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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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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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Universal Floats Despicablimp Across the U.S.

The minions must have been working overtime. This weekend, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have launched a giant “Despicablimp” to promote this summer’s release ... Continue Reading →
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A Zany Return to Area 51

Director Cal Brunker stresses strong visuals and iconic imagery in the new, sci-fi comedy movie Escape from Planet Earth. If luck happens when preparation meets opportunity, then director ... Continue Reading →
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Universal-Illumination to Reboot Seuss’s ‘Grinch’

Universal Studios and its Illumination Entertainment animation division are banking that Dr. Seuss fans have sufficiently recovered from the much-maligned Jim Carrey take on the green ... Continue Reading →
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Illumination Announces Partnership with Fuji TV

Santa Monica-based Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, The Lorax) and Japanese leading broadcaster Fuji Television have made a strategic alliance in Japan. The deal brings together ... Continue Reading →
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‘Lorax’ Pops, Ponies Get Married on New Discs

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, a hit at the box office for Universal and Illumination Entertainment, arrives on home video ahead of a strong pack of animated and VFX releases that includes ... Continue Reading →
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Scholastic to Throw Big Bash for Clifford’s 50th

Scholastic Media will kick off the 50th anniversary celebration of Clifford the Big Red Dog on September 24th—in conjunction with the publication of Norman Bridwell’s Clifford and ... Continue Reading →
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Illumination Plans a ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Movie

Scholastic Entertainment’s Clifford the Big Red Dog will be wagging his tail on the big screen again, thanks to the team at Illumination Entertainment and Universal. According to ... Continue Reading →
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Illumination Taps Altschuler, Krinsky for ‘Woody Woodpecker’

Illumination Entertainment’s proposed Woody Woodpecker feature has a pair of writers. John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky have been tapped by Illumination chief Chris Meledandri ... Continue Reading →