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AFI Fest 2014 presented by Audi today announced this year’s Jury and Audience Awards for features and short films included in the festivals New Auteur and Shorts programs. The New Auteurs section highlights first and second-time feature film directors and the Shorts selections represent diverse and varied international perspectives. Grand Jury Awards were presented to Self Made (Boreg), which received the New Auteurs Critics’ Award, and to The Tribe (Plemya), which received the Vizio Visionary Special Jury Award. Buffalo Juggalos by Scott Cummings received the Live Action Short Award, and Yearbook by Bernardo Britto received the Animated Short Award. Special Jury Award winners went to GÜEROS and Violet. Red Army, GÜEROS, 10,000 Km and The Midnight Swim received Audience Awards.
Select award-winning films will screen again today at the Chinese 6 Theatres. Admission is available to AFI Fest 2014 pass holders and the general public via the rush line, which begins forming one »
- Michelle McCue
Roger Deakins is about as close to being a household name as you can get for a cinematographer. That's a relative term, obviously: the man or woman on the street probably can't pick him from a line-up. But anyone with even a little bit of cinephile DNA will know that Deakins is one of the top Directors of Photography in the world, a man who's collaborated with the Coens (most regularly), Martin Scorsese and Andrew Dominik, who's lensed Bond movies and Oscar winners, and who's seemingly incapable of making an unattractive movie. He's also an eleven-time Oscar nominee, and a zero-time Oscar winner, marking him among the most prominent permanent awards bridesmaids around. Deakins was nominated for "The Shawshank Redemption," "Fargo," "Kundun," "O Brother Where Art Thou," "The Man Who Wasn't There," "No Country For Old Men," "The Assassination Of Jesse James," "The Reader," "True Grit," »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The film feature popular songs from the past six decades. This will be the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.
With a story by George Lucas, Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation, Lifted), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer Mars Attacks!) and executive produced by Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (Elf), Irene Mecchi (Brave, The Lion King) and Rydstrom.
Strange Magic will be voiced by Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”), Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March”), Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s “Wicked”), Maya Rudolph (“Big Hero 6,” “Bridesmaids”), Sam Palladio (ABC »
- Laura Frances
Disney and Lucasfilms are teaming up to bring us a new film called Strange Magic. Check out the details.
You heard right, Disney is working with Lucasfilm and George Lucas himself for the animated film Strange Magic.
Set to hit theaters on January 23, 2015 Lucas has writen the film and Gary Rydstrom will direct.
Check out the details from the Press Release:
“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015. “Strange Magic” is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.”
Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.
Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film “Rango,” bring to life the fanciful forest »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Mike Petty)
Well, that was unexpected. Today, Lucasfilm announced that it will be bringing us an animated film titled Strange Magic in just three short months. Touchstone Pictures will be releasing the project, inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” into theaters on January 23rd, 2015.
Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Alfred Molina, Peter Stormare and Elijah Kelley all lend their voices to the film, playing magical creatures such as goblins, elves, fairies and imps who come to blows over a magic potion. Musical interludes help to tell the story, with Strange Magic incorporating “popular songs from the past six decades.”
Gary Rydstrom, a seven-time Oscar winner for his work as a sound designer on films as diverse as Saving Private Ryan, Titanic and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, will direct from an original idea by George Lucas. Rydstrom’s experience isn’t limited to sound work – he also helmed Oscar-nominated, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Strange Magic © & Tm 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Here’s your first look at the new animated film Strange Magic.
Walt Disney Studios announced today that the movie, from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015.
The film is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award-winning film Rango, bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.
With a story by George Lucas, Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”), produced by Mark S . Miller (associate producer “Mars Attacks!”) and executive produced by George Lucas, »
- Michelle McCue
Disney announced today that George Lucas has secretly been working on an animated musical for release early next year. Strange Magic is a new film from Lucasfilm Ltd. that will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015.
Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.
Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011's Academy Award®-winning film Rango, bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.
With a story by George Lucas, Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom ("Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation," "Lifted"), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer "Mars Attacks!") and executive produced by George Lucas, »
Emma Donoghue's "Room" is a tremendous book. Centering on a mother and son locked up against their will in a finished shed, under watch by a man they know little about, the story blossoms from a self-contained kidnapping narrative into an emotionally complex character study as psyches crack. The novel’s structure would prove difficult to adapt in typical three-act screenplay structure. That isn’t stopping "Frank" and "What Richard Did" director Lenny Abrahamson, who starts shooting his adaptation of "Room" with a cast capable of tacking its physically demanding roles. Brie Larson will star in the film alongside just announced castmembers William H. Macy, Joan Allen, and "Smurfs 2" actor Jacob Tremblay as the son. Sean Bridgers, Tom McCamus and Megan Park also join the cast. Hoping for Gillian Flynn-like results, Donoghue adapts from her own novel. The film begins shooting this week at Pinewood Studios. A24 picked up U. »
- Matt Patches
“We feel privileged to have acquired this film. Anders Morgenthaler’s filmmaking is imaginative and Kim Basinger’s performance is enthralling. We are convinced it will be well-received by critics and audiences alike,” said Brainstorm Media prexy Meyer Shwarzstein.
Basinger stars as a successful business exec who struggles to have a child and sets out on a desperate and perilous quest to realize her dream of motherhood.
Pic is produced by Zentropa Entertainments32, co-produced by Zentropa Entertainments Berlin, One Two Films, exec produced by Zentropa, Network Movie/Zdf.
- Elsa Keslassy
Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest feature Hail Caesar! is to start filming Monday in Los Angeles on location and in studios. The film, which boasts a starry cast including George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Jonah Hill, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johannson and Alden Ehrenreich, is a Hollywood satire set in the 1950s.
As usual, the Coen brothers wrote and directed the film, which is a Working Title/Mike Zoss production.
Hail Caesar! represents the eighth collaboration between the Coen brothers and Working Title production powerhouses Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. The quartet previously worked together on A Serious Man, Burn After Reading, The Man Who Wasn’t There, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski, Fargo and The Hudsucker Proxy.
Universe will release the film domestically February 5, 2016.
- Ali Jaafar
The Coen brothers wrote and will direct the film.
Brolin plays Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s who works to keep the studio’s stars in line. Clooney plays a movie star who is kidnapped while filming a Roman epic and spends the film dressed in period garb.
It marks the eigth film collaboration between the Coen Brothers and Working Title following »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
“Hail, Caesar!” marks the eighth film collaboration between the Coen Brothers and Working Title following “A Serious Man,” “Burn After Reading,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Fargo” and “The Hudsucker Proxy.”
Universal has dated the film for a February 2016 release date in the U.S.
- Leo Barraclough
The first bit of artwork for the Eli Roth-produced flick Clown, starring Peter Stormare (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Fargo) and Laura Allen (From Within, The Collective), has arrived to get in your face. Check it out if you dare!… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
Universal Pictures has announced that the Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!," starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes and Scarlett Johansson, among others, will be released on Feb. 5, 2016. That effectively removes it from much awards season discussion that year, but you could sort of gather that, given the subject matter and apparent tone of the film. Like "The Hudsucker Proxy," "The Big Lebowski" and "Burn After Reading" — romps that came after heady prestige pics like "Barton Fink," "Fargo" and "No Country for Old Men" — "Hail, Caesar!" looks like the boys just having a bit of fun. What's interesting about the film, which begins shooting in Los Angeles next month, is that it marks cinematographer Roger Deakins' first trip back to the world of celluloid since his last collaboration with the filmmaker siblings, "True Grit." That was four years ago. He has since embraced digital photography, preferring the Arri Alexa camera on films like "In Time, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The stigma of a movie being released in the first few months of the year seems to be fading. Steven Soderbergh's "Side Effects" hit in February 2013, Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" arrived this past March, and Michael Mann's "Blackhat" is coming next January. And now, a pair of auteurs are also looking at a winter release. Universal has set the Coen Brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" with a February 5, 2016 release. The starry comedy now has an official synopsis too. Check out all the details in the press release below. ----- Universal Pictures’ Hail, Caesar! will be released on Friday, February 5, 2016. About Hail, Caesar! Four-time Oscar®-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit,Fargo) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood's Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Universal Pictures has set a Hail, Caesar! release date for the next film from writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen. The comedy has been slated for release on February 5, 2016, which marks the first 1st Quarter release date for a Coen Brothers film since 2004’s The Ladykillers. The film takes place in 1950s Hollywood, during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and “follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.” The incredible ensemble cast is led by Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, and Jonah Hill. More on this curious choice of release date for Hail, Caesar! after the jump. It’s been a decade since a Coen Brothers film wasn’t released in the fall, in the heat of awards season, so it’s a bit odd to see Hail, »
- Adam Chitwood
Though his long-standing stint as Barney Stinson on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother has ended, Neil Patrick Harris’ excursion into other TV realms is just beginning, and American Horror Story: Freak Show fans may be excited by the news that Harris and his husband, fellow actor David Burtka, will guest star on Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology show later this season.
TVLine reports that Harris will guest star in the 11th and 12th episodes of FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show, while Burtka will appear in the season finale. Harris will play a “chameleon salesman”, with Burtka set to partake in a storyline involving Jessica Lange’s Elsa Mars.
“Season 4, Freak Show, is set in 1950s Juniper, Fl, and centers around one of the last remaining freak shows of the time.
American Horror Story: Freak Show begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The »
- Derek Anderson
In an interesting move, Universal Pictures has given Hail, Caesar!, the next film from writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen a release date of February 5, 2016. The four-time Oscar-winning filmmakers, (No Country For Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) usually have their releases in the fall to run alongside award season; February isn’t typically a release month for high profile directors and production on this project begins this year. It’s a comedy too, but you never know; maybe »
- Graham McMorrow
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There’s no doubting that the new season of American Horror Story is the most frightening and perverse yet. While a number of creator Ryan Murphy’s actors — Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, and Evan Peters — have returned, the fourth iteration of the series has also featured a number of new faces. Among them are newcomer Finn Wittrock as the devilish man-child, Dandy Motts, Michael Chiklis as the freak show’s resident strong man, and Wes Bentley as the two-faced Edward Mordrake. While all three have made their own impact on Freak Show, none of them have been more severe than Twisty the Clown played by John Carroll Lynch.
“It’s great to play a character that is so starkly drawn, and it’s really fun to be a bad guy,” Lynch tells La Times. “In this case I really like that Ryan and the writers »
- Stacy Lambe
Maybe the most interesting thing about Hit by Lightning is that the only two women with speaking roles have separate, faintly unplaceable European accents. Unfortunately, they never share a scene. Through an Internet dating service, Ricky Miller (Jon Cryer), a middle-aged human cringe who manages a chain restaurant, meets Danita (Stephanie Szostak), the embodiment of a moronic, misogynist stereotype — "You're, like, Maxim-hot and you don't even know it," says Ricky. She can actually cite Steve Buscemi films Reservoir Dogs and Fargo, which is supposedly remarkable, making her the dream girlfriend of frat dudes from 1996 and also probably Kevin Smith and definitely Ricky. "Put on Espn and text me when you hear the hockey scores," she tells him, a »
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