In a dramatic development that throws the future of DreamWorks into question, Universal Pictures said Friday that it no longer plans to distribute DreamWorks’ movies.

Instead, DreamWorks heads Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider are in advanced talks with the Walt Disney Co. about a distribution deal. While other studios like Fox have also been mentioned as possible DreamWorks suitors in the past, a potential Disney deal appeared to be the only one on the table at the moment.

Star Wars Russian Poster
Russian Star Wars Poster

Most movie posters are boring as hell. It’s always some Photoshop of the stars, and maybe an explosion thrown in if it’s an action movie.

Or at least, that’s the way they are in America. Go to Eastern Europe, or Japan, and you’ll find posters that have absolutely nothing to do with the film, and everything to do with melting a hole in your brain.

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The Mythbusters truck, which was full of tools and equipment, was broken into on Monday night! According to Adam Savage’s Twitter feed, he lost $3,000 worth of tools. So be sure to keep y our eyes open for a for double ended crescent wrench and someone bragging about ripping off the Mythbuster guys. Mythbusters, for the few of you who don’t kjow, stars special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. Filmed primarily in San Francisco, they use “basic elements of the scientific method to test the validity of various rumors, urban legends, myths, movie scenes and news stories in popular culture.”

Lumenas Animation Studios, an independent film production and distribution company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, has started pre-production on THE LEGEND OF SANTA CLAUS, an original animated holiday epic that will premiere in theaters fall 2010. Planned as a trilogy of films, this adventure-fantasy will explore the life and times of Santa Claus, the iconic character whose legend resonates across continents and centuries.

THE LEGEND OF SANTA CLAUS chronicles the story of Nicholas, a young boy in a remote 18th Century fishing village who is destined to wage an epic struggle between the forces of good and evil as he is transformed into a hero for the ages.

Michigan may be one step closer to becoming the Hollywood of the Midwest.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation approved tax credits to a film company and a special effects studio that would bring thousands of jobs to the area.

Motown Motion Picture Studios will open a film studio and production facility at the site of a former General Motors Corp. truck plant and office complex in Pontiac.

The studio will be run by Raleigh Studios, who has said they plan on building a full pre-and post-production studio, which includes nine sound stages.

Aardman Animations has withdrawn WALLACE & GROMIT: A MATTER OF LOAF AND DEATH from consideration for the Visual Effects Society award for Best Animated Feature. After a re-reading of the rules, Aardman realized they were not eligible in the category, said VES Awards Committee Chair Jeffrey A. Okun.

After voting was over to determine the nominees, Aardman discovered that since their project was a broadcast program and not a feature motion picture, as the title of category states, “Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture,” they should not be in there.

Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Tina Fey (30 Rock), and Ben Stiller (Tropic Thunder) may voice the leads in DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming superhero comedy Master Mind.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Downey, Fey and Stiller are currently negotiating with the CGI animation studio in order to figure out how much each star will get paid to work on the film. It’s likely that DreamWorks will have no problems accommodating Stiller’s salary demands, since he’s also producing Master Mind through his Red Hour production imprint.

It doesn’t hurt that Stiller voiced one of the leads in DreamWorks Animation’s other big hit of 2008, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

There may no longer be just one movie to rule them all, but the herculean task of adapting Tolkien’s fantasy opus The Hobbit to the big screen is picking up steam, according to reports from director Guillermo del Toro.

Pre-production has already begun, including scripting and casting, and the addition of Hellboy mastermind Mike Mignola to the production crew has been confirmed: “We are sketching and designing with Weta’s John Howe, and [Adam Lee],” del Toro told MTV. “Mike Mignola is coming soon. He’s going to do a stint on the design team.”

    
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