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Dakota Fanning In "Jimmy Choo"

9 March 2017 12:04 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new images of actress Dakota Fanning ("Effie Gray") for the Spring-Summer 2017 line of luxury shoe brand "Jimmy Choo":

Fanning's performance in the feature "I Am Sam" (2001) earned her a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award at age eight, followed by roles as a child actress in "Man on Fire" (2004), "War of the Worlds" (2005) and "Charlotte's Web" (2006).

Fanning then began the transition to more adult roles including "Hounddog" (2007) and "The Secret Life of Bees" (2008). Her recent film roles have included "Coraline" (2009), "The Runaways" (2010), "The Motel Life" (2013) and "The Twilight Saga" (2009–12).

Her modeling work started in 2009 for various fashion magazines including "Elle", "Vanity Fair" and "Cosmopolitan".

Fanning'sa upcoming film work includes "The Bell Jar" (2017) as 'Esther Greenwood', directed by another former child star Kirsten Dunst, followed by "Ocean's Eight" (2018).

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Dakota Fanning...


- Michael Stevens

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‘Transformers’ Spinoff ‘Bumblebee’ Finds Director in ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Helmer

2 March 2017 5:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Travis Knight is moving on from stop animation to try his hand at live action as the Laika CEO has been tapped to direct the “Transformers” spinoff “Bumblebee.”

The movie would mark his live-action directorial debut after helming the Oscar-nominated “Kubo and the Two Strings” for Laika last year. Paramount was clearly eyeing someone with an animated background as execs also met with “Lego Batman” director Chris McKay. The studio had no comment.

While plot details are still unknown, the story will focus on the popular character who has appeared in all of Michael Bay’s “Transformers” films.


Laika Animation Studio, at 10, Is a Model of Innovation

Bay, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis and Steven Spielberg are producing. Christina Hodson penned the script after joining the “Transformers” writers’ room last year, where the studio began fleshing out ideas for other movies contained in the “Transformers” universe, but »

- Justin Kroll

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Travis Knight Will Direct Transformers Spinoff Bumblebee

2 March 2017 5:04 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Whether you like it or not, the Transformers franchise is going to be around for a while. With The Last Knight arriving in theaters this summer to continue the main series, and several more sequels planned after that, those robots in disguise aren’t going anywhere. Not only that, but we also have a spinoff to look forward to (?) now, as it was announced a while back that Bumblebee would be receiving his own film.

The screenplay for the project comes from Christina Hodson, with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg on board to produce. Casting hasn’t been announced just yet, but we do now have a director in place, and that’ll be Travis Knight, who recently made his feature film debut on Kubo and the Two Strings and is the CEO of Laika, the company responsible for efforts like Coraline and ParaNorman.

To say that »

- Mark Cassidy

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Okja: trailer for Snowpiercer director's new sci-fi film

28 February 2017 9:17 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Joseph Baxter Simon Brew Mar 1, 2017

Okja, a star-studded Netflix sci-fi film from Snowpiercer’s Bong Joon-ho, gets its first trailer...

Netflix has several original content irons in their streaming fire, and one of the most interesting is a new sci-fi film from Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-ho.

See related  Travis Knight interview: Kubo, Coraline, Laika Travis Knight interview: Kubo, Kurosawa, Miyazaki and more Travis Knight interview: Laika, Boxtrolls, Gilliam, future

It's called Okja, and he's worked on the screenplay for this one with Jon Ronson. It's a science fiction film, and by the looks of the first trailer, an intriguing one too...

The film centres on a young girl named Mija (See-Hyun Ahn), who strikes a bond with a multinational corporation’s genetically modified animal (a pig of some sort,) named Okja. Unfortunately, things get complicated. Since the experimental Okja is growing at an alarming rate, going from handbag-sized pet to »

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Benedict Cumberbatch heading back to TV with Melrose

28 February 2017 7:17 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Chris Longo Mar 1, 2017

The book adaptation Melrose is coming from star and executive producer Benedict Cumberbatch...

Another major film star is pursuing a passion project on the small screen. Benedict Cumberbatch is set to produce and star in Melrose, adapted from a series of semi-autobiographical novels from English author Edward St. Aubyn.

See related  Travis Knight interview: Kubo, Coraline, Laika Travis Knight interview: Kubo, Kurosawa, Miyazaki and more Travis Knight interview: Laika, Boxtrolls, Gilliam, future

Showtime and Sky Atlantic are pairing up for the project, and they've picked up Melrose for a limited series run, according to a report from The Wrap. David Nicholls (Far From the Madding Crowd) will write the series, which is set for five episodes. No director is currently attached.

Cumberbatch broke out on television with Sherlock before taking on high profile genre franchise films with Star Trek Into Darkness and last year’s Marvel entry, »

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‘Kubo and the Two Strings’: 3D Printer Key to Puppetry

16 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When the Oscar nominations were announced on Jan. 24, some may have been surprised to find “Kubo and the Two Strings” among the visual-effects nominees. But it wasn’t a shock to those who had carefully looked at the work Oregon-based Laika had done for its latest release.

Long known as a technological and artistic pioneer for its combination of traditional stop motion and puppeteering with CG, the studio was already home to a team that pushed boundaries with such previous stop-motion releases as “Coraline.”

One member of the staff, Brian McLean, was also recognized with a Sci-Tech Award by the Academy just last year for his work in rapid prototyping.

The last time an animated film was nominated in the vfx category was 1993’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Since then, the rise of Laika has advanced stop motion in all kinds of ways.

“When we started work on ‘Kubo’ we »

- Karen Idelson

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‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Director Travis Knight Works In a Creative Bubble, And Is Better For It: Awards Spotlight

15 February 2017 6:47 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

At multiple points throughout “Kubo and the Two Strings,” the title character instructs his audience to “pay careful attention.” Luckily, the team behind one of 2016’s most striking animated films makes focus incredibly easy.

Animation directors often see their visions smoothed out to pacify audiences, but “Kubo and the Two Strings” just doesn’t look like anything else. Even as the film navigates some familiar animated tropes (talking animals, fraught parental relationships, talk of destiny), it unfurls its mythology with great economy and impressive scale.

The man at the helm is Travis Knight, president and CEO of animation house Laika since 2009. After serving as a lead animator on the studio’s three previous features (“Coraline,” “ParaNorman,” and “The Boxtrolls”), “Kubo and the Two Strings” is Knight’s first stint in the director’s chair, shepherding this original tale of a young boy who must brave a treacherous voyage to assemble »

- Steve Greene

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Neil Gaiman webchat – your questions answered on Terry Pratchett, Norse gods, and his marriage

14 February 2017 5:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The author of Sandman, Coraline and other cult hits joined us to answer your questions, on everything from Donald Trump to American Gods

1.28pm GMT

Thanks to Neil for answering so many of your questions. He’s signing off:

263 Questions, and I managed as many as I could in the time we had, and stole more time from the next thing. They are now about to pry the computer from my fingers and send me back on the road.

Thank you to everyone who asked the questions. They were all so good. Thanks to the Guardian for hosting this.

1.21pm GMT

John O’Donnell asks:

Do you believe that good can triumph over evil? Situation being what it is.

I don't think of good and evil as being distinct free-floating things. I think there are people, doing what people do, sometimes selfishly, sometimes short-sightedly, sometimes even monstrously. (For me, one »

- Guardian Staff

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Is It Finally Time to Give Laika an Oscar?

2 February 2017 12:51 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s animated feature Oscar race is considered a foregone conclusion for many. Disney’s “Zootopia,” a March 2016 release that speaks to the modern climate with socio-political, zeitgeisty elements — indeed, one of the year’s best films, full stop — is far and away the frontrunner. And with over $1 billion in global box office receipts, it’s hard not to call it the biggest pop-cultural phenomenon in the category as well.

But the Academy can’t seem to shake this instinct to spring for the hottest ticket when it comes to animated features. Due respect to “Zootopia’s” considerable merits, but brand recognition and ubiquity play a heavy hand when films like this, “Big Hero 6” and “Brave,” to name a few recent examples, walk away with the gold.

Meanwhile, the best of the nominees might arguably be Laika’s “Kubo and the Two Strings,” a meticulously crafted fable straight »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Travis Knight interview: Kubo, Coraline, Laika

17 January 2017 5:39 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Brendon Connelly Jan 18, 2017

Kubo And The Two Strings director, and Laika founder, Travis Knight, talks us through making a stop motion movie...

Travis Knight is both the head of Laika, the Portland, Oregon studio at the vanguard of stop-motion animation, and the director of their latest film, Kubo And The Two Strings. By all obvious signs, he's very good at both of his jobs.

I spoke to Knight on the occasion of Kubo getting its DVD, Blu-ray and download release, and given that Den of Geek had already spoken to him about this film specifically, I thought we would chat about Laika in general. Knight gave me a history, took questions about the future, and addressed some of the fine points of how animation gets done the Laika way. Here's how our conversation went.

Can we start by going back, way back? I'd love a potted history, starting at the »

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Win a ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ signed poster

16 January 2017 3:35 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

A young boy with a magical gift sets out on a thrilling quest to discover his family’s legacy in Laika’s newest film, Kubo and the Two Strings.  The latest masterpiece from the animation studio behind the Academy Award®-nominated films Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls is out now on Digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Ultimate Laika Collection box-set will be released on the same date.

To celebrate, we are giving away an official poster signed by director Travis Knight and Blu-ray, with two runner up Blu-ray prizes.

Hailed as “an exquisite, beautiful film,” (Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood) Kubo and the Two Strings has captivated audiences of all ages, earning an extraordinary 97% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the best-reviewed films of the year!

From acclaimed animation studio Laika comes an all-new epic adventure starring the voice talents of Academy »

- Paul Heath

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Us Briefs: 'Hacksaw Ridge', Lion among winners at 6th Australian Academy awards

6 January 2017 9:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Los Angeles awards show honouring the best in Australian and international cinema saw Mel Gibson prevail in the best director category for Hacksaw Ridge.

La La Land was named best film and also won best lead actress for Emma Stone, while Manchester By The Sea earned Kenneth Lonergan best screenwriter honours as Casey Affleck took the best lead actor prize.

Lion earned two wins in the supporting acting categories for Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman.

Laika Entertainment has licensed Japanese rights for Kubo And The Two Strings to Gaga Corporation. Gaga previously released Coraline and will set an exact date as the year progresses. “Kubo And The Two Strings is a wholehearted love letter to Japan,” said Laika chief and Kubo director Travis Knight, adding that making the film was “the highlight of my professional life.” »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Animated Fare Like ‘Zootopia’ and ‘Red Turtle’ Toon Into Heavy Issues

6 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The maxim that good scripts are essential to making good movies is especially true in animation.  In this medium, scripts and storyboards provide blueprints for completely invented worlds, and dialogue is recorded before the animation is done.

There’s been an Oscar category for animated feature for just 15 years; and toon screenplay nominations are relatively recent. Prior to that, animated movies typically were likelier to be recognized for song. Thus far, writer-director Andrew Stanton tops the list of Oscar-nominated animation screenwriters with four to his name (including “Toy Story,” “Wall-e,” “Finding Nemo,” and “Toy Story 3”), and he could compete again this year with the Disney/Pixar billion-dollar winner “Finding Dory.”

There’s another billion-dollar baby attracting awards buzz this season, too.  Disney’s computer-animated “Zootopia” nabbed 11 Annie Award nominations (including writing) and a Golden Globe nod for animated film.  It’s also the only animated feature among AFI’s 2016 honorees. »

- Ellen Wolff

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Film Feature: The 10 Best Films of 2016, By Patrick McDonald

5 January 2017 1:08 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – It’s that time of the film year, the “Ten Best” lists. In representing my 2016 picks – as “Patrick McDonald” – I looked for the emotional experience as much as anything. I think every filmgoer, from the most casual to the ardent buff, adhere to their favorites through that feeling of connection.

There are honorable mentions all over the place, often just missing the 10th spot – I like to characterize them as all tied for eleventh. My favorite superhero film was “Captain America: Civil War,” for the Marvel Comics angst that works best in this genre of movies. The dramas “Arrival,” “Elle,” “Little Men” and “A Monster Calls” were excellent and heartfelt experiences. I loved the wacky tribute that writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen gave to 1950s Hollywood in “Hail, Caesar!” And after watching it again after initial reservations, I realized and connected to the ardent celebration in the musical “La La Land. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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