about pirates. Based on a theme park ride. Starring the eighth lead from Lord of the Rings and the second fiddle from Bend It Like Beckham. From the director of The Ring remake (which was good) and The Mexican (which was, well, The Mexican.) Yes, expectations were let’s-say-mild for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, a film which looked on paper like a high-concept travesty-in-waiting. (The full title was ten words long.)

But there was a wild card in Disney’s deck. When Pirates arrived in July 2003, Johnny Depp was a well-respected actor
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Rihanna to Make Concept Album for Upcoming Animated Movie

Rihanna to Make Concept Album for Upcoming Animated Movie
Rihanna will create a concept album based on DreamWorks Animation’s toon “Home,” out in theaters in November. She will also perform new songs in the film.

Dwa chief Jeffrey Katzenberg announced the news during the company’s fourth quarter and full 2013 year earnings results on Tuesday.

“Home,” formerly known as “Happy Smekday!,” is based on Adam Rex’s book “The True Meaning of Smekday” and features the voices of Rihanna, Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin.

The film is directed by Tim Johnson, who helmed DreamWorks’ “Antz,” “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas” and “Over the Hedge.”

DreamWorks Animation will release “Home” on Nov. 26 through 20th Century Fox.
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Was 2013 a Better Summer at the Movies Than 2003?

Was 2013 a Better Summer at the Movies Than 2003?
It's finally Labor Day Weekend, which means the summer movie going season is officially closed for business starting this Monday. As summer winds down, and we head into September, many movie fans have made one thing very clear. They think this summer has been a complete wash! But is this summer any different than last summer, or the summer before that? How about a decade removed? Did we have bombs as big as The Lone Ranger, R.I.P.D. and After Earth ten years ago? (Yeah, we did, and it was called Gigli.)

We've decided to take a look at how this summer stacks up to a bygone era. Was 2003 a better year for movies? Or did we actually have it pretty good here in 2013 with Iron Man 3, Man of Steel and Elysium (just to name a few of the better one that have played out over the
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Brad Pitt's sons decided he should make 'World War Z'

  • Pop2it
There aren't that many Brad Pitt movies that are kid-friendly. With the exception of his involvement in movies like "Megamind," "Moneyball," "Happy Feet Two" and "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas," the majority of the films Pitt's made in the past 10 years either aren't ones his children would want to watch or aren't ones they should watch.

That's why Pitt turned to his sons when it came time to choose his next project. He told reporters at CinemaCon that he asked Maddox, 11, Pax, 9, and Knox, 4, what movie they would like to see him star in, and they decided on "World War Z."

"Four years ago I knew nothing about zombies but now I consider myself an expert," Pitt admits, according to Deadline. "This whole thing started because I just wanted to do a film my boys could see before they turned 18, one they liked anyway and they loved zombies. So
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“The Walking Dead”: Disney Style

“The Walking Dead”: Disney Style
I know what you’ve been dreaming about: an all-ages, Disney-style cartoon based on Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead. Dream no longer. It’s a reality…in the form of this art work by Deviant Artist Mirandaareli. The following photo reenvisions the characters of The Walking Dead in the guises of famous Disney characters. See if you can name them all!

Give up? Me too.

Daryl Dixon – Sinbad (Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas) Andrea – Helga (Atlantis: The Lost Empire) Glenn Rhee – Mulan (Mulan) Rick – John Rolfe (Pocahontas II: Journey To A New World) Maggie – Anastasia (Anastasia) Shane – Tulio (The Road To El Dorado) Carol – The Dowager Empress Marie (Anastasia) Carl – Jim Hawkins (Treasure Planet) Lori – Kayley (Quest For Camelot) T-Dog – Dr. Sweet (Atlantis: The Lost Empire) Sophia – Jane (Tarzan) Dale – Vladimir Hershel – Dymas (Sinbad: The Legend Of The Seven Seas) Beth – Arista (The Little Mermaid)

Thanks to
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Brad Pitt's 'Killing Them Softly' Tumbles, Hard, at the Box Office

  • Fandango
Bad news, Brad Pitt. Your latest movie, Killing Them Softly, landed with a hard “thud” as audiences opted for films that have been in theaters for weeks now … leading to a lackluster weekend at the box office. Pitt’s reunion with Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James) went largely ignored by mainstream moviegoers, earning an estimated $7 million and landing in seventh place on the box office Top 10. To find a worse wide opening for Pitt, one has to look all the way back to 2003’s Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas – an animated movie that had the actor’s voice for its lead. The Weinstein Company didn’t put a huge marketing push behind Killing Them Softly, and it’s widely known that the...

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Box office report: Brad Pitt's 'Killing Them Softly' misfires with $7 million debut, 'F' CinemaScore

Box office report: Brad Pitt's 'Killing Them Softly' misfires with $7 million debut, 'F' CinemaScore
The post-Thanksgiving frame has always been a slow one, and this year was no exception. Two new releases entered theaters — including the Brad Pitt vehicle Killing Them Softly — and both were met with unenthusiastic responses. Among holdovers, the Top 10 movies fell by an average of 51 percent. Basically, not too much happened at the box office this week. In fact, the top six movies finished in the exact same spots as last week.

Atop the chart was The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which dropped 60 percent to $17.4 million, lifting its total to $254.6 million after three weekends. The $120 million Summit sequel is
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Academy Explores “The Development of the Digital Animator” On May 21

Computer-generated motion picture animation from “Vertigo” to “Toy Story” to the 3D spectacles of today will be explored during “The Development of the Digital Animator,” the latest installment of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Marc Davis Celebration of Animation, on Monday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Several pioneers of digital animation will revisit the long path from laboratory to cineplex during a panel moderated by animator and historian Tom Sito.

When “Toy Story” burst onto the scene in 1995, computer-generated imagery was, for many, a bold new technique in animation. However, its lengthy and meticulous development can be traced back to its first public exposure with the mesmerizing title sequence for “Vertigo” (1958). Of equal importance to the technical developments were the influential animators and designers who devised artistic uses for engineering advances.

Scheduled panelists include:

Rebecca Allen, an experimental filmmaker
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Weekend Report: 'Think Like a Man' Repeats, Four Openers Underwhelm

Four new nationwide releases landed with a thud this weekend, which allowed Think Like a Man to repeat atop the domestic box office chart. The Top 12 earned just $97.1 million on the final weekend in Spring 2012, which is obviously way off from the same frame last year when Fast Five opened to $86.2 million.Think Like a Man fell 48 percent to $17.6 million. Through ten days in theaters, the movie has already made $60.5 million, which makes it the highest-grossing movie from April 2012 ahead of Titanic 3D ($56.3 million). Based on Sunday estimates, The Pirates! Band of Misfits was the highest-grossing movie among the new releases, though that isn't really saying much*the stop-motion animation flick claimed second place with a meager estimated $11.1 million. That's lower than Arthur Christmas's $12.1 million debut in November, which makes it the worst opening ever for British production house Aardman Animation.Considering Aardman's best opening ever is a paltry $18.8 million for Flushed Away,
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84th Academy Awards – Animated Feature Film Symposium & Jennifer Yuh Nelson Talks Kung Fu Panda 3

In a continuation of the Oscar Week, I sat in Thursday evening on the Animated Feature Symposium which celebrates the work of the 2011 Oscar nominees in the Animated Feature Film category. The nominees discussed their films’ development and their creative processes as well as presented clips illustrating their techniques. The symposium was hosted by actor-comedian Patton Oswalt.

In attendance at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills were Academy Governor Bill Kroyer, animated filmmakers Javier Mariscal, Chico And Rita, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Kung Fu Panda 2, Alain Gagnol, A Cat In Paris, Fernando Trueba, Chico And Rita and Jean-Loup Felicioli, A Cat In Paris.

The director I was most interested in speaking with was director Jennifer Yuh Nelson. With Kung Fu Panda 2′s huge box office numbers, Nelson became the highest-grossing female director ever when it reached $645M globally in September. Prior to directing Kung Fu Panda 2, Jennifer Yuh Nelson
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DreamWorks Animation Stock Falls Even With Puss In Boots At #1

Puss in Boots was the undisputed box office champion over the weekend, with a $34 million haul that put it about on par with the year's other animated releases like Rango and Rio. But that's also lower than all of the Shrek films opened, especially given the bump for higher 3D ticket prices, and even if moviegoers didn't notice it, the stock market did. Reuters reports that DreamWorks Animation shares fell 7% on Monday morning, reflecting directly on Puss in Boots's mediocre weekend at the box office. In fact, the $34 million isn't just lower than all of the Shrek movies-- it's the company's lowest opening since Flushed Away in 2006. Yes, Puss in Boots-- a spinoff from DreamWorks Animatiion's indisputably hit series-- grossed less in its opening than the studio's lowest-grossing film since Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. When you put it that way, getting #1 at the box office doesn't
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New Regency Will Produce Broken City With Mark Wahlberg And Russell Crowe

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New Regency Will Produce Broken City With Mark Wahlberg And Russell Crowe
New Regency will produce a new cop drama that will be shepherded by Director Allen Hughes, best known for his work with The Book of Eli and Dead Presidents. Aptly titled ‘Broken City’, the upcoming action flick will star Mark Wahlberg (Shooter, Date Night), Russell Crowe (Cinderella Man, The Man with the Iron Fists) and actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Rock of Ages). The story, according to Deadline, follows Wahlberg as a “detective hired by the mayor to see if his wife (Zeta-Jones) is unfaithful. When her cheating partner turns up dead, the private eye devotes himself to exposing the mayor and uncovers a self-dealing real...
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press release of the week: DreamWorks Animation's Jennifer Yuh Nelson Becomes Highest-Grossing Female Director Of Worldwide Box Office Film

Cuz sometimes the stuff that ends up in my in-box is too good, bad, weird, interesting, or otherwise notable not to share. Dreamworks Animation’S Jennifer Yuh Nelson Becomes The Highest-grossing Female Director Of A Film At The Worldwide Box Office As Kung Fu Panda 2 Reaches $645 Million Globally Glendale, CA – September 6, 2011 – DreamWorks Animation Skg, Inc. (Nasdaq: Dwa) today announced that its summer blockbuster, Kung Fu Panda 2, has grossed over $645 million globally to date, making Jennifer Yuh Nelson the highest-grossing female director of a film at the worldwide box office. “On behalf of everyone at the studio, it is my pleasure to congratulate Jen on having reached this awesome milestone on Kung Fu Panda 2 – a particularly notable achievement given that this was her directorial debut,” said DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Creative Officer, Bill Damaschke. “I am humbled and happy that audiences around the world continue to respond to
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DreamWorks Animation.s Jennifer Yuh Nelson Becomes Highest-Grossing Female Director Of A Film At The Worldwide Box Office As Kung Fu Panda 2 Reaches $645M Globally

Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Po the Panda arrive as DreamWorks Animation presents the Premier of “Kung Fu Panda 2″ on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, CA

Glendale, CA - September 6, 2011 - DreamWorks Animation Skg, Inc. today announced that its summer blockbuster, Kung Fu Panda 2, has grossed over $645 million globally to date, making Jennifer Yuh Nelson the highest-grossing female director of a film at the worldwide box office.

.On behalf of everyone at the studio, it is my pleasure to congratulate Jen on having reached this awesome milestone on Kung Fu Panda 2 . a particularly notable achievement given that this was her directorial debut,. said DreamWorks Animation.s Chief Creative Officer, Bill Damaschke.

.I am humbled and happy that audiences around the world continue to respond to the story and characters in Kung Fu Panda 2. No animated movie gets made without a huge
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