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The Classic Influences of Star Wars

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Although Star Wars today has become much more than just a movie, there was a time when it was nothing more than a risky business proposition. This is a look at how classic film and cultural changes helped that original film blossom into the most popular and profitable film-based franchise in history.

Let me take you back to a time before midichlorians and Gungans. Before lightsabers and tie fighters. This is a time when Death Star could have referred to a Shuriken, and Skywalker was the nickname for future NBA Hall of famer David Thompson. It was 1973 and George Lucas began writing the script for what would become Star Wars, later Episode IV: A New Hope. At this time, Lucas had completed filming his second feature film, American Graffiti, which would become a hit. His first feature film was 1971’s Thx-1138, a dystopian sci-fi, and a flop in theaters. However,
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Glen Keane Live Animates The Little Mermaid's Ariel in 3D

Glen Keane Live Animates The Little Mermaid's Ariel in 3D
It's not often that animators are invited to appear on late-night TV. But, of course, Glen Keane is no ordinary animator. The 63-year-old has designed dozens of iconic Disney characters over the years, including Beast, Pocahontas and Tarzan. James Corden invited him to appear on CBS' The Late Late Show Thursday, where Keane revealed his favorite character of all is Ariel, from 1989's The Little Mermaid. "I love characters that believe the impossible is possible. I mean, nobody represents that better than Ariel. She's a mermaid; she's got fins; she falls in love with a guy with legs. This isn't going to work," Keane said. "But it does." He then demonstrated how he uses virtual...
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‘The Lion King’ Turns 20: How the Disney Musical Became One of Broadway’s Best (Exclusive)

‘The Lion King’ Turns 20: How the Disney Musical Became One of Broadway’s Best (Exclusive)
The house lights dim, the sun rises on its first performance, and a powerful voice belts out: “Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba,” the first lyrics of “Circle of Life.” Lindiwe Dlamini, a member of the ensemble dressed in a white dress, holding African bird puppets in either hand with another on her head, nervously waits in the wings as she readies to take the stage in the opening number of Disney’s Broadway adaptation of The Lion King, the 1994 animated hit film about a lion cub who overcomes adversity and accepts responsibility for his pride and land to become king of the jungle.

“You didn’t know how the audience was going to receive it, [but] the energy was beyond belief,” Dlamini recalls to Et. The actress was 29 years old when she was cast in The Lion King, which opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Nov. 13, 1997. The show later transferred to the Minskoff Theatre in 2006, where
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Random Roles: Lance Henriksen on Millennium, Close Encounters, and whether he can do that Aliens knife trick

Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.

The actor: When Lance Henriksen learned that readers had pitched nearly 50 different roles for The A.V. Club to ask him about, his succinct response —“Oh, shit!”—came with a surprising amount of incredulity for a man who has three times that many movie credits to his name, not to mention 50-plus additional television credits. Having made a career out of character work, Henriksen’s back catalog is one that bounces from soap operas (Ryan’s Hope) to sci-fi (The Terminator), playing androids (Aliens), astronauts (The Right Stuff), assassinated presidents (The Day Lincoln Was Shot), and even voicing the occasional animated ape (Tarzan). To put it in Henriksen’s own words, “Buddy, I’ve done some good ...
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Disney animation legend Glen Keane on his Kobe Bryant film

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Disney animation legend Glen Keane on his Kobe Bryant film
The veteran artist discusses his collaboration with the basketball star ahead of Annecy.

In advance of his keynote speech in Annecy this week (on Tues 13 June), veteran Disney animator Glen Keane (the creator of characters from Ariel in The Little Mermaid to the Beast, Pocahontas and Tarzan), has revealed further details about how he came to collaborate with recently retired NBA legend, Kobe Bryant.

Late in his career, Bryant wrote a poetic letter to his younger, six-year-old self, “Dear Basketball.” Bryant had been contemplating an animated film based on the poem. “He (Bryant) had been meeting with various studios and then he saw a little film I had done for Google (Spotlight Stories) called Duet,” Keane explained of his Vr film from 2014 that was available in both interactive and non-interactive forms.

“Kobe really connected with the hand-crafted quality to it and also to the (idea of) the visual poem,” the animator said of the legendary La Lakers
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Lionsgate swoop for animation 'El Americano'

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Lionsgate swoop for animation 'El Americano'
Exclusive: SpongeBob writer and The Simpsons exec producer penned screenplay.

Lionsgate UK has swopped on CGI animation El Americano – 3D featuring a voice cast of Lisa Kudrow, Edward James Olmos, Rico Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Kate del Castillo, Erik Estrada, Mexico’s Adal Ramones, and comedians Gabriel Iglesias, and Paul Rodriguez.

The film will launch in the third quarter of this year as Cuco’s Big Adventure and is directed by Mexican animation ace Ricardo Arnaiz (La Leyenda De La Nahuala) and co-directed by Mike Kunkel, an animator who worked on Disney films like Tarzan & Hercules.

SpongeBob writer Richard Pursel and The Simpsons executive producer Phil Roman co-wrote the screenplay, and Kudrow also serves as executive producer.

Grindstone Entertainment previously acquired all North American rights from FilmSharks, who also licensed all Us streaming rights to Netflix, and Latin America to Sony Pictures Television, among other deals.
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Bob Ingersoll The Law Is A Ass #408

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Sometimes I’m not here to tell you what went wrong with a story. Not what I usually do, but sometimes a story just gets the law right. Doesn’t stop me from writing about it. I can have as much fun explaining why the law works the way it was portrayed in a story as I can explaining why the law doesn’t work the way it was portrayed in a story. In fact, I can have more fun. When I write about why a story is right, no one gets mad at me.

Champions v2 #7 is one of those stories that got it right. For those who haven’t read it, the new Champions comic tells the adventures of some teenaged Marvel super heroes who teamed up after they became disillusioned with the behavior of the adult Marvel super heroes. Particularly their behavior in Civil War II.
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Animated Movie ‘Darkmouth’ Finds Directors in David Pimentel, Douglas Sweetland

Directors David Pimentel and Douglas Sweetland are attached to direct the animated fantasy adventure “Darkmouth” for Alcon Entertainment.

They will direct from an adapted screenplay to be written by Lloyd Taylor, based on the HarperCollins Children’s Books series from Irish author Shane Hegarty. “Darkmouth” will center on an overeager kid who bites off more than he can chew when he prematurely jumps into the family business: hunting monsters.

Simon Brooks of Canyon Creek Films, 8:38’s Kira Davis (“Prisoners”) and Craig Peck, who produced the short film “Chalk” for Walt Disney Animation Studios before moving into feature animation, will produce along with Alcon toppers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Brooks and Davis brought the project to Alcon and Jeannette Hill-Yonis and Scott Parish negotiated the deal for Alcon with Marianne Gunn O’Connor.

Pimentel was head of story for Disney’s “Moana” and story artist for “Big Hero 6.
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Famous Primates in Film: A Brief History

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Later this month, the mighty Kong returns to the big screen! To celebrate, we’re looking back at all the major primate appearances in film.

For as long as films were being made, humans have starred alongside primates. Unlike other animals, their human-like qualities can lend a sense of comedy or horror. Throughout the history of film, primates have been used to fulfill certain roles. In the early days, they were often a form of antagonist, carrying out dastardly deeds or causing mayhem. More common is the primate cast in a role of mischief, causing all sorts of comedic hijincks. While most primate roles were portrayed by live animals, it was not uncommon for men to dress up in ape suits for roles where the primates needed to carry out specific actions. Later, the advent of CGI has led to men mimicking primates in real time to create a motion-capture performance.
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Moana Releases Two Bonus Clips

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Disney’s Moana hit Digital HD this week and we have some special bonus clips to share with you.

Helmed by Clements and Musker, the directing team behind The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and The Princess and the Frog, and co-directed by Chris Williams & Don Hall (Oscar®-winning Big Hero 6 -Best Animated Feature Film in 2015), Moana” is produced by Osnat Shurer (Lifted, One Man Band), and executive produced by John Lasseter. Jared Bush (Zootopia) wrote the screenplay. Moana features original songs from a diverse and dynamic team that includes Tony®-, Emmy®- and Grammy®-winning lyricist/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and multiple Tony-winning Hamilton, Tony-winning In the Heights), Mark Mancina (Speed, Tarzan The Lion King) and Opetaia Foaʻi (founder and lead singer of the award-winning world music band Te Vaka). Mancina composed the original score.

Easter Eggs

Writing “We Know the Way”

Moana stars Auli‘i
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Berlinale: Lionsgate’s Grindstone Takes North America on ‘El Americano’ (Exclusive)

Demonstrating the attractiveness of Latino animation for big movie distributors, Lionsgate’s Grindstone Entertainment Group has acquired all North American rights to the Edward James Olmos executive-produced toon feature “El Americano, the Movie 3D.”

Sold by FilmSharks Intl. and written by Richard Pursel (“Sponge Bob,” “Ren & Stimpy”) and veteran animator Phil Roman, it is voiced by Lisa Kudrow and directed by Mexico’s Ricardo Arnaiz, one of the leading names in Latin American animation. Pic also stars Olmos, Cheech Marin, Rico Rodriguez (“Modern Family”) and Kate del Castillo.

“El Americano” will be distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment across all media.

In a separate deal, Netflix has taken U.S. Svod rights to the film, which is co-directed by Mike Kunkel, an animator on Disney’s “Tarzan.” In 2016, Sony Pictures Television acquired the film for Latin America in a multi-territory deal.

The story follows Cuco, a young Mexican parrot, who embarks
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Learning About Winnie the Pooh on His National Holiday

A.A. Milne’s beloved children’s creation Winnie the Pooh is celebrated every year on Jan. 18, Milne’s birthday.

The children’s icon got its start via a black bear named Winnie (apparently the former mascot of the Winnipeg regiment of the Canadian army, hence the name, according to the New York Public Library) living at the London Zoo during World War I. Milne’s coincidentally named son, Christopher Robin, visited the animal often and named his own stuffed bear after the real Winnie — and, oddly enough, a swan named Pooh.

Milne, who served in the front lines of Wwi
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Moana Surfs for Digital HD Feb. 21, Disc March 7

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Burbank, Calif., Jan. 13, 2017 — Walt Disney Animation StudiosMoana, the sweeping story of a spirited teenager who sets sail on a daring adventure to save her people, starring newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of brave and tenacious Moana and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (HBO’s Ballers, Central Intelligence) as the larger-than-life demigod Maui, has dazzled both critics and audiences. The film earned a 95% critics’ consensus on Rotten Tomatoes and the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office opening weekend. Now, Moana sets a new course, arriving to homes on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere (Dma) on Feb. 21, and on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on March 7.

Continuing the fun-filled adventure, families can continue their journey filled with hours of extensive and entertaining bonus offerings including: a new, hilarious mini-movie featuring Moana and Maui; an in-depth look at how the people, cultures and heritage of
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Moana Sing-Along Version Sails Into Theaters This January

Moana Sing-Along Version Sails Into Theaters This January
The epic journey continues for Moana fans as Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces an all-new sing-along version of the hit, critically-lauded comedy-adventure Moana, coming to theaters nationwide Jan. 27, 2017. Additionally, the original theatrical version of the film will release digitally Feb. 21 and on Blu-ray March 7. Fans are invited to warm up those vocal cords and set sail with an all-new sing-along version of Moana launching in more than 2,000 theaters nationwide on January 27 and exclusively at Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre on January 20.

Moana audiences were swept away by the film's original songs and score from a dynamic team that includes Tony, Emmy and Grammy-winning songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda (Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning Hamilton, Tony-winning In the Heights), Mark Mancina (Tarzan, Broadway's The Lion King) and Opetaia Foa'i (founder and lead singer of the award-winning world music band Te Vaka). The sing-along version of Moana includes the full feature film with on-screen lyrics, so
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Animated Movie Music Features Everything From Pop Hits to a Broadway Star

Animated Movie Music Features Everything From Pop Hits to a Broadway Star
New songs, covers of old songs, chart-topping singers, Broadway tunesmiths: musically speaking, this year’s crop of animated movies has a little of everything. Both “Trolls” and “Sing” feature lavishly produced covers of classic songs. “Sing” features no fewer than 65 tunes, of which just 20 are the original master recordings; the other 45 not only needed to be cleared but arranged, performed, and animated.

It was a two-year process, says executive music producer Harvey Mason Jr., a Grammy-winning songwriter and producer whose resume includes everyone from Justin Bieber to Beyonce. “It was the craziest job ever,” he says. “We did some of the songs eight or nine different times in different ways.”

Because “Sing” is about a vocal competition, the settings ranged from auditions to a singing, dancing finale. Characters include a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson), a Sinatra-esque mouse (Seth MacFarlane), a soulful gorilla (Taron Egerton), a shy elephant (Tori Kelly), and
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Frozen's Anna and Elsa Have a Brother . . . And It's Tarzan

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Two years ago, the team behind Frozen did an Ama on Reddit, and a comment they made blew the collective minds of Disney fans everywhere. While the theory is old, it has just resurfaced and Twitter is not Ok. Basically, the directors casually mentioned that Elsa and Anna's parents did not die on a boat and that their story is much different than what we assume when watching Frozen. Here's the full comment: This is the beginning of 1999's Tarzan, another Disney film which Frozen codirector Chris Buck (the "Chris" mentioned above) codirected. If this is true, it would mean that Elsa, Anna, and Tarzan come from the same set of parents. The reason this connection is getting brought up now is because of Buck's interview with MTV News in 2015. When asked about the conspiracy theory, Buck said this: "When you're working on a feature, you have a lot of
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Arrival, La La Land, Hell Or High Water Among The Nominees For The 2016 Awfj Eda Awards

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists have announced the nominees for the 2016 Awfj Eda Awards.

In their 10th annual awards season, the 25 categories are divided into three sections, the Best Of Awards, Female Focus Awards and Eda Special Mention Awards.

Andrea Arnold, Ava DuVernay, Rebecca Miller, Mira Nair and Lorene Scafaria were among the filmmakers nominated in this year’s awards.

Nominees in each category are determined by Awfj members who submit nominating ballots. There are currently 76 voting Awfj members.

The winners will be announced on December 21.

2016 Awfj Eda Awards Nominees

Awfj Best Of Awards

These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.

Best Film

Arrival

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Best Director

Damien ChazelleLa La Land

Barry JenkinsMoonlight

Kenneth LonerganManchester by the Sea

David MackenzieHell or High Water

Denis VilleneuveArrival

Best Screenplay, Original
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Watch the Rock's Full Musical Number from Disney's Moana

Watch the Rock's Full Musical Number from Disney's Moana
The full "You're Welcome" sequence from Disney's Moana has officially been released online. The clip features Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) singing the original song written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The movie is already a smash hit, becoming the second biggest Thanksgiving Day release in box office history. And this moment certainly helped sell it home for fans.

In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.

In this clip, Maui meets the young title character, voiced by newcomer Auli'i Cravalho, for the first time. Maui uses this song to explain all of the things he has done for Moana. He also uses his animated tattoos to help showcase his past deeds.
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Disney's Moana Breaks Tuesday Opening Box Office Record

Disney's Moana Breaks Tuesday Opening Box Office Record
The Thanksgiving holiday is often a big one for Hollywood, with studios rolling out some of its most highly-anticipated movies to take advantage of the long holiday weekend. This year is no different, with Disney debuting its new princess Moana in theaters, with many projecting it to take the Thanksgiving box office crown this weekend. The animated adventure is already off to a good start, breaking a Tuesday box office record with $2.6 million.

The Wrap reports that Moana doubled the previous Tuesday record set by another Disney animated movie, The Good Dinosaur, which pulled in a then-record $1.3 million in the same frame last year. Moana also earned more than the Thursday night preview screenings for recent animated hits such as Zootopia ($1.7 million) and Frozen ($1.2 million). Box office analysts are predicting that Moana could earn between $70 million and $80 million for the five-day holiday weekend.

Moana was produced under a whopping $150 million budget,
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Lily Collins Reveals Dad Phil Collins Wrote Hit Song ‘You’ll Be in My Heart’ as a Lullaby for Her

Lily Collins Reveals Dad Phil Collins Wrote Hit Song ‘You’ll Be in My Heart’ as a Lullaby for Her
Bedtime at Lily Collins‘ house had an Oscar-winning soundtrack.

The Rules Don’t Apply actress told Harry Connick Jr. on his talk show on Tuesday that one of her pop star father Phil Collins‘ most recognizable songs was originally written as a lullaby for her.

” ‘You’ll Be in My Heart,’ from Tarzan,” she revealed, adding, “We grew up watching Disney shows and movies together, so that was his way of kind of being able to do it for his kids. It was so special.”

Phil composed the soundtrack to the 1999 Disney animated film, which went on to win a Grammy for best soundtrack album.
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