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‘My Life as a Zucchini’ Director Claude Barras on Tackling Taboos, Facing a Crisis, and His Favorite Animations

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
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Votd: See Even More of Wes Anderson’s Visual Influences & References

Votd: See Even More of Wes Anderson’s Visual Influences & References
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 […]

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Crowdfunding Campaign Raises Over $250k for Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Crowdfunding Campaign Raises Over $250k for Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation
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.

Read More: Wes Anderson Directs New Christmas Short Film With Adrien Brody — Watch

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
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Taika Waititi to direct Bubbles, a stop motion animation about Michael Jackson’s pet chimp

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
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Taika Waititi to Co-Direct Michael Jackson's Chimp Biopic 'Bubbles'

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,
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‘Bubbles’: Stop-Motion Film About Michael Jackson’s Chimp Being Developed by Taika Waititi and Dan Harmon

‘Bubbles’: Stop-Motion Film About Michael Jackson’s Chimp Being Developed by Taika Waititi and Dan Harmon
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
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Taika Waititi To Direct Michael Jackson Chimp Stop-Motion Biopic ‘Bubbles’

Taika Waititi To Direct Michael Jackson Chimp Stop-Motion Biopic ‘Bubbles’
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 […]

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‘Everything in My Life Has Changed Over Time’: How George Clooney Decided He Wanted to Be a Dad

‘Everything in My Life Has Changed Over Time’: How George Clooney Decided He Wanted to Be a Dad
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,
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Oscars 2017: Are We Experiencing a Comeback For Stop-Motion Animation Filmmaking?

Kubo and the Two Strings’ (Courtesy: Laika)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

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,
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Our favourite voice work performances in time for The Lego Batman Movie

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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.

That's right. Will Arnett plays Batman in a whole other way, by voicing Lego Batman. He was such a scene-stealer in The Lego Movie that he got his own spin-off, which has to say something, right?

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.
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Framing Wes Anderson’s Memories

The frames-within-frames Wes Anderson uses in his work show his filmography’s obsession with memory.The Grand Budapest Hotel (Anderson, 2014).

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
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Amal Clooney Sticks by Hubby George at a London Screening

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Amal Clooney Sticks by Hubby George at a London Screening
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
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Amal Clooney Sports Stunning Floral Dress for Date Night With George

Amal Clooney Sports Stunning Floral Dress for Date Night With George
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.

Watch: Amal Clooney Flaunts Major Skin in Lace Crop Top During Date Night With George Clooney

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.

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“I’ve always said that about Meryl,” Clooney told People sarcastically when asked about the president-elect's tweet. “She
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George Clooney Slams Donald Trump Over Meryl Streep Comments: "Aren’t You Supposed to Be Running the Country?”

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George Clooney Slams Donald Trump Over Meryl Streep Comments:
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,
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George Clooney Blasts Donald Trump Over Calling Meryl Streep ‘Overrated’

George Clooney Blasts Donald Trump Over Calling Meryl Streep ‘Overrated’
George Clooney is weighing in on President-elect Donald Trump’s comments about Meryl Streep following her politically charged speech at the Golden Globes.

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
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Isle of Dogs Poster Has First Look at Wes Anderson's Animated Movie

Isle of Dogs Poster Has First Look at Wes Anderson's Animated Movie
Last week, director Wes Anderson debuted a new video that revealed the cast for his upcoming stop-motion movie Isle of Dogs, which doesn't have a release date in place at this time. Today we have a piece of concept art featured in a new poster focused on the main character, a young Japanese boy. If you're a fan who has plenty of money to burn, you can bring home a limited edition version of this poster, autographed by director Wes Anderson.

Wes Anderson has started a CrowdRise campaign, and those who generously donate $10,000 will receive a limited edition concept art print autographed by the director himself. For those who donate a whopping $50,000, they can be part of the actual cast, in addition to the grand prize sweepstakes winner. The grand prize winner will win a trip for two to London, where they'll get to meet Wes Anderson, get a tour
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Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs Finds A Home At Fox Searchlight, Eyes 2018 Release

The Playlist is reporting that Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson’s newly announced stop-motion animation, has found a home at Fox Searchlight.

A vague 2018 release date has been set, and the announcement heralds something of reunion between the filmmaker and Fox Searchlight following The Darjeeling Limited and 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. But Wes Anderson’s latest creative venture is more akin to the director’s work on Fantastic Mr. Fox, given its stop-motion nature, and though plot details are being kept firmly under lock and key, we now understand Isle of Dogs takes place in Japan and centers on a young boy’s search to find his missing canine.

But this is a Wes Anderson joint, meaning that viewers can surely look forward to a quirky, touching adventure that is anything but ordinary. Adding a touch of the extraordinary to Isle of Dogs is the movie’s ensemble cast,
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‘Isle of Dogs’ Plot Details Revealed as Fox Searchlight Picks Up Wes Anderson’s Film for 2018 Release

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‘Isle of Dogs’ Plot Details Revealed as Fox Searchlight Picks Up Wes Anderson’s Film for 2018 Release
Yesterday, director Wes Anderson announced the title and voice cast of his new film “Isle of Dogs,” his first since 2014’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” as well as a brief glimpse of the film and a special contest to voice a character in the film. Now, Fox Searchlight Pictures announced that it has acquired the worldwide rights to “Isle of Dogs,” which will be produced in London by Indian Paintbrush. They have also released some minor plot details: the film is set in Japan and follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his dog. It will be Anderson’s second animated film following “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

Read More: Wes Anderson Directs New Christmas Short Film With Adrien Brody — Watch

Wes Anderson is one of the most talented filmmakers of his, or any other, generation,” says Fox Searchlight Presidents Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula. “His ability to write smart and
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Wes Anderson Unleashes All-Star Cast for Isle of Dogs

Less than a month after releasing his holiday-themed short film for H&M, Wes Anderson has gifted us another charming video that takes place in cramped spaces with distinct color patterns. But this time, it's to announce the official title of his newest animated animal caper - it's Isle of Dogs and, like Fantastic Mr. Fox, it's shooting in England - as well as the laundry list of actors that will comprise his next sprawling ensemble. On top of previously announced cast members Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, and Edward Norton (who pops up in the announcement tape as comic relief), we knew to expect Anderson regulars such as Tilda Swinton and Harvey Keitel to make the cut but fresh names such as Yoko Ono, Courtney B. Vance, and Greta Gerwig are certainly cause for excitement. Hopefully the animated canines they voice will receive luckier fates than most dogs do in the Anderson cinematic universe.
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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Acquired by Fox Searchlight

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Acquired by Fox Searchlight
Isle of Dogs,” by director Wes Anderson, has been picked up by Fox Searchlight Pictures for worldwide distribution. Currently in production in London, the animated film marks Anderson’s fifth collaboration with Indian Paintbrush. The team behind “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson — returns as producers. This is Anderson’s second animated movie following “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Set in Japan, “Isle of Dogs” follows a boy’s odyssey as he searches for his dog. The voice cast includes F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Bud Cort, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson,
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