‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Title Revealed
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Apr 17, 2018

‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Title Revealed

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Vanity Fair has revelead the official title for the third film of the How to train your dragon franchise. Read it below.

The third film in the “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise has been christened.

In advance of a special sneak peek of the film at this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival, DreamWorks Animation has announced that part three will be entitled “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” The film is billed as the series’ culmination and will hit theaters in 2019. The voice cast includes Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, and Craig Ferguson.

Attendees to the festival will learn more about the making of the film as part of an extended presentation on DreamWorks Animation’s films and the work of “How to Train Your Dragon” director Dean DeBlois. The presentation will take place on June 14 in the festival’s main venue, the Bonlieu Theater.

“As well as being a major artist, Dean DeBlois is a longtime friend of Annecy,” Marcel Jean, artistic director of the Annecy Film Festival, said in a statement. “We are excited to welcome him this year and present his work in a context that will emphasize his great talent. ‘The How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise is closely linked to our festival and this is why we are eager to offer our audience the chance to preview footage from the film.”


Posted on
Feb 12, 2015

Cate Blanchett on Academy Awards, encounters with dragons, Cinderella & Rooney Mara

EXCLUSIVE: One year later, 2013 Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett is ready to hit the Oscar stage again.

This year she will be opening the envelope and announcing the name of the Lead Actor winner, the most hotly contested of all acting races. But when I mentioned that as I spoke with her on the phone her home in Australia, Blanchett almost brushed it aside, wanting to talk about instead about a different category: the one she won in last year for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. “Well, I don’t know. There are also a lot of great performances, yet again by women, and another five that didn’t make it could easily have been nominated,” she said.

It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since she became a first-time Best Actress winner after winning in 2004 for her Supporting role as Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator. She’s not resting on her laurels, though. “It’s about as big as it gets,” Blanchett said. “It was huge, glorious and wonderful, and you never forget it, but you also in a strange way have  to forget it and move on. And that’s why it was so wonderful to go in and do Carol and go back to the theater and think, ‘OK, what’s next?’”

Carol is one of those things that is “next.” She started shooting the film opposite Rooney Mara right after the Oscars for director Todd Haynes, who guided Blanchett to one of her six Oscar noms as the Bob Dylan-like figure in 2007’s I’m Not There. She says she met Mara for the first time when she came to present Blanchett with her Outstanding Performer Of The Year award at the tribute I hosted for her at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival last February. She’s excited about the 1950s-set film about a department store clerk who falls for an older, married woman, and she loved working with Mara. “She is really a good egg,” she said. “That was a really beautiful experience, actually. I mean, coming back to work with Todd, having done the Dylan film with him and then working on such a different endeavor was really fantastic. But Rooney’s great. She takes her work seriously but doesn’t take herself necessarily very seriously. She’s also got a really great non-sentimental radar. So she’s not interested in being liked, but she’s interested in revealing stuff.”

After her Oscar appearance on February 22, Blanchett has another biggie coming out from Disney on March 13, the live-action version of Cinderella directed by Kenneth Branagh in which she plays the evil Lady Tremaine.It was really fun. Incredibly fun,” she said. “I mean, it’s always fun playing someone wicked. There’s been a trend of late, which has been really interesting, to see how one can twist the fairy tales. And I think what Ken has done is he’s delivered the fairy tale with all its warts and dark nooks and crannies but has sort of a grace and a levity and a beauty and a majesty, like a beautiful, wonderful MGM picture. It’s pretty rare these days. For my money, it’s got that quality of a classic, in that it’s sort of moving beyond the zeitgeist. It’s reaching for something deeper and grander.” Blanchett also praised Lily James, who plays Cinderella, and Richard Madden as Prince Charming.

And though she will be attending the Oscars this year as a presenter, not a nominee, Blanchett has a rooting interest in one of the movies in the Best Animated Feature category. In How To Train Your Dragon 2, she voices Valka, the mother of Hiccup who returns after 20 years away to her family. She joined a cast that was already tight thanks to working on the 2010 original as well as its TV series spinoff. And there was even an Oscar connection as to how she got involved. She was at the Oscar ceremony in 2011 when she was approached by director Dean DeBlois. “I was kind of ambushed by Dean,” she said. “Approached, accosted — it depends how you look at it. The first time around was so complete, I was really curious  to see how they could possibly equal it, let alone top it. So, then when I read the script, I thought: ‘This is really exciting. This is a really unusual mother-son relationship.’ So I was thrilled to be part of it.” Blanchett added that she started gushing to DeBlois when she learned he was one of the creators because she and her sons loved the first one so much. Suddenly the prospect of being in the sequel was intriguing, even though it puts her in the midst of another trilogy. She just finished co-starring in the Hobbit films for Peter Jackson and, of course also did the Lord Of The Rings pictures. But the character really got to her in Dragon.

“I sort of gripped the idea of this sort of Jane Goodall-esque woman who spent many, many years with the dragons and almost had forgotten how to co-exist with humans,” she told me. “And also it’s rare in a conventional drama, let along an animated film, that the notion of a mother leaving her child was sort of dealt with and reconciled in a way that is so satisfying, complex and, I think, heartrending.”She added that since doing the film she had been stopped by people from 7 to 70;  the breadth of the audience for Dragon 2 really startled her.

via Deadline

Posted on
Feb 11, 2015

Cate Blanchett on ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3? and the Fear of Oscar Speeches

For Cate Blanchett, all roads these days lead to Oscar.

Last year’s best actress winner (“Blue Jasmine”) will be a presenter on Feb. 22. She will also be represented in the feature animation race, thanks to her voice work in “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”

And she landed that job at an Oscar ceremony.

When the 2010 “Dragon” was nominated, director Dean DeBlois approached her at the ceremony about doing a role in the sequel. As she told Variety, “He just walked up to me and said, ‘I’ve written a part for you.’ I thought, ‘Yeah, that is such a line…!’ But he had. He said she was a Jane Goodall-type of character who had spent her life with dragons. I loved the first film and had watched it about nine times with my boys. So my curiosity was piqued, and I thought, ‘How will they top that?’”

She’d done voiceover narration and “bits and pieces” in animation (e.g., two episodes of “Family Guy”), but this was new to her: It turned into a three-year job. “We met every six months or so. You go in and chip away at it for three years, as the animation evolves, and there were little shifts and changes in the story.

She’s proud of the character and the film (“What an entrance! It was fabulous”) and is happy that the risks taken by DeBlois and his team have paid off creatively and at the box office ($619 million worldwide).

Her character will appear in “Dragon 3,” which is scheduled for 2017. “I am really excited. I don’t know what it’s going to be, but Dean has such an extraordinary imagination. And he directed in such a detailed, engaged way — he holds a firm grip on the universe.”

Before last year’s win as best actress, Blanchett had won the supporting prize for 2004’s “The Aviator” as Katharine Hepburn — the first performer to win an Oscar for playing an Oscar winner.

Daniel Day-Lewis presented the award last year, and Blanchett laughed when asked what went through her mind as he started reading the nominees. “It’s like being in a tennis court and watching the ball in the air: There is no thought going through your head; everything is just kind of blank.”

She said it was “an extraordinary bunch of nominees, and I was just pleased to be at the party.

It’s not a horse race, but it becomes that, because everyone likes to talk and speculate,” she added.

Alongside the honor, there is apprehension and horror of making an acceptance speech in front of this group of people. There is no going back and doing a second take, no looping, no finessing. It’s what happens. It is like standup: It works or it doesn’t. It was scary, but I was excited by it.

She said she’s too superstitious to have prepared a speech in advance; as for nerves, “I have an ability to tell myself, ‘No one’s going to see this,’” she laughed. Though she gave a terrific speech, she has no recollection of it. Asked if she will someday look at video of her speech, she gasped in mock horror, “No! Never!

But she has only positive feelings about the Oscar experience. “Something like this doesn’t come along every day, and it’s great to be caught up in excitement. It was quite some ride.

via Variety

67th Annual Cannes Film Festival – How To Train Your Dragon 2 Photocall, Premiere and Press Conference Pictures
Posted on
May 17, 2014

67th Annual Cannes Film Festival – How To Train Your Dragon 2 Photocall, Premiere and Press Conference Pictures

Yesterday was the Cannes Premiere, Photocall and Press Conference for “How To Train Your Dragon 2”. The movie is set for release on June 13th.

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