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Has 'Home's' $54 Million Debut Given DreamWorks The Box Office Boost It Needed?

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Dreamworks' newest animated feature Home has topped the box office this weekend, taking an estimated $54 million. The film's opening weekend success means it is already a hit for studio DreamWorks, which has had a difficult time as of late, with recent releases under performing at the box office.

HomeHome has topped the US box office.

The film tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a young girl named Tip and Oh, an outcast alien from outer space. Pop star Rihanna provides the voice of Tip, while ‘Big Bang Theory’ star Jim Parsons is her unlikely accomplice.

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Scarlett Johansson Gets $10 Million For 'Ghost In The Shell'

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Dreamworks executives will be high-fiving for the rest of the week after landing Scarlett Johansson for their forthcoming anime adaptation Ghost in the Shell. It was a huge year for Johansson with Lucy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier doing massive business and she's about to star in Age of Ultron and Civil War.

Scarlett JohanssonScarlett Johansson is returning to Asia for 'Ghost in the Shell'

However, perhaps her most interesting project to date is Ghost - based on the Japanese anime created by Masamune Shirow and serialized in 1989. It tells the story of Motoko Kusanagi, a member of the covert counter cyber-terrorist organisation which specializes in fighting technological crime in the 21st century in Japan. It's basically awesome. The series was previously adapted into a movie in 1995, which spawned a sequel in 2004. 

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Is DreamWorks Animation About To Be Bought By A Japanese Company For $3.4 Billion?

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DreamWorks Animation could be on the verge of being bought by Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, for the hefty price of $3.4 billion, it has been reported. 

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The Hollywood Reporter writes that “a source with knowledge of the situation”, has said that the company is in talks to acquire the studio, in a deal that would see the company valued at $3.4 billion.

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Penguins Of Madagascar Trailer Sees Cumberbatch As "Super-Duper-Smooth" Agent [Trailer + Pictures]

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Having stolen nearly every scene in Madagascar – so much so they got their own TV spin-off - Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private  star in their own spy action thriller Penguins of Madagascar, set to his cinemas on November 26. And we’ve got a brand new trailer.

Penguins of MadagascarThe guys are back

Barring the scientific inaccuracies that see the titular Penguins survive in any given climate, PoM looks like the kind of raucous fun you’d expect from Dreamworks Animation who will hoping to prolong the success of the Madagascar franchise with yet another box office hit; the last film in the trilogy - Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted -grossed $746 million worldwide.

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What Is It About Animated Sequels?

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In a Hollywood atmosphere that currently seems obsessed with stretching even the most moderate of box-office successes into a full blown franchise, sequels and prequels are a ubiquitous presence in cinema multiplexes. But in the world of animated cinema, where the construction of a film requires infinitely more hard work and dedication than a live action picture, sequels tend to emerge that better the original- a much rarer occurrence amongst many Hollywood pictures.

How To Train Your Dragon 2Gerard Butler stars in How To Train Your Dragon 2 which has won copious plaudits.

That’s not to say there aren’t a few howlers either, animated studios such as Pixar and Disney are just as susceptible as the rest of the film world in dispensing some truly woeful and misguided follow ups. The likes of Cars 2 and Rio 2 left no-one with the life affirming sense of warmth that truly brilliant animated films of this type should provide. As is universally recognised, a mark of greatness from an animated film is its ability to simultaneously appeal to children and the adults who accompany them to the big screen. The likes of Shrek 1 & 2 and the Toy Story trilogy are prime examples of catering for both age groups through crafty pop culture references and subtle entendre.

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Rihanna Working On A Concept Album For Dreamworks Animated Feature

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Rihanna is reportedly following up her 2012 album Unapologetic with a concept album for an animated film, Home. This is according to Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, who revealed the news in a conference call announcing the studio’s fourth-quarter and 2013 year-end results, Variety report.

RihannaRihanna will be starring and providing the musical backdrop for Dreamworks' 'Home'

“In addition to her starring role, Rihanna will record the score for the movie and release an original concept album with songs from the film,” Katzenberg said. Rihanna will voice the main protagonist, Gratuity ‘Tip’ Tucci, in the film, and will likely perform some of the songs on the album within the movie itself. Big Bang Theory actor Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin also star.

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Netflix Buys More Originals -- This Time From Dreamworks Animation

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In what appears to be an accelerating race among video streaming service to see who can offer the most original programs, Netflix announced today (Monday) that it had signed a mult-year deal with Dreamworks Animation for some 300 hours of new cartoons. The announcement said when the shows become available for online streaming next year, it will mark the first time that DreamWorks Animation characters like Shrek and Kung Fu Panda are shown on television as a branded collection. Terms of The Deal were not disclosed, but reports indicated it was probably Netflix's biggest programming deal to date. This is an unprecedented commitment to original content in the Internet television space, DWA CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said in a statement. Netflix is a visionary company that continues to redefine the way audiences watch television, and it is a thrill to add to their growing momentum.

DreamWorks Buy YouTube Channel AwesomenessTV


AwesomenessTV, a YouTube channel for teenagers, has been snapped up by Dreamworks for the grand sum of $33m as the studio attempts to delve into the world of online content.

"AwesomenessTV is one of the fastest growing content channels on the internet today and our acquisition of this groundbreaking venture will bring incredible momentum to our digital strategy," DreamWorks Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said. Hollywood veteran Brian Robbins - the founder and chief executive officer of AwesomenessTV – is to remain in his position as he is, "cultivating the brand's distinctive content," DreamWorks said. In addition, Mr. Robbins "will assume an executive role at the studio to develop a DreamWorks Animation branded digital family channel." Katzenberg added: "We want to let Brian do what Brian's been doing. We also have talked about what we think are going to be some additional great collaborations with Brian on YouTube and ways in which the DreamWorks brand can serve as a valuable, defining brand for him."

With 57,000 YouTube channels and 14.4 million subscribers, AwesomenessTV’s 1 million videos on the network have been seen 809 million times. It has programs like IMO (In My Opinion), a teen girl talk show, as well as comedies, dramas, music, and stand-alone videos like ‘How to Be the Perfect Babysitter.’ Rachel Egan, a spokeswoman for ad-buying network TubeMogul, said the purchase "seems like a broad recognition by DreamWorks that their younger audience — like the rest of us — are increasingly streaming content online, on mobile devices and in social media."

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Why Marvel Decided Not To Coproduce Iron Man 3 With Chinese Studio


Although Marvel Entertainment had initially announced its intention of coproducing Iron Man 3 in China with DMG Entertainment, a Chinese media group, it later decided not to do so, possibly because to approve a co-production the Chinese government requires specific Chinese elements and that China has to be central to everything the film is about, the London Financial Times reported today (Thursday), citing a Hollywood executive familiar with the process. To do so, Marvel likely concluded, might have harmed the film's appeal in other overseas markets. However, in not applying for co-production status, the studio forfeited its ability to command half of box-office revenue in China, the second-largest film market in the world, and was required instead to settle for 25 percent -- the same percentage that all other Hollywood films currently net. Indeed, the Times observed, no Hollywood film has yet been released as a co-production with China. It appears that the first to qualify will be the animated Kung Fu Panda 3, which will not be released until 2015. It is being produced by Oriental Dreamworks, a joint venture between DreamWorks Animation, China Media Capital, Shanghai Media Group and Shanghai Alliance Investment Ltd.

42 Scores At Box Office

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On Jackie Robinson Day, the 66th anniversary of the second-baseman's debut on the Brooklyn Dodgers -- when every MLB player wears Robinson's number 42 on their uniforms -- it was announced that 42, the film about Robinson's first season on the team, had earned more money during its opening weekend than any other baseball movie in history. With $27.5 million in ticket sales it also topped every other sports movie, except 2009's The Blind Side, which opened in 2009 with $34.1 million. The 42 result easily exceeded virtually ever analyst's forecasts and amounted to nearly twice the $15 million that its studio, Warner Bros., had estimated it would earn. Moreover, with a rare A+ CinemaScore rating from audiences, it seemed assured of a long run in theaters and a total gross of around $100 million. On the other hand, the prospects for Scary Movie 5, the only other film to open wide over the weekend, were not so auspicious. It opened in second place with $14.2 million, down 65 percent from the $40.2 million that Scary Movie 4 took in when it opened in 2006. In third place the Fox/Dreamworks Animation feature The Croods slipped a modest 37 percent to $13.1 million in it fourth week, bringing its total domestic gross to date to $142.5 million, while in its third weekend, G.I. Joe: Retaliation dropped 48 percent to $10.9 million, pushing its total past $100 million to $102.5 million.

Antonio Banderas And Salma Hayek Appear For The DreamWorks Animation And Royal Caribbean International Premiere Of Puss And Boots Aboard The Allure Of The Seas Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Antonio Banderas, Dreamworks, Fort Lauderdale and Salma Hayek Sunday 16th October 2011 Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek appear for the DreamWorks Animation and Royal Caribbean International premiere of Puss and Boots aboard the Allure of the Seas Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek
Antonio Banderas
Antonio Banderas, Dreamworks, Fort Lauderdale and Salma Hayek
Antonio Banderas, Dreamworks, Fort Lauderdale and Salma Hayek
Antonio Banderas

DreamWorks Animation Breaks The Guinness World Record For The Largest Superhero Gathering In Celebration Of Megamind Release At L.A. Live Nokia Plaza

Will Ferrell, Celebration, Dreamworks and Sara Jean Underwood - Will Ferrell and Sara Jean Underwood Los Angeles, California - DreamWorks Animation breaks the Guinness World Record for the largest Superhero gathering in celebration of Megamind release at L.A. Live Nokia Plaza Saturday 2nd October 2010

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Will Ferrell, Celebration and Dreamworks
Will Ferrell, Celebration and Dreamworks
Will Ferrell, Celebration and Dreamworks
Will Ferrell, Celebration and Dreamworks
Will Ferrell, Celebration and Dreamworks

The Premiere Of 'Monsters Vs Aliens' Held At Yongsan CGV

Dreamworks and Aliens - US Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg Seoul, South Korea - The premiere of 'Monsters Vs Aliens' held at Yongsan CGV Thursday 26th March 2009

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Dr. Rey's Shapewear Launch Party Held At Opera - Arrivals

Shana Wall and Dreamworks Thursday 25th October 2007 Dr. Rey's Shapewear launch party held at Opera - arrivals Hollywood, California

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Shana Wall
Shana Wall
Shana Wall

New York Premiere Of The Dreamworks Animation 'Bee Movie' At Lincoln Square 13 - Departures

Matthew Broderick and Dreamworks Thursday 25th October 2007 New York premiere of the Dreamworks animation 'Bee Movie' at Lincoln Square 13 - departures New York City, USA

Matthew Broderick and Dreamworks
Matthew Broderick and Dreamworks

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