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13 items from 2017

‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Moana’ Win Mpse Golden Reel Awards

20 February 2017 12:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” earned the top two sound editing awards Sunday night at the 64th Mpse Golden Reel Awards, while Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” and Disney’s “Moana” took musical and animation honors.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble” and “Warcraft: The Beginning” won for documentary and score.

Hacksaw Ridge” now becomes the favorite to beat “La La Land” in the Oscar battle.

TV winners included “Westworld” (for both long form and short form FX/Foley), “The Night of” “Part 1 The Beach,” “Penny Dreadful III” “Ebb Tide,” “Stranger Things,” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again,” and “Mozart in the Jungle.”

The Filmmaker and Career Achievement Awards were presented to Guillermo del Toro and Harry Cohen.

64th Mpse Golden Reel Award Highlights:

Best Sound Editing In Feature Film – Dialogue / Adr

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- Bill Desowitz

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‘Zootopia’ Helmers Byron Howard, Rich Moore on Their Timely, Subversive Toon

15 February 2017 3:49 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of the smartest and most subversive movies in the Oscar race this year comes in an unexpected package — that of a Disney animated film featuring adorable animals who tackle such weighty issues as racism, sexism, and governing through fear. “Zootopia” was helmed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore (with co-director Jared Bush), who also developed the story, with a screenplay by Jared Bush and Phil Johnston.

In the film, Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) sets out to be the first rabbit police officer, only to team up with a con artist fox (voiced by Jason Bateman) to solve the mystery of why some animals are turning feral. The serious subject matter is cleverly buoyed by humor, such as when Hopps explains to a cheetah, “You probably didn’t know, but a bunny can call another bunny cute, but when other animals do it, it’s a little…”

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- Jenelle Riley

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‘Moana’: How Disney Crafted Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Oscar-Contending ‘How Far I’ll Go’

15 February 2017 1:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The journey of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Oscar-nominated “How Far I’ll Go” song parallels the eponymous teenager’s arc in Disney’s “Moana.” That is, until the filmmakers of the animated contender figured out Moana’s quest, they struggled with her “I Want” song.

Naturally, Miranda was inspired by the Disney films of composers Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (including the two directed by “Moana’s” John Musker and Ron Clements: “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin”). “Lin very much wanted to write an ‘I Want’  song, but we had to figure out what Moana wanted,” Clements told IndieWire.

Read More: ‘Moana’: How Disney’s Sci-Tech-Winning Drawing System Aided the Oscar Contender

First, Moana [Auli’i Cravalho] sang about being misunderstood and wanting to leave her island, which echoed Ariel’s desire in “Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid.” But, as Moana developed a more complex inner struggle, her song »

- Bill Desowitz

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Exclusive: John Lasseter on a ‘shockingly emotional’ Cars 3 & Wreck-it Ralph 2 plot

12 February 2017 6:53 PM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

Yesterday evening the British Academy of Film and Television Arts held their annual awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall for the first time. It was also the first time that John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Studios, had attended the ceremony. We had the chance to talk to the legendary director and producer about a few of his forthcoming projects, including Cars 3.

He talked about Brad Bird’s work on the forthcoming Incredibles 2 film which is due out next year, saying ‘It’s the one I’ve been waiting on too…I helped make it but I’m a big fan of it.’ We’re yet to hear anything more about Bird’s eagerly-awaited follow up but we’re hoping to see something more at D23 on July 14-16 this year. A poster, and possibly a trailer, is almost certain to be unveiled there. »

- Jon Lyus

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Awards Roundup: Peter Morgan Set for BFI Fellowship, Richard Curtis Picked for WGA Humanitarian Award and More

3 February 2017 7:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.


– The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced that director Johnny Ma has won the Academy’s Best First Feature award, sponsored by Telefilm Canada, for his feature film, “Old Stone.” This award celebrates the outstanding debut of a first-time filmmaker. The film had its North American premiere at Tiff in the Discovery Programme and was awarded the City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film. The film can be pre-ordered on iTunes for viewing after April 7, 2017.

The Canadian Screen Awards will be broadcast live on CBC from Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Sunday, March 12.

– Acclaimed screenwriter-director Richard Curtis has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2017 Valentine Davies Award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts, charitable initiatives and world service, which have achieved a »

- Kate Erbland

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Oscars 2017 Animated Features: Disney Scores Two With ‘Zootopia’ and ‘Moana’

24 January 2017 11:32 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In the most competitive animation Oscar race ever, the power of Disney still prevailed, with both “Zootopia” and “Moana” making the cut. They were joined by “Kubo and the Two Strings,”(Laika’s fourth nom), “My Life as a Zucchini” (Gkids’ ninth nom), and the Studio Ghibli co-production, “The Red Turtle.”

However, Disney was the only major studio represented, with Pixar’s “Finding Dory” sequel getting snubbed despite becoming the number one animated movie of all time. Also left out were Illuminaton’s “Sing” and DreamWorks’ “Trolls.”

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But with so many international entries, the biggest question was how many would get nominated, considering how inclusive the multi-branch animated feature film committee has been in recent years. Two other prime contenders were both Japanese hand-drawn movies: the body-switching hit, “Your Name” (honored by »

- Bill Desowitz

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Art Directors Guild Taps Brad Bird for Cinematic Imagery Award

23 January 2017 8:42 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Art Directors Guild has selected Brad Bird, who won Academy Awards for directing “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille,” for its Cinematic Imagery Award.

The honor will be presented at the 21st Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood

Adg President Nelson Coates said, “The Adg is thrilled to recognize the amazing contributions Brad Bird has made to narrative design, while so adeptly creating a visual cinematic legacy for generations to come. The amazing ways Brad and his teams have elevated the production design of animation, and live action, have raised and continue to raise the bar for all visual storytellers.”


Rogue One,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Among Art Directors Guild Awards Nominees

The award is given “to those whose body of work in the film industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience.” Previous recipients include David O. Russell, »

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Moana Surfs for Digital HD Feb. 21, Disc March 7

17 January 2017 11:54 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

Burbank, Calif., Jan. 13, 2017 — Walt Disney Animation StudiosMoana, the sweeping story of a spirited teenager who sets sail on a daring adventure to save her people, starring newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of brave and tenacious Moana and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (HBO’s Ballers, Central Intelligence) as the larger-than-life demigod Maui, has dazzled both critics and audiences. The film earned a 95% critics’ consensus on Rotten Tomatoes and the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office opening weekend. Now, Moana sets a new course, arriving to homes on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere (Dma) on Feb. 21, and on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on March 7.

Continuing the fun-filled adventure, families can continue their journey filled with hours of extensive and entertaining bonus offerings including: a new, hilarious mini-movie featuring Moana and Maui; an in-depth look at how the people, cultures and heritage of »

- ComicMix Staff

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It's not over until Lightning strikes in the latest trailer for Cars 3

9 January 2017 6:45 PM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

Although I don't consider the Cars franchise to be anywhere close to Pixar's best work, the series obviously has its fans and, as it's the brainchild of Pixar chief John Lasseter and brings in an obscene amount of merchandising money each year, we're about to receive a third entry in the series. Perhaps in order to win back those who threw up their hands and left after Cars... Read More »

- Kevin Fraser

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Animated Fare Like ‘Zootopia’ and ‘Red Turtle’ Toon Into Heavy Issues

6 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The maxim that good scripts are essential to making good movies is especially true in animation.  In this medium, scripts and storyboards provide blueprints for completely invented worlds, and dialogue is recorded before the animation is done.

There’s been an Oscar category for animated feature for just 15 years; and toon screenplay nominations are relatively recent. Prior to that, animated movies typically were likelier to be recognized for song. Thus far, writer-director Andrew Stanton tops the list of Oscar-nominated animation screenwriters with four to his name (including “Toy Story,” “Wall-e,” “Finding Nemo,” and “Toy Story 3”), and he could compete again this year with the Disney/Pixar billion-dollar winner “Finding Dory.”

There’s another billion-dollar baby attracting awards buzz this season, too.  Disney’s computer-animated “Zootopia” nabbed 11 Annie Award nominations (including writing) and a Golden Globe nod for animated film.  It’s also the only animated feature among AFI’s 2016 honorees. »

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Story Details For Pixar’s Car 3 Screech Online; Armie Hammer And Cristela Alonzo Among Voice Cast

5 January 2017 9:40 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Nipping at the heels of this morning’s teaser reveal, one designed to place fans on red alert ahead of this weekend’s full-length trailer, Entertainment Weekly has peeled back the curtain on Cars 3, Brian Fee’s animated sequel out to recapture the rip-roaring spirit of John Lasseter’s 2006 original.

That’s not to say Cars 2 was a total write-off – a $560 million worldwide cume is not to be balked at – but six months out from the release of Cars 3, there’s a general feeling online that Fee’s threequel has the potential to steer Pixar’s popular racing series back on course. It’ll once again involved franchise star Lightning McQueen, and we now have confirmation of two actors who will be joining Owen Wilson in the voice booth: Armie Hammer of Nocturnal Animals fame and Cristela Alonzo, creator of hit TV series Cristela.

The former will »

- Michael Briers

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We love this first look at Miguel from Pixar’s new film Coco

5 January 2017 8:15 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

The marketing bandwagon for Pixar’s 2017 films has already roared off the starting grid with a marvelously dark and portentous trailer for Cars 3, due out in June this year. However there is, for only the second time in their history, another film on its way from the Emeryville animation studio in the next twelve months. Coco is directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina and is inspired by the Mexican holiday the Day of the Dead, itself inspiration for 2014’s The Book of Life and the much-loved LucasArts adventure game Grim Fandango.

Reuniting with his Toy Story 3 producer Darla K. Anderson, Unkrich’s new film will tell the tale of a 12 year-old boy (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) who comes across the guitar of fabled musician Ernesto de la Cruz (played by Benjamin Bratt). Miguel uses the magic in the legendary instrument to open a door »

- Jon Lyus

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Cars 3 Introduces New Millennials Jackson Storm and Cruz Ramirez

5 January 2017 7:55 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney and Pixar are always at the cusp of social trends, and that may never be truer than with with Cars 3 as the studios grapple with their own transference from old to new. The movie is being described as 'mobile millennials vs. mid-size cars with midlife crises'. And today, we get a look at two of the new Millennial characters in this impending sequel. And if there is one thing you should know about these twenty somethings. They loathe being labeled a Millennial.

Entertainment Weekly is the first to introduce new villain Jackson Storm and exuberant hero Cruz Ramirez, who is taking over for Lightening McQueen on the race track. We get a good look at these speedsters and their racing stats with new images and character profile videos. They follow the cryptic trailer tease that dropped in November. And trailer two is zooming around the corner soon.

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