April 23, 2014

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Shanghai’s $2.4 billion “DreamCenter” to Open in 2017

In a sign of Hollywood’s expanding ties with China, DreamWorks Animation and Chinese partners Thursday unveiled their $2.4 billion “DreamCenter,” an entertainment complex in Shanghai that is set to open in 2017.
The complex will contain a 500-seat IMAX cinema with international film festivals and red carpet events in mind, bars, restaurants and performance venues, according to the companies.
A “Dream Avenue” theater district modeled on London’s West End and New York City’s Broadway will also be part of the complex, according to the Associated Press.
The 40-acre site includes eight outdoor events plazas.
The project is led by “Kung Fu Panda” and “Shrek” maker DreamWorks Animation, Chinese investment fund CMC Capital Partners, whose owners include state-owned companies, and Hong Kong developer Lan Kwai Fong, according to the AP.
“This will become the world’s third great urban center of entertainment and arts alongside New York’s Broadway and London’s West End,” DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg told a news conference, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” new release date is March 7

DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) today announced that, at the recommendation of its distributor, Twentieth Century Fox, it has decided to change the domestic theatrical release date for Mr. Peabody & Sherman to March 7, 2014. The film had previously been scheduled for release on November 1, 2013. Me & My Shadow, which had previously been scheduled for release in March of 2014, will now return to development at the studio.
“Our distributor, who has had great success in March with their Ice Age franchise, has recommended we move Mr. Peabody & Sherman to the spring of 2014, which we totally agree is a much more advantageous release window,” said Anne Globe, Chief Marketing Officer of DreamWorks Animation. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman is now the first of our three-picture lineup for next year.”
The Company’s feature film slate for 2013 and 2014 is now as follows: The Croods on March 22, 2013; Turbo on July 19, 2013; Mr. Peabody & Sherman on March 7, 2014; How To Train Your Dragon 2 on June 20, 2014 and Happy Smekday! on November 26, 2014.
“We believe the best strategy for DreamWorks Animation in the long run is to ensure that every one of our films has an optimal release date with the biggest opportunity to succeed at the box office,” added Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation. “The move of Mr. Peabody & Sherman means that we will now release two films in 2013, and we are adjusting our operating infrastructure costs accordingly.”
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DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE®Magazinefor five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranks #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 25 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Puss In Boots.
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George Clooney Keeps on Giving – Launches $350 Million Fundraising Campaign

HollywoodNews.com: Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation and Chairman of the MPTF Foundation Committee, today announced the launch of the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s $350 million campaign to sustain the charity’s activities for the foreseeable future. At a media breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Katzenberg also introduced Board Member George Clooney as his partner in the Campaign.
“I am proud to be part of the MPTF legacy of taking care of our own. Our business is more than a job – it is a way of life, and MPTF has been the essential safety net for more than 90 years,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg. “This campaign is the way my generation can ensure that MPTF will be there to serve future generations forever.”
As chairman of the MPTF Foundation Committee, Mr. Katzenberg has been a tireless advocate and fundraiser as well as a generous supporter of MPTF with his wife Marilyn. At today’s announcement, Katzenberg and Clooney acknowledged lead gifts from Steve Bing, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Barry Diller, Fox Entertainment Group, David Geffen, Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg, Michael Lewis, Jerrold Perenchio, Todd Phillips, Joe Roth, Patrick Soon-Shiong, Kate Capshaw Spielberg and Steven Spielberg, Thomas and Alba Tull, Casey Wasserman, and John and Marilyn Wells. To date, Katzenberg has helped secure $200 million in pledges and donations to the MPTF Campaign – achieving more than half of the total campaign goal.
Katzenberg introduced Clooney as “a good friend of MPTF and a committed philanthropist.” In his remarks, Clooney said, “I’ve seen first-hand for many years the great work of the MPTF. I was raised to believe that as a community we should be judged by how we take care of people who can’t take care of themselves. This is our community. This is our commitment; to make sure that the MPTF is still standing strong for generations to come.”
Clooney unveiled a vintage coin box emblazoned with the charity’s original name – Motion Picture Relief Fund. He noted that the box was intended not only to remind the industry of where and when the charity began, but also to represent how every gift large and small counts.
MPTF CEO Bob Beitcher highlighted the increasing vulnerability of a large segment of the entertainment industry community due to changes in union and guild health and pension plans and potential erosion of the national social safety net. “Over the next 20 years, approximately 100,000 industry members and [...]

DreamWorks Animation Hook-Up with Investment Groups in China

HollywoodNews.com: DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. today announced that it has agreed to form a joint venture with China Media Capital (CMC), with plans to include Shanghai Media Group (SMG) and Shanghai Alliance Investment, Ltd. (SAIL), to establish the leading China-focused family entertainment company.
Oriental DreamWorks will engage in the development and production of high-quality original Chinese animated and live action content for distribution both within China and to other territories around the globe. In addition to content creation, the joint venture will pursue business opportunities in the areas of live entertainment, theme parks, mobile, online, interactive games and consumer products.
“We are incredibly proud to establish Oriental DreamWorks alongside CMC, SMG and SAIL in this groundbreaking and historic alliance to create the leading Chinese-branded family entertainment company,” said DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Katzenberg. “Together with our partners in China, we look forward to building a first-of-its-kind enterprise to locally conceive, produce and distribute high-quality creative content and family entertainment experiences – not only for the people of China but also for related export markets.”
“We share the same vision with DreamWorks Animation to build a world-class family entertainment company,” commented Ruigang Li, Chairman of China Media Capital. “By combining the expertise of CMC in investment and operation, SMG in media and entertainment management, SAIL in high-tech R&D, as well as DreamWorks Animation in creative processes, innovative technology and global network capabilities, Oriental DreamWorks will be in a unique position to create high-quality content and interactive entertainment products for China and international markets.”
The Chinese companies will hold a majority stake of approximately 55% in Oriental DreamWorks and DreamWorks Animation will hold approximately 45%. The enterprise will initially be capitalized with cash and intellectual property valued at $330 million. The joint venture plans to launch business operations in Shanghai later this year.
DreamWorks Animation has enjoyed a great track record of success at the box office in China, led by its blockbuster Kung Fu Panda franchise. Kung Fu Panda was the #1 animated film upon its release into China in 2008 and last year, Kung Fu Panda 2 became the highest-grossing animated film of all time in the region, grossing approximately $100 million.
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Netflix, DreamWorks Animation ink exclusive distribution deal

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: After weeks of bad news, Netflix finally has something positive to report.
The video-streaming service inked a deal with DreamWorks Animation to stream DWA films and TV specials, the New York Times reported late Sunday night. Analysts scanning the deal estimate that it’s worth “$30 million per picture to DreamWorks over an unspecified period of years.” Both parties are describing it as “the first time a major Hollywood supplier has chosen Web streaming over pay television.”
“We are really starting to see a long-term road map of where the industry is headed,” said DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. “This is a game-changing deal.”
Or, at the very least, a large foot in the door for other studios looking for new distribution options for their product.
“You’re seeing power moving back into the hands of content creators,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, added. “When a company like DreamWorks ends a long-running pay TV deal — when a new buyer in the space steps up — that’s a really interesting landscape shift.”
This win comes after a series of losses. As the Times reports, Netflix will lose the right to stream Disney and Sony content in February “as a result of a failed renegotiation with the premium cable channel Starz.” And the service still is trying to put out fires from the announcement that it’s dividing its streaming and DVD-rental companies into separate companies.
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Captain America, Cowboys and Aliens launch CineEurope

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: With weeks to go before American audiences get a good look at either “Captain America: First Avenger” or Jon Favreau’s “Cowboys & Aliens,” Paramount took exclusive footage from both movies across the pond to screen at CineEurope in Amsterdam.
The studio helped launch the 20th edition of the exhibitors conference by showing clips from the anticipated summer blockbusters, as well as a very early sneak peek at the animated Thanksgiving comedy “Puss in Boots,” THR reports.
Of note is the fact that Favreau reportedly allowed the CineEurope audiences to get their first look at the aliens from his upcoming blockbuster, which have been kept out of marketing materials to date (and wisely, I might add). In a video message attached to the “Cowboys & Aliens” footage, Favreau reportedly said his picture, which stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford as cowboys fending off extraterrestrials, will deliver “everything an audience is looking for in a summer blockbuster.”
As for “Puss,” Dreamworks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg reportedly screened 15 minutes of 3D footage before joining voice star Antonio Banderas for a Q-and-A session.
Other footage screened at CineEurope includes Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo Cabret” and Sacha Baron Cohen’s “The Dictator,” of which the comedian said his fictional country is now a major player in the film industry “thanks to our $2 billion film fund and to kidnapping James Cameron and his two children. We have already started production on several new movies including ‘You’ve got Mail Bomb’ and ‘Non-Consensual Sex In The City’.”
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“Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Puss” coming to IMAX 3D

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Cue the jokes about Jack’s Black’s rotund panda hero, Po, looking even heftier this summer.
That’s because Black’s “Kung Fu Panda 2” is one of the two pictures DreamWorks Animations plans to present in IMAX courtesy of a two-pic pact for 2011.
DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. revealed that “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “Puss in Boots” will open in digital IMAX theatres in IMAX 3D.
According to a release, “Kung Fu Panda 2” will be released to IMAX theatres in select international territories in conjunction with each of the territory’s release dates, while “Puss in Boots” will have a two-week IMAX release day-and-date with the domestic release.
“The IMAX Experience remains among the premiere viewing experiences in the world and we are thrilled that our audiences overseas will have the opportunity to watch ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ and that movie-goers here in the U.S. will get to see ‘Puss in Boots’ in IMAX 3D later this year,” said DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Katzenberg.
“Clearly these beloved DreamWorks Animation characters have resonated around the world with audiences young and old alike and we are excited to be able to once again showcase them and their new adventures to IMAX fans through our long-standing alliance with DreamWorks Animation,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment.
“Kung Fu Panda” is due in theaters on May 26. “Puss in Boots,” which extends the “Shrek” franchise, opens later this year, on Nov. 4, 2011.
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Oscars: DiCaprio, JLO, Colin Firth, A List for King’s Speech

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: Oscar alert: Michelle Williams, nominated for Best Actres in “Blue Valentine,” is battling a cold. She’ll be at the Oscars, but maybe in a ski parka considering the frigid– for Los Angeles–weather. Scott Rudin, producer of both “True Grit” and “The Social Network” is now said not to be coming. The blogger Nikki Finke has been punished by the Academy for publishing what she thinks is the rundown of the entire Oscar show and pronouncing it a bore–very dumb. Charlie Sheen has taped an ABC TV interview without advise or counsel of his publicist, Stan Rosenfield.
But the Oscars go on, as they must! Harvey Weinstein, bracing for a “King’s Speech” win, threw the best party of the weekend so far at SoHo House with dozens and dozens of stars from Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter to web moguls Jeff Bezos (the founder of Amazon.com) and Sean Parker (of Facebook fame). Indeed, Harvey’s party spilled onto the edge of the Soho House patio overlooking West Hollywood with Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Brett Ratner and Bradley Cooper–then the very large presence of Quinton Aaron of last year’s “The Blind Side” appeared, and yours truly scooted back up the stairs to terra firma where more sensible people like Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx were doing their shmoozing less like sardines.
And everywhere you went in Soho House you ran into old friends or refugees from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s The Night Before party at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Maybe because the Motion Picture Fund has settled its scandalous situation with the Motion Picture Fund, more stars arrived at the BHH at least for the photo op and some kind of gift bag. In the famed Polo Lounge, though, because they’d arrived early, I ran into a hot threesome at a small table by the lounge singer: Jude Law, Robert Downey Jr. and his very smart, beautiful producer wife Susan, who’s guided these two guys now through their second “Sherlock Holmes” movie. Watch out for that Susan Downey, kids: she knows what she’s doing! Soon Reese Witherspoon arrived, the gang had a drink in a banquet and then braced themselves for the evening.
And in the lobby: Hugh Jackman and wife Debra Lee, looking like movie stars in black tie; Amy Adams and Darren LeGallo, 14 year old nomineee Hailee Steinfeld, and so on.
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DreamWorks developing 3D animated “Lidsville”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The Smurfs. The Muppets. Hits of yesterday continue to become the hopeful projects of today. And this morning, we’re learning of yet another buried treasure that’s being dusted off and rejuvenated for a modern, young audience.
DreamWorks Animation has said that it will bring “Lidsville,” a creation of legendary storytellers Sid & Marty Krofft, to the big screen in a feature film by the same name. “Lidsville” was a popular 1970′s television series about a teenage boy who did battle with wicked magician Horatio J. HooDoo in the mystical land of Lidsville, which existed inside the hat of Merlo the Magician. The Kroffts, meanwhile, also developed the popular programs “H.R. Pufnstuf” and “The Bugaloos.”
“Sid and I have had a longstanding relationship with Jeffrey Katzenberg and we’re excited to bring Lidsville to DreamWorks Animation,” said Marty Krofft. “It’s incredible to envision a high-quality 3D animated movie being made out of one of our favorite shows.”
More from the release:
Conrad Vernon (Monsters vs. Aliens, Shrek 2) – animation veteran and lifelong fan of the Krofft’s work – brought the project to DreamWorks Animation. Brothers Sid & Marty Krofft will serve as executive producers. Vernon, DreamWorks Animation’s head of development Alex Schwartz and development executive Chris Kuser are overseeing the project at the studio.
“The Krofft brothers helped define a generation with the wildly imaginative characters and worlds they created,” said Alex Schwartz, head of development for DreamWorks Animation. “I am thrilled that Conrad is joining forces with them on the first animated feature film adaptation of their work.”
“Over the past year I’ve had the privilege of working with and getting to know Sid and Marty and I thought their brand of crazy kookiness would work well at DreamWorks Animation,” added Vernon.
Lidsville will take inspiration from the premise of the original television series, in which a young rebellious kid falls into an alternate reality world of living hats and talking caps. The Los Angeles public TV station KCET Kids & Family Channel recently announced that it will feature the Lidsville television series in an all-new “The Sid & Marty Krofft Hour” together with H.R. Pufnstuf during its weekend programming block on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
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Hollywood Stars to Present At Producers Guild Awards

ollywoodnews.com: Helen Mirren, Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Andrew Garfield, Amy Adams, Kerry Washington, Jim Parsons, Joe Manganiello, among others will be presenters at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards, producer and 2011 Producers Guild Awards Chair, Paula Wagner announced today.
Award-winning producer, writer, director Judd Apatow will host the 2011 ceremony with the Guild set to pay tribute to several special individual honorees including: James Cameron (Milestone Award), Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Scott Rudin (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Laura Ziskin (Visionary Award), RealD (Vanguard Award) and Sean Penn (Stanley Kramer Award).
The 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards will be held on Saturday, January 22nd at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Arrivals begin at 5:00 p.m. PST; The Producers Guild Awards program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. PST with dinner. The Awards ceremony will follow at 7:30 p.m. PST.
In 1990 the Producers Guild of America held the first-ever Golden Laurel Awards, which were renamed the Producers Guild Awards in 2002. Richard Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck took home the award for Best Produced Motion Picture for “Driving Miss Daisy,” establishing the Guild awards as a bellwether for the Oscars. Last year, the PGA awarded THE HURT LOCKER its Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures.
Award-winning producer, director and writer Judd Apatow will serve as host for the 2011 ceremony. He has produced such films as THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, KNOCKED UP, SUPERBAD, FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL and THE CABLE GUY along with such television series as “Freaks and Geeks” and “Undeclared,” among others. Apatow will next bring us BRIDESMAIDS, followed by WANDERLUST.
Academy Award®-winning actress Helen Mirren was most recently seen in the action comedy RED and can next be seen in the film ARTHUR. She has appeared in such films as EXCALIBUR, 2010, THE MOSQUITO COAST, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, THE LAST STATION and THE QUEEN which garnered her an Academy Award® for her role as Queen Elizabeth II. Mirren is also an accomplished stage actor appearing in such productions as “Macbeth,” “Antony and Cleopatra” and “Woman in Mind” among others.
Academy Award®-nominated actor and producer Mark Wahlberg can currently be seen in THE FIGHTER alongside Academy Award®-nominated actress Amy Adams. Wahlberg executive produces such mega television hits as “Entourage,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “In Treatment.” He was [...]

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