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Headline News Universal Studios Theme Park Opening in Korea in 2014

By Matt Kapko | Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 9:34am

A group of South Korean conglomerates have inked an agreement that will bring a multi-billion dollar Universal Studios Korea Theme Park and Resort to the country in 2014, DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD reports.

Headline News Pharrell Williams to Write Original Songs for Despicable Me

By Matt Kapko | Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 10:57am

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.

Headline News Universal Images Wins Best-in-Show at 3rd Annual 'D Show' Awards

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 12:04pm

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.

Headline News Universal Studios Announces Next-Gen Blu-ray Interactivity

By Matt Kapko | Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 8:04am

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.

Headline News Universal Studios Singapore To Launch World's Only Madagascar Attraction

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 10:25am

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.

Headline News Second Writer Hired for Fourth Bourne

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.

Headline News Wolfman Gets Bumped to 2010

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.

Headline News Universal Studios Home Ent. Bolsters Marketing and Publicity Team

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.

Headline News Halloween Horror Nights-Chiller Scary Good Film Competition

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.

Headline News Atari Asteroids Flying to the Screen

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.

Headline News Universal Studios Lights Up the Stage with Creature from The Black Lagoon

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.

Headline News Classic Creatures Come Alive for Universal

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.

Headline News Universal Working to Bring Bride of Frankenstein to Life

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.

Headline News Universal, Hasbro Announce Stretch Armstrong for 2011

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.

Headline News Seth Rogan is Paul the Alien

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.

Headline News Universal Studios to Revamp King Kong Attraction

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.

Headline News You Sank My Battleship, Mr. Berg

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.

Headline News Universal Music to Go Around the World in 50 Years

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.

Headline News Top Fan-Nominated Films Get Ready to Rumble at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards

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."

Headline News Universal Starts Production on Nanny McPhee Sequel

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.

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