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China’s Pearl Studio Teams With Stephen Chow For Animated ‘Monkey King’, Sets Voice Cast For ‘Abominable’

Shanghai-based Pearl Studio, formerly Oriental DreamWorks, is teaming with Kung Fu Hustle and The Mermaid director Stephen Chow to develop an animated feature The Monkey King based on the popular Chinese legend. Chow’s involvement was announced today at animation festival Annecy in France and represents an exciting collaboration for Pearl, which previously co-produced Kung Fu Panda 3. Chow has not been set as director. The animation update, adapted from the legend about a…
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‘Sherlock Gnomes’ Prize Pack Giveaway on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital (3 Winners)

Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James McAvoy and Mary J. Blige lend their voices to Sherlock Gnomes, the animated comedy from the director of Kung Fu Panda coming to Blu-ray and DVD on June 12th.

We have teamed up with Paramount Home Entertainment to offer one lucky reader a Sherlock Gnomes Blu-ray, DVD and Digital combo pack along with a slew of kid-friendly goodies as pictured above.

Additionally, two runner-up winners will score the Sherlock Gnomes Blu-ray, DVD and Digital combo pack.

For a chance to be selected as one of the winners please

When Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) discover their friends and family have gone missing, there’s only one gnome to call - the legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp). Working together, the mystery takes them beyond the garden walls and across the city on an unforgettable journey to save the day and bring the gnomes home.
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Discover the Hidden Dragon World in the First How to Train Your Dragon 3 Trailer

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Toothless and friends are back for a brand new adventure that'll take them to an area never seen before, the hidden world of dragons! Check out the gorgeous trailer within...

For years, we've been able to experience the relationship between men and dragons evolve to a symbiotic, thriving partnership in Dreamworks' animated epic, How to Train Your Dragon. The first film took us on a brilliant adventure with Hiccup and Toothless building a friendship over kindness and a common enemy. The second one pushed the envelope in terms of action. Now, How to Train Your Dragon 3, labeled The Hidden World, explores the fruits of Hiccup, Toothless, and Astrid's labor, peaceful civilization of Man and Dragon. While all might seem well, at the moment, it turns out the utopia they have created may be devolving. When a Dragon Hunter, of sorts, reveals his intentions to destroy everything Hiccup loves, unless
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First Look at Universal Studios Hollywood’s New Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest Attraction

First Look at Universal Studios Hollywood’s New Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest Attraction
Kung Fu Panda will be bringing his brand of awesome to the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. The DreamWorks Theatre Featuring Kung Fu Panda is opening this summer to help you learn how to master your destiny, and maybe embark on your own quest. Replacing Shrek 4-d, the new Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest attraction […]

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Film News Roundup: AMC to Hold Early ‘Girls Night Out’ Screenings of ‘Ocean’s 8’

In today’s film news roundup, AMC unveils a “Girls Night Out” promotion for “Ocean’s 8,” Paramount hires Louise Kaufman and Monterey Media buys “The Sun at Midnight.”

AMC Promotion

AMC Theatres has announced advanced “girls night out” screenings of Warner Bros.’ heist-comedy “Ocean’s 8” in 36 of its Dolby Cinema at AMC locations on Wednesday night.

The screenings will take place one day before preview screenings for the spin-off from Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s” trilogy. “Ocean’s 8” stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina. Bullock plays the estranged sister of Danny Ocean who attempts to pull off a heist at New York City’s annual Met Gala. Early tracking showed the female-led heist film eyeing a domestic debut weekend of $30 million.

“We’re so excited to offer this exclusive opportunity for guests to return to the high-stakes world of the Ocean crew,
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Reese Witherspoon in Talks for Legally Blonde 3

Reese Witherspoon in Talks for Legally Blonde 3
15 years after the Legally Blonde sequel Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde hit theaters, Elle Woods is finally looking to make her return. After years of rumors and speculation, Reese Witherspoon has entered talks to reprise her beloved Elle Woods role in Legally Blonde 3 for MGM, with the actress also slated to produce through her Hello Sunshine company. MGM is also closing a deal with original Legally Blonde writers Karen McCullah and Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith to return and write the script.

The original Legally Blonde was a surprise hit in the summer of 2001, which helped put then rising star Reese Witherspoon on the map. The story followed Elle Woods, a smart and popular sorority girl who is unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend Warner (Matthew Davis). She tries to win him back by following him to Harvard Law School, where she's surprisingly accepted and begins to learn more about herself while
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Stx Boards Alibaba Pictures’ High-Profile ‘Warriors’ (Exclusive)

Stx Entertainment has come on board to co-produce “Warriors,” one of the highest-profile movies being developed by Alibaba Pictures. “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman and Stx board member Gigi Pritzker will produce the live action-and-CGI hybrid, which is based on a series of young-adult books and targeted at children and the Ya crowd.

Award-winning Hollywood pair Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger have signed on as screenwriters. Their credits include the three installments of “Kung Fu Panda,” “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.”

Warriors” is based on books by Erin Hunter, the collective pseudonym of three U.K.-based writers – Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, and Tui Sutherland – along with an editor, Victoria Holmes. Published by Harper Collins since 2003, the books feature clans of forest-dwelling cats caught up in stories of adventure, forbidden love, and faith.

Stx and Alibaba Pictures, the film offshoot of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba,
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Review: Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

“Who remembers Gnomeo & Juliet…?”. A casual question, uttered by a fellow film critic, as we waited in line at the Sherlock Gnomes (2018) Family Gala held at the newly refurbished Empire cinema in London’s Leicester Square. Well, I’ll admit it passed me by, the Bard’s classic tale of two ill-fated lovers from warring households – reimagined as a back-garden family adventure between bickering red and blue ornamental figurines. And Mankini, a garden gnome who’s all about tanning his bum cheeks. Oh, what would the Swan of Avon say? But it was memorable enough for Sir Elton John and David Furnish’s Rocket Pictures to crack open the Apple contacts again and get the band back together for a silly, gag-laden, back-garden mashup, riffing from the literary works of detective Sherlock Homes.

The star-crossed lovers are back. Gnomeo and Juliet, and a football team’s worth of British film
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10 Knockoffs Of Popular Kids Shows From Around The World

We all have our favorite cartoon that could never get replaced by any other. Kids shows sometimes get so popular, many creators want to take the inspiration. But sometimes, that inspiration isn’t very creative and it ends up being almost the same thing as the actual show. Today, we’re discussing rip offs from shows like “Gilmore Girls,” “Pokémon,” “Adventure Time,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “High School Musical,” “Gravity Falls,” “Star Wars,” “Digimon,” “Power Rangers,” and even “Tom and Jerry.” These shows have one thing in common. They all inspired some pretty similar knockoffs from around the world! Just wait until you see how a popular Russian cartoon faced critique when the audience realized it actually copied one of the most beloved Disney cartoons ever! These are the 10 knockoffs of popular kids shows from around the world!
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New ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’ Series Heads to Amazon Along with Another ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Show

While adults may like having an expansive library of titles to choose from when it’s time to relax on the couch, let’s not forget about the stay-at-home parents who need a variety of streaming programming to keep their kids occupied for a bit so they can just have a moment of piece of quiet. Amazon […]

The post New ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’ Series Heads to Amazon Along with Another ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Show appeared first on /Film.
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‘Big Fish & Begonia’ Review: China’s Animated Epic Is on Par with Studio Ghibli, Disney

You might not know the Chinese animated feature Big Fish & Begonia by name, but Shout! Factory is hoping to change that by bringing the foreign hit into North American theaters this weekend. If you're a fan of cutting-edge animation, complex characters, and a blending of the border between magic and mythology, you'll want to seek out this film if you have the opportunity to do so. A hit in its home country, Big Fish & Begonia is another promising production from China and currently sits behind only Monkey King: Hero Is Back and Kung Fu Panda
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House with a Clock in Its Walls Trailer Pulls Jack Black Into a Secret World

House with a Clock in Its Walls Trailer Pulls Jack Black Into a Secret World
This September, you're invited somewhere timeless. Jack Black and two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett star in The House with a Clock in Its Walls, from Amblin Entertainment. Universal Pictures has released the first trailer along with the poster, which you can check out here.

In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, this magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town's sleepy fa&#231ade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.

Based on the beloved children's classic written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is directed by master frightener Eli Roth and written by Eric Kripke (creator of TV's Supernatural). Co-starring Kyle MacLachlan,
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Composer John Powell to Receive Top Honor at Ascap Screen Awards

Composer John Powell to Receive Top Honor at Ascap Screen Awards
Composer John Powell will receive Ascap’s top honor, the Henry Mancini Award, at the performance rights organization’s annual Screen Awards. The event is scheduled for May 23 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers made the announcement on Thursday.

Powell, 54, is a veteran film composer who was Oscar-nominated for his 2010 score for “How to Train Your Dragon,” but is equally well-known for his propulsive action scores for the four “Bourne” movies starring Matt Damon. He recently scored “Ferdinand” and is currently finishing “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” the second stand-alone film in the current “Star Wars” franchise.

His other films include the original “Shrek” (with Harry Gregson-Williams), three films in the “Ice Age” series, two “Happy Feet” and two “Rio” films, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” two “Kung Fu Panda” films (with Hans Zimmer),” “Hancock” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2.
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Film Review: ‘Sherlock Gnomes’

Film Review: ‘Sherlock Gnomes’
Sherlock Gnomes,” the sequel to “Gnomeo & Juliet” (which came out in 2011 — how on earth did we manage to keep our anticipation under control for this long?), lists Elton John as its sole executive producer, just as the earlier film did. The new movie not only features Elton John’s music (though there’s significantly less of it than there was in “Gnomeo & Juliet”) but a smattering of cutely over-obvious Elton John in-jokes.

When Gnomeo (James McAvoy), the far too square and colorless hero who still looks like the son of C. Everett Koop, tries to infiltrate a flower shop, his comrade, Benny (Matt Lucas), speaks to him over a walkie-talkie using Gnomeo’s code name, Tiny Dancer. During a news report about how the garden gnomes of London are being mysteriously snatched, a photo montage of missing gnomes includes an Elton John gnome seated at a glittery piano.
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Skydance Media Boosts Animation Division With New Hires (Exclusive)

Skydance Media Boosts Animation Division With New Hires (Exclusive)
David Ellison’s Skydance Media is boosting its year-old animated division with the addition of four new executives, Variety has learned exclusively.

Bill Damaschke, president of animation and family entertainment, named Holly Edwards as head of production, animation; Kim Mackey as head of talent acquisitions and talent development; Jessie Carbonaro as director of talent acquisitions and talent development; and Matthew Burke as director of finance.

“With this accomplished team in place, Skydance is now well positioned to achieve our goal of producing a bold, original slate of both animated and family programming,” Damaschke said. “Holly, Kim, Jessie, and Matt have the wealth of experience, knowledge, and skills to lead our creative teams and bring together talented artists to build an animation studio that is a destination for top storytellers in the industry.”

Edwards will work closely with Damaschke and individual producers to oversee all aspects of production for the animation projects at the studio, as well as
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Michelle MacLaren to Direct Chris Pratt Action Pic “Cowboy Ninja Viking”

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Michelle MacLaren is taking her genre expertise to the big screen. The “Game of Thrones,” “Westworld,” and “Breaking Bad” director has signed on to helm Chris Pratt-starrer “Cowboy Ninja Viking” for Universal, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

The action pic centers on a “counter-intelligence unit that uses multiple personality disorder patients to create agents known as Triplets, referring to the three personalities the killers have. When the agents become rogue hired guns, the deadliest Triplet of them all, Cowboy Ninja Viking, is called in to take down his own brethren.”

Emmy winner MacLaren reportedly beat out Jennifer Yuh Nelson (“Kung Fu Panda”) and Rick Famuyiwa (“Dope”) for the job. It’s news like this that suggests Hollywood might finally be changing. Usually short lists are dominated by white men, if not entirely comprised of them, so it’s a pleasant surprise to see two women — one of
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John Williams Will Compose New Han Solo Movie Theme

John Williams Will Compose New Han Solo Movie Theme
John Williams is set to return to the Star Wars universe to compose the theme for the Han Solo movie. Williams has scored all 8 of the major movies in the franchise and this will be his first time doing one of the spin-offs. It was announced last July that John Powell (Bourne series, Shrek, and Kung Fu Panda) was scoring the upcoming Han Solo movie. Lucasfilm said at the time,, "The untitled Han Solo movie will be scored in the style of the original Star Wars movies but retain Powell's distinctive voice."

John Williams recently spoke about his plans to hand over a theme for Solo to Ron Howard and John Powell. According to the 85-year old composer, if Howard and Powell are happy with the theme, Powell will then work off of it to compose the score. In addition, Williams spoke of his excitement to be working with John Powell.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Kung Fu Panda

It was hard to know what to think about Kung Fu Panda at first. The heroic Po wasn’t much to look at and the chance to hear Jack Black after he’d been getting a little too much for a lot of people in films wasn’t all that exciting. But then people saw the film and found out that having to listen to Jack Black was sometimes a lot more fun than watching his regular movies. Kung Fu Panda is all about Po’s desire to learn Kung Fu and the supposedly accidental nature of how he comes to be accepted as

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Kung Fu Panda
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Australian Animation ‘Arkie’ Sold to Vision for China Release

Australian Animation ‘Arkie’ Sold to Vision for China Release
Australian-Canadian animated feature “Arkie” has been acquired by Vision Film Entertainment for distribution in China. Vision says it expects to release the film in 10,000 Chinese theaters.

The story is a fantastical adventure about an inquisitive young girl who leaves home for an epic journey to the dangerous metropolis where she needs to rescue her father from the clutches of a mysterious doctor. The English-language voice cast is headed by Shailene Woodley (“The Fault in Our Stars”) as Arkie, and Jai Courtney (“Divergent”) as Dr. Maybee, and also includes Internet star Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor.

The film is directed by Luke Jurevicius, adapted from a graphic novel created by his brother, artist Nathan Jurevicius (“Scarygirl”). Production is by Passion Pictures Australia and Canada’s Nitrogen Studios, with Australia’s Luma handling animation. The producer credit goes to Sophie Byrne and executive producer status for John Stevenson (“Kung Fu Panda”). Sydney-based Odin’s Eye Entertainment is handling international rights
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Euro Animated Films Offer "Darker" Arthouse Alternative to Hollywood, Exec Says

Euro Animated Films Offer
European animation films offer a "darker" arthouse alternative to Hollywood fare and can become global hits by pushing the boundaries of "new ways of storytelling," a leading film marketing executive says.

Mathias Noschis, who as founder of London-based Alphapanda has developed online PR and social media campaigns for Hollywood films, including Lego Ninjago, Kung Fu Panda 3, Ice Age: Collision Course, Toy Story 3 and Rango, says European animation is perfectly positioned to take on the world.

"Europe has already managed to position itself as a strong region for arthouse animation that pushes the boundaries and explores new ways of storytelling...
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