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Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Wins Top Prize at Annie Awards

5 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joy was the primary emotion felt by Pixar after “Inside Out,” its heart-tugging journey through the mind of an 11-year-old girl, took home the top prize at the 43rd Annie Awards on Saturday night.

In all, the film picked up 10 trophies, including prizes for best animated feature, director Pete Docter, writing (Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley) and voice acting for Phyllis Smith, who played Sadness.

Pixar also picked up an Annie for its second film of 2015, “The Good Dinosaur.” The award for achievement in animated effects in an animated production went to “Dinosaur’s” Jon Reisch and Stephen Marshall, giving Pixar a total of 11 awards for the night.

Ale Abreu’s “Boy and the World” took home the first ever best animated feature — international award. Asifa-Hollywood, the organization behind the Annies, decided to split the best animated feature category in two this year to give less seen films a chance at a prize. »

- Terry Flores

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Studio Ghibli’s Isao Takahata on His Films, the Animation Industry and Long Friendship With Hayao Miyazaki

4 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Though you’d be hard-pressed to get him to admit it, Japanese animator Isao Takahata is one of the most influential artists in the medium, alongside his longtime collaborator and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki. His career reached a pinnacle last year when his film “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” was nominated for an animated feature Oscar. Takahata, 80, will be honored at the Annie Awards on Saturday, Feb. 6, with the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement alongside Phil Roman and the late Joe Ranft.

In your long career, what have been your biggest joys and biggest challenges?

Both my biggest joys and biggest challenges relate to the first feature-length theatrical film I directed: “Little Norse Prince Valiant” (1968). This project was extremely challenging in terms of the content to be expressed and the imagery in order to represent the story. And, for me as a novice director as well as »

- Terry Flores

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Rita Moreno, Edward James Olmos Among Annie Awards Presenters

26 January 2016 1:14 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 43rd Annie Awards are turning to pairs of presenters rather than a traditional host for its awards ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA.

Comedy duo Garfunkel & Oates, also known as Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, are returning for a second year as presenters. They will be joined by actor, producer and director Edward James Olmos and actress Rita Moreno; Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, and “Saturday Night Live” alum Laraine Newman, who voices Gram on Netflix’s new toon “Dawn of the Croods”; young thesps Alexander Garfin and Hadley Belle Miller, who voiced Linus and Lucy in best feature nominee “The Peanuts Movie”; veteran voice actor Kevin Michael Richardson (“Uncle Grandpa”) and composer Christophe Beck; and actress and comedian Kristen Schaal (“Bob’s Burgers”) and actress Phyllis Smith, who voices Sadness in Pixar’s “Inside Out.”

Many of the presenters are »

- Terry Flores

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[Review] Only Yesterday

7 January 2016 1:23 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Only Yesterday originally came out more than two decades ago in Japan through Studio Ghibli, but Isao Takahata’s mature, humane slice of life drama couldn’t feel more achingly relevant to the narrative concerns of this decade, and cinema’s renewed interest in the experiences of spiritually adrift young women staking their own path. And even while Only Yesterday is treading familiar emotional terrain, it feels far from programmatic.

Adapted from the manga Omoide Poro Poro, which translates to “memories trickle down,” Only Yesterday, centers on Taeko Okajima, a single, late 20-something who’s lapsed into memories of her fifth grade self in search of what’s missing from her life. Taeko is a self-professed career woman, working in a nondescript but successful job in Tokyo, but she’s not immune to the pressures of getting married, and her societal expectations as a woman. Every conversation with her family »

- Michael Snydel

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'Star Wars' Crosses $700 Million Domestically as 2016 Is Off to a Strong Start

3 January 2016 9:31 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

This first weekend of 2016 is the second largest January weekend of all-time. The top twelve grossed an estimated $204.6 million, $4.5 million shy of the current record, set in 2009 when Avatar was king of the world. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, however, has its eye on Avatar's crown as it now sits in second place, just $20 million behind Avatar's all-time domestic record, and over $1.5 billion worldwide. Also making headlines this weekend Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight expanded nationwide, Daddy's Home and Sisters prove people want comedy and Charlie Kaufman's stop-motion animated feature hit limited theaters. Beginning with Star Wars, Disney is estimating an $88.3 million weekend, which brings the film up to $740.2 million after only 17 days in theaters. It's the fastest film to cross $700 million domestically, doing in 16 days what took Avatar 72. The film has broken 40 box office records (and those are just the records BoxOfficeMojo officially tracks at this time »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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