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New images were released today for the upcoming film Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater. Considering that Linklater is a director known for highly experimental films, such as the rotoscoped philosophical conversation drama Waking Life, it is really saying something that Boyhood might be his most ambitious work yet.
The film stars newcomer Ellar Coltrane as an American boy, and follows his growth and maturation from age six through the end of his high school career. What is remarkable about the project, however, is that the young boy will be growing in real time, as Linklater shot the movie a small piece at a time each year for 12 consecutive years. In case you needed another reason to get excited about the project, Coltrane will have a terrific pair of supporting actors in Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, who play the boy’s divorced parents. Hawke was one of the stars of »
- Brandon Wiggins
Exclusive: United Studios’ records sales with multiple territories on the 3D animation.
Malaysia’s United Studios has pre-sold 3D animation comedy adventure Ribbit to multiple territories including UK (Lionsgate), South Korea (Korea Screen), Cis (Premium Films), Poland (Monolith Films) and Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg (Splendid).
About a frog with an identity crisis, the animation directed by Chuck Powers is voiced by Sean Astin (Lord Of The Rings), Tim Curry (The Hunt For Red October), comedian Russell Peters and Cherami Leigh (Fast Food Nation).
The Stereoscopic 3D version of the film will premiere at the Cannes market this year. »
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British actor Tim Curry and Cherami Leigh (Fast Food Nation) will also voice the film, which is co-produced by Malaysia’s Kru International and India’s Crest Animation Studios. Malaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation has partly financed the project.
Directed and written by Chuck Powers, the film was recorded in Los Angeles with animation production taking place in Malaysia and India and development and post-production entirely in Malaysia. The bulk of the rendering was done in Hong Kong.
The film is the tale of a frog with an identity crisis.
“We have been in the entertainment business since 1992; however we realise that the best way for us to go global is via animated feature films and television shows,” said Kru president Norman A. Halim.
“We have gathered the best talents in the region for Ribbit. We also »
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This week, Anchor Bay Films is unleashing Lloyd Kaufman’s Tromasterpiece, Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1, to Blu-ray and DVD. To mark the occasion, Daily Dead recently chatted with Uncle Lloydie about his latest directorial effort, his approach to controversial material, and what kind of madness Troma fans can expect from Volume 2:
Thanks so much for taking time to speak with me today, Lloyd. Being a big Troma fan, I thought Return to Nuke ‘Em High (Volume 1) might be my favorite sequel to come out of Tromaville. With it being a few years since you were in the director’s chair, why did you decide to return with the Nuke ‘Em High franchise?
Lloyd Kaufman: Oh, thank you! You know, it takes me a long time to develop a script that I think the fans will like so it can be years on a project until we »
- Heather Wixson
Hong Kong – An English-language voice cast headed by Canadian comedian Russell Peters and Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings”) have been set for Malaysian 3D animation “Ribbit,” about a frog with an identity crisis.
The film is co-produced by Malaysia’s Kru Studios and India’s Crest Animation (“Alpha And Omega”) with partial finance from the Malaysian government’s Multimedia Development Corporation.
The completed picture is expected to be screened in the Cannes Market, having been introduced at project stage in 2012. The pic is represented by United Studios, which claims rights sales covering 80 territories. It expects to announce a North American deal in Cannes.
- Patrick Frater
They range in age, amount of screen time, supporting or principle characters, and have previous (television work, stage and or bit parts in Hollywood/Indiewood productions or next to no film experience at all. In essence these folks have a special gift and have essentially broken out. I had the fortune of having a team of four journalists (Caitlin Coder, Jordan M. Smith, Nicholas Bell and myself) covering the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and when you got a small army covering a major fest it ensures that fine performances from a new crop of acting talents don’t go undetected. Michael B. Jordan, Robin Weigert and Miles Teller (who follows up The Speculator Now with a dramatically and physically charged perf in the marvelous Whiplash) were just some of the new faces included on our top list last year.Worthy mnetions that did not break into our Top 10 include Fishing Without Nets‘ Abdikani Muktar, »
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
Food Chains, a documentary about the global agricultural industry that was produced by Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) will have its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival as part of the event's Culinary Cinema sidebar. In addition to her producing role, Longoria also appears in the documentary. Visit Films is handling worldwide sales for Food Chains and will be shopping it to buyers at Berlin's European Film Market. Photos: THR's Cannes 2012 Portraits (Exclusive Photos) Directed by Sanjay Rawal, Food Chains follows a group of tomato pickers in Florida who take on the global supermarket
- Scott Roxborough
In a last-minute but high-profile addition to its 30th annual slate, the Sundance Film Festival has announced that Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” will receive special preview screenings at the upcoming event, which runs Jan. 16-26.
Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, “Boyhood” is an unusually ambitious narrative experiment that spans 12 years in the life of a family, focusing on the development of a boy (played by Ellar Coltrane) from childhood to adulthood. Lorelei Linklater (the writer-director’s daughter) plays the protagonist’s sister, with Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke in the roles of their divorced parents.
The film, which had already been tipped by festival-goers for a Park City berth, will have its world premiere at 9:45 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Eccles Theater, the fest’s largest venue. Its inclusion brings the Sundance lineup to a total of 121 features.
- Justin Chang
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