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"Floyd says to us all: we could do better. That's part of what makes him a legend." This looks like a gem. FilmBuff will be releasing this award-winning documentary on a legendary animator in theaters + on VOD next month. Floyd Norman: An Animated Life tells an "intimate journey through the life and career" of 80-year-old animator Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator ever at Disney Studios (back in 1956). After working for almost all of his life, he was told by Disney to retire, but has refused to do so and keeps on working with the mantra that he'll "die at the drawing board." Floyd has worked on Disney films like Sleeping Beauty and The Jungle Book and even worked at Pixar on Toy Story 2 and Monsters Inc. This trailer promises such an uplifting, inspiring story about a person who totally loves the art of animation and can't give it up, »
- Alex Billington
A new trailer has been released for Floyd Norman: An Animated Life.
From filmmakers Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey, the feel good documentary is an intimate journey through the celebrated life and career of the ‘Forrest Gump’ of the animation industry – Disney Legend, Floyd Norman.
In Theaters, On Demand and Digital HD August 26, 2016
Comic-Con Screening & Panel July 22nd tomorrow Friday, (July 22nd at 3:10pm) followed by a Q&A with Floyd, the filmmakers Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey and composer Ryan Shore – a separate panel will be held that evening at 9pm.
Hired as the first African-American at Disney in 1956, Floyd worked on such classics as Sleeping Beauty and 101 Dalmatians, to name a few. In 1967, he was hand-picked by Walt Disney to join the story team on The Jungle Book. He would later work at Hanna Barbera on many classic cartoons, including Scooby Doo. His talents would later take »
- Michelle McCue
Finally, after almost two dozen movies about Batman and Superman, the third member of DC Comics’ main trinity—Wonder Woman—is finally getting a solo movie of her own. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot says that the movie is “a big responsibility” because she doesn’t want it to be “a generic story of a superhero coming of age,” but one that would actually inspire people. She notes that boys have tons of superhero role models to look up to who are “strong and almighty and they are positive and active and proactive,” but it’s not the same for girls.
Gadot then brings up a conversation she had with her young daughter, who walked away from Sleeping Beauty thoroughly unimpressed. She pointed out that the prince is “brave” and “strong,” but that the princess is “weak” because “she’s sleeping the entire movie and the »
- Sam Barsanti
What's this? John Ford's last silent western is as exciting and entertaining as his later classics. A trio of horse thieves turn noble when given the responsibility of a young woman lost on the prairie; Ford gives the show comedy, drama and spectacle. 3 Bad Men Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1926 / B&W / 1:33 Silent Ap. / 92 min. / Street Date August 23, 2016 / 29.95 Starring George O'Brien, Olive Borden, Lou Tellegen, Tom Santschi, J. Farrell MacDonald, Frank Campeau, Priscilla Bonner, Otis Harlan, Phyllis Haver, Georgie Harris, Alec Francis, Jay Hunt . Cinematography George Schneiderman Original Music Dana Kaproff (2007) Written by John Stone, Ralph Spence, Malcolm Stuart Boylan from a novel by Herman Whittaker Produced and Directed by John Ford
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
What a great discovery! Last year Kino brought us a good-looking disc of John Ford's Hurricane and now they take the bold step of issuing one of the director's oldest intact features, »
- Glenn Erickson
Earlier this week, Warner Bros. confirmed that they will be showcasing their highly-anticipated Wonder Woman at Comic-Con during their Hall H presentation on Saturday, July 23, which will also feature Suicide Squad, The Lego Batman Movie, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Kong: Skull Island and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. While we don't know for sure, it's possible that the studio could unveil the first trailer for Wonder Woman. While we get ready for the convention, four new photos have surfaced featuring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine.
The photos come courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, who also got to speak with Gal Gadot about returning as Wonder Woman, after making her debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Before Patty Jenkins was brought on to direct this superhero adventure, the studio was considering Breaking Bad director Michelle MacLaren. When asked why she thought it was important for a woman to direct this movie, »
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– Oscilloscope Laboratories will open Rosemary Myers’ subversive debut feature, “Girl Asleep,” preceded by Amy Nicholson’s delightful, award-winning documentary short, “Pickle,” at Landmark NuArt in Los Angeles on September 23 and at Landmark Sunshine in New York on September 30, with a nationwide rollout to follow. Billed as “a vibrant portrayal of Australian adolescence” the film follows what happens when “Greta Driscoll’s bubble of obscure loserdom is burst [and] her parents throw her a surprise 15th birthday party and invite the whole school! Perfectly content being a wallflower, suddenly Greta’s flung far from her comfort zone into a distant, parallel place.”
– NYC-based film production and theatrical distribution company 26 Aries will release their first theatrical release, Kurt Vincent’s »
- Kate Erbland
Have you ever noticed that life is way easier when you're a princess? Of course, there are the evil sorcerers hell-bent on your destruction. And the potential you'll be turned into a frog. Oh, and sometimes accidentally cutting your finger might end with you in a coma for years and years. But finding your one true love? And wearing those dresses? And having a fairy godmother? All of that is worth a few bites of a poison apple, right? In honor of our love for onscreen princesses, we've rounded up their most iconic moments from over the years. From Mia Thermopolis's epic makeover in The Princess Diaries to every nostalgic moment in Disney classics like Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty, get ready to feel the urge to throw on a tiara and ride off into the sunset, happily ever after. »
- Quinn Keaney
Floyd Norman: An Animated Life received its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February and won the audience award at the Bentonville Film Festival
It will next screen at the San Diego Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival on July 22.
After Walt Disney’s death in 1966, Norman left and founded Vignette Films, where he developed the original Fat Albert TV special and produced segments for Sesame Street.
He went on to work at Hanna-Barbera on classic cartoons like Scooby Doo before joining Pixar and working on Toy Story 2 and Monsters Inc. Now 81, he continues to work at Disney Publishing as a freelancer »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Amazon Prime Day is here, and with it, a bevy of deals for your entertainment-loving heart. In order to plow through the massive list of deals being offered to Amazon Prime members — it is called Amazon Prime Day for a reason — we’ve narrowed down some of the many offerings for 18 tried and tested IndieWire favorites, spanning both film and television, available with some very special streaming deals today only. Take a look, and start saving now.
“Edge of Tomorrow” ($0.99, 80% off)
In a summer full of lousy Hollywood fare, go back to 2014 and re-experience Doug Liman’s brilliant sci-fi romp. Written by master screenwriter Chris McQuarrie, “Edge of Tomorrow” pushes Tom Cruise to rock bottom and kills him off in the first 10 minutes. And then does it again, and again and a few dozen more times. Consider it a video game movie that doesn’t need video game source material to make it work, »
- Russell Goldman and Sarah Colvin
Today’s top casting notices could get you cast in Fox’s smash hit “Empire” as a speaking supporting role, as background talent on an episode of Amazon’s “The Patriot,” and more. “Empire” Executive producers Lee Daniels and Danny Strong are seeking to fill several supporting roles for the upcoming third season of “Empire” with the help of casting director Jess Gisin. Teenage rappers and beat boxers are needed from Chicago area, as are two 18- to 19-year-old female actors to play a teenage Carol (Tasha Smith) and a teenage Candace (Vivica A. Fox) in a flashback. Some pay will be provided for this July 7–18 Chicago shoot. “The Patriot”Gisin is also working on casting this Amazon series that follows a father who works for the U.S. State Department and has two sons in opposition with one another. One’s a senator, the other’s a war vet-turned-folk singer. »
Last Tuesday night was the premiere of Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest film “The Neon Demon,” about a young, aspiring model (Elle Fanning) who breaks into the L.A. modeling world only to find a cabal of beauty-obsessed women who want to tear her down limb from limb and take what she has. The film had it world premiere at Cannes and received a decidedly mixed reception, but now the film will enter theaters next week and the public will come to their own conclusion about Refn’s horror film about beauty.
Read More: Cannes Review: ‘The Neon Demon’ is a Twisted Ride of Sex, Blood, and Necrophilia
At the premiere, star Elle Fanning told Variety that she was drawn to the film because of its horror features, and especially the chance to delve deep into a role not usually assigned to her. In fact, she took her character to an even darker place than initially envisioned. “I think everyone has a side to them that is a little darker,” she says. “Going to that place was actually very, very fun and we made her a little bit darker than the script was initially.”
Elle Fanning has been acting since she was three years old, making star turns in films like Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Babel” and Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” at a young age. She played the main love interest in J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8,” and Sleeping Beauty in “Maleficent.” She’s also set to appear in Mike Mills’ latest film “20th Century Women.”
“The Neon Demon” will open in theaters on June 24th.
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- Vikram Murthi
With special effects credits including Harry Potter, X-Men and Assassin’s Creed, the firm is now pushing into animation production.
Speaking in Annecy this week, Cinesite’s director of animation Eamonn Butler has revealed further details of the first batch of films being made at the VFX house’s new animation studio in Montreal and has revealed why the company has taken the step into producing its own material.
Founded in 1991 as part of Kodak, Cinesite - based in London, Montreal and Vancouver - became a fully independent company in 2012.
In response to what Buttler has said is ferocious competition in the VFX field, »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
Disney's animation department faced near extinction after the costly 'Sleeping Beauty', until a technological development and a lot of spotted puppies put them back on course. »
- Haleigh Foutch
The online mocked-up poster of Gillian Anderson as “Jane Bond” is lighthearted but I hope no actress is ever offered the role of 007 (Report, 25 May). Any film adaption of a book takes liberties – all the James Bond actors have played the character in different ways – but one thing remains the same: Bond is a male, heterosexual spy. A loner with a Scottish background. He wears tuxedos, not dresses, and has a passion for women, not men. Call that sexist if you want, but that’s the way it is. Ian Fleming would have sued any film company that dared make his 007 female. Will we see a Bridget Jones film in which she becomes Barry Jones? Or see Disney remake Sleeping Beauty into Sleeping Handsome? There’s being liberal and there’s being ridiculous.
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Believe it or not, in his long, storied career, director Steven Spielberg had never made a movie for Disney. Until now.
His new film, "The Bfg," based on Roald Dahl's classic children's book about a Big Friendly Giant, will be released July 1st. The legendary director is featured in the summer issue of "Disney twenty-three" magazine, the quarterly publication of Disney's D23 fan club, and we've got an exclusive sneak peek. In an interview with the magazine, Spielberg shares details on making "The Bfg," working with the brilliant composer John Williams, his favorite Disney movie, and his excitement at finally collaborating with the Mouse House.
"I have directed films at every studio except [The] Walt Disney [Studios]," Spielberg said, in an exclusive excerpt. "This was the first time that I got to make a picture that has Sleeping Beauty's castle -- and has Disney embossed on the beginning and the »
- Gina Carbone
Reviewed by Jonathan Weichsel
The Curse of the Sleeping Beauty is directed by Pearry Reginald Teo, written by Pearry Reginald Teo and Josh Nadler, and stars Ethan Peck, India Eisley, Natalie Hall, Bruce Davison, James Adam Lim, Scott Alan Smith Scott Alan Smith, Zack Ward, Mim Drew, Dallas Hart, Jacqueline Goehner, Madelaine Petsch, Ryan Egnatoff, Elizabeth Knowelden, T.J. Vindigni , Anna Harr, and Alexandra Bard
The Curse of Sleeping Beauty is part horror, part dark fantasy, part supernatural love story, and part haunted house movie. A film that tries to fit so much into a brisk eighty-nine minutes could easily wind up being a mess, but Sleeping Beauty combines its various genres and subgenres into something that feels like a coherent whole. The Curse of Sleeping Beauty might not fit comfortably into any one genre, but I say if a film works, it works, and The Curse of Sleeping beauty works. »
Hey there, creeps! I’ve been following the history of the new flick The Curse Of Sleeping Beauty from fright maestro Pearry Teo (Strange Blood) for quite some time now, so when I caught wind the flick was set to be released, I had to check it out post-haste… and I did! So here’s my review, followed by a recent jaw sesh I had with ol’ P.T. himself!
• Release Date: Available in Theaters on May 13th, on VOD and iTunes on May 17th
• Directed By: Pearry Teo
When Thomas (Peck), a victim of sleep paralysis and bizarre nightmares featuring Briar Rose (Eisley) a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty, randomly inherits a bizarre mansion from an uncle he has never met, things go from crazy »
The 2016 Met Gala was a magical event filled with stars in every direction as far as the eye could see. Most of the celebs in attendance stuck to the "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" theme, but we noticed something else a lot of attendees had in common: They looked like Disney characters come to life! Did Homeland star Claire Danes not look like a live-action Cinderella in her Led-lit Zac Posen gown? She wasn't the only pretty princess decked out for the ball, though. Nina Dobrev channeled Belle from Beauty and the Beast in her stunning, sparkling Marchesa dress. Blake Lively looked like Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty in a pink, flowing Burberry »
In between all their Marvel, Star Wars and animated movies, Disney's been plowing full steam ahead in recent years with the live action remakes of their classic animated movies. These have ranged from the alternate take of the Sleeping Beauty story, Maleficent, in 2014 to the more traditional Cinderella in 2015. 2016 has already seen The Jungle Book come out, and Alice Through the Looking Glass follows next month, but the studio isn.t done with these by a long shot. In fact, they just announced that we can expect even more fairy tale-related movies in the coming years. The new additions (via Variety) start with a feature scheduled July 28, 2017, moved up from its original December 22, 2017 release date. This fairy tale movie will be followed by another on April 6, 2018, followed by yet another on December 20, 2019. Disney had also staked out other dates late last year, and assuming the rest of those stay where »
In between all their Marvel, Star Wars and animated movies, Disney's been plowing full steam ahead in recent years with the live action remakes of their classic animated movies. These have ranged from the alternate take of the Sleeping Beauty story, Maleficent, in 2014 to the more traditional Cinderella in 2015. 2016 has already seen The Jungle Book come out, and Alice Through the Looking Glass follows next month, but the studio isn’t done with these by a long shot. In fact, they just announced that we can expect even more fairy tale-related movies in the coming years. The new additions (via Variety) start with a feature scheduled July 28, 2017, moved up from its original December 22, 2017 release date. This fairy tale movie will be followed by another on April 6, 2018, followed by yet another on December 20, 2019. Disney had also staked out other dates late last year, and assuming the rest of those »
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