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Megamind – A new look at DreamWorks evil genius

Posted by LiveFor on March 14, 2010

This was the film that was originally called Oobermind and was going to have Robert Downey Jr voice the main character. That got changed and Will Ferrell got the job. Now we have a better look at the main character (the only other outing has been on a poster from August last year).

“When super villain MegaMind (Will Ferrell) defeats his archrival Metro Man (Brad Pitt), the world should be his oyster. But instead, MegaMind falls into total despair. It turns out that life without a rival is life without a purpose for him. So he creates a new superhero rival, Titan (Jonah Hill). Unfortunately for him and the world, the new hero wants to be a super villain too. The new villain begins his rampage, and MegaMind sets out to stop him, beginning a path to redemption in the process.”

It is due out on the 5th November 2010.

Source: Teaser Trailer

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The Croods – Nic Cage and Ryan Reynolds to voice Cavemen

Posted by LiveFor on February 25, 2010

Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds will play CG cavemen in DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods, a comedy that pits a prehistoric patriarch (Cage) against a forward-thinking outsider (Reynolds) according to Variety.

Cage stars as Crug, who cautiously leads his family beyond his comfort zone after an earthquake destroys their home. They end up meeting Reynolds’ nomad, who charms them all apart from Crug who isn’t happy with Reynolds’ intentions to his daughter.

Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimps) will co-write and direct with Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon)

It is due for a release on 30th March 2012 in 3D.

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Fright Night heading to remake

Posted by LiveFor on November 12, 2009

fright_night11Mad Men writer-producer Marti Noxon will script DreamWorks Studios’ remake of the 1985 horror comedy Fright Night.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, before her work on the hit AMC series, Noxon was a writer-producer on the bloodsucker series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, so fangs and stakes are in her blood.

The original Fright Night, released in 1985, was written and directed by Tom Holland and starred Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall and William Ragsdale. Ragsdale played a teenager who discovers his neighbors are vampires.

The new version will keep the comedy-horror tone while modernizing the effects.

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Hugh Jackman has Real Steel in robot boxing film

Posted by LiveFor on October 1, 2009

hugh-jackmanCalm down ladies and lovers of Musical Theatre. Hugh Jackman, who just opened on Broadway in A Steady Rain with Daniel Craig, is in talks to star onscreen in the Shawn Levy-directed Real Steel for DreamWorks according to Variety.

The film is about a fighter who has to reinvent himself when human boxing becomes obsolete, replaced by 2000 pound human-like robots. Jackman is negotiating to play the ex-fighter, who becomes a Robot Boxing promoter, but whose chances of success are hampered by his access to sub-standard robot parts. That is until he discovers a discarded robot that always seems to win. The ex-fighter has also discovered he’s the father of a 13-year old son, and they bond as the robot brawls its way toward the top.

The premise is based on a short story by Richard Matheson. It’s a reunion between Matheson and Spielberg. Matheson wrote Spielberg’s directing debut, “Duel,” and he was story editor on Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories.”

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Paranormal Activity is on at more cinemas…if you are in the States

Posted by LiveFor on September 29, 2009

paraOren Peli’s Paranormal Activity seems to be very popular. In a statement about Paramount Pictures expanding the film Peli said:

I just got some good news from the studio. Because of the high demand it numbers, and the fact that the weekend screenings sold out, Paramount agreed to expand the movie to more cities this weekend. We will be in 20 new cities!

Here they are:

Atlanta, GA
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
DC/Baltimore, MD
Denver, CO
Detroit, MI
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Miami, FL
Minneapolis, MN
New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix, AZ
Sacramento, CA
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
Tampa, FL

If you don’t see your city listed here you can visit the Paranormal Activity website and demand that it play there.

Paranormal Activity is a terrifying supernatural thriller featuring shocking footage of a demonic haunting. Katie and Micah were enjoying a happy, carefree life. Their future looked promising until bizarre events began occurring at night. Katie was no stranger to paranormal phenomena – she had been stalked by a malevolent entity since childhood, and she feared that it had followed her to their new home. They purchased a video camera to find out what was happening at night as they slept.

Over the course of three weeks in September & October of 2006, they ran nightly surveillance and captured indelible proof on home video, which has been edited into the feature film Paranormal Activity.

Paranormal Activity stars Micah Sloat, Katie Featherston, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong, Tim Piper and Randy McDowell. It is currently in theaters from Paramount/DreamWorks Pictures.

Source: MovieWeb

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Disney gets rid of Cook and may have lost Jack Sparrow

Posted by LiveFor on September 20, 2009

hb5_04Disney lost or ludicrously got rid of Dick Cook who was head of Walt Disney Studios for 38 years.  Word has it that Disney CEO Robert Iger made the decision. The photos above shows Iger on the left presenting Cook with the AJC Human Relations Award back in 2007 (courtesy of MovieWeb).

THR reports that Cook left, and that report has become the Disney party line. “To wrap up my Disney experience in a neatly bundled statement is close to impossible,” Cook said in a statement. “But what I will say is, during my time at the studio, we have achieved many industry and company milestones.”

/Film have a good analysis of the whole thing and point out that Nikki Finke shows a different side, saying that Cook was fired – “Iger has no reason to be happy with the label…Choices have been made that not only are unspectacular, but even poor. Not only have the movies lost money, which can happen to anybody, but they’ve also diminished the live action brand.”

Disney’s recent film releases have been a mixed bag, critically and financially. In a May conference call with analysts, Tom Staggs, Disney’s CFO, remarked, “Some of our key theatrical releases, including Bedtime Stories, Race to Witch Mountain, and Confessions of a Shopaholic performed below our expectations and well short of last year’s slate, further dampening results.”

However, Cook has had a big impact on Disney over the yeas. DreamWorks signed with Disney was because of Steven Spielberg’s relationship with Cook. “Steven worships Dick,” an insider told Nikki Finke, and now that he is no longer part of the company, Spielberg is “devastated.”

This all happened over the weekend and it may have a knock on effect for a number of projects including Pirates of the Caribbean 4.

The reason why his departure may effect it is because he was one of the main reasons Johnny Depp played Captain Jack Sparrow.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times Depp said of Cook, “He’s instantly trustworthy. And you generally don’t meet people at the studios you trust. When things went a little sideways on the first ‘Pirates’ movie and others at the studio were less than enthusiastic about my interpretation of the character, Dick was there from the first moment. He trusted me.” Cook also called Depp before the news was announced of his departure as he wanted to tell Depp himself.

Since the news Depp said that his involvement in the fourth Pirates film is not rock solid as it once was. “There’s a fissure, a crack in my enthusiasm at the moment.”

That’s the crazy World of the studios for you. Big decisions have knock on effects to many things and who knows where this will stop. I think Iger may have been a bit hasty in getting rid of Cook. I don’t think his nice guy effect had been looked at properly. That is the thing about Disney, they do okay for a while and then decisions in the boardroom slowly knock everything back a step.


I am stepping down from my role as chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, effective immediately.

I have loved every minute of my 38 years that I have worked at Disney…from the beginning as a ride operator on Disneyland’s steam train and monorail to my position as chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. To wrap up my Disney experience in a neatly bundled statement is close to impossible. But what I will say is, during my time at the Studio, we have achieved many industry and Company milestones. Our talent roster is simply the best in the business. I believe our slate of upcoming motion pictures is the best in our history. But most of all, I love the people, my colleagues, my teammates, who are the most talented, dedicated and loyal folks in the world. I know that I leave the Studio in their exceptional hands.

I have been contemplating this for some time now and feel it’s the right time for me to move on to new adventures…and in the words of one of my baseball heroes, Yogi Berra, “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”


“Throughout his distinguished 38-year Disney career, Dick Cook’s outstanding creative instincts and incomparable showmanship have truly enriched this company and significantly impacted Disney’s great legacy,” said Disney CEO Bob Iger. “We thank Dick for his tremendous passion for Disney, and his many accomplishments and contributions to The Walt Disney Studios, including a very promising upcoming film slate. On behalf of everyone at Disney, we wish him the best with all the future has to offer.”

Could Depp’s words have an effect on Cook’s return to Disney? Was he pushed or did he leave of his own free will?

What are your thoughts on the while situation?

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How to Train Your Dragon – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on September 14, 2009

image001-1Here is the trailer for the new Dreamworks animated film. It tells the story of Hiccup, heir of Viking chiefdom and the most lovable, unlikely hero, and his quest to hunt down the fiercest dragon, bring it into submission, and pass his initiation.

It features the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Craig Ferguson, Kristen Wiig, America Ferrera

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Holy Imaginary White Rabbit – Spielberg to direct a remake of Harvey

Posted by LiveFor on August 2, 2009

harveyI never saw this one coming. Steven Spielberg was last busy at work shooting the 3D motion capture animated version of Tintin with Peter Jackson.

Now, according to /film, Spielberg’s next film will be an adaption of Mary Chase’s play Harvey for 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks.

If the name sounds familiar that is because it was originally made into the classic film starring James Stewart as the friendly drunk who’s best friend is a six foot three and one half inch tall rabbit who may or may not be imaginary.

It is a classic film and one of the ones I remember watching a good few times as I was growing up (along with It’s A Wonderful Life, The Thief of Baghdad, The Italian Job and many more).

Spielberg released the following statement in a press release:

“I am very happy to be working again with my friend Tom Rothman who shepherded us through ‘Minority Report,’ and with Elizabeth and Carla, who I’m looking forward to collaborating with,” said Spielberg. “DreamWorks has experienced a creative and profitable relationship with Twentieth Century Fox in the past, and I look forward to renewing that time together.”

Jonathan Tropper (The Book of Joe, Everything Changes, How to Talk to a Widower) has written the new adaptation. No actors have been officially cast, but pre-production will begin immediately, with Speilberg, Dreamworks, and Fox hoping to begin shooting very early 2010.

As I said at the beginning I never saw this one coming and I do find the news surprising. Don’t get me wrong I love the original film, but I just never saw it being remade.

The question is who could they cast to take the role best played by James Stewart? Tom Hanks seems the likeliest but I think it maybe someone you wouldn’t expect.

How do you feel about the news and who should star in the remake?

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Robert Downey Jr is Oobermind

Posted by LiveFor on May 28, 2009

I first mentioned this back in February. Now Variety have the news that Robert Downey Jr. and Tina Fey have been case in a 3D Animated feature for DreamWorks called Oobermind.

Downey will voice a supervillain who finds life a little dull after vanquishing his good-guy rival Metro Man. The superhero-themed film, based on a script (previously called “Master Mind”) from Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films, will open 5th November 2010.

I do like the sound of this and Downey Jr and Fay are both quality actors. I just hope it is a bit better than recent DreamWorks animated films (Kung-Fu Panda, Shrek 2 & 3 etc) as they have not been too good. Presumably the name was changed from Master Mind as that character exists in the DC Comics world.

Looks as if Dr Horrible will have some company with a villain being the lead.

Discuss in the forum or leave a comment below.


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Up in the Air – Behind the scenes footage of George Clooney’s latest film

Posted by LiveFor on March 9, 2009

Shooting begun this week in St. Louis for George Clooney’s film, Up in the Air. News 4 spotted Clooney filming a scene downtown. The film will make use of more than 50 locations in the St. Louis area, including Lambert St. Louis-International Airport.

The film, which stars Clooney, tells the story of a man on a mission to rack up a million frequent flyer miles.

In January, approximately 2,000 extras were cast for the film. Thousands more lined up to audition.

The film is expected to create about 500 jobs, produce 6,000 hotel bookings and create an economic impact of at least $5 million in St. Louis.

Production should conclude by the end of April.

Director: Jason Reitman
Writer: Jason Reitman
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Cast: George Clooney, Jason Bateman, Vera Farmiga

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