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The Best Films of 2015 (So Far)

The Best Films of 2015 (So Far)
With the year half over, our three critics have each selected their five favorite U.S. releases of 2015 so far.

Scott Foundas

Ex Machina

Novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland’s brainy, precisely calibrated chamber drama was that rare piece of contemporary sci-fi filmmaking worthy of mention in the same breath as “Blade Runner” and “The Terminator.” Whatever this modestly scaled film lacked in budgetary heft, it more than made up for in sleekly expressive production design, provocative ideas about the fine line between man and machine, and knockout performances from Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander (as the Pinocchio-like android yearning to be a real, live girl).

“Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter”

A young Japanese woman obsessed with the Coen brothers’ “Fargo” travels to the wilds of Minnesota in search of buried treasure in this comic gem from another sibling director team, ‎David and Nathan Zellner. With deadpan elan, the
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Old Dog, New Tricks: DreamWorks Preparing for a 'Lassie' Comeback

She's been stealing America's heart since 1938, and now DreamWorks Animation wants a piece of the "Lassie" pie.

The Los Angeles Times reports that DreamWorks Animation, responsible for "Shrek," "Shark Tale" and "Kung Fu Panda" among other modern children's classics, plans to reboot the famed "Lassie" brand for a public-eye comeback.

"She's heroic, she's loyal, she really is man's best friend," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation's chief executive. "She's the single most recognized pet in the world."

Katzenberg isn't playing games when he says the world knows their Lassie. Research agency Penn Schoen Berland reported that the character of Lassie had an 83 percent brand awareness in America, while Nielsen reported a 70 percent awareness of Lassie in China, a huge film playground.

But will all of this popularity mean box office gold? The jury's still out on this one. Those unsure of the draw of a new movie, despite brand awareness,
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DreamWorks Purchases Rights To Hundreds Of Classic Characters

Digital Spy reports that DreamWorks Animation has purchased Classic Media for approximately $155 million, giving the studio rights to hundreds of classic television and film characters.

Classic Media was founded by Eric Ellenbogen and John Engelman in 2000. The company was founded with the goal of acquiring forgotten and poorly promoted characters and though they have been purchased by DreamWorks, Engelman and Ellenbogen will stay on and run the studio’s classic division.

The list of characters coming to DreamWorks through this deal is phenomenal, to say the least. Just to name a few, they now have rights to Archie, Casper, Dick Tracy, Frosty, Godzilla, He-Man, Lassie, Rudolph, and Where’s Waldo. The full list can be viewed at the Classic Media website.

The potential here is huge. DreamWorks profits will increase from the newly gained rights to existing films and TV shows, but what is really exciting is the possible movies that they can now produce.
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DreamWorks Animation buys the rights to Casper and Rocky & Bullwinkle

  • Hitfix
Glendale, Calif. (AP) — DreamWorks Animation Skg on Monday said it has agreed to buy Classic Media, custodian of a library of movies and TV series that includes "Casper the Friendly Ghost," ''Lassie," ''Rocky & Bullwinkle," and "The Lone Ranger." Dreamworks Animation is paying $155 million in cash to Classic Media's owner, Boomerang Media Holdings. Boomerang was formed by private-equity firm Gtcr and Eric Ellenbogen and John Engelman, who founded Classic Media in 2000. "Classic Media brings a large and diverse collection of characters and branded assets that is extremely complementary to DreamWorks Animation's franchise business," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of...
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DreamWorks Animation Acquires Classic Media

DreamWorks Animation Skg, Inc. today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Classic Media, owner of one of the most extensive portfolios featuring many of the best-known and most-enduring franchises in all of family entertainment, for $155 million in cash from Boomerang Media Holdings I LLC, a portfolio company of Chicago-based private equity firm Gtcr.

Classic Media's library of intellectual property, which is focused on family characters and brands, features a vast collection of filmed entertainment with over 450 titles and more than 6,100 episodes of animated and live-action programming. Classic Media owns one of the world's largest comic book archives and media rights to the titles in the Golden Books library, which have sold over two billion copies worldwide. Their properties have been distributed in over 170 territories around the globe.

With well-established titles such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Where's Waldo?, Lassie, The Lone Ranger, George of the Jungle and Rocky & Bullwinkle,
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Dreamworks Animation Agrees To Acquire Classic Media For $155M; Casper the Friendly Ghost, Lassie, George Of The Jungle Part Of Collection

DreamWorks Animation Skg, Inc. today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Classic Media, owner of one of the most extensive portfolios featuring many of the best-known and most-enduring franchises in all of family entertainment, for $155 million in cash from Boomerang Media Holdings I LLC, a portfolio company of Chicago-based private equity firm Gtcr.

Classic Media’s library of intellectual property, which is focused on family characters and brands, features a vast collection of filmed entertainment with over 450 titles and more than 6,100 episodes of animated and live-action programming. Classic Media owns one of the world’s largest comic book archives and media rights to the titles in the Golden Books library, which have sold over two billion copies worldwide. Their properties have been distributed in over 170 territories around the globe.

With well-established titles such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Where’s Waldo?, Lassie, The Lone Ranger, George of the Jungle
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DreamWorks buys rights to 'He-Man,' 'Fat Albert,' 'Gumby,' 'Casper the Friendly Ghost' and other Classic titles

There are dozens of pop culture references that could be used to start this story.

We could go with a Fat Albert-esque question: “Hey, hey, hey… guess who just bought a huge portfolio of classic kids’ titles?”

And answer it He-Man and She-Ra style: “DreamWorks Animation… has… The Power!”

Or there’s the Lassie route: “What’s that, girl…? A company called Classic Media found a bunch of family entertainment characters down in a well? And now they’ve all been scooped up by Jeffrey Katzenberg?”

On Wall Street, they’re just saying it straight: Classic Media, an entertainment
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DreamWorks buys 'He-Man,' 'Fat Albert,' 'Gumby,' 'Casper the Friendly Ghost' and other classic kids characters

There are dozens of pop culture references that could be used to start this story.

We could go with a Fat Albert-style question: “Hey, hey, hey … guess who just bought a huge portfolio of classic kids’ titles?”

And answer it He-Man and She-Ra style: “DreamWorks Animation … has … The Power!”

Or there’s the Lassie route: “What’s that girl …? A company called Classic Media found a bunch of family entertainment characters down in a well? And now they’ve all been scooped up by Jeffrey Katzenberg?”

On Wall Street, they’re just saying it straight: Classic Media, an entertainment
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Tails of stardom: how dogs are making it big in film

We've had Uggie, now the search is on to find the new Benji. Got a cute dog? You could be barking all the way to the bank

It doesn't take a genius to see that dogs are huge right now. Without question, the runaway star of The Artist was 10-year-old jack russell Uggie, while Pudsey – the canine winner of this year's Britain's Got Talent – is rumoured to be in talks with Disney about appearing in a film of his own. If you're after a fast buck, and have always yearned to live out your Hollywood dreams vicariously through an animal that drinks out of the toilet, you could do a lot worse than get a dog.

And if it happens look like Benji, all the better. You remember Benji. He was the Pepsi to Lassie's Coca-Cola – a small mixed-breed mutt with a lovable demeanour and an inexplicable propensity for helping strangers.
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British TV Star Halliday Dead At 87

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British TV Star Halliday Dead At 87
Veteran British TV star Peter Halliday has died, aged 87.

The Welsh-born actor, who is best known for his starring role in 1960s sci-fi drama A for Andromeda, spent almost 60 years in showbusiness.

Halliday became a professional actor after serving in World War II. He joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, England in 1950 and worked alongside great thespians like Richard Burton and Sir Ralph Richardson.

During his career, he appeared on cult TV shows Dr Who, The Sweeney, The Saint and The Avengers.

He also featured in the films The Swordsman and Remains of the Day.

His final movie was 2005's star-studded Lassie, in which he played a vicar.

Peter Dinklage Photo: Golden Globes 2012

Peter Dinklage Actor Peter Dinklage poses backstage in the press room with his Golden Globe Award at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA, on Sunday, January 15, 2012. Dinklage won in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series, Miniseries or Movie for his role in Game of Thrones (HBO). Dinklage big-screen roles include those in The Station Agent, Lassie, Find Me Guilty, Penelope, Death at a Funeral, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, and A Little Bit of Heaven. Dinklage will next be seen in Knights of Badassdom and, reportedly, My Dinner with Herve. The Game of Thrones cast includes Lena Headey, Sean Bean, Jack Gleeson, Sophie Turner, Iain Glen, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Julian Glover, and Michelle Farley. Peter Dinklage Photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA
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A Very DVD Obscura Christmas: 10 Holiday Movies You May Never Have Heard Of

It’s December again, and while the holidays are the perfect time to gather the family around the set for another viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Story, maybe you’re in the mood to create a new and different movie-watching tradition. If you haven’t already picked up my film guide Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas, here’s a sampling of some terrific titles that might have passed under your radar that you should check out while you’re in an egg-noggy mood: Lassie: Even if you think yourself immune to the charms of this boy-and-his-dog classic, have a hanky or two ready for this beautiful 2005 remake. Lassie features some heavy hitters (including Peter O’Toole, Samantha Morton, Peter Dinklage and John Lynch), but...

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12 Films of Christmas: Lassie (2005)

12 Films of Christmas: Lassie (2005)
This holiday favorite from Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas shows us a new spin on a classic story:

In England on the eve of World War II, an impoverished Yorkshire family must sell young Joe's (Jonathan Mason) beloved dog Lassie to the Duke (Peter O'Toole). Lassie escapes the Duke's estate over and over again to return to her beloved Joe, who must eventually lie to the dog and tell her he no longer loves her so that she will stop escaping. The Duke then takes her up to Scotland, but Lassie escapes the Duke's cruel kennel-man and begins the long trek back to Yorkshire, and to Joe. Along the way, she encounters everything from the Loch Ness monster to a traveling entertainer (Peter Dinklage). Will Lassie make it home in time for Christmas?
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Exclusive Interview: Actor Jesse Kozel Vs. Brian S

Jesse Kozel is another talent that I include in the group I call "The Nex Gen of Horror", don't get me wrong the guy does so much more than besides horror films. He has a family film on the way and also hits the stage from time to time. With what is happening to independent film right now and the positive buzz it's getting you get a first hand look at one of the reasons why this is happening. Check out my latest "Versus" with Jesse Kozel as we cover his new projects, appearances he'll be making, how he balances acting and writing with producing and why he's such an all around great guy! And if he can hook a brother up!

Brian S- First off you have quite a few projects in the works, let's start with Alien Vengeance.

Jesse Kozel- 'Alien Vengeance' is part of
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Interview: Approach to Acting with John Lynch

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In the run up to his Acting Masterclass as part of the Belfast Film Festival, Irish film and television actor John Lynch caught up with Iftn to talk acting methodology, having more patience with writers and making a film with footballing legend Eric Cantona. Northern Irish actor John Lynch has barely stopped acting since receiving a BAFTA nomination for his haunting performance in the 1983 Irish film 'Cal'. Since then, he has built on his early success appearing in many Irish films including 'In The Name of the Father', 'Lassie', 'Best' and 'Some Mother's Son'. He has also starred in international projects such as 'Sliding Doors', alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, and 'The Secret Garden' with Maggie Smith.
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The Best Soundtracks Of The Decade

  • CinemaRetro
By Bruce R. Marshall

It’s that time of year when everyone seems to have a ‘Ten Best Films of the Year’ list.

As this is the last year of the decade, we can also count on being deluged with ‘Best Films of the Decade’ lists (mine will be coming; be patient).

Before I started writing about classic films for Cinema Retro, I primarily wrote about motion picture and television music. So, for a change of pace I humbly offer ....

“Bruce’s Baker’s Dozen of Great Film Music: 2000-2009”.

1. A Scanner DarklyGraham Reynolds

The best score of the decade is a dazzling, haunting work from newcomer Reynolds. The Austin based composer/performer brings all his considerable skills to bear– he performs and composes jazz, rock, and classical music- in this wholly original score. To date this is his only major Hollywood assignment. If it were up to me,
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Tom McCarthy to Direct HBO's 'Thrones'

Actor and director Tom McCarthy (The Visitor) is being lined up to helm HBO's fantasy pilot 'Game of Thrones,' which is scheduled to shoot in Northern Ireland later this year. Director Tom McCarthy has acted in 'The Wire' 'Duplicity' and 'Syriana' as well as directing 'The Station Agent' and 'The Visitor'. Industry reports suggest actor Peter Dinklage also looks set to star in the pilot. Dinklage, whose credits include 'The Station Agent' and 'The Chronicles of Narnia', previously featured in 'Lassie' filmed in Ireland in 2005.
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Court favors 'Lassie' creator's daughter

Court favors 'Lassie' creator's daughter
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday ruled that the daughter of "Lassie" creator Eric Knight has the right to terminate Classic Media's copyrights to the story of a boy and his dog.

In the 25-page decision, the court found that under the 1976 Copyright Act, Winifred Knight Mewborn was within her rights in 1996 to terminate the copyrights assigned to Classic Media, a company that manages and holds to the rights to many classic TV and film properties, including "Lassie," "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" and "The Lone Ranger."

The 1976 law extended the copyrights from 56 to 75 years and created the right of copyright holders to terminate any agreement it had with others.

Classic Media, which through a previous company had been granted the rights by Knight to make the "Lassie" TV series in the 1940s, had filed suit claiming Mewborn did not have the right to terminate those rights.

But the 9th Circuit found Congress's intent in extending the copyrights of owners was a "clear intent to benefit authors and their heirs with additional years of copyright protection in the 1976 Act."

"This sends a strong message to the community that while the studios rightfully fight to protect their libraries against piracy, they, by the same token, must respect the rights of authors on which their businesses are in large part built," said Mewborn's attorney Marc Toberoff.

Classic Media's attorneys could not be reached for comment.
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Broadcast Film Critics Association noms

  • Promoting themselves as a barometer for Oscar predictions – this pretty much group all the favorites and safe picks. Leading the pack are “Babel," "The Departed (2006)The Departed
[/link]," "Dreamgirls" and "Little Miss Sunshine" each with seven nominations each. Now its in 12th year, the Critics Choice Award is voted on by film critics from almost 200 television, radio and online critics. The 12th annual Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony will be held on Friday, January 12, 2007, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Best Picture Babel Blood Diamond The Departed Dreamgirls Letters From Iwo Jima Little Children Little Miss Sunshine Notes on a Scandal The Queen United 93 Best Actor Leonardo DiCaprio - Blood Diamond Leonardo DiCaprio - The Departed Ryan Gosling - Half Nelson Peter O'Toole - Venus Will Smith - The Pursuit of Happyness Forest Whitaker - The Last King of Scotland Best Actress Penelope Cruz - Volver Judi Dench - Notes
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Seattle fest bows to French 'Spies'

Seattle fest bows to French 'Spies'
Michael Hazanavius' OSS 117: Nest of Spies, a French spy spoof, earned the Golden Space Needle Audience Award as best film at the 32nd annual Seattle International Film Festival, which concluded its 25-day run Sunday. Runners-up were Goran Dukic's Wrist Cutters: A Love Story, Marcos Carnevale's Elsa & Fred, Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer's Quinceanera and Charles Sturridge's Lassie. Dukic also took the prize for best director. The Trials of Darryl Hunt, an account of a man wrongly imprisoned in a rape/murder case, won the best documentary award for its directors Rickie Stern and Annie Sundberg.
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