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Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey to voice star in 'Boss Baby'

Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey have signed on to voice star in DreamWorks Animation’s Boss Baby, EW has confirmed.

Tom McGrath (Madagascar, Megamind) will direct the film from a script by Michael McCullers (Austin Powers). The film was inspired by Marla Frazee’s picture book of the same name.

Baldwin will voice the titular character, a briefcase-carrying baby who sparks jealousy in his 7-year-old brother, Tim. Threatened by the new arrival, Tim attempts to win his parents’ sole affection. In the process, he uncovers a secret plot by the CEO of Puppy Co. (voiced by Spacey) that could ruin the balance of love in the world. What’s more, Tim’s new brother is connected to it. The brothers must team up to foil the evil plan.

Ramsey Naito (The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie) and Denise Cascino (Mr. Peabody & Sherman) will produce.

20th Century Fox will release Boss Baby on March 18, 2016.

'Home': Jim Parsons and Rihanna are the world's last hope for survival in animated alien film

About seven years ago, director Tim Johnson was looking for a good book to read his two sons, aged 5 and 7 at the time. After a recommendation from The New York Times, he stumbled upon Adam Rex’s The True Meaning of Smekday and couldn’t put it down—literally. “The first night I read them two chapters, but I think I ended up reading the whole thing alone in one night,” Johnson tells EW. Now Johnson has compiled an all-star voice cast, including Jim Parsons, Rihanna and Steve Martin to adapt the quirky book into Home, what he calls a “postapocalyptic alien invasion buddy comedy road trip animated movie.”

Animation technology has grown “leaps and bounds” since Johnson directed the cartoon hit Antz back in 1998, and he wanted to show that change. Home is only the second film to be made with the help of an advance animation system created by Dreamworks after How to Train Your Dragon 2. “I feel like I’m working with actors and not technically animation,” Johnson says. “I can talk about intention, motivation and emotion, and the amazing animators are able to do the rest.” An alien species called the Boov with the power to turn off the world’s gravity arrive on Earth and force all humans to evacuate. The story follows a human girl (Rihanna) teaming up with one of the purple aliens, named Oh (Parsons), to try and stop them. That’s right: The world is about to end, and Jim Parsons and Rihanna are our only hope. “Never  a stranger combo has the world depended on for survival,” Johnson jokes.

Besides the title, other changes had to be made to adapt the futuristic and colorful tale. For example: The alien protagonist’s adopted name is J. Lo in the book. But since Jennifer Lopez herself voices Rihanna’s character’s mother in the film, the filmmakers decided to switch things up. “We thought for marketing purposes it might get a little confusing,” Johnson says, adding that the new name Oh makes a little more sense for the character.

“The sci-fi genre can be very narrow and self-imitating and can get stuck in a rut,” Johnson continues. “I wanted to design an alien technology that was really unexpected.” His first rule: absolutely no lasers. So Home’s extraterrestrials not only have the ability to completely turn off the Earth’s gravity—but their weapon of choice also launches bubbles instead of beams. A true sci-fi fan and self-described geek, Johnson hopes that these modern, funny touches can get whole families to see the film together when it opens in March.

Obama to visit DreamWorks Animation studio

President Barack Obama will visit the home of Shrek next week to deliver remarks on the economy.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the president will stop next Tuesday at DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, just north of Los Angeles. Earnest won’t provide details but he says the U.S. movie and TV industry is creating thousands of jobs around the country.

The studio’s animated hits include Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and their sequels.

DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is a big supporter of Obama and Democratic Party causes. Last year he gave $2 million to the group supporting Obama’s re-election. During an August trip to California, the president and Katzenberg dined in Obama’s Los Angeles hotel room.

Kit Harington of 'Game of Thrones' joins 'How To Train Your Dragon 2'

A crow is joining the world of dragons.

Kit Harington, who plays the Night’s Watch-man Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, will voice a new character in How To Train Your Dragon 2, DreamWorks Animation announced at Comic-Con today.

Also joining the sequel’s cast is Cate Blanchett, who played elven guardian Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, and Djimon Hounsou, best known as the enslaved warrior Juba in Gladiator.

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'The Croods' trailer: Emma Stone and Nicolas Cage evoke some familiar films -- VIDEO

At first, the new trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods looks like it’s traversing very similar territory to last summer’s Pixar Animation film Brave. We see a free-spirited teenage girl with wild red hair (this time named Eep, voiced by Emma Stone) yearning to break free from the controlling yoke of a well-meaning parent (this time her father Grug, voiced by Nicolas Cage). Yes, this is a family of cavepeople, as opposed to Scottish royalty, but The Croods even features a very Brave-like scene of the young heroine scaling an impossible cliff face to take in the world’s natural beauty.

But then things take a dramatic turn, and the movie transforms from a stark father-daughter tale into a grand family adventure of survival and exploration…into a world that looks a great deal like Avatar. Which is to say, it looks gorgeous. Check it out yourself:  READ FULL STORY

DreamWorks buys rights to 'He-Man,' 'Fat Albert,' 'Gumby,' 'Casper the Friendly Ghost' and other Classic titles

There are dozens of pop culture references that could be used to start this story.

We could go with a Fat Albert-esque question: “Hey, hey, hey… guess who just bought a huge portfolio of classic kids’ titles?”

And answer it He-Man and She-Ra style: “DreamWorks Animation… has… THE POWER!”

Or there’s the Lassie route: “What’s that, girl…? A company called Classic Media found a bunch of family entertainment characters down in a well? And now they’ve all been scooped up by Jeffrey Katzenberg?” READ FULL STORY

DreamWorks Animation Comic-Con panel: Caveman families and penguin movies!

The Projects: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted; Rise of the Guardians; and The Croods

The Panel: Bill Damaschke, chief creative officer of DreamWorks Animation; James Baxter, supervising animator for The Croods; Tom McGrath, director of Madagascar 3; and Patrick Hanenberger, production designer for Rise of the Guardians. EW’s Anthony Breznican moderated the panel.

The Big Revelations: At the very end of the panel, Madagascar 3 director McGrath (who also voices Skipper the penguin) confirmed that the penguins of Madagascar will be getting their own feature film, out in 2015. It will be titled, appropriately enough, The Penguins of Madagascar (the same title as an animated TV Nickelodeon series from DreamWorks Animation).  READ FULL STORY

Jack Frost joins ragtag team of Santa and Co. in new 'Rise of the Guardians' trailer

We met Rise of the Guardians‘ new takes on classic characters like Santa and the Tooth Fairy in the animated movie’s first trailer. Now the latest preview is spotlighting Jack Frost, voiced by Chris Pine, who looks to be troublemaker-turned-reluctant hero (not such a far cry from Pine’s turn as Captain Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek).

The tone of mystical wonder that pervaded the first trailer is still here, along with a few peeks at the movie’s more comic moments — including a revelation about which of Santa’s famed lists Jack Frost is on.

Rise of the Guardians hits theaters Thanksgiving weekend, November 21. Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Jim Parsons, Rihanna to give voice to 'Happy Smekday!' Plus: Jason Schwartzman, Rob Reiner, Edgar Ramirez

• Since we’re discussing DreamWorks Animation projects, Jason Schwartzman has been offered to star opposite Chloe Moretz in the studio’s next film, Trolls. [Deadline]

• Rob Reiner is in negotiations to join Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, playing the father of living-on-the-edge trader Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). Not quite the same resemblance as Martin and Charlie Sheen in Wall Street, but, sure, why not? [THR]

• Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) will play famed 19th century Latin America revolutionary Simón Bolívar in the Venezuelan-Spanish co-production Libertador. Bolívar was instrumental in securing independence from Spain for Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Danny Houston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot), and María Valverde (Three Meters Above the Sky) will costar. Albert Arvelo Mendoza (Cyrano Fernández) will direct from the script by Timothy J. Sexton (Children of Men). [Variety]

Ryan Phillipe will make his directorial debut and star in Shreveport, about a past-his-prime movie star who is kidnapped and tortured while shooting an indie film in the deep south. Phillipe also penned the script with Joe Gossett. [Variety]

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Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, and more in 'Rise of the Guardians' character posters

Santa Claus has graced the silver screen in countless holiday movies, and this November, he’s back again. But this time, in DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians, he’s joined by a crew of other creatures that accompany the visions of sugar plums in children’s heads. Today Paramount, which is distributing the film, released a series of character posters featuring a formidable Easter Bunny, a birdlike Tooth Fairy and four other characters. In the film, these classic characters are all known by nicknames – Santa is North, the Easter Bunny is E. Aster Bunnymund – but on the posters, they went with the better-known names, with the exception of Pitch, the Boogeyman-inspired nightmare-bringer antagonist of the film.

The movie comes from the mind of the man who won this year’s Oscar for best animated short, William Joyce (The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore). He penned the Guardians screenplay and the children’s book series from which it is adapted.

See more of Santa — and all the character posters — below:  READ FULL STORY

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