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Johnny Depp's Dr. Seuss biopic will co-star the storyteller's best-loved characters

Picture a combination of Finding Neverland and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

That’s sort of what Johnny Depp has in mind for a new biopic of Dr. Seuss, a.k.a. Theodor Geisel, with the movie plunging into the imagination of the author to see his creative process unfold through interaction with his most famous characters.

“A lot of writers I know have a tendency to talk to themselves or talk as the character — and then talk as the other character. You know what I mean? They can have a whole dialogue with themselves,” Depp tells EW. “There’s something interesting about bringing these characters to life and maybe even witnessing him have a relationship with them.”


Casting Net: Emma Watson, Jason Segel to face the 'End of the World.' Plus: Bernadette Peters, Sandra Oh

• Somewhere, Rachel Berry is losing her mind. Broadway legend Bernadette Peters has joined the 3-D animated feature Dorothy of Oz as, who else, Glinda. Peters will duet with Lea Michele, who plays Dorothy, on the soundtrack. The indie production costars Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Jim Belushi, Martin Short, Megan Hilty, Hugh Dancy, Oliver Platt, and Patrick Stewart. [Variety]

• Emily Watson, Sandra Oh, Nia Vardalos, and Melora Hardin will star in 33 Liberty Lane as friends who start a phone-sex business. Peter Hewitt (The Borrowers) will direct. In other news, I was able to get through this post without once confusing Potter‘s Emily Watson with War Horse‘s Emma Watson. Wait. DAMMIT. [THR]

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CinemaCon 2012: Pixar announces spooky new project for 'Toy Story 3' director

Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich is one of the foremost experts on The Shining, so his bona fides as an aficionado of the sinister and mysterious are without question.

What remains in question, however, is how this will shape his newly announced project for Pixar, a 2015 film set around the Mexican holiday honoring the dead, tentatively titled Dia de los Muertos.

Colorful painted skulls (like the kind pictured here) are a hallmark of that celebration, and featured prominently in the title art Disney animation chief John Lasseter presented while announcing the film Tuesday. But it’s unknown whether those will remain just decoration, or perhaps turn out to be the characters themselves.

No other details were released about that project, except that it was an original story not based on any previous source material.

While revealing the existence of Dia de los Muertos at CinemaCon, the annual Las Vegas convention for theater owners, Lasseter also dropped hints about a few other movies in the Pixar pipeline, including revealing a trailer for Monsters University, and giving release dates to two other projects still in the early stages …


LEGO animated movie from '21 Jump Street' directors hitting theaters in 2014


There are LEGO videogames, a LEGO theme park, a LEGO TV series, LEGO parody movie trailers and music videos. And in two years, there will be a LEGO feature film.

Warner Bros. announced today that directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) are in production on an untitled, 3-D computer animated LEGO movie, set for release on Feb. 28, 2014. Based on the LEGO Construction Toys, Lord and Miller also penned the script, with Dan and Kevin Hageman, writers on the Cartoon Network’s LEGO series Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, getting “story by” credit.

The studio also announced today that the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 has been slated for an April 12, 2013 release.

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Pixar's 'Brave': Inside look at movie's characters -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Brave (in theaters June 22) is a bit of a maverick among Pixar’s animated repertoire. As the studio’s 13th feature, it represents the first time a Pixar picture has starred — finally! — a female protagonist. Brave‘s also the animation powerhouse’s first fairy tale, its first movie set far in the past (ancient Scotland), and marks a step into slightly darker and creepier territory. In Japan, for instance, the film will be called Merida and the Frightening Forest. “It’s appropriately scary, as much as it needs to be to tell the story effectively,” says Mark Andrews, who shares directing credit with Brenda Chapman. “But it’s not overly horrific or terrifying — we’re not going for a PG-13 rating. You’re in good hands with a Pixar movie, as always.”

Andrews was careful not to reveal too much of the story, but this much we know: Merida (Boardwalk Empire‘s Kelly Macdonald) is a teenage princess in the Scottish kingdom of DunBroch, and as such, she’s expected to marry one of three suitors from neighboring clans. But Merida, being the fiery free spirit that she is, wants nothing to do with the tradition. “How she resists [this custom] leads to more and more trouble that ultimately endangers not only the kingdom, but her loved ones,” says Andrews. One of Merida’s choices involves seeking the assistance of a witch (Julie Walters), who grants the princess a wish that goes horribly wrong.

Check out more about Merida and Brave‘s other major characters, as well as see four new character posters exclusive to EW, below: READ FULL STORY

You'd better watch out for DreamWorks Animation's 'Rise of the Guardians' -- NEW PICS & TRAILER

Have you ever believed in something so strongly that you made it real?

William Joyce definitely has.

The artist and storyteller, who wrote the books Dinosaur Bob and George Shrinks and did character design for the movies Toy Story and Robots, wanted his daughter, Mary Katherine, and son, Jack, to have no shadow of doubt that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy were real. So he began planting evidence — like a bad cop, or maybe the world’s best dad.

Those efforts have led to a series of books and an upcoming 3-D film from DreamWorks Animation, Rise of the Guardians, in which tough-as-nails versions of childhood icons join forces to combat a Boogeyman named Pitch.

With a new trailer showing off the Nov. 21 movie, Joyce takes a deep dive with EW on the story behind his backstories.


'Madagascar 3' trailer: It's a circus! -- VIDEO

This may seem like a bit of a digression, but when the first Madagascar came out in 2005, my sister happened to be living on the island nation off the southeast African coast. Suffice it to say, other than the presence of lemurs, the movie did not exactly have a great deal in common with its namesake. I know, I know. It’s a cartoon. It shouldn’t.

But that brings me to the new trailer for Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, which depicts our beloved lost foursome – Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) — on the lam in Europe as part of a traveling circus. Sight gags featuring Marty’s “circus afro,” Melman’s attempt a high-wire act, and lady bears riding tiny tricycles abound, set in comparatively accurate portrayals of Monte Carlo, Rome, and the Swiss Alps. So not to put too fine a point on it, but why is this franchise still called Madagascar?

I know, I know. It’s cartoon.

Check out the new trailer below:  READ FULL STORY

'The Cat in the Hat' gets the 'Lorax' treatment


EW has confirmed that Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment are working on a 3-D animated production of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat. Spurred by the recent box-office domination of The Lorax, the reboot will hope to succeed where Mike Myers’ 2003 live-action iteration of the 1957 classic failed. As initially reported by Deadline, Rob Lieber (who’s adapted Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for Fox) has signed on the write the script, and Audrey Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss (né Theodore Geisel), will serve as executive producer. No release date is projected at this point.

As previously reported, Illumination is also working with Johnny Deep on a Seuss biopic.

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EW Review: Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
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EW Review: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
Johnny Depp to possibly play Dr. Seuss in a live-action movie: The best pairing since ‘Fox in Socks’?

'Rise of the Guardians' reveals warrior versions of Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, and Boogeyman

DreamWorks Animation previewed the first footage from its upcoming adventure saga Rise of the Guardians on Wednesday with the most detailed look so far at the movie’s take on some beloved childhood myths.

Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman …

Anyone who grew up hearing stories of these figures can conjure an image of them, but the animated feature debuting Nov. 21 this year fuses those kindly characters with a warrior mythology. They don’t just bring candy, presents, and dreams; they are relentless protectors of innocence and imagination locked in an ongoing war against fear itself.

The movie is based on the new series of books from writer and artist William Joyce (a recent Oscar-winner for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.)

“If you haven’t met Bill, he’s somebody who really, really loves and celebrates the holidays full out, all the time, not just the biggies,” says Bill Damaschke, DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Creative Officer “He’s someone who has an Arbor Day party at his house.” READ FULL STORY

'John Carter' star Taylor Kitsch on possible mega-stardom: 'If I want to be in the sh-t, I can be in the sh-t'

Prior to this year, Taylor Kitsch’s biggest feature film was 2009′s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but he was only in a handful of scenes as the card flinging mutant Gambit. The 30-year-old is probably best known as the brooding and beddable Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights, NBC’s beloved — and ratings-starved — high school football drama.

Cut to 2012. This weekend, Kitsch’s first feature film starring role, in Disney’s sci-fi adventure John Carter, hits theaters. Two months later, Kitsch’s second feature film starring role, Universal’s gonzo sci-fi action pic Battleship, also unleashes itself upon the marketplace. Two months after that comes Kitsch’s third feature film starring role, in Oliver Stone’s drug thriller Savages. That walloping one-two-three punch is such an auspicious debut for a prospective leading man that it’s hard to come up with a Hollywood precedent that equals it.

So is Kitsch ready to handle the mad rush of fame that is suddenly heading his way? “Yeah,” he told EW last month, in his typically amiable Canadian drawl (if there is such a thing). “I mean, I live in Austin, Texas, and I think so many things boil down to it being a choice. If I want to be in the s—, I can be in the s—.” READ FULL STORY

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