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Handicapping the 2015 short film Oscar races

21 January 2015 12:04 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If you've been reading us this season then you know we've already given you pretty thorough analyses of this year's short film categories. I watched all the films that made it to the final consideration stage and offered up thoughts on each and some somewhat informed predictions. In the end, though, it was still tricky to guess, but I did get four of the five animated players right. Now, with nominees announced, it seems worth it to review. So let's… All things considered, the animated short category is difficult to handicap. Particularly with the infiltration of other voters, as theses categories are opened up to the entire membership via screeners, it's just hard to guess which way preference will fall. The biggest surprise for me was that Glen Keane's gorgeous, heavily promoted "Duet" missed out on a nod. I frankly thought it could have put up a fight to win, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Traditionally Animated Films at the Oscars

20 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

When the 87th Oscar nominations for best animated feature were announced Jan. 15 and excluded The Lego Movie, the Internet exploded with confusion and disbelief. The film, which was largely expected by many pundits to win the Oscar, was a critical (holding a 96 percent positive score on Rotten Tomatoes) and commercial hit (earning $257.7 million stateside). It also earned Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations and won the Critics’ Choice Award for best animated film. It seemingly had everything going in its favor, so what went wrong?

One sentiment is that the animation branch of the Academy, which chooses the nominations, admire hand-drawn traditional animation and want to celebrate and preserve a fading craft rather than nominate solely computer animated and digital films.

The first computer animated film was Toy Story, which was released in 1995 and was nominated for original screenplay, original song and original score. Director »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Exclusive Portrait: Patton Oswalt For His Book ‘Silver Screen Fiend’

18 January 2015 9:31 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Raconteur, comedian and Twitter star Patton Oswalt has a new book out, entitled “Silver Screen Fiend.” In it, he chronicles his love for the movies and how it shaped his worldview. He appeared at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., at an event sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop.

Patton Oswalt was born in Virginia, and graduated from the College of William and Mary there. He began his stand-up career in the 1990s, and worked for “MADtv’ shortly thereafter. He has made his mark in film, notably as the voice of Remy in Walt Disney’s “Ratatouille.” On TV, he was a recurring character on “The King of Queens,” “Two and Half Men,” “Reno 911!,” and currently is the narrator voice on “The Goldbergs” and appears on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim series “The Heart, She Holler.”

Oswalt was at North Central College at the Anderson’s Bookshop event, moderated by »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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"The Boxtrolls," "Big Hero 6," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Top Visual Effects Society Nominations

14 January 2015 1:52 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Visual Effects Society has announced the nominations for the 13th Annual Ves awards "the prestigious yearly celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on-the-keys artists who bring this work to life."

Ves members selected the nominees and Laika's "The Boxtrolls," Disney's "Big Hero 6," and Fox's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" topped the nominations receiving 5 nods each.

The Visual Effects Society (Ves) is a global professional honorary society and the entertainment industry's only organization representing the full breadth of visual effects practitioners including artists, technologists, model makers, educators, studio executives, supervisors, PR/marketing specialists and producers. Ves. almost 3,000 members in 33 countries worldwide contribute to all areas of entertainment . film, television, commercials, animation, music videos, games and new media. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Ves has member Sections in Australia, Bay Area (CA), London, »

- Manny

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Game of Thrones and Guardians of the Galaxy amongst Visual Effects Society nominations

13 January 2015 11:05 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Visual Effects society has released this years nominations for the annual Ves Awards.  The awards were put in place in order to credit outstanding achievements within the fields of animation, television, film and video games. This years nominees include, amongst others The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesGuardians of the GalaxyGame of Thrones, Interstellar and X-Men: Days of Future Past. The awards are set to take place on February 4th at the Beverly Hill Hotel.

You can see the entire list of nominees below…

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Joe Letteri

Ryan Stafford

Matt Kutcher

Dan Lemmon

Hannah Blanchini

Guardians of the Galaxy

Stephane Ceretti

Susan Pickett

Jonathan Fawkner

Nicolas Aithadi

Paul Corbould

Interstellar

Paul Franklin

Kevin Elam

Ann Podlozny

Andrew Lockley

Scott Fisher

Maleficent

Carey Villegas

Barrie Hemsley

Adam Valdez »

- Alfie Nobes

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Visual Effects Society Awards Nominations Announced

13 January 2015 9:12 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Visual Effects Society has announced the nominees for its 13th Annual Ves Awards, which recognize outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games. Among the nominees — Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar, Maleficent, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies and X-Men: Days Of Future Past – for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture. The awards will be held February 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. See the complete list below.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Joe Letteri

Ryan Stafford

Matt Kutcher

Dan Lemmon

Hannah Blanchini

Guardians of the Galaxy

Stephane Ceretti

Susan Pickett

Jonathan Fawkner

Nicolas Aithadi

Paul Corbould

Interstellar

Paul Franklin

Kevin Elam

Ann Podlozny

Andrew Lockley

Scott Fisher

Maleficent

Carey Villegas »

- The Deadline Team

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Birdman review

4 January 2015 11:19 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Michael Keaton and Alejandro Inarritu deliver excellent work with Birdman. But then so does the lesser-known Chris Haarhoff...

“A thing is a thing, not what is said of that thing.”

Whatever you think of Alejandro G Iñárritu’s Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance), it's destined to be one of the year's most talked things. Arriving in UK cinemas on New Year's day, it could have played merry hell with most critics' end-of-year lists if it had been released even a few hours earlier, but it's bound to linger in the memory for the next 12 months.

In the film, Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is a washed-up movie star who has privately and publicly disintegrated since his infamous turn in the Birdman trilogy. Now, he's trying to be a triple threat, by writing, directing and starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. »

- simonbrew

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