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Whistler Fest Names ‘Felix and Meira’ Big Winner

8 December 2014 12:10 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Felix and Meira, an unconventional love story between a lonely Montreal man and a married Hasidic Jewish mother, emerged the big winner at the Whistler Film Fest awards brunch Dec. 7, sweeping up all four Borsos Awards including the best Canadian feature, best screenplay, best director for Maxime Giroux, and with the best performance award going to Hadas Yaron.

The Borsos jury included Kim Cattrall (Maverick Award Honouree at Wff), Wff’s honorary ambassador Jason Priestley, and principal at the Entertainment and Media Finance Group, Michael Hirsh.

The Borsos Awards, which include $15,000 in cash and $15,000 in post-production services from Encore, are Canada’s second biggest cash prize for film. The pic previously took the best Canadian film award at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

Priestley, who brought his directorial feature film debut to Wff last year with “Cas & Dylan,” said that “it’s getting more difficult for indie films to be »

- Katherine Brodsky

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‘Selma,’ ‘Theory of Everything,’ ‘Mr. Turner’ Excluded From WGA Awards

2 December 2014 1:59 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Writers Guild of America has excluded nearly a dozen high-profile scripts, including “Selma,” “Mr. Turner” and “The Theory of Everything,” from guild awards.

The exclusions emerged Tuesday as the WGA sent out ballots to its members, with 60 eligible scripts in the original category and 48 in the adapted classification.

The guild’s restrictions are far more rigorous than those of SAG-aftra or the Directors Guild of America. Most exclusions stem from the requirement that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K.

Additionally, members who have resigned from the guild are ineligible for WGA awards consideration — as was the case this year when John Ridley’s script for “12 Years a Slave” was ineligible at the WGA and went on to win the Oscar for adapted screenplay.

Ridley resigned from the WGA during the bitter 2007-08 strike. So »

- Dave McNary

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The Boxtrolls leads Annie Award nominations with 13 nods

1 December 2014 12:35 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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 BoxtrollsFocus 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

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"The Boxtrolls" Dominates Annie Awards Animations!

1 December 2014 11:35 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

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

Production Categories

Best Animated Feature

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

Best Animated Special Production

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - Voyager Pictures LLC

Dawn of the »

- Manny

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'Boxtrolls,' 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' lead Annie Awards Nominations

1 December 2014 8:57 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Annie Awards Nominations Unveiled

1 December 2014 8:22 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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

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

Best Animated Special Production

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Voyager »

- Patrick Hipes

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French Premiere names Top 10 of 2014

1 December 2014 6:37 AM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki) Saint Laurent (Bertrand Bonello) Gone Girl (David Fincher) Mommy (Xavier Dolan) Noah (Darren Aronofsky) Samba (Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache) How to Train Your Dragon 2 »

- Ryan Adams

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‘Dragon 2’ Director DeBlois Animates Whistler Fest Scene

27 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Dean DeBlois wrote and directed the “How to Train Your Dragon” pics (along with Chris Sanders for the first film), he was looking to take some creative risks and defy convention.

It paid off; the series is a box office and critical success, and for his work, DeBlois will receive Whistler Film Festival’s Trailblazer in Animation Award on Dec. 6, as well as take part in a Variety Contenders Conversation.

See Also: Canandian Indies Embrace Whistler Fest’s Impromptu Market

DeBlois is also leading the charge to harness new computer technology to enhance animation. “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is the first film to take advantage of DreamWorks Animation’s Apollo software, an overhaul of tools ranging from animation to lighting, and a new cloud-based system that makes an unprecedented amount of computer processing power available on demand.

This allows the creation of simulation algorithms that can spawn »

- Katherine Brodsky

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VOD Spotlight: How to Train Your Dragon 2

25 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

How to Train Your Dragon 2 picks up five years after the first movie, and the film acquired some new characters for the second chapter. For the dragon trapper Eret, son of Eret, the filmmakers chose Kit Harington (Game of Thrones). “Kit showed up on a short list of possible actors to voice Eret,” says director Dean DeBlois. “I knew him from Game of Thrones and I can safely say he’s my favorite character on that series. I thought he was perfect for the role.” Producer Bonnie Arnold adds, “Eret is supposed to be about 20, the same age as … Continue reading →

The post VOD Spotlight: How to Train Your Dragon 2 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »

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Warner Bros.’ ‘Lego Movie’ Takes BAFTA Kids’ Award

24 November 2014 2:01 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Movie” won the kids’ feature film prize at the BAFTA Children’s Awards Sunday, fighting off competition from “Maleficent,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “Frozen.”

Cartoon Network won the kids’ channel of the year prize, while its show “Adventure Time” took the award for international program.

Kindle Entertainment was named independent production company of the year, and was part of the team behind online mystery-drama “Dixi,” which nabbed the BAFTA for original interactive show. Disney Animated won for adapted interactive show. The vidgames category was won by Nintendo’s racing title “Mario Kart 8.”

Katie Morag,” which is produced by Move on Up, won the BAFTA for drama, and the show’s 9 year-old lead Cherry Campbell took home the performer prize. Debbie Moon won the writer’s prize for “Wolfblood.”

Love Productions’ “Junior Bake Off” excelled in the entertainment category. Maverick Television’s “Operation Ouch! »

- Leo Barraclough

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Warner Bros.’ ‘Lego Movie’ Takes BAFTA Kids’ Award

24 November 2014 2:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Movie” won the kids’ feature film prize at the BAFTA Children’s Awards Sunday, fighting off competition from “Maleficent,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “Frozen.”

Cartoon Network won the kids’ channel of the year prize, while its show “Adventure Time” took the award for international program.

Kindle Entertainment was named independent production company of the year, and was part of the team behind online mystery-drama “Dixi,” which nabbed the BAFTA for original interactive show. Disney Animated won for adapted interactive show. The vidgames category was won by Nintendo’s racing title “Mario Kart 8.”

Katie Morag,” which is produced by Move on Up, won the BAFTA for drama, and the show’s 9 year-old lead Cherry Campbell took home the performer prize. Debbie Moon won the writer’s prize for “Wolfblood.”

Love Productions’ “Junior Bake Off” excelled in the entertainment category. Maverick Television’s “Operation Ouch! »

- Leo Barraclough

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How To Train Your Dragon 3 Will Be Very Different

23 November 2014 12:48 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Hiccup as an adult? No more dragons? That’s what the rumour mill is grinding out for the third How To Train Your Dragon. If true, it’s a brave move on behalf of Dreamworks, but I’m pretty damn intrigued to see what happens. Dragon director Dean DeBlois has just pitched an outline of the story to Dreamworks “Yeah, I think from the moment that they agreed to my pitch that the second film should be the middle act of a trilogy then we always knew that there would be a third film,” said DeBlois. “In fact, I’ve been pitching an in-progress outline of the third film for the last two and a half years.” The director goes on to say “I’m a great lover of stories where unlikely characters cross paths and have such a lasting impact on each other’s lives that they are changed »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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DreamWorks' 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' breaking records and misconceptions

19 November 2014 5:47 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There's been an interesting misconception around DreamWorks' "How to Train Your Dragon 2" that seems to need correcting. Most eyes tend to be on domestic box office tallies, so the film's $176.8 million haul feels like a failure stacked against the 2010 original film's $217.5 million. But globally, "Dragon 2" blew past the original's $494.8 by over $100 million, settling in at $618.8 million, enough to make it the highest grossing animated film of the year. And now, it's breaking records at home, too. Variety reported earlier this week that the sequel has sold two million units on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, making it 20th Century Fox's top Digital HD family title ever. It just seemed like a stream of facts worth embossing as the Oscar season heats up and the Best Animated Feature Film race finds its stride. A lot of love has been thrown "The Lego Movie's" way (the film made nearly 50% more »

- Kristopher Tapley

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2015 Oscar Screenplays: Download 'Boyhood', 'Grand Budapest', 'Wild', 'Calvary' and More

18 November 2014 11:10 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Update: Get the most updated list of Oscar contending screenplays available for download here. It's a good day when I can bring you more screenplays to download and today we have seven new scripts added to the mix, including one of the year's most talked about movies with Richard Linklater's screenplay for Boyhood. Twelve years in the making and now you can peruse the 181-page screenplay for what many believe to be the current Best Picture frontrunner. Adding to that, Dreamworks Animation has made available the screenplay for their animation hopeful How to Train Your Dragon 2, written by Dean DeBlois and inspired by the novels by Cressida Cowell. Focus has also added one more to their list by offering Peter Landesman's script for Kill the Messenger. Finally, Fox Searchlight has released a mother-load, bringing us screenplays for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, John Michael McDonagh's script for Calvary, »

- Brad Brevet

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Dean DeBlois interview: How To Train Your Dragon 2 & 3

17 November 2014 11:59 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dean DeBlois on his How To Train Your Dragon 3 plans, Don Bluth, DreamWorks, animated movies and more...

Now out on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK is How To Train Your Dragon 2, the impressive sequel to one of DreamWorks Animation's finest films. It's directed by Dean DeBlois, who steered the first movie alongside Chris Sanders. And as he embarks on How To Train Your Dragon 3, he spared us some time for a chat about the films, and his early days working with Don Bluth. Here's how the chat went...

What’s your day-to-day these days? Between knowing what the next project is and this one being finished, what have you been doing?

Well, up until Thursday I was working on the outline for the third film. I pitched that to Jeffrey Katzenberg last Thursday, then I got married on Saturday.

Congratulations.

Thank you. I’m headed off on Honeymoon tomorrow, »

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DVD Review: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

17 November 2014 2:26 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆After 2010's How to Train Your Dragon proved to be one of the more entertaining entries in the previous decade's proliferation of animated features - as well as arguably one of the few genuinely decent DreamWorks Animation products - its inevitable sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) sees the company exploring the universe it so successfully created first time round. Continuing to be loosely based on the book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell, this second instalment in a planned trilogy sees director Dean DeBlois going solo this time round, proving to be a filmmaker worthy of crafting engaging narratives wrapped around pertinent and universal themes.

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Gone Girl, Fault in our Stars, St. Vincent and many more scripts now online

13 November 2014 11:00 PM, PST | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

The awards season has begun in Hollywood and one of the best things it has to offer to filmmakers is that studios put up screenplays online. We have compiled a list of screenplays which are available on the internet. Enjoy and download them before they go offline.

We will keep adding to the list, so do keep checking.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

St. Vincent by Theodore Melfi

The Fault in Our Stars, screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, based on the novel by John Green

The Boxtrolls by Irena Brignull and Adam Pava

The Theory Of Everything by Anthony McCarten

Get On Up by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth

How To Train Your Dragon 2 by Dean DeBlois

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‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ Creators On A Boy And His Beast: The Contenders

12 November 2014 4:39 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The creators behind DreamWorks Animation’s hit film How To Train Your Dragon 2 – writer-director Dean DeBlois and producer Bonnie Arnold – sat down with Deadline’s Dominic Patten during Deadline’s recent The Contenders event to talk about the challenges and opportunities of building a beloved franchise about a boy and his dragon.

The film, distributed by Fox for Dwa, grossed $618.7 million worldwide. The voice cast includes Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera and Jonah Hill, among other notables.

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New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2,' 'Tammy,' 'Jersey Boys' and More

11 November 2014 11:15 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

How to Train Your Dragon 2 - 20th Century Fox - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Director: Dean DeBlois Cast: Jay BaruchelGerard ButlerAmerica FerreraJonah HillChristopher Mintz-Plasse. Full cast + crew How to Train Your Dragon 2 picks up where the surprisingly great first movie left off and continues the story of Hiccup, Toothless and the rest of the Vikings who have discovered that maybe dragons aren't so bad. But of course things get complicated when their now-peaceful island comes in contact with a tribe of warriors who want to enslave dragons and conquer the lands.  As you can guess from that plot, this shifts the tone from the first movie, a sweet tale about how anyone can become a hero, into more of a grand-saga territory. And...

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- Peter Hall

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 Digital Release Review

11 November 2014 2:59 PM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Digital Release Review

The How to Train Your Dragon franchise put together a fair stock of extended content before it even got to the sequel, and the second film, while not quite as solid as the first, avoids the usual pitfalls of sequels, and delivers all the fun and adventure viewers are after.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens with an introduction to the new world Hiccup’s village has become, what with dragons now a part of daily life. Before long, Hiccup gets a surprise he never would have thought possible, he meets an unknown dragon rider. This leads to some wondrous encounters, and some unnerving ones, but ultimately Hiccup learns that the mystery rider is his mother. Of course, this sets the stage for the film to follow in the footsteps of the first, shifting the undercurrent of emotional play from »

- Marc Eastman

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