If you’ve been holding out hope that we might see the Shrek franchise return to the big screen, we have some good news. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the original DreamWorks Animation film featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz, and to celebrate the milestone, the studio is figuring out a way to bring the franchise back from the dead.
Comcast’s NBC Universal recently bought DreamWorks Animation, and part of their plan for the animation studio includes creating more Shrek sequels, as revealed by NBCU chief executive Steve Burke during the Guggenheim TMT Symposium in New York. Find out more about the revival of the Shrek franchise after the jump. Read More »
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Full frontal male nudity is hard to come by in most major motion pictures. But hat doesn’t mean there isn’t an abundance of phallic imagery in a lot of movies that you’ve seen, and we’re not just talking about sex comedies.
The folks at Now You See It have put together a video that takes a look at a wide variety of manhood-shaped objects and implications that have made their way into the movies such as Spaceballs, and even family films like Shrek and Toy Story, but they also shine a special light on how phallic symbolism is used in more dramatic films like Birth of a Nation and North by Northwest. See more of phallic symbolism in movies after the jump! Read More »
Ethan Jones has created a series of compilation videos showing how various animated logo openings have changed and evolved over the years. Most recently Jones has released videos of the Walt Disney Pictures and DreamWorks logo openings.
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That’s a hashtag with 140 characters. Get it? There’s much more in this edition of Theme Park Bits. Below read about the following:
- Captain America: The Living Legend and Symbol of Courage is coming to Disneyland.
- Check out a fan rendition of what a possible Star Wars overhaul to Disneyland would look like.
- An official teaser for Disneyland Paris’ Ratatouille ride.
- Some new looks at the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs roller coaster at Walt Disney World.
- Universal Studios building new theme parks in Asia.
- DreamWorks is planning a Shrek attraction in London.
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Just yesterday I said “Los Angeles film fans, April and May is a great time to live in the City of Angels.” There’s the Hero Complex Film Festival, EW’s CapeTown Film Festival, the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival and now Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies.
It’ll take place April 24 at the Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA and feature the following line-up:
- Kathy Bates presenting Misery
- Cher presenting Moonstruck
- Sally Field presenting Norma Rae
- Peter Fonda presenting Easy Rider
- Harrison Ford presenting Blade Runner: The Final Cut
- Samuel L. Jackson presenting Pulp Fiction
- Shirley MacLaine presenting Terms of Endearment
- Demi Moore presenting Ghost
- Mike Myers presenting Shrek
- Sidney Poitier presenting In The Heat of the Night
- Kurt Russell presenting The Thing
- Kevin Spacey presenting The Usual Suspects
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
A bunch of 3D news stories have hit the web today, including DreamWork Animation’s plans to post convert the first three Shrek movies in “fake 3D” for Blu-Ray 3D release, Samsung is teaming with Real D to bring the same 3D you experience in your local multiplex to your home. What this means to you is no clunky active shutter display glasses, and one step closer to glassless 3D. Read all this and more after the jump.
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DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon opened to a lackluster $43 million in its opening weekend, leading many to call the movie a financial failure. Great reviews (like the ones on /Film) and incredible word of mouth led to a larger and longer than expected run at the box office.
The movie has now been in theaters for 95 days (or 14 weeks) and has grossed a total of $215.5 million domestically, surpassing Kung Fu Panda to become DreamWorks Animation’s highest grossing non-Shrek franchise movie of all time. And while DWA is technically independent of the live action DreamWorks SKG, it is interesting to note that Dragon is expected to surpass Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan to become the highest grossing domestic non-Shrek franchise film in the history of both companies.
Thanks to /Film reader ishneak for the tip.
What would the offspring of Shrek and a Na’vi from Avatar look like? Latvia-based graphic artist Alexander Bickov created this mash-up he titled Shrevatar. You can download high resolution computer desktop wallpaper featuring the image on moinid.com.
Because the world can never get enough Shrek, we’ve known for some time that an upcoming spinoff film, Puss in Boots, has been in the works. Now it seems like things are finally moving forward. The increasingly bankable Zach Galifianakis is currently in talks to voice Humpty Dumpty. He’ll be joining Antonio Banderas as the title character, and Salma Hayek as “Kitty” (this is their post-Robert Rodriguez reunion?!). The film will cover the feline’s adventures before Shrek 2. Tom Wheeler is covering the screenwriting duties, and Shrek the Third co-writer/co-director Chris Miller is directing.
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