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13 years ago to this day, a revolutionary short film dubbed Destino made its American debut at the Rhode Island Film Festival, just a few months after its world premiere at the Annecy Animation Film Festival. For those who don't know about this revolutionary short, thankfully the full film has been making the rounds again, and we have it here for you to watch below. This short film took a whopping 58 years to complete, after starting as an iconic collaboration between artist Savador Dali and Walt Disney.
Nameless TV came across this short film on YouTube, which was posted back in 2011. Back in 1946, Walt Disney and Salvador Dali created this animated story of Chronos, the personification of time who falls in love with a mortal. Here's what the opening title card on this short film states.
"In 1946, two legendary artists began collaboration on a short film. More than half a century later, »
Last night, I was on the Disney lot for a screening of Pete’s Dragon, and I had both of my kids with me. Both before and after the film, Allen had one thing on his mind, the same thing he’s had on his mind since the beginning of the weekend when I downloaded the Pokemon Go app to my phone. He’s been a Pokemon fan for the last few years, and he’s managed to put together an impressive mountain of the cards. He and his friends are all avid players, and I was impressed to see just how robust things are for Pokemon in general. When it first popped up in pop culture, I was way too old to care at all, and that was true until the day my kids discovered it. Even then, it was something that they did, not something that we all played together. »
- Drew McWeeny
In a sign of bullishness about the entertainment industry, private equity firm Shamrock Capital Advisors LLC has closed its $250 Million Entertainment IP Fund.
The fund is focused on acquiring or financing entertainment intellectual property rights across a diverse group of assets that have been through their initial window of release, including films, television programming, music publishing rights, recorded music masters and video games. It’s the first fund of its type for Shamrock, which said the entity is an extension of its long-term strategy of providing buyout and growth capital investments in companies in the media, entertainment and communications industries.
Shamrock said the fund’s limited partners are a mix of existing and new investors to Shamrock from pension funds, endowments, foundations, family offices and financial institutions.
“The launch of Eip reflects an exciting new chapter in our firm’s storied history and capitalizes on our deep roots and connections across the global entertainment industry, »
- Dave McNary
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.
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Jennifer Lawrence, who has a Best Actress Oscar from David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," was nominated for another one as the title character in this bio-drama about Joy Mangano, the real-life self-made millionaire who created the Miracle Mop, among other things. "Joy," written and directed by Russell, is out on Digital HD April 8, and on DVD/Blu-ray May 3. Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, who co-starred in "Silver Linings Playbook," are back in supporting roles in this family story that crosses four generations. When the Blu-ray shows up, it'll feature the extras "Joy, Strength and Perseverance," and "Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell Times Talk with Maureen Dowd."
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- Gina Carbone
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs is a true Hollywood classic. Released for the first time in December 1937. the first full-length Disney feature is a brilliant portrayal of the brothers Grimm’s chilling tale of an evil queen and the beautiful Snow White. The film reflects many of the social conditions of the time; the depression had just passed and songs such as “whistle while you work” were intended to promote a strong work ethic to the young children of America. The budget of the film was a staggering $500,000, around double the cost of an average film, yet the payoff was huge as this was the film that launched Disney’s decades-long domination of the animated features market.
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs arrives on Blu-ray February 2nd in a new two disc set packaged in a slipcover that replicates the artwork beneath. This is not the first release of the film. »
- Tom Stockman
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