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Animation Voice Round-Up: Benedict Cumberbatch & John Malkovich To Voice 'Penguins of Madagascar' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 6, 2013 3:32 PM
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DreamWorks Animation is hard at work filling out the voice casts for two of its upcoming animated features with big name stars joining the ranks of both "B.O.O. (Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations)" and "Penguins of Madagascar." In two separate scoops, The Wrap reports that Matt Bomer and Rashida Jones will join Seth Rogen and Melissa McCarthy in 'B.O.O.' while John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch will become part of "Penguins of Madagascar," an offshoot of the bizarrely popular "Madagascar" franchise. DreamWorks Animation has always had a history of casting insanely popular, of-the-moment stars in its animated features, and these decisions seem to reinforce that.

Review: 'Red 2' Starring Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren & More

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • July 18, 2013 1:09 PM
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“Red 2” begins with a cool, comic-book-style credits sequence, paying a short homage to its Warren Ellis-penned roots. Too short, in fact. Just as we’re starting to get into the warmly hued titles, we’re thrown headlong into the live-action, high-stakes world of retired government agents...shopping at Costco. The film has numerous issues, but the most distracting is the inconsistent bursts of stylized animations, buried between unimaginative shots and sequences. They serve as setting transitions, announcing our heroes’ arrival in Hong Kong and Paris, but they’re oddly skipped when the former spies land in London and Teterboro. Well, we understand the lack of fanfare for the New Jersey town, but London? “Red” helmer Robert Schwentke was apparently too busy directing “R.I.P.D.” to make the follow-up, so Dean Parisot makes an unremarkable return with his first feature since 2005’s “Fun with Dick and Jane.”

John Malkovich Set To Join Jonathan Levine's Zombies Picture 'Warm Bodies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 8, 2011 11:57 AM
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Director Jonathan Levine’s cancer comedy “50/50” must have honchos quite happy over at Summit; we broke the news way back that the studio would be behind his existential zombie movie, “Warm Bodies,” and the casting on this one continues to be on a par with that of his recent effort for them.

John Malkovich Is Getting A 'Siberian Education'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 5, 2011 2:20 AM
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John Malkovich is anything but predictable. Who would've thought that the two time Oscar nominee for "In The Line Of Fire" and "Places In The Heart," the memorable star of such films as "The Killing Fields," "Dangerous Liasons" and of course, "Being John Malkovich" would wind up as an eccentric throwaway bit player in Michael Bay's "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon"? (And wind up being the best thing about the movie in the process). Even though the actor has been taking some steps toward the mainstream lately with middling results -- "Red," "Jonah Hex," "Beowulf" -- and slumming it in C-pictures like "Eragon" and "Mutant Chronicles" (geez, who do you owe money to?) it looks like the thesp is lining up something worth his talent.

Jesse Peretz Lines Up Catherine Keener & John Malkovich For 'What's This S%^@ Called Love?'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2011 4:08 AM
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Director Jesse Peretz is moving quickly to capitalize on the Sundance success of "My Idiot Brother." The film, starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley Knight and Janet Montgomery, played to strong reviews in Park City (including one from us) and was snapped up by The Weinstein Company for a figure said to be between $6-7 million. Clearly, the helmer is on a big upswing and he's already eyeing his next picture.

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