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Hollywood Reporter on Developing the Cast of Oscar-Nominated Animated Films

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The Hollywood Reporter has spoken to different crew members of the five films nominated for this year’s Best Animated Feature Film Academy Awards, digging into ideas that defined characters in the films, or were changed or deleted during development. Included are tidbits like a different background for Grug in DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods; some ideas […]

Illumination Unveils Pets Project

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Illumination Entertainment [“Despicable Me 2″] in conjunction with Universal Pictures has announced their newest upcoming 3D animation film project which, for now is known as “Untitled Pets Movie” and will have Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart in its voice cast. The plot revolves around Louis C.K. as the preferred dog of a Manhattan […]

2014 Academy Award Nominees Announced (UPDATED with Reaction Statements)

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for a 2014 Academy Award. Categories with an animated film in contention are: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE The Croods (DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc) Despicable Me 2 (Universal/Illumination Entertainment) Ernest & Celestine (GKIDS/La Parti Productions/Les Armateurs) Frozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios) The Wind Rises (Kaze […]

Despicable Me 3 Set For 2017

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The Minions will be back, as will Gru in “Despicable Me 3” – the third film in what has proven to be a lucrative franchise [the second film just opened in China on its way to making a $1 billion worldwide gross] – although it will not be for three more years. In addition, Illumination […]

"Frozen" Takes 2014 Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film

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The 2014 Golden Globe Awards were given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, with Disney’s Frozen winning the Best Animated Feature Film award, beating out Universal/Illumination’s Despicable Me 2 and DreamWorks Animation SKG’s The Croods. The only other category with something animated in contention was the Best Foreign Language Film category, where Studio Ghibli’s […]

"Despicable Me 2" Shows Hefty Sales on DVD and Blu-ray

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Universal/Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2 has posted incredibly strong home video sales numbers in its first week of release, selling more than 4.5 million units on DVD and Blu-ray (56% of which was on the high-definition format). The numbers are comparable to those during DVD’s peak sales period in the early 2000’s, and matches the […]

Nominations for 2014 Golden Globe Awards Announced

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Nominations for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced by the The Hollywood Foreign Press Association. This year Globe rules limited the nominees for Best Animated Feature Film to three, with the following movies making the cut: Walt Disney Pictures’ Frozen, The Croods from DreamWorks Animation, and Despicable Me 2 from Illumination Entertainment.  […]

"Despicable Me 2" Beats Out "Turbo" at Box Office Races

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Universal/Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2 took in an estimated $25.06 million at the box office in its third week of release, bringing its domestic total to $276.16 million and placing it just behind the #1 box office draw for the weekend (Warner Bros. The Conjuring, which took in an estimated $41.53 million). However, Despicable Me […]

"Despicable Me 2" Rules Box Office in Premiere Weekend with $82.518M in Ticket Sales

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Universal/Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2 easily conquered the box office in its debut weekend, taking in an estimated $82.518 million in ticket sales to put it comfortably ahead of Disney’s remake of The Lone Ranger, which came in a distant second with an estimated $29.432 million in ticket sales. The premiere was also much larger […]

PR: Universal Studios Home Entertainment & Zynga Partner to Celebrate "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" Debut on DVD & Blu-ray

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Zynga Partner to Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Debut on Blu-ray & DVD  Players Encouraged to Play Popular Zynga Games Draw Something and Words With Friends to Support Local Schools UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., August 6, 2012 -Today, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Zynga announced a first-time partnership to commemorate the highly anticipated debut of Dr. Seuss’ The […]

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