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Film Review: ‘2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation’

24 February 2017 6:22 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year, there’s a switcheroo afoot in Oscar’s two animation categories: Michaël Dudok de Wit’s gorgeous desert-island fable “The Red Turtle” is a rare, snowflake-singular work of art, made possible after producers at Japan’s celebrated Studio Ghibli fell in love with the director’s 2001 Oscar-winning short “Fathers and Daughter” and approached the helmer about collaborating on a feature. Meanwhile, four of the directors represented in this year’s animated short category have worked on Oscar-winning features, but are branching out in an effort to try more personal work. The results are a mixed bag, but make for entertaining viewing in ShortsHD’s annual theatrical package, which also includes three bonus toons that didn’t make Oscar’s cut.

Chances are you’ve already seen “Piper.” Directed by 20-year Pixar veteran Alan Barillaro, the 6-minute short played before the studio’s hit discombobulated-fish sequel “Finding Dory,” which »

- Peter Debruge

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How Much Has Changed Since Oscar Expanded Best Picture Nominations?

21 February 2017 10:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It has been nearly a decade since the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences expanded the number of nominations for best picture from five to a possible 10 films, in a move meant to inject more blockbusters into the Oscar mix and generate more excitement around the telecast. Whatever the intentions, the experiment in populism has yielded mixed results.

Popcorn adventures like “Avatar,” “Inception,” and “Toy Story 3” have been nominated for best picture, but the vast majority of films in the category are smaller dramas and indie fare. This year, no big studio blockbusters made the cut.

“The more happy meals and candy and cereal boxes that your film is plastered across, the less chance you have of being taken seriously at the end of the year,” notes Jeff Bock, analyst with Exhibitor Relations.

That bias was exactly what the category’s expansion was supposed to address. After 2008’s “The Dark Knight »

- Brent Lang

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Amy Schumer & Goldie Hawn do some serious bonding in the new trailer for Snatched

7 February 2017 9:16 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

It’s always nice to see a Mother and Daughter combo doing some serious bonding but Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn take it to the next level in the new trailer for Snatched. In this new film the pair give their kidnappers a run for their money while on an exotic holiday.

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Snatched marks Hawn’s first role since 2002’s The Banger Sisters and this new film features an odd couple who have only their comedic roles in common. So whose bright idea was it to team up the once well known sex symbol actress Goldie Hawn and the outspoken, controversial comedian Amy Schumer as a mother and daughter bad-ass duo? That would be Bridesmaids and Ghostbusters director Paul Feig – who acts as producer on Snatched – as well as Schumer herself who co-wrote the outrageous comedy alongside her sister Kim Caramele and Ghostbusters and Spy writer, »

- Zehra Phelan

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Oscars: Pixar Shut Out of Animated Feature Category

24 January 2017 9:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tuesday morning’s Oscar nominations for best animated film skewed towards Disney Animation, stop-motion films,  the international and the quirky — but Disney’s Pixar saw a rare shutout in the animated feature film category.

Finding Dory,” Pixar’s blockbuster that grossed over $1 billion worldwide, was not among the nominees.

Moana” and “Zootopia” led the charge for Disney Animation, which scored two nods in the category.

Pixar has dominated the animation category since 2004, when “Finding Nemo” won the Emeryville-based company’s first Oscar. Other winners include “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Wall-e,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,”  “Brave” and last year’s winner “Inside Out.”

Pixar did receive a nomination on Tuesday for animated short “Piper,” which played before “Finding Dory.”


Oscar Nominations: The Complete List

A pair of stop-motion titles — Laika/Focus Features ‘ feature film “Kubo and the Two Strings” and Gebeka Films’ orphan tale “My Life as a Zucchini” — received Oscar »

- Dave McNary

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Art Directors Guild Taps Brad Bird for Cinematic Imagery Award

23 January 2017 8:42 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Art Directors Guild has selected Brad Bird, who won Academy Awards for directing “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille,” for its Cinematic Imagery Award.

The honor will be presented at the 21st Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood

Adg President Nelson Coates said, “The Adg is thrilled to recognize the amazing contributions Brad Bird has made to narrative design, while so adeptly creating a visual cinematic legacy for generations to come. The amazing ways Brad and his teams have elevated the production design of animation, and live action, have raised and continue to raise the bar for all visual storytellers.”


Rogue One,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Among Art Directors Guild Awards Nominees

The award is given “to those whose body of work in the film industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience.” Previous recipients include David O. Russell, »

- Dave McNary

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20 Oscar-Winning Love Songs That Need to Be on Your Wedding Playlist

19 January 2017 9:40 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

If you're looking to kick up your wedding music a notch, we have just the thing. In honor of award season, we've pulled 20 Oscar-winning love songs (Ok, some are about friendship, but how could we not include "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3?) that deserve a spot on your wedding playlist. Whether you're looking for a vintage track like "Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's, a somewhat cheesy tune like "I Just Called to Say I Love You" from The Woman in Red, or a timeless classic like "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from Dirty Dancing, we've got you covered. »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Pixar Video Reveals Hidden Easter Eggs and How All of Their Movies Are Connected

18 January 2017 12:41 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For years many Disney-Pixar fans have noticed familiar characters making cameos in other Pixar movies. A previous fan theory states that every Pixar film exits in the same universe, and now that theory is somewhat confirmed in a new Disney video shared on Toy Story’s official Facebook.

The clip reveals how various Pixar movies like “Wall-e,” “Toy Story,” and “Cars,” among others, are connected and reveals exactly where you can see the hidden Easter eggs. The video begins by spotlighting a little girl in “Finding Dory” who happens to be Riley from “Inside Out.”

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The video also shows how Arlo from “The Good Dinosaur” and Dory can be seen in “Monster’s Inc.” Sully also makes a cameo in “Brave” and Lotso from “Toy Story 3” appears in “Up!” There are also »

- Liz Calvario

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Disney Easter Egg Video Shows How Every Pixar Movie Is Connected

17 January 2017 8:39 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We've long suspected that every Pixar movie from Toy Story to The Good Dinosaur takes place in the same universe. Now a new Disney Easter Egg video shows how that is possible. With a few fun transitions, a dozen interlocking Easter eggs are revealed that quickly move through the entire Pixar catalogue. And it's nothing short of amazing, especially considering some of the foresight the animators had to have to pull it all off.

Things kick off with Dory bumping into a group of school children on a trip to the local aquarium, and if you look close enough, you'll spot Riley from Inside Out in the back ground. That transitions to Inside Out, where we see how Riley fondly remembers back to her time with the dinosaur, which cleverly connects to The Good Dinosaur. This then transitions to Milo, the star of that movie, who was actually a toy »

- MovieWeb

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Lunchtime Poll: What Cartoon Should Come With a Trigger Warning?

15 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

In last weekend's most hilarious Golden Globes presentation, Kristen Wiig & Steve Carell equated Fantasia and Bambi with utterly traumatic childhood experiences. Which begs the question...

What cartoon sends you spiralling into depression? 

Jose: Dumbo! As a giant eared child, it brings back so many traumas. 

Eric:  Dumbo.  When caged Mama's trunk reaches for Dumbo's trunk: merciless!

Nick: The Legend of Bagger Vance.

Kim: Toy Story 3 was a pretty traumatic viewing experience for me; I came out of the theatre with my eyes almost swollen shut from crying. (The holding hands when they all thought they were going to die, you guys!) If I harken back to a movie that sent me off the edge as a kid, I'm going to go with The Secret of Nimh. I know it Ends happily, but that movie is Dark. 

Jorge:  Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle throws me into a deep pit of out-of-body melancholy. »


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Great Job, Internet!: The meticulous magic of piecing together a Pixar film, unveiled

12 January 2017 9:30 AM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

No one thinks about editors when watching an animated film. They’re drawn. There are no outtakes of Belle and Gaston improvising, just as there aren’t multiple takes of Donald Duck adjusting his spit level during monologues. A new video from The Royal Ocean Film Society, however, shows just how important the editor is to the animation process, as well as how much their process differs from their live-action counterparts.

Through archival footage and interviews with a number of Pixar and DreamWorks veterans, including Toy Story editor and Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, narrator Andrew Saladino shows how, in animation, editors are intimately involved with the creative process. Here, editors work with the director and writers to craft the film’s visual narrative, sequence by sequence, through a series of storyboards. According to those interviewed, the process can take up to two years of what is typically a »

- Randall Colburn

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Halo almost got a cute Mega Bloks spin-off videogame

9 January 2017 1:48 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jan 9, 2017

Microsoft's hit shooter franchise Halo almost got its own Mega Blocks spin-off, featuring Lego-style building as well as blasting...

For over a decade now, Tt Games' Lego series has been turning such properties as Star Wars, Harry Potter and the Marvel universe into fun, quirky action titles which mix up platforming, shooting, collecting and puzzle-solving. Microsoft's Halo franchise was a bit too gun-heavy and violent to get its own Lego game, but it did very nearly get the next best thing: a markedly similar third-person mash-up based on Mega Bloks.

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If you haven't heard of Mega Bloks, it could be described as the Pepsi to Lego's Coke: a construction system largely based on tiny plastic bricks, but without the global recognition. »

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Catch A First Look At Chris Hemsworth In Thor: Ragnarok

6 January 2017 8:39 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Thor: Ragnarok – (L-r) Director Taika Waititi and Chris Hemsworth. Photo by: Jasin Boland. ©2016 Marvel Studios.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has released their upcoming slate of films coming down the pipe for 2017. The release schedule includes some the highly anticipated blockbusters Star Wars: Episode VIII ( Dec. 15, 2017), Cars 3 (June 16, 2017), Beauty And The Beast (March 17, 2017), Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26, 2017) and Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5, 2017).

Among the new photos is a behind the scenes look, plus synopsis, at Marvel StudiosThor: Ragnarok.

Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladatorial contest »

- Michelle McCue

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Animated Fare Like ‘Zootopia’ and ‘Red Turtle’ Toon Into Heavy Issues

6 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The maxim that good scripts are essential to making good movies is especially true in animation.  In this medium, scripts and storyboards provide blueprints for completely invented worlds, and dialogue is recorded before the animation is done.

There’s been an Oscar category for animated feature for just 15 years; and toon screenplay nominations are relatively recent. Prior to that, animated movies typically were likelier to be recognized for song. Thus far, writer-director Andrew Stanton tops the list of Oscar-nominated animation screenwriters with four to his name (including “Toy Story,” “Wall-e,” “Finding Nemo,” and “Toy Story 3”), and he could compete again this year with the Disney/Pixar billion-dollar winner “Finding Dory.”

There’s another billion-dollar baby attracting awards buzz this season, too.  Disney’s computer-animated “Zootopia” nabbed 11 Annie Award nominations (including writing) and a Golden Globe nod for animated film.  It’s also the only animated feature among AFI’s 2016 honorees. »

- Ellen Wolff

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We love this first look at Miguel from Pixar’s new film Coco

5 January 2017 8:15 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

The marketing bandwagon for Pixar’s 2017 films has already roared off the starting grid with a marvelously dark and portentous trailer for Cars 3, due out in June this year. However there is, for only the second time in their history, another film on its way from the Emeryville animation studio in the next twelve months. Coco is directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina and is inspired by the Mexican holiday the Day of the Dead, itself inspiration for 2014’s The Book of Life and the much-loved LucasArts adventure game Grim Fandango.

Reuniting with his Toy Story 3 producer Darla K. Anderson, Unkrich’s new film will tell the tale of a 12 year-old boy (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) who comes across the guitar of fabled musician Ernesto de la Cruz (played by Benjamin Bratt). Miguel uses the magic in the legendary instrument to open a door »

- Jon Lyus

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