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Martin Scorsese will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award at the 18th annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 8, the org announced on Thursday.
The kudofest, set to take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, will be hosted by standup comedian Owen Benjamin.
Scorsese took home a long-awaited Oscar in 2006 for helming “The Departed” in 2006; his additional eight nominations from the Academy include those for “Raging Bull,” “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator” and, most recently, “Hugo.” His latest pic, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” bows in theaters Dec. 25.
In addition to the contributions Scorsese has made through his films, he will be celebrated for founding the Film Foundation and the World Cinema Project, two non-profit organizations dedicated to the preservation, restoration and protection of film.
Previous recipients of the Cinematic Imagery Award have included the production designers behind the James Bond franchise, the principal team behind the Harry Potter films, »
- Allegra Tepper
Interview Mark Harrison 6 Dec 2013 - 06:27
If you've checked out our review already, you'll know that we adored Frozen, the latest addition to the Disney canon. It's an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, a project that has been in development limbo at the House of Mouse since the days of Walt Disney himself.
Back in 1943, Disney and Samuel Goldwyn collaborated on a biopic of the author, including animated adaptations of his stories. Goldwyn eventually parted ways with the studio to make the live-action 1952 movie, Hans Christian Andersen, leading to a number of animated projects that had been going on at Disney, including both The Snow Queen and The Little Mermaid, were shelved.
Some time after 1989's The Little Mermaid kicked off the Disney Renaissance, the studio came back around to look at the story in the late 1990s. »
From high above the world of Cars flies Disney's Planes, an animated action-packed comedic adventure starring Dusty, a big hearted, fast flying crop duster who dreams of competing in the most exhilarating around-the-world air race in history. There's only a couple of not-so-small problems...Dusty is not exactly built for racing and he also happens to have a fear of heights!
Our own Madeline Downey brought her dad, Ryan J. Downey, to ask some hard-hitting questions from the playground to cast members Dane Cook (Dusty), Teri Hatcher (Dottie), Priyanka Chopra (Ishani), Carlos Alazraqui (El Chupacabra) and Gabriel Iglesias (Ned/Zed), as well as director Klay Hall. Take a look as the Planes Blu-ray and the Planes DVD are available now for the holiday season!
Disney offers something close to genuine enchantment with this sparkling reworking of The Snow Queen
It's that time of year again. The time when our guardians turn to the moral education of the nation's young, raising vexed questions about the ideological agenda that drives their role models, the benefits of their educational texts, and the acute balance that must be struck between pedagogical substance and the public's eternal desire to see talking chipmunks. In other words: it's time for a new Disney movie.
It's a really good one, too, whose humming industry and multi-pixelated craft come lit by a spark of something close to genuine enchantment.
Loosely based on The Snow Queen, Frozen extracts from Hans Christian Andersen's 1845 tale the Nordic setting, some trolls and the basic idea of sub-zero sorcery but gives the powers of wintry transmogrification not to an evil queen, but to the elder of two sisters – blonde, »
- Tom Shone
Written by Jennifer Lee
Walt Disney Animation Studios has become, in its relative old age, both charmingly and cripplingly self-conscious. Each new entry seems to quiver in the shadow of the greats, the vaunted classics that have become untouchable for many. The studio just celebrated the 85th anniversary of Steamboat Willie, the short whose iconic image—Mickey whistling a happy tune while commandeering a rickety skiff—appears in its logo; however, Disney animation continues to remain at a creative crossroads. Once Pixar honcho John Lasseter was brought aboard as Disney’s chief creative consultant in the mid-2000s, he declared that hand-drawn animation was no longer dead and forgotten by the company that proved the form’s importance for so many decades. So, in 2009, Disney dipped into the well of fairy tales and princesses once more after what felt like an eternity, »
- Josh Spiegel
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It's almost misleading to describe Satoshi Kon as an animation director. Although that's the medium he worked in, his films have little in common with such luminaries as Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki and Pixar's John Lasseter. Watching 1997's Perfect Blue, it's not the quality of the animation that grabs you, it's the storytelling. Kon's kindred spirits are directors like David Lynch, Dario Argento, Alfred Hitchcock and Darren Aronofsky; the last name in particular, as Aronofsky tried unsuccessfully to get a live-action remake of Perfect Blue made, having to make do with delivering "homages" such as the odd shot in Requiem For A Dream and huge chunks of the very similar Black Swan.
Perfect Blue follows Mima, a J-pop star who quits »
- Phelim O'Neill
If ever you needed proof that box-office prognostication has the potential to be even more foolish than playing slots, predicting next month’s weather, or reading someone psychically, consider this. If you’d said at the beginning of the summer movie season this year that Planes, the not-very-anticipated-at-all spin-off of the Cars films from a Disney offshoot traditionally known for making direct-to-dvd sequels that are best left ignored, would outgross The Lone Ranger domestically at the box office, people would’ve thought you were begging to be taken away in a straitjacket. Granted, not many film writers were predicting great things for The Lone Ranger, but even if it didn’t hit the multiplexes very hard, it would have to do better than, of all things, Planes, right? Wrong. As of this writing, Planes has grossed $89.8 million in North America, while The Lone Ranger grossed $89.3 million. (Planes is, unlike the Johnny Depp Western, »
- Josh Spiegel
Snow fell on Hollywood Boulevard as Disney premiered “Frozen” November 19 at the El Capitan Theatre, with guests carrying cups of Ghiradelli hot chocolate past lit up pine trees, snow banks and ice sculptures.
“You don’t see this every day,” said Sean Bailey, the Walt Disney Studios’ president of production on the white carpet as the films stars Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana and Josh Gad, and guests, including Melissa Joan Hart, Demi Lovato, Marcia Gay Harden and Ross Lynch made their way into the theater. Lovato is featured on the film’s soundtrack.
In a touching moment before the film played, Walt Disney Co. chairman Bob Iger took the stage to note the recent passing of Diane Disney Miller, the daughter of Walt Disney and respected philanthropist. She was an inspiration for the creation of Disneyland and Walt Disney’s films.
“She worked tirelessly to protect the legacy of Walt, »
- Marc Graser
The World Premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ high-action comedy-adventure “Frozen,” which features the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, hit Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre tonight with an all-star, white-carpet event. The film was preceded by the all-new short, “Get A Horse!”—with the voice of Walt Disney as Mickey Mouse.
Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, and Livvy Stubenrauch were there to celebrate, along with director Chris Buck, director/screenplay writer Jennifer Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho, executive producer John Lasseter, songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, and Demi Lovato.
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- Melissa Howland
Watch the brand new trailer for Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises.
In The Wind Rises, Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo.
Writer and director Hayao Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in this epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.
The Wind Rises was released »
- Michelle McCue
The award will be presented at the fifth annual Creative Arts Awards, which recognize achievements in 3D movies, TV shows and 4K technology, on Jan. 28 at Warner Bros. Studios.
Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios CEO John Lasseter and the Pixar team are being recognized for their feats in storytelling and technical achievement. With four previous gold Lumiere Awards from the Society, Pixar is its most decorated studio.
“In our films, story is the most important ingredient and 3D is an incredible tool to help tell those stories; it builds emotion, lands a joke and expands a world,” Lasseter said. “3D truly helps us make our films great, and to receive this award from the International 3D Society is awesome in every dimension of the word.”
The studio released Dan Scanlon »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Thn look forward to all things Pixar and so the announcement that Transworld are set to publish this book comes with a lot of interest! Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, by Ed Catmull, co-founder and President of Pixar Animation Studios is released on 10th April 2014 and we’ve got further details for you now!
In the book, Catmull – who founded the company in 1986, with John Lasseter and Steve Jobs, and is also President of Walt Disney Animation Studios – takes readers deep into the nerve centre of Pixar and reveals the ideals, principles and practices, honed over years, that have made the studio so widely admired – and so profitable.
Here, for the first time, is the inside story of Pixar’s rise from a small, money-losing hardware company to a movie studio with 1,200 employees and a streak of fourteen No. 1 movies »
- Dan Bullock
We’ve just received the following press release from Transworld regarding an exciting new book that we will see on shelves in April 2014. The book in question is written by Ed Catmull, co-founder and President of Pixar Animation Studios and is called Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, which basically tells the story as to how he and fellow founders John Lasseter and Steve Jobs took the company from being flat broke in the 1980s to be coming the massive animation house we know and love today.
The book takes readers deep into the nerve centre of Pixar and reveals the ideals, principles and practices, honed over years, that have made the studio so widely admired – and so profitable.
Over the years, Pixar has garnered 30 Academy Awards ® and earned more than 7 billion dollars worldwide.
But Creativity, Inc., which Catmull wrote with Amy Wallace, »
- Paul Heath
Cinema St. Louis presents, as part of the 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (Sliff), a special evening dedicated to the late special-effects master Ray Harryhausen. The event will take place on Friday November 15th beginning at 7pm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium.
The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad (1958) plays at 7:00pm and follows legendary Sinbad the Sailor (Kerwin Mathews) and his betrothed, Princess Parisa (Kathryn Grant), as they tussle with evil magician Sokurah both in Baghdad and on the island of Colossa. The film includes several iconic Harryhausen creations: the Cyclops, the dancing snake woman, and the famous sword fight between Sinbad and the skeleton. TV Guide calls the film “one of the greatest »
- Tom Stockman
Random House has acquired Pixar founder Ed Catmull's book about his career at the animation studio. He will offer a rare first-hand look inside the studio that reinvigorated animation with its pioneering special effects and lyrical storytelling. Creativity: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration will be published on April 8, 2014. Photos: 'Monsters University' Premiere: A Frightening Good Time Along with John Lasseter and Steve Jobs, Catmull helped found the company in 1986 out of Jobs' acquisition of Lucasfilm's digital division, where Catmull worked. He's been at Pixar ever since. When Disney acquired Pixar
- Andy Lewis
A contender for the animated feature Oscar, the subtitled "The Wind Rises" (Disney) is now playing a one-week Oscar qualifying run in Los Angeles and New York in its Japanese subtitled version. Possibly the last film from Hayao Miyazaki, the Walt Disney of Japan, who won the animated Oscar for "Spirited Away," "The Wind Rises" is not aimed at young kids. It's a gorgeously drawn historical true story of the brilliant designer behind the Zero fighter plane that wrecked havoc in World War II. After our UCLA Sneak Previews showing of "The Wind Rises," I interviewed Geoffrey Wexler, a high-ranking Studio Ghibli executive who was in town to start dubbing the English version that Disney will release in February (see Q & A and trailer below).Miyazaki and Disney/Pixar animation czar John Lasseter share something rare: they are filmmakers in charge of animation giants in their respective countries, Studio Ghibli and Disney Animation/Pixar, »
- Anne Thompson
Box office returns are back for Thor: The Dark World.s first weekend in theaters, and not surprisingly, they.re really, really good. More than $86,000,000 good to be exact. No doubt counting that money feels pretty damn good for executives at Marvel Studios, but the ramifications actually run far deeper than just this one-time lump sum payment for parent company Disney. Just as the runaway success of subsidiary Pixar inspired Disney to make some fundamental alterations in the way it worked on animated movies and to rapidly promote executive John Lasseter, the money-making machine that is Marvel Studios will likely alter the way the studio develops live action characters and properties and could lead to a similar rise for key executive Kevin Feige. Even if you.re not a Marvel fan, this will likely impact you down the road as Mickey Mouse.s long arm stretches through ABC, Espn, Disney »
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that acclaimed filmmaker Peter Jackson, visual effects artist Joe Letteri and Weta Digital will receive the Producers Guild’s 2014 Vanguard Award. The award will be presented to Jackson, Letteri and Weta Digital at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 19th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
Jackson and Letteri‘s Academy Award-winning visual effects powerhouse Weta Digital is a world leader in all areas of digital visual effects production, having created some of the most astounding effects ever seen onscreen. Their motion picture credits include such hits as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Avatar and King Kong, among many others.
The Producers Guild’s Vanguard Award recognizes achievements in new media and technology. Previous recipients include James Cameron, Stan Lee, George Lucas, John Lasseter, YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, »
- Michelle McCue
The award will be presented to the three honorees at the 25th annual PGA ceremony Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton.
Video: 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Trailer 3
Jackson and Letteri's Academy Award-winning visual effects company Weta Digital is a trailblazer in all areas of digital visual effects production, having created some of the most celebrated effects ever seen onscreen. Their film credits include such hits as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Avatar and King Kong, among many others.
The Vanguard Award recognizes achievements in new media and technology. Previous recipients include James Cameron, Stan Lee, George Lucas, John Lasseter, YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen and »
- Tatiana Siegel
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) will honor Peter Jackson, visual effects artist Joe Letteri and Weta Digital with the Producers Guild’s 2014 Vanguard Award, which recognizes advancements in new media and technology. It will be presented at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 19. Jackson and Letteri‘s Oscar-winning visual effects powerhouse Weta Digital includes in its resume the ongoing “Hobbit” trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Avatar” and “King Kong,” among many others. Previous Vanguard recipients include James Cameron, Stan Lee, George Lucas, John Lasseter, YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, and game designer Will Wright. »
- Beth Hanna
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