Before “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”, “Beetlejuice”, “Batman”, “Edward Scissorhands”, “James and the Giant Peach” and, yes, even before “Frankenweenie” – there was Tim Burton’s first short television movie appearing on the then-fledgling Disney Channel re-telling the classic “Hansel and Gretel” fairy tale only with an all-Japanese cast, some hand puppets and some stop-motion animation…
The Hollywood Reporter has covered DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg’s keynote presentation at Licensing Expo 2014, where he revealed the company’s acquisition of classic cartoon character Felix the Cat and an initiative to launch a high-tech, immersive Santa Claus experience available for deployment to shopping malls starting this year. Katzenberg stated that Felix […]
The Hollywood Reporter states that actor Colin Firth has dropped out of the CGI/live-action hybrid film Paddington. No reason was given for his departure, with Firth saying in a statement, “It’s been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realization that he simply doesn’t have my voice.” The film, […]
DreamWorks TV has officially launched their YouTube channel. The new channel will include the usual suspects of Shrek, Puss in Boots, and Kung Fu Panda as well as a new animation and live-action lineup that consists of… Live Action OMG — A live-action sketch comedy series featuring up and coming kid comedians. Record Setter Kids […]
The Hollywood Reporter reports that longtime radio host Casey Kasem passed away earlier today from complications of dementia at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington. He was 82. Kasem was best known as the host of the popular radio show American Top 40 which began on July 4, 1970. He was also the host of the […]
Vincent D’Onofrio [“Law & Order: Criminal Intent”] has been cast as the villainous Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin, for the new 13-episode “Daredevil” series on Netflix. As a powerful businessman, Kingpin will become the arch-enemy of Daredevil [played by Charlie Cox] in the series. “Daredevil” is currently set to debut on Netflix in early 2015.
After Edgar Wright bailed on the film project, Disney/Marvel hired Peyton Reed [“Yes Man”] to finish up directing “Ant-Man”. Former “Saturday Night Live” writer Adam McKay will write the script which stars Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym who discovers a chemical potion that can turn a human into an ant-sized superhero. “Ant-Man” is currently […]
Originally scheduled for a mid-February release next year, the SpongeBob SquarePants sequel movie, “SpongeBob SquarePants 2”, is moving up one week, ostensibly to avoid direct competition with what is expected to be a formidable box office foe in “Fifty Shades of Grey”. The hybrid live-action/animated film has the Bikini Bottom regulars encountering some pirates led […]