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Shout! Factory Lands Distribution Rights to “Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart”

by Ed Liuon February 24, 2014
Shout! Factory has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to EuropaCorp’s Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart. The film, directed by co-directed Mathias Malzieu and Stephane Berla and adapted by Malzieu from his novel, screened at the recent Berlin International Film Festival and is currently in the middle of a theatrical run in France. Malzieu also […]

Awesomeness Continues for “The Lego Movie” with $31.45M in Week 3

by Ed Liuon February 24, 2014
The Lego Movie continued its dominance at the US domestic box office, claiming the top spot for the third week in a row with $31.45 million in ticket sales (estimated). The number represents another relatively soft 36.9% drop from the prior week, and brings its cumulative domestic gross to $183.16 million. As with last week’s […]

Shrek’s Far Far Away Adventure Begins In London

by Alex Beanon February 24, 2014
DreamWorks Animation has partnered with Merlin Entertainment [Legoland] to create Shrek’s Far Far Away Adventure – a theme park based on the land Shrek inhabits in the four popular feature films, though the theme park will be based on a “new adventure” created by a DreamWorks Animation creative team. Characters from other DreamWorks Animation movies […]

Disney Adds Pair Of Channels Down Under

by Alex Beanon February 24, 2014
Australian television viewers will get more opportunities to watch Disney-affiliated cartoonery and content with the addition of two cable network channels – Disney XD and Movies Disney – to their cable lineup. The XD channel is geared toward boys ages 6-14 and will feature currently popular programming such as “Phineas and Ferb”, “Gravity Falls” and […]

Constantine Gets Pilot License From NBC

by Alex Beanon February 22, 2014
Snarky British supernatural detective/con man/magician John Constantine has returned from the pages of 1980s DC Comics for a possible new television series on NBC. The pilot episode will have Matt Ryan [who voices pirate Edward Kenway on “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag”] in the lead role. Keanu Reeves played the character in a live action […]

Space Jam 2 Suits Up For Sequel With LeBron James…Then Sits On Bench

by Alex Beanon February 22, 2014
The original animated/live action “Space Jam” starring Michael Jordan and many of the famous Warner Bros. cartoon crew was a gigantic hit – grossing more than $230 million worldwide – when it came out in 1996 and now they are finally ready for a sequel with LeBron James filling in for Jordan as the current […]

She’s A Brick House: Lego 2 On The Way

by Alex Beanon February 21, 2014
As is the movie studio modus operandi these days, your sequel must be announced either before the first movie has been released or shortly afterward and “The Lego Movie” is no different as Warner Bros waited all of two weeks after the release of “The Lego Movie” to announce that a sequel is now on […]

Pixar’s Mark Andrews Reported as Possible Director for “Doctor Strange”

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter states that several directors have met or are slated to meet with senior Marvel Studios management to helm a planned movie based on Doctor Strange, Marvel Comics’ Master of the Mystic Arts created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Among the names mentioned was Mark Andrews from Pixar Animation Studios, who co-wrote […]

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

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2014
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 […]

Peanuts, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Steve Jobs Planned as U.S. Postage Stamps

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2014
The Washington Post has uncovered a list of planned designs for upcoming U.S. postage stamps for 2014-2015, which includes Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Apple co-founder and seminal Pixar figure Steve Jobs. Rudolph is listed as “Design Approved” for release in 2014 (alongside stamps commemorating events of the Civil War, the War […]