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How To Train Your Dragon 3 Gets An Official Title

A third instalment in the Httyd series is scheduled for release next year, and today brings an official title for the trilogy capper, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Loosely based on the Cressida Cowell children’s books of the same name, Dreamworks’ franchise has been critical and financial dynamite ever since the initial film was released way back in 2010. For those unfamiliar, it tells the story of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), a scrawny teenage Viking who aspires to become a prolific dragon slayer, as is his tribe’s tradition. After finally striking down and immobilizing his first dragon, later named Toothless, he discovers that the fearsome fire-breathers aren’t as terrifying as they appear.

Directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, How to Train Your Dragon went on to gross nearly $500 million worldwide and is a staggering 98% certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, garnering the studio an Academy Award
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How to Train Your Dragon 3 Title and Official Synopsis Revealed

The first official details for How to Train Your Dragon 3 have arrived. Universal and DreamWorks have revealed the official title and a first synopsis for the highly-anticipated animated sequel. The next installment in the franchise will be titled How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. DreamWorks will unveil a sneak peek at the movie at this year's Annecy International Animation Film Festival, so there is much more to learn on the horizon. Marcel Jean, artistic director of the Annecy Film Festival, had this to say in a statement.

"As well as being a major artist, Dean DeBlois is a longtime friend of Annecy. We are excited to welcome him this year and present his work in a context that will emphasize his great talent. 'The How to Train Your Dragon' franchise is closely linked to our festival and this is why we are eager to offer our audience the
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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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2018 Annie Awards : ‘Coco’ sweeps with 11 wins on the way to Oscars

Pixar‘s Oscar frontrunner “Coco” won a whopping 11 Annie Awards on Saturday (Feb. 4), including Best Animated Feature, Best Directing (Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina), Best Writing (Molina and Matthew Aldrich) and Best Voice Acting (Anthony Gonzalez). “Coco” numbered a lucky 13 nominations, winning in all 11 of its races including against itself in both character animation and storyboarding. (See the full list of 2018 Annie Awards winners.)

“Coco” faced off against another Pixar picture, “Cars 3,” as well as two from DreamWorks Animation — “The Boss Baby” and “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” — and Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3” for the top studio award. Of these, only “The Boss Baby” also reaped an Oscar bid for Best Animated Feature.

Two Oscar nominees, “The Breadwinner” and “Loving Vincent,” faced off in the Best Animated Feature (Independent) race with the former winning. That category, which was introduced in 2016, was rounded out by: “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales,
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'Beauty and the Beast' Animator on First Bringing Belle to Life

'Beauty and the Beast' Animator on First Bringing Belle to Life
Even if you don't recognize British animator James Baxter by name, you have certainly seen his work. He was the character animator for Belle in the 1991 best picture nominee Beauty and the Beast, for the wise mandrill Rafiki in The Lion King and, more recently, for Hiccup's mother, Valka, in How to Train Your Dragon 2.

His characters have not only become screen classics, but also have found flesh-and-blood life, appearing in Disneyland parades and on the Broadway stage in the musicals that have been spun off from the hit films — something that he admits to finding a...
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Kovert Creative Hires DreamWorks Animation’s David Hail, ID PR’s Amanda Dykema

Entertainment and marketing agency Kovert Creative has hired David Hail and Amanda Dykema to work out of the company’s Santa Monica office, Variety has learned.

Hail, a veteran film publicist and awards strategist, will focus on film and television clients, including the upcoming launch of Steve Harvey’s new daytime talk show. Additionally, Hail will offer his expertise on animated and visual effects-driven feature film projects for both release and awards campaigns. He joins Kovert from DreamWorks Animation, where he spent the past ten years developing and executing dozens of film campaigns, awards campaigns, and publicity initiatives for the studio. He previously worked on “Kung Fu Panda” and “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “Shrek Forever After,” “Trolls,” and most recently, “The Boss Baby.” Prior to his role at DreamWorks, Hail worked at Sony Pictures Animation.

“Having recently worked with David on Kung Fu Panda 3, I
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Kovert Creative Hires DreamWorks Animation’s David Hail, ID PR’s Amanda Dykema

Entertainment and marketing agency Kovert Creative has hired David Hail and Amanda Dykema to work out of the company’s Santa Monica office, Variety has learned.

Hail, a veteran film publicist and awards strategist, will focus on film and television clients, including the upcoming launch of Steve Harvey’s new daytime talk show. Additionally, Hail will offer his expertise on animated and visual effects-driven feature film projects for both release and awards campaigns. He joins Kovert from DreamWorks Animation, where he spent the past ten years developing and executing dozens of film campaigns, awards campaigns, and publicity initiatives for the studio. He previously worked on “Kung Fu Panda” and “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “Shrek Forever After,” “Trolls,” and most recently, “The Boss Baby.” Prior to his role at DreamWorks, Hail worked at Sony Pictures Animation.

“Having recently worked with David on Kung Fu Panda 3, I
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How ‘The Boss Baby’ Became Top Dog at the Box Office

Release dates are sometimes more interesting than their movies.

The simple answer for how a movie like The Boss Baby opens at number one is that it’s a major studio animated feature debuting in late March. Specific to this movie, however, there are certain special circumstances, like Beauty and the Beast finally dropping enough to give something else a shot and Ghost in the Shell being a flop, possibly due to its whitewashing casting controversy and possibly just due to its just not being very good.

March is a tricky month for movie releases. With Easter having an unfixed date falling either in March or April, there’s sometimes a holiday weekend, albeit not one typically known for moviegoing. Also, much of America’s children have a spring break, yet there’s no uniformity from county to county within any given state let alone across the country (many states and school districts also wait until April
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Weekend Box Office: March Goes Out Like a Boss, Baby.

A strong March at the North America box office was capped off by a tight race for the number one spot between Fox/Dreamworks’ The Boss Baby and Disney’s two-time champ Beauty and the Beast. Paramount’s pricey sci-fi flick Ghost In the Shell showed plenty of cracks in its third place opening while Focus Features’ The Zookeeper’s Wife had a decent limited release start in tenth. While the top ten was down 17% from last weekend’s totals, it was up a healthy 38% over one year ago at this time.

Backed by a massive marketing campaign that targeted both kids and adults, The Boss Baby talked up a smart $49 million in its opener at 3,773 theaters. Reviews were mixed for the Alec Baldwin-voiced cartoon, but audiences seemed to enjoy the flick. They gave the animated comedy an “A-“ CinemaScore rating.

The opening for Boss Baby was the tenth biggest for Dreamworks Animation studios,
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'Boss Baby' Dethrones 'Beauty and the Beast' as 'Ghost in the Shell' Underperforms

'Boss Baby' Dethrones 'Beauty and the Beast' as 'Ghost in the Shell' Underperforms
It's close, but Fox and DreamWorks Animation's The Boss Baby narrowly beat Disney's Beauty and the Beast and delivered a #1 finish this weekend as it vastly over performed pre-release industry expectations. Meanwhile, Paramount's Ghost in the Shell debuted with the opposite result, finishing in third position and well below expectations. Elsewhere, Lionsgate's Power Rangers dropped over 60% in its second weekend while WB's Kong: Skull Island, Fox's Logan and Universal's Get Out delivered the best holds within the top ten. Finishing atop the weekend box office, Fox and Dwa's The Boss Baby brought in an estimated $49 million from 3,773 theaters. It currently stands as the tenth largest opening for a DreamWorks Animated title, but could find itself leap-frogging How to Train Your Dragon 2 should actuals come in just a bit higher. The result is also just a few million shy of the $52.1 million Home opened with over the same weekend
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Work-Life Balance Drama “A Family Man” with Gerard Butler Looks Interesting

It’s been a Gerard Butler kind of a week in my household. Given that I’ve seen How to Train Your Dragon 2 at least 500 times in the last few days, I’ve gotten used to the gruff voice of Gerard Butler (who plays Stoick). But it’s not just in my house where Gerard Butler’s name is being mentioned. The trailer for Geostorm was released last week and now today a new drama called A Family Man has hit the internet. Don’t confuse this with the Christmas movie The Family Man starring Nicolas Cage which I happened to love. A

Work-Life Balance Drama “A Family Man” with Gerard Butler Looks Interesting
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Dragons: Race To The Edge Season 4 Concept Art Looks Solid

If you’ve never seen the movies How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon 2 I highly recommend it. While it looks like we’ll have to wait until 2019 to get to see a third installment of the franchise, don’t fret because you can watch the animated show Dragons: Race to the Edge on the Cartoon Network and Netflix. There you can follow Hiccup and Toothless as they go on adventure after adventure in an incredible animated world created by Dreamworks. The series has already completed 3 seasons and a 4th is nearly underway. According to

Dragons: Race To The Edge Season 4 Concept Art Looks Solid
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Should Your Tween Go to the Movies Without You?

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As much as I’d like to believe that my 11-year-old is still a little boy, he’s growing up. He’s eager to take on new responsibilities and venture out on his own with his friends, so I’m tasked with learning how to let go while fostering his independence in age-appropriate ways. When my son asked if he could go see How to Train Your Dragon 2 with friends last summer, I had a few reservations. Would he behave responsibly in a movie theater? Could I trust him with a...

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We Fixed The Hollywood Reporter’s Animation Roundtable

Just to prove how easy it is.

On Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter released its 2016 Animation Roundtable to the world. That, in itself, isn’t particularly newsworthy (aside from the fact that animation is awesome, of course) but…well, here, have a look for yourself:

First, the picture: Why, yes, that is a panel consisting of all white men. It’s not the first time this has happened and it infuriatingly won’t be the last (but at least this Tumblr account and also this one will always have fresh content).

Second, the headline: “Seth Rogen and 6 More on Avoiding Ethnic Stereotypes and How to ‘Break the Mold’ of Princesses.” We can’t think of anyone more qualified to speak to ethnic stereotypes and breaking the mold of princesses than a group of white men. Totally.

There’s absolutely zero excuse for this: if you’ve somehow ended up with an all male and/or all white panel
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How To Train Your Dragon 3 moves back another year

Simon Brew Dec 6, 2016

How To Train Your Dragon 3 is now arriving nearly three years after its original announced release date...

Following the release of next year’s The Boss Baby, the distribution of DreamWorks Animation titles will be handled by the company’s new parent, Universal Pictures.

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One of the most eagerly awaited films that Universal is now set to oversee is How To Train Your Dragon 3. This one was originally set to land in June 2016, just two years after How To Train Your Dragon 2. Then, it got shunted back to June 2017. Then, earlier this year, the date was moved again to May 2018. And now, we hear news of a further delay.

How To Train Your Dragon 3
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How to Train Your Dragon 3 Delayed, Gets New 2019 Release Date

For those waiting for the next animated adventure of Hiccup and Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon 3, you'll have to wait nearly one year longer. DreamWorks Animation revealed today that it has pushed the animated sequel from May 18, 2018 to March 1, 2019, where it currently has that particular weekend all to itself. It will, however, debut just one week before Marvel's long-awaited Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, and two weeks after an untitled Universal monsters reboot project. Take a look at the new plot synopsis for How to Train Your Dragon 3 below.

"As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless' discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup's reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind."

Back in October 2014, director Dean DeBlois revealed that
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‘How To Train Your Dragon 3’ Pushed Back to 2019

‘How To Train Your Dragon 3’ Pushed Back to 2019
Toothless and Hiccup’s next flight will take a little extra time to get off the ground. Universal has pushed back How to Train Your Dragon 3 one year, from 2018 to 2019 — just in time to mark the fifth anniversary of How to Train Your Dragon 2. Meanwhile, the studio has also set a date for Everest, an […]

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Legends Of Tomorrow season 2 episode 7 review: Invasion!

Jim Dandy Dec 2, 2016

Legends of Tomorrow closes out the Invasion crossover in style, with a perfect superhero conclusion...

This review contains spoilers (for the entire DC crossover incl. Arrow and The Flash)

See related Dean DeBlois interview: How To Train Your Dragon 2 & 3 Bonnie Arnold interview: How To Train Your Dragon 2 & 3

Legends Of Tomorrow served up the finale to the big Invasion! crossover that’s been going on all week. And I loved it. Like every other episode in the crossover, it was packed full of fan service and joy. It was an awesome way to close out the crossover. It hit every emotional moment and cool nerd beat that the shows needed to make the crossover probably the best thing the Arrowverse has put on television yet.

But at the same time… it wasn’t a particularly good episode of Legends Of Tomorrow. Let me explain.

The plot
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Animation Oscar Race Gives Little Films a Shot at Glory

Two years ago, when “The Lego Movie” was snubbed in Oscar’s animated feature category, fans of the movie cried foul. How could the year’s top-grossing ($258 million domestic) and best-reviewed (rated 96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) cartoon get shut out of the race?

What the outraged failed to recognize was that the Academy nominating committee were not against “The Lego Movie”; they just happened to like five other toon contenders more. You see, of all the categories competing for Oscar, the animated feature award has perhaps the purest selection process.

The committee itself is made up of members of the animation branch, as well as those from other complementary disciplines, such as editing and visual effects. “We want people who really understand the craft picking the nominees,” says Bill Kroyer, a governor of the Academy’s short films and feature animation branch. “The committee this year will be the biggest ever.
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Trolls movie review: you can’t stop the cute

MaryAnn’s quick take…

Cute and sweet and will put you to sleep, like a diabetic coma, and then it will smack you awake with its relentlessly cheery vivid-pastel optimism. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): ugh not another toy movie

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Might as well just give up and give in. Movies based on toys are here to stay. Lie back and think of, erm, Smurfs? (ewww) Hasbro is now a movie producer — learn how to cope with this fact. Next autumn, you will be dragged by the kids to see the big-screen animated reboot ofMy Little Pony. That’s right: you have a year to muster whatever resources you need to survive.

It’s just sort of there, up on the screen, a 90-minute explosion of rainbow colors and cupcake poop (yes, really) and a ton of glitter.
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