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This fall, DreamWorks Animation has their film Home hitting theaters. Formerly known as Happy Smekday!, the film is an adaptation of Adam Rex's children's book, The True Meaning of Smekday. The film follows an alien race invading Earth as their new home to hide form a mortal enemy. But when one lowly alien (Jim Parsons) accidentally notifies the enemies of his whereabouts, he is forced to go on the run with a stubborn teenage girl (Rihanna) to right all of his wrongs. Now an animated short film introduces us to the alien characters trying to find a new home planet, including the leader voiced by Steve Martin. Watch! Here's the DreamWorks Animation short film Almost Home from the studio's YouTube: Home is directed by Tim Johnson (Shrek, Over the Hedge) and written by Tom J. Astle & Matt Ember (Get Smart, Epic). An overly optimistic, yet inept, alien race named Boov, »
- Ethan Anderton
Ajobe - who was unable to take part in the Judges' Houses stage of the competition because of visa issues - will not perform in any of the future X Factor dates, leaving Sterling Ramsay and Joey James to continue as a duo.
Reports have suggested that Ajobe was forced out of the tour after a heated argument backstage.
"The remaining Rough Copy members Sterling and Joey will continue to perform on the tour as a duo."
CAA has signed actor, writer, and comedian Aziz Ansari, who co-stars in NBC’s Parks And Recreation. The actor, who had been at UTA, just opened his third Netflix hourlong stand-up special Buried Alive, and resumes touring next month. Anzari most recently voiced the Fox animated film Epic and made a short cameo until he fell into the pits of hell in This is The End. Before that he appeared in 30 Minutes Or Less and Funny People. Ansari separately is writing a book for Penguin Press about how modern dating has been complicated by the Internet and other technological innovations. The book comes out next year. Ansari continues to be repped by Apa for books and comedy touring, managed by Apa Dave Becky and David Miner of 3 Arts Entertainment, and lawyered by Jared Levine. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
CAA has signed Aziz Ansari, the multi-hyphenate comedian. Ansari has been one of the stars of NBC’s Parks and Recreation since the show’s debut in 2009 and balances stand-up comedy with film work. Photos: Amy Poehler, Rob Lowe and Adam Scott on the Set of 'Parks and Recreation' He recently debuted his highly anticipated third hourlong stand-up special Buried Alive on Netflix and is set to resume his Modern Romance comedy tour across the U.S. this month. On the film side, he lent his voice to last year’s Fox animated movie Epic and made a cameo
- Borys Kit
In 2004 the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature was in it’s fourth year. Three very different films were nominated (“The Triplets of Belleville,” “Brother Bear,” and “Finding Nemo”), with ‘Nemo’ taking home the award. Since then demand for high-performing animated films has skyrocketed. In 2013, three animated features made it into the top 10 grossing movies of the year (“Despicable Me 2,” “Frozen,” and “Monsters University”), bringing in over $600 million combined. Needless to say, Hollywood plans on riding this wave for the foreseeable future, and The Hollywood Reporter recently held a roundtable discussion with some of this year’s Best Animated Feature nominees. THR film editor Gregg Kilday and technology writer Carolyn Giardina brought together Chris Buck (co-director of “Frozen”), Dan Scanlon (director of “Monsters University”), Chris Wedge (director of “Epic”), Kristine Belson (producer of “The Croods”), and Chris Meledandri (Illumination CEO and a producer of »
- Joshua Encinias
Amanda Seyfried is set to reunite with her A Million Ways to Die in the West director/co-star Seth MacFarlane for the Universal Pictures comedy sequel Ted 2. No character details were given, but the actress is said to be playing the female lead.
Mark Wahlberg is reprising his Ted role as John Bennett, a grown man who lives with his foul-mouthed teddy bear that came to life when he was a child. Mila Kunis, who played John's girlfriend Lori Collins in the original, is said to be returning in a tiny role, that may end up being cut from the film. The decision to give Mila Kunis a lesser role comes strictly from a creative standpoint, and not any animosity between Seth MacFarlane and the actress, who still voices Meg on his Fox animated TV series Family Guy.
In a YouTube video titled: "Epic #SochiFail: Wolf in my hall," Team USA's Kate Hansen documented a wolf walking through her Sochi accommodations. Or was it a stray dog? Either way, since the video went viral, it's come out that the wolf video was revealed to be a hoax, courtesy of Jimmy Kimmel. Hansen, a 21-year-old luger, already secured viral fame with her Beyoncé warmup dance, and now it seems that she teamed up with Jimmy to post a video of a wild-looking animal roaming her hall. Looks like we can add Internet hoaxes to the list of #SochiProblems, aka all the crazy logistical problems going down in the Russian resort town during the Olympics. Watch Jimmy explaining the prank below. »
- Annie Gabillet
I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of “magic realism”
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Thank you, Winter’s Tale movie — aka A New York Winter’s Tale in the U.K. in order that, I suspect, it not be confused with Shakespeare, which was never going to happen — for confirming what I’ve always felt about the weasel phrase “magic realism”: that it is a feeble, lazy attempt to dress up in literary pretensions an inability to fully commit to fantasy. This might not be true of the Mark Helprin novel this is based on; I haven’t read it »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Yes, "The Lego Movie" might be super-clever and subversive and far better than anyone was expecting, but that's not how Hollywood sees it. As we feared, the success of the toy movie has sent executives scrambling to find anything that can be found on the shelves of Toys 'R Us so they can turn it into a movie. And that's why "Monster Trucks" is a totally a thing now. First announced last summer, the live action/animated hybrid will be directed by Chris Wedge ("Ice Age," "Epic") with Paramount aiming for "a 'Transformers'-like franchise," because obviously. And now The Wrap reveals that "Suburgatory" and "Evil Dead" star Jane Levy will lead the film alongside Havok aka Lucas Till. Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger ("Kung Fu Panda," "Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked") have penned the script for this thing, though no plot details have been revealed yet (though we presume it »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Evil Dead 's Jane Levy and X-Men: First Class ' Lucas Till are, according to TheWrap , being eyed by Paramount Pictures to take leading roles in the upcoming Monster Trucks . The live action/CGI hybrid is to be directed by Chris Wedge ( Ice Age , Epic ). The screenplay for Monster Trucks arrives from Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, who also wrote DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda and Paramount Animation's upcoming SpongeBob SquarePants sequel. No plot details have been revealed as of yet, although a release date of May 29, 2015 has already been set. That's likely to shift, however, unless Paramount gives Monster Trucks a green light and moves into production immediately. (Photo Source: Daniel Tanner / WENN.com »
Before Thom received Mpse’s highest honor, he took the stage to collect his Golden Reel for “Epic,” beating out “Frozen” for best sound and music editing in animation. “I wasn’t ready to be nervous yet,” he said.
Lucas used to call Thom the “sound Buddha” because for the first 10 years working together Lucas never heard him say anything. “[Thom] just adds things in without having to question everything,” Lucas said.
Thom returned the praise »
- Nikara Johns
The 37-year-old decided to lend his voice to the animated film last year so his sons, James, 10, and Henry, four, could finally watch one of his movies, but admits they weren't huge fans, reports people.com
Asked if they had seen any of his work, the Irish star said at the premiere of his new film, "Winter's Tale": "Epic - (but) they didn't know it was me, so that was kind of a bummer. They seemed to think it was all right. I don't think it went to the top of their favourite list of cartoons, which is. »
- Leon David
For the first time ever, The Producers Guild of America announced a tie for its top prize, with both Gravity and 12 Years a Slave sharing the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the PGA Awards, which were presented at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles last night. The result blows open the race for the Best Picture Oscar, which previously had 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle as front-runners.
Check out a full list of winners here (highlighted in red)...
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, »
- Gary Collinson
Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" both won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures at the 2014 Producers Guild of America awards. It's an unprecedented tie that just makes the Academy Awards much more unpredictable!
Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) of the 2014 Producers Guild Awards (PGA):
Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures (Tie):
*Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)
*12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
The Producers Guild of America Awards 2014 took place on January 19 at the Beverly Hilton, California.
In a PGA first, two nominees were crowned the top Darryl F Zanuck Award. See the full list of movie winners and nominees below:
Darryl F Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
12 Years A Slave and Gravity have tied at this year’s PGA. With American Hustle taking the SAG ensemble on Saturday night, we have a bonafide Best Picture race on our hands folks! This is the first tie for the top film in Producers Guild Award history.
The PGA split keeps the Oscar race wide open in one of the tightest three-way battles in years, with “American Hustle” still in the game following a week of big showings at the Golden Globes, Oscar nominations and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Tonight the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year’s winning motion picture and television productions at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
In addition to the competitive awards, »
- Michelle McCue
The 25th annual Producers Guild Awards will be held January 19 at the Beverly Hilton. Here is the list of winners and nominees, which will be updated as the results are announced during the show.
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:
- Variety Staff
“Game of Thrones” still reigns supreme with the Motion Picture Sound Editors.
The HBO fantasy drama received the most nominations from the Mpse for its upcoming 61st annual Golden Reel Awards. While “Thrones” leads with three, “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead” and “Sons of Anarchy” trail closely behind with two noms each. The Golden Reel Awards take place on Feb. 16 at Los Angeles’ Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites.
Although Mpse announced its film nominations (which included “Gravity,” “12 Years a Slave” and “Captain Phillips”) on Wednesday, it released the TV, computer entertainment, direct-to-video, special venue and student categories on Friday.
Here’s a full list of the nominees:
Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue And Adr Animation In Television:
Supervising Sound Editor: Heather Olsen, Mpse
Supervising Sound Editor: Heather Olsen, Mpse
Supervising Sound Editor: Matthew Wood
- Maane Khatchatourian
Martin Scorsese's financial-era-excess movie The Wolf of Wall Street has come in for yet more criticism – this time from disability-advocate organisations who have protested at its use of the "R" word and its suggestion of drug-induced "cerebral palsy" type behaviour.
Peter Berns, CEO of disability group the Arc and Stephen Bennett, president and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy, issued a joint statement saying: "The Wolf of Wall Street is getting a lot of attention for how it offends audiences on many levels, but one aspect that hasn't been discussed is its use of the R-word and its unacceptable mockery of people with cerebral palsy. »
- Andrew Pulver
Today was a busy day for some of the smaller guilds with the Visual Effects Society, the Cinema Audio Society, and the Makeup and Hairstylists Guilds all announcing their nominations for 2013.
First, we have the Ves, whose main category to look at is “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture,” where we find Gravity and four other nominees that are just going to have to be happy with the fact that they got nominated. This is perhaps the easiest category to call in the entirety of awards season, and I don’t mean just here, but for the Oscar as well (Last year’s winner, Life of Pi, easily took this category before going on to claim the Oscar). It’s true that films like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Star Trek Into Darkness had outstanding effects as well, but nothing even came close to the amazing, »
- Jeff Beck
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