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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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DreamWorks Buy YouTube Channel AwesomenessTV


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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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'The Croods' Sequel Green Lighted – Back To The Stone Age We Go!


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The Croods may have only just been released in American, but a sequel is already planned. The reviews may not have been perfect, but the money was good, and that’s why Dreamworks Animation are coming back for more.

The movie, which represented a financial reprisal for the studio, having miss-stepped with Rise of The Guardians, has made $144 million domestically since its March 22 opening. Internationally, it’s grossed over $242 million so far. Based on those numbers, Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders – writers and directors of the first movie – are in for a busy summer coming up with the second. Grugg, voiced by Nicolas Cage, will return (sorry, SPOILER HE DOESN’T DIE IN THE FIRST ONE) Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener. Cloris Leachman might be back too. Critically, the film wasn’t so hot, garnering an average 68% on review aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes. It was described as “Bold visually,” but featured “thumpingly ordinary storytelling,” according to Empire Magazine. Again, though, money is key. It’s a pretty good time for animated films. Finding Nemo has recently been handed a sequel; it’s called Finding Dory and will feature the vocal talents of Ellen DeGeneres as the forgetful blue fish once more.

Nicholas CageCage arrives with Alice Kim for the premiere of The Croods

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Dreamworks "Thrilled to be Part of the Television Revolution" As Studio Teams Up With Netflix


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TV is changing, and Netflix are keen to become the first name on the lips of those who like to watch it via their Internet connection.

After commissioning their very own drama, House of Cards, the streaming giants are teaming up with Dreamworks Studios to create an original children's series. Turbo: F.A.S.T. is the small screen/tablet/smartphone/games console adaptation of Turbo - the DreamWorks Animation feature due in July. "Netflix boasts one of the largest and fastest-growing audiences in kids' television. They pioneered a new model for TV dramas with 'House of Cards,' and now together, we're doing the same thing with kids' programming," said DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg in the announcement. "DreamWorks is." In addition to exclusively streaming House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey, Netflix are due to stream the long-anticipated return of cult comedy Arrested Development later this spring.

Kids content comprises a huge portion of Netflix's portfolio, but it wasn't until 2011 that the Just for Kids section was launched, providing 12-and-under entertainment. In 2012, more than 2 billion hours of this content was streamed. "Families love Netflix, so creating an original series for kids was a natural for us," said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. "DreamWorks Animation has a long track record of creating incredibly successful characters and stories that delight people of all ages." The partnership will also see other Dreamworks films being streamed via Netflix. 

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Video - A Viking And Dragon Promote 'How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular'


A man dressed as a Viking and a person dressed in a large baby dragon suit are out on the streets of Toronto promoting 'How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular' based on the Academy Award nominated film produced by Dreamworks Animation.

'Live Spectacular' is an arena show the debuted earlier this year in Australia featuring acrobatic performances and animatronic dragons. An ice skating version called 'How To Train Your Dragon On Ice' is currently being shown on cruise ship Allure of the Seas from the Royal Caribbean fleet

Picture - Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek... , Sunday 16th October 2011

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

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

Picture - Jeffrey Katzenberg, Tom McGrath, Megamind,... Los Angeles, California, Saturday 2nd October 2010

Jeffrey Katzenberg, Celebration, Dreamworks, Tom McGrath and Will Ferrell - Jeffrey Katzenberg, Tom McGrath, Megamind, Will Ferrell and Metro Man 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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Atmosphere, Celebration and Dreamworks Saturday 2nd October 2010 DreamWorks Animation breaks the Guinness World Record for the largest Superhero gathering in celebration of Megamind release at L.A. Live Nokia Plaza Los Angeles, California

Picture - Jeffrey Katzenberg Los Angeles, California, Saturday 2nd October 2010

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

Emily Browning To Star In 'Alice In Wonderland With Guns'


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Australian actress Emily Browning is set to take the lead role in SUCKER PUNCH, it has been revealed.

The part was set to be filled by MAMMA MIA! star Amanda Seyfried, but it seems she has now dropped out of the role.

Sucker Punch, which is helmed by WATCHMEN director Zack Synder, is described as "Alice in Wonderland with machine guns".

Zack also co-wrote the script with Steve Shibuya and work on the production is set to start in September of this year.

Emily, who was last seen in horror film The Uninvited, first hit the big screen with a leading part in LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS.

Meanwhile, Watchmen has been replaced by the new Dreamworks animation MONSTERS VS Aliens as the film with the highest grossing weekend in the US this year.

The superhero flick clocked up $55.2 million (£39 million), compared to the $58.2 million made by the Kiefer Sutherland voiced hit.

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