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DreamWorks Eyes 'Light Between Oceans'; Harry Potter's David Heyman Producing

DreamWorks is in exclusive talks to acquire the rights to London attorney-turned-author M. L. Stedman's WWI-set debut novel "The Light Between Oceans."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 27, 2012 3:46 PM
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Hollywood Rites of Passage, from Redford and Smith to Siegal and Geffen

It was an odd day, bookended by two events that drew together an amazing swath of Hollywood's older generation. I saw CAA partner Bryan Lourd, DreamWorks' Marvin Levy, and Sundance's Michelle Satter at both events, and while the Lois Smith memorial in the morning and Peggy Siegal-wrangled PBS documentary "Inventing David Geffen" in the evening were very different affairs, they both marked rites of passage.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 14, 2012 3:47 PM
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DreamWorks' Spielberg, Katzenberg & Geffen Give $90 million to Motion Picture & Television Fund

The Motion Picture & Television Fund has received a hefty donation from the three founders of DreamWorks SKG; Steven Spielberg, Jeffery Katzenberg and David Geffen will each give $30 million to the campaign to help ensure the MPTF's charitable programs and services are available to those in need, and so the program may continue to grow.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 16, 2012 2:27 PM
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Hollywood is in Turnaround

"It's in turnaround" is one of the great Hollywood lines in "Argo" as John Goodman and Alan Arkin throw insider lingo at Ben Affleck's neophyte "associate producer." Truth is, it seems like all of Hollywood is in turnaround right now.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2012 7:07 AM
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Immersed in Movies: Handicapping the Animation Oscar Race

With the fall/holiday season just around the corner, the Oscar animation race is even more wide open than last season, when "Rango" jumped out early and never looked back in grabbing the Academy Award. In fact, most of the eventual nominees have probably not been released, which makes it hard to pin down how great a year it will turn out to be.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 29, 2012 2:35 PM
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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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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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