Bureau of Otherworldly Operations delayed

DreamWorks Animation had it’s own Ghostbusters-style movie, B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations, set for summer 2015 release. But now the company is rethinking the release date. ”We regularly evaluate how to maximize [our films'] value, including determining the most opportune time to release a film,” said a DWA spokesperson, and it turns out that summer 2015 is not the opportune time for B.O.O. The film is now floating in the aether without a release date, like one of its own ghosts.  Read More »

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Dreamworks-Hasbro Merger

Yesterday news broke that DreamWorks Animation had entered merger talks with toy-maker Hasbro. If the merger happens, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffery Katzenberg would head the new single-family entertainment company known as DreamWorks-Hasbro. I’m surprised something like this hasn’t happened sooner as the combination seems oh-so-obvious. But Hasbro isn’t just a toy company, it has quite a few brands of its own that a company such as DreamWorks Animation could leverage into big screen computer animated features. Which movies could work under the new company? Which movies don’t we want to see from the Dreamworks-Hasbro merger? Find out after the jump.

Update: It’s entirely possible that the merger won’t happen, as Hasbo’s stock price tumbled when word of the possible merger went public. THR and Deadline both report that merger talks are off, though there is caution that talks could be revived if a different valuation of Dreamworks Animation is floated as part of the merger. We’ll still present our list below, and if talks re-open, we’ll report back.

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Penguins of Madagascar

It’s been a big 24 hours for animated spinoffs about adorable groups of tiny, often incompetent helpers. Last night we got our first Minions trailer, and today we have the last Penguins of Madagascar trailer.

The action adventure sees Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (John DiMaggio), and Private (Christopher Knights) facing a threat from Dr. Octavius Brine (voiced by John Malkovich), an octopus with ties to the penguins’ past. In order to take him down, they join forces with an elite organization called the North Wind, led by the cranky, no-nonsense Agent Classified (voiced by notable penguin mispronouncer Benedict Cumberbatch).

Watch the new Penguins of Madagascar trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Netflix

Binge watching television is a relatively new practice. It really became a thing when full seasons of TV shows hit DVD and were traded between friends and family. It got even more popular when streaming services like Netflix and Hulu began featuring hit shows. Now fans could watch entire seasons, or even a full series of television without leaving their couch or buying discs. It was all at their fingertips.

Once Netflix started creating their own content, like House of Cards, some people blew threw the whole season in a day. Others took their time. Some wanted to discuss episodes others hadn’t seen yet and television became a game of avoiding spoilers. A whole new kind of entertainment was born: Netflix binge watching.

Throughout all this, Netflix seemed dead set on always uploading entire new full series at once. Now, with a new show, they’re bucking that trend for a very specific reason. Find out which new series is abandoning the binge watch style and why it’s not being uploaded all at once, below. Read More »

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (11)

Actually completing a tale shouldn’t feel like a bold choice. But in an era when every major studio effort seems to be made with not just a sequel but an entire Marvel-style universe in mind, true endings are rarer than they should be. Instead, we get plot threads left dangling for installments on end, epilogues awkwardly tacked on at the last minute, and single stories split into two or three pieces.

So kudos to How to Train Your Dragon director Dean DeBlois for sticking with his three-film plan. While DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg has hinted at the possibility of a How to Train Your Dragon 4, it seems DeBlois is sticking to his guns. Although he says spinoffs aren’t out of the question. Hit the jump for DeBlois’ comments.

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Werner Herzog Penguins

Werner Herzog wants to teach you about penguins. We had no idea that the filmmaker with one of the world’s best voices had lent his talents to the DreamWorks Animation spin-off The Penguins of Madagascar. And yet here he is, as the voice of a documentarian leading a crew shooting footage of penguins in their natural habitat. Herzog’s presence in a kids film turns out to be just as great as you’d hope. As March of the Penguins parodies go, the only way this could be any better is if Morgan Freeman’s omniscient narrator showed up to get into a fist-fight with Herzog’s documentarian. Check out the Werner Herzog Penguins of Madagascar appearance in the extended clip below. Read More »

BOOheader

The upcoming  DreamWorks Animation film B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations sounds like an explicitly for-kids combo of Men in Black and Ghostbusters, as it follows two agents in “a ghostly, top-secret government agency devoted to protecting humans from evil hauntings.” Bill Murray is even voicing the villain, Addison Drake, who plots against the bureau. We don’t have a trailer or any footage yet (the film hits next summer) but an early bit of licensing gives the first early look at B.O.ORead More »

Real Steel 2

A week before the release of Real Steel, DreamWorks signed director Shawn Levy and star Hugh Jackman to return for the sequel. The film did okay with critics, but audiences seemed to really respond to the film (the studio signed contracts for a sequel purely based on the extremely positive reactions from test screenings), the movie earned almost $300 million worldwide, and did some good money in toy sales. But now its three years later and we haven’t heard much about Real Steel 2. Whats going on with the sequel? Find out after the jump.

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