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Paramount's Grey Gets Tough with DreamWorks Animation's Katzenberg, Launches Paramount Animation

Paramount's Grey Gets Tough with DreamWorks Animation's Katzenberg, Launches Paramount Animation
One of the reasons that Paramount Pictures ventured into its first CG animated movie, Rango, with Gore Verbinski and ILM, was to back itself up in case Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation chose not to renew its distribution deal, which expires at the end of 2012. Since 2000, when DreamWorks Animation was created out of DreamWorks SKG, the label's 20 releases have grossed more than $8.2 billion worldwide. This summer's Kung Fu Panda 2 has grossed $535 million worldwide. Katzenberg has been shopping for a new home; the most logical place is Warner Bros.; the other studios have their own animation units.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 6, 2011 7:14 AM
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Horrible Bosses Early Reviews: Lazy, Comic Escapism, Middling TV, Sexist, Raunchy, Dark Fun, Mess

Horrible Bosses Early Reviews: Lazy, Comic Escapism, Middling TV, Sexist, Raunchy, Dark Fun, Mess
If you want to know what the Hangover series hath wrought, see Horrible Bosses, featuring a hapless trio of would-be boss-killers (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis) who are aided by wily scene-stealer Jamie Foxx. Their sinister bosses are played with brio by office bully Kevin Spacey (who's been there before), brunette dentist harasser Jennifer Anniston (joining the I-can-do-raunchy-comedy-too club) and unrecognizable coke-freak Colin Farrell. All are having a fabulous time.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • July 6, 2011 5:24 AM
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Media Watch: Vogue Sells, Netflix Streams Southward, StumbleUpon Challenges Facebook's Media Command

Anna Wintour still rules the fashion roost. Vogue keeps flying off newsstands, leaving other high-end women's mags to wallow in slow sales. According to Adweek, Vogue’s sales are up 16% since last year’s first-half average, selling about 370,000 per month. Other fashion rags, including Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire, have faced a decrease in sales by 21%.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 6, 2011 4:01 AM
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Captain America Changes Title Abroad, HBO to Skinny Dip, Spike Lee Might Remake Oldboy

To bridge the translation gap, changing a movie's title abroad is standard studio practice. In the case of Captain America, the reasons are more diplomatic.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 6, 2011 3:26 AM
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Malcolm McDowell Talks Lindsay Anderson, A Clockwork Orange, Gets Maine Fest Career Award

Malcolm McDowell, 67, has been on the PA circuit of late, scooping up award tributes and riding the PR swell for the 40th anniversary Blu-ray release of my favorite Stanley Kubrick film, 1971's A Clockwork Orange and Antoine de Gaudemar and Michel Ciment's doc Once Upon a Time… Clockwork Orange. They both screened at Cannes, where McDowell taught a master class.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 6, 2011 1:22 AM
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Oscar Watch: Horse Whisperer Brannaman Talks Crying at Buck, Reuniting with Redford

I ran into Buck Brannaman on the main drag at Sundance this January, decked out in his cowboy boots and hat, spreading warmth and cheer as he moved down the street. The guy's a star: the magic charisma that works on horses, no matter how disturbed, shines out of him in person, too. He's the guy who inspired Robert Redford's 1998 The Horse Whisperer; he hit it off with the filmmaker/star on that film during "one of the finest summers I can remember," and was delighted to hang with him opening night in Park City. For the past decade Brannaman and Redford have been busy "doing our own thing," Brannaman says. "We have not been able to spend time. This was a great reunion for us." The two men hope to go fly fishing this summer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2011 8:57 AM
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Bridesmaids Breaks Records But Can't Escape Femme Sub-Genre

Bridesmaids Breaks Records But Can't Escape Femme Sub-Genre
Bridesmaids is breaking records, throwing out the window such tired and outdated movie classification* assumptions as: women aren't funny and anything centered on women belongs in a femme sub-genre.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 5, 2011 7:49 AM
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Dueling Snow Whites: Huntsman Set as Trilogy; Character Details for Stewart, Theron and Hemsworth

Who needs "happily ever after" when you can reinvent the fairy-tale rules?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 5, 2011 6:48 AM
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Micro-Indie Myth of the American Sleepover Intros New Director, Actress

At last year's Cannes, I was completely engaged by rookie David Robert Mitchell’s micro-budget indie The Myth of the American Sleepover (Critics’ Week), which is a deceptively simple reworking of the American Graffiti trope: a bunch of high school kids at summer’s end seek connection.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2011 5:30 AM
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Gods Behaving Badly Starts New York Shoot with Silverstone, Falco, Stone, Turturro, Walken

Gods Behaving Badly, a Greek Gods tale set in a NYC brownstone, kicks off principal photography in mid-July.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 5, 2011 4:48 AM
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