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The animation world is in the middle of multiple revolutions – the 3D boom, Pixar’s domination and enhanced motion-capture technology. Recently, the creative minds of animation gathered to usher in another idea – the natural acting experience. Rango is the latest animated feature to grab hold of the innovative style.
“The natural acting experience” is not an official term by any means. In fact, it’s somewhere in between motion capture and on-location recording. Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox was the last major animated film to take on the challenge. He shot the entire film on location to capture voice work and gather natural sounds of the environment that would later be created with stop-motion animation.
The idea involves putting an all-star cast into a stripped down version of the events that will eventually exist ...
Click to continue reading ‘Rango’ Featurette – Check Out The Future Of Animated Films
- Mike Eisenberg
Get ready for a whole host of TV shows and movies to get you through the festive period - it's our look at UK telly...!
We've taken a scythe to the Christmas telly schedule to help you sort the geek from the chav. We hope the listing of shows and films will help brighten your holiday via the warm rays of the living room telly.
If we missed any of your favourites, please have a ho-ho-ho in the comments section, with our thanks and best wishes for a happy holiday.
Thursday December 23rd
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather Part 1 4:00pm Sky1 (repeats through 1st Jan)
24 series 8 6:00am Sky 2 (marathon consecutive run of the series' episodes)
8 Out Of 10 Cats Christmas Special 10:00pm Channel 4 (repeats 00:05am 27th Dec)
The Royle Family Christmas Special (2009) 00:45am Gold (repeats through 30th Dec)
Christmas Eve Friday December 24th
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather Part »
Welcome to the latest entry in our regular feature here at Blogomatic3000, where – in association with the folks at Sky Movies HD – we take a look at some of the films premiering on Sky Movies and Sky Box-Office this month.
A film that you can’t help come away from watching feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a truly brilliant movie directed by (my favourite director) Wes Anderson. Not being entirely faithful to the source material by Roald Dahl had me concerned when I first heard of the adaptation and the prospect of it being all in stop motion animation also had me panicking. However, thankfully it’s a beautifully crafted movie with enough laughs and a sprinkling of action and emotion »
Indian Paintbrush, the film financing/production arm of billionaire industrialist Steven Rales, is staffing up. Rales this fall brought in Mark Roybal to run the company, and the longtime president of Scott Rudin Productions has added two creative executives: Overbrook Entertainment executive Jeff Sommerville has signed on to be senior veep and Focus Features executive Michael Pruss will be vice president of production. Sommerville started at Industry Entertainment and was an associate producer on The 25th Hour, while the British-born Pruss worked on such Focus projects as Milk and the Anton Corbjin-directed The American. He also set up The Song Is You with Bill Condon, Cruise of the Gods with David Guion & Michael Handelman, and True Crime with Brett Ratner. Indian Paintbrush is currently in discussions to finance Moon Rise Kingdom, the next film from director Wes Anderson that has Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton in talks to star. »
- MIKE FLEMING
Imma gonna warn you straight off: I had a lot of fun with each of the 6 things this week. Usually, I'm just trying to churn out my responses to things I do, even if they are not necessarily part of some greater news-making narrative. That's part of what makes a "columnist" someone who is perpetually unhappy: the need to fill a certain amount of space with errant thoughts. What made this week so great is I've been on a self-promotion tour of film criticisms in video and podcast form on places like /Film, Cineboobs and Cinemablend for the past 14-18 days and each time I'm plugging LatinoReview.com. "Come see my work there! Or follow me on Twitter!" I say. Meanwhile, I was compiling experience and letting my writing fall off. It's because I simply didn't have time to write the articles I was plugging. Hence the void of "things »
- Ryan Adams
So it’s Christmas Day, the dinner is over, you’ve stuffed your face on turkey and the presents are unwrapped… What to do with the family – well if you’re a movie fan like me you could always sit down, relax and tune into some of the best films over the Christmas period on Sky Movies/HD and Sky Movies Box Office HD. And wouldn’t you know it, our friends at Sky have sent us details on just what films they’re offering over the festive season!
Sky’s Premiere of the Year is obviously James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar (30th December), which is joined by a sensational line up which includes Alice in Wonderland (6th January), Fantastic Mr. Fox, Up in The Air, The Wolfman, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and It’s Complicated.
If that wasn’t enough Sky Movies Showcase HD transforms into Sky »
10– A Serious Man (18 Points)
Blending dark humor with profoundly personal themes, The Coen Brothers deliver their most intimate film yet. Expanding upon some of the themes they’ve played with in the past, the film deals with everything from man’s search for meaning, the existence of God, pattern and randomness in the Universe, and the essential solitude of the human condition. Euphoric, extremely funny, deeply serious, sad, troubling, warm and thoughtful. The Coens have finished the decade as America’s pre-eminent film-makers.
9- Kynodontas (Dogtooth) (19 Points)
Directed by Giorgos Lanthimos
Infused with its own brand of hyper-stylized realism, Dogtooth feels so out of this world that it is quite impossible to pin down. The winner of the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Dogtooth is so twisted and weird that the absurd comedy found in the films of Todd Solondz seems relatively lucid. »
This news will probably be met with a variety of reactions across the internet. You see, people tend to feel strongly one of three ways about director Noah Baumbach: they love him, they hate him or they have no idea who he is.
For those in the latter camp, Baumbach co-penned Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.” He also wrote and directed “The Squid and the Whale” and most recently “Greenberg,” which also starred Ben Stiller.
Story details are sparse for “While We’re Young,” but Vulture says they were told “it’s about a free-spirited Brooklynite twenty-something couple (Franco — and, possibly, Gerwig) who inspires an uptight documentarian (Stiller) and his wife (possibly Blanchett, »
- Chris Plante
If a bright orange screaming cat has crossed your path in the past few months, you can thank Sam Smith. The Nashville-based artist (who makes art under the pseudonym Sam's Myth when he's not playing drums for Ben Folds) came up with the above image that Janus Films used in their theatrical re-release campaign for Nobuhiko Ôbayashi's 1977 cult film House. In addition to the famous image (which also adorns t-shirts, stickers and more), Smith has been designing posters for IFC Films releases like Carlos and Shoah and did the recent Criterion artwork for House as well as Everlasting Moments and Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times, with more on the way. His home base, however, is the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee and that's where Smith will have his first art exhibit starting Thursday. Sam's Myth - Film Posters is the name of the show which opens from 5-8 p. »
- Germain Lussier
<img src="http://www.darkhorizons.com/assets/0013/0831/baumbach_article.jpg" /><p>Noah Baumbach ("Greenberg," "Fantastic Mr. Fox") is lining up the cast for his next project "While We’re Young" reports <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/12/james_franco_and_ben_stiller_s.html">Vulture</a>.</p> <p>Ben Stiller and James Franco are already attached to star while offers are out to Greta Gerwig and Cate Blanchett for the female leads.</p> <p>The story follows a free-spirited Brooklynite twenty-something couple who inspires an uptight documentarian and his wife to loosen up — with comedic consequences.</p> <p>The documentarian's wife role was originally intended for Baumbach’s spouse Jennifer Jason Leigh but the actress just filed for divorce from the director last week.</p> <p>Scott Rudin will produce.</p> »
- Garth Franklin
After teaming for the excellent Greenberg earlier this year, writer/director Noah Baumbach and actor Ben Stiller are working together again on While We’re Young. Vulture is reporting that James Franco is also attached to star and there are offers out to Cate Blanchett and another Greenberg star, Greta Gerwig. Scott Rudin, who worked with Baumbach on Fantastic Mr. Fox, Margot at the Wedding, and Greenberg will return to produce. Check out the short synopsis below:
A free-spirited Brooklynite twenty-something couple (Franco — and, possibly, Gerwig) who inspire an uptight documentarian (Stiller) and his wife (possibly Blanchett) to loosen up — with comedic consequences.
That’s all we have for now. Baumbach recently worked on the script for Brett Ratner‘s Tower Heist, which is currently filming in NYC and he also has the rumored project, The Emperor’s Children. From the sounds of it, he will work on this. I »
- Jordan Raup
'That's quite a challenge to know that every single note that you write will be heard,' Alexandre Desplat tells MTV News of global 'Potter' audience.
By Kara Warner
Photo: Warner Bros.
With "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1" continuing to rake in major box-office cash, the fan appetite for all things Potter has yet to be satisfied. Here at MTV News, we're doing our part to serve the public's Potter thirst by getting fans as close to the action as possible. First with juicy interviews and fun videos, and now with a few behind-the-scenes features that highlight the nuts and bolts of Potter filmmaking.
In this latest installment, we turn our attention toward what is heard, not seen: the film's score, created by celebrated and highly sought-after composer Alexandre Desplat. When MTV News »
Your goofy nature and boyish charm makes you one of our favorite members of the frat pack.
Owen, you have fought your demons in Hollywood years ago and have had nothing but success lately in kids films like “Night At The Museum 2″ and “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.” This year, get back to your adult comedy roots and bring back the laughs we miss! Astrology.com has all the details.
Happy birthday, Owen Wilson! While you may appear like someone who goes with the flow, chances are you take things more seriously than many would believe. A heavy emphasis in Scorpio not only gives you emotional depth, but also the passion to learn what’s really ticking inside you. You’re fresh off a Venus-Pluto conjunction, and you may need a breather before moving forward. Take it, because this year will be anything but quiet!
Powered by Astrology.com For your daily love, »
- HL Intern
Scott Rudin, who’s already in the thick of the awards race with “The Social Network” and the upcoming “True Grit,” has been named recipient of the 2010 David O. Selznick Achievement Award by the Producers Guild of America. The award will be given to Rudin at the 22nd annual PGA Awards ceremony on January 22, 2011. Rudin’s films include “No Country for Old Men,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “There Will Be Blood,” “The Queen,” “The Royal Tennenbaums,” “Wonder Boys,” “The Truman Show,” “Zoolander” and “South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut.” He won a Best »
Los Angeles, CA (November 15, 2010) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that producer Scott Rudin will receive the 2011 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. The award will be presented to Rudin at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 22nd at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The Producers Guild of America’s Selznick Achievement Award recognizes a producer’s outstanding body of work in motion pictures. The honor has a rich and distinguished history with past recipients including such legendary producers as Stanley Kramer, Saul Zaentz, Clint Eastwood, Billy Wilder, Robert Evans, Brian Grazer, Jerry Bruckheimer, Roger Corman, Laura Ziskin, Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall, and last year’s 2010 recipient was Pixar’s John Lasseter. “Scott Rudin’s body of work speaks for itself. He has impressively set a high bar for filmmaking and the Guild is proud to honor him with the Selznick Award this year, »
- MIKE FLEMING
It seems the Criterion Collection will not rest until every Wes Anderson film is under their banner, and with their release of The Darjeeling Limited, they are one title away from having all of his films in their collection. Few modern filmmakers seem to have pursued this goal, and few modern filmmakers seem as deserving. And yet The Darjeeling Limited strikes as a transitional work, a filmmaker trying to re-find his voice after having gone through a cycle of films that worked through the main concerns of a filmmaker. The film stars Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson and co-screenwriter Jason Schwartzman as three brothers on a spiritual quest in India to find themselves (and their mother) after their father has passed away. My review of The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray after the jump.
At the beginning, Wes Anderson seemed the most original of the heist movie filmmakers. Even more so than »
- Andre Dellamorte
The Scorecard Review Movie Awards: Best of the Decade (Almost)
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Actress of the Year (multiple roles)
Editor’s note–Each year, actresses who have been in more than one film are nominated for this category. If they were only in one film, they can’t be nominated.
2006 – Kate Winslett – The Holiday, All the King’s Men, Little Children
2008 – Kate Winslett – Revolutionary Road, The Reader
- Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review Movie Awards: Best of the Decade (Almost)
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Actor of the Year (multiple roles)
Editor’s note — each year voters select an actor from all of his films in that year. To be nominated, an actor must have more than one film in that year.
- Jeff Bayer
Wes Anderson is ready to make his next live-action film, titled Moon Rise Kingdom, and is putting together a stellar cast of familiar faces. Frequent collaborator Bill Murray is part of a list that also includes Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton.
All five actors are listed as “in talks” by Deadline, who broke the news Wednesday, for the movie that Anderson hopes to shoot next Spring. The script, written by Anderson and Roman Coppola (The Darjeeling Limited), is set in the 60s where two young adults fall in love and run away. Norton would play “a scout leader who brings his charges on a search” for the missing lovers. Willis would be the New England town’s sheriff, who is also having a love affair with the girl’s mother (McDormand). Murray, in his sixth Anderson film, would play the girl’s father. Producer Scott Rudin (Fantastic Mr. Fox, »
- Jeff Leins
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