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Why This Year’s Animated Oscar Race Has Become the Most Competitive Ever

22 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In what has turned out to be the most competitive animated Oscar race since the Academy instituted the category 15 years ago, we have a record 27 entries — most of them indies — and the greatest range of diversity ever on display in terms of themes and techniques.

Read More: Annie Awards: ‘Zootopia’ with 11 Nominations Takes Lead in Oscar Race

From talking and singing animals to female empowerment, to both extraordinary and ordinary rites of passage, to cycle of life exploration, animation speaks with relevance and urgency about and how we must grow closer together in these divisive times.

In terms of the race itself, the animation committee remains dedicated to nominating two or three indies, so look for that trend to continue. Which means no more than one or two big studio CG movies, along with significant representation of 2D and stop-motion. But while Gkids has dominated the indie field the last several years, »

- Bill Desowitz

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'This Is Us' Fall Finale Ends on a Heart-Stopping Moment That Will Change Everything

17 hours ago | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Warning: If you have not watched Tuesday’s fall finale of This Is Us, do not proceed -- major spoilers ahead! Everyone else, you may go on. (To read our exclusive finale Q&A with one of the stars of This Is Us, click here.)

Something bad happened on Christmas Eve.

For the Pearson family on This Is Us, Christmastime means coming together, but on Tuesday’s dramatic fall finale, they also experienced an unexpected tragedy. For much of the episode, the old family adage that “nothing bad ever happens on Christmas Eve” was repeated time and time again -- first by Rebecca (Mandy Moore), then by Randall (Sterling K. Brown) -- but in the present, it simply wasn’t the case.

Exclusive: 'This Is Us' Star on 'Shocking' Fall Finale Cliffhanger

Things between Toby (Chris Sullivan) and Kate (Chrissy Metz) had been at a romantic standstill. But on the »

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Home Entertainment: ‘Finding Dory’ review

28 November 2016 2:17 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Finding Dory DVD review: Pixar’s only big-screen release of 2016 heads to the small screen. Could this be the greatest animated sequel of all time? Finding Dory DVD review

Finding Dory DVD review continues below.

2016 has been an absolutely belting year for Disney. Things kicked off rather nicely for the studio at Easter, releasing Zootropolis at a time of year that they hadn’t chosen for quite some time. The film was a massive success, and with their second feature of the year, Finding Dory, hitting at the peak of summer through their subsidiary Pixar, they managed to take things one step further.

Finding Dory had the unenviable task of not only following on from Zootropolis, but also the superb Pixar original Finding Nemo thirteen years prior. ‘Dory’ follows the Ellen Degeneres character who sets out on a mission to find herself by locating her parents. Her travels take her »

- Paul Heath

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The Fantasticast #207 – Marvel Two-in-One #10 – Is This The Day The World Ends?

25 November 2016 10:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…

Atomic Bomb Tsum Tsum!

Hello, and welcome to episode 207 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

This week on the show, it’s the turn of Marvel Team-Up #10, as Chris Claremont brings the Thing into the world of the Black Widow, helping her save the word from atomic devastation at the hands of Agamemnon. We’re experience our first pencils from Bob Brown, and the first inks from Klaus Janson, whose brushwork not-so-neatly divides opinion amongst our hosts…

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Disney’s Pixar Acquisition: Bob Iger’s Bold Move That Reanimated a Studio

22 November 2016 7:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It has been just over a decade since Bob Iger engineered the deal that brought Steve JobsPixar Animation Studios to Disney, negotiating a $7.4 billion stock purchase that raised eyebrows at the time. But it swiftly proved to be the smartest move of Iger’s career, restoring his company to the height of the Disney Renaissance — that period from 1989 to 1999 that resulted in classic cartoons such as “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” and “The Lion King.”

Pixar’s “Finding Dory” and Disney’s “Zootopia” are this year’s second- and third-highest-grossing films, and Disney’s “Frozen,” from 2013, holds the all-time record, with $1.3 billion in global receipts.

The Pixar deal went a long way toward appeasing Walt Disney’s nephew, Roy E. Disney, whose concern that the company had de-emphasized animation helped lead to Michael Eisner’s 2004 ouster. And by putting Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter and »

- Peter Debruge

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The Fantasticast #206 – Marvel Team-Up #35 – Blood Church

18 November 2016 11:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…

How Andy Lost His Hair

Hello, and welcome to episode 206 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

With Spider-Man off enjoying his Giant-Size adventures, it’s one again time for us to take a peek between the covers of Marvel Team-Up, as the Human Torch teams up with Doctor Strange. The Valkyrie and Spidey have gone missing, and it’s up to Johnny to find them. But the mysterious Jeremiah and his cult have other plans for the heroes… »

- Gary Collinson

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Andrew Stanton explains why people shouldn't worry over Toy Story date swap

18 November 2016 7:15 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Not too long ago we reported that Toy Story 4 was being pushed back, and Incredibles 2 would be moving up to take its place. This kind of thing is normal, but some folks took this as “Oh my God the movie is in trouble! Gather your loved ones the world is ending!” On that note, Pixar vet Andrew Stanton has some comforting words…so put down the machete. While talking with Cinema... Read More »

- Matt Rooney

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'Finding Dory' Director Andrew Stanton Explains What's Stopping a Pixar Cinematic Universe

16 November 2016 6:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

This part of the post is normally where we'd try to introduce you to the movie we're talking about, but Finding Dory doesn't need an intro. It's a sequel to one of the most beloved films of all time. It's a pop culture monster. You already know all about it, even if you haven't seen it. But you probably have seen it, because it's currently the highest grossing movie of the year at the United States box office.  On the statistical off chance that you did miss Finding Dory in theaters, however, it is out this week on Blu-ray, DVD and DigitalHD, so it's very, very easy to catch up. This home video release gave us a chance to chat with Finding Dory (and Nemo) director Andrew Stanton. We already shared a bit from the interview about why Stanton is...

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‘Finding Dory’: How Pixar Cracked Hank, The Complex, Shape-Shifting Octopus

15 November 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Finding Dory’s” Hank, the shape-shifting, curmudgeonly, camouflaging octopus (voiced by Ed O’Neill), represents Pixar’s latest character achievement. He’s an essential sidekick for Ellen DeGeneres’ elevated Blue Tang, lovingly (and wisely) referred to as “anarchy in motion.”

Read More: Pixar’s Ed Catmull Explains Why The Studio Must Evolve With Each Film, Including New Hit ‘Finding Dory

“Hank was one of the most challenging characters ever built at the studio,” Supervising Technical Director John Halstead told IndieWire. “An octopus’ extreme flexibility and the absence of a skeleton meant that we had to rethink our traditional approach to character construction and animation. We poured everything we had into him, and it was almost three years from the start of initial character design until we completed our first shots with Hank.”

There were issues of ground contact with more than 350 suckers and Hank’s mantle (the bulbous sack that »

- Bill Desowitz

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Blu-ray Review – Finding Dory (2016)

15 November 2016 3:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Finding Dory, 2016.

Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane.

Featuring the voice talents of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olsen, Ty Burrell, Hayden Rolence, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Bob Peterson, Kate McKinnon, Sloane Murray, Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Vicki Lewis, Austin Pendleton, Stephen Root, and Willem Dafoe.

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Pixar continues its string of great animated movies with Finding Dory, which successfully continues the Finding Nemo story in a way that doesn’t feel like a cash grab. This set, which includes two Blu-rays and a DVD, has a nice smattering of bonus features, although a solid making-of documentary is conspicuously missing.

I had a couple young children when Finding Nemo came out, so the film hit me between the eyes as a parent (and still does, since my wife and I had another child a few years later). Its »

- Brad Cook

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'Finding Dory' Director Andrew Stanton Explains Why He's Taking a Break from Animation

11 November 2016 7:33 AM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Andrew Stanton, director of A Bug's LifeFinding Nemo and Wall-e is taking a break from making animated movies. At least that's what he told us when Fandango spoke on the phone to him earlier this week about the home video release of his newest movie, Finding Dory.  Before getting doom and gloom about it, let's clarify that Stanton isn't stepping away from directing all together, he just wants to focus on doing them in the real world....

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'Finding Dory' Director Andrew Stanton Explains Why He's Taking a Break From Animation

10 November 2016 7:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Andrew Stanton, director of A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo, and Wall-e is taking a break from making animated movies. At least that's what he told us when we spoke on the phone earlier this week about the home video release of his newest movie, Finding Dory.  Before getting doom and gloom about it, let's clarify that Stanton isn't stepping away from directing all together, he just wants to focus on doing them in the real world.  "Definitely what I'm going to do next is some live-action projects. How big they are, how small they are, depends on what rises to the surface first. But I am taking a break from animation," Stanton told us.  This by no means implies that Stanton is stepping away from animation powerhouse Pixar, though. It is his...

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Disney – Pixar’s Finding Dory on Blu-ray and DVD November 15th

5 November 2016 9:20 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“My friend, Sigourney, once said: rescue, rehabilitate, release!”

The Finding Dory  DVD and Blu-ray release date is set for November 15, 2016 while it has been available on Digital HD from Amazon Video and iTunes since October 25, 2016.

From the Academy Award(R)-winning creators of Disney-Pixar’s Finding Nemo (Best Animated Feature, 2003) comes an epic undersea adventure filled with imagination, humor and heart. When Dory, the forgetful blue tang (Ellen DeGeneres), suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) take off on a life-changing quest to find them… with help from Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Bailey, a beluga whale who’s convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark! Bring home the movie overflowing with unforgettable characters, dazzling animation and delightful bonus extras!

Each combo pack will feature a lossless 7.1 soundtrack and supplements »

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Eligible Films in Oscars Animated Feature Race

3 November 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Every year the field seems to get bigger for the Oscar animated feature race. Here’s a run-down of eligible features.

The Angry Birds Movie

Directors: Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly

Voices: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride

Studio: Sony Pictures Imageworks

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

If “Angry Birds” gets nominated, it will make history, becoming the first Oscar contender derived from a mobile gaming app. To its credit, the bright, high-energy CG toon struck many as far more delightful than such a provenance would suggest.

April and the Extraordinary World

Directors: Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci

Voices: Angela Galuppo, Susan Sarandon, J.K. Simmons, Paul Giamatti

Studio: Je Suis Bien Content

Distributor: GKids

Inspired by the steampunk-esque graphic novel by Jacques Tardi, this female-driven adventure story takes place in a world without electricity. One of the few hand-drawn movies in the mix, and the most classical.

Finding Dory

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Andrew MacLane

Voices: Ellen DeGeneres, »

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New to Streaming: ‘Indignation,’ ‘Mad Max: Fury Road Black & Chrome,’ ‘Into the Inferno,’ and More

28 October 2016 9:07 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Complete Unknown (Joshua Marston)

Armed with two top-notch leads and a compelling premise, Joshua Marston‘s third feature, Complete Unknown, spends a lot of time hinting at which direction it will go, without going anywhere at all. Tom (Michael Shannon) is living with his wife Rehema (Azita Ghanizada) in New York City, spending the majority of his days drafting agricultural policy emails in a cramped government office. It is »

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Ty Burrell and Kaitlin Olson Discuss Finding Dory Voices

28 October 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

When Finding Dory was released in movie theaters earlier this year, the stunning sequel to Finding Nemo was an instant smash. The aquatic adventure has since splashed past $1 billion at the global box office and is currently the fifth highest-grossing animated movie of all time. The film hit Digital HD channels this week.

The blockbuster swims home in time for the holidays when it is released on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand later this month, when audiences can watch Dory’s hilarious and heartwarming quest to find her family. Fans will also be able to continue the underwater story with hours of immersive bonus features featuring the creative talent of Pixar and the all-star cast.

To celebrate the in-home launch, we dive deep into the kelp to find out more about the making of the film as we chat to Ty Burrell and Kaitlyn Olson, who provide the voices »

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Incredibles 2 Is Coming Early, Toy Story 4 Release Date Gets Delayed

26 October 2016 2:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney Pixar has made some adjustments to its release schedule, flip-flopping the dates for two of its most highly-anticipated animated sequels. The studio has pushed Toy Story 4 from June 15, 2018 to June 21 2019. The 2019 date was the former spot for The Incredibles 2, which will now take over Toy Story 4's vacated June 15, 2018 spot. It isn't known when production will begin on either of these projects.

Deadline didn't offer any details about why this release date swap was made, but it comes a full year after Disney set the 2019 release date for The Incredibles 2. The last we heard about this sequel was back in August, when writer-director Brad Bird said the sequel will stay true to the original hit movie, while taking the story in a different direction. Now that this new release date is in place, perhaps we'll get confirmation on casting or new characters soon.

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Arrow Boss on That Suicide Squad Cameo, Felicity's Secrets and More

19 October 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

This week on The CW’s Arrow, Oliver had in his sights the distributor of a designer drug dubbed Stardust, though new recruit Rene aka Wild Dog got antsy and took on the baddie, Derek Sampson, himself — in a way that “royally pissed off” new D.A. Adrian Chase.

RelatedArrow Episode 100: Who Else Is Returning?

Sampson not only survived his scuffle with Wild Dog, he walked away from his dunk in a chemical cocktail impervious to pain, emboldening him to brush off his first clash with Green Arrow and then plot to take on rising gang lord Tobias Church, »

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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

18 October 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Hollywood is rarely in search of the new, so each year brings a longer list of adapted screenplays and a shorter list of originals.

Sundance launched American indie-in-Paris Whit Stillman’s witty adaptation of an early epistolary Jane Austen novella, “Love & Friendship,” which boasted rave reviews for Kate Beckinsale as a bitchy gold-digging mom, and long legs at the arthouse box office ($14 million).

Veteran indie distributor James Schamus returned to his first love, screenwriting, for his well-reviewed directorial debut “Indignation,” adapting the Philip Roth novel about college love, which performed modestly at domestic arthouses ($3.3 million). Lesser-known “Indignation” fared better with Roth than rookie director-star Ewan McGregor and writer John Romano’s film version of the better-known novel “American Pastoral.”

Writer-director Rebecca Miller’s sixth feature, sophisticated New York comedy of manners “Maggie’s Plan,” earned strong kudos at Toronto and Sundance but scored modestly on the specialty circuit ($3.5 million). Woody Allen aside, »

- Anne Thompson

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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

18 October 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hollywood is rarely in search of the new, so each year brings a longer list of adapted screenplays and a shorter list of originals.

Sundance launched American indie-in-Paris Whit Stillman’s witty adaptation of an early epistolary Jane Austen novella, “Love & Friendship,” which boasted rave reviews for Kate Beckinsale as a bitchy gold-digging mom, and long legs at the arthouse box office ($14 million).

Veteran indie distributor James Schamus returned to his first love, screenwriting, for his well-reviewed directorial debut “Indignation,” adapting the Philip Roth novel about college love, which performed modestly at domestic arthouses ($3.3 million). Lesser-known “Indignation” fared better with Roth than rookie director-star Ewan McGregor and writer John Romano’s film version of the better-known novel “American Pastoral.”

Global juggernauts were two Disney movies that both seem animated, but only one will vie for Best Animated Feature. That’s Andrew Stanton’s Pixar sequel “Finding Dory,” an ingenious extension »

- Anne Thompson

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