15 items from 2017
Premiering in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival last year, Claude Barras‘ feature-length debut animation My Life as a Zucchini (aka My Life as a Courgette) is a deeply felt tale of the healing process through the eyes of an orphan. Ahead of its U.S. release this weekend, where it will also compete as a Best Animated Feature Film nominee at the Academy Awards, I had the opportunity to speak with Barras about crafting the animation.
We discussed his collaboration with Céline Sciamma (Girlhood) on the script, taking the perspective of a child, capturing taboo subjects, a crisis in production, his biggest animation influences, his Oscar nomination, and where he sees the future of his craft heading. Check out the full conversation below.
The Film Stage: Can you talk about the child perspective of this film — you don’t see the mother’s death and adult »
- Jordan Raup
Late last summer, we featured a video that took a look at some of the visual influences and references of filmmaker Wes Anderson. The director of The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox and more has a unique visual style that is unmistakable. But just like most great filmmakers, he steals […]
The post Votd: See Even More of Wes Anderson’s Visual Influences & References appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Wes Anderson has scored a major win for the cause of film preservation, raising more than a quarter of a million dollars for Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation. In December, Anderson released a video that announced his latest project, the stop-motion animation film “Isle of Dogs,” and also invited people to donate money to a campaign hosted by Crowdrise, the crowdfunding company co-founded by Anderson’s friend and frequent collaborator, Edward Norton. The campaign ended last week.
Among the prizes offered to donors were a trip for two to London for two nights to meet the director, get a tour of the “Isle of Dogs” sets and production and even record the voice of a dog in the film. “Barking, howling and whimpering may be required,” the campaign specified. Other prizes included signed Criterion Collection DVDs »
- Graham Winfrey
What We Do In the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi has lined up his next project after Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, with the filmmaker signing on to direct a stop motion animated film about Michael Jackson’s pet chimp Bubbles.
“It’s an idea that fascinates me and one I want to develop further,” said Waititi (via Screen Daily). “Most people know I’m a huge Michael Jackson fan, so the main thing for me is to make sure it’s respectful of him and his legacy. I’m not interested in making a biopic; I want to focus on telling a story that blends fact and fantasy, about an animal trying to make sense of the world.”
“This film is not about Michael Jackson because that’s not a story for me to tell – or a story I’d be comfortable telling – it’s about »
- Amie Cranswick
Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has signed up to co-direct Bubbles, an off-beat biopic about Michael Jackson's pet chimpanzee. The Isaac Adamson-penned screenplay previously won first place on the 2015 Black List, Hollywood's annual rundown of the best unproduced scripts.
While a short film starring Joseph Fiennes as the King of Pop was condemned by fans and Paris Jackson and ultimately pulled from broadcast, Bubbles won't face similar criticism over the casting of Jackson: The movie will be a stop-motion film that combines 3D printing and puppetry, much like Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa, »
The story of Michael Jackson’s famous pet chimpanzee will come to the big screen in a stop-motion film titled “Bubbles.” According to Deadline, Taika Waititi and Mark Gustafson will co-direct Isaac Adamson’s Black List script, which will “be told in the vein of Starburns-produced ‘Anomalisa.’”
“It’s an idea that fascinates me and one I want to develop further,” Waititi expressed. “Most people know I’m a huge Michael Jackson fan, so the main thing for me is to make sure it’s respectful of him and his legacy. I’m not interested in making a biopic; I want to focus on telling a story that blends fact and fantasy, about an animal trying to make sense of the world.”
The “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” helmer added that the film is not about the King of Pop, because that’s “not a story for me to tell — or »
- Liz Calvario
Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok) and co-director Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) have signed on to direct a stop-motion animated movie biopic titled Bubbles, about Michael Jackson’s famous pet chimpanzee. Hit the jump to learn more details about this crazy project and the Bubbles directors. The project was written by screenwriter Isaac […]
- Peter Sciretta
George Clooney and his wife Amal are expecting twins later this year.
While some costars have spoken out in the past about how great a father he would be, the renowned actor wasn’t always thinking about parenthood — at least, not for himself.
“I think it’s the most responsible thing you can do, to have kids. It’s not something to be taken lightly,” Clooney told People in 2006 for his second Sexiest Man Alive cover story. “I don’t have that gene that people have to replicate. But everything in my life has changed over time.”
Added the Ocean’s 11 star, »
- Jen Juneau
‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ (Courtesy: Laika)
By: Carson Blackwelder
If the nominations for best animated feature this year tell us anything it’s that we might be experiencing a comeback for stop-motion animation. Two of this year’s nominees are stop-motion films: Kubo and the Two Strings (a critically acclaimed letdown at the box office) and My Life as a Zucchini (which just so happens to be a foreign film, too). Let’s look at the relatively recent history of the best animated feature category to see how stop-motion is coming into its own and theorize on why that could be happening.
In addition to Kubo and the Two Strings and My Life as a Zucchini in the best animated feature category, there’s a solid showing by other styles. There are two Disney hits, Zootopia and Moana, that feature computer animation and one Studio Ghibli underdog, »
- Carson Blackwelder
Our favourite voice work performances in time for The Lego Batman MovieOur favourite voice work performances in time for The Lego Batman MovieAdriana Floridia1/23/2017 10:13:00 Am
Many of us have different opinions on who played Batman best, but we'd be willing to throw out a far left candidate: Will Arnett.
Arnett is no stranger to voice work as he stars as the titular "Bojack Horseman" on the Netflix series. Playing a horse who once starred on a popular sitcom and now has fallen from grace, this is another voice performance that is so good, it makes Bojack-- an anthropomorphic horse, feel real. We'd argue Arnett does the same with the Lego version of Batman. »
- Adriana Floridia
The artist Joseph Cornell took glass-fronted boxes and placed things such as birds, springs, ice cubes, and balls inside them, turning these everyday and otherwise benign objects into microcosms for something bigger than any of us can ever be. These boxes were referred to as “shadow boxes”, “memory boxes” and “poetic theaters,” and with each box the viewer is given an invitation to enter a new world. This world is not unknown to the individual viewer, but instead a collective and shared world in which memories exist. As the artist’s website states: “using things we can see, Cornell made boxes about things we cannot see: ideas, memories, fantasies, and dreams.” The boxes, both tragic and beautiful, present an artist trying as hard as they can to turn something intangible, something »
- Sinéad McCausland
George and Amal Clooney made a supercute pair when they attended the Netflix screening of The White Helmets hosted by The Clooney Foundation for Justice in London on Monday night. Every moment they shared while there was equally sweet, like when the duo stopped to pose for photographers and Amal placed her hand over George's chest, or when Amal stood by George's side and gazed lovingly at him. During the event, George also weighed in on Donald Trump's recent comments about his Fantastic Mr. Fox costar Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech. In a series of tweets, the president-elect called her "one of the most over-rated actresses," to which George responded, "Aren't you supposed to be running the country?" The White Helmets is a documentary about first responders in Syria, and George is in early development on a movie version of the show. Related:23 Times George and Amal Clooney »
- Monica Sisavat
Amal Clooney always seems to pick the perfect look for every occasion.
The 38-year-old civil rights lawyer joined her famous husband, George Clooney, for a special screening of Netflix's documentary, The White Helmets, on Monday night in London, England. Amal stepped out in a stunning floral Dolce & Gabbana mini-dress that she paired with black textured tights and matching ankle boots.
While promoting the documentary about those first responders to daily airstrikes in Syria, Clooney also addressed Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech that led to president-elect Donald Trump calling her "overrated" after she appeared to be expressing her disdain for an interview he did in 2015 with a disabled New York Times reporter. Streep, however, never mentioned Trump by name in her speech.
“I’ve always said that about Meryl,” Clooney told People sarcastically when asked about the president-elect's tweet. “She »
George Clooney may have skipped the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, but that doesn't mean he wasn't watching. While attending a reception hosted by The Clooney Foundation for Justice on Monday, the actor weighed in on Donald Trump's recent comments about his Fantastic Mr. Fox costar Meryl Streep's acceptance speech. In a series of tweets, Trump called her "one of the most over-rated actresses" and denied that he ever made fun of the disabled reporter. "I've always said that about Meryl. She's maybe the most overrated actress of all-time. She and I worked together on Fantastic Mr. Fox as husband and wife and I will tell you even as a fox, a female fox, she's overrated," George said sarcastically before asking Trump, "Aren't you supposed to be running the country?" Of course, Clooney isn't the only star who's spoken out against the president-elect. Jesse Williams, John Legend, Lady Gaga, »
- Monica Sisavat
Trump lashed out at the actress via Twitter on Monday after she criticized him in her passionate Golden Globes speech about empathy Sunday night. In response, Trump called her “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood.”
Clooney, a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter and former costar of Streep’s, addressed the controversy at a reception hosted by The Clooney Foundation for Justice on Monday. The event was in support of the Netflix documentary White Helmets about the »
15 items from 2017
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