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Colin Firth Drops Out as Voice of "Paddington"

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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, […]

"Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart" U.S. Theatrical Release on September 24, 2014

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SHOUT! FACTORY ANNOUNCES JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART U.S. THEATRICAL RELEASE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW CG-ANIMATED MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY MATHIAS MALZIEU AND STÉPHANE BERLA Los Angeles, CA – (JUNE 17, 2014) — Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company, The Film Collective, Dada Films, and Brainstorm Media announced today a strategic collaboration to launch the […]

Anna Kendrick Is Poppy Troll

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Anna Kendrick will provide the voice of Poppy Troll, the upbeat princess, in the upcoming “Trolls” – the DreamWorks Animation musical comedy feature film based on the miniature toys. “Trolls” is currently scheduled to be released on November 4, 2016.

Hasbro Rolls Out Toy Licensing Announcements

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International toymaker Hasbro will be appearing at this year’s International Licensing Expo in Las Vegas with a few announcements of its upcoming licensing arrangements for its signature toy lines that include Transformers, My Little Pony and The Littlest Pet Shop. Among the announcements… TRANSFORMERS The Transformers brand celebrates the 30th Anniversary in 2014 with the […]

Sylvain Chomet Gives Details About "The Thousand Miles" at Annecy 2014

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At the 2014 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, director Sylvain Chomet shared some details about The Thousand Miles, his next new animated feature now in production. The movie is based on the works of Federico Fellini, including unpublished writings and drawings, and will star Italian prince Emanuele Filiberto as a middle-aged count whose participation in […]

Netflix Orders Up Some Ever After High

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Netflix has partnered with Mattel to produce 12 animated episodes of “Ever After High” – a series based on the toymaker’s line of sons and daughters of famous fairytale characters. The 12 episodes will be preceded by a feature film – “Ever After High Unsprung” – before debuting in 2015.

"How to Train Your Dragon 2" Takes $50M in Opening Weekend for #2 Spot

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In a box office battle of sequels, comedic cops beat dragons this past weekend. DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 came in second place at the box office in its premiere weekend, with its estimated $50 million in ticket sales falling $10 million short of Sony’s 22 Jump Street ticket sales. […]

DreamWorksTV YouTube Channel Launches

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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 […]

Review: "How to Train Your Dragon 2" Soars High

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For a case study in what a good sequel ought to aspire to, look no further than DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2. As we’ve generally come to expect and take for granted, it’s certainly a bigger and grander movie than its predecessor, but it also shows that director and scriptwriter Dean DeBlois […]

GKIDS Acquires Rights to Studio Ghibli Documentary "The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness"

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GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO THE STUDIO GHIBLI DOCUMENTARY THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS AT ANNECY INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL New York, NY – June 12, 2014 – GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Studio Ghibli for […]

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