Mads Mikkelsen Talks THE HUNT, Winning Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, HANNIBAL, KUNG FU PANDA 3, and More

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Directed and co-written by Thomas Vinterberg, The Hunt is a disturbing and unsettling depiction of what happens when a lie becomes the truth, igniting a witch hunt that threatens to destroy and innocent man’s life.  Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) has been forced to start over after a tough divorce, but just as things are looking up, his life is shattered and he is forced to fight for his life and dignity.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Mads Mikkelsen talked about why The Hunt appealed to him, wanting to work with filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg, being as honest as possible on screen, how exhausting this role was, working with the kids in the film, and how proud he was to win Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.  He also talked about why he ultimately chose to play Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s Hannibal, how Hannibal’s love life worries him a bit, the experience of making the Western The Salvation, how he hopes to work with filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn again soon, voicing a character for Kung Fu Panda 3, and what makes him either take or refuse a role.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Guillermo del Toro Gives Updates on JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK and HAUNTED MANSION; Confirms He Won’t Direct HAUNTED MANSION

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Director Guillermo del Toro is known for juggling quite a few projects at once, but with Pacific Rim hitting theaters this Friday, the filmmaker has a pretty solid schedule lined up for the next year or so.  Del Toro will direct the pilot for the FX series The Strain this fall, after which he will move directly into production on his next feature film, a classical gothic romance ghost story called Crimson Peak.  Beyond that, though, we don’t quite know which of del Toro’s many projects he’ll be tackling.

Steve recently sat down with del Toro for a lengthy interview in anticipation of the release of Pacific Rim, and the director provided updates on a couple of his major upcoming projects: Justice League Dark and The Haunted Mansion.  Del Toro said that the process of writing JLD has been one of his most enjoyable screenplays, and noted that they’re simply waiting for their writer to be available.  The director also provided an update on Haunted Mansion and his upcoming book Cabinet of Curiosities, and teased a bit of Kung Fu Panda 3.  Hit the jump to read on.

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.

Director Peter Ramsey Talks RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, Roger Deakins, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, Working with David Fincher on FIGHT CLUB, and More

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With Rise of the Guardians opening this week, I recently got to see the finished film at DreamWorks Animation and it’s really well done.  Not only is the animation great to look at, it’s got a strong story that’s character driven and it doesn’t rely on stupid jokes.  In addition, unlike most superhero films that spend half the time introducing characters by explaining their origin and showing off their powers, what’s fantastic about Rise of the Guardians is we join almost everyone in the middle of the story.  If you’re not familiar with the story, it  revolves around the rebellious Jack Frost (Chris Pine) teaming up with other mythical figures North aka Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), E. Aster Bunnyman aka Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), Tooth aka The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and the Sandman to battle the evil Pitch (Jude Law).  Here’s my video blog review and all our previous coverage.

To help promote the film, last week I got on the phone with Rise of the Guardians director Peter Ramsey.  We talked about how they didn’t tell a typical origin story, the tone, how many times he re-storyboard the film and whether there were any dramatic changes along the way, the test screening process, collaborating with Roger Deakins, other DreamWorks Animation projects like How to Train Your Dragon 2Kung Fu Panda 3, Trolls (which he said is “kind of partially based on a Terry Pratchett novel”) and more.  In addition, Ramsey got his start as a storyboard artist working for David Fincher on Fight Club and Steven Spielberg on A.I., so we talked about those projects and a few others.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Guillermo del Toro Talks RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, PUSS IN BOOTS 2, KUNG FU PANDA 3, TROLLHUNTERS, PACIFIC RIM, PAC RIM 2, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 333 days ago

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With Rise of the Guardians opening this week, I recently got to see the finished film at DreamWorks Animation and it’s really well done.  Not only is the animation great to look at, it’s got a strong story that’s character driven and it doesn’t rely on stupid jokes.  In addition, unlike most superhero films that spend half the time introducing characters by explaining their origin and showing off their powers, what’s fantastic about Rise of the Guardians is we join almost everyone in the middle of the story.  If you’re not familiar with the story, it  revolves around the rebellious Jack Frost (Chris Pine) teaming up with other mythical figures North aka Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), E. Aster Bunnyman aka Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), Tooth aka The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and the Sandman to battle the evil Pitch (Jude Law).  Here’s my video blog review and all our previous coverage.

To help promote the film, last week I got on the phone with Rise of the Guardians producer Guillermo del Toro.  We talked about how they didn’t do a typical origin story, the tone, the Puss in Boots sequel, Kung Fu Panda 3, his DreamWorks Animation directorial debut Trollhunters, Pacific Rim, the 3D conversion, when we’ll see the trailer, the Pacific Rim sequel, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what del Toro had to say.

Guillermo del Toro Talks PUSS IN BOOTS 2, KUNG FU PANDA 3 & TROLLHUNTERS; Says PANDA 3 Has the “Most Formidable Villain in the Series”

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It’s no secret that Guillermo del Toro is a busy guy.  At any given moment he’s developing a number of projects in various stages to write, produce, and/or direct, but fans can always rest assured that if del Toro lends his name to something, he puts his whole heart into it.  One of his more interesting recent collaborations has been with DreamWorks Animation.  He took on a small consulting role on the studio’s 2010 film Megamind, but since then he’s served as an executive producer on Puss in Boots, Kung Fu Panda 2, and the upcoming Rise of the Guardians.

Steve recently spoke with del Toro in anticipation of the release of Rise of the Guardians and the filmmaker gave updates on a number of future projects (read what he had to say about Pacific Rim and Pacific Rim 2 right here).  During the course of the conversation, del Toro gave updates on Puss in Boots 2, Kung Fu Panda 3, and an animated film called Trollhunters that he intends to direct for DreamWorks Animation.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Memorial Day Box Office – Record Breaking Debut of THE HANGOVER PART II Helps Make This Year’s Holiday the Biggest Ever

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We all know that this hasn’t been the best year for movies at the domestic box office.  Only a handful of weekends have come out ahead of 2010 in terms of profit.  Luckily, this Memorial Day Weekend was one of them.  Traditionally one of the most profitable of Hollywood’s entire year, this year’s holiday more than measured up.  First, The Hangover Part II crushed the All-Time opening for a comedy.  Then estimates put the combined profits of the domestic box office at nearly 50% above last year’s four-day holiday frame and 10% above 2007’s profits (the year which held the all-time record).  Here’s how the top ten looks, including revised estimates for the three-day weekend:

Title Weekend Holiday Total
1 The Hangover Part II $86 $105.7 $133.3
2 Kung Fu Panda 2 $47.8 $62.2 $68
3 Pirates of the Caribbean 4 $39.5 $50.3 $163.9
4 Bridesmaids $16.5 $20.9 $89.5
5 Thor $9.4 $12 $162.3
6 Fast Five $6.4 $8.1 $197.5
7 Midnight in Paris $1.93 $2.6 $3.5
8 Rio $1.8 $2.4 $135.4
9 Jumping the Broom $1.8 $2.35 $35.6
10 Something Borrowed $1.8 $2.3 $35.2

Friday Box Office – THE HANGOVER PART II Easily Dominates with $61.6 Million Over First Two Days

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Derivative? Check. Well reviewed?  Not really.  Kicking crazy ass at the domestic box office?  Oh, hell yes.  I am, of course, talking about Warner Brothers’ The Hangover Part II, the film that has already broken the one day record for a live-action comedy with its stunning $31.7 million Thursday debut.  That was on top of its $10.4 million midnight take – easily the highest of 2011.  Day two for the Wolf Pack brought in an additional $30 million from 3,615 locations, giving the film a current estimate of $61.6 million in total.  If projections hold, The Hangover II could end up with a five day total of over $135 million and a spot in the top five of all-time (four-day) Memorial Day Weekend debuts.  On the strength of this sequel, Memorial Day 2011 is going to crush the total box office take of 2010 and could even end up topping the 2007 holiday – the most profitable on record. Thursday also saw the debut of Kung Fu Panda 2, which earned an estimated $18.98 million between Thursday and Friday and is now projected to earn $55 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend.  That would be a bit below the $60.2 million the original KFP took in over its first three days back in June of 2008, but projections are not always accurate.  We’ll have updates and analysis as the holiday weekend progresses.

Title Friday Total
1 Hangover II $30,010,000 $61.6
2 Kung Fu Panda 2 $13,180,000 $19
3 Pirates of the Caribbean 4 $10,852,000 $124.4
4 Bridesmaids $4,644,000 $73.2
5 Thor $2,410,000 $152.7

Lucy Liu Talks KUNG FU PANDA 2, THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS, EAST FIFTH BLISS, DETACHMENT, More

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With Kung Fu Panda 2 opening this weekend, I recently got to interview Lucy Liu for our partners at Omelete.  While some sequels spend a lot of time reminding the audience who the characters are, one of the many things that’s great about Kung Fu Panda 2 is that it starts like you know the world and it never slows down.  In addition, while I’ve been very vocal about bad 3D, Kung Fu Panda 2 features some incredible 3D and the best part is the filmmakers used 3D to help tell the story.  If you have the option, you really want to see this in 3D.

During my interview with Liu, we talked about making the sequel and her thoughts on the success of the first film.  In addition, with Liu working on so many other projects, I got updates on director RZA’s  The Man With the Iron Fists (which also stars Russell Crowe), Detachment and East Fifth Bliss. Hit the jump to watch.

5 Clips from KUNG FU PANDA 2

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DreamWorks has sent over five movie clips from Kung Fu Panda 2.  Featuring the vocal talents of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Gary Oldman, Michelle Yeoh, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Victor Garber., the sequel will see Po (Black) defending his new life as The Dragon Warrior against a formidable opponent who wields a secret weapon that’s impervious to kung fu.  Jennifer Yuh directs a script by original Kung Fu Panda scribes Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.  Kung Fu Panda 2 will be released on May 26, 2011.  Hit the jump for the clips.

New Hi-res Images from KUNG FU PANDA 2

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DreamWorks has released the first official stills from Kung Fu Panda 2.  Featuring the vocal talents of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, and Seth Rogen, the sequel will see Po (Black) defending his new life as The Dragon Warrior against a formidable opponent who wields a secret weapon that’s impervious to kung fu.  Jennifer Yuh directs a script by original Kung Fu Panda scribes Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.

To check out the hi-res stills and two teaser wallpapers for yourself, hit the jump.  Kung Fu Panda 2 hits 3D theaters on May 27th.

New Television Spot for KUNG FU PANDA 2

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A new television spot for Kung Fu Panda 2 has landed online.  Although it only runs around 15 seconds, it features what looks to be some actual footage from the film (unlike its “staring contest” teaser trailer).  For those new to the program, Kung Fu Panda 2 stars the vocal talents of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Dustin Hoffman, and Gary Oldman.  Jennifer Yuh directs the sequel from a script by original scribes Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.

To check out the clip, hit the jump.  Kung Fu Panda 2 hits 3D theaters on May 27th, 2011.

Jeffrey Katzenberg Talks DreamWorks Animation Sequels: Four MADAGASCARS, Three HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGONS and Six KUNG FU PANDAS

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One of the year’s best animated films wasn’t a sequel.  It was DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon.  So naturally they’re making lots of sequels.  We already knew that Dragon 2 was greenlit with the original cast returning, but Jeffrey Katzenberg has now explained how far his studio’s sequel-mania extends.  Katzenberg tells Empire that the studio is planning for a total of four Madagascar movies, at least three How to Train Your Dragon films, and six installments in the Kung Fu Panda franchise.

Hit the jump for Katzenberg giving minor details on how these franchises are going to keep their stories going.

KUNG FU PANDA Christmas Special Will Air in 3D

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I rather like the resurgence of new animated programs for the holidays, to support the claymation classics.  Disney’s Prep & Landing is an amiable entry, but DreamWorks Animation has led the charge, first with Shrek the Halls in 2007, then Merry Madagascar in 2009.  Shrek is slotted for a Halloween celebration in October (titled Scared Shrekless — ick), with a Kung Fu Panda holiday special to follow in December.  I was content with the technological leap in from claymation to CGI, but DreamWorks apparently has bigger plans: 3D!  More after the jump.

Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff to Pen KARATE KID Sequel

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Having already mastered the ancient art of “Kung Fu for Pandas,” the writing-team of Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff (Kung Fu Panda) are now poised to take on karate (for humans).  Heat Vision is reporting that the two have landed the coveted gig of penning the sequel to Harald Zwart’s The Karate Kid starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith.  To be honest, given the immediate decision to make a sequel, I’m a little surprised that it took almost two and a half months for Columbia to name a writer(s).  Then again, I guess you can never be too careful when putting together a film that mass audiences are most likely going to see regardless of if it was written by able-minded gents such as Voris and Reiff or a less apt writer with a lower price tag (like myself for instance).

As of now, Columbia is declining to release any setting or plot details for the sequel (the guys just got hired, give them a chance to celebrate).  In spite of its approximately $40 million budget, 2010’s The Karate Kid has grossed nearly $300 million worldwide.  In short, be prepared for a long line of “new” Karate Kid films to come your way in the future.

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