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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

30 June 2015 6:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »

- Anna Robinson

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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

27 June 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »

- Michelle McCue

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

26 June 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning.  For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing.  Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women.  And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

26 June 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.

Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.

Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »

- Tim Gray

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Watch: Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ Trailer Introduces Animal-Run World

11 June 2015 2:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Walt Disney Animation Studios has released the first teaser trailer from its animated feature “Zootopia” nine months before its March 4 release.

Zootopia” is a civilization led by animals devoid of human interference, complete with habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown. The story follows Officer Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) partnering with scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman) to crack a case.

The trailer promises that the film will be “like nothing you’ve seen be-fur.”

The comedy-adventure is directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”).

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Zootopia – New Trailer

11 June 2015 10:18 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters »

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Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ Teaser Introduces Jason Bateman, Ginnifer Goodwin as Animals (Video)

11 June 2015 9:58 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Zootopia” will introduce audiences to a world where humans never existed, and animals act a lot like humans. In a new teaser trailer Walt Disney Animation Studios released on Thursday, audiences meet scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman) and bunny Officer Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin). We also meet a host of other animals who have evolved to stand on two feet and wear clothing over their fur. The family film is directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”). Clark Spencer produced. »

- Kathy Zerbib

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Animals rule the world in teaser for Disney’s latest, ‘Zootopia’

11 June 2015 9:32 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen be-fur.

Forgive me for putting you through that pun. It’s the trailer’s, not mine. But the teaser for Zootopia, Disney’s next animated feature just announced this week, actually looks more promising than that. It imagines a world where humans never existed and animals were the ones that became civilized, while retaining all of their animal instincts.

The film, planned for March 4, 2016, isn’t a musical so likely veers closer to Wreck-it Ralph than Frozen, but that’s certainly not a bad thing. Zootopia stars Jason Bateman as a fox (I prefer George Clooney as Fantastic Mr. Fox) and Ginnifer Goodwin as a rabbit police officer in Disney’s children’s comedy. Here’s the full synopsis:

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, »

- Brian Welk

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Animals Rule In New Teaser Trailer For Zootopia

11 June 2015 9:26 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Pictured (L-r): Nick Wilde, Judy Hopps. ©2015 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

“It’s a nod to the great Disney animated animal films we all grew up with, but with a funny, contemporary twist,” says director Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”). “Our artists and animators did tons of research to integrate true animal behaviors into each of our characters. The world of Zootopia is fantastic, infused with international flavor that will be relatable to everyone.”

Here’s your first look at Zootopia.

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other.

Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together – a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything.

But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers »

- Michelle McCue

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Disney's Zootropolis: the first trailer

11 June 2015 2:48 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

It's Zootropolis in the UK, Zootopia elsewhere - and here's the trailer for Disney's next animated film...

This year is the first in a while where we won't get a new film from Walt Disney Animation Studios. It's picked up Oscars for its last two movies, Frozen and Big Hero 6, but Zootropolis - its next venture - won't be with us until March next year. On the upside, we get two films from the studio in 2016, as Moana is being lined up for the end of the year as well.

But this is about Zootropolis right now (note that the film will be called Zootopia elsewhere in the world). The film is directed by Tangled co-director Byron Howard, and Wreck-It Ralph helmer Rich Moore. And we've got the first trailer for it right here. So let's just jump straight to that...

A synopsis has also been unveiled, and it reads thus. »

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Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman to Voice Disney’s ‘Zootopia’

6 May 2015 6:17 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman have been set to lead the voice cast of Walt Disney Animation Studio’s “Zootopia,” the studio announced Wednesday. Goodwin will lend her voice to an optimistic bunny named Judy Hopps who’s new to Zootopia’s police department. Bateman voices the scamming fox, Nick Wilde, who Judy reluctantly teams up with to crack her first case. Byron Howard, who last worked on “Tangled” and “Bolt” for the studio, will direct the film. Also Read: CinemaCon 2015: TheWrap Reports From Las Vegas (Photos) “We knew that ‘Zootopia’ would only succeed if we found the perfect »

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Disney Animation Welcomes Ginnifer Goodwin & Jason Bateman To Zootopia

6 May 2015 6:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced the addition of Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman to Zootopia, Disney’s 2016 animated feature set in a modern mammal metropolis. Goodwin (ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” “Something Borrowed,” “Walk the Line”) will lend her voice to an optimistic bunny named Judy Hopps who’s new to Zootopia’s police department.

Jason Bateman (“Horrible Bosses 2,” “This is Where I Leave You”) voices the scamming fox, Nick Wilde, who Judy reluctantly teams up with to crack her first case.

“We knew that ‘Zootopia’ would only succeed if we found the perfect actors to play our main characters,” said director Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”). “This rabbit- and fox-duo are in practically every scene in the film together. After meeting Ginnifer, we knew she embodied Hopps, the ultimate pure-of-heart, idealist bunny. You fall in love with her character instantly. And for Nick Wilde, our cynical con-artist fox, »

- Melissa Thompson

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Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero: Season Two Ordered for Disney Xd Series

24 April 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Disney Xd has announced that animated series Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero has been renewed for a second season.

Here's the press release:

Disney Xd Orders Second Season Of "Penn Zero: Part-time Hero"

-- Returning Star-Studded Voice Cast Includes Thomas Middleditch, Adam DeVine, Alfred Molina and Larry Wilmore --

Disney Xd has ordered a second season of Disney Television Animation's out-of-the-gate hit series "Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero." It was announced today by Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Disney Xd. Created and executive-produced by Jared Bush ("All of Us," "Zootopia") and Sam Levine ("Tarzan," "Bolt"), the animated comedy adventure about an ordinary boy who inherits the extraordinary job of part-time hero premiered as a simulcast on Disney Xd and Disney Channel in February and continues to gain traction among its core audience of kids 2-11 and »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Danny Collins | Review

16 March 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Dan in Real Life: Fogelman’s Sugary Directorial Debut Hobbles its Own Charms

Screenwriter and producer Dan Fogelman makes a high profile directorial debut with Danny Collins, nabbing a handful of high profile names to lead his glossy family issue drama wrapped in melodramatic showbiz antics. When he’s not writing directly for children and family friendly audiences (Cars; Bolt; Tangled), Fogelman’s screenplays are often gilded with jejunish countenances (The Guilt Trip; Last Vegas), the types of outrageous yet uncomplicated cinematic fabrications that hail from some medicated hinterland beyond the realm of mere escapism. His first stint as a director finds him returning to this hypertrophic mode of drama wherein potentially insurmountable life tragedies get mushed together to equal one big positive, though kernels of authentic emotions sometimes shine through the contrivances.

Danny Collins (Al Pacino) is an aging rock star currently touring with another greatest hits album. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Disney's 'Zootopia' renamed 'Zootropolis' for UK

11 March 2015 6:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Walt Disney Animation Studios also reveals UK release date.

Zootopia, the next feature to be released by Walt Disney Animation Studios, has been renamed Zootropolis for its UK release.

A spokesman for Disney explained: “In the UK we decided to change the Us title (Zootopia) to Zootropolis to merely allow the film to have a unique title that works for UK audiences.”

Disney also revealed that the animated feature will receive its UK theatrical release on March 25, 2016. It is set for Us release on March 4, 2016.

The film is based in the animal city of Zootopia, where optimistic new police officer Judy Hopps discovers that being the first rabbit on a force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy.

Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery.

The comedy adventure is directed by Byron Howard ([link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Enter Disney's 'Zootopia' in New Concept Art

4 March 2015 6:40 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Next year, Walt Disney Animation Studios will debut two very unique new adventures, with the animal-centric Zootopia hitting on March 4 and the Polynesian Princess fairytale Moana opening November 23rd. Today, Disney invites us into Zootopia with a beautiful piece of concept art that shows off this unique city unto itself. The&#160comedy teams Bolt and Tangled director Byron Howard with Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore, with Jared Bush co-directing.

Zootopia is a modern mammal metropolis like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it's a melting pot where animals from every environment live together, a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn't so easy.

Determined to prove herself, she »

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‘Big Hero 6′ Wins Oscar for Best Animated Film

22 February 2015 7:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s “Big Hero 6” has won the animated film Oscar, culminating a race that gained an outsize amount of attention for the nominating committee’s exclusion of “The Lego Movie.”

Big Hero 6” won over “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “The Boxtrolls,” “Song of the Sea” and “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.”

The film was inspired by the Marvel Comics superhero team and was directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”). It tells the story of a robotics prodigy who forms a superhero team to combat a masked villain.

Big Hero 6” has grossed over $540 million worldwide.

How to Train Your Dragon 2” had been the frontrunner in the category.

Disney won the animation category last year with “Frozen” along with best song for “Let it Go.”

 

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Co-Director Chris Williams Talks Big Hero 6; Will There Be A Sequel?

17 February 2015 6:10 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Walt Disney Animation's Big Hero 6 ended up being the surprise Cbm hit of 2014 for many people. In addition to nabbing an Oscar nod for 'Best Animated Feature', it has also raked in over $500 million at the Box Office - making it Disney's third highest grossing animated movie ever (only trailing Frozen and The Lion King). The film's co-director Chris Williams (Bolt) and Disney Animation president Andrew Millstein recently sat down with Variety to chat about the film's success. In the interview, Millstein praised Disney's new approach to filmmaking, and the decision to focus on "elevating storytelling and putting filmmakers in the center of the process". This tactic has clearly reaped huge rewards for the studio, having first topped the global box office in 2013 with Frozen, and then producing another hit in Big Hero 6 just a year later. "The change was about the Pixar team sharing ideas with us, »

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Watch: Featurette on Making of the Adorable Disney Short 'Feast'

16 February 2015 3:10 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

If you saw Disney's animated superhero flick Big Hero 6 last year, then you've already seen the adorable short film that preceded it from the feature's co-head of animation, Patrick Wilson (no, not the actor). Feast was a lovely, charming tale of a Boston terrier named Winston through whom we see various stages of his owner’s life, specifically at meal time. It's a unique perspective for the short story, and it's greatly affecting and moving. Now Disney has released a quick making of featurette that's just over a minute long as to how the story went from storyboard to pre-visualization to final animation. There's even footage of a real Boston terrier used as reference for the animators. We'd love to see more of the process though. Watch now! Here's the making-of featurette for Walt Disney Animation's short Feast from Variety: Big Hero 6 is co-directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh »

- Ethan Anderton

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Grammy Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List (So Far)

8 February 2015 5:52 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards winners have been chosen, and we have the full list of those musicians taking home statues this Sunday, Feb. 8.

Did you favorite artists and/or songs win?

Check out the Full list of winners, below.

Record of the Year: Sam Smith, Stay With Me

Song of the Year: "Stay With Me," Sam Smith

Album of the Year: Beck, Morning Phase

Best Country Album: Miranda Lambert, Platinum

Best R&B Performance: "Drunk in Love," Beyonce feat. Jay Z

Best Rock Album: Beck, Morning Phase

Best Pop Vocal Album: Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams

Best New Artist: Sam Smith

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Max Martin for “Bang Bang,” “Break Free,” “Dark Horse,” “Problem,” “Shake It Off,” “Unconditionally”

Best Folk Album: Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy

Best Americana Album: Rosanne Cash, The River and the Thread

Best American Roots Song: “A Feather’s Not a Bird »

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