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Disney Accused of Stealing ‘Zootopia’ From ‘Total Recall’ Screenwriter

21 March 2017 11:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A veteran screenwriter filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday accusing Disney of stealing his idea for the hit animated film “Zootopia.”

Gary Goldman alleges that Disney took character designs, themes, lines of dialogue, and even the name “Zootopia” from a project that he first developed in 2000. He alleges that he twice pitched the project to Disney executives, in 2000 and 2009, and was rejected. The lawsuit accuses Disney of a long history of stealing ideas from others, and contends that “Zootopia” is only the most recent example of an embedded corporate practice.

“Although The Walt Disney Company rigorously enforces its copyrights, it has developed a culture that not only accepts the unauthorized copying of others’ original material, but encourages it,” Goldman alleges. “Instead of lawfully acquiring Goldman’s work, Defendants said they were not interested in producing it and sent him on his way. Thereafter, consistent with their culture of unauthorized copying, Defendants copied Goldman’s work. »

- Gene Maddaus

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Disney Hit With Lawsuit Claiming 'Zootopia' Ripped Off 'Total Recall' Writer

21 March 2017 10:34 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Disney is now facing a serious lawsuit alleging that Oscar-winning animation film Zootopia was copied from the work of Gary L. Goldman, a reputable author whose distinguished credits includes writing Total Recall and Next and producing Minority Report.

The complaint filed on Tuesday in California federal court comes from Esplanade Productions, Inc., which is being represented by the prominent law firm of Quinn Emanuel.

It opens by quoting Zootopia director Byron Howard as saying, "Don’t worry if you feel like you’re copying something, because if it comes through you, it’s going to filter through you and you’re going to bring your own »

- Eriq Gardner

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89th Oscar Winners – Moonlight Takes Home Best Picture

26 February 2017 11:40 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In one of the biggest shocks in Academy Awards history, the final award of the night, Best Picture, was mistakenly announced.

Moonlight won best picture at the 89th Oscars after La La Land was erroneously reported announced as the winner.

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway read La La Land right after Emma Stone won best actress for her role in the modern-day musical. After the cast took the stage, a producer for La La Land corrected things and said, “[Actually] ‘Moonlight’ is the winner … this is not a joke.”

The La Times exclusively spoke to best picture presenter Warren Beatty backstage after the history-making mistake that briefly awarded La La Land the honor instead of rightful winner Moonlight and the legendary director explained what happened onstage.

“I looked down at the card and thought, ‘This is very strange, because it says best actress.’ Maybe there was a misprint. I don’t know what happened. »

- Movie Geeks

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Oscars 2017 - Complete Winners list

26 February 2017 9:10 PM, PST | Behindwoods | See recent Behindwoods news »

Oscar Winners: Results of the 89th Oscar Awards are here.

Best picture: Moonlight

Lead actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Lead actress: Emma Stone, La La Land

Supporting actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Supporting actress: Viola Davis, Fences

Best director: La La Land, Damien Chazelle

Animated feature: Zootopia, Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

Animated shortfilm: Piper, Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

Adapted screenplay: Moonlight, Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraneyOriginal screenplay: Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan

Cinematography: La La Land, Linus Sandgren

Best documentary feature: O.J.: Made in America, Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow

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‘Zootopia’ Wins Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film

26 February 2017 7:14 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney Animation’s “Zootopia” has won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film — the studio’s fifth straight win in the category.

Zootopia” topped an eclectic field that included Disney’s “Moana,” Studio Ghibli/Sony Pictures Classics’ dialogue-free “The Red Turtle” and a pair for stop-motion titles — Laika/Focus Features ‘ feature film “Kubo and the Two Strings” and Gebeka Films’ orphan tale “My Life as a Zucchini.”

Zootopia” follows Disney victories for Pixar’s “Inside Out” last year,” Disney Animation’s “Big Hero 6” and Frozen and Pixar’s “Brave” in 2013.

Zootopia” was a massive box office success, becoming one of only 28 films to top $1 billion in worldwide box office. Directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, the comedy-adventure centered on the partnership between a rabbit police officer (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) and a con-artist fox (voiced by Jason Bateman) to uncover a conspiracy in a mammal metropolis.

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- Dave McNary

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‘Zootopia’ Wins Academy Award for Best Animated Film

26 February 2017 7:12 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Get those animal-related Oscar puns for the sequel.

Zootopia” took home the award for Best Animated Feature at Sunday night’s 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

Read More: ‘Zootopia’: How Disney Anticipated Trump’s America With That Ice Cream Scene (Exclusive Video)

This is the fifth straight year that a Disney-affiliated entity as won the award and the 11th time in the 16 years the award has existed. Co-directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore were both nominated previously for the award for their individual work on “Bolt” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” respectively.

“We are so grateful to the audiences all over the world who have embraced this film with this story of tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other,” Moore said, accepting the award.

The evening’s dark horse contender was “Kubo and the Two Strings,” the latest film from Portland-based animation house Laika. »

- Steve Greene

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Oscars 2017: Zootopia Wins Best Animated Feature Film

26 February 2017 7:11 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Disney animation continues its streak of Oscar domination: Zootopia, co-directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, scooped up Best Animated Film from the Academy on Sunday. Producer Clark Spencer shared in the win.

“We are so grateful to the audiences all over the world who embraced this story of tolerance being more powerful than the fear of the other,” said Moore from the stage. 

The inclusive sentiment echoed that of presenter Gael García Bernal, who delivered what appeared to be a comment on President Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexican boarder.

Flesh and blood actors are migrant workers, »

- Nick Romano and Jordan Runtagh

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2017 Oscar Winners List

26 February 2017 5:25 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Tonight is Hollywood's big night, with the 89th Oscars being broadcast live on ABC tonight, starting at 8 Pm Et/5 Pm Pt. We'll be watching the awards being handed out live and updating this full list of winners as the telecast goes on. Jimmy Kimmel hosts this year's Oscar telecast, with La La Land currently the front runner to take home many of the major awards.

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories - actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees. Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 24 categories beginning Monday, February 13 through Tuesday, February 21.

Leading the way for this year's awards »

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Academy Award Winners 2017: Updated List

26 February 2017 2:59 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 89th Academy Awards are taking place on Sunday, honoring the best in film from the past year.

All eyes will be on “La La Land,” which tied the all-time record with 14 nominations. It’s widely seen as the frontrunner for best picture, and is in the running for top awards like best actor, actress, and director.

Other top competitors include “Arrival” and “Moonlight,” which nabbed eight nominations each. Three films — “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Lion,” and “Manchester by the Sea” — follow those up with six noms apiece.

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Every Oscar Best Picture Winner

Jimmy Kimmel hosts the ceremony, which airs live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre. Keep up with an updated winners list below.

Best picture:

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Lead actor:

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land, »

- Variety Staff

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Food Network Star Alton Brown Dishes on Oscar DPs

22 February 2017 4:22 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Why care what longtime Food Network personality Alton Brown thinks about the nominees in the Oscar’s cinematography category? Because he knows lenses, film stock, and formats as well as he knows ingredients, recipes, and cooking techniques.

“I started off as a cameraman when I was still in college, and moved into shooting music videos in the ‘80s, then became a full-time cinematographer and a director-cameraman for TV spots, which I did for about 10 years,” Brown says.

Eventually burnt out by the ad business, Brown saw two choices. “I could either move on to New York or Hollywood and concentrate on shooting, or I could go to culinary school and try to make a food show.”

He chose the latter, resulting in the groundbreaking 14-season series “Good Eats,” which holds up so well that repeats continue airing today. Brown directed 200 of its 250 episodes. He calls his latest show, “Iron Chef Gauntlet, »

- Paula Hendrickson

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Interview: The Global Resonance of "Zootopia" and its Animal Kingdoms

21 February 2017 11:33 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Zootopia gets a lot of its pizazz from the clash of its odd couple leads but behind the scenes things are much more sympatico. When I sat down to interview the director Rich Moore (Wreck-it Ralph) and producer Clark Spencer (Wreck-it Ralph, Bolt, Lilo & Stitch) they weren't so much finishing each other's sentences as they were most definitely reciting from the same page. Rich calls Clark the 'best producer he's ever worked with' and credits him for creating a structure so that the creatives didn't have to worry about the minutae but were kept aware of it to keep them on track.

Unfortunately the third key member of their team Byron Howard, who the project originated with had bronchitis on the day we met. He'll be long since recovered by Oscar night which will likely be a happy one for the team.

Zootopia is the second project Moore and Clark »

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'Zootopia' Filmmakers Spoof 'La La Land,' 'Hell or High Water' With Poster Parodies (Exclusive)

17 February 2017 3:58 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

What would it look like if last year's movies were released in Zootopia?

The filmmakers of the Oscar-nominated animated title shared their visual spoofs of some of 2016's titles with The Hollywood Reporter exclusively.

Directors Rich Moore and Byron Howard, as well as screenwriter Jared Bush, created them with Oh My Disney. 

"Even a year after Zootopia was released, we still feel compelled to create for this world and these characters," Moore and Howard told THR of the project. "So in the spirit of this awards season, we decided to pay tribute to the best films of »

- Ashley Lee

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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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‘Zootopia’: How Disney Anticipated Trump’s America With That Ice Cream Scene (Exclusive Video)

14 February 2017 12:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The zeitgeist-grabbing “Zootopia” continues to resonate with even greater relevance nearly a year after its release — and less than a month after the divisive Trump election.

And for directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore, an early scene in an ice cream parlor best epitomizes the topical theme of racial bigotry between predator and prey. It’s the crucial first meeting between rookie bunny cop, Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), and sly fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), who pulls a con while pretending to order ice cream for his young son (watch the video below).

Read More: Annie Awards: ‘Zootopia,’ ‘The Red Turtle’ Take Animated Feature, Indie Honors

“Phil [Johnston] and Jared [Bush] wrote a great scene as a nice way of introducing the idea that roles were a little messed up with the bias, especially Judy in the way she handles it personally,” Howard told IndieWire. “That’s the first time after we »

- Bill Desowitz

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Baftas 2017: Full list of winners

12 February 2017 10:01 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

La La Land wins top prize at the ceremony.

La La Land was the big winner at the 2017 Baftas, winning five prizes, including best film, best director (Damien Chazelle) and best actress (Emma Stone).

Casey Affleck won leading actor for Manchester by the Sea, with Dev Patel (Lion) and Viola Davis (Fences) winning supporting actor and actress.

I, Daniel Blake won outstanding British film.

The 2017 Baftas took place on Feb 12 at the Royal Albert Hall and were once again hosted once again by Stephen Fry.

Read: Eight talking points ahead of the BaftasThe full list of winners

Winners in bold.

Best Filmarrival Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron RyderI, Daniel Blake Rebecca O’BrienLA La Land Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc PlattMANCHESTER By The Sea Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. WalshMOONLIGHT Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele RomanskiLEADING Actressamy Adams ArrivalEMILY Blunt The Girl on the TrainEMMA Stone La La LandMERYL Streep »

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Baftas 2017: Full list of winners - as they happen

12 February 2017 10:01 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

La La Land, Arrival, Nocturnal Animals and I, Daniel Blake among films competing for Bafta glory.

The 2017 Baftas take place on Feb 12 at the Royal Albert Hall and are hosted once again by Stephen Fry.

The show is broadcast on BBC One on a time delay, but Screen will be following the action as it happens from around 6:45Gmt and updating the winners as they are announced, below.

Read: Eight talking points ahead of the BaftasThe nominations

Winners in bold.

Leading Actorandrew Garfield Hacksaw RidgeCASEY Affleck Manchester by the SeaJAKE Gyllenhaal Nocturnal AnimalsRYAN Gosling La La LandVIGGO Mortensen Captain FantasticCINEMATOGRAPHYARRIVAL Bradford YoungHELL Or High Water Giles NuttgensLA La Land Linus SandgrenLION Greig FraserNOCTURNAL Animals Seamus McGarveyORIGINAL Screenplayhell Or High Water Taylor SheridanI, Daniel Blake Paul LavertyLA La Land Damien ChazelleMANCHESTER By The Sea Kenneth LonerganMOONLIGHT Barry JenkinsOutstanding British contribution to cinemaCURZON Cinemassupporting Actoraaron Taylor-johnson Nocturnal AnimalsDEV Patel LionHUGH Grant Florence Foster JenkinsJEFF Bridges Hell or High »

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Zootopia leads winners of the 2017 Annie Awards

7 February 2017 11:38 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The 44th annual Annie Awards took place this past weekend, with Disney’s Zootopia the big winner on the night, collecting six honours in total including Best Animated Feature and Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production.

Disney also celebrated wins for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (a tie between Zootopia’s Jason Bateman and Moana’s Auli’i Cravalho), Best Animated Short (Disney-Pixar’s Piper), and Editorial in a TV/Broadcast Production (Disney Mikey Mouse). Check out a full list of winners in all the categories here…

Best Animated Feature

Zootopia

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Best Animated Special Production

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Massive Swerve Studios and Passion Pictures Animation

Best Animated Short Subject

“Piper”

Pixar Animation Studios

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial

“Loteria ‘Night Shift’”

Passion Pictures Ltd

Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production

“Bob’s Burgers”

Episode: Glued, Where’s My Bob?

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- Gary Collinson

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Annie Awards: ‘Zootopia,’ ‘The Red Turtle’ Take Animated Feature, Indie Honors

4 February 2017 11:35 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Zootopia,” Disney’s zeitgeist-grabbing, Oscar frontrunner, took best animated feature honors Saturday at Asifa-Hollywood’s 44th Annie Awards, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The Studio Ghibli co-production, “The Red Turtle,” meanwhile, won best indie feature.

Overall, “Zootopia” grabbed six Annies, which also included directing (Byron Howard & Rich Moore), writing (Jared Bush &  Phil Johnston), storyboarding, character design, and voice acting (Jason Bateman).

Laika’s stop-motion “Kubo and the Two Strings” earned three awards (character animation, production design, and editorial), along with Guillermo del Toro’s “Trollhunters,” the DreamWorks/Netflix series (character design, character animation, and storyboarding), and the “Pearl” Vr short from Google Spotlight. Within TV/Broadcasting, the Oscar contender took direction (Oscar winner Patrick Osborne), production design, and music.

Disney’s “Moana” was the other big feature winner, collecting two Annies for animated effects and voice acting (Auli’i Cravalho, who tied with Bateman).

Other honors went to Pixar’s lovely, »

- Bill Desowitz

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‘Zootopia’ Wins Top Prize at Annie Awards (Winners List)

4 February 2017 10:07 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Disney’s “Zootopia” is on a roll, following up its Golden Globes victory by topping the 44th Annual Annie Awards with six wins, including best animated feature.

As a studio, Disney racked up 10 awards total on the animation industry’s big night, presented by Asifa-Hollywood on Saturday at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Zootopia” directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore as well as writers Jared Bush and Phil Johnston took trophies, as did Cory Loftis for character design, Dean Wellins for storyboarding, and Jason Bateman, the voice of fox Nick Wilde, who shared the voice acting in a feature win with “Moana” star Auli’i Cravalho.

In addition to Cravalho’s win, Disney’s “Moana” took home an Annie for animated effects in a feature (Marlon West, Erin V. Ramos, Blair Pierpont, Ian J. Coony, and John M. Kosnik).

Disney rounded out its night with wins for its TV series “Disney Mickey Mouse” (Illya Owens for editorial in »

- Terry Flores

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‘Zootopia’ Wins Top Prize at Annie Awards

4 February 2017 10:07 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s “Zootopia” is on a roll, following up its Golden Globes victory by topping the 44th Annual Annie Awards with six wins, including best animated feature.

As a studio, Disney racked up 10 awards total on the animation industry’s big night, presented by Asifa-Hollywood on Saturday at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Zootopia” directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore as well as writers Jared Bush and Phil Johnston took trophies, as did Cory Loftis for character design, Dean Wellins for storyboarding, and Jason Bateman, the voice of fox Nick Wilde, who shared the voice acting in a feature win with “Moana” star Auli’i Cravalho.

In addition to Cravalho’s win, Disney’s “Moana” took home an Annie for animated effects in a feature (Marlon West, Erin V. Ramos, Blair Pierpont, Ian J. Coony, and John M. Kosnik).

Disney rounded out its night with wins for its TV series “Disney »

- Terry Flores

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