It was announced today that three-time Grammy Award winner and internationally renowned singer, songwriter, producer and designer Pharrell Williams will write original music for Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming 3-D CGI feature Despicable Me.
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Venerable visual effects and post-production house Universal Images took Best-in-Show honors at the third annual 'D Show'. In a ceremony held December 2 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, UI was honored for its work on the History Channel's "The Art of War," which received a nomination in the CGI/Animation category. Additionally, Universal Images won The Craft Award for "Battle B.C.," another History Channel presentation.
Delivering on its promise to provide consumers an ever more immersive, dynamic and interactive Blu-ray experience, Universal Studios Home Entertainment (USHE) announced today the launch of an array of enhanced iPhone and iPod touch-enabled features and social web-based offerings with the release of upcoming titles Bruno, Funny People, 9, American Pie Presents: The Book of Love, Public Enemies, and Inglourious Basterds all available this holiday season.
Former Universal executive David Ortiz has been hired by Vin Diesel to develop films at Diesel's One Race production house for a global audience, Variety reports.
Asia's largest integrated resort in Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, has created not one, but two world's firsts in collaboration with DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) within its Universal Studios Singapore theme park.
Universal has snatched up the film rights to Melissa Marr's bestselling fantasy series, which started with the book WICKED LOVELY, reports VARIETY.
Variety reports Universal has confirmed HANCOCK helmer Peter Berg as the director onboard BATTLESHIP.
Universal has tapped Josh Zetumer, the writer of Peter Berg's take on DUNE, to pen the fourth installment in the BOURNE series, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. This will be the second script commissioned for the film. Due to scheduling issues with his directorial debut on THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, writer George Nolfi had to back away from the project.
THE WOLFMAN is getting its fourth release date from Universal, this time to February 12 of 2010, reports VARIETY.
The horror film starring Benicio Del Toro has already moved from Feb. 13 to April 3 and Nov. 6 of this year. It will now serve as counterprogramming to New Line's romantic comedy VALENTINE'S DAY, Summit's drama REMEMBER ME (with Robert Pattinson) and Disney's 3-D re-release of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
Press Release from Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Hilary Hoffman has been named to the newly-expanded position of Executive Vice President, Marketing and Lea Porteneuve has advanced to Senior Vice President, Communications & Publicity for Universal Studios Home Entertainment (USHE). Both promotions were announced today by USHE President Craig Kornblau.
Halloween Horror Nights-Chiller Scary Good Film CompetitionDeadline: August 21, 2009
Chiller and Universal Studios Hollywood(SM) are partnering to recognize the nation's top short-form filmmaking horror genre talent with the "Halloween Horror Nights-Chiller Scary Good Film Competition," offering filmmakers an opportunity to have their scariest short film rewarded with a broadcast on Chiller of their work, a $1,000 cash prize and a trip for two to the October 2 opening night of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Four studios bid for the rights to the Atari videogame ASTEROIDS and THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says Universal has won the game. BEDTIME STORIES writer Matthew Lopez will pen the script. Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce.
The game debuted in 1979 as an arcade title where a triangle spaceship blasted asteroids and flying saucers while trying to avoid smashing into the space debris.
Press Release from Universal Studios Hollywood
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 30 -- Universal Studios Hollywood introduced "Creature from The Black Lagoon - A Raging Rockin' Show," featuring an all-original score and dazzling Broadway-level production values in a hip, musical stage adaptation of the Universal cult classic, opening exclusively at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.
Universal Pictures has purchased the film rights to Larry Doyle's novel GO MUTANTS!, per VARIETY. Doyle is set to write the script and Imagine Ent.'s Brian Grazer will produce.
A teen comedy set in a high school, GO MUTANTS! imagines if all the classic 1950s alien invasion movies came true, and years later, the children of the mutant creatures have assimilated into the school's population.
Universal and Imagine are in talks with Neil Burger to write and direct a remake of BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER's Risky Business Blog.
Burger wrote and directed THE ILLUSIONIST for Yari Film Group.
The original BRIDE was released in 1935, starring Boris Karloff as the monster and Elsa Lanchester as his bride, picking up where 1931's FRANKENSTEIN left off.
Brian Grazer and Sean Daniel will produce with Karen Kehela, David Bernardi and Chris Wade will oversee for Imagine.
Press Release from Universal Pictures and Hasbro, Inc.
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. and PROVIDENCE, R.I., June 2 -- Executives from Universal Pictures and Hasbro, Inc. today announced that the first feature film to be released under Universal and Hasbro's six-year partnership, STRETCH ARMSTRONG, has been dated for theatrical release on April 15, 2011.
Press Release from Universal Pictures
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., May 27 -- Seth Rogen (KNOCKED UP, FUNNY PEOPLE), Jason Bateman (THE KINGDOM, COUPLES RETREAT), Kristen Wiig (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, GHOST TOWN), Bill Hader (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL) and Jane Lynch (ROLE MODELS, GLEE), have been cast in PAUL, a Working Title film for Universal Pictures, it was announced today.
Rogen will play the voice of Paul. Rogen recently voiced the character B.O.B. for DreamWorks Animation's MONSTERS VS. ALIENS.
King Kong will re-emerge on the newly upgraded Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour in summer 2010 as a 4-D multi-sensory marvel, a new signature attraction for Universal Studios Hollywood.
The new King Kong attraction, based on the Oscar-winning 2005 Universal Pictures film, will combine thrilling visceral effects with the world's largest Surround Digital projection system to create a next-generation theme park experience.
If we're going to have films based on the Ouija Board, Candy Land and Monopoly, why not Battleship? Universal has hired HANCOCK director Peter Berg to sink battleships, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Jon and Erich Hoeber have been commissioned to adapt the classic Hasbro game. While no plot details have surfaced, Universal is looking for a big naval action flick out of this one.
Press Release from Universal Music Group
CANNES, France, May 16 -- STUDIOCANAL and Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, announced today a partnership for the upcoming and highly-anticipated 3D animated feature, AROUND THE WORLD IN 50 YEARS.
As part of this agreement, UMG will handle all North American theatrical, DVD, television and non-theatrical rights to the movie which has all the hallmarks of classic family film. Moreover, UMG will also handle the soundtrack album on a global basis.
Press Release from MTV
NEW YORK, May 4 -- The hit films "Twilight" and "Slumdog Millionaire" get ready to battle it out as MTV: Music Television announces this year's final nominees for the "2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS." Pitting Hollywood vampires against the Mumbai slums, the movies' rabid fans proved their loyalty as they sent both flicks to the head of the cinematic pack with each film receiving nominations in six award categories including "BEST MOVIE," "BEST KISS" and "BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE MALE."
Press Release from Universal Pictures
LONDON, April 28 -- Universal Pictures and Working Title Films -- in association with Three Strange Angels Productions -- announced today that principal photography begins early next month on NANNY MCPHEE AND THE BIG BANG. Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson (NANNY MCPHEE, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY) returns to the role of the magical nanny who appears when she's wanted the least and needed the most in the next chapter of the hilarious and heartwarming fable that has enchanted children around the world.
Blake Masters will pen the screenplay for 2 GUNS, a graphic novel adaptation at Universal, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
Masters is the creator of Showtime series BROTHERHOOD. Marc Platt will produce the crime thriller under his production banner with publisher Boom! Studios' co-founders Andrew Cosby and Ross Ritchie.