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Oscar Predictions 2017: Best Original Screenplay

14 December 2016 4:14 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

“Moonlight” and “Loving”‘s moves to Adapted Screenplay open up two valuable slots in the Original category, allowing Kenneth Lonergan’s New England family saga “Manchester by the Sea” and Damien Chazelle’s Hollywood musical reboot “La La Land” more room to breathe against competitors from writer-director Mike Mills (“20th Century Women”), Taylor Sheridan’s Texas western “Hell or High Water,” writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou’s comedy “The Lobster” and Maren Ade’s hilarious German oscar entry “Toni Erdmann,” among others.

The films are listed alphabetically.

Frontrunners

“20th Century Women” (Mike Mills)

Hell or High Water” (Taylor Sheridan)

La La Land” (Damien Chazelle)

Manchester by the Sea” (Kenneth Lonergan)

Toni Erdmann” (Maren Ade)

Contenders

Jackie” (Noah Oppenheim)

The Lobster” (Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos)

Zootopia” (Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Phil Johnson, Jennifer Lee, Rich Moore, Jim Reardon, Josie Trinidad)

Long Shots

Captain Fantastic” (Matt Ross)

Florence Foster Jenkins” (Nicholas Martin)

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- Anne Thompson

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Oscar Predictions 2017: Best Original Screenplay

14 December 2016 4:14 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Moonlight” and “Loving”‘s moves to Adapted Screenplay open up two valuable slots in the Original category, allowing Kenneth Lonergan’s New England family saga “Manchester by the Sea” and Damien Chazelle’s Hollywood musical reboot “La La Land” more room to breathe against competitors from writer-director Mike Mills (“20th Century Women”), Taylor Sheridan’s Texas western “Hell or High Water,” writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou’s comedy “The Lobster” and Maren Ade’s hilarious German oscar entry “Toni Erdmann,” among others.

The films are listed alphabetically.

Frontrunners

“20th Century Women” (Mike Mills)

Hell or High Water” (Taylor Sheridan)

La La Land” (Damien Chazelle)

Manchester by the Sea” (Kenneth Lonergan)

Toni Erdmann” (Maren Ade)

Contenders

Jackie” (Noah Oppenheim)

The Lobster” (Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos)

Zootopia” (Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Phil Johnson, Jennifer Lee, Rich Moore, Jim Reardon, Josie Trinidad)

Long Shots

Captain Fantastic” (Matt Ross)

Florence Foster Jenkins” (Nicholas Martin »

- Anne Thompson

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Finding Dory: Andrew Stanton and Lindsey Collins interview

27 July 2016 1:44 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The director and producer of Finding Dory talk to us about the Finding Nemo sequel, Pixar, John Carter, and hard cash.

Finding Dory swims (had to be done) into UK cinemas this weekend, with it already breaking records at the box office in the Us, and earning no shortage of acclaim too.

Ahead of Pixar’s latest landing in the UK, we had the chance to chat to writer/director Andrew Stanton, and producer Lindsey Collins, about the new movie…

I think Finding Dory is important. The parent in me was delighted to find a film where the central character had something that really mattered about them. It brought back Vanellope in Wreck-It Ralph in that here you had this character with a flaw as such, but one tackled with positivity. What kind of reactions have you seen to the character of Dory specifically, and the core »

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Wreck-it Ralph 2 Will Hit Theaters In 2018

30 June 2016 9:25 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Walt Disney animation has announced a sequel to Wreck-It Ralph dated for March 9, 2018. Jon C. Reilly will return to voice the titular protagonist, Ralph.  Also returning is director Rich Moore.   Phil Johnston, who co-wrote the first film with Jim Reardon, will return to pen the sequel (and co-direct with Moore). The announcement was made moments ago during a Facebook Live Stream on the official Disney Facebook page. No word yet on whether Reilly's co-stars, Sarah Silverman (Vanellope von Schweet), Jack McBrayer (Fix-It Felix, Jr.) and Jane Lynch (Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun)  will also be returning for the sequel. The first film centered around video game villain, Wreck-It Ralph and his desire to play the hero instead of the villain.  A resident of Litwak's Family Fun Center & Arcade, Rich Moore's video game-centric animated feature showcased what those video game characters secretly did once Litwak closed for the night.  The film »

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Disney Announces ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Sequel

30 June 2016 9:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Wreck-It Ralph” is officially getting a sequel, Disney Animation annouced on Thursday morning.

The second installment of the animated hit will be directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, with John C. Reilly returning to voice the titular lead character. The trio made the announcement via Facebook Live.

Reilly revealed that Ralph leaves the arcade world and wrecks the internet in the sequel, which will hit theaters on March 9, 2018.

Wreck-It Ralph” grossed more than $470 million in 2012 and received an Oscar nomination. Moore directed from a screenplay by Johnston and “Frozen” co-director Jennifer Lee based on a story by Moore, Johnston and Jim Reardon.

The movie took place in the game “Fix-It Felix, Jr.” The villain, Wreck-It Ralph, embarks on a journey to break his bad guy rep.

Moore had been developing the sequel while directing “Zootopia.”

“From the moment we started working on the first ‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ we knew there »

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Zootropolis: Rich Moore and Byron Howard interview

22 March 2016 8:39 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The directors of Zootropolis on the big, late change to their film, how 1/24th of a second matters, and Jason Statham

Zootropolis finally makes its bow in UK cinemas this weekend, and it’s been well worth the wait. It continues an astonishing run from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and we were lucky enough to spend some time with its directors, Rich Moore (Rm) and Byron Howard (Bh), to chat about the film.

Here’s how it went…

Can you take us mere mortals inside a Walt Disney Animation Studios pitch meeting, where a project like this begins? Where you take four or five ideas to John Lasseter? Is it as brutal as it sounds?

Bh: He’s not as brutal as you might think!

Rm: John’s mom was an art teacher. So John really has that talent of picking out something nice about everything that someone does. »

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Movie Review: Zootopia

4 March 2016 7:09 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Disney appears to be getting more and more comfortable making films more like their Pixar counterparts. Zootopia, their most recent effort, is less Frozen-style musical flair and more Wreck-It Ralph, aimed at delivering humor and character with equal parts cynicism and heart. Does it work? For the most part, yes; visually stunning and funnier than you might think, the film is a joy to sit through for kids and adults. But some of its brightest spots (and the theme of the story) suffer from some interesting problems.

Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), unlike her family, is convinced that the way she was born is no reason not to follow her dreams. Of course, being a bunny in a world full of animals much, much bigger than she is, her dream of becoming a police officer looks bleak at best, and no one but her believes such a thing is possible. But »

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10 Films to See in March

2 March 2016 9:17 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With the 2015 awards season finally wrapped up, we can now genuinely look towards the year ahead. This month brings a handful of long-awaited festival hold-overs from last year, as well as a few promising studio titles. It should also be noted that essential restorations of Late Spring (3/4), River of Grass (3/11), A Brighter Summer Day (3/11), and Fireworks Wednesday (3/16) will be coming to select cities (and some beyond). If you’re in New York City, we’ll also be getting the grand opening of a new arthouse cinema — the Lower East Side’s Metrograph, which is dedicated to a mix of repertory and new releases.

Matinees to See: Songs My Brothers Taught Me (3/2), The Wave (3/4), Boy and the Beast (3/4), Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (3/4), Creative Control (3/11), Eye in the Sky (3/11), Hello, My Name is Doris (3/11), Lolo (3/11), Marguerite (3/11), Remember (3/11), Hyena Road (3/11), The Little Prince (3/18), Too Late (3/18), The Program (3/18), and Born to be Blue (3/25).

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Zootopia Review

2 March 2016 8:01 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Talk about timing. After a year in which systemic racism – in the arenas of government, everyday society, popular culture, and especially law enforcement – has dominated the national discussion, Zootopia charges out of the gate as an impassioned, ingenious defense of diversity, one as unusually committed to its topical themes as it is awash in some of the most gloriously imaginative, seat-of-your-pants storytelling Disney has delivered in years. Hitting theaters less than a week after Inside Out‘s Best Animated Feature win at the Oscars, the film is at the very least a lock to be nominated next year.

Set in the bustling metropolis of Zootopia, a stunningly beautiful and incredibly detailed city divided up into individually climatized sectors like Tundratown (a snowy neighborhood home to polar bears and timber wolves) and Little Rodentia (a city for mice, voles, and similar species, rendered in miniature), the film wastes no time in laying out its clever conceit. »

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[Review] Zootopia

1 March 2016 6:18 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Fair play to Walt Disney Animation Studios of late for not always venturing down the most obvious, tried and true path. Peppered in between their recent revivals of their musical formula (Tangled, Frozen) and recognizable properties (Winnie the Pooh), there’s been a full-blown foray into video game culture (Wreck-It-Ralph) and a superhero adaptation heavy on meshing together Asian and American cultures (Big Hero 6). And now, with Zootopia (or Zootropolis, as some of Europe is getting it), we have a police procedural/neo-noir that actually interrogates themes of racial stereotyping and classism, while satirizing matters like the War on Drugs. But, you know, with bunnies and buffalos.

Set in a world populated by anthropomorphic animals, where predator creatures live in harmony with those they would once have preyed upon, Zootopia follows Judy Hopps (charmingly voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), who fights prejudice and pursues her dream of becoming the first »

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