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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.