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Chris Meledandri to Receive PGA Visionary Award

The Producers Guild of America will be honoring Illumination Entertainment founder and CEO Chris Meledandri with its 2014 Visionary Award, which will be presented at the Producers Guild ... Continue Reading →
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Studio Heads Comment on ‘Animation Saturation’ in Theaters

Disney/Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter, DreamWorks topper Jeffrey Katzenberg and Illumination Entertainment’s founder/CEO Chris Meledandri are among the top studio ... Continue Reading →
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‘Despicable Me 2′ Sets New B.O. Records in the U.K.

Universal/Illumination’s blockbuster sequel Despicable Me 2 is now the highest-grossing film of 2013 in the U.K. Universal Pictures International told The Hollywood Reporter that ... Continue Reading →
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The Gru Next Door: Building ‘Despicable Me 2'

Universal/Illumination’s acclaimed anti-hero returns to the big screen in the 3-D summer sequel Despicable Me 2. Three years ago, when Despicable Me was heading into U.S. theaters, ... Continue Reading →
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‘Despicable Me 2' Earns Thumbs Up at Annecy

Early word has been very positive for Universal and Illumination’s animated sequel Despicable Me 2, which earned a standing ovation at the Annecy International Film Festival. Directors ... Continue Reading →
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Annecy Festival Releases Complete Schedule

If you are planning to attend next week’s jam-packed edition of the Annecy Animation Festival in France, you will have a chance to take in some of the most anticipated features ... Continue Reading →
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Universal Releases New Clip from ‘Despicable Me 2'

Universal has released the first clip from Illumination’s eagerly anticipated summer movie, Despicable Me the Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new ... Continue Reading →
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Bratt Replaces Pacino as ‘Despicable Me 2' Villain

Is there some sort of curse on the role of the villain Eduardo in the upcoming sequel Despicable Me 2? Over the weekend, Deadline.com reported that Al Pacino had exited the role in ... Continue Reading →
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Tito Ortiz Hired as Illumination’s Development VP

Veteran animated features exec Tito Ortiz (Ice Age, Despicable Me) is returning to Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment after being absent for two years pursuing his music ... Continue Reading →
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Bullock, Brooks & Neeson Sign to Toon Projects

It’s a busy week for voice star announcements as a few studios have revealed key names for their upcoming projects. From Universal/Illumination comes the news that Sandra Bullock ... Continue Reading →