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‘Isle of Dogs’ reviews: Wes Anderson’s latest is ‘stunning,’ ‘inventive’ & ‘otherworldly,’ but is it culturally sensitive?

‘Isle of Dogs’ reviews: Wes Anderson’s latest is ‘stunning,’ ‘inventive’ & ‘otherworldly,’ but is it culturally sensitive?
Isle of Dogs,” which opened on March 23, is the ninth feature film directed by indie film darling Wes Anderson, but it’s only his second foray into animation. He previously ventured into stop-motion filmmaking with another film about wry animals: “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009), which was based on the book by Roald Dahl and earned Anderson an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. That was one of six Oscar noms Anderson has earned over the course of his career so far, but he has yet to prevail. Will this film finally win him best in show?

As of this writing the film has received an excellent MetaCritic score of 83 and 93% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes, so he’s showing no signs of falling out of favor with critics. Telling an idiosyncratic story about the title animals who have been exiled from Japan due to “canine flu,” Anderson is receiving praise for his
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Duchess of Cornwall Awarded Honorary Doctorate For Literacy Work

The Duchess of Cornwall has received an honorary doctorate for her literacy work.

Duchess of Cornwall receives an Honorary Doctorate


The Countess of Chester, as The Duchess of Cornwall is known when in the city, attended the University of Chester’s Graduation Ceremony and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of her commitment to promoting literacy.

In the historic Chester Cathedral, Her Royal Highness received a Doctorate of Letters in front of 500 graduands from a number of academic faculties who were being awarded their degrees.

The Countess is a strong promoter of literacy in the UK and internationally, with particular focus on encouraging a love of reading and writing from an early age.

Her Royal Highness is an avid reader and undertakes a number of engagements to promote the importance of supporting literacy, including the 500 Words Competition, an initiative which encourages children around the
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A Wrinkle in Time review – wacky fantasy takes Oprah to infinity and beyond

Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey star in Ava DuVernay’s charming yarn that embraces diversity and girl power

Ava DuVernay’s new film is a surreal and primary-coloured children’s story: good-natured, unworldly, a bit ungainly, not a masterpiece, but amiable and generous in spirit. Knowing absolutely nothing of the 1962 novel by Madeleine L’Engle on which it’s based, or the Disney TV movie of 2003, I had no fanbase-proprietary claims, no preconceptions as to how this story should be treated or reinterpreted. To me, it felt interestingly like a Roald Dahl tale but without the cynical, vinegary tang. Those tearful, final scenes and the trio of kids reminded me weirdly and pleasantly of something else: The Railway Children.

Yet A Wrinkle in Time has been a bit coolly received by critics, who have indicated that they cannot necessarily submit to its updated credentials as a story about empowerment and young people of colour.
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IFC Midnight to Release the Upcoming thriller Wildling

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The Brothers Grimm, Roald Dahl and other dark fairytale and fantasy sources cast a long and benevolent shadow over Wildling.” — The Hollywood Reporter Wildling **World Premiere – 2018 SXSW Film Festival** IFC Midnight will release the upcoming thriller Wildling in theaters in New York and on VOD and Digital HD on April 13, 2018 with theatrical expansion in …

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Is George Weasley Actually Willy Wonka? This Bonkers Theory Is Really Convincing

Brace yourself: George Weasley may have grown up to be the King of Chocolate, Willy Wonka himself. The idea of these two magical universes converging in some way is enough to make our 10-year-old hearts swoon (and our 20-, 30-, and 40-year-old hearts, too)! Though I'm ultimately a Harry Potter fan, it was Roald Dahl's books, especially Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, that honed my love for magical, imaginative storylines. If you're a fan of both as well, it's hard not to notice similarities in the various stories. Of all the fan fiction and fan theories out there, this one is so lighthearted and gives an inkling of hope for George Weasley, whom we know suffered one of the greatest losses of them all when his twin brother Fred died at the Battle of Hogwarts. Consider: George drops out of Hogwarts with Fred (then under the terrible control of
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Willy Wonka Child Star's Surprise Appearance on Jeopardy! Makes Twitter Go Wild

Willy Wonka Child Star's Surprise Appearance on Jeopardy! Makes Twitter Go Wild
Paris Themmen has fulfilled his Willy Wonka character’s obsession with getting on television.

The former actor, 58, who played young TV and cowboy-enthusiast Mike Teevee in the classic 1971 film, kept his Hollywood past a secret when he appeared on Tuesday’s episode of Jeopardy!

During the portion of the show when host Alex Trebek asks contestants about their personal lives, Themmen was introduced as an “entrepreneur” and “avid backpacker.” While he revealed that he’s traveled to 61 countries, he did not mention his role in the movie.

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But it didn’t take long for sharp-eyed viewers to
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'Wildling': Film Review | SXSW 2018

As a habitat for unusual creatures, North America’s forests are perhaps best known for Bigfoot sightings, but German-born writer-director Fritz Bohm’s Wildling may be ready to give old Sasquatch a run for his money. Whether representing an unsettling allegory of adolescence or a fortuitous convergence of contemporary social issues, IFC Midnight’s April release will provide a new perspective on themes of female empowerment before carving out a unique niche in home-entertainment formats.

The Brothers Grimm, Roald Dahl and other dark fairytale and fantasy sources cast a long and benevolent shadow over Wildling, co-written by Bohm and Florian Eder (who also...
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Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One tracking soft opening weekend, new TV spot released

With just a few short weeks to go until its release, the first tracking numbers for Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One are in, with adaptation of Ernest Cline’s cult novel said to be looking at a $35 million debut weekend at the box office in North America, and a four-day haul of around $45 million over the Easter weekend.

Those numbers aren’t too promising for Warner Bros., which is said to be hoping for an opening weekend of $50 million plus. The budget for Ready Player One has not been revealed, but it is surely well above $100 million, with substantial further expenditure on advertising and promotion.

Spielberg hasn’t enjoyed the best of times at the box office lately; his last film The Post earned just $154 million worldwide, and is said to have sold less tickets than all but one of his previous movies, while his Roald Dahl adaptation The Bfg
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Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts 2018 (90th Academy Awards) review

MaryAnn’s quick take… My pick: I suspect that this year’s winner will be “Garden Party” [pictured], a spectacular debut from new French animation studio Illogic that I am sure we will be seeing a lot more stunning work from. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Death, despair, and decay. Some very black humor. These motifs run through most of this year’s Oscar-nominated animated short films. Oh, and childhood. In one case, the despair of childhood. Fun times.

I suspect that this year’s winner will be “Garden Party” [IMDb|official site], from a new French animation studio called Illogic — consisting of filmmakers Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Théophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon, and Lucas Navarro — that I am sure we will be seeing a lot more stunning work from. The adventures of frogs and toads and
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Touch of British magic as Roald Dahl classic is tipped for Oscar

Revolting Rhymes is the fourth film by Magic Light to be nominated for an Academy Award

The list of British talent contending for Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night is topped by some illustrious names: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Hawkins, Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan, Gary Oldman and newcomer Daniel Kaluuya. Yet a handful of other characters will not have their moment of red-carpet glory, despite having played starring roles in an Oscar-nominated British film already enjoyed by millions.

Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Prince Charming and the wolf are a few of the much-loved fictional heroes and villains of Revolting Rhymes, the acclaimed movie of Roald Dahl’s quirky selection of fairytale yarns tipped to have a strong chance of winning the best animated short film award.
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Film Review: ‘2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation’

Film Review: ‘2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation’
Great animated shorts are like poems, and in some cases, they quite literally are poems — as is the case of three of this year’s Oscar nominees: the Kobe Bryant penned “Dear Basketball,” stop-motion “Negative Space,” and Roald Dahl adaptation “Revolting Rhymes.” Not that the other two entries are lacking in poetry, either visual or of spirit, which makes for an all-around delightful package of cartoon inspiration when viewed on the big screen (where ShortsTV has included three bonus “highly commended” shorts and a running series of loony “Petite Faim” interstitials created by students at France’s Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques).

Taken from a letter L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant wrote on the eve of his retirement from the NBA, “Dear Basketball” pairs hand-drawn visuals with a heartfelt ode to the sport that made him a star (Bryant reads his own words aloud, as audiences watch what looks
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2018 Oscars Best Animated Short nominee: ‘Revolting Rhymes’ is a slightly twisted take on classic fairy tales

2018 Oscars Best Animated Short nominee: ‘Revolting Rhymes’ is a slightly twisted take on classic fairy tales
Is it possible to have sympathy for a universally recognized “bad guy” like the Big Bad Wolf? Well, “Revolting Rhymes,” one of this year’s five nominees at the Oscars for Best Animated Short Film, looks to do just that. Based on the stories by Roald Dahl, The British short marks the second bids for both Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer. Schuh was nominated in this category in 2010 for “The Gruffalo” and Lachauer was also nominated in this category in 2013 for “Room on the Broom.”

When a woman enters a restaurant, the Big Bad Wolf follows her inside and sits with her in the same booth. She says she is about to babysit the children across from the diner. He sees she has a book of fairy tales and laments how the book doesn’t portray the characters accurately. He also mentions that he used to have two nephews and
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Oscars Week 2018: Taika Waititi Hosts The Live Action Shorts

This year’s Oscar Week Shorts Program showcased a diverse group of talented filmmakers delivering crowd-pleasing and thoughtful short films. The evening kicked off with an extended, hilarious riff by the host Taika Waititi, director of Thor: Ragnarok and director/co-star of What We Do In the Shadows. Waititi was so annoyed by latecomers entering the Samuel Goldwyn Theater he yelled at them, “Where have you been?!” and recalled the pressure of being a short film nominee in 2004 while carrying the expectations of his native New Zealand on his shoulders.

His irreverence toward an Academy that let’s people wander around during his presentation and denies him Oscar gold kept the audience howling throughout his hosting duties.

Host Taika Waititi prior to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Oscar Week: Shorts” event.

The animated films were all worthy of a statuette in terms of quality and originality. Kobe Bryant
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Shrek, Space Jam, and more in our March Family Favourites!

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Shrek, Space Jam, and more in our March Family Favourites!Shrek, Space Jam, and more in our March Family Favourites!Jenny Bullough2/28/2018 10:01:00 Am

We confess, March is not our favourite month. Spring is around the corner, but it's taking its sweet time to arrive, and meanwhile the weather is typically a slushy, mucky mess. All the cabin fever that's built up over the long winter is coming to a head and our families are often bouncing off the walls looking for something to do that gets us out of the house.

If family-friendly movies are your thing, then you can't do better than Family Favourites! Every Saturday select Cineplex theatres offer a kid-approved movie at 11am for just 2.99 per ticket. It's a great opportunity for a family outing, and also to connect with your kids by enjoying a classic movie from your childhood, or a recently-released critical fave,
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Warner Bros' plans for its Willy Wonka prequel

Brendon Connelly Feb 23, 2018

Exclusive: Warner Bros is looking to bolster the role of a character or two in its new Willy Wonka film...

Disney is currently courting Paul King, champion director of The Mighty Boosh, two Paddington movies, and Bunny & The Bull, to take charge of their new, largely live-action Pinocchio remake.

King has certainly got an aptitude for integrating childlike CG leads into sometimes whimsical, rich and multi-layered worlds, so I can see why they studio would be so keen. Beyond that, however, King is a witty and imaginative storyteller with real skill in honing nicely-shaped, smart and compelling narratives. That's the really important bit. Especially when it comes to making a film that could live up to, or at least stand respectably alongside, the original Disney Pinocchio. What a truly astonishing piece of film craft it is.

The trade press reports that King is in 'negotiations' to make the new Pinocchio film,
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Oscar Animated Shorts Nominees, Ranked: Memorable Characters Define Frontrunners Like ‘Dear Basketball’ and ‘Negative Space’

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Oscar Animated Shorts Nominees, Ranked: Memorable Characters Define Frontrunners Like ‘Dear Basketball’ and ‘Negative Space’
The animated shorts race is defined by memorable characters: A dance between young and adult Kobe Bryant in “Dear Basketball,” a father and son bonding over ritual packing in “Negative Space,” a collection of lost and found schoolyard objects thwarting a bully in Pixar’s “Lou,” a mysterious wolf recounting the unusual bonding between Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White in “Revolting Rhymes,” and a wacky amphibian takeover of a mansion in “Garden Party.”

Despite the backlash against Bryant for his sexual assault charge back in 2003 and the limited scope of his short, “Dear Basketball” remains the favorite to win the Oscar. That’s due to the irresistible pairing of the former Lakers legend with former Disney legend Glen Keane, who directed the short. However, “Negative Space” could pull an upset for its inventive animation and resonating theme.

Read more about these nominees, ranked in order of their likelihood
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'Isle of Dogs': Film Review | Berlin 2018

'Isle of Dogs': Film Review | Berlin 2018
Wes Anderson took his fascination for obsessively detailed hermetic worlds, meticulous visual compositions, oddball characters and idiosyncratic storytelling quirks to a heightened level in 2009 with his delightful stop-motion animated adaptation of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox. Returning to the form, the director delivers an even wilder, more distinctive experience with Isle of Dogs, the thoroughly captivating tale of a 12-year-old Japanese boy's quest to rescue his beloved pet, and indeed an entire outcast canine population, from the genocidal scheme of a crooked mayoral regime. The Fox Searchlight March release has cult potential stamped all over it.

The setting is...
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Isle of Dogs review – Wes Anderson's scintillating stop-motion has bite

Marooning a pack of dogs on a dystopian Japanese island, the auteur’s new animation is an inspiringly detailed and surprisingly rough-edged treat

It’s well known that for Wes Anderson, the world is one big toy box. The prodigious American auteur proved that with his last feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which turned its human cast into comic puppets placed in a gorgeously crafted train-set universe. Now he proves it again – if anything, more extravagantly – with Isle of Dogs, an animation which, like its predecessor, opens the Berlin film festival in scintillating style.

Anderson has tried his hand at stop-motion animation before with the Roald Dahl adaptation Fantastic Mr Fox, but this new talking-animal entertainment is considerably more sophisticated and ambitious. It’s set in a near-future Japan, where Kobayashi (voiced by Kunichi Nomura, one of the film’s co-writers), the corrupt mayor of fictional city Megasaki, has taken
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Wes Anderson on the Politics of ‘Isle of Dogs’ and a Return to Stop-Motion

Wes Anderson on the Politics of ‘Isle of Dogs’ and a Return to Stop-Motion
Wes Anderson and the producers and cast of Berlinale opening movie “Isle of Dogs,” cracked wise through a bubbly press conference Thursday that paid no heed to such weighty matters as the #MeToo movement and whether the Berlin Palast should unfurl a red or black carpet. Three times the film’s assembled cast burst into song, with Bill Murray leading a rendition of Bob Balaban’s name to the tune of the Beach Boys’ “Barbara Ann,” and then happy birthday to Koyu Rankin on his 11th birthday.

Getting to the politics of the movie, which follows events after dogs are exiled from a fictional Japanese metropolis to an island full of garbage and are demonized by politicians and authorities, director Wes Anderson said that they were made up, but that real life started to creep in.

“We knew there was something happening politically [in the film]. It’s where the story came from, and what happens in the movie,
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Isle of Dogs Early Reviews: Wes Anderson’s Latest is Charming & Weird

Early reviews are rolling in for Wes Anderson’s upcoming stop-motion animated movie Isle of Dogs, following its premiere at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival. The project is the second stop-motion animated feature from Anderson after his Roald Dahl adaptation Fantastic Mr. Fox (which was release in 2009) and reunites the filmmaker with many of his favorite actors; including, Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Bob Balaban, Tilda Swinton, and of course Bill Murray. Newcomers to the world of Anderson this time around include Bryan Cranston, Courtney B. Vance, Scarlett Johansson, and Lady Bird filmmaker Greta Gerwig.
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