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Guillermo del Toro signs multi-year exclusive deal with DreamWorks Animation

Guillermo del Toro signs multi-year exclusive deal with DreamWorks Animation
Mexican auteur takes office on Glendale campus.

Guillermo del Toro has struck a multi-year exclusive deal with DreamWorks Animation to write, produce, and direct animated family films.

The pact, which comes hot on the heels of del Toro’s expansive deal with Fox Searchlight after they collaborated on the Oscar-winning The Shape Of Water, will see the Mexican auteur take office on the studio’s Glendale campus.

Del Toro’s most recent association with DreamWorks Animation was for the television division as creator and executive producer in the Netflix series Trollhunters.

That show is part of his Tales Of Arcadia trilogy.
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Guillermo del Toro Signs Multi-Year Exclusive Deal With DreamWorks Animation

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Guillermo del Toro Signs Multi-Year Exclusive Deal With DreamWorks Animation
Guillermo del Toro has signed a multi-year exclusive deal with DreamWorks Animation, the studio announced Thursday.

Del Toro will write, produce and direct animated family films for the studio, and as part of the arrangement, he has taken up offices at the Glendale campus.

Del Toro’s most recent collaborations with DreamWorks Animation Television was when he created and executive produced the Emmy Award-winning series “Trollhunters.” The series, part of del Toro’s “Tales of Arcadia” trilogy, will continue with “3 Below” and “Wizards,” set to debut on Netflix in 2018 and 2019.

Also Read: Guillermo del Toro Signs Overall Production Deal at Fox Searchlight

He also served as an executive producer on “Rise of the Guardians,” “Puss in Boots” and “Kung Fu Panda 3,” as well as a creative consultant for “Kung Fu 2” and “Megamind.”

During his agreement, he will work with DreamWorks Animation Film Group president Chris deFaria and the studio’s other artists and technologists on the pilot programs and other storytelling methods on multiple content platforms.

“We are thrilled that Guillermo is adding a film partnership to the already successful television relationship he has with DreamWorks Animation,” said deFaria in a statement. “He is truly a one- of-a- kind artist, and we are eager to see his imagination on full display in the family animated feature space. Guillermo has a unique talent for creating memorable worlds and characters, and we believe the films we create with him will resonate with animation audiences for many generations to come. I am personally very excited to extend the long working relationship I have enjoyed with Guillermo and look forward to him also collaborating with us on some of our breakthrough advancements in technology and innovation.”

Also Read: Oscars: Guillermo del Toro Gets Fourth Mexican-Born Best Director Win in 5 Years

Del Toro added, “Animation is an art form that has influenced my work greatly since childhood. To me, it’s the perfect medium to bring to life any and all ideas, no matter how outlandish or wild. I am eager to work with Chris and the talented artists at DreamWorks – some of the most talented people in the business – to make these images a reality. I have worked with DreamWorks for about a decade and the horizon just keeps getting wider.”

Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” recently won four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director after receiving 13 nominations. His other credits include “Hellboy,” “Pacific Rim,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “The Book of Life” and “Blade II.”

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Guillermo del Toro Signs With DreamWorks Animation for Family Films

Guillermo del Toro Signs With DreamWorks Animation for Family Films
Guillermo del Toro has signed a multi-year exclusive deal with DreamWorks Animation to write, produce and direct animated family films for the studio.

The Oscar-winning director of “The Shape of Water” is taking an offices at the DreamWorks campus in Glendale, Calif., as part of the deal.

The filmmaker, who won Best Picture and Best Director Oscars for “The Shape of Water,” signed an overall deal earlier this month with Fox Searchlight to write, produce and direct live-action feature projects.

“Animation is an art form that has influenced my work greatly since childhood,” said del Toro in a statement. “To me, it’s the perfect medium to bring to life any and all ideas, no matter how outlandish or wild. I am eager to work with Chris and the talented artists at DreamWorks – some of the most talented people in the business – to make these images a reality. I have
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Animation is Role Model for Chinese Co-Production, Beijing Festival is Told

Animation is tipped by leading executives as the most fertile sector for cross-border cooperation between China and overseas film industries.

International co-production is a perennial discussion at every film festival in China or any market espousing a significant China connection. The Beijing International Film Festival, which kicked off on Sunday night, made co-production the theme of its showcase panel discussion on Monday, the event’s first full day of business. Speakers included Steven O’Dell, president of theatrical distribution at Sony Pictures Entertainment, James Wang Zhonglei CEO of Huayi Brothers, U.S. director Rob Minkoff and Beijing-based Renny Harlin (“Die Hard 2”).

O’Dell said that animation is one of just a handful of strategies that can lead to global success. “Animation is able to cross language barriers,” O’Dell said.

Sony has an existing local-language production strategy. O’Dell said that its decentralized executives involved in the program are
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What’s Leaving Netflix in April 2018

Heroes and criminals alike will depart Netflix in April. Some of the first titles on the streaming service’s chopping block for the month include four Batman films and Frank Darabont’s Oscar-nominated jailhouse drama “The Shawshank Redemption,” featuring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.

The streaming giant will also let go of TV series like “Dukes of Hazzard” and “Happy Tree Friends,” with more movie tentpoles like “Kung Fu Panda 3” rounding out the month’s departures.

View the full list of titles leaving Netflix below.

April 1

30 Days of Night

88 Minutes

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
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The Darkest Minds Trailer Is Stranger Things Meets X-Men

20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for The Darkest Minds. The movie comes a bit out of left field, as this wasn't one of the big movies on everyone's radar this year. However, coming from Shawn Levy and Dan Levine, the producers behind Stranger Things, that's somewhat surprising. What's more surprising? This is basically a young adult version of an X-Men movie, only it's not actually an X-Men movie. It's got a bunch of dangerous kids with powers on the run from the government, they just aren't called mutants.

The trailer is action-packed and very effects-heavy. There are elements of Stranger Things at play here, with the group of young kids having to band together, in addition to the very obvious X-Men elements. There's also a bit of Marvel's The Runaways in here. What's perhaps most surprising of all is that Fox is actually the studio in control of the X-Men franchise,
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'Black Panther' powers North America box office to February record

Month overtakes previous best set in 2012.

February at the North American box office has generated an unprecedented $1bn haul, according to ComScore.

Disney’s Black Panther fuelled the accomplishment, grossing $428.8m through February 28 after it launched on February 16 on a record $202m February .

Last month also saw a hefty contribution from Universal’s Fifty Shades Freed on $91.7m, while Peter Rabbit from Sony / Columbia accounted for $73.5m.

The second biggest February occurred in 2012, when the films combined for $818.1m and Screen Gems’ The Vow was the top film of the month on $104.9m, followed by Safe House on $100.2m.

After
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February box office hits $1bn record in North America

Month overtakes previous best set in 2012.

February at the North American box office has generated an unprecedented $1bn haul, according to ComScore.

Disney’s Black Panther fuelled the accomplishment, grossing $428.8m through February 28 after it launched on February 16 on a record $202m February .

Last month also saw a hefty contribution from Universal’s Fifty Shades Freed on $91.7m, while Peter Rabbit from Sony / Columbia accounted for $73.5m.

The second biggest February occurred in 2012, when the films combined for $818.1m and Screen Gems’ The Vow was the top film of the month on $104.9m, followed by Safe House on $100.2m.

After
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Chris Pratt's Cowboy Ninja Viking Movie Gets Director Michelle MacLaren

Universal Pictures is finally moving forward with its long-awaited comic book adaptation Cowboy Ninja Viking, landing director Michelle MacLaren. While this will not be the filmmaker's feature film debut, it will be only her second film after the 2006 indie thriller Population 436, which starred Jeremy Sisto and Fred Durst. After spending the past decade on the small screen, with two Emmy wins to her credit, the filmmaker finally returns to the big screen with Cowboy Ninja Viking.

We first reported on this project back in November 2014, when Chris Pratt scored the lead role, just months after his blockbuster turn as Star-Lord in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. The actor confirmed his starring role in this comic book adaptation a few days later, but there has been little to no movement on the project since then. This new report reveals that Michelle MacLaren beat out two other candidates for this coveted gig,
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Fox, Locksmith Animation Unveil 'Ron's Gone Wrong'

Fox, Locksmith Animation Unveil 'Ron's Gone Wrong'
The first fruits of 20th Century Fox's new long-term co-production and development deal with new U.K. CG animation studio Locksmith Animation, unveiled last month, have been revealed.

Ron's Gone Wrong, being directed by Alessandro Carloni (Kung Fu Panda 3) and Pixar Story vet J.P. Vine (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur) and officially announced Thursday, is set for a November 2020 release and will be produced from Locksmith's major new London facilities, due to open in the coming weeks, with partner Double Negative providing digital production.

Set in a world where walking, talking, digitally connected bots have become children's best friends,...
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China’s Oriental DreamWorks Looks Set to Restructure (Exclusive)

China’s Oriental DreamWorks Looks Set to Restructure (Exclusive)
Oriental DreamWorks, the production joint venture between DreamWorks Animation and Chinese partners, may be restructured, according to well-placed sources in China.

The sources say that Comcast is in talks with Oriental DreamWorks’ Chinese backers, including China Media Capital and Shanghai Alliance Investment Ltd., about possibly giving up Dwa’s 45% stake in the venture. If that happens, it would mark the end of one of the highest-profile linkups between Hollywood and China.

The potential restructuring comes as Oriental DreamWorks struggles to maintain a foothold in the competitive animated-feature marketplace. Its last outing, “Kung Fu Panda 3,” failed to perform as well as expected at the box office, and its only film currently slated for release, the Himalayan tale “Everest,” is not due out until September 2019. Last week, the company laid off some 40 animators at its Shanghai base.

At the same time, Glendale-based Dwa has been re-evaluating the projects in its own pipeline,
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Lack of New Releases Keeps ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ and ‘Zootopia’ at Top of Disc Sales Charts

Lack of New Releases Keeps ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ and ‘Zootopia’ at Top of Disc Sales Charts
With almost no high-profile new releases to impact the charts the week ended July 10, DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3,” distributed by 20th Century Fox, earned a second week atop the Npd VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Holding onto the No. 2 spot on both charts for a second week was Walt Disney Studios’ “Zootopia,” which in its fifth week sold 78% as many copies as the “Panda” sequel in its second (and 71% as many Blu-ray copies).

Moving up a spot to No. 3 on both charts was Fox’s “Deadpool,” in its ninth week.

Universal Pictures’ “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” dropped to No. 4 on the overall chart, with Paramount’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” taking No. 5.

On the Blu-ray chart, “13 Hours” was No. 4, with Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” moving back up to No.
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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson to Helm ‘Darkest Minds’

‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson to Helm ‘Darkest Minds’
Kung Fu Panda 3” director Jennifer Yuh Nelson is attached to make her live-action directorial debut with “Darkest Minds” in a potential franchise starter for Fox.

The movie is an adaptation of the YA trilogy by Alexandra Bracken in which a pandemic kills most of America’s children and teenagers. When some of the survivors develop superpowers, they are imprisoned.

Fox-based Shawn Levy is producing through his 21 Laps company.

The first book of the trilogy centers on a 16-year-old with telekinetic powers who escapes from an interment camp and joins a group of teens on the run from the government.

Nelson made her directorial debut with 2011’s “Kung Fu Panda 2,” which received an Oscar nomination for best animated feature. She directed “Kung Fu Panda 3,” which was released in January.

Nelson is repped by Wme and Hansen Jacobson.
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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Helps DreamWorks Animation Earnings Beat Projections

‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Helps DreamWorks Animation Earnings Beat Projections
Kung Fu Panda 3” and growth in its television business powered first quarter earnings at DreamWorks Animation, helping the film studio beat Wall Street projections.

Revenues climbed 14.4% to $190.4 million and the Glendale, Calif., studio reported a net profit of $13.8 million, as opposed to the $54.8 million loss it recorded a year ago. It also logged earnings of 16 cents a share. Analysts expected the company to announce earnings of a cent per share and revenue of $183 million for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters.

The robust fiscal picture emerges roughly a week after news broke that Comcast had reached a deal to acquire DreamWorks Animation for $4.1 billion in cash and debt assumption. The media conglomerate, which owns NBCUniversal, hopes to create a family film empire to rival Disney’s. It already backs Illumination Entertainment, the creator of the “Despicable Me” franchise.

“I am happy to report another strong quarter of financial results, which
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Harry Cripps on writing Larrikins for Tim Minchin and Dreamworks

At Screen Australia's Family Film Forum at Sydney's Uts, screenwriter Harry Cripps discussed writing feature animation Larrikins for Dreamworks.

The studio was looking for an Australian story - to do for Australia what Kung Fu Panda.had done for China, according to Cripps.

The scribe came onboard after six of his pilot scipts for the American marketplace had gone nowhere.

Cripps started work on Larrikins in 2011. The film's third in-progress screening will take place in June, and the finished product will be released in 2018.

In the video above, he talks about his writing approach, his early experiences in the Australian film industry on features such as Paws, and the pitching system that exists in the American system - which has "nothing to do with how good a writer you are".

Cripps discusses his work on Kung Fu Panda 3, which was brief and left him in tears, and teases what we can expect in Larrikins.
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April Foolish Predix: Best Animated Features

It's past time to begin our annual tradition of predicting the future Oscar nominees way before anyone should (yes, I'm aware that nowadays every clickbait site does it the day after the Oscars but we're not into that. Jesus, ppl, let each film year settle!). Let's start with the easiest category in that it's its own world entirely, The Animated Feature. Last year was a relatively thin year for the medium, in that the number of eligible films just barely triggered a 5 wide field. We shouldn't expect a similar dearth this year.

After all 2016's already delivered a possible frontrunner (the delightful Zootopia), a hit that people have already forgotten about (Kung Fu Panda 3... currently #4 of 2016 but have you ever heard anyone talk about it?), trailers to roughly a billion would be cartoon blockbusters scheduled for 2016, and the very tantalizing prospects of an original Disney musical (Moana) and a
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The Daughter passes $1.2 million, Batman versus Superman drops off sharply

Odessa Young in The Daughter.

Word of mouth and eye-watering reviews seem to be catching up with WB's Batman V Superman, which raked in $4.5 million on 292 screens but dropped sixty-five percent in its second week. .

The Zack Snyder-directed superhero smackdown has now made $22.6 million overall.

In sharp contrast, Disney's Zootopia.dropped a mere one percent in its third week for a weekend Bo of $3.1 million and an overall cume of $14.5 million off 301 screens.

Zootopia was the sole original in the top five, beating third-place getter My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, which took $2.7 million in its second weekend to bring its total to over $9 million.

Fox's well-reviewed Kung Fu Panda 3 dropped twenty-seven percent in week two to ring up $1.8 million, for a cume of $6.3 million on 280 screens.

Roadshow's London Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler, has made $4.9 million after three weeks, while Sony's The Lady in the Van has made $8.6 million after five.
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Worldwide Box Office Results: 'Batman v Superman' Takes A Big Dip But Remains #1

comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of April 3, 2016, as compiled by the company's theatrical measurement services.

As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, comScore (formerly Rentrak) provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using comScore's suite of products.

comScore's Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, "Another Bat-tastic weekend at the global box office as Warner Bros.' 'Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice' adds $137.5 million to its already impressive total and finishes its second weekend with $682.8 million in the superhero box-office bank. Meanwhile, Disney's animated family hit 'Zootopia' continues to roar across the world with an eye toward its next milestone, the $800 million mark."

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, April 3, are below.

1. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
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Box Office: ‘Batman v Superman’ Passes ‘Man of Steel’ With $682.9 Million Globally

Box Office: ‘Batman v Superman’ Passes ‘Man of Steel’ With $682.9 Million Globally
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” topped the foreign box office for a second consecutive weekend, racking up $85.1 million from 68 territories and pushing the superhero film’s global haul to $682.9 million.

That passes the lifetime gross of “Man of Steel,” the most recent Superman film, which pulled in $668 million worldwide during its 2013 run. Domestically, “Batman v Superman” suffered a steep drop-off, falling 68% in its second weekend to $52.4 million in ticket sales.

Critics have piled on the film and word-of-mouth has been mixed. Warner Bros., the studio behind the $250 million production, spent lavishly to produce and market the picture because it wants to kick off a series of interconnected movies based on DC Comics characters. The studio already has films based on the Flash, Wonder Woman, and the Justice League in the works and next summer brings “Suicide Squad,” a film about a team of super-villains.

Despite the frosty reception from reviewers,
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Kung Fu Panda meets B-town Celebs!

Po from Kung Fu Panda went about meeting B-town celebs as part of a promotional activity for the movie Kung Fu Panda 3.

After making an appearance with the cast of Kapoor and Sons, Po was seeing striking a Kung Fu pose with hotties Jacqueline Fernandez and Neha Dhupia.

Kung Fu Panda 3 is slated to release on 1st April 2016.

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