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Big Hero 6, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Game of Thrones among the winners of the 2015 Ves Awards

The Visual Effects Society held the 13th annual Ves Awards in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night, with Disney’s animated Marvel adaptation Big Hero 6 claiming six gongs and 20th Century Fox’s simian sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and HBO’s Game of Thrones taking home three awards apiece.

Check out the full list of winners here, highlighted in red…

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Joe Letteri

Ryan Stafford

Matt Kutcher

Dan Lemmon

Hannah Blanchini

Guardians of the Galaxy

Stephane Ceretti

Susan Pickett

Jonathan Fawkner

Nicolas Aithadi

Paul Corbould

Interstellar

Paul Franklin

Kevin Elam

Ann Podlozny

Andrew Lockley

Scott Fisher

Maleficent

Carey Villegas

Barrie Hemsley

Adam Valdez

Kelly Port

Michael Dawson

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Joe Letteri

David Conley

Eric Saindon

Kevin Sherwood

Steve Ingram

X-Men: Days of Future Past
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"The Boxtrolls," "Big Hero 6," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Top Visual Effects Society Nominations

The Visual Effects Society has announced the nominations for the 13th Annual Ves awards "the prestigious yearly celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on-the-keys artists who bring this work to life."

Ves members selected the nominees and Laika's "The Boxtrolls," Disney's "Big Hero 6," and Fox's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" topped the nominations receiving 5 nods each.

The Visual Effects Society (Ves) is a global professional honorary society and the entertainment industry's only organization representing the full breadth of visual effects practitioners including artists, technologists, model makers, educators, studio executives, supervisors, PR/marketing specialists and producers. Ves. almost 3,000 members in 33 countries worldwide contribute to all areas of entertainment . film, television, commercials, animation, music videos, games and new media. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Ves has member Sections in Australia, Bay Area (CA), London,
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Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees

Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees
American Sniper,” “Big Hero 6,” “Birdman,” “The Lego Movie” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” have been nominated by the Motion Picture Sound Editors for the 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, to be held Feb. 15 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

The Mpse announced nominees in 20 categories Wednesday.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

Darren Aronofsky will receive the filmmaker award, and Skip Lievsay will receive the career achievement award.

The entire nominations list:

Feature Animation

Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Animation Studios
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‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations

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‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations
Hollywood’s sound pros nominated Birdman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for three awards apiece as the Motion Picture Sound Editors unveiled nods for its 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, honoring the best feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment work of the year.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

This year’s Golden Reels will additionally honor Noah director Darren Aronofsky with the Mpse’s annual Filmmaker Award. Oscar winner Skip Lievsay, known for his work
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Game of Thrones and Guardians of the Galaxy amongst Visual Effects Society nominations

The Visual Effects society has released this years nominations for the annual Ves Awards. The awards were put in place in order to credit outstanding achievements within the fields of animation, television, film and video games. This years nominees include, amongst others The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Guardians of the Galaxy, Game of Thrones, Interstellar and X-Men: Days of Future Past. The awards are set to take place on February 4th at the Beverly Hill Hotel.

You can see the entire list of nominees below…

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Joe Letteri

Ryan Stafford

Matt Kutcher

Dan Lemmon

Hannah Blanchini

Guardians of the Galaxy

Stephane Ceretti

Susan Pickett

Jonathan Fawkner

Nicolas Aithadi

Paul Corbould

Interstellar

Paul Franklin

Kevin Elam

Ann Podlozny

Andrew Lockley

Scott Fisher

Maleficent

Carey Villegas

Barrie Hemsley

Adam Valdez
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Visual Effects Society Awards Nominations Announced

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Visual Effects Society Awards Nominations Announced
The Visual Effects Society has announced the nominees for its 13th Annual Ves Awards, which recognize outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games. Among the nominees — Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar, Maleficent, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies and X-Men: Days Of Future Past – for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture. The awards will be held February 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. See the complete list below.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Joe Letteri

Ryan Stafford

Matt Kutcher

Dan Lemmon

Hannah Blanchini

Guardians of the Galaxy

Stephane Ceretti

Susan Pickett

Jonathan Fawkner

Nicolas Aithadi

Paul Corbould

Interstellar

Paul Franklin

Kevin Elam

Ann Podlozny

Andrew Lockley

Scott Fisher

Maleficent

Carey Villegas
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Win A Family Four Pack of Tickets To The Advance Screening of Rio 2 in St. Louis

Have any plans this Saturday for you and your flock? Wamg has got the morning set for you and 3 of your little birdies with a Family Four-Pack of passes to see Rio 2 in St. Louis.

Plus, we’ll even give you a cereal breakfast prior to the screening!!

10 lucky Wamg readers will win 4 tickets to the Saturday (April 5) 10 Am screening.

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(Winners will be notified on 4/4)

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be In The St. Louis Area The Day Of The Screening.

3. No Purchase Necessary.

This film has been rated G by the MPAA.

In April 2011, Twentieth Century Fox released Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studio’s CG animated feature Rio.

The film was born from the imagination of Carlos Saldanha, who co-directed or directed the global blockbusters “Ice Age,” “Ice Age: The Meltdown” and “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
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Watch The Final Trailer For Rio 2 Starring Gabi And Nigel

Bound to get your feet tapping and your head bobbing, check out the final trailer for Rio 2 featuring Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth), along with Nigel (Jermaine Clement) singing “I Will Survive.”

In April 2011, Twentieth Century Fox released Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studio’s CG animated feature Rio.

The film was born from the imagination of Carlos Saldanha, who co-directed or directed the global blockbusters “Ice Age,” “Ice Age: The Meltdown” and “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.” Saldanha had long wanted to write a love letter to his hometown of Rio. He came up with a story about a nerdy, highly domesticated bird who goes on the adventure of a lifetime in that wondrous city.

To fully realize the scope and breadth of this magical world and its vivid characters, Saldanha brought together an all-star voice cast, led by Oscar® winner Anne Hathaway and Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg, Oscar and Grammy®-winner Jamie Foxx,
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Rio 2 Miami Concert & Largest Samba Party At Film’s Premiere – Videos

Twentieth Century Fox’s new animated feature Rio 2 took over Miami, Florida on Friday evening (March 21) for a series of gala events marking the film’s World Premiere.

The celebrations included a screening; a Guinness World Records Attempt of the Largest Samba Party; the groundbreaking ceremony of the City’s Official Walk of Fame, in which the film and two of its stars, Jamie Foxx and Andy Garcia, were the inaugural inductees; and a special concert that featured performances by acclaimed artists Janelle Monáe, Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown and Ester Dean, all of whom contribute to the film’s soundtrack.

Attendees at the World Premiere screening of Rio 2 walked the special “Blu” Carpet (named for one of the film’s characters) and were enveloped by action, music and fun as director Carlos Saldanha reunited his beloved characters in Rio 2.

Rio 2 Concert from We Are Movie Geeks on Vimeo.
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Latest Rio 2 Trailer Flies In

20th Century Fox has a new trailer up for your viewing pleasure, which you can catch via the player below. The animated sequel features the voice talents of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, will.i.am, Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Jamie Foxx, Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Bruno Mars, and Kristin Chenoweth Pic is directed by Carlos Saldanha and opens April 11th, 2014. Producing are Bruce Anderson and John C. Donkin. It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in Rio 2, after they’re hurtled
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Colorful Rio 2 Poster 5 Arrives

A fifth poster is in for 20th Century Fox's Rio 2 animated follow-up directed by Carlos Saldana, with the voice talents of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Jamie Foxx, Rodrigo Santoro, Jermaine Clement, John Leguizamo. Rich with grandeur, character, color and music, Rio 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. They encounter a menagerie of characters. Also in the cast are Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Bruno Mars, and Kristin Chenoweth. Don Rhymer and Saldanha wrote the script for the film produced by Bruce Anderson and John C. Donkin.
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New Rio 2 Poster - The Family Grows

The family grows in this new poster for 20th Century Fox's Rio 2 animation, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway. Carlos Saldanha directs from the script we wrote alongside Don Rhymer, while John C. Donkin and Bruce Anderson produce. The voice cast also has Leslie Mann, Jamie Foxx, Rodrigo Santoro, Jermaine Clement, John Leguizamo, Kristin Chenoweth, Andy Garcia, Jake T. Austin, Amandla Stenberg and George Lopez on board. See the poster for Rio 2 (via Imp) below the film's official synopsis. The entire cast of the animated smash Rio returns in Rio 2, and they are joined by a new flock of top actors and musical talents. Rich with grandeur, character, color and music, Rio 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life
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2 new colorful Rio 2 posters

Check out these two new posters for the Rio sequel starring Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway. Rio 2 is directed by Carlos Saldanha and opens in theaters on April 11th, 2014. Rio 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. They encounter a menagerie of characters who are born to be wild, voiced by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Oscar/Emmy/Tony-winner Rita Moreno, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth. Bruce Anderson and John C. Donkin produce.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jennifer Lopez Among 276 New Academy Members for 2013

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.

The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.

Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.

"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be.
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Class of 2013: 276 New Members Invited to Join the Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 276 members of the entertainment industry invited to join organization. The list includes actors, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, producers and more. Of those listed below, those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2013. "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch in a press release. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy." Koch also told Variety, "In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn't. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got
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Academy adds record number of new members

Academy adds record number of new members
The Academy just added 276 Oscar voters.

That’s 100 more than last year, and part of an easing of a longstanding cap on the number of new members allowed to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences each year.

AMPAS usually adds between 130 and 180 new members, replacing those who have quit or passed away. The membership now stands around 6,000.

Jason Bateman, Jennifer Lopez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emmanuelle Riva, and Chris Tucker are among the actors who have been invited to join, the organization announced today.

Other interesting additions: the musician Prince, Girls and Tiny Furniture writer/director/actress Lena Dunham,
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276 Receive Membership Invites From The Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2013.

“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.”

The 2013 invitees are:

Actors

Jason Bateman – “Up in the Air,” “Juno

Miriam Colon – “City of Hope,” “Scarface

Rosario Dawson – “Rent,” “Frank Miller’s Sin City

Kimberly Elise – “For Colored Girls,” “Beloved

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “Lincoln,” “The Dark Knight Rises

Charles Grodin – “Midnight Run,” “The Heartbreak Kid

Rebecca Hall – “Iron Man 3,” “The Town

Lance Henriksen – “Aliens,” “The Terminator

Jack Huston – “Not Fade Away,” “Factory Girl

Milla Jovovich – “Resident Evil,
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Film Academy Invites 276 New Members

Film Academy Invites 276 New Members
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ava DuVernay and Paul Feig are among the 276 new members invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The total of new invitees is exactly 100 more than were tapped in 2012. Total membership in the Academy numbers more than 6,000.

“We’re very proud,” Academy prexy Hawk Koch told Variety. “The difference this year is we relaxed the quota system. In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn’t. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got to bring in the people who should be in the branch.”

Koch said that in particular, visual effects and documentary were among the branches with the biggest gains, reflecting their intense recent growth.

Among the other
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Watch The Teaser Trailer For Rio 2

Hitting the beach again in 2014, here’s the first teaser for Blue Sky Studios‘ Rio 2. The entire cast of the animated smash Rio returns in Rio 2, and they are joined by a new flock of top actors and musical talents. Rich with grandeur, character, color and music, Rio 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. They encounter a menagerie of characters who are born to be wild, voiced by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Oscar/Emmy/Tony-winner Rita Moreno, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth.

The starring voice cast of Twentieth Century Fox’s 2011 animated smash Rio is reuniting for the follow-up, Rio 2, and they are joined by a flock of top actors and musical talents new to the franchise. Twentieth Century Fox’s international rollout
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The Teaser Trailer for Rio 2 Has Arrived!

The first teaser trailer for 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios' Rio 2 is now online and you can check it out in the player below! Set for release on April 11, 2014, Rio 2 features the returning voice talents of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement, will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto, Jake T. Austin and Jamie Foxx along with new cast members set to include Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth, Rita Moreno, Amandla Stenberg, Rachel Crow, Pierce Gagnon and Natalie Morales. Carlos Saldanha, who was inspired to create Rio based upon his experiences growing up in that city, is back as director, as are producers John C. Donkin and Bruce Anderson. In Rio 2 , we find Blu, Jewel and their...
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