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WATCH: New Trailer Swoops In for 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

A new trailer has arrived for "How to Train Your Dragon 2," which takes flight in theaters June 20 and could be a welcome respite from all the more typical superhero/tentpole fare we've got coming up this summer. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 10, 2014 1:15 PM
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WATCH: DreamWorks Animator Makes Hilarious and Adorable Mini Action Movies Starring His Toddler

Having a DreamWorks animator for a dad must be pretty cool. Especially when that dad is creative enough to turn his toddler's playtime into mini-action movies, complete with light sabers that destroy toy store shelves, a grapple gun that gets you stuck on the ceiling, and a building block hyperdrive that crashes out the window. Watch all the adorableness, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 28, 2014 12:26 PM
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Animation Oscar Race: Why 'The Croods' Is 'Frozen''s Only Real Challenger (FEATURETTE)

In the Oscar animation arena, competition is fierce. The conventional wisdom has $500-million global smash "Frozen," Disney's best princess musical since "Beauty and the Beast," leading the pack by a good distance. Its strongest competitor, caveman family comedy "The Croods," comes from Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation, which put together a formidable filmmaking partnership. Chris Sanders (Oscar-nominated "How to Train Your Dragon") and Kirk De Micco ("Space Chimps") explain how they built a global hit --with four strong female characters.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2014 3:28 PM
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DreamWorks and Netflix Chase Kids with Streaming Partnership

In a landmark deal, DreamWorks presents a new animated series, "Turbo FAST," now available to stream on Netflix. The children's series will be the first of 300 hours of programming the studio will create for the streaming service.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 26, 2013 12:36 PM
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DreamWorks Takes Rights to Upcoming Roosevelt vs. Taft Tome 'The Bully Pulpit'

A week ahead of the book's publication, DreamWorks has snapped up rights to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin's highly anticipated "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • October 30, 2013 7:24 PM
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Josh Singer Talks Challenges of Tackling WikiLeaks Drama 'The Fifth Estate' --and What He Left Out

Check out our interview with "The Fifth Estate" screenwriter Josh Singer, who got his start right out of Harvard Law School with John Wells on "The West Wing" and went on to write "Fringe" and other TV series. He talks about the fascinating real-life personality at the center of the action, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose many skills include playing the media, and how the ways we exchange and share information in the digital age have irrevocably changed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 16, 2013 9:10 PM
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In the Works: Do We Need a New Version of Steinbeck's 'Grapes of Wrath'? Spielberg Thinks So. (TRAILERS)

DreamWorks is in negotiations with the estate of author John Steinbeck to make a new version of "The Grapes of Wrath." Per Deadline, Steven Spielberg is interested in producing the film -- but not in directing. One divisive aspect of this new project will certainly be John Ford's classic 1940 adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, for which the director received an Oscar. Do we need another screen version?
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • July 3, 2013 12:03 PM
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Steven Spielberg Picks Next Project Starring Bradley Cooper

I keep hoping that Spielberg will push forward with biopic “Gershwin" with Zachary Quinto in the lead role. But Spielberg has chosen his post-"Lincoln" directing gig, and it's not the postponed "Robapocalypse." He's going to Warner Bros. to do “American Sniper” starring Bradley Cooper.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2013 4:29 PM
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Post-'Enlightened,' Mike White Tapped by DreamWorks to Adapt 'Silver Linings Playbook' Author's Latest Novel

With the recent news that Mike White's "Enlightened" won't be picked up for a third season by HBO, the writer-director-actor has signed with DreamWorks to adapt "Silver Linings Playbook" author Matthew Quick's latest novel, "The Good Luck of Right Now." The story centers on four outsiders who form a makeshift family in the midst of grieving over the pain and loss in their lives.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 21, 2013 12:57 PM
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Immersed in Movies: DreamWorks Has a 'Crood' Awakening

You couldn't find a more apt movie to sum up DreamWorks Animation at the moment than "The Croods" (March 22), the prehistoric road trip adventure about embracing change as a survival strategy when the world turns terribly hostile. After last year's box office misfire with "Rise of the Guardians," which resulted in a $165 million write-off, layoffs, and schedule reshuffle, DreamWorks is definitely in transition.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 15, 2013 3:04 PM
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