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Kung Fu Panda 2 to open Taormina Film Festival

DreamWorks Animation’s 3D Kung Fu Panda 2 will open the Sicily, Italy’s Taormina Film Festival June 11, 2011.

The 57th edition of the Sicilian film festival will run from June 11-18.

DreamWorks Animation Unveils 2009-2012 Slate

shrek-052809DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg will unveil the studio’s film slate through late 2012 later today at an investment community conference.  The slate includes five original projects and several franchise follow-ups.  All the films will be produced in 3-D.  Also to be announced is the casting of Robert Downey Jr. and Tina Fey in Oobermind.

For 2010, the studio has set the afforementioned original project Oobermind (November 5, 2010), as well as How to Train Your Dragon (March 26, 2010).  The fourth installment in the Shrek franchise (now called Shrek Forever After) has also been set for a 2010 release (May 21, 2010).

Meanwhile on June 3, 2011 the studio has set the sequel Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom with both Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman confirmed to be returning.  Then on November 4, 2011 The Guardians, based on a not-yet-published book series from William Joyoce, will hit theaters.

The rest of the schedule follows after the jump. Continue reading DreamWorks Animation Unveils 2009-2012 Slate

TBS Greenlights New Animated Comedy

tbslogo-041509TBS is entering the animated series realm for the first time, greenlighting the half-hour series Neighbors From Hell from 20th Century Fox TV.  TBS has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which it plans to pair with its off-net run of Family Guy.

The series comes from South Park alum Pam Brady and revolves around the Hellmans — an all-American suburban family that happens to hail from Hell, according to Variety.

Brady wrote the pilot and will exec produce with Mireille Soria and Jeffrey Katzenberg, who calls the show “a fish-out-of-water twist on the suburban comedy genre.”.  Here’s what Michael Wright, executive VP and head of programming for TBS, TNT and TCM, said about the addition of its first animated original series to its lineup:

“When you look at the TBS schedule, one of the things that performs well for us night in and night out is ‘Family Guy,'” Wright said. “Our strategy has always been to try to develop programming that’s compatible with what’s already there and working.”

More details about the show after the jump. Continue reading TBS Greenlights New Animated Comedy