Disney and Pixar have always been the undisputed champions of animation but a new contender has been rising in the ranks over the last several years: DreamWorks. The studio that brought us the Shrek films, Antz, Chicken Run, Madagascar, Bee Movie and many others has been fighting the good fight for the better part of a decade and while they have yet to over take Disney and Pixar, their upcoming slate sounds like they’re once again swinging for the fences. On Tuesday, DreamWorks Animation announced their upcoming slate all the way from this summer’s Kung Fu Panda 2 through 2014 when they’ll release How To Train Your Dragon 2 on June 20. In between, they’re preparing original films featuring the likes of Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone and many others. The films are as follows:

After the jump, read who is directing and writing each, plot descriptions of several films and more. Read More »


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‘Kung Fu Panda 2′ Trailer

“This could mean the end of kung fu.”

We saw a hint of Kung Fu Panda 2‘s animated animal wuxia action in the Super Bowl commercial, but here is a full trailer. You know, just in case you care about ancillary stuff like story. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Sometimes trailers flash by our eyes so fast, it’s hard to describe what you see. That’s especially the case when you see several never before seen trailers back to back. A /Film reader was at the Russian International Film Market this week and experienced just that as Paramount reportedly showed several never-before-seen trailers, many of which are rumored to be released very soon. They showed J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 and Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger, as well as new ones of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Kung Fu Panda 2 and, most surprisingly, a tease for Brad Bird’s still in production Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. Read one reader’s impressions of all these trailers after the jump. Read More »

Here are some nuggets of news from two upcoming sequels that are in radically different stages of production: Star Trek 2 and Kung Fu Panda 2. Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof are still “boldly going” on the script to the second Star Trek, which, at the moment, has a June 2012 release date but no director, while Kung Fu Panda 2 is almost done, just undergoing some final animation tweaks in preparation for release May 26.

The news, however, is that on the Star Trek front, Paramount supposedly hasn’t seen the script yet but they’ve heard the pitch and are already putting money into pre-production. As for Kung Fu Panda 2, one of the producers warns parents that Po the Panda will deal with some difficult issues in the new movie. Read more about both of these stories after the break. Read More »

We’ve previously written about the “DreamWorks Smirk”, but /Film reader Jake Mckay has noticed a new trend in the Hollywood marketing of animated movies… the Worried Face.

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DreamWorks Animation has premiered the Super Bowl television spot for Kung Fu Panda 2, or Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom as it is officially titled. The trailer is now online, as is the official plot synopsis. Hit the jump to watch it now, but keep in mind it’s purely a teaser trailer. And please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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We won’t know until this Sunday which two teams will be playing in Super Bowl XLV on February 6 (Let’s go Jets!) but we do know several of the movies that will be competing during the commercial breaks. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Paramount has five commercial spots for some of its upcoming films: Super 8, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor and Rango, Disney will be promoting Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, DreamWorks has bought time for Cowboys & Aliens and Relativity will air a spot for Limitless starring Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper.

Ads this year cost $3 million for a 30 second spot, slightly up compared to last year, so other studios have chosen to save money and buy time during pregame or Glee, which will air immediately following the game. Read which films will appear in those slots and also why we believe this isn’t the end of the Super Bowl shuffle. Read More »

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 46 (!?!) different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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