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As World Events Turn Dark, Moviegoers Can’t Get Enough Talking Animals

15 July 2016 3:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood is vexed by the lack of home runs at the box office this summer. But there is a bright spot amidst countless forecasts of trouble for the film industry. Two of the biggest smashes of the season so far, Disney’s “Finding Dory” and Universal Studios’ “The Secret Life of Pets,” are a reminder that animation is the one genre that seems to be unstoppable at the movies.

Beyond their reliance on pixelated performances, “Dory” and “Pets” share another similarity. They are both stories centered on animals that yammer about their personal lives, bicker and act like human beings. Against a questionable year of ticket sales, where even movie stars like Johnny Depp and George Clooney have come up short, audiences seem to prefer their personalities with tails.

These cuddly creatures are serving as an antidote to dark times in the world. Some executives in Hollywood are starting to »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Willis Pyle Dies: ‘Pinocchio’, ‘Fantasia’ & ‘Bambi’ Animator Was 101

8 June 2016 9:58 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Animator Willis Pyle, whose long career saw him working on the Disney classics Pinocchio, Bambi and Fantasia as well as on the cartoon series Mr. Magoo, died June 2 in his New York Home. He was 101; his family made the news public. Born in 1914 in Lebanon, Ks, Pyle studied art at the University of Colorado, afterward moving to Los Angeles where in 1937 he found work as an office boy delivering supplies to animators at Disney. By 1940 he had moved up to assistant animator… »

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Willis Pyle Dies: ‘Pinocchio’, ‘Fantasia’ & ‘Bambi’ Animator Was 101

8 June 2016 9:58 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Animator Willis Pyle, whose long career saw him working on the Disney classics Pinocchio, Bambi and Fantasia as well as on the cartoon series Mr. Magoo, died June 2 in his New York Home. He was 101; his family made the news public. Born in 1914 in Lebanon, Ks, Pyle studied art at the University of Colorado, afterward moving to Los Angeles where in 1937 he found work as an office boy delivering supplies to animators at Disney. By 1940 he had moved up to assistant animator… »

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World Premiere of 'The Tiger Hunter' to Open the 32nd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

5 April 2016 4:41 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Visual Communications (Vc), the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, announced the Opening, Closing and Centerpiece film programs for the upcoming 32nd edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (Laapff) running April 21-28, 2016. This annual film celebration will be presented across Los Angeles from Little Tokyo to Downtown Los Angeles to Koreatown and to West Hollywood featuring 140 films from over 20 countries.

Vc will celebrate 32 years as Southern California’s largest and most prestigious film festival of its kind. The Laapff launches the pre-celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month through this year’s slate of over 130 films from both Asian Pacific American and Asian international directors from over 20 countries. For over three decades, the Festival has presented nearly 5,000 films and shorts by Asian American and Asian international artists.

Opening this year’s Festival at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo is the World Premiere of dramatic comedy "The Tiger Hunter" from an amazing new director Lena Khan. The film centers upon Sami Malik (Danny Pudi of NBC TVs - "Community"), a young South Asian man who travels to America to become an engineer in order to impress his childhood crush and live up to the legacy of his father — a legendary tiger hunter back home. When Sami's job unexpectedly falls through and he ends up living in a tiny co-op with two oddball roommates, he must resort to constructing an elaborate charade with the misfit accomplices in hopes of convincing his sweetheart that he's far more successful than he truly is...or perhaps ever could be. As Sami tries to pull off the farce of a lifetime, what ensues is a series of adventures involving outlandish schemes, an arch-nemesis in an absurd office environment, and a somewhat functional Dodge Charger with a character of its own. Together, although their plans may contradict each other with terrible consequences, Sami and his rag-tag group must work together while meeting the usual host of obstacles — the "usual," that is, if back-alley brawls, trips to prison, or catastrophic LSD-related misunderstandings are just your usual, everyday fare. The film also stars Rizwan Manji, Jon Heder, Karen David, Kevin Pollak, Sam Page and Iqbal Theba.

Jonathan Hua Lang Lim’s powerful drama "Pali Road" starring Michelle Chen, Sung Kang, Elizabeth Sung and Jackson Rathbone will close out the eight - day film extravaganza at the Directors Guild of America on April 28, 2016. "Pali Road" centers on Lily (Michelle Chen), a Chinese doctor doing her residency in a Hawaiian hospital under Dr. Kayne (Sung Kang). She had fallen in love with schoolteacher Neil (Jackson Rathbone) — at least this is what she remembers. But after a terrible car accident, Lily wakes up to discover, in horror, a married life with Dr. Kayne, that includes a 5-year-old son she has never seen. With everyone around her denying Neil's existence, Lily begins to question her own sanity, but memories of Neil force her to embark on a journey to retrace her past and discover the truth.

The Laapff Centerpiece offering this year is the moving and insightful documentary "Tyrus" from director Pamela Tom which brings the life of Chinese American painter,production illustrator, lithographer, and kite builder Tyrus Wong to the big screen. Wong is best known for his concept art for Walt Disney's feature animated film Bambi. His strikingly beautiful concept paintings and sketches continue to influence the work of generations of animators and production designers. "Tyrus" celebrates not only the beauty of his art, but reveals to a larger audience a lesser known part of the Chinese American experience — that of its artists and creators.

“We are excited and proud to present these three films as our celebrations,” states Vc Executive Director Francis Cullado. “Having Lena Khan’s "The Tiger Hunter" as our opening, Jonathan Lim’s "Pali Road" as our closing night, and Pamela Tom’s "Tyrus" as our centerpiece film certainly highlights the amount of Asian American directorial talent out there. The big word this year in Hollywood has been ‘diversity’ and the Festival is one of the ways we address this issue at Visual Communications and for our community. For us, it’s not just about diversity – it’s about inclusivity. We will be releasing more of the Festival line up in the next week and everyone will be able to celebrate inclusion and diversity on the screen, as it should be.”

For program information, a complete listing of sponsors and partners, and to purchase tickets, log on to www.vconline.org/festival or contact Visual Communications at (213) 680-4462. Tickets are available to the general public on Monday, March 21st. The Festival is proud to be partnering with our following screening venues across Los Angeles:

●Aratani Theatre @ Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – Little Tokyo 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 ●Tateuchi Democracy Forum @ Japanese American National Museum – Little Tokyo 111 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 ●Downtown Independent – Downtown La (Dtla) 251 S. Main Street, (between 3rd and 2nd Streets), Los Angeles, CA 90012 ●Cgv Cinemas – Koreatown – Mid-Wilshire 621 Western Avenue (between 6th Street and Wilshire Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA 90005 ●The Great Company – Downtown La (Dtla) 1917 Bay Street (between Wilson and Mateo Streets), Los Angeles, CA 90021 ●Directors Guild of America – West Hollywood7920 Sunset Blvd. (at Hayworth), West Hollywood, CA 90046 »

- Sydney Levine

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Asian Pacific Film Festival Unveils Diverse Slate, Including Six World Premieres

5 April 2016 12:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has announced the complete lineup for its 32nd edition, with six world premieres including three from women directors. The fest runs April 21-28 at various L.A. venues, with the roster including 34 feature films and 106 shorts, assembled from 20 countries.

The six world premieres are “The Last Tour,” from director Ryan Yu; “The Unbidden,” Quentin Lee; “Vampariah,” Matthew Abaya; “Signs of Remarkable History,” Maryam Kashani; “Rebel With a Cause: The Life of Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga,” Janice Tanaka; and “The Tiger Hunter,” Lena Khan’s film that was previously announced as the opening-night attraction. All of the directors will be at their screenings for Q&A discussion.

The Artist Spotlight will offer three works from documentary vet Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, including the Los Angeles premiere of her latest, “People Are the Sky.” There will also be the West Coast premiere of Salima Koroma’s “Bad Rap, »

- Tim Gray

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Star Wars Pokies from Disney?

11 February 2016 8:40 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The recent launch of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has enjoyed a huge media uproar and was the favorite subject across social media platforms for the following week, and justifiably so; Star Wars has been a cultural phenomenon since it hit the big screen in 1977. Naturally, this has stoked the flame of slots and pokies fans around the world, considering that blockbusters such as Batman and Wolverine have online casino versions that each attract a huge following. But sadly, Star Wars is now completely absent of the casino scene.

Disney Buys Star Wars and Marvel

Disney has owed the rights to Star Wars since 2012, when it purchased Lucas Films, a movie production company that is the creative force behind the uber popular sci-fi classic. Disney therefore owns all things Star Wars, which also includes novels, TV shows and comics that the entertainment giant added to its immense portfolio of holdings and activities. »

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