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‘Inside Out’ Is In, While ‘Minions,’ ‘Dinosaur’ Are Shut Out of Oscar Noms

14 January 2016 10:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.”

“It was a ride there with Fear in my brain while waiting for the nomination but in the end I think Joy won out,” said “Inside Out” director Pete Docter.

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. »

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NBC Orders Pilot Of The Office Style DC Comics Comedy Powerless

7 January 2016 5:50 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

With the likes of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow on TV, there are a lot of superheroes currently dominating the small screen right now. That's what makes the concept of Powerless so exciting, and it's been confirmed today that NBC have given the drama a pilot order. Described as The Office with superheroes, it's gong to be set firmly in the DC Universe and is being written by Ben Queen (Cars 2). The official description reveals that it's set in a world, "full of superheroes, villains and people just like us." It adds that Powerless is going to be, "an office comedy about the exceedingly average employees at an insurance company and their quest to find their own power." Whether we'll see any familiar heroes and villains show up remains to be seen, but this definitely has some potential, and will likely air on NBC this Fall »

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NBC Orders DC Comics Workplace Comedy Powerless

7 January 2016 3:53 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There are a lot of very different types of small screen comic book adaptations out there right now, but Powerless sounds like perhaps the most unique one to date. Set in the DC Universe, it’s basically The Office with superheroes, and NBC has today confirmed that they’re ordered a pilot for the comedy which will presumably debut this Fall if things go well.

Cars 2 scribe Ben Queen is writing the project, which the official description promises is set in a world, “full of superheroes, villains and people just like us.” It adds that Powerless is going to be, “an office comedy about the exceedingly average employees at an insurance company and their quest to find their own power.”

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