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Weekend Box Office: 'Ted' & 'Magic Mike' Smash Expectations, Dominate Box Office

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 1, 2012 12:11 PM
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Rareified air. This weekend's box office took cinematic money-making to a new high, with four movies registering eight-figure Fridays for the first time in history, leading to a bonanza that almost every studio enjoyed. Leading the way and outdoing all expectations was "Ted," the teddy bear-Marky Mark bromantic comedy that brought in a spectacular $54.1 million. It marks the third highest R-rated opening of all time behind "The Hangover Part II" and "Sex And The City."

Weekend Box Office: 'Madagascar 3D' Bests 'Prometheus,' Solid Results For Both

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 10, 2012 11:31 AM
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There’s always an audience out there. You just have to serve it. And so it goes with the past three days, the second straight strong weekend of this summer that suggests business is rebounding from a tepid 2011. “Madagascar 3D: Europe’s Most Wanted” took the crown in a fashion similar to the first two films in this series, because it is a CG-animated kids film with talking animals, and you have to purposely run a terrible ad campaign to not make money in that racket. It's been awhile since kids and parents have seen a CG-toon with a heavy marketing presence -- you probably could have released “Rio 5” in this atmosphere and it would have killed.

In Theaters: 'Safety Not Guaranteed' For 'Prometheus;' 'Madagascar 3' May Be The Weekend's 'Dark Horse'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 8, 2012 4:20 PM
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Hello, and happy Friday! There is quite a presence of quieter subject matter this week, including an unassuming musician and Edward Cullen playing a human version of his lothario self. But of course, no shortage of big screen adventures in 3D either. And, amidst the hailstorm of big-budget summer flicks, I’ve been wondering the following: is Hollywood working toward an ultra version of the big-budget summer flick? Combining the hugest ideas into the über-Blockbuster, if you will. For example, what would happen if a bunch of animals and Snow White were shot into space with a team of androids, began to wreak mass pandemonium on the galaxy, and had to be put down by the ultimate intergalactic crimefighting team of the Men in Black and the Avengers? Well, maybe that’s the subject of the fourth installment of the “Madagascar” franchise. Or the plot to the "Snow White and the Huntsman" sequel that was just announced. Fingers crossed, but until then, here are the movies that are actually being released.

Watch: New 'Madagascar 3' Trailer Debuts – Can Anyone Tell This Thing Was Written By Noah Baumbach?

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 20, 2012 3:44 PM
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One of the more mystifyingly popular children's franchises out there is DreamWorks Animation's "Madagascar" series and this is coming from someone who is obsessed with cartoons. Even its central conceit, while appealing, leaves much to be desired (neurotic, city-dwelling animals from the zoo are mistakenly shipped off to far flung reaches of the globe), with most of the characters simply loose ethnic stereotypes and the animation existing in a world of half-assed stylization (some characters exhibit a more cartoony, hard-edged style, with others are realized in typical DreamWorks mediocrity). The fact that they've squeezed three movies out of this thing is amazing in and of itself, but even more baffling is the fact that this third entry, "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" (woof), was written by Noah Baumbach. And watching this new trailer doesn't exactly illuminate anything.

Indie Arthouse Film 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' To Premiere At The Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 10:23 PM
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They say you can't go home again...yet, what is it in our savage nature that cries out for us to return to our roots and our origins? What are those feelings that flow through veins and reach to our very bowels that compel a longing gaze backward instead of forward? It's an eternal question, one that has puzzled philosophers and wise men for ages, yet the brave filmmakers of "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" have ventured to plumb those thematic depths, in a film that will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

New Look At 'Madagascar 3' Which Now Features The Voice Of The Omnipresent Jessica Chastain

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2012 3:13 PM
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While Jessica Chastain was in every movie you saw last year, averaging a film every two months, they were largely indie productions, and they likely didn't see her swimming in a pool filled with money. But the actress is now set to take on a gig that will probably earn her a decent check, and best of all, she can probably work in her pyjamas if she wants to.

Watch: 'Madagascar 3' Teaser Likes to Move It, Move It... to Europe

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 12, 2011 2:55 PM
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Of all the crass DreamWorks Animation properties out there ("Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda," etc) the one that seems the most rudderless and out-of-touch is the "Madagascar" franchise. The original film had a semi-funny premise, about a pack of wild animals in a New York zoo (portrayed by Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith) accidentally washed ashore on the titular island.

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.

Frances McDormand Must Be Building A Summer House, Signs To Voice Villain In 'Madagascar 3'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 13, 2011 1:58 AM
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It's pretty much safe to call Frances McDormand a national treasure at this point. Whether in her reliably fantastic work with husband Joel Coen in films like the Oscar-winning "Fargo" or "The Man Who Wasn't There," or in supporting roles for other filmmakers, like her memorable turns in Curtis Hanson's "Wonder Boys" or Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous," it's basically always a delight to see her on screen, and excluding the occasional "Aeon Flux," she's mostly resisted the temptation to take paycheck gigs.

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