Two upcoming family films are getting a nice theme park presence. First up, Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful opens March 8. Rumors of a full land based on the film continue to spread, a Land of Oz garden based on the film just opened at Epcot Center in Orlando, FL as part of the 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. We’ve got a video tour of the space below.
Next, DreamWorks Animation also announced they’ll begin working on three massive indoor theme parks in Russia based on their films Shrek, Madagascar, How To Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda and this summer’s snail-racing comedy Turbo. Read More »
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Briefly: This won’t come as much of a surprise, but with the new Star Wars movies brewing at Lucasfilm, the new head of the George Lucas empire has a lot to do. And so Kathleen Kennedy, who took the reins of Lucasfilm last year, won’t perform producing duties on Jurassic Park IV. Her husband, Frank Marshall, will be left to see to that task along with exec producer Steven Spielberg. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
DreamWorks’ Turbo won’t even be in theaters for another five months, but the super-speedy snail at its center is already racing ahead to Netflix. The streaming service has just announced Turbo: F.A.S.T., a new series based on the upcoming feature. The program is part of Netflix’s overall efforts to push into original programming, and will be the first Netflix-exclusive series aimed at children. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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One benefit of making a film such as Lincoln is that the movie turns into more than just a story — as a portrait of American history Lincoln is something that has interest beyond the multiplex. And so we now have multiple TV news magazine pieces about the film and the process of creating it. The long-running show 60 Minutes profiled director Steven Spielberg and his creative process last year, and last night the show featured a new segment on Lincoln.
Is this high-stakes awards campaigning meant to combat the awards ascendancy of Argo? Or is this piece a genuine recap of the late life of Abraham Lincoln and an investigation into the film’s authenticity? It’s a bit of both, as you might expect, but thanks to interviews with Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Lincoln biographer Doris Kearns-Goodwin (where’s screenwriter Tony Kushner?) the segment is a fine account of the film. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s going to be an arthouse-friendly summer. Following yesterday’s announcement that Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight would land in theaters Memorial Day weekend, Sony Classics has just set June and July openings for two more upcoming auteur releases, Pedro Almodovar‘s I’m So Excited and Woody Allen‘s Blue Jasmine.
The news is less positive for DreamWorks’ animation slate, as Mr. Peabody & Sherman has been pushed from late 2013 to early 2014, knocking Me and My Shadow off the schedule altogether. And finally, rounding out this batch of release date updates is Last Vegas, which is moving up to avoid the crowded Christmas slate. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
As Dom Toretto and Brian O’Conner rev their engines for Universal’s Fast & Furious 6, DreamWorks is preparing a high-speed franchise of its own. Last spring, the studio nabbed the rights to the EA Sports racing video game Need for Speed and set Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) to direct. Casting got off to a strong start last fall as Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper joined the cast, picking up Imogen Poots and Kid Cudi along the way. Now it’s bringing on some more grown-up talent, in the form of Michael Keaton. More details after the jump.
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Just how “new” is Michael Bay‘s fourth Transformers movie going to be? The third film in the franchise was the biggest movie Bay has made, but he followed that with Pain & Gain, a true crime story set in Miami that he has referred to as a much smaller movie. The trailer for Pain & Gain makes it out to look like a film from Bay’s early days as a feature director, and a new interview suggests that Bay was energized by working on a smaller scale than is typical for the Transformers movies.
Mark Wahlberg is carrying over from Pain & Gain to the cast of Transformers 4, and is part of a movement to assemble a new cast for T4 to lead a new set of films. We know that Bay wants to do a few new things with the fourth installment, and that same interview that talks about being influenced by the working scale of Pain & Gain the director says that “we’ve redesigned everything from top to bottom” for the latest sequel. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Julian Assange has been hailed as a hero by some and decried as a villain by others, so it seems just about perfect that Bill Condon‘s WikiLeaks movie stars an actor who can play both. As principal photography on the film, now titled The Fifth Estate, gets underway, the first photo of Benedict Cumberbatch as the WikiLeaks founder and Daniel Brühl as his former right-hand man Daniel Domscheit-Berg has been revealed.
Meanwhile, the film has also rounded out its casting with Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi (In the Loop), and Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones). Dan Stevens and Alicia Vikander have been attached since earlier this winter. In addition, DreamWorks has finally confirmed a fall 2013 release date, putting the film squarely in the middle of prestige-pic season. Check out the photo and get all the new details after the jump.
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