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It's a Wrap for She-Ra: Why the Show Is Important

For LGBTQ fans, series shows 'you don't have to hide'

(Newser) - The fifth and final season of Netflix and DreamWorks' She-Ra and the Princesses of Power debuts Friday and there are a lot of mixed feelings. According to Linda Meleh at Forbes , the season is "incredibly satisfying … but its also difficult to say goodbye to a show that has... More »

Comcast Just Bought DreamWorks for $3.8B

That's right—Shrek is marrying the Minions in possible bid to rival Disney

(Newser) - In animating news for DreamWorks, Comcast's NBCUniversal will scoop up the studio, behind such films as Kung Fu Panda and Shrek, in a deal worth $3.8 billion, the AP reports. The acquisition, which the Los Angeles Times says came together with "breathtaking speed," will result in... More »

DreamWorks CEO Offered $75M for More Breaking Bad

At $415K a minute, but it wasn't to be

(Newser) - If you would have paid a few extra bucks for a couple more hits of Breaking Bad, you weren't the only one. DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg was so "nuts for the show" that weeks ago he offered to pay $75 million for three more episodes, Variety reports; that'... More »

Netflix to Become DreamWorks' TV Network

Deal will bring host of Dreamworks shows to streaming service

(Newser) - Netflix made another big splash in its original content push today, announcing a deal with DreamWorks that will see the animation studio create 300 hours worth of original TV shows for the streaming service. The shows will be "inspired" by DreamWorks' existing properties, so get ready for shows based... More »

Crowds Love Jack Reacher, But Hobbit Still Wins

Judd Apatow's 'This Is 40' takes 3rd at weekend box office

(Newser) - Christmas weekend is weird for Hollywood because movies often gain traction as the holiday week goes on, the New York Times reports. Still, the box office looks plausible enough: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey held onto first with $36.7 million, ahead of Jack Reacher ($15.6 million) and Judd... More »

DreamWorks Artist Charged With Beating Puppy to Pulp

Young Song faces felony animal cruelty charge

(Newser) - An animator who helped bring lovable creatures to life in movies like Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar 2 has been arrested for what Humane Society workers describe as one of the worst cases of animal abuse they've ever seen. DreamWorks employee Young Song is accused of shooting his neighbor'... More »

Assange's Lawyers Fight Extradition

As Steven Spielberg's studio options WikiLeaks: The Movie

(Newser) - Julian Assange's lawyers have filed an appeal against the ruling that he be extradited to Sweden to face rape and sexual molestation charges, court officials tell the AP . Assange's lawyers last week have argued that Sweden might turn Assange over to the US for his WikiLeaks shenanigans, but a judge... More »

New Book Bares Russell Crowe's Crazy Side

Actor indulges in wee-hours phone calls, prima donna behavior on set

(Newser) - With Russell Crowe's latest film on the horizon, a new book about DreamWorks is perfectly timed to take advantage of curiosity about the famously short-tempered actor. Some juicy details from Nicole LaPorte's The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company called DreamWorks,... More »

How to Train Your Dragon Soars

Critics love Dreamworks' latest animate tale

(Newser) - Dreamwork’s latest animated romp, How to Train Your Dragon, is earning nearly unanimous critical praise—it’s currently at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes . Here’s what they’re saying:
  • The story’s pretty conventional, but writer-directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois (Lilo & Stitch) “make funny, touching, sublime
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Jermaine's Old Book Pitch: Michael Hated Jews

Jackson bro hoped to pen shockingly candid tell-all

(Newser) - Jermaine Jackson circulated a tell-all book proposal that got no takers in 2003, writes Roger Friedman for Showbiz411. He lays out some salacious excerpts:
  • "My brother purchased children. It is like a sanctioned black market. He is very powerful; he picked the sperm donor by using information provided by
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Spielberg Hops Onto Harvey Remake

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg pulled a rabbit out of his hat today and signed on to adapt the Pulitzer Prize–winning play Harvey as his next film, Variety reports. First put on the big screen in 1950 starring Jimmy Stewart, the film about a man's friendship with a giant, invisible bunny is... More »

MLK's Kids Bicker Over Spielberg Biopic

Siblings plan to fight Dexter King's sale of movie rights to their father's life

(Newser) - The sale of the movie rights to Martin Luther King Jr.'s life has revived the feud among his three surviving children, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Martin Luther King III and Bernice King say their brother Dexter—chief executive of the King estate—only informed them of the plans for... More »

Spielberg Snags MLK Movie Rights

(Newser) - The first authorized biopic of Martin Luther King Jr. will be a Steven Spielberg production. The filmmaker's DreamWorks studio has obtained the rights from King's family, NPR reports. No word yet on whether Spielberg himself will direct or who will play the main role (Denzel? Jamie Foxx?). King’s children... More »

Geffen Sought Stake in NY Times

Media mogul rebuffed after bid for 20% of company

(Newser) - Media mogul and DreamWorks co-founder David Geffen recently offered to buy nearly 20% of the struggling New York Times Company, Fortune reports. Geffen offered market price, currently $194 million, for the shares owned by Harbinger Capital Management. But the hedge fund rejected his offer as too low. He hasn't been... More »

Monsters Looks Great, Lacks Oomph

Dreamworks' 3-D stunner stuck with one-dimensional storyline

(Newser) - Monsters Vs. Aliens looks amazing on screen, but grownups may find the thin jokes and the storyline of Dreamworks' animated spoof of '50s flicks a little grating, say critics.
  • James Rocchi, Redbox: The movie "has amazing 3D, solid gags, wacky concepts and great animation; I just wish that at
... More »

DreamWorks Nails Down Disney Deal

Spielberg's studio to get financing, distribution for six films a year

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks has secured a distribution deal with Disney, the Wall Street Journal reports. Under the agreement, Disney will handle marketing and distribution for six live-action DreamWorks films per year and give Spielberg’s studio access to $150 million in financing. More »

Spurned Spielberg Seeks Disney Deal

Universal scraps Dreamworks plan after demand for more cash

(Newser) - Hollywood's own financial crisis has left Steven Spielberg searching for a home for DreamWorks, the Wall Street Journal reports. Talks over a distribution deal with Universal collapsed yesterday after the studio balked at DreamWorks' request to double its financing commitment to $200 million. DreamWorks is now in talks with Disney,... More »

Spielberg Pays Bills for Ailing DreamWorks

Credit crunch forces director into personal bailout for studio

(Newser) - Perhaps for the first time, Steven Spielberg is using personal funds to pay half of a $26.5 million bill his company, DreamWorks, owes ex-partner Paramount so it can keep 17 film projects under its wing. Due to cash shortages, the studio has already lost the rights to as many... More »

Audiences Flock to Madagascar

Animated flick wins weekend box office

(Newser) - Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa had the year's best opening for an animated family flick, pulling in $63.5 million to win the weekend box office, Variety reports. R-rated gross-out comedy Role Models, meanwhile, surprised by taking second place with $19.3 million. The remaining top five: High School Musical 3:... More »

Madagascar Sequel Not Wildly Different

(Newser) - Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa brings back the on-the-run New York menagerie, and DreamWorks hasn't monkeyed much with the first movie's winning, if slightly tired, formula, say critics. The celebrity-voiced animals' new adventure "is aimed mostly at children and should score a direct hit," Kirk Honeycutt writes in the... More »

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