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‘Star Wars’ Producer Kathleen Kennedy Honored by Art Directors Guild

‘Star Wars’ Producer Kathleen Kennedy Honored by Art Directors Guild
The Art Directors Guild has selected “Star Wars” producer Kathleen Kennedy, as the recipient of its Cinematic Imagery Award.

The guild will present the honor Jan. 27 at its 22nd Annual Art Directors Guild.s Excellence in Production Design Awards. The event will be held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

Adg President Nelson Coates said, “We are thrilled to recognize the amazing contributions Kathleen Kennedy has made to narrative design for more than three decades, while so beautifully creating a cinematic legacy as represented by some of the most successful movies of our time.”

“Ms. Kennedy is truly a significant role model,” Coates added. “Her creative legacy and professional journey is an inspirational example to all young artists who are in search of a meaningful career in the entertainment industry. Through her perseverance, talent and leadership, she has become an icon elevating the art of production design. She continues
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Blu-ray Review – Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Howl’s Moving Castle, 2004.

Written and Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Featuring the voice talents of Jean Simmons, Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, Emily Mortimer, Josh Hutcherson, and Billy Crystal.

Synopsis:

Disney was the source of Hayao Miyazaki movies on home video for a while, but GKids has taken on that effort now, and they’ve released a big batch of Studio Ghibli films in Blu-ray + DVD editions. This review takes a look at Howl’s Moving Castle.

Everyday people swept into fantastic situations full of strange characters are commonplace in Hayao Miyazaki’s films, and Howl’s Moving Castle fits that bill perfectly. Its protagonist is Sophie, a young, struggling hat maker whose chance encounter with the wizard known as Howl puts her in the crosshairs of the Witch of the Waste, who puts a curse on Sophie that turns her into an elderly woman.

Sophie seeks out Howl
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When Will The Incredibles 2 Trailer Finally Drop?

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When Will The Incredibles 2 Trailer Finally Drop?
You're not going to have to wait very much longer to get your first look at The Incredibles 2. Many thought that Disney and Pixar were going to unleash the first look at the highly-anticipated sequel over the summer during D23, but that didn't happen. While Disney did showcase the movie at the event, they didn't release any footage publically. That's going to change in the near future as the first teaser trailer for The Incredibles 2 looks like it's going to arrive alongside Pixar's Coco, which hits theaters on November 22.

A new report confirms that the teaser trailer for The Incredibles 2 has been rated, meaning that Disney intends to release it soon. Since Coco is the next movie on their release calendar, which also happens to be another Pixar movie, it is expected that the trailer will be released in time to play ahead of Coco opening weekend. At the moment,
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Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Virtual Reality Project ‘Carne y Arena’ Wins Historic Special Oscar

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Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Virtual Reality Project ‘Carne y Arena’ Wins Historic Special Oscar
The Academy’s Board of Governors has announced it will be giving a Special Award Oscar to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s virtual reality installation “Carne y Arena.” The award is being given “in recognition of a visionary and powerful experience in storytelling.” Only 18 Special Award Oscars have been handed out in the 90-year history of the Academy Awards. The last time the honor was given out was 22 years ago when John Lasseter was recognized for making the first CGI-animated feature with “Toy Story.”

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“Carne y Arena” is an installation that allows individuals to experience the refugee crisis occurring at the U.S.-Mexican border through the eyes of the refugees’ own journeys. Iñárritu collaborated with his longtime partner Emmanuel Lubezki on the project, which first debuted to rave reviews at Cannes and is now on display at
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Oscars: Alejandro G. Inarritu's Vr Installation to Get Special Award from Academy

Oscars: Alejandro G. Inarritu's Vr Installation to Get Special Award from Academy
Oscar winner Alejandro G. Inarritu's virtual reality installation Carne y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible) has been voted a Special Award — an Oscar statue — "in recognition of a visionary and powerful experience in storytelling," the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

It has been 22 years since the Academy last presented a Special Award when it presented one to John Lasseter for creating the first feature-length computer-animated film in Toy Story. Only 18 such honors have been presented in the Academy's 90-year history.

Carne y Arena, which debuted at...
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Morelia: Toons Bookend 15th Annual Morelia International Film Festival

Morelia: Toons Bookend 15th Annual Morelia International Film Festival
Animation pics are bookending the Morelia International Film Festival for the first time in its 15-year history. Pixar Animation Studios’ latest opus, “Coco,” no less, receives its world premiere in Morelia on opening night, October 20, while Carlos Carrera’s “Ana & Bruno” marks its Latin American premiere when it wraps the fest on October 28.

Set in Mexico and against the country’s most important annual event, the Day of the Dead, “Coco” is an apt choice as Morelia and the nearby lakeside village of Patzcuaro are particularly renowned for their Day of the Dead festivities. Since the festival usually ends close to the eve of the holiday, some guests have stayed on to witness the pageantry.

Snagging the world premiere of Pixar’s latest animated feature began some two years ago when festival director Daniela Michel met Pixar Chief Creative officer John Lasseter at the Lumière Festival in Lyon where Lasseter told her that Pixar’s next project
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Frozen 2 Voice Cast Begins Recording

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We haven't heard much on Disney's highly-anticipated Frozen 2 for a few months, ever since Frozen 2 cast members Kristen Bell and Josh Gad reunited at the D23 Expo, where they sang a brand new song for fans. We still have more than two years until the animated sequel hits theaters in November 2019, but now we have word that Josh Gad has started his voice recording for the sequel. Here's what the actor had to say in a social media post.

"Nothing is more exciting than getting back in the booth with this incredible team. Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez along with John Lasseter and the amazing people at @disneyanimation have created a story that carries on the incredible legacy of the original Frozen and continues to build and expand on the characters and themes in new and exciting ways. Unfortunately, that's all
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Student Academy Award Winners Revealed: These 17 Shorts Will Now Be Eligible for an Oscar

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Student Academy Award Winners Revealed: These 17 Shorts Will Now Be Eligible for an Oscar
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 44th Student Academy Award winners today. The 17 winners were selected from 1,587 films, which came from 356 different international colleges and universities — 267 domestic, 89 international — and were voted on by Academy members.

There’s a long history of Student Academy Award winners going on to have successful filmmaking careers, with previous winners including Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, and Robert Zemeckis.

Also of note, the 17 winners are automatically Oscar eligible in the Best Short Film categories: Animation, Documentary, and Live Action. Past student award winners have gone on the receive 57 Oscar nominations and won 11 times.

The 44th Student Academy Awards ceremony will held at the The Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on October 12th. Tickets to the ceremony are free and available to the public at the Academy’s website. A complete list of the winners is below.
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Pixar Reveal New Trailer for ‘Coco’ [Watch]

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Being Pixar’s first original feature since 2015’s underperforming “The Good Dinosaur” means that Lee Unkrich’s “Coco” has great pressure to stand out from the crowd, especially amidst Pixar’s usually critically acclaimed franchises.

“The day John Lasseter gave the thumbs up for this movie, I immediately felt this huge weight drop onto my shoulders because I knew that we were doing something different than we had ever made at the studio,” Unkrich recently told EW.

Continue reading Pixar Reveal New Trailer for ‘Coco’ [Watch] at The Playlist.
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Olaf's Frozen Adventure Preview Reveals 3 New Frozen Songs

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Olaf's Frozen Adventure Preview Reveals 3 New Frozen Songs
Kristen Bell has had a busy morning. First, she saved Frozen co-star Josh Gad's parents from being displaced during Hurricane Irma. And now she and Gad have tweeted out a 'first listen' to three of the new songs in their latest animated short Olaf's Frozen Adventure, along with Idina Menzel. Menzel, who returns as Elsa, had the first teaser on her official Idina Menzel Twitter. The song is called 'When We're together'. She says this about the special sneak peek.

"I am So Excited to share a sneak peek of "When We're Together" from #OlafsFrozenAdventure!"

Kristen Bell, who is stranded at a hotel in Orlando during Hurricane Irma, found time to tweet out her own song, while also helping her hotel staff secure extra supplies for the upcoming storm. Her song is called "Ring in the Season', with the actress returning to voice Anna. She says this.

"Happy to
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‘Coco’ First Look: Pixar’s Multicultural Message Will Make Waves in Trump’s America

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‘Coco’ First Look: Pixar’s Multicultural Message Will Make Waves in Trump’s America
Coco,” Pixar’s love letter to Mexico and the Day of the Dead festival, couldn’t come at a better time for the animation studio and the country. It’s Pixar’s first original movie in two years and offers a vital cultural remedy to Trump’s nationalistic fervor (with an all-Latino cast that includes “Mozart in the Jungle’s” Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renée Victor, and newcomer Anthony Gonzalez).

“In a time when the political climate seems very much divisive, it fills my heart with hope that a masterful filmmaker like Lee Unkrich is using his and Pixar’s considerable talents to showcase the people and culture of our beloved Mexico,” said Jorge Guitierrez, director of the first Day of the Dead animated feature, “The Book of Life,” produced by Guillermo del Toro in 2014. “I will be there on ‘Coco’s’ opening night with my whole family, living and remembered.
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General Motors Chairman Mary T. Barra Joins Disney Board of Directors

The Walt Disney Co. board of directors has elected Mary T. Barra, chairman and chief executive officer of General Motors, as a director.

Barra’s election brings Disney’s total board membership to 12.

“Beyond being an incredibly respected leader of a major U.S. company, Mary is recognized as an agent of change with a relentless focus on quality, safety and, most importantly, consumers,” said Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger. “Her ability to adapt to a changing technological and consumer-focused landscape makes her uniquely suited for the Disney Board.”

Barra was elected chairman of Gm last year. She has served as CEO of Gm since 2014.

“I am honored to be associated with such an iconic organization as the Walt Disney Company,” Barra said. “Under Bob’s visionary leadership, the Disney team has continued to set the benchmark for innovation, branding and the highest levels of customer service. Gm has worked together with Disney on a number
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‘Star Wars’ Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie in Early Development at Disney

‘Star Wars’ Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie in Early Development at Disney
With Disney’s untitled Han SoloStar Wars” standalone film approaching the finish line, Disney is now looking to tell the story of another iconic character in a galaxy far, far away.

Sources tell Variety that Disney is in early development on a film centered on Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi and is in talks with “Billy Elliot’s” Stephen Daldry to direct.

The character appeared in the first six “Star Wars” films, first played by Alec Guinness in Episodes 4-6 and then by Ewan McGregor in Episodes 1-3. Kenobi is best known as the Jedi master who first trained Anakin Skywalker, who would later turn to the dark side and became Darth Vader. Kenobi would then go on to train Skywalker’s son Luke before falling to Vader in “Star Wars: A New Hope.”

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Disney-Pixar’s John Lasseter to Be Honored by Walt Disney Family Museum

Disney-Pixar’s John Lasseter to Be Honored by Walt Disney Family Museum
John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will receive the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award from the Walt Disney Family Museum at its third annual fundraising gala on Nov. 7 at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio in San Francisco

The award honors those who have made an outstanding impact in arts, education, community involvement, and technological advancement.

“I’m honored to be receiving the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award. Diane was an incredible person and an incredible champion of her father’s legacy,” Lasseter said. “The Walt Disney Family Museum is such an inspiring place for me, and I think for anyone who’s ever seen one of Walt’s movies, or visited one of his theme parks. I was proud to call Diane my friend and I’m very proud to be receiving this recognition in her name.”

Lasseter is a pioneer of computer animation and a driving
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Jay discovers his inner child as he drives a fire breathing mech dinosaur on Jay Leno’s Garage

This week on Jay Leno’s Garage, Jay discovers his inner child as he takes to the wheel of a motorized dinosaur and checks out a giant train track. Jay heads to Pixar/Disney boss John Lasseter’s amazing 85-acre park that has some of the coolest big boy toys you can imagine. Jay checks out a giant train track, some drifting trikes and even a fire breathing mech dinosaur you can control. He looks a bit uneasy on the trike but he soon gets the hang of it and Also on this episode, Jay and comedian Jeremy Hotz head to America’s oldest...read more
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John Lasseter explains why he’s not directing Toy Story 4

During last weekend’s D23 Expo, it was announced that John Lasseter has stepped down as director on Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 4, handing over the reins to Pixar veteran Josh Cooley, who will make his feature directorial debut on the sequel.

Speaking to MTime (via Dark Horizons), Lasseter has explained his decision, revealing that between his positions as chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios and DisneyToon Studios, he’s just too busy to commit to directing a movie.

“I always felt like I need to keep directing, and that’s why I decided to do Toy Story 4 initially, but I oversee three studios and I think I counted 24 feature films I’m overseeing, and it was not really practical, to be blunt,” said Lasseter. “But also what made it easy was Josh Cooley was amazing; wait until you see it – he is so good.
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I’ve got questions about the Cars cinematic universe

Simon Brew Jul 19, 2017

With spoilers, some questions have sprung to mind about Pixar's Cars films. Er, can you help?

The world of the Cars films has always been a bit of a puzzle for me. I don’t have a massive affection for the films, although quite enjoyed movies number one and three. The origins of this particular film world are said to lie in a road trip that John Lasseter – who directed the first two movies – took with his family. That, combined with work Pixar had already been doing on a film called The Yellow Car, set things into motion, and in 2006, the film debuted as Pixar’s fifth feature.

I don’t want to delve into the critical response to Cars. I don’t think it’s going out on too far of a limb to call it Pixar’s least-regarded boxset, but also, I get that these
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Toy Story 4 – John Lasseter steps down, Josh Cooley to direct

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Author: Zehra Phelan

The past weekend has been a busy one down at D23 in Anaheim. There Disney announced that Toy Story helmer and Pixar Cco John Lasseter, has decided to step down into an executive producer role on the forthcoming Toy Story 4 to give some new blood a chance to inject some goodness into the franchise.

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The fourth in the saga will have Josh Cooley and Jonas Rivera, who have both worked on Pixar’s Inside Out and Up together, co-directing the new animation which is co-written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.

Lasseter also went on to confirm that the new adventure for Woody and friends will pick up eight years after Toy Story 3 with the toys now living with Bonnie. Woody and Buzz set out on an epic journey to find Bo Peep whom Woody is in love with.

Cooley
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Filmmaker John Lasseter On Why He Won’t Direct ‘Toy Story 4’

Toy Story 4 is happening whether you like it or not, and Disney has already given the film a release date: June 21st, 2019. The first two movies in the series were directed by the legendary John Lasseter, and following a break from the series with the superb episode 3, it was previously revealed that he would return to helm the fourth movie. However, plans changed and Lasseter stepped down with Josh Cooley taking over. The internet was shocked, but now Lasseter has revealed as to why the decision was made.

Speaking at an international press conference following the Pixar D23 panel (via MTime), Lasseter explained:

“I always felt like I need to keep directing, and that’s why I decided to do Toy Story 4 initially, but I oversee three studios and I think I counted 24 feature films I’m overseeing, and it was not really practical, to be blunt.”

“But
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The Incredibles’ Edna Mode Gets A Clever Mockumentary

During D23, director John Lasseter shared a fun new mockumentary featuring The Incredibles‘ Edna Mode. It seems the petite-but-powerful character has had a very big influence on the fashion industry, even inspiring the likes of Heidi Klum, Kendall Jenner, Zac Posen and Rachel Zoe. “Edna hates capes…so we all hate capes,” says Heidi Klum in […]

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