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DreamWorks Adds Two To Head Home

smekdayDreamWorks Animation has added two hot names to the voice cast of next year’s Home. Look for comedian Steve Martin to take on Captain Smek, the leader of the alien race known as Boov. Jennifer Lopez is also moving Home, playing the teenage girl Tip’s mother. Lopez and Martin join the existing cast of “The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons as the alien Oh and singer Rihanna as Tip, the teenage girl.

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Fox and Blue Sky Studios announce “Epic” casting

Blue Sky Studios

Blue Sky Studios

Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios announced Thursday the voice cast for Epic, a 3D CG action-adventure comedy that reveals a hidden world unlike any other.

From the creators of Ice Ageand Rio, Epic tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world… and ours.

Beyonce Knowles, one of the most widely recognized and highly respected women in pop culture and star of the upcoming A Star Is Born, voices Queen Tara; Colin Farrell (Total Recall) is Ronin; Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) is Nod; Amanda Seyfried (Dear John) portrays Mary Katherine; and Johnny Knoxville (Jackass) voices Mandrake.

Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) portrays Mub, and rapper Pitbull voices Bufo. Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses and the upcoming The Campaign) portrays Bomba, and rock legend and American Idol judge Steven Tyler is Nim Galuu.

Co-starring are Blake Anderson (Workaholics) as Dagda, and Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) as Larry.

Epic charges into theaters everywhere May 24, 2013. The film is directed by Academy Award-winner Chris Wedge, and produced by Lori Forte (Ice Age: Continental Drift) and Jerry Davis (Robots).

Colbert, Janney join “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” cast

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Stephen Colbert (“The Colbert Report”), Emmy winner Allison Janney (The Help, The West Wing), Ellie Kemper (Bridesmaids, The Office), Ariel Winter (Modern Family) and Stephen Tobolowsky (Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Californication) have joined DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which is now scheduled to be released on November 8, 2013, the studio announced Tuesday.

They join previously announced cast members Ty Burrell (Modern Family) and Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Three Stooges).

The film had previously been slated for March 14, 2014, a release date now planned for the studio’s Me and My Shadow.

“These incredible casting additions have elevated Mr. Peabody & Sherman to a new level of excitement, and we are truly fortunate to work with so many talented actors,” said DreamWorks Animation chief creative officer Bill Damaschke. “I’m certain that their collective passion and enthusiasm for the film will bring the classic characters of Mr. Peabody & Sherman to new life and thrill audiences of all ages when we open in November of next year.”

Mr. Peabody & Sherman is directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little) and produced by Alex Schwartz (Journey to the Center of the Earth, Bridge to Terabithia) and Denise Cascino (Megamind, Shrek The Third). It is being written by Craig Wright (United States of Tara, Six Feet Under), with revisions by Michael McCullers (Baby Mama, Austin Powers in Goldmember). Bullwinkle Studios’ Tiffany Ward and Classic Media’s Eric Ellenbogen are serving as executive producers on the film, along with Jason Clark (Monster House, Stuart Little).

Based on Jay Ward’s classic cartoon, Mr. Peabody is the world’s smartest person who happens to be a dog. When his “pet” boy Sherman uses their time-traveling WABAC machine without permission, events in history spiral out of control to disastrous and comical results. It’s up to this most unexpected of father-son teams to somehow put things back on track before the space-time continuum is irreparably destroyed.

Beyoncé Knowles Colin Farrell go Epic

Blue Sky Studios

Blue Sky Studios

Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios announced the voice cast for Epic, a new 3D CG action-adventure comedy that reveals a hidden world unlike any other. From the creators of the Ice Age series and the very popular feature film RioEpic tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil. When a teen age girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world… and ours.

This new feature will be directed by Chris Wedge and produced by Lori Forte and Jerry Davis. Here’s a the voice cast and the characters they will be portraying:

Beyoncé Knowles (Queen Tara)
Colin Farrell (Ronin)
Josh Hutcherson (Nod)
Amanda Seyfried (Mary Katherine)
Johnny Knoxville (Mandrake)
Aziz Ansari (Mub)
Pitbull (Bufo)
Jason Sudeikis (Bomba)
Steven Tyler (Nim Galuu)
Blake Anderson (Dagda)
Judah Friedlander (Larry)

No production images, or any artwork from the film yet.

The announcement also put the release date as May 24, 2013, which means this film has been in production for a while. It also means the previously announced Leafmen- which was also slated for a May 24, 2013 release- is either pushed back or cancelled.

Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie voicing animated film

The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost

Longtime friends Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie are reuniting for an animated film to be released on Christmas Day 2014.

Fry told Twitter fans that he and the House actor are “cooking up a project together.”

Later, he announced: “M’coll Hugh & I will be working together to voice the new animated feature of Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost.”

Fry is one of the film’s executive producers. Being made by France’s Melmoth Films, Britain’s Sprout Pictures and Canada’s Arc Productions, the feature film is now in pre-production.

He tweeted a poster for The Canterville Ghost, based on Wilde’s classic story. Fry’s and Laurie’s names receive top billing.

Friends in university, the pair gained fame in Britain as comedy duo Fry and Laurie. After meeting at Cambridge, they joined forces on several TV shows, including Jeeves and Wooster. Laurie played Bertie Wooster, while Fry portayed valet Jeeves.

They also received critical plaudits for their BBC sketch show A Bit of Fry & Laurie.

Miley Cyrus checking out of “Hotel Transylvania”

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania

Selena Gomez is replacing Miley Cyrus as the voice of Dracula’s teenage daughter Mavis in Hotel Transylvania, the representative for star Adam Sandler confirmed.

Both Gomez and Cyrus are former Disney stars.

Sony Pictures Animation, the production studio, would not comment on why Cyrus was leaving the film. Her representative did not immediately return a request for comment. An model of the Mavis character is available on our Hotel Transylvania picture page.

It was revealed last November that Cyrus had joined the voice cast.

In Hotel Transylvania, Dracula (voiced by Sandler) operates a five-stake resort where monsters and their families can live it up, free from meddling from the human world. Overprotective of his daughter, Dracula fabricates tales of elaborate dangers to dissuade her adventurous spirit.

Also starring are Saturday Night Live‘s Andy Samberg, Cee Lo Green (as Murray the Mummy) and Kevin James (as Frankenstein). The movie is scheduled for release September 21.

Other cast members include Fran Drescher (The Bride of Frankenstein), David Spade (The Invisible Man), David Koechner (Quasimodo), and Steve Buscemi and Molly Shannon as a pair of werewolves.

Genndy Tartakovsky (Star Wars: Clone Wars) is the movie’s director.

Chastain makes animation debut in “Madagascar 3″

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Jessica Chastain, gaining critical attention for her work on the movie The Help, will make her animation debut in Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, DreamWorks Animation announced Friday.

Chastain, also of Tree of Life, will voice a new character, Gia the jaguar.

Also joining the film’s voice cast are Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston (also of Malcolm in the Middle) and comedian Martin Short (The Martin Short Show, Saturday Night Live). Cranston will voice a Siberian tiger, while Short will portray Stefano the sea lion.

Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sacha Baron Cohen will repeat their animal portrayals. Frances McDormand was previously announced as a cast member.

Directed by Eric Darnell and Conrad Vernon, the threequel is scheduled for release June 8.

“Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple, and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure,” Friday’s announcement said. “Their journey takes them through Europe, where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent — Madagascar-style.”

The Madagascar franchise has grossed over $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office.