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From the beginning, stop-motion animation house Laika set itself apart from the rest. The company is based in Oregon. It focuses on a technique that gives its stories a deeply unique look, and uses pioneering technology like rapid prototyping to create its films. And, while many studios lag behind in putting together a diverse workforce, it turns out women hold significant creative roles in the organization.
Costume designer Deborah Cook; head of production Arianne Sutner; creative supervisor of puppet fabrication Georgina Hayns; and Alice Bird, art director on “Kubo and the Two Strings,” are four of the high-profile women creating, managing and collaborating on Laika’s films.
“With our boss, Travis Knight, he’s just looking for talent, for effective people,” says Sutner, who was a producer on “Kubo and the Two Strings” and “ParaNorman.” “The more diverse we can become, the richer the kinds of stories we can tell. »
- Karen Idelson
Everyone knows that stop-motion animation takes an absolutely absurd amount of craftsmanship - and time - to make. There are a few ways that filmmakers can make the medium a bit easier to work in, though. Obviously keeping out crazy action sequences would be a good idea, but a simple production shortcut would be to keep things set mostly in the same locations so that your production stage isn't constantly undergoing drastic changes. Kubo and the Two Strings did neither of those things. It has crazy action sequences and tracks a journey that spreads across many wildly different locations. That may not seem like a big deal, but when you think about Laika's past movies, Kubo marked a more ambitious challenge than anything they'd done. Corpse Bride, Coraline...
- Peter Hall
Planning on holing up this weekend with a big bowl of fun-sized candy (trick-or-treaters be damned) and some movies? You're in luck, because there are lots of great films playing on basic cable. Favorites like Hocus Pocus, Paranormal Activity, and Zombieland will be playing on various channels all weekend. Of course, there are lots of spooky movies on Netflix, but this way, you can just turn on one channel and plug in for hours. Check it out! Freeform: 13 Nights of Halloween Saturday, Oct. 29 7 a.m. — The Nightmare Before Christmas 8:35 a.m. — Corpse Bride 10:35 a.m. — The Hunger Games 1:45 a.m. — The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 5:15 p.m. — The Addams Family 7:20 p.m. — The Addams Family Values 9:25 p.m. — Hocus Pocus 11:30 p.m. — Sleepy Hollow Sunday, Oct. 30 7 a.m. — Corpse Bride 9 a.m. — Spooky Buddies 11:05 a.m. — Scooby-Doo 1:10 a.m. — Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 3:15 p. »
- Maggie Pehanick
The schedule for Freeform's annual spookfest known as the 13 Nights of Halloween arrived a few weeks ago, and we're still trying to memorize it. It's filled with Fall favorites like Hocus Pocus, Sleepy Hollow, The Addams Family, and more. Take a look now, and remember to bookmark this page; the 13 Nights of Halloween has already kicked off! Related:17 Disney Movies You Can Watch on Netflix Wednesday, Oct. 19 5:30 p.m. - The Nightmare Before Christmas 7 p.m. - R.L. Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls 9 p.m. - Hocus Pocus 12 a.m. - Corpse Bride Thursday, Oct. 20 3:30 p.m. - The Nightmare Before Christmas 5 p.m. - Hocus Pocus 7 p.m. - The Addams Family 9 p.m. - Addams Family Values 12 a.m. - The Final Girls Friday, Oct. 21 4:30 p.m. - The Addams Family 6:30 p.m. - Addams Family Values 8:30 p.m. - Sleepy Hollow 12 a. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Think the current presidential election couldn’t get any scarier? Allow Danny Elfman to fuel your nightmares, just in time for Halloween. Elfman, the award-winning composer known for his work on “The Simpsons,” “Corpse Bride” and “Forbidden Zone,” has now turned his attention to perhaps his most frightening subject matter yet: Gop presidential nominee Donald Trump looming ominously behind and around his political rival Hillary Clinton during the presidential debate. A video published on Funny or Die masterfully matches the images to the music, casting Trump in the same vein as famous movie baddies as Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger, »
- Tim Kenneally
The remake of the 1992 classic “will keep many of the musical elements of the original” and is described as “an ambitious and non-traditional take” on the material, which will incorporate Ritchie’s signature non-linear style. The report goes on to state that the approach to the Genie – portrayed by the late Robin Williams in the animated movie – is still to be determined.
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This is the second live-action related Aladdin project in the works at Disney, with the studio also developing the prequel Genies, which is based upon a script by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Freddy vs. Jason, Friday the 13th) and will “focus »
- Gary Collinson
Tracey Ullman‘s long-awaited return to late-night TV is less than a month away.
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Premiering Friday, Oct. 28 at 11/10c, the half-hour Tracey Ullman’s Show finds the Emmy-winning funny lady slipping into the skin of Dame Judi Dench, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Dame Maggie Smith — to name just a few celebrity impersonations — in a variety of comedy sketches that examine “modern life on the British side of the pond.”
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It’s been 30 years since the debut of Fox’s The Tracy Ullman Show, »
One of my favorite things to do every October is to binge-watch as many horror and sci-fi movies as possible (something I can guarantee I’m not alone in doing), and for those of you with Netflix, the streaming service can be an invaluable resource this time of year, although I do remember a time when there were a lot more options than we get these days.
That being said, I culled Netflix's entire library and put together 31 great movie choices that will undoubtedly get you into a macabre mood to celebrate Halloween this year. Take a look at our Netflix list below, featuring one film for each day of October, and get ready to enjoy an entire month’s worth of fright-filled fun, courtesy of Netflix’s streaming database.
- Heather Wixson
Tim Burton is one of the most iconic and prolific directors in Hollywood.
His 18th film — “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” — opens this weekend.
In his review of “Miss Peregrine’s”, Variety’s chief film critic Peter Debruge says the film — based Ransom Riggs’ novel about a group of special children with extraordinary powers — may as well have been written for Tim Burton to direct.
Debruge notes Burton successfully revisits and expand motifs and themes from his earlier work, including “Big Fish,” “Frankenweenie,” and perhaps his best known work, “Edward Scissorhands.” It not unexpected for a director as prolific as Burton — who’s been making films for three decades — to draw upon the past.
See Also: Tim Burton Talks Lack of Diversity in New Film ‘Miss Peregrine’
But not all of his past movies are winners, and box office success doesn’t always equate to critical success. “Alice in Wonderland »
- Lawrence Yee
Belgian film powerhouse Umedia is expanding its geographical footprint in Canada with the launch of a visual effects and finishing studio in Vancouver to bolster its presence in the post-production landscape in North America.
The Vancouver facility, which will be Umedia’s fifth office, will focus on film and television development, production and financing in London, Los Angeles, Brussels and Paris. Umedia already has VFX studios in Brussels and Paris.
“I am delighted to welcome Umedia Vancouver to the family,” said Umedia founder Adrian Politowski. “The world-renowned quality of Vancouver’s VFX and finishing artists, combined with an attractive tax incentive program, made the city an obvious choice.”
Umedia tapped Peter Muyzers, the Oscar-winning industry vet whose credits include “Elysium,” “American Sniper,” “District 9,” “Corpse Bride,” the “Harry Potter” series and “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” Muyzers (pictured above with Politowski) previously worked as COO of Imagine Engine, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Based on Ransom Riggs’ 2011 novel by the same name, the pic centers on an orphan who falls under the tutelage of the mysterious Miss Peregrine. There he is chosen to protect the children from an evil band of Wights and Hollows led by Mr. Barron.
Jenno Topping, who produced the pic with Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark, said, “I got the book as an unpublished manuscript and read it the same day. “I sent it to Peter Chernin, who also read it immediately and fell in love with it. We sold it to Fox. Peter Chernin and I then got a plane to go see Tim Burton [in the U.K.], who was very intrigued by the book. We pitched the idea of Jane Goldman to adapt, which he loved and subsequently signed on officially. »
- Shalini Dore
Sean Wilson Sep 16, 2016
With Kubo & The Two Strings now playing, we salute some of our favourite stop motion animated movies...
With Laika's visually sumptuous and breathtaking stop motion masterpiece Kubo And The Two Strings dazzling audiences throughout the country, what better time to celebrate this singular and remarkable art form?
The effect is created when an on-screen character or object is carefully manipulated one frame at a time, leading to an illusion of movement during playback - and such fiendishly intricate work, which takes years of dedication, deserves to be honoured. Here are the greatest examples of stop motion movie mastery.
The Humpty Dumpty Circus (1898)
What defines the elusive appeal of stop motion? Surely a great deal of it is down to the blend of the recognisable and the uncanny: an simulation of recognisably human movement that still has a touch of the fantastical about it. These contradictions were put »
It’s bread week! Did the bakers rise to the challenge, or fall flatter than a very flat, er, flatbread?
Whew. Okay, good chat people. This was fun. Thanks for the comments everyone! Batter week looks like great fun. Things can only get, etc.
If anyone wants to tweet vile abuse or unsolicited breadsticks at me, I’m @whatsamadder, and here is where all my Guardian inanity resides.
Doughsaster for Michael, but Tom proved himself a worthy winner. There’s only room for one babyface. Andrew better watch himself.
Everyone looks shell shocked. Because Tom won with a giant set of bread genitals. Now that Is peak Bakeoff.
Michael goes out! Draped, not literally, in the flag of his people. And his mum. I actually feel quite emotional about this.
A sight for Thor eyes! It’s hammer time! Imagine »
- Rhik Samadder
Some actors and directors go together like spaghetti and meatballs. They just gel together in a rare way that makes their collaborations special. Here is a list of the seven best parings of director and actor in film history.
Of all the parings on this list, these two make the oddest films. (In a good way.) Tim Burton is one of the most visually imaginative filmmakers of his generation and Johnny Depp was once the polymorphous master of playing a wide variety of eccentric characters. They were a natural combo. Depp made most of his best films with Burton, before his current ‘Jack Sparrow’ period began. The duo had the knack for telling stories about misfits and freaks, yet making them seem sympathetic and likable. »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Kubo and the Two Strings is the latest stop motion masterpiece from Oregon's Laika Entertainment Studios (ParaNorman, Coraline, Corpse Bride). Laika has, in recent years, positioned themselves as one of the best animation studios in the world, rivaling even the mighty Pixar/Disney. The one thing that separates Laika from Pixar and others is that they aren't afraid to tell a story that breaks conventions -- or cliches, and that tradition continues with Kubo and the Two Strings.
Kubo and the Two Strings is the story of a young boy (voiced by Art Parkinson), snatched away by his mother (Charlize Theron) and hidden from his grandfather, the powerful Moon King (Ray Fiennes). The Moon King took Kubo's eye when he was a baby and now wants the other, so Kubo can take his rightful place at the Moon King's side. His mother, fearing what her vile father would do, took Kubo and fled, »
Gifted youngster Kubo is in a tough situation. He and his pals (a stern macaque and a goofy horned beetle cursed to assume the shape of a man) need to cross a turbulent ocean. There's no seafaring vessel in sight. It appears that all is lost, but the boy, unshaken, begins plucking out a tune on his magical shamisen, a traditional Japanese stringed instrument. In mere moments, a mighty ship has materialized from thousands of sheets of origami paper, ready to go. The young hero and his cohorts climb aboard, »
Whilst Jj Abrams has already journeyed through a universe of special effects of late, directing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, producing Star Trek Beyond, and overseeing production of Star Wars: Episode VIII, animated features were alien to him. At least until now.
Abrams will be producing The Flamingo Affair, an animated comedy whose details are still mainly under wraps. What we do know is that there will definitely be flamingoes. Feathers are going to fly in the film, that follows a heist involving a tangle of long pink necks and longer pink legs.
Abrams will produce under his Bad Robot label, with Jon Cohen and Annie Laks overseeing for Paramount Animation. This newer branch of Paramount (which came into being after Dreamworks parted ways with the studio in 2012) is known so »
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