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It may be a festive season, wherein all God-loving (and fearing) citizens of Earth celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, but Deep Silver wants to make sure that you won’t lose sight of religion’s darker and more heated side. Or, maybe I’m just reading into things too much and going too far out there for a news post about a Saints Row spin-off called Gat Out of Hell. Have your pick.
After showing us a lot of in-game footage — complete with a deadly armchair and other assorted Seven Deadly Sins weaponry — Deep Silver and Volition have decided to take us behind-the-scenes of Gat Out of Hell‘s development. The result is this nearly four-minute-long interview with the game’s voice actors, including Daniel Dae Kim, Nolan North, Dee Bradley Baker and Natalie Lander.
Check out the video above and look for Gat out of Hell on January 20th, »
- Chad Goodmurphy
After more than 10 years on Fox, American Dad! has moved to TBS. Though the ratings are expected to be lower, will they be high enough for the show to be renewed for a 13th season? Or, will it be cancelled? Stay tuned.
The home of Stan Smith and his family on American Dad! continues to be as unorthodox as ever. The voice cast includes Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane, and Dee Bradley Baker.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.
11/18 update: TBS has renewed American Dad! for a new season of 22 episodes.
Note: If you're not seeing »
Disney has renewed their animated TV series The 7D for a second season. Airing daily on Disney Xd, the show features the voices of Kelly Osbourne, Jess Harnell, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Bill Farmer, Maurice Lamarche, Kevin Michael Richardson, Dee Bradley Baker, Scott Menville, Stephen Stanton, Billy West, and Paul Rugg.
Here's the announcement:
Heigh-ho For "The 7D!"
Disney Orders Second Season Of Hit Animated Seven Dwarfs Series "The 7D"
Disney has ordered a second season of "The 7D," the hit animated TV series which takes a comedic look at the world of the Seven Dwarfs. Fourteen-time Emmy Award-winner Tom Ruegger ("Animaniacs," "Tiny Toon Adventures") is executive producer.
The Annie Awards have announced their choices for the top 8 animated features of 2014 as well as nominations in over 20 other animation categories. The Hollywood Reporter reports that The Boxtrolls received the most nominations (13) of any film followed by How to Train Your Dragon 2 (10), Big Hero 6 (7), Song of the Sea (7), and The Lego Movie (6).
Best Animated Feature Nominated Films:
Big Hero 6 – Walt Disney Animation Studios Cheatin’ – Plymptoons Studio How to Train Your Dragon 2 – DreamWorks Animation Song of the Sea – Gkids/Cartoon Saloon The Book of Life – Reel FX The Boxtrolls – Focus Features/Laika The Lego Movie – Warner Bros. Pictures The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Gkids/Studio Ghibli
Notably absent from the best feature list is a Pixar entry. However this wasn’t a snub from the Annie nominators as Pixar has not released a feature since 2013’s Monsters University. Pixar has two films scheduled to release »
- Amy Richau
Yay! One of my favorite animated films of 2014 topped the recently announced 2014 Annie Awards honoring excellence in the field of animation. Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi's "The Boxtrolls" received 12 nominations including Best Animated Feature. The winners will be announced at a black tie ceremony on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at UCLA.s Royce Hall. For more information on the Annie Awards, click here.
Here's the full list of nominees for the 2015 Annie Awards
Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6 - Walt Disney Animation Studios
How to Train Your Dragon 2 - DreamWorks Animation
The Book of Life - Reel FX
The Lego Movie -Warner Bros. Pictures
Best Animated Special Production
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - Voyager Pictures LLC
Dawn of the »
Monday morning, the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 42nd Annual Annie Awards, recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. Leading the pack with 13 nominations, including a nod for Best Animated Feature, is Laika Animation's "The Boxtrolls." Dreamworks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2" followed with 10 nominations, joining "Boxtrolls" in the Character Animation, Animation Effects, and Best Feature categories. Rounding out the organization's big prize are "Big Hero 6" (seven nominations), "Cheatin'" (three), "Song of the Sea" (seven), "The Book of Life" (five), "The Lego Movie" (six), and "The Tale of Kaguya" (three). The Annie Awards also announced nominations in TV, video game and short subject categories. “We had a steady increase in submissions this year and I am excited to say it’s going to be a great awards ceremony,” remarked Asifa-Hollywood Executive Director, Frank Gladstone. “We added a new category »
- Matt Patches
Big Hero 6, Cheatin’, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Song Of The Sea, The Book Of Life, The Boxtrolls, The Lego Movie and The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya have been nominated in the top category for the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood’s 42nd annual Annie Awards. The Annies cover 36 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Special Production, Commercials, Short Subjects and Outstanding Individual Achievements. The winners will be announced January 31 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Here’s the full list of noms:
Best Animated Feature
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Warner Bros. Pictures
Best Animated Special Production
- Patrick Hipes
First appearing on our screens back in 2005, American Dad has developed from being just another family sitcom with a slightly politically satirical bent to become one of the most exciting comedy shows on television. As it’s gone on, restrictions, on both narrative possibilities and what jokes are legitimate, have been pushed and pushed to the point where it’s now a relentlessly shocking half hour.
The show has recently made the move from Fox to TBS (we hesitate to call it a cancellation given there was never a point where its future was uncertain), which likely insures its life for the near future. Whether the move will have an impact on the type of show it is »
- Alex Leadbeater
The Boxtrolls is a delightful animated gem that has enough frenetic action to entertain the kids and plenty of subversive humor to keep the adults chuckling. It’s the perfect way to spend a day with your rambunctious little brother, and probably far less destructive. The stop-motion design is gorgeous, with loads of tiny details for the curious eye. If Big Hero 6 is a bit too saccharine for your palate, this makes a suitably-twisted alternative.
The Boxtrolls are a demented bunch of underground cave dwellers who sleep all day and then plunder the streets of Cheesebridge every night. If it isn’t nailed down, the Boxtrolls are probably going to ‘liberate’ it. One of the film’s many clever conceits is that each Boxtroll’s name comes from the insignia on the recycled cardboard box they inhabit. »
- J.R. Kinnard
If you're like me, then you have two thumbs, a beard that needs to be trimmed, and will see anything that Ben Kingsley is in, or at least you'll try to. A constant workaholic, this Oscar-winning actor has, I kid you not, 14 different films that are either awaiting release or in various stages of production and/or development. This is after appearing in six films last year, including big-budget affairs like Iron Man 3 and Ender's Game, along with indie titles such as Walking with the Enemy.
The iconic actor lends his voice to the villainous Archibald Snatcher in Laika and Focus Features' The Boxtrolls, but unlike many animated movies that depend on the recognition factor of celebrity voices, Ben Kingsley creates a much different voice in bringing this nefarious character to life. Based on the Alan Snow novel Here Be Monsters, The Boxtrolls is set in the peaceful town of Cheesebridge, »
This Friday, Laika, the studio that brought us Coraline and Paranorman, is ready to introduce their latest animated adventure, The Boxtrolls. Featuring the voice talents of Sir Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Dee Bradley Baker, Steve Blum, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan and Simon Pegg, The Boxtrolls is directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and is based on the book "Here Be Monsters!" by Alan Snow. »
So I was preparing to do my stand-ups for .The Boxtrolls. when lo and behold, Fish, scared the bejeesus out of me! And I laughed out loud!
Offiical .The Boxtrolls. Synopsis:
A family event movie from the creators of "Coraline" and "ParaNorman" that introduces audiences to a new breed of family - The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they've built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town's villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, "into the light," where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs' family. Directors: Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable. (C) Focus
. Isaac Hempstead-Wright »
Next weekend, fans will get to experience the quirky world of Cheesebridge when The Boxtrolls debuts in theaters on September 26. To get fans ready for this stop motion animated adventure, Focus Features has released a featurette, clip and five viral videos.
This special preview includes new footage and interviews with voice cast members Ben Kingsley (Snatcher), Elle Fanning (Winnie) and Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Eggs), who break down the unique family dynamic shown when The Boxtrolls, a group of lovable creatures who live underneath the town of Cheesebridge, raise the young orphan boy they call Eggs as their own. We also have a clip where Winnie breaks the news to Eggs that he isn't really a Boxtroll, despite being raised by them, and five viral videos that highlight several unique aspects of how The Boxtrolls carry out their lives.
The new 3D animated feature from Laika Studios tells the tale of the Boxtrolls, »
Learn more about the way Laika gave The Boxtrolls a sound and language of their own with the help of voice actors Steve Blum and Dee Baker. The Boxtrolls sound right so I guess the extremely talentely Steve Blum and Dee Baker did a fine job on this one. As directors Graham Annable and Anthony […]
Read The Language of The Boxtrolls on Filmonic.
The more we get to know the inner workings of the movie industry, we're fascinated by the fun jobs that exist. For instance, it's someone's job to create a new language for movie characters. Sure, we all know that the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit characters speak Elvish (and there are even sublanguages in Middle Earth). But, when creating new lands and new worlds, someone has to figure how the natives would speak!
For The Boxtrolls, Dee Baker (who voices Fish) and Steve Blum (Shoe) were tasked with figuring out how these quirky creatures who live underneath Cheesebridge would communicate with each other in a way that was consistent. The video below explains how they developed the language (and it's fun to see humans speak Boxtrollian!).
The Boxtrolls opens in theaters Sept. 26 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
The folks at Laika have already done such an incredible job making the Boxtrolls feel like real, living, breathing creatures that it’s easy to forget that there’s actually human beings in a sound booth voicing them. Now, thanks to the brand new The Boxtrolls featurette, “Trolls Rights Off the Tongue,” you get to meet the men responsible for configuring the Boxtrolls’ language, Dee Baker and Steve Blum. On top of that, we’ve also got a new clip from the film featuring Winnie (voiced by Elle Fanning) trying to teach Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) to dress like a proper boy with a little help from the Boxtrolls. Hit the jump to check out The Boxtrolls clip as well as that featurette. The movie also features the voices of Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan and Jared Harris, and is due to hit theaters on September 26th. »
- Perri Nemiroff
The Boxtrolls, 2014.
Boxtrolls, and human-box-boy ‘Eggs’ need to stop the evil Archibald Snatcher from kidnapping their kind before it’s too late…
Despicable Me has a lot to answer for. Not only has it spawned a sequel, with a “”spin-off” later this year in Minions, but it has manufactured the specific creature that little kids will die imitating (perhaps loudly shouting “bottom”, as you walk through the supermarket). But The Boxtrolls, looking like an uglier, gothic cousin to the minions, is nothing to apologise for. Looking like Aardman animation meets Abe’s Odyssey, The Boxtrolls contains much more than empty crates and annoying little creatures. More creative and considerably more profound, The Boxtrolls is much more than a Despicable Me imitator. »
- Simon Columb
Last week, LucasFilm premiered a clip from the first of four new Star Wars Rebels shorts, before the full short film debuted on Monday. USA Today has a clip from the second short, which focuses on Mandalorian explosives expert Sabine Wren (voiced by Tiya Sircar). Watch as the rebellious Sabine tags a Tie Fighter with the Rebel Alliance logo before she is spotted by a pair of Storm Troopers, then read on for more information, including a familiar character that may be introduced into the series..
As we reported last week, Star Wars Rebels will debut these shorts between 9:29 Pm and 9:32 Pm on August 18, August 25 and September 1, following new episodes of Gravity Falls on Disney Xd. We'll bring you the full short as soon as it comes online, so stay tuned.
When we were first introduced to Tiya Sircar's Sabine Wren back in February, it was revealed »
San Diego Comic-Con originally branded itself by aptly showing primarily comicbooks. Now, in its 45th year, the convention has become an entertainment haven, showcasing producers, stars, writers and hundreds of personalities to promote pop culture from July 23-27. View our tentative schedule of Comic-Con’s film panels and events below, with further updates as they are announced. Variety will be in attendance at Sdcc as well, bringing the news, interviews and important panel information to the web.
Variety’s constantly updating TV schedule for Sdcc can be found here.
“The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica” (10:30 a.m., Room 6Bcf) Original series actors Richard Hatch, Jamie Bamber and Luciana Carro, as well as the show’s science consultant Dr. Kevin Grazier and auction producer Alec Peters, host a discussion on the upcoming movie. Surprise guests and theatrical trailers are planned.
“Godzilla and The Master of Monsters” (11:00 a. »
- Sebastian Torrelio
Photo by Barry Brown Comic-Con
Comic-Con International has released the schedule for Sunday July 27th. This is the last day of Comic-Con, and they will be closing it out with some big TV panels like Supernatural, Sons of Anarchy and The Strain. There's also a panel for the Batkid documentary that was made. I rarely stay for the whole convention on Sunday, but I think I actually might try to stick around this year and enjoy myself. You can go through the full schedule here, but you'll find some of the highlights listed below.
Supernatural Special Video Presentation and Q&A - Series stars Jared Padalecki (Friday the 13th ), Jensen Ackles (My Bloody Valentine 3D), Misha Collins (Ringer), and Mark A. Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica), along with executive producer Jeremy Carver (U.S. version of Being Human), return to Hall H to answer questions from the audience about what's in store »
- Joey Paur
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