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DreamWorks Animation Acquires Classic Toon 'Felix the Cat'

The problem is that publicly-held DreamWorks Animation's fortunes rise and fall with each individual release. When "Mr. Peabody" disappoints overseas, the company takes a $57-million write-down. So under pressure to diversify in order to improve DreamWorks Animation's financial performance, Katzenberg is expanding the horizons of the Glendale-based animation producer, whose films are released by Twentieth Century Fox.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 18, 2014 1:26 PM
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As DreamWorks Preps Next Chapter, Spielberg's Next Two Pics Land Release Dates (UPDATED)

It looks like we finally have some answers as to what Steven Spielberg is directing next, thanks to an announcement from DreamWorks laying out the release dates for his next project. (UPDATE)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2014 1:30 PM
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Should We Pay More for Content Based on Screen Size? Not a Chance

Why DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg is wrong when he says that people will pay more based on the size of the digital screen.
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • May 1, 2014 4:22 PM
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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 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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