16 items from 2015
Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox, and more star in the horror Western Bone Tomahawk, the closing film of Fantastic Fest 2015. Karyn Kusama's The Invitation is also included in the first wave of programming for the Austin-based festival that kicks off September 24th.
Press Release: "Austin, TX - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - Fantastic Fest announces the first wave programming lineup for its 11th annual celebration of exciting genre-bending films, including the World Premiere of Bone Tomahawk with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance, a retrospective of Turkish Genre Cinema, and a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn to celebrate the release of his new book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing, which profiles Refn's collection of vintage exploitation-era American movie posters. "We're very excited about this year's mix of premieres, unique events and a retrospective theme unlike any other featuring audacious and »
- Derek Anderson
A couple years ago, my friend and I came up with the germ of an idea for a movie plot, centered on a man who -- after a near-fatal accident -- began to see life as one big giant musical and corresponded to this discovery accordingly, even when his perplexed local citizens couldn't understand his actions or point-of-view. Little did we know, though, a similar-minded movie was already in the works at Disney called Bob: The Musical. The in-the-works production focuses on an everyman who -- upon getting a nasty blow to the noggin -- starts to instantly hear the songs inside everyone's hearts as his life is turned into a musical. Mild jealously aside, I'm very curious to see what is cooked up here if it actually comes into fruition, which is looking more-and-more likely. Earlier this year, Tom Cruise joined the film to play the titular character, with »
- Will Ashton
Tim Burton is embracing social media in the promotion of his latest fantasy adventure. He jumped on his personal Facebook page last night to share the first official look at his upcoming adaptation Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. While we don't get to see any of the characters yet, we do get to see the home mentioned in the title. And we get some bird symbolism. It looks like nothing but blue skies for these strange kids who are about to get a very unexpected visitor.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is based upon the best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs. We won't get to see the movie until March 4, 2016, so a trailer may still be miles away. The movie has quite an ensemble of fan-favorite talent, lead by Asa Butterfield, who lost out on the role of Spider-Man just in the last few months. At least he has »
Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2015 at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances. There will be eight individuals in total introduced as Disney Legends next month.
The Disney Legends Awards program is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The three-day Expo provides the opportunity for Disney fans to be a part of the memorable and prestigious event. Here's what Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger had to say about the Disney Legends in a statement. »
Turning 10 this year, TeamTO has blossomed into one of France’s top animation producers, forging ties with local and international players and diving into feature films.
Boasting sprawling high-tech facilities in Paris and Bourg-les-Valences (near Lyon), TeamTO raised its profile thanks to in-house-produced hit TV skeins like “Angelo Rules,” “Oscar & Co” and “Plankton Invasion.” Now advancing into the next chapter of its growth, the shingle’s first feature-length toon, “Yellowbird” is already an international sales hit. Repped by Sc Films, the animated pic has been acquired by Universal for a flurry of territories, including the U.K. and Australia.
“We’re managed to make ‘Yellowbird’ with a 10 million Euros budget, which is much less than the price tags of ‘Little Prince’ and ‘Mune’ and yet our film boasts the same drive to travel worldwide thanks to ambitious storytelling and well-polished animation designs,” said Corrine Kouper, TeamTO’s co-founder, head of development and exec producer. »
- Elsa Keslassy
“Spain has one thing that really gives it an industry edge: its talent,” said Ignacio Perez Dolset, at Ilion Animation Studios.
Below, profiles of 16 young – or young-ish – animation talents who have broken through in the last years and either feature in the Annecy Festival’s “From Doodles to Pixels” program strand, or have projects at the market, or, in the case of five, are Icaa Annecy attendance grant winners bought to the Festival by Spain’s 3D Wild Animation Fest. Or combinations of all three. Variety originally aimed to profile ten talents, but it agrees with Perez Dolset.
Rocio Alvarez, ”Street Driver”
Painter, illustrator, graphic designer, finally toon director,. a true multi-hyphenate artist, Alvarez was the first Spanish woman to be nominated for a Cartoon d’Or, for her graduation short, “Ecart de conduite” Its TV-series spin-of sorts, “Street Driver”, will be pitched at Mifa. “Driver” depicts hilarious situations sparked by driving exams. »
- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga
Hadley Freeman's latest book has harnessed her love of 80s movies, and gone into detail about just why they work so well. Entitled Life Moves Pretty Fast, you won't be surprised to hear that Ferris Bueller's Day Off features in there. But then so does Dirty Dancing, Top Gun, Ghostbusters, Back To The Future and Eddie Murphy.
So what makes 80s movies so special? That seemed a logical place to start, as we caught up with Hadley for a chat...
Can I start by throwing a paraphrased movie quote at you? That line in The Truman Show about accepting the reality with which we're presented? At what point did you come to accept and realise that the movies of the 80s were so special to you? As you grew up with them, »
Generations of readers have been spooked by Stephen Gammell's illustrations and haunted by Alvin Schwartz's words that are printed on the pages of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series, but never before has a documentary examined the series' lasting impact. Until now. An Indiegogo campaign for a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark documentary film is underway, and you can help bring it to life.
Started on March 18th and running through April 27th, producer/director Cody Meirick's Scary Stories: A Documentary looks to explore the history of the Scary Stories book series' publication, how the stories inspired artists, the censorship of the series and children's literature in general, and other topics. Meirick has already begun interviews for the documentary and plans on shooting throughout the summer with a planned winter release at festivals. The late Alvin Schwartz's family has expressed their support »
- Derek Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson's weird and wild noir adventure, Inherent Vice, is making it's way to blu-ray in April, and Warner Bros. has revealed all the details on when you can pick it up, and what to expect on the disc. Come inside for all the details!
Chill out and get groovy when “Inherent Vice” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on April 28 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. With an ensemble cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers, rockers, and more, “Inherent Vice” is the seventh feature from Oscar® nominee Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.
“Inherent Vice” stars Oscar® nominees Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line”), Josh Brolin (“True Grit,” “No Country For Old Men”), Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Midnight in Paris”), Katherine Waterston (“Michael Clayton,” TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Oscar® winners Reese Witherspoon »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Production is underway on visionary filmmakerTim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, based upon the best-selling novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs. The film, which 20th Century Fox releases in theaters everywhere March 4, 2016, starsEva Green,Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Chris O'Dowd,Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Kim Dickens,Rupert Everett, with Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson. Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing under the Chernin Entertainment banner. The screenplay is by Jane Goldman.
The unforgettable, thrilling and haunting tale centers on 16-year-old Jacob (portrayed by Asa Butterfield), who follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.
With Tim Burton set to direct the live-action remake of Disney's Dumbo, PETA sent a letter to the director this morning calling on him to give the film a new ending-one in which Dumbo escapes the confinement and abuse of the entertainment industry and lives out his life in a sanctuary. The letter comes just days after Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that it would be removing all elephant acts from its shows by 2018 as a result of increasing public concern about the animals.
"We're hopeful that in your adaptation of Dumbo, the young elephant and his mother can have a truly happy ending by living out their lives at a sanctuary instead of continuing to be imprisoned and abused in the entertainment industry," writes PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange.
In its letter, PETA-whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to use for entertainment »
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a.k.a. PETA, is taking precautions to ensure that Tim Burton makes an ethically sound live-action Dumbo. Well, they're asking nicely at least. The organization, via senior vice-president Lisa Lange, sent the director an open letter asking him to tweak the Disney classic so that the young elephant and his mom enjoy a legitimately happy ending, sans circus life.The letter starts out with some brownnosing: Greetings from PETA's Animals in Film and Television Division. We understand that you'll be directing Dumbo, and if Alice in Wonderland, Frankenweenie, and Corpse Bride are any indication, the artistry of the computer-generated imagery in this remake is in good hands. Then there's an interesting use of the word love: The reaction to last week's announcement that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will retire the elephants used in its shows makes it clear that there »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
This new version of Dumbo will blend CGI animation and live action in its tale of a bashful elephant's dreams of flying free above the heads of his tormenters.
This will be a reunion for Burton with Disney, having started his career as an animator and concept artist on films like The Fox and the Hound and Tron.
Santa Monica — Michael Keaton has been asked about a sequel to "Beetlejuice" enough times to surely be sick of it by now, because the thing has moved at such a glacial pace there just isn't much to be said. But his work in the original film came at a time when his career was really taking off, and playing in the expressionistic world of Tim Burton in both that film and the first two "Batman" movies was a wholly new and exciting experience for him. In one, he helped build a character from the ground up, while in the other, he found himself at the center of a raging pop culture tempest. Both roles are iconic in their own ways, and looking back, Keaton can — as ever — find nothing but gratitude for getting to be a part of it. "Batman" in particular was a personal landmark, a movie that grabbed »
- Kristopher Tapley
Academy Originals’s Creative Spark series profiles screenwriter John August‘s creative process. August’s list of credits include Go, Charlie’s Angeles, Big Fish, Frankenweenie and many other films. He’s probably best known for his adaptations and his collaborations with director Tim Burton. We have often featured August on the site because we’re fans of his work (Go is […]
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- Peter Sciretta
Tim Burton is perhaps one of the most unique and exciting filmmakers working today. With a vision inspired by classic horror and a dry wit, his films are often fiercely entertaining and endlessly clever. Of course, that’s not to say that there aren’t dark spots on his filmography. Like every filmmaker he’s had his missteps but even when the movies don’t quite work Burton manages to create films that are visually stunning and artistic. With the recent release of Big Eyes and a possible sequel to Beetlejuice in the works, examining Burton’s work and influence is more important than ever.
17. Planet of the Apes (2001): Even when a Burton film has issues there are usually some redeeming factors (see Darks Shadows’ amazing style) but, oh man, one really has to look hard to find something good in this disaster of a movie. Sure, the makeup »
16 items from 2015
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