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Fox Animation helping Maguire bend “Cardboard”



Fox Ani­ma­tion is option­ing the recently pub­lished Graphix novel Card­board, with plans for actor Tobey Maguire’s Mate­r­ial Pic­tures, graphic nov­el­ist Doug Ten­Napel and the Gotham Group to be exec­u­tive producers.

Fox plans to have the pic­ture devel­oped under its Wedge­Works sub­sidiary. Wedge­Works direc­tor Chris Wedge (Ice Age) is pro­duc­ing, and is con­sid­er­ing direct­ing the film as well.

In TenNapel’s book, a poor wid­ower gives his young son the inad­e­quate birth­day present of a card­board box. The two con­vert the box into a boxer named Bill that comes to life. This draws the atten­tion of a neigh­bor­hood bully who plans some­thing bad.

Maguire, the voice of the lead char­ac­ter in Warner Bros.’ Cats & Dogs, may get the chance to voice one of the main roles in Card­board if the film pro­ceeds, accord­ing to a source close to the project.

Mean­while, Fox Ani­ma­tion and Blue Sky Stu­dios are in post-production on Wedge’s Epic, a 3D CG-animated action-adventure movie sched­uled for release next May.

Ten­Napel projects being devel­oped also include Ghostopo­lis at Dis­ney and Mon­ster Zoo at Paramount.

DWA enters into distribution agreement with Fox

DreamWorks Animation SKG

Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion SKG

Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion announced Mon­day that the Glen­dale, California-based com­pany has entered into a new five-year dis­tri­b­u­tion agree­ment with Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox.

Under the terms of the agree­ment, Fox will assume cer­tain mar­ket­ing and dis­tri­b­u­tion respon­si­bil­i­ties in both domes­tic and inter­na­tional mar­kets for all ani­mated fea­ture films pro­duced by Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion for release from 2013 through 2017.

Fox has long been an indus­try leader in both the­atri­cal and home video, thanks in large part to its well-integrated approach to dis­tri­b­u­tion across a wide range of plat­forms around the globe,” said Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion CEO Jef­frey Katzen­berg. “Jim Gianop­u­los and Tom Roth­man have built a world-class dis­tri­b­u­tion team, and we are excited to apply their exper­tise, robust infra­struc­ture and global resources so that Dream­Works Animation’s films can reach their fullest pos­si­ble poten­tial over the next five years.”

Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion is a great com­pany that makes ter­rific films and every­one here feels priv­i­leged and hon­ored to have been cho­sen to dis­trib­ute their mar­velous work through­out the world,” stated Fox Filmed Enter­tain­ment CEOs and chair­men Gianop­u­los and Roth­man. “We are par­tic­u­larly excited to add Dream­Works Animation’s films to the strong and grow­ing slate of movies from our out­stand­ing Blue Sky Stu­dios divi­sion, which is com­ing off another global block­buster with Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift, and has Epic and Rio2 in advanced pro­duc­tion. Together we will be a dom­i­nant force in ani­mated enter­tain­ment for years to come.”

Start­ing in 2013, Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion con­tent will be dis­trib­uted in the more tra­di­tional mar­kets under a fee struc­ture that is sim­i­lar to our exist­ing arrange­ment with our cur­rent dis­trib­u­tor,” con­tin­ued Katzen­berg. “How­ever, our new agree­ment with Fox presents more favor­able eco­nom­ics over­all for Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion because we are tak­ing advan­tage of lower costs asso­ci­ated with the emerg­ing dig­i­tal dis­tri­b­u­tion land­scape and man­ag­ing domes­tic tele­vi­sion dis­tri­b­u­tion in-house.”

Under the terms of the agree­ment, Fox will receive a dis­tri­b­u­tion fee on world­wide the­atri­cal and home video gross receipts as well as on inter­na­tional tele­vi­sion, and on cer­tain dig­i­tal busi­nesses, includ­ing rentals, SVOD and EST. Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion will retain the rights to dis­trib­ute its prod­uct in the domes­tic tele­vi­sion win­dows with­out pay­ing a fee to Fox.

Ice Age 4″ surpasses $500 million

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift

Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift” grossed $50.7 mil­lion at 15,932 screens in 69 for­eign coun­tries over the week­end, rais­ing its over­all gross abroad to $516.3 million.

The sec­ond highest-grossing movie over­seas this past week­end, Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift – the fourth install­ment of the computer-animated fran­chise — has now made nearly as much as 2009 Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs, the series’ most suc­cess­ful entry, which made a total of $693.9 mil­lion abroad.

Open­ing in first place in China this week­end, Con­ti­nen­tal Drift made $15.7 mil­lion in about 3,500 locations.

National records for a Fox ani­mated film were set dur­ing open­ing week­ends in South Korea ($3 mil­lion at 501 venues) and in India ($1.6 mil­lion on screens).

Lead­ing the for­eign box office this week­end was Warner Broth­ers’ live-action The Dark Knight Rises. It made $126.2 mil­lion at 17,200 loca­tions in 57 coun­tries dur­ing its sec­ond weekend.

Pixar’s Bravewas No. 5 inter­na­tion­ally, mak­ing $9.6 mil­lion for a total for­eign gross of $92 mil­lion. It was seen in 24 coun­tries, which dis­trib­u­tor Dis­ney says is about 38% of the inter­na­tional mar­ket. North Amer­i­can rev­enues now total $217.3 million.

Dream­Works Animation’s Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wantedopened in first place in Spain ($2.6 mil­lion at 395 the­aters) and Por­tu­gal ($1.1 mil­lion at 67 loca­tions for an aver­age of nearly $16,000 per venue). Over the week­end, it made a total of $6.9 mil­lion at 2,366 venues in 41 coun­tries for a cumu­la­tive for­eign total of $291.7 mil­lion. Dis­trib­u­tor Para­mount will open movie this week in seven coun­tries, includ­ing Japan and Hong Kong.

Universal’s 3D ani­ma­tion Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax opened in sec­ond place in the United King­dom, where a month of school hol­i­days began. There, it made $2.9 mil­lion at 502 venues. It opened in China to gar­ner $964,000 mil­lion on 1,060 screens. Over­all, it made $5.9 mil­lion at 3,506 venues in 13 coun­tries this week­end, con­tribut­ing to a for­eign cumu­la­tive total of $110.6 million.

Another Uni­ver­sal release, the partly ani­mated Ted, made $2.7 mil­lion this week­end at 497 loca­tions in 10 coun­tries for a for­eign total of $44.1 million.

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.

Simpsons Meet The Ice Age


The Longest Daycare

The Longest Daycare

Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift will fea­ture more than pals Man­fred, Sid, Diego, Ellie and Scrat when it pre­mieres in July. Rather than the usual short fea­tur­ing Scrat chas­ing his acorn, the fourth Ice Age movie will reach out to America’s most dys­func­tional fam­ily with The Longest Day­care.

Announced after the sea­son finale of The Simp­sons on Sun­day, the new the­atri­cal short will fea­ture the youngest fam­ily mem­ber, Mag­gie. The short has been pro­duced in 3D, as has Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift.

It’s hard to do a 20-minute Mag­gie episode, but in four min­utes it’s great. She’s like Char­lie Chap­lin,” Simp­sons exec­u­tive pro­ducer Al Jean com­mented to Enter­tain­ment Weekly exclu­sively. David Sil­ver­man directs.

Mag­gie go back to the Ayn Rand School for Tots. Each child through an air­port security-style test­ing machine to mea­sure their future. Mag­gie is scanned and the machine responds, “Noth­ing Spe­cial”, so they put her in an area that’s not all that great.

The Longest Day­care and Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift will pre­miere in the United States on July 13, 2012.

Ice Age Experience at San Diego Zoo

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift

Over the week­end, The San Diego Zoo, in con­junc­tion with Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox Con­sumer Prod­ucts and SimeEx-Iwerks,unveiled the new Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs — The 4-D Expe­ri­ence. The com­pletely immer­sive attrac­tion takes the Ice Age action from the big screen and brings it directly to the viewer by com­bin­ing 3-D film ele­ments from the third film in the fran­chise with an exhil­a­rat­ing array of syn­chro­nized phys­i­cal effects.

Keke Palmer, who voices Peaches, a young wooly mam­moth, in the upcom­ing fea­ture film Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift was on hand for the opening.

Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift opens in the­aters every­where on July 13th 2012.

Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer


Axe Cop” breaking into Saturday late-prime on FOX

Axe Cop

Axe Cop

Ani­ma­tion Dom­i­na­tion HD, the new ani­ma­tion unit cre­ated by Fox Broad­cast­ing Com­pany, has acquired the rights to the hit comic phe­nom­e­non Axe Cop, Nick Wei­den­feld, head of Ani­ma­tion Dom­i­na­tion HD, announced Tuesday.

Axe Cop will pre­miere as part of FOX’s new Sat­ur­day late-prime Ani­ma­tion Dom­i­na­tion HD block (11 to 12:30 p.m. ET/PT), debut­ing in 2013, and across dig­i­tal platforms.

Axe Cop is one of the most cre­ative, hilar­i­ous and nat­u­rally viral comic prop­er­ties to emerge in the last decade,” Wei­den­feld said. “I’ve hoped some­one would adapt Axe Cop for tele­vi­sion for years, and couldn’t be hap­pier that we get to be that some­one. Axe Cop has all the mak­ings of an iconic ani­mated series, and it will help set the tone for FOX’s new late-prime Sat­ur­day ani­ma­tion lineup.”

Axe Cop is the first new series in devel­op­ment by Ani­ma­tion Dom­i­na­tion HD. The new unit has ordered six quarter-hour episodes of the series. Addi­tional aus­pices will be announced.

The Axe Cop Web comic was cre­ated by then five-year-old Malachai Nicolle and his 29-year-old brother Ethan, and chron­i­cles the adven­tures of an axe-wielding police offi­cer and his loyal team of allies as they fight bad guys. Writ­ten by Malachai and drawn by Ethan, the first five install­ments of Axe Cop were put online on Jan­u­ary 25, 2010 and went viral in a mat­ter of days.

Three days after AxeCop.com went live, it was fea­tured as Enter­tain­ment Weekly’s “Site of the Day,” and the series quickly became an Inter­net meme. Since its debut, Axe Cop has gained cult sta­tus and promi­nent recog­ni­tion in the comic sphere through Dark Horse, on the Web, and through var­i­ous media circuits.

FOX gives moms a special gift on Sunday

Fox Animation Studios

Fox Ani­ma­tion Studios

In cel­e­bra­tion of Mother’s Day, the ani­mated kids of FOX Sun­days reveal what they’re get­ting their moms — Donna Tubbs, Marge Simp­son, Linda Belcher, Lois Grif­fin and Francine Smith.

Plus, FOX promises no regift­ing with all-new episodes of The Cleve­land Show, The Simp­sons, Bob’s Burg­ers, Fam­ily Guy and the sea­son finale of Amer­i­can Dad, air­ing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. ET/PT Sun­day, May 13.

The Cleve­land Show (7:30 to 8 p.m.)

Roberta Tubbs: “I’m gonna sign my name to what­ever Junior gets her.“
Cleve­land Brown Jr.: “For Mother’s Day, I’m going to make break­fast in bed. Then, after I’m done eat­ing, I’m gonna give Miss Donna some socks.“
Rallo Tubbs: “I’m gonna sign my name to what­ever Junior gets her.”

The Simp­sons (8 to 8:30 p.m.)

Bart Simp­son: “Every year my prayer for Mother’s Day is that Mom’s not a widow by the time it rolls around.“
Lisa Simp­son: “I hope Mom gets to spend the day with her favorite child: not Bart.”

Bob’s Burg­ers (8:30 to 9 p.m.)

Tina Belcher: “It’s Mother’s Day. Mom has glasses. I have glasses. I’m gonna clean her glasses.“
Gene Belcher: “Mother’s Day is the rea­son I don’t just give hugs out willy nilly. Make her wait, and she’ll love you for it.“
Louise Belcher: “Mother’s Day Present: Take a piece of paper, scrib­ble some shape, sign it, done. One year, I lit­er­ally drew a cir­cle. Mom cried.”

Fam­ily Guy (9 to 9:30 p.m.)

Chris Grif­fin: “I got her a pineap­ple!“
Meg Grif­fin: “A pic­ture of her from when she was my age to remind her she wasn’t as hot as she claims to have been.“
Stewie Grif­fin: “What would I get Lois for Mother’s day? Hmm, what did Rosemary’s baby give her mother?”

Amer­i­can Dad (9:30 to 10 p.m.)

Hay­ley Smith: “I want to say a facial or pedi­cure, but I’m prob­a­bly going to go with a Sharper Image gift cer­tifi­cate. It’s the polite way to get a middle-aged woman some­thing that vibrates.“
Steve Smith: “I gave her a gift 14 years ago, and it didn’t come from a store. It came burst­ing from her uterus; it was me.”

50 Days of Futurama



Com­edy Cen­tral is tak­ing “Futu­rama” fans on a 50 day multi-platform jour­ney lead­ing up to the series’ sev­enth sea­son pre­miere on Wednes­day, June 20 at 10:00 p.m.  The “Count­down To ‘Futu­rama’” launches on Face­book on Tues­day, May 1 and for 50 con­sec­u­tive days  will pro­vide fans with exclu­sive con­tent includ­ing pre­view clips, char­ac­ter designs, episode stills, story boards and more each day.  For the count­down kick-off, Com­edy Cen­tral will post a sneak peek clip from the sea­son pre­miere episode, “The Bots and the Bees.”  “Futurama’s” Face­book page has over 20 mil­lion fans and ranks among the top five ani­mated tele­vi­sion show pages.

Begin­ning on Mon­day, May 7, CC Dig­i­tal will fea­ture the first of seven weekly pod­casts, which will include a week’s worth of “Count­down To ‘Futu­rama’” con­tent. Hosted by Exec­u­tive Pro­ducer David X. Cohen, who will be joined by a rotat­ing cast of other “Futu­rama” writ­ers and pro­duc­ers, this all-new fea­ture will pro­vide view­ers with inside com­men­tary on each piece of exclu­sive con­tent along with a first look at images from upcom­ing episodes, as well as char­ac­ter designs, stills, sto­ry­boards and con­cept sketches. The “Futu­rama” weekly pod­casts will only be avail­able on iTunes.

Fox To Save Kingdom

Hero's Guide To Saving Your Kingdom

Hero’s Guide To Sav­ing Your Kingdom

Fox has announced they have optioned children’s book Hero’s Guide To Sav­ing Your King­dom as a pos­si­ble future ani­mated fea­ture. The book, which comes out today, was writ­ten by Christo­pher Healy.

The story fol­lows four wanna-be Prince Charm­ings: Liam, Dun­can, Fred­eric, and Gus­tav. When they are kicked out of their cas­tles by their respec­tive princesses, the four come across an evil plot that threat­ens each of their king­doms and must fight their own imper­fec­tions as well as all sorts of fan­tasy vil­lains in order to become true heroes.

The film will be pro­duced by Chernin Enter­tain­ment. No scriptwriter or direc­tor has yet been attached to the film.