6 items from 2011
"Kung Fu Panda 2" dominated the nominations for the 39th Annual Annie Awards. Given by the International Animated Film Society, the DreamWorks Animation sequel received 12 nods including Best Animated Feature. "Puss in Boots" and "Rango" each took nine noms. Pixar's "Cars 2" received seven nominations, while Disney's "Winnie the Pooh" took eight nods but was oddly missing in the Best Animated Feature category.
Winners of the 2011 Annie Awards will be announced on Saturday, Feb. 4.
Here's the complete list of nominees of the 39th Annual Annie Awards:
Best Animated Feature
A Cat in Paris . Folimage
Arrugas (Wrinkles) - Perro Verde Films, S.L.
Cars 2 . Pixar Animation Studios
Chico & Rita . Chico & Rita Distribution Limited
Rio . Blue Sky Studios
Tintin . Amblin Entertainment, »
Paramount Pictures has picked up the feature rights to two Tana French novels for adaptation. In the Woods, French’s 2008 debut novel, is part police procedural and part psychological thriller and charts the investigation into the murder of a 12-year-old girl in Dublin, Ireland. The sequel, The Likeness, features the same detective, Cassie Maddox, investigating the death of a young woman who is a dead ringer for Cassie herself, allowing the detective to assume the woman’s identity as a grad student at Trinity College. The Likeness was acquired for adaptation by Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl). She will produce with Fake Empire partner Josh Schwartz. As reported by Deadline, the duo purchased the book rights through their discretionary fund at Paramount. Fake Empire has set up five projects thus far, with its first film Fun Size to be released late next year. Hit the jump for synopses for both books. »
- Dave Trumbore
After the amazing success of last year’s event, The Rainforest Foundation UK will again be hosting a brilliant online gift auction event called 12 Days of Christmas.
Auction lots include an array of very desirable gift items available to any online bidders wanting to score hot gift items for their friends and family while helping a good cause. 200 fabulous guilt-free gifts have been generously donated by celebrities, luxury labels and a variety of big, eco and independent brands all of whom want to help raise money to protect the world’s rainforests.
Auction lots include signed items from Sting, U2, Stephen Fry, Dame Judi Dench and Emma Thompson, red carpet dresses from John Galliano, new season clothing, shoes and accessories direct from 2011 London and Paris Fashion Weeks, an Addict/Endeaver snowboard, amazing designer bags from the likes of Valentino (donated by Stylebop.com) and Coach, homewares from Squint, Fat Boy and Furniture Magpies, »
Football Night in America previews: Week 8Al Michaels interviews Cowboys' Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan, and Rodney Harrison interviews Eagles' Cb Mnamdi Asomugha..They.re the fastest team I.ve ever seen on offense, but I always believe in hitting them in the mouth. We.ll see what happens.. . Ryan to Michaels on tonight.s game.You can.t convince me that we.re not the team to beat.. . Asomugha to Harrison on making the playoffs despite Eagles 2-4 recordMichaels interviewed Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and Rodney Harrison interviewed Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha for tonight.s Week 8 edition of Football Night in America, which will also include highlights, analysis and reaction to Week 8.s afternoon games.Football Night airs each Sunday at 7 p.m. Et with Costas »
- April MacIntyre
Attracting a fair bit of praise on the internet at the moment is the poster for Tyrannosaur, the first feature film by Paddy Considine. Considine is the British actor best known for his work with Shane Meadows; he also played the fearless Guardian journalist in The Bourne Ultimatum, and New Order's manager, Rob Gretton, in 24 Hour Party People. Considine's film is a grim-sounding Leeds-set drama about an angry, violent widower (Peter Mullan) and his relationship with a charity shop worker (Olivia Colman) and her abusive husband. At this year's Sundance film festival it won the world cinema drama directing award and the special jury prize for acting for both veteran character actor Mullan and for Colman, who played Sophie in the TV series Peep Show.
The poster was designed by Massachusetts-based Dan McCarthy, »
- Paul Owen
In a new book, the infamous New York Jets coach reveals how you corral a team of testosterone-infused gladiators. He spoke to Marlow Stern about Tom Brady, Osama bin Laden, and foot fetishes.
Football coach Rex Ryan loves to blitz. But during the 2010 NFL season, it was his own New York Jets team that seemed to have the target on its back. Before the first seconds ticked off the game clock, the Jets had already been featured on HBO's behind-the-scenes training camp program Hard Knocks, where they were branded as Animal House-style gladiators thanks to their regular pranks and foul language (much of which came courtesy of Ryan). To make matters worse, sideline reporter Ines Sainz accused several Jets players of harassment. A series of foot fetish videos posted by Deadspin allegedly featuring Ryan and his wife, Michelle, added to the circus.
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- Marlow Stern
6 items from 2011
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