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Universal Preps for Change, from Meyer's Upstairs Move to Courting DreamWorks' Snider and Spielberg

Changes are under way at Universal Studios. And the LAT's revelation that studio president Ron Meyer will be heading into an advisory role at NBCUniversal prior to his retirement paves the way for new leadership. The longest- running studio chief in Hollywood has arranged his own graceful exit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 9, 2012 3:53 PM
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As Kennedy Moves to Lucasfilm, Marshall Adds Production President

As Kathleen Kennedy transitions to running George Lucas's Lucasfilm empire in San Francisco, her husband and partner Frank Marshall is making changes at their Kennedy/Marshall production company. Marshall, the new sole head of the company, is adding a new production president, development executive Grey Rembert.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 9, 2012 1:47 PM
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Comic-Con: Dreamworks Announces Third 'Kung Fu Panda' & Upcoming Animation Slate

DreamWorks announces at Comic-Con that a third "Kung Fu Panda" is in the works, which is not surprising given the Jack Black animated panda franchise has grossed more than $1.2 billion worldwide...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 13, 2012 2:41 PM
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DreamWorks Pares Exec Ranks, Makes Sourian Producer, Bario Single Production Chief

As DreamWorks Studios streamlines into a smaller entity, it has no room for two top-level expensive production presidents. Thus the Reliance-backed company, which is run by Steven Spielberg and Stacy Snider, and distributes through Disney, has given Mark Sourian a first-look production deal.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2012 7:13 PM
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Orci & Kurtzman Pact with Universal as DreamWorks Scales Back; Will Snider Go to Disney?

Screenwriter-producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (K/O Paper Products) couldn't be much hotter ("Transformers," "Star Trek," "Spider-Man" sequel, "Ender's Game") and they've just signed a two-year first-look production deal at Universal Pictures to revitalize their horror film library.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2012 7:34 AM
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Adorable: Chris Pine Reads 'The Man in the Moon' at Milk + Bookies to Promo "Rise of the Guardians"

In a marked switch from his macho turn as Captain Kirk in "Star Trek," Chris Pine reads "The Man in the Moon" by William Joyce aloud at the third annual Milk + Bookies at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles. "The Man in the Moon" is the inspiration behind DreamWorks Animation's "Rise of the Guardians" (November 21).
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 18, 2012 7:19 PM
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Immersed in Movies: DreamWorks Teases 'Rise of the Guardians,' 'Madagascar 3'

Well, if the surprising box office success of "The Lorax" ($132.1 million in two weeks) signaled the beginning of the Oscar race for animated feature, then DreamWorks struck back with a sneak peek on Wednesday of its likely contender, "Rise of the Guardians."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 17, 2012 8:30 AM
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IN THE WORKS: Studios Raid Hitchcock Files, First 'Rebecca,' Now 'Suspicion'

Joan Fontaine was nominated for the Oscar for two back-to-back Hitchcock masterpieces, 1940's "Rebecca" and 1941's "Suspicion," and won for the latter. In the space of a week it looks like two studios are prepping remakes of those films. Of course, Working Title/DreamWorks and Montecito/Paramount insist that they are returning to the source, Daphne Du Maurier and Francis Iles ("Before the Fact"), respectively. (UPDATE: For more on these Hitchcock films, read Dave Kehr's latest NYT DVD column.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 13, 2012 9:41 PM
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Crazy Brilliant? DreamWorks and Working Title To Remake Hitchcock Classic 'Rebecca'

Is it total hubris or a stroke of genius to attempt a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterfully intense psychological thriller "Rebecca"? Either way, DreamWorks and Working Title are planning to pull it off, setting Steven Knight ("Eastern Promises") to write the screenplay.
  • By Justin Lowe
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  • February 10, 2012 12:50 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Holdover Puss in Boots Holds Off Challenger Tower Heist

Amazingly, 3-D animated family feature Puss In Boots held off challenger Tower Heist this weekend, reports Charles Lyons.
  • By Charles Lyons
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  • November 6, 2011 7:35 AM
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