Die archivierten Nachrichten aus der Rubrik "Aktuelles"...
HollywoodReporter.com berichtet über die Einspielergebnisse...
[...] "At World's End" also had to counter the expanded rollout (in 14 new territories) of DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures International's "Shrek the Third," which nabbed an estimated $25 million from 1,852 screens in 23 markets. Its overseas total is $54.5 million; worldwide, its cume is $336.4 million. [...]
The best markets for "Shrek" were Korea, where the film had the highest market opening for an animation title with an estimated $11.3 million in five days from 536 locales, 55% better than the previous record holder, "Shrek 2"; and Australia, where the film was No. 1 with an estimated $8.5 million from 276 locales. This week, it opens in another 13 markets including France, Mexico and Brazil. [...]
HollywoodReporter.com berichtet über die US-Einspielergebnisse...
[...] DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.'s "Shrek the Third" slipped one to No. 3 with $26.7 million, taking its three-week haul to $254.6 million. [...]
CS! berichtet über die US-Einspielergebnisse...
[...] As the only new movie in theatres, DreamWorks' Shrek the Third was expected to do huge amounts of family business but it surpassed most expectations with an opening weekend of $122 million, making it the third-largest opening ever and setting a new opening record for an animated feature, a record previously held by Shrek 2. [...]
Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Capone..
[...] the worst crime committed by the makers of Shrek the Third is that it doesn't feel like they care about these characters anymore. There's a laziness about the plot and the performances that is undeniable. Even the pop culture references and song cues seem tired, obvious, and played out. If this series were a TV show and featured a pregnant Fiona storyline and a doubling of the cast size, it would be accused of jumping the shark, and that's precisely what watching this film feels like. [...]
Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik (3/5)..
[...] Shrek the Third is a fine film and a great way for the younger crowd to spend an evening with the family or a Saturday matinee with their friends. With so many movies this summer aimed at an older audience this season, Shrek the Third is a pleasant gift. However, to an adult who has grown
accustomed to the all ages encompassing charm of the Shrek films, something was just missing. [...]
Bei CS! gibt es ein Interview mit Julie Andrews und Cameron Diaz...
Bei CS! gibt es ein Interview mit Mike Myers...
CS: [...] There should be a "Shrek 4," when it comes around to recording for that movie, would you be interested in recording together such as the cast of "Surf's Up" did? To allow for more improvisation.
Myers: No, I like this process. Because, I start to fall in love with Puss and I fall in love with Donkey and Fiona. And when I get there it's like a radio play. I like them all, who hasn't fallen in love with Antonio? (Laughs.) Who hasn't? (Laughs.) But there is something great, because in the process they don't even know what the script is and they are constantly evolving it. [...]
Wie HollywoodReporter.com meldet, soll Mike Mitchell (u.a. "Sky High") bei "Shrek 4" Regie führen... Bei CS! stand noch zu lesen...
Will there be a Puss in Boots movie? Antonio Banderas says yes; according to the producers, well... they're really keeping their mouths shut about it.
The voice of the feline, Banderas, says, "It's fantastic 'cause Donkey doesn't have one! There was a Puss in Boots movement right there. No, I'm very happy that happened; I didn't expect it at all at the beginning that was going to be developed. In this one, they push him more, they're pushing like they've never done before."
With chatter around the business, the franchise has been a huge money maker for DreamWorks Animation, and so the team on the first three was so focused on them, two new people were brought in to develop the Puss in Boots movie - David Steinberg and Jon Zack.
Producer Aron Warner says, "There's definitely been talk about it, and it's definitely been in development. But I don't know where it is in the process; I'm not involved in it."
And so what’s going on with Shrek 4? A lot. But once again, Warner was mum about the future. "All we're doing is 'Shrek 3' right now, that's where our heads are at," he said.
However, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews and Rupert Everett are ready to jump back into the studio. "If they do it," started Julie - "I'm in it," finished Cameron. "I'm there, I'm there; I'll by a ticket," she continued.
Rupert, who voices Prince Charming, mentioned the possibility of returning to the fourth installment. "Yes, there's a chance; there's always a chance. You'll have to wait and see."
Shrek 4 is scheduled for a 2010 release; if it goes into full development, Puss in Boots will be after that.
Bei Moviefone gibt es den neuen "Shrek the Third" Trailer... Derweil gibt es bei People.com den bildhaften Beweis für Shreks "Nachkommen"... SPOILER !!!
Bei Blackfilm.com gibt es einen exklusiven "Shrek the Third" Clip / Ausschnitt... Und bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik zu einer Testvorführung..
[...] The two main problems, I would say, are the story and the jokes. The story feels like a rehash of stuff we've all seen before. Instead of adding any sort of drama or tension, the plot is a by-the-books fairy tale. For a film that is supposed to be spoofing such fairy tales, this is unacceptable. The few attempts at drama are painfully cliched and seem like a sad attempt to spread a message. A particular scene involving Shrek and Arthur seeing a vision of a father/son relationship is utterly sappy and obvious. Even worse than the story, however, are the jokes. These feel like they are aimed exclusively at the 5 and under crowd. An 8 year old would groan at the majority of these jokes. Where is the subtle humor for adults? Where are the witty pop culture references? Where are the exciting sequences accompanied by meaningful and catchy songs? These were the things that made Shrek and Shrek II quality films, and their absence here is sorely missed.
If there is anything positive that I can say, it is that the visuals are stunning. Even this, however, does not impress as much as it might have a few years ago. The advent of such capabilities wears away the novelty and the CGI can no longer hide a weak script. [...]
CS! sprach mit Antonio Banderas über "Shrek 3" und mehr...
CS: I notice there is a "Shrek 4" coming out in 2010. Is there a lot, even more than that, already planned?
Banderas: The "Shrek" entire run is going to be 5 movies, so far. Now in between 4 and 5, Puss is going to have his own movie. It's going to be called "Puss In Boots: The Story of an Ogre Killer." I don't know if you realize but Donkey doesn't have a movie, himself. [Laughs]. And that will be it, from what Jeffery Katzenberg is communicating to us, but I don't know, if the character - probably some place in the future they may take the character and do it again, and things like that - but so far, there were going to be four, but they discovered the novel game them the opportunity to do five. [...]
Bei JoBlo.com gibt es einen "Set"-Bericht zu "Shrek 3"...
Heute um 17.20 Uhr zeigt Pro7 die Wiederholung von "Shrek 2 - Der tollkühne Held kehrt zurück"...
Heute um 20.15 Uhr zeigt Pro7 "Shrek 2 - Der tollkühne Held kehrt zurück" als deutsche Free-TV-Premiere...
Bei CS! gibt es eine Beschreibung von "Shrek 3"-Material... Ausserdem gibt es bei CS! den letzten Stand in Sachen "Shrek 4", "Shrek the Halls" und Spin-Off "Puss in Boots"...
[...] production designer Guillaume Aretos was really tight-lipped about the film, but he did say it was definitely in the works.
"We know there is a 'Shrek 4' and I know the story. It's actually very good and very funny," he confessed. But, when asked if it's in pre-production, Aretos smiled and said, "I am going to use the Scooter Libby thing. I do not recall."
We did manage however to find out a little more about another project called "Shrek the Halls," which is a half-hour Christmas special that will air on ABC. Art director Peter Zaslav told us that while there will be a couple of new characters, it will primarily consist of ones that we are already familiar with.
"We're visiting some old environments and all the core groups of characters. It really integrates seamlessly, I think, with taking place where 'Shrek the Third' left off," Zaslay said. [...]
We also wondered about the spin-off with Puss in Boots. Tim Cheung, the head of character animation, admitted it is a possibility.
"I think there's always been talk with these characters to [do it]. This is a huge franchise for DreamWorks so I think if all things line up, I think they'd be interested in doing stuff like that. I haven't heard anything yet exactly but I just work here. They tell me what to do."
Pro7 zeigt heute um 20.15 Uhr den ersten Teil "Shrek - Der tollkühne Held"... Bei DemoNews.de gibt es erste Eindrücke zum "Shrek der Dritte" Videospiel...
[...] Das Game bietet eine Singleplayer-Kampagne, bei der man sich durch 20 Levels schlägt, die teils aus dem Film stammen und teils komplett neu sind. Zur Wahl stehen dabei die verschiedenen Hauptfiguren des Films (Shrek, Esel, Kater, Fiona) und man bekommt es unter anderem mit einem riesigen Eisdrachen, Captain Hook und Prinz Charming zu tun. Über die Qualität des Einzelspiels lässt sich leider nichts sagen, denn Activision hat uns davon nichts gezeigt. Stattdessen ging man mehr auf die Mini-Games ein, die man alleine oder zu zweit spielen kann. Dabei handelt es sich zum einen um ein Spiel mit dem Namen "Schiff Ahoi", das sich als eine Mischung aus Moorhuhn und Schiffe versenken präsentierte.
Im zweiten Mini-Game musste man in einfachen Jump&Run-Einlagen in "Frogger"-Manier auf Plattformen springen, um einen Abgrund zu überwinden. Schon diese beiden Spielereien machten klar, dass Shrek, der Dritte als familienfreundliches Game angelegt wurde, in dem Kinder nette Abenteuer erleben oder sich zusammen mit ihren Eltern vor den Monitor/Fernseher setzen. Besondere Features hat übrigens der Nintendo DS zu bieten, auf dem die Storyline aus der Sicht des Esels erzählt wird und bei dem sowohl der Touchscreen als auch das Mikrofon zum Einsatz kommen. [...]
Die Offizielle Website wurde überarbeitet...
Bei Cinematical kann man einen Blick auf das neue "Shrek 3"-Poster werfen...
Bei Moviefone gibt es den neuen "Shrek the Third" Trailer...
Empire Movies hat einen weiteren "Shrek the Third" Trailer veröffentlicht...
Der erste "Shrek the Third" Teaser-Trailer ist online !!! Und die Offizielle Website bietet neues Material...
Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik zu einer frühen Testvorführung von "Shrek 3"...
In addition to the forthcoming "Shrek 3", Dreamworks’ have announced a second feature on the emerald funnyman - a TV special to air Christmas 2007.
Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas will reprise their roles from the three hit films for ABC Entertainment’s "Shrek The Halls," an original animated special from DreamWorks Animation SKG.
"Family classics are a cornerstone of our brand, and "Shrek The Halls" will provide warm memories year-after-year, and be a great addition to our library of holiday favorites such as "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas," said Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment.
Shrek has been featured in two major animated films to-date, and the world television premiere of "Shrek 2" will air Sunday, November 24, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m., ET on ABC.
Added Katzenberg, "The time has come to celebrate the joys of the holiday season with Shrek and his family, and see how Christmas would play out in his world. Shrek the Halls’ follows a natural storytelling path for us, and we’re so happy to be partnered with ABC in expanding the world of Shrek into the television arena."
"Shrek The Halls" brings Christmas home to the swamp. Join Shrek (Mike Myers), Fiona (Cameron Diaz), Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas), and all their fairytale buddies as they put their own twist on everyone’s favorite holiday traditions. The half-hour special will be directed by Gary Trousdale ("Beauty and the Beast") and produced by Teresa Cheng ("Madagascar") and Gina Shay ("The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie"). [...]
DreamWorks Animation reported its earnings for the third quarter of 2006 on Tuesday and revealed that Shrek 4 will hit theaters in 2010. Also, the Puss in Boots movie, previously expected to go straight to DVD, will instead be a theatrical release sometime after Shrek 4.
"'Puss in Boots' is a unique creative property that has the potential to be a valuable extension of the 'Shrek' franchise," stated Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation. "We are excited to be developing this into a feature film where we think it has the greatest opportunity." [...]
Bei CS! gibt es ein HiRes-Bild der schlagkräftigen Prinzessinen aus "Shrek 3" !!!
Bei JoBlo.com kann man einen Blick auf das neue Teaser-Plakat zu "Shrek 3" werfen...
Unter ShrekTheThird.com ist zwischenzeitlich die Teaser-Site zum 3. Teil gestartet...
DreamWorks Animation announced today that the final cast for its upcoming computer-animated comedy Shrek the Third has been set. The original casts from Shrek and Shrek 2 -- Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Rupert Everett, Julie Andrews and John Cleese -- will reprise their roles in this third chapter of the Shrek story.
Joining the cast for Shrek the Third is an all-new ensemble of actors and comedians. Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Justin Timberlake will play the role of Fiona's rebellious teenage cousin Artie, the inimitable Eric Idle (the "Monty Python" movies and series, "Spamalot" on Broadway) will play Merlin and John Krasinski (TV's The Office) will play Lancelot. Making up a new fighting force of fairy tale princesses are: Cheri Oteri (TV's Saturday Night Live) as Sleeping Beauty, Amy Poehler (the upcoming Blades of Glory, Mean Girls) as Snow White, Maya Rudolph (A Prairie Home Companion, TV's Saturday Night Live) as Rapunzel, and Amy Sedaris (Strangers With Candy) as Cinderella. Ian McShane (TV's Deadwood) will play Captain Hook.
Slated for release on May 18, 2007, Shrek the Third is being directed by Chris Miller and co-directed by Raman Hui. The film is being produced by Aron Warner and executive produced by Andrew Adamson and John H. Williams.
When Shrek married Princess Fiona, becoming the next King and Queen of Far, Far Away wasn't part of the plan. So when his father-in-law, King Harold, falls ill, it is up to Shrek to find a suitable heir or he will be forced to give up his beloved swamp for the throne. Recruiting Donkey and Puss In Boots for a new quest, Shrek sets out to bring back the rightful heir to the throne, Fiona's rebellious cousin Artie. Back in Far, Far Away, Fiona's jilted Prince Charming storms the city with an army of fairy tale villains to seize the throne. But they have a surprise in store because Fiona, together with her mother, Queen Lillian, has drafted her fellow fairy tale heroines to defend their "happily ever afters." As Shrek, Donkey and Puss work on changing Artie from a royal pain in the you-know-what into a future king, Fiona and her band of princesses must stop Prince Charming to ensure there will be a kingdom left to rule.
His voice and personality are almost unmistakable as the evil Al Swearengen from the HBO Western series Deadwood, but British actor Ian McShane will probably have to tone down the expletives for the series of animated films for which he'll be providing his voice. [...]
"Those things are fun to do, they really are. You go in a day and it's a chance to do something different, play around, and exercise your voice."
And by "those things," McShane is referring to doing animation voice work, something he's been doing a lot of recently, most notably voicing the previously silent Captain Hook in DreamWorks' upcoming Shrek the Third.
"They've done Captain Hook before like in the background playing the piano, but Captain Hook finally speaks, so it's something my grandkids can finally see," he told us. "It's very strange doing those things, because you usually go in... I think I've done three days and I've got another day to do... you don't meet anybody else, you do all your lines on your own. But there are all these animators, 17 nerds, looking at you from the screen. They're very nice, because it's an extraordinary place. DreamWorks have this incredible campus out in Glendale, they call it "nerd heaven" and they only do animation there, it's beautiful. They try to physically adapt the character a little to what you do when they're doing the drawings." [...]
MTV.com sprach mit Antonio Banderas...
[...] "Tomorrow I'm going to do my first session of recording for him," Banderas said. "The story and the recording of the 'Shrek' [films] is very open. We improvise a lot, and many new things come [during] every session, and then they take all of that material and put it together with the animation." [...]
"We will have the ['Puss in Boots' spinoff] movie - it is interesting to do a movie only with the character - called 'Puss in Boots: The Story of an Ogre Killer.' It would be between the third and the fourth 'Shrek.' And in the fourth 'Shrek,' I think, I'm going to play two characters: I'm going to play Puss in Boots and his badass brother. So I will have to invent another voice for him." [...]
Dreamworks have apparently slapped a title on the bus-shelter day bills of "Shrek 3". The film will be sent out in tin cans as "Shrek the Third", which fits in well with the plot of the film - a ribtickle on the old King Arthur myth, among other mickeying.
The new film finds Shrek and Fiona reluctantly reigning over Far, Far Away. But if they can find the heir to the throne and bring him back, they can return to their swamp. While Shrek, Donkey and Puss in Boots are in search of the heir, Fiona holds off a coup d'etat by Prince Charming. [...]
Bei TcH gibt es ein weiteres "Shrek 3" Teaser-Poster..
SciFi.com sprach mit Andrew Adamson über "Shrek 3"...
Andrew Adamson, who co-wrote and directed Shrek and Shrek 2 [...] will help write and executive-produce the upcoming third installment in the hit computer-animated series, but will hand over the directing job to other helmers. "I'm seeing Mike Myers tomorrow," Adamson (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) said in an interview, referring to the star of the Shrek films. "[Shrek 3 is] a story that I came up with at the end of Shrek 2. This time I was prepared, and I wasn't prepared after the first one. I really wasn't."
Adamson added: "It's a story that I'm [emotionally] attached to, and I'm working very closely with Aron Warner, who was the producer of the first two films and is back for the third, and with the directors, Raman Hui and Chris Miller, who were both on the last two films as well [in different capacities]."
In Shrek 3, Adamson revealed, Far, Far Away has been saved, but Fiona's (Cameron Diaz) father, the king (John Cleese), is ailing, and Shrek (Myers) is thrust into the position of having to be king of Far, Far Away. Reluctant to assume the crown, the ogre goes looking for an alternate king. "So it kind of plays with Arthurian legend, and at the same time that Shrek is learning about responsibility he's also dealing with another responsibility that will be coming his way now that he's married and has started to settle down," Adamson said. "It's pretty easy to see where we're going with that."
Adamson added: "I think I'll be listed as an executive producer and probably get a 'Story By' credit. I'm really trying not to get too involved in the writing this time. The writing is something I love. It's the time when anything is possible, but to me it's also the darkest time, the hardest part. It's the time when you only have yourself to blame for your own limitations. I find that once I get into writing it sucks me into all sorts of pits of despair." [...]
Regis Philbin said today that he'll voice a woman named Mabel in DreamWorks Animation's Shrek 3, hitting theaters May 18, 2007. The TV host recorded his two lines on Tuesday. He rehearsed his part with Kelly Ripa on Live With Regis and Kelly.
Talk show host Larry King will also reportedly be back as Doris, the Ugly Stepsister, whom he voiced in Shrek 2.
In May, the studio announced that Justin Timberlake will voice a young King Arthur, or "Artie," King Harold's rebellious nephew who has no interest in being king.
Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas are all back for the third installment.
Bei AICN gibt es ein "Shrek 3" Teaser-Poster von der NY Licensing Show...
DreamWorks Animation sieht sich seit dem gestrigen Donnerstag mit einer Sammelklage von Aktionären konfrontiert. Hintergrund ist die massive Fehleinschätzung der Verkaufszahlen der "Shrek 2"-DVD seitens des Managements. Noch im Januar gab das Studio weltweit 37 Mio. verkaufte Units an - bei Vorlage des letzten Quartalsberichts stellte sich jedoch heraus, dass es wegen Retouren im großen Stil lediglich 33,7 Mio. Einheiten waren. Während von Unternehmensseite von einer simplen Fehleinschätzung gesprochen wird, fühlen sich die Aktionäre gezielt in die Irre geführt und mit falschen Informationen versorgt. Die Sammelklage wurde durch die New Yorker Kanzlei Abby Gardy beim Bezirksgericht in Los Angeles eingereicht.
CS! verrät den Inhalt von "Shrek 3"... SPOILER !!!
[...] When 'Shrek 3' opens, Shrek and Fiona are having to take on the duties of being the active king and queen of Far, Far Away. When we left him, the King was quite literally croaking. They're not very comfortable in these roles, so the King says to them, "If you can find the heir to the throne and bring him back, the Kingdom will be in good hands, then you can return to swamp and live your lives." Which is what they want to do. Shrek, Donkey and Puss go to the far side of the Kingdom of Far, Far Away where young "Artie", who is the nephew of Queen Lilian, is about to graduate school. Artie turns out to be young King Arthur and Shrek and Donkey and Puss have to convince this extremely rebellious young man, who's being voiced by Justin Timberlake, to come back and assume the throne. Along the way, Shrek invents the Round Table, chivalry. Donkey is the Lady in the Lake with the sword. You get it. Meanwhile, back at the Kingdom of Far, Far Away, Prince Charming decides that it's time for a coup d'etat. "The cat's away. He will play" So Fiona organizes all of the princesses into the underground Resistance movement, who are trying to hold things together until Shrek, Donkey, Puss and young King Arthur return. [...]
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[...] Justin Timberlake is joining Cameron Diaz for Shrek 3.
Timberlake will play a young King Arthur, or "Artie," a rebellious high school student with no interest in being king, Shrek 3 producer Aron Warner says. It's up to Shrek, voiced by Mike Myers, to teach Artie how to act like royalty, Warner says. The film is due May 18, 2007.
Despite their high-profile relationship, Diaz, who is the voice of Shrek's wife, Fiona, had no say in Timberlake landing the job, Warner insists. "Our desire was to get somebody who is visible and had their own persona to bring to the table," he says. "Justin fit that bill perfectly." (In Shrek 2, a poster of "Sir Justin" hangs in Fiona's girlhood bedroom.)
Don't bother asking Warner for the skinny on the couple. Warner, who has produced all three Shrek films, says he "disappears into my work. I'll finish one of these movies and discover three years have slipped by. I'm the last person to ask about gossip."
He can dish a little on Shrek and bride Fiona. Warner says "there is a baby involved" in the third installment. "In teaching Artie to be king, Shrek has to overcome his deep-seated fear of being a father."
But whose baby is it?
"That's all I'm going to say," Warner says. "We've got to leave something for a surprise."
Madonna will reunite with her "Evita" co-star Antonio Banderas for "Puss in Boots", a spin-off of "Shrek 2".
The film sees Banderas reprising his role as the tailed attack-machine, a character that first popped up in the abovementioned sequel to "Shrek".
"Madonna fancied doing something completely different and this sounded like so much fun. She is a fan of Shrek and thought Antonio was the best thing about the sequel", an insider tells The Sun.
The insider continues, "She has two young children and sees how much they love the films. Madonna is also friends with Mike Myers and respects him. He told her Puss would be a hit and she trusts his judgement."
Ed Decter and John Strauss wrote the film, set to go into production later this year.
DreamWorks baut sein erfolgreichstes Franchise um "Shrek" weiter aus: Das Studio beauftragte Tim Sullivan bereits mit einem Drehbuch zu einem vierten "Shrek", während es die dritte CGI-Animation um das lukrative grüne Monster erst vorbereitet. "Shrek 3" soll im Sommer 2007 in den Kinos laufen, ab 18. Mai in den USA. Außerdem entwickelt Dreamworks ein Spinoff um den in "Shrek 2 - Der tollkühne Held kehrt zurück" auftauchenden gestiefelten Kater mit dem Titel "Puss in Boots".
DreamWorks has hired screenwriter David H. Steinberg (Slackers, American Pie 2) to write the animated film Puss in Boots, based on the character voiced by Antonio Banderas in Shrek 2, reports Variety.
Banderas will return to voice the spinoff, which is part of DreamWorks' slate for 2008. The trade says it is unclear at this point whether the title will receive a theatrical release or go directly to DVD.
However, Steinberg's six-figure deal suggests the studio has an interest in making a run at a theatrical release. [...]
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In the monthly email sendout from John Cleese's official site, the comic actor confirms his involvement as the King in DreamWorks' Shrek 3.
While this has not been confirmed by DreamWorks, World Entertainment News Network is reporting that former Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker will voice a character in Shrek 3, targeted for a May, 2007 release.
Parker is quotes as saying, "I am delighted to be doing a role that my children and friends' children will be able to see."
Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, and Antonio Banderas are expected to reprise their respective roles.
DreamWorks announced today that it has decided to move its release of Shrek 3 from November 2006 to May, 2007.
"We believe there are more than a half a dozen strong release windows available annually for our films," commented DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. "We look at each film very specifically to determine which of these release windows will best maximize its value in the marketplace based on a number of factors, including its story, the competitive landscape and the overall market potential."
Katzenberg added that "the sheer magnitude of the 'Shrek' franchise has led us to conclude that a May release date -- with a DVD release around the holiday season -- will enable us to best maximize performance and increase profitability, thereby generating enhanced asset value and better returns for our shareholders." [...]
Variety says that DreamWorks has hired writers Ed Decter and John Strauss to pen the animated film Puss in Boots, based on the popular Antonio Banderas-voiced character from Shrek 2. The trade says the studio is contemplating a direct-to-video release.
The storyline is unclear at this point, but Banderas is likely to return to voice Puss in Boots. Decter and Strauss wrote Disney's The Lizzie Maguire Movie and the upcoming Fox feature Rebound, from director Steve Carr. They are also writing and producing The Jane Plan at Disney.
DreamWorks Animation is also working on a third and fourth installment in the "Shrek" series. The principal voice actors are expected to return for the films, including Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz as the newlywed green ogres, Eddie Murphy as Donkey, and Banderas as Puss in Boots.
Blickpunkt:Film berichtet über einen Urheberrechtsstreit...
Das US-Filmstudio DreamWorks versucht gerade erfolglos, gegen die schwedische Internetsite thePirateBay.org vorzugehen. Als so genannte BitTorrent-Tauschseite bietet thePirateBay.org Informationen darüber, wo Kinofilme wie auch DreamWorks' "Shrek 2" im Internet als Peer-to-Peer-Download bereitstehen. Das US-Studio hat sich deshalb jetzt in einem mit Unterstützung der auf Urheberrechtsverletzungen spezialisierten US-Kanzlei Keats Mc Farland & Wilson verfassten Schreiben an die Betreiber der Site gewendet. Unter Berufung auf den Digital Millennium Copyright Act habe man den Betreiber aufgefordert, Urheberrechtsverstöße zu unterlassen. Postwendend gab es dessen recht geharnischte Antwort, in der es u. a. heißt "Wie Ihnen vielleicht - oder vielleicht auch nicht - bekannt ist, ist Schweden kein Bundesstaat der USA. Schweden ist ein Land in Nordeuropa. Auch wenn es Ihnen bislang noch nicht aufgefallen ist: US-Recht ist hier nicht anwendbar. Und - zu Ihrer Information - schwedisches Recht wird hier nicht verletzt." Zum Schluss ihres Antwortschreibens kündigten die Betreiber von thePirateBayorg. noch rechtliche Schritte gegen DreamWorks an, sollte das US-Studio noch einmal - auf welche Weise auch immer - mit ihnen in Kontakt treten.
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Am 50. Auswertungstag überschritt "Shrek 2 " die Fünf-Mio.-Besucher-Marke und sicherte sich damit einen Box Office Germany Award in Platin. Er ist der dritte 2004 gestartete Film nach "Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban" und "(T)Raumschiff Surprise", dem diese Auszeichnung zuteil wird. Damit ist "Shrek 2" gegenwärtig auch der dritterfolgreichste Film in diesem Kinojahr. In Amerika ist er mit einem bisherigen Einspiel von 435,6 in Erstauswertung der zweiterfolgreichste Film aller Zeiten.
"Shrek 2" hat am Donnerstag "Star Wars: Episode 1" (431,1 Mio. Dollar) in den USA überrundet und ist damit der zweiterfolgreichste Film aller Zeiten in Erstauswertung. Seit ihrem Start Mitte Mai hat die CGI-Sensation von Dreamworks 431,2 Mio. Dollar eingespielt. Damit liegen vor "Shrek 2" nur noch "E.T. - Der Außerirdische" mit 435,1 Mio. Dollar, "Star Wars: Episode IV" mit 461 Mio. Dollar und "Titanic" mit 600,8 Mio. Dollar. "E.T." und "Star Wars" erzielten ihre Ergebnisse aber nur mit mehreren Auswertungsanläufen.
Nach nur 12 Tagen seit Filmstart am 1. Juli konnte der US-Top-Blockbuster "Shrek 2 - Der tollkühne Held kehrt zurück" die Drei-Mio.-Besuchermarke überschreiten. Dafür erhält das erfolgreiche Sequel den Box Office Germany Award in Gold (Kategorie: Drei Mio. Besucher innerhalb von 30 Tagen). Für den drei Millionsten Besucher hat sich der deutsche Verleiher UIP etwas ganz Besonderes einfallen lassen: Dieser erhält eine Reise für zwei Personen zu den Internationalen Filmfestspielen in Venedig und eine Einladung zum großen Event, das anlässlich von "Große Haie - kleine Fische" (deutscher Kinostart: 14. Oktober), dem neuen Film der "Shrek"-Macher, stattfinden wird. Marie-Luise Marjan, die in der deutschen Synchronfassung von "Shrek 2" Königin Lillian spricht, überreichte dem glücklichen Gewinner den Preis.
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Der israelische Sänger David Daor hat vor Gericht erzwungen, dass die hebräische Fassung von «Shrek 2» in Israel so lange nicht gezeigt werden darf, bis ein Witz über ihn herausgenommen worden ist.
Wie der Sender BBC berichtet, droht ein Charakter dem anderen mit Kastration, indem er sagt «Machen wir einen David Daor aus ihm», was auf die besonders hohe Stimme des Sängers anspielt. Das Gericht in Tel Aviv ordnete an, das der Film aus 20 Kinos zurück gezogen wird und die betreffende Stelle neu synchronisiert werden muss.
«Dieser Film beabsichtigt, mich auf ewig als Eunuchen darzustellen, ein Mann ohne Hoden. Ich werde zur Lachnummer», ließ sich Daor zitieren. [...]
Before "Shrek 2" opened he seemed a little reluctant to do anything more than just one the movie, but now, Antonio Banderas - the voice of scene-stealing ‘Puss in Boots’ - has signed on to do not only a "Shrek 3" and "Shrek 4" but a "Puss in Boots" movie.
Whilst it’s early days for the spin-off, early word for "Shrek 3" suggests that ‘Puss’ is going to get a girlfriend in the film.
Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy will all be back for "Shrek 3" and "Shrek 4", providing the voices of Shrek, Fiona and Donkey, respectively, though it’s unlikely they’ll join Banderas for the "Puss" stand-alone effort.
Mit dem Euro-Finale und streckenweise blendendem Sommerwetter als Hemmschuh schoss der US-Top-Blockbuster "Shrek 2 - Der tollkühne Held kehrt zurück" (830 Startkopien) erwartungsgemäß an die Spitze der deutschen Charts - mit vorerst noch geschätzten 1,25 Mio. Besuchern (ohne Previewzahlen). Damit hatte er das zweitbeste Startergebnis des Jahres (nach "Harry Potter 2") und toppte das Original von 2001 deutlich, das auf dem Weg zu 3,6 Mio. Besuchern mit 546.643 Zuschauern gestartet war. An den Start des direkten CGI-Konkurrenten "Findet Nemo" (2,0 Mio. Kinogänger) kam der grüne Oger von Dreamworks allerdings nicht heran. [...]
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The first Shrek has been pushed down a notch in the top-grossing animated film rankings, going from third to fourth, but you won't hear the big green ogre complaining. That's because the film doing the pushing is its sequel, DreamWorks Pictures' computer-animated comedy Shrek 2, which has become the top-grossing animated film in history (domestically) with a cumulative domestic box office gross of $346.5 million as of Saturday, June 12. The film crossed the previous record set by Finding Nemo ($339.8 million) on June 12, only its 25th day in release. The announcement was made today by DreamWorks Pictures Head of Distribution Jim Tharp.
The achievement added a new record to the already multiple record-breaking run of Shrek 2, which has shattered virtually every record for an animated film -- and several for any film in history -- since its May 19th opening. In addition to now being the top-grossing animated film of all time, Shrek 2 now holds the records for the biggest mid-week opening day for an animated film, the largest opening weekend for an animated film, the largest five-day opening for any film, the biggest single-day Saturday gross for any film, and the biggest single-day Sunday gross for any film.
In making the announcement, Jim Tharp said, "To say that we are amazed and thrilled would be a huge understatement. We have celebrated every record, but this latest hurdle -- to become the top-grossing animated film in history -- is something we hardly even imagined. Everyone at DreamWorks and PDI shares in this accomplishment. We are all very, very proud of 'Shrek 2's' extraordinary success."
DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg has admitted to the Sydney Morning Herald that there were always plans to make four "Shrek" movies. "We didn't have the guts to tell anybody when we started out," he said. "We have two more chapters to tell. Not unlike Peter Jackson did with The Lord of the Rings. The difference is they did have the guts to make all three of them back-to-back-to-back."
Katzenberg confirmed that work on Shrek 3 has been proceeding for nine months and on Shrek 4 for three months, which will continue the series until 2009. "Thirteen years," he says, a small, precise figure with a frantic work ethic. "You think Peter Jackson went at it a long time."
The production process partly explains why animations have a script integrity and character development that few live-action movies are matching. "We do spend three or four years making them. The nature of the process is [that] you get to see your work and view it over and over and over again - and redo it and remake it in a way that live action doesn't have."
[...] "Shrek 2" baute indes 48 Prozent ab und kam auf 37 Mio. Dollar. Damit hat er als schnellster Film aller Zeiten die 300-Mio.-Dollar-Schallmauer nach nur 18 Tagen durchbrochen. Gesamt steht der Film nun bei 313,6 Mio. Dollar und ist in den USA bereits der 15. erfolgreichste Film aller Zeiten. [...]
[...] DreamWorks' Shrek 2 managed to hold up well to start its third weekend with $10.4 million on Friday. The $70 million-budgeted animated sequel has made a total of $287 million and has already climbed to #21 on the all-time domestic blockbuster list. [...]
Für das Anfang des Jahres angekündigte Sequel "Shrek 3" beauftragte Dreamworks mittlerweile die Drehbuchautoren Peter S. Seaman und Jeffrey Price, die zusammen schon "Der Grinch" und "Roger Rabbit" schrieben, die Story um Shreks Abenteuer mit den Rittern der Tafelrunde aus zu arbeiten. Jon Zack berät die beiden. Das dritte "Shrek"-Abenteuer soll 2006 in die Kinos kommen. "Shrek 2" hat in nur 13 Tagen bereits 260,3 Mio. Dollar eingespielt.
Heute um 17.50 Uhr zeigt die ARD den ersten "Shrek"-Film als deutsche Free-TV-Premiere - die Wiederholung gibt es um 1.05 Uhr ! Blickpunkt:Film meldet...
Trotz des starken Starts von "The Day After Tomorrow" sicherte sich "Shrek 2" nach den drei regulären Wochenendtagen des in diesem Jahr viertägigen Memorial-Day-Weekends erneut die Spitzenposition der US-Charts - auf dem Weg zum besten Zweitwochenendergebnis aller Zeiten. Nach ersten Studioschätzungen kam der CGI-Hit von Dreamworks von Freitag bis Sonntag auf 74 Mio. Dollar und schraubte damit sein vorübergehendes Gesamtergebnis auf 238,8 Mio. Dollar nach nur zwölf Tagen. Für Montag werden noch einmal weitere 20 Mio. Dollar erwartet. [...]
Heute erscheint die "Shrek 3-D" Special Edition auf 2 DVDs...
Der Sensationsstart von "Shrek 2" überraschte selbst das eigene Studio: Bei Verkündung der offiziellen Wochenendzahlen musste Dreamworks das zunächst am Sonntag verkündete Ergebnis knapp vier Prozent nach oben korrigieren. Demnach spielte der CGI-Hit nicht 104 Mio. Dollar, sondern sogar 108 Mio. Dollar ein. Das Gesamtergebnis seit dem Start am Mittwoch beträgt 128,9 Mio. Dollar. Für das zweite Wochenende ist Dreamworks mehr als optimistisch, obwohl "Shrek 2" da gegen Roland Emmerichs "The Day After Tomorrow" antreten wird. Vor drei Jahren musste sich das Original ebenfalls am Memorial-Day-Wochenende gegen "Pearl Harbor" behaupten - und konnte damals an vier Tagen noch einmal 30 Prozent zulegen!
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Record-breaking "Shrek 2" cast a bigger boxoffice spell than first imagined, convincing distributor DreamWorks SKG that even grumpy green ogres can live happily after after -- at least for two more sequels. The head of DreamWorks animation, Ann Daly, said that with the success of "Shrek 2," the studio would move ahead, one at a time, with plans for a third and fourth installment. "It wasn't really advisable to start working on three and four until we knew that we actually had something in two, and certainly this weekend confirmed that we do," she said. Daly said DreamWorks was in final talks with the principal voice actors to return, including Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz as the newlywed green ogres with horn-shaped ears, Eddie Murphy as the talking Donkey, and Antonio Banderas as the swashbuckling Puss in Boots.
"Shrek 2 - Der tollkühne Held kehrt zurück", das am 19. Mai mit 3737 Kopien in den USA angelaufene Sequel von Dreamworks CGI-Extravaganza, spielte am seinem Starttag 11,8 Mio. Dollar ein und erzielte damit das beste Ergebnis eines an einem Mittwoch gestarteten Animationsfilms (Rekordhalter war bisher "Pokémon - Der Film" mit 10,1 Mio. Dollar). Ersten Prognosen zufolge wird ein Wochenendeinspiel von rund 80 Mio. Dollar erwartet. "Shrek - Der tollkühne Held" hatte an seinem Starttag vor drei Jahren (der Wide Release war an einem Freitag) 11,6 Mio. Dollar eingespielt. Einen weiteren Rekord bricht "Shrek 2" mit der von Dreamworks fürs Wochenende angekündigten Aufstockung der Kopienanzahl auf 4163. Noch nie zuvor lief in den USA ein Film mit mehr als 4000 Kopien.
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Dreamworks' Jeffrey Katzenberg talked about the possibility of further "Shrek" sequels over the weekend at the Cannes Film Festival:
"Before the first one was finished we talked about what the whole story of Shrek is, and each of the chapters answers questions about the first movie and gives us an insight. Shrek 3 and 4 are going to reveal other unanswered questions and, finally, in the last chapter, we will understand how Shrek came to be in that swamp, when we meet him in the first movie. There is a reason he came to be there, but there is another chapter to the story before that". [...]
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[...] the movie is a lot more misses than hits up 'til one crucial moment when a key character is introduced. Before this moment, I'd venture to guess that 75% of the jokes fall flat, the other 25% just made me kind of chuckle. Then, we are introduced to one of the two reasons this film succeeds. Puss-in-Boots (as voiced by Antonio Banderas) steals the show. Hands down. After he's introduced, you start to think to yourself... why couldn't this movie be about the Puss? [...]
About.com sprach mit Antonio Banderas...
[...] What influences did you put in this character? I don't know. Just trying to spoof myself a little bit, which I did actually in Spy Kids in a different way. But the possibility of laughing at yourself is something that not every day you have that in your hands. So I like that. I like to have a sense of humor with a character.
Are you signed for Shrek 3? I’m not signed, no, I haven’t signed. I heard that they are thinking about that possibility. I think the interesting thing about actually Jeffrey, Jeffrey Katzenberg has been responsible for the whole thing. Sometimes in sequels, what you have is just a producer, very smart, that tries to do the movie for four times the price that he did the first one. And use the hit of the first one just to make big easy money. But that’s not the case of Jeffrey. Jeffrey actually was kind of in competition mode with himself. He wanted just to overcome the first one and go further with the technology aspect of it and with the content of the movie and the insertion of different characters. I mean, he’s an ambitious man and an ambitious team and we were really make Shrek become one of those characters that is going to be forever into the American pop culture. That is interesting. This is a guy who can be common like Mickey Mouse. Those characters that are forever part of your brain, of your being, you know. I’m telling you, not just because I’m here to talk. If I weren’t in the second part, I would still be talking beautifully about Shrek because I am a fan of the first one.
How about a Puss in Boots spinoff? That would be very successful, but I don't think it’s necessary but what we have in the movie, there is a sequel, that’s enough. [...]
Ein neuer "Shrek 2" Trailer ist online !!! Und bei Latino Review gibt es einen ganzen Schwung Bilder...
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[...] I’m not sure how many people will agree with me in the long run, but I believe this entry to be even stronger than the original. Shrek hasn’t lost his reluctant heroism, nor has he shed his big heart that he tries so hard to pretend that he doesn’t have. There are many more references to other movies and movie characters - including a quick Beverly Hills Cop / Eddie Murphy moment, Godzilla or Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, Mission Impossible, and a hilarious spoof on Cops with probably the best line in the movie concerning one Puss in Boots and a concealed bag of catnip. The kids found many of the jokes funny and the adults in the audience were treated to many jokes only they would get as well. Overall, the movie had a strong enough story to carry it through, and was mixed with just irreverent humor and sweetness to make it a huge hit with just about any audience. I predict this movie will outdraw and outperform the original and is going to give any movie released this year a run for the money for top grossing honors. It’s the kind of movie, so jam-packed with laughs, gags, references that you really need to see it twice to catch all the stuff you missed from the audience laughing too loud the first time. If any of you are worrying this movie is nothing but gags and references to other movies, you’re wrong. By no means does Shrek 2 ever cross the line or stretch plausibility or the story just to work in a gag. It all flows so well that extra credit needs to be given to the writers and animators for squeezing so much in without detracting from the story. [...]
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[...] The Shrek 2 soundtrack features an eclectic mix of artists and songs, including: Counting Crows with "Accidentally in Love;" Frou Frou, "Holding Out For A Hero;" Butterfly Boucher featuring David Bowie with "Changes;" Lipps, Inc. with the classic "Funkytown;" Dashboard Confessional, "As Lovers Go;" Eels, "I Need Some Sleep;" "I'm On My Way" by Rich Price; Pete Yorn, "Ever Fallen in Love;" Tom Waits, "Little Drop of Poison;" Joseph Arthur, "You're So True;" "People Ain't No Good" by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds; Jennifer Saunders (who plays the Fairy Godmother in the movie) sings two songs, "Holding Out for a Hero" and "Fairy Godmother Song;" and Eddie Murphy & Antonio Banderas (who provide the voices of Donkey and Puss In Boots) sing a duet of Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca." [...]
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DreamWorks plans to release an animated "Shrek" short on DVD one week before the May 21 theatrical debut of "Shrek 2."
"Shrek 3-D," featuring the voice talents of original cast members Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow, is slated to hit retail shelves May 11 in a move to generate additional disc sales of the original "Shrek" and to promote the new movie, DreamWorks executives said.
"With approximately 30 million more households across the United States and Canada making the switch from VHS to DVD since the November 2001 release of 'Shrek' on DVD, combining the original DVD in a two-pack with 'Shrek 3-D' gives fans an opportunity to get a DVD copy of the original animated feature along with 'Shrek 3-D,"' DreamWorks Home Entertainment domestic head Kelly Sooter said.
The original "Shrek" sold about 15.5 million VHS units and about 10 million DVD units to consumers for a total of 25.5 million combined domestic sales. Sooter said the animated feature has topped 40 million combined VHS and DVD units sold through to consumers worldwide, making it one of the top-selling home videos of all time.
In order to spark renewed interest in the "Shrek" DVD, the studio has crafted "Shrek 3-D," which includes a short animated story (in 3-D and 2-D), a sneak peek at the theatrical release of "Shrek 2," four pairs of 3-D glasses and the original "Shrek" feature film, for about $17.
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[...] I really enjoyed this movie. I wasn't particularly impressed with the first one, but I wondered if that was higher expectations with everyone I know hyping it up as they did. I think it will definately be a big summer hit, although I can't recommend it to parents with small children due to some of the adult humor (the kind that doesn't go over their heads). The animation and graphic quality was great except for most of the human faces. It seemes really difficult to get that right for these types of movies. [...]
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With Shrek 2 still four months from release, DreamWorks is fast-tracking production on Shrek 3, in which the lovable green ogre will tackle the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
DreamWorks acknowledges it is moving ahead but won't divulge many details, says Variety. The first order of business appears to be hiring a second set of writers to work with Shrek 2 scribes David Stem, Joe Stillman and David N. Weiss in order to push the franchise into trilogy territory.
The studio is also at work on Shark Tale 2, even though the first film won't bow until October. Animated films require more advance planning than regular feature films because of the painstaking process of bringing characters to life.
Shrek 2 co-director Andrew Adamson felt a bit artistically constricted on the sequel, reports The Associated Press. Adamson says he and his collaborators wrapped up the 2001 original too neatly, making it tougher to develop the sequel.
He wishes they had not let Shrek and Fiona marry at the end of the first film. The filmmakers could have strung out the romantic mayhem in the sequel if the two had yet to tie the knot. "But it actually forced us to push the story through more twists and turns and prevented us from letting the film fall back into sequel cliches," says Adamson.
One twist (spoiler ahead) is that Shrek wasn't the fairy-tale true love meant for Fiona, after all. A guy named Prince Charming was (Rupert Everett provides the voice of the unlucky-at-love prince).
While the filmmakers had not been thinking sequel on the first Shrek, they have left more leeway to continue the story after the new installment.
"This time at least, we're preparing for it. We're trying not to make the same mistakes," added Adamson. "In the first movie, Shrek learned he could be lovable to some degree. This movie, he learns how to love, and at some point, he needs to learn to love himself. So there is still more to be told about these characters. They still have room to go."
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