Doom Seals the Deal

Video game sales may be outperforming box office receipts these days, but the two industries do tend to mesh with favorable results, as evidenced this past weekend by the No. 1 debut ... Continue Reading →

Firefly, Ballad Venture into Production

Project Firefly LLC, one of several animation studios to emerge from the demise of Disney’s traditional toon operations, has banded with The Ballad Group LLC to launch a new joint ... Continue Reading →

Fanning Gathering Rosebuds While She’s Young

Whether young Dakota Fanning will be able to make an Elizabeth Taylor-like transition from child star to grown up actor remains to be seen. Whatever the future holds, her current career ... Continue Reading →

Can U Pic’s Doom, Fox’s Hitman Succeed Where Others Have Failed?

When it comes to video games transmogrifying into feature films, the B-school logic of the MBA studio marketing teams isn’t hard to figure out (think of a boardroom filled with ... Continue Reading →

The Rock Opens Wide This Weekend

The Rock is back. Did you miss him? Universal Picture’s sci-fi thriller Doom opens wide this weekend in North America. The film is helmed by cinematographer-turned-director Andrzej ... Continue Reading →

Lagoon Creature To Make Comeback With Eisner Scion

Michael Eisner is out of work, but son Breck is going from strength to strength. Eisner is now set to direct a re-make of Universal’s Creature From the Black Lagoon with Gary ... Continue Reading →

Conan Voice Cast Set

First there was Arnold. Now there’s Ron. Actor Ron Perlman has been signed to voice the character Conan of Cimmeria for Swordplay Entertainment’s upcoming animated feature ... Continue Reading →

Frank Zappa Progeny Scores With Mouse House

Chalk up another example of the law of unintended consequences. Ahmet Zappa started out writing a gimmick cook book, which his publisher asked him to turn into a novel (perhaps sensing ... Continue Reading →

Sony Goes Neanderthal with Favreau

Actor-cum-director Jon Favreau has been building a busy slate of helming gigs since his Will Ferrell holiday comedy, Elf, proved a big hit for New Line Cinema. As he works to complete ... Continue Reading →

Gromit Tops Overseas, U.S. in Fog

As expected, DreamWorks Animation’s and Aardman Animations’ Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit opened at No.1 in the U.K. over the weekend and dominated ... Continue Reading →