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Fox Takes Over Distribution Of DreamWorks Animation Films

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 21, 2012 5:22 PM
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After this fall's "Rise of the Guardians" (which, it should be noted, has nothing to do with anthropomorphic owls), DreamWorks Animation product will no longer be distributed by Paramount, its home for the past seven years. DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg promised Wall Street wonks that a deal would be forged by Labor Day, and for a while it looked like Sony would end up distributing their films, but Deadline is reporting that Fox stepped up and provided a more appealing deal, with an emphasis on distribution through digital channels.

First Poster Debuts For DreamWorks Animation's 2D/3D Hybrid 'Me And My Shadow'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 24, 2012 11:16 AM
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The first poster has just debuted for DreamWorks Animation’s spring 2012 release, “Me and My Shadow,” on the movie’s Facebook page, and new details of the project have also emerged that make it seem far more interesting than the studio's average animated trifle.

DreamWorks Animation Confirms 'Kung Fu Panda 3' & Development Of A 'Madagascar' Penguins Spin-Off

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 12, 2012 6:02 PM
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Considering the grosses after just two films ($1.3 billion), this shouldn't be a surprise. DreamWorks Animation is giving the go-ahead for a third "Kung Fu Panda" film which was likely a no-brainer as last year "Kung Fu Panda 2" more than confirmed audiences are in love with the franchise. Voiced by Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen and Lucy Liu, there's no word on who will direct the third installment, but so far there's been a different group of filmmakers for every film, with only producer Melissa Cobb and screenwriter Jonathan Aibel remaining as two of the major above-the-line creative forces.

DreamWorks Animation Set Paul Giamatti, Samuel L Jackson & Just About Everyone Else In Hollywood To Join Ryan Reynolds In 'Turbo'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 24, 2012 11:19 AM
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They may still not have the prestige of arch-rivals Pixar, but things have been looking up over at DreamWorks Animation of late. Once the home of poor CGI fare like "Shark Tale" and "Bee Movie," recent years have seen a new emphasis on quality rather (or at least in addition to) big names. 2010's "How To Train Your Dragon" was their best film to date, and last year even sequels "Puss In Boots" and "Kung Fu Panda 2" displayed more artistry than "Cars 2" did, picking up Oscar nominations for their trouble.

Bill Hader, Kate Hudson & 'Book Of Mormon' Star Josh Gad To Voice DreamWorks Animation's 'Me And My Shadow'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 1, 2012 10:42 AM
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DreamWorks Animation have to be feeling pretty good these days. Coming off their creative highpoint to date with "How To Train Your Dragon," the company picked up two Oscar nominations last week for the solid (if uninspired) "Puss In Boots" and "Kung Fu Panda 2," while arch-rivals Pixar missed out, having dropped the ball for the first time with "Cars 2."

Watch: Full Trailer For 'Puss In Boots' Introduces Prison Rape Jokes To The 'Shrek' Franchise

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 21, 2011 2:39 AM
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Last year's "Shrek Forever After" was billed as the "final chapter" in the DreamWorks fairytale franchise, but with the four films grossing nearly $3 billion worldwide between them ("Shrek 2" remains the fifth biggest domestic grosser), the likelihood of Katzenberg & Co leaving the series alone was minimal. And so, barely 18 months after the fourth "Shrek," we'll see "Puss In Boots," a spin-off focusing on the Zorro-esque kitty voiced by Antonio Banderas in the second, third and fourth films.

Weekend Box Office: 'Super 8' Is A Super Performer For Paramount, 'Judy Moody' Has A Bummer Summer

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 12, 2011 6:53 AM
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Call this one a victory for Paramount, and a big one at that. “Super 8,” which opened to $37 million, was advertised with only the slightest of peekaboos, an ad campaign that played less coy and more stubbornly mysterious. While the film was pitched on the name of Steven Spielberg, the filmmaker has his name on a lot of projects annually, and the wealth of offerings has become so consistent that it no longer tilts the needle.

A Genuine Tragedy: Jeffrey Katzenberg Calls 3D Box Office Dip "Heartbreaking"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 10, 2011 10:50 AM
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Dear Zillionaire Jeffrey Katzenberg, let it be known before we begin our article that our heart bleeds for you and your stock holders. In December 2010 2009, just a few short weeks after James Cameron's latest opus had proven to be a runaway smash hit, 3D was heralded as the next the savior of cinema by the industry, many of whom had just received the best Christmas bonus ever. The technology, and more importantly, the resounding reception audiences met it with, had apparently revitalized, rejuvenated and revolutionized the film industry. In 2010, "Avatar" (which was released at the tail end of 2009) grossed $2.7 billion worldwide (highest grossing film of all time, worldwide), "Toy Story 3" nabbed $1.06 billion (4th highest of all time worldwide), "Alice In Wonderland" hauled in $1.02 billion (6th highest film of all time worldwide) and the the world was 3D's oyster.

The 'Madagascar' Penguins To Get Their Own Spin-Off Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2011 7:50 AM
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DreamWorks Animation recently announced their slate of films through 2014 and it was a pretty balanced blend of sequels/spinoffs and original content. Simply put, established franchises pay the bills while original content are things that the studio hopes catches on in a big enough way so it can be turned into a franchise. We're living in a spinoff world these days so it's no surprise that another film is being added to the DreamWorks slate and yep, it features characters you've seen before.

DreamWorks Animation Lineup Through 2014 A Mix Of Sequels & Original Content

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • March 8, 2011 6:36 AM
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Earlier today, DreamWorks Animation announced its lineup through 2014, with six original films and three sequels to the "Kung Fu Panda," "Madagascar" and "How to Train Your Dragon" franchises. Original films are titled "Rise of the Guardians," "The Croods," "Turbo," "Me and My Shadow," "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" and "Puss in Boots," a spin-off from the eponymous character in the "Shrek" franchise. This announcement comes on the tail end of CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg's statement last week that DreamWorks Animation would not necessarily be releasing three animated films per year as it did last year.

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