Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Wednesday’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th Includes CONSTANTINE, HANNIBAL, BATMAN ’66, and More

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The Comic-Con 2014 scheduled for Wednesday’s July 23rd’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th has been announced.  As they’ve done in previous years, Preview Night will offer fans a first look at the pilots for upcoming shows.  This year’s lineup is for The Flash, Constantine, and iZombie plus a brand new episode Teen Titans Go!.  On Thursday, you’ll get a much stronger Hall H lineup than last year with presentations from DreamWorks Animation, The Giver, Paramount Pictures, Entertainment Weekly’s: The Visionaries (the “visionaries” haven’t been announced yet, but usually this is a fascinating panel), and a look at the upcoming Batman ’66 Blu-ray set.  Folks in Ballroom 20, which hosts plenty of TV panels, will get to see presentations for 24, Teen Wolf, Hannibal, and Penny Dreadful.  Then there’s an outlier with Sony Pictures doing a presentation in the Indigo Ballroom over the in Hilton Bayfront Hotel.  That’s how packed Comic-Con is this year: there’s no room for a major studio that’s bringing Goosebumps and Pixels.

Hit the jump for Comic-Con 2014 schedule highlights from Wednesday’s July 23rd’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th.  The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con will run from July 23rd to July 27th.

Teresa Palmer Joins POINT BREAK; Emilia Clarke Set for VOICE FROM THE STONE; Anna Kendrick, Albert Brooks, and More Take Voice Roles

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Warm Bodies actress Teresa Palmer is in talks to take on the female lead in the Point Break remake.
  • Fresh off last night’s season four finale, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has been tapped to star in the psychological thriller Voice from the Stone.
  • Anna Kendrick will take on the lead voice role in DreamWorks Animation’s musical comedy Trolls, based on the popular dolls.
  • Albert Brooks is in talks to join Illumination Entertainment’s animated “Untitled Pets Project”, as Lake Bell, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress (Neighbors), and Ellie Kemper (The Office) have all signed on.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

Composer John Powell Talks HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, the State of Film Scoring Today, His Career, Taking a Break, Hans Zimmer, and More

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If you’ve seen DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon, you know that not only is it an incredible film, but the entire feature is elevated by a truly magnificent score from composer John Powell.  He imbues the compassionate story with a genuine sense of wonder and emotion, and Powell resumes his composing duties on the upcoming sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 to fantastic results.  I recently got the opportunity to speak with Powell for an extended conversation in anticipation of the release of How to Train Your Dragon 2 on June 13th and the soundtrack, which is available now, and we covered a wide range of topics.

During the interview, Powell discussed his approach to scoring the follow-up without repeating himself, working with Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi to craft original songs for the movie, whether the knowledge of another sequel (or sequels) impacted his work, looking back over his career, collaborating with Hans Zimmer, how working in animation differs to live-action, his thoughts on the state of film and TV scoring today, the evolution of DreamWorks Animation, his decision to take a break, and much more.  If you’re at all interested in the world and process of film scoring, Powell is full of great insights.  Read on after the jump.

HOME Trailer Featuring the Voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer Lopez

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DreamWorks Animation’s Home trailer is now online for your viewing pleasure.  The Tim Johnson-directed picture centers on the Boov, a squat race of confident little aliens who relocate Earth’s human population in order to take over the planet.  One clever little girl manages to escape and eventually crosses paths with a banished Boov named Oh.  You can probably guess where the story goes from there.  This early look at the movie – the humor, the animation style, the dialogue – is pretty much everything you’d expect from DWA’s more run-of-the-mill films, but it’s probably a safe bet that it’ll be a fine film for the family.

Featuring the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer LopezHome opens March 27, 2015.  Hit the jump to watch the Home trailer.

DreamWorks Animation’s CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS & THE CROODS 2 Open in 2017, MADAGASCAR 4 and PUSS IN BOOTS 2 in 2018; HITMAN Sequel in 2015

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Here’s a look at the latest new release dates:

  • Hitman: Agent 47Aleksander Bach’s Hitman sequel starring Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto is set to open February 27, 2015.
  • Captain UnderpantsRob Letterman’s adaptation featuring the voices of Ed HelmsKevin HartNick KrollJordan Peele, and Thomas Middleditch will open January 13, 2017.
  • The Croods 2 – The first film featured the voices of Emma StoneNicolas Cage, Ryan ReynoldsCatherine KeenerCloris Leachman, and Clark Duke, who might all return for the sequel opening November 3, 2017.
  • Madagascar 4 - The fourth installment in the animated animal sequel featuring the voices of Chris RockBen StillerJada Pinkett SmithDavid SchwimmerSacha Baron Cohen, and Cedric the Entertainer opens May 18, 2018.
  • Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves - The sequel to Chris Miller’s animated adventure comedy that featured the voices of Antonio BanderasSalma Hayek, and Zach Galifianakis opens November 2, 2018.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

Collider Gets a Behind-the-Scenes Look at HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 with Director Dean DeBlois at DreamWorks Animation Studios

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Arriving in theaters this Friday is How to Train Your Dragon 2, the highly anticipated follow up to 2010′s surprise critical and commercial success How to Train Your Dragon, which won over audiences and critics alike with its immersive world, lovable cast of characters, and emotional heft.  The sequel picks up five years later on the island of Berk where dragons and Vikings have learned to thrive harmoniously together after decades of mutual destruction.  But when a menacing dragon trapper threatens their newfound way of life, Hiccup and Toothless set off on another adventure, facing bigger and broader challenges with the threat of greater consequences.  Returning cast members Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Christopher Mintz-PlasseKristen Wiig, T.J.  Miller and Jonah Hill are joined by newcomers Cate Blanchett, Djimon Hounsou and Kit Harington.

I recently had the opportunity to visit the DreamWorks Animation studio in Glendale, California with a number of other journalists where we caught an advanced screening of the film, participated in a Q&A with director Dean DeBlois, and got an inside look at the behind-the-scenes process of creating an animated film.  Hit the jump to check out my thoughts on the How to Train Your Dragon 2 and a bullet point summary of what I learned from the visit.

Antonio Banderas Says He Just Started Work on PUSS IN BOOTS 2

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While some animation studios take a very calculated, conservative approach to its films, DreamWorks Animation is known for churning out as many as three feature films in the span of a year; the studio has become a well-oiled animation machine.  Though the Shrek franchise came to a close (maybe) with 2010’s Shrek Forever After, DreamWorks Animation kept the spirit of the series alive with the 2011 spinoff feature Puss in Boots.  The pic focused on the adorably feisty titular kitty, voiced by Antonio Banderas, and grossed $554.9 million worldwide.  We’ve known that the studio was developing a sequel to the fairy tale film, but extensive information on the follow-up has thus far failed to materialize.

However, when we recently spoke with Banderas in anticipation of the action sequel The Expendables 3, the actor revealed that he actually started work on Puss in Boots 2 a few days ago.  Hit the jump to read on.

Ty Burrell and Max Charles Talk MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN, Bill Scott, Honoring the Original, Recording with Cookies, FINDING DORY and More

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Based on the characters Mr. Peabody and Sherman from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman tells the story of a boy who’s adopted by the smartest dog in the world.  However, much unlike the original 1960s material, this 3D CG-animated version doesn’t just feature the pair exploring the past courtesy of Mr. Peabody’s time travel machine, the WABAC; it also chronicles the evolution of their relationship as father and son.

With Mr. Peabody and Sherman making its way into theaters on Friday, March 7th, Collider got the opportunity to sit down with the duo responsible for bringing these characters back to life, Ty Burrell and Max Charles.  Catch what Burrell had to say about paying homage to the man responsible for voicing the original Mr. Peabody, Bill Scott, the tricks Charles used to put himself in Sherman’s shoes while in the sparse sound booth, an update on Finding Dory and loads more after the jump.

First Look at TURBO F.A.S.T. from DreamWorks Animation and Netflix

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DreamWorks Animation has two feature films in the running for the 86th Annual Academy Awards, but one of them is getting new life as a Netflix original series.  Based on the Ryan Reynolds-voiced feature Turbo, a new animated series Turbo F.A.S.T. is debuting on Netflix starting Tuesday, December 24th.  Reid Scott (Veep) will step in to voice the title character in a kids’ show that features the racing snail and all his tricked-out friends in brand-new adventures.  We have the trailer and poster for the series for you to check out, along with the first clip.  Hit the jump to take a look.

First Trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN

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DreamWorks Animation has released the first trailer for director Rob Minkoff‘s (The Lion King) new film Mr. Peabody & Sherman have been released online.  Based on the titular characters from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, the film features the voices of Ty Burrell as the genius dog Mr. Peabody and Max Charles as his adopted son Sherman. Sadly, this trailer did absolutely nothing for me other than one kind of funny joke at the end.  It’s different footage than the Spanish-language version we posted yesterday, but even in English this feels incredibly forgettable.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also features the voices of Stephen Colbert, Ariel Winter, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Allison Janney, Patrick Warburton, and Mel BrooksMr. Peabody & Sherman opens on March 7, 2014.

First Images from DreamWorks Animation’s MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN

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The first official images from DreamWorks Animation’s new film Mr. Peabody & Sherman have been released online.  Based on the titular characters from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, the film features the voices of Ty Burrell as the genius dog Mr. Peabody and Max Charles as his adopted son Sherman.  They use a time travel machine called the WABAC to go on various adventures and learn about history, and as glimpsed in these images we can see that Peabody & Sherman will find themselves in the time of Leonardo da Vinci and in ancient Egypt.  The Lion King helmer Rob Minkoff directs, and we should see a first trailer very soon.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  The film also features the voices of Stephen Colbert, Ariel Winter, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Allison Janney, Patrick Warburton, and Mel BrooksMr. Peabody & Sherman opens on March 7, 2014.

Noah Baumbach Has Been Secretly Directing DreamWorks Animation’s FLAWED DOGS

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While filmmaker Noah Baumbach first rose to prominence with 2005’s The Squid and the Whale, the director has been taking a rather stealthy approach to his projects as of late.  He filmed this year’s excellent Frances Ha on the cheap and in secret, only confirming its existence when it had completed production, and we know next to nothing about his currently in-production effort While We’re Young.  Well now you can add yet another secret project to Baumbach’s resume, as he has apparently been covertly directing DreamWorks Animation’s Flawed Dogs in his spare time.  Hit the jump for more.

SKY HIGH Director Mike Mitchell to Helm DreamWorks Animation’s TROLLS; Story Tells the Origin of the Dolls’ Colorful Hair

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Though DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls movie was first announced a couple of years ago, we now have some solid information regarding the animated pic.  DreamWorks Animation announced today that Sky High and Shrek Forever After director Mike Mitchell will helm the film, with screenwriter Erica Rivinoja (South Park, Up All Night) handling the screenplay.

The film features the titular dolls that became a phenomenon in the 1960s and again in the 1990s, and is described as “a grand scale musical comedy centering around how the Trolls came into their vibrant and colorful hair.”  An origin story of hair isn’t exactly what I expected when I pictured a Trolls movie, but maybe the slightly ridiculous premise is right in line with the peculiar choice of making a Trolls movie in the first place.  Hit the jump for more, including the full press release.

DreamWorks Animation Moves B.O.O. Release Up to June 5, 2015 and TROLLS to November 4, 2016; Fox Dates ANUBIS and FERDINAND

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We’ve got a few release date shifts and announcements for some upcoming animated films to share this afternoon:

  • B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations – The Seth Rogen-led DreamWorks Animated film has been moved up from September to June 5, 2015, giving the ghost school-centric film a prime summer date.
  • Trolls – DreamWorks Animation has pushed back its feature film adaptation of the popular dolls from June 2015 to November 4, 2016.  Chloe Moretz leads the voice cast.
  • Anubis – 20th Century Fox will release this new film from Blue Sky Studios on July 15, 2016.
  • Ferdinand – Fox has also dated another animated feature from Blue Sky Studios for April 7, 2017 (that seems so impossibly far away).  Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age, Rio) will direct.

Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen, and Rebel Wilson Join KUNG FU PANDA 3 Voice Cast; Release Date Moved Up to Christmas 2015

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The voice cast for DreamWorks Animation’s sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 is starting to fill out quite nicely.  Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, and other unspecified actors are reprising their roles from the first two animated films, but Heat Vision reports that Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen, and Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) have also been set as new additions to the film.  Kung Fu Panda 2 director Jennifer Yuh Nelson returns to helm the follow-up, which also sees the return of executive producer Guillermo del Toro, producer Melissa Cobb, co-producer Jeffrey Hermann, and writers/co-producers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.

Story details are firmly under wraps, but the ending of Kung Fu Panda 2 provides a strong hint that the third film will involve Black’s Po meeting his real father.  Del Toro previously told us that Kung Fu Panda 3 has “the most formidable villain in the series,” and either Cranston or Mikkelsen would certainly fit that bill.  Additionally, Kung Fu Panda 3 will now open on December 23, 2015 instead of March 2016.

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