Welcome to the justice edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!
After being exposed of its weakness to outgun the competition, DreamWorks is using Angry Bird’s game creator Rovio Entertainment to launch a mobile app for their new upcoming flick The Croods. What will the game look like in time for this prehistoric hit Jim?
Jim Fish (via Biz Journals)- A few weeks ago at the Founders Forum, Jeffrey Katzenberg stressed the importance of ancillary content on top of DreamWorks Animation’s feature film output. True to Katzenberg’s word, DWA has licensed its upcoming release “The Croods” to Rovio Entertainment, the creators of “Angry Birds,” to create a mobile game based on the feature.
Rovio, which previously adapted its “Angry Birds” game to the DWA bird-themed feature “Rio,” worked closely with DWA’s in-house animators to expand “The Croods” pre-historic world into the realm of mobile games. The game will launch on Apple and Android devices on March 14th. The 3D feature debuts on March 22nd.
“Rovio set the industry standard in mobile gaming with Angry Birds, and we believe their massive community of active users will go wild for ‘The Croods,’” said DreamWorks Animation’s head of global interactive, Chris Hewish, per Variety. “We’ve developed a close and collaborative relationship with Rovio in which our world class filmmakers created an incredible piece of custom animation on the home screen that introduces players to the game’s beautifully rich aesthetics.”
“It was just begging for its very own mobile game,” said Petri Järvilehto, executive VP of games at Rovio Entertainment. “It’s been an incredible experience having our two teams working closely together on extending the story to mobile platforms.”
And instead of the film driving customers to the game, it may be the other way around.
Movie marketers, especially for children’s entertainment, are looking for ways to inject their ads where users are looking. Right now the attention is on mobile games, especially “Angry Birds.”
According to Variety, Rovio’s YouTube channel gets over 1 billion views, and “Angry Birds” games, which feature in-game advertising, were downloaded over 1 billion times and have 263 million monthly active users. Rovio has noted, however, there will be no “Angry Birds” branding within “The Croods” mobile game.
Hear ye, hear ye!, For you soon to be princesses out there, Disney Junior’s preschool show Sofia The First is up for season 2! What can these future princesses expect this season Johnny?
Johnny Trout (via The Wrap)- If America’s two-to-five-year-olds were reading this, they would surely be rejoicing: Disney Junior has given a second season to its hit animated “Sofia the First.”
The series follows Princess Sofia, an ordinary little girl who must adjust to royal life after her mother marries the king.
The series, spawned from the movie “Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess,” premiered in January.
It is voiced by “Modern Family” star Ariel Winter, Wayne Brady, Tim Gunn and Sara Ramirez, among others.
Justice is served for Paramount as the judge upheld the ruling in their lawsuit for their 2007 flick, No Country For Old Men. How much did the mountain receive in their successful case Perch?
Perch Perkins (via The Wrap)- An appeals court on Monday affirmed a tentative ruling against Morgan Stanley-backed Marathon Funding, which had claimed that Paramount improperly deducted a $17.5 million box office bonus to Tommy Lee Jones from its profit participation.
The ruling, handed down by the state’s second appellate court in Los Angeles, upheld a December 2011 decision by L.A. Superior Court Judge Mark Mooney that Paramount had not cheated Marathon out of profits from “No Country for Old Men.” Marathon had claimed some of the money instead had gone to make a hefty payment to Jones.
Paramount, which distributed the 2007 Best Picture Oscar winner through its now-defunct Vantage label, was forced to pay Jones a $17.5 million box-office bonus when an arbitrator found the studio’s lawyers had made an error when they drafted Jones’ deal to star in the movie. The lawyers eventually paid a $2.6 million settlement to the studio for the error.
Marathon Funding, which had a multipicture financing pact with Paramount that included “No Country,” claimed that its deal with Vantage entitled it to 25 percent of “net distribution revenue” from the movie. Marathon in April 2010 filed a breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit claiming the studio shouldn’t be able to deduct a $2.45 million charge from the pool of money it must pay to Marathon for backing the movie.
Judge Mooney on Dec. 22, 2011, issued a tentative ruling in favor of the studio. He ruled that Marathon’s charge was not inappropriate because Paramount’s relationship with Marathon was not a joint venture.
As part of the appeal ruling, Paramount’ was awarded attorney’s fees as well. The studio was represented by Kendall Brill & Kleiger, Richard B. Kendall and Nicholas F. Daum. Marathon was repped by Hillel Chodos.
Checking the Penguins tally this week, 597 fans sign in as confirmed news sources say Team Skipper is finished 3 seasons of missions. With only their feature movie left on their mission docket, looks like DreamWorks is preparing for new episodes of Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness this spring to decide if our flightless heroes can stay alive for another season or be replaced by Team Monster for their new TV series Monsters vs. Aliens should DreamWorks cancel the Penguins. Whatever happens, we’ll let you know!
It’s time to reveal this month’s DVD’s in March for you to enjoy. Here’s the list of what you may encounter at your favorite store:
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Playing for Keeps
Grave Encounters 2
A Dark Truth
Waiting for Lightning
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
Cowgirls ‘n Angels
On the Road
Gun Hill Road
This Must Be the Place
The First Time
Life of Pi
Rise of the Guardians
Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away
Samson and Delilah
Zero Dark Thirty
Rust and Bone
The Other Son
Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child
This is 40
Step Up to the Plate
To the Arctic
March is officially underway folks! Once we finish pre sweeps for your favorite shows, we’ll take them out like lambs! Let’s see what we have in store this month. We might find some breaking news if we’re lucky! So make sure to be here next time for more of my entertainment report! Until then, look out for some shamrocks in your neck of the woods!