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After delighting fans with his voicing talents in Despicable Me and Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, actor Steve Carell plans to produce a new animated feature for Warner Bros. The actor’s Carousel Productions is working on The Tower Ravens, a movie about seven ravens who live in the Tower [...]
An overwhelming marketing campaign and familiarity with the Dr. Seuss brand pushed Universal/Illumination’s animated feature The Lorax to the top of the U.S. box-office chart with a record-breaking $70.7 million performance. Although the movie received mixed reviews and only garnered a 59% rating on RottenTomatoes.com, it proved to be a [...]
How the team at Illumination Entertainment put a shiny new 3-D polish on Dr. Seuss’ cautionary, environmentally themed The Lorax. More than 40 years after Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) wrote and illustrated his powerful children’s classic The Lorax, the alarming environmental message of the book is more urgent than ever [...]
Universal/Illumination’s sequel to Despicable Me just added more star power to its voice lineup. Deadline reported that master thespian Al Pacino has signed to play the new villain in Despicable Me 2. The film, which is slated to come out on July 3, 2013, will feature Pacino as the Gru’s [...]
Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment are working on an animated series based on the life of British comedian and actor Russell Brand, the trades reported yesterday. The show will be written by Dan Fybel and Rich Rinaldo, who also write and exec produce Fox’s Sunday night toon Bob’s Burgers. Brand, [...]
Universal Pictures has bought French animation studio Mac Guff Ligne for Illumination Entertainment, according to Deadline.com. Illumination and Mac Guff worked together on CG-animated features Despicable Me and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. The Paris-based studio will be renamed Illumination Mac Guff and will work exclusively on Illumination’s fully CG movies [...]
A new Australian trailer for Universal’s 2012 feature Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax offers more clues about the much-anticipated project. Directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me) and Kyle Balda, the Illumination project focuses on the ecological battle between the curmudgeonly Lorax (Danny DeVito) and the tree-killing Once-ler (Ed Helms). Penned by [...]
The life of celebrated children’s author Dr. Seuss (aka Theodor Geisel) is being adapted into a live-action Universal feature, produced by Illumination’s Christopher Meledandri and David Kennedy and Infinitum Nihil’s Christi Dembrowski and Johnny Depp. Keith Bunin (In Treatment) is the project’s screenwriter. Depp is attached to star as the [...]
How the French government is bolstering international animated co-productions, plus a whirlwind tour of top toon houses. As a country renowned for its artistic temperament, fans of French animation are used to marveling at the work of toon auteurs like Sylvain Chomet, Bibo Bergeron, Michel Ocelot or turn-of-the-century effects pioneer [...]
Illumination Entertainment, the company behind last year’s underdog hit Despicable Me and 2013’s The Lorax, has tapped Brooke Braton to be the senior production executive and Kit Giardono to take over as director of development. Meanwhile Kirstin Wong-Ward, who was company founder and CEO Chris Meledandri’s exec assistant has been [...]