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12 Comedic Performances the Oscars Overlooked

10 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Listen. We’re not necessarily saying the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences doesn’t honor the greatest performances in film, but getting an audience to laugh can often be more difficult than getting them to cry. While there’ve been winners like Diane Keaton for “Annie Hall” and Marisa Tomei for “My Cousin Vinny,” they’re still the rare exceptions to the rule. Here’s to more Oscars for funny people! Below, we present twelve overlooked comedic film performances. Emily Blunt, “The Devil Wears Prada”Can you believe Blunt achieved instant-classic status as an acid-tongued assistant to Meryl Streep’s fashion mogul—serving devastating snark and the film’s most quotable one-liners—and didn’t get Oscar recognition for her comedic brilliance? “No, I shan’t.” Eddie Murphy, “Trading Places”Although the best work of Murphy’s career may be as the uproarious Donkey in “Shrek,” the Academy »

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Buyers 'Get Squirrely' for John H. Williams animation

9 February 2016 11:20 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: UK and Australia / Nz deals on animation featuring voices of Will Forte, John Leguizamo.

Signature Entertainment has acquired UK and Ireland rights from Sc Films International to animation Get Squirrely, which it intends to release this summer.

The 3D animation, about a squirrel who plots to pull off a major heist at a giant nut factory, features the voices of Jason Jones (Pitch Perfect 2), Will Forte (Lego Movie), John Leguizamo (Ice Age), Samantha Bee (Sisters), Jim Cummings (The Lion King), Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice and John Cleese.

The Canadian feature was produced by John H. Williams (Shrek) of Vanguard Films and Dan Krech of Awesometown Entertainment. Ross Venokur directs.

Rialto acquired the film for Australia / Nz after releasing Sc Films’ animation Reef 2: High Tide in 2015. Alchemy has Us rights.

Sc Films animations include Gamba, Monkey King: The Hero and Wish. The copmany will also handle Marina Fuentes’ 6 Sales slate during Efm. »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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Jim Gaffigan, Carl Reiner Join ‘Duck Duck Goose’ Animated Movie

2 February 2016 4:33 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jim Gaffigan and Carl Reiner have joined the voice cast of China-based Original Force Animation’s animated feature “Duck Duck Goose.”

Gaffigan will voice a goose who rescues two ducklings from an eccentric cat. Reiner will voice a wise turtle. The cast includes Stephen Fry, Jennifer GreyMolly Shannon, Diedrich Bader and Rick Overton.

Duck Duck Goose” is the first of three feature animated films currently in production at Original Force Animation. The company opened a Los Angeles-based production and development office in August, led by Penny Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins.

The film is directed by Christopher Jenkins (“Home”) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Rob Muir. Jenkins previously collaborated with Finkelman Cox and Rabins on “Surf’s Up” when the two execs launched Sony Pictures Animation.

Rabins and Finkelman Cox are producing the feature along with Viola Chen.

The story will center on Gaffigan’s character, Peng, being »

- Dave McNary

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Examining Hollywood Remakes: The Nutty Professor

31 January 2016 8:47 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Welcome to another look at the highs and lows of Hollywood remakes. This time, we’ve got one of the better ones, as we compare two of the all-time great screen comedians in two of their best roles. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Nutty Professor.

Jerry Lewis and Eddie Murphy are two of the best big-screen comedians in the history of the film industry. Jerry Lewis’ 1963 hit The Nutty Professor is a comedy classic, which Lewis wrote and directed himself. Eddie Murphy is one of the few comedians talented enough to try to recapture that magic and succeed.  Murphy’s remake is so entertaining that it matches the original in overall comedic quality. Which is better? Let’s look at the two versions.

What’s interesting about this comparison is that both versions of The Nutty Professor are the benchmark for the second half of the careers of the respective stars. »

- (Rob Young)

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Inverse : How the Director of ‘Monster Hunt’ Brought China’s Biggest Hit to America

29 January 2016 12:31 PM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Inverse recently caught up with director Raman Hui to discuss Monster Hunt.

With Monster Hunt finally available in North American cinemas,  now is a great time to learn more about the man behind China’s biggest hit.

Learn about how Hui’s work at Dreamworks ( Shrek , Kung Fu Panda ) helped shape the world of Monster Hunt and how it managed to beat out competition from blockbuster Hollywood movies  such as Furious 7 to be so successful.

Read Sean Hutchison’s full interview with Raman Hui

About Inverse

Inverse obsess over one question: What could happen next? To provide answers — and there are many — they search out emerging ideas, new technologies, and simmering trends as well as fearless innovators, designers, and thinkers. They are  compulsively curious not only because they are fans of progress, but also because they want a glimpse of the future and the chance to better plan for and enjoy tomorrow. »

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Sc Films, 6 Sales Join Forces (Exclusive)

25 January 2016 3:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London/Madrid – In a sign of building concentration in the world’s international film sales’ sector, as well-known players’ seeking to spark synergies and economies of scale while broadening the breadth of combined slates, Simon Crowe’s London-based Sc Films and Marina Fuentes’ 6 Sales, located in Madrid, are joining forces.

Kicking off at February’s Berlin European Film Market, Sc Films will represent 6 Sales’ slate. Fuentes, who will continue to head 6 Sales, will attend Berlin to take meetings on 6 Sales titles. She will relocate all 6 Sales operations, including bookings and collections, to Sc Films’ London offices by March 1.

The operational alliance builds on current relations. Sc Films and 6 Sales already have two joint animation productions in early development, Crowe said. The partners also look a good fit. Launched 2006 by Crowe and tech entrepreneur Matthew Joynes, Sc Films does make live-action pick-ups, such as France-set suspense-thriller “Road Games,” from “The Host »

- John Hopewell

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Monster Hunt's Raman Hui On Live Actors Vs The Gingerbread Man And How Shrek Helped Him Make China's Biggest Box Office Hit

15 January 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Having worked on the Antz and Shrek for his DreamWorks alma mater, director Raman Hui knows a thing about monster hits. Still, Hui could not have been prepared to make China's biggest box office hit of all time with Monster Hunt. Hui spoke to me about the challenges and joys of directing live action with some of Asia's biggest stars and reveals his surprise at the existence of a shorter Us edit.The Lady Miz Diva:  What did your experience at DreamWorks working on the Shrek films teach you about crafting a family film?Raman Hui:  I really learned so much from my time with DreamWorks.  At the very beginning, when I worked on Antz, and Shrek; when I was the supervising animator, and then starting in...

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'Monster Hunt' Trailer Unleashes an Army of Crazy Creatures

6 January 2016 12:48 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The biggest movie in Chinese history is getting ready to invade the United States, with the first trailer and poster for Monster Hunt. Variety reported earlier this week that Monster Hunt will get a North American theatrical release, with domestic distributor FilmRise setting a January 22 release date. The 3D action fantasy movie will be going up against The 5th Wave, The Boy and Dirty Grandpa.

The story centers on a baby monster named Huba, the child of a human man and a monster queen. This newborn creature is threatened by both monster-hating humans and monsters attempting to capture the new-born in an ancient world based on medieval China. The cast includes Wei Tang, Baihe Bai, Eric Tsang, Wu Jiang, Wallace Chung, Boran Jing, Chen Yao, Elaine Jin, Xiaodong Guo and Ni Yan. Here's what FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher had to say in a statement.

"We have carefully edited the English »

- MovieWeb

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The 100 Best Films of the 21st Century (So Far) - Part 1: #100-76

5 January 2016 4:34 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

A new year means an opportunity to reflect on the past. This is our list of the 100 best films of the last 15 years, Part 1 #100 through 76.

The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn’t stopped films from breaking box office records, »

- (G.S. Perno)

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Guillermo Del Toro To Create Netflix Series Produced By DreamWorks Animation

5 January 2016 9:02 AM, PST | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Netflix plans to greatly increase the amount of original content it produces in 2016, and it has started out the year by announcing an expansion of an existing deal. The streaming video platform and DreamWorks Animation will team up for at least two additional programs: A reboot of the 80s cartoon Voltron and a fantasy series called Trollhunters, which will be helmed by Guillermo del Toro.

While previous collaborations between Netflix and DreamWorks have resulted in kid-friendly fare like All Hail King Julien and The Adventures of Puss in Boots, but the two new series could have more appeal for adults. Trollhunters is particularly appealing, given del Toro’s history of dark, gritty fantasy films. The Mexican filmmaker is best known for his grim 2006 fairy tale, Pan’s Labyrinth.

Netflix and DreamWorks first teamed up to create content in 2013, when the two companies announced a multi-series deal. The majority of those »

- Sam Gutelle

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China’s ‘Monster Hunt’ Set For January Release in North America (Exclusive)

4 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Monster Hunt,” the Chinese movie which last year claimed China’s all-time box office record, is set to get a North American release later this month.

The film grossed over $390 million after a release in July, marginally exceeding the unprecedented success of “Fast & Furious 7.”

New York-based FilmRise has teamed with Asian specialty distributor Asia Releasing to handle the outing of the 3D picture on Jan. 22 in all major North American markets.

FilmRise acquired the rights in September from Hong Kong-based Edko Films, which was lead producer and international sales agent.

FilmRise and Asia Releasing say they are targeting both the Asian-American and Western audiences in North America by releasing both the original Chinese version with English subtitles and also a new English dubbed version.

“We have carefully edited the English language version to be the equivalent of a PG rating, and we believe North American kids and their parents »

- Patrick Frater

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