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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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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
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
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
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.”
- Dave McNary
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 »
“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
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
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
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. »
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 »
- Linda Ge
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.
“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
Here's the press release:
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 »
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
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 »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
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 comedy 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 »
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.”
- Dave McNary
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, »
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
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 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
Best Folk Album: Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy
Best American Roots Song: “A Feather’s Not a Bird »
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