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The Young and Prodigious Ts Spivet review: Whimsical tale of child genius

9 June 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Screenwriters: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume Laurant; Starring: Kyle Catlett, Jakob Davies, Helena Bonham Carter, Niamh Wilson, Callum Keith Rennie, Judy Davis; Running time: 105 mins; Certificate: 12A

From the director who brought you Amelie comes another cute and whimsical, magical realist fable, this time adapted from a children's book by the American novelist Reif Larsen. It's ably fronted by button-nosed tyke Kyle Catlett, who somehow manages not to be completely upstaged by the dreamy effects that take us into his genius mind. It's the unlikeliest 3D movie of the year, but Jean-Pierre Jeunet appears to have a better grasp on the technology than your average action maestro.

Helena Bonham Carter is the closest we get to a grounding influence in this story, playing mother, a kooky entomologist who married a sullen cowboy (Callum Keith Rennie) and is raising Ts and his big sister Gracie (Niamh Wilson) in the gorgeous prairielands of Montana. »

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Rob Bredow Leaves Sony Imageworks for Industrial Light & Magic (Exclusive)

3 June 2014 6:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of the open questions about Sony Imageworks’ move from Culver City to Vancouver is whether its key talent will be willing to immigrate to Canada to stay with Sony.

In the case of one of Imageworks’ most prominent employees, chief technology officer Rob Bredow, the answer seems to be “No.”

Bredow is leaving Imageworks for rival Industrial Light & Magic, where he will be a visual effects supervisor. Ilm is on board to be lead visual effects studio on the upcoming revival of the “Star Wars” series and is in the unusual position of having a predictable, steady stream of work for about the next decade. Therefore the company is expanding, hiring staff and making long-term investments.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Industrial Light & Magic and their renowned team of supervisors,” Bredow told Variety in an email. “It’s truly an exciting time in the company’s history with »

- David S. Cohen

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Watch this unreal Dawn of the Planet of The Apes mo-cap featurette

20 May 2014 2:36 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Motion capture has certainly come a long way since creeping people out in The Polar Express. I didn't think it could get better than Avatar; that is until now. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes looks to show off what might be the best use of the technology to date. The impressive video below looks at the comparisons between motion-capture performance and the final product completed with visual effects. It's a must watch. The 'Ape Evolution', gives you a »

- Graham McMorrow

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Chris Evans wants a first-class upgrade on the 'Snowpiercer' train -- Video

9 May 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Think of Snowpiercer as The Hunger Games meets Noah’s Ark meets The Polar Express. Mankind’s efforts to fight global warming have backfired, and the Earth is now a frigid iceball where the last remnants of humanity survive in a class-based system inside a perpetual-motion train known as the Snowpiercer. Tilda Swinton plays the train’s fascist leader (of course) while Chris Evans is a reluctant leader of the unwashed underclass.

Director Bong Joon-Ho (The Host) adapted Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette’s 1982 French graphic novel, and the action movie was an enormous box-office hit in Bong’s native »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Film Review: ‘Beyond Beyond’

7 March 2014 5:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If heaven is for humans only, then “Beyond Beyond” answers the mystery of where bunnies go instead, spinning a lavishly illustrated, yet hard-to-follow animated fable in which a lapine lad travels to extraordinary lengths to reunite with his dead mother. Drawing on aspects of the Scandi folk-tale tradition, director Esben Toft Jacobsen (“The Great Bear”) and writing partner Jannik Tai Mosholt invent an elaborate mythology around an impressive figure called the Feather King, who guards the realm where Johan, the rabbit boy, must venture, though the trip proves too dark and complicated for family crowds, limiting export prospects.

From the master concept to the individual character designs (big-headed, spindly-armed critters which look adorable when viewed head-on, but awkward from any other angle), someone failed to think everything through up front. Setting this Orpheus-like journey in a world of animated rabbits might have seemed an appealing way to help kids cope with grief, »

- Peter Debruge

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Exclusive Clip from Rob The Mob Starring Michael Pitt, Ray Romano, and Andy Garcia

28 February 2014 8:54 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We here at Collider are debuting an exclusive clip from director Raymond De Felitta’s upcoming crime drama Rob the Mob.  Based on a true story, the film stars Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) and Nina Arianda (Midnight in Paris) as a couple who, while brazenly stealing from mob-run social clubs in New York City, stumble upon something that puts them in grave danger and makes them the target of both the mob and the FBI.  The film also stars Ray Romano, Andy Garcia, Michael Rispoli, and Griffin Dunne. Hit the jump to watch the clip.  Rob the Mob opens in theaters on March 21st. ComplexEmbed.Application.initialize({cId: "RjMHd3azrIbsXNqo_LPBnL10dFLo2BkN",adSetCode: "67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0",site: "collider",kw: ""});Please enable Javascript to watch this video Here’s the official synopsis for Rob the Mob: Michael Pitt (“Boardwalk Empire,” Seven Psychopaths), Tony »

- Adam Chitwood

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Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, more: Forrest Gump stars then & now

10 February 2014 10:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Tom Hanks recently enjoyed a reunion with two of his Forrest Gump co-stars, Gary Sinise and Mykelti Williamson.

The actor posted a picture of himself with Sinise and Williamson, who played Lieutenant Dan and Bubba respectively in the 1994 movie, on his Twitter.

"Hadn't seen these old friends for too long," he tweeted along with the photo.

As the classic heartfelt movie approaches its 20th anniversary, we take a look back at what the main stars of the drama have gone on to accomplish since.

Tom Hanks

Hanks gave a heartbreaking and poignant Academy Award-winning performance as the endearing Forrest Gump in Robert Zemeckis's drama.

The 57-year-old actor reunited with the film's director for the critically acclaimed Cast Away in 2000 and again for 2004's animated The Polar Express.

Hanks has since appeared in a long list of successful movies including Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile and The Da Vinci Code, »

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Glenn Close, Sophie Nelisse, Octavia Spencer Join ‘The Great Gilly Hopkins’

6 February 2014 3:47 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin — Rising Hollywood star Sophie Nelisse (“The Book Thief,” “Monsieur Lazhar”) will play the title role in “The Great Gilly Hopkins,” joined by Glenn Close, Kathy Bates, Danny Glover and Octavia Spencer (“The Help”). WestEnd Films is selling the pic at the European Film Market in Berlin.

The pic is to be directed by Stephen Herek (“101 Dalmatians,” “The Three Musketeers,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus”), and produced by William Teitler (“What Maisie Knew,” “The Polar Express,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus”).

Bob Berney will be distributing in North America through his newly re-vamped Picturehouse. The film will start shooting on April 9.

“Gilly” is the adaptation of Katherine Paterson’s young adult Newbery Award winning novel, published in more than 20 territories, and a regular on school curriculums. The 2007 Disney hit adaptation of Paterson’s “Bridge to Terabithia” grossed more than $200 million worldwide.

As with “Bridge,” “Gilly” has been scripted by David Paterson, who »

- Leo Barraclough

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Will ‘Frozen’ Continue the Best Original Song Success of Animated Films?

5 February 2014 10:08 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Terence Johnson

Managing Editor

One of the bright spots this past film year was the success of Disney’s Frozen. On the strength of it’s more modern princesses and an infectious score, the film set box office records and has garnered two Oscar nominations, Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Let It Go”, its infectious hit. In honor of Frozen’s nomination, we figured it was time to take a look at the history of animated movies in Original Song.

The history of animated films picking up nominations and wins in Best Original Song is a tale as old as time (see what I did there?). Since the 1930s, animated films have won this award 13 times and over 50 nominations, which you can see below. This is an even greater feat when you think about the consideration that animated films get when lists of musicals are made (they »

- Terence Johnson

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