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'The Iron Giant': THR's 1999 Review

On July 31, 1999, Warner Bros. held the premiere of Brad Bird's animated The Iron Giant in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Reporter's original review of what would become a cult hit is below: 

After one successful launch (Space Jam) and two discouraging misfires (The Quest for Camelot, The King and I), Warner Bros.' outstanding The Iron Giant is a giant leap for the studio and robotkind. And with the steady erosion of the Disney monopoly in animation, the Aug. 6 release is a potential sleeper hit for kids and adults. 

Director Brad Bird (TV's King of the Hill, The Simpsons),...
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‘King Arthur’ and ‘Snatched’ Will Be No Match for Marvel’s Mighty ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

‘King Arthur’ and ‘Snatched’ Will Be No Match for Marvel’s Mighty ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will follow the Marvel rule: Every May Marvel release has held on to the top spot for a second weekend .

The sequel will likely gross as much as the two new wide studio releases combined, with a predicted $60 million. Two new movies will battle for second place: Warner Bros.’ pricey $175 million “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” and “Snatched,” an R-rated Amy Schumer/Goldie Hawn Fox comedy timed for Mother’s Day.

After several weeks of lagging grosses, despite some big performers “Guardians” and “The Fate of the Furious,” this weekend could reach parity with last year. While the second weekend of the current Marvel film will fall short of “Captain America: Civil War” in 2016, the two new openers should easily outpace the new releases last year which added up to $20 million.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Whether or not it lands in the second spot,
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7 Non-Disney Animated Films That Could Be Remade as Live-Action Movies

We’re not saying they all should be, but they could.

This week, Disney releases another live-action remake of one of their animated classics. And they have many more planned for the future. But they aren’t the only ones attempting to adapt animated works into flesh and blood. The Ghost in the Shell joins Beauty and the Beast in theaters later this month, and other anime remakes, such as Akira, are in development.

It is surprising that more studios aren’t trying to copy Disney with the idea, though. Is it because so few non-Disney features involve human characters or because those that do aren’t that interesting? Below I’ve selected some that could work just fine. Some of them maybe should be done. If you have any other ideas, be our guest and share them in a response.

Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989)

As I’m not a fan of redundant literal adaptations, I
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Romance ‘Edge of the World’ Set With Mark Gordon, Pegasus Media, China Film Group

The Mark Gordon Company and the Koch Company are teaming with Chinese entertainment studio Pegasus Media Group and China Film Group on the English-language romance “Edge of the World.”

Oscar-winning screenwriter David Seidler and Jacqueline Feather are writing. Pegasus and China Film Group will finance the film, which will be produced by Mark Gordon, Hawk Koch and Jianjun “Jay” Sun. Jeff Aghassi will serve as an executive producer.

The feature is anticipated to be filmed on location in China later this year. No director or actors are attached.

The story is based on actual events from the 1930s featuring the self-driven New York socialite and fashion designer Ruth Harkness. When her on-again off-again fiancé goes missing while searching for a mythical creature in China, she goes to Shanghai to find out what happened — and is sent on a quest deep into the heart of China that subsequently introduces the West to the first living panda.
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Animation Producer Igor Khait Dies at 52

Igor Khait, an animation producer in film and television for 25 years, died Monday at his home in Los Angeles, after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 52.

Khait began his career in 1989 at Amblin Entertainment, and eventually worked at many of the industry’s top animation studios, mentoring many others along the way. Until recently, he had been in Paris working as a co-producer on Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming animated feature “Sing” for Universal Pictures. Additional credits include co-producer on the Touchstone/Rocket Pictures 2011 animated musical comedy “Gnomeo & Juliet”; story department co-producer on “The Lego Movie”; producer on “Everyone’s Hero” from Idt Entertainment/Starz Animation; producer on Disney’s “Leroy and Stitch”; and associate producer on Walt Disney Studios’ “Brother Bear,” a 2004 Academy Award nominee for best animated feature.

Khait was production manager on Disney’s “Atlantis, the Lost Empire,” Warner Bros.’ “Quest for Camelot” and Paramount’s “Bebe’s Kids.
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Animation Producer Igor Khait Dies at 52

Igor Khait, an animation producer in film and television for 25 years, died Monday at his home in Los Angeles, after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 52.

Khait began his career in 1989 at Amblin Entertainment, and eventually worked at many of the industry’s top animation studios, mentoring many others along the way. Until recently, he had been in Paris working as a co-producer on Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming animated feature “Sing” for Universal Pictures. Additional credits include co-producer on the Touchstone/Rocket Pictures 2011 animated musical comedy “Gnomeo & Juliet”; story department co-producer on “The Lego Movie”; producer on “Everyone’s Hero” from Idt Entertainment/Starz Animation; producer on Disney’s “Leroy and Stitch”; and associate producer on Walt Disney Studios’ “Brother Bear,” a 2004 Academy Award nominee for best animated feature.

Khait was production manager on Disney’s “Atlantis, the Lost Empire,” Warner Bros.’ “Quest for Camelot” and Paramount’s “Bebe’s Kids.
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Igor Khait Dies: Veteran Animation Producer Was 52

Igor Khait, an animation producer whose credits include Gnomeo & Juliet and the upcoming feature Sing, died Monday of pancreatic cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 52. After launching his career at Amblin Entertainment in 1989, Khait served as production manager on the toon features Bebe's Kids (1992), Quest for Camelot (1998) and Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001). His next gig was as associate producer on Disney’s Brother Bear, which earned an Oscar nom for Best…
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Seth’s Dominion [Hot Docs 2015]

How do you make a movie about an artist whose craft traverses cartooning, graphic design, puppetry, comic books, model-building, and interior design? Here’s a better question, how do you make a film about this person and condense it down into 42 minutes? Seth’s Dominion is not an exhaustive documentary about the work of the Canadian cartoonist, but it’s almost exhausting as you bounce around the various thoughts, works, and biographical details from Seth’s life as covered by director Luc Chamberland. Seth’s Dominion is a 42 minute whirlwind that really neither asks nor answers anything of its subject matter and may be best viewed as kind of a film sketchbook, a rare look inside the thought process of an artistic renaissance man.

For the record, like Seth, I live in Guelph, Ontario, a city that lies about an hour’s drive west of Toronto. I walk past his
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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 2

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We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.

2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best.
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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as
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271 Invited To Join The Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The 2014 invitees are:

Actors

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine,
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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years.
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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn.
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Academy Invites 271 New Members

Academy Invites 271 New Members
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.

Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy.
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Celine Dion and Miss Piggy Could Be Singing a Duet at Next Year’s Oscars

Celine Dion and Miss Piggy Could Be Singing a Duet at Next Year’s Oscars
Celine Dion, the queen of movie soundtracks, has performed at the Oscars a record six times, including when she belted out the nominated ballads from 1991′s “Beauty and the Beast,” 1996′s “Up Close and Personal,” 1997′s “Titanic” and 1998′s “Quest for Camelot.” With some help from her new diva pal Miss Piggy, she could be back at next year’s ceremony singing another love song.

Dion makes her big screen debut in Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted,” appearing in a hilarious cameo during a pivotal, emotional scene in the film. Piggy needs guidance on the eve of her wedding to longtime boyfriend Kermit the Frog, and she turns to Dion for help, which comes in the form of a song they croon together called “Something So Right.”

The tune was written by Bret McKenzie, who previously won the Academy Award for “Man or Muppet,” the 2011 anthem from the “Muppets” reboot starring Jason Segel.
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Directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco Give Dallas, TX Press and Children Sneak Peek of The Croods

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DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox chose a unique way to promote their newest animated family film. The studios sent directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco out on a tour of several different target markets to host question and answer sessions with reporters and their children about the making of "The Croods." The interactive sessions lasted about 35 minutes and utilized scenes from the film to keep even the youngest attendee interested.

"The Croods" tells the tale of the first family of humans. The group finds themselves forced into a brave new world after their cave home is destroyed. They run into many dangers and exotic creatures in their journeys. Can they re-locate and find their place in this new domain or will they just go extinct?

You could feel the excitement in the air as directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco entered the meeting room of the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine,
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Interview: Directors Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders of ‘The Croods’

Chicago – The fast, funny and brightly thematic “The Croods” is the latest animated epic to come out of DreamWorks Studios, and a couple of veterans in the cartoon game, Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders, are both the writers and directors of this vivid look into a prehistoric cave family and their evolutionary adventures.

The Croods” are voiced by Nicolas Cage (Grug), Emma Stone (Eep), Catherine Keener (Ugga), Ryan Reynolds (Guy) and Cloris Leachman (Gran). They live to survive, but mostly hide in their dark cave from the outside elements. It is Eep who wants more out of life, and finds it with the adventurous Guy, who exists to enlighten himself.

Chris Sanders (left) and Kirk De Micco in the Recording Studio for ‘The Croods

Photo credit: DreamWorks Animation

The writers and directors of this modern stone age fantasy are Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders. Both are veterans of animation,
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The Croods adds poster 2 - Are You Better Off Now Than You Were 4 Million Years Ago?

Check out the second poster for Fox's animated family comedy The Croods, starirng Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman. Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders (Space Chimps, Racing Spripes, Quest for Camelot) direct and script the film which opens in theaters on March 22nd this year. The Croods (3D) follows the world's first modern family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always been their home, is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods are rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts as they discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures -- and their outlook is changed forever.
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The Croods adds poster 2 - Are You Better Off Now Than You Were 4 Million Years Ago?

Check out the second poster for Fox's animated family comedy The Croods, starirng Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman. Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders (Space Chimps, Racing Spripes, Quest for Camelot) direct and script the film which opens in theaters on March 22nd this year. The Croods (3D) follows the world's first modern family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always been their home, is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods are rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts as they discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures -- and their outlook is changed forever.
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“The Walking Dead”: Disney Style

“The Walking Dead”: Disney Style
I know what you’ve been dreaming about: an all-ages, Disney-style cartoon based on Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead. Dream no longer. It’s a reality…in the form of this art work by Deviant Artist Mirandaareli. The following photo reenvisions the characters of The Walking Dead in the guises of famous Disney characters. See if you can name them all!

Give up? Me too.

Daryl Dixon – Sinbad (Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas) Andrea – Helga (Atlantis: The Lost Empire) Glenn Rhee – Mulan (Mulan) Rick – John Rolfe (Pocahontas II: Journey To A New World) Maggie – Anastasia (Anastasia) Shane – Tulio (The Road To El Dorado) Carol – The Dowager Empress Marie (Anastasia) Carl – Jim Hawkins (Treasure Planet) Lori – Kayley (Quest For Camelot) T-Dog – Dr. Sweet (Atlantis: The Lost Empire) Sophia – Jane (Tarzan) Dale – Vladimir Hershel – Dymas (Sinbad: The Legend Of The Seven Seas) Beth – Arista (The Little Mermaid)

Thanks to
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