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Confirming its status as a driving force on France’s animation scene, Mikros Image Group, the Paris and Montreal-based animation/VFX house, is working on a new “Asterix” animated feature project that follows up its 2014 hit “Asterix: The Mansion of the Gods.” Details are being kept under wraps but the movie is once again expected to be directed by Louis Clichy – who worked as an animator on Pixar’s “Wall-e” and “Up” – and Alexandre Astier, “Mansions’” screenwriter.
Produced by M6 Studios and distributed in France, and sold abroad by Snd, “Mansions” sold 3 million tickets – about $24 million in gross box office – in France from a Nov. 2014 bow.
The group’s Montreal operation – that delivered “Mune” and “The Little Prince” in 2015 – is also working on two further animation movies: a yet undisclosed toon feature and “Sahara,” directed by Pierre Coré and produced by La Station Animation.
Produced by On Ent., “The Little Prince, »
- Martin Dale
Our countdown of the top 100 films of the 21st Century (so far) concludes here with the top 25.
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The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn »
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From "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994) to "Saving Mr. Banks" (2013) and everything in between, Thomas Newman's musical scores are some of the most well-known in movie history. But -- shockingly -- he's never won an Oscar despite 12 prior nominations. Will all of that change this year with his 13th bid for "Bridge of Spies," Steven Spielberg's Cold War drama that's up for six Academy Awards including Best Picture? Revisit all of Newman's Oscar bids and discover who edged him out each time by clicking the photo above. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions To date, Newman has 12 Oscar nominations for Best Score plus an additional bid for Best Song ("Down to Earth" from "Wall-e"). Those numbers put Newman within striking distance of Oscar's biggest losing composer of all time Alex North, who went 0-for-14 between 1951 »
Thursday morning’s Oscar nominations for Best Animated Film skewed heavily towards the independents, the international and the quirky. Disney-Pixar’s much-heralded “Inside Out” scored a nomination but the company’s second film, “The Good Dinosaur” was shut out along with Fox’s “The Peanuts Movie” and Universal’s blockbuster “Minions.”
Though it might seem like a foregone conclusion that a Pixar film will triumph yet again at the Oscars, just being nominated, as they say, is an honor for several lesser-known titles.
Paramount’s offbeat stop-motion drama “Anomalisa,” directed by received a nod, along with Lionsgate’s “Shaun the Sheep Movie” and a pair of dramas distributed by GKids — innovative Brazilian story “Boy and the World” and “When Marnie Was There” from Studio Ghibli. »
- Dave McNary
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has unveiled synopses, images and information for their 2016 releases.
First up is the highly anticipated Doctor Strange.
The cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, and Michael Stuhlbarg with Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. Marvel’s Doctor Strange is directed by Scott Derrickson and produced by Kevin Feige. The film opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 4, 2016.
Chris Pine stars as Captain Bernie Webber in Disney’s The Finest Hours, the heroic action-thriller presented in Digital 3D (Tm) and IMAX (c) 3D based on the extraordinary true story of the most daring rescue mission in the history of the Coast Guard. (Trailer)
On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard »
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“Spotlight” has been steadily gaining on all the other possibilities in Oscar original screenplay field, pulling ahead of the pack way back in early October according to Gold Derby’s awards experts. The story of how the Boston Globe exposed a widespread priest molestation scandal was written by Josh Singer along with director Tom McCarthy.
Meanwhile, “Inside Out” has held steady as a possible contender since the beginning of the season, and if it should be included in the Jan. 14 nominee announcement, it would be one of the few animated films to be nominated along with “Ratatouille” and “Wall-e.” It was written by Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley.
Coming in just a notch below is “The Hateful Eight,” written by director Quentin Tarantino, while “Joy,” written by Annie Mumolo and director David O. Russell, which started off fairly strong, seems to have fallen off the buzzmeter in recent weeks. »
- Variety Staff
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