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Laika, the animation house behind 2009's "Coraline" and 2012's "Paranorman," is back: promoing Saturday at Comic-Con in San Diego, Focus Features release "The Boxtrolls" will premiere at this year's Venice International Film Festival, out of competition. Check out the newest trailer -- sporting the voices of Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Elle Fanning, and more -- below, as well as a full synopsis: The new 3D animated feature from Laika Studios tells the tale of the Boxtrolls, monsters who live underneath the charming streets of Cheesebridge, who crawl out of the sewers at night to steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least, that’s the legend the townspeople have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are a community of lovable oddballs who are raising as one of their own an abandoned and orphaned human boy named Eggs. When »
- Nick Newman
The 71st Venice Film Festival announced its lineup this morning, highlighted by films from American directors, including David Gordon Green, Barry Levinson, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Andrew Niccol, and James Franco. As had been previously announced, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and many others, will be the opening film when the festival begins on Aug. 27.
Click below for the entire list of 55 films playing in Venice.
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, directed by Roy Andersson
Starring Holger Andersson, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Focus Features has released four character posters for Laika's new animated film The Boxtrolls. The film is based on the book Here Be Monsters, by Alan Snow, and it is being directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable. This is sure to be another fantastic film from the animation studio. The movie is going to have a huge presence at San Diego Comic-Con and I've listed The Boxtroll events after the posters.
The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright of Game of Thrones) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge.
When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up »
- Joey Paur
Focus Features has announced the release date to the much anticipated sequel to Sinister: August 21st, 2015. Scott Derrickson will not be returning to direct the sequel. However, he did write the script for Sinister 2 with C. Robert Cargill, also from the original film. Ciaran Foy (The Citadel) will be in the directors chair. Come inside for all the details!
The following excerpt is from the official press release: Focus Features will release Sinister 2, the sequel to the micro-budget horror-hit, wide on August 21, 2015. Ciaran Foy will direct the sequel which Scott Derrickson, the director of the first Sinister, is writing with C. Robert Cargill. Derrickson and Cargill also wrote the original film. eOne is financing the film which Jason Blum is producing via his Blumhouse Productions banner along with Derrickson. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Charles Layton, and eOne’s Xavier Marchand and Patrice Theroux are executive producing.
While horror movie »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jonathan M Cook)
San Diego Comic-Con originally branded itself by aptly showing primarily comicbooks. Now, in its 45th year, the convention has become an entertainment haven, showcasing producers, stars, writers and hundreds of personalities to promote pop culture from July 23-27. View our tentative schedule of Comic-Con’s film panels and events below, with further updates as they are announced. Variety will be in attendance at Sdcc as well, bringing the news, interviews and important panel information to the web.
Variety’s constantly updating TV schedule for Sdcc can be found here.
“The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica” (10:30 a.m., Room 6Bcf) Original series actors Richard Hatch, Jamie Bamber and Luciana Carro, as well as the show’s science consultant Dr. Kevin Grazier and auction producer Alec Peters, host a discussion on the upcoming movie. Surprise guests and theatrical trailers are planned.
“Godzilla and The Master of Monsters” (11:00 a. »
- Sebastian Torrelio
Laika have unfortunately been ignored when ut comes to the average Joe’s listing off of popular animation studios. However, their output is gradually proving to display a consistent and darker tone than the likes of Pixar, Disney, Dreamworks etc. With stop-motion animated films Coraline and Paranorman raking in a combined gross of over $220 million, it seems as though we have every reason to see continued success from the company. Next up on Laika’s slate is The Boxtrolls, a film in which a young orphan boy is raised by the titular trolls.
The film caused some controversy with those of a right wing persuasion after suggesting in an early teaser that families could be made of same sex couples, but with nonsense like that ignored we can now focus on what looks to be a lovely animated feature. Directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi have had varied careers in »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are: The Humbling (Directed by Barry Levinson) starring Al Pacino, Mandy Patinkin, Dianne Wiest, and Greta Gerwig. The Keeping Room (Directed by Daniel Barber) starring Sam Worthington, Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru, and Kyle Soller. The Last Five Years (Directed by Richard Lagravenese) starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. Learning to Drive (Directed by Isabel Coixet) starring Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 - 14th. Via Tiff. The Humbling The Humbling tells the story of a legendary stage actor who has an affair with a lesbian woman half his age at a secluded country house in Connecticut. Based on Philip Roth’s final novel, it is a tragic »
- Matt Goldberg
The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) has fired its awards season opening salvo, announcing a slew of world premieres for the September edition, which will close with Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos.Scroll down for full list
Not to be outdone by the New York Film Festival, which has staked a claim to the world premieres of Gone Girl and Inherent Vice, and Venice, which will open with Birdman, artistic director Cameron Bailey and his team announced on Tuesday (22) close to 50 galas and special presentations.
Two factors are certain to ratchet up the sense of anticipation heading into September. Most of these titles are without Us distribution and that said, it remains to be seen which films will qualify for a coveted first-weekend slot.
Tiff top brass made it clear earlier this year that any title that sneaks into Telluride will be forced to screen after the first four days of the festival. Tiff runs from »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.
- Jeff Labrecque
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.
World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”
International titles world-preeming on the »
- Jennie Punter
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of 2014 premieres and galas this morning and it features some familiar awards titles, some big stars and some unexpected studio titles. Among the major studio films, David Dobkin's "The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" each received gala slots and should premiere over the festival's opening weekend. Other announced galas so far include Bennett Miller's acclaimed "Foxcatcher," which debuted at Cannes, and Mike Binder's "Black and White" starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie. Toronto has also scheduled special gala screenings for David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars" with Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend," Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, Lone Scherfig's "The Riot Club," Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's "Samba" and Shawn Levy's "This is Where I Leave You »
- Gregory Ellwood
Residents of Cheesebridge lock themselves indoors at night for fear of the Boxtrolls. But Eggs, an orphan raised by the Boxtrolls, knows they would never do humans any harm, and he just might bridge the divide between the two species. Based on the popular novel from Alan Snow, Laika’s The Boxtrolls hits theaters on September 26th, and the film will have a Hall H panel at Sdcc later this week.
Featuring Sir Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, and more, The Boxtrolls Hall H panel will take place on Saturday, July 26th from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. There will also be an Eat Like the Boxtrolls event at Petco Park on Friday and Saturday afternoon, in which Bug Chef David George Gordon will be creating a menu of edible bug and insect creations for attendees to dig into. Signed limited edition posters will also be available at these eating experiences. »
- Derek Anderson
Mark wonders whether we're now at the point where CG characters matter more than human ones to Hollywood...
In the last decade or so, computer generated characters have taken a quantum leap forward in blockbuster cinema. You can probably mark the transition around the time that Yoda went from being a Jim Henson creation to a digitally rendered sprite in Star Wars: Episode II, but bigger technological leaps have followed, particularly in performance capture.
Andy Serkis has been a big ambassador for this, earning a reputation as a Boris Karloff figure for the digital age in the process and a loyal core of fans who still insist that he deserved an Oscar for his turn »
The knock on the Academy Awards throughout the years always seem to be how certain actors, directors and films are snubbed in favor of other chosen nominations. Sometimes the justification for these overlooked selections in performances and motion pictures are warranted. Many will agree that a lot of injustices have been committed based on how some Oscar-worthy selections were slighted.
Has anyone ever considered the equal possibilities of omission when one Oscar nominee wins the golden statuette over another nominee that one thought was more deserving for the victory? There have been numerous instances when observers who have witnessed an Oscar win thought that their competitor should have received it instead. It is only human nature to have an opinion as to feel who should have claimed Oscar gold as opposed to the fellow nominee that actually accomplished the goal.
Let us look at the top ten instances where it »
- Frank Ochieng
With summer starting to wrap up (after "Guardians Of The Galaxy" in two weeks, blockbusters get considerably thinner on the ground), it's time to start looking even further ahead to big movies planned for the fall, or even for next summer. And happily, with Comic-Con just around the corner, the studios have obliged, releasing a slew of images for some new upcoming movies. First up is "Exodus: Gods & Kings," Ridley Scott's first attempt at the Biblical epic. The first live-action big-screen version of the story of Moses since "The Ten Commandments," Scott's picture is taking the big-budget "Gladiator"-style approach, but has drawn controversy due to casting Caucasian actors in Jewish and Egyptian roles, and for casting Australian actor Joel Edgerton as a tangerine with eyebrows drawn on with a magic marker. Christian Bale, Aaron Paul, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn and Indira Varma star alongside Edgerton, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
You’ll probably pick up on this soon enough, but I’ve got a major thing for super cute animated creatures. (Perhaps the result of growing up with pets?) The “They've Got the Whole World in Their Hands” trailer for The Boxtrolls is easily one of the best of 2013 and since, every single thing we’ve seen from the movie’s promotional campaign suggests that it’s got some serious potential, largely due to the detail and expressivity of those incredibly novel and charming creatures - and now we get to take an even closer look at four of them. With The Boxtrolls due to have a rather big presence at Comic-Con, Focus Features has unveiled four character posters each featuring a different boxtroll as he packs for San Diego. Hit the jump to check out the Boxtrolls character posters for Fish, Shoe, Oilcan and Sparky as well as all »
- Perri Nemiroff
The Boxtrolls, a group of mischievous, trash-collecting creatures who live beneath the streets of Cheesebridge, are packing their bags for San Diego. The stop-motion animated adventure from the creators of Coraline andParaNorman will be heading to this year’s Comic-Con, and to celebrate we have four character posters to get you ready for the film – in theatres this September.
The Boxtrolls will feature the voices of Sir Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3, Schindler’s List), Elle Fanning (Maleficent) – both of whom will be in attendance at Comic-Con – as well as "Mad Men"'s Jared Harris, "30 Rock"'s Tracy Morgan, Richard Ayoade (The Double), and Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Check out the character posters for The Boxtrolls below, and head over to our Comic-Con headquarters for more news from San Diego! »
- Sasha James
With larger than life personalities The Boxtrolls' Fish, Shoe, Oilcan and Sparky are being introduced with their own character posters. Focus Features, Laika and The Boxtrolls are headed to Comic-Con for a highly anticipated Hall H Panel, "Eat Like The Boxtrolls" food truck experience and more.
Check them all out, and then find out how you can be part of The Boxtrolls experience at this year's Comic Con!
Keep An Eye Out For Life-sized Boxtrolls Roaming Comic Con. Snap Your Pic And Tweet Using #Theboxtrolls
Friday, July 25
Bug Chef David George Gordon will dare you to Eat Like The Boxtrolls as he cooks up some of his famous bug and insect edible creations.
Location: Petco Park
2:00Pm-3:00Pm - Univision Radio will be hosting the experience. Stop by for a limited edition signed Fish poster by Isaac Hempstead-Wright.
Heading to San Diego next weekend? You can be part of The Boxtrolls experience at this year’s Comic Con.
With larger than life personalities The Boxtrolls’ Fish, Shoe, and their co-squares are being introduced with their own character posters.
Friday, July 25
Bug Chef David George Gordon will dare you to Eat Like The Boxtrolls as he cooks up some of his famous bug and insect edible creations
Location: Petco Park
2:00Pm-3:00Pm Univision Radio will be hosting the experience. Stop by for a limited edition signed Fish poster by Isaac Hempstead Wright.
3:00Pm-4:00Pm Nerdist will be hosting the experience. Stop by for a limited edition signed Shoe poster by Isaac Hempstead Wright.
- Michelle McCue
The Boxtrolls is the latest film from Laika Studios and tells the sad tale of Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), an orphan brought up in the caves beneath the streets by the kindly rubbish-hoarding Boxtrolls. Like The Wombles colliding with Annie.
There’s a fine cast with Elle Fanning and Ben Kingsley joined by Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Richard Ayoade and the dynamic duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in supporting roles. The look of the film is absolutely beautiful as you can see from the trailer and this new one sheet. It wisely boasts the studio’s legacy with Coraline and Paranorman and with each new film the world of 3D stop-motion animation is ever more theirs.
The 12th of September is when we here in the UK get our chance to dive beneath, looks like it’ll be a fun journey.
Here’s the poster, make sure you open »
- Jon Lyus
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